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Suicide bombing


ADEN - A suicide car bomb attack on an army training camp in Yemen's second city of Aden has killed at least 45 people.  The attacker drove his vehicle into a gathering of new recruits at the camp in northern Aden on Monday.  (Jazeera)


MORE:   At least 54 killed   71 killed

PREVIOUS:   Yemeni Civil War 


Wedding targeted


KARBALA - 18 people were killed and another 20 wounded in an attack launched by 5 suicide bombers on Monday at a wedding party in the town of Ain al-Tamer, west of the Shia holy city of Karbala. One of the attackers wearing suicide vest managed to blow himself up, killing 18 and wounding another 20.   Iraqi security forces killed the other 4 attackers who were carrying rifles and grenades.  (NTR) 


Iran confirms arrest


TEHRAN - Iran's judiciary on Sunday confirmed the brief detention of a member of Iran's negotiation team with world powers on suspicion of 'infiltration.'  Authorities detained a dual Iranian-Canadian national, Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani, a member of the Ontario Institute of Chartered Accountants in Canada.  Diana Khaddaj, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, declined to elaborate due to privacy concerns.  (AP) 


UN aid


Bashar al-Assad


DAMASCUS - Businessmen whose companies are under US and EU sanctions have been paid substantial sums by the UN mission, as have government departments and charities - including one set up by the president's wife, Asma al-Assad, and another by his closest associate, Rami Makhlouf.  The UN says it can only work with a small number of partners approved by President Assad and that it does all it can to ensure the money is spent properly.  (Guardian UK) 


Serial killer arrested


Gao Chengyong


BAIYIN - An alleged serial killer, who is accused of raping and murdering 11 female victims in northern China over more than a decade, has been captured by police.  Gao Chengyong, called China's 'Jack the Ripper', was detained at a grocery store he runs with his wife.  He admitted to the killings, which took place between 1988 and 2002, according to the Ministry of Public Security.  The 52-year-old is a married father of 2.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Dutiful son arrested


Canadian forces probe


KINGSTON - The Royal Military College of Canada is investigating the sudden deaths over the last 4 months of 4 students who attended the prestigious school last year.  Officials did not comment on the possible causes of death for any of the men.   (Toronto Star) 


Canadians charged


SYDNEY - 3 Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday after Sydney police allegedly found 95 kilograms of cocaine in their cabin luggage.  Andre Tamine, 63, Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberce, 22, were arrested Sunday after the MS Sea Princess, operated by California-based Princess Cruises, berthed in Sydney.  (AP) 


Lightning strike


HARDANGERVIDDA - More than 323 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in central Norway in what wildlife officials are calling an unusually large natural disaster.  The Norwegian Environment Agency has released eerie images showing reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.  (Daily Mail)


Chinese dynasty


Xi Jinping


BEIJING - Under Xi Jinping in recent years, China has struck an increasingly assertive posture, demanding that the world bend to its interests in diplomacy, corporate affairs and the drawing of international borders. When they gather here for G20 meetings next week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other foreign leaders will encounter a Chinese leadership newly eager to shape the outside world to its own needs.  (Globe & Mail)  


MORE:   Eastern promises 


Senator's daughter



EpiPen                   Heather Bresch


WASHINGTON - Members of Congress are in an unusual position as they demand an explanation for Mylan NV's 400% price hike for the EpiPen and focus attention squarely on its CEO: Heather Bresch.  She's the daughter of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  Mylan has increased the price of its EpiPen from about $57 a shot when it took over sales of the product in 2007 to more than $600 for two auto-injectors. (Bloomberg)


MORE:   Canadians shouldn't panic   $19M salary   Damage control  

COMMENT:   EpiPen & crony capitalism

PREVIOUS:   War on Legal Drugs   Copyright


Canadian suspect killed


DHAKA - Bangladeshi authorities say a Canadian man suspected of organizing a deadly attack on a popular restaurant in Dhaka has been killed in a police raid near the capital.  Police accuse Bangladeshi-born Canadian Tamim Chowdhury of being one of two masterminds behind the July attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery that left 20 people dead.  He's also suspected to have led a July 7 attack on a prayer gathering near Dhaka that left 4 people dead, including 2 police officers.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   July 2016 Dhaka attack 




OTTAWA - 3 Ottawa men who conspired to commit terrorism have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced in Ontario Superior Court.  Twins Ashton and Carlos Larmond conspired over a five-month period from Aug. 1, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2015, in both Ottawa and Gatineau, QC.  Suliman Mohamed was arrested just days after the twins, and conspired to participate in terrorist activity with them.  (CBC)


MORE:   Ottawa terror trio  

PREVIOUS:   3 plead guilty to terrorism  


Barrel bombs hit funeral


ALEPPO - At least 24 funeral mourners have been killed and 30 others wounded in a barrel bomb attack in a rebel-held area of Aleppo.  A volunteer rescue group also known as the White Helmets, told Al Jazeera that Syrian government and Russian warplanes hit on Saturday a group of people gathered in the al-Maadi neighbourhood to mourn the death of 15 women and children killed in a raid earlier this week.  (Jazeera) 


PREVIOUS:   Battle of Aleppo  


Gruesome act of evil


Victoria Martens


ALBUQUERQUE - Officers arrived at the NW Albuquerque apartment around 4:30am Wednesday and found a cloud of smoke wafting from the bathroom.  Young Victoria Martens' dismembered body was burning in the bathtub.   Victoria's mother, Michelle Martens, 35, faces multiple charges including child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death, along with her new boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31, and his cousin Jessica Kelley, 31.  (Albuquerque Journal)    


MORE:   Horrific killing   Fast facts   Murder stuns community 





Margaret Held & Paula Merrill            Sanders


DURANT - Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68.  (AP)


MORE:   Man charged 

PREVIOUS:   Nuns stabbed   Nuns killed 


Warehouse fire


MOSCOW - At least 16 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan have died in a fire at a warehouse in Moscow.  Firefighters arrived at 8am on Saturday at the scene, where a blaze had engulfed 200 sq metres of a warehouse in an industrial zone to the north of the Russian capital.  The fire on the fourth floor of the building, which is thought to belong to a printing company, was extinguished at about 10am.  The blaze was believed to have been caused by a broken lamp in a room containing large quantities of flammable liquid and paper products.  (Guardian UK)   


MORE:   Warehouse fire


Bid for Security Council seat


OTTAWA - Canada has announced it will step up its contribution to UN peacekeeping operationsThe government has said it will commit 600 troops and $450M over 3 years to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the unprecedented contribution was only the 'first part' of Canada's re-engagement with multilateral peace operations.  The plan is seen to strengthen Canada's bid for a rotating seat on the UN Security Council and offer it a chance to recover from the humiliation of its first failed bid back in 2010.  (AFP) 


COMMENT:   Canada must play hardball with UN


Seniors separated


Wolfram & Anita Gottschalk


VANCOUVER - If you need evidence of just how inhumane a bureaucracy can be - look no further than the image that made its way around the world this week of a sobbing elderly couple forced to spend the twilight days of their 62-year marriage apart.  Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, who has dementia and lymphoma, dabs at his eyes as Anita Gottschalk, 81, does the same.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Canadian couple forced to live apart   Heartbreaking photo   Health care hurdles   Canada's seniors care

PREVIOUS:   Saddest photo I ever took 

RELATED:   BC woman fights to get her citizenship back


Charity fundraising


CALGARY - The battle over Parkinson's disease is more than a race to find a cure: it is also a jurisdictional spat that has pitted Parkinson Canada against Parkinson Alberta over revenue sharing and a possible trademark infringement.  And the 2 organizations will be competing head to head for Albertans' charitable donations next weekend with major fundraisers: Parkinson Canada's SuperWalk and Parkinson Alberta's Step 'n Stride, both set for Sept 10-11.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Non-Profit Industry


Where the money is


OTTAWA - The Canadian government has as many as 45,000 legal claims - big and small - pending against it, representing a potential liability that stretches into the 'hundreds of billions of dollars.'   The breadth and potential depth of the litigation quagmire was the driving force behind the Trudeau government's recent decision to establish a full cabinet committee to track the lawsuits.   (CBC) 


Extremist travelers


OTTAWA - Women account for about one-fifth of extremists from Canada who head overseas, says the government's latest public report on terrorism.  As of the end of 2015, the federal government was aware of approximately 180 people abroad with a nexus to Canada who were suspected of engaging in terrorism-related activities, the report says. More than half were believed to be in Turkey, Iraq or Syria.   (CP)


REPORT:   2016 public report on the terrorist threat to Canada


Facing deportation


Michele Torre


MONTREAL - 20 years later, Michele Torre's role in the cocaine smuggling conspiracy is part of the basis of an order, issued by the federal government, seeking to have him removed from Canada, where he is a permanent resident and has resided since 1967, and returned to Italy where he is a citizen.   (Montreal Gazette) 


Switched at birth


NORWAY HOUSE - 2 men from a northern Manitoba First Nation have discovered they were likely switched at birth at a federally run hospital 40 years ago.  It's the second possible case of infants being switched at birth in 1975 at the same hospital, the Norway House Indian Hospital.  In this latest case, the 2 were born 3 days apart. DNA tests confirmed that one man was raised by the biological mother of the other. Both live in Norway House Cree Nation.   (CBC) 


MORE:   2 friends   




VANCOUVER - There were 26 overdoses in an around Insite over the two days between Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Neil Arao, a manager at Insite, said workers believe the substance is heavily laced fentanyl, based on the surge in overdoses.  So-called welfare Wednesday came a day early this week, with cheques going out on Tuesday.  The usual number of overdoses on the day social assistance is distributed is 6 to 7, he said, far less than this week's 14 on Tuesday and 12 on Wednesday.   (CP) 




VANCOUVER - Teck Resources says it is 'reviewing the implications' after a US judge ruled it must pay an aboriginal group $8.25M in costs.  Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation brought a lawsuit against Teck in 2004 and alleged hazardous substances from its Trail, BC, smelter were disposed of in the Columbia River. Judge Suko's ruling said Teck has argued that since it discharged its waste in BC, it was not subject to US environmental law.   (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Tech Resources funding BC Liberal Party   Tech board of directors 


Car bomb




CIZRE - A car bomb in Cizre, SE Turkey, has killed 11 policemen and injured 78.  The explosion targeted a checkpoint and left the nearby police HQ in ruins.   The banned Kurdistan Workers Party said it was behind the attack.   (BBC)  


MORE:   Bomb hits police HQ 


Gunmen attack beach restaurant


MOGADISHU - At least 10 people have been killed after al-Shabab fighters attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb before entering into a gunfight with security forces.   (Jazeera) 


Palestinian killed


WEST BANK - Israeli soldiers on Friday shot and killed (Iyad Hamed), an apparently unarmed Palestinian who ran toward their position in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.  A Palestinian official said the 38-year-old man suffered from mental illness, and several unsourced Israeli news websites reported that no weapons were found on his body.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   Forces kill unarmed man 


Miners kill minister


Rodolfo Illanes


PANDURO - Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been killed after being kidnapped by striking mineworkers.  Illanes had gone to talk to protesters earlier on Thursday in Panduro, but was intercepted and kidnapped by striking miners.   (BBC)


MORE:   Miners lift roadblock






HALIFAX - Two investigations have been launched into the collapse of an 80-metre wind turbine in Cape Breton, believed to be the first catastrophic failure of its kind in Canada.  Montreal-based Enercon Canada Inc. confirmed Wednesday that workers were told to leave the tower before it buckled and toppled into a tangled heap on Aug. 17.  (CP)


MORE:   Wind turbine collapse




KABUL - At least 13 people, including 7 students, were killed during a 10-hour assault by gunmen on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.  The attack began on August 24 with a large explosion that officials said was a car bomb followed by gunfire as the suspected militants breached the walls of the complex. Hundreds of students and faculty members were trapped inside the university during the attack.   (RFE)






NORCIA - A powerful earthquake that rocked central Italy on Wednesday left at least 73 people dead, and the total is likely to rise.  The quake occurred at 3.36am, in Norcia.   (Local)


MORE:   Central Italy earthquakes   Before and after pics   Death toll 290   Tempting morsel to OC  


Woman stabbed


Mai Ayliffe-Chung


HOME HILL - A French man allegedly cried 'Allahu Akbar' during a stabbing attack that left a 21-year-old British woman dead in front of up to 30 onlookers at a backpackers hostel in Australia.  The dead woman was named by media as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, from Derbyshire.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   British backpacker slain   Don't worry about me 


Jail death raises issues


HALIFAX - The disturbing death of a Cape Breton man who was pepper sprayed 4 times in the face in rapid succession raises concerns about both how guards restrain inmates and the quality of health care afterwards.   (CP)


MORE:   He was pretty much tortured   Inappropriate use of force  

RELATED:   Inmate died of overdose


Important people doing important stuff


Catherine McKenna


OTTAWA - More than $17,000 has been spent photographing Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and her staff since the Liberals took office less than 10 months ago.   (CTV) 


COMMENT:   Disgusted   Sweating the small stuff   Follow the money   


More regulation leads to more fraud


When top-level managers find governance mechanisms too coercive, they're more likely to commit fraud, according to a new paper.  (Epoch Times)


REPORT:   External corporate governance and financial fraud 


Taxes biggest expense


VANCOUVER - The Fraser Institute's authors conclude that visible and hidden taxes would have been equal to 42.4% of the cash income for an average Canadian family in 2015.  By comparison, the study estimates the average Canadian family spent about 37.6% of the family's total cash income on housing, food and clothing last year.  (CP)


REPORT:   Consumer tax index, 2016 edition


Docs paid


OTTAWA - Physicians in Canada were paid a total of $25B in 2014-2015, up from $24.1B during the previous period, according to a new report.  The average payment per physician remained virtually unchanged at $339,000 nationally, the CIHI said in its annual report.   (CBC) 


REPORT:   Physicians in Canada 2015

COMMENT:   Changing the system  

PREVIOUS:   Doctors' income    Docs want more money   OMA     


2 found dead


DELISLE - The RCMP is investigating after 2 people were found dead in a Delisle, SK, home on Saturday night.  Around 7:30pm, RCMP were called to a home on the 300-block of 4 St W in Delisle, where they found the bodies of a 26-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman.  Police said the deceased were known to each other.   (CTV)


MORE:   Sudden death of couple    Sudden deaths 


Suspicious death


KAMLOOPS - About 11:30am Saturday, police were alerted to the discovery of a body at the Super 8 Motel on Hugh Allan Drive.   (Castanet) 


Officer struck by police cruiser


MISSISSAUGA - A Peel police officer is in serious condition after being struck by a police cruiser in Mississauga on Sunday.  The incident occurred just before 10am at the intersection of Barbertown and Mississauga roads.  The male victim was working there as a paid duty officer.  The cruisers were responding to the break and enter in progress and were 'not involved in a pursuit.'   (CTV)


Woman shot


Peggy Ann Smith


TORONTO - Police have identified Peggy Ann Smith, 61, of Toronto as the victim of a fatal shooting on Saturday.  Police say they responded to a call for sounds of gunshots heard in the Don Mount Court and Kintyre Ave at around 6:13pm.  Upon arrival, emergency crews located Smith in an alley behind a home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Victim ID'd 


Body found


CALGARY - Police are investigating after a woman was found lying dead on a driveway in the on Saturday morning.  Emergency crews arrived at the scene in the 100 block of Cranston Green SE around 7:15am after a resident reported a person in medical distress.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Suspicious death   Body found 


Body in dumpster arrests


Garnet Walter Williams


WINNIPEG - Police said Garnet Walter Williams, who was found dead in a dumpster in early August, was seriously assaulted and confined for a period of time before he died.  Williams was with a group of individuals in a suite in the 600-block of Ellice Ave on July 31.  Police allege a dispute broke out, and the group seriously assaulted Williams.  Jeremy Lee Allen, 27, has been charged with first-degree murder.  Miranda Nancy Leclaire, 32, and Lyle Barrow, 30, were charged with manslaughter.  Police said Jennifer Kelly Hall, 25, and a 56-year-old man, were previously arrested and charged with indignity to a human body.   (CTV)


MORE:   3 more arrested   Charges

PREVIOUS:   Police seek tips   Police identify body   Body ID'd  


Street racing charges


Hannah Thorne


NEW HARBOUR - RCMP have arrested and charged Brian Robert King, 30, and Steven Ryan Mercer, 29, with street racing causing death.  The charges stem from July's crash that killed Hannah Thorne, 18.   (CBC)


MORE:   Men charged with street racing 


Criminal investigation


CALGARY - A criminal investigation has been launched into the conduct of Calgary police officers after a man sustained 'several serious injuries' during an arrest in July near Chinook Mall.  2 officers have been suspended with pay and 2 others assigned to desk duty.  Up to a dozen officers were involved in the arrest of a man around the 6700-block of Macleod Trail South on July 30, a Saturday night.   (CBC) 


It's very disturbing


James MacDonald and Stephen Tremblett


FLORENCE - 2 volunteer firefighters are facing multiple arson charges in connection with a string of fires throughout the Cape Breton communities of Florence and Bras d’Or.  Stephen Tremblett, 49, of North Sydney is facing 12 charges of arson. James Clayton MacDonald, 24, of Bras d'Or is facing 16 charges of arson.  Both Tremblett and Clayton are members of the volunteer fire department in Florence.   (CTV)


Son charged


BAKER-BROOK - Johnny Albert, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father Gordon Albert, 46.  The body of Albert was found outside of a cottage on Richard Road Friday morning.   (CBC) 


MORE:   Body found   Man charged 


Police shooting


SAINT CYRILLE-DE-WENDOVER - A 41-year-old man was shot and killed by police on Friday night in the town of St-Cyrille-de-Wendover.  According to the Bureau of Independent Investigators, 2 SQ officers were responding to a call regarding a family dispute. They found man brandishing a knife.  After briefly speaking to the man, he rushed at the officers and was shot at least once.  (CP) 


3 more nameless victims


Brett Ryan


TORONTO - Brett Ryan, 35, made a brief appearance inside a packed court, less than 24 hours after police discovered the lifeless bodies of 3 people, 2 men and 1 woman, struck by crossbow bolts outside a home on Lawndale Road.  In Jan 2009, Ryan was dubbed 'the bearded bandit' after pleading guilty to 8 counts of robbery and 8 counts of disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence.  The names of the victims of Thursday's triple homicide were placed under a publication ban in court, keeping them secret from the public.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Charged 

PREVIOUS:   Crossbow killing   Crossbow attack 


15 years


RIVIERE-VERTE - Sylvain Bard, 51, has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the death of a Roger Parent, 70, in Riviere-Verte, NB earlier this year.  Bard was arrested on Feb 17 and charged with first-degree murder in Parent's death.  Bard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on June 13.  He has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Guilty plea   Plea to lesser charge   Charged   Murder charge   


SIRT investigating


PICTOU LANDING - RCMP say the incident happened around 6:20am when officers found a 22-year-old man from Pictou Landing, NS, had been stabbed.  The man was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police say they then arrested a 32-year-old suspect.  The RCMP say a struggle ensued during the arrest and that's when the man's collarbone was injured.  (CBC) 


Latest BC Liberal supporter contracts


VICTORIA - Another megaproject, another chance to dole out direct award contracts.  In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction.  The list provided to the news at the end of July covers the period from Jan 1, 2014 to Feb 29, 2016 and is as interesting for what's in it as for what's redacted.  (Integrity BC) 


Canadian heist




RUSSELL - RCMP in Manitoba have posted a YouTube video of 2 men, one of whom is dressed in beer-league goalie equipment, who smashed their way into a vendor and made off with cases of brewskies.  Under the glare of streetlight, the netminder runs off with a case in each hand and a goalstick under his arm.  It happened Aug 15, just after 3:30am in the community of Russell. Video surveillance shows the 2 thieves climbing through the shattered glass, digging through the coolers, then lumbering away.   (CBC)


Bystander dies


MONTREAL - Witnesses reported hearing 3 or 4 shots at 4:00am Thursday on Charland St. near Delisle.  2 vehicles fled the scene, with one of them striking another car near the intersection of Port-Royal and St-Michel.  The driver of that car, a 76-year-old man, was taken to hospital in critical condition, but died of his injuries later Thursday evening.  A 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the collision. Police said he is known to them and his vehicle had bullet holes in it.   (CTV)


MORE:   Man dies   


$15 billion needed


TORONTO - Ontario's schools need $15.4B in repairs, newly released data from the Ministry of Education shows.  Out of the province's 4,658 school buildings, 1,666 - over a third - are in poor condition. Another 278 are in critical condition.  (Toronto Star) 


Yearly rate increase time


VANCOUVER - ICBC is asking the province's utilities commission to up basic insurance rates by 4.9%.  The hike is slightly less than the 5.5% increase imposed last year.  The Crown corporation said its executive team has also decreased from 11 members four years ago down to 8, and that executive compensation has significantly decreased in recent years.  (CTV)


Body in trunk


Tylor Donovan McInnis


HALIFAX - The man whose body was found in the trunk of a stolen car in North Preston, NS, Tuesday afternoon has been identified by police as Tylor Donovan McInnis, 26.  The Halifax man's body was found after police received a report of a stolen black Honda Civic shortly before 2pm Tuesday.  A short time later, officers found the vehicle in the St. Thomas Baptist Church cemetery on Upper Governor St.   (CTV)


MORE:   Homicide 


Canadian stabbed


LA ROMANA - Police in the Dominican Republic say an elderly Canadian man has been killed at his home in a resort town along the Caribbean coast.  John Verne Ward, 81, was found dead Wednesday from apparent stab wounds at his house on the outskirts of La Romana.  (AP)


MORE:   Canadian killed    Body found 


Shooting tied to robbery


MONTREAL - Francois Cardinal, 36, is accused of the first-degree murder of Boris Ricourt. The victim was shot Friday night inside an apartment on De Maisonneuve Blvd.   (Montreal Gazette) 


PREVIOUS:   Shooting  





Linda & Cheyenne Daniel        Bauman


ST CLEMENTS - Police announced Glenn Kraemer Bauman, 43, of Valleyview, AB, had been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Linda Daniel, 47, and her daughter Cheyenne, 13.  Bauman also faces two charges of offering an indignity to a body.  Linda and Cheyenne Daniel were last seen in July 2011.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Man faces charges   Charges 


Hit-and-run charge



Steven Doyle       Mohammad-Duad


TORONTO - Steven Doyle, 27, was standing on the west side of George St at around 5:45pm on Aug 15 when he was hit and killed by a blue Dodge Caravan. According to police, the van 'drove onto the sidewalk and deliberately struck the man.'  Ayubullo Mohammad-Duad, 21, of no fixed address, appeared in court on Wednesday charged with first-degree murder.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Murder charge   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Hit-and-run   Victim identified   Homicide investigation   Video shows suspect


Canada wide warrant


Dean Commanda & Chad Largy


CALGARY - A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a Calgary man convicted of stabbing his best friend to death a decade ago and then dismembering his body to hide the evidence.  Dean Commanda began serving a 9-year, 6-month sentence in Feb 2007.  He had been convicted in the manslaughter death of Chad Largy, 22.  He was granted statutory release last Nov.   (CBC)


MORE:   Warrant issued 


Improvised explosive device


VANCOUVER - Police said the 'improvised explosive device' found in a storage locker this week could have caused extensive damage to the building - and anyone inside.  Someone found the device in a locker at Guardian Storage on 7 Ave West, early Tuesday afternoon and called 911, triggering a massive police response.  (CTV) 


MORE:    Locker renter reported explosive


Cop charged


TORONTO - A veteran Toronto police officer is facing criminal and disciplinary charges after allegedly driving drunk while operating a police vehicle earlier this year.  Det. Paul Drury, who has more than 30 years on the Toronto force, made his first appearance at the police tribunal Tuesday, facing 3 counts of misconduct in connection with drunk-driving charges.  (Toronto Star) 


Officer charged


TORONTO - Const. Michael Partridge, 35, is alleged to have assaulted a man who ran away from police during an investigation near Queen St W and Lisgar St on March 30.  The Professional Standards unit at the Toronto Police Service investigated the incident and charged Partridge with assault and assault with a weapon.  Partridge, a member of the York Regional Police canine unit, was working inside the Toronto city limits as part a break-and-enter investigation.  (Toronto Star) 


Child porn charges



Jason Dickens   Dylan Anne McEwen


TORONTO - A former Degrassi High actor and 3 women have been arrested after investigators discovered 'thousands' of child pornography images and videos.  Jason 'Byrd' Dickens, 45, of Toronto, is facing 20 charges, including sexual assault, making, accessing and possessing child pornography, and bestiality. Dylan Anne McEwen, 31, of Toronto, has also been arrested and is facing 10 charges.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Child porn bust


Ordered to pay


Thomas Arthur Williams


VANCOUVER - A Surrey man found guilty of bilking more than 100 people out of millions of dollars in part of an elaborate Ponzi scheme has been ordered to pay $15M.  The commission said Williams used 'finders' to introduce investors to a company called the Global Group of Companies, and paid out financial commissions to find new people who would invest.   With a whopping $420M in outstanding penalties owed, the BCSC has only been able to collect $1.8M in the past 3 years.    (CTV)


MORE:   BCSC Hearing details


Found guilty


Richard Henry Bain


MONTREAL - After 11 days of deliberations, the jury in Richard Henry Bain's murder trial has found him guilty of second-degree murder in the election-night slaying of lighting technician Denis Blanchette.   Bain has also been found guilty of 3 counts of attempted murder. 


MORE:   Jury finds guilty

PREVIOUS:   2012 Montreal shooting   Victim identified   Suspect charged   Murder and gun charges   Suspect identified   Tricky side of guarding politicians 


OPP seek driver


TAVISTOCK - OPP say just before 11pm, the car was travelling east on Perth Line 26 just west of Tavistock when the driver began to pass a van even as another car was approaching from the opposite direction.  The driver of the approaching car, a Pontiac Grand Prix, had to veer onto the gravel shoulder to avoid the compact car and lost control.  It veered back onto the road and was t-boned on the passenger side by the van.  The man driving the Grand Prix, Jason Ramtahal, 26, of Kitchener, died of his injuries.   (CTV) 


Officer not charged


WINDSOR - Ontario's SIU says there will be no charges against a Windsor police officer, who chased speeding motorcyclists who eventually crashed on Riverside Drive.   The investigation determined three motorcyclists were caught speeding on Ouellette Avenue around midnight Sept. 23, 2015. After two Windsor police officers tried to pull them over, they sped away.  Two motorcyclists collided with each other at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Riverside Drive, the investigation found.  One of the motorcyclists broke his ankle, the other wasn't seriously injured.   (CBC) 


Office won't face charges


WINNIPEG - An RCMP officer will not face any criminal charges, after his gun was stolen and used to shoot a 16-year-old girl.  Calli Vanderaa was shot in a car outside a Windsor Park convenience store in October 2015.  The gun used in the shooting, was stolen from an off-duty RCMP officer's cruiser.  (CTV) 


Deeply flawed system


TORONTO - Queen's Park must fix its 'deeply flawed' developmental services system to ensure Ontario's most vulnerable people in crisis are no longer left to languish in hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails, the province's Ombudsman said.  In his long-awaited report, Paul Dube said he found 'a fragmented, overly complicated system of service agencies and funding programs, and a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top.'    (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   Adults with developmental disabilities in crisis 


Doctor charged


Ranjit Kumar Chandra


TORONTO - An Ontario doctor who was recently ordered to pay the CBC more than $1.6M in legal costs after losing a libel lawsuit against the public broadcaster has now been charged with defrauding the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.  The OPP has issued an arrest warrant for Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra, 78, of Etobicoke. He's charged with fraud over $5,000 and is believed to be out of the country.   (Toronto Star) 


Sled puller sentenced


BURLINGTON, Vt. - Prosecutors say a Canadian man caught pulling a sled carrying more than 280,000 prescription pills across the border into Vermont has been sentenced to a year in prison.  Authorities say Cedrik Bourgault-Morin, 21, of Quebec, was found with about $1.6M worth of Xanax pills after he tripped a sensor while smuggling the drugs across the border in a sled on Jan. 13.  Authorities say the pills weighed 182 pounds.   (AP)


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Sudden death suspicious


PRINCE ALBERT - Police are calling the death of a woman in the northern SK city suspicious.  Police were called to the 800-block of 4 St E on Sunday where a 32-year-old woman was found dead.  (Global)


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TORONTO - John Ignagni, 33, was pronounced dead by paramedics when they responded to a call to the parking garage at 954 King St W 12:30pm Sunday.  Police said the death was crime-related.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Victim identified   Biker ties 


Suspected hit-and-run


L'ETETE - RCMP said they believe the pedestrian, a 20-year-old man from Utopia, NB, was hit by an unidentified vehicle while walking toward Back Bay near L'Etete sometime before 4am.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.   (CBC)  




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