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Stony inmate suing feds

STONY MOUNTAIN -- An inmate at Stony Mountain Institution is suing the federal government after he was brutally assaulted by a group of fellow prisoners.

Rene Barrios-Lopez, 34, claims corrections officers stood by and watched as he was stabbed more than 50 times by fellow members of the Bloodz street gang in March 2011.

Barrios-Lopez claims he suffered several serious injuries, including punctured lungs and a lacerated kidney, liver and intestine.

At least two of the attackers have already pleaded guilty. Barrios-Lopez is serving a 10-year sentence for a shooting outside a nightclub years earlier.

None of his allegations against the government has been proven in court.

Takeover completed

CALGARY -- Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd. has completed its $15.1-billion takeover of Calgary oil and gas producer Nexen Inc.

Kevin Reinhart, who had been serving as interim CEO, will continue on in the top job. CNOOC Ltd. CEO Li Fanrong will serve as chairman of Nexen's new board of directors.

All of Nexen's existing assets as well as CNOOC's North and Central American operations will be managed out of Nexen's Calgary headquarters.

The deal gives CNOOC control over assets in the oilsands, B.C. shale gas resources, the North Sea, West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.

Aftermath of Pastagate

MONTREAL -- The Quebec government is looking at how it handles perceived transgressions of the province's language law after a public-relations fiasco over the use of Italian on the menu of an Italian restaurant.

Diane De Courcy, minister responsible for the language law, said the internal review will help to improve the performance of the Office quebecois de la langue francaise.

The news comes after a media-analysis company calculated the so-called 'Pastagate' story got 60 times more coverage in news reports outside the province than a recent trip where Premier Pauline Marois tried to drum up foreign business for Quebec.

While most of the stories were in Canada, Pastagate was chronicled in 350 articles in 14 countries, as far away as Australia, when it broke last week.

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 26, 2013 A8

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