‘We’re in crisis’: Edmontonians rally in support of Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine

About 300 Edmontonians took to the streets Sunday to speak out against a justice system they see as broken, in the wake of non-guilty verdicts for the people accused of killing Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine. Edmontonians of all backgrounds gathered at Churchill Square to address a perceived pattern of injustice and inequality in the … [Read more...]

‘A sense of relief’: National Inquiry comes to a close in Edmonton

Families who testified at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Edmonton left the hearings with mixed emotions, as they ponder what happens next. Melanie Dene testified in a public hearing about her cousin Shelly, who went missing in Edmonton in 2013. Leading up to the hearing, she was nervous and … [Read more...]

‘All we have is hope’: Mixed emotions as inquiry community hearings start in Edmonton

For seven years, ever since his sister Amber went missing, Paul Tuccaro has been waiting for answers. As he stands before the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls this week in Edmonton, he’s hoping he’ll find some at last. The inquiry’s chief commissioner Marion Buller and commissioner Brian Eyolfson are attending … [Read more...]

‘Families are waiting for answers:’ Edmonton police reopen MMIWG cold cases

Edmonton police hope advancements in DNA technology will help them finally crack 10 cold cases they've reopened involving Indigenous women who have gone missing or been murdered in the city. The new spotlight on old crimes is being met with appreciation by advocates and family members who have lost loved ones. “I’m really glad about … [Read more...]

Mother of slain woman slams justice system

It wasn’t enough that Wendy Yurko lost her daughter. She was even deprived of being able to put the day her daughter was killed on her tombstone, because the exact day was never determined. Now, the mother of Dana Turner, a murder victim from Fort Saskatchewan, plans to write a book about how she believes the justice system failed her daughter. … [Read more...]

Father of man charged with murder says he warned police

The father of a local man accused of murdering an elderly Edmonton couple says he warned Fort Saskatchewan RCMP his son was a danger to himself and others a day before the incident, but was told they couldn’t do anything. “I was afraid he was going to hurt somebody or hurt himself … I called and said what if he kills someone? I said you don’t … [Read more...]

Disabled woman accuses RCMP officer of assault

A Fort Saskatchewan resident alleges a local RCMP officer physically and verbally assaulted her for no reason, leaving her with a concussion and a shoulder injury that requires surgery. Jane Richards has filed a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, an independent agency that reviews complaints about on-duty … [Read more...]

Discharged priest had prior complaint

A local priest who was the subject of a recent RCMP investigation that led to no charges was also accused of sexual assault one year ago, the Record has learned. The Record reported in its April 7 edition that Fort Saskatchewan RCMP investigated Father Ashok Mascarenhas, who served as an associate pastor at Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic … [Read more...]

CP trains collide at Scotford

Two CP Railway trains carrying dangerous goods collided at Scotford Yard on Jan. 31, the third accident in two months at the site. The collision occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. while the trains were switching tracks. Both railcars were loaded with propane and one of them sustained minor damage to the ladder. The two railcars collided at a low … [Read more...]

Salon stuck in sign squabble

A local Brazilian waxing shop has found itself in a hairy situation. Kooter Couture, a beauty studio that specializes in waxing women’s pubic area, has had their sign permit refused by the city because the name contravenes their land-use bylaw. Kooter is a slang term for vagina. Although Kooter Couture has operated with its current business name … [Read more...]