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Bruce Buruma launches campaign for Red Deer South UCP Nomination

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Exerts from Bruce Buruma’s speech announcing his candidacy for Red Deer South UCP Nomination

 

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Growing up in a family where mom and dad didn’t have jobs, they had businesses has had a significant influence on me. My parents saw lots of good times because of the opportunities Alberta provided, but they knew tough times as well. They knew about risks and rewards–they knew about hard work. They knew what it was putting things on the line. When you see that, you understand that and it becomes a part of you.

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Remember when Red Deer was in the middle of the Golden Corridor where jobs, investment and that entrepreneurial spirit were alive and well. Where Canadians from other provinces came to Alberta seeing it as a land of opportunity. We’ve lost some of that spark and drive, I think people are frustrated maybe even angry and want better…they deserve better….    I’m particularly concerned about that for young adults who are just embarking on careers and setting up their lives.  I believe that hope and confidence are the foundations to success.  As we look to the future, we need to bring back hope and confidence, we need to do better.  So it is with hope and confidence that we can do better that we are here today and I am pleased to announce that I am seeking the United Conservative Nomination for Red Deer South

My top priority is to be

  • A strong, committed, experienced voice for Red Deer South
  • I will be accessible and connected across our community to know the issues and priorities to be a true champion for Red Deer
  • I will represent Red Deer South with honesty, compassion, integrity and confidence
  • I bring strong experience, a business sense and active involvement in our community
  • I am conservative and have been actively involved in our party.  I know what it will take to get the job done.My priorities are
  • Bring back hope, confidence and the Alberta Advantage and get people back to work to good jobs
  • We need to repeal the Carbon Tax
  • We need government to be fiscally responsible and deal with the NDP debt
  • Address crime and create safe communities
  • Ensure a responsive and efficient health care system… and that includes a Cardiac Cath Lab for Red Deer
  • Education that prepares students for their future
  • A big tent party respecting a diverse Alberta

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What do I bring to the table?

I have an amazing job as part of the Senior Leadership team at Red Deer Public Schools where I am Corporate Secretary and Director of Community Relations.  Red Deer Public has a budget of $125 million, and we’re one of Red Deer’s largest organizations with a amazing team of over 1200 dedicated staff serving 11,000 students and their families.  As part of the executive team for over 14 years, I’m at the table working with our Board of Trustees and Superintendent dealing with the issues — helping make the challenging and important decisions on how education can best shape the future of our community.

I also manage community relations, communications and community engagement and am also Executive Director for our Foundation which truly changes lives of students through great support from our community.  Each year raising over $300,000 to created life chances for kids.  That senior leadership experience experience that matters.

Before that I was Vice Principal at Hunting Hills High School and taught Business at Lindsay Thurber, the high school I graduated from!

I have truly valued my connections and learned so much by being active in our community.  Each of these have provided amazing growth opportunities.

Red Deer and District Community Foundaton, chairing the donor development committee

Rotary Urban Spirits, Red Deers newest club Urban Spirits

Youth HQ

Canada Winter Games Legacy Committee

And as you have heard, I have served on the Board of Governors of Red Deer College and the David Thompson Health Advisory Council

All these and many others have provided me with great perspectives and insights to our community…its priorities and needs that will serve me well

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We have an amazing community.  As your MLA I will be a strong voice for Red Deer South.  I will be available, accessible and connected across our community to listen, understand and be a champion for the issues and priorities that matter for Red Deer South.  Let’s bring hope and confidence back to Red Deer South and to Alberta THANK YOU!

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Search for missing man last seen at Red Deer hotel expands

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Missing Man

The Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit is seeking public assistance in relation to the disappearance of Abdikadir TUKHOV, who was reported missing in December 2016.

Abdikadir TUKHOV, 43, of Calgary was reported missing by friends on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. He was last seen on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, leaving a residence in the community of Abbeydale.

Police have exhausted all footprints of life and as a result of new information from members of community, TUKHOV’s disappearance is considered suspicious. Friends also believe that TUKHOV may have been met with foul play.

TUKHOV lived a transient lifestyle and spent time in Calgary, Grand Prairie, Edmonton and Red Deer. It is believed he worked as a taxi driver in Grand Prairie prior to his disappearance.

Investigators are seeking public assistance to identify a man and a woman seen with TUKHOV at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel (previously the Sheraton Red Deer), located at 3310 50 Ave., Red Deer, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. Police believe they may have information about TUKHOV’s disappearance or his activities prior to his disappearance.

A photo of TUKHOV with the man and woman is available above.

The woman is described as 25 to 40, with an average build with brown hair.

The man is described as 30 to 45, with an average build. He can be seen wearing a hat in the photo.

“We know that people in the community have information about Abdikadir’s disappearance,” says Staff Sergeant Martin Schiavetta of the CPS Homicide Unit. “Abdikadir left behind a wife and two children and we ask that anyone who has information come forward so that we can provide closure to his friends and family. Even what seems like the most insignificant information can sometimes be enough to help detectives solve a case.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Calgary Police Service Homicide Tip Line at 403-428-8877. They may also contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers anonymously through either of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TEXT: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

Case # 16660072/4110

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Million-Dollar Cocaine Seizure Made in Edmonton

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From ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team)

Edmonton… Over a million dollars’ worth of cocaine has been seized after ALERT conducted search warrants at two Edmonton homes. ALERT seized over 11 kilograms of cocaine and 84 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent.

ALERT’s Edmonton organized crime team made the seizure on June 8, 2019, and one person was arrested. The Edmonton Police Service and Alberta Sheriffs provided assistance.

ALERT alleges that an apartment in the Pembina neighbourhood was being used to package and press cocaine. That is where investigators located 84 kilograms of the cocaine buffing agent Phenacetin – one of the largest seizures of its kind by ALERT.

Phenacetin is a cutting agent used to dilute the purity of cocaine in order to maximize profits. It was banned in Canada in 1973 due to its carcinogenic and kidney-damaging properties.

The total value of the drugs seized is estimated at $1.4 million and includes:

11.37 kilograms of cocaine;
84 kilograms of Phenacetin;
902 grams of ketamine; and
$15,465 cash.

A 26-year-old Edmonton man was arrested. Mihnea Vasiu has been charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

Vasiu became known to ALERT after he was observed meeting with targets in previous investigations.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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