Calgary Murder Investigation Continues

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The Calgary Police Service has released CCTV footage of the vehicle they think was involved in the fatal shooting on Monday.

Authorities think the people inside the four door Mazda are involved in the shooting.

Itgel Baatarsuren was dropped off to the Sheldon Chumer Health Centre with a gunshot wound after 9pm.

Nearby staff at the Chumir Centre called the police after the injured subject was dropped off by a man quickly leaving the clinic in a white Pontiac g5.

Police did locate the same Pontiac on 17th ave at a traffic stop. The driver was taken into custody for questioning and it isn’t known if he was involved with the incident.

He was shortly released on Tuesday.

If anyone has information related to the shooting, contact the homicide tip line or crime stoppers, anonymously.

-Ali Kovacevic

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Garland trial continues with more evidence

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By: Kristen Fong

The Garland trial is taking a break until Monday but Thursday’s courtroom was full of evidence analysis of items found on Douglas Garland’s property. Garland has been charged with the murders of Kathy and Alvin Liknes and their 5-year-old grandson Nathan O’Brien.

Defense Kim Ross questioned primary forensic investigator Constable Ian Oxton who was the lead investigator at both the Liknes home and Garland property.

Multiple items including a hacksaw, handcuffs, and needles, were seized from a outbuilding on Garland’s farm. Ross asked if Oxton tested the items for fingerprints which he said no. He explained that many of the items were too small to get a proper fingerprint from and Ross then replied suggesting there was no way to find out who owned these items, who put them there and how long they have been there. Oxton agreed with this statement.

625 items were also seized from Garland’s garage where Oxton said a wide variety of chemicals were found. A small, burned circuit board was also found on his property. Forensic hardware engineer Kimberly Warren says she was asked to analyze the circuit to determine what it was. She said it was likely from a Toyota key fob. A Toyota Tundra was found in the driveway of the Liknes home after their disappearance but there was none of Garland’s DNA found at the home.

Calgary Police Sergeant Sarah Robison helped process Garland’s Ford F-150 Truck and said she tested multiple areas of the car for evidence of blood. She used blue star presumptive testing and results were immediate and positive.

This trial is schedules to last 5 weeks.

The housing sector and the economy

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Are Calgarians looking to find a great deal on homes or are they waiting for a better economic time?

It’s been a tough time for both buyers and sellers this past year.

Stats from the Royal Bank of Canada show Calgary’s market trend may finally be improving.

This year more people left Alberta than moved into the province.

Fortunately home resales have picked up.

“Our absolute volume of sales has been the lowest its been in ten years… If you look at the consumer side potentially there’s been some positives.”
Realtor, Linda Olsen

Some Calgarians aren’t sure if the economy has stabilized enough to make such a big investment, especially after so many lost their jobs in oil and gas.

“I’ve been laid off for eight months, so were putting it on hold. I just got a job and once my probation is up, I’ll start looking.”
Potential home buyer, Diana Huynh

Although the economy seems to be improving, it might take some time for it to trickle down into the sousing sector.

  • Alison MacKinnon

Social media protests

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By: Kristen Fong

Social media has become one of the most prominent tools in our everyday lives and has gained the ability to influence history. Everyone has a cell phone and movements like the Women’s March on January 21st took advantage of the technology in everyone’s hands. Through hashtags, tweets and Facebook events, the movement sparked marches all over the world, Calgary included.

Almost 5,000 people attended the Women’s March in Calgary even though only just under 2,000 people RSVP’s to the event prior. Social media spread the word and throughout the day, it took over downtown.

Mike Morrison runs “Mike’s Bloggity Blog” which has been running for 11 years. He says, “we never want to be the first one to something, we never want to be the only one eating at a restaurant, that sort of thing. And social media sort of allows you to see that other people are one, thinking the same way as you, but also two maybe, might be going to a march or a protest of something like that cause you don’t wan to be the only one there. So it helps you inform what the general public is thinking and a lot of people base their decision on that.”

Social media gives people a voice to participate in a global conversation right from their desk or even while sitting on the bus. You don’t have to physically be there to be a part of a movement.

Although it can be used to learn more about the world, social media can be one sided based on who you follow. Morrison says, “…if you choose to follow people that only support your beliefs, you’re going to allow yourself to believe that is the normal thought process and i think we saw that…we see that happening more and more since the U.S. election.”

The Road trip: An Alberta vacation alternative

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The Calgary R.V. show is back at the BMO Center for its 48th year, but in Alberta economy, are people still inclined to travel?

A trip to a resort or theme park for a family of four, can cost thousands of dollars: hotel, spending money, a round trip ticket; But A drive through Alberta’s Rocky Mountains may only cost a tank of gas, and the pain of listening to dad’s play list .

Businesses looking to sell at the annual R.V. show said they hoping they can still appeal to families effected by Alberta’s current economic state.

“Last year we even found that when the economy goes down, more people, tend to go camping because it’s a lot cheaper to go camping than fly your entire family to Disney land or Florida.”Sales manager for Race Track R.V, James Traxler said.

This year, will be an even cheaper year for Canadian Travel; All Canadian national parks will have free admission as part of the country’s 150th birthday, so families can still make memories without breaking the bank.

Cassandra Stefanic

 

Women in math and technology

pexels-photo-29781.jpgIn elementary school 66% of girl say they’re good at math, but by high school that number drops to only 18%.

Students at SAIT were able to learn from women who’ve pursued careers in math and sciences at the Women in Stem and Trades Workshop.

The workshop focused on indigenous women in these field and their experiences.

Only 39% of female graduates receive a science, technology, engineering or math degree.

Which is why the Applied Research and Innovation Studies (ARIS) is trying to educate and empower women who are in these fields.

Studies show, although many female students find these types of programs fun, they lack the confident to pursue them.

Petroleum technologist, Tara Williams says “Women can do it, they can do the engineering, math and sciences.”

Williams says women don’t go into these types of programs because of our culture and the stereotypes of it being men’s work.

ARIS is hoping by putting on these types of events, people will understand that these fields are not gender based.

  • Alison MacKinnon

Albertans passionate during town hall meeting in Calgary

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The Prime Minister was on the defensive Tuesday night, during a town hall in Calgary.

Students, especially, were anxious to ask questions during the meeting.

The P.M. recently stated he will be working towards phasing out the oil sands, and transitioning off the dependence of fossil fuels, and this is concerning to many Albertans.

During the town hall, Trudeau said he misspoke, but said getting product to market, must be done in a suitable and responsible way.

“You cannot separate what is good for the environment,and what is good for the economy,” Trudeau added.

•Cassandra Stefanic