Prairie Update – CP

by ahnationtalk on June 18, 201896 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jun 18, 2018 

(Lindhout-Kidnapping) – Alberta note

A Somalian man found guilty in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith handed down the sentence for Ali Omar Ader today.

Smith ruled in December that Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national, was a — quote — “willing participant” in the 2008 hostage-taking of Lindhout, who was working as a freelance journalist near Mogadishu at the time.

Lindhout was raised in Red Deer, Alta. (The Canadian Press)

(Alta-Notley-Cabinet)

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has announced some changes to her cabinet.

Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee is taking on the added role of minister for the status of women and Brian Malkinson, member of the legislature for Calgary Curry, will be responsible for Service Alberta.

The two portfolios belonged to Stephanie McLean, who announced earlier this year that she will not run again in next spring’s election.

Brandy Payne, who was associate minister of health, has lost her cabinet assignment as she, too, has said she will not run again.

(Manitoba-Plebiscite-Cannabis)

The Manitoba government will allow any municipality to hold a plebiscite if it wants to prohibit cannabis retail stores.

Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton announced the move Monday after consulting with communities across the province.

The government will enact the Safe and Responsible Retailing of Cannabis Act.

If a plebiscite is held and approved by residents, it would allow the municipality to refuse cannabis store licences. (The Canadian Press)

(Mba-Downtown-Fire)

Police say a massive blaze that burned through historic buildings in downtown Brandon last month may have been started by people.

On May 19, fire crews were called to the fire that ended up causing 25 million dollars in damages.

Police, the office of the fire commissioner and the Canadian Pacific Police Service are doing a joint investigation into the cause of the fire.

Multiple witnesses reported seeing several people in the area before the building went up in flames, but police say that have not yet been identified. (The Canadian Press)

(Sask-Fire-Church)

A weekend fire destroyed the United Church on the Peepeekisis First Nation.

The Balcarres fire department responded Saturday night, but firefighters were unable to contain the fire, and the church was destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Originally built in 1906, the church was one of the oldest on a Saskatchewan First Nation. (CJGX)

(Sask-Dog-Attack)

Wadena R-C-M-P say a young girl is recovering in a Saskatoon hospital from injuries sustained from a dog attack on the Fishing Lake First Nation late last week.

Sgt. Burton Jones says Mounties received the call that a mauling had occurred.

It took place around 6 p.m. Friday on the Fishing Lake First Nation, he says.

Jones says it was two dogs, but he couldn’t confirm whether the dogs have been destroyed. (MBC)

(Prairie Update by The Canadian Press)

(The Canadian Press)

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