Local briefs – April 4

The man who died after he was found injured in Hobbema on Thursday was identified as Jeffrey Abram Dennehy, 21, of Samson First Nation.

Hobbema man’s

death probed

The man who died after he was found injured in Hobbema on Thursday was identified as Jeffrey Abram Dennehy, 21, of Samson First Nation.

Hobbema RCMP are treating the death as suspicious.

Police responded to a complaint about an injured man on the Samson townsite about 7 a.m. The male needed medical attention and emergency services personnel were called.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.

This is the first suspicious death on the Hobbema First Nations in several months.

The area has been the site of a violent drug war between as many as a dozen competing gangs.

Innisfail fire

examined

A blaze that severely damaged a building in downtown Innisfail is now a police matter.

Frank Harris, field officer for the East Central region of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, was investigating the cause of the fire on the evening of March 15 at 50th Street and 50th Avenue.

Part of the investigation included seeking lab tests for the presence of ignitable liquids.

Harris would only say the investigation has now been turned over to Innisfail RCMP.

The two-storey structure, constructed in the 1920s, housed Bigfoot Sports and Body Basics Massage Therapy on the main floor. Vacant offices were upstairs.

More than 40 firefighters from Innisfail, Red Deer County and Bowden responded to the blaze at about 6 p.m. and were on scene until 5 a.m. the next day putting out the last pockets of flames. The second floor was destroyed.

Health care

to be discussed

Baby boomers are in for high prescription costs and privatized long term care when they become seniors under proposed Alberta Health changes, an audience will hear Monday.

Central Alberta Council on Aging, the Red Deer area chapter of the Council of Canadians and Red Deer College’s social work program are hosting a presentation entitled Medicare and Your Checkbook.

Everyone is welcome to attend the talk from 7 to 9 p.m. at Red Deer College’s Margaret Parsons Theatre.

The presentation will deal with how the province plans to dramatically raise fees for prescriptions and to privatize long-term care.

Alberta’s Friends of Medicare calls it a “bitter pill to swallow, one which will have appalling side effects for many Alberta seniors and their families, and for the baby boomers who soon will be seniors.”

Carol Wodak, founding member of Citizen Watch on Continuing Care, will speak on “why care about seniors care.”

Noel Somerville, chair of the seniors’ task force with Public Interest Alberta, an advocacy group focused on public interest issues, will speak on the “strategic attack on Alberta seniors.”

The task force is concerned with the new Continuing Care strategy, which can be found online at www.seniors.gov.ab.ca/housing/continuingcare/ContinuingCareStrategy.pdf

It says that more funding will be available for home care through to 2012.

It also says that Alberta’s current approach of regulating residents’ accommodation fees is believed to discourage the development of new beds which minimizes accommodation options.

Dinner raises cash

for Boissoin

A local fundraising dinner to help a Red Deer man appeal an Alberta human rights commission decision is scheduled for Friday, May 1, at Living Stones Church.

Stephen Boissoin had been found guilty and fined by the rights commission following a complaint about comments he had made about homosexuality published in the Red Deer Advocate.

However, Boissoin and his lawyer believe the decision was a violation of freedom of religious expression and freedom of speech.

An appeal has been filed with Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. Ezra Levant will be the feature speaker at the dinner, to be held at 6:30 p.m. at the church, located at 2020 40th Ave.

Levant, who has also done battle with the human rights commission, has written a book, Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights.

Two other fundraising dinners are planned, one in Calgary and one in Edmonton.

Tickets to the local dinner are $100 and people can purchase them by visiting the website www.ecpcentre.com/dinners.php

For more information, contact Tim Bloedow at 613-496-0091 or ecpcentre@gmail.com

The ECP Centre is also called the Equipping Christians for the Public-square Centre.

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