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Sylvan Lake Doctor allegedly attempted to arrange for sex with a child

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Family Doctor Allegedly Attempted to Arrange for Sex with a Child

Edmonton… A family physician from Sylvan Lake has been charged with child exploitation offences following a joint investigation involving ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit and the Victoria Police Department.

Dr. Fred Janke was arrested in Edmonton on June 28, 2018, with the help of the Edmonton Police Service. The 62-year-old man is facing charges of making arrangements to commit sexual offences against a child, making child pornography, and distribution of child pornography.

While the investigation and charges are related strictly to online offences, ICE is encouraging anyone with information about this case to come forward and contact police or cybertip.ca.

Dating back to October 2017, Janke had allegedly been engaged in sexually explicit conversations with a person he met online. The sexual conversations allegedly progressed to Janke attempting to arrange for sex with the person’s 5-year-old daughter. However, the daughter did not exist and Janke had actually been speaking with a Victoria Police Department undercover operator.

The Victoria Police Department’s ICE unit had been conducting a proactive, online investigation involving a website that is known to host online chat rooms geared towards child sex. Once the Victoria Police Department ICE investigators determined the suspect was based in Alberta, the information was referred to ALERT’s ICE Unit.

Janke has been a practicing physician in Sylvan Lake for nearly 30 years.

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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Hundreds gather to support Alberta church shut down for ignoring COVID-19 orders

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SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. — Hundreds of people are gathered outside an Alberta church charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules.

On the first Sunday since GraceLife Church was shut down and fenced off by Alberta Health Services, an estimated 500 people gathered outside to oppose COVID-19 regulations and show support.

GraceLife Church and its pastor, James Coates, are charged under the Public Health Act for holding services that break health restrictions related to capacity, physical distancing and masking.

Alberta’s health agency said in a statement when it shut down the church on Wednesday that the church will remain closed until it shows it will comply with public health measures meant to contain the spread of the virus.

Dozens of police officers monitored the large crowd as they sang hymns and prayed for the church to reopen. 

Some supporters shouted at police, saying officers should be ashamed of themselves for the closure.

RCMP said in a statement they will only use the level of intervention necessary to maintain peace, order and safety.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021.

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World men's curling championship resumes amid COVID scare

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CALGARY — The men’s world curling championship playoffs were given the green light to resume Sunday after a suspension of games due to COVID-19.

Four participants, including three from non-playoff teams, tested positive from the virus. The other athlete from a playoff team who tested positive wasn’t allowed to compete Sunday.

Saturday’s playoff game and a pair of semifinals were postponed while more testing was conducted. 

Alberta Health approved the resumption of the championship, the World Curling Federation said.

The United States and Switzerland were to meet in a playoff game  Sunday morning, followed by afternoon semifinals involving Sweden, Russia and Scotland and the playoff winner.

The gold and bronze-medal games were scheduled for the same draw in the evening.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021.

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