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Fixing FN homes to be costly: report

WINNIPEG—Internal government documents say Manitoba First Nations live in some of the most dilapidated homes in the country and it will cost $2 billion to eliminate mould and chronic overcrowding in that province alone.

That’s almost 13 times more than the $150 million the federal government has budgeted for housing on all reserves across Canada this year.

Newborns seized from women in rehab: study

WINNIPEG—A study assessing a Manitoba alcohol rehabilitation program indicates participants are more likely to have their babies taken from them at birth than those who aren’t seeking help.

The study by researchers at the University of Manitoba also suggests that being in the three-year program helped women regain their children in the long run.

Most missing persons involve kids in care

WINNIPEG—Police in Winnipeg say four out of five missing persons reports they receive every month involve kids in the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services.

A report prepared for the city’s police board says officers deal with an average of about 550 missing persons reports a month.

Of those, 83 percent involve kids in government care and 71 percent are female.