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Survivors mark liberation

 

Work makes (you) free

 

KRAKOW - Some 300 Auschwitz survivors have returned to the site of the Nazi death camp in southern Poland to mark 70 years since its liberation.  Some 1.1M people, the vast majority Jews, were killed there between 1940 and 1945, when advancing Soviet troops liberated it.  (BBC)  

 

MORE:  'Hell on earth'  Canadian survivor returns   Woman born in Auschwitz returns   70 years after liberation    70 years later   Holocaust Memorial Day   Liberation ceremony

PREVIOUS:   Auschwitz concentration camp  

 

Thousands sue

 

TOKYO - A group of over 8,700 people have sued the Japanese daily newspaper Asahi for articles on sexual slavery during World War II and have sought compensation and apology for 'spreading erroneous facts to international society,' the Mainichi newspaper reported Tuesday.  (EFE)  

 

PREVIOUS:  Newspaper makes correction   Comfort women 

  

Gunmen attack hotel

 

TRIPOLI - Gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Libya's capital, killing at least 3 guards and 5 foreigners, before blowing themselves up after being surrounded by security.  The attack, which included the use of a car bomb, struck the popular Corinthia Hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea and is a major hub for diplomatic and government activity in Tripoli.  (Jazeera)  

 

MORE:   Gunmen storm hotel  

 

Convoy ambushed

 

RAGA - At least 13 people, including 4 journalists, were killed in South Sudan's western region, when gunmen attacked their convoy in the country's west.  Col. Philip Aguer Panyang blamed the attack in the western town of Raga on Tuesday on the Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) believed to be hiding in neighbouring countries.  (Jazeera)    

 

Whistleblower guilty

 

Jeffrey Sterling

 

NEW YORK - A former CIA officer who was involved in a highly secretive operation to give faulty nuclear plans to Iran was convicted on Monday of providing classified information about his work to a New York Times reporter - a significant win for federal prosecutors and a presidential administration that has worked zealously to root out leakers.  (AP)  

 

PREVIOUS:   Operation Merlin   State of War 

 

President seeks to dissolve agency

 

         

Alberto Nisman        Cristina Fernandez

  

BURNOS AIRES - President Cristina Fernandez called on Congress to dissolve Argentina's intelligence services in the wake of the mysterious death of a prosecutor, strongly denying his accusations that she had sought to shield former Iranian officials suspected in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre. (AP)

 

MORE:   Fernandez sets up federal agency

PREVIOUS:   Mystery deepens   Prosecutor found dead   AMIA bombing  

 

1st case in North America confirmed

 

VANCOVUER - North America's first human case of the H7N9 virus has been confirmed in BC.  A couple in their 50s from BC's lower mainland recently returned from a trip to China and began developing symptoms of a flu-like illness within a day or two of each other.  (CTV)  

 

 MORE:   Bird flu confirmed    

    

Budget officer sees small deficit

  

Joe Oliver

  

OTTAWA - Parliament's budget watchdog projects the federal government could see its $3B contingency fund dissipate and run a $400M deficit in 2015-16 if oil prices stay at an average of $48 a barrel.  But Jean-Denis Frechette says, with some minor adjustments, the government would still be in a position to balance the books in its upcoming budget.  (CBC)

  

REPORT:    Impact of lower oil prices on Canada's economy 

PREVIOUS:   Budget delayed until April   Oil price hit

 

Church finances overseen by monitor

 

EDMONTON - The finances of the ABC district of Lutheran Church-Canada are now being overseen by a court-appointed monitor.  The district was granted an order from under the federal Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.  Investors with the church were made aware of the financial crisis in early January.  At that point, they were told their accounts were frozen and that the Church Extension Fund (CEF) was not able to fully repay the $95M owed to investors, the majority of whom are more than 70 years old.  Documents filed now includes a second investment fund called District Investments Ltd. (DIL) and outlines the $91M loan due to the CEF from the Prince of Peace development, east of Calgary.  (CBC)

  

'What lies ahead will be worst'

 

    

Taha Subhi Falah     Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi

 

RAQQAH - The ISIS spokesman renewed his calls for terrorist attacks in Canada on Monday in a fiery speech that referred to the Oct 22 attack on Parliament Hill and warned that 'what lies ahead will be worse - with Allah's permission.'  The 9-minute audio address, recorded within the past 3 days, is the latest from Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who had similarly tried to incite terrorist violence against Canada and other Western countries last September.   (National Post)

  

PREVIOUS:   Call for lone wolf terror in Canada   Encouraging attacks    

  

Uneasy calm

 

BBC

 

MAIDUGURI - After fierce fighting Sunday between Nigerian troops and Islamic militant group Boko Haram, the city of Maiduguri reached an uneasy calm Monday.  Over 100 combatants died in Maiduguri Sunday, mainly insurgents, according to a local journalist who counted bodies at the city's biggest morgue on Monday. The number of casualties may be even higher - soldiers and civilian self-defense fighters who counted bodies Sunday reported over 200 dead.  (AFP)  

 

MORE:   Africa urged to act    

PREVIOUS:   Satellite images   Boko Haram claims responsibility   2015 Baga massacre

 

Victim dies, 55 years after stabbing

 

Antonio Ciccarello

 

NEW YORK - It's a 55-year-old stabbing that's now a present-day New York City murder investigation after the victim died a few months ago at the age of 97.  2 NYPD detectives have been pounding the pavement in a quixotic hunt for clues after the coroner ruled Antonio Ciccarello's death in September a homicide.   (Fox)  

 

MORE:   Man dead from stab wound    

 

Vows end to 'humiliation and pain'

 

Alexis Tsipras

     

ATHENS - Greek leftist leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Sunday that 5 years of austerity, 'humiliation and pain' imposed by international creditors were over after his Syriza party swept to victory in a snap election on Sunday.  With more than 99% of votes counted, Syriza was set to win 149 seats in the 300-seat parliament, taking 36.3% of the vote.  The resounding victory left Syriza just 2 seats short of an outright majority, meaning Alexis Tsipras will need to find a coalition partner. (AFP)

 

MORE:    Left-wing Syriza finds right-wing ally   Tsipras sworn in as new PM  

PREVIOUS:   Greek government-debt crisis   How the EU dream is dying state by state

 RELATED:   Lungu wins Zambia presidential election    

 

Hostage decapitated

 

Jogo, Jihadi John, Yukawa

 

RAQQA - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was 'speechless' after a video uploaded Saturday appeared to show the decapitated body of Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese hostages held by the Islamic State.  (Washington Post)

 

MORE:   IS losing ground 

PREVIOUS:   IS threat   Ransom demand     Did IS doctor footage?   War on Terror   Canadians Jihad    Siege of Kobane

 

Deadly protests

 

CAIRO - At least 15 people were killed in anti-government protests in Egypt on Sunday, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.  (Reuters)

 

MORE:   Anniversary death toll rises to 20   Female protester shot by police

PREVIOUS:   Egyptian Revolution of 2011    

  

New attacks

  

Donetsk Airport

 

MARIUPOL - Pro-Russian rebels launched new attacks against Ukrainian government positions on Sunday, the Kiev army said, as Western countries threatened more sanctions against Moscow for backing a new separatist offensive.  (Reuters)  

  

MORE:   Rockets kill 30   Russia blames Kiev for violence    Doctors toil on frontlines   Russia's credit rating cut to junk   EU weighs more sanctions on Russia

PREVIOUS:   Battle rages   Ukrainian revolution    Russian military intervention in Ukraine  

  

Shootout

  

Zulkifli Abdhir

   

MINDANAO - Police commandos entered the village of Tukanalipao at dawn on Sunday to capture the bombing suspect Zulkifli bin Hir but ended up 'encountering' members of the members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a breakaway of MILF.  As many as 27 police personnel and 5 rebels were killed during the 12-hour battle.  Local officials said 7 more police officers were unaccounted for and a further 8 were captured by rebels.  (DW)  

  

MORE:   Ceasefire shattered   At least 43 police commandos killed

    

Not guilty plea

  

Sayfildin Tahir Sharif

  

NEW YORK - An Edmonton man pleaded not guilty Saturday to US charges that he sent money and provided other long-distance support to Tunisian jihadists believed responsible for a 2009 suicide attack in Iraq that killed 5 American soldiers.  Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, also known as Faruq Khalil Muhammad 'Isa, entered the plea in federal court in Brooklyn, where a magistrate judge jailed him without bail on charges of conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists without ever leaving Canada.  (CP)  

  

MORE:   Extradited man pleads not guilty    

  

Snowbird rules

  

There could soon be changes to the rules that affect US-bound Canadian snowbirds.  A Canada-US agreement is in the works to share information on who's entering each respective country, and when, for example. The Entry Exit Initiative already covers non-citizens of the two countries, but the plan to start covering citizens as well has been delayed.  Once that's in effect, the US government will be able to easily check whether snowbirds overstay their welcome.  (CBC)    

   

Hiding

  

MONTREAL - More than half of Quebec's 10 most wanted criminals are hiding in the Dominican Republic.  Of the 10 people on the most wanted list, 6 are members of the Hells Angels who fled the province during a massive anti-biker police operation in 2009.  The 6 of them are accused of a combined 22 murders.  There is no bilateral extradition treaty between Canada and the Dominican Republic.  (QMI)

  

PREVIOUS:   Police corruption sign of booming drug market   

  

Last deal

  

       

Michael DeGroote        Vito Rizzuto 

  

On Aug. 14, 2013 - just 131 days before he died suddenly - Vito Rizzuto, the Mafia boss of Montreal and the most powerful mob boss Canada has ever known, had meetings inside a casino in the Dominican Republic. His presence on the casino floor was caught on the security's omniscient video cameras.  (National Post) 

 

MORE:   Mob and Degroote   OC nightmare   Bad dream   Bizarre deal   Casino mogul plotting murder on tape

 

Target Canada owes

 

Target Canada

 

MISSISSAUGA - A 45-page document included in the US retail giant's Canadian filing last week reveals a very long list of companies, suppliers, landlords even municipalities and governments that the departing department store chain owes billions to.  All told, Target Canada owed roughly $5B to creditors when it filed for bankruptcy under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA).  (Global)  

 

MORE:   Alvarez & Marsal Canada appointed monitor   Debts and doubt

PREVIOUS:   CEO's severance gold    Target's SEC filings    Target Canada court filing   .pdf  

   

New King

 

Salman

 

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Salman moved quickly Friday to name a future successor to the crown in his oil-rich kingdom.  King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud's actions came as the Sunni-ruled kingdom mourned King Abdullah, who died early Friday at the age of 90.  A royal decree affirmed Crown Prince Muqrin as his immediate successor.  After Muqrin, Salman named Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Nayef as deputy crown prince, making him second-in-line to the throne.  (AP)

 

MORE:   New King promises continuity

PREVIOUS:   House of Saud

 

Talks to buy

 

Li Ka-shing

 

LONDON - Asia's richest person Li Ka-shing is in talks to buy Britain's second-largest mobile provider O2 for up to $15.4B from Spain's Telefonica.  His firm, Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa, already owns the 3 mobile network, and combining it with O2 would create the UK's biggest mobile group.  (BBC)

 

PREVIOUS:    Sidewinder and Asian triads   Sidewinder

 

New drug mules

 

SAN DIEGO - Drug smugglers are turning 'trusted travellers' into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the US.  (AP)

 

PREVIOUS:   Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection

RELATED:   Drug-loaded drone crashes

 

Mental health Canada

 

OTTAWA - A national commission is releasing a comprehensive study today on the state of Canada's mental health.  The Mental Health Commission's report stems from 13 indicators that provide a glimpse of how Canadians are faring mentally. By April, the commission will provide details on close to 60 indicators involving children, youth, adults and seniors in a variety of settings.  (CP)

 

REPORT:   Mental Health indicators

 

Sole source contract

 

OTTAWA - There was genuine shock in Ottawa defence circles when an apparently routine information session on the efforts to build a new warship fleet - Canada's largest-ever defence procurement project - revealed, without fanfare, that Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax had been awarded the designation as prime contractor on the $26B procurement to build up to 15 ships.  (Globe & Mail)     

  

PREVIOUS:   Deal to build patrol ships  Dysfunctional DND purchasing   Putting the 'Armed' back into the Canadian Armed Forces   .pdf     

   

Measuring fiscal performance

   

VANCOUVER - Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada's Premiers, 2015 measures the relative fiscal performance of 10 Canadian premiers (5 current and 5 former), up to the 2013/14 fiscal year for 3 components of fiscal policy: government spending, taxes, and deficits and debt.  (Fraser Institute)

 

MORE:   Wynne near bottom  

PREVIOUS:   Red Tape report cards

RELATED:    NB 2014 Auditor General's Report  

 

Cities economic rankings

 

WASHINGTON - Macau, the Chinese territory known for casino gambling, outperformed the rest of the world's major cities economically last year, according to a report out Thursday.  Cities in the developing world, especially China, dominated the top of the annual economic rankings of 300 cities worldwide by the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.  (AP)

 

REPORT:   Global metro monitor 2014 

PREVIOUS:   Vancouver's #2   Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey 2015   .pdf  

 

Smart meters to be removed

 

TORONTO - Some 5,500 smart meters in Ontario are being removed and replaced because of a risk they could heat up, causing an electrical short and possibly spark a fire.  (Toronto Star) 

 

President resigns

 

SANAA - Yemen's President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has resigned along with his cabinet.  (Jazeera)  

 

MORE:   'Peace deal' plunges into chaos   Power vacuum   US ally ousted   Rebels disperse protesters  

PREVIOUS:    Canadians told to leave   Shia insurgency in Yemen

 

'Something snapped'

 

           

Michael Davidson     Stephen Pasceri

 

BOSTON - Investigators said Stephen Pasceri, who lived in Millbury, went to the Boston hospital Tuesday morning, asked for Dr. Michael J. Davidson by name, and then shot the doctor twice before shooting himself to death.  (Boston Globe)  

 

MORE:   Killer blamed surgeon for mother's death 

 

Assembly speaker charged

 

Sheldon Silver

 

ALBANY - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the state's most powerful Democrats for more than two decades, was charged on Thursday with fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and other criminal counts after a lengthy corruption investigation.  (Reuters)  

 

MORE:   Arrested   Speaker charged   Silver arrested

 

Twilight of dynasty

 

Yingluck Shinawatra

 

BANGKOK - Yingluck Shinawatra, who was ousted in a coup on May 22 last year, is to face a vote on Friday, Jan. 23 on whether she will be impeached by a parliament made up her political enemies, soldiers and businessmen who backed the 2014 coup that drove her from power. The evidence is secondary.  (Asia Sentinel)

 

PREVIOUS:   Thai political crisis 

 

ECB plan

 

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank (ECB) unveiled plans Thursday for a massive bond-buying programme that would see the bank purchase 60B Euros in bonds per month through September 2016 to avert the threat of deflation in the eurozone.  (AFP)  

 

MORE:   ECB seeks 1.1T Euros

COMMENT:   ECB Euro QE won't succeed   Heist begins    Nothing sinister

RELATED:   German men can use toilet while standing

 

Studios suing

 

SHENZHEN - One of China's top Internet companies, Xunlei, also runs one of its top tools for downloading pirated films. The MPAA is now suing Xunlei for violating an anti-piracy deal they signed in June 2014.    (Epoch Times)

   

Death notice questioned

 

John Maquire

 

OTTAWA - Canadian security officials are still trying to determine the validity of the death notice posted on a pro-Islamic State Twitter feed proclaiming the 'martyrdom' of John Maguire, who allegedly left Canada to join ISIS.  (QMI)

  

PREVIOUS:   Believed killed   Canadian killed   'Ultimate demise'    6 extremists reported dead   Types of youth attracted to extremism   Dead were known to RCMP     

 

Plane 'climbed too fast'

  

SURABAYA - The AirAsia flight that crashed in the Java Sea, killing 162 people, climbed too fast before stalling, Indonesia's transport minister has said.  (BBC)  

  

PREVIOUS:   AirAsia Flight 8501    

  

Kenya apologies

  

EPA

  

NAIROBI - The Kenyan authorities have apologized for an incident on Monday in which police used tear gas against protesting schoolchildren in the capital.  The city council, which runs the school, said the playground was public land and made no comment on the legal status of the alleged sale.  The Law Society of Kenya is collecting evidence from the school with a view to taking legal action against those behind the alleged land grab.  (BBC)  

  

MORE:   Police chief suspended

PREVIOUS:   Protesters teargased   Tear gassed   Corruption in Kenya  

                   

1% to own more

  

DAVOS - The wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world's population, according to a study by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.  The charity's research shows that the share of the world's wealth owned by the richest 1% increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% last year.  On current trends, Oxfam says it expects the wealthiest 1% to own more than 50% of the world's wealth by 2016.  The research coincides with the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos.  (BBC)

  

REPORT:   Working for the few

MORE:   WEF Davos 2015    Where 1%ers live   Carney warns of liquidity storm  

  

Missing man case, now homicide

  

Jordan McLeod

  

PRINCE GEORGE - A Prince George man who has been missing for 10 days is now believed to be the victim of foul play, RCMP said Monday, after linking the victim to gunshots.  Jordan McLeod was last seen on Jan. 16th in Prince George and Vanderhoof and reported missing 3 days later. He hasn't been seen since.  (CBC)  

  

MORE:   Victim of foul play    

  

Refused drivers licenses

  

VANCOUVER - ICBC has placed refuse-to-issue holds on 25,000 people who have more than $25 in unpaid tolls for crossing the new Port Mann Bridge.  And it's not just the Port Mann toll that drivers are avoiding. According to ICBC, more than 17,000 drivers have been designated refuse-to-issue for unpaid tolls on the Fraser River-spanning Golden Ears Bridge.   (CTV)   

  

MORE:   42,000 unable to renew    TI Corp may roll out loyalty program

COMMENT:   For whom the bill tolls

PREVIOUS:   TReO   Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp)   ICBC   Port Mann trips down debt reaches $3.6B    

    

Paid neighbour's Hydro

  

VANCOUVER - Denise Dolnik owns a vacation condo in Whister. Last July, her tenants called to say the power was out in their suite.  When an electrician couldn't find the problem, BC Hydro was called in. It turns out the wires to Dolnik’s smart meter number 376 were crossed with the condo next door, meter 377. For 12 years, the meter mix-up went undetected.  (CTV)  

 

Sorry

  

VANCOUVER - April Smith says she disgraced herself, her family and the officers and employees of the Mission RCMP when she stole $116,000 from police exhibits to support her gambling addiction.  (Vancouver Province)    

 

Regimental funeral

 

   

David Matthew Wynn

 

ST ALBERT - Mourners including Prime Minister Stephen Harper will attend a regimental funeral service Monday in Alberta for RCMP Const. David Wynn.   (CTV)

 

MORE:   Funeral to honour slain officer

COMMENT:   Why was shooter allowed to walk free?   System had Rehn in its sights   

PREVIOUS:   Officer dies   Reviews of shooting   Cops do prosecutors' job   Suspect dead    Criminal record of shooter      

 

Murder

 

CAMBRIDGE, ON - Police responded to what was originally an assault investigation around 11:45pm Sunday.  When police arrived on scene, they discovered a man with serious injuries.  The man succumbed to his injuries.  A 53-year-old man, who lived in the same residence as the victim, is facing a charge of second degree murder.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:   Murder charge    

 

Victim named

  

 

Bobby Pellicano

 

MONTREAL - Bobby Pellicano, 26, has been identified as the victim of an early-morning stabbing in downtown Montreal.  Pellicano, was allegedly stabbed at least once while attending a private party in a building under construction on Ste-Catherine.  The incident happened shortly before 4am Sunday on an upper floor of a commercial building, at a party Pellicano reportedly attended with his brother and a cousin.  (CBC)  

  

MORE:   Man murdered at house party

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing       

  

Unprovoked attack

  

TORONTO - In a random and unprovoked attack, a man 'on a bit of a rampage' allegedly attacked 4 people with a knife near Maple Leaf Gardens in 4 separate incidents Sunday morning.  Shawn O'Neill, 62, faces charges including 4 counts of attempted murder, 4 counts of aggravated assault, 6 counts of weapons dangerous and 6 counts of assault with a weapon.  (Toronto Star)  

  

MORE:   'Random' stabbing attack   3 wounded in stabbings

  

Cities can spend taxpayers' money

  

VICTORIA - It appears there are no rules or even precedents to prevent municipalities from spending money on issues they deem to be of importance to voters. The office of the Auditor-General for Local Government also says that it is not the role of the office to tell municipal governments what they can spend money on.   (Globe & Mail)

  

PREVIOUS:   Vancouver Sun: BC Municipal Election Donations database   Sign of panic

  

Some staff suspended

  

VICTORIA - 5 Community Vision staff members have been suspended as the result of an ongoing investigation into the home-care agency and the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development is no longer placing children in their care, Minister Stephanie Cadieux said Friday.  The ministry started an investigation into the agency in mid-January after several former employees came forward with allegations of falsified first aid certificates, poor work conditions and concerns about the level of care provided.  (QMI)  

  

Homicide-suicide situation

  

MELFORT - RCMP officers are investigating the deaths of a man and woman in Melfort, SK, and they say initial investigations appear to show it is a 'homicide-suicide situation'.   Officers say they responded to calls about the sudden deaths of a man, 46, and a woman, 48, in Melfort Friday evening.   (CBC) 

  

MORE:   Apparent murder-suicide    

  

Police investigate death

  

Dustin Craig McKay

  

WINNIPEG - Friday night Dustin McKay, 22, was in a fight, knocked out, and then dragged into the Isabel St where he was run over.  It remains unclear whether the driver of the vehicle was an assailant in the initial attack or a different person.  (CTV) 

  

MORE:   Homicide   Identified   Homicide     

  

Charged

  

Mario Wint

  

NEWMARKET - Homicide investigators have arrested a Newmarket man in connection with the death of his 2-year-old son.  Officers were called to a home on Longford Drive in Newmarket on a report of an injured person at 2:22pm Thursday.  They found a young boy who was not breathing and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.  On Saturday, police arrested the boy's 29-year-old father. Mario Wint is charged with second-degree murder.  (Toronto Star)  

  

MORE:   Father charged   Charged in son's death    Dad charged  

  

Murder investigation

  

QMI

  

OWEN SOUND - The OPP confirmed that it was Lezleigh Hopkins, 28, whose body was removed from her apartment at 862 2nd Ave W.  Police made the announcement after a post-mortem examination at Hospital confirmed police are dealing with 'homicide.'  Hopkins was found dead in her apartment unit Thursday afternoon. (QMI)

  

MORE:   Death ruled a homicide    

  

Charged in 2006 homicide

  

Mahdi Halane

  

VANCOUVER - The RCMP says that on Oct. 14, 2006, Mahdi Halane was shot in the neck following a confrontation at a gas station.  'Halane's spinal cord was severed and he was left a quadriplegic until his death in 2012, which was attributed to the 2006 shooting,' police said in a statement.  They say Fushpinder Singh Brar, 30, was arrested on Friday in Vancouver and charged with manslaughter.  (QMI)  

  

MORE:   Manslaughter charge   Charged in 2006 shooting

PREVIOUS:   Family's dreams destroyed  

  

Shooters now homicide suspects

  

       

Helene Leduc              Suspect

  

MONTREAL - A pair of men sought since 2010 for a shooting on the West Island have become homicide suspects after Helene Leduc, 62, died this week.  Montreal police report that a coroner has ruled that the woman's death was a direct result of being shot in the neck while at work in the Baie D'Urfe SAQ outlet on Morgan on October 18, 2010.  (CTV)

  

PREVIOUS:   Shooting victim dies    2010 shooting victim dies    

 

Victim named

  

Cape Breton Post

   

SYDNEY - Police identified Donna Mae Hannaford, 50, as the victim of Monday's fatal fire on Lingan Road.  The major crime unit continues to investigate.  Police say they have accounted for all residents that were living in the home.  (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Woman identified after suspicious fire   Victim identified    

 

Suspect charged

  

       

Francis Rosenberg         Dustin Lombardi

 

MONTREAL - Dustin Lombardi, 27, has been arrested and charged with the murder which took place in the Duff Court area of Lachine on December 22.  Police found Francis David Rosenberg, 24, in a car near 2050 Duff Court St at 10:20pm.  He had been shot and later died in hospital.  (CTV) 

 

MORE:   Accused

PREVIOUS:   Settling of accounts   Man shot

 

25 years

 

Jennifer Pan

 

NEWMARKET - Jennifer Pan, 28, was last month found guilty of both first-degree murder and attempted murder for her role in the 2010 incident, which left her 53-year-old mother, Bieh Ha Pan, dead and her father with a critical head wound.  Her 3 co-accused - Lenford Crawford, David Mylvaganam and Daniel Wong - were also found guilty of the same charges.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Sentenced   No parole for 25 years   Life in prison

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty   4th suspect charged   4th person charged   Arrests made   Daughter charged   Fatal home invasion  

 

Accused beaten

 

EDMONTON - Richard Suter, the man accused of killing 2-year-old Geo Mounsef by driving his SUV onto a restaurant patio, was abducted and seriously assaulted.  Suter was charged with impaired driving causing death.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Accused abducted and beaten   Attackers claimed to be police 

 

4 arrested

 

CALGARY - The Calgary Police Guns and Gangs Unit has arrested 4 men in connection with a series of separate violent incidents dating back to October of last year.  All of the incidents involved firearms and police believe they were all targeted attacks.  Police arrested Ramin Dadkhuda, 26, at the end of October.    Amaninder Singh, 22, turned himself in to police.  Abdullah Amer, 20, and Azad Ahmed Haji, 28, were arrested.  CPS Guns & Gangs Unit says the incidents are not connected but they are still looking to see if they are related in any way.   (CTV)

 

MORE:   'Friction' among criminal groups  

 

Escapee sues

 

MONTREAL - A Quebec inmate who pulled off an audacious prison break is suing the province for $25M, citing 'irreparable trauma.'  Benjamin Hudon Barbeau, who along with two fellow prisoners is best known for the 2013 escape involving a helicopter landing in the prison yard, claimed in the lawsuit that a 2006 murder charge should never have been brought forward.  Hudon Barbeau's conviction was overturned and he was released in 2012, but was soon arrested on new weapons related charges, with his prison break coming the following year.  (QMI)  

 

Rental scam

 

VANCOUVER - The Real Estate Council of BC wants agents to use caution before handing over the keys to properties being viewed, after half a dozen condos were used to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from potential renters.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Scam victims stage citizen's arrest

   

Chief retires

  

Jim Chu

  

VANCOUVER - The chief of Vancouver police, Jim Chu, will retire in the spring, after 36 years with the force.  He tweeted out his news Friday morning, giving thanks to his supporters and partners.  (CBC)

    

MORE:   Police chief retiring   Stepping down 

  

Homicide

  

Global

  

EDMONTON - Officers were called to the area of 25 Ave and 120 St to help paramedics at about 6:40am Wednesday. They arrived to find a man lying dead on the road.  The Medical Examiner had completed the autopsy on the man, and confirmed his death was a homicide.  The victim has been identified as Paul Murray Grandbois, 36.  (CTV)

  

MORE:   Victim named    Homicide   

    

Inmate found dead

  

KAMLOOPS - BC Corrections is launching a review of the death of an inmate at the Kamloops prison.  The organization confirms a man was found dead at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre on Monday, but isn't revealing his identity or the circumstances around his death.  (CP)    

  

Publication ban

  

WINNIPEG - Police have charged 3 family members in the death of a 21-month-old girl from Peguis First Nation.  The child died July 17 after she was taken to hospital in Hodgson, MB, with trauma-related injuries.  Their names, as well as the name of the victim, cannot be disclosed under terms of a court-ordered publication ban.  (QMI)  

  

Plea to lesser charges

  

Shaquan Mesquito

  

TORONTO - First-degree murder charges have been dropped against a man who police once alleged was responsible for the deaths of 2 people in the 2012 Danzig barbeque shooting.  Shaquan Mesquito, 21, pleaded guilty to 4 new charges after two murder charges and other charges were withdrawn by the Crown Friday morning.  (Toronto Star)

  

Crown to seek adult sentences

  

Hannah Leflar

  

REGINA - The Crown says it will seek adult sentences for 2 teenage boys accused of murdering a 16-year-old girl.  The boys, who are also both 16, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Hannah Leflar on Jan 12.  (CP)

  

MORE:   Funeral for victim     Crown seeks adult sentence   

  

Family ordered to dismantle ice rink

  

AJAX - A local family is being ordered to dismantle their tiny front yard skating rink or face a fine of up to $25,000 after a neighbour filed a complaint with the town's bylaw office.  (Toronto Star)

  

RELATED:   Beaconsfield snow fort spat settled   Mercer takes on toboggan bylaw    Ban on Toronto pond skating   Neighbour disputes   Harbour skaters vs cops and condo dwellers  

 

Body found

 

WAGMATCOOK - RCMP are investigating after a man's body was found on a Cape Breton highway early Thursday morning.  Police and emergency crews responded to a report of an injured person on Highway 105 in Wagmatcook shortly after 1am. When they arrived, officers found a man's body on the road.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:   Possible hit-and-run 

 

Posed a public threat

 

Christopher Phillips

    

OTTAWA - Christopher Phillips threatened to hurt police and posed a threat to the public by carrying two dangerous chemicals, police allege in court documents filed today.  Police and a hazardous materials unit are combing over a Nova Scotia cottage linked to Phillips on Thursday morning, a day after he was arrested in Ottawa.  (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Evacuation order lifted   Unstable chemicals removed 

PREVIOUS:   Suspect in custody   Hotel evacuated 

 

Mountie charged

 

SWIFT CURRENT - A 31-year-old RCMP officer in SK has been charged with drug trafficking.  Michael Chachula, a seven-year member of the RCMP, was arrested Monday in Swift Current and charged with trafficking cocaine and ecstasy.  (CTV)   

 

MORE:   Drug trafficking   Officer faces drug charges 

 

Fined $33M

 

Rashida Samji

 

VANCOUVER - Securities regulators in BC have fined a former notary public $33M and banned her permanently from the province's capital markets for what they say was a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.  Regulators say Rashida Samji ran what amounted to a Ponzi scheme between 2003 and January 2012 in which she raised a total of at least $100M from 200 or more investors.  (CP)

 

MORE:   'Magic Lady' fined    BCSC press release 

 

Cops called in

 

Stephanie Forsyth

 

WINNIPEG - Red River College officials have asked Winnipeg police to investigate how marble from its culinary arts building wound up in a renovated kitchen in the Wellington Crescent home of its former president and CEO, Stephanie Forsyth.  The revelation came as Education and Advanced Learning Minister Peter Bjornson released a report into questionable expense claims and management practices by Forsyth and former members of college management.  (Winnipeg Free Press)

 

MORE:   Review stings expense claims  

 

Proof is in the action

 

EDMONTON - Premier Jim Prentice says with low oil prices knocking the legs out from under the Alberta economy, austerity will start at the top.  'We can't expect people in the public sector to tighten their belts unless they see the premier, his office, and the people that work with him in government tightening their belts,' Prentice told reporters Wednesday.  (Globe & Mail) 

   

PREVIOUS:    Entitled controversy

  

Donations won't influence changes

 

TORONTO - The major breweries' hefty political donations are small beer when it comes to influencing the future of the private Beer Store monopoly, warns Premier Kathleen Wynne.  Her salvo comes after the Star revealed last month that more than $525,000 was donated to Wynne's Liberals, the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats by the Beer Store, its offshore owners, and the union representing brewery employees in 2013 and 2014.   (Toronto Star)

  

MORE:    Monopoly threatened

PREVIOUS:   Regulators 

       

IHIT investigating

  

WHISTLER - IHIT confirmed that one person has died as a result of a fight that broke out inside a Whistler hotel.  Shortly after 3am Tuesday, Mounties were called to the Aava Hotel after receiving a complaint about a man. When officers arrived they found an unresponsive male in medical distress. He was taken to hospital where he later died.  RCMP called the IIO because officers were with the victim while he was in medical distress.  (Vancouver Sun)  

  

PREVIOUS:   Altercation death    Hotel death 

  

Mountie cleared

  

EDMONTON - Alberta's police watchdog has cleared the RCMP officer who shot Lance Cutarm, 30, dead and wounded another during a rural vehicle stop near Ma-Me-O Beach in August 2013.  (QMI)    

    

'How to kill your teacher'

  

NANAIMO - An online video featuring 2 children offering crude instructions on 'how to kill your teacher' is under investigation by the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district.   (Nanaimo Daily News) 

 

MORE:   RCMP locate boys     

   

Employees sued

  

VANCOUVER - The Royal Bank of Canada claims 2 former employees, Jeffrey Ho Nam Lau and Maradona Hoang Vu, conspired to steal more than $200,000 as part of elaborate inside job bank heists.  (CBC)    

  

Uses pays the fees

  

TORONTO - City Hall was a place of unusual amity on Tuesday. Mayor John Tory's first budget seems to have pleased just about everybody.  While keeping increases in the high-profile property tax fairly low, the city has been steadily raising the rates that Torontonians pay for things such as facility rentals, recreation fees and even the fresh water that comes through the pipes.  Since a user-fee review in 2011, it has operated on the principle that it should charge full cost, without subsidy, for any service that delivers a direct benefit to individuals. In other words, user pays.  (Globe & Mail)  

  

MORE:   Breaking down the draft budget   Loan from province to balance budget   $86M budget hole 

      

Found guilty

  

Cindy Irving

  

SAINT JOHN - Joseph Paul Irving, 53, of Saint John, has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Cynthia (Cindy) Irving, 45, in March 2014.  (CBC)  

  

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Husband charged   

  

Child porn possession

  

Edward Berry

  

PRINCE GEORGE - Edward Berry, a former manager with BC's Ministry of Children and Family Development, has been charged with possession of child pornography.  (CBC)

  

RELATED:    Toronto man arrested in child exploitation case 

 

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