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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:24

Morning News - March 24

Spring Clean-Up Rolls On

Yesterday's snowfall isn't expected to have much of an impact on the City of Dauphin's spring clean-up campaign.
 
Before the snow fell Monday, the City was able to clean up Whitmore, Mountain, Jackson, 1st Avenue North East, Main Street and in front of the hospital.
 
City of Dauphin Public Works Director Bill Brenner says once the road and boulevard clean-ups are finished, it's on to construction season.
 
Brenner says the City is finalizing the 2015 budget right now, and once that's finished up they'll be able figure out which projects they'd like to tackle this year.
 
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New Responsibilities For MVSD Member 
 
One of the board of trustee members from the Mountain View School Division has some new responsibilities.
 
Della Perih was elected as the Region 1 Director for the Manitoba School Board Association.
 
MVSD CEO Donna Davidson says the board is happy to have Perih as a voice on the provincial organization.
 
Region 1 covers all the school boards in the Southwestern corner of the province, from Swan River down to the US border.
 
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Province To Review School Ski-Safety Manual
 
The Manitoba School Boards Association says the ski safety manual being used by school divisions in the province is being reviewed after three serious incidents in the last six weeks.

A 13-year-old girl died after crashing into a post, a boy broke his leg on a previous school trip, and last week an 11-year-old boy fell four and a half metres from a chair lift, suffering broken bones, dislocated limbs and a concussion.

According to numbers from the Manitoba School Boards Association, 132 students have been seriously injured on school ski trips in the last seven years.

Keith Thomas, risk manager for the association, says they will bring together staff from the two ski resorts involved and education officials to look at what might need to be changed in the safety manual.

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PM Introduces Manitoba's New LG

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the appointment of Janice Filmon as Manitoba's new lieutenant-governor.

Filmon is a social worker, motivational speaker and volunteer known for her charitable work.

She is also the wife of former premier Gary Filmon.

Filmon was awarded the Order of Canada in 2013 and named an officer of the Order of Manitoba in 2007.

She succeeds Philip Lee, who has filled the role since 2009.

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Harper To Expand Canada-Iraq Combat Mission

Prime Minister Harper will present a motion in the Commons this morning that seeks to expand and extend Canada's military mission against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

The motion will seek Parliament's permission to expand airstrikes against targets in Syria -- and to extend the entire mission by a year, to March 30th, 2016.

The NDP has already said it won't support the motion, while the Liberals are expected to discuss the mission during caucus meetings this week.

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Survivors Unlikely After Plane Crashes Into French Alps

French President Francois Hollande says there are likely "no survivors'' in this morning's Alpine crash of an Airbus passenger jet carrying 148 people.

French officials say the Germanwings jet crashed in the French Alps region as it travelled from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany.

Search-and-rescue teams are headed to the crash site.

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