By Sheldon Spackman
Disappointing news from Red Deer City RCMP today. For the second time this month, the new Don Campbell Elementary School under construction on Irving Crescent in the Inglewood neighbourhood has been broken into.
Mounties responded to the report of a break-in at the site shortly after 2:30 am on February 24th and followed up on a possible second incident later the same morning. Police say the suspects broke into the construction site and sprayed graffiti on numerous walls. In the first such incident at the school earlier this month, fire extinguishers were deployed throughout the site.
Based on the type of graffiti and activities that appear to have taken place, at this point in the investigation RCMP believe the suspects may be a group of youth. RCMP remind citizens that vandalism of this sort is not a harmless prank; the suspects responsible have caused significant damage and could face serious charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, including break and enter, mischief and trespassing.
If you have any information regarding this crime, contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Implementation of Divorce Act reforms delayed eight months by pandemic
OTTAWA — Highly anticipated reforms to Canadian divorce law have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The reforms were to have gone into effect on July 1 but Justice Minister David Lametti says that has been pushed back to March 1, 2021.
He says courts across the country are currently hearing only urgent family law matters during the pandemic as they attempt to abide by restrictions to stem the spread of the virus.
Lametti says that, combined with how much governments are focused on the health crisis, has made it impossible to take the steps needed to implement the reforms.
Postponing the changes was decided in consultation with provincial and territorial governments, who Lametti says need time to adjust their own laws and regulations to be compatible with the federal reforms.
The reforms, which will apply only to legally married couples, are aimed at putting more emphasis on the interests of the child in custody decisions and would for the first time require the courts to take into account any instances of family violence.
“We understand how important the changes to the Divorce Act are to Canadians affected by separation and divorce, especially to vulnerable family members,” Lametti said in a statement Friday.
“We are working hard with our partners to implement these changes.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in domestic abuse as schools and workplaces shut down and Canadians isolated themselves at home.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020.
The Canadian Press
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