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Thursday, 16 April 2015 06:11

Morning News - April 16

Assaulted Teen Taken Off Life Support

A 15-year-old Winnipeg girl who was seriously assaulted while in government care has been taken off life support.

Derek Nepinak, chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, says the girl's family gathered at the hospital and made the agonizing decision yesterday.

He says the family was at her bedside and has asked for privacy.

The girl was beaten and left for dead at a parkade in downtown Winnipeg on April 1st.

Police charged a 15-year-old boy -- who also was in government care -- with aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault.

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Wheat Board Sale Success Will Take Time To Determine
 
Time will tell what yesterday's wheat board announcement will lead to, says Manitoba's agriculture minister.
 
Ron Kostyshyn spoke to CKDM yesterday about the federal government's privatization of the Canadian Wheat Board.
 
Responding to a question about the federal NDP calling the deal economic treason, Kostyshyn said it's too early to measure the efficiencies and the opportunities.
 
The federal government is selling 50.1 per cent of the Canadian Wheat Board to the newly formed G3 Global Grain Group in exchange for a $250-million investment.
 
G3 will be based in Winnipeg and the remaining 49.9 per cent will be held in trust for farmers. G3 can buy that out after seven years.
 
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Avian Flu Virus Could Be Here For A While 

Avian influenza experts warn the H5 bird flu viruses crossing North America may be around for a while.

The coming nesting season, which will see wild birds converge on breeding grounds in Northern Canada and Alaska, could further spread the virus in wild bird populations.

And that could produce a new wave of outbreaks in poultry operations when the birds fly south in the fall.

The USDA says it's not clear what route the highly pathogenic H5 viruses took to get to North America.

Twenty-nine poultry farms remain in quarantine in an effort to contain the Woodstock, Ontario outbreak, though to date the virus has only been found on one farm.

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Inmate Dies At Stony Mountain

An inmate serving time for sexual assault and sexual interference at Stony Mountain Institution north of Winnipeg has died after being found unresponsive in a living unit.

Correctional Service Canada said in a release that staff performed CPR but the inmate could not be resuscitated.

The government department says 32-year-old Dwayne Mervin Flett was nearing the end of his five-year sentence.

Cause of death has not been released.

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Hero's Welcome Given To Indian PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a hero's welcome at Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum, where thousands showed up to chant his name.

Modi was introduced by Prime Minister Harper, who said his ``impact in India and around the world has been noticed and admired by many.''

Modi told the cheering crowd that India used to be known for its scams, but now he wants it to be known for its development and skills.

Vancouver is the next and final stop on his three-day visit to Canada.

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Canadian Mayors Make Playoff Bet 

Purple prose may be the ultimate winner in a bet between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson as the Flames meet the Canucks in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Nenshi went to Twitter to ask for ideas on what he should wager, given that he's not a big fan of salmon and Robertson doesn't like beef.

It's been decided that the losing mayor will wear the winning city's jersey and donate just over two kilograms of food to the local food bank for every goal scored.

The loser must also recite a short poem about the victor's city.

The Flames took the first game of the series, winning 2 to 1 last night.

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