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Speeding over the long weekend a big ticket item

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April 6, 2021

 

“We understand that many citizens are likely experiencing cabin fever to the max…”

Some high flyers were brought back to earth over the Easter long weekend. In some cases, people were driving in excess of 65 km/h over the posted speed limit, using city streets as their own personal speedways, says TES Staff Sgt. James McLeod.

“We understand that many citizens are likely experiencing cabin fever to the max these days, as a result of being stuck at home during the pandemic. That, however, doesn’t give anyone the right to hit city streets and drive with reckless abandon, placing themselves and others around them in serious jeopardy. It’s not going to be tolerated,” McLeod said.

One incident in particular especially drew McLeod’s ire. On Saturday, April 3, 2021, at approximately 5:15 p.m., a TES member observed a BMW 750i travelling 163 km/h in a posted 100 km/h zone along Anthony Henday Drive near 137 Avenue.

The driver was immediately pulled over by an TES member. While engaging in conversation with the male driver, the officer noticed he had his month-old daughter in the passenger seat. The driver was subsequently issued a mandatory court appearance summons.

Other serious speeding infractions encountered over the holiday weekend included:

  • A white BMW was stopped for travelling 165 km/h in a marked 100 km/h zone on Anthony Hendy/ Yellowhead Trail. The driver was issued a mandatory court summons.
  • A black Dodge Ram was travelling 111 km/h in the posted 60 km/h zone on Anthony Henday/184 Street. The driver was issued a mandatory court summons.
  • A VW Jetta was travelling 153 km/h in the posted 100 km/h zone on Anthony Henday Drive/184 Street. The driver was issued a mandatory court summons.
  • A white Toyota Scion FR-S was travelling 101 km/h in a 50 km/h zone on the Walterdale Bridge. The driver was issued a mandatory court summons.
  • A black Dodge Ram was travelling 126 km/h in a 60 km/h zone at Ray Gibbon Drive SB/137 Avenue. The driver was issued a mandatory court summons.
  • A Grand Cherokee Jeep SRT was travelling 142 km/h in a 90 km/h zone at Calgary Trail/23 Avenue. The driver was issued a mandatory court summons.
  • A Dodge Caravan was travelling 155 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on Manning Drive/17 Street. The Class 7 driver (Alberta Learners Licence) was issued a mandatory court summons.
  • A white Chev Impala was travelling 126 km/h in a 70 km/h zone on Manning Freeway SB/Anthony Henday Drive. The driver was issued a mandatory court summons.

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Trio of Passionate Edmonton Women Overflowing with Humanity

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New website works to make a permanent record for seniors’ stories and knowledge

Launching live at the start of April, the community response to Seniors Of Humanity (SOH), has already been, “amazing and incredible, we are so thankful”, say the three co-creators.

Meera Kassam, Erin Gaudet and Diana Dagher were brought together through @YegSeniorsProject (YSP), an, inspiring, multi activity, Metro Edmonton initiative that brings community connections and joy to homebound seniors.

Founder, Co-Creator Meera Kassam

This new SOH initiative hopes to build on its sister project’s past successes. Kassam is very adamant saying, “This project is not about us, it is about the amazing people that have passed and are still alive. We want their stories, memories and knowledge told and remembered.” While the features so far have been Edmonton based, this energetic group it thinking big and can see the day where it will grow across Alberta, Canada and even the world.

Sporting more passion and energy than a super-charged Energizer Bunny, 20-year-old Edmontonian, Meera Kassam, founder of both SOH and YSP is currently one of Alberta’s busiest people.

This humble go-getter is currently finishing her 3rd year of undergrad studies at the University of Alberta, in the fall she is transferring to the University of Calgary to complete her degree in the Social Work program. Also, on Kassam’s busy weekly plate is, working at a retirement home, is a personal trainer, is a caregiver for her grandparents and special needs uncle, does the family shopping and their errands as well. Once all of these responsibilities are completed, she spends the rest of her energy and hours dedicated to helping the two growing community initiatives she has founded.   

Asked where she gets so much passion and energy for the community? “I give my parents and family all the credit for the person I am today. “Kassam was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, before the 9/11 attacks. When she was a year-old, with the war on terror raging, she was able to immigrate to Canada. Kassam has had travel thoughts, “People dream to go back to their homeland, but for me it doesn’t work like that.” Continuing, “As a western woman, I would be in grave danger if I went back to my birth country, even for a visit.”

This senior’s memory concept is something that she wanted to do for some time, “In my second year at the University of Alberta I talked at length with my Genitourinary professor on creating a project that would preserve seniors’ stories,” Kassam said.

Erin Gaudet, made contact through Kassam’s YSP’s website. They clicked right away she explained, “I had never met Meera, during our first call, we hit it off and quickly discovered that we had the exact same idea.”

Co-creators Erin Gaudet

In 2015, Gaudet, married mother of two very active boys, helped her father write his life’s memoirs. Later he started battling health issues, “I lost my incredible father to brain cancer in 2019.” Thankful for her dad’s already documented and written memories, “I learned a lot about his life that I did not know. He left us all a legacy of love.” Continuing, “These memories and knowledge would have gone by the waste side, forgotten over time.”

Two became a third co-creator, when Diana Dagher joined the team to help with the full suite of social media channels. With some great content ready to go, things moved very quickly from January.

Kassam explains how a simple shopping trip inspired the name, “I needed a pair of jeans, fell in love with a pair made by, Citizens of Humanity. They were hundreds of dollars, had to put them back.” Then the creative lightbulb went off, “I thought hey, Seniors of Humanity. Why not?” The name was born.

Seniors of Humanity wants to be as inclusive as possible. Their goal is to share the wisdom, the struggles, and the stories of seniors with the world.

Gaudet points out, “Seniors offer a large untapped resource, but their value and inputs are wildly underrepresented on social media. With this project we hope to change that.” Adding, “If your parents, grandparents, great grandparents and other family members cannot write their own story, sit down with them and do it together. You never know what you might learn that you did not know before.”

Monica Miles Lipscombe

One of the first features posted online by Seniors of Humanity is, Monica Miles Lipscombe, mother of well-known Edmonton actor, producer and community advocate Jesse Lipscombe, founder of the #MakeitAwkward campaign. Monica is also one of seven children of a true Edmonton legend, three time Grey Cup champion with Edmonton Football Team, Canadian Football Hall of Fame member, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame member, on the Edmonton Eskimos Wall of Honour, University of Alberta grad and long-time Edmonton Catholic School teacher, Rollie Miles. Lipscombe’s SOF story

Gaudet Added, “If you do not have someone to write the story, please email us the background information and we will endeavour to call them and document their story.”

Stories can be submitted through the website; HERE

Quote collection for, “Words of Humanity” came be submitted; HERE

Seniors of Humanity; Email

Seniors Of Humanity Social media;

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Other media coverage;

Ryan Jespersen’s Real Talk feature; Link

Adrienne Pan’s CBC Radio Active feature; Link

www.CovidKindness.ca highlight of @YegSeinorsProject’s (YSP), Mother’s Day parade giant drive-by for Edmonton seniors. LINK

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Loaded gun, ammunition, knives, cross bow, and drugs worth almost $200,000 seized in Edmonton bust

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News Release from the Edmonton Police Service

Drug trafficking investigation leads to illegal drugs, weapons, stolen property

The Edmonton Police Service has seized illegal drugs worth more than $180,000 following a four-month long drug trafficking investigation.

In January 2021, EPS Disruption Team, with assistance from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), entered into an investigation into the suspected drug trafficking activities of a 44-year-old male. On April 29, 2021, officers arrested Wade Rodger, 44, and Leah Sanche, 38. The two were travelling in a vehicle in which police located a loaded 9 mm handgun that was later found to be stolen, approximately 500g of Methamphetamine and $1,500.

Later that same day, police executed search warrants at a northeast Edmonton residence in the Abbotsfield area. David Berry, 39, was arrested at the residence, and a search of the property revealed:

  • One loaded 9mm handgun with the serial number filed off
  • Several hundred rounds of ammunition in various calibres
  • 1.2 kg of methamphetamine
  • 1.3 litres of GHB
  • A small quantity of cocaine, LSD, fentanyl, magic mushrooms, various steroids and pharmaceuticals
  • Restricted and prohibited weapons such as tasers, brass knuckles, throwing stars, throwing knives, a cross bow, and a suit of ballistic grade body armour
  • Several catalytic converters
  • Numerous documents containing multiple complainant’s personal information, such as credit card information and government mail

Weapons, drugs seized

The total value of the drugs seized in the investigation is more than $180,000.

Rodger, Sanche and Berry are facing 24 criminal charges related to drug trafficking, weapons and possession of stolen property. More charges are pending.

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