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Power on the stand

 

Tony Accurso

 

MONTREAL - The Charbonneau Commission will hopefully begin getting answers out of a man who for years has staunchly refused to provide them. Former construction magnate Tony Accurso will undoubtedly dodge, argue and object while on the stand, but the fact he's appearing at all is a victory for the high-profile public inquiry.  (Montreal Gazette)  

 

MORE:   Accurso seeks publication ban   Lobbyists don't want to be lumped in with corrupt   

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption Quebec  

 

Islamists seize town

 

BAMA - Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a NE Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents.  The Islamists launched an attack on the town of Bama, 70 km (45 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, on Monday. They were initially repelled but came back in greater numbers overnight.  (AFP)  

 

MORE:   Town seized

PREVIOUS:   Boko Haram  

 

Arson suspected

 

HERMOSILLO - The June 2009 fire at a daycare facility in the northern Mexican city of Hermosillo that left 49 children dead might have been deliberately set, Reporte Indigo newspaper said Monday, citing documents from the investigation.  The fire in the state warehouse, which held documents that allegedly revealed the embezzlement of public funds, spread to the ABC daycare center where 49 children died and another 75 were injured on June 5, 2009. (LAHT)  

 

Cocaine haul

 

AP

 

LIMA - Peruvian police displayed in a Lima airport police hangar on Monday what officials called the largest cocaine haul ever in the Andean nation, 7.7 metric tons (8.5 tons).  (AP)

 

Drone strike

 

Moktar Ali Zubeyr aka Ahmed Abdi Godane

 

MOGADISHU - Al-Shabaab's top leader was in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a US military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.  The rebel commander would not say whether Ahmed Abdi Godane, the group's leader, was among the 6 militants killed, but the US is relatively confident Godane died in the attack.  (AP) 

 

Forces retake more towns from IS

 

AFP

 

AMIRLI - Iraqi Kurdish forces and Shia armed volunteers have retaken more northern towns from the Islamic State group.  A day after breaking the siege in the town of Amerli north of Baghdad, government forces retook the town of Sulaiman Bek on Monday, removing another key stronghold of the Islamic State group.  Iraqi security officials the fighters include dozens of nationalities, including experienced Chechen snipers.  (Jazeera)  

 

MORE:   Acts of inhumanity 'on unimaginable scale'   Where IS gets its support

PREVIOUS:   Siege of Amirli    Air strikes and aid    Yazidi women sold to Islamists in Syria  Northern Iraq offensive   Iraqi insurgency   IS   PTC: War on Terror    

 

Ukraine hit by military setbacks

 

KIEV - Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country.  Officials said nearly 700 soldiers had been taken prisoner since the rebel offensive began.  Earlier the military said government forces had been forced to withdraw from Luhansk airport, saying they had been attacked by a column of Russian tanks.  (BBC)  

 

MORE:   Rebels ease demands at talks 

PREVIOUS:   Russians reneged   Rebels will allow forces to flee  Russian troops in the Ukraine   Ukrainian revolution   Pro-Russian conflict   Malaysia Airlines Flight 17   Individuals sanctioned   

 

Gun battle

 

BIRMINGHAM - Gunfire erupted outside a Birmingham biker club Sunday night, killing 2 and wounding 2 others.  The shooting happened just after 10pm outside Showstoppers Motorcycle Club on Coosa Street. Police said at least 40 rounds were fired in the gun battle.   (AL)  

 

MORE:   Gunfight    

 

School stabbing

 

YUNXI COUNTY - A man allegedly upset about his daughter's rejected school registration killed 3 children and injured 6 others in a primary school Monday morning in central China's Hubei Province.  The knife-wielding man surnamed Chen later jumped to death from the school building at Dongfang Primary School in Yunxi County.  (Xinhua)  

 

MORE:   Knife attack  

 

Paying to get out

 

OTTAWA - Faced with a historic number of Americans renouncing their US citizenship, Washington has decided to grab some cash from their one-time citizens on their way out, raising the processing cost to sever ties from $450 to $2,350.   At the US consulate in Toronto, where an appointment to renounce citizenship was usually available within two-to-four weeks, the next opening is now mid-February, 2015.  (Toronto Star) 

  

PREVIOUS:   Global meltdown - wealth    Sharing personal information   FATCA   Uncle Sam shake down   Get in line   Lawsuit 

 

Apparent hacking 

 

Nude photos of more than 100 A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, have been leaked online after reports suggest an anonymous hacker was able to gain access to Apple's online storage system, iCloud.   (AP)  

 

MORE:   Cloud concern  

 

Dead fish

 

EPA

 

LAGUNA DE CAJITITLAN - Hundreds of thousands of fish have been washed up on the shores of Lake Cajititlan in the Mexican state of Jalisco over the past week.  Almost 50 tonnes of dead popoche chub freshwater fish have been removed from the lake.  The local authorities said it was part of a 'natural cycle' but state officials said it was due to the lake's 'poor management'.  (BBC)

 

Protest turns deadly

 

AFP

 

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's army commanders are to meet amid clashes between police and anti-government protesters which have left 3 people dead and hundreds hurt.  Protesters are demanding PM Nawaz Sharif resigns.  Demonstrators loyal to opposition politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri have been taking part in a sit-in for two weeks.   (BBC)   

 

MORE:   March on premier's home   Unleashing the mob

PREVIOUS:   Azadi March   Army intervenes

 

Beijing rules out open nominations

 

BEIJING - China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in inaugural elections for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a 'chaotic society.'   (AP)

 

MORE:   China denies open elections   Protesters condemn Hong Kong ruling   China's 'No' to Hong Kong

PREVIOUS:   Graftbusters used   ICAC   Next Media   Jimmy Lai   China warns of Hong Kong 'meddling'   Democratic development in Hong Kong    

 

Filipino peacekeepers escape

 

BBC

 

GOLAN HEIGHTS - Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a 7-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels. Al Qaeda-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops.  (AP)

   

PREVIOUS:   Filipino peacekeepers fighting back   One group has been 'extricated' UNDOF Syria refugees top 3M   UN peacekeepers captured   Al-Nusra Front   191,369 reported killed   War that crosses national boundaries   Syrian Civil War      

 

Canadians participate

 

Gregory & Collin Gordon

 

OTTAWA - A 'small but notable number' of Canadians have travelled abroad to participate in terrorism-related activities, including to Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan, according to a new report issued by the federal government.  (CTV)

 

REPORT:   2014 public report on the terrorist threat to Canada

MORE:   Anti-radicalization program being developed by RCMP    Government plans targeted interventions 

COMMENT:   Twisted, evil and clueless

PREVIOUS:   More Canadians in IS   Canadian terrorist   IS recruiting in Canada   Hunger strike   Muslims against terrorism  

 

Greatest terror threat

 

LONDON - Britain faces the 'greatest and deepest' terror threat in the country's history, David Cameron warned as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.  The UK threat level was raised to 'severe' - its second highest - meaning that a terrorist attack is 'highly likely' in light of the growing danger from British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.   (Telegraph UK)

 

MORE:   New anti-terror measures   European jihadists   Cannon fodder

 

Terrorist attack warning

 

CIUDAD JUAREZ - Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the US with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  (Judicial Watch)    

 

Bus crash

 

SALAR DE UYUNI - One Canadian is among the injured after a bus in Bolivia ran off the highway and crashed, killing 10 people.  Consular officials are providing assistance to that individual but 'further details on this case cannot be released' to protect the privacy of the Canadian.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Tourists killed    Australian media adviser killed   

 

'High reward'

 

CANBERRA - There is an increasing Canadian presence in the Australian drug scene, where traffickers brave harsh enforcement for large profits in a 'high-risk, high-reward' market, authorities say.  The Australian Crime Commission reports that most of the cocaine brought into the country comes from Chile, with Canada second, climbing three spots since 2010.  (CP)

 

REPORT:   Illicit drug data report 2012-13 

 

Homicide watch

 

CHICAGO - Homicide Watch is dedicated to the proposition that murder is never a run-of-the-mill story. Attention must be paid to each one, not merely a select and particularly tragic few.  (Homicide Watch) 

 

MORE:   Homicide watch DC   Homicide watch Trenton    Homicide watch Boston   LA Times homicide report  

 

Posturing

 

CHARLOTTETOWN - The federal government is rejecting renewed calls for a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in advance of a meeting Wednesday between premiers and native leaders, one of whom says the prime minister is isolated in his position.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Surprise, premiers want more federal money

COMMENT:   Posturing is the only reason for an inquiry   Federal inquiry was never going to accomplish much   We already know why   Another inquiry is the best way to avoid actual action   Nothing of substance 

PREVIOUS:   Murder not a race issue   Death a crime, not sociological issue   Inquiry isn't justified   Interprovincial trade

 

PM flees

 

Tom Thabane

 

LESOTHO - The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in danger.  (BBC)

 

MORE:   Confusion    

 

Perils of eyewitness identification

 

LONDON , ON - In the winter of 2009, six weeks after she was the victim of a home invasion, Stephanie Reeves was in a London, ON, convenience store when Kaylei Marie MacDonald walked in and instantly became a cautionary tale in forensic eyewitness psychology.  (National Post) 

 

Culture shock

 

OTTAWA - The move from small and isolated communities to larger urban centres can be quite jarring for aboriginals who join the Canadian Armed Forces, says a newly released document.  (CP)

 

5th country

 

SENEGAL - Senegal's health ministry has confirmed a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country to be affected by the outbreak.  Health Minister told reporters on Friday that a young man from Guinea was confirmed to have contracted the virus.  The current outbreak, which began in Guinea, has killed more than 1,500 people across the region.  At least 3,000 people have been infected with the virus.   (BBC)

  

PREVIOUS:  Nigeria closes schools   Liberia sacks ministers who fled   Infected health care workers   West Africa Ebola outbreak   Bio related events       

 

Trade deal threatened

 

BRUSSELS - EU lawmakers are threatening to block a multi-billion dollar trade pact between Canada and the EU - a blueprint for a much bigger EU-US deal - because it would allow firms to sue governments if they breach the treaty.  But European consumer and environmental groups say a mechanism in the accord would allow multinationals to bully the EU's 28 governments into doing their bidding regardless of environmental, labour and food laws and would set a bad precedent for the planned EU-US trade pact.  (Reuters)

  

REPORT:   Consolidated CETA text   .pdf

PREVIOUS:   On the way to parallel justice    Leaked pact shows Canada caved   Law by secret trade agreement   Pact prompt scrutiny  Canada EU trade pact   CETA

 

Speed limits

 

Across Canada, motorists can be forgiven for being confused: a speed that's deemed to be just fine on a nice, 4 or 6-lane straightaway in one province could result in fines or demerit points in others.  But determining the prime speed, the one ultimately deemed best both for safety and for getting drivers where they want to go in the most timely fashion, isn't easy. It involves a complex equation of engineering, road safety concerns and politics.  (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Stop 100  

 

Asylum claim rejected

 

A refugee judge who found it hard to believe that a domestic abuse victim from Botswana did nothing to get help 'before allowing herself to be beaten some 100 times' rejected her claim for asylum based on her alleged lack of credibility.  Immigration and Refugee Board member Michael Sterlin wrote in his decision refusing Kgang's claim that 'The claimant made insufficient efforts to avail herself of the protection of her own state before coming to Canada.'    (Toronto Star) 

 

MORE:   Role of women in Botswana  

 

Jailed  

 

SYDNEY - Former Playboy model Brandi Brandt was sentenced to up to 6 years in prison Friday for being part of a drug smuggling ring that brought cocaine to Australia.  (AP)

 

Shooting rampage

 

Alexander Hernandez

 

LOS ANGELES - A man who authorities are now calling a serial killer opened fire on Los Angeles-area streets for 5 straight days until he was finally arrested, police said.  By then, 3 people and 2 dogs were dead, 4 people were critically injured and Alexander Hernandez, 34, was in police custody.  (AP)  

 

MORE:   Arrested for shooting dogs   Suspect in 5 day shooting rampage

 

Reality

  

OMAHA - Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show Cops as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun.    (AP)

  

RELATED:   Killings by US law enforcement officers    2014 Law enforcement deaths

    

Hunger

  

Hunger among Inuit families is so prevalent in Arctic Quebec that it could be why almost half their children are shorter than average, new research suggests.  A paper published in the Journal of the Canadian Public Health Association says the height discrepancy implies that food insecurity is a long-running problem - not just something that happens occasionally.  (CP)

  

REPORT:   Food insecurity in Inuit children  

  

'Administrative error'

  

OTTAWA - The fate of one of the federal government's toughest crime bills is in doubt after the House of Commons sent the wrong version on to the Senate, which debated that version and sent it on to a committee for further study.  The Commons's mistake affects a key government priority - victim rights - by leaving out 4 amendments approved for the Fairness for Victims Act.   (Globe & Mail)    

 

MORE:   Private members bills get scant scrutiny   Bill filled with mistakes

  

Legal extortion by regulation

  

WASHINGTON - The formula is simple: find a large company that may (or may not) have done something wrong; threaten its managers with commercial ruin, preferably with criminal charges; force them to use their shareholders' money to pay an enormous fine to drop the charges in a secret settlement (so nobody can check the details). Then repeat with another large company.   (Economist)    

 

PREVIOUS:   Settlement   Bank of America settlement

  

Signs of change

  

GLASGLOW - Offensive tweeting is replacing traditional graffiti while Xboxes and Playstations have helped to reduce levels of hooliganism by lowering the fitness of modern youths, according to Scotland's top policeman.  Sir Stephen House said a rise in abusive behaviour on social media was replacing 'traditional' forms of vandalism.   (Telegraph UK)   

  

Data fixing

  

DEKALB COUNTY - CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson has, after a week of silence since his role in manipulating data for a CDC study came to light, issued a press release via his attorney clarifying his position.  Thompson confirmed the main issue, which was data manipulation conducted inside the CDC to hide a causal connection between the MMR vaccine and autism, when the vaccine was given in the first 36 months to African American boys.  (Epoch Times)

 

Mental health report

 

Despite persistent calls for more training in de-escalation techniques, there are a handful of police academy instructors in Canada who continue to believe that use of force is 'inevitable' when dealing with people who appear psychotic or are irrational, according to a new report by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. (PostMedia)

 

REPORT:   Tempo: police interactions

PREVIOUS:   Money for research   Mental Health Commission   Commission hires marketing company   Investigative  

   

Metadata like telephone book

 

CANBERRA - The outgoing head of the ASIO, David Irvine, has compared intelligence agencies' use of metadata to 'looking up a telephone book' and says requiring a warrant for metadata access would cause intelligence gathering and law enforcement to 'grind to a halt'.  (Guardian UK)

 

PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance    

 

Under investigation

 

Christine Lagarde

 

PARIS - IMF chief Christine Lagarde revealed on Wednesday that she had been placed under formal investigation for 'negligence' over her role in a corruption case dating back to 2008, which involved a massive state payout to French tycoon Bernard Tapie.  (AFP)  

 

MORE:   IMF chief faces probe

    

  Sex abuse scandal

  

ROTHERHAM - At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.  Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.  The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been 3 previous inquiries. (BBC)

  

REPORT:   Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham 1997-2013

MORE:   No council officers will face disciplinary action  Evidence ignored by police and council    Fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers

PREVIOUS:   Rotherham sex grooming case

  

Stabbing

  

CTV

  

CALGARY - One man is dead after a stabbing in northwest Calgary late Monday night.  Police were called to the 6300-block of Bowness Rd NW just before 11pm.  Officers found several people in the parking lot and one man who had collapsed with stab wounds.  He was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition and later died.  Police have one man in custody for questioning.   (CBC)  

  

MORE:   Stabbing

 

Bystanders don't stand by  

 

  

East Shore Mainstreet

 

CRAWFORD BAY - For the pilot, the difference between life and death was a matter of minutes - and the heroics of a few selfless bystanders.  He crashed an Alberta-registered Cessna while trying to land at the tiny airport in Crawford Bay, BC Saturday evening. The plane ended up on its roof and in flames, with the pilot and a female passenger inside and a tank full of fuel ready to erupt.  The pilot remains in hospital with burns. The female passenger died.   (QMI)  

 

MORE:   1 dead in plane crash

 

Double stabbing

  

VANCOUVER - One man is dead and another suffered minor injuries following a double stabbing near the 6400-block of Comstock Rd Saturday night.  Mounties were called to the scene around 7:30pm.  One of the victims was rushed to hospital in serious condition, and later died. The second victim, also male, suffered only minor injuries.  (Richmond Review)  

 

MORE:   Stabbing

 

No school in BC

  

VANCOUVER - When veteran mediator Vince Ready declared an impasse and walked away from talks between BC teachers and their employer Saturday, parents' hopes for the school year to start on time walked out with him.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Failure of a public system  Daycare costs may be reimbursed after strike ends

RELATED:   7M students, 440,000 educators

 

Victim dies in hospital

 

QMI

 

TORONTO - A 40-year-old man who was severely beaten near Ossington Station early Saturday morning has died.  The man was rushed to hospital around 2:30am, after being found badly beaten and without vital signs near Bloor St. W. and Concord Ave.  He died in hospital of his injuries Saturday night.  (Toronto Star)  

 

MORE:   Beaten man dies    Assault     

 

Driver fleeing police kills man

 

CBC

 

HUNTINGDON - A driver fleeing from police struck and killed an elderly man in the middle of Huntingdon.  The incident occurred around 7pm on Saturday.  After hitting and killing the pedestrian - a 72-year-old man - on impact, the speeding vehicle then hit 3 parked cars on the street before rolling his own vehicle.  The 32-year-old driver, a resident of the nearby hamlet of Athelstan, was transported to hospital in serious condition.  He will be charged with dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death.  (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Driver to be charged     Fleeing stolen vehicle kills pedestrian 

 

Man found dead

 

CTV

 

MONTREAL - Police are investigating what they describe as a suspicious death following the discovery of the lifeless body of a 29-year-old man in a parked car on Des Erables between Laurier and Masson on Saturday at about 11:30am.  (CTV)

   

MORE:   Body found     

 

Stabbing victim ID'd

 

Metro

 

DARTMOUTH - Police in Halifax have identified the man killed in a stabbing Friday night.  Around 10:30pm, witnesses reported seeing 3 men fighting in the parking lot of Farrell Hall. When police arrived, Daniel Michael Pellerin, 28, of Dartmouth had multiple stab wounds and was unconscious.  He was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead upon arrival.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:   Victim identified   Police ID victim   Hunt for 2 men    

 

Charged

 

Edmonton Journal 

 

EDMONTON - Police have charged a 63-year-old man with second degree murder after a suspicious death in the city's south side.  Officers were called to a home at 37 Ave and 13 St NW Friday morning where a woman's body was found.  The deceased has been identified as Baldish Kang, 61.  Piara Kang was arrested Friday afternoon and now faces charges of second degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon.  (CTV)

     

MORE:   Man charged   Husband charged  

 

OPP release video

 

Sonia Varaschin

 

TORONTO - OPP released a video Friday in the hope of identifying two possible witnesses in the Sonia Varaschin murder case, nearly four years after the Orangeville nurse went missing.  (QMI)

 

PREVIOUS:   Reward offered   Remains missing woman   'Most likely someone who knew her'   'Foul play'     

  

Hit-and-run

  

CityNews

  

TORONTO - A 31-year-old man has died after a hit-and-run in the west end early Saturday morning.  It happened around 5am on St Clair Ave West at Mondovi Gate.  Police said he had been revived by the time he got to Sunnybrook hospital and was later pronounced dead.  A witness told police the driver fled west in a grey or silver van.  (CityNews)  

  

MORE:   Hit-and-run death    

    

Arrest

  

WINNIPEG - Police announced that a second-degree murder charge has been laid in a fatal stabbing on Aug 25 in the 200-block of Austin St N.  Police identified the victim as Jeffery Campbell, 25, of Winnipeg.  Officers said the suspect had been consuming drugs and got into a dispute with the victim.  Michael Tyler John Boubard, 21, of Winnipeg has been charged with second-degree murder.  (CTV)  

  

MORE:   Arrest made   Homicide arrest

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing victim dies in hospital  

  

18 years

  

Chun Qi Jiang & Guang Hua Liu

  

TORONTO - Chun Qi Jiang will serve life in prison with no parole eligibility for 18 years for violently killing and dismembering his old girlfriend Guang Hua Liu, 41, and disposing of her body parts around the GTA.  A jury found Jiang, 42, guilty of second-degree murder in June.  Jiang killed Liu in a 'spontaneous act' on Aug 10, 2012, after Liu told him she was reconciling with her new boyfriend.   (Toronto Star)

  

MORE:   Victim not forgotten   Sentenced to life   18 years

PREVIOUS:   Guilty   Found guilty   Police confirm torso ID   Arrest made    

 

7 years

 

Justin Dagenais

  

SUDBURY - Blake Lapierre, the man found guilty of manslaughter in the death of Justin Dagenais, 22, was sentenced 7 years in prison.  Lapierre was found guilty following a deadly fight at a Sudbury area pit party in Aug. 2012.  (CBC)

  

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty of manslaughter   Killing a result of bad choices   Man stabbed   

  

6 years

  

QUEBEC CITY - An HIV positive Quebec man who allegedly had sex with 15 partners and never told them about his health issues was sentenced to 6 years in jail.  Steve Biron, 36, entered a guilty plea in September, 2013 to sexual assault of 15 victims between the ages of 23 and 61. He had already spent 1 year in jail awaiting sentencing, and will now return for another 5.  (QMI)

  

RELATED:   Teacher gets jail for sex with 15-year-old    

  

44 to be charged

  

MONTREAL - 44 city employees face charges for their role in the storming of Montreal city hall last week to protest municipal pension plan reform.  (CBC)

  

MORE:   2,320 workers left posts 

  

Fired teacher wins appeal

 

Lynden Dorval

  

EDMONTON - Lynden Dorval was suspended in 2012 for giving students zeros when they missed tests or didn't hand in assignments. Four months later, he was fired from his position at Ross Sheppard High School.  In Friday's ruling, the Alberta appeal board found that Dorval’s treatment was unfair. There was "no evidence of deliberate misconduct" in Dorval’s grading practices, the board said.  (CTV)

  

MORE:   Review vindicates teacher   

  

Good to be appointed and set own wage

  

MONTREAL - For the third straight year, top managers at Montreal's STM transit authority have voted themselves major salary increases, with salary hikes representing between 3.5% and 4.5%, boosting the average salary for the top 11 managers to $226,400.  The same brass recently cut services by $65M, raised fares on January 1 and decreased bus service by 3%.  (CTV)

 

Tour bus crash

  

Global

  

MERRITT - 43 people have been injured, several critically, in a tour bus crash on the Coquihalla Highway, 30 kilometres south of Merritt, BC.   Police initially said the tour bus was heading from the Okanagan Valley to the Vancouver area when it appears to have hit a median and flipped.  (CBC)  

  

MORE:   Coquihalla crash   Tour bus crashes   Speed not a factor   Family recalls crash   26 crash victims released 

  

3 persons of interest

 

  

Jabeir Jemmie            Persons of interest

  

OTTAWA - Ottawa police have released new photos of 3 persons of interest they hope will help them solve the city's latest homicide.  Jabeir Jemmie, 21, was fatally stabbed early Saturday morning at 360 Elgin St.    (CTV)

  

MORE:   Police release images   3 sought  

  

Tip pays $150K

 

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia Justice Department says it has paid out its first cash reward under the province’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program.  The department says the recipient of the $150,000 reward provided a tip that led to the arrest and conviction of 2 brothers in the disappearance of Melissa Dawn Peacock, who vanished in November 2011.  (CTV)  

  

8 years

  

WETASKIWIN - Jonathan Pratt was sentenced to 8 years behind bars, along with a lifetime driving ban.  He was convicted in May, on 3 counts each of manslaughter and impaired driving causing death in the collision on November 26, 2011 that killed Bradley Arsenault, 18, Kole Novak, 18, and Thaddeus Lake, 22.  (CTV)

  

PREVIOUS:   Guilty of manslaughter   Guilty   Found guilty   Brad, Kole, Thad memorial  

  

Info for sale

  

TORONTO - 6 GTA hospitals compromised their patients' personal health data by routinely handing it over to baby photographers who paid for access to maternity wards.  (Toronto Star)

 

Charged

  

FOX LAKE - In the early hours of Aug 22, 2014, North Peace Tribal Police Service responded to a report of a shooting and found Ramona Noskiye, 46, dead at the scene.  Andy Noskiye, 20, was apprehended at a nearby residence.  (Edmonton Journal) 

  

Charged

  

      

Natasha Farah      Wanted suspect

   

CALGARY - Police have now identified the man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Natasha Farah over the weekend.  Police say Hussein Ibrahim, 21, has been charged with one charge of discharging a firearm recklessly.  CPS identified Ibrahim as one of the shooters involved, but they have also determined that there was more than one shooter, thus the single charge.  Police are awaiting the results of forensics and ballistics testing before additional charges are considered.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Suspect in custody   Innocent bystander   Bystander shot   Woman shot dead  

  

Overdoses

  

EDMONTON - More Albertans died from drug overdoses in 2012 than vehicle crashes.  In 2012, 345 people died in collisions compared to 387 who died from accidental overdoses.  The numbers from the medical examiner did not distinguish between prescription and illicit drug deaths. (QMI) 

  

2 women charged

  

TORONTO - A disturbance forced a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to return to Pearson International Airport under a military escort.  Peel Region police say Lilia Ratmanski, 25, of Whitby, and Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan, have been charged with smoking on board an aircraft and endangering the safety of an aircraft.   (CP)  

  

MORE:   Women released on bail  Could face $50K bill  

  

$100K

  

Des Hague

  

VANCOUVER - A US millionaire caught on camera apparently repeatedly kicking a puppy in a Vancouver elevator has been ordered to donate $100,000 and complete 1,000 hours of community service, or lose his job as CEO of a major catering company.   (CTV)  

  

MORE:   CEO put on probation

PREVIOUS:   Centerplate     

  

Aquarium launches legal action

  

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Aquarium has launched a legal challenge over the city park board's attempt to prohibit the breeding of whales, dolphins and porpoises at the popular tourist attraction.  (CP)

 

Woman an innocent bystander

 

Jelena Loncar

 

TORONTO - Jelena Loncar, 32, who lived about two blocks from C Lounge on Wellington St, died at hospital after shots rang out near the downtown bar.  Tremaine Nigel Fraser, 25, who was shot 5 times, was taken to hospital in critical condition after stumbling into a nearby gas station. (QMI)  

 

MORE:   Victims identified

PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Shooting outside nightclub   Woman dead, man injured    

    

Wanted arrested

  

      

Kevin Bowser       Shilo Beals

  

NEW TECUMSETH - A man wanted after a fatal shooting 10 years ago in Halifax has been arrested in Ontario.  A Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued last month for Shilo Marcino Beals, 31, of Cherry Brook, NS.  Beals is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kevin Bowser on July 10, 2004.  (CTV)  

  

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Charges upgraded

  

HAMILTON - Charges against Brantford police officer Ryan Grant will be upgraded to impaired driving causing death, after 27-year-old Joey Flaherty, a passenger who fell out of Grant's Jeep in early Tuesday morning incident, has died in hospital.   (CBC)  

  

Involved

  

Cody Legebokoff

  

PRINCE GEORGE - Cody Allan Legebokoff admitted he was 'involved' in the murder of 2 women as he took the stand in his own defence Tuesday.  Accused of killing them and 2 other women, Legebokoff testified that 3 others were involved in 3 of the deaths but refused to give their names other than to refer to them as X, Y and Z.  During morning testimony Legebokoff admitted he was 'involved' in the murders of Jill Stacey Stuchenko, 35, and Cynthia Frances Maas, 35.  (Prince George Citizen)  

  

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Coroner's investigations

  

TORONTO - A coroner's investigation into the suicide of a Toronto police officer may end a mother's five-month battle to see her dead son's final words.  Const. Clint Cibulis hanged himself at his home in March at the age of 34, two days after he had been temporarily suspended for allegedly sending a harassing video to a female officer.  A coroner's investigation has also been launched into the death of Sgt. Richard 'Bucky' Rogers, who hanged himself in July.  Rogers' family claims that before his suicide, the 24-year veteran of the force had tried for more than a year to get help but was ridiculed, bullied and humiliated by his supervisors.  (CityNews)

 

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We want more money

  

VANCOUVER - ICBC says it will file an application Friday with the BC Utilities Commission to ask for a 5.2% increase in basic insurance rates. The changes would take effect Nov. 1.  (CTV)

  

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Foul play not ruled out

  

SHEFFIELD - RCMP say the remains of a body have been found on an island in the Sheffield area.  Foul play has not yet been ruled out.  RCMP say they responded to a call around 12:30pm Saturday. The human remains were spotted by people walking on the island near McGowans Corner.  (CTV)         

 

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