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Man. premier wants federal help

WINNIPEG—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to respond to Manitoba's call for help in dealing with an influx of asylum-seekers crossing the border from the United States, Premier Brian Pallister said Friday.

Pallister said he wrote to Trudeau more than a week ago to ask for money for housing, welfare, language training, legal aid, and other services for border-crossers.

Shutdown extended

MONTREAL—Resolute Forest Products says its Thorold newsprint manufacturing plant in southern Ontario will remain idle indefinitely—extending a shutdown that began late last year.

The plant had employed more than 100 workers who turned recovered paper into newsprint prior to ceasing operations in mid-December.

Alberta satellite aims to measure space weather

EDMONTON—A little satellite built by a group of University of Alberta students will supply information that one day could prevent damage from solar flares.

The AlbertaSat cube satellite, which is about the size of a breadbox, will measure the effects of space weather.

It's scheduled to be launched on a supply rocket to the International Space Station later this month.

Online tax filing back up

OTTAWA—Canadians can file their tax returns online again after the Canada Revenue Agency took the service down as a precautionary measure on Friday.

Services returned to normal late yesterday.

A notice was posted on the agency's website through the weekend that officials detected “an Internet vulnerability” and took down many of its services, including electronic tax filing.

NDP stalwart dies

VANCOUVER—Margaret Mitchell, a former New Democrat MP who became a leading voice in raising awareness about domestic abuse, died Wednesday.

She was 92.

Mitchell represented the riding of Vancouver East from 1979-93.

New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen paid tribute to Mitchell in the House of Commons in Ottawa yesterday, calling her a champion of women's rights.

Warning for park

An United Nations' agency has issued a warning about the environmental health of Canada's largest national park.

UNESCO says Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta is threatened by energy development, hydro dams, and poor management.

Water levels also in the region are dropping, preventing First Nations' from getting access to their traditional territory.