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Fresh avalanches





PANJSHIR VALLEY - Huge new avalanches have hit Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, closing off areas that were already difficult to reach.  At least 286 people have died throughout the country in recent days.  The fatalities have all been due to snow or flooding.  Most of the deaths however are in the Panjshir Valley, where it is feared people remain trapped in the snow.  (BBC)


PREVIOUS:   Avalanches   Death toll 162   


Running out of money


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi


PARIS - IS is relying too much on its oil exports and it needs to gain more territories if it wants to keep its reign of terror going, says a new report.  (Epoch Times) 


REPORT:   Financing of IS   .pdf

MORE:   FATA website   FATF

PREVIOUS:   Islamic State   War on Terror


Emails blow fund wide open



Jho Low                 Najib Razak


KUALA LUMPUR - In December of last year, the controversial investment fund IMDB abruptly called in all of its computers, employee laptops and servers and wiped them clean of all emails.  It was too late.  (Asia Sentinel)


MORE:   Heist of the century   State investment plagued by scandal


Opposition leader gunned down


Boris Nemtsov


MOSCOW - Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin.  Nemtsov, 55, was shot 4 times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across the bridge over the Moskva River in central Moscow just before midnight on Friday.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   Murder of Boris Nemtsov   Activist shot dead   Putin will kill me   Why was Nemtsov murdered      

COMMENT:   Russia is not a place that tolerates dissent   Another dark sign  


Death of mother sets off gunman


Joseph Aldridge


TYRONE - A reclusive Missouri man shot dead 4 relatives and 3 neighbors in a nighttime rampage after he found his elderly mother dead on her couch.  Joseph Aldridge, 36, allegedly opened fire in 4 separate locations on Thursday night after his 74-year-old mother Alice, who had been ill, died at home in Tyrone, Texas County.  9 people are dead in the tiny rural community - including Aldridge, who turned the gun on himself after the shooting spree.  (Daily Mail)  


MORE:   Shooting in a small town 

PREVIOUS:   9 found dead 


Court declares Hamas a terrorist group


CAIRO - An Egyptian court listed the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization, judicial and security sources said on Saturday, one month after a judge listed the group's armed wing as a terrorist group.  Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which the authorities have also declared a terrorist group and have repressed systematically since the army ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency in 2013. (AFP)


RELATED:   Egypt sentences 4 Muslim Brotherhood members to death    


Prove it, every 3 years


OTTAWA - Canadian veterans who are missing limbs will have to prove it every 3 years to qualify for assistance, instead of every year, the government said on Friday.  (Reuters)    


Small island, big bet


CHARLOTTETOWN - The strange saga of how Canada's tiniest province tried to become an international gambling centre played out largely in secret over the past 5 years.  PEI's foray into eGaming has laid bare the overlapping world of business, politics and personal investment in a province of just 145,000 people, where nearly everyone knows someone in power and government operates with minimal scrutiny.  The fact that the plan was illegal - and had elsewhere been used by the Mafia - is one of this story's more mundane details.  (Globe & Mail)


Feds ignoring recommendations


OTTAWA - A new study says the federal government is ignoring dozens of recommendations on how to reduce the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women.  People from across the country are to meet in Ottawa on Friday for a national roundtable on missing and murdered aboriginal women.   (CP)


REPORT:   Analysis of implementation   .pdf

MORE:   Focus on domestic violence

COMMENT:   Emotion and suspicion    


'Dangerous' legislation


Steven Blaney


OTTAWA - More than 100 academics are urging the government to drastically alter C-51, the Conservatives' proposed anti-terrorism legislation, arguing it is far too broad and doesn't come with safeguards to protect Canadians' privacy rights.  The group, made up mainly of law professors from across Canada, have signed an open letter arguing the proposed bill has major problems that threaten Canadians' privacy and freedom of speech.  (CBC)


COMMENT:   Tunnel vision

PREVIOUS:   Bill C-51   Bill passes   Big Brother surveillance


Another shooting spree


HWASEONG - A 75-year-old man shot 3 people, including a police officer, before committing suicde in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province Friday.  The man, surnamed Jeon, killed his 86-year-old brother and the brother's 84-year-old wife with a shotgun at the couple's house. He then shot dead one of two police officers who was trying to persuade him to surrender, before turning the gun on himself.  This was the second deadly shooting rampage in 3 days in a country where possession and use of guns is strictly regulated.     (Korea Times) 


MORE:   4 killed

PREVIOUS:   Gunman kills 3, self 


Blogger murdered


Avijit Roy


DHAKA - A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism has been hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife.  The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen, occurred on a crowded pavement as he and his wife, Rafida Ahmed, were returning from a book fair at Dhaka University.  Ms Ahmed, who is also a blogger, was seriously injured.  (PA)


MORE:   Blogger hacked to death   Islamist group claims responsibility    Blogger hacked to death   Protesters denounce killing    


'La Tuta' captured 


Servando Gomez


MICHOACAN - Servando Gomez, known as La Tuta, the leader of the Knights Templar cartel, was arrested overnight.  Gomez was the target of a push by President Enrique Pena Nieto to regain control of the state of Michoacan, which has been wracked by clashes between the cartel and heavily armed vigilantes trying to oust them.   (NBC)


MORE:   Most wanted napped

RELATED:   Retired teacher killed   Teachers protest


16 years


Gary Glitter


LONDON - Gary Glitter faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing 3 schoolgirls.  The 70-year-old, real name Paul Gadd, was sentenced for 1 count of attempted rape, 1 count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and 4 counts of indecent assault.  (PA)


MORE:   Schoolgirl abuse case    


FCC's decision on net neutrality


WASHINGTON - Netflix, Twitter and Internet activists have won. Big cable has lost. At least until the federal courts get involved, when everything could change. The FCC voted Thursday to enforce 'net neutrality' rules for the broadband industry.  (AP)  


MORE:   Summary of commissioner's oral dissent on Internet Regulation   Net neutrality prevails    


DNA used to create 3D image


COLUMBIA, SC - Police are experimenting with a new technology that uses tiny amounts of DNA to create a computer-generated illustration of their suspect. Snapshot, a program developed by a Reston, Va., company called Parabon NanoLabs, goes beyond simply listing physical attributes - eye colour, hair colour, ethnicity and facial features - and creates a 3-D image of what the killer might look like. (Washington Post)    


MORE:   Parabon snapshot     


Stolen car


Travis Kvapil's NASCAR 


ATLANTA - Police say Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car has been stolen ahead of a race this weekend near Atlanta.  Police say a trailer with the racecar inside was hitched to a pickup truck parked outside a Morrow hotel, about 15 miles south of Atlanta. The car was inside the plain white trailer. Police say the person who stole it likely didn't realize the car was inside.  (AP)  


MORE:   Car abandoned by thieves


Nurse jailed


Neils Hogel


DELMENHORST - A former nurse who admitted killing more than 30 patients with lethal drug overdoses has been jailed for life by a court in northern Germany.  The man, identified as Niels H, 38, was convicted of 2 counts of murder and attempted murder.  The deaths took place at the Delmenhorst clinic, where he worked in intensive care between 2003 and 2005.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Nobody stopped him

PREVIOUS:   Nurse admits killing 30 patients 


Police 'black site'




CHICAGO - Politicians and civil-rights groups across the US expressed shock upon hearing descriptions of off-the-books interrogation at Homan Square, the Chicago warehouse that multiple lawyers and one shackled-up protester likened to a US counter-terrorist black site in a Guardian investigation published this week.  (Guardian UK)   


Pot legal in DC


Muriel Bowser    Cathy Lanier


WASHINGTON DC - Flanked by members of the DC Council and the city's top lawyer, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced that marijuana possession will become legal in the District at 12:01am Thursday.  (Washington Post)


MORE:   Weed the people  




NEW YORK - Morgan Stanley agreed to pay $2.6B to settle probes into its creation and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities, as the US Department of Justice holds another large Wall Street firm to account for the 2008 financial crisis.  (Bloomberg)  


PREVIOUS:   Global Meltdown    US bank failures 2008-2014  Bank writedowns due to subprime crisis 


Apple told to pay


TYLER - Apple Inc was told to pay $532.9M after a federal jury said the company's iTunes software used a Texas company's patented inventions without permission.  (Bloomberg)  


MORE:   Smartflash says it is not a patent troll   Patent troll    


Cocaine sales


ROME - The Calabrian mafia's role as one of Europe's biggest importers of South American cocaine has made it the most powerful economic force in its poor home region in southern Italy, a report released on Tuesday said.  Direct ties to Mexican and Colombian cocaine cartels, with which it has built trust over the years, have made the 'Ndrangheta a financial powerhouse, said Italy's national anti-mafia prosecutors' office in its annual report.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   Sicilian mafia outgunned by 'Ndrangheta


Debit card fraud drops


OTTAWA - According to Interac Association, the primary Canadian debit card system, debit fraud losses dropped from $29.5M in 2013 to $16.2M in 2014. In 2010, fraud-related losses were pegged at more than $100M.  (CTV)   


Legal loopholes


EDMONTON - The Fair Trading Act prohibits an employment agency from collecting money 'directly or indirectly' from foreign workers, but permits unlimited charges for services 'that are not employment agency business services.'  Those other services can include job-skills training and resume-writing, but also immigration consulting.  The rules are inconsistent across western provinces. BC is similar to AB, while MB completely bans recruiters from billing workers. In SK recruiters can charge for immigration consulting with the worker's consent, but makes employers pay for any training and resume preparation. (CBC)


RELATED:   Mass exodus expected April 1  


Denied entry


Chris Brown


MONTREAL - Chris Brown abruptly cancelled his Tuesday-night concert in Montreal, and another show in Toronto, after being turned away at the Canada-US border.    (CBC)  


MORE:  Barred from Canada  


Obama vetoes Keystone bill


WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama made good Tuesday on a threat to veto a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The White House position is that cross-border pipeline permits are a matter for the president to decide - not Congress, which passed a bill earlier this month forcing the approval of the project.  (CP)    


Spies, lies and fantasies


PRETORIA - Intelligence agencies thrive on impressing politicians and the public with their mystique, exploits real or imagined, and possession of information that supposedly gives them a unique understanding of the world.  The reality is often bureaucratic and banal, the information unreliable, uncheckable or available in open sources and their judgments frequently politicized and self-serving.  (Guardian UK)


PREVIOUS:    SSA   Insight into the world of spies   Al Jazeera: Spy Cables    Guardian: Spy cables    Telegraph: Spy Cables


Being president was good for him


Ali Abdullah Saleh


SANAA - Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is suspected of corruptly amassing as much as $60B, equivalent to Yemen's annual GDP, during his long rule, and colluding in a militia takeover last year, UN appointed investigators have told the Security Council.  The report by the world body's Panel of Experts on Yemen echoes criticism by his opponents that Saleh's rule from 1978 to 2012 was marred by graft, and that even out of office he is fomenting instability.  (Reuters)  


Found guilty



Kyle                Littlefield              Routh


STEPHENVILLE - A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the American Sniper author and another man at a Texas shooting range 2 years ago.  Eddie Ray Routh, 27, receives an automatic life sentence without parole in the deaths of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield.  (CP)  


MORE:    Guilty   Found guilty


Head security watchdog resigns


Malcolm Rifkind     Jack Straw


LONDON - Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the Conservative MP embroiled in cash for access allegations, is to step down as an MP at the General Election and has also resigned as chairman of the Parliament Intelligence and Security Committee.  (Telegraph UK)  


MORE:    Rifkind resigns    Straw to take job with firm he lobbied for   Cameron backs MPs having second jobs

PREVIOUS:   Cash for access sting   MPs' salary not enough for standard of living 'I'm entitled to'   Cash for access allegations  


Class action settlement


TORONTO - Canadian consumers are getting a $20 break.  The refund is the result of historic class-action lawsuits brought against several manufacturers who, between 1999 and 2002, were allegedly colluded to fix the price of dynamic random access memory.  Anyone who bought a computer, printer, personal digital assistant, MP3 player or video game console in that period can collect $20 by filling out a form on  (QMI)   


Bus station blasts




POTISKUM - Suicide bombers have struck 2 bus stations in different parts of northern Nigeria, killing at least 22 people and wounding scores.  In the first explosion, a suicide bomber rushed onto a bus in the town of Potiskum before setting off a blast that killed at least 12 people and injured 35 others.  In the second attack, 2 suicide bombers launched a coordinated strike on a major bus station in the city of Kano, killing at least 10 people.  (Jazeera) 


MORE:   Bombers target buses   Beards gave them away   Canadians pull out of Petawawa

PREVIOUS:   Bomber was 10   Widening war    Fleeing fighters drown   Boko Haram   Timeline of Boko Haram insurgency   Fight turns into regional war    






UHERSKY BROD - At least 8 people have been killed in a shooting in the eastern Czech Republic town of Uhersky Brod.  An armed man burst into a restaurant around lunchtime, opening fire.  The gunman is also reported to be dead following the attack.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Shooting at restaurant  


Soldier kills 3, self  


Dawn Giffa 


KILLEEN - Police said the suspect, Atase Giffa, opened fire on 3 people, killing 2 and injuring 1 before forcing his wife, Dawn Giffa, 28, into another home, where he killed her and then himself.  Police officials said the incident began after officers responded to a report of a disturbance about 10:26pm Sunday in the 1700-block of Godman St.  Police said Atase Giffa initially opened fire on 3 people: Lydia Farina, 31, Larry Guzman, 40, who were killed, and a 41-year-old woman at a residence on Godman St.  (Killeen Daily Herald)    


MORE:   Canadian woman killed   Kingston woman dead in Texas


Revised policy to limit leaks


OTTAWA - The Conservative government has quietly tightened the lid on federal cabinet secrets in an effort to prevent compromising leaks.  A revised policy on the security of so-called cabinet confidences requires all possible breaches - 'however slight' - to be immediately reported to the PMO or officials in the PCO.  (CP)


Spotlight on mattress business


OTTAWA - The federal Competition Bureau is investigating whether Canada' two major department-store retailers have touted bogus discounts of their mattresses.  Mattress retailing is an opaque sector in which it's almost impossible for consumers to compare prices among merchants. Retailers tend to carry their own models with their own prices. But many of the products are made by the industry's 2 dominant manufacturers: Tempur Sealy International and Serta Simmons Bedding (Advent International).   (Globe & Mail) 


Secret account revealed


Stuart Gulliver


LONDON - Stuart Gulliver, the HSBC chief executive who has vowed to reform the crisis-hit bank, sheltered millions of pounds in a Swiss account through a Panamanian company and remains tax domiciled in Hong Kong.  (Guardian UK) 


MORE:   Scandal caused damage to banks' reputation, says chairman

PREVIOUS:   Offices raided   Swiss bank searched   Global meltdown-wealth  


Canadian Mall named


Edmonton Journal


EDMONTOM - A terror group is calling for attacks at specific North American shopping malls including West Edmonton Mall.  (National Post)


MORE:   Mall named by terror group   No imminent threat   DHS warns Mall of America   Mall warning a greater threat online    Lags behind in 'jihadi draft'  

PREVIOUS:   al Shabaab   Hotel attacked

 RELATED:   Islamic radicals at the heart of Whitehall    


Guilty of perjury


Kwesi Millington


VANCOUVER - Const. Kwesi Millington, the RCMP officer who fired a Taser the night Robert Dziekanski died 8 years ago at the Vancouver airport, has been found guilty of perjury and colluding with his fellow officers before testifying at the inquiry into the Polish immigrant's death.   (CBC) 


MORE:   Mountie lied

PREVIOUS:   Dziekanski Taser incident   


1 identified


Donny Ouimette


TORONTO - Donny Ouimette, 25, was one of 2 men fatally shot at the fast-food restaurant on Danforth Ave, early Saturday morning.  Police say there was a 'fairly significant physical confrontation' between a male security guard and 2 men inside the restaurant at about 3am. The security guard allegedly fired 'multiple shots' and the men died on the scene.  Police did not release the identities of the victims, who include a 40-year-old man and Ouimette.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:    Off duty guard kills 2   Shooting leaves 2 dead

PREVIOUS:   Shooting   2 killed in shooting  




METABETCHOUAN-LAC-A-LA-CROIX - Marie-Pier Normand-Lejeune, the 22-year-old mother of a newborn found  dead in a garbage container at a residence has been charged with second-degree murder.  (CBC) 


PREVIOUS:   Possible infanticide     


Granted unsupervised passes


WINNIPEG - The man who beheaded a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba in 2008 has been granted more freedoms from the hospital where he is living, this time in the form of unsupervised day passes to visit Winnipeg.  The Manitoba Review Board, which released its decision on Friday afternoon, also said it may consider eventually allowing Li to live in a group home.  (CBC) 


MORE:   Threat of vigilante justice 

PREVIOUS:  Killing of Tim McLean


Arrested yet again


Michael Mitton


TORONTO - A Montreal man with scores of convictions for fraud and other related offences will be in court next month to face two charges following an investigation by the Joint Serious Offences Team of the Ontario Securities Commission.  The regulator says Michael Mitton, whose trail of approximately 100 convictions on fraud, forgery, money laundering and other offences dates to 1977, has been ordered to appear in court in Toronto on March 13.  (CP)    


Audit handed to police


HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's education minister says preliminary results of a financial audit of the Council on African Canadian Education have been referred to Halifax police.  The province said late last year that a review completed last summer alleged that the Halifax-based council was operating outside its legislative mandate.  The review also alleged there were inconsistencies in financial reporting.  (CP) 




Tilus Saintilus


MONTREAL - Neighbours called police at around 10:30pm after hearing gunshots near the intersection of 2nd Ave and Everett St.  Officers found a man in a vehicle that had several bullet holes in the window.  He was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died of his injuries.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Gunned down   Gang member shot 


Body found


VANCOUVER - IHIT detectives are probing a possible murder in Surrey after a body was found inside a vehicle.  The grim discovery was made just after 9am Friday, in the 9500-block of 139 St.  (CTV)


2 found dead


VICTORIA - Saanich police and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit are investigating two deaths in a home on Epsom Drive.  A bungalow at 3720 Epsom Dr is behind police tape as major crime investigators collect evidence and canvass neighbours for information.  (Victoria Times Colonist)  


MORE:   Deaths not suspicious  





Julio Porcu            Marina Porcu


MONTREAL - Marina Porcu, 36, has been charged with second-degree murder after her brother Giulio Porcu, 37, was fatally stabbed Wednesday.  The victim was found bleeding in an alleyway near Jeanne-Mance St and Van Horne Ave at about 8:50am Wednesday.  He eventually succumbed to his stab wound in hospital.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Woman charged   Accused

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing   Stabbed man dies


2 charged


Carmela Knight


PICKERING - 2 men have been charged in connection with the death of a Pickering woman whose body was found in the remains of a residential fire last Sept.  Police say David Knight, 42, and Graham Thomas Macdonald, 28, have been charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and arson in relation with the death of Carmela Knight, 39.  They say David Knight was the husband of Carmela Knight.  (CP)  


MORE:   Husband charged

PREVIOUS:   Homicide   Death suspicious   Fire death suspicious          


Impaired driver charged


TORONTO - A 23-year-old man is facing several charges, including impaired driving causing death, in connection with a fatal collision involving a TTC bus last November.  A 24-year-old passenger of the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene.  Osman Abdirahman, 23, of Toronto, has been charged.  (CP24)  


MORE:   Impaired driving charge    


Home invasion victim dies


Ernest Cote       Alban Garon           Bush


OTTAWA - A Second World War veteran who landed on Juno Beach in 1944 and survived a violent home invasion last December has died. Ernest Cote was 101 years old.  Ian Bush, 59, is charged with attempted murder, robbery with violence, and forcible confinement in that case.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Dead at 101

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Charged in triple homicide   Real whodunit   Linked to triple homicide   Vet attack linked to cold case   Charged in home invasion   Police offer reward   Slayings 5-years later    


2nd child dies


FORT MCMURRAY - Another Fort McMurray child has died after being exposed to an insecticide his parents were using to kill bedbugs in their northern Alberta apartment.  The 2-year-old boy died Thursday while being treated at Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton.  (Beacon)  


MORE:   Pesticide claims 2nd child    

PREVIOUS:   Pesticide blamed   Insecticide a controlled substance   Baby dead after substance spill 


'We're not paying'


HAMILTON - In an unprecedented showdown, the city of Hamilton says it refuses to pay a new levy to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) that will cost taxpayers nearly $1M per year.  City councillors voted Thursday to pay the old levy amount and nothing more until it appeals to the provincial Lands and Mines Commissioner. (CBC) 


'You are not suitably dressed'


Montreal - A Quebec Court judge refused to hear the case this week of a single mother trying to retrieve her car because the woman would not remove her Muslim head scarf.  (National Post)


RELATED:   GEGEPS suspending contracts


May have stabbed himself


TORONTO - Police say a man in his 60s who died overnight may have accidentally stabbed himself.  The man was found without vital signs on a stairwell outside a home on Thomas Elgie Drive shortly after midnight.  He was rushed to hospital, but soon succumbed to his injuries.  (CTV) 


MORE:   Died of misadventure  




Harmanjit Singh


HAMILTON - A man who Hamilton police describe as a friend of Harmanjit Singh's has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the 19-year-old's death.  Dashminder Deol, 37, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and offering an indignity to human remains.  Singh's body was found floating in a flood basin in Stoney Creek in late November.  (CBC) 


MORE:   Arrest   Charges laid    




SAINT LUCIA - Sahab Jamshidi, a Canadian physician from Hamilton, was kite-surfing at Bois Shadon Beach in the town of Vieux Fort when he took Terrel Joshua Elibos, 4, a boy from the town, out in the water.  The boy fell into the water and drowned around 2pm on Sunday.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Canadian arrested   Canadian arrested 


House fire kills 4


RM OF MORRIS - 4 young brothers died in a rural Manitoba farmhouse fire early Wednesday, despite their parents’ efforts to save them.  The boys, identified by friends and neighbours as 9-year-old Henry, 10-year-old Danny, 12-year-old Timmy and 15-year-old Bobby Froese, were sleeping on the second level of the house near  Kane, MB, when the fire broke out shortly after midnight on Wednesday.   Their 34-year-old mother managed to escape with 3 of her youngest children, but was unable to reach her older sons.  (CTV)  


MORE:   4 brothers killed in fire    

PREVIOUS:    Fire   4 children killed

RELATED:   Gatineau twins die in fire   2 bodies found in Gracefield search of children


Education minister stepping down


Yves Bolduc


QUEBEC - Yves Bolduc will announce Thursday that he is stepping down as Minister of Education, Recreation and Sport.  After a series of gaffes, he became the symbol of the government's failure to keep itself focused and on message.  (PostMedia) 


PREVIOUS:   Teen strip search allowed

RELATED:   No breathalyzer tests at prom


Salary talks with entitled


TORONTO - The Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne is entering into tough salary talks with several public sector groups: Doctors, teachers - and cops.  Having hiked salaries to the stratosphere over the past decade, the government now faces the unenviable task of telling public servants to hold the line.  Police are one of the biggest costs for municipal taxpayers - and the costs keep growing.  (QMI)


Fight death


Kyle Syrenne


VICTORIA - A 26-year-old Victoria man has died following an altercation with passengers in a taxi.  Kyle Syrenne was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after the incident on Saturday.  The dispute happened on the Songhees First Nation reserve in Greater Victoria at about 4:30am.  RCMP say a taxi had just dropped some people off when a physical altercation broke out between a group that included the cab's occupants.  (CP)  


MORE:   Man fatally beaten    


Home invasion


CALGARY - During the early morning hours of Monday Feb. 23, Calgary police responded to the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary after receiving reports that a gunshot victim had been admitted the hospital.  The man died as a result of his injuries shortly after he arrived at the hospital.  RCMP investigators believe the man was shot during a Carstairs home invasion at a rural property located at Township Rd 303 and Range Rd 35.  3 masked suspects forced their way into the rural home.  A struggle involving the home's occupants and suspects ensued where 1 of the residents was shot.  Police are not releasing the name of the 67-year old victim as the request of the man's family.  (Beacon)  


MORE:   Investigation

PREVIOUS:   Shooting 


Found guilty



Victoria Shachtay     Brian Malley


RED DEER - A financial adviser accused of killing his disabled client with a bomb disguised as a Christmas present has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a Red Deer courtroom.  Brian Malley, 57, was charged in connection to the death of Victoria Shachtay, 23, in 2011.  The single mother died instantly when a parcel that looked like a Christmas gift exploded after it was delivered to her Innisfail home.  (CBC)


MORE:   25 years   Jury convicts

PREVIOUS:   Lawsuit   Charged   Suspect arrested   Money tied victim and accused   Targeted attack   Package left at door


Extradited to Canada



John Raposo         Rabih Aikhalil


TORONTO - A suspect in a daytime gangland-style murder on College Street has been extradited from Greece to Toronto to face first-degree murder charges.  Rabih Aikhalil, 27, of BC, is a suspect in the murder of John Raposo, 35, who was shot several times in June 2012 on the patio of the Sicilian Cafe on College St.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Wanted back in Canada   Suspect extradited   Man charged in Vancouver gangster's death on trial for another murder in Toronto  




BRAMPTON - Members of a Brampton, ON, family have launched a $12.5M lawsuit after a 20-year-old man was found dead in the bathroom of the hospital where he was supposed to be on suicide watch.  Prashant Tiwari committed suicide last summer at Brampton Civic Hospital while under treatment, the lawsuit alleges, adding he had been admitted to the psychiatric ward after he had started cutting himself.  (CBC)  


Stepping down


Rick Hanson


CALGARY - Police Chief Rick Hanson is stepping down.  (CBC)


Officers charged


VICTORIA - 4 RCMP officers have been charged in 2 separate incidents on Vancouver Island after an investigation by the IIO.  In Nanaimo, a charge of assault causing bodily harm has been approved against a member of the Nanaimo detachment.   In a separate incident in Parksville, a charge of assault with a weapon has been approved against 3 members of the Oceanside detachment. (Global)


MORE:   IIO press release  .pdf    Mounties face charges after 2 investigations     


Expenses set record


Gregor Robertson


VANCOUVER - Election disclosure statements were released earlier this week and revealed Vision Vancouver spent about $3.4M, while taking in just over $2.9M in donations. The amount was the most a Vancouver political party has ever spent on a campaign.    (Globe & Mail)  


PREVIOUS:   Vancouver municipal election 2014   ROI


Woman dead


WINDSOR - Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead Monday at the First Place Apartments at 475 Bruce Ave.  Police said that a woman was pronounced dead at the scene and a 26-year-old Windsor man, also found, in the apartment, was arrested Monday evening.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Woman found dead    


Woman charged




LETHBRIDGE - At just after 3am on Monday, police were called to a home in the 300-block of 19 St N. When they arrived, they found Katheline Amber Buck, 43, inside. She was declared dead at the scene.  Julie-Ann Nicky Agerskov, 21, has been charged with second degree murder.  (CTV)


MORE:   Death under investigation    


Body found


VANCOUVER - Police are investigating a suspicious death in Richmond, BC after a body was found in 14000-block of River Road just after 6am on Monday.  (CBC)


MORE:   Suspicious death   Body found    





Jaime Orellana         Alan Devon Bird


CALGARY - An altercation with a 20-year-old Calgary man who frequented the neighbourhood in the 400-block of 26 Ave NE ended with Jaime (Acres) Orellana, 30, being fatally shot.   (CBC)


MORE:   Victim identified   Victim remembered   Support  


Follow the Eco fees cash


VANCOUVER - Metro Vancouverites are being told to keep a close track on their trash bill after a number of buildings were hit with an unexpected new levy.  Metro Vancouver's new ban on food scraps took effect on Jan. 1, but residents are supposed to have a 6-month grace period before fines are handed out if organics end up in the trash.  But CTV has learned that some customers are already being charged a 'banned materials fee' by their garbage hauler.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   BC's recycling regulation   Metro Vancouver departments     


Vancouver to appeal transparency


VANCOUVER - Lower Mainland developers are welcoming a decision by the City of Vancouver to appeal a recent court ruling that made it unclear exactly how much information cities have to give the public about land deals and rezonings.  'There's a danger in the way the judge worded his decision - it may suggest that everything should be open book,' said Brian McCauley, president of the development company Concert Properties and former chair of the region's Urban Development Institute.  'And we would be very concerned about that.'    (Globe & Mail)  


Civil forfeiture lawsuit


VICTORIA - A BC woman says in a lawsuit that the province's Civil Forfeiture Office relentlessly attempted to seize her multimillion-dollar home, cost her more than $150,000 in legal fees, and made an inaccurate statement that caused her daughter to lose her job.  The office does not need a conviction or charges to pursue a case, and critics have called it a cash cow.    (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC 


Watchdog facing issues


Richard Rosenthal


VICTORIA - The report of the Special Committee to Review the Independent Investigations Office, released Monday, adds weight to media reports of turmoil in the police watchdog. The committee says the provincial Justice Ministry should continue with its review of human-resource problems such as attrition and low morale at the Independent Investigations Office and report back. (Globe & Mail)


REPORT:   Committee IIO report   .pdf

MORE:   Denver jury clears watchdog head   Jury rejects sex discrimination claim   

PREVIOUS:   BC Police    Committee to review the IIO


Tunnel mystery




TORONTO - Police say a mysterious tunnel discovered near a Pan Am Games venue posed no risk to the summer sporting event, but they're still seeking the public's help to find out who made it and why.   (CBC)


MORE:   Tunnel fun    Mystery tunnel   Toronto police probe mystery bunker

RELATED:   Unsold condos stacking up   Company forced to cancel gift to keep open rinks




EDMONTON - Police are investigating after a stabbing incident left 1 man dead and 4 others injured.  Officers were called out around 3:30am Sunday to 102 St and 107 Ave.  Upon arrival they discovered 2 men with stab wounds.  The men were taken to hospital where they remain in stable but serious condition.  Homicide investigators discovered a third man with stab wounds at an apartment one block away at 103 St and 107 Ave.  The 23-year-old was taken to hospital where he later died.  Police later found 2 men in hospital who were also suffering stab wounds.  Investigators believe the incidents are related. (CTV)


Charges laid


VANCOUVER - Trevor Johnson died after suffering critical stab wounds outside of a Petro Canada gas station the evening of Feb 19.  The IHIT says Johnson, 35, met the suspect at the gas station and a fight broke out between the 2 men.  Thavone Junior Carlson, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Arrest made

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing   IHIT takes over case


Guilty pleas



Lawrence             Fredericks   Surette


KENTVILLE - Daniel Wayne Surette and Kyle David James Fredericks, the 2 men charged in the 2013 killing of Harley Lawrence, a homeless man from Berwick, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.  The court was told Monday that Surette and Fredericks bought $10 worth of gasoline and then poured it over Lawrence, setting him on fire.  (CBC)  


MORE:   2 plead guilty 


Another 7+ months



Adriel DaSilva       Ronny Munoz-Hernandez


TORONTO - A man who was convicted of manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend's baby was sentenced Monday to 6 years in prison.  With credit for time already served, Ronny Munoz-Hernandez will now spend another 7 and a half months in prison for the death of 5-month-old Adriel DaSilva in 2010.  Adriel suffered a serious brain injury after being left in Munoz-Hernandez's care by the child's mother, Jessica DaSilva.  Adriel died several weeks later after being taken off life support.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Man found guilty of manslaughter   Mistrial declared   Injured baby dies   Assaulted baby dies   




PRINCE ALBERT - RCMP have determined that the suspicious death on the Muskoday First Nation has been a homicide.  Robyn Laura Ermine, 27, was charged in connection with the homicide of Evan Tyler Bear, 27.   (CTV)



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