‘People are pulling guns,’ Alberta justice minister hears stories of frustration, vigilante acts on rural crime tour

Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer hosted a rural crime town hall meeting at the Leduc Civic Centre on Tuesday night, hoping to hear more about the crime issues in the area. The minister’s tour kicked off in…

Global News Investigates: Almost half of Edmonton criminal cases ultimately withdrawn

Nearly 50 per cent of cases where Edmonton police lay charges are ultimately withdrawn by Crown prosecutors. Data obtained by Global News from Alberta Justice shows that all charges in 47 per cent of cases were withdrawn last fiscal year,…

Pay hike proposal for provincial court judges rejected by Alberta government

The Alberta government is rejecting a recommendation to hike salaries for provincial court judges by about eight per cent over four years. Instead, the province says it will keep the salaries where they are at almost $294,000 a year until…

Alberta justice minister to kick off tour to discuss rural crime in Bragg Creek on Thursday

One of the UCP’s campaign promises before forming government was to implement a 16-point plan to crack down on rural crime and on Thursday, Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer will begin a nearly four-week stretch of consultations with Albertans on the…

Bill C-69 enters into law, and Alberta’s UCP government says it plans constitutional challenge

The federal government’s contentious bill to set up a new authority to assess industrial projects like pipelines, mines and inter-provincial highways, was proclaimed into law on Wednesday and Alberta’s UCP government responded swiftly. “Under the constitution, Alberta has clear and…

Alberta government wants to bring back elections for nominees to fill Senate vacancies

Alberta’s United Conservative government plans to bring back elections for would-be senators and hold a vote in a little more than two years. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer introduced legislation Wednesday that would revive and update a law that allowed for…

Alberta Crown seeking special prosecutor to assist with UCP leadership race investigation

The RCMP investigation into the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race will be getting some assistance from an outside prosecutor. The Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) announced Thursday it is seeking a prosecutor to help advise police as they look…