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The US and 5 Arab allies have launched the first strikes against IS militants in Syria. The Pentagon said warplanes, drones and Tomahawk missiles were used to targeted several areas including IS stronghold Raqqa. At least 70 IS militants were killed, Syrian activists say. (BBC)
LILING - 13 people have
been confirmed dead and one more remained missing after an explosion at a
firework plant in central China's Hunan Province on Monday.
The blast happened at around 3pm Monday at the Nanyang Export
Fireworks Factory in Baofeng Village of Liling City when 47 workers were at
the scene. (Xinhua)
3 people are dead including the gunman after a shooting this morning at a
UPS facility in Inglenook.
The incident happened about 9:30am.
The shooter, a white male in his late 40s, is a former employee and
was wearing a UPS uniform. It
is believed the gunman shot himself. (al.com)
Netflix says it is refusing to turn over confidential subscriber information
to Canada's broadcast regulator in order to safeguard private corporate
information. The video
streaming company was ordered last week to give the data to the CRTC by
The big 3 telcos are still almost identical on wireless prices and remain
among the most expensive in the world.
That's the findings of a
PC Mag review
of Canadian wireless service, its second annual look at the state of
telecom in Canada. (CBC)
The Conference Board of Canada findings suggest younger workers in
Canada are making less money relative to their elders regardless of whether
they're male or female, individuals or couples, and both before and after
TORONTO - Dubbed the
the anti-theft device leaves an ink mark which can only be seen using a
black light. Beyond simply marking property, the ink contains tiny plastic
discs that are etched with a unique pin number.
A Quebec woman is being dubbed the world's sexiest alleged criminal after a
photo of her on a boat in a bikini went viral.
Stephanie Beaudoin, 21, is facing a whopping 114 criminal charges,
including breaking and entering and possession of stolen property, over a
series of break-ins in and around Victoriaville throughout the summer,
according to local media reports.
YORK - A 24-year-old Scarborough woman faces multiple charges after drugs
and guns were allegedly found in her luggage at JFK Airport in New York on
Sunday. (Toronto Star)
There's a shakedown going on in the US, and the perps are in uniform.
Across America, law enforcement officers - from federal agents to
state troopers right down to sheriffs in one-street backwaters - are
operating a vast, coordinated scheme to grab as much of the public's cash as
they can. (CBC)
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration cracked down Monday on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying US taxes. (AP)
Corporate tax in the US
NEW YORK - The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that a foreign tipster will collect a record whistleblower award of more than $30M, more than twice as much as the highest previous award. (WSJ)
MORE: Phillips and Cohen
Policing costs and the number of police officers relative to the population in many areas across Canada continue to increase despite a steady decline in crime rates, according to a new study published Monday. The report found that between 2001 and 2012, the average number of police officers per 100,000 Canadians rose 8.2% while the crime rate during the same period dropped by 26.3%. Similarly, the cost of policing rose 45.5% between 1986 and 2012 while the average number of 'criminal code incidents' handled by each officer plummeted by 36.8% in the same time frame. (CBC)
TORONTO - Frontline Toronto police officers could be wearing body cameras by
the end of the year, when the Toronto police force launches a one-year
project to test out the increasingly popular policing tool.
BENGHAZI - Tawfik Bensaud and Sami Elkawafi, 2 popular young peace activists were among 10 prominent Libyan civil rights workers and senior army officers assassinated in the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday. The coordinated killings, a vivid demonstration of the power of militants, took place at a time when the country is in chaos: an Islamist-led coalition is holding Tripoli and the UN has reported that 250,000 have fled the fighting. (Guardian UK)
Aftermath of the Civil War
SANAA - Shi'ite Houthi rebels and government forces fought for a fourth straight day in the Yemeni capital, residents said, despite the announcement of a UN - brokered peace agreement due to be signed later on Sunday. (Reuters)
insurgency in Yemen
KABUL - Afghanistan's 2 presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of foreign troops. (AP)
OTTAWA - Canadians who travel overseas to join extremist groups can expect to have their passports revoked, the government is warning. Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Saturday that Ottawa has begun revoking travel documents for those who travel to places such as Iraq and Syria to fight with the Islamic State and other militants groups. (CTV)
PREVIOUS: RCMP using new measures to stop HRTs
OTTAWA - Documents obtained through a access to information request show
that approximately 1,100 of the 6,200 soldiers discharged because of health
conditions since 2009 left the military before serving the years required to
collect a full pension. Many
soldiers continue to suffer from physical and mental injury in silence for
fear of losing their source of income.
TORONTO - During his decade in power, Dalton McGuinty relied on sturdy
gatekeepers to shield him from the demands of grubby lobbyists always trying
to make the big pitch. Having
tumbled from the summit of power to the ground floor lobby, he has
registered as a lobbyist in his own right.
But if lobbying is the last refuge of scoundrels and disgraced
premiers, how are retired politicians meant to earn an honest living?
In reality, the former premier is doing what all other retired
politicians have done for decades - repurposing their political skills to
earn a living. (Toronto Star)
WASHINGTON - One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting their wages garnished. That means their pay is being docked - often over an old credit card debt, medical bill or student loan. That striking figure comes out of a collaboration between NPR and ProPublica. The reporting offers the first available national numbers on wage garnishment. (NPR)
PREVIOUS: No fresh start
MONTREAL - A clause in Quebec law that allows most public institutions in the province to opt out of holding a public call for tenders to award fat contracts by declaring it would not serve the public interest needs to be re-written, an international conspiracy expert said. The law was adopted in 2006 by the Liberal government of former premier Jean Charest, and went into effect in 2008. (Montreal Gazette)
COMMENT: Politicos caught in cookie jar
CALGARY - A 3-member appeal panel ruled Darryl Watts' convictions for unlawfully causing bodily harm and of negligent performance of duty for not stopping the training exercise until troops took cover should be retried. Four soldiers under Watts' command were seriously injured and a fifth, Cpl. Joshua Baker, killed when a C19 anti-personnel mine backfired during a Feb. 12, 2010, firing range exercise in the desert northeast of Kandahar city. (QMI)
Intelligence agencies around the world typically regard China's approach to
spying as sloppy and unprofessional. While many other countries focus on
stealth and finesse for espionage, China's focus is on mass numbers.
It's based on the idea that you
could have one spy steal 10,000 documents, or you could have 10,000 spies
each steal one document. (Epoch
GENEVA - UEFA President Michel Platini denounced FIFA's handling over a luxury gifts controversy on Friday and world football's governing body then disclosed it spent at least $140,000 on watches for officials at the World Cup. Platini was angered by FIFA publicly rebuking football officials who accepted gifts at the World Cup, saying he will donate about $27,000 to charity rather than return the Parmigiani watch given to him by the Brazilian federation. (AP)
MORE: 'I don't return gifts'
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EDINBURGH - Scotland has stepped back from the brink of independence. With all but the Scottish highlands reporting, the final result was 55% No, 45% Yes. Turnout was 86% of registered voters. (Toronto Star)
LOS CABOS - Odile churned into the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula on Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane. By Thursday, some 18,000 tourists had been airlifted out of the area, but thousands more remained trapped and bottled water was being rushed in with other emergency supplies. The government said it had sent in 8,000 troops and federal police to reinforce security after looters made off with everything from supermarkets in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. (Reuters)
WOMEY - 6 people have been arrested in the killings of 8 people in Guinea who had been on an Ebola awareness campaign there. The team had gone to the village of Womey on Tuesday. Another team dispatched to look for 9 missing members discovered 8 bodies. Only one of the missing was found alive hiding in the area. (AP)
WASHINGTON - His CIA career included assignments in Africa, Afghanistan and
Iraq, but the most perilous posting for Jeffrey Scudder turned out to be a
two-year stint in a sleepy office that looks after the agency's historical
files. (Washington Post)
REPORT: Declassified articles
MONTREAL - Former Hells Angel Donald (Pup) Stockford of Ancaster has been granted statutory release from a Quebec prison after serving 10 years for conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism. (Toronto Star)
Hells Angels get 20 years
VANCOUVER - A 71-year-old BC grandmother was shocked to learn her recent
research for an upcoming National Energy Board hearing triggered a national
security investigation. Lesslie
Askin says that on Aug 3, she photographed Kinder Morgan's aging storage
tanks at the base of Burnaby Mountain. 10
days later, she learned she was a terror suspect.
TORONTO - The Ontario government faces a potential bill of $400M to bailout
US Steel Canada Inc.
pensioners if the steel maker's pension plans are not restructured, the
company's chief executive officer Michael McQuade warned in a court filing.
(Globe & Mail)
OTTAWA - The cost of paying Conservative political staffers working in a
network of satellite minister's offices ballooned by 70% during the same
years the government was asking departments to tighten their belts.
Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, the budget for staffing at the regional offices
rose from $1.6M to $2.7M, according to figures tabled in the House of
Commons this week. The offices
are top spots for patronage hiring.
COMMENT: What price, democracy?
HALIFAX - A judge has asked a law firm seeking $6.6M in legal fees to
provide proof of the hours its staff put in to win a settlement for people
who alleged they were abused at a Halifax orphanage.
The legal fees amount to 19.4% of the overall settlement, a figure
lead lawyer Ray Wagner says is reasonable considering his firm laboured on
the file since 1998 without guaranteed payment.
Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by “perverse incentives” for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday. (Epoch Times)
REPORT: Dying in America
OTTAWA - The ringleader of an Ottawa terror cell pleaded guilty Wednesday to terrorism offences under a deal that will see him sentenced to 24 years in prison. Hiva Alizadeh, 34, a jihadist who has undergone paramilitary training in terrorist training camps, will be spared a potential life sentence for recruiting sympathizers, funding overseas terror networks and plotting to attack targets in Canada. (QMI)
- A Canadian soldier who was involved in a 40-hour standoff with OPP last
month has died by suicide.
Master Cpl. Denis Demers, a Canadian
Forces medical technician who served two tours in Afghanistan, was found
dead on Sept. 12.
A few days after the standoff, Demers
attempted suicide and was taken to a psychiatric ward. He was supposed to be
on a 72-hour-hold, but was released after 24 hours.
OTTAWA - Law enforcement agencies are still making warrantless requests for telecom customers' personal data months after a Supreme Court ruling appeared to shut down the practice. Police in Canada used to ask telecom companies to voluntarily hand over data on Canadian customers more than a million times per year. In June, the Supreme Court struck down this warrantless method as an invasion of privacy. (Halifax Chronicle Herald)
WASHINGTON - More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3M still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the UN children's agency said Tuesday. That's nearly 17,000 young children dying every day. India and Nigeria together accounted for more than a third of all the death. (AP)
Canadian doctors running clinical drug trials
failed to report serious side-effects suffered by their human test
subjects. The doctors, some of
them esteemed researchers from Canada's most prestigious hospitals and
academic institutions, have also routinely broken rules designed to protect
participants and botched research of new treatments.
Using records obtained through US freedom of information legislation,
a Star investigation has found the following problems in the system designed
to ensure new
drugs are safe and effective.
CALGARY - He has walked alone through some of the most unsafe neighbourhoods in Calgary in hopes he'd be stopped by gang bangers wanting to know what he was doing on their turf. That's when the unassuming Hieu Ngo would go to work. (Globe & Mail)
Serena Vermeersch Raymond Lee Caissie
VANCOUVER - Raymond Lee Caissie, a high-risk sex offender who was released from prison last year after serving 22 years for a violent sexual assault, has been charged with the murder of Surrey, BC, teen Serena Vermeersch. Caissie, 43, made a brief court appearance Monday on a charge of second-degree murder. (CBC)
Brad & Nancy Cooper
RALEIGH - Albertan Brad Cooper pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Edmonton-born Nancy Cooper, in a North Carolina courtroom Monday morning. In July 2008, Nancy Cooper's body was found dumped in a drainage ditch at a construction site near the Raleigh suburb of Cary, NC where the couple lived. Investigators later found she had been strangled. (CBC)
OTTAWA - A man who hacked to death his roommate with a meat cleaver was declared not criminally responsible Monday. On Dec. 6, 2012, police found the body of Jai Le Zhao, a 25-year-old Chinese student studying stats and math at Carleton University, in a pool of his own blood. Keith Ru, 26, an aerospace engineering student who shared the third-floor flat, had answered the door in a bloody T-shirt. (QMI)
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FREDERICTON - Liberal Leader Brian Gallant won a tight New Brunswick election campaign beset by a vote-counting fiasco that still may take more time to settle. The unofficial results on Tuesday have Gallant's Liberals holding 27 seats compared to 21 for David Alward's Progressive Conservatives. (CBC)
TORONTO - Ontario's governing Liberals say they'll pump another $74M into the multibillion-dollar 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in southern Ontario. They say the organizing committee expects $25M in revenue shortfalls and $49M in 'additional requirements.' The Liberals says it's a small increase to the Games' budget, which is expected to cost about $2.5B in total, including security, transportation and the athletes' village. (CP)
VANCOUVER - Police have arrested 3 men in connection with a string of downtown thefts last week in which they allegedly posed as cops to rip off unsuspecting tourists. Since last Wednesday police had 13 reported incidents where two men flashed fake badges to East Asian tourists and identified themselves as police officers, according to a VPD news release. (Vancouver Sun)
Don Frigo Boris Panovski
Boris Panovski, a suspect wanted in connection with
the shooting death of a Toronto-area construction company executive Don Frigo.
Police say the 70-year-old Scarborough man
was arrested on Sunday at Pearson International Airport. Donato Frigo, 70,
and his wife were shot while training their hunting dogs near the
Provincial Wildlife Area, on Saturday, Sept. 13.
WINNIPEG - Several officers responded to a call about a woman in danger at a house in the 100 block of Hill St around 5am on Saturday. Paramedics tried to save the woman's life, but she was later pronounced dead. Police are not releasing the name of the 24-year-old victim at this time. Kylie William Hunter, 25, faces numerous charges. (CTV)
HALIFAX - One of the accused in a prominent child pornography case in Halifax that made national headlines has pleaded guilty to one of the charges against him. The accused, who cannot be named under the YCJA, pleaded guilty Monday in youth court to making child pornography. The victim, a teenaged girl, died last year following a suicide attempt. (Toronto Star)
REGINA - Former inspector Robert Dean was facing 3
charges under the Municipal Police Discipline Regulations for his role in
accessing surveillance video that resulted in children being kicked out of the
Regina Optimist Dolphins Swim Club.
MONTREAL - Pierrefonds resident Michael Reilley says two Montreal police officers abused their power by fining him $162 after he stopped them for making an illegal left turn. (CBC)
VANCOUVER - One man is dead following a shooting in a normally quiet Surrey neighbourhood early Saturday morning. The incident happened near 146th St and 83A Ave just after midnight. Behind the police lines a truck sat with a shattered side window and holes in the windshield. According to the IHIT the incident appeared to be targeted. (CTV)
Truck ends up on lawn
MONTREAL - Tens of thousands of blue-collar workers
from across Quebec marched through the streets of downtown Montreal on Saturday
Organized by the Coalition pour la libre
negotiation, the demonstrators were protesting against Bill 3, the proposed law
that would hike their pension contributions to make up for deficits in many
municipal plans. (PostMedia)
VICTORIA - Last week, the UBCM released a report that concludes BC missed out on more than $2B in economic activity over the past decade because of rising fares on BC Ferries. But in a letter to the UBCM's president, BC Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said he rejects the conclusions of the report. (CBC)
EDMUNDSTON - A fire has destroyed a historic church in downtown Edmundston, NB early Saturday morning. The Fire Department of Edmundston says the fire broke out at St John the Baptist Church around 4:30am. Police will be investigating the building used by Alcohol Anonymous, which was destroyed by fire 2 weeks ago. The church and the AA hall were both located on the same lot. (CTV)
MONTREAL - Police have confirmed that a man found dead in a car in the East End Friday afternoon was murdered. Police came to an alleyway between de Rouen and Hochelaga near Moreau to respond to a 911 call and found the man deceased in the vehicle at around 3pm Friday. His vehicle had been parked there for a couple of days. The victim was known to police. (CTV)
Body found in car
VANCOUVER - An investigation is underway after a
51-year-old man collapsed in the lobby of a downtown Vancouver hotel Friday and
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police haven't deemed it a murder, but said
the man was in an altercation with another man in front of the Lotus Hotel, a
single room occupancy building, at
455 Abbott St shortly before 8am.
After the confrontation, the man entered the
lobby of the hotel and collapsed. A 40-year-old man has been detained in
connection with the incident.
Jules Jashawn Morrison
TORONTO - Police responded to gunfire calls around 5:15pm Wednesday at 1 Fountainhead Rd and found a 21-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds in the seventh-floor stairwell. He died at the scene. Police have identified the victim as Jules Jashawn Morrison, of Toronto. (QMI)
Lucien Crane Chief
LETHBRIDGE - On Friday afternoon police reported they arrested Lucien Crane Chief, 40, in connection with the murder of Cynthia Badarm, 37, of Lethbridge. At about 12:30pm, Wednesday, police responded to a report that a man had assaulted Cynthia Badarm in the 400 block of 5 St South, in downtown Lethbridge. Hours after Cynthia Badarm arrived at hospital, she succumbed to her injuries. (Beacon)
PREVIOUS:Assault claims woman
VANCOUVER - A charge of second-degree murder has been laid in connection with the death of Jason Collett, 38, who was found dead Tuesday at the Last Door Recovery Centre in New Westminster, where he worked. Steven Rogers, 25, and Collett knew each other and the attack was not a random incident. (CBC)
MORE: Charge laid
EDMONTON - Days after a man died after being hit by a truck on Gateway Boulevard, Alberta Justice has released the name of the accused. Tamara Zohner, 29, has been charged with impaired driving causing death. At about 2am Wednesday, a 25-year-old man died after being hit near the 23 Avenue on-ramp along Gateway Boulevard. That day, police announced the driver of the truck had been charged, but said the driver's name could not be released due to a publication ban. Alberta Justice confirmed that there was no publication ban. (CTV)
EDMONTON - The mothers of 2 Edmonton girls who died while in the care of the province have filed separate lawsuits alleging the deaths were wrongful and caused by negligence. The two moms allege they suffered additional injuries as a result of not being able to publicly grieve or identify that their daughters had died due to a now-changed Alberta law placing an automatic publication ban on the names of children who died while in care. (QMI)
VANCOUVER - In the two years since a lawyer first filed the paperwork in court, 336 former and current female Mounties and civilian workers have joined the action - claiming they were subjected to gender-based discrimination, bullying and harassment while working for the national police force. (Vancouver Sun)
VICTORIA - By the end of next year, home inspectors will have to meet a standard set of professional criteria to be licenced in BC. Housing Minister Rich Coleman said Friday the improved requirements will help safeguard home buyers who rely on the inspections for making what is likely the largest investment of their lives. (Globe & Mail)
Greed & Corruption BC
PREVIOUS: Greed & Corruption BC
VANCOUVER - Police believe a 28-year-old Richmond,
BC, man accused of rear-ending a car and killing a passenger in the back seat
VANCOUVER - The BC Teachers' Federation has voted 86% in favour of ratifying its agreement with government for the next 5 years. BCTF president Jim Iker said late Thursday students will be back in school and teachers will be back at work on Monday. (News1130)
PICKERING - Police say a woman found dead after a fire at a home in Pickering was the victim of a homicide. The woman has been identified as Carmela Knight, 39, who police say lived at the residence (on Pebblestone Crescent). Her body was found Monday after fire crews extinguished a fire in a garage at the home. Police say a post-mortem showed obvious signs of trauma to her body. (CP)
VANCOUVER - Homicide investigators have confirmed
the identity of a young man found dead outside of a Burnaby apartment complex.
The body of Abdul Sarwari, 23, was discovered
outside of a building in the
3900-block of Carrigan Court Monday night
after police received a report of a shooting.
First responders at the scene said they
believed Sarwari, who lived in the building, may have fallen from several floors
Pamela Dyer Michael McCormick
SOOKE - A 36-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his mother in Sooke, BC. Michael McCormick was arrested Wednesday in the death of Pamela Dyer, 64. Police say Dyer's body was found at her home by a family friend on July 20. (CP)
Murder charge laid
TORONTO - Police responded to a call at 9:45pm for a person wielding a knife at a house on Axsmith Crescent. San Tai Yuan, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS. Zhebin Cong, 43, faces one count of first-degree murder. (Toronto Star)
- BC's police watchdog is investigating after a man was killed during a
police-involved shootout near Valemount.
EDMONTON - Alberta's chief medical examiner is alleging political and bureaucratic interference in the independence of her office. Dr. Anny Sauvageau has raised concerns interference by provincial government representatives may affect the public's trust in the integrity of the death-investigation system. (CBC)
EDMONTON - Police are asking for the public's help
in determining what happened, before a man was found dead on a roadway over the
On Saturday, Sept 13 at about 1:45am,
officers were called to the area near Fort Edmonton Park on Fox Drive, after a
driver reported coming across the body of a deceased male.
Police said on Tuesday that the Medical
Examiner had completed an autopsy on the male, and said the 19-year-old man had
suffered injuries consistent with a traffic collision.
PRINCE ALBERT - A 41-year-old man is in custody facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Cory Brown, who was found dead in a home in Prince Albert Sept 6. (CBC)
PRINCE GEORGE - A BC Supreme Court justice in Prince George has sentenced Cody Alan Legebokoff to life in prison with no parole for 25 years on four counts of first-degree murder. The 24-year-old was convicted in the slayings of Loren Donn Leslie, Jill Stacey Stuchenko, Cynthia Frances Maas and Natasha Lynn Montgomery, who died in 2009 and 2010. (CBC)
COMMENT: Another predator
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