|June 20th News Update|
Wood Buffalo RCMP are advising that missing teen Nathan Gordey has been located and his safety has been confirmed. However Kyle Boucher is still listed as missing and police continue their search. Kyle Boucher is described as a First Nations male, 5'11", weighing approximately 160 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. He hasn’t been seen since June 5th, and as such, the RCMP, as well as his family, are concerned for his safety and ask that anyone with information as to his whereabouts please contact the RCMP at 788-4000.
Alberta's largest community based medical imaging provider, is opening a state-of-the-art medical imaging facility in Fort McMurray on June 25th. Prior to the existence of this facility, all medical imaging in the Wood Buffalo region has been performed in hospital. With the new clinic, patients now have community based access to a broad range of key diagnostics. Wait times for these important studies should significantly decrease, as should the need to travel to major centres like Edmonton. Located on the lower level of River City Centre on Franklin Avenue, the facility houses brand new imaging equipment to perform x-ray, ultrasound, echocardiography mammography, bone densitometry and nuclear medicine studies. Cardiac stress tests will also be available. General x-ray will be performed on a walk-in basis with no appointment needed, although a requisition from a doctor is required.
The ERCB is responding to a release that occurred yesterday at a pumping station on Enbridge’s Athabasca pipeline located approximately 24 kilometers south east of Elk Point. Enbridge estimates a release of approximately 230,000 litres of heavy crude oil. Although the ERCB has not confirmed this estimate. The pipeline has been shut in and the pumping station has been isolated. No waterways are impacted and cleanup is underway. There were no injuries or no evacuations as a result of the release.
Luka Rocco Magnotta the man accused of murdering and dismembering Chinese student Jun Lin pleaded not guilty at a court hearing in Montreal yesterday. Defence lawyers have asked that he undergo a psychological evaluation before proceedings continue. The 29-year-old is accused of first-degree murder, defiling a corpse and threatening the prime minister. Tomorrow, a court is to consider the request from Magnotta's lawyer for tests to determine whether the suspect bears criminal responsibility. Police say this is not the end of the investigation, as they are still to locate Jun Lin’s head. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said yesterday that Beijing was monitoring the case and it hoped for justice to give "the victim a result that can have him rest in peace".
The Senators have signed star defenceman Erik Karlsson to a 7 year contract extension. Karlsson led all NHL blue-liners last season with 78 points. The 22-year-old Swede had 19 goals and 59 assists and was an all-star for the second year in a row.
The Blue Jays signed left-handed pitcher Matt Smoral yesterday to a $2 million deal. Their second pick and the 50th overall in the 2012 Draft. Smoral is listed at 6-foot-8, 230 pounds. It's likely he would’ve been drafted higher had he not suffered a stress fracture in his right foot that caused season-ending surgery.
Philadelphia Phillies rookie infielder Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games by the MLB for testing positive for a banned substance. He’s currently on the disabled list but will begin serving his suspension immediately. Galvis said; "A trace amount of a banned substance -- 80 parts in a trillion -- was detected in my urine sample… I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body… I have not and never would knowingly use anything illegal to enhance my performance…’