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UPDATE: 2 young sisters missing for a month, located in BC

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Cochrane RCMP request assistance to locate two children and two adults – Update 4 – Children located

 The Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch advise that both 5-year-old Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak and 2-year-old Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak were located safe yesterday evening in the Columbia Valley, B.C.

The children are being cared for by Children Services.

No further details are being provided at this time.  Additional information is anticipated to be provided later.

Background Information from March 14

Cochrane RCMP request assistance to locate two children and two adults

Cochrane RCMP responded to the report of two female missing children and two female missing adults.

Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak (5) and Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak (2) are believed to be in the company of their grandmother, Therese O’Driscoll (68) and their aunt Alison O’Driscoll (38), all from the area of Cochrane. They were all last seen at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the children’s home, a rural residence in Cochrane, Alta.

The children’s disappearance is currently being investigated as an abduction involving their grandmother and aunt.

Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak

Leonine O’Driscoll-Zak (5) is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Blue eyes
  • Long blond hair
  • Slim build
  • 4’0 ft
  • 60 lbs

Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak

Wyatt O’Driscoll-Zak (2) is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Blue eyes
  • Long blond hair
  • Slim build
  • 3’0 ft
  • 40 lbs

Therese O’Driscoll

Therese O’Driscoll (68) is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Blue eyes
  • Medium length gray hair
  • Slim build
  • 5’2 ft
  • 119 lbs

Alison O’Driscoll

Alison O’Driscoll (38) is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Blue eyes
  • Long brown hair
  • Slim build
  • 5’3 ft
  • 119 lbs

If you have any information in relation to their current location, please contact the Cochrane RCMP at 403-932-2211. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Edmonton mother found guilty of manslaughter in death of five-year-old girl

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EDMONTON — A judge has found an Edmonton woman guilty of manslaughter in the death of her five-year-old daughter.

Court heard that the girl died of blunt-force trauma and prosecutors alleged her mother beat her with a belt and a spatula.

The woman, who is in her 30s, had been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life, assault with a weapon and second-degree murder.

Justice Avril Inglis says there was not enough evidence to convict the woman beyond a reasonable doubt on those charges.

But Inglis convicted the woman of manslaughter because evidence showed that the girl’s severe brain injuries were caused by an assault and the only person in the home capable of inflicting them was her mother.

The woman is expected to be sentenced in the fall. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021.

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TC Energy reports $1.1-billion net loss after $2.2-billion writedown on Keystone XL

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CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. is reporting a first-quarter net loss of $1.1 billion after taking a $2.2-billion after-tax asset impairment charge on its cancelled Keystone XL export oil pipeline.

It says the impairment charge doesn’t yet include the government of Alberta’s investment and guarantees for the project, which are expected to eventually reduce the company’s net exposure to about $1 billion. 

Keystone XL was suspended after newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden fulfilled a campaign promise to cancel its presidential permit in January.

Since then, shippers including Cenovus Energy Inc., Suncor Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. have reported non-cash writedowns on earnings related to their commitments to it.

In its quarterly report, TC Energy said comparable earnings without the charge were $1.108 billion or $1.16 per share, down from $1.109 billion or $1.18 per share in the year-earlier period.

It says revenue was $3.38 billion, down from $3.42 billion in the first quarter of 2020.

“While we were very disappointed by the revocation of the presidential permit for Keystone XL and the resulting after-tax impairment charge, we are well positioned to deliver sustainable, high-quality growth in the years ahead,” said CEO Francois Poirier in a news release.

 “We are advancing a $20-billion secured capital program and working on a substantive portfolio of other similarly high-quality opportunities under development.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021.

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