Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Manitoba-Red-River-College)

Manitoba's lone federal cabinet minister says he's doing everything he can to ensure the Innovation Centre at Red River College's downtown Winnipeg campus proceeds.

The construction project is worth 95-million dollars.

Jim Carr told the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce the government is looking at all options to keep the centre alive.

Earlier this week the college suspended work on the project, which is expected to draw more than 1,200 students and staff downtown.

The college says it needs Ottawa to approve an extension to the project's November completion deadline. (Wpg FP)

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(Manitoba-Police-Probe)

Manitoba's police watchdog has cleared a Mountie who shot a suspect in the buttocks.

The Independent Investigation Unit says the R-C-M-P member was justified in pulling the trigger last summer during a chase in Portage la Prairie.

RCMP had responded to reports of a man firing after stealing a vehicle in Headingley.

When officers stopped the man at a roadblock he fled on foot.

The unit says the officer fired his gun after the suspect refused to stop and show his hands and then reached for his waste. (Global Winnipeg)

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(Sask-Early-Election)

Saskatchewan's new N-D-P leader says it may be a good idea to hold the next provincial election sooner rather than later.

Ryan Meili (my-lee) says with so many new faces in the legislature including a new premier, the government really doesn't have a mandate.

Under fixed election date legislation, the next provincial vote is set for November in 2020.

Premier Scott Moe disagrees.

He says his Sask.-Party government will continue working to fulfil the plan it laid out in 2016. (CKOM, The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Grain-Bags)

Saskatchewan has approved a new grain bag recycling program.

The government says the program will enable grain producers to hand in the large, heavy bags for recycling instead of burning them. …

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