Police Act update creates new police oversight agency, concentrates power over policing with provincial government

The UCP government has introduced legislation that if passed will update the Police Act, create a new independent oversight body to investigate complaints against police officers, and concentrate power and control of municipal policing in the hands of the provincial government. 

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Police disciplinary matter involving short-lived EPS web series “The Squad” wraps up 8.5 years after incident with 80 hour suspension without pay

A long-running police misconduct complaint against Const. Wayne Paesch concluded on Nov. 4, 2022 when he pleaded guilty to two counts of neglect of duty and one count of discreditable conduct under the Police Act. The fourth charge, unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority, was dropped. Const. Paesch received a suspension without pay of 80 hours to be served in five hour increments per pay period. 

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The NDP says this. The UCP says that. What's actually in the Sovereignty Act?

The fall legislative season—Danielle Smith’s season—has kicked off, and the field’s already a mess.

Most critical attention right now is on the Premier’s Alberta Sovereignty within a United Canada Act and for good reason. The first draft of this law is absolutely wild.

What the UCP says this bill does is protect you from Ottawa. What the NDP says this bill does is threaten Alberta’s democracy and economy.

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Smith fires AHS board, appoints same person to run it the last time conservatives did this

Our publication schedule for the Progress Report newsletter got nuked by my medical problems last month, so we’ve got a lot to catch up on. Let’s get right to it with the big news from Thursday afternoon: Danielle Smith has fired the entire board of directors of Alberta Health Services.

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Danielle Smith's year of lobbying the Alberta government includes chopping up AHS, asking about buying a government owned bridge and alternative medicines

On multiple occasions Danielle Smith lobbied energy minister Sonya Savage on ‘RStar,’ a scheme one critic called “sheer robbery” But RStar wasn’t her only pitch: Smith was lobbying the government on dozens of files.

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UPDATED: What happened to the charter school that Danielle Smith was trying to get off the ground?

Publicly available documents show that before becoming Premier, Danielle Smith submitted an application to open a charter school and lobbied the government to approve it.

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'The law fought the stump and the stump won'

It’s been nearly a year since the Edmonton Police got their new armoured vehicle hung up on an ornamental crab apple tree stump in Candas Dorsey’s yard after an incident with an intruder. We checked in with Dorsey to find out about the aftermath of this now infamous incident. 

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Funding the police: How the Edmonton police budget increased by $34.5 million in less than a year

Edmonton’s city council has increased the city policy budget for 2023 from $384 million, as of December 2021, to a projected $418.5 million, according to the city’s just-released operational budget. That’s an increase of $34.5 million, or nearly 9 per cent, over the last year to the city's single largest budget line item. 

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Here’s what I can tell you and here’s how you can help

Here’s what I can tell you.

On Friday, Oct. 14 upon arriving at my office by bicycle at around 9 am I was arrested by Const. Freddie Challenger of the Hate Crimes and Violent Extremism Unit for mischief. He was accompanied by at least three other officers and there were at least two police vehicles there. I was handcuffed, placed in an unmarked police vehicle and taken to the downtown division. There I was interrogated by a fifth officer for about a half an hour where, on the advice of my lawyer, I refused to answer any questions.

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POD: Dark yoga money

Garth Mullins joins Duncan Kinney to discuss what it means for the rest of Canada now that a coalition of cops and capitalists have seized control of Vancouver on a campaign of fear.

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