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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 06:10

Morning News - April 15

Property In Sifton Fire A Total Loss
Dauphin Fire Chief Cam Abrey says a fire in Sifton yesterday caused a large amount of damage and is still under investigation.
CKDM erroneously said yesterday the fire was believed to have started in a chimney, but Abrey says there is an indication from the owners it started in the attic.
Abrey says they can't prove or disprove that.
He says the Dauphin Fire Department was dispatched to a chimney fire, but when they arrived the house was completely engulfed in flames.
Both Dauphin and Sifton Fire Departments fought the blaze.
Dauphin Chief Abrey says there were no injuries and there are no damage estimates at this time.
The property is a total loss.
The Siren Is Back On!... For Now
The 10:00pm siren in Gilbert Plains is back on, at least for now.
A resolution was passed at last night's council meeting deeming it necessary to review the need for the 10:00pm siren, but in the meantime it will be sounding three times per day.
Lloyd Beckley spoke to council last night as well, expressing his concern over the siren's removal.
He called the siren a part of Gilbert Plains' "lifestyle, uniqueness, and heritage." 
Things got heated after Beckley questioned the democratic process and accused one councillor of unprofessionalism.
Beckley says it's nice to see the siren back on.
Premier Speaks At Climate Conference

Premier Greg Selinger says Manitoba should have new emissions targets ready to announce in time for a worldwide conference on climate change scheduled this fall.

Selinger and most of Canada's premiers were at a climate change summit in Quebec City yesterday.

Selinger says the discussion mainly saw each jurisdiction discussing individual challenges and plans.

He said Manitoba, which is focused on what he calls a ``broad stewardship approach,'' will have its new emissions targets ready by the time the UN Climate Change conference gets underway at the end of November in Paris.


Ottawa Strengthens Grain Sector

The federal government is spending $1.4 million to bolster the grain industry.

The cash is for two projects being led by the Canada Grains Council.

One is to help the industry show it is complying with global sustainability requirements and the other is to expand access to international markets.

Agriculture Canada says the grains and oilseeds sector brings in $20 billion in sales at the farm gate. 


Ag Canada Making Crop Registration Easier

Agriculture Canada says it is going to make it easier to register crop varieties.

Minister Gerry Ritz says there will be two registration tiers - Basic and Enhanced.

He says the changes will give Canadian farmers faster access to the newest cutting-edge varieties.

The government says most major field crops grown in Canada are subject to variety registration, such as wheat, canola, pulses and forages.

The exceptions include corn, food-grade soybeans, chickpeas, fruits and vegetables, ornamental plants, and turf grasses.


Indian PM Meets With Harper Today

The first Indian prime minister to make a bilateral visit Canada in 42 years will meet with the governor general and Prime Minister Stephen Harper this morning.

Narendra Modi was welcomed by a number of top Conservative M-Ps when he arrived in Ottawa yesterday.

He will visit with David Johnston this morning before meeting with Harper to discuss many issues, including trade, energy, security and culture.

Modi and Harper will then head to Toronto.

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