Man arrested on drug charge

Man arrested on drug charge RCMP arrested a 31-year-old man last week for allegedly trafficking in illegal drugs. Police started an investigation after several people complained of suspicious activity at the residence of David Malcolm.

RCMP arrested a 31-year-old man last week for allegedly trafficking in illegal drugs.

Police started an investigation after several people complained of suspicious activity at the residence of David Malcolm.

As a result of information gathered through surveillance of the property and the suspect, a search warrant was obtained and Malcolm was taken into custody.

The investigation was carried out in partnership with the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit of the Justice Department.

SCAN served Malcolm with a five-day eviction notice on his downtown residence.

The fact that he was taken into RCMP custody made the eviction process fairly straightforward, said Justice spokesman Dan Cable.

RCMP said they are taking public complaints of drug trafficking and other street crime in the downtown core seriously.

“This arrest is the start of more vigorous enforcement of these crimes by police in the upcoming months,” said Insp. Will Twenion.

(Jacqueline Ronson)

City may rein in grants

City council is going to take a closer look at the money it doles out to various groups.

When the bylaw for the 2012 community service grants came up Monday, several city councillors were perplexed as to why some of the groups are getting money.

Under the terms of a policy adopted in 1997, only non-profit groups that are “primarily concerned with providing services to the needy members of the community” are eligible for funding.

Councillors raised concerns that groups like the Guild Hall, Softball Yukon, the Rifle and Pistol Club and others don’t really fit that description.

Previous councils had approved them for the grants in the past, so they’ve simply been grandfathered in, explained Robert Fendrick, the acting city manager.

Their funding is secure for this year at least.

Taking away the grants without any warning, when many of the organizations have included the money in their budgets, would be onerous and unfair, said Coun. Ranj Pillai.

But now those groups have been put on notice.

It’s a “heads-up call,” said Fendrick.

(Josh Kerr)

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