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2 RCMP officers charged after ASIRT investigation into 2018 fatal shooting at Whitecourt

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RCMP officers charged following ASIRT investigation

On July 3, 2018, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an RCMP officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of a 31-year-old man.

On July 2, 2018, a 31-year-old man was in a residence in Valhalla Centre when unidentified perpetrators attacked the residence and fired upon the occupants. While one occupant was injured during the incident, the 31-year-old man was able to flee the area in a very distinctive vehicle. As RCMP officers began to investigate the incident, they sought to locate and interview the man as a witness to the events and, indeed, as the possible intended victim.

On July 3, 2018, an off-duty RCMP officer observed what he believed to be the vehicle in question parked at the Chickadee Creek rest stop west of Whitecourt, and provided this information to nearby RCMP members.

Shortly after 12:15 p.m., officers attended the location and found the vehicle parked with what appeared to be one occupant asleep in the reclined driver’s seat. The officers approached the vehicle and a confrontation occurred, during which the vehicle was put into motion. One officer discharged a service pistol at the vehicle while a second officer discharged a carbine rifle. The vehicle left the rest stop, crossed the highway and entered a ditch a short distance away.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) was called in to clear the scene and located the 31-year-old-man deceased in the driver’s seat, having sustained several gunshot wounds.

ASIRT conducted a thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Upon reviewing the evidence, ASIRT executive director Susan D. Hughson, Q.C., determined that the evidence was capable of providing reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offence(s) had been committed and, accordingly, on Aug. 22, 2019, the completed investigation was forwarded to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) for an opinion on whether the case met their standard for prosecution. On May 29, 2020, ASIRT received the completed final opinion. Having carefully reviewed the completed investigation and the provided position of the Crown, Ms. Hughson concluded that there were reasonable grounds to believe that criminal offences had been committed and that the two RCMP officers who discharged their firearms should be charged.

On June 5, Cpl. Randy Stenger and Const. Jessica Brown, both RCMP officers with the Whitecourt RCMP detachment, were arrested and each charged with one count of criminal negligence causing death in relation to the death of the 31-year-old man, Clayton Crawford, contrary to the provisions of the Criminal Code.

Both officers were released on an undertaking with conditions, including a prohibition from the possession of firearms, to appear in Whitecourt Provincial Court on July 14.

As these matters are now before the courts, ASIRT will not provide any further information in relation to these incidents.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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Bonavista to be delisted from exchange after completing shares-for-debt deal

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CALGARY — Bonavista Energy Corp. says it has completed a recapitalization plan that will result in a nickel-per-share payout for its shareholders and its delisting from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

CEO Jason Skehar says the transaction removes crippling debt and means the oil and gas producer will be able to “pledge sustainability” in almost any commodity price environment.

Bonavista announced in June an agreement with lenders that would eliminate about half of its outstanding debt but leave existing shareholders with only seven per cent of the company.

The proposal, since approved by shareholders, debtholders and the courts, is designed to reduce total debt by about $483 million or 56 per cent and lower annual cash interest payments by $16 million or 43 per cent.

Under the deal, existing shareholders were given the option to sell their shares to G2S2 Capital, a company controlled by director and 16 per cent shareholder George Armoyan, for five cents each.

Bonavista recently reported second-quarter production of 65,300 barrels of oil per day, down two per cent from the first quarter mainly due to the voluntary curtailment of 1,150 boe/d due to volatile pricing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.

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Australian oilfield buoys Total Energy Q2 report despite North American weakness

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CALGARY — Shares in Total Energy Services Inc. are up after it reported a 68 per cent decline in revenue in the second quarter due to a near collapse in oilfield activity in North America but beat analyst estimates for adjusted income.

The Calgary-based drilling company’s stock rose by as much as 7.7 per cent or 17 cents to $2.37 in early trading in Toronto on Wednesday.

Total reported adjusted earnings of $12.9 million on revenue of $70.8 million in the three months ended June 30, was down from $17.5 million on $212.7 million in the year-earlier period.

Adjusted earnings beat analyst expectations of $7.3 million despite revenue coming in well below forecasts of $100.7 million, according to financial data firm Refinitiv.

Total said utilization of its drilling rig fleet dropped to one per cent in Canada, where it has 80 rigs, and three per cent in the United States, where it has 13 rigs. Its five rigs in Australia, in contrast, operated at 72 per cent utilization.

The company suspended its dividend and cut its 2020 capital budget from $23 million to $10 million to deal with the lower North American activity. It said it received $4.5 million in grants under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program in the quarter.

“Our strategy to diversity geographically and operationally paid off during the tremendously challenging period,” said chief financial officer Yuliya Gorbach on a conference call on Wednesday.

“Reductions in North American revenues were somewhat offset by relatively stable revenues from Australia during the second quarter of 2020.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020.

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