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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 06:09

Morning News - April 22

NDP Retains In The Pas
Results show the NDP have retained their legislative seat in The Pas.
A byelection was held yesterday to fill a spot left vacant when NDP MLA Frank Whitehead resigned last year.
Amanda Lathlin has been elected, according to Elections Manitoba's unofficial numbers.
She received 1,557 votes; Progressive Conservative Jacob Nasekapow got 817 votes and Liberal candidate Inez Vystrcil-Spence received 369.
Voter turnout was 22.1 per cent.
Industrial Park Reserve Given New Classification
Dauphin's Industrial Park Reserve has been given a new classification.
RM Council approved the change yesterday, and the zone will now be classified as an Economic Development Reserve.
Reeve Dennis Forbes says there was money put aside a number of years ago for infrastructure work when the City and RM bought the industrial park area.
Forbes explains now that the work is done and the Reserve has been changed, that money can be used anywhere in the community to help develop economic opportunities.
Forbes says this is beneficial , as it gives the RM money to promote development.
Local MP Hails Federal Budget...
Dauphin's Member of Parliament says just like in a household, when your finances are in good shape, there are many things you can do.
Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette MP Robert Sopuck spoke to CKDM about the federal budget unveiled yesterday.
Sopuck credited Canada's good financial shape for allowing the federal government to introduce initiatives aimed at saving families money.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver's budget projects a 1.4 billion dollar surplus this year, but the government is dipping into its contingency fund to reach that.
...While Opposition Pans Oliver's Document
The opposition parties accuse the federal finance minister of an economic magic trick in balancing the books and delivering a budget with a 1.4-billion dollar surplus.

The NDP says Joe Oliver delivered a balanced election-year budget by draining two-billion dollars from the government's emergency, rainy-day fund.

The Liberals dismiss the document as nothing more than Conservative electioneering.

Other critics are disappointed that much of the new cash for major infrastructure and public-transit projects won't start getting doled out until 2017 or '18.

Oliver says there's good reason for the delay, noting these are ``big projects'' that aren't even shovel-ready yet.


New Measures Proposed For Antimicrobial Use

Health Canada is proposing new measures to deal with the use of antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals.

It says the goal is to minimize the global emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance and conserve the effectiveness of available antimicrobials.

The measures include amendments to the regulations involving personal use importation of veterinary drugs and the importation of veterinary active pharmaceutical ingredients.

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says the proposed measures were developed through consultation with industry and other stakeholders.


100 Year Anniversary Of Massive WW1 Battle

It was 100 years ago today that Canadian troops faced a horrific baptism by fire in the First World War.

Known as the Second Battle of Ypres, more than 6,700 Canadians would be killed or wounded in a massive German attack in Belgium.

The Canadian War Museum's Great War historian, Dr. Melanie Morin-Pelletier, says Canadians distinguished themselves at Ypres and set a standard for troops who would follow at places like Vimy Ridge.

It was also the first time poison gas was used by either side.

The Germans unleashed 5,700 canisters of chlorine gas in a bid to break the Allied lines.

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