Today’s Top Three: Bill 12 designed to inflict pain; lawyer charged in hit-and-run death; school blitz behind schedule


Today’s Top Three is a daily online feature highlighting a few of the most interesting and newsworthy stories you can expect to see on edmontonjournal.com.

Bill 12 designed to inflict economic pain on B.C.

Alberta is not turning off the oil taps to British Columbia. It’s tampering with the oil taps. Or, perhaps more accurately, it will be playing musical taps.

The government’s new Bill 12 introduced Monday does not explicitly mention turning off, or throttling back, the oil spigot to B.C.

Edmonton Journal political affairs columnist Graham Thomson says the bill’s more cautious language is merely a more diplomatic and more legally defensible way to fiddle with the oil taps.

Lawyer charged in hit-and-run death of 16-year-old girl

Global law firm Dentons has suspended an Edmonton lawyer charged with impaired driving causing death after a 16-year-old girl was killed crossing the street Sunday night.

Shane Stevenson, 47, is charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level over 80 mg causing death and hit-and-run causing death.

According to a news release Sunday, the driver of the truck fled the scene and the off-duty police officer followed while providing information to police dispatch.

New school blitz in Alberta history behind schedule

Two years after the provincial auditor chastised the former Progressive Conservative government for promising dozens of new schools it couldn’t build on time, at least 42 are still unfinished.

Of 195 construction projects promised by two premiers — the largest new school and modernization blitz in Alberta’s history — work hasn’t even started on at least six and one was cancelled altogether, an analysis by Postmedia shows.

Furthermore, many of the projects managed by Alberta Infrastructure are over-budget. Two are more than 20 per cent over the original price. Information provided by the ministry for 29 of the projects they manage shows …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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