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RCMP release details of Canada’s worst massacre; Killer had what looked like assault rifle

RCMP said 13 of the victims were shot to death and nine died in fires set by Wortman.

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The RCMP released a detailed timeline Monday of Gabriel Wortman’s actions during the largest mass killing in Canadian history.

A total of 22 people were shot and killed last Saturday and Sunday as Wortman rampaged through rural Nova Scotia.

RCMP revealed at a press conference 13 of the victims were shot to death and nine died in fires set by Wortman.

It was also revealed Wortman had “what could be described as a military-style assault rifle.” RCMP said the denturist got his weapons illegally from both Canada and the U.S.

Supt. Darren Campbell said Wortman was wearing an authentic police shirt and pants with a yellow stripe. He said real police uniforms can be bought online, in surplus stores or at auction.

Campbell said police have found four replica police cars bought at auction by Wortman, with one of them being outfitted with a light bar and authentic RCMP decals. It was this vehicle he used in the rampage.

He said police had no knowledge of the vehicles before the massacre.

Campbell said first police knew something was wrong at 10:26 p.m. Saturday night when they received a 911 call in Portapique, about a shooting. RCMP flooded the area, found several bodies and set up a perimeter to try and contain their suspect.

As first reported by the Western Standard on Monday the incident began as a domestic dispute between Wortman and his beau and another man. When the neighbours investigated they were also shot. The house was then set on fire by Wortman.

But, Campbell said, Wortman was able to escape the perimeter by driving across a field.

He then was able to drive 26 km where he spent the night. Throughout the RCMP press conference pictures of Wortman’s vehicle at various locations were shown, captured by CCTV.

Campbell said at 5:43 a.m., Wortman then started driving his fake cop car for more than 44 km. He then stopped at a residence at 6:29 a.m. where he killed two woman and a man.

Wortman is then spotted at 9:23 and at 9:48 a.m. he killed another woman in the area of Hwy. 4 and Hwy. 224.

The killer then drove to Debert, where he had spent the night earlier. He also drove through Truro before stopping at 10:25 at Hwy. 2 near Millbrook where he was spotted on CCTV changing his police uniform.

At 10:49 a.m., Wortman encountered RCMP Const. Chad Morrison and he shot and wounded him. Morrison survived and is now recovering at home.

Moment later Wortman shot and killed Const. Heidi Stevenson before stealing her gun and ammunition.

Const. Heidi Stevenson

Wortman then stopped at an acquaintance’s home and killed the residents.

It was there Wortman dumped the replica police car and was able to load his weapons, first into a silver SUV, and later a Mazda.

Wortman then travelled 22 km where, at 11:23 a.m. he pulled into a Irving gas station. Two Tac team officers happened to be at the station and recognized their suspect.

Western Standard sources said they ordered him to surrender, but Wortman started reaching across the seat. He was then shot to death by the two officers.

Campbell cryptically hinted at the press conference that friends of Wortman said he may have had grenades. He also added the madman killed pets and animals at the various crimes scenes.

At no time during their press conference did the RCMP use Wortman’s name.

So far the RCMP have identified 435 witnesses and have interviewed half of them.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

dnaylor@westewrnstandardonline.com

TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. 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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Manitoba announces quarantine rules for all visitors and returning residents

Alberta officials announced they have seen 20 cases of the virus variant from Great Britain and five from South Africa – something Manitoba wants to avoid

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Thinking of visiting friends and family in Manitoba – prepare yourself for a 2-week quarantine.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced Tuesday that anyone coming into the province – including those from the West – will have to quarantine for 14 days.

“These measures are necessary to protect us from a more deadly version of the coronavirus that is not, as some would sadly hope, a short-term thing,” Pallister said at a press conference.

“If I have a regret from last year, I would suggest it was that we were trying too hard to educate, perhaps, and not enough maybe to make it clear that there are serious consequences if you don’t want to abide by the rules.

“We don’t want to make those mistakes again. We want to learn from them.”

The order also applies to Manitoban returning home and is designed to stop non-essential travel, by land or by air.

The rules come into effect Friday at midnight. Anyone who lives east of Terrace Bay, Ontario, will not have to isolate.

Alberta health officials announced Monday they have seen 20 cases of the virus variant from Great Britain and five from South Africa. That’s something Manitoba wants to avoid.

“Early analysis shows, depending on the study you’re reading, that it can be up to 70 per cent more communicable and have the same impacts on morbidity, mortality and hospitalizations, if not worse, depending on what study we’re looking at, compared to what we have in the community right now,” acting deputy chief public health officer Dr. Jazz Atwal said in a conference call on Tuesday.

“We want to try to get ahead of it. We want to try to protect Manitobans, right? We want to ensure that those things are in place that mitigate that risk of that virus coming into Manitoba and if it does come into Manitoba, that we’re able to respond to it quickly.”

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

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Former finance minister Morneau drops bid to head OECD

Morneau said he hasn’t been able to gather enough support to win the job.

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Former Liberal finance minister Bill Morneau – forced to resign during the WE scandal – says he is dropping efforts to become the head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

In a Tuesday tweet, Morneau said he hasn’t been able to gather enough support to win the job.

“I am proud to have had this opportunity to talk about issues that matter to Canadians and to the world,” Morneau said.

The OCED is an intergovernmental economic group with 37 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.

Morneau resigned August 17, after clashing with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of the WE charity scandal.

Morneau also resigned as a Toronto MP effective immediately.

Reports out of Ottawa said Trudeau was unhappy with Morneau over how his department crafted some policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic as well as Morneau’s testimony at the finance committee studying the WE charity scandal.

Morneau told the finance committee that he had forgotten to reimburse $41,000 in free travel offered by WE to his family and himself back in 2017 until the day before the committee meeting.

“I wish that in hindsight, we had done things differently around the WE Charity. As I’ve said, I think that it would have been more appropriate for me to recuse myself from that decision,” Morneau told reporters.

“I’ve done my best, I’ve apologized for that, and then move forward. And I know that the important work that we’re doing is more important than that problem that we that we had.”

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

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Tory MPs banned from wearing face masks supporting energy industry

The Speaker made the ruling after Liberals MPs complained about the masks during an emergency debate on the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project

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The Liberal Speaker of the House of Commons has banned Conservative MPs from wearing face masks that show support for Canada’s beleaguered energy industry.

The Speaker made the ruling Monday night after Liberals MPs complained about the masks during an emergency debate on the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline expansion project by US President Joe Biden.

“This is absurd! The Liberals just pushed to have Conservative MP’s stripped of their face masks because they support Canadian #oilandgas,” tweeted Melanie Paradis, the director of communications for Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole.

“Speaker just ruled Conservative MP’s can’t wear their oil & gas face masks!!! #cdnpoli

Alberta has billions of dollars tied up in the project, with $1.5 billion of taxpayers’ money handed to TC Energy already, along with $6 billion in loan guarantees.

Premier Jason Kenney told a Wednesday press conference he had “no regrets” about staking so much taxpayers’ money on the project.

Kenney has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his help getting the money back. Kenney has also said Alberta will sue.

During the Democratic primaries and campaign, Biden vowed to kill the pipeline, large portions of which have already been built in Alberta. He made the vow before Alberta invested it’s money.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, have also said in the past they would put an end to fracking, a promise they did not repeat during the campaign.

The Keystone pipeline runs from Alberta to refineries in Illinois and Texas.

The new pipeline would have run from Hardisty, Alberta to Steele City, Nebraska.

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

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