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...]

Safety board launches train derailment investigation

The Transportation Safety Board is launching a full investigation into the derailment of  four train cars last week at Scotford Yard that spilled 99,000 litres of a flammable, toxic liquid. The CP train derailed at the Scotford Yard, near Range Road 215 at about 3:25 p.m. on Dec. 8. One of the derailed cars rolled down an embankment and spilled … [Read more...]

Shell launches carbon-capture project

Shell Scotford officially embarked on their quest to reduce carbon emissions at the Quest Carbon Capture & Storage Start-Up Celebration on Nov. 6. The Quest carbon-capture project will capture one million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually from Shell Scotford’s bitumen upgrader, located about 15 kilometres northeast of Fort Saskatchewan, and … [Read more...]

Family meeting ministers, calls for public inquiry

The family of slain Fort Saskatchewan resident Colleen Sillito is calling for a public inquiry into the circumstances of her death. The 46-year-old Sillito, a mother of five, was gunned down in her driveway around 6 a.m. Oct. 2 by her ex-boyfriend Paul Joseph Jacob, 54, who then fatally shot himself. “Colleen was a victim of a series of … [Read more...]

Two dead in Fort shooting

Neighbours will remember the woman found dead outside her home on Oct. 2 as a “sweetheart” with a vibrant, active young family. Fort Saskatchewan RCMP confirmed that they found the bodies of Colleen Sillito, 46, and Paul Jacob, 56, on the driveway outside of her Alderson Close home on Oct. 2. Sillito, a mother of five, was killed by Jacob, who … [Read more...]

Libraries turn new chapter, still vital for society says columnist

Libraries have evolved, but are still an integral part of our society, says Edmonton Journal city columnist Paula Simons. Simons gave a presentation at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library on Sept. 26 speaking to the importance of the public library in the digital age. While the instruments of delivery have changed, libraries still play an … [Read more...]

Doc Walker bringing ‘heartland’ sound to Beaumont

Doc Walker lead singer Chris Thorsteinson just finished a three-hour ride on his bobcat and is now ready to talk country. Seated at his cabin on the lake after doing some landscaping (he said it helps him clear his mind), Thorsteinson said growing up in small towns on the prairies has always been central to the band’s identity. “I grew up in … [Read more...]

Jonathan Pratt receives 8-year sentence for crash that killed 3

Jonathan Pratt has been sentenced to eight years in prison for causing the deaths of local men Bradley Arsenault, Kole Novak and Thaddeus Lake in 2011. Pratt was found guilty in May of three counts of manslaughter and three counts of impaired driving causing death. A collision reconstructionist said Pratt's Dodge Ram was travelling nearly … [Read more...]