Alberta News in Brief for August 11

Thursday, August 11th, 2016 11:58am

Homicide ruled on deceased male found in rural Morinville area

August 11, 2016. The body of a deceased adult male found Tuesday morning in a rural area near the intersection of Township Road 540 and Rural Route 263 has been ruled a homicide. The Chief Medical Examiner in Edmonton made the determination Wednesday. Members from the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit, based in Edmonton, have assumed lead in the investigation with assistance from the Forensic Identification Section as well as members from the RCMP detachments in Morinville and St. Albert. Assistance is also being received from the Edmonton Police Service.  RCMP are releasing no further details at this time.


Poucette charged with second degree murder

August 11, 2016. Tylen Tray Poucette, 20, of the Stoney Nakoda Nation, was arrested without incident on Aug. 7 and charged with second degree murder of Kori Wesley, 21. Wesley’s body was discovered near the Chiniki Rodeo Grounds on Aug.7. Poucette was remanded in custody and will appear in Cochrane Provincial Court on Aug.16. Police also obtained an arrest warrant for one young person in relation to this incident. While the youth cannot be identified, the RCMP advises the public that the young person is not believed to be a danger to others.  Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to call the Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS),


Syncrude takes on sponsorship role for AACCC

August 11, 2016. Syncrude Canada Ltd. has become the largest single contributor to NorQuest College’s Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre with a gift of $100,000. “One of Syncrude’s long-held values is ensuring Aboriginal people share in the benefits of developing oil sands,” said Syncrude president and CEO Mark Ward of the donation. To date, Syncrude has spent about $2.5 billion with Indigenous companies and is one of Canada’s largest employers of Indigenous people. Syncrude invests around $1 million annually on programs and initiatives to advance education and employment opportunities for Indigenous people. “To the AACCC, this gift means that Indigenous inclusion to Canada’s labour market is of utmost importance to Alberta’s industry stakeholders,” said AACCC manager Ruby Littlechild. In March of 2016, one year into AACCC’s existence, 703 clients were assisted with their career goals. The original forecast for that time period was to train 150 people. Of those 703 individuals, 76 per cent were of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit descent, 22 per cent were female, and 500 job placements were made. Syncrude joins ATCO Electric/Gas, Northern Gateway Pipelines, JV Driver, and WorleyParsons Canada as sponsors to the AACCC.