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Monday, 04 May 2015 06:15

Morning News - May 4

Harper Honors VE-Day In The Netherlands

Prime Minister Harper paid tribute to Canada's war dead at a service in the Netherlands this morning to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

He was joined by a few dozen surviving veterans of the battles to liberate northwest Europe, which culminated with the surrender of Nazi German forces.

Harper spoke of the sacrifices of the war-time generation, which he says understood that some things were worth fighting and dying for.

The ceremony was held at the Holten Canadian War Cemetery, near Arnhem, which contains the graves of 1,350 Canadian soldiers.


Premier Says Province Will Retool Budget Law

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says his government is looking at a major reworking of the province's balanced budget law.

The Balanced Budget, Fiscal Management and Taxpayer Accountability Act was introduced by a Progressive Conservative government two decades ago.

When the government started running deficits in 2009, it suspended sections of the law.

Selinger says it's time to look at the law to ensure the government has a sensible approach for the Manitoba economy, and to ensure there's accountability and transparency.


Manitoba Farm Group Concerned About 2015 Budget

A Manitoba farmers group says it's concerned about what it calls a ``year-over-year decline in core funding'' to the agriculture ministry in last week's provincial budget.

Keystone Agricultural Producers president Dan Mazier says in particular, there is a large cut in the areas of policy and strategic innovation.

The group also says that while there was money for improvements to two highways, he says there many other roads and bridges in Manitoba that also need work.

On the positive side, Mazier said Keystone was pleased with funding for innovation in Manitoba's grain sector, and for the Biomass Energy Support Program.


CMHA Kicks-Off Mental Health Week
The mental health of men and boys is the main theme of this year's mental health week from the Canadian Mental Health Association.
The CMHA's executive director in Manitoba, Marion Cooper, says some troubling statistics are the main reason behind their choice of a theme this year.
Cooper says another theme for this week is encouraging people with mental health problems to get support and also get people to think about their mental health.

Major Rescue Work In Kathmandu Completed 

Nepal's government is urging foreign rescue workers in the quake-stricken capital to return home.

It says the major rescue work in Kathmandu and the surrounding area is done, and what's left to do can be handled by local workers.

But Nepal's information minister says foreign aid volunteers are still welcome to help police in villages and remote mountain areas.

More than 4,000 rescue workers from 34 nations have travelled to Nepal since the April 25th quake struck, killing nearly 7,300 people.


Avengers Rule The Box-Office

The ''Avengers'' sequel tops the weekend box office after the second-biggest opening of all time.

''Avengers: Age of Ultron'' brought in $187.7 million in its debut weekend.

However, it fell short of the first Avengers film's $207.4 million profit.

Holdovers make up the rest of the weekend's top five films: ''The Age of Adaline,'' followed by ''Furious 7,'' ''Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2'' and the animated ''Home.''

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