News for the unnewsed

Pizza parlour adds topping to menu

The owner of Your Choice Pizza, located across the street from William Aberhart High School, confessed to selling marijuana to students Monday. Piotr Krol was seen selling marijuana under the code name “chicken nuggets” in July and August by an undercover Calgary police operation. Krol has been charged with three counts of trafficking and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking. Charges were laid after a search of the business and Krol’s home uncovered 50 grams of marijuana, $850 in cash and 38 student identification cards taken as collateral.

No trial in campus assault case

The prosecution of Derek Ross Calf-Child, who was charged with the sexual assault of a female University of Calgary student last November, is expected to be resolved without going to court. At 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, 2007, Calf-Child followed the victim to an isolated area near the campus LRT station and was stopped when the victim’s cries alerted a nearby professor, according to police reports. Pleas will be heard Nov. 7.

Charity seeking Canadian Tire money

A joint University of Calgary research team involving the faculties of communication and culture and engineering is raising poverty awareness in Calgary by collecting donations of Canadian Tire money. The fundraiser sprung from the team’s study of how news media coverage affects the integration, or lack thereof, of the homeless into society. Communication and culture professor Dr. Barbara Schneider is collecting donations from her office in SS 210. Funds raised will go towards cold weather supplies for the homeless.

Federal election recounts

Following the lowest voter turnout for a Canadian federal election in history, recounts are ongoing in three ridings in British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. In the South-Vancouver and Kitchener-Waterloo ridings, narrow margins of 33 and 48 votes separated Conservative and Liberal candidates. Based on Elections Canada policy, victories by a margin less than one thousandth of the total votes cast must be followed by an automatic recount. In the Egmont riding in P.E.I, the Conservative candidate won by 62 votes– more than one thousandth of the total votes cast ­– but the Liberals requested a recount anyway.

Death by firing squad continues

The claims of constitutional violation made by three men sentenced to death by firing squad have been dismissed by the Constitutional Court of Indonesia. Amrozi Nurhasyim, Ali Gufron and Imam Samudra appealed for an alternate form of execution, arguing that firing squads do not ensure immediate death and are tortuous and inhumane. Presiding judge Mohammud Mahfud rejected the appeal on the grounds that all forms of execution, including beheading and lethal injection, cannot be guaranteed to be pain free. The men were found guilty in the 2002 bombing of a Bali nightclub that caused the death of 202 people including 88 Australian citizens.