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Every movement in history comes with a portion of controversy


For Jesse Lipscombe, a fourth-generation Albertan, 2018 isn’t going to be business as usual.

In 2016, when the entrepreneur and actor was filming a commercial for urban transportation in Edmonton, he was faced with a random act of racism. Jesse responded to the incident by facing the vehicle full of perpetrators with — not violence — but peaceful dialogue. It must have been an awkward conversation when the vehicle full of men realized they were now faced with having to actually converse with a 6’3” 265lb athlete — not just a victim at a distance.

“What he did has given me and my city and the country an opportunity to talk about something that needs to be talked about,” says Lipscombe. “To me, this is bigger than me, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are countless victims in the streets, who were forced to walk it off, or turn the other shoulder. People are getting away with hurting others.”

Lipscombe didn’t know this was going to happen. It wasn’t the first time he’s experienced overt racism, but it was the first time that it was caught on camera — captured for the world to see. In an official statement, Edmonton’s mayor respected Lipscombe’s right to use the moment to take a political stance with the goal of making the city better. This was the start of a movement that gained national and international support: #MakeItAwkward.

Every movement in history comes with a portion of controversy. From Civil Rights to the Feminist movement, to the woman who ran the Boston marathon — and the iconic photo of men pulling her back — to the more recent #metoo movement. Change and changemakers stir up emotion and opinion on all sides.

The freedom of debate has always made our country a wonderful one to live in. But sometimes, when a movement is going in the right direction, naysayers get ahold of the microphone. They often mean well, but can create confusion for the community and the movement.

Jesse Lipscombe has been met with increasing controversy over his upcoming event, the #MakeItAwkard Inclusivity Summit. Some critics chose to focus on only the highest ticket prices — snowballing their gripe into news articles. But Lipscombe stands for so much more than the #yegticketgate controversy. The event prices range from $89, $99, $179, $299 — and yes, the infamous $445 — but it costs money to hold an event of this scale at a downtown hotel. Meanwhile, the movement is still very-much needed, and Lipscombe has gathered speakers, panel discussions, workshops and artistic performers to our city to tackle some very real social problems.

A number of prominent leaders, speakers, actors, athletes of various backgrounds are coming together and making it abundantly clear that discrimination isn’t just something they will brush aside…and it’s time we are all accountable, that we come together and… #MakeItAwkward.

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Can you help police identify these attempted murder suspects?



From the Edmonton Police Service

Earlier this year on January 28, 2019, at approximately 9:20 p.m., police responded to a residence in the area of 117 Avenue and 101 Street on the report of a discharged firearm. It was reported that five masked individuals approached a residence and attempted to force their way inside. 

Moments later, a firearm was discharged through the front door of the residence. Fortunately, no one was struck or injured. The suspects then fled the area in an unknown vehicle. 

Investigators are releasing video of the incident in hopes of identifying all suspects involved. Police also believe this was a targeted incident. 

Anyone with information regarding the identities of the suspects in the video is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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ASIRT and RCMP investigate arrest of a man at EIA and subsequent incident and restraint.



June 20, 2019

Edmonton – On June 18 at approximately 7 p.m., the Edmonton International Airport Detachment responded to a call for service in relation to a male in distress in the airport parkade.

During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that the 41-year-old male from Edmonton was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant. He was taken into RCMP custody and transported to the airport detachment. While in custody, the male became extremely agitated and the responding members were required to restrain him and take him through the airport to a police vehicle for transport to an Edmonton hospital.

During transport, an incident arose that required RCMP to stop roadside to subdue the male, resulting in a Conducted Energy Weapon being deployed. Edmonton Police Service responded to assist, along with EMS. Once the situation was under control, members were able to continue transport the hospital.

The investigation into this incident continues by both the RCMP and Alberta Serious Incident Response Team. No further information will be made available by RCMP.

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