Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Premier Brian Pallister says a dispute between him and Manitoba Hydro's board of directors stems from the Crown corporation's plan to pay 70 million dollars to the Manitoba Metis Federation.

All but one of the directors resigned today, citing an inability to work with Pallister.

Pallister says Manitoba Hydro wanted to pay the Metis organization so it wouldn't pursue concerns over a new transmission line to Minnesota -- something he described as "persuasion money."

Federation president David Chartrand says there was a negotiated agreement with the Hydro board that respected Metis rights and would save Manitobans millions in litigation costs and delays around Hydro projects. (The Canadian Press)


(Peace-Officer-Death-Inquiry) (Alta Note)

An inquiry into the death of an Alberta peace officer on a rural property near Calgary has led a judge to recommend changes to the way officers deal with mentally unstable people.

Judge Bruce Fraser oversaw a fatality inquiry into the death of 62-year-old Rod Lazenby (LAH'-zehn-bee) in 2012, who was attacked while responding to a call about some dogs.

Trevor Kloschinsky was charged with first-degree murder but was found not criminally responsible because a mental disorder.

Fraser says Lazenby probably thought he could handle Kloschinsky by himself, but the judge says more caution is needed when peace officers deal with unpredictable individuals.

He says all officers should be allowed to wear body armour and carry weapons including batons, pepper spray and handcuffs. (The Canadian Press)



Saskatchewan Education Minister Gordon Wyant says his ministry will be looking at recommendations from the chief coroner in the death of a five-year-old boy who drowned in a pond during recess.

The coroner is recommending a review of how students are supervised during recess following the death of the boy, who was found in a pond near Ecole Dundonald School in Saskatoon in September.

The coroner's office says the death of the kindergarten student was accidental and no inquest will be held.

Staff at a daycare the boy had attended said he had autism and needed to be watched closely. …

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