Sept. 9, 2020
Drayton Valley RCMP investigate shooting – Updated information
Drayton Valley, Alta – The Drayton Valley RCMP is updating the original information provided to confirm that the suspect vehicle has been correctly identified as a black Nissan Altima with silver rims.
This incident occurred at a residence near 50 Avenue and 45 Street. It is not connected to any schools.
Sept. 9, 2020
Drayton Valley RCMP investigate shooting
Drayton Valley, Alta. – The RCMP responded this morning at 8:42 to a 911 call that a male suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. The 25-year-old male has been transported to a hospital, and the Drayton Valley RCMP are investigating.
The RCMP are actively looking for a vehicle believed to be involved. Witness evidence indicates that a black, extended cab, older model pick-up truck (either a Ford or a Chevrolet) fled the scene of the shooting. There is a white/red decal on the rear window; possibly a maple leaf. The suspects in the truck are believed to be in possession of a firearm and should not be approached.
The public is advised that information received leads the Drayton Valley RCMP to believe that this is an isolated incident, and public safety is not at risk.
An update will be provided when more details are available.
If you have seen this truck or have information about the people involved in this incident, please contact the Drayton Valley RCMP at 780-542-4456. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store
Calfrac says appeal court rejects Wilks Brothers attempt to block recapitalization
CALGARY — Calfrac Well Services Ltd. says the Alberta Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt by Wilks Brothers LLC to block the approval of the company’s recapitalization plan.
The company says it has been advised by the court that the Wilks Brothers’ appeal of the final order approving the plan has been dismissed.
Texas-based Wilks Brothers had opposed Calfrac’s recapitalization plan and offered its own hostile takeover offer as an option.
However, the company’s debtholders and shareholders instead opted for management’s plan that will see holders of Calfrac’s senior unsecured notes swap debt for shares, leaving existing shareholders with a reduced stake in the company.
An Alberta court issued a final order this month approving the company’s plan.
Calfrac says it intends to complete its recapitalization transaction as soon as possible.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.
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‘No crying’: Venezuelan refugee Kenney cited says interaction was less dramatic
EDMONTON — The Venezuelan woman who believes she was used as part of Jason Kenney’s argument not to lockdown restaurants in the province remembers her encounter with the premier as less dramatic than he suggested.
Carolina De La Torre says Kenney got her central feelings correct, but she said she did not break down into tears the way Kenney recalled.
“No crying,” the 57-year-old woman said with a laugh during a phone interview Thursday.
She also said it was Kenney who approached her Calgary food court booth called Arepas Ranch for lunch in October, not the other way around as the premier told it.
After weeks of mounting COVID-19 cases, as more than 1,000 new cases and 16 deaths were reported on Tuesday, Kenney announced new rules that included making indoor private social events illegal.
During the news conference, Kenney gave an example of how much a lockdown would hurt businesses by telling the story of a Venezuelan refugee he met.
“A couple of weeks ago, I was in my constituency, at a little food court thing and a new Albertan, a refugee from Venezuela socialism, came up to me,” Kenney said.
“She had just opened a little food kiosk, she recognized me, she came up to me, and she broke down in tears in front of me saying, ‘sir, I put my entire life savings as a refugee into this business, we’re struggling to pay the bills, if you shut me down, I’m going to lose it all, everything, and I’ll be in abject poverty.'”
“For some, perhaps, it is a little bit too easy to say just flick a switch. Shut them down,” Kenney said.
“I would ask people who have people who have the certainty of a pay cheque to think for a moment about those individuals whose entire life savings are tied up in businesses.”
De La Torre and her husband run the booth, which is located a 10-minute drive from Kenney’s constituency office.
Born in Venezuela, De La Torre said she and her husband came to Canada with refugee status in 1989 when it became no longer safe to live there. They settled in Montreal for 25 years before they packed their bags and moved to Calgary to follow their daughter who was starting school at the University of Alberta.
They have been living in Alberta for seven years and have been running Arepas Ranch for two years. They are known for making specialty arepas, which is a cornmeal patty, filled with a choice of shredded beef, chicken salad, black beans, ham, cheese, or other vegan and veggie options.
At first, De La Torre said she didn’t recognize Kenney when he stopped to order food and then someone from another booth told her it was the premier.
De La Torre doesn’t recall exactly what Kenney ordered, but she remembers the “very short” conversation they had when he came back to let them know the meal was “fantastico.” She posted a picture of the premier on her Instagram.
De La Torre said Kenney got her feelings right.
She said it’s true that the couple put their money into the business and closing the economy would be bad for them. But she understands it’s about people’s health, which is what she told Kenney.
“What I said is, ‘There has to be a balance between the economy and the health. There is not only me in this food court, we are more than 40 small businesses in the court that need to be open to make a way of life’.”
No one from Kenney’s office immediately responded to a request for comment.
De La Torre said when she heard Kenney mentioned her during a news conference, she was at first surprised.
But now, “I didn’t know what to think about it,” she said.
“I don’t know. What can I say? It’s OK.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.
This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship
Fakiha Baig, The Canadian Press
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