Justice minister says Alberta will not participate in federal efforts to seize prohibited weapons

The Alberta government is taking steps to oppose federal firearms prohibition legislation and the potential seizure of thousands of assault-style weapons.

Since May of 2020, Ottawa has prohibited more than 1,500 different models of assault-style firearms from being used or sold in Canada.

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It has committed to establishing a buyback program to remove those firearms from communities.

Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro says he received a letter from the minister of public safety asking for police resources to begin confiscating firearms beginning this fall.

He says Alberta will not agree to having RCMP officers act as confiscation agents and will protest any such move under the provincial-federal agreement that governs policing.

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Alberta also plans to seek intervener status in six ongoing judicial review applications challenging the constitutionality of legislation.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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In Port aux Basques, residents reeling after Fiona destroys dozens of homes

Port aux Basques, a small town on Newfoundland’s western edge, was one of the hardest hit by post-tropical storm Fiona. As the powerful storm passed through, it brought massive waves that washed homes out to sea. Mike Drolet takes a closer look at the damage.

Jocelyn Gillam knows she’s lucky to be alive after coming face-to-face with the post-tropical storm that destroyed part of her southwestern Newfoundland town and nearly swept her away in a surge of rushing water.

Gillam was standing near her home in Port aux Basques on Saturday morning when a storm surge hit, sweeping her off her feet and dragging her underneath a Jeep as she clung to the undercarriage for dear life.

The 61-year-old said she’d been chatting with family and neighbours when she turned her head and “saw Fiona coming.”

“It was brown, it was white, it was angry,” she said in a phone interview. “You could see she was coming with a vengeance.”

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Post-tropical storm Fiona carved a path of devastation across parts of Atlantic Canada, leaving behind smashed homes, roads strewn with debris and hundreds of thousands of people without power.

But few places have been hit as hard as the 4,000-person community of Port aux Basques, where dozens of homes were destroyed and a 73-year-old woman died after being swept out to sea when a storm surge flooded her home.

Gillam remembers feeling the water rising as she struggled to hold on to the Jeep and her brother-in-law fought against the current to reach her.

“He came up but he couldn’t find me because there was so much water,” she said. “I was down under the water so, so much.”

She said her brother-in-law called for help, and he and some neighbours were able to grab her when the water began to subside.

Gillam escaped with only a banged-up knee, and memories she says will live with her “forever and a day.”

“Last night I didn’t sleep a wink because every time I turn over, I could see the waves and then I could taste the water and I could smell it in my nose,” she said. However, she says she’s on the mend and feels lucky that her home wasn’t damaged.

Many in her town weren’t as lucky.

On Monday, residents escorted by provincial response crews sorted through piles of debris in the pouring rain to salvage what they could from what remained of their homes.

One house perched on the edge of the rocks was missing an entire wall, its kitchen table and cupboard fully exposed on the sagging wood floor. About 30 metres away, another house was almost flattened, its roof and side wall missing. Nearby, a stuffed animal and blanket with Pixar “Cars” characters lay under splintered wood.

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Premier Andrew Furey visited Port aux Basques and nearby communities Monday and compared the devastation in southwest Newfoundland to disaster zones where he has worked as a medical doctor.

As of Monday afternoon, he said, at least 80 homes were destroyed or structurally damaged in Port aux Basques alone _ but the number could rise as officials continue to take stock of the damage.

“For every roof that’s floating in the ocean, there’s a family, there are stories and there are memories attached to that piece of infrastructure, and that’s what’s heartbreaking,” he told reporters.

Devastation wrought by Fiona

This photo provided by Pauline Billard shows destruction caused by Hurricane Fiona in Rose Blanche, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (Pauline Billard via AP)

Pauline Billard via AP

He said officials were still working with the federal government about where to deploy Armed Forces members and other federal aid that has been offered.

Andrew Parsons, the provincial legislature member for Burgeo-La Poile, told the briefing that the immediate focus of relief efforts is ensuring people have shelter, food and clothes. While an emergency shelter was made available, he said all those who have been displaced are staying in hotels or with family.

The longer rebuilding effort will take more time, and will involve co-ordination and aid from the federal government. “We don’t have all the answers right now, but we’ll get there, and we’ll have everybody’s back throughout this entire ordeal,” he said.

Furey said the government would be announcing a financial support package in the coming days that will help those whose insurance won’t cover the damage.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2022.

With files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal

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Saskatoon police make sixth arrest in connection with Megan Gallagher investigation

A second person now faces a first-degree murder charge in the Megan Gallagher investigation.

The Saskatoon Police Service major crime section said they attended a correctional facility in Prince Albert to arrest 29-year-old Cheyann Crystal Peeteetuce.

This is the sixth person who has been charged in the Megan Gallagher investigation, with four others charged with offering an indignity to human remains.

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Officers said Peeteetuce was incarcerated on an unrelated sentence.

She was transported to Saskatoon, and is expected to appear in provincial court Tuesday morning.

Saskatoon police had indicated last week that more arrests in this investigation should be expected, and that they were going to do a physical search of an area along the South Saskatchewan River.

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'We need to find my father': Son of missing 76-year-old Toronto man appeals for public's help

The family of an elderly man reported missing in Toronto in July, is once again appealing for the public’s assistance in locating him.

Michael Madeira told Global News his father went missing while out for a routine walk in the Winona Drive and Mulberry Crescent area on July 12.

Seventy-six-year-old Antonio Madeira was last seen on that day between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Police said Madeira is five-feet-five-inches tall, with a thin build, weighing around 150 pounds.

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According to police he has hazel eyes, is balding with short white hair and a full white beard.

Officers said he was last seen wearing a dark or black jacket, light khaki pants, white or light-coloured shoes and a baseball hat.

According to Michael, his father, an immigrant from Portugal, had lived in the neighbourhood for 40 years, and would frequently take walks in the area.

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“His doctors have warned us that there may be the onset of dementia, but he hasn’t showed many symptoms before,” he said. “But it seems like the day he went for his walk — his routine walk — he never made it home.”

Michael said “something happened on that walk.”

“Now, ten weeks later we’re still on the search for him and we haven’t found him or any articles of clothing, or anything at all which is what is really making this extremely difficult,” he said.

Michael said his father was retired, and to fill time, would take two or three of these walks a day.

“So everyone knew him,” he explained. “And that was just basically his routine.”

Police are searching for Antonio Madeira, 76.

Police are searching for Antonio Madeira, 76.

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Michael said if anyone sees his father, they should call 9-1-1 “right away,” and should stay with him until police arrive.

He said the family is also “always looking for volunteers.”

According to Michael, they have conducted many searches, but have looked across the whole city.

Now, Michael said it’s more about awareness.

“So keeping the posters up, keeping the social media pages up,” he said. “We need to find my father.”

“It’s been 10 weeks,” he continued. “We don’t know where he is, we don’t know his condition,” Michael continued. “So the main thing is just to keep the awareness out there.”

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Hello I'm Kelly

Hey Fresh Fam I have already been here a month! Thanks for hanging out with me! A little bit about myself…I am an absolute animal lover and I have a pet rabbit! Her name is Mochita and I treat her like my child. She is my bestfriend and most of my life revolves around her. I also love adventure whether it’s hitting up Canada’s Wonderland, going on zip lines, or jumping off a cliff into water…I love a good adrenaline rush! Here’s a little Q & A to get to know a little more about me.
The holiday you enjoy most? (And why) 

I honestly enjoy all the holidays. I really like to be festive about them and I always decorate my apartment for them too! I also love the holidays because it’s always nice to get together with family.

What superpower would you pick and why?

I would love to have the power to be invisible because then I could spook people whenever I wanted.

What makes you sick? As in, completely and utterly disgusted?

Mistreatment of animals.

Have you ever seen a ghost? 

No and I am conflicted on whether I would want to see one or not. I think it would be cool but also a little terrifying.

What is the hardest truth you’ve ever had to tell?

Tell my cousin’s GF that he had another girl sleeping at our house….my whole family was so mad at me…but after that the relationship ended as he found out she was cheating too!

Feel free to copy and paste the questions for yourself to answer as I would like to get to know you too! You can send them to me via E-Mail kelly.gill@corusent.com.

 

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Royal Alberta Museum returns artifacts to First Nation

The Royal Alberta Museum has returned seven artifacts from its collection to the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.

Chief Allan Adam said in a statement that returning the artifacts is a great example of what can be achieved if people work together.

“There is still much to do to repatriate additional items but we thank Minister Orr for recognizing the importance of returning these pieces of ACFN history. Marsi cho,” Adam said.

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A Treaty 8 medal and its leather strap were physically returned, while the other five objects remain at the museum for preservation under the approval of the First Nation.

Alberta Culture Minister Ron Orr said repatriating ownership of stolen artifacts is a crucial part of reconciliation.

“Alberta’s government and the Royal Alberta Museum are committed to working with Indigenous communities to honour the significance of Indigenous artifacts and the stories they tell,” Orr said in a statement.

The Royal Alberta Museum said it consults with Indigenous communities on a regular basis to ensure objects and stories at the museum are shared, cared for and returned to their rightful owners.

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is located in Treaty 8, about 300 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

— With files from Global News.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Barrie, Ont. police lay 27 charges over weekend in crackdown on modified vehicles

The Barrie Police Traffic Unit had a busy weekend, laying 27 charges, most of which were noise-related.

Over the weekend, officers laid 27 charges, of which 17 were noise-related, one was for stunt driving and two were for failing to display licence plates.

“Vehicle owners who modify their mufflers, or remove the mufflers entirely, intentionally cause the vehicles to be unnecessarily loud and disruptive to residents,” police said in a statement.

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The stunt driving offence involved a 29-year-old Barrie man who was caught driving 89 km/h over the posted speed limit.

The Barrie man was stopped on Mapleview Drive, travelling 136 km/h in a 50 km/h zone and charged with stunt driving, and his vehicle was impounded.

This enforcement was part of a joint initiative between local law enforcement and Ontario Provincial Police called Project ERASE (Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere).

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'We are going to come knocking': Vancouver police chief vows to hold PNE rioters accountable

It's been one week since a riot broke out when the headliner of a music festival at the PNE Amphitheatre canceled and as Kristen Robinson reports, Vancouver Police will be taking a page from the Stanley Cup riot as they work to identify the suspects responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

It’s been just over a week since a cancelled performance sparked a riot at the PNE Amphitheatre – and a Vancouver police probe which will be taking a page from the Stanley Cup riot playbook as investigators work to identify the suspects responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

When BREAKOUT Festival headliner Lil Baby cancelled at the last minute on Sept. 18, fans unleashed their anger on the PNE venue toppling tables and tents, overturning food kiosks and fridges, looting and fighting.

Seven people were arrested for breaching the peace and Vancouver’s top cop vows to bring all of the rioters to justice.

“The people that did that, we’re going to hold them accountable,” VPD Chief Const. Adam Palmer told the police board on Sept. 22.

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The Vancouver Police Department is already seeing evidence uploaded to an online video portal launched on Sept. 21.

A similar VPD website set up after the 2011 Stanley Cup riot generated a huge response.

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“We had over a million still photos and thousands and thousands of hours of video,” Palmer told Global News on the 10-year anniversary of the downtown mayhem that caused just over $3.7 million in total damage.

Three hundred people were charged in the Stanley Cup riot. Two hundred and eighty-four pleaded guilty and nine others were convicted at trial resulting in a 98 per cent conviction rate.

Eleven years later, tech experts say video submissions will be much clearer as the camera is the smartphone feature that has improved the most.

“You’re seeing more megapixels you’re seeing a higher resolution,” said Andy Baryer of HandyAndy Media.

“When they’re looking at this image, they’re looking at cameras that even Hollywood uses to make commercials and movies so the image quality is unrefutable and the fact that they have so much of this shared on social media, it’s just a matter of time for them to collect all of it and to use it as evidence.”

“Our ability to analyze that video and bring people to justice and identify people is second to none,” added Palmer.

“It’s not good to be caught on video doing something illegal,” criminal lawyer Sarah Leamon told Global News Sunday.

Leamon said certain actions could potentially reduce an accused rioter’s sentence – if they’re convicted.

“It is possible that turning yourself in or making an expression of remorse can be taken as a mitigating factor.”

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When video footage surfaced of rioters flipping over vehicles, smashing windows and looting stores in 2011, people lost jobs and scholarships while students were kicked out of university.

Palmer expects we’ll see similar outcomes when the VPD releases photos of suspects in the PNE riot.

“I’ll guarantee you that parents, relatives, friends, the person that you sit next to in your biology class, your neighbour down the street, the person that didn’t like you in high school, whatever it is, people will phone in to the number and they will tell us who you are,” Palmer warned.

“We are going to come knocking and arrest you and take you into custody.”

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Sable Island horses 'doing well' after storm Fiona, Parks Canada says

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Horses on Sable Island National Park Reserve in Nova Scotia are “doing well and engaging in all of their usual behaviours” after post-tropical storm Fiona hit Atlantic Canada this weekend, Parks Canada says.

In a statement sent to Global News Monday, Jennifer Nicholson, Parks Canada spokesperson for Sable Island National Park Reserve, said the horses act instinctively and seek shelter in groups in the lee of the dunes during the storm.

Sable Island National Park Reserve is a narrow strip of dunes and grasslands that is managed by Parks Canada. About 500 Sable Island Horses roam here alongside the world’s biggest breeding colony of grey seals.

The island is located in the Atlantic Ocean near the edge of the Continental Shelf, which is 290 kilometres offshore from Halifax, according to Parks Canada.

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Zoe Lucas, president of not-for-profit organization Sable Island Institute, was with three Parks Canada personnel on Sable Island over the weekend, according to a Facebook post published Sunday.  Lucas said by late Saturday morning Saturday, “horses had emerged from sheltered areas and were grazing, grooming, and engaged in their usual activities.”

“The horses are pretty used to storms, they find shelter from the wind and blowing sand in the lee of dunes — there are plenty of hollows and high dune slopes in inland areas, and depending on the wind direction, the horses also huddle on the beach at the base of the dunes,” the Facebook post reads.

Nicholson said a detailed assessment of assets damaged by Fiona on the island is underway.

“While damages were incurred to the exterior of main station’s buildings (siding and sheathing), no catastrophic property damage has been detected,” she wrote.

Nicholson added that satellite phone check-ins took place throughout last Friday night and internet connection of the main station, which is a operational hub of island activities and programs, was restored in Saturday morning.

The generators were able to continue to provide power throughout the storm, while the water and electrical systems are up and running, Nicholson said.

“We do not yet know the extent of damage to dune systems,” she wrote. “Preliminary reports indicate that erosion was less than anticipated.”

The site will remain close as Parks Canada continues the detailed assessments of damage by Fiona, according to Nicholson.

Visitor flights to Sable Island are cancelled until at least Sept. 29 when their resumption will be re-assessed.

— with files from Reuters 

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Two people injured in Surrey house fire

Two people were injured in a house fire in Surrey, B.C., on Monday.

Surrey firefighters said they were called to the home on 147A Street at 76th Avenue around 11:45.

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Seven trucks and 24 firefighters responded, and crews arrived to find flames creeping up the exterior of the two-storey home.

Firefighters found two people inside. They were transferred to paramedics and treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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