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Monday, 11 May 2015 06:18

Morning News - May 11

CEO Explains Manitoba Saltwater Spill

The CEO of Tundra Oil and Gas says the company's first concern about a saltwater spill in southwestern Manitoba last week was that it was near a creek that eventually flows into the Assiniboine River.

Ken Neufeld says the spill of between 250-500,000 litres was contained immediately to a small area.

It happened last Monday about 30 kilometres southwest of Virden on private farmland.

The leak occurred in a water injection line, although the exact cause isn't yet known.

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Hospital Policy Inquest Begins Today

An inquest begins today into a Manitoba woman's death after she was sent home from hospital in a taxi.

Heather Brenan died in January 2012 after she collapsed on her doorstep.

Her daughter, Dana, says her mother spent four days in the ER and was sent home in the middle of the night without her house keys.

Brenan says she wants to make sure there is a standard discharge policy that is followed so vulnerable people aren't sent home alone at night.

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Morden Research Station To Celebrate Anniversary

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Morden Research Station in Manitoba will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary this summer.

Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers executive director Francois Labelle says the Morden Research Station has been a big contributor to the expansion of pulse crops in Manitoba.

Over the years, he says the station has helped in identifying disease problems in peas as well as edible beans.

Labelle says they've also helped introduce pea varieties.

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US Vet Concerned With Khadr's Release

A retired U-S special forces soldier is concerned about an Alberta judge's decision to allow former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr out on bail.

Layne Morris calls the 28-year-old Toronto native a dangerous terrorist who poses a safety threat.

Khadr was convicted of throwing a grenade that killed a US Army medic during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002.

He was granted bail last week while he appeals his war-crimes conviction.

Morris was wounded in that same skirmish, and says Khadr has demonstrated a willingness and a capability to do great harm to Western interests.

Khadr has said he has no interest in extremist violence, and is looking for a fresh start and a career in health care.

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Cattle Deal With Turkey

Canada has secured an agreement to open market access for Canadian breeding cattle to Turkey.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz's office says Ritz reached the deal while in Istanbul during a meeting with Turkey's Agriculture Minister.

The deal is estimated to be worth $4.5 million annually.

Ritz was in Turkey last week to participate in the G20 Ministerial Agricultural Meeting.

The 20 members adopted a joint communique that supports information sharing on agricultural technologies and markets.

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CN Reveals Infrastructure Plans

CN is revealing more details about how it plans to spend $2.7 billion in promised rail infrastructure.

CEO Claude Mongeau said last week that CN is planning to spend approximately $1.4 billion on track infrastructure, which he says will include the replacement of rail, ties and other track materials, bridge improvements, as well as various branch-line upgrades.

He says safety investments this year will include additional fault detection systems such as wayside inspection system technology, hot wheel detectors, and wheel impact load detectors.

Mongeau says CN also expects to take delivery of 90 new high-horsepower locomotives and will invest in new rolling stock and freight car refurbishments.

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