July 21st, 2024

Provincial News

Defence calls Coutts murder-conspiracy trial ‘un-Canadian,’ accuses RCMP of lying

By The Canadian Press on July 11th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A lawyer for one of two men charged with conspiracy to commit murder at the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., says the trial is “un-Canadian” and alleges RCMP officers lied under oath. Marilyn Burns said in her opening statement Thursday that the Crown has not proven its case against Chris Carbert and ... Read More »

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Hundreds evacuate northern Alberta First Nation due to nearby wildfire

By The Canadian Press on July 11th, 2024

LITTLE RED RIVER CREE NATION – Nearly a thousand residents have evacuated a northern Alberta First Nation due to an out-of-control wildfire. A provincial alert says a blaze is burning about 8.5 kilometres north of Highway 58, which is adjacent to Little Red River Cree Nation. The government says 981 residents of the First Nation ... Read More »

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Coutts murder-conspiracy trial hears about fire power of prohibited rifle

By The Canadian Press on July 11th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A police officer says he was able to fire 30 rounds in nine seconds using a prohibited semi-automatic rifle seized from the border blockade at Coutts, Alta. Sgt. Richard Kurina with the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team testified Thursday as the Crown’s final witness in the trial of two men charged with ... Read More »

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Calgary woman facing criminal charge after dog left in hot car dies

By The Canadian Press on July 11th, 2024

CALGARY – Police have charged the owner of a dog that was left in a hot car and died on Canada Day. Officers say they received a call about a distressed dog inside the locked car with its windows rolled all the way up. Witnesses reportedly saw the large dog panting so heavy that the ... Read More »

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Coutts murder-conspiracy trial hears about fire power of prohibited rife

By The Canadian Press on July 11th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A police officer says he was able to fire 30 rounds in nine seconds using a prohibited semi-automatic rifle seized from the border blockade at Coutts, Alta. Sgt. Richard Kurina with the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team is testifying at the trial of two men charged with conspiracy to commit murder of ... Read More »

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Defence suggests some of the guns seized from Coutts border blockade used for hunting

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A defence lawyer for one of two men accused of conspiracy to commit murder at the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., has suggested some of the guns seized by police were rifles used for hunting small game. Katherin Beyak made the comment Wednesday during cross-examination of an RCMP firearms expert. Her client, ... Read More »

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Defence suggests many guns seized from Coutts border blockade used for hunting

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A defence lawyer for one of two men accused of conspiracy to commit murder at the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., has suggested many of the guns seized by police are rifles used for hunting small game. Katherin Beyak made the comment during cross-examination of an RCMP firearms expert. Her client, Chris ... Read More »

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Community of 700 in northern Alberta ordered to evacuate due to wildfire

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2024

GARDEN RIVER, ALTA. – A community in northern Alberta has been ordered to evacuate due to a wildfire. A provincial alert says people in Garden River are not in immediate danger, but there are concerns the fire could cut off access to Highway 58, the only road into the community. It says residents must leave ... Read More »

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Hockey Canada names Trevor Murphy vice-president of hockey development

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2024

CALGARY – Hockey Canada has hired Trevor Murphy as vice-president of hockey development. The governing body said in a statement Wednesday that Murphy will be tasked with leading the development of grassroots hockey across Canada. Murphy, from Mount Pearl, N.L., was most recently on the 2025 Canada Games Host Society senior leadership team. He previously ... Read More »

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Murder-conspiracy trial hears prohibited gun seized at Coutts border blockade

By The Canadian Press on July 9th, 2024

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A firearms expert told a murder-conspiracy trial Tuesday that a rifle seized in raids near the border blockade at Coutts, Alta., was a prohibited weapon. Bryan Hui with the RCMP national firearms lab in Surrey, B.C., testified by video. He said he reviewed all weapons, components and ammunition seized in 2022 from ... Read More »

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Hot week expected on Prairies as heat warnings cover Alberta, much of Saskatchewan

By The Canadian Press on July 8th, 2024

EDMONTON – Above-normal temperatures affecting much of Western Canada are expected to spread into Manitoba later in the week. Environment Canada has heat warnings in place throughout Alberta, much of central and northern Saskatchewan, as well as a large swath of southern B.C. Temperatures in Alberta and Saskatchewan could reach 35 C by Wednesday. The ... Read More »

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