Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Blood-Reserve-Expanding)

The Blood Tribe in southwestern Alberta has won a massive land claims battle it began in 1980.

A Federal Court judge has ruled that Canada underestimated members of the band when the reserve between Lethbridge and Cardston was created as part of 1877's Treaty 7.

The decision could add up to 421 square kilometres to the band's reserve, which is already the largest in Canada at more than 14-hundred square kilometres.

A separate hearing will be scheduled to discuss how the band should be compensated. (The Canadian Press)

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(Que-Kenney-Legault)

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he wants to revive what he calls the historic alliance with Quebec that existed when the Constitution was repatriated.

Kenney says he and Quebec Premier Francois Legault are natural allies in the fight to defend provincial autonomy in the face of federal interventions.

He was to meet with Legault in Quebec City this afternoon after making the comments at an economic forum in Montreal.

Legault says he and Kenney agree on many issues but Quebec remains opposed to any new pipelines carrying western Canadian crude oil through his province. (The Canadian Press)

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(WEA-Sask-Drought)

Saskatchewan's main farm group is calling for help from the federal and provincial governments amid the third straight year of below average rain.

The call comes as Saskatoon and Moose Jaw had their driest springs on record and other parts of the province are nearly as dry.

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan says producers need assistance with water supplies and water quality management.

President Todd Lewis says the entire province should be made eligible for the Federal Livestock Tax Deferral program and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance should consider a program to encourage farmers to switch from drought-damaged cereal crops into livestock feed. …

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