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OTTAWA - Detailed tax information about the private
lives of hundreds of Canadians - many of them rich and famous - was sent to
CBC News by Canada's tax agency in a major privacy breach.
The highly confidential details, including home addresses of
taxpayers and the value of tax credits they were granted, are contained in a
copy of a Canada Revenue Agency spreadsheet covering the years 2008 to 2013.
TORONTO - Former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi is now facing 5 criminal charges, including sexual assault and choking, according to Toronto police. Ghomeshi, 47, surrendered to police on Wednesday morning and was formally charged under the Criminal Code with four counts of sexual assault and one of overcome resistance - choking. (CBC)
OTTAWA - The New Democrat MP who brought forward allegations of sexual misconduct involving Liberal colleagues says Montreal MP Massimo Pacetti forced himself on her in his hotel room earlier this year. 'It was sex without explicit consent,' the female NDP MP told the Star in an interview Tuesday on the condition she would not be identified. (Toronto Star)
Bill Cosby has been publicly accused of raping,
drugging, coercing or sexually assaulting 19 different women since 1965 and
many of them have only begun to come forward in recent weeks.
The comedian hasn't been charged with any crimes stemming from these
allegations, but over a decade after the first woman went public the world
has taken notice. (Wrap)
Timeline of abuse claims
BRUSSELS - Auditors have identified a black hole in EU budgets that could lead to extra demands for cash from the British taxpayer of up to $53.7B over the next 6 years. David Cameron will be legally obliged to make up a share of a shortfall of $409B by 2020 with liabilities for the Treasury estimated at $53.2B, calculated at the usual rate of Britain's EU contributions. (Telegraph UK)
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Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering. (BBC)
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Michael Brown Darren Wilson
FERGUSON - National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Demonstrators returned Tuesday to the riot-scarred streets. But with hundreds of additional troops standing watch over neighborhoods and businesses, the protests had far less destructive power than the previous night. (AP)
COMMENT: Police authority on trial
Chapter 1 - Responding humanitarian crises
Chapter 2 - Combatting transnational crime
Chapter 3 - Mental health for veterans
Chapter 4 - Providing relocation services
Chapter 5 - Support for the automotive
Chapter 6 - Nutrition North Canada
Chapter 7 - Documentary heritage
OTTAWA - A federally commissioned study says police must be more flexible and seek out partnerships to succeed in the 21st century. The report by the Ottawa-based Council of Canadian Academies says the one-size-fits-all model of today's municipal police service is a thing of the past. Officials say the cost of policing is steadily rising - hitting almost $13B in 2011 - even though the rate of reported crime is falling. (CP)
VANCOUVER - A BC
judge has ruled the Conservative government's 6-year-old changes to the
dangerous-offender regime violate the charter, but it's not yet clear
whether the law will be struck down.
OTTAWA - The deputy minister of public safety says a bill that would allow Canada's spy agency to break foreign laws is constitutional. At a Commons committee meeting, Francois Guimont assured MPs that Justice Department lawyers had vetted the legislation against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (CP)
OTTAWA - The Canadian Government rarely offers details about Canadian extremists it believes pose a threat, but with the help of terrorism experts and using open sources of information, CBC News has pieced together a list of 18 Canadians accused of dangerous terrorist connections. (CBC)
15-year-old has become radicalized
VIENNA - A new
UN report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP)
is warning that much more needs to be done to deal with the situation and
that no country is immune from TIP.
The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons was released by the
UNDOC noting that 1 in 3 known victims of human trafficking is a child,
and girls and women are particularly targeted and forced into 'modern
OTTAWA - A number of official websites, including those of Toronto police and the city of Ottawa, that were taken offline over the weekend were the victims of “low-level” online attack, according to experts, who say there is no reason to worry that data safety has been breached. (Toronto Star)
MORE: Hacker strikes again
Savvy Black Friday shoppers should pay attention to products' final price, not just how much they're supposedly saving. (CTV)
MAIDUGURI - 2 female suicide bombers blew themselves up Tuesday in a crowded market in Nigeria's NE city of Maiduguri, killing at least 30 people. The 2 teenage girls dressed in full hijab entered the busy market and detonated their explosives. The first set off her explosives and killed about 3 women. When others gathered around the scene, the second bomber screamed and blew herself up, killing about 30. (AP)
CAIRO - An
apartment building collapsed on Tuesday in northern Cairo, leaving 15 people
dead. Rescue teams were
searching for survivors and victims through the rubble of the eight-floor
building in the crowded district of Al Matariya. 7 people were retrieved
alive. Initial investigations
found that the landlord had illegally added 2 extra floors to the building.
GUELMIM - Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco's south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people. Near the southern city of Guelmim alone, 24 people died, including 11 bodies that were recovered from the Oued Talmaadart, which is normally a dry riverbed but the flooding turned it into a raging torrent. (AP)
Deadly flash flood
CLEVELAND - A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun. The boy, identified by the medical examiner as Tamir Rice, died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to an emergency call about someone waving a 'probably fake' gun at a playground. (AP)
BUFFALO - Attorney General Eric T Schneiderman announced that his office has begun taking legal action against businesses that engaged in price gouging during last week's historic snow emergency in Western New York. (NY AG press release)
MORE: Evacuation plans readied
TORONTO - Amnesty International in Canada has warned the Canadian government of being part of the problem of human rights violations in Guatemala concerning the activities of mining companies over its refusal to put in place control mechanisms. (EFE)
TORONTO - Radon a colourless and odourless gas emitted through soil, is believed to be responsible for 16% of lung cancer deaths in the country each year, making it the second-leading cause of lung cancer fatalities after tobacco use, says the Canadian Cancer Society. It's estimated that 3,000 Canadians die from lung cancer caused by radon annually. (CP)
PAKTIKA PROVINCE - A suicide bomber attacked spectators at a crowded volleyball match in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 40 people, a provincial official said. Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final. (Reuters)
RAQQA - Across the vast region under IS control, the group is actively conscripting children for battle and committing abuses against the most vulnerable at a young age, according to a growing body of evidence assembled from residents, activists, independent experts and human rights groups. (AP)
CFB PETAWAWA - Craftsman Kyle Sinclair died after an incident during routine training at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, the Department of National Defence said Sunday. Sinclair, 27, died late Friday night in hospital after an incident while working on a machine. (CBC)
YELLOWKNIFE - Giant
Mine was once one of Canada's richest gold mines, creating jobs and
yielding more than 200 tonnes of the precious metal between 1948 and 2004.
But there is a darker side to Giant Mine as well, one which may leave
taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1B.
The company that operated the mine is not around anymore, and the
government never required any of the companies that subsequently took
ownership of Giant Mine to clean up the pollution.
TORONTO - For all the fuss municipal officials across the country are making about Uber, you'd think the company was the domestic affiliate of ISIS. Cab companies can't stand the competition. And local politicians and civil servants hate that they cannot control Uber-like services. Uber and its rivals won't kowtow to officialdom the way taxi companies do. The fight against app-based ride services is all about the money and power. (QMI)
ANTANANARIVO - An outbreak of the Plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital. So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to 'the city's high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system,' WHO warned. (Reuters)
LISBON - Portuguese police have arrested former Socialist prime minister, Jose Socrates, and 3 other people in an investigation into suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering. (AFP)
LONDON - The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed. Two newspaper executives have told the Observer that their publications were issued with D-notices - warnings not to publish intelligence that might damage national security - when they sought to report on allegations of a powerful group of men engaging in child sex abuse in 1984. (Guardian UK)
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is ordering the most sweeping overhaul of the immigration system in decades, despite Republican claims he is acting illegally by moving unilaterally to shield 5M undocumented immigrants. (CNN)
BEIJING - An army is attacking the US. Its war is
being waged without bullets or fanfare. Until now, a complete view of
their operations and of the military department that gives them their orders
remained hidden. Yet, China's spy and cyberoperations all share one thing in
common: they're all orchestrated under the People's Liberation Army General
Staff Department (GSD),
the Chinese military's top-level department dedicated to warfighting.
CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle dismissed the case of 57-year-old Ricky Jackson on Friday morning. The dismissal came after the key witness against Jackson and brothers Wiley and Ronnie Bridgeman at trial, a 13-year-old boy, recanted last year and said Cleveland police detectives coerced him into testifying that the 3 killed businessman Harry Franks the afternoon of May 19, 1975. (AP)
HALIFAX - The 6th annual Halifax International Security Forum opened Friday with the release of a new poll that says most Canadians think the world has become more dangerous. (QMI)
Amnesty International has introduced software to help ordinary citizens find out if governments are monitoring their computer activity. However, the new anti-snooping programme is far from foolproof. Known as Detekt, the software was designed to counter the increasing use of sophisticated technology by authoritarian regimes to track the online activity and communication of its citizens. (AFP)
MORE: Detekt V 1.4
OTTAWA - The RCMP has abandoned some investigations because of a key Supreme Court ruling that said police require a warrant or other legal tool to obtain basic Internet subscriber information, an internal government memo says. (CP)
OTTAWA - FINTRAC's annual report, tabled quietly this week in Parliament, says the 1,143 disclosures to law-enforcement agencies in 2013-14 were up from 919 the previous year. (CTV)
FINTRAC annual report 2014
TORONTO - Canada's exclusive billionaire's club is getting richer at a quick pace, according to a new study released by Wealth-X and UBS AG. The overall net worth of Canadian billionaires increased to US $105B in 2014, up from US $94B in 2013. The increase suggests an average return of approximately 12%. There are now 2,325 billionaires across the world, up 7% from 2013, with a combined net worth of US $7.3T. The world's billionaires account for just 1 in 3M people, but they control 4% of global wealth. (CTV)
REPORT: Billionaire census 2014
Inflation rate 2.4% in Oct
BRISBANE - While the G20 summit in Australia made headlines over global warming, economic growth and terrorism, much less attention was paid to the giant spectre of global corruption. That is too bad as this is a problem that is arguably more dangerous to humanity than even terrorism because it siphons off an estimated $1T from developing countries annually through bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, extortion and other financial crimes. (CBC)
RELATED: This crisis was foreseeable
VANCOUVER - IHIT says it
has been called to Langley, BC, after a body was found Tuesday.
A dead-end section of
64 Ave, just west of 248 St and south of Highway
1, was behind police tape into Tuesday night.
David John Labelle
EDMONTON - Police said the Medical Examiner had determined David John Labelle, 30, had died of a gunshot wound. The investigation started after officers were called to a home in the area of 133rd ST and 155th Ave at about 5am, Nov 22 on reports of shots heard. Labelle was found injured, he was taken to hospital in critical condition - but later passed away. (CTV)
SAINT JOHN - Richard Gerald James Valiquette, 26, faces charges including manslaughter after the body of Gavin Adams, 17, was found in a snowbank on Dec. 16, 2013. Valiquette is charged with manslaughter by criminal negligence for allegedly supplying Adams with a substance 'not intended for human consumption.' He is also charged with producing and trafficking the drug DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, a psychedelic compound. Police said the case took a year to get to court due to a lengthy investigation that included toxicology reports and consultations to learn about drugs such as DMT and 25I. (Global)
WINNIPEG - Nearly 28 years
after he was convicted of first-degree murder and 5 years after he was released
on bail, Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay ordered Manitoba's Court of
Appeal to review Frank Ostrowski's conviction in the 1986 murder of Robert
BRAMPTON - A former Toronto police officer was
reduced to tears in a Brampton court Tuesday afternoon when a judge sentenced
him to 6 years in jail for sexually abusing and photographing girls, one of whom
was still in diapers.
Justice Bruce Durno ordered Dariusz
Kisielewski, 46, a married father of 2, to serve 6 years in jail, minus 19
months for time spent in pre-sentence custody.
VANCOUVER - 2 people have been charged following an incident that prompted RCMP officers to open fire on a fleeing vehicle. Daniel Monaghan, 26, of Langley is charged a number of offences including assault of a peace officer, assault with a weapon and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. David Traill, 52, of Surrey is charged with resisting arrest and breach of a conditional sentence order. (CP)
CALMAR - RCMP have arrested a 30-year old Calmar man and charged him with second-degree murder in the death of Michael Lafleche, 46, of Calmar. Brent Tetreault of Calmar has been charged with second degree murder. (Beacon)
VANCOUVER - Harbans Pandher has been charged with
second-degree murder of his wife Jaswant Pandher, 64.
IHIT has taken conduct of the investigation,
in what appears to have been a domestic-related homicide in Newton.
Police were called to a home in the
6900-block of 152 St just after 1pm Sunday.
Surrey RCMP found a woman deceased inside the
home and suspected foul play. Pander was arrested at the scene.
VANCOUVER - The 51-year-old man shot by police after wildly waving a two-by-four at an East Vancouver intersection late Saturday afternoon has been identified as Phuong Na (Tony) Du. The Vancouver resident died at Hospital around 5pm. A release issued by police shortly after the incident said Du was standing at the intersection shouting and waving around a two-by-four. Police say that when he refused to comply with their orders to put down the lumber, officers attempted to disarm him with bean-bag rounds. However, police eventually opened fire on the man with bullets. (Vancouver Sun)
MONTREAL - Quebec's justice minister has ordered a
second independent prosecutor to look into the death of a 5-year-old boy killed
by a speeding police officer in Longueuil.
The case was order by Justice Minister
Stephanie Vallee to reopened by the director of criminal and penal prosecutions
in light of
statements made in recent days.
'It's important to maintain the public's
faith in this important institution (the Crown) and that's why we've come to the
conclusion it would be appropriate to submit the file to independent
prosecutors,' she said.
Lin Jun Luka Magnotta
MONTREAL - The final witness the defence called to
explain Luka Magnotta's actions in the killing of Jun Lin was the lead
investigator in the case.
Once the defence rested, the Crown called a
rebuttal witness, Dr. Joel Paris, who met Magnotta one month before the 2012
PORT HAWKESBURY - The Crown' main witness will be back on the stand today at what the prosecutors are calling the 'murder for lobster' trial. James Landry, 67, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Philip Boudreau, 43 of Petit-de-Grat last year. Fellow crew member Craig Landry, himself charged as an accessory after the fact, has been detailing his account of events in a Port Hawkesbury courtroom. The Landrys are third cousins and worked together as deckhands on the fishing boat the Twin Maggies. (CBC)
WINNIPEG - The senior Manitoba judge in the middle
of a nude photo scandal has struck a deal to retire in the spring to avoid an
At the beginning of Monday morning's
proceedings, it was announced Lori Douglas and the Canadian Judicial Council had
struck a deal to stay proceedings against her if she retires this coming May.
Donald Bryce Lyons
VANCOUVER - A high-ranking member of the Independent Soldiers has been sent back to prison after being caught with 3 disguised criminals shortly after he was released from jail last August. The Parole Board of Canada ruled this month that Donald Bryce Lyons, 41, poses too great a risk to the community to remain free on statutory release - which usually occurs after an inmate has served two-thirds of their sentence. (Vancouver Sun)
VICTORIA - As cabinet minister Amrik Virk told it
Monday afternoon, he meant to come clean about his part in a scheme by
Polytechnic University to evade government
guidelines for executive compensation.
Then came those telling emails, retrieved by
a whistleblower at the university and delivered into the hands of the NDP
Opposition, which paraded them through question period in the legislature
TORONTO - A company that sells water heaters door to door has agreed to pay a $7M fine for unfair and misleading sales tactics, including not letting homeowners know they are trying to sell them something. National Energy Corporation has been the subject of thousands of complaints by regulatory bodies in recent years. (CBC)
HALIFAX - A second young man accused in a prominent child pornography case in Halifax has pleaded guilty. The girl, whose identity is protected by a mandatory publication ban, died after she was taken off life-support following a suicide attempt in the spring of 2013. Her family says she was bullied for months as a result of the photo and have voiced their opposition to the publication ban that prevents her from being identified, saying it silences them from telling her story. (CP)
HALIFAX - Police have laid a charge of first-degree murder against a man in connection with the disappearance of a woman reported missing more than 4 months ago. Catherine (Catie) Miller was last in contact with her family on July 15. Police say the 29-year-old woman's remains have not been found but they have ruled the case a homicide. Jason James Johnson, 29, is also charged with indecently interfering with a dead human body in addition to the first-degree murder charge. (CP)
Florence Marie Pakkari
CALGARY - The CPS Unsolved
Team reports it has new information and is using modern forensics technology to
assist their investigation into the 1997 murder of 64-year old Florence Pakkari.
At about 8:30am, on Sunday, Nov 23, 1997, the
body of Florence Marie Pakkari, 64, was found inside her home.
MONTREAL - A restaurant frequently associated with the mafia in Montreal was the target of an arson attack early Monday. Around 1am, the alarm at La Cantina went off after a break in. When police arrived at the scene, they found flames coming from the business. Firefighters were called in quickly and damage was limited. In August 2009, co-owner Federico Del Peschio, a Rizzuto clan associate, was shot dead in the back of the restaurant. (CTV)
Winnipeg Free Press
WINNIPEG - Beatrice Ann Crane, 44, died from injuries she suffered when she was stabbed inside a suite in the 500-block of Victor St around 3am on Friday. Paramedics rushed her to hospital in critical condition, but she died shortly after she arrived. (CTV)
RANKIN INLET - The RCMP in Rankin Inlet are
investigating a sudden death in the community. A spokesperson told CBC News
that officers were called to the scene at 8am on Saturday. Police have
called the death 'suspicious.'
MISSION - A 35-year-old man is dead in what police believe was a hit-and-run in the 34000-block of Lougheed Hwy in Mission. RCMP says a BC Ambulance crew discovered the man's body quite by accident when they noticed what appeared to be someone lying in a ditch by the north side of the highway around 11am. (CBC)
CALGARY - At approximately 9:20pm, an officer in a marked CPS unit witnessed a suspicious black, 2003 Lincoln Aviator. The officer is believed to have activated their unit's lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the vehicle over. The driver of the suspect vehicle is alleged to have fled the scene. Firefighters located a large SUV wrapped around a tree and 2 injured people next to the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a deceased male, the driver, entangled in the wreckage. (CTV)
EDMONTON - A 27-year-old
man driving a stolen car is dead after a crash early Saturday.
The man was in a speeding westbound Pontiac
Grand Prix, when the car drove through a red light.
Another man driving a Nissan Sentra went
through the intersection on the green light and hit the Pontiac at the right
Both vehicles spun out of control and the
Pontiac smashed into a nearby wooden post in the NW corner of the intersection.
The man in the Pontiac was not wearing a seat
MONTREAL - The 19-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a tree and house, killing 2 passengers and seriously injuring himself and 2 others, will face charges, according to police. Police said the car was speeding. They are also waiting for blood test results to see whether alcohol played a role in the crash, and are investigating whether the driver was racing with another vehicle. (CBC)
MORE: At least 2 charges
Conor Grossmith & Kathleen Gilchrist
KELOWNA - The man who admitted to using a hammer to kill his mother has been found not criminally responsible for the crime because of a mental disorder. BC Supreme Court Justice Alison Beames handed down her verdict on Coner Grossmith, 26, shortly after Crown and defence lawyers wrapped up their cases Friday. Grossmith told police after the murder that he didn't remember killing his mother, Kathleen, while she was in bed in September 2012. (CP)
MORE: No jail time
Killer to stand trial
VANCOUVER - Since I started
looking at the circumstances surrounding the murder charge laid against Delta
Police Constable Jordan MacWilliams the biggest question that remains unanswered
CALGARY - Police report they have charged a 35-year old city man in connection with the death of Suryan Giama in February of this year. Suryan Giama was last seen by a family member on Feb. 17, 2014 at a home in Woodbine. Kevin Douglas Dalton, 35, has been charged with manslaughter and committing an indignity to a human body. (Beacon)
BRAMPTON - Eric Morgan of Brampton, Ont., has filed a $25M lawsuit against Peel Regional Police after being acquitted of a murder for which he spent more than 3 years in prison. Morgan, 47, was cleared last year in the Nov 2006 murder of Mervyn (Mikey) Spence outside of the Malibu Marie nightclub, where Morgan had celebrated his 39th birthday with about 150 guests. (CBC)
MONTREAL - A man who ran a ring of drug dealers that the police alleged had ties to the Mafia in Montreal received an overall sentence of 54 months at the Montreal courthouse on Friday. Quebec Court Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer noted Tomasso Paparelli's guilty pleas to 20 charges filed against him in Project Argot saved a great deal of court time by avoiding a trial that might have lasted at least four weeks. (Montreal Gazette)
VANCOVUER - In a North American first, heroin addicts in Vancouver will soon receive prescription heroin outside of a clinical trial. Doctors at the Providence Crosstown Clinic received shipment of the drug this week for 26 former trial participants and will begin administering the drugs next week. In all, 120 severely addicted people have received authorization from Health Canada to receive the drugs; the rest are expected to get them soon. (Globe & Mail)
TORONTO - The Utah toxicologist whose opinion the Hospital for Sick Children has repeatedly relied upon to defend its Motherisk program acknowledged the hair tests presented by the laboratory in a 2009 trial did not meet the international standards for evidence presented in a court of law. Motherisk, which is routinely called upon to test the hair of children and adults in child welfare cases to determine long-term exposure or use of drugs and alcohol, is not a forensic lab. An ongoing Star investigation has revealed the hair tests conducted there are generally accepted without challenge in courts across Ontario as evidence of parental substance abuse. (Toronto Star)
MONTREAL - The body of a man was discovered Friday morning inside the entrance of an apartment building at 3862 Allen St. The man, between 35-40, had apparent upper body injuries and there was blood at the scene. It is unclear whether the man was injured from a fall due to weather conditions or if foul play was involved. (CTV)
REGINA - Police in Regina
are investigating, along with the provincial coroner's office, after the body of
a newborn infant was discovered in a backyard earlier this month.
Police said the infant boy was found Nov 7 in
the backyard of a residence on the
700-block of Retallack St.
Officers said they know who the mother is.
Dorothy Tucker Matt Tucker
OAK HAVEN - Matt Tucker, the son of Dorothy Tucker has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with her death. The charge was laid the morning after a body was found in a wooded area in St. David. 2 hunters discovered the body about 3:30pm on Thursday. RCMP said evidence at the scene suggested foul play was involved in the death. Dorothy Tucker, 53, hadn't been heard from since about 9pm on Nov. 9. (CBC)
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