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Man who drove with dogs in back of truck won’t be charged: Alberta SPCA

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  • EDMONTON — A man who drove his pickup down a highway near Edmonton with two dogs on top of the truck-bed cover will not face charges.

    The Alberta SPCA says an investigator has checked the dogs and determined they weren’t hurt.

    The officer also spoke with the driver about the dangers of driving with dogs in the back of his truck.

    Spokesman Roland Lines says the Alberta SPCA is confident that the man understood the message and won’t do it again.

    On Sunday, a couple who watched the man drive at speeds of more than 110 km/h along the Yellowhead Highway filed a report to the  SPCA that included photos and video.

    Lines says some people will be upset with the decision not to lay charges.

    “I have spoken to people who have witnessed the tragic outcomes that can result from unsafe transport, and I have received many messages demanding we lay charges,” Lines said Thursday.

    “It is extremely frightening and frustrating to see animals transported in this manner, but that doesn’t mean charges are appropriate.”

    Alberta’s Animal Protection Act states that animals must be contained in a compartment and protected from possible harm.

    The law also has rules around footing for animals and not being exposed to undue danger.

    Lines said the Alberta SPCA hopes what happened will increase public awareness about the need to transport animals safely.

    Spruce Grove RCMP also investigated, but no charges were laid.

     

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    Canadian was killed in Peru, Global Affairs says

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  • The death of a Canadian who was killed in Peru is linked to the reported murder of an Indigenous human rights defender, Canadian authorities said Sunday.

    Global Affairs Canada confirmed in an email that the killing of the unnamed Canadian is related to the alleged assassination of Indigenous elder Olivia Arevalo Lomas.

    Arevalo Lomas was a human rights activist of the Shipibo-Konibo people in the Ucayali region.

    The federal government said it is providing consular assistance to the family of the Canadian.

    The government extended its condolences following Arevalo Lomas’s death. 

    Peru’s police ombudsman condemned the death of the Indigenous elder in series of Twitter messages, describing Arevalo Lomas as a promoter of her people’s cultural rights.

    The ombudsman said increased illegal activity was putting Indigenous people’s lives at risk.

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    Liberal MP Drouin says allegation made against him at party’s Halifax convention

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  • OTTAWA — Liberal MP Francis Drouin says an allegation has been made against him following an incident at the party’s convention in Halifax this weekend.

    Drouin, a 34-year-old MP from eastern Ontario, was described earlier this year as a rising star in the Liberal Party with a firm grip on the agriculture file and standing as the most-lobbied backbench MP on Parliament Hill.

    In a statement emailed to Liberal MPs and staff Sunday, Drouin says he can confirm an allegation has been made but doesn’t say what it is about.

    He says he is co-operating fully with the investigation, that no charges have been laid against him and he believes it is important for all individuals to feel safe coming forward with their stories and to receive support.

    The news comes a day after the Liberal Party held an hour-long seminar at the convention named “From #MeToo to never again: creating safe work environments.”

    A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says all questions should be directed to the party’s whip, Pablo Rodriguez, who hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment.

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