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Alberta RCMP charge four with first-degree murder in death of Athabasca woman

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EDMONTON — Alberta RCMP have charged four people with first-degree murder in the death of a 25-year-old Athabasca woman.

Nature Duperron was seen in Edmonton during the first week of April 2019 and was reported missing by her family about a week later.

Hinton RCMP say her remains were found in Yellowhead County west of Edmonton in May 2019.

The RCMP Major Crimes Unit says it believes she was killed somewhere between Edmonton and Hinton.

The suspects include Tyra Muskego, Buddy Rae Underwood, Grayson Eashappie and Kala Leigh Bajusz.

They are also each charged with kidnapping and robbery.

“We worked very long and hard on this investigation,” RCMP Const. Deanna Fontaine said Friday.

RCMP say they are not looking for any other suspects. (The Canadian Press, CTV)

 

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Alberta’s COVID-19 breakthrough – Highest number of tests and lowest number of new cases in one day

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw

It certainly appears to be a sign that the first wave of COVID-19 is abating.  Friday, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer reported 6,455 people were tested over the last 24 hours and there were only 7 new positive cases.   This resulted in a very interesting video update from Dr. Deena Hinshaw as the province announced several changes that will be resulting from the success of Alberta’s battle with COVID-19.

Albertans will soon be able to visit loved ones in hospital.  The province will continue to move toward protecting Albertans at the highest risk of severe outcomes.  That means more freedoms for the majority of Albertans as the province prepares to announce Stage 2 details early next week.

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Alberta eyes business eviction protection tied to COVID-19 economy lockdown

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EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says legislation is coming to address those businesses facing eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenney says details are coming next week, but adds the province is “looking closely” at a recent eviction ban imposed in British Columbia.

Earlier this week, the B.C. government announced it was imposing new rules on landlords who are eligible for federal rent relief but don’t apply for it and try to evict tenants for lack of payment.

Those landlords will not be allowed to evict such tenants through to the end of the month, when the federal rent relief program is set to end.

Kenney says he is hesitant to bring in a blanket ban, given that there may be legitimate reasons to evict a tenant, but says Alberta is taking action and commercial landlords need to “get with the program.”

Kenney also announced a new $200-million program to provide small- and medium-sized businesses with up to $5,000 each to help them reopen following government-imposed lockdowns to battle the pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020

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