A CRASH SOUTH OF THREE HILLS IN CENTRAL ALBERTA LAST NIGHT (NOV 19) HAS KILLED A 21 YEAR OLD MAN FORMERLY FROM BEISEKER. RCMP SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 9:30 WHEN A WESTBOUND PICK-UP FAILED TO STOP AS IT ENTERED HIGHWAY 21 NEAR THE COMMUNITY OF SWALWELL, AND STRUCK A SOUTHBOUND TRUCK. THE 21 YEAR OLD VICTIM DIED AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER AND LONE OCCUPANT OF THE SOUTHBOUND PICK-UP WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL IN THREE HILLS AND TREATED FOR MINOR INJUIRES. ALCOHOL IS BELIEVED TO BE A FACTOR.
A 30-YEAR-OLD EDMONTON MAN HAS DIED AFTER BEING HIT BY A PIECE OF MACHINERY ON A JOBSITE IN CALGARY. INSTITUFORM CANADA OFFICIALS SAY JAMES LADINO SUFFERED HEAD INJURIES WHEN HE WAS HIT BY A PIECE OF MACHINERY ON TUESDAY (NOV 18). HE DIED IN HOSPITAL ON WEDNESDAY. COMPANY PRESIDENT CHARLES GORDON SAYS THEY ARE SADDENED BY THE LOSS AND ARE CONDUCTING AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION. THE MATTER IS ALSO BEING INVESTIGATED BY POLICE AND OFFICIALS OF ALBERTA OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY. THE VICTIM WAS WORKING AROUND AN EXCAVATION IN THE CRANSTON AREA OF SOUTH EAST CALGARY.
TWO YOUNG CHILDREN ARE IN THE CARE OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES AFTER THEIR PARENTS WERE ARRESTED FOR RUNNING A COCAINE CONVERSION LAB IN RED DEER. R-C-M-P SAY THEY SEIZED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS DURING A NOVEMBER 4TH SEARCH OF THE HOME, IN WHICH THE KITCHEN WAS BEING USED TO CONVERT COCAINE TO CRACK. THE CHILDREN WERE IN THE HOUSE AT THE TIME OF THE SEARCH, AND WERE REMOVED UNDER THE DRUG ENDANGERED CHILDREN'S ACT. THEIR PARENTS -- WHO HAVE NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED -- ARE FACING SEVERAL DRUG AND FIREARMS-RELATED CHARGES, ALONG WITH ONE COUNT UNDER THE ACT.
A SOUTHERN ALBERTA MAN SAYS HE CAN'T PROPERLY DEFEND HIMSELF ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES IF HE CAN'T USE THE INTERNET WHICH HE HAS BEEN FORBIDDEN TO USE. DANIEL RAND OF MEDICINE HAT WAS CHARGED LAST DECEMBER FOLLOWING A POLICE INVESTIGATION INTO SUSPECTED INAPPROPRIATE EMAILS BETWEEN HIM AND A 12-YEAR-OLD FLORIDA GIRL. RAND'S DEFENCE LAWYER TOLD COURT THAT HIS CLIENT, WHO IS 42, IS STUCK IN A CATCH-22 SITUATION. THE LAWYER SAID EVIDENCE HE NEEDS IN THE CASE IS ONLINE, BUT RAND HAS BEEN BANNED FROM USING THE INTERNET UNDER HIS BAIL CONDITIONS. THE LAWYER SAYS HE COULD BE SEEN AS HELPING TO BREACH THOSE CONDITIONS IF HE WERE TO GATHER THE EVIDENCE ON RAND'S BEHALF. THE MATTER HAS BEEN ADJOURNED IN MEDICINE HAT COURT UNTIL DEC. 16.
WEDNESday, november 19
A WOMAN IS FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING CRITICAL INJURIES IN A TWO VEHICLE CRASH SOUTH OF STETTLER ON TUESDAY MORNING (NOV 18). OFFICIALS WITH STARS AIR AMBULANCE SAY IT THE INCIDENT HAPPENING AROUND 9:45 ON HIGHWAY 56, ABOUT 19 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF STETTLER. THE CRASH FORCING POLICE TO CLOSE THE HIGHWAY IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR OVER FOUR HOURS. IT'S BELIEVED THE COLLISION TOOK PLACE AT HIGHWAY SPEED AND RESULTED IN THE WOMAN BEING EJECTED FROM HER VEHICLE THEN PINNED UNDERNEATH IT AND REQUIRING EXTRACATION TO GET HER FREE. A MAN HAD TO BE EXTRACATED FROM A VEHICLE AS WELL AND HE WAS TAKEN TO THE U OF A HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON IN STABLE CONDITION SUFFERING FROM NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. THEIR WERE REPORTS OF ICY CONDITIONS ON HIGHWAY 56 BETWEEN STETTLER AND DRUMHELLER.
THREE ADULTS AND A YOUTH ARE FACING A LONG LIST OF CHARGES AFTER A NUMBER OF INCIDENTS IN BLACKFALDS ON FRIDAY (NOV 14). FRIDAY MORNING, BLACKFALDS RCMP RESPONDED TO A STOLEN VEHICLE CALL IN THE CEDAR CRESCENT NEIGHBOURHOOD. WHEN THE OFFICER ARRIVED HE NOTED THE VEHCLE IN THE BACK OF A RESIDENCE AND MULTIPLE SUSPECTS LEAVING THE AREA. WHEN HE TRIED TO CUT THEM OFF, HIS CRUISER WAS ACCIDENTLY HIT BY A SEPARATE SLIDING PICK-UP TRUCK. THE OFFICER SUFFERED A BROKEN WRIST BUT HE IS NOW RECOVERING. THE STOLEN VEHICLE MANAGED TO GET AWAY BUT WAS FOUND LATER THAT DAY. SUBSEQUENTLY FOUR PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITHOUT INCIDENT, POLICE ARE ALSO SEARCHING FOR A FIFTH SUSPECT.
PREMIER JIM PRENTICE SAYS HE IS DISAPPOINTED THE U.S. SENATE FAILED TO PASS A BILL AUTHORIZING THE IMMEDIATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE. BUT PRENTICE SAYS HE IS ENCOURAGED THAT THE CONTROVERSIAL LINE IS GAINING INCREASED BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN THE HALLS OF THE U.S. LAWMAKERS. PRENTICE SAYS HE PLANS TO TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON IN JANUARY, BUT NO SPECIFIC DATES HAVE BEEN SET. THE KEYSTONE BILL FAILED BY ONE VOTE, JUST DAYS AFTER THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVED THE PIPELINE. A FINAL OK IS STILL IN THE HANDS OF U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IS STILL BEING CONDUCTED. THE PIPELINE WOULD TAKE ALBERTA BITUMEN TO PORTS IN TEXAS, BUT ENVIRONMENTALISTS SAY IT POSES A DANGER TO THE ECOSYSTEM AND ENCOURAGES THE PRODUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GASES.
THE ALBERTA BARLEY COMMISSION IS HOSTING THEIR FALL REGIONAL MEETINGS THIS MONTH. A REGION 2 MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY (NOV 19) IN THREE HILLS. IT BEGINS AT 9:30 THIS MORNING AT THE COMMUNITY MEMORIAL CENTRE. COMMISSION CHAIRMAN MATT SAWYER SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT FOR BARLEY PRODUCERS TO ATTEND THESE MEETINGS. A REGION 3 MEETING WILL GO IN LACOMBE NEXT WEEK ON NOVEMBER 25TH, AT THE MEMORIAL CENTRE. THE ALBERTA BARLEY COMMISSION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IS SET FOR DECEMBER 10TH TO 11TH AT THE BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL.
TUESday, november 18
The families of five young people stabbed to death at a Calgary house EARLIER THIS year are asking the media to not pursue trying to have details about the crime made public. The five victims -- Zackariah Rathwell, Lawrence Hong, Joshua Hunter, Jordan Segura and Kaiti Perras -- were killed at a party to mark the end of UNIVERSITY CLASSES. Twenty-three-year-old Matthew de Grood has been found fit to stand trial, but the court has put a publication ban on his psychiatric assessment. In a joint letter, the victims' families say they are trying to understand what good it would do to publicize the information before the trial, which won't start until next year. They say the details of the case are such that no one should want or need to hear them before they are presented in court. They also say they want to protect the dignity of their ``lost children'' and prevent the re-victimization of the young people who were traumatized by the killings. The letter says a judge will rule on November 26th on the media's request to unseal an information to obtain and warrants surrounding the most graphic details of the crime.
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says he wants to keep spending low, save for the future, continue building roads, schools and senior care beds, and balance the budget all with oil prices tanking at 75 dollars a barrel. Lieutenant-Governor Don Ethell read out the plan in the speech from the throne to open the fall session of the legislature. Prentice has previously said he will not raise oil royalties to solve the problem or tinker with Alberta's 10 per cent flat tax on income.
Opposition N-D-P Leader Rachel Notley said while Prentice is premier, his government is still beholden to the promises made by the Tories in the 2012 election to invest in social programs, education, health and take steps to reduce poverty. Liberal Leader Raj Sherman says the Tories have been building this province on the backs of students, seniors and Albertans waiting to get into health care. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith's caucus has pushed the Tories to develop a plan to get spending in line and to stop taking on debt to punish future Albertans with debilitating interest payments.
THE CANADIAN SHEEP FEDERATION WILL BE MEETING IN AIRDRIE TONIGHT (NOV 18) FOR THEIR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. AMONG DISCUSSION ITEMS TONIGHT WILL BE NATION WIDE TRACEABILITY. TRACEABILITY ADOPTION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 2015 AND THE CSF WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS WHAT THEY ARE DOING ON A NATIONAL LEVEL WITH SHEEP PRODUCERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THE MEETING STARTS AT 7:00PM AT THE AGRICULTURE CENTRE IN AIRDRIE. AND AT THE SAME VENUE TOMORROW (NOV 19), THE SHEEP FEDERATION IS HOSTING A SEMINAR EVENT ENTITLED "BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS, OPTIMIZE YOUR OPERATION. THAT RUNS FROM NOON UNTIL 8:30 FEATURING GUEST SPEAKERS AND CSF BOARD MEMBERS.
MONday, november 17
TWO MEN HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN A KIDNAPPING AND SEXUAL ASSAULT INVOLVING A TEENAGE GIRL IN CALGARY ON THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY THE 17-YEAR-OLD WAS IN A NEIGHBOURHOOD IN THE CITY'S NORTHEAST LATE FRIDAY (NOV 14) WHEN SHE WAS ATTACKED, DRAGGED INTO AN ALLEY AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. OFFICERS SAY SHE WAS TAKEN TO A HOUSE WHERE SHE WAS REPEATEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BEFORE SHE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE ON SATURDAY MORNING. THREE MEN FROM THE HOME WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON SUNDAY. COREY GEORGE MANYSHOTS, WHO IS 25, AND CODY GEORGE MANYSHOTS, WHO IS 21, ARE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM, ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM, KIDNAPPING, UTTERING THREATS AND ROBBERY. THE THIRD MAN HAS BEEN RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE.
POLITICIANS ARE BACK TO WORK UNDER THE DOME AT THE ALBERTA LEGISLATURE MONDAY (NOV 17). JUSTICE MINISTER JONATHAN DENIS SAYS THERE WILL BE NINE BILLS ON THE ORDER PAPER IN THE SESSION, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO WRAP UP A WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS. ONE KEY BILLS WILL ADDRESS PROPERTY RIGHTS ISSUES, AND THE SECOND WILL END ENTITLEMENTS AND PUT IN PLACE MORE RULES TO ENSURE HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS IN GOVERNMENT. PRENTICE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO ADDRESS IN THE COMING WEEKS HOW FALLING OIL PRICES WILL AFFECT THE BUDGET. THE SPEECH FROM THE THRONE WILL BE DELIVERED AROUND 3 P-M LOCAL TIME.
THE SIKSIKA RESERVE EAST OF CALGARY IS NO LONGER DIVIDED FOLLOWING THE REOPENING OF A BRIDGE ON FRIDAY (NOV 14) THAT WAS BADLY DAMAGED IN LAST YEAR'S FLOODING. THE COMMUNITY OF ARROWWOOD HAD BEEN CUT OFF SINCE THE CHICAGO BRIDGE OVER THE BOW RIVER WAS PUT OUT OF COMMISSION IN JUNE 2013. RESIDENTS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE RIVER WHO NEEDED TO GET TO THE NORTH SIDE FOR SERVICES OR TO THEIR JOBS WERE FORCED TO MAKE A DETOUR THAT TOOK ABOUT AN HOUR. THE BRIDGE ON HIGHWAY 5-47 WAS REOPENED TO LIGHT TRAFFIC IN EARLY OCTOBER, BUT IT'S ONLY BEEN TWO WEEKS SINCE THE STRUCTURE WAS CLEARED FOR HEAVIER LOADS. ALBERTA TRANSPORTATION MINISTER WAYNE DRYSDALE TOLD THE OFFICIAL OPENING HE WAS FRUSTRATED OVER HOW LONG IT TOOK TO COMPLETE REPAIRS. REBUILDING EFFORTS ON THE RESERVE OF 7,000 WERE SLOW IN THE FIRST YEAR AFTER THE FLOODS.
ELK HUNTERS IN ALBERTA WILL GET MORE ACCESS TO C-F-B SUFFIELD NEAR MEDICINE HAT THIS YEAR. THE SEASON OPENS TOMORROW (NOV 18), AND HUNTERS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO SHOOT ELK ON 70 PER CENT OF THE MILITARY BASE INSTEAD OF PAST YEARS WHERE THEY ONLY HAD ACCESS TO 40 TO 50 PER CENT OF THE BASE'S LAND. THE ELK HAVE CAUSED FRUSTRATION AMONG ADJACENT LANDOWNERS AND LEASEHOLDERS WHO HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH DAMAGES FROM THE BALLOONING ELK HERD. THE ELK WERE PART OF A REINTRODUCTION STRATEGY TO REPLACE WILD HORSES WITH AN INDIGENOUS GRAZING SPECIES.
Friday november 14th
A TRIAL HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR A CENTRAL ALBERTA MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING HIS TWO MONTH OLD SON LAST WINTER. 20 YEAR OLD LESLIE BURNEY OF STETTLER FACES ONE COUNT OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT BUT NO TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET AS OF YET. IT WAS ON JANUARY 27TH OF THIS YEAR WHEN STETTLER MOUNTIES WERE ALERTED BY STAFF AT THE RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL THAT AN INFANT HAD BEEN BROUGHT IN SUFFERING FROM MULTIPLE HEAD INJURIES THAT WERE DEEMED NON-ACCIDENTAL. IT'S ALLEGED THE FATHER PROVIDED MULTIPLE STORIES AS TO HOW THE INFANT WAS INJURED. THE CHILD WAS THEN FLOWN TO THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN CALGARY, IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
A CALGARY MAN HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF DELIBERATELY SETTING FIRE TO AN APARTMENT SUITE. FIRE CREWS WERE CALLED TO A FIRE ON WEDNESDAY MORNING.
NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE BLAZE. DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT $200,000. ORRIE DEWHYTE HEWSON, WHO IS 35, IS CHARGED WITH ARSON CAUSING THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE, AND TWO COUNTS OF ARSON CAUSING DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
ALBERTA'S NEW PREMIER SAYS HIS PARTY'S RISING FORTUNES SHOULDN'T BE A CAUSE FOR SMUGNESS AS THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE'S HOLD THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION IN BANFF THIS WEEKEND. AFTER MONTHS OF DISARRAY, THE DEPARTURE OF ALISON REDFORD AND A DROP IN POPULARITY, THE TORIES EVENTUALLY TURNED TO FORMER FEDERAL CABINET MINISTER JIM PRENTICE TO TAKE OVER AS LEADER. AFTER WINNING ALL FOUR BYELECTIONS, INCLUDING HIS OWN SEAT IN CALGARY FOOTHILLS LAST MONTH, PRENTICE WILL PRESIDE OVER HIS FIRST CONVENTION AS PREMIER. BUT PRENTICE SAYS WHAT HE LEARNED WHILE CAMPAIGNING DURING THE BYELECTIONS IS IT IS A TIME FOR HUMILITY -- NOT CELEBRATING THEIR VICTORIES. HE SAYS VOTERS MADE IT CLEAR THAT THEY EXPECT TO SEE GOOD GOVERNMENT AND LESS POLITICS IN THE FUTURE.
MEMBERS OF ALBERTA'S OPPOSITION WILDROSE PARTY BEGIN THEIR ANNUAL MEETING IN RED DEER TODAY (NOV 14) FACING SOME FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS. WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH SAYS FOUR RECENT BYELECTION DEFEATS MEAN THERE NEEDS TO BE CHANGES TO ENSURE THE PARTY IS IN FIGHTING TRIM FOR THE NEXT ALBERTA ELECTION, SET FOR 2016. SMITH SAYS THEY HAVE ALTERED THE WEEKEND AGENDA TO ALLOW PARTY STRATEGISTS TO HEAR DIRECTLY FROM GRASS ROOTS MEMBERS ON WHAT THE CAUCUS IS DOING RIGHT, DOING WRONG, AND WHAT IT NEEDS TO CHANGE. SHE SAYS THE CHALLENGE FOR HER TEAM OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS WILL BE TO STRADDLE THE LINE OF HOLDING THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCOUNT AS OFFICIAL OPPOSITION WHILE CONTINUING TO DELIVER POLICY ALTERNATIVES SO AS TO BE SEEN AS A CREDIBLE GOVERNMENT IN WAITING. SMITH PLANS TO OUTLINE A FIVE-POINT PLAN TO MEMBERS OVER THE WEEKEND TO ADDRESS THAT.
Friday november 13th
Prime Minister Harper and his G-20 counterparts have kicked off their annual conference. They're meeting this year in Brisbane. Summit chair Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he wants the event to focus on economic issues. Harper says he agrees with the decision to try to focus the G-20 agenda on the economy. Abbott wants his fellow G-20 leaders to commit to growing the economy by up to two-trillion dollars in the years to come.
A step forward for Keystone X-L. The U-S House of Representatives has again approved construction of the controversial oil pipeline project. The U-S Senate may follow suit next week. American lawmakers voted in favour of the project -- that would carry Alberta bitumen to refineries in Texas -- after six years of political wrangling. However, there are hints from the White House that U-S President Barack Obama may veto the bill.
wednesday november 12th
The Opposition is not impressed with the Harper government's economic update.
It projects a surplus of 1.9-billion dollars next year -- 4.5-billion lower than forecast in the February budget.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says the government chose to spend its budget surplus on tax breaks such as income splitting, which leaves out many Canadians.
N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair says the projected surplus is a ``mirage'' because it's based on billions of dollars in cuts to much needed programs.
Tuesday November 11th
Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent have been honoured with thousands of others on this Remembrance Day.
The prime minister, the Governor General and the military's chaplain general all paid direct tribute to the two soldiers at today's ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Cirillo was shot and killed at that very spot last month, and Vincent was murdered in Quebec.
Brigadier-General Mike Jorgensen says he thinks more people attended the ceremony in Ottawa today because the two recent deaths brought home the message that Canada's soldiers face danger everywhere.
Friday November 7th
A spokesman for the Royal Canadian Legion says Canadians have bought up 19-million commemorative poppies in the lead up to Remembrance Day so far.
That's one million more than last year.
Bill Maxwell says he believes the recent deaths of soldiers Patrice Vincent and Nathan Cirillo have spurred demand.
Maxwell says he hopes the Legion will distribute enough of the red and black pins so that every Canadian can wear one.
Thursday November 6th
A Canadian soldier has died in an Edmonton hospital, three days after he was injured during a training exercise at C-F-B Wainwright, Alberta.
Private Steven Allen of Victoria was on a lookout tower on Monday when it collapsed.
Allen, who was 20, joined the military a year ago.
Prime Minister Harper is sending condolences to Allen's family, friends and colleagues.
Friday October 31st
CALGARY: A man is dead after a police-involved shooting at a Calgary facility that offers low-cost supportive housing for men with mental health and addiction issues. Officers were called early Friday morning to Langin Place in a southeast neighbourhood after getting word about someone threatening another client with a gun.
LETHBRIDGE, Alta. Alberta Health Services is dealing with another stolen laptop containing the personal information of patients. The computer was stolen two weeks ago from the Lethbridge Sleep Clinic and contains the information of about 5,000 people.
Thursday October 30th
Police are investigating another suspicious fire. This time at the World’s Littlest Church.
The Drumheller Fire Department and RCMP responded shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Staff at the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce called in the fire. Chamber manager Heather Bitz explains that twice a week, DARTS clients come out to clean the church, and Thursday morning called to let them know the Bible at the front of the church was smoldering.
Bitz and Chamber services coordinator Marley Henneigh came out to investigate and found the book on fire.
The Fire Department responded. The fire had damaged part of the interior of the church and firefighters had to cut a hole into the floor to make sure the fire was properly extinguished.
The investigation continues.
Wednesday, october 29th
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is committing $70 million to put more sprinklers and other fire safety devices in seniors facilities. Prentice says the work will begin as soon as possible and will focus on the centres at greatest risk. Many of the 24,000 government-owned or supported seniors units were built before 1990, when sprinklers became mandatory.
The province estimates that $250 million is needed to get the sprinklers in all seniors homes. NDP seniors critic David Eggen says the $70 million will assist only a fraction of the seniors homes, and that many more residents remain at risk. The province began working this year on getting more sprinklers after a fire at a seniors home in Quebec killed 32 residents.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28
CORPORAL NATHAN CIRILLO'S FIVE-YEAR-OLD SON MARCUS WALKED BEHIND HIS FATHER'S CASKET THIS MORNING (OCT 28) IN A PROCESSION TO A HAMILTON, ONTARO CATHEDRAL. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS, SOME WEARING POPPIES, OTHERS CARRYING FLAGS, TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO THE RESERVIST, WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN AS HE STOOD CEREMONIAL GUARD IN OTTAWA LAST WEEK. PRIME MINISTER HARPER AND HIS WIFE LAUREEN AND MANY M-PS ARE AMONG THE DIGNITARIES ATTENDING THE SERVICE, WHICH IS OPEN TO INVITED GUESTS ONLY. THE QUEEN IS THE COLONEL-IN-CHIEF OF CIRILLO'S REGIMENT, AND HAS SENT A MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY, SAYING CIRILLO'S DEATH OCCURRED UNDER WHAT SHE CALLS ``GRIEVOUS'' CIRCUMSTANCES.
A JURY HAS FOUND A MAN FROM CLARESHOLM GUILTY OF KILLING AND DISMEMBERING A SENIOR. THE TORSO OF OTTO (BUNTY) LOOSE, WHO WAS 77, AND A RESIDENT OF VULCAN WAS DISCOVERED BY POLICE IN WOODS NEAR BRAGG CREEK, WEST OF CALGARY IN 2012. THE VULCAN MAN'S HANDS WERE MISSING AND HIS HEAD WAS FOUND SEVERAL KILOMETRES AWAY. TIM ENGEL, WHO IS 37, WAS FOUND GUILTY OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND INTERFERING WITH HUMAN REMAINS AND HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE FOR 25 YEARS. ENGEL SOBBED AS THE VERDICT WAS READ IN THE LETHBRIDGE COURTROOM, AND HE TRIED TO LEAVE THE PRISONER'S BOX, BUT WAS ORDERED TO RETURN TO HIS SEAT. HE WAS EXCUSED FROM THE COURTROOM FOLLOWING A SECOND VERBAL OUTBURST WITH PROFANITY AS THE CROWN ADDRESSED THE JUDGE.
ALBERTA WILDROSE LEADER DANIELLE SMITH IS PUTTING HER LEADERSHIP ON THE LINE AFTER FOUR BYELECTION LOSSES. SMITH SAYS SHE HAS ASKED TO HAVE A LEADERSHIP REVIEW PUT ON THE AGENDA WHEN THE PARTY HOLDS ITS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING IN RED DEER IN MID-NOVEMBER. SMITH WOULDN'T SAY WHAT PERCENTAGE OF SUPPORT WILL SATISFY HER, BUT SAYS IT NEEDS TO BE MORE THAN THE 77 PER CENT RECEIVED LAST YEAR BY FORMER PREMIER ALISON REDFORD. THE WILDROSE PARTY WAS BEATEN IN THREE BYELECTIONS IN CALGARY AND ONE IN EDMONTON ON MONDAY NIGHT (OCT 27). SMITH SAYS HER PARTY NEEDS TO RE-EXAMINE ITS MESSAGING TO EARN THE SUPPORT OF URBAN VOTERS. SHE SAYS SHE STILL BELIEVES HER PARTY IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN UNITE BOTH URBAN AND RURAL AREAS.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27
THE DRIVER OF AN SUV HAS DIED AFTER CRASHING INTO THE DITCH ON A TURN ON THE DEERFOOT TRAIL IN CALGARY. POLICE SAY THE INICIDENT HAPPENED EARLY SUNDAY (OCT 26) IN THE SOUTH EAST PART OF THE CITY, NEAR THE EXIT TO ANDERSON ROAD AND BOW BOTTOM TRAIL. THE VEHICLE HIT A LIGHT STANDARD AND BURST INTO FLAMES, AND FIREFIGHTERS LATER FOUND THE DRIVER DEAD INSIDE. THERE'S NO WORD ON THE DRIVER'S IDENTITY, OR THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH.
VOTERS IN FOUR ALBERTA RIDINGS GO TO THE POLLS TODAY IN WHAT OPPOSITION POLITICIANS CALL A REFERENDUM ON THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT. PREMIER JIM PRENTICE IS ONE OF THE CANDIDATES SEEKING A SEAT IN THE LEGISLATURE IN ONE OF THREE BYELECTIONS IN CALGARY. THE FOURTH IS IN EDMONTON-WHITEMUD. PRENTICE CALLED THE BYELECTIONS A MONTH AGO AFTER WINNING THE PC PARTY LEADERSHIP RACE TO REPLACE FORMER PREMIER ALISON REDFORD. ALL FOUR RIDINGS HAVE BEEN TRADITIONAL TORY STRONGHOLDS. PRENTICE, A FORMER CONSERVATIVE MP AND CABINET MINISTER, SAYS HE WANTS VOTERS TO FOCUS ON THE CHANGES HE HAS MADE TO RESTORE PUBLIC TRUST FOLLOWING THE REDFORD ERA. REDFORD RESIGNED AS PREMIER EARLIER THIS YEAR AMID REVELATIONS SHE USED TAXPAYER MONEY TO FUND LAVISH TRAVEL AND OFFICE PERKS FOR HER AND HER INNER CIRCLE.
ROD LOVE, A LONGTIME FRIEND AND POLITICAL ADVISOR OF FORMER ALBERTA PREMIER RALPH KLEIN, HAS DIED.
FRIENDS SAY HE DIED LATE SUNDAY NIGHT (OCT 26), A FEW WEEKS AFTER WRITING IN HIS BLOG THAT A CANCEROUS TUMOUR HAD BEEN FOUND IN HIS UPPER BODY DURING A ROUTINE PHYSICAL EXAM. HE WAS 61. LOVE FIRST HELPED GUIDE KLEIN'S POLITICAL CAREER WHEN RALPH KLEIN WAS ELECTED CALGARY MAYOR IN 1980, AND THEN LOVE TOOK ON THE ROLE OF CHIEF OF STAFF AS KLEIN MOVED FROM CIVIC TO PROVINCIAL POLITICS AND EVENTUALLY BECAME PREMIER.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24
AFTER ROUGHLY SIX HOURS OF BEING CLOSED, THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY TWO NEAR BLACKFALDS ARE ONCE AGAIN OPEN FOR DRIVERS. RCMP HAD THE HIGHWAY SHUTDOWN AFTER A HEAD-ON COLLISION BETWEEN A PICK-UP AND SEMI HAULING TWO EMPTY FUEL TANKERS JUST BEFORE 5:00 THIS MORNING (OCT 24). MOUNTIES SAY A PICK-UP WAS TRAVELLING SOUTH IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF HIGHWAY 2 WHEN THE CRASH OCCURED NEXT TO ALBERTA DOWNS RACEWAY. ONCE ON SCENE, POLICE FOUND THE PICK-UP IN FLAMES IN THE EAST DITCH AND THE DRIVER OUTSIDE SUFFERING FROM NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. THE SEMI DRIVER WASN'T HURT BUT WAS SHAKEN UP. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.
ONE OF THREE PEOPLE CHARGED IN A CENTRAL ALBERTA MURDER LAST YEAR WILL GO TO TRIAL IN 2016. 29 YEAR OLD TROY CRIER OF MASKWACIS IS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF 51 YEAR OLD WINSTON CRIER OF THE SAMSON CREE FIRST NATION WHO WAS FOUND DEAD IN A RURAL AREA OF THE MONTANA CREE NATION IN MAY OF LAST YEAR. CRIER WILL HAVE A TRIAL IN WETASKIWIN COURT BEGINNING JANUARY 18TH OF 2016. HIS TWO CO-ACCUSED WILL HAVE PRELIMINARY HEARINGS IN DECEMBER TO SEE IF THEIR CASES HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO GO TO TRIAL. 27 YEAR OLD NIKKI SADDLEBACK AND 28 YEAR OLD CLIFFORD SOOSAY, BOTH OF MASKWACIS ARE ALSO CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER.
INNISFAIL RCMP ALLEGE THAT A WORKER AT A GAS STATION IN PENHOLD WHO WAS ROBBED THIS SUMMER WAS ACTUALLY PART OF THE CRIME. ON AUGUST 7TH, POLICE WERE TOLD A MAN ENTERED THE CENTEX GAS STATION AND DEMANDED CASH FROM THE LONE FEMALE EMPLOYEE. THE WORKER COMPLIED WITH THE SUSPECT'S DEMANDS AND THE CULPRIT LEFT WITHOUT INCIDENT. A 30-YEAR-OLD WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED AS AN ACCOMPLICE TO THE THEFT, AND POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE MALE SUSPECT. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CALL THE RCMP OR CRIMESTOPPERS.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23
TESTIMONY HAS CONCLUDED IN THE TRIAL OF A CLARESHOLM MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING AND DISMEMBERING A SENIOR FROM SOUTHERN ALBERTA. TIM ENGEL'S DEFENCE CALLED NO EVIDENCE, SO CLOSING ARGUMENTS ARE TO BE HEARD ON FRIDAY (OCT 24) IN LETHBRIDGE COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH. COURT HAS HEARD THAT THE TORSO OF OTTO (BUNTY) LOOSE, WHO WAS 77 AND A RESIDENT OF VULCAN, WAS DISCOVERED BY POLICE IN THE SNOWY WOODS WEST OF BRAGG CREEK, LOCATED WEST OF CALGARY, IN JANUARY 2012. THE VULCAN MAN'S HANDS WERE MISSING AND HIS HEAD WAS FOUND SEVERAL KILOMETRES AWAY. A MEDICAL EXAMINER WHO PERFORMED THE AUTOPSY ON LOOSE WAS THE LAST WITNESS TO TESTIFY FOR THE CROWN. DR. ELIZABETH BROOKS-LIM SAID IT APPEARED LOOSE WAS DISMEMBERED WITH A SHARP OBJECT AND THE BODY SHOWED NO EVIDENCE THAT HE WAS STILL ALIVE.
STETTLER RCMP CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A VEHICLE CRASH FROM LAST WEEK, THAT SENT A HALKIRK MAN TO HOSPITAL WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. LATE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (OCT 17), MOUNTIES WERE CALLED TO AN AREA EAST OF STETTLER, NORTHEAST OF HIGHWAY 8-50. POLICE FOUND A TRUCK UPSIDE DOWN IN A FIELD. THE 20-YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER WAS THROWN FROM THE VEHICLE. HE WAS TAKEN TO STETTLER HOSPITAL AND THEN AIRLIFTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA HOSPITAL IN EDMONTON BY STARS AIR AMBULANCE, IN CRITICAL BUT STABLE CONDITION. A 19-YEAR OLD FEMALE PASSENGER FROM STETTLER RECEIVED NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. RCMP SUSPECT THAT ALCOHOL AND EXCESSIVE SPEED MAY BE A FACTOR IN THE INCIDENT.
A MECHANICAL FAILURE AT THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IN THE TOWN OF NANTON, SOUTH OF CALGARY, HAS LED TO A REQUEST FOR RESIDENTS TO TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS AND CUT BACK ON TOILET FLUSHING. THE BREAKDOWN IN NANTON HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND, LEAVING THE PLANT TO OPERATE AT REDUCED CAPACITY. NANTON MAYOR RICK EVERETT SAYS IT'S NOT KNOWN HOW LONG THE RESTRICTIONS WILL LAST, BUT PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS ARE WORKING WITH THE TOWN AND ENGINEERS TO ASSESS THE BEST OPTIONS. THE MAYOR SAYS THE TOWN'S DRINKING WATER SUPPLY IS NOT AFFECTED, BUT SAMPLES ARE BEING TAKEN AND MONITORED FOR ANY POTENTIAL PROBLEMS.
A JUDGE HAS FINED A FORMER EMPLOYEE AT THE CARGILL MEAT-PACKING PLANT IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA FOR TAMPERING WITH WASTE-WATER SAMPLES TWO YEARS AGO. PUSHP PAL SINGH WAS FINED $7,500 FOR THE OFFENCES, WHICH OCCURRED AT THE HIGH RIVER PLANT BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND MARCH OF 2012. SINGH ADDED A SUBSTANCE WHICH REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF PHOSPHORUS BEFORE WASTE-WATER SAMPLES WERE SENT TO AN EXTERNAL LABORATORY FOR ANALYSIS. EXCESSIVE PHOSPHORUS CAN REDUCE OXYGEN IN WATER AND HURT AQUATIC LIFE. SINGH MET WITH CARGILL OFFICIALS A MONTH LATER AND ADMITTED THAT HE TAMPERED WITH THE SAMPLES. CARGILL NOTIFIED ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT AND WAS LATER FINED $80,000 FOR FAILING TO IMMEDIATELY REPORT WHAT HAD HAPPENED.
DRUMHELLER RCMP WERE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A COYOTE IN THE COMMUNITY. POLICE RECEIVING A CALL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (OCT 22) ABOUT A COYOTE WANDERING AROUND IN THE BANKVIEW AREA OF DRUMHELLER. WITNESSES SAY THE ANIMAL DID NOT HAVE ANY FEAR OF PEOPLE AND WAS BEHAVING STRANGELY. CHILDREN WERE ALSO PLAYING IN THE AREA. OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO CHASE THE COYOTE OUT THE AREA AND THEN DISPOSED DISPOSED IT.