Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Sask-Wall-Retires)

Premier Brad Wall gave his final speech to the Saskatchewan legislature today, after listening to tributes from colleagues and opponents alike.

Wall is retiring next month after holding the Swift Current seat for the Saskatchewan Party for almost 20 years.

Interim N-D-P Leader Nicole Saurer (SARR') paid tribute to her opponent's charisma and dedication to public service, saying it's hard to imagine the Saskatchewan Party without him.

Wall will be staying on as premier until his successor as leader is chosen on January 27th.

He says he's looking forward to the next chapter of his life, when he will be "just Brad" after spending a decade as premier. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Girl-Killed) (Mba Note)

A teen who willingly gave a D-N-A sample to police investigating the death of a girl in a remote Manitoba First Nation has admitted that he killed her while sexually assaulting her.

The 17-year-old male pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson in May of 2015.

Teresa disappeared after leaving a birthday party in Garden Hill but wasn't reported missing to R-C-M-P for six days and it was initially believed she'd been killed by a bear.

Crown and defence lawyers say they will recommend the teen be sentenced as a youth when court reconvenes February 5th.

They will also recommend the maximum youth sentence of 10 years -- six years in custody followed by four under conditional supervision in the community. (The Canadian Press)

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(Suncor-Drug-Testing) (Alta Note)

Suncor says it's planning an immediate appeal after an Alberta judge granted an injunction against random drug testing of oilsands workers.

Unifor -- which represents three-thousand workers at Suncor Energy sites in northeastern Alberta -- had argued that such testing is a violation of workers' rights and privacy.

Calgary-based Suncor said the random tests are needed to bolster safety and the company wanted to start the program this month. …

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