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RCMP officer in Edmonton charged with sexual assault

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Alberta Serious Incident Response Team ASIRT

This release is distributed by the Government of Alberta on behalf of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team.

RCMP officer charged with off-duty sexual assault

On Feb. 26, 2020, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate the circumstances surrounding an alleged 2018 sexual assault by a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The officer and the woman had been involved in a relationship. Sometime between July 30 and Sept. 3, 2018, the officer and the woman were alone at her residence in Edmonton. As the woman attempted to end the relationship and asked the officer to leave, it is alleged that the officer proceeded to commit a serious sexual assault. The officer was off-duty at the time.

The evidence gathered during the investigation provided reasonable grounds to believe that an offence had been committed and, as is required by the Police Act, the investigation was forwarded to the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) for an opinion on whether the evidence met the Crown standard for prosecution.

Having received and reviewed the Crown opinion, and having carefully examined the evidence obtained in the investigation, ASIRT executive director Susan Hughson, QC, made the determination that the officer should be charged. On Jan. 22, 2021, Cpl. Kire Kondoski was arrested and charged with one count of sexual assault. Cpl. Kondoski was released on an undertaking with conditions to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on March 4, 2021.

Questions regarding the officer’s duty status should be addressed to the RCMP.

As this matter is now before the courts, no further information will be released.

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Ottawa unveils proposed federal carbon offset emission credit regulations

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CALGARY — The federal government is unveiling proposed regulations for its greenhouse gas offset program that will govern how developers can register and sell credits earned through projects that reduce emissions.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says one credit will be issued for each tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent reduced or removed from the environment, adding that eligible projects must be in Canada and offer “real, additional, quantified, unique and permanent GHG reductions.”

The projects will have to be registered and approved, monitored and face third-party verification before credits can be sold to industrial buyers for use to offset their greenhouse gas emissions and thus reduce their carbon tax costs.

In a briefing, department officials said the federal program will not compete with credit generators under similar programs offered in provinces such as Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, adding approved carbon offsets can only be used once.

The regulations are to undergo a 60-day comment period ending May 5 and final regulations are to be established by next fall.

Meanwhile, the department will be developing protocols to govern how various types of offsets will be regulated. On Friday, it unveiled proposed protocols for advanced refrigeration system upgrading, landfill methane reductions, and forest and agricultural land management.

In December, Ottawa announced a $15-billion plan to meet its climate change commitments that includes steady annual increases to its carbon tax from $50 per tonne in 2022 to $170 per tonne by 2030.

Canada wants to get to a 32 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030, slightly more than its 30 per cent Paris agreement commitment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.

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Darryl Sutter has ‘unfinished business’ in return to Calgary Flames

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CALGARY — Darryl Sutter says he has “unfinished business” as he returns to coach the Calgary Flames.

The Flames announced late Thursday night that they had fired head coach Geoff Ward and hired Sutter to replace him.

Calgary’s general manager Brad Treliving says he feels the move was necessary because the team had been inconsistent and was under performing this season.

Treliving says Sutter’s clarity and ability to maximize player performance will help the team that has gone 11-11-2 so far this year.

The move marks Sutter’s return to the team he coached from 2002 to 2006, and served as general manager for from 2003 to 2010. Under his guidance, Calgary went to the Stanley Cup final in 2004, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a seven-game series, and Sutter says he is intent on winning the Cup now that he has returned to the Flames.

Sutter is expected to join the team Monday after going through the league’s COVID-19 protocols. Assistant coach Ryan Huska will run the bench when the Flames face the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday and host the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021. 

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