Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Alta-Elxn-Kenney)

United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says the strong turnout in advance polls for tomorrow's Alberta election shows voters want change.

Kenney told a rally in Edmonton that's good news for his party in its bid to defeat the N-D-P government of Rachel Notley.

Almost 700-thousand people voted in advance polls -- nearly three times more than the number who cast ballots ahead of the 2015 election.

A rule change this year allowed early voters to cast ballots anywhere, not just in the constituencies where they live. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-Elxn-Notley)

Alberta's N-D-P leader says the election of United Conservative leader Jason Kenney would undermine her work to build a national consensus on the need for pipelines.

Notley spent the final day of the campaign before tomorrow's election plugging what she says was her "patient and determined action" to get pipelines built.

She says she expects that to pay off with a federal green light next month for the stalled Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the west coast.

But she says the election of Kenney would put that in jeopardy with his promise to launch a series of legal actions and block energy exports to British Columbia over its government's resistance to Trans Mountain. (The Canadian Press)

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(OBIT-Starblanket)

A respected champion for Indigenous peoples has died in Regina at age 73.

Elder Noel Starblanket died in hospital this morning due to complications with diabetes with his family at his side.

Starblanket became the youngest chief in Canada in 1971 when he was named chief of Star Blanket Cree Nation at the age of 24.

The former residential school survivor was elected to the executive board of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, and was president of the National Indian Brotherhood, now known as the Assembly of First Nations, for two terms between 1976 and 1980. (CTV Regina)

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(Sask-Literacy)

Saskatchewan has announced more than two-million dollars in funding to boost literacy resources for young children across the province. …

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