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Devin Dreeshen seeks UCP nomination in Innisfail-Sylvan Lake

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February 13, 2018

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Innisfail, AB – Devin Dreeshen, a fifth-generation local farm owner, volunteer, and long-time conservative party activist, today announced his intention to be the United Conservative Party nominee for the upcoming by-election in Innisfail—Sylvan Lake constituency.

“I have deep roots in this community,” said Dreeshen who was born in Innisfail. “The Notley government is piling taxes and regulations on our farmers and our resource industries, while ignoring critical infrastructure needs of rural towns, villages and counties.” “I want to join the United Conservative team in the Legislature to tell the NDP they can’t ignore the people here.”

Honourable Luke Ouellette, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation for Alberta and MLA for Innisfail—Sylvan Lake from 2001 to 2012, expressed his support for Dreeshen’s candidacy. “Devin has my vote. He will be a great MLA and a strong voice for Innisfail—Sylvan Lake in the Legislature. He will be at the front, pressing the government on issues like hospital funding, making sure we get what we need.”

Honourable Gerry Ritz, federal Minister of Agriculture from 2007 to 2015, also endorsed Dreeshen. “For years, Devin was my point man on grain issues and ending the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly. He was a strong advocate for farmers and for rural communities within the Harper government, and I know he will be just as effective on Jason Kenney’s team. He has my strong support.”

Dreeshen farms near Pine Lake and has a long record of community service. He is a director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, serves as a board member on the Crossroads Agricultural Society, and a volunteer at the Pine Lake Country Fair.

His background as a farmer led him to Ottawa where he was an advisor to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz from 2008 to 2015, advocating for Canadian agriculture trade, improved rural infrastructure support, and leading the effort to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.

He presently owns a consulting business advising agricultural stakeholders on trade issues both provincially and nationally, especially in the context of NAFTA renegotiations.

Dreeshen will be travelling across the constituency of Innisfail – Sylvan Lake to reach out to voters, listen to their concerns and seek their support for his candidacy.

For further information, please contact:

Devin Dreeshen
Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @DevinDVote

Facebook: @DevinDreeshen4AB

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Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontation

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, directly raising concerns about the Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border.

The call comes amid a surge of cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-ba?ked separatists and Ukrainian forces have been locked in a conflict since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

More than 14,000 people have died in fighting in eastern Ukraine and efforts to negotiate a political settlement have stalled.

Western and Ukrainian officials have raised concerns about increasingly frequent cease-fire violations in the conflict area. Reports of Ukraine’s military casualties have been occurring daily over the past week, and rebels also have reported losses.

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EPS investigation leads to arrest of Edmonton man for firearms and fraud offences

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Month-long firearms investigation culminates with the arrest of 23-year-old Edmonton man

The Edmonton Police Service has arrested and charged a 23-year-old Edmonton man with multiple firearm and fraud-related offences in connection to a month-long investigation.

EPS Crime Suppression Team 3 (CST) began investigating a male suspect in relation to several attempted illegal firearm purchases throughout Alberta. Investigators learned the suspect was fraudulently using another individual’s Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) in repeated attempts to purchase restricted handguns and shotguns online from legal gun owners across Alberta.

Investigators eventually tracked the suspect to a downtown Edmonton residence near 102 Avenue and 117 Street. At approximately 4 p.m., on Friday, April 9, 2021, EPS Tactical Unit members executed a search warrant at the residence and seized several weapons and ammunition including a loaded semi-automatic 9mm rifle, .455 revolver, 200 rounds of 9mm and .455 ammunition, loaded magazines, a holster and magazine pouch, a stun baton, phones and computers.

Tevon Paul Simpson, 23, of Edmonton, is facing multiple counts of firearm and fraud-related charges including:

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