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Crime Beat podcast episode 3 with Nancy Hixt: ‘If I can’t have you… no one can’ -the murder of Nadia El-Dib

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People know their hometowns by streets, a favorite restaurant or the local mall. Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt knows hers by the crime scenes she’s been to.

Journey deep inside some of Canada’s most high-profile criminal cases. Each episode will take you inside the story to give you details you didn’t hear on the news.

Nancy Hixt – host of Crime Beat Podcast

The podcast is hosted by Nancy Hixt, a former RDTV reporter in Red Deer, and for the past 2 decades, crime reporter with Global TV Calgary.

In the third episode of Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells a story of a deadly infatuation.

In “If I can’t have you… no one can” Nancy Hixt explains how Nadia El-Dib was targeted after she spurned a young man’s advances, and for the first time we hear from the police officer who was shot in the head as the manhunt for Nadia’s killer came to an end in a hail of gunfire.

Check out episode three of Crime Beat for all the behind-the-scenes details of the El-Dib case.


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“Nancy does a remarkable job taking you deep inside real cases she has worked on to give a voice to the victims of these crimes in a way only someone who was actually there could give,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director of Streaming and Podcasting for Corus Entertainment. “We are so excited to bring Curiouscast listeners Crime Beat.”

“These stories have left a lasting mark on my life,” said Hixt. “There are many things I witness and experience while covering a case, and the Crime Beat podcast allows me to share those extra details with you, with a full behind-the-scenes look at all the twists and turns.”

Nancy Hixt has received numerous awards throughout her career covering Alberta’s crime beat. She was the winner of the 2015 Ron Laidlaw Award for Continuing Coverage – National Television, the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best Local Reportage, as well as the 2018 Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Award in the large-market television category.

Twitter: @nancyhixt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

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After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Details released on fatal hunt for suspect in Alberta where police dog also died

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HIGH PRAIRIE, Alta. — Alberta’s police oversight agency has released new details about last week’s death of a man whose pursuit, arrest and death near a provincial park also resulted in the death of a police service dog.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says in a news release the 29-year-old suspect was involved in a shootout with RCMP on Thursday after officers had tracked him for several kilometres through thick bush around High Prairie, Alta.

During the gunfire exchange, ASIRT says a police service dog was shot and killed, and the officers were told to disengage and were airlifted out in a helicopter.

ASIRT says backup was brought in and officers fired their guns when they encountered the suspect again, and this time they believed they’d hit him, but attempts to find him failed.

The agency says officers later made contact with the suspect two more times but it appeared he hadn’t been injured after all.

The release says on Friday morning, two officers who were assigned to contain the area spotted the suspect in a ditch, a confrontation occurred, and both officers opened fire. The suspect was later pronounced dead.

“The man fell to the ground in the tall grass, and additional police officers and … medical officers responded to the area. Medical officers attempted to treat the man, but ultimately he died at the scene,” the ASIRT release said of the final confrontation.

“A loaded semi-automatic .22-calibre rifle, as well as a range finder, were recovered from the incident scene and have been seized as exhibits.”

RCMP identified the suspect last week as Lionel Ernest Grey of the Gift Lake Metis Settlement. Police had said that he’d died from injuries following his arrest, but they hadn’t say what injuries he’d had or how he died.

They said a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit.

ASIRT said its investigation will examine the actions of police, while the RCMP will maintain responsibility for the investigation of the suspect and his actions.

The agency said that since investigation is underway, it won’t be releasing any further information.

ASIRT is investigating another shooting in northern Alberta on Sunday night that also ended with a suspect dead and a police dog injured.

Mounties said they were looking for a suspect who fled on foot after a dispute in a vehicle near the community of Ardmore, southwest of Cold Lake. They said officers and a police dog found the suspect, there was a confrontation and an officer fired a gun.

The man died at the scene and the dog was taken to a veterinarian and treated for a non life-threatening injury.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2021.

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'Made in Calgary' approach will keep mask requirements past Alberta's total reopening

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Calgary won’t be following provincial recommendations on the mandatory wearing of masks when all COVID-19 health restrictions are lifted in Alberta on July 1. 

Alberta reached its Phase 3 goals earlier this month which required 70 per cent of the population receiving a first dose of vaccine and low hospitalization rates. 

After a lengthy meeting Monday, city council eventually adopted an amended recommendation to keep the mandatory mask bylaw in place until July 5. 

At that time the level of hospitalizations, infection rates, second-dose vaccinations and positivity rates will be considered to allow the bylaw to be repealed “as soon as possible” as long as it’s deemed to be safe.

The city administration had recommended the bylaw remain in place until July 31.

“I’m super optimistic. I want to get rid of this,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi during debate.

“I always thought we wouldn’t be able to get rid of it until September. I’m convinced we’ll be able to get rid of it in July. The question is exactly when do we want to do that?”

The number of Calgarians who have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is 75.6 percent which is above the provincial average, while more than 29 per cent are fully vaccinated. 

“Although things have improved overall and the light is at the end of the tunnel and it’s getting closer every day, there are still some things that we need to be concerned about,” said Susan Henry, the chief of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. 

“In particular we’re watching the uncertainty around the Delta variant and the relatively low level of second-dose coverage we have in our community.” 

Other recommendations on the table included repealing the bylaw when 75 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated, waiting until the bylaw is due to expire in December or removing the temporary bylaw July 1. 

Matt Zabloski, a business strategist with City of Calgary Community Standards, said medical experts across Canada and within Alberta provided varying estimates as to what is the most suitable number for the requirement for face coverings to be dropped. 

He said the spectrum extends from the 70 per cent of first vaccinations announced by the Government of Alberta, to 75 per cent fully vaccinated from the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

“The lack of consensus from medical experts on the appropriate metric for repeal, coupled with circumstances such as the city being the location of the majority of the Delta variant in Alberta and public opinion that is unique to Calgary provides solid rationale for a cautiously optimistic Made-in-Calgary approach,” Zabloski told council. 

“It is a least-harm approach to an uncertain situation providing a public-health safeguard without limiting the economy.” 

But Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, an urgent-care physician in Calgary, asked council to leave the mask bylaw in place saying it provides an additional layer of protection. 

He said there are about 475,000 Calgarians, many of them under the age of 12, who are unable to be vaccinated. 

“In 10 days practically all of the provincial measures that help to protect Calgarians are going to be turned off,” Bhardwaj said. 

Bhardwaj wanted the bylaw remain in effect, at least until mid or late August when the impact of the Calgary Stampede will be evident. He said nobody wants to see a return to all the restrictions if there’s a spike in new cases and hospitalization rates grow. 

“Please consider what it would mean to you to turn the mask bylaw back on again. We’ve misjudged this virus in the past. We’ve reacted less quickly than we could have.” 

Earlier this month Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he hoped the cities of Edmonton and Calgary would stay in lockstep with the province when it comes to eventually lifting mask restrictions tied to COVID-19. 

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson has indicated the city will employ an abundance of caution before the mask bylaw can be fully lifted. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2021.

Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

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