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Elks donation to Drumheller Area Health Foundation supports patient safety, care


Drumheller Area Health Foundation (DAHF) was presented with a cheque donation in the amount of $2,754 by Alberta Elks Foundation and Drumheller Elks #54 on Tuesday, April 13.
The donation will help purchase a bariatric commode for the Occupational Therapy department. Remaining funds will be used towards DAHF’s 2021 fundraising goals to purchase a new laparoscopic tower for the operating room, and purchase chairs which can be easily cleaned to meet COVID-19 transmission prevention protocols for the Acute and Continuing Care, and the waiting room. At the presentation (L-R) Drumheller Health Centre site manager Nathan Banda, Councillor Tom Zariski, Alberta Elks Foundation Phyllis Anderson, Occupational Therapist Beth Pizor, Drumheller Elks #54 Gail Schrock, and DAHF Director Melanie Nelson.

Teen sentenced for conspiracy to commit murder


The details of this story may be disturbing to some readers

A teen appeared in Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday, April 23, to be sentenced for her role in the murder of 36-year-old Fazal Rehman in October of 2017.
The teen, who cannot be identified under the provision of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged with accessory after the fact of murder and attempting obstruction of justice on June 5 of 2017. These charges were later upgraded to murder. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in January of this year.
Fazal Rehman died at the hands of Dylan Howard on October 16, 2017. Rehman was shot and stabbed before he and his car were doused with a mixture of gasoline and diesel, and set afire in a rural area near the Village of Morrin. Howard pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 25 years.
The court heard of the teen’s role in the murder. At 15, she had already developed a serious drug addiction. She knew the victim as she and Howard would procure drugs from him. Motivated by being sexually abused by the deceased, she helped to lure Rehman to the rural area from Calgary. She broke into her mother‘s home and stole a rifle, a clip, and ammunition from a closet.
While she did not participate in the murder, she was there when it happened and helped dispose of the gun and knife, neither of which have been recovered. She also participated in coming up with a fictitious story to cover the murder.
The youth had a difficult upbringing that included sexual assault at a very young age by her father, spent time in foster care, and a strained relationship with her mother and stepfather. As a teen, she began using drugs and alcohol, and by the time she was 15, she was addicted to cocaine and methamphetamines.
Crown Prosecutor Mac Vomberg, in his sentencing submissions, noted that while she had a dysfunctional upbringing, she took an active role in the crime.
Vomberg read victim impact statements to the court from the family of Rehman.
“My husband was like the whole world for our family,” said his wife and mother of four children, Sadia Rehman.
The teen has spent 466 days in custody, and after gaining release, has spent 589 days under strict conditions from the court. Defence attorney Andrea Urquhart told the court her client is maintaining her sobriety and has expressed remorse. She has completed treatment for her addiction and counseling while incarcerated, and that continued while she was on release.
While the Crown and defence were agreeable that she has spent an appropriate period in custody, they were not in agreement on a period of probation. The Crown asked for two years, while the defence argued the defendant has made progress in her rehabilitation.
“There has already been significant rehabilitation in custody and out of custody. She’s not starting from scratch,” said Urquhart.
In handing down sentence, Justice Robert Hall said for her role in the murder, “the harm done was egregious.” He noted her prospects of rehabilitation were very good. He agreed that her period of custody was appropriate, with one year of probation.

Kneehill's David Price inducted into Alberta's Agriculture Hall of Fame

David Price Congratulations

The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame, which was created in 1951, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership and had a significant impact on the agriculture and food industry over many years, and a local Kneehill County resident was one of three inductees for 2020.

David Price, co-founder and former President and Director of Sunterra Group of Companies, has made contributions to the farming and agriculture industry for more than 50 years through his innovations in swine genetics, production, processing and marketing.

“You’ve had some very subtle, indirect impacts in my community, and a lot of people have referred to the Price family and yourself when they look at agri-business and changing how they do things on the farm,” Deputy Reeve Faye McGhee said during the meeting. “Though I’ve never met you personally, you’ve impacted our farm and our community’s work by just the example you’ve set, and I want to thank you for having that to be looking towards.”

Mr. Price grew up near the Village of Acme as part of a mixed-farming family.

He spent a year in England working with Pig Improvement Company, a new pig breeding concept. Using his experience in England, Mr. Price-along with his parents and some close friends-launched Pig Improvement Canada upon returning to Canada and built a successful swine production company which focused on providing exceptional quality meat.

Mr. Price’s continued advances in genetics, such as cross breeding, as well as nutrition and meat science analysis has had continued contributions to the agricultural and swine production industries.

As founder and former President and Director of Sunterra Group of Companies, Price’s leadership helped build a family-run business which offered top-quality pork products, and provided a “true farm-to-fork business model.”

Mr. Price remains an active member of his community, and established a not-for-profit organization, Greg’s Wings Project, in honour of his late son which works to make health care safe, patient-centered, and collaborative.

Stan Price, David’s father, was previously inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2002 for his own contributions to the agriculture industry.


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