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Sentencing arguments for Calgary man who killed wife, buried body in basement

CALGARY — Sentencing arguments are to be heard today for a man who said he acted in self-defence when he strangled his wife and entombed her body in their basement. In May, a judge found Allan Shyback, 40, guilty of manslaughter in the 2012 death of his wife Lisa Mitchell in the couple’s Calgary home. Justice Rosemary Nation …

‘Fear is the greatest factor:’ Survey finds Canadians worry about rise of racism

CALGARY — A survey suggests Canadians have a generally positive impression of Muslims but that view doesn’t apply to some of the religion’s leadership and beliefs. The poll, commissioned by Think for Actions and Insights Matter, found 78 per cent of Canadians agreed Muslims should adopt Canadian customs and values but maintain their religious and …

‘A really good aura:’ Calgary office tower dog friendly to attract tenants

CALGARY — Man’s best friend is moving on up — to the 16th floor of a downtown Calgary office building. As the city continues to suffer from a severe economic downturn caused by low oil prices, real estate firms are struggling to fill a glut of empty office buildings. When Aspen Properties took over The …

‘It’s the best way’ Trudeau sells carbon pricing in Saskatoon

SASKATOON— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touched on the thorny issue of carbon pricing in a fundraising speech in Saskatoon on Thursday night. Outgoing Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has threatened to challenge the carbon pricing plan in court, saying it would be disproportionately punitive to Saskatchewan and doesn’t take into account measures already taken to reduce …

Sentencing for Alberta man convicted of killing father, daughter and senior

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — An Alberta man who butchered a father, his two-year-old daughter and a woman is expected to learn his fate today. Derek Saretzky was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in June for the deaths of Terry Blanchette, his daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech in September, 2015. The 24-year-old was …

Jurors cry over manslaughter verdict in Calgary hit and run of gas station worker

CALGARY — A driver who ran down a gas station attendant who had been on the job for only two weeks didn’t bat an eye Friday as he was found guilty of manslaughter in the immigrant woman’s death. The reaction from the jurors in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench was far different. The forewoman tearfully …

Calgary jury resumes its deliberations in gas and dash murder trial

CALGARY — A Calgary jury determining the fate of a man charged in the hit-and-run death of a gas station worker will continue its deliberations for a second day. Joshua Cody Mitchell, 22, is charged with second-degree murder in the 2015 death of gas station attendant Maryam Rashidi. She tried to stop a driver from …

‘Our hearts were broken:’ Family mourns son killed in workplace accident

CALGARY—The grieving father of a young man who died in a workplace accident in Alberta’s oilsands region interrupted a courtroom apology Friday from one of the owners of a company that pleaded guilty in the death. Jordan Gahan, who was 21 and from Fredericton, was operating heavy equipment at a Suncor pit that was being …

‘My hands were around her neck:’ trial hears murder suspect’s alleged confession

CALGARY — A man suspected of strangling his wife and burying her body in the house they shared told an undercover officer he found his hands around her neck during a heated argument and “then she was gone.” Allan Shyback, 40, is charged with second-degree murder and causing an indignity to a body in the …

‘It is selfish. It is savage:’ Calgary man sentenced 18 months for dismemberment

CALGARY — An Alberta judge sentenced a Calgary man to 18 months in jail Wednesday for the “savage” and “selfish” dismembering of a woman’s body. Joshua Weise pleaded guilty to committing an indignity to a human body last November in the death of Joey English. Weise said he panicked when he found English dead inside …