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RCMP Investigating Armed Robbery in Wabamun

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Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Enoch RCMP are investigating an armed robbery at the Lakeside Liquor store in Wabamun, Alberta.

On April 17 just after noon, a man entered the store and demanded money from the till. The man was carrying a knife and had his face covered with a mask. He obtained an undisclosed amount of money and left on foot.  No one was injured.

The suspect is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • Approximately 6’4”
  • Thicker body size but not fat
  • Wearing a red and black plaid jacket over a black shirt with yellow and red on it
  • light coloured ball cap with a dark brim
  • black pants with a stripe down the side
  • white shoes
  • Approximately 30 yrs. old
  • Has a deep voice

If you have any information about this investigation, please call the Stony Plain RCMP at 780-968-7267, or call your local police detachment.  If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS.  

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Aluminum tariffs an example of rising U.S. protectionism, trade expert says

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CALGARY — An international trade expert says Canada can expect more U.S. moves like the imposition of aluminum import tariffs as protectionism gains popularity in the United States ahead of the November presidential election.

Jack Mintz, president’s fellow in the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, says President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are both promoting “U.S.-first” policies as they try to enlist voter support.

Trump announced in Ohio on Thursday he intends to reimpose 10 per cent tariffs on aluminum imported from Canada, saying that United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has advised him the step was necessary to defend the U.S. aluminum industry.

Mintz said Canada has the option to retaliate with its own tariffs, adding that while that option is politically attractive, such moves may wind up hurting this country as much as they do the United States.

He said the tariffs are opposed by some members of the aluminum industry in the U.S. and Canada should work with those allies to try to head off such anti-free-trade moves.

The tariffs come about one month after the new North America trade agreement went into effect and illustrate how important it was for that agreement to be established, Mintz said.

“I think we’re into a world where there’s going to be increased protectionism by countries,” said Mintz.

“I think this aluminum (tariff) is a good example of that kind of minefield … Canada’s going to have to work very hard to make sure it maintains its access to the U.S.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2020.

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Oilers 50/50 draw prepared for more fan frenzy for Game 4 against Blackhawks

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EDMONTON — Frenzy over the Edmonton Oilers online 50/50 draw may continue today as the hockey team’s community foundation holds another game-day raffle for its Alberta fans.

On Wednesday, the raffle “shattered an all-time record” and had to close early after it reached the server provider’s maximum allowable ticket sales.

Officials say the provider has increased capacity by 2 1/2 times for today’s draw, which opens at 9 a.m. and is set to run until 10:30 p.m.

Game 4 of the Oilers-Blackhawks series starts at 4:45 p.m.

The jackpot for Game 3 of the series on Wednesday grew to more than $5.4 million, with the lucky winner set to take home about $2.7 million.

The other half of the funds raised from the raffles go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, which supports organizations focused on vulnerable populations in downtown Edmonton and youth sports throughout northern Alberta.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 7, 2020

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