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Jayme Pasieka makes first court appearance

EDMONTON – The man accused in a deadly stabbing spree in west Edmonton Friday made his first court appearance Monday morning.

Jayme Pasieka, 29, appeared in an Edmonton courtroom via Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). He was handcuffed and wore an orange jumpsuit. He appeared calm throughout the appearance.

The case was put over until May 5 as lawyers need time to go over the events that led to Pasieka being charged.

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“The Edmonton Police Service is still gathering up all the information, we’re still going to be putting together our case and our disclosure package, so there wasn’t any point for putting it over for any shorter time,” explained

Kimberly Goddard, one of the two Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutors on the case.

“In the interim, we’re also going to discuss with the Edmonton Police Service whether there’s going to be additional charges.”

Pasieka has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of possession of an offensive weapon and one count of aggravated assault.

“Given the large number of civilian witnesses and the large amount of evidence we have, it could be a very complicated case in terms of length of time and making sure that we put it all together properly,” added Goddard.

“But, we’re prepared to put as many resources as much time as required to make sure that this case goes off without a hitch.”

Pasieka is being held separate from the general population at the Edmonton Remand Centre.

The charges come after two people were killed Friday afternoon, and four others injured, after Pasieka allegedly walked into the building armed with two knives and stabbed at least six people.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of things that have happened, there’s a lot of people that want some answers, there’s a lot of information that’s come from the police interviews – people that are apparent witnesses – so this is going to take some time,” said Pasieka’s lawyer, Brandon Tralenberg.

The victims have been identified by police as 50-year-old Fitzroy Harris and 41-year-old Thierno Bah.

“As can be expected, the families are devastated that their loved ones would go to work and then never come home,” Det. Bill Clark said.

Above: Ross Neitz reports on the police investigation into a stabbing spree that left two people dead Friday

Dozens of officers were called to the Loblaw warehouse at 161 Street and 121 A Avenue just after 2:00 p.m.

“When our members arrived there, it was complete chaos,” Clark said Saturday morning.

“There were people running around all over the place. There were numerous persons injured.”

READ MORE: Two killed, at least four injured at west Edmonton warehouse; suspect captured

When police arrived, Harris was found dead inside the warehouse. Bah was transported to an ambulance outside the building, where he was declared dead.

Four other men – aged 21, 29, 34 and 44 – were taken to hospital. Police say the 34-year-old man was in very serious condition, with multiple stabs wounds. His condition has since improved and while he is still in hospital, he is expected to recover.

The suspect fled the scene, and after an intense manhunt, the man was arrested in the area of 39 Street and 74 Avenue shortly after 5:00 p.m.

WATCH: Edmonton police capture suspect in deadly stabbings

“He is well-known to the people inside,” Clark said of Pasieka. “He was also known to the victims.”

Clark said Pasieka was arrested without incident and has since been cooperative with police.

“He has been very calm, very polite.”

Police say there’s still no indication of what motivated him.

“At this time we have no information to suggest he had any assistance or any help from anyone else,” Clark said. “We believe he acted alone. But again, we’ll flesh that out in the coming days.”

Watch below: Staff Sgt. Bill Clark with the Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section addresses the media Saturday morning

Saturday morning Loblaw senior management was at the west-end warehouse.

On Monday, the company’s VP of Corporate Affairs and Communication, Kevin Groh, released this statement:

“We are in the process of re-opening our Edmonton distribution centre on a modified basis. We had initially anticipated a longer closure, but were advised to open by professional grief counselors, based on their belief in the value of work and workplace interactions following traumatic events of this sort. Colleagues were welcomed back Sunday to gather and for counseling. They were given the option to work, though most chose only to assemble and talk. Counseling continues both at and away from our facility.” 

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht will provide an update on the case at 4:45 on Monday afternoon.

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BLOG: Who does Putin think he’s protecting Crimea from? – National

Above: World leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper are telling Russia to get out of Ukraine. Paul Johnson reports reports from Simferopol. (Mar. 2)

I’ll be the first to tell you I’m no expert on Russia-Ukraine relations, or of the particular experience that Russian speaking Ukrainians have of living in this country.

But something sure feels strange about Vladimir Putin’s justification of his invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

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READ MORE: Russia demands Ukraine return to unity gov’t; pro-Russian soldiers hold Crimean ferry

It goes something like this: a new group of Western leaning leaders has taken control in Kyiv and former pro-Moscow Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country to hide out in Russia.

Putin said this situation means he needs to use Russia’s military to “protect” Ukraine’s substantial Russian speaking population in this now Western-tilting country.

But “protect” from whom?

WATCH: Prime Minister Stephen Harper slammed Russia’s actions Monday, saying they put the country “on a course of diplomatic and economic isolation”

Many years ago, one of my first foreign assignments as a journalist was covering the Bosnian war for Canadian radio.

You’ll remember the awful atrocities of that time: ethnic cleansing, mass graves, utter hatred pitting Serb against Muslim against Croat.

Foreign military intervention, including a force from Canada, was necessary to curtail the killing.

I met and interviewed a lot of people in that tragic place and it left with a new understanding of how ethnic nationalism can trigger the worst in human behaviour.

Fast forward to 2014 and I’m looking around me to see if, as Putin seems to suggest, this could be a repeat of that awful chapter in human history.

Looking around in Kyiv, and now down in the Crimean city of Simferopol, I’m not quite convinced.

Sure, it seems that Ukrainians of Russian descent seem more comfortable speaking Russian and identify more with Moscow, than say Brussels. But, it just doesn’t feel like there is the kind of civilizational hatred that could trigger another Bosnia.

One startling eye-opener was the time I spent in Kyiv’s Independence square, the very seat of the revolution.

READ MORE: UN Security Council to hold open meeting on Ukraine crisis

There I met many Ukrainians of Russian descent, who told me how mad they were at Putin for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty by deploying his military here.

They spoke to me in Russian, didn’t seem the slightest bit afraid of being a victim of the “far right neo-fascists” that Russian television has been talking about, and none of them said they’d ever been threatened for being a Russian speaker in Ukraine.

So while you can appreciate there are a lot of people of Russian descent here who might prefer to be part of Russia, was this the kind looming humanitarian disaster that required a military invasion?

Remember when the former USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979? That too, I recall, was justified by Moscow as the need to “protect” the regime there.

Look how that ended.

WATCH: Occupation in Crimea is ‘illegal” says Ukraine PM

If the natural course of events is for Crimea’s Russian speakers to eventually rejoin their cultural kin in Mother Russia, as the brilliant and prescient political scientist Samuel Huntington predicted (he also predicted America’s struggle with al-Qaeda years before it happened) does it necessarily mean this has to take place by force of arms, as Putin just stated with his actions?

Look at Scotland. They’re deep in the process of preparing for a referendum later this year on some kind of separation from the U.K.

It’s tense, ugly at times, and a lot of people are nervous about the outcome.

But there’s no question that this issue is going to be settled by anything other than the ballot box.

Putin seems to prefer the barrel of a rifle. I saw those guns myself, right up close today out at the Ukrainian military base he’s got surrounded.

Let’s see how that all works out.

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BLOG: Morning News Rewind – March 3 – Saskatoon

Here’s what was on the Morning News for Monday, March 3.

Kevin learns about online fraud from an author

Okay, so, in case this was forbidden knowledge to anyone, I am a bit of a nerd. Kind of.

For a while, in my life, I was one of those guys who was actually “paid to play a videogame.” That game was World of Warcraft.

I answered an email from what I thought was a Blizzard rep, which involved going to a link and changing my password.

The crafty devils made everything look perfect on their mock-up website and within an hour, I’d lost everything.

It was, for someone who was committed (addicted) to a game and a community, one of the hardest things I’ve ever suffered through.

The thing about scams is that once you get hit, you become a self-serving sentinel of making sure it doesn’t happen again.

If you’ve never been hit by one but still worry about it, Brian Trainor’s book Stop Fraud may just be perfect for you.

Some runway hairstyles in studio with Jessica

With New York Fashion week and the Academy Awards over, chances are there are a few hairstyles that caught your attention.

That’s certainly the case for me.

Alicia and Kassy from Capelli Salon Studio picked some of the hottest trending styles and demonstrated how we can achieve them.

What I found interesting is the “wet look” that’s coming in. Watch the clip to see what I mean.

These styles are all very achievable, especially the “static look”!

Saskatoon police chief speaks with Jessica about a tragic weekend

I find it comforting that Saskatoon police are really making an effort to keep us updated on what’s going on in our city through social media.

Local cops are blogging about what’s going on out there and their experience in different cases.

We also chatted about Saskatoon’s crime rate and although there was a homicide over the weekend, the rate is dropping.

Kevin talks about taking part with Team Diabetes

I can’t run so well.

I’m learning and my cardio’s getting better, but as of yet, I wouldn’t trust myself on a course of any size bigger than “mini putt.”

Team Diabetes, however, I could get behind. Raise a little money, becoming a better athlete… it’s certainly worth considering.

Then, there’s also hanging out with Gregger from 98.3 Cool FM! What better treat exists!?

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Melissa learns about the national diving championship coming to Saskatoon

Today I had such as wonderful time learning about diving from the Saskatoon Divers Club.

Jayden is an incredibly talented young man who was also offered a scholarship from Columbia University!

I always thought diver training took place in the pool and learning that much of it happens on dry land was quite the eye opener.

You can see from the clip that gymnastics are highly incorporated.

So much athleticism is involved in making sure those dives are clean and precise.

The winter senior national diving championship begins Friday. If you would like to see some of the country’s best divers head down to the Shaw Centre.

Kevin and Jessica take a look at what to expect Tuesday on the Morning News

Alberta man charged with impaired driving in fatal collision – Edmonton

Edmonton – Grande Prairie RCMP have charged a 29-year-old man with impaired driving causing death after a truck collided with a vehicle late Friday night.

Police believe a truck was traveling on Township Road 724 near Clairmont, Alberta and attempted to turn onto Highway 2, when it collided with a Hyundai Accent.

The 49-year-old woman driving the Hyundai died at the scene, and her passenger was taken to hospital with undisclosed injuries.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Police have charged the truck driver, Nathaniel Onezime Plamondon, with one count of impaired driving causing death and one count of driving with a blood alcohol over the legal limit.

Plamondon was released on bail and will make his first court appearance in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Mar. 24.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

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Knowing the dangers of thin ice – Toronto

TORONTO – The rescue of a woman and two children on the waters of Frenchmen’s Bay in Pickering on Sunday has safety officials sounding the alarm about venturing out on the ice in cold temperatures.

Several ice fisherman came to their rescue after the vehicle they were in broke through the ice and plunged into the icy water off Lake Ontario.

Durham police say this is the second time a car has fell through the ice at Frenchmen’s Bay this year.

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It is reported that the owner of the vehicle will also have to pay for the car removal themselves.

The Canadian Red Cross say treacherous ice conditions are a result of a number of factors including thickness, type of water, location and the time of the year.

The color of ice may be an indication of its strength with clear blue ice as the strongest.

Meanwhile, white opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice. Opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice.

Finally, grey ice is unsafe as grayness indicates the presence of water.

Environmental factors such as water depth, chemicals including salt, changing air temperature and shock waves from vehicles traveling on the ice also play a role in ice thickness.

The Canadian Red Cross has these tips for people who are stranded on thin ice and are in need of help:

When You Are Alone On Ice

Call for help.Resist the immediate urge to climb back out where you fell in. The ice is weak in this area.Use the air trapped in your clothing to get into a floating position on your stomach.Reach forward onto the broken ice without pushing down. Kick your legs to push your torso on the ice.When you are back on the ice, crawl on your stomach or roll away from the open area with your arms and legs spread out as far as possible to evenly distribute your body weight. Do not stand up! Look for shore and make sure you are going in the right direction.

When You Are With Others On Ice

Rescuing another person from ice can be dangerous. The safest way to perform a rescue is from shore.Call for help. Consider whether you can quickly get help from trained professionals (police, fire fighters or ambulance) or bystanders.Check if you can reach the person using a long pole or branch from shore – if so, lie down and extend the pole to the person.If you go onto ice, wear a PFD and carry a long pole or branch to test the ice in front of you. Bring something to reach or throw to the person (e.g. pole, weighted rope, line or tree branch).When near the break, lie down to distribute your weight and slowly crawl toward the hole.Remaining low, extend or throw your emergency rescue device (pole, rope, line or branch) to the person.Have the person kick while you pull them out.Move the person to a safe position on shore or where you are sure the ice is thick. Signal for help.

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