Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Mba-Lake-St-Martin)

After enduring a six-year wait, 12 families have returned home to the Lake St. Martin First Nation in Manitoba.

Yesterday, they were given the keys to their new homes on the reserve, which was ravaged by floods back in 2011, forcing the evacuation of about one thousand people.

Alex Traverse said since he left the reserve, he got married and had a daughter. He called returning home a surreal moment.

More than 100 community members have died since the relocation due in part to illness and suicide. Chief Adrian Sinclair said it broke his heart to bury them before they had a chance to come home. (CTV Winnipeg)

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(Mba-Carjacking)

R-C-M-P are advising members of the public to keep their vehicle doors locked when stopped after a man was injured during an armed carjacking in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

A suspect approached a parked, idling vehicle, got in, pulled out a firearm, hit the male driver with it and then took off with the vehicle.

The 47-year-old driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Mounties are still searching for the suspect and the van, described as a red Dodge Caravan with a Manitoba licence plate of H-U-T 7-8-4. (CTV Winnipeg)

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(Sask-Drunk-Driving)

The Saskatchewan government wants tougher penalties for people who drive drunk with children in their vehicle.

Proposed legislation has been introduced that would mean an immediate seven-day driving suspension on a first offence for someone driving with a blood-alcohol content of point-zero-four or higher and with a child in the vehicle.

It would also apply if someone refuses to a field sobriety test or fails a field sobriety test.

Repeat offenders would face a 30-day suspension, up from 21 days, for a second offence, while a third offence triggers a 120-day suspension, up from the current 90. (CKRM)

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(Sask-Fire-Ban-Lifted)

A fire ban that was issued last month for all Crown land south of Highway 16 in Saskatchewan has now been lifted. …

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