Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Some business leaders in Manitoba have reserved expectations for growth as the provincial government rolls out a plan to add thousands more private-sector jobs over the next four years.

According to the Manitoba Business Outlook Survey, less than a quarter of businesses in Manitoba expect to see employment growth next year.

The survey was released by the 10,000-member Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

Some of the challenges expressed include difficulty in hiring and retaining qualified employees, accessing investment capital and dealing with rising costs.

Survey respondents say the provincial government could help by reducing or eliminating business and payroll taxes, reducing regulations, providing incentives for capital investment and increased government-funded skills training. (Wpg FP)



Not everyone is happy with the province's plan to turn Winnipeg's South Perimeter Highway into a freeway.

Some people who attended a government information meeting last night who live near the route say they are worried about their property values.

Others are concerned about how it will affect wildlife.

The design to upgrade the highway to a six-lane modern freeway was started last year.

The province is to finalize the design after a few more public meetings. (CTV)



Highway 16 has been re-opened after being closed for almost 40 hours because of an oil train car derailment and fire about 115 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.

The highway was closed because of dense smoke.

Saskatchewan's public safety agency says crews are working in frigid temperatures to contain the flames.

Canadian Pacific says 34 train cars derailed early Monday morning.

The agency says there has been no risk to the public. (The Canadian Press, CJWW)



A Saskatchewan man convicted of killing his two sons and his girlfriend in a dangerous driving crash is free on bail. …

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