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George Blais

George Blais

George Blais is the publisher of the Westlock News. He started as a sports reporter in Westlock in 1994 and made stops in Barrhead, Athabasca and Lac La Biche before returning to Westlock in 2003.

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Recent Work by George

Father who whipped his kids and shot them with BB gun gets CSO

Father who whipped his kids and shot them with BB gun gets CSO

Former Northern Alberta man pleads guilty to pair of assault charges after whipping kids with a leather belt.
Schizophrenic woman who stabbed man gets time served

Schizophrenic woman who stabbed man gets time served

Northern Alberta woman also faces 18 months of probation for string of bizarre crimes.
BREAKING: Man charged in June 2020 homicide in Westlock

BREAKING: Man charged in June 2020 homicide in Westlock

Eddy Trindle, 20, faces second-degree murder charges in a 2020 murder in Northern Alberta after victim found in condo lobby.
Motorcycle safety in focus for May

Motorcycle safety in focus for May

Alberta RCMP report there were more 200 collisions involving motorcycles in 2021 and provide safety tips as motorcycle season starts up.
Pedersen’s Public Health Act ticket case over COVID rallies delayed

Pedersen’s Public Health Act ticket case over COVID rallies delayed

Westlock DJ and self-proclaimed freedom fighter Benita Pedersen will be back in court at the end of May following another pre-trial conference to deal with 10 Public Health Act tickets she faces for organizing anti-COVID-19 measures rallies across northern Alberta throughout the first half of 2021.
Homeless man freezes to death in rural Central Alberta town

Homeless man freezes to death in rural Central Alberta town

Sixty-year-old was living in an open-air shelter in Westlock, Alberta.
Two men face more than $4K in fines for speeding

Two men face more than $4K in fines for speeding

Edmonton man loses his licence for 30 days and fined $2,400 after being caught going 182 km/h on Highway 44
Pedersen’s Public Health Act tickets now over until 2022

Pedersen’s Public Health Act tickets now over until 2022

Pre-trial conference slated for Dec. 9; next court date is Jan. 5, 2022
Spring brings motorcyclists, walkers and children on to the streets

Spring brings motorcyclists, walkers and children on to the streets

Motorists need to take extra caution with the additional traffic, says Westlock Staff Sgt.
Westlock's mayor responds to Enough is Enough rallies

Westlock's mayor responds to Enough is Enough rallies

Speaking on behalf of council, Ralph Leriger says rally organizer can continue to shout “freedom” into the wind