Carbon Monoxide leak plagues Airdrie apartment building twice in one week

Nearly a week after a 12 year old boy died in an Airdrie apartment building from a  carbon monoxide leak, fire crews were called to investigate a second leak in the same building.

Sara Gillespie, a resident of the building on Willowbrook Road, called the Airdrie Fire Department just after midnight, when her carbon monoxide detector went off.

Gillespie says she is still shaken by the entire ordeal.

“It’s been a pretty stressful and emotional week…last night, just kind of topped it all off.” 

Officials said both leaks were caused by a faulty water heater not venting properly.

Residents waited two and a half hours before being allowed back into their suites.

Airdrie Fire Department provided free carbon monoxide detectors to all residents after last week’s evacuation.

The fire department is asking residents to make sure their venting systems and gas appliances are professionally checked to ensure no further issues.

 

-Cindy Letic

 

 

 

 

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Wanted Calgary man found in Vietnam

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Wanted Calgary man Nathan Paul Gervais has been found in Vietnam.

Gervais was wanted for the murder of Eighteen year old Lucas Strasser-Hird.

The attack occurred in the alley of a Calgary bar back in November of 2013.

After not appearing for court back in April of 2016, a Canada wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police have not said where in Canada Gervais has been sent, but confirm he will be transported back to Calgary next week.

-Tanner Strauss

 

 

Central Alberta MLA MacIntyre Resigns

A member of the Alberta legislature has abruptly given up his seat.

Don MacIntyre of Innisfail-Sylvan Lake is a lifelong politician and although his resignation is unexpected, it is nonetheless rather “vanilla” amongst resignations today among the scandal-ridden political landscape.

The resignation has been confirmed by the office of the speaker.

It is unclear whether MacIntyre will be resigning from his MLA position and his caucus or just his MLA position  as he has yet to release a statement.

Although originally a Wildrose member, MacIntyre becamea United Conservative when the Wildrose part merged with the Alberta PC’s.

Following the news, Premier Rachel Notley has six months to call for a byelection to find an official replacement.

In addition to politics, MacIntyre has extensive experience in the energy sector.

By Logan Sowers

UCP leader Jason Kenney Sworn into Alberta legislature

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Jason Kenney is officially the Alberta Opposition leader at the provincial legislature after being sworn in yesterday.

Last month Kenney, who leads the United Conservative Party, won a byelection for the constituency of Calgary Lougheed after MLA Dave Rodney stepped down to allow him to run.

The former federal cabinet minister won the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives in the beginning of 2017. Kenney successfully arranged a merger with the Opposition Wildrose and then won the vote to become the head of the party.

“In a few weeks time, when I take my seat and my place, it will be to act as leader of (the official Opposition) and I hope… to do so in a constructive fashion.”

He will take his seat in the legislature on March 8, 2018.

-Mason DePatie

Sexual-Abuse Allegations Have Lead to the Suspension of Canadian Gymnastics Coach

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EDMONTON – Michel Arsenault has been suspended by Gymnastics Canada amidst allegations of sexual assault.

It was reported by CBC’s French-language network that Arsenault allegedly sexually assaulted three minors in Quebec during the 1980’s and early 90’s.

Arsenault is one of the gym’s co-owners and they claim to be “Edmonton’s only Olympic women’s gymnastics coaches.”

Gymnastics Canada said “no athlete should be subject to this type of conduct” and that they will be working to get to the bottom of these allegations and have started implementing more extensive background checks and training.

No charges have been laid against Arsenault.

Jordan Bay

Red Deer man facing child pornography charges

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Eight charges have been laid against  54 year old Stuart Hunt from Red Deer in relation to a child pornography investigation.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) received a tip that the suspect was uploading child pornography onto social media. Further investigation led to the discovery of sexually based offences against multiple children.

Hunt has been charged with possessing, accessing, and distributing child pornography as well as sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching, and making sexually explicit material available to a child.

While it’s still early in the investigation, ICE believes the offenses could date back 20 years.

-Storrm Lennie

 

“Some of us are wanting to be involved in the development,” Indigenous investment into renewable energy

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Three companies have been chosen by the government of Alberta to build four          wind-power projects in southern Alberta. The plants will be able to generate 600 megawatts of renewable energy but will cost a billion dollars to construct.

Chief Roy Fox of the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta has expressed interest in this project, this will guarantee a boosted economy and wider employment opportunities for Indigenous people.

The province is setting a goal of adding up to 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2030.

This would account for 30% of the electricity in Alberta.

Husham Tahir