A man is facing charges after taking a kid hostage at the Canada Border Services Agency HQ in Edmonton.
On Friday, police were called to the office. They received a report that a man had assaulted a child.
It may be early November but for parts of Canada, it already feels like winter.
For those in the west, its about to get much colder.
According to the Weather Network, Alberta will be one of the coldest places on earth this coming weekend, reaching -30 C with the wind chill. This will make Alberta colder than the North Pole.
“Arctic air is forecast to barrel down from the North Pole and will settle east of the Rocky Mountains,” reports The Weather Network. On Saturday evening, temperatures will begin to plummet and by Monday morning, they are expected to hit -30 C.
With the cold, come snow, 20 to 40 centimetres of it to be precise will fall on northwest Alberta Friday and early Saturday.
As a result of the oncoming cold, Environment Canada issued winter storm and snowfall warnings multiple parts of the province.
Conservative candidate Tim Uppal has defeated Liberal candidate and Environment Minister, in the Edmonton Mill Woods riding.
Uppal narrowly lost to Sohi by just 79 votes in 2015, having been a popular politician and radio personality in the Edmonton area for decades.
Uppal was polling 21 percent higher than Sohi headed into the election. Sohi was considered by many to be a wildly unpopular candidate in the area.
Only 17 percent of Canadians polled believed that Sohi was doing a good job in his position as Environment Minister.
53 percent also stated that he was specifically doing a “bad job.”
Uppal, an active member of the Edmonton community, was an active member of the Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce and the Sherwood Park Rotary Club, as well as a founding member of the Edmonton Police Community Advisory Council.
In 2014, Matthew de Grood fatally stabbed five people at a Calgary house party. He was originally charged with five counts of first-degree murder but was found not criminally responsible in 2016 after a two-week trial. At the time, the judge ruled that de Grood suffering from schizophrenic symptoms at the time of the attack, believing there was an impending war, and that he was not capable of understanding that what he was doing was wrong.
He is now being transferred to a Edmonton hospital where he is to be slowly reintegrated into society, and may be allowed to live in a halfway house.
According to CBC, “The new freedoms were approved by the Alberta Review Board, which held an annual hearing in September when members of de Grood’s treatment team testified about his progress and risk to the community.
“In its decision, the board ordered that de Grood — who has been described as a “model patient” — be transferred to Edmonton in order to ease his reintegration into the community because of the “toxic” nature of what he would likely experience in Calgary.”
Critics of his release have claimed that de Grood is only getting out so soon because his father is a police officer, and say that there is no way, given the nature of his crimes, that he has been rehabilitated in such a short time.
“Clearly the Alberta Review Board carefully considered my client’s progress in his treatment and how far he’s come and were satisfied that these recommendations would not in any way jeopardize public safety,” said de Grood’s lawyer Allan Fay.
For obvious reasons, Edmonton, rather than Calgary, has been chosen for de Grood to be reintegrated and eventually released.
“You don’t want to have a situation where members of the victims’ families are bumping into him when he’s on a community outing,” said forensic psychologist Dr. Patrick Baillie. “That would be particularly distressing for them, and probably for Matthew as well.”
The victim’s families are highly concerned over the release of de Grood, and wrote a joint statement condemning the decision. However, other family members aren’t surprised given his sentencing.
“We strongly defy anyone that suggests this risk is manageable or acceptable,” wrote the families last month in a joint statement. “The absolute evil and heinous nature of the crime he committed can not be overstated and the prospect of this person being re-integrated into our community is beyond comprehension.”
“The recommendations from the treatment team are showing you the acceleration that’s occurring within this process for a guy that killed five people,” said Gregg Perras, a father one of the victims.
“It just seems unfathomable to us.”
In a tweet that went viral and hit 1.84 million views at the time of this article’s writing, WWE superstar Lacey Evans can be seen being pulled over for speeding during a routine traffic stop.
Upon being stopped, she immediately began recording, asking the officer if it’s a citation. He says it’s a speeding ticket.
“Do you know who I am,” she asks furiously.
“No idea,” the officer replies.
“Well, I’m Lacey Evans and I do not rate that ticket!”
The officer is clearly amused by the ego and asks, “Who’s Lacey Evans?”
“WWE superstar—you should know exactly who I am,” she snaps back.
She inevitably ends up taking the ticket and saying that she’ll pay it, but her tweet suggests that she may seek legal counsel.
“OK, well, have a good day,” the officer says, before smiling and giving a polite wave goodbye.
“You have a terrible day, sir,” Evans responds. “Canada is terrible, and I can’t wait to get back [home].”
Lacey was in Canada for an event in Edmonton, reports Global News. As the officer in the video said, “Welcome to Edmonton.”
“I can’t answer for her, but it’s a legitimate traffic stop from our end,” Cpl. Chris Warren said Sunday morning.
That should be the end of the story. However, according to Evans, who released a statement earlier today, the whole thing was staged with police as a promotion for the show.
“The video was created by both parties to promote the local live event taking place in the Edmonton area,” Evans said in the statement.
Evans, a former military police officer, says the video was taken and posted to Twitter as a joke, and that she hopes no one mimics her outrageous behaviour when engaging with police.
“I’m glad you were all entertained but if you ever try to honestly disrespect or put my brothers and sisters in blue in harm… I hope you get what you asked for,” Evans said