Alberta briefs – June 16

Provincial officials are investigating the death of a worker who collapsed at a bitumen refinery north of Edmonton.

Worker killed at bitumen refinery

Provincial officials are investigating the death of a worker who collapsed at a bitumen refinery north of Edmonton.

Chris Chodan, a spokesman for Alberta Occupational Health and Safety, says a 40-year-old man who worked for a construction firm at Shell Canada’s (TSX:SHC) Scotford upgrader in Fort Saskatchewan has died on the site.

Few details were immediately available about what may have caused the man’s death.

Chodan says the provincial government sent an officer to investigate.

No one was immediately available for comment from Shell, or the construction company, PCL Industrial Constructors.


Officer charged with drunk driving

A Calgary police officer has been charged with impaired driving.

The off-duty officer was arrested by the RCMP two weeks ago near the town of Olds.

He is a constable working out of the District 2 station in Calgary and has been with the service for just over a year.

Sources say he was pulled over by RCMP officers who observed him driving on a road near Olds last month.

Kevin Brookwell of the Calgary Police Service says police were made aware of the charges on May 29.

He says it is up to police in the jurisdiction of the alleged offence to decide if the information will be released to the public.

The officer has been charged with impaired driving and driving over the legal limit.

He has also been suspended with pay pending a review by the chief of police.


Airdrie war memorial damaged

Vandals have struck a war memorial in Airdrie.

During the weekend, a cross that used to sit at the top of the cenotaph was found in pieces on the ground.

Park workers notified police about the damage when they found the crushed granite cross on Monday.

Federal Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson says the senseless damage “dishonours the memory of these brave men and women.”

He also says it inflicts pain and sadness onto the entire community.

RCMP investigating the incident say the vandals had to use a great deal of force to cause the damage.

“It appears it was an act of malicious vandalism. The wind certainly wouldn’t blow it over,” says Sgt. Damon Poole.


Cops shoot pig mauled by pit bulls

Edmonton police officers were forced to shoot a pet potbellied pig to put it out of its misery after it was severely mauled by its two housemates — a pair of pit bulls that lived on the same property.

“It’s one of our most unusual cases, seeing two dogs attacking another animal, which happens to be a pig,” said Art Becker, the city’s co-ordinator of animal control enforcement.

Police were called after receiving several calls from neighbours who complained about a commotion in the backyard, said spokesman Jeff Wuite.

When officers arrived, they were forced to cut a lock to the gated yard to gain access to the animals.

“Unfortunately, the pig’s injuries were too great to overcome and the pig was put down at the scene,” Wuite said.

At one time, six police cruisers were on scene to create a barrier and prevent a possible escape by the dogs, Becker said.


Just Posted

Men posing as repo men attempt to steal vehicle in Red Deer County

Two men attempted to steal a utility vehicle from a Red Deer… Continue reading

Red Deerian spreads kindness with one card at a time

One Red Deerian wants to combat bullying by spreading kindness in the… Continue reading

Bowden baby in need of surgery

“Help for Alexis” Go Fund Me account

PHOTO: First Rider bus safety in Red Deer

Central Alberta students learned bus safety in the Notre Dame High School… Continue reading

WATCH: Annual Family Picnic at Central Spray and Play

Blue Grass Sod Farms Ltd. held the Annual Family Picnic at the… Continue reading

Woman has finger ripped off at West Edmonton Mall waterslide

SASKATOON — A Saskatchewan woman says she lost a finger after her… Continue reading

Uncertainty looms over Canada’s cannabis tourism, but ambitions are high

TORONTO — Longtime marijuana advocate Neev Tapiero is ready for the cannabis-driven… Continue reading

Feds mulling safeguards to prevent ‘surge’ of cheap steel imports into Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government extended an olive branch of sorts to… Continue reading

Ontario govt caps off summer session by passing bill to cut Toronto council size

TORONTO — The Ontario government passed a controversial bill to slash the… Continue reading

Updated:Italian bridge collapse sends cars plunging, killing 26

MILAN — A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of… Continue reading

Saudi Arabia spat affecting Canadians embarking on hajj, community members say

TORONTO — Members of Canada’s Muslim community say recent tensions between Ottawa… Continue reading

Tug carrying up to 22,000 litres of fuel capsizes in Fraser River off Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The smell of diesel filled the air as crews worked… Continue reading

Nebraska executes first inmate using fentanyl

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska carried out its first execution in more than… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month