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Earthquake

 

A tsunami warning for coastal BC and parts of Alaska has ended after a powerful earthquake struck about 250 kilometres SE of Chiniak, Alaska, at 1:31am Tuesday.  The US Geological Survey initially reported the quake's strength at 8.2 early Tuesday and later revised that to 7.9, with a depth of 25 kilometres. At least 3 aftershocks were reported.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   2018 Alaska earthquake

RELATED:   Japanese volcanic eruption   Philippines volcano eruption   Papua New Guinea volcano erupts 

 

Foreign fighters - part 1

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows little concern over the threat posed by battle-hardened jihadists returning to Canada. He even argues they can be rehabilitated. But documents unearthed from CSIS - some of them marked 'top secret' - reveal alarming information about how Canada's spy agency views the jihadist threat, what they're doing to track it and their concerns about future attacks on home soil.  (Sun Media)

 

MORE:   Part 2 

 

Revised deal

 

TOKYO - Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreed Tuesday to a revised trade agreement without the US.  The deal follows two days of high-level talks in Tokyo between Canada and the 10 other remaining TPP economies. The partners will now work toward signing the agreement by early March.  (CP)  

 

COMMENT:   With the US out a balanced deal could be made 

 

Challenge to campaign finance law

 

TORONTO - The Working Families union coalition, which has spent millions on attack ads over the past four provincial elections, is challenging Ontario's new campaign finance law as unconstitutional.  (Toronto Star)

 

PREVIOUS:   Party Funding

 

WEF meeting in Davos

 

DAVOS - Politicians, business chiefs, bankers and celebrities will meet in the Swiss Alps under the banner 'Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World' for the World Economic Forum 4-day gathering against an unsettling global backdrop.  The Global Risks Report published by the WEF last week showed that many see a heightened risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers this year.  (Reuters)

 

REPORT:   Global risks 2018

MORE:   Davos 2018

RELATED:   US tariffs on imports 

 

Stopgap measure

 

WASHINGTON - On Monday, lawmakers in the US approved a stopgap measure that will reopen the federal government after a three-day shutdown. But the deal only funds the government through Feb 8.   Unlike previous shutdowns, the recent funding crisis did not revolve around a dispute over the size or role of government. Instead, it exposed divisions over who can become a US citizen and how.   (Globe & Mail)

 

PREVIOUS:   US shutdown of 2018   US government shutdown   Politicians still get paid   What actually shuts down   Parties point fingers at each other   Government shutdowns in the US    

 

A cash business

 

WASHINGTON - The federal government still classifies marijuana as a 'Schedule 1' drug, on a par with heroin. Banks that handle marijuana money can be charged with money laundering. Pot businesses, therefore, are on the whole stuck working with cash, which causes problems for more than just tax collection. And as firms accumulate untraceable cash, some will offer bribes.  Police are generally happy to keep marijuana money out of banks. That is because 'asset-forfeiture' laws allow them to seize cash and, astonishingly, pocket much of it for their departments, even if they merely suspect it of including proceeds from crime.  (Economist) 

 

Mafia arrests

 

PALERMO - Police on Monday arrested 58 alleged bosses and members of Mafia clans in the Sicilian province of Agrigento.  The operation targeted the Santa Elisabetta and Sciacca clans and hit 16 Mafia 'families'. Alleged mobsters in the provinces of Caltanissetta, Palermo, Enna, Ragusa and Catania were targeted too.  The mayor of the small town of San Biagio Platani was also arrested.  (ANSA) 

 

Ends campaign

 

CAIRO - The former head of Egypt's armed forces, Sami Anan, has suspended his run for the country's presidency.  The decision comes only hours after the Supreme Committee of the Armed Forces in Egypt arrested Anan on accusations he had committed violations that 'warrant official investigation'.  (Jazeera) 

 

MORE:   Egyptian presidential election 2018 

 

High school shooting

 

BENTON - Authorities are on scene of a school shooting in Benton, Kentucky where 9 people have been injured and at least 1 person is dead.  Police responded about 8am to the shooting at Marshall County High School.  Police said that the scene was secured and the shooting suspect - who authorities say is male student at the school - was apprehended.  The shooting happened in the common area of the school before classes started.  (USA Today Network)

 

Government report

 

MEXICO CITY - Mexico posted its highest homicide rate in decades, with the government reporting Sunday there were 29,168 murders in 2017.  (AP)

 

MORE:    25,339 murders 

 

Suspect arrested

 

          

Brian Shaw                Rahmael Holt

 

NEW KENSINGTON - Police said Rahmael Holt, 29, fled a traffic stop Friday night on Leishman Ave in New Kensington and fatally shot Officer Brian Shaw, 25, after a foot pursuit. The alleged driver, Tavon Harper, 27, was arrested Sunday.   (Trib Live)  

 

MORE:   Captured 

 

Strike

 

FLEURY-MEROGIS PRISON - French prison guards resumed a nationwide strike on Monday after the latest in a string of assaults that have highlighted worsening conditions in the country's notoriously violent and overcrowded penitentiary system.   (AFP)

 

PREVIOUS:   Police clash with guards 

 

More charges

 

Niels Hogel

 

OLDENBURG - A German nurse who is already serving a life sentence for 2 murders has been charged with killing 97 more patients over several years at two hospitals in NW Germany.  He worked at a clinic in Oldenburg from 1999 to 2002 and in nearby Delmenhorst from 2003 to 2005.  Hoegel was convicted in 2015 of 2 murders and 2 attempted murders in Delmenhorst and was given a life sentence.  (AP) 

 

Waterfront watchdog

 

NEW JERSEY - On his way out the door, former Gov Chris Christie signed off on legislation he once vetoed as unconstitutional, moving to unilaterally kill the bi-state Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.  The agency, created more than 60 years ago to battle the deep-rooted corruption by the mob on the docks of New York Harbor wasted little time firing back.  They went to federal court last week seeking an injunction against the state and its new chief executive, Gov. Phil Murphy.   (NJ.com)

 

Non-profit v non-profit

 

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association posting solicits applications from 'law students and law graduates' interested in a chance to 'engage in substantive legal work relating to CCLA's ongoing advocacy efforts in civil liberties and human rights.' The role requires a minimum of 16 hours of work a week, the website notes, but the positions are 'strictly volunteer opportunities for which the CCLA does not offer compensation of any kind.'  'As you likely know, calling an employee a 'volunteer' or an 'intern' does not allow organizations to avoid their obligations to pay workers minimum wage, provide overtime pay, provide vacation pay, etc.' said the Canadian Intern Association.  (Toronto Star)

 

Women march

 

Vancouver CP

 

Thousands of Canadians took to the streets Saturday on the one-year anniversary of the Women's March - part of an estimated 250 rallies planned for Saturday and Sunday in Canada, the US and around the world.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   2018 Women's March   Coast to coast   Marches take place across Canada

PREVIOUS:   2017 Women's March 

 

Turkey crossed border

 

AFRIN - Turkish ground troops have crossed into northern Syria as part of Ankara's campaign to rid the border area of Kurdish fighters, Turkey's PM says.  But the Kurdish YPG militia says it has repelled Turkish troops in Afrin.  Turkish troops, accompanied by pro-Turkey rebels from the Free Syrian Army, have already advanced some 5km into Syrian territory.   (BBC)

 

MORE:   Turkey's troops cross into Syria

PREVIOUS:   Kurdish-Turkish conflict  

 

Hotel attacked

 

KABUL - Gunmen in army uniforms stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed at least 19 people and wounded 12 more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher.   (Reuters)

 

MORE:    Taliban claims siege   Foreigners killed 

 

Twitter tells users they were conned

 

Twitter says it will notify nearly 677,000 users who interacted with accounts the company has identified as potential pieces of a propaganda effort by the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.  The company on Friday also disclosed thousands of accounts that it said were associated with the Kremlin-linked troll farm, the Internet Research Agency and the Russian government, adding to numbers that it released to Congress in Oct.  (Washington Post)

 

Bureaucrats gone wild

 

David Eby

 

VANCOUVER - BC Government agents on Thursday raided multiple BC bars for their booze.  Fets Whiskey Kitchen owner says the inspectors took 300 bottles from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society collection. 'They came in...said we had illegal product on our shelves and they were going to confiscate it'. As staff watched, 2 men and 1 woman from the BC Ministry of Attorney General used a library-style rolling ladder to climb the floor-to-ceiling bottle display shelves and grab several dozen bottles of liquor.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Whisky seized   Prohibition raids   Whisky Society donations to charity   Archaic laws  

PREVIOUS:   Regulators   Greed & Corruption BC

RELATED:   Sin tax cash grab

 

Found guilty

 

David Livingston

 

TORONTO - Former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty's chief of staff has been found guilty of destroying government records and of using deception to obtain special access to computer hard drives in the premier's office.  David Livingston, the chief of staff, 'indiscriminately' wiped clean hard drives in the premier's office to ensure that no records existed in connection with the cancellation of two gas-fired power plants.  (Globe & Mail)

 

COMMENT:   Victory for common sense   Saboteur should sing   

PREVIOUS:   Entitled 

 

Acquitted

 

SHERBROOKE - After 9 days of deliberations, jurors have acquitted the 3 former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway employees charged with criminal negligence causing death in the 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster.   (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Not guilty  

COMMENT:   Wrong people accused

PREVIOUS:   Lac-Megantic rail disaster

 

Kidnapped freed

 

KAGARKO - 2 Canadians and 2 Americans who were kidnapped in Nigeria's north-central Kaduna state on Tuesday have been freed and are in good condition.  Police and a special anti-kidnapping squad rescued the foreigners in the Kagarko local government area Friday night after a massive manhunt. One suspect was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and police were on the trail of remaining suspects.   (AP)  

 

Exercise caution

 

MONTEGO BAY - Jamaican officials say they needed to impose a state of emergency in the area surrounding Montego Bay in order to control a spate of gang violence gripping the popular tourist destination that is endangering public safety.  Jamaican authorities imposed a military lockdown in St. James parish on Thursday, following 335 murders in 2017, twice the tally of any other parish.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Government travel advisory Jamaica    Stay within resorts    All Gov't advisories  

 

Man overboard

 

Mark Norman

 

OTTAWA - Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was second-in-command of the Canadian Forces until an RCMP investigation cost him his job. A year later, no charges have been laid, but Norman remains in limbo.  (PostMedia) 

 

MORE:   DND declares Normal guilty

COMMENT:   Whiff of politics 

PREVIOUS:   Whistleblowers

RELATED:   Is whistleblowing worth it? 

 

What could go wrong?

 

CHALK RIVER - Indigenous groups say a plan to store nuclear waste near the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario is 'insanity' and want the federal government to intervene.  Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, a private company, wants a 10-year licence to keep running the Chalk River Laboratories in eastern Ontario.  CNL has plans for a permanent nuclear waste disposal site at Chalk River.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Safety stand down

PREVIOUS:   Bio events 

 

Homicides linked

 

        

Mila Barberi           Angelo Musitano

 

HAMILTON - Mila Barberi, 28, was killed in a daylight shooting in Vaughan on March 14, 2017.  Angelo Musitano, 39, was gunned down in the driveway of his Waterdown home in May 2017.  Police said that a number of characteristics link the shootings.  The suspect in each shooting has a nearly identical physical profile and a black Honda Civic Coupe has been connected to both crimes.   (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Same person killed mobster and bystander    Same suspect   Murders connected

PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Police identify woman   2 shot   Police identify victim    Mafia

 

7 counts of attempted murder

 

Adam Abdi

 

TORONTO - Adam Abdi, 20, is facing dozens of charges, including 7 counts of attempted murder, in what police describe as a string of unprovoked, random shootings in Toronto that narrowly missed being fatal.  Police said that the man, who is currently in custody, allegedly worked his way through neighbourhoods in the NW corner of the city over the past 2 weeks, opening fire on a total of 7 victims ranging in age from 4 to 47.   (CP)

 

MORE:   Man charged in shootings    Facing charges 

 

Charges dismissed, again

 

                      

Victoria Brauns-Buckley        John Buckley

 

CHESTER BASIN - The Crown's case against John Buckley accused of killing his mother in 2012 collapsed in court Monday after a judge decided evidence obtained by the RCMP through a so-called Mr Big sting operation was not admissible.   Buckley was initially charged with second-degree murder a week after the body of Victoria Brauns-Buckley, 57, was found in her home in Chester Basin, NS, on March 2, 2012. That case was dropped in Dec 2012 after the Crown said there wasn't enough evidence to obtain a conviction.  In April 2016 Buckley was charged with first-degree murder after the RCMP said they had new evidence to present in court.   (CP)

 

PREVIOUS:   Charged, again    Son charged   Murder charge dropped

 

Admits killing

 

       

Marcel Reardon      Anne Norris

 

ST JOHN'S - Anne Norris has admitted she killed Marcel Reardon, but her defence lawyer will argue that she was not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder.  Norris, 30, was charged with first-degree murder in Reardon's death in May 2016.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Admits to killing

PREVIOUS:   Arrest  

 

Auto thief catch and release

 

CALGARY - With Calgary's new auto theft task force taking a bite out of the city's epidemic of stolen vehicles, there's concern these efforts are being undone by a toothless justice system.  (Sun Media)

 

Suspicious death

 

HALIFAX - Just after 4am Sunday, police were called to 3 Farthington Place in Dartmouth in regards to what police are calling a suspicious death.  (Metro News) 

 

Homicide

 

HALIFAX - Police responded to report of a man in medical distress at an apartment on Pinecrest Drive in Dartmouth, just before 4:30pm Friday, where Derek Miles, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene.  (Halifax Today)

 

 MORE:   Suspicious death    Death ruled a homicide 

 

Identified

 

VANCOUVER - A man was killed in a shooting Friday evening in Abbotsford.  He has since been identified as Lovepreet 'Jason' Dhaliwal, 24.  The incident took place at about 6:30pm in the 3500-block of Promontory Court in west Abbotsford.  (Abbotsford News)

 

MORE:   Shooting   Violence continues   Identified

PREVIOUS:   Man shot     

 

2 dead, 2 injured

 

TORONTO - The shooting occurred on W Deane Park Drive and Rabbit Lane at around 12:40am Friday.  2 were pronounced dead on scene while 2 others were rushed to hospital.  Police identified the deceased as Nasurdin Nasir, 26, and Terrell Carr, 24.  (CP24)

 

MORE:   Shooting    Shooting

PREVIOUS:   Fatal shooting  

 

Non-existent ticket quota killed

 

Montreal's widely loathed quota system for traffic tickets is over, says Mayor Valerie Plante, as are lucrative performance bonuses for bosses that were tied to lower-level cops reaching the targets.  The union representing police officers, known as the Brotherhood, had been calling for an end to the quotas for years. But past mayors had officially denied any system existed.   (CTV)

 

Missing found murdered  

 

Sachdeep Dhoot

 

VANCOUVER - The blue Ponatiac Sunfire had been parked at Fairmont St near E Vanness Ave for days by the time the grim discovery was made at around 4pm Thursday.  Police confirmed the deceased's identity as Sachdeep Singh Dhoot, 18, a Surrey resident who had been missing since Jan 9.  The Pontiac, which had been stolen, was previously sought in connection with Dhoot's disappearance. (CTV)

 

MORE:   Body in trunk   Body in vehicle

PREVIOUS:   Body discovered   RCMP identify car of missing

 

2 charged

 

MAKWA SAHGAIEHCAN FN - Skye Noltcho, 19, and Shandon Chief, 18, were arrested and charged in relation to the Jan 7 house fire, when Kristen Faye Cantre, 32, died.  (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

 

MORE:   2 charged   2 arrested   Charges laid after fatal fire 

 

Murder-suicide

 

Prem & Jan Singh

 

OAKVILLE - Investigators have concluded that the deaths of Prem and Jan Singh, found shot to death in their Summerhill Crescent Oakville home on Jan 17, is a case of murder-suicide.  When police went inside Prem Singh, 69, and Jan Singh, 70, were found dead from gunshot wounds.  The investigation found that Prem Singh shot his wife, Jan Singh, before sustaining a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.  (CP24)

 

MORE:   Murder-suicide    Husband shot wife, self

PREVIOUS:   Suicides, or murder-suicide   2 dead   Not looking for suspects 

 

Murdered

 

Barry and Honey Sherman

 

TORONTO - It's double murder, not murder-suicide. Barry and Honey Sherman were killed in what looks like a professional, contract killing. That's the conclusion of a variety of experts who have been hired by the family to probe the case.  (Toronto Star)

 

MORE:   Shermans death

 

Identified

 

OTTAWA - The call came in at 6am Thursday from 125 McLeod St.  Police confirmed that Adam Perron, 22, was shot inside Apt 808.    (Ottawa Citizen)

 

MORE:  Shooting    Victim identified 

 

Charged

 

Nick Hickey

 

OTTAWA - Nick Hickey, 17, was walking along Seyton Drive Wednesday evening, when he was struck by a vehicle at around 8:30pm.  He died in hospital.  Guillermo Escobedo-Hoyo, 37, is facing one count of second-degree murder. 

 

MORE:   Man charged in pedestrian death   Pedestrian dies

 

Arrest in disappearances

 

       

Esen             Kinsman              McArthur 

 

TORONTO - Bruce McArthur, 66, has been charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, who went missing near the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood over the last year.  Police believe he is responsible for the deaths of other men who have yet to be identified.  Neither Esen nor Kinsman's body has been found.  The arrest came as a result of Project Prism - an investigation into the disappearance of Esen, 44, last April and Andrew Kinsman, 49, in June.  (Toronto Star)

 

MORE:   There may be more victims    Man charged in missing men case   Man charged   Technology where there is no body

 

Body recovered

 

VANCOUVER - Police are releasing few details after a body was discovered and recovered from the Ladner slough Wednesday afternoon.  Policed said at approximately 9:45am Wednesday police were contacted by a person out walking their dog near Harbour Park in Ladner, who reported seeing a body in the water.  It looked to be an Asian lady around 40.  (Delta Optimist)  

 

MORE:   Not suspicious  

 

Homicide

 

         

Holly Hamilton         Justin Dumphrey

 

HAMILTON - The body of Holly Hamilton, 29, was found inside her car in a Barlake Ave parking garage Wednesday.  She was reported missing Monday.  Her ex-boyfriend, Justin Dumphrey, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder.  (Hamilton Spectator)

 

MORE:   Ex-boyfriend charged   Man charged   Man arrested   Stabbed to death  

 

Stabbing victim dies

 

EDMONTON - Jarvis Katz, 28, was found by police Monday when they were called to a home near 117 Ave and 80 St.  Katz was treated for stab wounds and taken to hospital where he died Wednesday.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   EPS able to identify a victim   Assault victim dies in hospital 

 

Brother identifies victim 

 

    

Soop                 Whitebear    Watchmaker

 

CALGARY - Emergency crews were called to the 1100-block of 37 St SW at about 10:40pm Tuesday for reports of a disturbance at a party at a home in the area.  Police found the body of a man in his 20s in the Westbrook Mall parking lot across the street.  One of the brothers of the deceased identified the victim as Darby Shade Soop, 26.  Police believe an altercation that began in the home spilled out into the street.  Police are now looking to speak to Christian Whitebear, 25, and Matthew Crane-Watchmaker, 19, who may have more information about what happened.   (CTV)

 

MORE:   2 sought    Concerned

PREVIOUS:   Body found    House party turns deadly  

 

Identified

 

MISSISSAUGA - Robert (Bob) Bellevue, 61, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Elaine Bellevue, 61, and attempted murder after police allege he tried to kill his teenage daughter in their Marmac Crescent family home Jan 13.  (Mississauga News)

 

MORE:   Deadly night

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing at home   Man in custody   Domestic related deaths    

 

Charged

 

TORONTO - Henryk Dabrowski, 60, was found unconscious with 'significant trauma' at the Wakunda Place apartment building on Oct 28, 2017.  Gary Seymour Scott, 37, has been charged with second-degree murder.   (Toronto Star)

 

MORE:   Man charged   Charged

PREVIOUS:   Identified   Homicide   Victim ID'd  

 

2 years

 

         

McLellan                 Doolan

 

VANCOUVER - Samantha Nadine Doolan, 29, who pleaded guilty to killing Lauren Lindsay McLellan, 28, outside the Caprice Nightclub Aug 11, 2016, has been sentenced to spend 2 years behind bars.  She was also given 3 years' probation and ordered to pay a $200 victim surcharge.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Charge laid  Assault victim dies   Woman dies 

 

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