Drug overdose sends three men to hospital

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Three men in their mid twenties were taken to the hospital following a drug overdose on Sunday.

Alberta Health said the call came in shortly after 7 in the evening after the incident.

All three men are currently in stable, non-life threatening condition.

It was reported in December 2017, that there were over 122 suspected overdoses in correctional facilities around Alberta between January 2016 and November 2017.

Out of these, 115 were suspected to be opioid related.

 

Carlos Taug

 

 

 

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Alberta men face 14 charges after robbery in Red Deer County

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At around 9:00 am on Sunday morning two men drove on to an oil site in Red Deer and proceeded to steal copper wire and batteries.

The incident happened at the oil site located on range road 263 north of highway 590.

Workers witnessed the men come on site and called police because, they knew something was suspicious.

When police arrived on site, both men were approached and arrested without incident.

Thirty nine year old Michael Levesque and forty nine year old Joshua Desjarlais face these charges and are expected to appear in court on April sixth.

  • Tanner Strauss

 

Alberta vehicle thefts at an all time high

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According to the Alberta Motor Association the number of vehicle thefts in Alberta is “staggering.”

Numbers unveiled by stats Canada on Tuesday showed that Alberta is leading the country in vehicle thefts with twenty three thousand vehicles stolen every year.

In January of this year one quarter of the vehicles stolen had their keys in the ignition.

AMA representatives said “More needs to… and can be done to prevent these crimes.”

Anyone with any stories or ideas on how to prevent these crimes are encouraged to share them on social media using the hashtag #Lockitorloseit.

-Tanner Strauss

Two Alberta women deny dancing dirty in Cambodia

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Two Alberta women landed back in Canada after being jailed in Cambodia for what was called “pornographic dancing.” The two women deny all charges against them.

After a picture of an outdoor pool was uploaded by 19 Eden Kazoleas on to Facebook, she and 29 year old Jessica Drolet were both arrested among eight other people.

“It was terrifying, honestly”

Kazoleas said what made the experience so scary was neither of the women spoke the native language. 90 people were detained and it’s unclear why only 10 people were taken into custody. Their lawyer Frances Tibollo, said Kazoleas and Drolet didn’t appear to be in the photo.

The women aren’t happy about how they were portrayed in the media. Now the two are just glad to be back on Canadian soil. Drolet advises that if you’re going to be traveling, be aware of culture and do your research.

Vanessa Arrate

Opioid-awareness campaign launches in Alberta

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CALGARY- Alberta Health Services announced a new province wide movement to raise awareness about the available support with opioid use.
It will soon be hard for any Albertan to miss the realities of this crisis. AHS is attracting the attention by advertising around both Edmonton and Calgary through billboards, radio, post-secondary campuses, restaurants, bars and as well as advertisements on transit trains.

After a report released in late November claiming that 462 people had died in Alberta due to opioid overdose more efforts are being made to end this crisis.

“The campaign hopes to increase awareness of the supports available that could help save lives.”

Brandy Payne, Associate Health Minister said in a release. Payne also notes that

“the province is increasing access to opioid dependency treatment, naloxone kits to counteract fentanyl overdoses and supervised consumption services.”

-Reya Lehoux

Provincial Premiers put problem’s in the past

agreement Conflict over Saskatchewan attempts to ban Alberta licence plates from its government work sites has been put to a stop.

But the tension between the provincial leaders, is still high lately.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe are planning to address the issues at hand in order to move on.

It’s expected that the two will share some differences, but Moe feels it’ll be okay and is looking forward to the discussion with Notley.

– Vanessa Arrate