Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(CRIME-Girl-Killed) (Mba Note)

Commissioners with the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women are calling on people to support the family of Tina Fontaine while a jury deliberates the fate of the Winnipeg man accused of killing her.

Jurors resumed deliberations this morning at the trial of Raymond Cormier (KOR'-mee-ay) who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the teen's death.

Tina's body was found in the Red River, eight days after she was reported missing in August 2014.

Her death reignited calls for the national inquiry, which is now holding cross-country hearings. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Auditor-General)

Alberta's auditor general says the government needs to explain what went wrong with a program that was meant to reduce classroom sizes.

The latest report by Merwan Saher (MARE'-wahn SAW'-her) says the province has spent 2.7 billion dollars over the last 14 years on the program.

He says the money was supposed to be used to hire teachers to reduce class sizes to 17 children in the early grades and 27 in high school classes.

Instead, he says, the Education Department stopped actively administering the program and the funds became part of general school budgets. (The Canadian Press)

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(Weir-NDP) (Sask Note)

A Saskatchewan M-P says he's eager to hear the results of a third-party investigation into harassment allegations against him.

New Democrat Erin Weir was temporarily suspended from his duties after caucus colleague Christine Moore alleged that he'd engaged in harassing behaviour towards women, including party staff.

N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh suspended Weir and complainants were given until February 20th to report any incidents to an investigator.

The N-D-P won't say whether any complaints were received, and is waiting for the investigator's report to be completed before commenting further. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Plane-Crash-Investigation)

An Alberta university says it's disappointed that the Transportation Safety Board couldn't pinpoint the cause of a plane crash that killed two instructors from its flight school. …

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