Prince Rupert Alberta RCMP are looking for a familiar face

The Grinch is wanted for stealing Christmas, Prince Rupert RCMP wrote on Dec. 21.Supplied

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A familiar face showed up on Prince Rupert RCMP’s Wanted Wednesday list Dec. 21.

With yellow eyes and a hairy green face, he is as cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel.

Prince Rupert’s RCMP are looking for The Grinch after he allegedly stole Christmas.

“We did hear that he may have been spotted down by Cow Bay so we’re working on that,” Const. Brody Hemrich, media relations officer for the detachment told The Northern View.

A mug shot of the notorious Christmas character used by the RCMP in a social media post shows that he was born Dec. 18, 1966.

Hemrich thinks that if they find him, the RCMP will be able to convince The Grinch to apologize for stealing Christmas. If he does he might even get an invite to Christmas dinner, Hemrich said.

Wanted Wednesday is a social media campaign used by law enforcement agencies in many countries, the RCMP website states.

It is used to share information about people on outstanding arrest warrants issued by the courts. Prince Rupert RCMP joined the movement in the fall of 2021.

In 2022, 10 people on the Wanted Wednesday list were found, Hemrich stated.

By Kaitlyn Bailey, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 24, 2022

This item reprinted with permission from   The Northern View   Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Christmas Adventure draws a bigger crowd

Mr. Grinch got arrested by the RCMP more than once for causing mischief. – © Jaymie White / Wreckhouse Press Inc. Jaymie White, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

By Jaymie White

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

STEPHENVILLE —  Christmas Adventure celebrations may have been geographically condensed this year, but that did absolutely nothing to deter visitors who came from near and far to listen to the traditionally dressed carolers, take in the decorations, enjoy some festive giveaways and revel in the holiday cheer.

Smiling faces paraded up and down the street, mingling with new and old friends, taking memorable photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the dastardly Grinch as they weaved in and out of the many wonderful stores Main Street had to offer, finishing up their last minute holiday shopping. Councillor Tracy Boland couldn’t be happier with how the event turned out.

“It went well considering we had some volunteers with injuries, and a lot of cancellations last minute due to the flu virus, but we pulled it off thanks to the workers of the town of Stephenville and many great volunteers,” said Boland.

The increased number of attendees this year speaks for itself.

“We doubled the numbers from last year’s adventure! We had great help from Wreckhouse Press for our advertising, so that brought us a lot of out-of-towners which was fantastic! We had about 3,000 people from what I was told, and 1,700 last year! That was amazing.”

Boland said the feedback has been extremely positive.

“We read and heard the best reviews. People were so happy about this adventure. People seeing old friends and families together laughing and the feedback was more than incredible. The people spoke and told us they want more of these happy events.”

For a night full of amazing memories, Boland said there were a few moments that really stood out.

“Our night started with an amazing vintage choir of approximately 30 adults and when they started singing it actually brought tears to people’s eyes. I know it made me cry. Another highlight was the Grinch. He was a pest so we had the RCMP arrest him,” said Boland. “The lights, the people smiling, and the kids laughing, that’s what it’s all about.”

As with any large celebration, there were a few last minute hiccups.

“There are always a lot of fires to put out before things like this, but we got it done with what we had. Lots of people got sick sadly, so we had a smaller crew to pull it all off,” explained Boland. “The shorter distance was much better. We had a lot of floats cancel last minute, which was unfortunate, but people embraced it anyway. Huge hats off to the military for filling a gap! We will make sure next year we have a better back-up plan.”

Even with the hustle and bustle of the enormous crowd, Boland managed to take a moment to reflect on the reason for the event.

“My favourite part about the Christmas Adventure? Well, that’s easy. At one point I looked out from the stage at the people and took a really deep breath, taking it all in. The people, the community coming together in peace and love, that truly was a feeling I cannot describe in words. Hundreds of people full of love.”

Boland has a special message for all who participated.

“I want to thank everyone for supporting this event. We did this to give back to the community. The businesses that took advantage of this event as a fantastic, amazing marketing tool to give back to the people was a win-win for them in terms of sales and for people to be able to shop and get good discounts.  The business owners who did participate gave it their all and I thank them so much for giving back, for three hours out of a long year for the people of their community,” said Boland. “I want to say thank you to the staff of the town of Stephenville and the most amazing volunteers 

By Jaymie White, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 26, 2022

This item reprinted with permission from    Wreckhouse Weekly News    Port aux Basques, Newfoundland

Newfoundland Q&A with Mr. Grinch

Mr. Grinch and Max at the Port aux Basques parade. –© Rosalyn Roy / Wreckhouse Press Inc.

Every holiday season, as twinkling lights adorn Christmas trees with presents wrapped beautifully underneath, as Christmas carols play and the smell of hot chocolate fills the air, one green grouch gets particularly prickly.

The Grinch, in his infinite childishness, decided that terrorizing the streets of Whoville wasn’t enough for him again this year and has been spotted in communities up and down the West and Southwest coast, wreaking havoc, corrupting children, and generally running amok.

The Wreckhouse Weekly managed to hike up to his cave atop Mount Crumpet for a no nonsense, one-on-one interview.

Q: How many times have you been arrested in the past couple of years? You got arrested at the Christmas Adventure in Stephenville again this year.

A: It seems like every time I am out, I get pinched by the RCMP. I think it’s four times now. No wonder I feel grouchy. How’s a Grinch supposed to Grinch if I’m always getting caught? I need a couple of Who Helpers.

Q: I know you ended up in a squad car at Christmas Adventure last year, how did you manage to escape? Did someone spring you? 

A: Well, the cops were silly. They decided to showboat me and left the door open on the other side. I just climbed out and legged it.

Q: How does Max even put up with your nonsense? 

A: Max loves me. Pure and simple. He doesn’t mind so much because the more attention I get the more he gets, which works out well since he’s such a good distraction.

Q: Does Max get treats and belly rubs or are you Grinchy to him as well? 

A: He gets those all from the nasty little lovable Whos. I can’t be bothered.

Q: I hear the kids were boosting you over the counter to steal skates at the Bruce II Sports Centre. How do you manage to corrupt the innocent children and drag them into your shenanigans? 

A: Well, it’s actually not that hard. Little Whos are easily corrupted because they seem to think it a great laugh to help me get into places I shouldn’t be. I just wish they didn’t draw so much attention to me. Makes it harder to be sneaky.

Q: Do you have problems with Max outshining you with the children, being as sweet as he is? 

A: No not really. Like I said, he’s a good distraction. He might be sweet, but he’s very helpful when it comes to taking ornaments off of trees or sneaking up on people.

Q: How are you feeling since your small heart grew three sizes? 

A: It stinks. I have a small conscience now, and it stops me from destroying things completely. I would rather it be two sizes too small so that I could actually not feel bad for throwing coal at children.

Q: How does it feel not having your own holiday like Santa? 

A: Oh I’m fine with it. Who wants all that love and adoration? Let the fat man have it. I would rather people just dedicate a rainy day to me, or a nice rotten banana.

Q: How does it feel having Santa steal your attention at Christmas?

A: Honestly, what does he do different than me anyway? He breaks into people’s houses. He sneaks around. He influences kids. He’s terrible. Only difference between him and me is I look better in red. He needs a shave and a salad really.

Q: Are the Whos down in Whoville ready for Christmas?

A: I don’t know. I hope not. At least there’s no snow. A nice solid rain is falling, so that’s perfect. And if they are, well there’s no hope for them. They can’t be taught grinchiness.

His heart may have grown three sizes, but that hasn’t stopped the Grinch from causing a ruckus and complaining about Christmas. 

No doubt the green shenanigans on the Southwest Coast will continue next year. Merry Grinchmas!

By Jaymie White, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Dec 26, 2022

This item reprinted with permission from    Wreckhouse Weekly News    Port aux Basques, Newfoundland

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