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Minority government wins key byelection

NANAIMO, B.C.—The New Democrats won a crucial provincial byelection in British Columbia yesterday that allows Premier John Horgan's minority government to maintain its grip on power after facing a spirited campaign from the Opposition Liberals.

With the win, the NDP has 41 seats in the legislature and continues to hold power with the support of three Green Party members in the house.

Wife of Broncos' coach has forgiveness for driver

MELFORT, Sask.—The wife of the Humboldt Broncos' head coach says she forgives the truck driver who caused a crash that killed her husband and 15 others.

Darcy Haugan's wife, Christina, told court that while she's angry the crash claimed the life of the father of her two young children, she doesn't have ill will toward Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.

Feds deciding fate of benefits tribunal

OTTAWA—Federal cabinet ministers soon will decide whether and how to reform the oft-maligned tribunal Canadians use to appeal federal benefits rulings, potentially undoing changes made six years ago intended to make it work better.

The Social Security Tribunal hears appeals of government decisions on things like eligibility for Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan.

Trucker blew stop sign

MELFORT, Sask.—Court has heard that a semi-truck driver barrelled through an over-sized stop sign with a flashing red light before the deadly Humboldt Broncos' bus crash.

An agreed statement of facts says Jaskirat Singh Sidhu was going between 86 and 96 km/h when he drove into a rural Saskatchewan intersection north of Tisdale last April.