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Reverse job-killing oilpatch monitoring suspensions: Alberta Opposition leader


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EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition leader says Premier Jason Kenney should step in to reverse a decision by the province’s energy regulator to suspend environmental monitoring.

Rachel Notley says the decision will cost jobs as international investors shy away from an industry increasingly seen as an environmental outlier.

On Wednesday, the Alberta Energy Regulator expanded previous monitoring suspensions for open-pit oilsands mines to include the entire oilpatch.

Companies no longer have to perform a wide array of monitoring, tests and research on soil, water, air and wildlife.

Most of the suspensions have no end date.

Kenney says the regulator is an independent body and he can’t tell it what to do.

Notley says Kenney has plenty of authority to step in.

At least two of the world’s largest investment funds have cited environmental concerns in decisions to restrict investments in Alberta’s oilpatch.



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Alberta reports 15 new COVID-19 cases, one new death

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EDMONTON — Alberta is reporting 15 new COVID-19 cases and one new death.

That brings the province’s total number of cases to 7,091 and deaths to 146.

There have been 6,611 cases that have recovered as of Thursday.

Alberta has 334 active cases, 10 fewer than a day earlier.

Forty-eight people remain in hospital, including six in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 4, 2020.

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Man faces second-degree murder charge in Calgary chef’s death in March

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CALGARY — Police have charged a 26-year-old Calgary man in the death of a longtime chef during an attempted break-and-enter three months ago.

Anthony Archie Michel Christian is accused of second-degree murder and is to next appear in court on Monday.

Investigators have said 56-year-old Christophe Herblin responded to an alarm about 3 a.m. on March 14 at a cafe he was about to open.

Officers searched and cleared the area, but Herblin remained in a parking lot for three hours waiting for a contractor to arrive to secure the business.

Police say he was then attacked by three people who had returned to the scene.

Investigators are hoping to talk to two people, Fritz Chiefmoon and Kiara Leather of Calgary, who are believed to have more information about the case.

Herblin was an executive sous chef at the Glencoe Golf and Country Club in Calgary.

His new business, a French deli and cafe, was to open shortly after he was killed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 4, 2020

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