|Comment lands MLA in hot water|
Controversy is surrounding Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt for comments he posted on social media which resulted in his suspension from the Wildrose caucus. He will sit as an Independent member.
The problems started on Thursday when a Brooks constituent posted a comment on the MLA’s Facebook page that were “unacceptable,” stated party leader Brian Jean in a news release on Friday.
“This evening, Mr. Fildebrandt made an unacceptable comment on social media that does not represent the values of the Wildrose Caucus. Full Story >
|County gives first reading to close and lease roads to EID|
Following last Thursday’s public hearing county council gave first reading to a bylaw to close and lease 72 km (45 miles) of road allowances approaching and under Lake Newell.
In February the Eastern Irrigation District asked that the roads be closed and sold to them but the county agreed to close and only lease the allowances.
Some of the allowances extend beyond the shoreline, said the county’s director of corporate services Layne Johnson. Full Story >
|EID amends lake policy, removes elimination of private lifts, docks|
The eventual elimination of private docks and lifts at Lake Newell Reservoir has been removed from a recently approved Eastern Irrigation District policy.
On May 9 the board held a special meeting to make changes to the policy.
“We felt Lake Newell is unique. It’s a shallow lake and in terms of safety, maybe the boat docks should be there,” said EID board chair Floyd George following the meeting. Full Story >
|Hang up on Revenue Canada scammers|
Brooks RCMP are reporting they have received several fraud reports in connection with Canada Revenue.
“A suspicious person is calling and identifying themselves as an agent with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA),” states a news release.
The caller is advising there is a warrant out for the person’s arrest if they do not pay.
“The caller may also indicate a certain amount of jail time if the payment is not received.”
A new twist to an old scam, the caller may also inform the victim they will accept payment from iTunes cards. They request the activation code to be forwarded to them over the phone. Hang up. Full Story >
|Self-sufficiency is BAPS’ aim|
The Brooks Animal Protection Society (BAPS) continues to seek support but instead of putting their hand out they want to any donations.
“There are some things I think we need more than money,” said BAPS chairman Sherry Turuk.
“We really need revenue on a regular basis so we don’t have to go to the public. That’s our goal,” she said.
BAPS is not supported by provincial or federal governments but it does receive funds for housing animals for a few days from the City of Brooks and County of Newell and keeps the pet licence fee. Full Story >
|Senior driving scooter injured in hit and run|
Brooks RCMP Cst. Kamylle Jutras stops to lift up a motorized scooter following a collision at the crosswalk on Third Street West between 9th Avenue and Fairview Drive on Saturday at about 1:30 p.m. Jutras said an 83-year-old man who had been riding the scooter in the crosswalk westbound was struck by a vehicle that was travelling southbound on Third Street. The driver and vehicle left the scene.
She said it appears the man fell off the scooter as it was spun around. The man was placed on a spine board and transported to Brooks Health Centre and medivaced to Foothills Hospital where he remains in stable condition. Full Story >