Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Alberta says new numbers show its economy continues to recover from the downturn caused by low oil prices.

The third-quarter budget update indicates the N-D-P government is on track for a nine-point-one-billion-dollar deficit when the budget year ends March 31st.

That's one-point-four-billion lower than the deficit predicted last spring.

That is because oil revenue is up and Alberta has made a good return on its investments.

The savings are partially offset by more spending on programs for children and people with disabilities, and for income and employment supports. (The Canadian Press)



An Edmonton mother who was mentally ill when she nearly decapitated her daughter has been found not criminally responsible in the young woman's death.

A judge has ruled that Christine Longridge intended to kill her daughter, Rachael, who was 21 and a nursing student when she died in 2016.

But a mental disorder prevented her from understanding that what she was doing was morally wrong.

Longridge pleaded not guilty at the start of her trial last to second-degree murder.

She will not be subject to criminal penalties and will be treated at a mental hospital. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)



A former marriage commissioner who argued the courts were wrong to require him to perform same-sex civil unions has lost his appeal in Manitoba's top court.

The Court of Appeal dismissed a court challenge earlier this month from Kevin Kisilowsky, a Stonewall Christian missionary evangelist.

He wanted to only perform opposite sex, Christian marriages and argued the requirement to do otherwise infringed upon his religious freedoms.

Kisilowsky lost his bid in Court of Queen's Bench and then filed the appeal.

The courts ruled that licenced civil marriage commissioners have to follow anti-discrimination laws. …

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