Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and Other Alberta Stories

By Brian Brennan

In his latest best-seller, Scoundrels and Scallywags, Brian Brennan brought us to Albertans who dared to be assorted. Now, in Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and different Alberta tales Brennan turns his points of interest to erstwhile occasions, either solid and undesirable, that experience engaged the eye of Albertans through the years. Brennan roams around the sweep of Alberta heritage, retelling a variety of tales for a brand new new release. From front-page information goods (the Frank Slide and Leduc oil discovery) to lesser-known occasions (the Lonely Bachelors of "Dinosaur Valley" and the Rainmaker of drugs Hat), Brennan chronicles a number of the tremendous boondoggles and bonanzas that experience helped forge the Alberta story.

Always enjoyable and infrequently stunning, Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and different Alberta Stories—Brennan's 5th book—celebrates the ups and downs, successes and scams of Canada's so much vivid and self reliant province.

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One conquest was once Bruce Sansom, a married fifty-six-year-old Edmonton funding supervisor whose consumers incorporated the Edmonton Oilers and Procter & Gamble. She was once additionally attracted to Geoffrey Clarkson, a fifty-eight-year-old New Zealand rancher and software program service provider who did loads of company in Alberta, purchasing frozen farm animals embryos. He was once divorced and seeking out a spouse. Tan defined Sansom as her “fairy godfather” and stated he provided her an “investment chance” that supposedly will be worthy $2 million on the finish of ten years. yet he fell by means of the wayside while Clarkson arrived in Edmonton and provided Tan $1 million to turn into his everlasting traveling spouse. She grew to become that provide down, announcing she desired to remain in Edmonton and get into the images enterprise. He replied via loaning her $1 million, which she used to shop for six Edmonton picture studios. Boland testified that she additionally attempted to shop for his studio yet he refused her provide. Clarkson obtained a $535,000 residence for Tan in Glenora, considered one of Edmonton’s such a lot unique residential districts, and Tan prepared for a $195,000 protection activity ahead of relocating in. court docket files confirmed that Clarkson additionally gave Tan vehicles worth a complete of $87,000 and jewelry worthy $130,000. no longer content material with that, Tan introduced a “palimony” swimsuit opposed to Boland, claiming a proportion of his enterprise and resources. This didn't sit down good with Deitch who now observed Tan as being little greater than a greedy opportunist and notion that Boland will be warned. Boland took an HIV try after Deitch advised him the total tale of what she understood had occurred within the California inn room. while he proven optimistic, in December 1992, he went to the police. They listened to his tale with curiosity yet observed no cause to pursue the problem at the moment. It was once in simple terms after Boland used to be attacked with acid, months later, that police determined to do so. They acquired authorization to faucet the phones of individuals they suspected can be taken with the acid assault. this sort of used to be Russell Forsythe, an Edmonton deepest investigator hired through Clarkson. In July 1993, police charged Clarkson, Tan, Forsythe, and Forsythe’s assistant, Walter Peel. one of the fees laid have been conspiracy to homicide Boland and Deitch, conspiracy to plant narcotics on Boland and Deitch, and unlawfully wounding, maiming, disfiguring, or endangering Boland. although, the forms that licensed the wiretaps used to be mistaken, and the fees opposed to the 3 males have been stayed and at last dropped for loss of admissible facts. merely Tan remained accused, in reference to the alleged HIV assault on Boland and the demise risk uttered opposed to Kunkel. The trial begun on 1 may possibly 1995, and attracted foreign awareness from media in New Zealand, Hong Kong, ny, la, London, and Switzerland. Tan, then thirty-five, used to be the 1st individual in North the USA to be charged with injecting a person with HIV-tainted blood. neighborhood media characterised it as “the greatest factor” to hit Edmonton because the July 1988 marriage ceremony of Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones.

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