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Thursday, 23 April 2015 06:11

Morning News - April 23

Saskatchewan Community In Shock After Family Murdered

The mayor of Tisdale, Saskatchewan says residents are in shock over news a woman and her three kids were killed by a man who later took his own life in another town.

Al Jellicoe says his town of 3,200 people is a tight-knit community and the tragedy affects everyone.

The four family members were found dead in their trailer at a mobile home park.

RCMP say a man killed three children and their mother -- identified by residents as Latasha Gosling -- then drove to Prince Albert with a six-month old baby and took his own life.

The baby was unharmed.


Policy Change Responsible For Increased STARS Calls
Some policy changes at the Manitoba base for the STARS air-ambulance service has lead to an increase in calls in recent months.
STARS says they've had over 90 flights so far in 2015 compared to just 3 from the same time frame last year.
Clinical operations manager Grant Therrien says a new partnership agreement with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority lead to the changes with their dispatching criteria.
Therrien says despite the increase in calls, there has been no financial impact because the service has a fixed cost that covers their operations.
MTS Warns Of Caller-ID Scam
Manitoba Telecom Services is warning its customers about a believed telephone scam using Caller ID spoofing.
A recording on MTS' technical support number says some customers report they are getting calls that show their own number on their call display.
The telecommunications company says they believe the calls are from outside their network.
MTS is reminding its customers not to disclose any personal and financial information to anyone for any reason.

Ag Group Has Mixed Reactions To Fed Budget

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has mixed feelings about this week's federal budget.

President Ron Bonnett says they like items such as the budget's investments in agricultural trade promotion, reduced EI premiums for business owners and the increase in the lifetime capital gains allowance.

He considers the lifetime capital gains increase to one million dollars an important tool for farmers to manage the tax burden associated with the transfer of farm assets.

However, Bonnett says the group is disappointed that certain barriers to intergenerational transfers were not addressed and that there was no investment in research into crop varietal development and climate change adaptation.


Ag Canada Predicting Increased Crop Production This Year

Agriculture and AgriFood Canada is predicting total crop production in Canada will increase in the 2015-16 crop year, largely due to higher seeded area for corn and soybeans.

The department's April outlook for principal field crops forecasts a three per cent increase in spring wheat area seeded but a 33 per cent decrease in winter wheat.

It's calling for a drop in supply of nine per cent, based on lower 2015-16 production and lower carry-in stocks.

Department analysts expect average crop year producer wheat prices to be higher than 2014-15 because of lower global supply and the forecast weaker Canadian dollar.

The principal field crops outlook is forecasting a four per cent increase in soybean seeded area to a record 2.35 million hectares.

Canadians Concerned About Arctic Security

It appears people living in countries surrounding the Arctic circle are getting more concerned about security in the region.

In five of the eight countries that form the Arctic Council, including Canada, one-third of 10,000 people surveyed by Canada's Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program feel the chance of an armed conflict in the region has increased.

A majority of respondents felt that way in the other three countries, including Russia.

Russia has been blamed for increasing tension in the Arctic Council through its actions in Ukraine and by holding northern military exercises.

Canada will hand off leadership of the Arctic Council to the US this weekend.

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Reports say Semi hit Portage overpass

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Reports are saying that a westbound semi hit the Portage overpass on the Trans Canada highway this evening.

Truck slid off bridge into icy water this morning

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A 73 year old man from St. Claude, which is south of Portage, rolled his truck this morning.

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The Premier was hospitalised overnight in New Mexico after suffering a broken arm and other cuts and bruises.