GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are investigating a firearm-incident that took place on the city’s west side yesterday.On Wednesday, July 6th at approximately 2:30 p.m., the RCMP received a report of shots fired at a business. After a confrontation inside of the business, a lone male suspect left the area, and returned driving in a vehicle a short time later. The suspect was then seen brandishing a firearm, firing it in the direction of the business’ patrons.The suspect fled the scene a second time and engaged in a police pursuit which ended several blocks away. The man was arrested and is currently in police custody.- Advertisement -No one was harmed. The investigation is on-going.If you have any information about the incident, you’re asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment, or call Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS.
“Captain Hook” set sail Monday for San Clemente Island, where officials hope the sea lion who had 70 hooks and lines stuck in him when rescued will find a food source not already claimed by fishermen. The marine mammal was taken by pickup truck from Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center about 6:45 a.m. to the Coast Guard station in San Pedro. From there, the 700-pound animal was loaded onto a 175-foot vessel for the voyage to the island 56miles off the coast of San Diego County, said Melissa Sciacca, director of development for the center. “There’s a rookery out there with lots of female sea lions eating herring and the kinds of fish that are out there,” she said. Finding a sea lion with so many hooks around his mouth and on his body is unusual, Sciacca said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s not something that typical,” she said. “This sea lion is known to have hung out around fishing areas. He’s an older 12-year-old that could have been eating in areas where fishermen have lines or eating fish with hooks in them used as bait.” Captain Hook was so named in October when he was rescued and 70 fishing hooks were removed by a veterinarian, Sciacca said. He was taken to San Onofre for release in November, but in less than a week he was back and spotted around the Balboa Pier, said Dean Gomersall, animal care supervisor for the mammal center. He disappeared for a time but resurfaced in the Back Bay near Newport Dunes. When captured again on Nov. 19, he was dotted with more hooks, Gomersall said. Captain Hook gained more than 200 pounds during his latest bout at rehab and now weighs more than 700 pounds, requiring a large boat for successful release, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Allyson Conroy. Because “he is a repeat offender,” he’s going farther out to sea – to San Clemente Island, Gomersall said. Sea lions have a wide range – with some sea lions known to have been rescued in San Francisco and released showing up off the coast of Orange County – so it is hard to know where Captain Hook came from, she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TORONTO – Small retirement homes that can’t afford to install automatic fire sprinklers, mostly in rural Ontario, can now apply for provincial government funding to get the life-saving systems in place before new fire code rules that were prompted by a number of deadly fires go into effect.The Liberal government pledged $20 million on Wednesday to help small homes with under 49 beds and homes in rural communities overhaul their sprinkler systems before the Jan. 1, 2019 deadline.In 2014, Ontario became the first province to make sprinkler retrofits mandatory in licensed retirement homes — a move that followed a coroner’s inquest into a fatal 2009 blaze at an Orillia, Ont., retirement home that did not have sprinklers.The coroner’s report called for retroactive installation of sprinkler systems in vulnerable occupancies like retirement homes. Before that, only facilities built after 1998 were required to have sprinklers.But that move worried some operators in the industry who voiced concern that they might not be able to afford the upgrades, which could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla, who made the funding announcement, said that after consultations with small and rural home operators, it was clear some were struggling with the costs to upgrade.“We’ve given the industry some time to phase this in,” she said. “Some homes are able to financially manage those costs. With some homes it became apparent cost-sharing would be the right model.”In all, the government says that 20 per cent of Ontario’s retirement homes — about 150 of 730 licensed retirement homes — do not yet have full automatic sprinkler systems.“The end goal is the safety of our seniors,” Damerla said. “What we wanted to make sure was that by Jan. 1, 2019 every home does have a sprinkler.”Forty-eight people have died in retirement home fires in Ontario between 1980 and 2013.Laurie Johnston, CEO of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association, said that group has been working with the government since 2012 to ensure sprinklers were upgraded in every home across the province. The cost of the upgrades ranges from $100,000 to $300,000, she said.“Right from the get-go we knew that there would be certain operators that would have difficulty in fulfilling that requirement,” she said.Johnston said this program will help operators in small towns where the homes are often an important part of the community.“When you think about small towns in rural Ontario, the importance of having a residence for seniors, even if it’s only 10 suites, to that community it’s a very critical piece,” she said. “Otherwise, seniors would have to move to another town.”NDP legislator Paul Miller, who has been pushing for tougher regulations around fire safety in retirement homes, said he would have liked to have seen compliance come faster in the sector. He’s also skeptical about how the fire code rules will be enforced in 2019 to ensure all of the small home operators are compliant with the new rules.“They’ve had half a decade to get this right,” Miller said. “It’s just too long. My opinion is that no retirement home, regardless of the size or geographic location, should be without proper fire protection. It’s our parents, our grandparents, we have to do this right.”