August 30, 2020
Red Deer RCMP make arrests and continue investigation into robbery at Fort Normandeau Park
Red Deer, Alta. – On Thursday August 27, 2020 Red Deer RCMP responded to a robbery that occurred in the area of Fort Normandeau.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Red Deer RCMP and emergency medical services responded to a call of robbery in the area of the Fort Normandeau park. Further investigation determined that three individuals approached a group of two females and an interaction occurred wherein one of the females was injured by an airsoft pistol that was used by one of the three suspects during the robbery.
The victim who was injured was treated for minor injuries.
Red Deer RCMP have arrested two individuals in relation to this incident, investigation continues for the third.
Jaydyn Lovelace, a 24-year old male from Red Deer has been charged with the following offences in relation to this incident:
- Robbery – Section 344(1)(b) of the Criminal Code;
- Uttering threats – Section 264.1 of the Criminal Code;
- Possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose – Section 88(1) of the Criminal Code;
- Breach of probation – Section 733.1 of the Criminal Code; and two counts
- Fail to comply with conditions of release– Section 145(5) of the Criminal Code
Brandon Wegner, a 29-year old male from Red Deer has been charged with the following offences in relation to this incident:
- Possession of Property obtained by crime over $5000 – Section 355.5(a) of the Criminal Code;
- Possession of Property obtained by crime under $5000 – Section 355.5(b) of the Criminal Code; and single count
- Fail to comply with conditions of release– Section 145(4) of the Criminal Code
Red Deer RCMP continues to investigate this incident and are asking anyone with information to call police at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
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Canada’s justice system struggling to fight crime amid highest murder rate in 30 years: report
Canada’s murder rate has increased every year from 2018 to 2022, including by 8% from 2021 to 2022, and the police-reported rate for sexual assault is at its highest level since 1995, research indicates.
A well-known Ottawa think tank warned in a recent report on crime that Canada’s justice system is unable to keep up with out-of-control crime that has risen sharply in the last few decades to the point where the national murder rate at its highest in 30 years.
According to the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s “Report on the Criminal Justice System” released last month, Canada’s violent crime severity is at its highest level since 2007.
“Canada’s criminal justice system is clearly performing worse than it was six years ago,” the report concluded. “There remains a need for ongoing independent monitoring and performance measurement of the criminal justice system in Canada.”
In 2021, the violent crime rate increased by 6%. In 2022, the rate went up another 5%.
According to researchers, Canada’s murder rate has increased “every year” from 2018 to 2022, “including by 8% from 2021 to 2022.”
“The current homicide rate is the highest it has been in 30 years, and the police-reported rate for sexual assault is at its highest level since 1995,” researchers described.
The Institute’s report card on crime in Canada goes through each province and territory, noting that every level of government “bears a portion of the costs of criminality and each level of government therefore has an interest in its suppression.”
Since 2017, when the last report card was released, some provinces have done better and others have gotten worse. For example, Alberta’s overall positive ranking has gone up (less crime) and Ontario’s has gone down (more crime). The provinces with the most violent crime in terms of rates per population were Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
The report found that violent crime in the last five years went up overall, with the “proportion of “Canadians who express confidence in the fairness of the criminal justice system is troublingly low.”
“In 2022, only 62% of Canadians expressed confidence in the police, with only 46% expressing confidence in the justice system more broadly,” the report states.
The report also noted that confidence in “police and the justice system are worryingly low.”
“And no wonder: The combination of plunging clearance rates and an increasing number of cases stayed or gives the perception of a justice system that has given up on its core responsibilities,” according to the report, which also noted that one of the biggest issues “with fairness in Canada’s criminal justice system is the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in incarceration.”
“Since 1995, the Criminal Code of Canada has required courts to consider all available sanctions other than imprisonment, especially when it comes to Indigenous offenders.”
It should be noted that Canada’s Supreme Court said in 2012 that lower courts must “must take judicial notice” of the history of “colonialism, displacement, and residential schools” when sentencing Indigenous people.
However, the reality is that Indigenous people jailed for committing crimes is extremely high proportionally in western Canada and Ontario.
When it comes to the overall justice system in Canada, it scored low in terms of efficiency.
“The percentage of cases stayed or withdrawn increased in every single province and territory since 2017, as has the median criminal case length,” the report noted.
Also, crimes have been solved at a lower rate in 2023 compared with previous years, as more cases were stayed or withdrawn.
“Our criminal justice system has unquestionably become less efficient over the last five years despite the introduction of measures designed to enhance the expedient dispensation of justice,” the report states.
“For the most part, the story is not a positive one. On all five of the broad criminal justice objectives, the system is not performing as most would hope, and the situation appears to be deteriorating,” the report concluded.
Crime on the rise in Canada under Trudeau
In 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government passed Bill C-75, which in effect created a “catch and release bail system,” according to pundits and the opposition Conservative Party.
As a result, Canada has seen in recent years a sharp increase in auto thefts from organized crime groups, who have taken advantage of weak sentencing for those caught committing theft.
Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre recently blasted Trudeau for the rise in auto theft, blaming his soft stance on criminals.
“After eight years of Justin Trudeau, car thefts are up 300% in Toronto and 100% in Ottawa and Montreal. Nationally, car thefts are up by more than a third since his Liberal government took office,” Poilievre said.
Last week, Poilievre promised that a Conservative government would “go after the real criminals by restoring jail not bail for repeat violent offenders and career car thieves.”
“It’s not the courts that have turned loose criminals and allowed this crime wave, it’s Justin Trudeau. It was not the courts that passed C-75, the catch and release bail system, it was Justin Trudeau. It was not the courts that brought in house arrest for repeat car thieves in C-5, it was Justin Trudeau,” Poilievre said.
Last week, LifeSiteNews reported that Statistics Canada data shows most violent gun crimes in the country last year were not committed at the hands of legal gun owners but by those who obtained the weapons illegally. This comes despite the federal government cracking down on legal gun owners.
Crime against Christian churches has risen sharply in the past two years, with approximately 100 churches to date having been set on fire or vandalized, with almost no arrests made. That fact has prompted Poilievre to call out Trudeau for being silent on the church burnings.
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