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RCMP investigate theft of ATM during break-in at Edson gas bar

RCMP are investigating the theft of an subsequently recovered abandoned and
ATM during a break and enter to a gas heavily damaged in Hinton, Alberta.
station in the Town of Edson last week. Further investigation has revealed it was
On January 2, 2018 at approximately previously stolen from a vehicle
4:45 AM police were called to a break dealership in Hinton.
and enter at a west end gas station off of “We have been diligently following
Highway 16. The investigation revealed up on leads and collecting evidence that
that three suspects utilized a vehicle in will assist us in this investigation,”
gaining access to the building. Once states Cst. Alex Ayres “We would
inside, one suspect used a tow strap with however ask that anyone who saw any
the vehicle to remove the ATM inside suspicious activity that evening, or
while another began taking cigarettes. whom has information regarding this
Within a few minutes, the ATM was theft to contact us.”
loaded in to the pickup and the suspects Edson RCMP are continuing to
departed the scene. investigate and are requesting anyone
The ATM was out of order at the time with knowledge of this occurrence to
and had no cash inside. The suspects contact Edson RCMP at (780) 723-8800,
were captured on video surveillance but or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-
utilized masks and gloves to hide their 800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at
identity. The vehicle used was Two of three suspects who broke into a local gas bar and stole an ATM and
on/. cigarettes on Jan. 2 in Edson. Changes made to the Canada Summer Jobs Program for 2018

Town Council grapples with Recreation Complex issue I have serious concerns over an issue that has recently come to
light regarding the Canada Summer Jobs Program (CSJ). For years,
the CSJ Program has provided funding to employers across Canada
by Adrienne Tait express frustration and ask for clarity. move forward. I do like the idea of an open to hire young Canadians for summer job placements. Students
The Request for Proposals (RFP) document process. We did give the direction to negotiate with benefit by gaining valuable employment and work experience, and
“We feel like we have been used in this process,” establishes a framework which council and the Golf Club and changed direction on December communities benefit from the important services provided by these
said Golf Club representative Keith Lindquist administration will use to guide the sale process. 5. We have to take responsibility for that.” organizations. This has always been done in a non-partisan fashion.
regarding the sale of the Recreation Complex at the Included is some protection for current lessees. “The place has never been for sale. We are at a I have learned that the Liberals have tried to quietly, without any
January 9 Committee of the Whole meeting. “The Edson Golf Club has a 4-year lease on a disadvantage because offers are coming to us and consultation with Members of Parliament or Canadian employers,
“We feel like we were used by council to stop portion of the facility for the purposes of operating we have never said what we want to see. The RFP change the process through which employers apply for funding
Jim Eglinski
the private sale. We have been led down a path its proshop. The successful Proponent will be is the desired process to put it up for sale. It is our through the CSJ Program. The Government is now requiring those
where we expected to receive a purchase offer from required to honour this lease,” states the draft. way to say, ‘these are the criteria.’ It can be very who apply for funding to sign the form that the employer agrees to
the town the first week of December. Instead we Regarding the Curling Club the draft states, short and very clear. We are giving a lot of weight uphold certain “values”—values that align with the Liberal Party’s
MP Yellowhead
received a phone call from the Town Manager on “Proposals sensitive to the needs of this user group to how we want to see it used in the community,” own ideology. This is unacceptable and, I would argue, is
the Wednesday after the December 5 council which seek to preserve the curling function of the said Councillor Sorensen, “What does concern me inconsistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
meeting that told us that that process had ended,” building are preferred.” is making sure the timeline works for everyone This is a deeply concerning development and Canadians should be
added Lindquist. As with any RFP all submissions must meet involved.” extremely skeptical of a government that is basing funding decisions
Town Council directed Administration to enter certain criteria and will be scored on a point “We did say that [the RFP] is what we want to on whether or not you hold the same beliefs and values as they do.
into negotiations with the Golf Club at the system. The Recreation Complex RFP proposed do, although it may be a bit much on the There are numerous churches and religiously motivated
November 7 council meeting. At the December 5 the following point system: Facility Usage and paperwork,” said Councillor Wilkinson, who (along organizations that receive annual funding through the CSJ Program
meeting council decided to move forward with an Development Vision - 30 points, Business Plan and with Councillor Currie) apologised if the Club felt and have received this funding for years. Typically, these funds are
RFP process. Feasibility Analysis - 25 points, Experience and that they had been used. “I had no knowledge that used to run summer camps and programs. Many young people who
“To be clear the Golf Club did not own the Qualifications - 25 points, Proposed Purchase Price you were entering into a contractual agreement or work at these programs gain valuable work experience over the
Recreation Complex, the Recreation Society did. - 15 points, Implementation Schedule and negotiations whatever you want to call it I wasn’t course of the summer.
We were never asked for a proposal we were asked Investment Plan - 5 points for a total of 100 points. aware of that.” In no way are the funds used for any unlawful purpose as this
for a letter of intent. Why change? We were well Council suggested the purchase price points be Should the current timeline stand, proposals will
into negotiations with the town manager for the lowered to 10 with the other 5 points weighted to be due on February 15. Once received a Government seems to suggest. This new requirement would leave
building and it just stopped,” said Lindquist. the facility usage. They also suggested proponents preliminary assessment to ensure each RFPs these institutions two choices. Choice #1 would be to sign the form
Mayor Kevin Zahara said, “Originally this be required to submit an executive summary page submitted included all the required information against their own beliefs and religion – which for most is not an
council decided to enter into negotiation with the which would contain information the proponent would be conducted. All proponents would then option. Choice #2 would be to lose the funding and cancel their
Golf Club. I was in support of that and I think agrees could be made public. make a presentation to council. Those programs. Religious institutions should never be treated this way by
most people were. We have a number of new Councillor Currie said, “The biggest thing I presentations would be in-camera as they involve their own Government.
councillors who did not see the original proposal. heard in the public was that they wanted it to be FOIP and land sale. The third step in the process The Charter of Rights and Freedoms explicitly protects the
That was brought forward prior to the election. open to anyone. The idea that anyone could come will see administration score the submitted RFPs freedom of conscience and religion, freedom of belief, freedom of
Over the course of the election and post election and make a proposal." and make their recommendation to council. expression, and freedom of opinion. To punish employers applying
one of the things we heard a lot about was the Councillor Bevan said he felt that the councillors Council has the final decision on awarded the RFP. for non-partisan funding simply because they have different views
process. I think that the Golf Club has the most themselves had not been provided with all the Negotiations for a formal contract would begin and ideology than the Government of the day is unacceptable.
invested in the facility. It is a public building and information and said there are times where certain following council ratification. If the Prime Minister were to apply this same process to
we need to ensure an open process.” information is not able to be made public and it can Backgrounder: The Edson and District eligibility for Old Age Security (OAS), I am sure that there would
During the meeting Council was presented with be frustrating for both public and council. Recreation Complex historically was operated by be a number of seniors that would either be forced to lie on the form
the Request for Proposals for the sale of the Councillor Currie said she believed there was the non-profit Recreation Society, with grant or be forced to live without benefits that they are entitled to.
Recreation Complex draft. As is customary, media some miscommunication, “The direction from support from both Town and Yellowhead County. As a diverse society, Canada allows for diverse opinions and
and public were invited to ask questions at the council was to have discussions with the Golf The Society disbanded, and the Town assumed full protects those who may think differently than those in positions of
conclusion of the meeting during which time Course but nothing about the actual proposal.” ownership with cost-sharing arrangements with the power. In fact, the right to freedom of belief and opinion is
members of the Golf Club had the opportunity to Mayor Zahara said, “I firmly believe we need to County in 2016.

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