'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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POD: Trash can Dani

Freelance journalist Jeremy Appel joins Duncan Kinney to discuss the assent of Danielle Smith, the origin of the Trash Can Dani nickname and Jason Kenney's legacy. 

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Cop union president accuses mayor of not supporting police after mayor doesn’t attend cop memorial he wasn’t invited to

Edmonton Police Association president Staff Sergeant Michael Elliott accused Mayor Amarjeet Sohi of not supporting the police in a recent letter after Sohi didn’t attend a police officer memorial event. Sohi says he was not invited to the event. 

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Stop taking us for granted. Government needs to fund action not research and discussion with anti-hate grants

Instead of more studies we need the government to fund programs and support organizations that are already doing the critical work to stem hate and racism in Alberta.

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No jail time for former Edmonton cop who pleaded guilty to perjury after lying in court about altering traffic tickets

Former Edmonton Police Service Const. Lauren Skibinsky pleaded guilty to perjury and was handed a 12-month suspended sentence with 100 hours of community service in Court of King’s Bench today. 

Skibinsky resigned from the EPS in April after being charged with perjury for testimony he gave during a 2021 criminal trial he faced for forgery and obstruction of justice involving altered traffic tickets. He was found not guilty of those charges. 

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UCP leadership race power rankings: Danielle Smith was a scab

A UCP wracked with in-fighting has found a nice unifying issue to come together around: a federal gun buy-back program brought in by the Liberals to scoop up assault-style firearms that were banned in 2020.  

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Local group of landlords, business owners and NGOs ask for more cops downtown but say they’re not going to influence upcoming police budget debate

The Downtown Recovery Coalition held a press event in downtown Edmonton Thursday to announce their priorities for “a safe and vibrant downtown.” The group’s immediate asks were for more police officers allocated downtown, better patrols and security enforcement at LRT station entrances and to repair and better maintain sidewalks, roads, benches, garbage cans and other important infrastructure. 

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