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Migrant deaths


The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that the number of deaths among refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 was already close to the total for all of the previous year.  With two months remaining in 2016, the agency said, the death toll stands at 3,740, just 31 short of last year's total.  UNHCR spokesman noted that the death rate is actually much higher this year, considering that only about a third as many people have tried to cross the sea in 2016.  (VOA)


REPORT:   Mediterranean death toll soars


Camp on fire




CALAIS JUNGLE - French police were investigating claims on Wednesday that British anarchists are starting fires in the Calais 'Jungle' camp. A massive blaze overnight destroyed makeshift shops and caused gas canisters to explode.  Stones were hurled at fire crews.  The police commissioner leading the operation, said migrants blamed members of the British No Borders group for the arson attacks.  (Telegraph UK)  


MORE:   Tradition of migrants setting fire to their tents    French declare camp empty 

PREVIOUS:   Children elbowed out of the way by 'minors' twice their size    Officials have no way of verifying age   Migrants


 Canadian hospital harm


TORONTO - 138,000 - or one in every 18 - patients admitted to a Canadian hospital in 2014-15 suffered some kind of harmful event that could potentially have been prevented, from getting the wrong drug to developing an infection, a Canadian Institute for Health Information report has found. Of those 138,000 patients, about 30,000 had more than one adverse event that compromised their care.  (CP)


REPORT:   Measuring patient harm 


Next class-action harassment lawsuit


OTTAWA - The RCMP will soon face another class-action harassment lawsuit - this time on behalf of male Mounties and civilian employees of the force.  Earlier this month, the federal government and the RCMP set aside $100M to settle an estimated 1,000 cases of female employees being harassed and bullied at work.  One of the law firms that represented those women is preparing to bring another suit for men - which could potentially be much bigger given that men make up roughly 80% of the RCMP's workforce.   (CBC) 


RCMP strategy


TORONTO - Foreseeing a possible 'flood of foreign fighters' out of Syria, the RCMP has circulated a strategy that involves trying to understand the returning fighters' intentions and working with communities.  The plan calls for monitoring the social media activity of the 'returnees,' placing them on the no-fly list and asking Passport Canada to revoke their travel documents and flag their future passport applications.  The RCMP has also compiled a list of indicators to ascertain the 'future posture' of returning fighters that includes whether they are employed, married, 'raising funds linked to a little-known charity' or 'proselytizing.'  (National Post) 


Governance oversight issues


In a joint report released, the auditors general for NS, NB, NL, and PEI say changes are needed to the legislation and regulations that govern the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.   (Global)


REPORT:   Joint audit of Atlantic Lottery Corporation   .pdf

MORE:   Need to improve governs    Audit finds political interference, questionable spending 




COLD LAKE - A Christian school board in Cold Lake was shut down Tuesday after financial irregularities were discovered, including directing nearly $1M to a third party that was allegedly spending public cash on liquor, parties and gift cards.  Citing a lack of financial accountability and oversight of the home-schooling program, Education Minister David Eggen cancelled Trinity Christian School Association's registration and accreditation, which leaves a third of the province's home-schooled students looking for a new board.  An audit discovered alleged inappropriate expenses by Wisdom Home Schooling Society, a third-party contractor that had been overseeing home education for the board, including payments for babysitting, funeral services, excessive mileage charges and conflicts of interest with senior management.   (PostMedia)


Shoppers applies


TORONTO - Canada's largest pharmacy chain has formally applied to be a distributor of medical marijuana.  'We have applied to be a licensed producer strictly for the purposes of distributing medical marijuana,' Shoppers Drug Mart spokeswoman told CBC News.   (CBC)


COMMENT:   Government trying to catch up




SUDBURY - Vale Canada Limited has been fined $1M after a worker at its plant near Sudbury, ON, was killed and another was injured while trying to clear a jam in a rock-crushing machine on April 6. 2014.   (CTV)    


Trash empire falls


Rizzo services 


DETROIT - The FBI's mission to bring dirty politicians to justice in the suburbs set off a series of cascading events Tuesday: A millionaire garbage executive resigned. A second Macomb County local official was arrested on corruption charges. And dozens of communities learned that the bright red Rizzo trucks that pick up their trash will be no more.  And if the government's own words are any indication - 'this is an extensive investigation into systemic corruption' - there's plenty more to come.  (Detroit Free Press)


MORE:   Corruption investigation

PREVIOUS:   How Rizzo Services built a garbage empire    Canadian GFL Environmental completes its merger with Rizzo Environmental Services    GFL Environmental


Who killed Alberta Williams?


Alberta Williams 


PRINCE RUPERT - In 1989, Alberta Williams, 24, was found dead along the Highway of Tears near Prince Rupert, BC.  Police never caught her killer.  27 years later, her unsolved murder continues to haunt her family - and the retired cop who says he knows who did it.  (CBC) 


MORE:   Episode 1

PREVIOUS:   Highway of tears 


Mass protest arrests


OTTAWA - There was a mass arrest on Parliament Hill on Monday during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline that runs from AB to BC.  99 people were arrested when they crossed over a fence blocking the steps to Parliament Hill, and later charged under the Trespass to Property Act of Ontario.  (CTV) 


Free sample


VANCOUVER - If you've ordered a free product online, keep a close eye on your credit card statements.  A North Vancouver woman is learning that lesson after she ordered a skin care sample online from a pop-up ad which surfaced on her Facebook.  (Global) 


Police college attacked


QUETTA - Heavily-armed militants wearing suicide vests stormed a police academy in Quetta, killing at least 60 people and wounding dozens more.  3 gunmen burst into the sprawling academy, targeting sleeping quarters home to some 700 recruits. Communication intercepts showed the attack was carried out by Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group.  Separately, the militant IS group claimed responsibility for the attack.  Most of the deaths were caused when 2 of the attackers blew themselves up. The third was shot dead by Frontier Corps troops. At least 117 people were injured.  (Dawn) 


Assassin duo


MANILA - A husband and wife team claim their vigilante death squad is behind almost 800 murders in the Philippines' bloody drug war.  They lead one of several groups responsible for well over half the 4,000 drug dealers and users killed so far in hits ordered by the police.  The couple, known as Ace and Sheila, told SBS Dateline, that they earn $100 for each target.  At least 2,730 people have gunned down by vigilante groups paid cash by police for each confirmed kill, leaving cards labelled 'pushers' to attract media and prove the hit.  (Daily Mail)  


MORE:   SBS: Getting away with murder 


Theme park tragedy


TOWN OF GOLD RUSH - 2 children survived being thrown from the doomed Thunder River Rapids Ride at a theme park in Australia and screamed in horror as their mothers were killed.  Initial investigations into the accident suggest that the raft collided with an empty vessel that had become stuck near the end of the ride.  The raft is believed to have flipped due to the collision, crushing and drowning two men, aged 35 and 38, and two women, aged 42 and 32, about 2.20pm Tuesday on the Gold Coast, in Queensland.   Those killed include Canberra woman Kate Goodchild (née Dorsett), 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, partner Roozi Araghi and a 42-year-old woman.  (Daily Mail)


MORE:   Incident at Dreamworld 


AT&T spying for profit


Hemisphere is a secretive program run by AT&T that searches trillions of call records and analyzes cellular data to determine where a target is located, with whom he speaks, and potentially why.  Hemisphere isn't a 'partnership' but rather a product AT&T developed, marketed, and sold at a cost of millions of dollars per year to taxpayers. No warrant is required to make use of the company's massive trove of data, according to AT&T documents, only a promise from law enforcement to not disclose Hemisphere if an investigation using it becomes public.   (Daily Beast)


PREVIOUS:  DEA and AT&T database   Big Brother surveillance


Tour bus slams into semi




PALM SPRINGS - 13 people were killed when a bus crashed into the back of a truck on Interstate 10 north of Palm Springs before sunrise Sunday.  Rescuers used a crane to search the wreckage for victims, which peeled and compressed the coach cabin off its undercarriage back, nearly half of the vehicle's length.  (KMIR)


MORE:   Tour bus crash 


Man found dead


MALAGA - The mysterious death of a British man at Malaga airport took a bizarre turn today after it emerged he was found with a slice of ham on each buttock and his genitals in an open tuna can.  Steven Allford, 51, was discovered face-down and bound to a bench between the airport's train station and the terminal building.  He had a hand bound to one end of the bench and his leg to another with cable ties. His trousers and pants had been pulled down.  Police are waiting on the results of a post-mortem but suspect he may have been choked to death and possibly sexually assaulted.  (Daily Mail) 


Government staged coup 


Nicolas Maduro 


CARACAS - Members of Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly declared on Sunday that the government was engaged in 'an ongoing coup d'etat'.  In an emergency session, lawmakers said there had been a 'rupture of the constitutional order'.  The emergency session was called after the electoral authorities blocked opposition efforts to hold a referendum to remove Mr Maduro from power.   (BBC)


MORE:   Legislature declares president, judicial and electoral authorities, to have broken the legal constitutional order    Chavistas burst into Parliament debate

PREVIOUS:   Into dictatorship   Appointed judicial and electoral authorities shoot down recall referendum    Maduro bypasses legislature to decree 2017 budget   Chavism


Belgium PM can't sign off 


Chrystia Freeland


BRUSSELS - Belgium is not able to sign off on a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal after Wallonia and other regional administrations refused to give the federal government the go-ahead, Prime Minister Charles Michel said on Monday.  In an embarrassment for the 28-nation EU, Belgium has so far been the only member not to sign up to the CETA trade deal, blocked by French-speaking Wallonia, which has refused to endorse it.    (AFP)


MORE:   5 holes in trade deal  

PREVIOUS:   Trade deal collapses   Saving CETA meeting held   Minister says deal is impossible   Talks collapse   Law by trade deal   WikiLeaks: Trade in services agreement   CETA 


Opium production up


KARBUL - Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 43% to 4,800 metric tons in 2016 compared with 2015 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures. The area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to 201,000 hectares (ha) in 2016, a rise of 10% compared with 183,000 ha in 2015.  (UNODC)


REPORT:   Opium Survey 2016   .pdf

PREVIOUS:  War on terror 


Prison break


ARCAHAIE - Most inmates of a northern Haitian prison escaped on Saturday after killing a guard and stealing firearms, said authorities who launched a manhunt with support from UN peacekeepers for the 174 fugitives.  Police set up checkpoints on roads leading from the prison and detained several people without identity cards. However, the 266 inmates of Arcahaie prison do not wear uniforms, making it easier for escapees to mingle outside.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Barefoot inmates escape 






UTSUNOMIYA - In what may have been a suicide, an explosion killed Toshikatsu Kurihara, a former Self-Defense Forces officer, and injured 3 others Sunday at a parking lot in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture.  The blast followed one in a parking lot about 200 meters away in which no one was injured but in which several cars caught on fire. One of the cars which went up in flames belonged to Kurihara.  Shortly before the explosions occurred, Kurihara's house in Utsunomiya was destroyed in a fire.  (Japan Times)  


MORE:   Ex-soldier's suicide   Apparent suicide 


1,503 year sentence


Rene Lopez


FRESNO - A judge sentence Rene Lopez to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period, ending in 2013.  (Fresno Bee) 


Class action over service charge


VANCOUVER - Eric Finkel's lawyer launched legal action under a little-tested section of BC's Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA). Coast Capital denied committing any wrongs and characterized Finkel's action as a 'procedural weapon of mass destruction,' adding that the case is devoid of an 'air of reality.'  The Finkel case is one of dozens that pop up in a search of 'deceptive practices' under the BPCPA, most aimed at 'deep pocket' industries such as banks or insurance companies for hidden or 'deceptive' service charges.   (CBC)


RELATED:   AB's licence plate stickers and vehicle renewal 


Protesters enter site


MUSKRAT FALLS - Busloads of workers are being sent home after protesters occupied the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project work site in Central Labrador yesterday.  Ten buses arrived at the hydroelectric project late Saturday to retrieve workers.  At around 2:30pm, a group of about 60 protesters broke through the gate, with about 200 more remaining at the gate.   (CBC)


MORE:   Go home, indigenous leaders tell protesters

PREVIOUS:   Muskrat Falls project    Regulators 


Creep catcher threats


A Red Deer, AB, woman says she fears for her safety since going to police with allegations that a member of the Creep Catcher vigilante group planned to use a 14-year-old girl to bait and trap a suspected predator.   She is one of two women who told CBC News they have been threatened by the self-styled pedophile-hunters after speaking out against their tactics. The vigilantes deny the allegations.   (CBC)


MORE:    Creep says it's caught a school principal

PREVIOUS:   Vigilantes under fire over death of mentally ill woman in video


Train crash




ESEKA - At least 55 people were killed and nearly 300 injured on Friday when a packed passenger train travelling between Cameroon's 2 largest cities derailed and overturned.   (Reuters) 


Smart devices used


Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say.  Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline on Friday.  Each uses a company called Dyn, which was the target of the attack, to direct users to its website.  Security analysts now believe the attack used the 'internet of things' - web-connected home devices - to launch the assault.   Security firm Flashpoint said it had confirmed that the attack used 'botnets' infected with the Mirai malware. (BBC)


MORE:   Oct Dyn cyberattack   Canada collateral damage

COMMENT:   3rd wave of attacks launched 


RCMP probe


The RCMP is investigating the finances of a tiny BC First Nation band used to enrich members of a single family to the tune of $4.2M over 3 years, according to a forensic audit obtained by Postmedia News.  The Shuswap First Nation's transfers to the family, and payment for trips to Las Vegas and Cuba ended in November 2014, when the family was voted out of office after Postmedia's disclosures.  The 13-page report was also handed over to the Mounties.  Despite the continuing police probe, Dean Martin, the person who received the largest portion of the $4.2M in 2011-14 is running in next month's council election and could become chief.  (PostMedia)


Judge should not have deviated


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a lighter sentence to a BC man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, ruling the original trial judge was wrong to deviate from a joint sentencing submission from the Crown and defence.  The ruling issued Friday said the sentencing judge was wrong to impose a harsher penalty than the Crown and defence had agreed on for the convicted man. (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2016 SCC 43

RELATED:   Liberal appoint 24 new judges 


Canada's loneliest hero


Curtis Barrett


OTTAWA - Curtis Barrett, an RCMP corporal shot Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in the head in Parliament's Hall of Honour, just minutes after the Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had fired 3 bullets into the back of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was posted at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.  The report concluded that the House of Commons' former Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, and Barrett 'fired their weapons and neutralized the threat.'  But while Vickers was hailed as a hero by the nation and appointed Canada's ambassador to Ireland, Barrett's contribution was buried, redacted and generally forgotten, leading him into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress.  (National Post)  


PREVIOUS:   Shootings at Parliament Hill 


Cash-for-access fundraisers


OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has handed the duty of enforcing new rules for lobbying and political fundraisers to a department that directly reports to him, meaning that exclusive Liberal Party fundraisers with senior cabinet ministers as the prize attraction escape the scrutiny of the ethics commissioner.  The Liberals have come under fire in recent days after The Globe and Mail reported on a cash-for-access fundraising system that uses cabinet members to draw big donations. This practice appears to violate rules Mr. Trudeau put in place last year.   (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Parties pack in fundraisers

RELATED:   Cities call for $12.7B federal fix

Feds not interested in cheaper goods for Canadians   Keep away from infrastructure spending


Mortgage risk changes


OTTAWA - The Department of Finance released a 22-page consultation paper laying out its vision of sweeping changes to Canada's 62-year-old mortgage insurance system in an effort to shift more of the risks of Canada's hot housing market from taxpayers to lenders themselves.   (Globe & Mail) 


Taxpayers' money


VICTORIA - The BC government will announce it has named Toronto-based Kensington Capital Partners to manage a $190M pool of publicly funded venture capital.  As the Globe revealed this month, Kensington will manage the new $100M BC Tech Fund and take over management of an older $90M venture capital portfolio known as the BC Renaissance Capital Fund. Kensington advised the government on setting up the Renaissance fund in the late 2000s.  (Globe & Mail) 


Forced proposal


VICTORIA - BC's Children's Minister has rejected a proposal, spurred by the death of a 15-year-old in a court-ordered drug-treatment program, to routinely put troubled youth into care against their will in extreme situations involving mental illness and substance abuse.  (Globe & Mail)


REPORT:    Last resort


Cocaine seized


COUTTS BORDER CROSSING - RCMP say just over 200 kg of cocaine was seized in a drug importation investigation in southern Alberta that focused on commercial vehicles.  During the first seizure on Sept. 2, CBSA officers searched a commercial truck entering Canada with a load of televisions.  The second seizure was on Sept. 4. CBSA officers searched a truck containing a shipment of novelty items.  The third seizure took place on Oct. 10.  CBSA officers found 83 bricks of cocaine hidden throughout the cab of a commercial vehicle carrying produce.   In all 3 instances, the commercial trucks were operating for commercial trucking companies based in BC. (Global) 


Divide, then rule



Hillary Clinton          Donald Trump   


WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says the election is rigged. His enemies are trying to steal it from him. That's nonsense, of course. Out-and-out cheating at the ballot box is vanishingly rare in the US, thanks to a host of safeguards.  But he's right in one sense.  US politics is rigged.  Both parties do the rigging.  They draw the boundaries of the country's electoral districts to their own advantage, grouping voters in a way that gives their party the greatest number of wins in Congress and in state legislatures.  Instead of the voters choosing the politicians, the politicians, in effect, choose the voters.  The process is called gerrymandering and it's as old as the US.    (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   How secure is your vote?   Corrupt government officials top US fear of 2016

COMMENT:   Race goes down the drain   US intelligence behind DNC leaks, not Russia

PREVIOUS:   Vote being rigged   US presidential election 2016    US politics    


Victims ID'd 


Elizabeth Wettlaufer  


WOODSTOCK - Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, has been charged with 8 counts of murder.  James Lancing 'Jim' Silcox, 84, died at Caressant Care home in Woodstock on Aug 17, 2007.  Maurice 'Moe' Granat, 84, Dec 23, 2007.   Gladys Jean Millard, 87, died Oct 14, 2011.  Helen Muriel Matheson, 95, died Oct 27, 2011.  Mary Zurawinski, 96, died Nov 7, 2011.  Helen Young, 90, died July 14, 2013.  Maureen Pickering, 79, died March 28, 2014.  Arpad Horvath, 75, died at Victoria Hospital in London, ON, Aug 31, 2014.   (Toronto Star)


MORE:   CAMH staff alerted police   Dark poem attributed to nurse

PREVIOUS:   Nursing home murders   Nursing home worker   Caressant Care   Canadian nurse charged


Body found


VANCOUVER - RCMP have closed off Robertson Crescent between 240 and 244 Streets after a possible dismembered body was found early Wednesday morning.  (Langley Times)  


MORE:   Police investigating 




VANCOUVER - A body was discovered after police were called to a report of a double stabbing at a homeless camp near Rumble St and Griffiths Drive in Burnaby just after 8pm Monday night.  It appears to be a targeted attack between people who knew each other.  A man known to the victims was taken into custody and is facing possible charges.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Stabbings  




VAL-D'AMOUR - RCMP now say the woman whose body was found in a Val-d'Amour house following a fire on Saturday was a victim of homicide and the fire was deliberately set.  The victim has been identified as Lucille Maltais, 71, who lived in the home.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Death ruled a homicide  




EDMONTON - An autopsy found Christopher Fawcett, 19, died of stab wounds.  Fawcett's body was found near the Alfred H Savage Centre at the base of the toboggan hill around 8:30pm Saturday.  A 21-year-old man found nearby remains a person of interest, police said. The man is not in custody.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Police investigate   Suspicious death  


Cold case investigation


ERIN - OPP said it had received permission from a judge and was moving forward with a plan to get anonymous tips about the death of Frederick John Hatch, 65.  Hatch's body was found in the small town of Erin, ON, on Dec 17, 2015. Investigators believe he was last seen in the area of West Hunt Club Road and Merivale Road in Nepean between 12:30pm and 3:30pm on Dec 16th, 2015.  Using GPS and cell tower data, police have 7,500 numbers that were in the area when Hatch disappeared. On Thursday, those individuals will get one French and one English text from police, urging them to respond with any information about what may have happened.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Treated as homicide   OPP looking for kin   Identified  


Not criminally responsible



Jonathan Vetter       Kellie Johnson


SASKATOON - Kellie Johnson is not criminally responsible in the death of her 5-year-old son.  Johnson, 38, was accused of killing her son Jonathan Vetter on Jan. 4, 2014 in a home on the 400-block of Ave R South.  (CTV)  


MORE:   NCR   Mother found NCR    Not criminally responsible 


New trial ordered


HALIFAX - A man accused of taking part in a Hells Angels hit in Dartmouth has had his murder conviction overturned and a new trial ordered by Nova Scotia's highest court.  Steven Gerald Gareau was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the October 2000 shooting death of Sean Simmons.  Simmons was gunned down in an apartment in north-end Dartmouth on orders from a Hells Angel because Simmons allegedly had an affair with a gang member's wife.  Gareau did not pull the trigger. Dean Kelsie was the actual shooter.  (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2016 NSCA 75  .pdf 


Assault charge


PEACE RIVER - RCMP said Corporal Mark Potts of Peace Regional RCMP Detachment had been charged with assault causing bodily harm.  Police said the charge came in the wake of an RCMP investigation into an incident that took place on April 15, 2016.  The allegation said Cpl. Potts assaulted a prisoner while transporting him from Manning, AB, to Peace River.   (CTV) 


City workers' health plan


TORONTO - City workers made millions of dollars in questionable claims for large quantities of erectile dysfunction pills and highly addictive opioids including Fentanyl, the city's auditor general says.   Beverly Romeo-Beehler said in a report (.pdf) that workers claimed $1.9M worth of sex enhancers Viagra and Cialis last year alone, noting the benefits plan funded by the city and managed by Manulife includes no maximum.  (Toronto Star)


Body found


WASAGAMACK FN - RCMP said two people are facing murder charges after a body was found near a lake in Wasagamack FN.  Police said the body of a 31-year-old man was found Oct. 20 just after 1:30pm.  Officials said Orien Harper, 23, and Harmon Mason, 18, both from Wasagamack FN, were taken into custody on the same day.  They have been charged with second degree murder, and were remanded into custody.  Police said the name of the victim will not be released.   (CTV) 




EDMONTON - A blue Nissan Xterra was travelling northbound on 97 St when it was allegedly struck from behind by a white Infiniti G37. The impact caused the Nissan to catch fire, and both vehicles veered into the ditch.  The driver of the Infiniti, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital with non-life threating injuries.  The driver of the Nissan, a middle aged woman, was pronounced dead on the scene.  Charges are pending against the driver of the Infiniti, as alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the collision.  (CTV) 


Guilty plea


ST JOHN'S - A teenage girl charged in the street-racing incident that killed Alyssa Davis, 17, has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death.  The girl entered the plea Tuesday at provincial court in St John's. A charge of street racing was dropped.  (CBC) 


Bullied and harassed


Roger Chaffin


CALGARY - An internal workplace review has gone public, showing claims of harassment and bullying of Calgary police officers by other officers.  The review was completed in 2013, and in it, members claimed inappropriate or disrespectful treatment by supervisors or other members.  (CTV)  


REPORT:   Workplace review CPS 2013

MORE:   Review unearths claims    Police audit    Shocked at report   Calgary top cop on the defense, again  

PREVIOUS:   Alberta Police 


Accounting change


TORONTO - Ontario's efforts to ease the upward pressure on electricity rates has been dealt a setback by a change in accounting practices.  In the government's public accounts for 2015-16, the Independent Electricity System Operator reported a 'previously unrecognized actuarial loss and past service costs' of just over $80M.  The provincial agency which oversees Ontario's electricity market says it will raise fees it charges the power industry to recover the losses as part of its accumulated deficit charge.  (CP)


Man found dead


TORONTO - A man is dead after being found with gunshot wounds overnight in the Dixon Road and Kipling Ave area.  Police were called to the area after gunshots were heard at around 12:30am.  Residents of a home in the area said they felt their house shake around the same time the shots were heard.  Responding to a rented Range Rover SUV that had crashed into a house on Windsor Road, police found a male driver in his 20s suffering from gunshot wounds.  He was rushed to a trauma centre, where he died of his injuries.  He has since been identified by police as Mohamed Omer, 23.   (CTV).


MORE:   Police ID man 




MISSISSAUGA - The victim of a fatal shooting in Mississauga on Saturday has been identified as Deshawn Brandon Nicholson, 23.  The incident occurred just before 4am on Oct. 22 outside the Streetsville Kinsmen Senior Citizens Centre.  (CTV)


MORE:    Police ask for help   Victim identified

PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Shootings  


Officer charged


Annie Pootoogook


OTTAWA - An Ottawa police officer is facing charges under the police act in connection with online comments about the death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook, remarks the city police chief has said were inappropriate and had 'racial undertones.'  Pootoogook's body was found in the Rideau River on Sept 19.  Police at first did not consider her death suspicious, although they were calling for assistance in retracing her steps in her final days.  A few days later, racially charged comments from a Facebook account stated Pootoogook's death was not connected to missing and murdered Indigenous women.  Investigators continue to probe 'suspicious elements' of Pootoogook's death.  (CP)


MORE:   Officer charged

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious elements in death   Artist lived in fear   Artist found dead 

RELATED:   Racist altercation over parking spot 


New trial ordered


Dennis Oland


SAINT JOHN'S - The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in the second-degree murder conviction of Dennis Oland in the 2011 death of his father, Richard.   (CBC)


MORE:   New trial granted   Why one piece of evidence mattered    Oland granted bail

PREVIOUS:   Richard Oland murder 


10-years as watchdog


Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond


VICTORIA - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond will end her 10 year stint as the province's Representative for Children and Youth today and says the provincial government often moved slowly and in some cases retaliated against her.  Since the Representative for Youth's office was created in 2006, it has handled more than 17,000 cases, delivered 92 reports and provided the government more than 200 recommendations.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Child advocacy wrapped up

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC 




Joshua Briere


OTTAWA - Paramedics say they received a call to Clyde Ave around 3:00am Saturday. Upon arrival, they found a man in his 20s suffering from multiple stab wounds to his torso. The victim was rushed to hospital in critical, life threatening condition but did not survive.  Police have since identified the victim as Joshua Briere, 26.  Police say they have one suspect, but have not laid any charges or made any arrests.    (CTV)  


MORE:   Stabbed   Man dies after stabbing 


Remains found


ABBOTSFORD - Police are investigating after what appears to be human remains were found in a wooded area.  A local resident came across the remains on a rural property in the 30900-block of Downes Road around 2pm Saturday.   (CTV)


MORE:   Possible human remains  


5 officers injured


VICTORIA - 3 suspects are facing numerous charges after an arrest turned violent in Victoria Friday night, leaving 5 officers injured.  Victoria police officers responded to an assault report at the 400-block of Johnson St a little before 6pm.  A man was placed in custody, but before he could be taken away, 2 other people involved in the incident allegedly became violent towards the lone arresting officer. Multiple back-up units provided assistance, during which time 3 other officers sustained injuries.  One of the attackers was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and then was returned to police headquarters, where he then allegedly proceeded to assault a jail staff member.  (Global)


Mountie charged


EDMONTON - After an investigation by ASIRT that started in February, former Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP officer Aaron Sayler, 30, was charged with theft under $5,000, obtaining by false pretenses, uttering a forged document and fraud under $5,000. Sayler was suspended from duty in Feb of this year. Sayler resigned from the RCMP Wednesday.   (Global)  


MORE:   Mountie charged 


Mountie discharged


MAYERTHORPE - A former RCMP officer who developed post-traumatic stress disorder following the 2005 murder of 4 of his colleagues is claiming his Charter rights were violated when he was discharged from the force because of his disability.  Former constable Trevor Josok was dismissed June 13, 2016, more than a decade after the tragic shooting that triggered a 'disabling condition' that forced him to take a medical leave.   (Edmonton Journal)


PREVIOUS:   4 RCMP officers killed




KASABONIKA LAKE FN - OPP have charged a man with murder in Kasabonika Lake First Nation after a reported altercation Wednesday morning left another man dead.  Police charged George Darren McKay, 30, with second degree murder in the death of Alec Tom McKay, 54.  (CBC)


MORE:   Son accused   OPP news release   Charged 


2 charged


Alfred Wagner


BONNYVILLE - RCMP say the victim has been identified as Alfred Wagner, 83, of Bonnyville.  Wagner's body was found in his home on the afternoon of Oct 16.  Wagner's vehicle was found to be missing during the investigation and was later recovered some 20 kilometres south on the Kehewin Cree Nation. Further investigation had led to the arrest of Frank James Frenchman, 25, of Bonnyville/Kehewin near Edmonton on Oct 18. A woman, identified as Arizona Chastity Frenchman, 20, of Bonnyville/Kehewin area, was also arrested Oct 20 in Edmonton.  Both of the suspects have been charged with first degree murder.   (Sun Media)


MORE:   Brother, sister arrested   Random violence   Pair charged 


Break-in suspect dies


VANCOUVER - A confrontation between police and an agitated, injured break-in suspect that ended with the man's death is being investigated by BC's police watchdog.  The man, who has not been publicly identified, was Tasered after he was found in a Coquitlam home Wednesday night.  The man went into medical distress and emergency responders performed CPR before he was taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.  (CTV) 


Charges laid in rollover


YOUNG - The rollover happened late in the morning of Oct. 15 north of Young.  A 28-year-old woman from Watrous, SK, and a 27-year-old man from High River, AB, were declared dead at the scene. Police are not releasing their names.  Two men were taken to hospital for treatment of their injuries.  Kiel Stewart, 29, from Lumby, BC, is facing 2 charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and one charge dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing injury.   (Global)


Victim identified


SASKATOON - Dylan Edward Robert Phillips, 26, died late Oct 14 after police responded to a report of an injured man at a home on the 1400-block of Ave G N.  He was located inside the house and died at the scene, according to police.  An autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Police release victim's name 


Guilty plea


VANCOUVER - A United Nations gang associate has pleaded guilty in a fatal hit and run that caused the death of Emily Sheane, 25, who was driving home from her job at Joe Fortes restaurant in Vancouver when she was T-boned by a Range Rover that ran a red light at a Burnaby intersection in March before fleeing the scene.  Ibrahim Ali, 25, was arrested days later at a motel near Creston.  He's now entered guilty pleas to dangerous driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.  (CKNW)


MORE:   UN gangster pleads guilty   Man pleads guilty

PREVIOUS:   Suspects identified   2 arrested   Hit-and-run  


18 years


Gerald Battersby


VANCOUVER - The man who pleaded guilty to trying to kill a Yaletown bike shop owner almost 2 years ago has been sentenced.  Gerald Battersby, the man involved in a shooting, has been handed an 18-year sentence.  With time served, he will spend 14-and-a-half years in prison.  Battersby pleaded guilty to 3 counts of attempted murder in Sept.   (CKNW)


PREVIOUS:   Vancouver crimes 


Drunken wake


PICTOU - A Nova Scotia judge has offered a meditation on the nature of grief and the dangers of overdrinking, as he convicted a man for biting off part of a fellow mourner's nose in a drunken brawl at a wake.  Judge Del Atwood found Randall Edwin MacLean guilty of aggravated assault, but made it clear many people behaved badly at the wake at a house in downtown Pictou, NS.  (CP) 


RCMP communication


VANCOUVER - Block Watch captains in the Grandview Heights area of South Surrey say they are frustrated by a lack of communication from police and what they describe as a 'one-way flow' of information around crimes occurring in their neighbourhood.   (Peace Arch News) 


Downside of turning yourself in


WHITEHORSE - Robert Keenan, 60, and son Graydon were hunting on McQuesten Lake north of Mayo in August 2015, when they shot a bull moose late in the day. They were subsequently attacked by an angry cow, which they shot and killed as well.  They drove all the way back to Whitehorse where they reported their story to authorities.  By the time Dawson City conservation officers got to the kill, the entire carcass was spoiled.  The Keenans must pay $5,000 to the Yukon Turn in Poachers and Polluters fund. They're also banned from hunting for two years, and must complete a hunter education and ethics course before they can be re-licensed.   (CBC)


Victim ID'd


Christian Saarah


TORONTO - Police say a drive-by shooting was targeted and have identified the man who died in hospital afterwards as Christian Saarah, 28, of Toronto.   Toronto police say a second man injured in the shooting is Saarah's 24-year-old brother. The 2 men were rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition just after 6pm Tuesday.  (CBC)


MORE:   Victim had no criminal history    2 brothers shot   Drive-by was targeted

PREVIOUS:   Drive-by 


Family seeks class action suit


TORONTO - A gaping, infected bedsore that led to a man's death is just one example of systemic failures of care and negligence at a large Ontario nursing home chain, a lawsuit alleges.  As part of an attempt to have the suit certified as a class action case against the Revera chain, lawyers have filed a statement of claim that raises 82 examples, including that of the lead plaintiff, the family of Arthur (Ross) Jones, who died in hospital in June 2014 after 11 months at the Main St Terrace home in east Toronto.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Lawsuit 




Steve Nash


VANCOUVER - Steve Nash is suing his former business partners to have his name and image removed from 21 Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club locations in BC.  (CBC)


MORE:   Company being sued says they have the right to use name


Family suing


WHISTLER - A 5-kilogram wheel of cheese crashed into a little girl and broke her leg at Whistler over the summer, according to a lawsuit launched by her family.  The incident took place in August at The Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, an annual event that saw participants chase runaway cheddar down a hill for a chance at taking it home.  (CTV)




Bob Green 


VANCOUVER - Jason Francis Wallace, 27, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Hells Angel Robert (Bob) Keith Green, 56, of Burnaby.  Police sources confirmed that he was a member of the 856 gang that originated in Aldergrove.  (Voice Online)


MORE:   Charge laid    Accused as criminal past   Gang member charged

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Kyonghee Kim      Youngku Youn


VANCOUVER - Mounties in Surrey are making re-appealing for your help to find a missing woman who hasn't been seen in 2 weeks.  Kyonghee Kim has not been seen or heard from since Oct 5.  It's believed she may be with Youngku Youn who is suspected of killing his ex-wife earlier this month at her business on the 4500-block of North Road.   (News 1130)


PREVIOUS:   Missing is suspect's girlfriend   Missing woman may be with suspect   Ex-husband sought   Suspect ID'd   Targeted homicide   Woman murdered  




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