Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Sask-Farm-Shooting)

Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley has taken the stand in his second-degree murder trial for the shooting of an Indigenous man.

Stanley told the jury that he fired his gun two or three times into the air, in order to scare off a group of people who had driven onto his farm near Biggar in August 2016.

He testified that he went up to the S-U-V the group was in because he thought it had run over his wife.

He says he was trying to reach for the keys in the ignition when the gun went off, killing 22-year-old Colten Boushie (BOO'-shee).

His lawyer, Scott Spencer, asked Stanley if his finger was on the trigger at the time, and Stanley answered "No." (The Canadian Press)

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(Alberta-Renewable-Energy)

Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest in Alberta's latest plans for renewable power projects.

The province has unveiled a plan that requires bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable power project auctions to include partnerships with Indigenous communities.

The government is looking for bids to build a total of 700 megawatts of renewable power capacity -- enough to power 300-thousand homes.

Three-hundred megawatts of that is reserved for proposals with Indigenous equity ownership.

Chief Roy Fox of the Kainai First Nation -- also known as the Blood Tribe -- says a 200-megawatt wind project is "shovel-ready" if it is selected. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Girl-Killed) (Mba Note)

A Manitoba court is hearing more testimony today about the duvet cover found wrapped around the body of a 15-year-old Indigenous girl who was found dead in the Red River.

Raymond Cormier has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the 2014 death of Tina Fontaine in Winnipeg.

The trial has already heard from two women who said the duvet cover looked the same as one that Cormier used while living in a tent in their backyard.

One of the women said she had seen two cigarette burn marks in that cover.

Today, Winnipeg police Constable Garrett Carrette (kuh-RETT') agreed with Cormier's lawyer that two holes seen in the duvet that Tina's body was discovered in looked like rips or tears in the fabric. …

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