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Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri


BAGHDAD - Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was right-hand man to Iraq's ex-leader Saddam Hussein, has been killed.  They say he died in fighting in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. Al-Douri, 72, led the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, a key force behind the recent rise of Islamic State (IS).  He was the King of Clubs in the famous pack of cards the US issued of wanted members of Saddam Hussein's regime after its defeat.  (BBC) 


5 found dead


PHOENIX - Police found 3 men and 2 women dead inside a north Phoenix home following a standoff situation Thursday.  Officers were called to the home on Anderson Drive near 44th Street and Bell Road around 2pm for unknown trouble.  Police said it appears one man shot his 2 brothers, one of their wives and their mother before turning the gun on himself.  (KPHO)


MORE:   Dispute over family business 


Leaking state secrets


Gao Yu


BEIJING - China has jailed a veteran journalist for leaking an internal Communist party document which urged the aggressive targeting of subversive ideological trends including support for western democratic ideals, media independence, civil society and the 'universal values' of human rights.  (Guardian UK)


RELATED:   Terrorism clause to keep Harper family secrets


Class action lawsuit


TORONTO - A $750M class-action lawsuit has been launched against Bell Canada for allegedly tracking what its cellphone customers browsed on the Internet and selling the information to advertisers.  (QMI)


MORE:   Charney Lawyers     Sutts, Strosberg LLP


Duress allowed as defence


TORONTO - People who find themselves in a 'kill or be killed' situation can claim duress as a defence to murder, even though the Criminal Code explicitly rules it out, the Ontario Court of Appeal said Thursday.  Until now, claiming the right to kill an innocent person to save one's own life has been seen as the greater of two evils.   (Globe & Mail)


JUDGMENT:   2015 ONCA 250


Aboriginals can sue


VANCOUVER - Industrial giants, from forestry companies to mining operations, must respect aboriginal territorial claims in BC just as they would heed the rights of any other Canadian landowner, the province's highest court has ruled.  A decision from the BC Court of Appeal paves the way for First Nations to launch lawsuits to protect their territory from private parties, even without proving aboriginal title.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2015 BCCA 154 


2 held


MONTREAL - 2 Montreal teenagers are being held in custody after police foiled alleged plans to commit terrorist acts.  The two 18-year-olds, Sabrine Djaermane and El Mahdi Jamali, appeared briefly before a Quebec court judge Wednesday afternoon, but they will remain behind bars through to next Monday when their bail hearing will be held.  Though no criminal charges have been laid against the two junior college students, prosecutors say police are continuing their investigation and charges may yet be laid before the two return to court for a bail hearing next Monday.   (Toronto Star)    




It's dubbed the street version of bath salts, concocted in labs overseas and shipped into North America. The latest synthetic drug garnering attention is called flakka and it induces paranoia, psychosis and extreme aggression.  (Global)


Gangster killed mother


ROSARNO - Francesco Barone, 22, is accused of killing his mother, Francesca Bellocco, in order to punish her for having an affair with Domenico Cacciola, a member of a rival family in the 'Ndrangheta.  The suspected murder took place in the town of Rosarno, at the southern tip of Calabria, in Aug 2013. Shortly afterwards 50-year-old Caccialo disappeared and police believe that he too may have been killed as part of the vendetta.  Police suspect Francesco Barone of hiding his mother's body, which has still not been found.  (Telegraph UK)


Government corruption protest




WASHINGTON - US Capitol Police in Washington, DC have detained a man after he flew a personal gyrocopter through restricted airspace and landed it on the West Lawn of the Capitol building.  Doug Hughes, 61, is a US postal worker from Ruskin, Florida, and orchestrated the stunt as his own attempt to protest government corruption and urge lawmakers to advance campaign finance reform.  (Verge)  


MORE:   Why wasn't he shot down?   Panic   

PREVIOUS:   Tax the 1%   Suicide at West Front 


Evicted and abandoned


WASHINGTON - For more than three decades, the World Bank has maintained a set of 'safeguard' policies that it claims have brought about a more humane and democratic system of economic development. Governments that borrow money from the bank can't force people from their homes without warning. Families evicted to make way for dams, power plants or other big projects must be resettled and their livelihoods restored.  The World Bank has broken its promise.  Over the past decade, the bank has regularly failed to enforce its rules, with devastating consequences for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the planet.  (Huff Post)  


MORE:   World Bank's broken promise






LAMPEDUSA - Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they allegedly threw 12 Christians overboard following a row on a boat headed to Italy.  The Christian migrants, said to be from Ghana and Nigeria, are all feared dead.  In a separate incident, more than 40 people drowned after another migrant boat sunk between Libya and Italy.  (BBC)


PREVIOUS:   No more survivors   EU bureaucracy blamed for deaths   EU under pressure   Mare Nostrum Operation   Frontex   Migrant weekend   Smuggler arrested


EU accuses Google


BRUSSELS - The EU accused Google on Wednesday of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results in favour of its Google Shopping service and also launched an antitrust probe into its Android mobile operating system.   (AFP)  


MORE:   EU accused   Statement of objections   European Commission   Directorate-General for Competition 





Odin Lloyd               Aaron Hernandez


BOSTON - Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been convicted on all counts in the killing of Odin Lloyd, including first-degree murder.  Lloyd was killed in June 2013. The verdict comes after jurors heard testimony from 135 total witnesses - 132 called by the prosecution - in the 10-week long case.   Hernandez was also found guilty of two weapons charges.  (Boston Globe) 


MORE:   Murder of Odin Lloyd   Guilty of murder   Found guilty


RCMP tracks 3 girls


TORONTO - There was no time to waste when 3 young women went missing last July. The teens had already left Toronto for Cairo, where they would be catching a connecting flight to Istanbul. Their parents feared they were headed for Syria.  Nine months after those harrowing few days, the RCMP discussed its role in the case for the first time this week after federal prosecutors decided not to lay criminal charges against the teenagers - a 15-year-old and two sisters, aged 18 and 19. (National Post) 


CWB to be sold to Saudi group


WINNIPEG - The federal government is privatizing the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) with a sale to a Saudi-owned company.  G3 Global Grain Group will get 50.1% of the company in exchange for an investment of $250M. The other 49.9% will be kept in trust for farmers who deliver grain to the board.  (CP)  


SCC rules against


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously this morning that elected officials do not have the right to recite prayers at municipal council meetings.  The case dates back to 2007, when a resident of Saguenay, Que, complained about councillors praying in public at city hall.  Canada's top court concluded Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay was promoting his own religious beliefs to the detriment of others', which is in breach of the state's duty of neutrality.  The court ordered the mayor to stop reciting prayer.  (CBC)  


JUDGMENT:   2015 SCC 16

MORE:   Prayers are unacceptable


Mandatory minimum struck down


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Harper government's law requiring mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes is unconstitutional.  By a 6-3 margin, the high court has upheld the 2013 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that labelled the law cruel and unusual and struck it down. (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2015 SCC 15

MORE:   Blows to mandatory-sentencing rules 


2nd witness


Mike Duffy


OTTAWA - Mike Duffy never exceeded his $150,000-per-year office and research budget and he never allocated more than the allowable $70,000 for research, Senate human resources officer Sonia Makhlouf testified Tuesday at Duffy's criminal trial.  Makhlouf was back on the witness stand on the sixth day of the trial. Her job at the Senate involved approving requests when senators wanted to hire staff or a contractor. 'I understand senators have full discretion' about what work they wanted done and who was going to do it, Makhlouf said.   (QMI)


COMMENT:   Question arises   Scandal is what politicians can get away with legally  

PREVIOUS:   Political party first, then Canada   Duffy trial primer   Chronology


Do not track


TORONTO - If you want to watch who's watching you online, Brett Gaylor's 'Do Not Track' is the series to stream.  The seven-part 'personalized documentary,' which premiered its first episodes on the National Film Board of Canada website Tuesday, focuses on the personal information Internet users are unwittingly sharing with companies as they surf the web.  (CP)  


PREVIOUS:   Lightbeam   


Abducted women and girls


CHIBOK - At least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014 and many have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok school girls.   (Amnesty International) 


REPORT:   Reign of terror in NE Nigeria      Missing childhoods   .pdf

MORE:   Using sexual violence as terror tactic

PREVIOUS:   Boko Haram   Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping  


Complex attacked


MOGADISHU - Al-Shabab militants have attacked a government complex in a busy area of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 17 people dead, including 7 assailants.  A car loaded with explosives was driven into the wall surrounding the compound, and gunmen then stormed the building.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Attack

PREVIOUS:   Al-Shabaab




Lawrence Phillips


KERN VALLEY STATE PRISON - Former Alouette Lawrence Phillips, who helped Montreal win the Grey Cup in 2002, is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison.  Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead.  He is suspected of killing Damion Soward, a 37-year-old inmate from San Bernardino County serving 82 years to life for a first-degree murder conviction.  A second inmate also under suspicion for the murder.  (CTV) 




TORONTO - The head of a mining company robbed of $8.5M in gold in Mexico is apologizing for a statement he made in a television interview following the theft.  Rob McEwen, president and chairman of Toronto-based McEwen Mining Inc told Business News Network last week that the company has had 'a good relationship' with the cartels in the region.  In a release, McEwen said his answer was related to gaining access to properties the company wished to explore and called his use of the words good relationship 'careless.'  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Gold mine robbed   Company statement    El Gallo 1 mine    


Banks served


TORONTO - Gold Reserve Inc has served banks in Luxembourg with the equivalent of writs of garnishment relating to around $700M in interest payments on Venezuelan bonds and funds, cranking up its push to collect an arbitration award from the South American country.  The World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal last year determined Venezuela must pay the miner around $740.3M for terminating its Las Brisas gold concession in 2009.   (Reuters)


Defamation suit


Altaf Nazerali


VANCOUVER - Monday in Vancouver, a judge heard the opening day of a trial stemming from a defamation suit filed by Vancouver-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Altaf Nazerali.  In August 2011, Nazerali became aware of several stories written about him and published on, an American website that purports to expose financial fraud, corruption and conspiracies on Wall Street and around the world.  (Vancouver Province)  


MORE:   DeepCapture and Nazerali go to trial

PREVIOUS:   What happened to me could happen to anybody


Russia lifts ban


Ali Khamenei


MOSCOW - Russia has lifted a ban on supplying Iran with a sophisticated air defence missile system, the Kremlin has said.  Delivery of the S-300s was cancelled in 2010 after the UN imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.  But the Russian president gave the go-ahead after Tehran struck an interim deal with world powers to curb nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.  Despite the sanctions, Russia and Iran have remained close allies.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Russia lifts missile ban   Iran's power play in the Middle East

PREVIOUS:   No deal   Khamenei breaks silence   Iran demands nuclear disarmament from US, Russia, China, Britain and France  


Driver, teen shot


MILWAUKEE - Archie Brown Jr, 41, stopped his van after it struck and killed a 2-year-old Sunday evening on Milwaukee's near NW side.  Moments later, Brown was shot and killed at the scene of the accident. And a 15-year-old boy was fatally wounded.  Police reported that the 2-year-old girl ran into the street at 5:10pm in the 4600 block of N. 48th St.   (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


MORE:   Driver shot   15-year-old toddler's brother




Arlette Ricci


PARIS - The heir to the Nina Ricci perfume and fashion fortune has been convicted of tax fraud by a Paris court after hiding millions in an offshore HSBC account.  Arlette Ricci, 73, was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay a $1.1M fine.  The court also confiscated 2 properties worth $4.2M.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Convicted of tax evasion 


'Patent troll' faces blow


WASHINGTON - A company that claimed fees from podcasters who publish audio and video on their own websites has suffered a patent-ruling defeat.  The decision could potentially prevent Personal Audio LLG legally requiring media groups to pay it if they update their sites to show new episodes.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) had petitioned for a review of the patent in question after raising more than $76,000 from the public via a crowd-funding campaign to cover its legal costs.  The US Patent Office has now invalidated critical parts of related intellectual property rights it had previously granted to Personal Audio in 2012.  (BBC)    


New cash cow explained


TORONTO - On Monday, Premier Kathleen Wynne formally announced that Ontario will launch a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   BC farmland lost to tree planting for carbon credits   Complexity of a tax grab

COMMENT:    Like a carbon tax, but worse  

PREVIOUS:   Another cash cow plan   Climate Debate

RELATED:   What's the true cost of wind power?


Bail hearing


CHATHAM - A bail hearing is scheduled today for a southwestern Ontario man accused of threatening to blow up the Parliament buildings in Ottawa.  Chatham-Kent police say David Osterbrook, 49, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of hoax - terrorist activity, and one count of uttering threats.  (Global)  


MORE:   Charged in terror hoax   Charged


Crime and terrorism


Ban Ki-moon


DOHA - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned of the growing links between organized crime and extremist violence, saying they are feeding off each other 'like never before'.  Speaking at the opening of a UN anti-crime meeting on Sunday, Ban said more needed to be done to tackle both crime and extremism, especially to stop either from becoming attractive options for young people.   (Jazeera)  


MORE:   13th UN Crime Congress   


Bomb attacks




SINAI PENINSULA - At least 13 people have been killed in separate bomb attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.  At least 6 people died and 30 others were injured in an explosion outside a police station in El-Arish.  Elsewhere, 7 soldiers lost their lives and 2 were wounded in an attack on an armoured vehicle, near the northern town of Sheikh Zuweid.  (BBC)    


MORE:   Deadly bombing

PREVIOUS:   Sinai insurgency


Pope calls genocide


Pope Francis   Aram I


VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Sunday called the slaughter of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 'the first genocide of the 20th century' and urged the international community to recognize it as such, sparking a diplomatic rift with Turkey.  (AP)


MORE:   Pope uses 'genocide'   Turkey angry     Turkey protests

PREVIOUS:   Armenian Genocide   Genocide




Muhammad Kamaruzzaman


DHAKA - Security forces in Bangladesh are braced for protests following the execution of an Islamist political leader on charges of crimes against humanity during the country's 1971 independence war.  Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, 62, an assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty by a special tribunal of heading a militia group that was behind a massacre of at least 120 unarmed farmers during the conflict.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader

PREVIOUS:   Bangladesh Liberation War   1971 Bangladesh genocide    


Pirate attack


Andy Wasinger & Loretta Reinholdt


CALGARY - Two weeks ago, retired nurse Loretta Reinholdt, 54, and former computer programmer Andy Wasinger, 46, set off in a 17-metre hired boat with a captain, heading from Belize to the Honduran island of Roatan.  They had wanted to learn how to sail. Instead, they were set upon by 4 men armed with guns and knives who boarded the boat and took their money. The pirates then rammed the stolen boat into the shoreline of a remote beach in Jeanette Kawas National Park.   (CBC)


MORE:   Couple happy to be alive


Phone deals


Gulnara Karimova


TASHKENT - Gulnara Karimova, the estranged daughter of Uzbekistan's strongman leader Islam Karimov, is facing fresh allegations of corruption after an investigation accused her of accepting more than $1B from telecoms companies wanting a slice of the lucrative mobile phone industry.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   The president's daughter


70% killed by aboriginal men


OTTAWA - RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has confirmed assertions by Canada's Minister of Aboriginal Affairs that 70% of the aboriginal women who are murdered in Canada meet their fate at the hands of someone of their own race.  (Globe & Mail)  


MORE:   Finding solutions for families   A look at root causes   Chiefs divided

COMMENT:   Look beyond sad statistics

PREVIOUS:   Most unsolved cases   Red River mystery   87% in 2013 involved a victim killed by someone they knew

RELATED:   Case for keeping race data 




MISSISSAUGA - An 84-year-old man has died after a daytime stabbing in Mississauga that also sent his 80-year-old wife to hospital.  Police say the double stabbing happened in a residential area on Stillriver Crescent at approximately 1pm.  Upon arrival, police found the husband and wife suffering from life-threatening injuries.  Trae Worrie, 21 has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.  (CTV)    




Paule Stiles


EDMONTON - Paula Stiles was a dynamic mother of 3 daughters.  The 44-year-old was found dead Wednesday inside her Sherwood Park home. RCMP have confirmed her death to be a homicide.  (Edmonton Journal)  


MORE:   Mother found dead 

PREVIOUS:   Sudden death   Woman found dead




VANCOUVER - IHIT has charged Surjit Dosanjh, 37, with second-degree murder of Elaine Leznoff, 66, his mother-in-law.  Kalvin Dosanjh-Leznoff, 13, was also critically injured in the fire. He remains in hospital, but is not expected to live, according to police.   (Richmond News)


MORE:   Estranged son-in-law charged     Charged    




TORONTO - Police have identified the 4 men in custody who are suspects in a brazen outdoor shooting Thursday in front of a row of townhouses. 5 were hit in the fusillade of gunfire, 4 men and 1 woman, with the victims described as between 20 and 40; one of the men has life-threatening injuries.  Akeem Bailey, 25, Maurice Smith, 21, Clifton Vassel Youria, 29 and Daniel Duarte-Alvarez, 20 collectively have been charged with more than 100 offences.  (Digital Journal)


30 years


Christopher Husbands


TORONTO - For gunning down 2 men in a crowded Eaton Centre food court - his reckless burst of bullets also striking a 13-year-old boy in the head - Christopher Husbands was sentenced to life in prison with 30 years before he could apply for parole.  Chilling surveillance video from June 2, 2012, shows Husbands shooting and killing Ahmed Hassan, 24, and Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, as panicked crowds flee the food court.  (Toronto Star) 


New chief


Adam Palmer


VANCOUVER - A new chief constable has been chosen to lead the Vancouver Police Department.  Adam Palmer has 28 years' experience and has held the position of deputy chief for 5 years.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Unanimous choice






VANCOUVER - A man found dead on a street in Burnaby, BC, early Thursday morning was the victim of a homicide, investigators have confirmed.  The man's body was found lying in a pool of blood in the middle of Moscrop St early Thursday morning.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Body found


Mom charged


Martine Soucie


GATINEAU - The death of a 6-month-old baby girl in November is now being treated as a homicide, with a lengthy investigation leading to charges against the baby's mother.  Martine Soucie, 22, is  facing charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm after her youngest of 3 daughters, Miliange, was found dead in the family home on Nov. 16.  (QMI)


MORE:   Mom charged    Mother charged


Taken off life support


WINNIPEG - The 15-year-old girl who was seriously assaulted while in CFS care at the beginning of April was taken off life support Wednesday.  The 15-year-old was in Child and Family Services' care at a downtown hotel. She was found in critical condition a few blocks away from the hotel at a parkade shortly after 5am on April 1.  A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated sexual assault the following day. He was also in CFS care and staying at the same hotel as the girl, who knew him.  (Global)  


MORE:   Mother of 'nameless' speaks out    Taken off life support


2nd man charged


VANCOUVER - The IHIT announced Wednesday that it had arrested Tyson Cole, 28, in connection with the death of Donald Deweyn, 63, in Surrey.  Cole is facing a charge of manslaughter.  Dylan Dempsey, 23, was arrested in August 2014 and has also been charged with manslaughter in the case.  Police say Deweyn was stabbed to death in a parking lot by two men in the early morning hours of July 25, 2014.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Murders 2014


City Hall gala


Dianne Watts


SURREY - An extravagant mayor's gala held on the unfinished job site of Surrey's 'palatial' city hall - a project that appears to be running up to $50M over budget - cost taxpayers at least $450,000 according to a new lawsuit against the city.  The project's general contractor, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc, is the latest in a list of construction companies to sue Surrey for allegedly failing to pay for project work.  The growing number of claims filed by PCL and its subcontractors against Surrey suggest the project's final bill could approach $150M, not including tens of millions in long-term financing costs.  (Vancouver Province)


Cashing in


EDMONTON - On Wednesday Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Party, says the Prentice PCs paid out almost $60M in severances in the past 3 years.  On their website, the Wildrose Party alleges that the PCs appear to have disclosed high level severances in their 'Sunshine List', but the party actually passed secret rules to hide disclosure of severances and salaries of some individuals.  (Beacon)  


MORE:   Prentice: Managers' salaries frozen, will seek 0% union deals


Ontario to sell off 60% of Hydro One


TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government will announce this morning that it plans to sell off 60% of Hydro One and allow the sale of beer in some grocery stores.  The province will retain a 40% stake in Hydro One, and no minority shareholder will be able to buy more than 10% of the company.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Beer sales guide

PREVIOUS:   Hike in beer tax   Beer Store lobbying   Regulators


5 years


NANAIMO - An admitted senior member of the Nanaimo Hells Angels was given a 5-year prison sentence by a BC Supreme Court judge Tuesday.  Judge Robin Baird ruled that Robert Frederick Widdifield was part of, although not personally involved in, an October 2010 extortion plot with an alleged member of the Hells Angels and a pair of associates. A man was forced to pay $160,000 and had a yacht taken as a result.  (Nanaimo News Bulletin)


MORE:   Hells Angel convicted


Coroner IDs pilots


VANCOUVCER - The BC Coroners Service had identified the two pilots killed after a cargo plane crashed onto the North Shore Mountains this week.  Pilot Robert Brandt, 34, and co-pilot Kevin Wang, 32, had their lives tragically cut short Monday when the Swearingen SA 226 aircraft suddenly plummeted into a heavily wooded area near Crown Mountain.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Parts of missing aircraft found   Cargo plane fell from the sky   Plane plunges


Stabbed to death


Connor Stevenson


OTTAWA - Police are investigating after teen Connor Stevenson, 18, was stabbed to death in the stairwell of an apartment building on Jasmine Crescent Tuesday evening.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Victim identified   Stabbing     


Gang victims won't cooperate


VANCOUVER - RCMP in Surrey, BC, have taken the unusual step of releasing the names and photographs of men it alleges are contributing to a gang war that has resulted in at least 16 shootings in the city, and 3 in Delta since March 9.  Police said two different groups of South Asian and Somalian descent that are involved in low-level drug trafficking are engaged in a turf war.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Not cooperating with police   Wounded wouldn't help   


Drives up costs


EDMONTON - The city of Edmonton hoped to gain ground when it took over the photo radar program in 2007, but a new report from the city auditor shows it came out way behind.  Taxpayers were not on the hook for the initial cost of taking over the program because of the increased revenue brought in by the photo radar tickets between 2007 and 2014.  The number of tickets issued from 2007 to 2014 jumped almost nine times from 74,000 to 620,000 tickets. The auditor said in his report the increase can be linked to the installation of more photo enforcement equipment being able to capture more people breaking the law.   (CBC)


Assault victim dies


WINNIPEG - A man found assaulted inside a bus shelter on Friday at Main St and Pioneer Ave has died from injuries.   Emergency crews responded around 6:30am on April 10 to the downtown Winnipeg bus stop over a report of a man assaulted.  The man was rushed to hospital in unstable condition. His condition deteriorated and he later died from his injuries.  Police identified the victim as Myles Monias, 37, of Winnipeg.  (CTV)


MORE:   Homicide   Man dies after beating  




Ryan Reynolds     Rik Fedyck


VANCOUVER - Police arrested a paparazzo Sunday who allegedly struck actor Ryan Reynolds with his car in the parking garage of the Shangri-La Hotel on Friday night.  Rik Fedyck, 52, of Richmond, BC, was released from custody late Monday with a promise to appear April 28.  (Global)    


MORE:   Suspect denies incident   Suspect    


Lawyer disbarred


 VAUGHAN - The Law Society of Upper Canada disbarred Mississauga lawyer Brian Nicholson and slapped him with a $10,000 costs order for faking endorsements and emails from court staff that he provided to his client.   (Toronto Star)


Suspicious death


PELICAN NARROWS - Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 24-year-old woman in NE Saskatchewan.  On April 11 at approximately 1:30pm the Pelican Narrows RCMP and ambulance were called to a home on the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. They found a woman to be unresponsive and she was declared dead at the scene.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Death suspicious     


3 shot


HAMILTON - A stranger began shooting a group of friends socializing in a 484 Queenston Rd apartment when they answered his 2am knock on the door Sunday.  The mayhem ended with the gunman shot to death, 2 other men with serious shotgun wounds, and a woman with lower body injuries after she and a man jumped from the third-floor balcony to escape the gunfire.  Police are not looking for any suspects in the gunman's death, nor have they charged any of the 4 friends in connection to his fatal shooting.  (Hamilton Spectator)  


MORE:   Son of former MPP wounded   Man opens fire in apartment 


Avenged sister's death


Brent and Brendon McGuigan


CHARLOTTETOWN - The Crown says a man who pleaded guilty to a double murder in PEI killed 2 men to avenge the death of his sister nearly a half century ago.  Alfred Guy Vuozzo has pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Brent McGuigan, 68, and his son, Brendon McGuigan, 39, near Montague on Aug 20, 2014.  The elder McGuigan was the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision that killed Vuozzo's 9-year-old sister in 1970.  (CP)


MORE:   35 years 

PREVIOUS:   Guilty pleas   Identified   Priest says town stunned   Victim were shot    


Mental health workers on frontlines


HAMILTON - Police in Hamilton have implemented a new approach to dealing with people with mental health issues, after a successful 15-month pilot program saw apprehensions under the Mental Health Act fall nearly 50%.  Hamilton police officially launched the Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team on Sunday. The program involves taking a mental health worker along in the police cruiser whenever officers receive a call that may involve someone with a mental health issue.   (CTV) 


Suspicious death


VICTORIA - Police are investigating the city's fourth suspicious death in the last two months.  On Thursday at about 10pm, police discovered the body of a Victoria man in an apartment building in the 1500-block of Begbie St.  (Victoria News)


Councillor broke rules


Michael Di Biase


VAUGHAN - Veteran Vaughan Councillor Michael Di Biase used intimidation and abusive language to pressure city staff, who opposed his interference in the city's tendering process and his efforts to secure municipal projects for a local contracting company, a scathing report by the city's integrity commissioner has found.  (Toronto Star)


Woman found dead


Ming-Chien 'Teresa' Hsin


MISSISSAUGA - Peel homicide detectives are investigating following the discovery of a woman's body inside a vehicle in Mississauga on Friday afternoon.  Police said the woman's body showed 'obvious signs of trauma.'  The SUV belongs to Ming-Chieng Hsin, 59, who was reported missing on Thursday, though police have not confirmed that Hsin was the woman in the vehicle.  Hsin, the owner of a spa chain with locations throughout the GTA, was nearly stabbed to death outside of her townhouse in Mississauga in November.  (CBC) 


MORE:   Body found   Body discovered   Body found


Judge rules street patrols discriminate


VANCOUVER - Judge Neena Sharma has found a street patrol program funded by the City of Vancouver and a business-improvement group discriminated against homeless and drug users.  The BC Supreme Court judge made the finding as she overturned a decision by the province's Human Rights Tribunal that dismissed a complaint against the Downtown Ambassador Program operated by the Downtown Business Improvement Association.  (CP)


MORE:   Ambassadors discriminate

PREVIOUS:   Ambassadors aren't discriminating   2012 BCHRT 23   .pdf


Fired teacher suing


QUALICUM - A Vancouver Island teacher who was falsely accused of raping and torturing a student is seeking compensation after the girl's claims were found to be based on a popular TV crime show.  (Huff Post)


Police shooting




VANCOUVER - Police were called to the area near First United Church after receiving reports of a man stabbing people.  The suspect stabbed 2 men outside the church before police arrived on the scene.  'The suspect then turned his attention to a woman in the area. He began to stab her and that's when police officers that were at the scene shot the man.'  The man died at the scene.   (CTV)


MORE:   Somalian refugee   Stabbing victim speaks out


Victim identified


Edmonton Journal


EDMONTON - A man whose body was found inside a fire-damaged vehicle on Highway 16 west of Edmonton on Good Friday has been identified as Grant Potts.  Police believe the 25-year-old Alexis First Nation man was killed.  The burned-out car was found early in the morning of April 3 on Highway 16 between Range Roads 13 and 14, near Stony Plain.  (CBC)  


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Nurse charged


PENETANGUISHENE - A nurse has been charged in the death of a patient who was removed from life support allegedly without authorization at a hospital in the central Ontario community of Penetanguishene last year.  The charges against Joanna Flynn involves the death of a 39-year-old woman at Georgian Bay General Hospital. Media outlets have identified her as Deanna Leblanc. She died on March 2, 2014.  (CBC)   


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Tasered at airport


TORONTO - Police used a Taser on a man at Pearson International Airport on Thursday after he allegedly tried to breach security and board a plane.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Man tasered   No charges expected


Officer stabbed


MISSISSAUGA - A 47-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a Peel police officer in Mississauga Thursday morning.  At the scene, an altercation occurred in which the officer was stabbed.  The man then fled the scene in a stolen police vehicle.  Farhad Akhalwaya, of Mississauga, is charged with attempted murder, theft over $5,000 and uttering threats.  (CP24)    


Police sued


CALGARY - A Calgary man, who was left a quadriplegic after he was shot by police in 2013, is now suing the force for $7.5M.  Matthew Brown was shot by police in November 2013 when he was trying to flee from officers who approached his truck that had been parked on a residential street.   (CTV)    


Repeal of laws


HALIFAX - Nova Scotia is repealing 16 laws including one that allows for the appointment of guardians for 'habitual drunkards' declared by the courts to be incapable of managing their business affairs.  The provincial government says legislation such as the Inebriates' Guardianship Act is outdated and no longer reflects today's society.  The Narcotic Drugs Addicts Act, which allows the health minister to order people into treatment, would also be rescinded.  Another law to be removed is one that requires the branding of livestock.  (CP)




EDMONTON - The deceased had been identified as Trevor Keith Deleeuw, 25.  The investigation started after shots were fired in a parking lot in the area of 215 St (Winterburn Road) and 115 Ave in Edmonton at about 9pm Monday.  Later, RCMP were called to a second crime scene at the  Nevada Place Apartments in St. Albert where the deceased was found dead.  The Medical Examiner determined Deleeuw died as a result of gunshot wounds.  (CTV)  


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Police probe death


VANCOUVER - An altercation that began at an East Vancouver pool hall may have led to the death of a 57-year-old man.  Police continue to work on leads after a man was found unconscious in a 1200-block of Kingsway parking lot at 8pm Friday. He was rushed to hospital and later died there.  (Vancouver Province)  


MORE:   Police investigating homicide 


Remains found


Nick Lush


CALGARY - RCMP report human remains discovered on Monday in the Longview area are those of Nicholas Lush, a 32-year old Calgary man.  Cody Kenneth Bauer, 24, of Calgary and Kristopher Goerzen, 22, of Brooks have both been charged with first degree murder in the death of Nick Lush.  Lush was last seen during the early morning hours of March 29 at a house party in Calgary.  (Beacon)    


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FORT MCMURRAY - Nigel LaFrance, 19, has been arrested and charged with first degree murder in the death of a 26-year-old man.  LaFrance has also been charged with robbery with a weapon and carrying a weapon for a dangerous purpose.  On March 17, a man was taken to hospital with a stab wound where he later died. The man was found on Mustang Road in Fort McMurray.  (Global)   


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In custody death


PERTH - A 63-year-old man has died in hospital after complaining of shortness of breath in a police cell in eastern Ontario.  (CP)


MORE:   SIU investigation


Hostage-taker pointed weapon


VANCOUVER - A Delta, BC, cop who is charged with murder for shooting an armed man in a 2012 standoff fired his rifle 'in response to the threat' posed by the 'distraught and violent' man pointing his handgun at a group of police officers, recently filed court documents allege.  The court documents, filed on behalf of the Delta constable in response to a civil claim from the dead man's daughter, paint a more detailed - and substantially different - picture of that morning's events than described in the daughter's original claim filed five months ago.  On Nov. 8, 2012, a 5-hour police standoff came to an end when Mehrdad Bayrami, 48, was shot and killed outside the Starlight Casino in New Westminster.   (PostMedia)


MORE:   Hostage defends officer     Officer claims victim pointed gun    IIO made a critical mistake

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