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Future of Alberta RCMP at stake: Province wants assessment of possible transition to provincial police force by April 30

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Provincial police force study moves ahead

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) Canada will provide the government with an independent assessment of a possible transition to an Alberta provincial police service.

During the Fair Deal Panel’s consultations, Albertans expressed their frustrations with the RCMP. Concerns included:

  • The force is overly bureaucratic
  • RCMP members have a limited connection to the province
  • Members are unable or unwilling to confront activists
  • Heavy-handed enforcement of gun laws

In response, the panel recommended the Government of Alberta consider replacing the RCMP with a provincial police service.

The Alberta government supported the panel’s recommendation but committed to further analysis. This provincial police service transition study will allow the government to make an informed decision as to whether a dedicated provincial police service is in the best interests of Albertans. The study will also consider operational requirements, processes and potential costs for creating a provincial police service.

“Through the Fair Deal Panel, Albertans who are policed by the RCMP told their government that they want a provincial police service. Alberta’s government has an obligation to listen to those concerns and explore how a police force designed in Alberta – not Ottawa – would improve the safety and security of Albertans and their property. Alberta’s government must make an informed choice, and this report will bring us one step closer to the panel’s recommendation. After a federal throne speech that ignored nearly all the legitimate concerns of Albertans, this an important part of getting a fair deal for Alberta, while limiting Ottawa’s reach into the province.”

Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

Quick facts

  • A request for proposal was used to hire a vendor to conduct the study. The budget for this analysis is $2 million.
  • PwC Canada is expected to provide a final analysis to the government for its consideration by April 30, 2021.
  • PwC Canada is part of a global network of firms that provides consulting and deals services, audit and assurance, and tax services.
  • PwC Canada’s policing and justice sector works with law enforcement and justice agencies across Canada and globally.

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Hundreds gather to support Alberta church shut down for ignoring COVID-19 orders

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SPRUCE GROVE, Alta. — Hundreds of people are gathered outside an Alberta church charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules.

On the first Sunday since GraceLife Church was shut down and fenced off by Alberta Health Services, an estimated 500 people gathered outside to oppose COVID-19 regulations and show support.

GraceLife Church and its pastor, James Coates, are charged under the Public Health Act for holding services that break health restrictions related to capacity, physical distancing and masking.

Alberta’s health agency said in a statement when it shut down the church on Wednesday that the church will remain closed until it shows it will comply with public health measures meant to contain the spread of the virus.

Dozens of police officers monitored the large crowd as they sang hymns and prayed for the church to reopen. 

Some supporters shouted at police, saying officers should be ashamed of themselves for the closure.

RCMP said in a statement they will only use the level of intervention necessary to maintain peace, order and safety.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021.

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World men's curling championship resumes amid COVID scare

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CALGARY — The men’s world curling championship playoffs were given the green light to resume Sunday after a suspension of games due to COVID-19.

Four participants, including three from non-playoff teams, tested positive from the virus. The other athlete from a playoff team who tested positive wasn’t allowed to compete Sunday.

Saturday’s playoff game and a pair of semifinals were postponed while more testing was conducted. 

Alberta Health approved the resumption of the championship, the World Curling Federation said.

The United States and Switzerland were to meet in a playoff game  Sunday morning, followed by afternoon semifinals involving Sweden, Russia and Scotland and the playoff winner.

The gold and bronze-medal games were scheduled for the same draw in the evening.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021.

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