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Multiple guns taken off the street as patrol officer spots stolen vehicle


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From St. Albert RCMP

St. Albert RCMP seize firearms and arrest one male

On September 23, 2020, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a St. Albert General Duty member was conducting patrols in the Century Casino parking lot and observed a Ford Explorer parked in an unlit area of the property with a male occupant in the driver’s seat.  The RCMP member went to investigate and determined the vehicle was stolen.

The male driver was arrested and identified as Wesley Aubichon (36) of Edmonton.  Inside the vehicle, the police noticed in plain view a lot of new household items still in boxes along with ammunition for a shot gun.  The registered owner of the vehicle indicated that none of the property inside the vehicle was theirs and asked police to remove & secure all the items before they took the vehicle home that night.

Police emptied the contents from the vehicle, while doing so, located the following:

  • Remington 12 Gauge 870 Shotgun (loaded)
  • 3 Huntgroup Arms Shotguns
  • Ranger Shotgun
  • Ammunition
  • Metal Baton
  • Drugs (believed to be Heroin)
  • Jewelry
  • Canadian Currency
  • Security Safe
  • Numerous Electronic/Household Goods
  • Audio Equipment
  • Numerous Cell/Mobile Phones
  • Police Equipment/Tactical Vest
  • Numerous sets of keys
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Buck Knife
  • Tools

Wesley Aubichon was charged with the following Criminal Code offenses:

  • Possession of Weapon For Dangerous Purpose X 1
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm With Ammunition X 1
  • Unauthorized Possession In Motor Vehicle X 2
  • Possession Contrary To Mandatory Prohibition Order X 2
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm X 1
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime X 1
  • Possession of Break-In Instrument X 1

Wesley Aubichon was also charged with:

  • Possession of Body Armour Without a Valid Permit X 1 (Body Armour Control Act)
  • Possession of Controlled Substance X 1 (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act)

Following a Judicial Hearing, Wesley Aubichon was remanded into custody and appeared in St. Albert Provincial Court on Sept 28, 2020, where bail was denied.  His next court appearance is on October 19, 2020 (St. Albert Provincial Court).

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Canada, Alberta agree on caribou protection deal that gives them years to take action

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EDMONTON — Canada and Alberta have signed a deal on caribou protection that gives them years to take action but could allow energy drilling to resume right away on some ranges.

The agreement gives the two governments up to five years to design and implement plans for some of Alberta’s most endangered herds.

Meanwhile, it allows for the resumption of mineral lease sales in caribou habitat, if they can be shown to be compatible with conservation. 

Alberta Environment Minister Jason Nixon says the deal prevents unilateral action from the federal government and ensures the province stays in control.

The deal is also being welcomed by Alberta’s energy and forestry industries.

University of Calgary law professor Shaun Fluker, who follows environmental issues, says the deal changes little on the ground but could make government efforts to save them more transparent.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2020.

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Alberta to stop limits on oil production in December after nearly two years

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CALGARY — Alberta’s UCP government says it will end oil curtailment quotas in December, nearly two years after the previous  NDP government introduced them to support oil prices.

The province says it will extend its regulatory authority to continue the program for another year but doesn’t plan to use it after the end of November.

It says the monthly curtailments are no longer necessary because 16 per cent of Alberta’s crude oil production is offline, down from 22 per cent at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program has been controversial from the start, with oil producers such as Cenovus Energy Inc. largely in favour of it while oil producers who also own refining operations, such as Imperial Oil Ltd., have been adamantly opposed.

The allowable production quota was gradually raised from 3.56 million barrels per day in January 2019 to 3.81 million bpd by year-end, a level maintained through the first 11 months of 2020.

The province says production was actually 3.1 million bpd in August and it’s not expected to exceed export capacity before mid-2021.

The government says it extended what was intended to be a short-term measure because of ongoing delays to pipeline projects that would increase the province’s export capacity.

“Maintaining the stability and predictability of Alberta’s resource sector is vital for investor confidence as we navigate the economic conditions brought on by the pandemic, the commodity price crisis and the need for pipelines,” said Energy Minister Sonya Savage.

“This purposeful approach serves as an insurance policy, as it will allow Alberta to respond swiftly if there is a risk of storage reaching maximum capacity while enabling industry to produce as the free market intended.”

The province quoted Genscape in noting that there were about 20 million barrels in storage as of Oct. 16, down from nearly 40 million when the curtailment program began.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2020.

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