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Beaumont RCMP investigating shots fired – Update


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May 14, 2020

Beaumont RCMP investigating shots fired – Update

Beaumont, Alta. – A search warrant executed at a property in Leduc County has led the RCMP to seize two firearms for analysis.

Yesterday the Beaumont RCMP investigated damage to six different residences in the Forest Heights area as a result of what appeared to be gunshots.  The origin of the shots is believed to have been identified and a search warrant obtained.

“While we understand the concern this caused, we believe that this incident was not meant to cause any community harm” says Corporal Josef McCoombs of Beaumont RCMP.  “This is a reminder to all gun owners to practice firearms safety and be diligent about where and how guns are used.”

No charges have been laid at this time. The investigation remains ongoing



May 13, 2020

Beaumont RCMP investigating shots fired

Beaumont, Alta. – The Beaumont RCMP are currently investigating complaints of gunshots in the Forest Heights area.  No one has suffered any injuries however minor damage has been done to homes in the area.

RCMP responded to the first 911complaint at 8:20 this morning. Information was received that at 7:30 a.m. a homeowner heard a noise and observed a bullet hole in an upstairs room of the house.  The Beaumont RCMP enlisted the assistance of the Forensic Identification Section to conduct scene examinations.

In total, six complainants have contacted RCMP.  The residences affected are on 48 and 49 Avenue.

Investigation has led the Beaumont RCMP to identify a location in Leduc County which is believed to be the origin of where the shots were fired. Currently, members are on scene executing a search warrant of the property.

If anyone has information about these incidents, has suffered property damage as described above, or has suffered an injury, please contact the Beaumont RCMP at 780-929-7410.

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Vaccines, oil prices and Husky takeover boost Cenovus outlook, says CEO Alex Pourbaix

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CALGARY — The CEO of Cenovus Energy Inc. says he’s optimistic that his oil and gas company’s second consecutive online annual shareholders meeting webcast on Wednesday will be its last.

Alex Pourbaix says the global rollout of vaccines to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic gives him hope that next year’s meeting will be held in person, with the possible addition of a simultaneous webcast for out-of-town investors.

In their first shareholders’ meeting since Cenovus bought Husky Energy Inc., former Husky directors Canning Fok, Wayne Shaw, Frank Sixt and Eva Kwok were elected to Cenovus’s 12-member board. They had been appointed earlier under terms of the acquisition.

In January 2020, Cenovus committed $50 million over five years to build up to 200 houses to help alleviate a severe housing shortage in six First Nation and Metis communities near its oilsands operations in northern Alberta.

In an update on Wednesday, Pourbaix said the program resulted in 12 new houses completed in 2020 and 38 more expected to be ready by the end of this year.

He said shareholders have much to celebrate, with Cenovus on the way to cutting net debt to $10 billion by year-end thanks to higher oil prices, along with the reinstatement of a dividend and a 96 per cent recovery in the share price between the October Husky acquisition announcement and the end of April.

“I think we can all agree that this past year has been one of unprecedented challenges for the world, for our industry and for Cenovus, and, yet, today I’m more optimistic about the future of the company than I have ever been,” he said.

“Cenovus is a stronger, more resilient, integrated Canadian energy leader thanks to our combination with Husky Energy.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021.

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Man linked to B.C. and Alberta charged after woman's body found in national park

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LAKE COUNTRY, B.C. — A charge of second-degree murder has been laid against a 41-year-old man following the recent discovery of a woman’s body in Kootenay National Park in southeastern B.C.

A statement from RCMP says Philip Toner was arrested Tuesday in the Okanagan and will be returned to Alberta to face the murder charge.

The body of 35-year-old Brenda Ware was found last Thursday near her vehicle along a B.C. highway through the park, but investigators say they believe the alleged killing happened in Alberta.

Police say Toner and Ware were known to each other, but the nature of their relationship has not been described.

The statement says the “complex, interprovincial investigation” is still very active and police want to speak to anyone who may have had contact with Toner between May 4 and May 11 in either Alberta or B.C.

Drivers who might have picked up a hitchhiker travelling between B.C.’s Columbia Valley and the central Okanagan district of Lake Country on those dates are also asked to contact RCMP major crime detectives.

Toner appeared in provincial court in Kelowna Wednesday and police say the BC Prosecution Service received a seven-day remand in order to return him to Alberta.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2021.

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