Rural crime is a growing problem
Alberta rural crime is growing across the province.
People are living in fear. Mega multiple repeat offenders in Thorhild and other counties are repeatedly let out awaiting trial, just to get back out and commit more crimes, then given far less than even the minimum sentence, under the criminal code. Everyone can understand a second chance for someone who could change their ways.
The judges and prosecutors are giving sentences, and making deals with people who are non-stop ripping off and terrorizing their communities. Who are these judges, and prosecutors protecting? Is it the law-abiding citizens or the multiple offenders? Where is our Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer, where is the premier?
I wonder what the sentence would be if it was, a judge, a prosecutor, the justice minister, and/or the premier, that was invaded and constantly terrorized by these multiple repeat offenders. If you want a reduction of offenders in court, and reduce the numbers in jail, start giving out the proper sentences.
When four or five in each county get the 10 years or more that they deserve, the word will get out, most will think twice, and crime rates will drop drastically.
A perfect multiple repeat convicted offender is scheduled for court in Fort Saskatchewan in early August.
I’m sure there are many other mega multiple offenders all over Alberta who will be in court sooner. Then they will all just get another slap on the wrist and sent out to rip off their neighbors again, with the blessing of the courts and the province.
— Gord Gilchrist, Sherwood Park
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR THE NEW COMMISSIONER
The first order of business for the new Commissioner is to get some order for this council and administration. Multi-year capital project financial reporting is non-existent!
In the past several weeks/months there has been much feedback (negative and positive) on the MPAF.The last council meeting (July 7) several key points became evident.
This council has defined neither a vision nor a realistic functional program for this Multi-Purpose Agricultural Facility.The council and administration continually increase and approve funding of this project. Based on what?Consultant guesstimates? Where is the approved business case? What is the approved functional program for this facility? Who are the stakeholders (besides the County of Strathcona taxpayers)? Who is the audience we are seeking to serve? Who or where are the partnerships for utilization on this asset?
What are the cost estimates, initial and on-going capital and the initial operating and maintenance commissioning and on-going costs?What are the risks associated with this project? Risk are, not limited to, environmental, design (design changes), geotechnical, construction (materials and labour), as well as associated factors of roadways, interchanges, etc.
I cannot support a council that is committed to spend my tax dollars on this phantom project of unknown escalating capital costs which can exceed $100M-plus and run annual operating deficits of $1-million-plus.
— Don Olenek, Sherwood Park
Using red tape to fight crime?
In the July 2 edition of the Fort Record, my MLA (Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk) praised her government for its initiatives for protecting Albertans which was the title for her column. She went on to state how proud she is of the proposed legislation that “will require scrap metal dealers to report all transactions involving commonly stolen metals and items such as catalytic converters to law enforcement.”
Wow, what a great idea! Disrupt the criminal supply chain — a novel approach!
But wait. Didn’t the UCP promise to reduce red tape for business? Isn’t the UCP crowing proudly about its red tape reduction initiatives, including the elimination of environmental monitoring for energy businesses? Yet, here is the UCP government adding red tape for the scrap metal dealers. How effective will that be? Can readers think of a way around this red tape requirement, like fake ID or taking stolen items to Saskatchewan to sell? And what about adding to the workload of police – I thought the UCP wanted more boots on the ground, not tied up doing paperwork in the office.
— Doug Heckbert, Strathcona County