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Listen: Crime Beat Podcast – The Story of Kelly Cook, the backup babysitter (Part 2)

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It was a different time.  Technology hadn’t taken over individual lives yet.  There were no cell phones, no video game players, and no internet for the average person.  It was a slower time and the world seemed safer.  Especially if you lived in a rural community.

That’s why, when a stranger started calling teenaged girls in a small town east of Calgary, no one really thought they should be overly concerned.  Someone thought maybe they knew someone who knew the man.  His name sounded familiar in the area.  That was good enough in 1981 in Standard, Alberta.  That was the way things were, and that opened up an opportunity for a man with a sinister plan.

A man calling himself Bill Christensen tracked down a teenaged babysitter, and picked her up.  That was the last time her family saw her alive.   Her body was discovered many weeks later.  Her killer who breezed into her life in such an unsuspecting manner, disappeared just as easily.  The case has never been solved.  Police and society as a whole at that time, just weren’t ready for something like this.  So 38 years later, the man who killed Kelly Cook is still out there.

So is his original, intended victim.   Bill Christensen’s first choice for babysitter wasn’t available the night he was looking.  She talked to him on the phone and suggested some other girls she knew were babysitters… including the girl who would lose her life.

In this episode of the Global News podcast Crime Beat, crime reporter Nancy Hixt shares details of this unsolved crime that have never been reported.

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Police continue to investigate the case but are still waiting for the tip they need to solve it.

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Here’s your chance to help improve Alberta’s auto insurance system

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From the Province of Alberta

Auto insurance reform seeks public input

Albertans can help identify improvements to Alberta’s automobile insurance system through an online survey available until March 6.

A government review launched in fall 2019, seeks to address pressing issues such as escalating costs and to develop solutions that will ensure affordable, accessible and sustainable auto insurance options for the long term. A three-member advisory committee is leading the review.

As part of the review, the committee is conducting a survey, and seeking input from Albertans, service providers and other stakeholders through online or written submissions.

“As we review Alberta’s automobile insurance system, we are asking Albertans, service providers and other relevant stakeholders to be part of the potential solution. A thorough understanding of consumer and industry needs will help ensure our recommendations to the government are realistic and reflective of the marketplace as a whole.”

Chris Daniel, chair, Automobile Insurance Advisory Committee

Advisory committee mandate

The committee is tasked with exploring options to reform Alberta’s automobile insurance system and making recommendations to government. The committee’s work is guided by the following principles:

  • Fair, accessible and affordable automobile insurance for Albertans.
  • Timely and appropriate outcomes when claims are made.
  • A private-sector delivery model for automobile insurance.
  • A viable and sustainable automobile insurance system.

Quick facts

  • The overall engagement process, including the public survey, was developed by the advisory committee.
  • The survey will be open until March 6 at alberta.ca.
  • The committee will deliver its recommendations to government in June 2020.
  • Industry data shows Albertans pay the third-highest rates for auto insurance in Canada, behind B.C. and Ontario.
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UPDATE: Mikisew Cree Nation announces their support for the Teck Frontier project

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Update – Premier Kenney on the announcement

Premier Kenney had this to say about the announcement: The Government of Alberta made a promise to ensure our First Nations partners are true partners in prosperity. The Mikisew Cree, and every other First Nation looking to create new opportunities for their people are a part of this effort, and that is why we must highlight their voices. Our Indigenous partners understand that while we utilize the resources we inherit, we also must protect the land, which they have depended on for time immemorial.” – Premier Jason Kenney

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 from The Mikisew Cree First Nation

February 21, 2020

Wood Buffalo, AB – ​The Mikisew Cree First Nation have announced their support for the approval of the Teck Frontier Project. This decision was made using a community-based decision making framework aimed at ensuring a healthy future for our people and the Peace Athabasca Delta.

The First Nation reached this decision by evaluating the proponent’s environmental and social commitments and the mitigation and accommodation measures being brought to federal and provincial decision-makers against Mikisew’s Nikechinahonan Framework. That framework is aimed at ensuring the project is consistent with the health of Wood Buffalo National Park, the health of traditional resources, and the cultural, physical and social health of the Mikisew community.

Chief Archie Waquan noted that this moment came after a rigorous review of environmental and cultural studies in a 10-year consultation process led by elders and staff. “We applaud Teck, Canada and Alberta for working with us to identify ground-breaking measures to safeguard Wood Buffalo National Park, wood bison and our community. With the long term commitments from Teck, Alberta and Canada, we see a strong path for protecting Wood Buffalo National Park, the Ronald Lake Bison Herd and our culture and community if the project proceeds. That is how we got to today’s decision to confirm our support.”

In making its decision today, Mikisew leadership noted its appreciation for the hard work done by federal officials and the Government of Alberta to take Mikisew’s concerns seriously and contribute meaningful solutions to resolving them. Among other things, this includes actions relating to bison, community well-being, water quality and quantity and the creation of a new protected area. Mikisew urges both governments to commit to uphold and fully endorse the important commitments that have been developed to preserve the environment and culture if the project is approved.

Mikisew also urges both governments to use this process as a blueprint for future resource development decisions. The federal government, through a cabinet decision, stands to make a decision on the project next week.

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