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M.D. wants meeting with Crowsnest, Pincher RCMP before K Division
In response to an inquiry from Pincher Creek RCMP Sgt. Ryan Hodge about a meeting opportunity with K Division on October 29 and 30, Municipal District (M.D.) councillors expressed that they were not ready to discuss their concerns during the October 13 council meeting.
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Minister of Finance Travis Toews talks with community and business leaders of Alberta’s Recovery Plan
Community and business leaders of Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass were invited to sit in during a town hall on Tuesday, August 18 where Alberta Minister of Finance Travis Toews gave updates on Alberta’s Economic Recovery Plan.
Motor vehicle services shutdown June 19-22
Motor vehicle services, including vehicle registrations, driver’s licence renewals, and knowledge and road tests will be unavailable to Albertans June 19-22. The Motor Vehicles System (MOVES) that tracks all driver and vehicle information in the province is being updated to continue serving Albertans. “We appreciate Albertans’ patience while we make this necessary update,” said Minister of Service Alberta Nate Glubish. “I’ve been clear that I want to take Alberta from worst to first when it comes to online registry services and this update will enable us to develop such services including, for example, online driver’s licence renewals.” To complete the update, the system must shut down for four days. The system will be unavailable from June 18 at 9 p.m. through June 22. The system will be back in operation by 8 a.m. June 23. During the shutdown, Albertans will be unable to access all motor vehicle services, including: Knowledge tests, road tests and road test bookings Vehicle registrations and renewals Driver’s licence suspension reinstatements Driver’s licence and ID card services (including new applications, renewals, temporary licences, exchanges, duplicates and reclassifications) Driver’s abstracts, searches, in-transit permits, etc. Albertans whose driver’s licences or ID cards are set to expire on or around these dates should plan to complete their renewals before June 19. Some registry agents are offering services remotely, and Albertans requiring renewal should connect with their local registry agent to explore options for remote renewal ahead of the shutdown. Albertans with expiring vehicle registrations have until the end of June to renew. During the shutdown, Albertans can pay outstanding fines online only. Registry agents will be unable to process fine payments during the outage, and traffic courts remain closed to the public due to COVID-19.
RCMP officers charged following ASIRT investigation
On July 3, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an RCMP officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man. On July 2, 2018, a 31-year-old man was in a residence in Valhalla Centre when unidentified perpetrators attacked the residence and fired upon the occupants. While one occupant was injured during the incident, the 31-year-old man was able to flee the area in a very distinctive vehicle. As RCMP officers began to investigate the incident, they sought to locate and interview the man as a witness to the events and, indeed, as the possible intended victim.
Teck Frontier project update: Premier Kenney
Premier Kenney issued the following statement following Teck’s decision to withdraw its application for approval for the Frontier project: “Today’s announcement by Teck to withdraw its application for approval of the Frontier project, only days before the federal cabinet was set to decide whether to approve or reject it, is a grave disappointment to Albertans. Alberta has lost the opportunity for 7,000 jobs and Canada has lost the opportunity for $70 billion of dollars in new tax and royalty revenue that could have funded our generous social services over the next four decades. The project would also have produced oil cleaner than half the barrels in North America.
Schweitzer denounces carbon tax
As 2019 drew to a close Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer took time to reflect on the impending carbon tax Albertans were facing. “Tomorrow Ottawa imposes its carbon tax on our province, forcing Albertans to pay more to fill their tanks and heat their homes. And since so much of what Albertans use in modern day life is delivered by diesel-powered trucks and trains, the cost of essential items such as groceries and clothing will rise as well,” Schweitzer said. “At the same time, the cost of doing business will increase at one of the worst possible times for our province. Economic analysis of the former Alberta government’s carbon tax showed that upwards of 16,000 fewer jobs would be created every year due to the carbon tax,” Schweitzer added. “Ottawa is only going to increase its carbon tax on Albertans, starting with an immediate 50 per cent hike on April 1, 2020. Troublingly, the federal government has recently mused about further carbon tax hikes beyond its stated goals, with some allied groups demanding carbon taxes of over $200 per tonne.” “While Alberta’s former government supported the federal government’s carbon tax plans at federal-provincial meetings, we will not do the same,” he promised. “In 2019, Albertans overwhelmingly rejected carbon taxes at the ballot box – twice. We kept our commitment to scrap Alberta’s carbon tax,” Schweitzer said. “While some pundits and politicians at home would prefer that we simply roll over and accept Ottawa’s unconstitutional imposition of carbon taxes on Albertans, we are steadfast in our commitment to stand up for our province – including with our current challenge at the Alberta Court of Appeal and supporting Saskatchewan and Ontario in their legal efforts as well.” “At the same time, we are pursuing innovation to combat emissions with our made-in-AlbertaTechnology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) plan. Emissions per barrel of oil in Alberta are already down 30 per cent since 2000 and are on track to fall another 20 per cent by 2030. TIER will further this important work. Albertans rightly recognize that the global challenge of climate change will not be addressed through taxes on getting to work and heating their homes, but instead through technological advancement.” “Alberta has a strong and proud history of advancing our province’s rights and our government will continue that legacy of standing up for Albertans. We will never apologize for defending our province’s interests. We will never stop working for jobs. And we will never hesitate to do what is best for our economy,” he vowed.
Pilot ok after crash near Hanna
The pilot of a Cessna 172P plane built in 1982 walked away from a crash that left the plane seeing better days. The pilot, who has not been identified, was travelling from Calgary to Medicine Hat, with plans for a pit stop at the Hanna Municipal Airport. RCMP said the pilot reported that he had decided to take another pass at the runway when the plane stalled and he crashed approximately 15 feet to the south of the runway, near the storage Quonsets on the property. “The pilot was taken to the hospital by the RCMP,” noted Terri Super, a representative of Super T Aviation, a flight-training centre that also offers chartered services and tours. Super said the exact cause of the crash is unknown, but ultimately at the end of the day the most important thing was that the pilot was not seriously injured. “He was checked over and released,” she said, adding that the pilot had been transported back to Medicine Hat, where the company is based out of, and was resting. “We’re happy he did not get hurt.” “Metal is easy to replace, flesh and blood isn’t,” Super said. She said the individual flying the plane was a licenced pilot who was building time, getting yet another night flight under his belt on a cross country trip. “We’re just very thankful he’s ok,” Super said. As for the plane, Super was less concerned over the wreckage, noting in the broad spectrum of possibilities they were “lucky” because the pilot was ok. “That’s what you have insurance for,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org