Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Sask-Carbon-Challenge)

The federal government is trying to use a favourable court decision on its carbon tax to put pressure on political leaders who oppose it.

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled in a split decision that the tax imposed on provinces without a carbon price of their own is constitutional.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the decision confirms that putting a price on carbon pollution is an effective response to climate change.

She challenged Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Alberta's Jason Kenney, Ontario's Doug Ford, and federal Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer to join the fight.

But Moe and some other provincial leaders say the legal battle will continue in other courts -- including the Supreme Court of Canada. (The Canadian Press)

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(Sask-Climate-Change)

While the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal's carbon tax decision in favour of Ottawa made headlines yesterday, hundreds of students in Regina and Saskatoon skipped school to protest inaction on climate change.

Staff at the legislature estimate at least 500 students attended a climate strike, singing and chanting as they walked to the government building.

The students called for Canadian policy makers to adhere to international climate change plans like the Paris Agreement and to invest in renewable energy.

About 100 students staged a similar rally in front of Saskatoon City Hall.

Some expressed frustration with Premier Scott Moe's opposition to a federal carbon tax. (Global, CKOM)

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(Manitoba-RCMP-Assault)

R-C-M-P say a Mountie was assaulted in Gods Lake Narrows -- a remote community 550 km northeast of Winnipeg.

Police say an officer responded to a reported assault Thursday night.

When the Mountie started looking for a suspect a man came out of the woods and threw a large rock at the police cruiser.

The officer was attacked after getting out of the vehicle.

Mark Ross is charged with assaulting a peace officer and other offences. …

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