Alberta Government - Rural Crime Tour To Visit Rocky Mountain House

One day after announcing a plan to combat rural crime, the Alberta government's rural crime tour will visit Rocky Mountain House for a town hall meeting.

Alberta's new strategy to combat rural crime would prevent people from being sued for protecting their property from trespassers.

Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says the amendments to the Occupiers' Liability Act will be retroactive to January 1st, 2018.

Schweitzer would not say if the changes are being made because of a lawsuit filed against Edouard Maurice by an intruder he shot and wounded on his property near Okotoks. However, he keeps hearing about the story from rural Albertans.

The province also plans to expand the roles of 400 peace officers to respond to a wider range of calls and to help police in some emergencies.

Meantime, Minister Schweitzer will meet with area residents, business owners, crime watch groups and officials at a town hall in Rocky Mountain House to discuss their rural crime concerns. That takes place at 6pm at the Lou Soppit Community Centre on Thursday, November 7th.

 

(Contains content from the Canadian Press)

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