Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(CN-Teamster-Strike)

A strike by roughly 3,200 Canadian National Railway employees over working conditions is prompting warnings from agriculture and energy industry groups.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference announced the strike Monday night after the two parties failed to reach a deal.

Conductors, trainpersons and yard workers took to the picket lines, halting freight trains across the country.

Grain elevator operators and farmers -- more than 90 per cent of grain is moved by rail -- are warning about lost sales and contract penalties.

C-N delivers up to 5,650 hopper cars per week to Canadian elevators, amounting to more than a half-million tonnes of grain.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the strike comes at a time when there is a shortage of pipelines to send crude to market. (The Canadian Press)

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(Manitoba-Ice-Jams)

Concern is high in the R-M of St. Andrews and other communities along the Red River in Manitoba due to an early build-up of ice jams.

While property owners along the river traditionally don't have to worry about flooding until the spring, this year the threat has come early -- thanks partly to the freezing weather.

Jim Stinson, emergency co-ordinator for the R-M of St. Andrews, says the current situation is unprecedented.

He says some properties have already begun to take on water.

Stinson says the R-M has pumps running at different locations and sandbags have been moved to key areas. (Wpg FP)

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(Manitoba-Police)

Winnipeg city council is to consider a proposal designed to keep more police on the job.

Councillor Markus Chambers is proposing to redirect potential savings from changes to the Winnipeg police pension plan to the force.

Chambers says the money could prevent the elimination of 34 uniformed officers and 25 cadets.

Chief Danny Smyth has said the cuts would be the consequence of an annual two per cent cap on the department's budget.

The proposal is to be presented to council today. (Wpg FP)

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(Sask-Health)

The N-D-P is raising questions about a Saskatchewan Health Authority memo that suggests that doctors should not speak freely about problems in health care. …

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