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

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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

 

 

Legal pot ready to hit the shelves in BC

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Recreational marijuana is set to be sold online and in retail stores across British Columbia once it becomes legal later this year.

The main thing the provincial government wanted to make clear is that weed will not be sold at liquor stores or businesses that sell tobacco.

There will also be a smooth registration process for businesses interested in selling pot (according to the BC government), but after going through the provincial registration, they will still have to be approved by their local governments.

Stoners will be able to enjoy their kush anywhere outdoors where tobacco and vaping is allowed. And as expected, it will not be allowed anywhere near spots where children are present (ie. Playgrouds, school yards).

As with alcohol though, marijuana will not be permitted in vehicles and there will be a 90-day driving ban if you are caught driving under the influence.

 

 

-Sam Brown

Red Deer man facing sexual assault, child pornography charges

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CALGARY – Stuart Peter Hunt, 54, was arrested twelve days ago on Jan. 17 after being charged with sexually abusing children in a recent child pornography uncovering, conducted by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit.

ICE is currently looking for more victims and said their investigation is in its infancy stage, but was aided by an anonymous tip that child pornography was being upload via social media.

Hut was charged with accessing, distributing and possessing child pornography as well as sexual assault amongst other charges.

ICE is under the belief that these alleged offences could date back as far as 20 years.

Max Sturley

Elon Musk’s Flamethrower fire sale

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The Boring Company Flamethrower is receiving quite a lot of attention lately. The online pre-sale was extremely successful, making roughly 10 million in around 100 hours. The company sold all 20,000 devices between January 27, 2018 and February 1, 2018.

They are now labelling it as “not a flamethrower” to make sure it passes through some customs bans. Essentially the device is just roofing torches attached to an airsoft rifle, which may be simple, but is very effective and shoots a 10 foot flame.

This is the second mass product release of Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, the first being a set of baseball hats which he sold 50,000 of.

Some people are a little nervous about what these flamethrowers will be used for, Elon Musk suggests “roasting nuts” but just in case anyone was still worried they are also selling a $30 fire extinguisher.

Unfortunately, The Boring Company won’t be making more anytime soon but I’m sure other companies will be creating similar devices for all your flame roasting needs.

 

-Kyle Hutton