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Breton/Thorsby RCMP lay charges following firearms incident

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Sept. 11, 2020

Breton/Thorsby RCMP lay charges following firearms incident

Brazeau County, Alta. – The RCMP took one male into custody following an incident reported on Sept. 8 that shots were fired at a farmer’s vehicle.

At 10:00 p.m., the RCMP responded to a 911 call on Range Road 63 and Township Road 474.  Investigation led RCMP to believe that a suspect male got out of his truck and fired a gun at another male’s vehicle.  The farmer being shot at fled in his vehicle and called 911. The farmer was not injured.

Neighbourhood enquiries led the RCMP to locate the suspect truck and identify the male as Gavin Gregory Annett (41), who lived at a nearby residence.

On Sept. 10, Annett was arrested without incident, with the assistance of the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT).  A search warrant was executed on his property, and charges were laid.

For the incident of Sept. 8, Annett is facing nine criminal charges including point a firearm, assault with a weapon, fail to comply with a release order, et al.

During the course of this investigation, prior offences were revealed relating to a different male victim.  These offences were alleged to have occurred in Brazeau County on August 5.  Annett is facing an addition nine criminal charges including point a firearm, possession of a firearm while prohibited, uttering threats, extortion with a firearm, et al.

Annett did not speak to bail and remains in custody. His next scheduled court date is September 17, 2020, in Leduc Provincial Court.

The investigation into these incidents remains ongoing.

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Alberta nurses reject government’s call to delay bargaining for new deal

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s nurses union says the province’s health delivery agency has rejected a call for a settlement similar to one reached with nurses in Saskatchewan that would have provided stability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Nurses of Alberta says in a news release it called on Alberta Health Services to quickly negotiate a contract “in order to achieve labour peace, stabilize the Alberta workforce, and focus on responding to the pandemic.”

But the union says AHS negotiators wanted to delay bargaining, a demand it says it rejected because the agency refused to halt the elimination nursing positions through attrition during COVID-19 and wouldn’t promise to end rollbacks when negotiations resume.

Finance Minister Travis Toews said in a news release Monday that the union was seeking a seven per cent pay increase, and that both sides had been negotiating a delay in bargaining until March 31 due to the increasing demands of COVID-19.

The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations said earlier Monday that it had reached agreements with its nurses, although details weren’t being released until the deals are ratified by both sides.

Toews says that Alberta’s nurses are compensated approximately 8.1 per cent more than their western Canadian peers.

“I am disappointed that a deal could not be reached — delaying bargaining would have provided much needed stability for the health-care system as we continue to focus on the pandemic and keeping Albertans safe,” the minister said in the government’s release.

UNA president Heather Smith said in the union’s news release that the negotiations team couldn’t agree to pause negotiations until March 31, and that the next scheduled bargaining dates are Dec. 14 and 15.

“Clearly AHS and this government are more intent on pursing their agenda of rollbacks and reducing the workforce, even during a pandemic, than assuring a stable workforce to respond to the needs of Albertans,” she said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

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Alberta

Alberta nurses reject government’s call to delay bargaining for new deal

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s nurses union says the province’s health delivery agency has rejected a call for a settlement similar to one reached with nurses in Saskatchewan that would have provided stability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Nurses of Alberta says in a news release it called on Alberta Health Services to quickly negotiate a contract “in order to achieve labour peace, stabilize the Alberta workforce, and focus on responding to the pandemic.”

But the union says AHS negotiators wanted to delay bargaining, a demand it says it rejected because the agency refused to halt the elimination nursing positions through attrition during COVID-19 and wouldn’t promise to end rollbacks when negotiations resume.

Finance Minister Travis Toews said in a news release Monday that the union was seeking a seven per cent pay increase, and that both sides had been negotiating a delay in bargaining until March 31 due to the increasing demands of COVID-19.

The Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations said earlier Monday that it had reached agreements with its nurses, although details weren’t being released until the deals are ratified by both sides.

Toews says that Alberta’s nurses are compensated approximately 8.1 per cent more than their western Canadian peers.

“I am disappointed that a deal could not be reached — delaying bargaining would have provided much needed stability for the health-care system as we continue to focus on the pandemic and keeping Albertans safe,” the minister said in the government’s release.

UNA president Heather Smith said in the union’s news release that the negotiations team couldn’t agree to pause negotiations until March 31, and that the next scheduled bargaining dates are Dec. 14 and 15.

“Clearly AHS and this government are more intent on pursing their agenda of rollbacks and reducing the workforce, even during a pandemic, than assuring a stable workforce to respond to the needs of Albertans,” she said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

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