Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(HKO-Sask-Bus-Crash-Corner)

Saskatchewan plans to hire a private consulting firm to do a safety assessment of the intersection where the Humboldt Broncos bus crashed.

Rural politicians have previously called for changes at the intersection, saying it's dangerous.

A memorial for six members of one family who died in a collision at the same intersection more than two decades ago is already in place there.

Premier Scott Moe says he's waiting for the R-C-M-P and the Ministry of Highways to finish its investigation before hiring a firm, noting the province typically looks at intersections every three to four years. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Onion-Lake-Finances)

An Indigenous woman who won a court fight to see the Onion Lake Cree nation's finances says the community's leaders are going to have to start answering tough questions.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation partnered with Charmaine Stick to launch a court application to get her leaders to publish basic financial documents as required by The First Nations Financial Transparency Act.

The federal government has not been enforcing the act since 2015.

The documents, released April 25th, show Chief Wallace Fox made 123-thousand dollars in 2015, and got a raise in 2016 to over 150-thousand dollars.

The average salary for a First Nations chief in Canada is just under 59-thousand dollars. (CJME)

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(CRIME-Alta-Guns)

R-C-M-P say the guns they seized in searches of two properties near Edmonton were not hunting rifles.

Police say they found firearms, suppressors, high-capacity magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, stolen vehicles, drugs and cash at a home in the village of Val Quentin and at a storage locker in Parkland County.

They say the searches followed a three-month investigation.

Thirty-four-year-old Jeffery Russell faces numerous firearms and drug charges and was held in custody, while 27-year-old Quincey Miles is charged with possession of a prohibited device and possession of property obtained by crime over 5-thousand dollars. …

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