CPS arrests man in relation to drug and firearms trafficking

The Calgary Police Service Strategic Enforcement Unit has charged a man following a three-month investigation into a cocaine and firearms trafficking and distribution.

 On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 22 year old Hamid Ali Daryab was arrested during a traffic stop in the 200 block of Shawville Blvd. S.E.

30 grams of powder cocaine, 25 grams of crack cocaine, $200 in cash, and drug paraphernalia were seized in the vehicle.

Ali Daryab is facing 23 charges including trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in firearms, trafficking in stolen property, possession of property obtained by crime and possession of cocaine/crack for the purpose of trafficking.

– Kara Oosterhuis

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Calgary Organization provides skills for Syrian refugees

The 1 year promise of funding from the federal government for Syrian refugees has come to an end.

However, a Calgary organization is here to help.

The Centre for Newcomers is offering work training and life skills for refugees from 15 to 30 years old.

It doesn’t matter how much or little time you’ve been in Calgary for this organization to help.

In fact, one of the young men enrolled in the ‘Youth Possibilities’ Program has been in the city for less than a week.

According to the organization, there is a large number of Syrians coming from an agricultural background that are willing to go back into that industry, and are willing to learn more up to date skill-sets required for the industry.

 

Thirty five thousand refugees fleeing violence in Syria have been welcomed to Canada in the last year.

– Kara Oosterhuis

Alberta at a high with impaired driving

Statistics Canada has released the numbers for impaired driving in 2015.

The report looks at the number of police-reported impaired driving incidents.

In the report, it was determined that Alberta has the second highest number of incidents in the country.

First in the country is Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan had 575 incidents per 100,000 population, while Alberta recorded 314.

Calgary came in with 132 incidents per 100,000 population, while Edmonton came in at almost double, with 226 incidents.

The numbers showed more people are driving impaired in rural areas compared to urban centres.

– Kara Oosterhuis

 

Calgary man still missing

Calgary Police Service is reaching out to the public for help with locating 43 year old Abdikadir Tukhov.

Tukhov, has not been seen or heard from since 11 p.m. on Sunday Dec 4, 2016.

His family is saying the fact that they have not heard from him is very out of character for him, and they are concerned for his welfare.

He was last seen in northeast Calgary, wearing a light blue t-shirt, blue jeans, a blue winter jacket and black shoes. He is described as black, approximately 5’9” tall, 160 pounds, with an average build and a well-trimmed beard.

 He drives a white, two-door, 2012 Honda Civic with Alberta licence plate BTZ 0451.

Anyone with information about Tukhov is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.

– Kara Oosterhuis

 

Government to ban asbestos

Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Judy M. Foote, announced that the Government of Canada will move forward on it’s efforts to ban asbestos and asbestos containing products by 2018.
The government of Canada is looking at a whole of government approach in banning asbestos, that will be guided by science-based decision making.
Asbestos was declared a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 1987.
Part of the ban on asbestos will include establishing new federal workplace health and safety rules that will drastically limit the risk of people coming into contact with asbestos on the job.
– Kara Oosterhuis

Fair Elections Financing Act Has Been Given Royal Assent

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By Megan Brennan

The Fair Elections Financing Act limits the influence of big money election outcomes by lowering the cap on political donations to $4,000 per individuals contributor per year.

In past years individuals were able to give $15,000 to a political party each year which doubled after the calendar year was over.\

Christina Gray, Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal, says “Alberta’s laws will now lead the country in limiting the influence of big money on elections.

“With legislation, we are putting an end to loopholes and backroom deals for well-connected friends and insiders of political parties. ”

Gray also said “this act helps ensure a transparent, level playing field for all parties and candidates.”

The spending limit for Alberta for political parties is now $2 million, and in each electoral division there is a combined spending limit of $50,00 for each individual candidate.

Placing spending limits encourage candidates and parties to rely on ideas, not budget to earn supporters.

Between elections, third parties will be required to register with Elections Alberta and disclose contributions on a “sunshine list” if they plan to spend $1,000 on political advertising.

Amendments made to the act as it went through the legislative assembly, include auditing provisions for leadership contestants and clarification on third-party advertising rules.

 

Repairs and Renovations Coming to Social Housing in Calgary

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By Megan Brennan

The Governments of Canada and Alberta have made a significant investment in the preservation and regeneration of affordable housing in Calgary.

The $18 million fund will go towards the repair and regeneration of social housing units for seniors and low-income families and individuals, making sure they have a safe place to call home.

Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), made the announcement today and said “Our Government is investing in affordable house here in Calgary and across Canada to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most.”

The projects that will receive this funding include government-owned or supported seniors, community and special needs housing.

The repairs will take place in more than 120 buildings owned or operated by 29 social housing providers.