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February 16, 2011
Engineer Victor Choy and lawyer Indra Maharaj of Calgary helped guide people through a process during an information meeting of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) held on Monday evening, February 8. Story in this week's paper. ©Provost News Photo.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Fall; Property Crime Up
There were more break and enter offences reported to Provost RCMP in 2010 than in the previous year while criminal harassment investigations also jumped in both the town and the M.D. of Provost.

Motor vehicle accidents meanwhile have dropped by nearly 57 percent in town.

The RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Tom VanderZwan is making the information public in a 2010 year end report.

The following statistics represent various groupings of offence codes commonly used by the RCMP and only include reported offences. Police have no way of speculating on crime trends that may include “non-reported” offences. This means people who have been victimized in some way have made a conscious decision not to report their individual incident to the RCMP.

“These statistics, when comparing years 2009 to 2010 clearly show some reductions and increases in specific crime types for both the Town of Provost and the Municipal District of Provost. Most notable reduction is the motor vehicle accidents, down by 56.9 percent within the Town of Provost. And the most notable increase is in the area of property crime, due largely to an increase in the number of break and enter incidents being reported in both areas” states VanderZwan.

According to the Criminal Code, Criminal Harassment is interpreted as: ‘section 264. (1) no person shall, without lawful authority and knowing that another person is harassed or recklessly as to whether the other person is harassed, engage in conduct referred to in subsection; (2) that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances, to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them. Prohibited conduct: (2) The conduct mentioned in subsection (1) consists of (a) repeatedly following from place to place the other person or anyone known to them; (b) repeatedly communicating with, either directly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them; (c) besetting or watching the dwelling-house, or place where the other person, or anyone known to them, resides, works, carries on business or happens to be; or (d) engaging in threatening conduct directed at the other person or any member of their family.’ Basically, if someone does something (like watching or following) that causes another person to fear for themselves or their family, and the one watching or following should have known that their actions would have caused them fear then there is criminal harassment. The other part of this is when someone continually contacts another person, no threats made, just constant contact. And finally where someone conducts an action that could be perceived as threatening. This is different from ‘utter threats’, as the threat to harm someone or their property is verbally made directly or indirectly. As for why is this up 300 percent, “I would have to think that texting on cell phones, the internet (Facebooking) and any other electronic device that removes the personal contact has made it easier for individuals to attack others and remain faceless. Most people will not say something about another person if having to say it to their face” says VanderZwan.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Provost have seven people on staff: one sergeant, four constables, and two public servants.

The detachment area includes Provost and the Municipal District of Provost and its communities within, less the area west of Range Road 80 and north of Township Road 400. All policing services are contained within a provincial policing contract.

The RCMP at Provost provides access to policing 24 hours a day every day of the year, with members on call during the off duty times. Members have access to support services to assist with investigations such as the forensic identification unit, general investigation services, and a major crime unit to name a few.

Complete story in February 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Council Considers More Input for Proposed Wind Generation Rules
More discussion about proposed M.D. of Provost by-laws that wind power generators would be obligated to follow took place on Thursday morning, February 10.

Councillors heard from one person who had concerns about potential wind generation development north of Hayter, near where she lives.

Complete story in February 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Entertainer on Stage at Social
Complete story in February 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "What Other Langauage Would You Like to Learn in School?"
. . . and we heard answers from Cayce Guthri, Colton Humilowich, Lauren Kroetsch and Hayley St. Germaine. Check out the February 16 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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