July 8, 2020
Cold Lake RCMP officer recovering after aggravated assault
Cold Lake, Alta. – A 44-year-old male is in custody in Cold Lake following yesterday’s violent attack on the RCMP officer trying to effect his arrest.
At 5:30 p.m., Cold Lake RCMP located a stolen vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and the responding officer made an effort to deal with the vehicle and arrest the male who was believed to be responsible. The male allegedly assaulted the RCMP member by punching the member in the head. The RCMP member’s baton was taken by the male and the member was struck in the head numerous times with the baton.
The male fled on foot with the RCMP baton. The male smashed the window of a different, occupied vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to steal it. He then threatened another driver with a knife and the baton and fled southbound on Highway 28 in the newly stolen Trailblazer.
Cold Lake RCMP initiated a pursuit and managed to cause the stolen Trailblazer to become disabled. The male was arrested on scene without further incident. The RCMP baton was recovered in the vehicle.
The RCMP member has been treated at the hospital for non life-threatening, but serious injuries and is recovering at home.
The male remains in police custody and will be facing charges as this investigation continues. An update will be provided when available.
“I want to thank the community members who came forward to assist our RCMP member and to provide valuable witness evidence in relation to this terrible incident” says Sergeant Ryan Howrish of the Cold Lake RCMP. “An incident like this highlights the unpredictable and dangerous situations we face on a daily basis.
Confusion mounts as Liberals contend no students participated in grant program
OTTAWA — A Halifax-based charity is expressing confusion and frustration as it looks likely to have to foot the bill for nine students hired through the federal volunteer program at the centre of the WE affair.
The federal government says no students actually started their placements before July 3, when WE Charity backed out of running the Canada Student Services Grant amid controversy about its ties to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family.
But Souls Harbour Rescue Mission CEO Michelle Porter says that isn’t true and her organization brought in the students during the period of about a week when WE Charity was running the Canada Student Services Grant for the federal government.
Students participating in the grant program had been promised they would receive up to $5,000 toward the cost of their post-secondary educations depending on how many hours they volunteered.
Porter says the Souls Harbour board has agreed to compensate the students if the grant program is cancelled, but that the estimated $15,000 cost will mean less money for meals for local families in need.
Souls Harbour isn’t alone in its confusion as a number of students have taken to online forums in recent days wondering whether they will receive grant money for volunteer hours they have already worked.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 4, 2020.
The Canadian Press
Paul outpaces opponents in Green party leadership fundraising efforts
OTTAWA — Green party leadership hopeful Annamie Paul is solidifying her spot as a front-runner in the race to succeed Elizabeth May.
Party data show as of the end of July, Paul’s fundraising haul was almost $121,000, more than one-third of the total raised by all nine candidates in the race.
Ontario lawyer Dimitri Lascaris is in a distant second on the fundraising front, with $52,610.
Paul, along with Conservative contender Leslyn Lewis, are the first Black women running for national party leaderships in more than half a century.
Paul says the idea of making history as the first Jewish woman of colour to lead a national political party is helping motivate her and her supporters.
However she says her campaign to bring diversity into the party and federal politics has a wide list of policies, including ending systemic racism, implementing guaranteed incomes and providing universal access to post-secondary education.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published August 4, 2020.
The Canadian Press
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