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Attention Calgary women: Do not date this man

Previous convictions include sexual assault, choking, theft, possession of property obtained by crime, failing to comply with a probation order, robbery, forcible confinement, break and enter, uttering threats, mischief and obstructing a peace officer.

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Calgary police are warning the city’s women an HIV-infected man who doesn’t tell his partners he’s infected has been released from prison.

“In the interest of public safety, the Calgary Police Service is issuing the following public information and warning in regards to the release of an inmate on completion of his sentence,” police said in a statement.

Police said Alexandre Passechnikov, 35, was released to the Calgary community Friday after serving a thirteen-month sentence for breaching court orders.

Previous convictions include sexual assault, choking, theft, possession of property obtained by crime, failing to comply with a probation order, robbery, forcible confinement, break and enter, uttering threats, mischief and obstructing a peace officer.

All of his crimes have been committed in Montreal and Edmonton.

“It is believed that Passechnikov has also attempted to have unprotected sexual contact with females, even though it is believed that he has an infectious, potentially life threatening, medical condition that can be transmitted through bodily fluids,” said police.

Passechnikov will now be closely monitored by the Calgary Police Service High Risk Offender Program.

He is described as 6-ft. 1-in., 166 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes.

“Members of the public are advised that the intent of the process is to enable them to take suitable precautionary measures and not to embark on any form of vigilante action,” said police.

In 2016, Passechnikov admitted to sexually assaulting a woman in an Edmonton parking lot.

According to an agreed statement of facts, the woman and Passechnikov were strangers. She was walking toward a nearby drugstore, suffering from flu-like symptoms, after taking a bus from the west end, Postmedia reported at the time.

Court heard Passechnikov approached the woman as she walked by a line of parked trucks in the lot and tried to strike up a conversation. After she replied that she was not well and might have the flu, he told her she was pretty.

The woman responded by saying: “I’m 64 years old and I’m not that pretty,” and asked Passechnikov to walk ahead.

Passechnikov suddenly attacked her, grabbing her around her upper torso and groping her breasts, and forcing several fingers into her mouth so he could control her head movements. He forced her to the ground, face-first into deep snow between two parked trucks in an attempt to conceal them.

She screamed and bit Passechnikov’s fingers several times in an effort to stop the attack, but was unsuccessful. When she yelled for help, he told her to shut up.

As Passechnikov tried to pull down both his and her pants, a man driving by stopped to help, and two women walking nearby began yelling at him and 911 was called.

Passechnikov was arrested at a nearby bath house several hours later. While he initially denied involvement in the attack, he did admit to being HIV positive. 

In 2013, Edmonton police issued a warning about Passechnikov after he was released from the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre following the completion of a 349-day sentence for robbery, unlawful confinement and possession of stolen property.

“Passechnikov is considered by police to be a violent offender who poses a significant risk of harm to the community, especially vulnerable adult females,” police said at the time.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Kenney says Albertans may get ‘multi-issues’ referendum

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the UCP could have multiple referendum questions for voters next year.

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections.

Speaking virtually to the UCP’s AGM on Saturday, Kenney said the party is also looking at adding other issues.

“I believe on the big consequential issues it’s right to go to the public,” kenney told 1,400 delegates who had signed up for the virtual convention.

He said a decision to get rid of Daylight Savings Time, a Senate election, constitutionally changing property rights and a provincial pension plan are some of the things Albertans may have a chance to vote on.

Kenney spent most of his speech hi-lighting UCP policies they have brought in, including scrapping the carbon tax and repealing Bill 6.

“We are one-third through our mandate and we have implemented two-thirds of our 261 election promises,” said Kenney.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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RCMP able to save ice-bound calf in northern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress

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For a B.C. Mountie, it was a very moo-ving rescue.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP were told about a young calf that had fallen through ice, into a slough along Farrell Creek Road, north east of Hudson’s Hope, in northeastern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress, said the RCMP in a release.

“It was obvious that the calf had been doing its best to stay afloat and was getting tired, however could not move forward or backwards due to the surrounding ice,” said the release.

“Thinking quickly, and using any means available to the officer, and some locals that had stopped to assist, the ice around the calf was broken. The very tired calf was able to be lassoed and brought to the edge and out of the slough to rest.”

When we suit up and start our shifts each day, we really never have any idea what our day on the front line will entail,” said Cpl. Rob Gardner.

The front line officer, who responded to the scene, did a great job thinking quickly and outside the box to work with some locals to break the ice and free the small calf. We’d like to thank all those who stopped to assist with this rescue.

The wet calf, who seemed un-injured during the ordeal.

Rescued calf. Courtesy RCMP

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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O’Toole says party unity is the only way to beat Trudeau

“Conservatives only win when we are united. We lose when we are divided,” said the Durham, Ont. M.P.

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The only way the Tories will beat the Justin Trudeau Liberals in the next election is to stay united, says the party’s new leader.

“Five years ago if you had said “Wexit”, people would have looked at you funnily,” said Erin O’Toole, at the UCP’s 2020 virtual AGM.

Speaking from an Ottawa backyard, O’Toole said Trudeau’s policies are sharply dividing the country but the only way to defeat him if for Conservatives to focus and stay united.

“Conservatives only win when we are united. We lose when we are divided,” said the Durham, Ont. M.P.

“In unity, there is victory.”

O’Toole said the party must increase it’s seat count in Ontario and pointed out the Tories have their first leader from that province “in about 60 years.”

O’Toole also lambasted Trudeau’s reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping the country.

“Canada is light years behind our allies (in terms of health care,)” said O’Toole, adding the government’s environmental regulations are “a national travesty.”

When asked about his support for the Paris accord on climate change, O’Toole said Canada can “lower emissions in a responsible way.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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