Morning News - May 8
CFS Documents Show Troubling Numbers
New numbers obtained by the Manitoba Liberals on the child welfare system in the province show that Child and Family Services takes at least one infant into care every day.
On some Manitoba reserves, almost every child is involved with CFS in some way, and overall about 90 per cent of children in care in Manitoba are aboriginal.
Liberal MLA Jon Gerrard says with nearly 11,000 children in care, there needs to be a focused effort to reduce the number.
On the Sagkeeng Anicinabe First Nation alone, there are nearly 600 children involved with CFS in some way, representing one-fifth of the community.
The Manitoba government is proposing new rules that it says would make the legal profession more accountable.
A bill before the legislature would allow the media to report names of lawyers charged by the provincial law society with disciplinary offences.
Those names currently are protected until the lawyer is convicted.
The proposal would also allow the law society to regulate law firms, not just individual lawyers.
Khadr Wants To Prove Himself To Canadians
Omar Khadr says freedom is "way better'' than he thought it would be.
Khadr spoke in Edmonton after a judge released him on bail while he appeals his war crimes conviction in the United States.
Free for the first time in almost 13 years, the 28-year-old Canadian vowed to prove to Canadians he's "a good person.''
Khadr says he has renounced violent extremism, would like "a fresh start'' and eventually get a job in health-care.
He says he has experienced pain, and can "empathize with people who are going through that.''
Cameron Expected To Hold On To Downing Street
Britain's governing Conservative party has surged into a surprisingly large lead as the votes are counted in yesterday's election.
Prime Minister David Cameron's Tories are only 10 seats short of a majority in the 650-seat House of Commons.
That would give Cameron a second term in 10 Downing Street, although he's not yet declaring victory.
Manitoba Ag Equipment Maker Sold-Off
Agricultural equipment manufacturer Salford Group has announced that it has acquired Valmar Airflo, based out of Elie, Manitoba.
Valmar designs and manufactures granular applicators for fertilizer, herbicide, insecticide, seed, seed inoculant and forage preservatives.
The company was founded in 1976 by Charles Balmer, a Swiss immigrant who moved to Manitoba in 1953.
As a new unit of Salford Group, Valmar will continue to produce equipment from its Elie manufacturing facility.
Reports are saying that a westbound semi hit the Portage overpass on the Trans Canada highway this evening.
A 73 year old man from St. Claude, which is south of Portage, rolled his truck this morning.
Those in need of warm clothing can find what they need at the “Help Yourself to Stay Warm and Well" event.
The Premier was hospitalised overnight in New Mexico after suffering a broken arm and other cuts and bruises.