Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Wage-Freeze-Lawsuit) (Mba Note)

Manitoba's government is asking a judge to reject a union's request for an injunction to stop its two-year wage freeze on civil servants.

A lawyer for the Progressive Conservative government told court today that the decision to impose the freeze is legal.

The government passed legislation last year that mandates wage freezes for two years followed by a raise of 0.75 in the third year and one per cent in the fourth.

The legislation has not yet been enacted, but unions representing about 110-thousand public-sector workers say it is a violation and it's already affecting contract talks. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Bus-Crash-Scholarships) (Alta Note)

Four Alberta hockey players who died following the crash of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team's bus are being honored with memorial scholarships in their names.

Logan Hunter, Jaxon Joseph, Conner Lukan and Stephen Wack each played minor hockey in St. Albert, a bedroom community northwest of Edmonton.

They were among 16 people who died after the Saskatchewan junior hockey team's bus and a semi-trailer collided at a rural intersection on April 6th.

The St. Albert Humboldt Remembrance Committee says it will honour the four players with plaques and is also working to raise money for the scholarships. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Physicians-Contract)

A new agreement between Alberta's doctors and the province calls for no fee increases for two years.

The deal covers about 10-thousand physicians who are members of the Alberta Medical Association.

Association president Doctor Neil Cooper says its members voted 89 per cent in favour of the new deal, with came after months of negotiations with the province.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says the province has similar no-increase deals with the unions for nurses and other health professionals. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Potash-Mine)

Open house meetings are being held this week in Saskatchewan to discuss a proposed four-billion dollar potash mine southeast of Regina. …

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