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Alberta border blockade cases delayed: Lawyers waiting for RCMP evidence


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By Bill Graveland in Lethbridge, Alberta

Four men charged with conspiracy to commit murder after being arrested at a border blockade in southern Alberta are to return to court next month once lawyers have received more information.

Christopher Lysak, 48, is also charged with uttering threats, possession of a weapon, and mischief to property over $5,000.

Lysak — along with Chris Carbert, Anthony Olienick and Jerry Morin — are to return to Lethbridge provincial court April 11.

All four men remain in custody. Only Lysak has had a hearing and been denied bail.

Lawyers for Carbert and Olienick informed court Monday that they were no longer representing the two men.

Carbert has retained well-known Calgary defence lawyer Balfour Der. Olienick said he will have new counsel before the next court appearance.

Crown prosecutor Aaron Rankin said a delay was necessary.

“We’re asking for a two-week adjournment because we’re expecting RCMP to provide additional evidence by the end of this week,” he said.

Rankin urged Olienick to obtain a new lawyer without delay.

“These are obviously very serious charges and we hope that you will secure counsel as soon as possible.”

Rankin said he intends to keep all of the suspects moving through the court together.

A protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other pandemic restrictions began on the U.S. border near Coutts, Alta., in late January and went on for almost three weeks.

A total of 14 people have been charged after RCMP found a cache of long guns, handguns, body armour, large amounts of ammunition and high-capacity magazines in three trailers.

Two tactical vests seized displayed badges, which the Canadian Anti-Hate Network said have links to troubling movements. One vest had a “Diagolon” patch on it — a white diagonal line across a black rectangle — which the network has said is linked to an often conspiratorial and anti-Semitic group.

Police said the threat was “very serious” and the group was willing to use force if the blockade was disrupted.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 28, 2022.

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From Cafe Owner to Political Activist at the heart of the Alberta Prosperity Project

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The COVID pandemic has turned Central Alberta Cafe Owner Chris Scott into nothing short of a lightning rod.

Many business owners grumbled and suffered through a couple years of mayhem due to wave after wave of COVID and the various restrictions affecting day to day operations.  Where most business owners zigged, Scott, as they say… zagged.

Chances are you know something about his story as he’s been in the news and seemingly on a never ending speaking tour ever since this all started.

You likely won’t be surprised to know Chis Scott is still operating his cafe, still facing court charges, and heavily involved in trying to influence Alberta politicians.

No matter what side of this discussion you fall on, no matter what you think of the business owners, doctors, and religious leaders who stood in defiance of covid restrictions, this conversation will help you understand where those who have emerged as leaders of those who stood up to the health restrictions are putting their attention in the summer of 2022.

If you’re interesting in learning more about the Alberta Prosperity Project.

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Voting deadline looms in race to replace Jason Kenney as Alberta UCP leader, premier

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EDMONTON – It’s deadline day to buy $10 Alberta United Conservative Party memberships to vote for the next leader and premier.

The party is accepting drop offs by 5 p.m. and online memberships until midnight.

The party will then go through the memberships and confirm information and expects to have the final tally ready in two weeks or so.

Seven candidates are on the ballot seeking to replace Premier Jason Kenney in the party’s top job.

Kenney announced in May he was quitting after receiving a lukewarm 51 per cent support in a party leadership review.

The next key date in the race is the second debate, slated for Aug. 30 in Edmonton.

The candidates have been proposing a range of policy ideas from health care to education reform, but the focus of debate has been on how to leverage Alberta’s relationship with the federal government to get a better deal in areas such as equalization.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2022.

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