Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the United Conservative Party needs to kick out a member who equated the rainbow flag to the swastika and hammer and sickle.

U-C-P leader Jason Kenney has denounced John Carpay for equating all three as symbols of totalitarianism and genocide during a speech last weekend.

But he has not said whether Carpay -- who heads an advocacy group fighting gay-straight alliances in schools -- will be allowed to retain his membership.

Notley says if Kenney is serious about eradicating extremist views in his party, he needs to show Carpay the door. (The Canadian Press)



Alberta R-C-M-P have launched a pilot program that allows officers to file information into the force's database by phone.

The call-in process means officers don't have to go back to a detachment to manually input the information.

The new system is aimed at allowing officers to spend more time on the street instead of behind a desk doing paperwork.

The Mounties also set up a call-back unit in February to handle non-emergency calls -- allowing front-line officers to spend more time on the road. (The Canadian Press)



The chief of a northern Alberta First Nation that fought for a land settlement for four decades says it's time to move on.

Billy-Joe Laboucan (LA'-boo-kan) made the comment as he signed a new deal today between Ottawa, Alberta and the Lubicon First Nation that includes about 245 square kilometres of land and 113-million dollars to rebuild the community of Little Buffalo.

The Lubicon ended up in poverty when they were left in limbo after they were missed in treaty negotiations in the late 1800's.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says nothing can fully right the wrongs the Lubicon faced, but it is important to start making amends. (The Canadian Press)



Winnipeg police say they believe the gun used in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old youth last weekend had been illegally obtained. …

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