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Million-Dollar Cocaine Seizure Made in Edmonton

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From ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team)

Edmonton… Over a million dollars’ worth of cocaine has been seized after ALERT conducted search warrants at two Edmonton homes. ALERT seized over 11 kilograms of cocaine and 84 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent.

ALERT’s Edmonton organized crime team made the seizure on June 8, 2019, and one person was arrested. The Edmonton Police Service and Alberta Sheriffs provided assistance.

ALERT alleges that an apartment in the Pembina neighbourhood was being used to package and press cocaine. That is where investigators located 84 kilograms of the cocaine buffing agent Phenacetin – one of the largest seizures of its kind by ALERT.

Phenacetin is a cutting agent used to dilute the purity of cocaine in order to maximize profits. It was banned in Canada in 1973 due to its carcinogenic and kidney-damaging properties.

The total value of the drugs seized is estimated at $1.4 million and includes:

11.37 kilograms of cocaine;
84 kilograms of Phenacetin;
902 grams of ketamine; and
$15,465 cash.

A 26-year-old Edmonton man was arrested. Mihnea Vasiu has been charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

Vasiu became known to ALERT after he was observed meeting with targets in previous investigations.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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Sheldon Kennedy joins Education Minister Adriana LaGrange at Eastview Middle School to announce Respect In School program

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Minister LaGrange, Sheldon Kennedy, trustees, student leaders and staff from Eastview Middle School

From the Province of Alberta

Supporting safe and respectful learning

School leaders and staff will now have access to more resources for the prevention of bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools.

Government is providing a grant of $300,000 per year over four years to support the Respect in School program, which educates school system employees on their responsibilities to ensure students are safe from abusive situations.

“All students deserve a positive and caring learning environment. With this grant, we are following through on our commitment to support safe schools that protect students against discrimination and bullying. I encourage all school leaders and staff to complete the Respect in School training for the benefit of our children.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

The Respect in School online training, offered in English and French, will educate teachers and other school staff, bus drivers, parent volunteers and student leaders about how they can prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in their schools.

“We are proud to stand alongside Alberta Education who, through their leadership, is making the safety and well-being of our kids their top priority. Respect in School will give school leaders the confidence to step up and step in when situations arise and help create safe and respectful learning environments for all students.”

Sheldon Kennedy, co-founder, Respect Group Inc.

Through its online training programs, Respect Group Inc. has certified more than 1.2 million people across Canada to recognize and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination.

“As a district we recognized increasing concerns for mental health and wellness. As we developed our Valuing Mental Health initiative, one of the key elements for prevention and promotion was the district-wide implementation of Respect in School. Each of our staff members goes through the training to recognize and prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination. By educating our school staff on the prevention of these issues, we build a culture of respect across our school community.”

Nicole Buchanan, chair, Red Deer Public Schools

Albertans dealing with bullying or other issues that may be affecting their mental health can access supports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including the Mental Health Helpline (toll-free at 1-877-303-2642), the Bullying Helpline (toll-free at 1-888-456-2323), Bullying Helpline Chat, and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).

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Red Deer’s Jeremiah Lauzon to compete for spot on Canada’s Olympic 4 X 100 M Relay Team!

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Jeremiah Lauzon with Gold Medal at National Championships

How things have changed for Red Deer’s Jeremiah Lauzon!  A year ago he was an up and coming track star heading into his final year of high school at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.  Then he had a very special season.  In the spring of 2019 Lauzon exploded onto the national track scene with Canada’s best U20 time in the 200m.  Then the Red Deer Titans Track and Field club member improved that time, clocking 20.90 which put him on the national and international track and field radar.

Lauzon went on to win Provincial and National 200 m Championships.  Currently he’s enrolled at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, where he begins competing in the American NCAA division 2 season next month.

All this was capped in the most remarkable manner.  Athletics Canada has invited Jeremiah Lauzon to compete for one of 5 spots on the Canadian Mens 4 X 100 Meter Olympic Team!  It’s an incredible honour but he’ll have his work cut out for him.  There are only 10 invitees, and at least 2 of the positions are firmly locked with Aaron Brown and Andre De Grass expected to anchor Canada’s medal hopes at next Summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Todayville is happy to share this interview with Jeremiah Lauzon and his Red Deer Titans Coach Ronald Hewer.

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