A preliminary hearing is scheduled to be begin later this week in Edmonton, for convicted murderer Joseph Laboucan. Lawyers for the Fort St. John man successfully had the proceedings moved from Fort Saskatchewan to the Alberta capital last week but, Laboucan is not expected to appear at Thursday’s hearing. He’s now charged with second-degree murder, in connection with the 2005 death, of 33 year-old Ellie May Meyer, whose body was discovered in a Strathcona County farm field, in Alberta, on May 6th, of 2005. The now 23 year old Laboucan was also among a group of people convicted, in the 2005 rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl, at an Edmonton area golf course. – Advertisement -He’s currently serving a life sentence in the federal prison in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan but, his lawyers are appealing that conviction. Meyer’s body was just one of many discovered in the vast rural expanses of Strathcona County in recent years and, Laboucan was arrested and charged, as a result of investigations carried out by Project Kare. The joint police task force was formed in 2003, to investigate the deaths of several so-called, “High Risk Missing Persons,” in and around the Edmonton area.Advertisement
VICTORIA – Victoria is the latest Canadian city to move ahead with a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.Councillors have given third reading to a bylaw that would fine businesses $100 if they sold or provided plastic bags.Adoption of the bylaw is expected in early January and, if approved, it’s to effect in July, with enforcement beginning in 2019.Businesses would be required to ask customers if they need a bag, and charge 15 cents for a paper bag, or $2 for a reusable one.Bags used for packing bulk foods, dry cleaning or prescriptions would still be provided.The Vancouver Island city of Nanaimo voted earlier this month to stop using plastic bags, but delayed further action while it determines if it has the authority to impose a ban.Montreal is banning single-use plastic bags on Jan.1, and a website using content from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association says three communities in Quebec, two in Manitoba and one in Alberta already prohibit their use.B.C.-based Greener Footprint Society, which focuses on waste reduction in Canada, says Canadians use between nine billion and 15 billion plastic bags every year, enough to circle the Earth more than 55 times.Fraser Work, Victoria’s engineering and public works director, says the bag ban in the B.C. capital has broad support.“There’s a lot of people in the city that are really excited about a move to rid ourselves of the millions of plastic bags that are going into the community and the hundreds of thousands of which are ending up in the landfill,” he says.Victoria Coun. Jeremy Loveday says there are better options than single-use plastic.“We would be really encouraging the reusable bags that can handle up to 100 uses or more,” says Loveday.Vancouver has not banned plastic bags, but as part of its 2040 Zero Waste Goal, it is drafting a strategy aimed at reducing or ending the use of single-use bags, coffee cups and takeout containers.A final report on the zero waste strategy is due before council in 2018.