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Power plant hit




GAZA - Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the war so far.  At least 100 Palestinians were killed Tuesday.  That pushed the overall death toll since the conflict began on July 8 to at least 1,156.  Israel has reported 53 soldiers and 3 civilians killed.  (AP)  


MORE:   Hamas 'offers 24 hour ceasefire'    Ceasefire disavowed by Hamas    IDF kill 5 who emerge from Gaza tunnel

PREVIOUS:   Operation Protective Edge   Palestinian rocket attacks   Gaza-Israel conflict   Gaza Strip smuggling tunnels   Canadians in IDF   Network of tunnels  

RELATED:  End of Ramadan   Ramadan   Eid al-Fitr    


Fighting rages




TRIPOLI - At least 30 people were killed overnight and Tuesday morning in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi during heavy clashes involving war planes and rockets between government special forces and Islamist fighters.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Fire rages    Descent into chaos

PREVIOUS:   US evacuates embassy   Brits told to leave now   Canada shifts embassy operations to hidden location  




XINJIANG - A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.  (AP)  


MORE:   Dozens killed   Xinjiang violence  

PREVIOUS:   Xinjiang conflict

RELATED:   China citizens fighting for IS  


IS killing fields video


Daily Mail


MOSUL - Islamist militants in Iraq celebrated Eid by releasing a video showing scenes of them carrying out genocide.  The slickly produced footage shows prisoners being rounded up and summarily executed, suicide bombers boasting before blowing up buildings and Iraqis being gunned down in drive-by shootings.  (Daily Mail)


MORE:   IS weapons

PREVIOUS:   Northern Iraq offensive   Iraqi insurgency   ISIS   Syrian Civil War    PTC: War on Terror  




OTTAWA - The federal government's National Research Council was forced to shut down its computers to stop cyberattacks from China.  Sources told CTV that Chinese hackers had been trying to get into NRC computers for the past month.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Chinese cyberattack   Baird in China

PREVIOUS:   China 


Raids on Microsoft offices


BEIJING - China regulators opened an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft Corp., seizing computers and documents from offices in four cities amid escalating tensions with US technology companies.  China stepped up the pressure on US companies after American prosecutors indicted 5 Chinese military officers in May for allegedly stealing corporate secrets. Microsoft, Google Inc. and Apple Inc. have since been criticized by state media for allegedly cooperating with a US spying program.  (Bloomberg)


Biggest 'tiger' yet


Zhou Yongkang


BEIJING - There was little doubt that the top echelons of Chinese leadership were after Zhou Yongkang, once one of the country's most powerful men.  On Tuesday night, the investigation against him was made formal by Chinese state media in a brief but high-profile update that said he is being placed 'under investigation for suspected serious disciplinary violation,' a routinely-used term of art for corruption.  (Globe & Mail)  


MORE:   Corruption inquiry into former security chief   China's fallen security chief    Central Committee announces inquiry    Investigated    Under investigation     


Changes afoot


OTTAWA - The Conservative government is launching more flexible options for aboriginal treaty talks after setbacks to its ambitious resource development plans.  The announcement signals Ottawa's desire to give its stagnant BC treaty process a boost by negotiating smaller, incremental treaties where possible and signing deals with aboriginal groups outside the formal treaty process.  (Globe & Mail)


RELATED:   First Nation signs oil deal with Chinese firm  


Salaries due to be posted


OTTAWA - Under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, First Nations leaders have 120 days after the first quarter to make public their audited financial statements for the last fiscal year, including the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and councillors.  As of Monday night, on the eve of the deadline, the government confirmed that 20 First Nations out of more than 600 had their financial statements posted on the government's web site.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Too many chiefs   Assembly of First Nations  


Bank of Canada doesn't know Canada


$10 design  .pdf


OTTAWA - The Bank of Canada had claimed that its new plastic $10 bank notes included an image of majestic Mount Edith Cavell, a prominent peak in the Canadian Rockies south of Jasper, AB.  Hitesh Doshi contacted the Bank of Canada by email last November, shortly after the new $10 notes were released, to say something was amiss. He kept getting the runaround until last week.  That's when the central bank quietly changed its website, removing Mount Edith Cavell and several other peaks from its official description of the back of the $10 bank note, replacing them with some other peaks.  (CP)     


Another Mafia mistake


Mariano Bottari


NAPLES - Mariano Bottari, 75, was shot dead as he was returning home after doing his grocery shopping in the small town of Portici, 8 miles from Naples.  He is the 30th innocent victim to have been killed by mistake by Naples' notoriously violent Camorra in the past 25 years and his murder has provoked fresh debate about the power of the mafia and need for greater security on the streets.   (Telegraph UK)  


MORE:   Deadly ambush    


Schoolgirl confesses


SASEBO - The Japanese high school girl who was arrested on Sunday has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering her classmate, say local media.  National news agency Kyodo quoted police sources as saying the girl had admitted she 'wanted to kill someone' and dismember a body.  The body of Aiwa Matsuo, 15, was found in the suspect's home early on Sunday morning, after she failed to return home and her parents called the police.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Teen held for decapitating friend


Massive decompression


KIEV - A Ukrainian security spokesman says data from the recovered flight data recorders shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed due to a massive, explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel.   (AP)  


MORE:   US intelligence accusing Russia of shelling   Russians pushing out rebels as leaders    1,129 people killed in civil war

COMMENT:   Combustion of small events   Collateral damage

PREVIOUS:   Ukrainian revolution   Pro-Russian conflict   Malaysia Airlines Flight 17    

Cronies get a week to pull their cash out   Individuals sanctioned    


Russia ordered to pay


HAGUE - An international court on Monday ordered Russia to pay more than $50B to the former majority shareholders of now defunct oil company Yukos, ruling that the state engaged in a ruthless campaign to destroy what was once the country's biggest oil producer.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   Final awards issued between Yukos and Russian Federation

MORE:   Russia forced to pay $50B to shareholders   Russia to appeal

COMMENT:   Trillion dollar boo-boo   Good luck collecting the $50B


Militants kill 21


JOLO - About 50 Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on two vehicles in the remote town of Talipao on Jolo island, killing 21 people and wounding 11 others.  Jolo is one of the Abu Sayyaf's main strongholds, where militants are able to hide with relatives in the remote jungles of the mainly Muslim populated island. (AFP) 


MORE:   Death toll rises to 23    


Mob kills grandmother, girls




GUJRANWALA - A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and 2 of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities.  The dead, including a 7-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis.  (Rakyat Post) 


MORE:   Facebook post led to killing   2014 Gujranwala attacks  


Cops arrested


TARIMBARO - More than 30 police officers have been arrested in Mexico for alleged organized crime ties and possible involvement in the killing of fellow cops.  Those detained include a former top public safety chief from the town of Tarimbaro, an ex-commander of the same unit and 18 more active duty agents.  A second operation netted 12 municipal police officers in Charapan.   (AFP) 


19 years


Narco submarine


TAMPA - Alex Gonzalez-Arango, 39, of Buenaventura, Colombia, was sentenced to 19 years and 7 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute.  Gonzalez-Arango was a manager/supervisor of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Colombia and Venezuela. In that role, during July and September 2011, he helped to organize and execute multi-ton shipments of cocaine via two different self-propelled semi-submersible vessels.  (LAHT)  


MORE:   Sub builder gets 27 years   Trafficker gets 25 years  


Liberia shuts border crossings


MONROVIA - The Liberian government on Sunday closed most of the West African nation's border crossings and introduced stringent health measures to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region.  (Reuters)


PREVIOUS:  Doctors infected   Plane passenger with Ebola   Nigeria 'on red alert'   Protestors march on Ebola centre   Outbreak threatens to spread Runaway patient dies   West Africa Ebola outbreak    


Silver price rigging


NEW YORK - Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia have been accused of attempting to rig the price of silver, in a lawsuit filed in the US.  The plaintiff alleges the banks, which set the price of silver each day, abused their position in the market.  The lawsuit follows similar filings in the gold price-fixing market.  (BBC)


RELATED:   Bailout fund rigging


Pentagon overpays for everything


WASHINGTON - The average major Pentagon acquisition comes in at 40% over budget, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office.   (Bloomberg)  


REPORT:   Acquisitions testimony  .pdf


Paying for unelected spin doctors


OTTAWA - Spending on Information Services staff among the core federal departments is projected to reach almost $263M this year - and that doesn't include communications gatekeepers within the RCMP, Canada Revenue Agency or independent tribunals.  The number of communications staffers has declined since its height of 3,824 (at a cost of $281M) in 2010.  'When you compare the payroll of unelected federal spin doctors at $262M to payroll at the House of Commons - all our elected MPs and all their staff - at $329M, the costs are seriously out of line,' Greg Thomas, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation said.  (QMI)     


National missing persons DNA databank


OTTAWA - The Conservatives' latest budget, tabled in February, pledged up to $8.1M over 5 years starting in 2016-2017 to create a DNA-based national missing persons index (MPI).  (Globe & Mail)  


Mercury poisoning report


ASUBPEESCHOSEEWAGONG - Water around the Grassy Narrows First Nation near Kenora, ON, has been contaminated with mercury since a local paper mill dumped an estimated 10 tonnes of neurotoxins into the system between 1962 and 1970.  Grassy Narrows says it has now obtained a report commissioned by the Mercury Disability Board in 2009, but never publicly released, that found the government played down the scope of mercury poisoning and failed to provide adequate treatment for those affected.  (CP)


MORE:   ON pledges better help 






PHILADELPHIA - Police say 2 suspects are still on the loose after a carjacking crash killed 3 children.  Police have identified the victims as Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Reed, 10, and Terrence Moore, 7.  The children's mother, Keisha Williams, 34, remains in critical condition at Temple Hospital.  (CBS)  


MORE:   Carjackers sought after crash kills 3 kids at church fundraiser   $110K reward  




SAN PAULO - At least 5 people were shot and killed Saturday and another was wounded by gunmen at a bar in the Brazilian city of Carapicuiba, in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area.  The shooting occurred around 3:30am at a bar in the Parque Ariston neighborhood, where the masked killers broke in and opened fire indiscriminately.  (LAHT)  


Another regulated market success


WINDSOR - The cost of beef is up 17%.  A US drought last year and a shortage of pork today have increased the demand for - and cost of - beef.  The average price of beef is 17% higher than last year but some cuts, such as brisket, have risen by 65%.  (CBC)


Ordered to stop work


CALGARY - The National Energy Board has ordered Enbridge Inc. to stop work along its Line 3 oil pipeline in Manitoba after an inspection earlier this month revealed numerous environmental and safety concerns.  (CP) 


CRA says probe even handed


OTTAWA - CRA says a special political-activities audit of charities was designed to be balanced across the political spectrum rather than focus on groups with particular leanings.  The tax collector is responding to public allegations that it's being used by the Harper government to target charities that are outspoken critics of the Conservative Party.  (Globe & Mail)


COMMENT:   PEN and the politics of charity   Soft targets

PREVIOUS:  'Preventing poverty' not a valid goal   Support amid political audit   PEN Canada   Pen Canada under investigation   Some CRA charity audits   Non-Profit Industry


Funding misuse claims


LONDON - An investigation has begun into the use of taxpayer-funded grants by the charity set up to lead David Cameron's Big Society initiative.  The Charity Commission was examining whether funding for a childhood obesity project was used to pay the debts of a linked company, the Independent reported on Saturday. News of the investigation comes days after a public spending watchdog issued a critical report about how National Lottery and government funds were handed over to and used by the BSN.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Misuse allegations

PREVIOUS:   Investigation into grants from Big Lottery Fund   .pdf  

RELATED:    Help for Heroes faces jail


Forming an empire



Jimmy Cournoyer


MONTREAL - Who can say for certain what triggers a person to choose a life of crime? In some the seed may be poverty; in others, psychological distress. For others still, a taste of the good life - carefree wealth and influence - is the high that feeds an addiction to breaking laws.  In the case of Jimmy Cournoyer, the 34-year-old Montreal man nicknamed the King of Pot, it may have been all of these things and more.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Canadian Drug Kingpin pleads guilty   Organized crime


Black box found at site




GOSSI - French soldiers have secured a black box from the wreckage of an Air Algerie plane that went down in a desolate region of restive northern Mali.  At least 116 people - including 5 Canadians - were killed.   (AP)    


MORE:   6 Quebecers perish   French secure 1 of the black boxes   No survivors   Second black box found

PREVIOUS:   Air Algerie Flight 5017   


Wiki bans House of Representatives  


WASHINGTON - Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".  Edits from computers using the IP address belonging to the House of Representatives have been banned before, following similar acts of vandalism.  (BBC)  


PREVIOUS:    Tracking anonymous Wiki edits


Arizona halts executions


FLORENCE STATE PRISON - Arizona has halted executions pending a review of its death penalty procedures, after the allegedly botched lethal injection of a convicted murderer on Wednesday.  Joseph Wood's execution came as US death penalty states have increasing trouble obtaining the drugs used in capital punishment, amid a European export ban.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Execution of Joseph Wood  


Music competitions are corrupt


Julian Lloyd Webber


LONDON - The majority of music competitions are corrupt, Julian Lloyd Webber has said, as he warned that judges often collude to ensure victory for their preferred candidates.  The internationally renowned cellist said it was an open secret among professional musicians that talent is not the deciding factor in most single-instrument contests.  (Telegraph UK) 


Prison population at all-time high


OTTAWA - Canada's prison population is now at its highest level ever, even though the crime rate has been decreasing over the past 2 decades. 10 years ago, the number of inmates in federal prisons was close to 12,000. It's now more than 15,000.  These are just some of the statistics expected to be examined, when the annual report of Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers is tabled in Parliament.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Crime rate continued downward trend in 2013   Police-reported crime statistics, 2013   CSI   Sex crimes against children up  

RELATED:   Disciplinary measures against prison guards skyrockets    Un-deportable man jailed for 8 years   Bail system set up to punish   Set up to fail   .pdf     


Lethal force report


TORONTO - A report by Frank Iacobucci, a former Supreme Court of Canada justice, into the use of lethal force by Toronto police has made 84 sweeping recommendations which, if implemented, would mean far more training and support for officers dealing with those in crisis.  (CP)


REPORT:   Police encounters with people in crisis   .pdf

MORE:   Body cameras and Tasers   Innovative recommendations 

COMMENT:   Officer's brain is the best tool   Cops don't have time to reflect


10 years


Mohamed Hersi


BRAMPTON - Mohamed Hersi, the first Canadian convicted of attempting to fight with a terrorist group abroad, was given the maximum sentence of 10 years Thursday morning in a Brampton courtroom.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   'Terror tourist' gets 10 years   Stopping 'terror tourism

PREVIOUS:   Guilty   Found guilty   Canadian precedent   Court appearance   War in Somalia     
RELATED:   Suicide bombers in Canada


Calling in former cops


MONTREAL - Since the Charbonneau Commission began its state-mandated inquiry into the construction industry in 2012, complaints brought to the Quebec Order of Engineers have increased by 500%.  Toward the end of 2013 the Order hired GJB, a firm staffed with former RCMP and SQ detectives who specialize in financial crimes.  (Montreal Gazette)    


MORE:   Order of Engineers won't lay blame in overpass collapse 

PREVIOUS:   City Hall searched by UPAC   Picture of party financing   Quebec Liberal Party   UPAC workload to increase    Greed & Corruption Quebec  


Detectives on the case


NY Post


NEW YORK - Cops have identified suspects in the mysterious flag-swapping infiltration at the Brooklyn Bridge in which trespassers slipped past anti-terror patrols and planted white banners at the top of the towers.  Elite investigators were yanked from homicide, counterterrorism, intel and transit to hunt down the infiltrators, who went unnoticed as they climbed atop the bridge's 276-foot towers on Tuesday.  (NY Post)  


MORE:   No likely terror connection   NYPD gathering evidence


Suspicious death


TIMMINS - Police officers are on the scene of what has been termed 'a suspicious death'.  Police detectives and forensics investigators have been at the scene of an urgent medical call that was dispatched earlier on Monday evening in an older neighbourhood, south of Commercial Ave and West of Mountjoy St.  (QMI) 


'Nameless' murdered




CALGARY - A 16-year-old boy is facing second-degree murder charges in connection to the death of a woman at a home in the Radisson Heights/Albert Park area on Saturday.  Police were called to a home in the 2800-block of 14 Ave SE by a neighbour for a check on welfare.  A woman in her 40s was found dead in the home and police determined her death to be suspicious.  Police say the victim and accused are known to each other and that the homicide was not random.  The name of the victim is also being withheld to ensure the identity of the accused is not compromised.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Teen charged   Youth charged   Son accused of murdering mom    




Aaron Mullins


EDMONTON - Police report a man has turned himself in to police and has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Kerry McGill, 41, July 8 in the area of 105th St and 99th Ave.  Aaron Mullins, 28, turned himself in to EPS Homicide Unit detectives on Monday.  (Beacon)


MORE:   Suspect turns himself in   Homicide suspect

PREVIOUS:    Suspicious death   Police investigating   Autopsy results inconclusive 


Cow attack


CHERRYVILLE - The man killed in a cow attack on a BC farm on Canada Day has been identified by the BC Coroners Service as Allen Donald Powder, 49.  He was working on a farm in Cherryville, BC, the morning of July 1. According to a statement released by the coroner, Powder and another farm worker were moving cattle from one corral to another when the cow attacked. (CBC)  


PREVIOUS:   Man killed by horned cow

RELATED:   German killed by herd of cows


Gang bust


Cory Lesperance


RED DEER - Police say they have hampered efforts by a BC drug trafficking gang known as the Red Scorpions to expand into central and southern Alberta.  Search warrants were executed last week in Airdrie, Red Deer and Calgary, leading to the arrest of one gang member and 3 associate members.  (CBC)


MORE:   Red Scorpion arrested   Gang members arrested   AB gang arrests   Gang member charged    


Wounded man was out on bail


VANCOUVER - A gang associate wounded in a SE Vancouver shooting on Sunday night was out on bail in a manslaughter case when he was targeted.  The man hurt near East 63rd Ave and Knight St just before 9pm Sunday is Chien Khac (Tim) Le, 28.  Le was charged in October for the Aug. 16, 2013, stabbing death of teenager The Vinh Nguyen outside a sushi restaurant on Kingsway near Slocan.  (Vancouver Sun)  




HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's acting ombudsman has identified several shortcomings in the way the province dealt with the case of a child who died after authorities were alerted to concerns about their well-being.  Christine Delisle-Brennan issued a report Tuesday that says there were problems with vague standards and poor communications.  (CTV)


REPORT:   CDR final report July 2014   .pdf


Taking care of their own


EDMONTON - Without fanfare, the province approved a 7% pay hike for deputy ministers and other political appointees, including those in the premier's office, a year and a half early.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Redford's flights had 'false passengers'


A TransLink 'solution'


VANCOUVER - Former GO Transit CEO Gary McNeil has been called in to evaluate SkyTrain's service after the transit system ground to a halt twice in just four days earlier this month.  His final report and recommendations are slated for release in late October.  TransLink has confirmed that McNeil will earn about $1,200 a day while he conducts his investigation.  (CTV)


Suspicious fire


WINNIPEG - A man is reportedly dead following a suspicious fire in a downtown apartment tower that police are said to be investigating as a homicide.  Police maintained a visible presence Sunday at the Holiday Tower, 160 Hargrave St.  (Winnipeg Free Press)  


MORE:   Homicide investigation   Fire victim dies   


Impaired driver charged


MUSKODAY - An 11-year-old boy is dead after he was struck by a vehicle early Saturday night while riding a bicycle on Highway 3 near the Muskoday Bridge.  The boy was with a group of children who were riding their bikes on the side of the highway when the vehicle hit him around 7pm.  He was seriously injured and was rushed to Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert. The boy later died in hospital.  RCMP arrested a 51-year-old man at the scene of the crash for impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.  (CBC)  


Police probe


LONDON, ON - Police  will examine whether the car that reversed Friday into a Costco store, killing a 6-year-old girl and injuring others, was mechanically sound.  Addison Hall died, and her pregnant mother and young sister were injured when the car crashed through the store's entryway.  (CBC) 


Golf course plane crash


NANAIMO - Michael Weir and Gerald Thom had been friends for 28 years.  Both loved to fly and last year built an amphibious plane together on Salt Spring Island.  They were in that plane on Saturday night when it crashed shortly after takeoff at the Cottonwood Golf Course in Nanaimo.  Both men died in the crash.  (Global)  


MORE:   Home built aircraft crashes




OSHAWA - Alan Smith has been acquitted of murder in the 1974 killing of Beverly Smith.  Last month, Justice Bruce Glass threw out all the evidence gathered in an elaborate, nearly year-long undercover operation by Durham Regional Police that elicited two widely varying confessions by Smith, who was a neighbour of Beverly Smith (no relation) at the time of her death.  The Crown conceded in Oshawa court Monday that there was not sufficient evidence to proceed with a reasonable chance of conviction.  (Toronto Star) 


PREVIOUS:   Judge throws out all evidence   Mr. Big cold case arrest   Confession was coerced      


Shots fired at Mounties


ALEXIS CREEK - Police are on the hunt for several suspects who fired shots at RCMP officers in Alexis Creek early Sunday morning.  No officers were harmed, but more Mounties have been sent into the remote community.  (Vancouver Province)


MORE:   Mounties fired upon




MONTREAL - A war of words has broken out over a fired cocaine-using locomotive engineer.  Canadian Pacific chief executive Hunter Harrison lashed out when CP was ordered this month to reinstate the engineer even though an arbitrator confirmed the employee had 'consumed cocaine at a time and of a quantity which could impact his work performance.'  (Montreal Gazette)




TORONTO - A Toronto man has been charged after police say an online post urged people to throw food at Mayor Rob Ford during a party in a city park.  It's alleged the author of the post offered free beer to anyone who threw eggs or tomatoes at Ford.   (CP)


COMMENT:   Ford nation 


Dog handlers


VANCOUVER - A lot of time and money goes into producing an effective police dog.  What money can't buy is the bond that develops between the police officer and the canine member.  Typically after a work day, the dog goes home with the handler - and the animal becomes a part of the family right through retirement.  (Vancouver Province)


Murder investigation


Colton Crowshoe


CALGARY - Police now believe the 18-year-old pulled from a retention pond in the NE was murdered.  Colton Crowshoe was last seen leaving a party in Abbeydale with friends in the early morning hours of July 4th.  His family reported him missing when he didn't come home.  Initially, police did not believe there was any foul play.  On Thursday afternoon, Crowshoe's body was found in a pond just off Stoney Trail and 16 Ave NE.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Family speaks out 


Part 1: Big break


SASKATOON - When police officers set up an elaborate undercover sting targeting a Calgary murder suspect, they ended up ensnaring a cold-blooded killer who carried out his first murder in Saskatoon.  After two juries in two cities delivered guilty verdicts this year, Neil Lee Yakimchuk is serving two life sentences for first-degree murder.  (Saskatoon Star Phoenix)  


MORE:    Part 2: Confession 


Conclusion correct


HALIFAX - After a four-month review, Quebec police have confirmed the death of a blind woman in Halifax was accidental. However, they are also criticizing Halifax police for the way the investigation was handled.  Holly Bartlett was discovered unconscious under the McKay Bridge in Halifax early on March 27, 2010, and died in hospital the following day.  (CTV) 


Police call in sick


MONTREAL - The dispute over Quebec's proposed pension reform legislation took a new twist overnight Friday when more than 100 Montreal officers simultaneously called in sick.  (CBC)  


MORE:   City will dock 'sick' cops   Police union will pay for tactic  




VANCOUVER - About 200 people showed up on East Hastings Street for the start of Saturday's citywide housing march to Vancouver City Hall.  Organized by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, the protest began across the street from Insite, Canada's only legal supervised-injection site.  Long-time housing activist Jean Swanson told the crowd that they needed to send a message to the city to stop the gentrification of the Downtown Eastside.  (Straight) 


No booze


PENTICTON - Boonstock, a major music festival scheduled for next weekend in BC's Okanagan that has Bacardi as one of its main sponsors has been told it can't sell alcohol.  (CBC)  




Dennis Leonard Cardinal  


COLD LAKE - A 28-year-old man from Cold Lake has been charged with second-degree murder and indignity to a body.  Tyler Lionel John Arsenault is accused of killing Dennis Leonard Cardinalk 44.  Cardinal went missing from his hometown of Cold Lake back on Feb. 1, 2011.  (CHED)  


MORE:   Charges laid    Murder charges 




Surrey Now


VANCOUVER - A senior was stabbed to death near the Front Room Drop In Centre Friday.  At about 6:30am, Donald Williams Deweyn, 63, was fatally stabbed outside the building in the 10600-block of 135A St.  (Surrey Leader)  


MORE:   Stabbing leaves 1 dead   Man stabbed to death   Investigators on the scene


Police chase


MONT-LAURIER - One person is dead and another is in critical condition after the vehicle they were in was struck by a pickup truck being chased by police near Mont Laurier.  The incident happened at around 8:30pm Friday.  Police say the driver of the truck refused to stop for police, who then gave chase.  The speeding truck struck an oncoming vehicle near the intersection of Highways 17 and 309.  The 3 people in the truck are in police custody.  (CBC)    


Police chase death


Christian Fontaine


SAINT JEAN SUR RICHELIEU - Christian Fontaine, 20, fled in his car after police attempted to pull him over for speeding and driving with his lights off at around midnight.  St. Jean police followed in hot pursuit but the young man eventually lost control and crashed into a tree in front of a church in St. Blaise sur Richelieu.  Fortin's car exploded and was totally destroyed. He was declared dead in hospital soon after.  (CTV)   


'Learn from mistakes'



Doreen Chaikowsky     Adam Langan


WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man is promising to 'learn from my mistakes and become a better person' after a drunken high-speed collision that killed a 71-year-old grandmother.  Adam Langan previously pleaded guilty to one count of impaired driving causing death for a Aug. 24, 2013, pile-up that claimed the life of Doreen Chaikowsky.  Langan was drunk and high on cocaine, racing in the curb lane during rush hour when his pick-up truck t-boned Chaikowsky's vehicle.  (QMI)


MORE:   Family rejects remorse claim   Call for 4+ sentence   Family speaks at sentencing    


Son charged


TORONTO - A Toronto-area businessman who runs a payday loan and foreign exchange business - and is the son of a man named as a powerful Mafia boss in Ontario - has been arrested in what police call an ongoing fraud investigation.  Carlo DeMaria, 39, faces 10 charges, including fabricating evidence, identity theft, laundering the proceeds of crime and possession of property obtained by crime.  Mr. DeMaria is the owner of the Cash House and is the son of Vincenzo 'Jimmy' DeMaria, who is currently imprisoned for an alleged breach of lifetime parole after a murder conviction in 1981.  (National Post)


Canadian charged


Ali Shahi


TORONTO- A 25-year-old Canadian man has been charged after he allegedly made 'direct threats' to the safety of a flight to Panama City this morning, resulting in the plane returning to Toronto for an emergency landing.  Flight 772 turned around after 45 minutes in the air for the emergency landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. It was escorted by two US F-16 military jets.  Ali Shahi, a Canadian citizen, has been charged.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Son has mental health issues  


Notice they raised the price of beer


VICTORIA - The provincial Ministry of Justice announced Friday that it had lowered the minimum price for servings of beer and cider over 50 ounces, dropping the price of a standard 60-ounce pitcher from $15 to $12.  The ministry says the move is 'to better meet the expectations of British Columbians,' and comes on the heels of consumer and industry complaints that the province's new happy hour rules actually made it more expensive.  (CTV)





Lorie Maureen Bearbull


WINNIPEG - Police have arrested and charged a suspect in the case of Lorie Maureen Bearbull who was fatally stabbed July 18.  On July 24, Naomi Ross, 20, was arrested and charged with second degree murder due to her alleged involvement.  Police identified the victim as Lorie Maureen Bearbull, 37.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Woman charged

MORE:    Stabbing   Woman stabbed   Victim stabbed stalker


Teen among 4 killed


SEDONA - A teenager from Germany and a teenager from Canada were among 4 people who died in a N Arizona plane crash.  The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office identified them Thursday as Johanna Naber, 18, of Shellbrook, SK, and Sabrina Giebelen, 19, of Krefeld, Germany.  Also killed were Jonathan McGeary, 22, and Levi Wallace, 23, both of the US.  (AP)      


4 years


SUDBURY - A drunk driver who killed a passenger and injured a cop when he crashed into a police cruiser was sentenced Thursday to 4 years in prison.  Lance Solomon pleaded guilty in March to impaired driving causing death.  Solomon, who has never had a driver's licence, borrowed his grandmother's car without her permission on May 2, 2012.   Wesley Bob, 65, a passenger in the car Solomon was driving, was killed.  (QMI)  


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No charges


VANCOUVER - A civilian contractor for the RCMP who struck and killed a pedestrian last year will not be charged, despite the fact he didn't stop after the accident.  RCMP said an 8-month investigation could not find any evidence of criminal behaviour on the part of the driver.  Andrew Leduc, 37, died after being struck by a semi-truck while he was crossing the Langley Bypass around 3am on Aug. 7, 2013.  (CTV)  


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Accused panicked


VANCOUVER - The man accused in a tragic hit-and-run that killed Port Coquitlam teenager Annie Leung last year says he remembers what happened in detail.  CTV News tracked down 73-year-old Irwin Richard Franz Thursday afternoon, shortly after the RCMP announced he's been charged with failing to stop at the scene of a fatal accident.  (CTV)


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Driver facing charges


EDMONTON - Police have laid charges against a man who was driving the car that is believed to have struck and injured an elderly woman, who died later in hospital.  Police said Bradley Nordell, 42, is facing charges of careless driving, and failing to yield to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.  (CTV)  


Biker nabbed


MONTREAL - Hells Angels biker Sylvain Tetreault, 48, one of a handful of suspects on the lam since a massive bust in 2009, has been arrested in Bois des Filion as part of the SharQc Operation.   (CTV) 


Officers sanctioned


MONTREAL - Quebec's police ethics committee has sanctioned 3 Montreal police officers in connection to their behaviour in a 2005 incident involving Anne-Marie Peladeau, sister of media-mogul-turned-politician Pierre Karl Peladeau.  Nearly 9 years after the fact, the tribunal deemed the behavior of officers Roberto Sforza, Mike Mezzacappa and Lo Dico 'derogatory' in reference to the violent arrest of Peladeau and Eric Kennedy.  (CP) 


City Hall repair bill


CALGARY - The bill to repair Calgary's crumbling City Hall and municipal building continues to rise - it now tops $144M.  A council committee today directed administration to prioritize the repairs so it can discuss this fall where to start on a growing problem.  (CBC)  


Showdown looms


David Harper


MKO - Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief David Harper is about to face a non-confidence vote on his leadership after rejecting a request from his organization's member chiefs that he step aside until the completion of a forensic audit.  Harper, who is facing serious allegations of financial mismanagement, said he paid back the money he used from MKO on personal expenses and was confident a review of the books would absolve him of an improprieties. (APTN)


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Vomit fee approved


VANCOUVER - Anyone who vomits in a taxicab in BC could now be charged a $75 clean up fee, along with the cost of the trip.   (CBC)    


Booze ban never official


STEINBACH - A dry community in southern Manitoba has discovered it's actually wet.  Officials with the Rural Municipality of Hanover have never allowed liquor to be sold and were preparing to hold a referendum this fall on whether to allow booze.  Researchers were surprised to find out liquor was never officially banned in the first place.  (CP)


Free in Canada


Rachel & Sophie


TORONTO - Sarah Augustine allegedly stabbed her daughters, Rachel, 5, and Sophie, 2-and-a-half months, dozens of times each on September 16, 2010.  Immediately following the alleged crimes, the distraught mother tried unsuccessfully to end her own life.  Augustine was charged with 2 counts of murder, but was never tried.  Despite the gravity of her alleged crimes, her trial in Dominica was discontinued after the government said it didn't have the expertise to deal with her psychiatric issues.  She was handed over to her brother in Canada.  Dennis says in early 2012 his sister returned to Canada with no monitoring and no record here of the alleged crime in Dominica.  (CityNews)  


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Investigated as homicide


PEGUIS - The death of a little girl from the Peguis First Nation is being investigated as a homicide.  RCMP said they were contacted by Percy E. Moore Hospital in Hodgson after a 21-month-old girl was transported to hospital via ambulance in medical distress around 3pm on July 17, 2014.  The girl died from injuries later that day in hospital.  (CTV)   





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