Stoney Creek father wins $75K with instant lottery ticket – Hamilton

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A Stoney Creek father of four is celebrating a recent lottery win.


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Selvir Peckovic won a $75,000 top prize with Instant Reindeer Games.

He plans to use the money to buy his son a new vehicle and help his family.


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The winning ticket was purchased at the Fortinos on Upper Centennial Parkway.

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12 injured after Prince George school bus crashes near Cache Creek

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A school bus crash near Cache Creek has injured 12 according to B.C. Emergency Health Services.

The school bus was carrying students from College Heights Secondary School in Prince George.

The crash happened on Highway 97 at around noon. A tweet from Interior Health said none of victims suffered serious injuries. 

It remains unclear exactly who was injured but seven people were transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops in ambulances, one via air ambulance helicopter. 

The others were treated at the scene.

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Inmate escapes from Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge near Maple Creek, Sask.

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Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) says Joely Lambourn has escaped the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge near Maple Creek, Sask.

CSC first posted about the escape on its Facebook page at around 3 p.m. CST and confirmed the escape shortly thereafter to CBC News.

Staff at the lodge discovered Lambourn was unaccounted for during a count at 12:25 p.m., according to a news release.

 RCMP were notified and a warrant is now out for her arrest. 

Lambourn is described as 45 years old, 5’2″ and around 130 lbs. She is fair with brown eyes and brown hair. She is currently serving a sentence of two years, six months and 17 days for dangerous driving causing death and being unlawfully at large. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

The lodge was in the news recently when controversy erupted after convicted child-killer Terri-Lynne McClintic was transferred to the facility. McClintic was recently transferred to a women’s prison in Edmonton.

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Bragg Creek section joins world’s longest network of recreational trails

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After construction and upgrades, it’s now one of the most expansive trail systems in the world.

The Great Trail — formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail — is a 24,000-kilometre connected trail that goes from coast to coast to coast across Canada.

A new 7.5-kilometre trail connects the hamlet of Bragg Creek to the West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area, funded by the province and the Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association (GBCTA).

That extends the Great Trail east to Calgary, creating the world’s longest network of recreational trails, according to the Alberta government.

Outdoor enthusiasts will have better access to more than 150 kilometres of non-motorized trail in West Bragg Creek and Kananaskis Country, the province said.

The Great Trail — formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail — is a 24,000-kilometre connected trail that goes from coast to coast to coast across Canada.

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Robyn Seetal, director of the Great Trail, said the development makes it safer and more accessible for people to experience the great outdoors.

“It’s a trail that connects Canadians from all walks of life and what’s incredible about it is that it connects over 15,000 communities across Canada,” she said. “Over 80 per cent of Canadians live just 30 minutes from a trail.”

The Great Trail — formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail — is a 24,000-kilometre connected trail that goes from coast to coast to coast across Canada.

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It’s all about discovering parts of the country — especially what we’ve got right here in Alberta, she said.

“This opens up another section of our beautiful landscape for people to enjoy. Every section of the trail is unique and offers amazing, incredible beauty,” Seetal said. “It provides access to this community in Bragg Creek but it also showcases Alberta’s beauty.”

A new West Bragg Creek interpretive trail — called the Watershed Heritage Trail — features information panels that highlight local history and was sponsored by the Elbow River Watershed Partnership and the GBCTA.

For increased accessibility, the West Bragg Creek Provincial Recreation Area parking lot was expanded from 190 stalls to 485, funded by the province with $2.5 million.

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Three people arrested on drug charges in Stoney Creek – Hamilton

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Hamilton police have arrested three people in connection with a drug trafficking investigation.


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A 36-year-old Hamilton man was arrested last week and charged with trafficking cocaine in Arvin Avenue area of Stoney Creek.

A search warrant was later executed at a residence on Macintosh Drive, where police said they seized approximately $3,000 worth of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana.


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A 64-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were also taken into custody.

All three of the accused are facing several charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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Protesters in Maple Creek, Sask., ‘infuriated’ by transfer of Tori Stafford’s killer to healing lodge

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Penny Steinkey had planned to travel to Calgary to see her grandchildren for Thanksgiving. Instead, she said she’ll spend her weekend at home in Maple Creek, Sask., protesting on behalf of another child — Tori Stafford.

« Because Tori doesn’t have that — I can give up a weekend for her, » she said of the eight-year-old, brutally raped and murdered in 2009.  

Steinkey was outraged when she heard that Stafford’s killer, Terri-Lynne McClintic, had been transferred to Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge on Nekaneet First Nation, located about 30 kilometres southeast of Maple Creek.

She and her friend Karri Williams have spent the past week walking along Maple Creek’s main street to protest McClintic’s transfer, and she says she’ll continue to protest until she is heard.

‘She’s not ready for that place’

« This woman, in my opinion, should be serving her time behind bars, not earning her way out of society after nine years of being in prison for murdering, raping and torturing an eight-year-old girl, » Steinkey said.

« I’m concerned about everybody that lives anywhere near this woman, every person that works out there, every inmate that’s out there, » she said, adding she also worries for the safety of the children of female inmates who may visit the healing lodge.

McClintic is currently serving a life sentence for her role in Tori’s death, and is not eligible for parole until 2031. In December, she was transferred to the healing lodge run by Correctional Services Canada.

Tori Stafford was eight years old when she was abducted and killed. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

Williams said she was « infuriated » when she learned McClintic had been living at the lodge for nine months, without anyone in the area being notified.

« You don’t send a murderer, what she’s done, to a place of healing. She’s not ready for that place, that’s for sure. »

Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge does important work for its inmates, say protesters, but they believe that Terri-Lynne McClintick has not done the work to be transferred to the healing lodge. (Correction Services Canada website)

Both women said they respect the rehabilitation work taking place at the healing lodge. They see the inmates from time to time, raking leaves or picking up garbage in Maple Creek, and describe them as part of the community.

They shipped her off to the farthest, most remote place they could find. And they don’t give a damn about us that live here.– Penny Steinkey, Maple Creek resident

« We love the healing lodge, » said Steinkey. « We all believe in it. But they have to work to get here. »

Williams and Steinkey said they have tried to contact Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale about their concerns, but have only received a form letter in response.

However, they say they are working with their Conservative MP and their neighbours at Nekaneet First Nation, who share their concerns about transfer.

« They shipped her off to the farthest, most remote place they could find, » said Steinkey.

« And they don’t give a damn about us that live here. »

Transfer sets off political clash

McClintic’s transfer has sparked heated debate and insults in the House of Commons.

The Opposition Conservatives have demanded the government reverse the decision, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decried the Conservatives as « ambulance-chasing politicians, » and said his government respects the independence of the judicial system.

In response to questions on Friday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said he takes public concerns « very, very seriously, » which is why he’s asked Corrections Canada to review its policies and procedures leading to the transfer.  

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, right, has ordered the commissioner of Correctional Service of Canada to review a decision to send convicted killer Terri-Lynne McClintic, left, to an Indigenous healing lodge. (Canadian Press photos)

« This is not just a recent set of decisions. The decision-making flow goes back to 2014, » he said.

The review is meant to ensure public safety and that justice is carried out in all cases, not just in this particular instance, said Goodale.

He acknowledged the concerns expressed by the chief of Nekaneet First Nation, who said the band was « shocked » by the transfer. Chief Alvin Francis said that six years ago, his people lost any say over which prisoners were sent to the minimum-security lodge on its land.

« Where Indigenous values are engaged, then there needs to be ample consultation and advice and an ongoing role, » Goodale said, adding he expected this to be addressed in the review.

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