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March 17, 2016 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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    Photo by CRYSTAL RHYNO/Advocate staff

    ABOVE AND BELOW: Police tape off a section of Page Avenue in Red Deer. A white cube van appears to have blood smeared above the back tire on the drivers side. Calgary RCMP Majory Crimes Unit are investigating an incident in Pines and another in Normandeau. Police have not said the two incidents are connected.

    Police are being tight lipped on whether a blood-smeared van in Pines is connected to the death of a man found in a city alley.

    Red Deer City RCMP were called to a report of a man in distress at an alley around 4:54 a.m. on Wednesday. The man was taken to hospital where he later died.

    Police had a street cordoned off in Norman-deau.

    The Calgary RCMP Major Crimes Unit were called in to help with the investigation.

    Around the same time, one Pines resident looked out his window to see something out of the ordinary unfold on Page Avenue near Pamely Av-enue. The resident did not give his name.

    I just looked out the window and saw the van roll up slowly, he said. It was eerie.

    The man said he walked away from the window and when he returned a few minutes later, the white cube van had plowed into a car. He did not want to speculate on what happened.

    The white cube van had what appeared to be blood smeared on the drivers side near the back tire. It appeared to have rammed into a small car.

    Details are few as police are continuing to in-vestigate. A section of Page Street was taped off for most of the day as police went door to door to talk to residents.

    There was heavy police presence in both neigh-bourhoods throughout the day.

    Pines resident Vickie Lee said she didnt hear anything out of the ordinary. She was surprised to see the police tape down the street from her home.

    BY CRYSTAL RHYNOADVOCATE STAFF

    File Photo by MYLES FISH/Advocate staff

    Leilani Muir-OMalley (right) and Judy Lytton pet OMalleys dog, Peggy Sue. The two women lived at the Provincial Training School (now Michener Centre) in the 50s and 60s, and both would successfully sue the Alberta government in the 1990s for having been sterilized while institutionalized in Red Deer.

    Former Michener Centre resident left behind legacy of bravery

    Funeral arrangements are being made for a for-mer Michener Centre resident whose personal battle opened a floodgate of lawsuits against the Alberta government.

    Leilani Muir-OMalley, 72, died at her home in Devon this past weekend. She was found by a friend doing a welfare check, says Nicola Fairbrother, di-rector of Edmonton-based Neighbourhood Bridges, a human rights group representing people with intel-lectual disabilities.

    While she had suffered some health issues in recent years, there was no outward indication of any serious illness, said Fairbrother, who has worked closely with Muir-OMalley on a variety of projects during the last 10 years, including the documentary film, Surviving Eugenics.

    Muir-OMalley made Alberta and national histo-ry in the mid-1990s, when she successfully sued the Alberta Government for removing her Fallopian tubes without her consent while she was a resident of Michener Centre, known at the time as the Alberta Provincial Training School for Mentally Defectives.

    Unloved and unwanted, according to her auto-biography, Muir-OMalley had been admitted to the institution by an abusive mother just after her 11th birthday and was discharged as a young adult in 1965.

    A year after her discharge, she learned she had been sterilized under the Alberta Sexual Steriliza-tion Act, enacted in 1928 and repealed by the new-ly-elected Progressive Conservatives in 1972.

    However, Muir-OMalley was so terrified of her mother, said Fairbrother, it took another 20 years for her to take action.

    BY BRENDA KOSSOWANADVOCATE STAFF

    Please see LEILANI on Page A2

    Please see DEATH on Page A2

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    back at job claims

    Red Deer unexpectedly became the poster child for Albertas tanking economy in a speech by Ed-montons chief economist on Wednesday.

    Look at Red Deer, said John Rose, at BUILDEX Edmonton, a large trade building industry show. What a mess. Over one in 10 jobs has disappeared in 12 months.

    Theyve got real problems, said Rose, who was drawing from a Statistics Canada employment up-date released last Friday.

    News travels fast and it wasnt long before Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Creedon had seen a link to the speech and started doing his own investigating.

    Statistics Canadas latest numbers show Red Deer economic regions workforce dropped to 117,500 from 127,900 over the year ending in February, a drop of 8.13 per cent. The number of employed in the region shrank 11.4 per cent from 121,600 to 107,700.

    However, the number of unemployed here rose by only 3,500 workers to 9,800, said Statistics Canada.

    The numbers arent the whole picture, said Creedon.

    In January, local businesses were asked what kind of year they were expecting and 60 per cent said same as last year, with almost 24 per cent pre-dicting a slightly better year than last year.

    I dont see Red Deer as being in a huge mess at the moment. I see it as having some substantial chal-lenges but Im not getting the feedback that were in dire straights.

    Some job migration is expected in the Red Deer region, which has always had a mobile population with many workers who live here but work else-where.

    BY PAUL COWLEYADVOCATE STAFF

    Please see JOBS on Page A2

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    No gunshots, said Lee. Usually we hear gun shots every once in awhile, but we didnt hear any-thing. You know what, a lot of trouble happens here because of the Pines, the woods Its getting really sketchy in there. I wouldnt go in there at night.

    K Division RCMP Cpl. Hal Turnbull said investi-gators are not ruling out the possibility the two inci-dents are connected. More information is expected by Thursday morning.

    crhyno@reddeeradvocate.com

    Ten years after her mothers death in 1985, Muir-OMalley successfully sued the province for $740,000, opening the door for hundreds of other peo-ple who were also sterilized without their consent.

    Leilanis legacy, you know, its an account of bravery: Leilanis steadfast belief that her lawsuit was so justified and necessary, her refusal to have any of the records sealed, that they be made avail-able on the public record, said Fairbrother.

    (Her lawsuit) opened the door for the class action lawsuits that followed as well as opportunities for Albertans to be more aware of our very unfortunate eugenics history.

    Leilani was keenly aware that one of the most important things that her lawsuit had just addressed was that fact that, even after eugenics became so closely associated with Nazi-ism, Alberta kept truck-ing along, sterilizing people at the same rate they had been prior to the Second World War, up until 1972.

    By the end of 1999, the province had paid out $130 million in compensation to almost 800 of the 2,800

    Creedon has been hearing that some workers are moving on, and rising vacancy rates back that up.

    However, that worker movement does not neces-sarily mean local jobs were lost.

    It is difficult to say whether the bad publicity will have an impact on how the area is viewed.

    Creedon said the local economic development or-ganization Access Prosperity is getting the message out that Red Dee