Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Sask-Bus-Crash-Corner)

The Saskatchewan government has accepted all recommendations in a report that says action should be taken to improve safety at the highway intersection where the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash happened.

The report says trees should be removed to improve site lines and rumble strips installed on the highway.

It also recommends larger signs and painting "Stop" and "Stop Ahead" on the road.

Fred Antunes (an-toon-is), deputy minister of highways, says some of the work is already underway and more will be done in the coming months into the summer. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Edmonton-Attack)

Edmonton's former police chief has told an Australian newspaper that encryption laws should be changed to allow police to hold terrorists to account.

Rod Knecht (kuh-NEKT') made the comments in Melbourne, where he was attending an international counter-terrorism gathering.

He cited attacks in Edmonton last year against a police officer outside a football game and by a speeding cube van that hit and injured four pedestrians.

Police have said an Islamic State flag was found in the car used in the attack but no terrorism charges have been laid.

Knecht told the newspaper the suspect had a device police couldn't get into. (The Canadian Press)

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(Prairies-GDP-2019)

A not-for-profit think tank says economic growth prospects for next year will be modest across the Prairies.

The Conference Board of Canada says challenges for the energy sector pose a downside risk to growth in Alberta -- where it predicts real G-D-P is set to grow by 2.2 per cent next year, down from 2.6 per cent this year.

The board predicts Manitoba's economic growth will be unchanged next year at 1.9 per cent but will fall to just under one per cent in 2020.

It says Saskatchewan's economy is forecast to grow by just 1.6 per cent next year -- but says that's still an improvement. …

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