Alberta briefs – September 12

Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan will sign an economic partnership deal today at a joint cabinet meeting in Calgary and one of the first initiatives under the partnership likely will be a trip to China in the spring.

Premiers set to ink partnership

CALGARY — Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan will sign an economic partnership deal today at a joint cabinet meeting in Calgary and one of the first initiatives under the partnership likely will be a trip to China in the spring.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says working co-operatively is saving money for the western provinces when it comes to buying pharmaceutical drugs.

Wall says Saskatchewan businesses will be on a level playing field when seeking contracts in Calgary and companies from Kelowna can get the same treatment when they vie for business in Saskatchewan.

Alberta and B.C. already have a comprehensive deal to allow workers and companies to move between provinces.

But Wall has been reluctant to join the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement because of its possible negative impact on Saskatchewan’s numerous Crown corporations.

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach says the three provinces can help each other rebuild their economies in the wake of the recession, which has devastated Alberta and left the province with projections of a record deficit.

New trial ordered in murder of teen

MEDICINE HAT — A man convicted of killing a teenage girl and dumping her body in a Southern Alberta ditch is getting a new trial.

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled that the judge who presided over Colin Winsor’s original trial made mistakes when he charged the jury.

Winsor, 32, was sentenced in February 2008 to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years for the second-degree murder of Ashton Moen.

The girl, 17, of Brooks, disappeared in June 2006.

Her badly decomposed body was found two weeks later wrapped in a blanket and tied with cable.

Her father, Roen Moen, said his family is not happy about a retrial.

“It was tough enough to live through it the first time and now we have to live through it again,” said the girl’s father.

Moen was at the Alberta Court of Appeal in Calgary on Thursday to hear the decision.

Winsor is next to appear in court Oct. 15 to have a trial date set.

Charges pending in hazing ritual

LETHBRIDGE — Lethbridge police say charges are pending after several teens were hit with a paddle.

Police say they’ve got several complaints that teens, aged 14 to 16, were struck repeatedly with a cut-off hockey stick.

The victims’ suffered bruising and cuts.

Police say the suspects are in the same age range, adding they’ve been told the actions are part of a hazing ritual.

As part of the investigation some paddles have been seized.

Police say the charges could be assault, assault with weapon or assault causing bodily harm.

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