Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Manitoba-Air-Ambulance)

Manitoba has clipped the wings of its provincial Lifeflight air ambulance service.

The Progressive Conservative government plans to turn it over to a private company before the end of the month.

The province says it will ground its two Cessna Citation aircraft -- which handle about half of the medical transportation calls -- and replace them with private carriers.

Doctor Renate Singh, medical director for Lifeflight, says the announcement came as a surprise.

The move comes after 16 medical doctors from Lifeflight penned a letter to the province, saying the rush to privatize the service has seen a complete lack of medical consultation in the process. (Wpg FP)

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(Manitoba-Safe-Buses)

Winnipeg Transit has unveiled the first bus in its fleet to be equipped with a driver safety shield.

It kicking off an effort to retrofit all 630 buses with the device by March.

Driver safety has been an ongoing, growing concern for Winnipeg Transit operators and their union.

That concern peaked following the 2017 murder of Irvine Jubal Fraser, who was stabbed outside his bus by a passenger.

The cost to equip buses with the shields is just over three million dollars. (Wpg FP)

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(Sask-CBD)

A man charged with trafficking C-B-D (cannabidoil) has been given a 10 month conditional sentence to be served in the community.

Before marijuana was made legal, Regina police raided illegal pot dispensaries in March 2018.

Tanner Scheidt was the owner of a head shop known as Smoke Incorporated that was raided.

C-B-D does not produce a high but is used by some people as a pain reliever.

Scheidt is the first person in Saskatchewan to be sentenced for C-B-D trafficking. (CTV

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(Sask-Road-Artifacts)

The Saskatchewan government says a rural municipality has paused construction of a road over concerns about Indigenous artifacts found at the site. …

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