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Next chief justice


Richard Wagner


OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Quebec-born Justice Richard Wagner to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.   (CP)


MORE:   New chief justice 




OTTAWA - Canada's finance ministers struck a deal Monday on how they plan to share tax revenues during the cost-heavy startup phase of a legalized marijuana market - but they also kept their options open, just in case lucrative days lie ahead.  The new agreement will see the federal government give the provinces and territories a 75% share of federal excise tax revenues from the sale of legalized pot, a portion of which will be meted out to cities and towns to help them defray the cost of making cannabis legal across Canada.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   War on Illegal Drugs 


Millions in GST revenue


OTTAWA - A new report from Parliament's budget watchdog says carbon pricing in four provinces could net the federal government more than $500M over 2 years in GST revenues.  The report by the parliamentary budget officer says GST revenues from AB, BC, ON and QC could total between $236M and $267M by the end of the current fiscal year next April, and between $265M and $313M in the next fiscal year.  Jean-Denis Frechette's report says the calculations will help Canadians understand the impact of a national carbon pricing policy on revenue from the goods and services tax.  (CP) 


Site-C to go ahead


VANCOUVER - BC Premier John Horgan announced Monday that the government is opting to continue construction on the Site C dam, rather than cancel or delay it.  The dam was initially estimated to cost $8.3B, but Horgan announced that the latest estimate puts the total at $10.7B.  A recent review from the BC Utilities Commission suggested that terminating the project would cost the province $1.8B, in addition to $2.1B already spent. Suspending construction until 2024 would add at least $3.6B to the original price tag.   (CTV)  


PREVIOUS:   Greed and corruption BC


Municipalities to be paid back


MONTREAL - Engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has reached agreement to pay restitution to 7 Quebec municipalities for obtaining contracts through questionable means.  The provincial government launched the program in Nov 2015 aimed at recovering money paid in connection with public contracts obtained as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics. It gave businesses and individuals 2 years to voluntarily make such payments for contracts dating as far back as 1996.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Corporate scandals   Greed and Corruption Quebec


3 years


TORONTO - An elderly Russian man with backwoods skills has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for helping smuggle a person from Canada into the US.  A jury had convicted Nikolay Souslov, 70, of 2 charges in May.   The prosecution also argued he was the principal behind smuggling at least 7 people into the US, a number they said was 'undoubtedly conservative.'  The US deported him in 2004 but he kept returning. Canada also deported him in 2015.   (CP) 


Data breach


Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in Nov.  The disclosure came the same day the federal privacy commissioner said it had opened a formal investigation into the data breach, which saw the theft of information from some 57M Uber accounts globally in Oct 2016.  Uber said the information taken includes names, email address, and mobile phone numbers from the accounts, but that its investigation has not identified any location history, credit card numbers, bank account numbers or dates of birth were downloaded.  (CP) 


Part of nature


Paul Nicklen


When Nunavut polar bear monitor Leo Ikakhik saw this weekend's viral video of an emaciated polar bear rummaging through the garbage in search of food, he wasn't shocked.  'Mother Nature is going to do part of that. You know, it's just part of the cycle.'  The picture was shot in July by National Geographic photojournalist Paul Nicklen for his conservation organization SeaLegacy, which runs regular expeditions in the North to document the effects of climate change.   (CBC)


RELATED:   Rescuing whales 'high-risk'


Attempted suicide bombing


Akayed Ullah


NEW YORK - Akayed Ullah, 27, a Bangladeshi native, had wires attached to him and a 5-inch metal pipe bomb and battery pack strapped to his midsection as he walked through the Manhattan transit hub.  The man partially detonated the device, which he was carrying under the right side of his jacket, prematurely inside the passageway to the A, C and E trains at 42 St W and 8 Ave  around 7:40am Monday.  The man, who suffered the most serious injuries, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.  (NY Post)


MORE:   Pipe bomb   Failed terror attack   What we know about the suspect


Yes there is more than 7


Todd Kohlhepp


SPARTANBURG COUNTY - With 6 words penned to his local newspaper, serial killer Todd Kohlhepp gave voice to the fears of investigators and anyone else worried that a missing loved one had become a victim of South Carolina's infamous murderer:  'Yes there is more than seven.'  In May, Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to 7 lifetimes in prison, plus 60 years.  (Washington Post)


Wannabe dictator ban opposition


Nicolas Maduro


CARACAS - Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro, says the country's main opposition parties are banned from taking part in next year's presidential election.  Leaders from the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties boycotted the vote because they said the electoral system was biased. President Maduro says his party won more than 300 of the 335 mayoral races being contested. The election board put turn out at 47%.  (BBC)    


MORE:    Maduro bans opposition parties   Ruling party sweep mayoral races   PDVSA to pay China's Sinopec

PREVIOUS:   Crisis in Venezuela   Cartels    


Tribunal says no fraud



Juan Hernandez       Salvador Nasralla


TEGUCIGALPA - The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras has not found any irregularities after a partial recount of with over 4,753 ballot boxes from the Nov 26 presidential election ended on Sunday.  The country's opposition has repeatedly rejected the poll's results, accusing the TSE of fraud.  The results mean that Juan Orlando Hernandez, the ruling National Party candidate and incumbent president, won 1,410,877 votes or 42.95%, while Salvador Nasralla garnered 1,360,439 votes, or 41.42%.  Nasralla accused the EU, the OAS and the US of conspiring in the alleged fraud against him.  (EFE)


MORE:   Partial recount shows same results

PREVIOUS:   Honduran general election 2017   Crime in Honduras   Cities by murder rate 


Legal proceeding against contender


Sun Zhengcai


BEIJING - China's prosecutor began on Dec 11 formal legal proceedings against disgraced senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender for top leadership, who has been accused of corruption and other crimes.  Sun was abruptly removed from his post as party chief of Chongqing in July and replaced by Chen Miner, who is close to President Xi Jinping.   (REUTERS)


Leave of absence


Mario Batali


NEW YORK - Famed chef Mario Batali was asked to step away from The Chew while ABC reviews sexual misconduct allegations against him.  (ABC)


MORE:   Batali misconduct allegations  


Key-logger pre-installed


Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.  Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work.  HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the 'potential security vulnerability'.   (BBC)


PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance


3 arrested


GOTHENBURG - 3 people have been arrested after a synagogue in Gothenburg was reported to have been attacked with Molotov cocktails on Saturday night.  No injuries are reported following the attack and the synagogue was not damaged.  The attack follows anti-Semitic incidents in both Malmo and Stockholm earlier this weekend.  (Local SE)


MORE:   Mask men throw Molotov cocktails 


Dual citizenship


OTTAWA - As a dual citizenship debacle rocks Australia's political world, Canada's Parliament embraces sitting MPs and Senators who were born around the world and hold dual, or even triple, citizenship.  There are now at least 56 sitting parliamentarians - 44 MPs and 12 senators - born in countries outside Canada, according to information from the Library of Parliament and websites.  At least 22 of them have citizenship from other countries.  That figure does not include MPs and senators who hold citizenship through descent, naturalization or marriage.  (CTV)




TORONTO - Law-enforcement agencies are reviewing more than 37,000 case files as part of a nationwide effort to improve how police handle sexual-assault investigations - an unprecedented overhaul of oversight, training and investigative practices designed to address substantial flaws in the way sexual violence is policed in Canada.  (Globe & Mail)


Execs indicted


PARIS - 2 senior executives at French-Swiss cement maker LafargeHolcim, including its former CEO, were charged on Friday over claims that top management turned a blind eye to payments to jihadists in Syria.  Lafarge is accused of paying the Islamic State group and other militants through a middleman between 2013 and 2014 so that the company's factory in Jalabiya, northern Syria, could continue to operate despite the war.  4 people had already been charged over the case.   (AFP)


RELATED:    Iraq says its war against IS has ended    Military turned loose on IS    


Family attacked 


ST THOMAS - Sergio Estepa is nursing a cracked rib and large bruise after a baseball bat attack Thursday afternoon in a busy parking lot in St. Thomas.  He and his family got little help from bystanders as a man charged at him, unprovoked, yelling about terrorists and ISIS.  Mark Phillips, 36, was charged with aggravated assault and 3 counts of assault with a weapon.  (CBC)


3 dead in shooting


Jeffery Noble


HARRIS COUNTY - Sheriff's deputies responded to a call around 4:30pm Friday in the 15700 block of Creekhaven. Deputies say they found 3 people dead inside a home, all apparently shot.  Deputies are looking for a person of interest identified as Jeffery Noble, 35.   (KHOU)


MORE:   Person of interest sought   3 dead


Brady list


LOS ANGELES - Amid growing public scrutiny over police misconduct, Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to give the names on a list, which now includes about 300 deputies with histories of dishonesty and misconduct, to prosecutors, who are required by law to tell criminal defendants about evidence that would damage the credibility of an officer called as a witness.   (LA Times) 


Text messages private


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court says Canadians can expect the text messages they send to remain private - at least in some instances - even after the messages reach their destination.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2017 SCC 60   2017 SCC 59 


NEB order


CALGARY - The National Energy Board (NEB) issued an order today declaring that Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC is not required to comply with two sections of the City of Burnaby's bylaws as the company prepares to begin constructing the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.  (NEB press release)


MORE:   Pipeline doesn't have to follow city bylaws


Spotlight on another gov't secret


TORONTO - An ongoing Star investigation of alleged physical, sexual and emotional abuse at training schools between the 1960s and the 1980s found that Ontario probation officer William Brewer was one of 2 officials to warn the province of brutal and sadistic treatment at the hands of staff - warnings the province appears to have ignored.  The investigation also found that the province has paid out 220 settlements to victims of historical abuse at training schools.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Paid to keep quiet


12 years


Bertrand Charest


SAINT-JEROME - A judge sentenced former national ski coach Bertrand Charest to a 12-year prison term Friday for sexually assaulting teenage girls he trained.    (CP)


MORE:   Sentenced

PREVIOUS:   'Predator' guilty    Accused   9th alleged victim  


60 years


Larry Nassar


MICHIGAN - Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor who admitted to sexually abusing underage girls, has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges.  But the child porn charges are not the most serious accusations against Nassar.  In Nov, he pleaded guilty to 7 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He will be sentenced on those state charges in Jan.  More than 140 women and girls have accused him of sexual misconduct.  (CNN)  


MORE:   60 years for child porn

PREVIOUS:   US gymnastics sex abuse scandal


Palestinian shot dead


WEST BANK - A Palestinian has been shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army, the first person killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.  Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to protest against Trump's decision.  Despite calls for a day of rage, Palestinian protesters turned out in smaller numbers than they did on Thursday.  (Guardian UK) 


PREVIOUS:   Jerusalem decision   Is Jerusalem Israel's capital or not?   Hamas calls for 3rd intifada against Israel 

RELATED:   Israeli strikes kill 2 after Gaza rocket attack   IDF destroys Gaza attack tunnel




TORONTO - Officers responded to a construction site in the area of Jane St and Mount Mellick Drive on Friday at around 4:40pm after reports of a body found.  On Monday, Police said homicide investigators had taken over the investigation.  The victim has been identified by police as Richard Layton, of no fixed address.  (CP24)


MORE:   Body found  


Police shooting


WINNIPEG - Officers were confronted by a man when they were responding to a home on Charles St around 12:15am Tuesday.  Police shot the man.  He was rushed to hospital in critical condition.    (CBC)


MORE:   Police shooting   IIU called in 


Body identified


CALGARY - RCMP have identified a man found dead east of Calgary and are asking the public for help as the investigation continues.  Jammie Lee Miller, 27, of Calgary was found dead near the intersection of Range Road 282 and Township Road 232 on Dec 6.  (CBC)


MORE:   RCMP identify body 


Foster mom charged


Lydia Whitford & Lisa Marie Campbell


RM OF SPRINGFIELD - Lisa Marie Campbell, 26, was arrested in Winnipeg on Thursday and charged with manslaughter in connection with Lydia Whitford's death in the rural municipality of Springfield in July 2016.  Whitford, who lived with autism and epilepsy and was non-verbal, lived with Campbell at the Springfield residence where she died.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Death ruled a homicide   Woman with autism killed   What did we miss?     


2 to be charged


Harsimran Singh Birdi


CALGARY - Harsimran Singh Birdi, 20, was discovered in an alley in the 9700-block of Harvest Hills Link NE on April 7, 2016. Police recently released surveillance images of two men that they believe were with Birdi in the hours before his death.   Investigators believe Birdi was targeted.  Police say 2 men were taken into custody earlier Monday.  (Calgary Herald)


PREVIOUS:   Police seek 2   Targeted   Identified 


Manslaughter pleas 



Abiem              Okich, Bol, and Nyike 


CALGARY - Abiem Abiem was shot through the door of his cousin's basement apartment in the 2400-block of 47 St SE as the two tried to keep out the three men threatening them with guns the night of Nov 11, 2016.  Benjamin El-Ajak Nyiker, 24, Akieg Bol, 21, and Matiop Okich, 22, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.   (CBC)


MORE:   Guilty pleas

PREVIOUS:   3 charged   Shooting   Man found dead   


Getaway driver convicted


MONTREAL - Leslie Greenwood was convicted on two counts of first degree murder.  He was the getaway driver for Timothy Simpson and Robert Simpson, two hit men hired to kill Kirk Murray. The pair also shot and killed Antonio Onesi, a friend who had driven Murray to the McDonald's on St. Jacques St in Jan 2010.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   More murder charges   Convicted   Guilty in double murder   Brothers plead guilty   Life sentence   4th arrest   2 new murder charges   3rd murder charge 


4 years


EDMONTON - Eric Lestar, 21, was impaired when he got behind the wheel and sped through traffic in Oct 2016. He rear-ended the SUV Joann Christou, 50, was driving.  The SUV burst into flames with Christou trapped inside, she was pronounced dead at the scene.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Charged   Help her family   Charges laid  


4 years



Hannah Thorne      Brian King


NEW HARBOUR - Brian Robert King, guilty of multiple charges related to the death of Hannah Thorne in the summer of 2016, has been sentenced to 4 years in jail.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Street racer pleads guilty    Street racing charges     


Teacher gets 10 years


Paul Martial


EDMONTON - Public school teacher Paul Roger Martial vanished from his Grade 7 classroom in Sept 2015. No one was ever told why.  Martial disappeared because police had charged him with sex-related offences involving a former female student.  The 52-year-old is now serving a 10-year prison term after pleading guilty, on the first day of his trial this fall, to sexual interference and luring.  (CBC)


Person of interest



Tess Richey                  TPS


TORONTO - Police have released security camera images of a man who investigators believe could be connected to the Tess Richey homicide investigation.  Richey, 22, was last seen in the area of Church and Wellesley streets at around 3am on Nov 25 and was reported missing that same day.  Her body was located on Nov 29 outside a construction site at 582 Church St.  (CP24)


MORE:   Police release images

PREVIOUS:   Death ruled a homicide   Homicide    Body found in abandoned building   Who killed Tess


Carbon monoxide leak


VANCOUVER - Dozens of people were rushed to hospital Saturday night, some in critical condition, after they were exposed to carbon monoxide at a farm in Delta, BC.  42 patients were admitted to hospital - 10 in serious to critical condition and 32 others in stable condition.  The incident reportedly occurred in a greenhouse nursery at Windset Farms.  Officials speculated the carbon monoxide may have come from the gas powered engine of a pressure washer that was being used to clean the nursery.  WorkSafeBC is investigating the incident.  (CP) 


MORE:   Poor ventilation blamed  


40th anniversary bash


SAINT-MARC-SUR-RICHELIU - The Hells Angels gathered at the Handfield Sugar Shack in St-Marc-Sur-Richelieu on Saturday.  (CTV)


MORE:   Police presence


Double homicide


CAT LAKE FN - Provincial police have confirmed the 2 death investigations in Cat Lake First Nation on Wednesday night as a double homicide.  The victims have been identified as Isaac Gray, 51, and Tyrese Shakakeesic, 18, both of Cat Lake.  Police arrested Austin Wesley, 18, on Dec 6 and he's since been charged with 2 counts of second degree murder.  Gray is the accused's father and that both victims were shot inside Gray's residence.   (APTN) 




BRANTFORD - Kayla Bennett, 24, is charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 42-year-old woman on Thursday night.  Bennett was in bail court Friday morning to face charges of second-degree murder, assault, assaulting a police officer and 4 counts of failing to comply with an undertaking.  Police said they were called to Sheridan St after 9:30pm Thursday because a woman had been stabbed.  (Brantford Expositor)


MORE:   Stabbing 


Gang associate shot  


Dai Duong


VANCOUVER - The IHIT have confirmed Dai Duong, 21, of Abbotsford was the victim of the homicide.  The shooting happened late Thursday at a townhouse complex in the 8100-block of 204 St.  Police found a man with gunshot wounds in the backyard of a home.  Duong was known to police and associated with gang activity.    (CP)


MORE:    Identified   Shooting at townhouse    IHIT called in   Targeted 


2 charged


David Hole


LONDON, ON - 2 men have been charged in the death of David Hole, 53, whose body was discovered in south London parking lot last month.  Hole was last seen on Nov 15.  Alexander Lambert, 52, is charged with second degree murder and offering an indignity to a body.  James McGillivary, 47, is charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact to murder and offering an indignity to a body. Police said Lambert and McGillivary were known to the victim.   (CBC)  


MORE:   2 charged   2 charged 




BIGSTONE CREE NATION - Marvin Brian Augerr, 47, was killed inside his home in the early hours of Oct 26, but his body wasn't found until Dec 2.  An autopsy conducted by the office of the chief medical examiner determined Auger had been shot to death. His death has been ruled a homicide.  (CBC)


MORE:   Dead for several weeks  


Charged in 2 deaths 


    Richards      Clayton                  Dechamp


HALIFAX - Tyrell Peter Dechamp, 27, has been charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder in the 2016 shooting deaths of Tyler Richards and Naricho Clayton in Halifax. Richards, 29, and Clayton, 23, were shot and killed within 2 days of each other in April 2016.  Dechamp was arrested on Friday at the Atlantic Institution in Renous, NB.   (CBC)


MORE:   Charged   Richards, Clayton knew each other   Victim identified   Shooting   Homicide   Suspicious death 


No evidence of serial killer


TORONTO - Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force is looking at ways it can better respond to missing persons investigations after criticism that it isn't doing enough to protect members of the Church and Wellesley community.  (CBC)


MORE:   TPS review of missing persons investigations 


New trial


HALIFAX - Dean Kelsie convicted of committing a Hells Angels-ordered killing in Oct 2000 has been granted a new trial by the province's Court of Appeal.  Sean Simmons was shot because he'd had an affair with a girlfriend of a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.  Kelsie was one of 4 men convicted of the crime, but testimony at the trials indicated that it was Kelsie who pulled the trigger.  (CTV)


JUDGMENT:   2017 NSCA 89   .pdf

PREVIOUS:   New trial ordered for Gareau   2016 NSCA 75  .pdf    


Man held


Heather Jones


SALT SPRING ISLAND - Heather Jones was found dead inside her home on Wednesday around noon. She lived in a duplex at 146-148 Maliview Drive.  RCMP are not calling the death a homicide, but said foul play is suspected.  A 22-year-old man (Martin Vandenberg) has been arrested in connection with the suspicious death.  (Victoria Times-Colonist)


MORE:   Son arrested


Missing, may be a homicide


San Li Liao


VANCOUVER - The IHIT says it's possible that a missing Surrey woman could have been the victim of foul play.  San Li Liao was reported missing on May 29.  An investigation has led police to conclude that Liao has been killed, which is why the case has been turned over to IHIT.  (Straight)


MORE:   Missing woman    Foul play suspected


Youth pleads guilty


Teresa Robinson


GARDEN HILL - A Manitoba teen has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2015 killing of Teresa Robinson, 11.  The girl's remains were discovered May 11, 2015.  Police arrested the boy, who is now 17, in March 2016.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Arrest   Youth reported arrested   15-year-old charged   FN complies   DNA samples   Homicide   Death a homicide     


Found guilty



Larry Wellman         Brandon Phillips


ST JOHN'S - Brandon Phillips was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Larry Wellman, 63, who was killed after he tried to stop an armed robbery at the Captain's Quarters Hotel on Oct 3, 2015.   (CBC)


MORE:   Guilty

PREVIOUS:   Arrest   Customer killed   Shot in front of wife     


3 years



Adrienne Daigneault      Brendan Sugar


REGINA - Brendan Sugar, 29, killed Adrienne Daigneault when he crashed into the SUV she was a passenger in on Albert St and 25th Ave on Oct 8, 2016.  Daigneault died at the scene of the crash.  Sugar pleaded guilty to the charge of impaired driving causing death.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Charged with impaired driving


Charges stayed


Jamie Bacon


VANCOUVER - The BC Supreme Court on Friday threw out charges against Jamie Bacon, the man accused of being the mastermind behind the Surrey Six murders.  The Crown made the bombshell announcement and released an abbreviated court decision in which the judge stayed the prosecution after years of secret pre-trial proceedings.  In the opaque, 5-page ruling, Justice Kathleen Ker said the evidence and materials filed and the reasons for entering the stay of proceedings must remain sealed.  (Vancouver Sun)


JUDGMENT:   2017 BCSC 2207   2017 BCSC 2208

MORE:   Outrage   Ruling harms trust in justice system    Too much of a secret   Crown files appeal

COMMENT:   Case must not repeat  

PREVIOUS:   Sun: Surrey Six   Surrey Six   Gangs




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