Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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A section of Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre had to be evacuated after staff found picric acid --- a dangerous and explosive organic compound -- uncontained in the pathology lab.

The Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service hazardous materials unit was deployed to the scene yesterday, and police officers safely removed the substance without incident.

The lab was able to resume regular operations by the afternoon. (Winnipeg Free Press)



Alberta's health minister says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's plan to scrap a planned superlab in Edmonton is "short-sighted and wrongheaded."

Sarah Hoffman says site preparation has already begun on University of Alberta land south of the main campus.

Kenney says a United Conservative government would also revisit a plan to put all laboratory services under government control.

Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta says the current Edmonton lab used by DynaLife is "stretched to the breaking point." (The Canadian Press)



R-C-M-P in Lloydminster say two people have been charged with assault after a fight that followed a Junior B hockey game.

Police say they were told when they responded to an arena on February 18th that two referees were assaulted in the change room by a player's family members.

Fifty-one-year-old Scott Payne and 23-year-old Jayden Payne of Lloydminster are to appear in court on April 8th.

Police are asking anyone who has more information about the fight to contact Lloydminster R-C-M-P or Crime Stoppers. (The Canadian Press)



Arguments begin today at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal over a 2017 ruling that the province can't fund non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools.

The dispute began in 2003 when the Yorkdale School Division, now called the Good Spirit School Division, shuttered its kindergarten-to-Grade 8 school in the town of Theodore because of declining enrolment. …

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