Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Trans-Mountain-Notley)

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government still plans to pass a bill that could punish B-C with oil-related price spikes if that province continues to delay the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Notley's pledge comes despite word today from federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau that Ottawa will financially backstop the project.

Notley says she welcomes Ottawa's renewed commitment, but says Alberta has the right to act in its own best interests.

The bill would allow Alberta to intervene in the energy market, to decide how much fuel is sent and whether it goes by rail or pipeline. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Kenney-Trudeau)

Alberta's Opposition leader is raising some eyebrows for a personal attack he made against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Jason Kenney made the comments in a Calgary Sun column about the way Ottawa is handling a dispute over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Kenney -- who previously said he wants to bring civility back to politics -- called Trudeau clueless and described him as "an empty trust-fund millionaire who has the political depth of a finger bowl."

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Kenney's comments betray his personal hostility toward Trudeau. (The Canadian Press)

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(Desjarlais-Inquest) (Sask Note)

An inquest prompted by family and friends of a Saskatchewan woman whose body was found in a B-C park has come up with 10 recommendations.

Those who knew 27-year-old Deanna Desjarlais were hoping the inquest would examine why some missing persons cases are publicized by police and others are not.

The body of Desjarlais -- a sex trade worker who was originally from Saskatoon and a member of the Kawacatoose First Nation -- was found in a Surrey two years ago, but remained unidentified for months.

Among the recommendations from the coroner's jury are that police be required to participate in a Provincial Dental Data Bank, to help in identifying missing persons.

But none of the recommendations deal specifically with how police handled the case. …

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