Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Update

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(Northern-Gateway-Hearings)

The B. C. government is scheduled to take another crack at it today at the Northern Gateway pipeline hearings in Edmonton.

Yesterday, Elisabeth Graff, the lawyer for the province, was stopped moments into her cross-examination of pipeline builder Enbridge.

Graff was asking Northern Gateway president John Carruthers about the insurance for oil spill disasters when panel chairman Sheila Leggett intervened.

Leggett reminded Graff the Edmonton hearings are to focus on the economic impacts of the project and that disaster preparedness is being dealt with at upcoming hearings in B.C. (The Canadian Press)

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(Mass-Murder-Parole)

Family members of the victims in a gruesome mass murder 30 years ago say they will never forgive the man serving a life sentence for the crime.

David Shearing is up for parole in Alberta later this month and relatives of the victims don't want to see him released.

Shearing, who now goes by the name David Ennis, pleaded guilty to killing a family of six on a camping trip in the interior of British Columbia in 1982.

He shot and killed George and Edith Bentley, their daughter Jackie and her husband Bob Johnson.

He kept Johnson's daughters Janet, who was 13, and Karen, who was 11, alive for a few days and sexually assaulted them before killing them, too. (The Canadian Press)

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(Smith-Death-Row)

An Albertan who is fighting for his life on Montana's death row scored a minor legal victory after a judge declared the state's method of execution unconstitutional.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a civil lawsuit in 2008 on behalf of Ronald Smith.

It argued the lethal injections the state uses are cruel and unusual punishment and violate the right to human dignity.

District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock has agreed, pointing to problems such as lack of training for the individual who administers the drug. …

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