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Tawfig Bensaud 'Smile you are in Benghazi'    

 

BENGHAZI - Tawfik Bensaud and Sami Elkawafi, 2 popular young peace activists were among 10 prominent Libyan civil rights workers and senior army officers assassinated in the eastern city of Benghazi on Friday.  The coordinated killings, a vivid demonstration of the power of militants, took place at a time when the country is in chaos: an Islamist-led coalition is holding Tripoli and the UN has reported that 250,000 have fled the fighting. (Guardian UK)  

 

MORE:   Assassinations stun   Targeted assassinations   Ansar al-Sharia   Qatar funding Islamist extremists  

PREVIOUS:   Aftermath of the Civil War 

 

Fighting still rages

 

SANAA - Shi'ite Houthi rebels and government forces fought for a fourth straight day in the Yemeni capital, residents said, despite the announcement of a UN - brokered peace agreement due to be signed later on Sunday.   (Reuters)  

 

MORE:   PM quits amid rebel clashes

PREVIOUS:   Shia insurgency in Yemen  

 

Candidates sign unity deal

 

Abdullah Abdullah   Ashraf Ghani

 

KABUL - Afghanistan's 2 presidential candidates signed a power-sharing deal on Sunday that makes one president and the other chief executive, ending months of political wrangling following a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of foreign troops.  (AP)  

 

MORE:   Afghan contenders sign unity deal    Afghan presidential election 2014    

 

Revoking passports

 

OTTAWA - Canadians who travel overseas to join extremist groups can expect to have their passports revoked, the government is warning.  Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Saturday that Ottawa has begun revoking travel documents for those who travel to places such as Iraq and Syria to fight with the Islamic State and other militants groups.  (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   RCMP using new measures to stop HRTs

RELATED:   Latest execution video features North American    

 

How to lose your pension

 

OTTAWA - Documents obtained through a access to information request show that approximately 1,100 of the 6,200 soldiers discharged because of health conditions since 2009 left the military before serving the years required to collect a full pension.  Many soldiers continue to suffer from physical and mental injury in silence for fear of losing their source of income.  (CBC)   

 

Pols need exit strategy

 

Dalton McGuinty

 

TORONTO - During his decade in power, Dalton McGuinty relied on sturdy gatekeepers to shield him from the demands of grubby lobbyists always trying to make the big pitch.  Having tumbled from the summit of power to the ground floor lobby, he has registered as a lobbyist in his own right.  But if lobbying is the last refuge of scoundrels and disgraced premiers, how are retired politicians meant to earn an honest living?  In reality, the former premier is doing what all other retired politicians have done for decades - repurposing their political skills to earn a living. (Toronto Star)  

 

Paychecks garnished

 

WASHINGTON - One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting their wages garnished. That means their pay is being docked - often over an old credit card debt, medical bill or student loan.  That striking figure comes out of a collaboration between NPR and ProPublica. The reporting offers the first available national numbers on wage garnishment.  (NPR)

 

PREVIOUS:   No fresh start

 

Good to write the laws

 

MONTREAL - A clause in Quebec law that allows most public institutions in the province to opt out of holding a public call for tenders to award fat contracts by declaring it would not serve the public interest needs to be re-written, an international conspiracy expert said.  The law was adopted in 2006 by the Liberal government of former premier Jean Charest, and went into effect in 2008. (Montreal Gazette)

 

MORE:   Province sues over bridge repair

COMMENT:   Politicos caught in cookie jar

PREVIOUS:     Greed & Corruption Quebec   Mafia  

 

Conviction overturned

 

CALGARY - A 3-member appeal panel ruled Darryl Watts' convictions for unlawfully causing bodily harm and of negligent performance of duty for not stopping the training exercise until troops took cover should be retried.  Four soldiers under Watts' command were seriously injured and a fifth, Cpl. Joshua Baker, killed when a C19 anti-personnel mine backfired during a Feb. 12, 2010, firing range exercise in the desert northeast of Kandahar city.  (QMI)  

 

PREVIOUS:   Casualties  

 

Syrians 'flee to Turkey'

 

Reuters

  

KOBANI - Some 66,000 refugees - mainly Syrian Kurds - have crossed into Turkey in 24 hours, officials say, as Islamic State militants advance in northern Syria.  Turkey opened its border on Friday to Syrians fleeing the Kurdish town of Kobane in fear of an IS attack.   (BBC)

  

MORE:    No virgins if killed by a woman   Pope decries 'perverted' extremists   Beheading blowback  

PREVIOUS:  IS chain of command   IS beheadings   IS   Northern Iraq offensive   Syrian Civil War   PTC: War on Terror    

  

Spies overwhelm

  

Intelligence agencies around the world typically regard China's approach to spying as sloppy and unprofessional. While many other countries focus on stealth and finesse for espionage, China's focus is on mass numbers.  It's based on the idea that you could have one spy steal 10,000 documents, or you could have 10,000 spies each steal one document.  (Epoch Times)    

  

Luxury watches

 

Michel Platini

  

GENEVA - UEFA President Michel Platini denounced FIFA's handling over a luxury gifts controversy on Friday and world football's governing body then disclosed it spent at least $140,000 on watches for officials at the World Cup.  Platini was angered by FIFA publicly rebuking football officials who accepted gifts at the World Cup, saying he will donate about $27,000 to charity rather than return the Parmigiani watch given to him by the Brazilian federation.  (AP)

  

MORE:   'I don't return gifts'

PREVIOUS:   Organized Crime

 

Scots reject independence

  

EDINBURGH - Scotland has stepped back from the brink of independence.  With all but the Scottish highlands reporting, the final result was 55% No, 45% Yes.  Turnout was 86% of registered voters.   (Toronto Star)

  

MORE:   Vote resonates around the world

PREVIOUS:   Scottish independence referendum 2014   Lists of active separatist movements  

  

Looting 

  

San Jose de los Cabos Wal-Mart  

  

LOS CABOS - Odile churned into the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula on Sunday as a Category 3 hurricane.  By Thursday, some 18,000 tourists had been airlifted out of the area, but thousands more remained trapped and bottled water was being rushed in with other emergency supplies. The government said it had sent in 8,000 troops and federal police to reinforce security after looters made off with everything from supermarkets in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.   (Reuters)  

  

MORE:   Hurricane Odile   Sleeping with guns   

  

Suspects arrested

  

Freetown, Sierra Leone

  

WOMEY - 6 people have been arrested in the killings of 8 people in Guinea who had been on an Ebola awareness campaign there.  The team had gone to the village of Womey on Tuesday. Another team dispatched to look for 9 missing members discovered 8 bodies.  Only one of the missing was found alive hiding in the area.  (AP)  

  

MORE:   8 bodies found in village latrine   Sierra Leone begins 3-day lockdown   House-to-house hunt   6M confined to their homes

PREVIOUS:   Accelerating   West Africa Ebola outbreak   Bio related events   

  

Happy dancers ordered lashed

  

Happy we are

 

TEHRAN - 6 Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song Happy have been sentenced to up to 1 year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says.  The sentences were suspended for 3 years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds.  (BBC)   

  

Quest to release information

  

WASHINGTON - His CIA career included assignments in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq, but the most perilous posting for Jeffrey Scudder turned out to be a two-year stint in a sleepy office that looks after the agency's historical files.  (Washington Post) 

  

REPORT:   Declassified articles

MORE:   State Secrets used improperly  

  

Non-profit spending 

  

WASHINGTON - 2 senators are investigating whether the National Science Foundation and Defense Department auditors skirted federal laws by signing off on a nonprofit organization's use of taxpayer money for 'unallowable expenses,' including alcohol, lobbying and extravagant parties.  (Washington Post)  

  

Murders-suicide

  

Don Spirit

  

BELL - Don Spirit, 51, a Florida man who spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son killed 6 of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage at a home where authorities in the small town say they had been called to in the past.  (AP) 

  

MORE:   Man kills daughter, grandchildren  

  

Paroled

  

MONTREAL - Former Hells Angel Donald (Pup) Stockford of Ancaster has been granted statutory release from a Quebec prison after serving 10 years for conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and gangsterism.   (Toronto Star) 

  

PREVIOUS:   Hells Angels get 20 years   

  

Terror threat

  

Lesslie Askin

  

VANCOUVER - A 71-year-old BC grandmother was shocked to learn her recent research for an upcoming National Energy Board hearing triggered a national security investigation.  Lesslie Askin says that on Aug 3, she photographed Kinder Morgan's aging storage tanks at the base of Burnaby Mountain.   10 days later, she learned she was a terror suspect.  (CBC)  

     

Dead last 

  

TORONTO - When it comes to addressing the needs of their fan base, the Toronto Maple Leafs do it the worst according to ESPN: The Magazine.  The fabled hockey franchise ranks dead last in the publication's annual ranking of 122 teams across the NHL, MLB, NBA and NFL.  (Globe & Mail)  

  

MORE:   Toronto Raptors #74   Toronto Blue Jays #81   Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment    Rogers Communications   Bell Canada 

PREVIOUS:   Bell & Rogers control over 50% of Canada's telecoms industry

     

Counter-terror raids

  

Mohammad Ali Baryalei

  

SYDNEY - Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney, though 9 of those brought in were freed before the day was over.  (AP)   

  

MORE:   Thwart plot   Australian beefs up security

  

Ontario facing pension bailout

  

TORONTO - The Ontario government faces a potential bill of $400M to bailout US Steel Canada Inc. pensioners if the steel maker's pension plans are not restructured, the company's chief executive officer Michael McQuade warned in a court filing.  (Globe & Mail) 

  

Do as we spin, not as we do

  

OTTAWA - The cost of paying Conservative political staffers working in a network of satellite minister's offices ballooned by 70% during the same years the government was asking departments to tighten their belts.  Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, the budget for staffing at the regional offices rose from $1.6M to $2.7M, according to figures tabled in the House of Commons this week.  The offices are top spots for patronage hiring.  (CP)  

  

COMMENT:   What price, democracy?

  

Lawyers must justify fees

 

HALIFAX - A judge has asked a law firm seeking $6.6M in legal fees to provide proof of the hours its staff put in to win a settlement for people who alleged they were abused at a Halifax orphanage.  The legal fees amount to 19.4% of the overall settlement, a figure lead lawyer Ray Wagner says is reasonable considering his firm laboured on the file since 1998 without guaranteed payment.  (CP)  

 

End of life care too aggressive

 

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by “perverse incentives” for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.  (Epoch Times) 

 

REPORT:   Dying in America

    

Bones tell grisly tale

 

Richard III

 

LONDON - Researchers say marks on Richard III's bones confirm the centuries-old saga of the English king's death - including claims that the killing blows were delivered to his skull, and that vengeful foes stabbed his corpse after death.   (NBC)  

 

MORE:   Died in battle  The Lancet  

 

Plea deal

 

OTTAWA - The ringleader of an Ottawa terror cell pleaded guilty Wednesday to terrorism offences under a deal that will see him sentenced to 24 years in prison.  Hiva Alizadeh, 34, a jihadist who has undergone paramilitary training in terrorist training camps, will be spared a potential life sentence for recruiting sympathizers, funding overseas terror networks and plotting to attack targets in Canada.  (QMI) 

 

MORE:   Surprise guilty plea   Details of terror plot emerge 

  

Soldier dies by suicide

  

Denis Demers

  

PETAWAWA - A Canadian soldier who was involved in a 40-hour standoff with OPP last month has died by suicide.  Master Cpl. Denis Demers, a Canadian Forces medical technician who served two tours in Afghanistan, was found dead on Sept. 12.  A few days after the standoff, Demers attempted suicide and was taken to a psychiatric ward. He was supposed to be on a 72-hour-hold, but was released after 24 hours.  (CTV)  

  

PREVIOUS:   More suicides than combat deaths   World Suicide Prevention Day   Every 40 seconds   Preventing suicide   Suicide 

 

Warrantless requests for data

 

OTTAWA - Law enforcement agencies are still making warrantless requests for telecom customers' personal data months after a Supreme Court ruling appeared to shut down the practice.  Police in Canada used to ask telecom companies to voluntarily hand over data on Canadian customers more than a million times per year. In June, the Supreme Court struck down this warrantless method as an invasion of privacy.  (Halifax Chronicle Herald)

 

MORE:   Telus got 103,500 official requests   Don't keep records of requests

RELATED:   Ottawa admits to tracking hundreds of protests

 

Death rate down

 

WASHINGTON - More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3M still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the UN children's agency said Tuesday.  That's nearly 17,000 young children dying every day.  India and Nigeria together accounted for more than a third of all the death.  (AP)

 

REPORT:   Committing to child survival  

PREVIOUS:    Violence against children   Hidden in plain sight

 

Testing rules broken

 

Top Canadian doctors running clinical drug trials failed to report serious side-effects suffered by their human test subjects.  The doctors, some of them esteemed researchers from Canada's most prestigious hospitals and academic institutions, have also routinely broken rules designed to protect participants and botched research of new treatments.  Using records obtained through US freedom of information legislation, a Star investigation has found the following problems in the system designed to ensure new drugs are safe and effective.  (Toronto Star)  

 

Peek into gang life

 

CALGARY -   He has walked alone through some of the most unsafe neighbourhoods in Calgary in hopes he'd be stopped by gang bangers wanting to know what he was doing on their turf.  That's when the unassuming Hieu Ngo would go to work.  (Globe & Mail)

 

REPORT:   Unravelling identities and belonging  .pdf 

 

$100M in cash seized

 

LOS ANGELES - In a major takedown in Los Angeles, nearly 1,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers seized approximately $100M in cash, arrested 9 subjects, and searched dozen of businesses in the city's downtown fashion district alleged to have laundered money for Mexican drug cartels.  (LAHT)  

 

MORE:   USAO press release

 

RCMP honour fallen  

 

2014 Honour Roll   

 

REGINA - 3 new names were added to the cenotaph this year: Those of constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Douglas Larche and Dave Ross, who were killed on June 4 in Moncton while in pursuit of an armed man.  (Regina Leader-Post)  

 

MORE:     3 Mounties honoured    RCMP memorial honours 3

RELATED:    Fallen firefighters honoured  

 

Migrant boat rammed

 

MALTA - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says about 500 migrants are feared dead after their boat was deliberately rammed, causing it to sink off the Malta coast last week.   (Daily Mail)  

 

MORE:    Migrant boat sinks   More than 700 feared dead in sinkings   

 

Guest house collapse

 

AP

 

LAGOS - The number of people killed in the collapse of a guest house under construction at the Lagos headquarters of TB Joshua, one of Nigeria's best-known Christian evangelical pastors rose to 41 Sunday, rescuers said, as they worked to clear the site.  (Reuters)

 

MORE:   Preacher links collapse to plane   Scores die    Woman survives 4 days in collapsed building   'Prophet' under fire   Church members prevented rescue efforts 

 

Deported to Canada

 

Bilal Philips

 

VANCOUVER - A controversial Canadian Muslim preacher has been deported from the Philippines after being declared an 'undesirable alien' by the country's Immigration Bureau.  Bilal Philips, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 attempted bombing of the World Trade Center in New York, was detained by police while on a speaking tour in the southern Philippines.  (National Post)

 

MORE:   Back in Canada

PREVIOUS: Philips' website   Statement       

 

Ax attack

 

CBC

 

WINNIPEG - Police have confirmed a woman was the victim of a homicide after she was attacked at a home on Hill St early Saturday morning.  Police were called to the scene around 4:30am.  Police said they found a woman in the lower level of the house with serious upper body injuries. She was taken to hospital in critical condition but died of her injuries.  A 25-year-old man was taken into custody.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Violent incident   Man in custody   Homicide    

 

Shooting

 

CTV

 

VANCOUVER - One man is dead following a shooting in a normally quiet Surrey neighbourhood early Saturday morning.  The incident happened near 146th St and 83A Ave just after midnight.  Behind the police lines a truck sat with a shattered side window and holes in the windshield.  According to the IHIT the incident appeared to be targeted.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:   Truck ends up on lawn  

 

Pension protest

 

CP

 

MONTREAL - Tens of thousands of blue-collar workers from across Quebec marched through the streets of downtown Montreal on Saturday afternoon.  Organized by the Coalition pour la libre negotiation, the demonstrators were protesting against Bill 3, the proposed law that would hike their pension contributions to make up for deficits in many municipal plans.   (PostMedia) 

 

Politician disagrees with report

 

Todd Stone

 

VICTORIA - Last week, the UBCM released a report that concludes BC missed out on more than $2B in economic activity over the past decade because of rising fares on BC Ferries.  But in a letter to the UBCM's president, BC Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said he rejects the conclusions of the report.  (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   Another success story   Union of BC Municipalities   Impacts of Ferry fare increases   Hikes mean loss    

 

Suspicious fire

 

CTV

 

EDMUNDSTON - A fire has destroyed a historic church in downtown Edmundston, NB early Saturday morning.  The Fire Department of Edmundston says the fire broke out at St John the Baptist Church around 4:30am.  Police will be investigating the building used by Alcohol Anonymous, which was destroyed by fire 2 weeks ago.  The church and the AA hall were both located on the same lot.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Fire destroys historical site building     Fire destroys 140-year-old church

  

Body found

 

CBC

  

MONTREAL - Police have confirmed that a man found dead in a car in the East End Friday afternoon was murdered.  Police came to an alleyway between de Rouen and Hochelaga near Moreau to respond to a 911 call and found the man deceased in the vehicle at around 3pm Friday.  His vehicle had been parked there for a couple of days. The victim was known to police.  (CTV)  

  

MORE:   Body found in car  

  

Man dead after confrontation

  

VANCOUVER - An investigation is underway after a 51-year-old man collapsed in the lobby of a downtown Vancouver hotel Friday and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police haven't deemed it a murder, but said the man was in an altercation with another man in front of the Lotus Hotel, a single room occupancy building, at 455 Abbott St shortly before 8am.  After the confrontation, the man entered the lobby of the hotel and collapsed.  A 40-year-old man has been detained in connection with the incident.   (CTV)     

  

2 men sought

  

Jules Jashawn Morrison

  

TORONTO - Police responded to gunfire calls around 5:15pm Wednesday at 1 Fountainhead Rd and found a 21-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds in the seventh-floor stairwell. He died at the scene.  Police have identified the victim as Jules Jashawn Morrison, of Toronto.  (QMI)  

  

MORE:   Victim identified   Police identify victim   Shooting    

  

Charged

  

Lucien Crane Chief

  

LETHBRIDGE - On Friday afternoon police reported they arrested Lucien Crane Chief, 40, in connection with the murder of Cynthia Badarm, 37, of Lethbridge.  At about 12:30pm, Wednesday, police responded to a report that a man had assaulted Cynthia Badarm in the 400 block of 5 St South, in downtown Lethbridge.  Hours after Cynthia Badarm arrived at hospital, she succumbed to her injuries.  (Beacon)

 

PREVIOUS:   Assault claims woman   

  

Charged

    

Jason Collett

 

VANCOUVER - A charge of second-degree murder has been laid in connection with the death of Jason Collett, 38, who was found dead Tuesday at the Last Door Recovery Centre in New Westminster, where he worked.  Steven Rogers, 25, and Collett knew each other and the attack was not a random incident.  (CBC)

  

MORE:   Charge laid

PREVIOUS:   Death treated as a homicide    IHIT takes over   

  

Accused named

  

EDMONTON - Days after a man died after being hit by a truck on Gateway Boulevard, Alberta Justice has released the name of the accused.  Tamara Zohner, 29, has been charged with impaired driving causing death.  At about 2am Wednesday, a 25-year-old man died after being hit near the 23 Avenue on-ramp along Gateway Boulevard.  That day, police announced the driver of the truck had been charged, but said the driver's name could not be released due to a publication ban.  Alberta Justice confirmed that there was no publication ban.  (CTV) 

  

MORE:   Driver identified   Police wrong about publication ban  

PREVIOUS:   Impaired driver

  

'Nameless' lawsuit

  

EDMONTON - The mothers of 2 Edmonton girls who died while in the care of the province have filed separate lawsuits alleging the deaths were wrongful and caused by negligence.  The two moms allege they suffered additional injuries as a result of not being able to publicly grieve or identify that their daughters had died due to a now-changed Alberta law placing an automatic publication ban on the names of children who died while in care.  (QMI)

  

Currently 336

  

VANCOUVER - In the two years since a lawyer first filed the paperwork in court, 336 former and current female Mounties and civilian workers have joined the action - claiming they were subjected to gender-based discrimination, bullying and harassment while working for the national police force.  (Vancouver Sun)  

  

PREVIOUS:   RCMP Harassment    

  

Standards coming

  

VICTORIA - By the end of next year, home inspectors will have to meet a standard set of professional criteria to be licenced in BC.  Housing Minister Rich Coleman said Friday the improved requirements will help safeguard home buyers who rely on the inspections for making what is likely the largest investment of their lives.  (Globe & Mail)

 

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC

 

Drunk driver

  

VANCOUVER - Police believe a 28-year-old Richmond, BC, man accused of rear-ending a car and killing a passenger in the back seat was drunk.  (CP)  

  

Warrant issued

  

       

Don Frigo                 Boris Panovski

  

CLINTON -  Caledon construction executive Don Frigo, 70, died Sept. 13 when he was shot while riding his horse at the Hullett Provincial Wildlife area after a dog training competition.  His wife and riding companion, Eva Willer, escaped.  OPP said they need help from the public to track down suspect Boris Panovski, 70, who is considered armed and dangerous.  (QMI)  

  

MORE:   Canada wide warrant   Suspect named  

PREVIOUS:   Heavy police presence   Wife said farm was being watched

  

BC schools to open Monday

  

VANCOUVER - The BC Teachers' Federation has voted 86% in favour of ratifying its agreement with government for the next 5 years.  BCTF president Jim Iker said late Thursday students will be back in school and teachers will be back at work on Monday.  (News1130)  

  

MORE:   Strike could have ended sooner

 

Body found

 

Serena Vermeersch

 

VANCOUVER - Surrey RCMP has confirmed that the body of a young person found near the Surrey Central Works Yard Tuesday night is that of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch, who was reported missing earlier that day.  Her body was discovered at around 7pm Tuesday near the train tracks on 144 St.   Officials call the death suspicious.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:   Missing teen found dead  Teen killed   Random crime of opportunity   Murder appears to be random 

 

Homicide 

 

Carmela Knight

 

PICKERING - Police say a woman found dead after a fire at a home in Pickering was the victim of a homicide.  The woman has been identified as Carmela Knight, 39, who police say lived at the residence (on Pebblestone Crescent).  Her body was found Monday after fire crews extinguished a fire in a garage at the home.  Police say a post-mortem showed obvious signs of trauma to her body.  (CP)

 

MORE:   Death suspicious   Fire death suspicious    

 

Victim identified

 

VANCOUVER - Homicide investigators have confirmed the identity of a young man found dead outside of a Burnaby apartment complex.  The body of Abdul Sarwari, 23, was discovered outside of a building in the 3900-block of Carrigan Court Monday night after police received a report of a shooting.  First responders at the scene said they believed Sarwari, who lived in the building, may have fallen from several floors above.  (CTV) 

 

Son charged

 

      

Pamela Dyer           Michael McCormick

 

SOOKE - A 36-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his mother in Sooke, BC.  Michael McCormick was arrested Wednesday in the death of Pamela Dyer, 64.  Police say Dyer's body was found at her home by a family friend on July 20.  (CP)  

 

MORE:   Murder charge laid    

 

Identified

 

CBC

 

TORONTO - Police responded to a call at 9:45pm for a person wielding a knife at a house on Axsmith Crescent.  San Tai Yuan, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS. Zhebin Cong, 43, faces one count of first-degree murder.  (Toronto Star)

 

MORE:   Charged

PREVIOUS:  Stabbing   1 arrested     1 dead, 1 in custody  

 

Investigation launched

 

VALEMOUNT - BC's police watchdog is investigating after a man was killed during a police-involved shootout near Valemount.   (CP)  

 

Interference   

 

EDMONTON - Alberta's chief medical examiner is alleging political and bureaucratic interference in the independence of her office.  Dr. Anny Sauvageau has raised concerns interference by provincial government representatives may affect the public's trust in the integrity of the death-investigation system.  (CBC)

 

Incident left man dead

 

EDMONTON - Police are asking for the public's help in determining what happened, before a man was found dead on a roadway over the weekend.  On Saturday, Sept 13 at about 1:45am, officers were called to the area near Fort Edmonton Park on Fox Drive, after a driver reported coming across the body of a deceased male.  Police said on Tuesday that the Medical Examiner had completed an autopsy on the male, and said the 19-year-old man had suffered injuries consistent with a traffic collision.  (CTV)    

  

Arrested

  

Cory Brown

  

PRINCE ALBERT - A 41-year-old man is in custody facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Cory Brown, who was found dead in a home in Prince Albert Sept 6.  (CBC)  

  

MORE:   Charged    

  

25 years

  

Cody Legebokoff

  

PRINCE GEORGE - A BC Supreme Court justice in Prince George has sentenced Cody Alan Legebokoff to life in prison with no parole for 25 years on four counts of first-degree murder.  The 24-year-old was convicted in the slayings of Loren Donn Leslie, Jill Stacey Stuchenko, Cynthia Frances Maas and Natasha Lynn Montgomery, who died in 2009 and 2010.  (CBC)

  

COMMENT:   Another predator   

PREVIOUS:   Guilty of 4 murders   Legebokoff trial   Trial of Cody Legebokoff   Highway of tears    

    

'Illegal'

  

CTV

  

VANCOUVER - Parks Canada is investigating a woman who found a seal pup in distress on Vancouver Island last weekend and tried to rescue it.  Though her efforts may have saved the pup's life, they were also illegal.  (CTV)  

  

Fraud charges 

  

HALIFAX - St. Andrews United Church in Halifax is missing at least $400,000.  The accused is Tammy Marie James, 42, who is listed on the church website as the office administrator.  (CTV)  

  

MORE:   Arraigned

  

Warrant issued

  

Mehmet Akkurt

  

TORONTO - Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Mehmet Akkurt, 20, in connection with a double stabbing in the city's east end that left Dwayne Goodwin, 22, dead.  One of the arrested is Vaughn Shears, 19, of Toronto. The other suspect, a 16-year-old boy.   (CityNews)   

  

MORE:   2 arrested, 1 sought   Warrant for 3rd suspect   Man sought  

  

Murder charge

 

CALGARY - The man arrested following the shooting death of Natasha Farah in August is now facing a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the 26-year old woman's death.  (Beacon)

 

MORE:   2nd degree charge

PREVIOUS:   Innocent bystander   Woman shot dead      

 

Passenger dead

 

GODERICH - Provincial police say one person was killed and another was injured when a deer was thrown through the windshield of an SUV after being hit by another vehicle just north of Goderich.  (CTV)    

 

Crown corp money tree

 

WINNIPEG - The merger of Manitoba's liquor and lottery operations is expected to save the province $36M.  Consulting firm MNP's report found $26M of the savings from the merger of the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and Manitoba Lotteries Corporation would result from combining 2 pension funds.  Consolidating the head office, payroll and human resource systems will also save millions, the province said.  (QMI)    

 

Pressure on Vancouver City Hall

 

VANCOUVER - The City of Vancouver will again face Chinese dissident group Falun Gong in court over a controversial protest bylaw, in a case that raises questions about China's influence in BC municipal politics, according to some espionage experts.  (Vancouver Province)    

 

School trustees expenses

 

TORONTO - A giant cookie, a laptop and a smartphone are among the charges uncovered in an audit of Toronto school trustees that may have sparked a review of expenditure guidelines in May.  New guidelines were passed on May 14 that set the expense budget cap for Toronto District School Board trustees at $27,000 per year.  (CTV)    

 

Police investigation

 

Giorgio Mammoliti

 

TORONTO - City councillor Giorgio Mammoliti faces a criminal investigation from the Toronto Police's financial crimes unit over an $80,000 fundraiser held for him in May, 2013.  The investigation follows an overview of the case by an independent lawyer hired by the city, which then referred the matter to the police.  (Globe & Mail)

 

Charged

 

CALGARY - Police have laid a charge of second degree murder against a man in connection with the death of a woman in her 40s.  At approximately 12:30pm on Sunday, police were called to a home in the 200-block of Holy Cross Lane SW.  They had received several calls to 911 saying that a woman had been stabbed.  Scott Monrow Ferguson, 24, has been charged with the murder of the woman.  Police say Ferguson and the victim were in a relationship and this is being considered a domestic-related homicide.  (CTV) 

 

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Identified

 

Abdul Monir

 

TORONTO - A father of 2 who was gunned down at a Toronto pizza shop on Sunday had come to Canada from Afghanistan just 4 months ago, so that he could support his family.  Toronto police say that Abdul Monir, 31, came to Canada in May. He began working at Pizza Time, a restaurant on Markham Rd, only two weeks ago.  (CBC) 

 

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