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Red Deer man arrested after home invasion and police chase in Wainwright


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News Release from Wainwright RCMP

Wainwright RCMP respond to home invasion – Update

On Aug. 16, 2021, shortly after 10 a.m., Wainwright RCMP responded to a report of a home invasion, searched the residence, deemed it safe and secured the scene. Simultaneously, nearby RCMP detachments were alerted to be on the lookout for a suspect and suspect vehicle. Within 20 minutes of being alerted, a neighbouring RCMP detachment had located the suspect vehicle.

Around 10:30 a.m., the police pursuit began. RCMP officers were able to keep eyes on the suspect vehicle throughout the police pursuit, from the time it was located, to the time it was rendered inoperable. The suspect was arrested and placed into police custody at approximately 11:30 a.m., on Aug. 16, 2021. The suspect is known to police.

Andre Robert Vromans (37), of Red Deer, Alta., after an in-custody judicial hearing, is being held until his scheduled court appearance on Sept. 3, 2021, in Wainwright. Vromans is facing more than 25 criminal charges, including but not limited to:

  • breaking and entering (x3),
  • pointing a firearm (x 2),
  • discharge firearm with intent,
  • robbery with firearm,
  • flight from peace officer,
  • dangerous operation of motor vehicle and operation while prohibited.

As this is now before the Court, no further updates will be provided.

“One of Wainwright RCMP’s goals is to ensure public safety. By working together within our community and with our neighbours, we will achieve this goal,” said Acting Detachment Commander Corporal Kirk Smith. “Seeing how Wainwright RCMP and all the surrounding RCMP detachments supported us to assist in making a safe and successful arrest, solidifies my belief that the Wainwright RCMP and our neighbours are doing their absolute best for the safety of our community. Thank you”.

This was a multi-agency response to a report of an alleged home invasion. Wainwright RCMP would like to thank the following organizations for their support: The Wainwright Fire Department, Town of Wainwright Public Works and RCMP police officers from Wainwright, Provost, Vermilion, Kitscoty, Viking, Cold Lake, Lloydminster, Eastern Alberta District, Edmonton General Investigation Section; Alberta RCMP Emergency Response Team, Forensic Identification Section and Police Dog Services. As well as RCMP members from Saskatchewan who also assisted, including Cutknife, Maidstone and Unity RCMP Detachments.

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Two deputy chief medical officers resign from their positions with Alberta Health

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Edmonton – Alberta’s two deputy chief medical officers of health are leaving their roles — less than a month after Dr. Deena Hinshaw was removed as the province’s top doctor.

Health Minister Jason Copping confirmed during question period Wednesday that both of the doctors have submitted letters of resignation.

“They are still continuing to work at this point in time,” he said in the legislature. “We are in the process of actually looking to fill those roles.”

A statement from Alberta Health said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra and Dr. Jing Hu, who are listed as public health physicians on the department’s website, have given notice.

When reached by her department email, Salvaterra responded: “Unfortunately, we are not able to comment.”

She later added that she respects and admires both Dr. Hinshaw and Dr. Hu.

“They are brilliant, hard-working, and compassionate public health physicians and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work alongside them for these past 14 months.”

Salvaterra, who has extensive public health experience including as the medical officer of health for Peterborough, Ont., joined the office in October 2021.

Her career in public health includes work in “the COVID-19 response, mental health, the opioid response, women’s health, poverty reduction, health equity, community food security and building stronger relationships with First Nations.”

Hu’s out-of-office message said her “last day at work with Alberta Health was Nov. 18, 2022,” and noted she wouldn’t have access to the department email after that date.

She got extensive training in China and at the University of Calgary before joining the health department in January 2020.

Their resignations came within a month of Hinshaw, who became the face of Alberta’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, being removed from her position.

Hinshaw was replaced by Dr. Mark Joffe, a senior executive member of Alberta Health Services, on an interim basis.

“Dr. Joffe will be supported by medical officers of health within AHS, by other staff in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and by the Public Health Division,” said the statement from Alberta Health late Wednesday.

“We expect these changes to have no impact on the department’s and Dr. Joffe’s ability to meet the requirements of the Public Health Act.”

Hinshaw’s dismissal didn’t come as a surprise.

Premier Danielle Smith announced on her first day in office in October that she would be replaced.

Smith has made it clear that she blames both Hinshaw and Alberta Health Services for failing to deliver the best advice and care for Albertans as the hospital system came close to buckling in successive waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A lot of the bad decisions were made by Alberta Health Services on the basis of bad advice from the chief medical officer of health,” Smith told reporters on Oct. 22.

Smith has not placed the blame on front-line doctors and nurses but broadly on AHS senior management. Joffe, while serving as chief medical officer of health, retains his role in AHS senior management as a vice-president responsible for areas in cancer and clinical care.

Hinshaw, an Alberta-trained public health specialist, became a celebrity of sorts in the first wave of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, as she delivered regular, sometimes daily, updates to Albertans on the virus, its spread and methods to contain it.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2022.

— By Colette Derworiz in Calgary.

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Alberta introduces bill for $2.8 billion in inflation-fighting payouts, rollbacks

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Edmonton – The Alberta government has introduced legislation to implement inflation-fighting rebates and payouts announced recently by Premier Danielle Smith.

Affordability Minister Matt Jones says the changes allow for help for families, seniors and the vulnerable soon.

Middle- to lower-income families, those with a household income of less than $180,000 a year, are to get $600 over six months for each child under 18 years of age.

The same income threshold and benefit applies to seniors, and the payout will also go to those on disability supports.

There will be electricity rebates and the 13 per cent provincial tax on gasoline is suspended from January to June.

The total cost of the package is pegged at $2.8 billion.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2022.

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