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Saskatchewan acting on recommendations made after boy, 10, kills six-year-old

Saskatchewan acting on recommendations made after boy, 10, kills six-year-old

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government and a child welfare agency are reporting progress on 18 recommendations made after a 10-year-old boy killed a six-year-old boy.

Social Services and the Yorkton Tribal Council Child and Family Services have provided their first quarterly update to recommendations made by children’s advocate Bob Pringle in May.

Pringle found there were significant gaps in aid provided to the 10-year-old by the tribal council, the local child welfare agency on his case.

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Social Services says, among other things, it has held a joint training session with First Nations child and family services on safety plans.

The ministry also says it’s now doing program reviews on First Nations child welfare agencies on a yearly basis, rather than the old practice of every three years.

Pringle noted that the 10-year-old boy had behavioural issues and said he probably should not have been in the community unsupervised when the six-year-old was killed in August 2013.

Legislation prevents Pringle from naming the boys.

The RCMP said at a news conference last September that Lee Bonneau died after being found injured in a wooded area not far from the Kahkewistahaw First Nation community centre.

Lee was not a member of the First Nation, but was visiting the reserve with his foster mother, who had gone to play bingo.

Lee was last seen walking with the older boy outside the reserve’s recreation complex.

The 10-year-old was too young to be charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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Saskatchewan acting on recommendations made after boy, 10, kills six-year-old

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NASCAR’S Tony Stewart to return to competition – National

NASCAR’S Tony Stewart to return to competition – National

ABOVE: Tony Stewart announces return to racing following deadly accident

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race.

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The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate New York. Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen the next morning, then skipped the races at Michigan and Bristol Motor Speedway.

Stewart, who was described by police as “visibly shaken” the night of Ward’s death, has been in seclusion ever since. Stewart-Haas Racing executive vice-president Brett Frood had said the team was putting no timetable on his return to the No. 14 Chevrolet and the emphasis was on giving Stewart time needed to get him “in a better place than he is.”

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Stewart’s only comment since Ward’s death was a statement the day after the crash in which he said “there aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.”

Ward had climbed from his car after it had spun while racing for position with Stewart. The 20-year-old walked down onto the racing surface waving his arms in an apparent attempt to confront Stewart.

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Authorities said the first car to pass Ward had to swerve to miss hitting him. The front of Stewart’s car then appeared to clear Ward, but Ward was struck by the right rear tire and hurtled through the air. He died of blunt force trauma.

It was not clear if the 43-year-old NASCAR superstar will be charged in Ward’s death. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero has said investigators did not have any evidence to support criminal intent by Stewart. Povero said this week he has no new updates on where the investigation stands.

Meanwhile, Stewart will move forward with his career and attempt to salvage his season.

NASCAR released a statement Thursday saying that Stewart was eligible to return because he “has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities.”

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Stewart, who has 48 career Cup wins in 542 starts, is one of the biggest stars in the garage. His peers have been protective of him as questions emerged in the aftermath of the crash, and it pained them that Stewart was grieving in private and had cut off communication with so many of them.

NASCAR rules state a driver must attempt to either qualify or race the car in every points-paying event to be eligible for Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, unless a waiver is granted.

Since Ward’s death, NASCAR has announced a rule that prohibits drivers from exiting from a crashed or disabled vehicle – unless it is on fire – until safety personnel arrive. Last week, Denny Hamlin crashed while leading at Bristol and stayed in his car until safety personnel arrived.

But Hamlin then exited his vehicle and angrily tossed a safety device at Kevin Harvick as he passed by moments later. He was not penalized.

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Fast and healthy back to school lunches – Toronto

Fast and healthy back to school lunches – Toronto

TORONTO – Back to school means reviving a lot of old routines, but that doesn’t have to include basic, boring lunches.

Susan Hay visited Rose Reisman at Glow Fresh Grill to learn how to spice up a lunch bag so it comes home empty – and most importantly, keeps your child healthy and energized.

Reisman is famous for her simple and delicious yet health-conscious food. She came prepared with tips for parents to make healthy choices when choosing ingredients.

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For the classic sandwich, Reisman recommends avoiding white bread and processed proteins such as deli meats and cheeses. Instead, choose from the wide variety of whole grain breads, pitas and wraps available. For a healthier protein with more impact, choose roasted meats and real cheese.

Yogurt can also be a fan favourite. Parents can make it even better by choosing Greek yogurt and adding natural sugars like honey, maple syrup or fresh fruit. A fruit kebob is colourful and appetizing and can similarly be kicked up a notch by sending yogurt as a dip.

The ever-popular pizza can also make its way into the lunch bag. Avoid store-bought pizza, but put together your own ready-to-assemble pizza kit with a tortilla or bagel as a base and grated cheese and tomato sauce ready to go.

Attractive packaging seals the deal –just add a unique lunch box to your back to school list.

The best part? All these ideas and fast and easy to recreate with your kids – and they’re guaranteed to satisfy.

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N.B. Election Notebook: Aug. 28 – New Brunswick

N.B. Election Notebook: Aug. 28 – New Brunswick

FREDERICTON, N.B. – As party leaders and candidates hit the road across New Brunswick campaigning for the upcoming provincial election, Global News will keep track of where they are and what they’re saying in our election notebook.

Read all 2014 New Brunswick election notebooks

Here’s what happened Thursday, August 28.

Liberals: Youth employment and the north


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Liberal Leader Brian Gallant was in Moncton Thursday promising to introduce a Youth Employment Fund in the hopes of stopping the flow of young people from the East to the West.

Gallant says the fund would provide six-month placements including training and work experience for unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 29.

He says the program, modeled after a similar fund in Ontario, would ultimately give young people the skills they need to find full-time jobs in the province.

Gallant says a Liberal government would subsidize 1,500 placements a year at a cost of $7,800 per placement.

The Liberals also promised to refocus and create the Northern and Miramichi Infrastructure and Capital Funds. The Northern fund would be set at $20-million/year for six years while the Miramichi fund would have access to $5-million/year for six years.

Gallant says the funds would be meant for projects that hire locally, lowering the North’s 15 per cent unemployment rate.

Green Party: Local food

The Green Party unveiled their plan to get more New Brunswickers relying on locally grown food.

Leader David Coon was in Saint John Thursday, promising to create a local food security act. He said he would work to engage provincial institutions including schools, hospitals, seniors homes, Crown agencies and government offices into building a provincial food economy.

Coon said he would also direct a local food labeling program so New Brunswickers can easily identify food produced in the province.

NDP: Economic development

NDP leader Dominic Cardy spoke to a Saint John business group revealing his economic development vision.

Cardy says he would close the Department of Economic Development, keeping the elements that worked and putting them under the Department of Finance.

He said he would also introduce a new jobs tax credit to reward companies that create new jobs and increase the New Brunswick Investment Tax Credit cap to $500,000 – making it the highest on the Eastern seaboard.

People’s Alliance: Natural resources

The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick are proposing a forestry ombudsman to work within the Department of Natural Resources who would oversee contracts and deals made between the province and companies.

If elected, they also promise to not allow companies to use wood from Crown land as a so-called ‘weapon against private citizens’ who make their living off of private woodlots.

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Southwest ring road plans include diverting Elbow River – Calgary

Southwest ring road plans include diverting Elbow River – Calgary

CALGARY- A mock up of the southwest ring road is raising eyebrows, due to the scale of the plan which includes diverting a river.

Alberta Transportation released a 3D video of the project, which is being built to link the Trans-Canada Highway to Macleod Trail. Plans include building a concrete channel to divert the Elbow River, where the highway would cross from Highway 8 to Anderson Road.

However, officials stress that the rendering is by no means final.

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“This is very early in the whole design plan,” says Bob McManus from Alberta Transportation. “There’s no detailed engineering work, there needs to be open houses and consultation which will be done in Calgary later this year, there needs to be environmental impact assessments.

“We’re a long way from seeing any shovels in the ground or any work of that nature.”

Critics are already voicing concern about the part of road that will cross Weaselhead Flats, which is home to plants and wildlife such as loons, swans, even black bears.

“It’s devastating to the ecological integrity of the wetlands and the Elbow River, and the natural area and the diversity of the area,” says Lisa Dahlseide, executive director of the Weaselhead Preservation Society. “The Elbow River meanders and sweeps across the river valley, creating the ecosystems that you see here. And they’re going to change drastically with the loss of biodiversity if that river is locked into place.”

The society is also concerned the channel won’t be able to handle a major flood.

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