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Female suicide bombers


MAIDUGURI - A series of suicide bomb attacks Sunday night and Monday morning killed 16 persons and injured 13 others in different locations in Maiduguri.  The attacks were carried out by female bombers.  (Sahara Reporters)


MORE:   Suicide bombers 


Wave of attacks


VERACRUZ - 14 people, including 2 federal policemen and a family of 6, were killed in a wave of attacks on Saturday in different parts of the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz.   (EFE)


MORE:   Police commander among 10 killed 


Bus crash


SAN RAFAEL - A bus carrying a children's dance company crashed with a truck and turned over on a highway on Sunday in the province of Mendoza, killing at least 15 people.   (EFE) 


Tourist boat sinking




MEDELLIN - 9 people are dead and 28 missing after a tourist ferry packed with around 170 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday on a reservoir near the Colombian city of Medellin.   (AP)  


MORE:   Party boat capsizes 


US travel ban


WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court is letting the Trump administration mostly enforce its 90-day ban on travelers from 6 mostly Muslim countries, overturning lower court orders that blocked it.  The justices will hear arguments in the case in October.  (AP)


JUDGMENT:   2017 US SC 582   .pdf 


60 towers fail fire test


Getty images 


LONDON - The list of highrise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy.  The national testing was ordered after an inferno engulfed Grenfell Tower in west London on June 14. (AP)


MORE:   Cladding pulled from sale worldwide  

PREVIOUS:   Grenfell Tower fire  


2 brothers, same murder


PHILADELPHIA - Sammy Maldonado is 15 months older than his brother, David. The age difference is the reason that Sammy may spend the rest of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit, while his brother - the actual perpetrator - is going free.  (BBC)


PREVIOUS:   1985 343-PA SC 154 


Corporate hacking deal


OTTAWA - China has signed an agreement saying it will stop conducting state-sponsored cyberattacks aimed at stealing Canadian private-sector trade secrets and proprietary technology.  This industrial espionage accord was worked out this past Friday during high-level talks in Ottawa between senior Communist Party official Wang Yongqing and Daniel Jean, the national security and intelligence adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  (Reuters)


RELATED:   Google will stop scanning content of personal emails 


Party donations in court


VANCOUVER - A lawsuit singles out $645,000 in political donations to the BC Liberals, as well as $300,000 of salary top-ups from the party to its leader, Premier Christy Clark, over her 6 years in power.  Lawyers for the Ottawa-based government transparency group Democracy Watch and environmentalist Pipe Up Network are arguing before a judge that the province may have been 'biased' by partisan donations from Kinder Morgan and its affiliates.  (Metro)


RELATED:    Activists call for action at big ticket NDP fundraiser    NDP confidence motion


Oil tanker explodes




BAHAWALPUR - An oil tanker crashed on a road near Bahawalpur on Sunday and 128 people, many of whom had rushed to collect leaking fuel, were killed when it exploded.  The tanker overturned after trying to make a sharp turn while travelling from Karachi to Lahore on the main highway.  It is reported to have exploded after fuel leaking from its damaged container caught fire.  100 people were injured as a result of the incident.   (Dawn)


MORE:   Tanker fire   Death toll rises to 157 


Entitled's trade barriers


OTTAWA - A New Brunswick judge ruled that the province's law against importing alcohol from other provinces violated the Constitution Act, Sec. 121, which states: All Articles of the Growth, Produce, or Manufacture of any one of the Provinces shall, from and after the Union, be admitted free into each of the other Provinces.  The Comeau decision, if it stands, would open up alcohol sales to competition, or at least competition within Canada's system of government monopolies.  But it isn't just alcohol. It's our whole system. Modern Canada is built on protectionism. And not just our high wall of taxes and tariffs and duties and sneaky little bureaucratic barriers at our international borders, but a whole cadre of other rules impeding trade and labour and commerce between our provinces, and even our municipalities.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Entitled   Regulators   Party Funding

RELATED:   LCBO strike averted


Class action


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a clause in Facebook's terms of use is 'unenforceable' in this country, clearing the way for a Vancouver woman to sue the social media giant for what she claims was a breach of her privacy.  The estimated size of the class is 1.8M people.   (CTV) 






SICHUAN - Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in SW Sichuan province on Saturday, with reports that only 3 survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck.  The landslide swept over 46 homes as dawn broke at around 6am in Xinmo village, a remote mountainous area of north Sichuan close to the region of Tibet.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Landslide buries at least 120 


Day of violence


PARACHINAR - Scores of people have been killed and many injured in bombings, protest marches and shootings in the north and south of Pakistan.  At least 25 people were killed in 2 explosions at a market in the NW town of Parachinar.  Earlier at least 13 people died in a suicide bombing in Quetta.  Violence also hit the city of Karachi, where at least 4 policemen were reported to have been shot and killed on Friday evening.   (BBC)  


MORE:   Blasts kill dozens    Death toll climbs to 85 


Mosque terror plot




MECCA - Saudi security forces have foiled a terror plot targeting the Great Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca after a suspect blew himself up after a gunfight.  Security forces exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects, who blew himself up inside a home he was hiding in yesterday.  5 people, including a woman, were arrested.   The Grand Mosque houses Islam's holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba that Muslims pray towards 5 times a day. (Daily Mail) 


MORE:   Suicide bomber blows himself up 




John Franzese


DEVENS - Sonny Franzese, the mob underboss who reigned over the Colombo crime family's Long Island rackets in the '60s from his Roslyn home with ferocity and guile, was released from a US lockup Friday at age 100, the oldest inmate in the federal prison system.  (Newsday)


Guilty plea to 200 charges


Gary Haggarty


BELFAST - Former loyalist paramilitary commander Gary Haggarty has pleaded guilty to 200 terrorist offences, including 5 murders.  The ex-chief of the Ulster Volunteer Force's north Belfast unit admitted the crimes as part of a deal to give evidence against fellow terrorists.  Haggarty, who worked as a police informant during the Troubles, was interviewed more than 1,000 times by detectives and 23,000 pages of transcripts were presented in evidence.  (Sky)


MORE:   List of charges    Pleads guilty


Canadian charged


Amor Ftouchi


FLINT - A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport, and made reference to people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism.  Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was immediately taken into custody. (AP)


\MORE:   Airport stabbing    Montrealer charged   Cop stabbed 


Canadian elite sniper


MOSUL - A sniper with Canada's elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres (2.14 miles)   The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed Thursday that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the record-breaking shot, killing an IS insurgent during an operation in Iraq within the last month.   (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Canadian sniper   Canadian sniper makes history   McMillan Tac-50   How long range snipers do their job

PREVIOUS:   Long shot


State of emergency


WAPEKEKA FN - A First Nation has declared a state of emergency after the third suicide of a child in the remote First Nation since January.  All of the girls who died were just 12 years old and part of a suicide pact that community leaders became aware of last summer.  Nearly 40 young people from the community are currently considered to be at risk of suicide; that represents about 10% of the population.  (CBC)  


MORE:   State of emergency

RELATED:   Province sends expert to Cape Breton in wake of 3 teen suicides


You are not a leader


MONCTON - A New Brunswick Mountie says he felt betrayed and sickened by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson's testimony in Moncton, NB, last week about protecting the lives of officers.  'It was a complete disregard to the members, and an insult to the members who gave their lives, who put their lives in danger,' said Cpl Patrick Bouchard.   (CBC)


Police spying


MONTREAL - An inquiry into police surveillance of Quebec journalists has raised questions about how law enforcement in the province secures court authorization for their investigations. (CBC) 


Inefficient and costly


OTTAWA - Provincial subsidies to encourage the use of electric vehicles are the most expensive, least effective way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Montreal Economic Institute says in a new report.  The Ontario subsidy is costing as much as $523 a tonne and Quebec's $288 a tonne, compared with the federal carbon price plan, which will hit $50 a tonne by 2022. (CTV)


REPORT:   Are electric vehicle subsidies efficient?  .pdf 


Quintessentially Canadian crimes


OTTAWA - Criminals are rightfully disparaged for committing nefarious and illegal deeds. But some crimes transcend simple criminality and speak to the identity of a nation. Some crimes tell us about who we are - and what we like to do.  (National Post)  


MORE:   Canadian police investigate theft of mummified human toe served in drinks   Toe returned to Dawson City bar 


Canada to be persuaded


OTTAWA - An Ottawa-based think tank, with ties to corporate Canada and the federal government, is spearheading a campaign to persuade Canadians to embrace a free-trade deal with China.  As Canada's negotiators ready for a third round of exploratory trade talks with China, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) is embarking on a 2-year effort, bankrolled by major corporations, to change Canadians' minds about bilateral trade with the world's second-biggest economy.  (Globe & Mail) 


Automatic sin tax hikes


OTTAWA - Senators have amended the government's budget bill to remove automatic tax increases on alcohol, defying the Liberal government's request to pass the legislation intact.  The wide-ranging omnibus budget bill, C-44, includes a section that would increase the excise duty rates on alcohol products by 2% and automatically adjust the rates in line with inflation on April 1 of each year, beginning in 2018.  (Globe & Mail)   


MORE:   Senate stands down on automatic sin tax increases   Parliament breaks for summer


Start conversation


HALIFAX - Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais says his officers are seeing a disturbing rise in suicide calls, and is suggesting the city's suicide rate be released to help start a conversation around the issue. Blais said he wants part of the discussion to look at how much time officers spend helping people suffering from mental-health issues.   (CP)


MORE:   How should we talk about suicide?

PREVIOUS:   PTC suicide


Likely to get cancer


Almost 1 in every 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and 1 in 4 Canadians will die from the disease, a new report by the Canadian Cancer Society predicts.   (CBC)


REPORT:   Canadian cancer statistics 2017

MORE:   Half of all Canadians will get cancer


Broken promise


OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau's Liberals made promises when in opposition, unveiling a 32-point plan in June 2015 that pledged a fair and open government (.pdf) backed by access to information reform.  The government introduced Bill C-58 promoted as fulfilling its commitment on access to information reform. Discouragingly, it fails to do so.  (Michael Geist)


MORE:   Failed access to information reforms




OTTAWA - A man in his 20s was shot and killed around 1am Monday outside the Mingle Room Bar & Lounge.   (CBC)


MORE:   Shooting 


Impaired charge


BIENFAIT - Debra Hamann, 59, is facing charges of impaired driving causing death+.  Police responded to a 2 vehicle collision in which a westbound SUV had collided with a southbound car at the intersection of highway 18 and 39 west of Bienfait, SK.  Bisho Kalappurakkal, 35, of Estevan was pronounced dead at the scene.   (CBC)


MORE:   Impaired 


More charges


Robert Kissner


KINGSVILLE - Former Kingsville Fire Chief Robert Kissner, 60, faces 2 more charges of sexual exploitation and sexual assault.  The OPP added the additional charges Monday morning. The allegations are reported to have taken place in 2015 when the victim was 16-years-old.   The fire chief was initially charged in Dec with 2 counts of sexual assault and 2 counts of sexual exploitation as a result of alleged interactions with a 16 or 17-year-old male victim. Within months, those charges grew to 11 counts of sexual assault, 5 counts of sexual exploitation and 1 count of sexual inference in relation to multiple victims.   (Windsor Star)


PREVIOUS:   Charges pile up




ERMINESKIN FN - Sharon Ermineskin was found dead inside her home on July 3, 2015.  Her son, Scott Ermineskin, 25, now faces several charges in relation to her death, including manslaughter and indignity to human remains.   (Global) 


Vehicle drives off cliff


ELGIN COUNTY - Ontario's police watchdog is investigating after a 57-year-old man apparently drove his vehicle off a cliff and into Lake Erie Friday.  (Global)


Body found


EDMONTON - Police say witnesses reported an altercation at about 3am Friday that involved several people armed with weapons.  Officers were called at 6:45am after someone found a dead man in a parking lot outside an apartment complex near 29 St and 116A Ave.   (CBC) 




TORONTO - Louis Desjardins, 18, collapsed in a parking lot behind the Galleria Mall around 12:30am Friday before being found by 2 women.  Andrew Gomes, 18, is charged with second-degree murder.   (CP24)


MORE:   Identified

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing  


Assault victim dies


Marvin Caribou


WINNIPEG - On Monday night bystanders called police to help a man who had been seriously assaulted in the 100-block of Martha St.  The victim suffered significant head trauma and was transported to hospital in critical condition.  Sydney Eric Norman Fleury, 43, was detained in custody and charged with aggravated assault.  On Wednesday, Marvin Elias Caribou, 37, died of his injuries.  Fleury now faces an upgraded charge of manslaughter.   (CTV)   


MORE:   Assault victim dies   Charges upgraded




William George Sumner


WINNIPEG - Cameron Bounthieng Kinnavanthong, 32, the man suspected of killing William George Sumner, 27, Sunday on Pritchard Ave near McKenzie St was arrested by police on Thursday.  The victim and accused were from opposing gangs.   (Sun Media) 


MORE:   Arrest made    Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Police searching for suspects   Police identify victim     


Charge laid



Jessie Moneybird     Sylas Moneybird


REGINA - Jessie Brandon Moneybird, 22, was found at the corner of 12 Ave and Rose St on the night of June 9 after a fight reportedly broke out between two groups of individuals.  Moneybird was taken to hospital where he later died of his injuries.  Sylas James Moneybird, 20, is charged with manslaughter.  (Regina Leader-Post)


MORE:   Charge laid    Charges 





Sanjula Devi   Fahmida Velji-Visram


CALGARY- A Calgary court has found Hari Pal guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of his estranged wife and her friend at a SE home.   Pal was charged with murder in the deaths of Sanjula Devi, 36, and Fahmida Velji-Visram, 29, in May of 2014.  (CTV)


MORE:   Convicted   Guilty   Convictions bittersweet

PREVIOUS:   Husband charged   Estranged wife, friend stabbed  Victims identified   Murdered woman 


Bogus ICBC claim


VANCOUVER - The driver who backed up into Wieslaw Jagielski's SUV on King George Blvd blamed him for the May 11 fender-bender, and the ICBC said the onus was on him to prove his innocence.  Fortunately for Jagielski, there was traffic camera footage that captured exactly what happened, but obtaining it from the City of Surrey came with a $378 bill. Rather than wrongly accept blame, he ponied up the cost.  ICBC wouldn't comment on Jagielski's case, citing privacy reasons.  (CTV)




Angelo Monfort


VERNON - Police were called out to a townhouse complex in the 7300-block of Okanagan Landing Road shortly after 11pm Tuesday.  When they arrived they found Regina Fernandez, 49, seriously injured.  Fernandez later died in hospital.  Angelo Gabriel Monfort, 21, has been charged with 2nd degree murder.  (Global)


MORE:   Charged    Man charged 


Youth charged


Chelsie Probert


HALIFAX - A 16-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Chelsie Probert, 18, in Dartmouth.  Probert was found 'in medical distress,' on the footpath in Farrell St Park on June 6. She later died in hospital.   (CBC)


MORE:   Teen charged   16-year-old charged

PREVIOUS:   Ruled a homicide   Homicide   Police gathering evidence    


Youth charged


HAMILTON - Dwayne Bride, 42, was found lying in the area of Hess and Bold streets in the early hours of June 3, suffering from what police called 'sharp-edge weapon injuries.'   A 16-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Stabbing   Police looking for 2 men on bikes     


Road quality


ST JOHN'S - Newfoundland and Labrador's auditor general released his latest report Friday, with a critical focus on how the provincial government manages its roads and highways.  In the report (.pdf), Terry Paddon found issues in all stages of roadwork management - ranging from work done on the roads to the politicians who are making decisions in the Department of Transportation and Works.  (CBC)


Suspicious death


VANCOUVER - Just after 1:30am Thursday, a resident found a man in medical distress in the parking lot of Kingsgate Mall.  He was rushed to hospital but he passed away.   (Global) 


MORE:   Death an unfortunate accident 




WHITEFISH LAKE - A man found dead Monday at the Paradise Cove resort on Whitefish Lake in northern Alberta has been ruled a homicide.  (Edmonton Journal) 


Body found in burnt truck


SQUAMISH - On June 14, officers were called to a burned vehicle on the Cheekye Forest Road. When they arrived, they found a dead man inside the truck, a 2000 red GMC Yukon XL.  The IHIT has determined his death was a homicide.    (CBC)


MORE:   Body found 


12 years



Dorothy Dykens        Melissa Gabriel


WINNIPEG - Melissa Joyce Gabriel, who is 37, told police she 'just lost it' and stabbed Dorothy Dykens, 89, to death on May 17, 2015, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Woman pleads guilty   Guilty plea   Victim ID'd    Victim identified   Arrest   Charged 


New charges


Harry Charles Sadd


VICTORIA - A former youth badminton coach accused in a series of disturbing sexual assaults faces 23 charges relating to sex assaults of young boys that took place decades ago.  Harry Charles Sadd, 70, was first arrested in August 2016 after an alleged victim came forward, claiming Sadd assaulted him as a boy a number of times from 1978 to 1983.  On Wednesday, police announced 23 charges against Sadd, saying 12 additional victims have since come forward to speak to investigators.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Former coach facing new charges 


Found guilty


Bertrand Charest


MONTREAL - Former Canadian women's ski coach Bertrand Charest has been found guilty of 37 of 57 criminal charges he was facing, including sexual assault, involving girls he coached two decades ago.  Charest, 51, was facing charges including sexual assault and breach of trust in connection with 12 complainants, who were between ages 12 and 19 at the time of the alleged incidents.  (CBC)


MORE:   Guilty 


Toxic institution


EDMONTON INSTITUTION - Edmonton's maximum-security prison is operating on a dystopian system of fear, harassment and bullying - where a handful of employees have seized control and abuse their power to stay on top, according to an internal report.  (CBC)


3 facing charges


EDMONTON - On Jan 21, 2017, officers were called to a weapons complaint, after residents reported hearing gunshots, in the area of 110 Ave and 84 St.  When police arrived, they found Ian Janvier, 28, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Police said a total of 22 charges had been laid against: Devin Robert Carlton, 26, Robert Michael Hill, 27, and Joshua Ted Calliou, 26.   (CTV)


MORE:   3 charged

PREVIOUS:   Deemed homicide   Suspicious death   Shooting    


3 years


Tanner Kaufmann


REGINA - Colby Heid has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Tanner Kaufmann.  Kaufmann, 37, was killed Sept 2016 when he was hit by a vehicle while walking his dog on a gravel road on the outskirts of Regina.  (CTV)  


MORE:   3 years

PREVIOUS:   Impaired 


90 days



De Oliveria & Dyer          Hecimovic


VANCOUVER - Andelina Hecimovic, a 29-year-old nurse, was convicted on 2 counts of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the Oct 2010 collision, which claimed the lives of Beckie Dyer, 19, and her boyfriend Johnny De Oliveira, 21.   Hecimovic has been ordered to serve her time mid-week, from Tuesdays to Thursdays, so she can continue working.  (CTV)


MORE:   90 days   Sentenced

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty   SCC 36260    2014 BCCA 0483   Justice system fails  


Disreputable mess


Cabero, Nyznik & Kara


TORONTO - However Ontario Superior Court Judge Anne Molloy rules on the allegation 3 Toronto police officers sexually assaulted a parking enforcement officer, on almost every level the case was little short of a disgrace for the force.  The trial ended Tuesday with Molloy promising a verdict on Aug. 9.  Constables Les Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero pleaded not guilty to a single count of sexual assault.  The alleged assault - the only issue was the sex forced or consensual - took place at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel on Jan. 17, 2015 after a night of drinking and bar-hopping.  (National Post)


PREVIOUS:   Woman believes she was drugged    Female grilled by defence  




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