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Drug operation dismantled in the Lakeland


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October 15, 2019

Bonnyville RCMP G.I.S. Dismantle Drug Trafficking Operation in the Lakeland

Bonnyville, Alberta – On Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Bonnyville General Investigations Section (GIS) brought a three month Controlled Drugs and Substances Act trafficking investigation to a close.  With the assistance of Bonnyville General Duty Members, Eastern Alberta District GIS, Eastern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit, Cold Lake RCMP Police Dog Services, and the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment Members, Bonnyville GIS executed four separate search warrants in the Lakeland area including one in Bonnyville, one in Ardmore, and two in Cold Lake.  The searches done on these locations resulted in police locating approximately 170 grams of suspected cocaine, including packaging materials and other paraphernalia.  Police also located a loaded 40 calibre hand gun with a prohibited magazine.  Five people were arrested in relation to this investigation;
Jordan Cyris CROOK-LOMBE (24) of Edmonton, Alberta has been charged with the following offences:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance;
  • Possession of a loaded restricted firearm;
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm;
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose;
  • Possession of a restricted firearm without a license;
  • Failing to comply with the conditions of a recognizance X3.
Malik Kenton Lloyd WEIR (24) of Edmonton, Alberta has been charged with the following offences:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance;
  • Possession of a loaded restricted firearm;
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm;
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose;
  • Possession of a restricted firearm without a license;
Terrance Ryan JANVIER (33) of La Loche, Saskatchewan has been charged with the following offences;
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance;
  • Failing to Comply with the condition of an Undertaking;
Tiffany Rae Lynn GRANDBOIS (LEWIS) (32) of Cold Lake, Alberta has been charged with the following offence;
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance;
A 49 year old Female of Cold Lake, Alberta was also arrested and will be charged with the following offence;
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
Jordan CROOK-LOMBE was remanded into custody and will have his first court appearance on October 15, 2019 in Bonnyville, AB.
Malik WEIR was released by a Justice of the Peace with conditions and will have his first court appearance on October 22, 2019 in Bonnyville, AB.
Terrance JANVIER and Tiffany GRANDBOIS (LEWIS) were released by police on conditions and will have their first court appearance on November 26, 2019 in Bonnyville, AB.


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Volunteers help offset food insecurity being experienced by Edmontonians

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September 30, 2020

A new study confirms more families are experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19. The disturbing trend was offset by volunteers, who mobilized to fill the gap to help families during the health crisis.

Edmonton-AB- ​A new survey reveals a concerning trend of more Edmontonians facing food security issues because of the pandemic. Volunteers can’t keep up and a city strategy is desperately needed.

Over the past two months, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) in partnership with the Canadian Volunteers United in Action (CANAVUA) administered an online survey. Volunteers helped connect with the hard to reach population with street interviews. The survey of 127 people revealed a quarter of respondents were unable to access sufficient food for their families and more than half did not seek help with social advocacy agencies. Nearly forty percent of families also found it difficult to find culturally appropriate food.

Renee Vaugeois, Executive Director, of the John Humphrey Centre, added “The YEG Community Response to COVID19 Facebook group grew exponentially overnight, with more than 20,000 members and has served over 30,000 in the community in 6 months. Volunteers filled the need and continue to help the marginalized access much needed support. While this effort continues to fulfill basic needs it’s only a band-aid. It’s critical to develop a city-wide intentional strategy, which should include the voices of those facing food insecurity.”

The study also found barriers to food access were reported in West, Central, and North Edmonton. Many respondents reported loss of employment, reduction in support income, and rising grocery prices as reasons contributing to going witho​ut.

The findings were presented to the food distribution table, a city-led initiative including agencies dedicated to helping with food security. The Centre will conduct more research next quarter to monitor the situation and continue to inform food security efforts in the City.

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Seven survivors of Alberta tour bus rollover near Jasper file lawsuit

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EDMONTON — A northern Alberta woman who survived a fatal tour bus crash in Jasper National Park this summer says she is one of the lucky ones, but her recovery will be long and painful. 

Sweta Patel, 27, from High Prairie, Alta., is one of seven people who have filed a lawsuit against operators of the vehicle involved in the rollover.

Three people, including her uncle and a friend, died July 18, when a glacier sightseeing bus rolled off a road on the Columbia Icefield. Fourteen suffered life-threatening injuries.

“Sometimes in your life a quick moment can change everything. For me and my friends, July 18 was that moment,” Patel said Wednesday.

“Though I survived, I am left with devastating mental and physical injuries. I now live a completely dependent life, filled with a series of doctors and legal appointments.”

Brewster Travel Canada Inc., Viad Corp., Glacier Park Inc., Brewster Inc., Brewster Tours, Banff-Jasper Collection Holding Corp., the unidentified driver and an unidentified employee of one of the tour operators are named in the statement of claim.

Patel, who wears a halo head brace for her neck injury, appeared at a news conference in Edmonton with her husband, who was also hurt in the crash.

She said she has a C1 fracture in her neck that is still healing and could be permanent.

“I have over 20 fractures and the pain that I go through every day — it’s not easy,” she said.

“Financially, we are also struggling at a time when there is extra economic uncertainty across the county.”

The seven plaintiffs are from the High Prairie and Whitecourt areas, but have been told to stay in Edmonton for better access to treatment for their injuries.

“Overall, I think the lasting effect is the trouble my clients have had trying to get their treatments covered through this tour bus company,” said Basil Bansal, a lawyer with Diamond and Diamond LLP.

The lawsuit alleges that the operators failed to ensure the bus was safe, failed to provide seatbelts, employed a driver who acted recklessly and unreasonably, failed to carry out proper inspections and failed to properly train their drivers. 

The allegations have not been proven in court.

This is the second legal action against the tour bus operators. In August, an application for a class-action lawsuit was filed by James H. Brown and Associates with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary.

The lead plaintiff in that lawsuit is Devon Ernest, 22, from North Battleford, Sask., who was on the tour with his girlfriend, Dionne Durocher of Canoe Narrows, Sask., and his cousin Winnie Ernest.

Durocher died at the scene.

The class action, which so far includes 10 of the 27 people on the bus, must be approved by a judge if it is to go ahead.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2020.

Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press

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