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NDP wins recount
A recount has confirmed New Democrat Dave Gaudreau as the next MLA for St. Norbert.
An automatic recount in front of a judge was completed Monday and gave Gaudreau a 31-vote lead over PC candidate Karen Velthuys. On election night, Gaudreau's lead was 30 votes, small enough to trigger an automatic recount, but Monday's recount cost Velthuys a vote.
The Tories have five days to appeal the recount, but that's unlikely.
Still to come this week is a recount in Kirkfield Park, where NDP MLA Sharon Blady finished with just 26 votes over her Tory challenger.
BU mediator called in
BRANDON University and its striking professors will meet at 4:30 p.m. today in Winnipeg with provincially appointed mediator Michael Werier.
Labour Minister Jennifer Howard agreed Monday to the faculty association's request she appoint Werier in a bid to end the 14-day-old strike. The BU Faculty Association told her Friday conciliation talks had failed.
BU lawyer and negotiator Grant Mitchell said Monday that Werier is hearing an unrelated arbitration case in Winnipeg this week, but will begin mediation this evening.
Werier has 30 days to work with the two parties and report back to Howard, but the semester would be lost long before that time expires.
Dealer's sentence stands
A Winnipeg man who ran a one-stop shop for drug addicts will not spend additional time behind bars.
Michael Murphy, 32, was sentenced last winter to 18 months in jail after being caught with cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and magic mushrooms in 2006.
Queen's Bench Justice Robert Dewar rejected his bid for a conditional sentence, but also denied the Crown's request for a longer sentence.
The Manitoba Court of Appeal heard arguments in the case earlier this year and ruled Monday the original sentence should stand. However, Justice Holly Beard did not agree with her colleagues, resulting in a rare 2-1 split.