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(Sask-Grass-Fire-Destruction)

A grass fire that stretched for eight kilometres in an area north of Regina has destroyed three homes.

Fire departments from six communities responded when the alarm sounded in Kannata Valley on Last Mountain Lake yesterday afternoon.

There were no injuries, but homes and cottages in the area were evacuated.

Officials say the blaze was under control by around 9:30, but crews continued to watch for hot spots. (CJME)

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(Mba-Legal-Aid-Contract)

Manitoba's 65 legal aid lawyers have signed a five-year contract with the provincial government.

The deal will see the lawyers get retroactive wage hikes of one, one, two and two per cent for the four years since their last contract expired in 2014.

They will also get two, one-per-cent wage increases in 2018 to cover the fifth year.

The contract means that -- for the time being -- the lawyers will escape the Pallister government's public-sector wage freeze.

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(Sask-Gun-Amnesty)

Almost 370 firearms were handed in earlier this spring during a month-long gun amnesty program in Saskatchewan.

Police chiefs in the province say 122 firearms were turned over in Saskatoon, 101 in Regina and 97 to various R-C-M-P detachments between March 29th and April 27th.

Guns were also surrendered in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Estevan and Weyburn.

Anyone wanting to surrender a firearm is still encouraged to contact police. (The Canadian Press)

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(Alta-MLA-Cancer)

An Edmonton-area M-L-A says she has started treatment for uterine cancer.

New Democrat Erin Babcock, who represents Stony Plain, says on Twitter that her treatment will take a few months but she will continue to represent her constituents. …

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