Grande Prairie AB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
West Perth native killed in Alberta accident - Mitchell AdvocateTuesday, January 31, 2017
Boyle, Alberta on Saturday morning, Jan. 21.
Murray McIntosh, the oldest son of Ross and Lois McIntosh, was returning from working at Fort McMurray to his home in Grande Prairie. Conditions were extremely foggy near Boyle, 490-kilometres east of Grande Prairie, when he collided with a logging truck that had been in a previous accident at the intersection of Highways 63 and 55. RCMP reported that a semi-truck was crossing Highway 55 when it was struck by a van and after the first collision occurred, two separate trucks also collided at the scene.
McIntosh, a father of four, died at the scene.
He leaves behind his wife Rachel, his children Riley 11, Abigail 7, and his stepsons, Austin Fast, 18, and Morgan Fast, 16.
McIntosh served a partial term of West Perth council, resigning in June 2013 to work in Alberta, a province he had lived and worked previously.
“I wish everyone here the best and it has been a great experience being on council,” he said at the time of his resignation. “I regret that I cannot fill the four years but now is the right time to make a change for my family.”
“He was right in the prime of his life, I'd say, and he was a good member on council when he was here and he deci...
School back in for home-schoolers - St. Albert GazetteThursday, January 12, 2017
I didn’t realize how stressed out they were,” Veenendaal said of her kids.
“Once we told them (about the settlement), they were just really relieved.”
Grande Prairie Court of Queen’s Bench Justice E.J. Simpson ruled in November that Trinity could stay open until he could rule on the school’s legal challenge of the province’s decision on Jan. 5.
Last Thursday, Simpson announced in court that the two parties had reached a settlement and dropped the challenge.
The settlement allows Trinity to continue operations but specifies that Wisdom is to have no governance or decision-making role in it. All staff and funds are to be controlled by Trinity. The province will appoint, at its cost, a financial administrator to oversee the school’s operations for a year. Trinity will also get the cash the province held back over the last few months.
Harsh words all around
Andrea Veldkamp, who has two kids home-schooled through Trinity, said this was a fair resolution to the dispute, one that held lessons for both parties.
“(The province) needs to be absolutely sure of the facts before they go forwards and shut down an organization,” she said, and organizations need to be absolutely sure they use provincial dollars properly.
Veenendaal said this settlement is exactly what the province should have done in the first place.
“My biggest disappointment is that they would shut (the school) down and not put the kids first.”
Curtis Galbraith, a reporter with Grande Prairie’s Big Country and Q99 Radio who covered Thursday’s court hearing, said Simpson had harsh words for both parties when he read out the settlement last week in court.
“He said essentially that there was no reason that two reasonable people couldn’t have met and hashed out something without going to court,” Galbraith said, and criticized both parties for launching a court case at taxpayer’s expense.
Galbraith said Simpson characterized both parties as acting as if they were in a matrimonial property dispute, putting their own interests ahead of those of the students. The judge blasted the province for characterizing a $4.47 sympathy card bought by Trinity as a “funeral expense,...
Government deal with private Christian school keeps home-schooling association open - Edmonton JournalThursday, January 12, 2017
The agreement came with a finger-wagging for both sides from a judge dealing with the case in Grande Prairie court Thursday.
“You’re all acting like heathens as far as I’m concerned. You could have saved taxpayers a lot of money (by mediating this privately),” said Queen’s Bench Justice E.J. Simpson.
Trinity, Wisdom and four parents applying for an injunction have now dropped their court case.
“I think it’s a good resolution to the action and to the issues that the parties have both raised,” Wisdom and Trinity lawyer Jay Cameron said outside court. “I think my client is satisfied. I think that the agreement that’s been reached is balanced.”
Education Minister David Eggen was concerned the majority of public education funds flowing to Trinity were managed by Wisdom, an independent contractor based in Derwent, Alta. An Alberta Education report into both organizations’ operations alleged exorbitant salaries approved by family members, questionable expenses on babysitting, alcohol and gift cards, and Wisdom managers leasing property from themselves at 1o times the market rate.
The judge said “funeral expenses” the government had criticized were blown out of proportion — Wisdom had bought a sympathy card for an employee who lost a family member.
Wisdom also held on to $988,000 over three years that should have gone to home-schooling parents for education expenses, the government report alleged.
None of the government’s allegations has been proven in court.
Wisdom and Trinity deny all the allegations, and filed for a court injunction to stop the closure. They won a temporary reprieve in November.
While the government told parents to enrol their childre...
Government deal with private Christian school keeps home-schooling association open - Edmonton SunFriday, January 6, 2017
The agreement came with a finger-wagging for both sides from a judge dealing with the case in Grande Prairie court Thursday.“You're all acting like heathens as far as I'm concerned. You could have saved taxpayers a lot of money (by mediating this privately),” said Queen's Bench Justice E.J. Simpson.Trinity, Wisdom and four parents applying for an injunction have now dropped their court case.“I think it's a good resolution to the action and to the issues that the parties have both raised,” Wisdom and Trinity lawyer Jay Cameron said outside court. “I think my client is satisfied. I think that the agreement that's been reached is balanced.”Education Minister David Eggen was concerned the majority of public education funds flowing to Trinity were managed by Wisdom, an independent contractor based in Derwent, Alta. An Alberta Education report into both organizations' operations alleged exorbitant salaries approved by family members, questionable expenses on babysitting, alcohol and gift cards, and Wisdom managers leasing property from themselves at 1o times the market rate.The judge said "funeral expenses" the government had criticized were blown out of proportion — Wisdom had bought a sympathy card for an employee who lost a family member.Wisdom also held on to $988,000 over three years that should have gone to home-schooling parents for education expenses, the government report alleged.None of the government's allegations has been proven in court.Wisdom and Trinity deny all the allegations, and filed for a court injunction to stop the closure. They won a temporary reprieve in November. While the government told parents to enrol their children in ...
Trinity Christian School Association, Alberta Education end legal battle - CBC.caFriday, January 6, 2017
Thursday between Alberta Education and a private Christian school in northern Alberta.
Under the resolution agreed on in Grande Prairie Court of Queen's Bench, funding has been retroactively restored to the Trinity Christian School Association.
As well, Alberta Education will appoint a financial administrator to oversee the school authority for the next 12 months, or longer if necessary. And Trinity's sister organization Wisdom Home Schooling Society of Alberta will no longer have a governance role or decision-making authority in the Trinity organization.
"We think this is ultimately going to be good for all parties," said Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley at a news conference in Calgary.
She said the agreement provides stability for students enrolled in homeschooling, and ensures that the proper procedures are in place "so everyone can see transparently that the money is going where it should be going."
On Oct. 25, Alberta Education abruptly shut down Cold Lake-based Trinity, which received more than $5.6 million in government funding for the current school year.
Trinity was stripped of its registration and accreditation for allegatio...
Calgary murder victim Nadia El-Dib laid to rest on Easter Sunday - Globalnews.caThursday, April 12, 2018
RCMP officer was injured after a shootout west of Edmonton near Evansburg, Alta. on Thursday night.WATCH: Mason Davis captured this audio from a police scanner during the tense moments when an Alberta RCMP officer was shot and a murder suspect killed west of Edmonton near Evansburg.It started when RCMP said an officer spotted a man who was believed to be wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, and a chase began after he failed to stop his vehicle.In the confrontation that followed, police say the suspect was killed and the RCMP officer suffered minor injuries. Sgt. Brian Topham, 59, was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton after a bullet grazed his head. He was released on Sunday.READ MORE: Evansburg RCMP officer recovering after shootout with murder suspect west of EdmontonLet's block ads! (Why?)...
Conservation group says Alberta grizzly, Bear 148, shot dead in BC - CTV NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
EDMONTON -- Conservationists are mourning the death of a female grizzly bear that had been moved from a popular area west of Calgary this summer to a remote park in northwest Alberta.
Stephen Legault of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative said Bear 148 was shot by a hunter on Sunday after wandering into British Columbia from its new home.
Legault said the bear was just becoming old enough to have cubs.
"What is really sad is that we have lost the potential that this grizzly bear represented for the further recovery of the threatened species in Alberta," he said Wednesday.
He noted that grizzly bears are often killed after being struck on highways and by trains.
"The fact that this bear was killed by a hunter illustrates the fact that there are many threats to these animals."
The B.C. government plans to ban the killing of grizzly bears for trophy, but not until after this hunting season.
Parks Canada and the Alberta government later confirmed the death of Bear 148.
"This outcome underlines the need for more collaboration across jurisdictions to co-ordinate wildlife and people management at a landscape level," Parks Canada said in an email.
Bear 148 was moved in July from its range near Banff and Canmore, Alta., to Kakwa Wildland Park.
The bear never hurt anyone but had gotten too close to people dozens of times since it was born in the Banff National Park a...
A reflective Father Bob Haggarty looks back on his time in Lillooet - Bridge River Lillooet NewsThursday, April 12, 2018
I said to the seniors, ‘If you can’t get along with the Catholics, you’re free to leave!’” It should be noted the seniors have not gone anywhere. Originally from Alberta, Father Bob was ordained in 1971 as a priest in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). The Order was founded in 1816 and has had a presence in British Columbia since 1858. The apostolic Oblates focused on outreach to remote and/or wilderness areas, which B.C. was at the time of the Gold Rush. “The Oblates were there, right at the beginning of the colonization of B.C.,” adds Father Bob, who says those early priests were so young that they were described as altar boys. He can quote the early history of the Oblates in B.C. chapter and verse, but is also fascinated by Canadian military history. He says that’s related to one of his mother’s brothers, who went overseas with the RCAF during the Second World War and was killed in action. “My mother had all these letters and pictures but had no time to organize them. But I thought, ‘If we don’t value his contributions, who’s going to?’ He sacrificed his life for this country, so I felt I owed him that and so I took every photo and every scrap of paper and put them in order.” After he began living here, Father Bob became intrigued by the history of local veterans, particularly the “Boys of Lillooet” whose names are inscribed on the cenotaph on the lawn outside the District Office. “I said to myself, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’” He then spent years researching their lives and eventually produced two volumes (World War One and World War Two) of priceless biographical material - old black and white and sepia photos, precious personal letters written from the front lines, military records and his own conversations with their siblings and other family members - that preserves the memory of the “Boys of Lillooet” for posterity. “Those fellows grew up here, lived within a five or 10-mile radius of downtown Lillooet and they never came back,” he says softly. “I thought they should be remembered and we should be proud of them.” Father Bob believes “history is made up of local people. It’s more than what Prince Charles has done. It’s people who are walking down the street. There’s history there, too.” He continues, “And it’s a good story if you go back and find out what happened. I remember hearing an interview with Mark Forsythe on the CBC and he was coming to Lytton for a public forum on the Gold Rush. It was also about the opening up of the Lillooet area and it was an eye-opener, too. I believe in history and I like to know history. I think the history of Lillooet makes you appreciate the place where you live. And for visitors, so much of B.C.’s history took place within a half mile of here.” He says, “Sometimes I’ll go down to Seton Lake and just sit there and I’ll ask people who are visiting for the day if they know where they are and what happened here. It makes it more interesting for them if they know some of the local history.” Father Bob acknowledges he’s “dealing with the reality of being a senior” and some health challenges involving his eyesight, but hopes to continue living here. “Why would I want to leave Lillooet?” he asks. “The environment here...