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Child's body on the beach

  

  

VANCOUVER - Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body was pictured on newspaper front pages around the world Thursday, was trying to get to Europe after Canada rejected his family's refugee application.   (Globe & Mail)

  

MORE:   Photo sparks outcry    Global outcry   Symbol of crisis   Family sought refuge in Canada    Denied asylum in Canada   What we know   Father declines Canadian offer

COMMENT:   Moral crisis

PREVIOUS:  Bodies found on beach   System collapsing   EU migrant crisis   Migrants

RELATED:   Migrant boat capsizes on way to Indonesia   Police try to force migrants off train

  

Mental health issues

  

Chiheb Esseghaier

  

TORONTO - Chiheb Esseghaier interrupted his own sentencing hearing with the brief tirade, delivered at a yell, which included the assertion that it is still the year 2014 and that he will be taken into heaven on Dec. 25, when he is 33 years old.  Esseghaier's interjections punctuated an already tense hearing that saw a second psychiatrist testify to Esseghaier's mental health.   (National Post)

  

MORE:   Fit to be sentenced

COMMENT:   Insane, but should that matter?

PREVIOUS:   VIA Rail terrorism plot    

  

How to get free PR for a candidate

  

Elizabeth May

  

Somebody on Vancouver Island is trying to foil Green Party Leader Elizabeth May's bid to get re-elected in the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.  More than a dozen election campaign signs have been defaced and destroyed, and some volunteers said they've even been threatened while installing them.  (CTV)  

  

MORE:   How to get free PR for a candidate you oppose 2

COMMENT:   Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

 

President resigns

 

Otto Perez Molina    

 

GUATEMALA CITY - Embattled Guatemalan President Otto Perez announced his resignation Thursday, after a warrant was issued for his arrest for allegedly masterminding a huge fraud scheme.  On Tuesday, Congress stripped him of his immunity, paving the way for him to be prosecuted.  (AFP)  

 

MORE:   President seeks to avoid spectacle

PREVIOUS:   La Linea   Court greenlights impeachment   Former VP to stand trial for corruption   Political crisis

  

Brady wins again

  

Roger Goodell   Tom Brady

  

NEW YORK - US District Judge Richard Berman has decided to nullify the 4-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback over his supposed role in the Deflategate scandal.   The NFL's punishment of Brady was 'premised on several significant legal deficiencies,' Berman ruled.   (Huffington Post)

  

MORE:   Smackdown for Goodell   Goodell's defining defeat    Goodell will appeal  

  

Settlement

  

SAN FRANCISCO - A US judge on Wednesday granted final approval to a $415M settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems Inc of agreeing to avoid poaching each other's employees, thus limiting job mobility and, as a result, keeping a lid on salaries.  (Reuters)  

  

PREVIOUS:  High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation

 

Mosque bombers

 

SANAA - A suicide bomber and a subsequent car bomb killed at least 20 people Wednesday at a mosque in Yemen's rebel-held capital, Sanaa, amid the country's raging civil war.   The suicide bomber blew himself up inside the mosque during the evening call to prayers, while the car bomb exploded outside an entrance. Medical officials said the death toll may rise with people now in operating rooms in several hospitals.  (AP) 

 

PREVIOUS:   Houthi insurgency in Yemen 

 

Criminal probe opened

 

PARIS - A criminal investigation into the deadliest fire in Paris in a decade was opened on Wednesday after it emerged that two separate incidents occurred in the same building two hours apart.  A blaze in an apartment building in northern Paris overnight killed 8 people, including 2 children while 4 others were in critical condition.  A suspect was taken into police custody Wednesday afternoon.  (AFP)  

 

MORE:   Suspect transferred to psychiatric ward

 

Prison time

 

       

David Cunniff         Gary Blakley

 

FONDA, NY - A Canadian truck driver who fatally injured a state trooper who had pulled over another driver on the Thruway has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in state prison.  Gary Blakley of Ridgeway, ON, pleaded guilty in April to aggravated criminally negligent homicide.  The 66-year-old trucker was charged in the death of Trooper David Cunniff, 35, near Thruway Exit 27 in Amsterdam in December 2013.  Blakely's rig crashed into Cunniff's patrol car.  (CP)

 

MORE:   Canadian trucker faces prison    

 

Charged

 

Jimmy Snuka

 

ALLENTOWN - James Snuka, who rose to fame in the 1980s as professional wrestler Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, was charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 slaying of Nancy Argentino, his then-girlfriend.  (CNN)  

 

MORE:   Snuka charged 1983 death    

 

40,500 temporary staff

 

PARIS -  An inter-ministerial investigation now under way has found that the justice ministry is among several governmental departments bending France's notoriously rigid labour laws in its hiring practices because they lack the financial resources to cover the astronomical social security fees the law requires employers to pay for permanent staff.  (AFP)    

 

Class-action lawsuit

 

VANCOUVER - A mistake by Air Canada in offering a package of flights at just 10% of the value has triggered a proposed class-action lawsuit by customers who thought they got an amazing deal.  Court documents, filed in both Quebec and BC, stated the flight pass was offered between Aug. 25 and Aug. 28 at just under $800, but customers were told days later the cost of 10 one-way business-class flights in the western US or Canada was actually $8,000.  (CP) 

 

News anchor sues

 

Harris Faulkner   Littlest pet shop hamster

 

NEW YORK - A Fox News anchor is suing a US toy company, Hasbro, for more than $5M over a toy hamster that she says resembles her and shares her name.  Harris Faulkner said the company's portrayal of her as a plastic hamster 'was demeaning and insulting'.   (BBC)

 

Commission suggest ending monopoly

 

MONTREAL - Former federal and provincial Liberal cabinet minister Lucienne Robillard headed the commission, which concluded Quebec spends too much money managing its liquor monopoly due to the fact 21% of net sales are eaten by administrative costs.  'We rarely see, as citizens, monopolies being in our best interests,' she said.  (CP)

 

PREVIOUS:   Cash cow laws under spotlight   NB Liquor says it could go out of business if it loses   Importation of Intoxicating Liquors Act   Regulators

RELATED:   Drinkers subsidize non-drinkers

 

Failing to report

 

OTTAWEA - More than a third of First Nation communities across the country will have some of their federal funding withheld, starting today, because they haven't publicly posted their financial information online.  Under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, which came into effect last year.  This year, 210 First Nations, or roughly 36%, have not posted their financial information online, a significantly higher number than last year when 98% of bands complied with the new law.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   21 northern FNs face funding freeze   AB's Blood Tribe salaries and expenses

PREVIOUS:   First Nations   

 

Expenses handed to crown

 

Pamela Wallin

 

OTTAWA - After an 18-month investigation, the RCMP has handed their file into Sen. Pamela Wallin's questionable expense claims over to Crown prosecutors.  (CTV) 

  

PREVIOUS:   Canadian politics

  

Taxes rule

 

Canadian federal election 2015 

 

TORONTO - Canadians retain just 21% of their income after paying the taxman and covering the cost of necessities, according to a Fraser Institute study.  Taxes gobble up a whopping 42% of the average Canadian family's income. About 37% of income goes to cover housing, food and clothing.  (Sun Media)

 

REPORT:   Consumer tax index 2015

MORE:   Still spending more on taxes the basic necessities   Taxes cost more   Liberals promise $10B yearly deficits  Quarter of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque

RELATED:   No party leader is talking cutting taxes and entitlements   Voters have reason to distrust   Economy in recession   AB issues bleak economic report   Why resource rich Canada is poor

 

RCMP to charge Syria official

 

Maher Arar

 

OTTAWA - The RCMP has moved to lay charges against the Syria military official believed responsible for the torture that Syrian-Canadian Maher Arar suffered in a Damascus prison in 2002.  The charge, laid in an Ottawa court Tuesday morning, alleges that Col. George Salloum, a Syrian military intelligence officer, both inflicted and oversaw the torture of Arar.  (Toronto Star)

 

Street battles

 

RNN

 

DAMASCUS - IS fighters on Monday night waged street battles against a loose coalition of Syrian rebels in Asali, part of the southern Qadam district, after seizing two streets there over the weekend.  Rebels, who control several districts in southern Damascus, are battling on two fronts, IS from the south and troops belonging to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad from the north.  (Jazeera)  

 

MORE:   Russian military near Damascus 

COMMENT:  How to destroy a city in minutes

PREVIOUS:   War on Terror

 

Attack

 

JANALE - Al Shabaab militants attacked an AU base in southern Somalia early on Tuesday, the Islamist group and residents said, and said they had killed dozens of soldiers.  The al Qaeda-aligned militants said one of their fighters rammed a car bomb into the base and then gunmen poured inside the facility run by the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia, AMISOM.   (AFP)  

 

MORE:  Militants attack AU base 

PREVIOUS:   War on Terror

 

2 more killed

 

AP

 

KIEV - 2 more National Guard officers died on Tuesday from injuries sustained from a grenade blast.  Nationalist protesters and security forces had fought outside parliament on Monday, as politicians gave preliminary approval to a law to give greater powers to Russia-backed separatists in the east.  About 140 people, mostly security officers, were hospitalized.   (Jazeera)

 

MORE:   Anti-autonomy protest

PREVIOUS:   2014 Ukrainian revolution 

RELATED:   Corruption eats Crimea

  

2nd suspect arrested

  

       

Adem Karadag     Yusufu Mieraili

  

BANGKOK - A second foreign suspect has been arrested in connection with the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine in August.  It is unclear whether either of the 2 arrested men are the suspect seen on a security camera leaving a backpack at the crowded shrine shortly before the bombing on Aug 17.  Thai authorities have issued 3 more arrest warrants - making 7 in total.   (BBC)  

  

MORE:   Suspect believed to be bomber

PREVIOUS:   2015 Bangkok bombing    Suspect Turkish national   Bomb suspect    

  

Officer killed

  

LAKE COUNTY - A Fox Lake police officer was shot and killed Tuesday morning, and a massive manhunt with dogs and helicopters was underway along Rollins Road in Lake County.  The officer was on routine patrol and radioed shortly before 8am that he was going to check on some suspicious activity.  Police have established a perimeter and are seeking 1 black male and 2 white males.  (Chicago Tribune) 

 

IOU

 

CHICAGO - Ater years of struggling financially, Susan Rick thought things were looking up when her boyfriend won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery last month. But because Illinois lawmakers have not passed a budget, she and her boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, got an IOU from the lottery instead.  (Chicago Tribune) 

 

Emails released

 

 

Hillary Clinton

 

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails while US secretary of state have been released, including many that have been censored after being deemed classified.  Mrs Clinton has been under fire for using a private computer server for work emails while in office.  (BBC)

  

DOCUMENTS:   Clinton Email August

MORE:   Hillary Clinton email controversy

 

Police want more snooping power

 

OTTAWA - Canada's police chiefs want legal authority to seize mail in transit to stem the flow of illicit drugs, fake medicine and weapons through the postal system.  In a recently passed resolution, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) say contraband is being sent through the mail 'with impunity' because the law forbids officers from swooping in until a parcel arrives at its destination.  (CP) 

 

PREVIOUS:   Latest warrantless access scheme   Big Brother surveillance 

 

Overdue, over budget

 

OTTAWA - An RCMP database on missing persons and unidentified remains, touted by the Harper government in 2010 as 'concrete action' for the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women, is still incomplete and far over budget 5 years after it was announced.  The national database, plagued by technical problems, won't be fully in place until late 2016.  (CBC)

 

Canadians among dead

 

KHOBAR - 3 Canadians are among those killed in a fire that engulfed parts of a residential compound.  10 people died and 259 were injured in the blaze.  Preliminary investigation suggests an electrical short circuit in the building's basement sparked the blaze.  The complex in the city of Khobar houses workers for state oil giant Saudi Aramco.  (AP)

 

8,250+ leave, so far

 

TACHIRA STATE - More than 8,250 Colombians have left Venezuela since the border crisis between the 2 countries began 10 days ago, with some deported and others going voluntarily, according to the latest figures from the Colombian government.  The border has been partially closed by the Venezuelan government for the past 10 days.  (EFE)

  

PREVIOUS:   House to house search called a census   State of exception   Nicolas Maduro   FANB

 

Another intolerance murder

 

M M Kalburgi

 

DHARWAD - Following a knock at his front door, an Indian scholar greeted two unidentified visitors and was shot in the head and the chest, becoming the third critic of religious superstition to be killed in the country in 3 years.  The attack on Malleshappa M. Kalburgi sent a chill through Indian civil society, stoking worries about religious extremism and intolerance and prompting an outpouring of condemnation as the 77-year-old author and academic was cremated Monday in his hometown of Dharwad.  (AP)  

 

MORE:   Shot dead  

 

Found guilty

 

SYDNEY - Michael Basanovic and his son Wade were accused of murdering senior Hells Angels bikie Zeljko Mitrovic at a Sydney trucking business in Wetherill Park in January 2013, after he allegedly told them: 'You're all f***ing dead.'  (9News)

    

Deadly day

 

AP

 

SAN SALVADOR - Officials in El Salvador say at least 51 people were killed in a single day this week.  The National Civil Police force says Thursday's toll surpasses the mark of 45 killed on Aug 22.   Authorities in the nation of 6M say the surge in violence is a result of a government crackdown that has led to gunfights between police and criminals, as well as gang battles over territory.  (AP)  

 

MORE:   Children become migrants

PREVIOUS:   Record number   How El Salvador became the homicide capital of the world   Under siege   Crime in El Salvador 

 

Man held in execution of deputy

 

Darren Goforth

 

HOUSTON - A man 'believed to be the alleged gunman' in the killing of a uniformed Houston-area sheriff's deputy was in custody and being questioned Saturday morning.  The suspect shot Deputy Darren H. Goforth, 47, while the deputy was filling up his patrol car at a Chevron station just after 8:30pm.  Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, died at the scene.  (CNN)   

 

MORE:   Man in custody   Person of interest questioned   Officer ambushed    

 

Trucks crash

 

AP

 

MATSAPHA - At least 38 young women have died in a road accident in Swaziland.  Trucks transporting scores of young women to the traditional Umhlanga Reed Dance collided on Friday near the town of Matsapha on Swaziland's major highway.  (Reuters)  

 

MORE:   Imbali killed in truck accident   3 Imbali trucks crash 

   

Rally

 

         

        AP                             Najib Razak

 

KUALA LUMPUR - Tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns defiantly held a major rally in the capital Saturday to demand the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak.  Najib has been fighting for political survival after leaked documents in July showed he received some $700M in his private accounts from entities linked to indebted state fund 1MDB. (AP)  

 

MORE:    Mass protests

PREVIOUS:   PM ducks corruption conference

16th international anti-corruption conference   Exporting corruption 2015   Canada makes moderate effort   OECED anti-bribery convention   Corporate Scandals   Greed & Corruption BC   Scandal dampens hopes for LNG project in BC

 

Sentenced

 

Mohamed Fahmy & Baher Mohamed

 

CAIRO - An Egyptian court has sentenced Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and 2 other Al-Jazeera English journalists (Baher Mohamed & Peter Greste)  to 3 years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom and human rights activists.   (CP)

 

MORE:   3 year sentence     Staff sentenced   Canada asks for pardon   

    

      

Bystander killed

  

VANCOUVER - The IHIT is looking into the death of a 74-year-old Abbotsford man on Wednesday night.  Abbotsford Police went to the 3500-block of Promontory Court around 7:15pm after receiving reports of shots fired.  They arrived to find a vehicle in a driveway with what appeared to be bullet holes and a man located outside a nearby home suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  (Global)

  

MORE:   Stray bullet kills man   Innocent neighbour killed    Innocent bystander killed 

  

Shooting

  

EDMONTON - City police are on the hunt for 3 suspects as they investigate an early morning shooting incident in north Edmonton.  Around 1:30am, officers responded to reports of a man suffering from gunshot wounds at a condo building near 155 Ave and 106 St NW. They allegedly discovered a single shooting victim dead at the scene.  (CTV)  

  

MORE:   Man found dead    Shooting 

  

Helicopter crash

  

SEPT-ILES - 2 people were killed and 3 others injured in a helicopter crash on Quebec's North Shore on Wednesday.  Quebec provincial police confirmed the deaths of a man and a woman, adding 3 others were transported to hospital with serious injuries.  The craft crashed in a heavily forested area not accessible by road and firefighters and paramedics managed to get to the crash site by helicopter.  (CP)  

  

MORE:   Victims identified 

  

2 charged  

  

MONTREAL - Antoine Senecal, 22, and Sabrina Boucher, 21, are facing charges after the body of Alain Nadeau, 55, was found inside a De Toulon St Terrebonne apartment on Aug 24.   (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   Declared a homicide

  

Murdered

   

John Murray

  

PICKERING - Police are trying to piece together what happened inside a Pickering home where an 80-year-old man was found dead with obvious signs of trauma to his body on Tuesday night.  Police were called to a home on Memory Lane shortly after 8pm Tuesday for reports of a sudden death.  Responding officers found John Murray, 80, dead in the house.  (CBC)  

  

MORE:   Murder of peaceful senior 

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death     Police investigating

  

Suspects released 

  

LETHBRIDGE - On the evening of Aug 31, emergency crews responded to an alleyway in the 900-block of 17 St S following reports of an assault.  Glifford George Good Dagger, 47, was located and transported to hospital. Good Dagger suffered severe head and internal injuries and he passed away in hospital on Tuesday afternoon.  Police identified 2 persons of interest in connection to the assault and evidence suggests the attack was targeted. Following preliminary questioning, the persons of interest, who are now considered suspects, have been released from police custody.  (CTV)

  

MORE:   Police continue to investigate    Victim identified   Murdered 

  

Police seek witness

  

Dominic Bertrand

  

LACHUTE - The SQ is investigating the murder of Christian de Champlain, 44, and Gilles Pilon, 61, 2 men whose bodies were found inside an apartment in the Laurentian town of Lachute.  The SQ discovered the bodies about 1pm Tuesday in the second floor of a duplex at 311B Argenteuil Ave. On Wednesday they confirmed the men were murdered.  Police are looking for one man as a possible witness: Dominic Bertrand, 30, who lived with Pilon.  (CTV)  

  

MORE:   Nephew sought   Double homicide 

 

Homicide

 

EDMONTON - The Medical Examiner's Office had determined Shawn Richard, 32, died early morning as a result of a stab wound to the chest.  The investigation started after police were called to 95th St at about 3:30am Monday - after it was reported that a man was lying in the street.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:  Identified   Homicide   Drug dealer ID'd 

 

Mom charged

 

WINNIPEG - A mother has been charged with killing her 2-month-old daughter.  Police announced Wednesday that Mervat Azmy Dimitry, 44, had been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the April 28 death of her daughter.  (Sun Media) 

 

SIU investigating

 

TORONTO - Officers were called to the area of Wellesley and Yonge streets shortly before 10pm Tuesday night after a man was reportedly found lying on the street with serious injuries.  When officers tried to assist the man and move him over to the sidewalk, he went into medical distress.  He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.  (CP24) 

 

Charged

  

Ricardo Williams

 

KINGSTON - The Jamaica Constabulary Force has charged Omar James, 19, in the murder of Ricardo Williams, 14.  They say they laid the charge following a Tuesday interview with James after he turned himself in.  (CP)  

 

MORE:   Man charged   Cousin charged 

   

Heirs

 

 

Gang Yuan

 

VANCOUVER - 4 more women are stepping forward to argue their children are legal heirs to a murdered West Vancouver man's $50M estate, but they say they fear for their families' safety if their identities are revealed.  The new claims bring the total to 5 mothers claiming a piece of Gang Yuan's fortune following his murder and dismemberment in early May.  Each of the children, the oldest of whom is 7, has been confirmed as Yuan's offspring using DNA testing, according to court affidavits filed Tuesday.  (Vancouver Sun)  

 

PREVIOUS:   Murder of Gang Yuan 

 

Officer in hospital

 

BORDEN-CARLETON - A man is in custody after an RCMP officer was dragged by a vehicle across the Confederation Bridge between NB and PEI.  Scott Alexander MacNally of Borden-Carleton, PEI was charged in provincial court with being criminally negligent in the operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, flight from police, theft of a vehicle and 4 other charges after the incident Tuesday morning.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Officer injured 

 

Student threatened to kill

 

 

Stephen Tynes

 

HALIFAX - A Dalhousie University medical student who was facing expulsion told a psychiatrist he would obtain a gun and kill up to 20 people and himself, court documents allege.  The search-warrant documents filed with Halifax provincial court allege that 30-year-old Stephen Gregory Tynes met with psychiatrist Dr. Terry Chisholm on Aug. 20 and told her he would stab Evelyn Sutton, the associate dean of undergraduate medical education, and her daughter Ellen MacDonald, who was also his classmate.  (CP)  

 

MORE:   Psychiatrist right to inform police 

 

Is this normal?

 

CALGARY - A Calgary woman whose car was stolen thought her luck had changed when police called to say it was found and would be returned.  As soon as she opened her car at the impound lot, she found a knife in the front passenger door, a lead pipe and garbage on the floor mats, and 4 stolen ID's in the glove box.  In the car's cup holder, she found a small bag of cocaine.  When she looked in the back, she found a crack pipe on the seat.  Pickering took a cellphone video of what she found, and then left her car for police to check again and remove the evidence. The vehicle was then towed to a repair shop where Pickering searched her car again.  That's when she noticed the butt of a gun under the seat.  (CTV)

 

Impaired charge

  

CALGARY - The accused, William Edward Grimm, 66, was driving his 2006 Sierra pickup truck when he struck the male pedestrian crossing the street at 52 St SE Sunday evening at about 9:45.  Grimm was charged with impaired driving causing death.   (Beacon)

  

MORE:   Pedestrian killed   Driver charged 

 

Warrant issued

 

George Alan Guimond

  

WINNIPEG - Police have issued an arrest warrant for the man they believe killed Darryl Arthur Abraham.  Abraham, 36, was stabbed just before 5am on Aug 22 at a residence on the 100-block of Donwood Dr.  Abraham died in hospital of his injuries.  Police announced a Canada-wide arrest warrant for manslaughter against the suspect, George Alan Guimond, 35.  (Sun Media)  

  

MORE:   Wanted    Warrant    

  

Suspect turns himself in

  

TORONTO - A man wanted in connection with a shooting at the Garden Restaurant on Nov 16 surrendered to police Tuesday.  The shooting left Tariq Mohammed, 31,  dead and sent 2 woment to hospital.  Havard McKenzie, 24, turned himself in to police at 31 Division at 1am and was charged.  (CBC)

  

MORE:   Man charged   2 more arrested  

PREVIOUS:  Charged   Charged   Man charged    2 arrested   Triple shooting       

  

Tasered

  

WINDSOR - A Windsor man who stabbed someone, then attempted to force police to kill him was instead subdued with a Taser.  (CBC)  

  

MORE:   I want you to kill me    

  

Child porn operation

  

CALGARY - Authorities with ALERT say that 8 people have been arrested and charged in connection with an operation targeting child sexual exploitation offences.  Along with the arrests, ALERT says that during a 7-month long investigation, officers executed 16 search warrants and seized 85 computers and electronic devices.  (CTV)

  

RELATED:   Laptop purchase leads to child porn charges against seller    

  

Jaywalker hit with court costs

  

VANCOUVER - A BC Supreme Court judge has dismissed a civil suit filed by a woman claiming she was hit by a car at a downtown Vancouver crosswalk and instead found she was jaywalking.  (Vancouver Province)    

  

Crown Corp wants more money

  

VANCOUVER - ICBC has begun filing its basic insurance rate application with the BC Utilities Commission, but final parts of the application, including any request for a rate change, aren't due until the end of October.  The provincial auto insurer says it would have to ask for a 6.7% rate hike, the highest possible under current legislation.  (CTV)  

  

UBC's bloated administration

  

VANCOUVER - When you take faculty at UBC's Vancouver campus as a whole, including sessional lecturers, librarians and others, it totals roughly 4,700, according to information provided by the university. That compares to 9,500 members of staff. Now let's examine another first-rate university in Canada, the University of Toronto, which has 13,000 faculty versus 6,500 staff. In other words, UBC has a 2:1 staff-to-faculty ratio, while Toronto has a 1:2 ratio.  (Globe & Mail)

   

COMMENT:   Secrecy 

PREVIOUS:   UBC Board of Governors

  

Clerk pleads guilty

  

TORONTO - Shaida Bandali, 61, who worked at Rouge Valley from 1995-2014, accessed confidential maternity ward records, including the names and contact information of mothers as well as the names and birthdates of their babies, and sold them for between $1 and $2.75 each to salespeople of Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs), according to an agreed statement of facts read out in court.  (Toronto Star)

 

Video shines light

 

VANCOUVER - BC's IIO faces the ire of a demoralized Vancouver police force after the police watchdog determined one VPD officer may have committed a crime during a dramatic shootout with a lone gunman last June.  Stunning video footage of VPD officers' actions in the June 2014 shootout suggests that the IIO's controversial decision is dead wrong.  (Vancouver Province)  

 

MORE:   Former cop defends officers

COMMENT:   Watchdog puts cloud over cops

PREVIOUS:   Officers may have committed offence   BC Police   Rise of shooting victim Paul Dragan   Shooter charged   Suspect battling demons

     

Storm

 

VANCOUVER - About 60,000 customers are still without power following a massive weekend storm that hit Metro Vancouver and the South Coast of BC.  BC Hydro says crews were able to restore power to another 100,000 customers, including in downtown Vancouver, overnight Sunday.  An estimated 500,000 customers lost electricity after high winds knocked trees and branches down onto power lines on Saturday.  (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Thousands still without power

  

Identified

  

CBC

  

CALGARY - Police report at about 5:40pm, on Aug 27, police responded to reports of multiple gunshots fired in the 600-block of Arbour Lake Drive NW.  When police arrived, they discovered a critically injured Phillip Tu (Hui Xu), 42.  (Beacon)

  

MORE:   Victim convicted in ecstasy bust    History of drug trafficking   Ties    

 

Semi-driver charged

  

Gaja, Stevenson and Skalicky

  

CARROT RIVER - Normand Mark Joseph Lavoie, 38, from Winnipeg, is charged with 3 counts of criminal negligence causing death and one count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.  Mounties responded May 3 to a fatal four-vehicle collision on Highway 6, about 5 kilometres south of Spalding, SK.  A car was stopped in a construction zone when it was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer.  The 3 people in the car - Carter Stevenson, 17, Kristian Skalicky, 15, and Justin Gaja, 14, - were pronounced dead at the scene.  (CTV) 

  

Plane wreckage found

  

Paul & Suzanne Joanis

  

KAPUSKASING - OPP said the wreckage is from the single-engine plane reported missing on April 28, 1992. It was found in a remote area near the town of Kapuskasing.  At the time, the plane's occupants - Paul and Suzanne Joanis - were travelling to Hearst, ON, after a business trip.  (CBC)   

  

Sexual exploitation

  

VANCOUVER - A former North Vancouver high school teacher has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a female student.  North Vancouver RCMP alleges that from October, 2012, to December, 2014, the 39-year-old man, who was a teacher at Argyle Secondary School, sexually assaulted the student.  Chad Jeremy Smith, from Langley, was arrested on Aug. 27 and is charged with 1 court of sexual exploitation.  (Global)

  

MORE:   Teacher charged

  

Charged

  

Said Raed Abdulbaki

  

CALGARY - At about 9pm on Aug 22, CPS officers responded to a home located in the 7000-block of California Blvd NE after receiving reports of an injured man lying on a driveway.  When police arrived they discovered a critically injured David Quach, 27.  He was treated at the scene and rushed to hospital, however, he later succumbed to his injuries.  On Aug 26, officers arrested and formally charged Said Raed Abdulbaki of Calgary with second-degree murder.  (Beacon)

  

MORE:   Man charged   Identified   Charges   

  

Charged

  

  

Johnathon Keenatch-Lafond

  

SASKATOON - Keith Napope, 29, has been charged with robbery and manslaughter in connection with the death of Johnathon Keenatch-Lafond, 35, on Nov. 17, 2014.  (CTV)  

  

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Gross mismanagement

  

EDMONTON - 2 AB government managers and a manager at a provincial arm's length agency are facing disciplinary action after they committed 'gross mismanagement of public funds' by manipulating the awarding of public contracts worth more than $100,000 each.  (Edmonton Journal)

 

Suspicious death

 

CALGARY - According to the CPS, during the early morning hours of Friday, July 10, the child, Eneas Emilio Perdomo of Calgary, was brought into the Alberta Children's Hospital.  The young boy was suffering from injuries that the family said were caused by a number of accidents.  Hospital staff noted swelling and bleeding all over his body, injuries which Police report were not consistent with the activities of a 5-year old boy.  One week after being admitted into hospital, Emilio died from his injuries.  (Beacon)  

 

MORE:   Homicide investigating   Suspicious death 

 

Charged

 

Jonathan Martin

 

CALGARY - Police were called in after officers were responded to a 'check on welfare' complaint at a home in the 400-block of Pinehill Road NE Tuesday around 5:45pm. A woman was found dead within the home.  Police identify the victim as Chelsea Serpentini-Harty, 24.  Jonathan Edward Martin, 26, is now charged with first-degree murder in the case. It's believed the two were in a relationship and living together at the home where Seprentini-Harty's body was found.  (CFFR)

 

MORE:   Man charged   Man charged   Identified 

   

Charged

 

       

Nadine Skow           Silva Koshwal

 

EDMONTON - Police have identified Nadine Skow, 38, as the woman whose body was found in an apartment located in the area of 106 Ave and 104 St just after 9am on August 25.  Ms. Skow died from multiple stab wounds and her death was determined a homicide.  Silva Koshwal, 38, was arrested on Tuesday and has since been charged with second degree murder and indignity to a human body.  (Beacon)

 

MORE:   Horrific crime scene   Stabbed to death   Gruesome    People ignored screams   Accused not deported 

 

Drug bust

 

HALIFAX - The RCMP say 14 people are facing a total of 48 charges following a 10-month drug trafficking investigation in Lunenburg County and the Halifax Regional Municipality.  Police launched Operation Hamlin last fall. Roughly 100 officers arrested 10 people while searching 8 homes Wednesday morning.  (CTV)

    

Gun play death

  

GRANDE CACHE - A boy has died after the firearm he and his brother were playing with accidentally was fired at the family home near Grande Cache, AB.  The boy who died was 10, and his brother was younger.  (CBC)

    

Arrested

  

      

Cecilia Larez          Raynald Letourneau

  

MONTREAL - Raynald Letourneau, 46, appeared in court Tuesday for the murder of girlfriend Charlie Cecilia Garcia Larez.  He was charged with first degree murder and indignity to a body after Larez was found dead inside her apartment.  (Global)

  

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Guilty plea

       

Myrna Letandre             Traigo Andretti

  

WINNIPEG - A man already serving a life sentence for killing and dismembering his wife (Jennifer McPherson) pleaded guilty to the murder of Myrna Letandre, whose remains were found in a Winnipeg rooming house in 2013 after she went missing years earlier.  Traigo Ehkid Andretti, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.   (CBC) 

  

MORE:   Wife killer admits to 2nd murder     Convicted killer admits to 2nd murder

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Homicide arrest   Remains found    Husband charged  

  

Fined

  

Alisha Lamers

  

TORONTO - Konstantin Lysenko, a Toronto homeowner is facing $75,000 in fines in connection with a fatal house fire that occurred in November, 2013.  The fire happened in the basement of a home at 189 Sheridan Ave at approximately 1:40am on Nov 20, 2013.  8 people who live in the house were able to escape, but Alisha Lamers, 23, was trapped in the basement.   (CTV)

  

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