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Alberta justice minister urges federal government to dismiss RCMP commissioner Lucki


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Alberta’s justice minister wants the federal government to fire the head of the RCMP.

Justice Minister Tyler Shandro is urging Marco Mendicino, the federal minster of public safety, to immediately dismiss RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, saying Alberta has lost confidence in her.

Shandro says Lucki has failed to do her job on multiple files, including the convoy protests and blockades earlier this year.

In response, Mendicino says the government has confidence in Lucki and the federal government will continue to follow the normal process on evaluating and appointing commissioners.

The RCMP is a hot topic in Alberta, as the province is working on a plan to replace the Mounties with its own police force, even though opinion polls and many rural and municipal leaders are not in favour of the idea.

Premier Danielle Smith has said a provincially run police service is a key part of Alberta asserting more autonomy from the federal government.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2022.

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‘Tragic accident’ blamed for recent death of giraffe at Calgary Zoo

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The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo says a “tragic accident” led to the recent death of an adult Masai giraffe. A statement from the zoo says the female giraffe named Emara died May 19 after tangling one of her horns on a cable surrounding her enclosure. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo-Sergei Belskey


The Calgary Zoo says a “tragic accident” led to the recent death of one of its adult Masai giraffes.

A statement from the zoo says a female giraffe named Emara died May 19 after tangling one of her horns in a cable surrounding her enclosure.

The statement says a necropsy revealed Emara fell against the enclosure fence and died almost instantly of a broken neck.

Emara, who had just turned 12, came to Calgary from the San Diego Zoo in 2016.

The statement says she was a treasured member at the zoo and was known for her cautious yet curious personality and gentle nature.

The zoo says it is checking fencing within its African Savannah Yard enclosure to see if changes are needed to better protect the other giraffes and animals that share the space.

Doug Whiteside, interim associate director of animal care and welfare at the zoo, said Emara was in her prime and was in excellent health when she died.

“Major life changes such as this not only affect our people but can affect our animal residents as well,” Whiteside said in the statement Monday.

He said the zoo’s remaining giraffes, Nabo and Moshi, are doing well.

Grief counsellors are being made available to Emara’s caregivers and other zoo staff.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2023.

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