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18 month suspended sentence handed down in Delburne COVID protest


Former Calgary mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston was back in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, May 26 to answer to charges stemming from a protest in Delburne in April 2021.
Mr. Johnston faced criminal charges, including forcible entry, causing a disturbance, and mischief stemming from the protest, as well as three counts under the Petty Trespassing Act and a single count violation of the Alberta Public Health Act as the protest went against COVID-19 protocols.
The court heard how Mr. Johnston participated in an anti-mask protest outside a grocery store in Delburne on April 7, 2021.
During the protest, the owners of the grocery store locked the entry door in order to prevent protesters from entering the store. Video evidence showed two protesters, one of whom was identified as Mr. Johnston, use the exit door in order to gain entry to the store.
Mr. Johnston and the other protester were asked to leave the premises, but did not leave immediately; the owner of the grocery store then physically pushed them out through the door.
It was jointly recommended by both Crown and defense to issue an 18 month suspended sentence with a number of conditions, including a no contact order with the owners of the grocery store and a no go order preventing Mr. Johnston from attending the store.
The Honourable Justice Mah also requested that Mr. Johnston write a letter of apology to the owners of the grocery store, and to be delivered at the discretion of a probation officer.
Remaining charges were withdrawn.

Wheatland County denies abattoir permit


Wheatland County’s Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) has denied a development permit for the operation of an abattoir, or slaughterhouse, during the Tuesday, May 9 MPC meeting.
The proposed operation would be located approximately one mile north of the hamlet of Ardenode, north of Highway 564, some 80 kilometres southwest of the Town of Drumheller, and located across from an associated feedlot.
Prior to the meeting, Wheatland County administration had received two letters in support of the operation, and a total of 32 letters of concern-10 of these letters were addressed and scanned into record during the meeting.
Many of the letters cited concerns about odour and increased traffic in the area, as well as concerns regarding water supply and potential contamination.
Council chambers were heavily occupied with members of the public opposing the application. Applicants for the operation were also present and had requested to speak on behalf of the application; however, as the MPC had denied another applicant to speak at a previous meeting, the request was denied.
It was noted the abattoir received approval from Alberta Environments and Protected Areas (AEPA) in March of this year, and would be required to obtain a Safe Food for Canadians licensing from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Compared to other abattoir operations, such as those in Brooks and High River, this would be a much smaller operation, processing some 26,000 head annually-or about 100 head per day; significantly below the 4,200 and 4,500 head per day processed at Brooks and High River respectively.
Although the operation could provide some economic benefits to Wheatland County, MPC members did not feel the proposed location was the right fit due to the number of impacted landowners. Commissioner Scott Klassen noted there were a total of 72 residences within a two mile radius of the proposed location-of which, he added about 75 per cent of those impacted residents were in attendance at the meeting.
Other commissioners also noted they would have been more favourable to the proposed operation had the location been within an existing industrial area.
MPC voted to deny the application, with only one vote to approve the application.

Drumheller District Show and Sale slated for Monday

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Some of the best animals in the province are being finished and prepped for the Drumheller and District 4-H Show and Sale.
This year the Delia Beef Club is hosting the show and sale on Monday, June 5 at the Delia Arena. They are hoping for a great show and top dollar being bid on these youth-raised animals at the sale.
This year there are 14 steers, five heifers, two cow-calf pairs, six lambs and one ewe participating in the event.
The day starts at 9:45 a.m., with the Judging Competition to commence at 10 a.m.
The Female show is at 11:20 a.m., followed by Sheep trimming at 12:15 p.m.
The show then moves on to the Steer Show at 1:20 p.m. and the Sheep Show at 2:30 p.m.
After that, the annual supper will go at 5 p.m. at the Delia Community Hall.
After that, the main event, where the year-long projects are put on the auction block to be sold to great 4-H supporters at 7 p.m. The district saw numbers grow a little bit, which bodes well for the clubs, with a couple of more steer projects, and a couple more lamb projects.
The clubs hope for a great showing of buyers because there is nothing better than Alberta 4-H beef.


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