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That's Prince Albert, the small Saskatchewan city I should clearly just move to.PA keeps popping up around here lately. First, it's the place where the Cree Nation child welfare agency - one of the ones under scrutiny for overspending and nepotism - often held its board meetings and staff retreats and stuff. Why not just hold them in a meeting room in The Pas, where the agency has its headquarters? Because, say several former staffers, you get a way better per diem for out-of-province travel, so it's worth a few hours on the road. Every time I spoke to the former workers, it was "PA this" and "PA that".Now, PA is where the Western Premiers are having their annual confab. Rookie Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is hosting, and all the premiers, including Doer, are gathering there tonight. That is basically the most interesting thing I know about the premiers' meeting, that it's in PA. What significant projects or policies might emerge from these huddles, I have no idea.

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About Mary Agnes Welch

Mary Agnes Welch joined the Free Press in 2002, first covering city hall and then the Manitoba legislature before moving to her current post as public policy reporter. Before Winnipeg, she worked at the Windsor Star and the Odessa American, a small daily newspaper in West Texas. There, in addition to covering more than 20 counties, she took high school football scores from coaches all over West Texas by phone every Friday night.

Mary Agnes is a graduate of Columbia University’s journalism school. She has been part of two teams of reporters nominated for a Michener Award. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the beat category.

She was a Southam journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College in 2012-13, where she studied indigenous issues, urban planning and political science. She is also the former national president of the Canadian Association of Journalists and has served on several boards.

She once misspelled "Shih Tzu" in the paper and received 37 emails from angry dog-owners.

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