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Court orders legal bills paid for First Nation

VANCOUVER -- A B.C. First Nation that won a partial victory last year in a long-standing land claims case will have some of its legal bills paid for by the provincial and federal governments.

The B.C. Court of Appeal issued a ruling in June that granted the Tsilhqot'in First Nation rights to hunt, trap and trade in what it considers its traditional land, but rejected its claim to aboriginal title.

The Appeal Court has now ordered the B.C. government and Ottawa to pay portions of Tsilhqot'in's legal bills from the appeal.

The case dates back to the early 1990s, when the Tsilhqot'in first began using the courts and a blockade to stop logging operations in the area.

The Tsilhqot'in, whose territory is near Williams Lake, B.C., is made up of six aboriginal bands that together include about 3,000 people.

Man has sausages stolen

PARRY SOUND, Ont. -- Fresh charges have been laid after police say a northern Ontario man was hit in the face and had his package of wild game sausages stolen.

Provincial police in Parry Sound say the man picked up the sausages Dec. 30 at a wild game dinner at the local community centre before making his way over to a Don Cherry's Sports Grill for a drink.

They say while later walking home the man was followed and attacked by another man who had also been at the restaurant, with the packaged meat allegedly stolen during the altercation.

Police say their investigation of the sausage incident led them to the home of a third man, who they say was seen wearing blood-stained clothes while cooking a sausage.

They say both men were arrested and the package of sausages was seized at the scene.

Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Grant is charged with assault causing bodily harm and robbery, while 20-year-old Brandon Deacon faces counts of possession of stolen property, robbery with violence and theft.

Deacon was arrested Thursday and is set to appear in court today, while Grant is scheduled for a Jan. 10 court date.

Police have not identified the man injured in the incident.

No privacy at speed date

EDMONTON -- Alberta's privacy commissioner has ordered a speed-dating company to tighten its training after a woman complained her email address was given to a smitten suitor who didn't interest her.

In a seven-page ruling, the commissioner's office details how the unnamed woman attended a speed-dating event by Fast Life International.

She didn't pick anyone at the event, but a few days later, two emails appeared in her inbox from a man who was there.

The man said he had obtained her email from the speed-dating company, so the woman complained to the privacy commissioner.

Adjudicator Keri Ridley ruled Fast Life International has reasonable policies to protect the personal information of its attendees.

But an employee mistakenly disclosed the woman's address without her consent and Ridley says the company needs to better inform its workers about privacy laws.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 4, 2013 A15

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