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Mental health report


Despite persistent calls for more training in de-escalation techniques, there are a handful of police academy instructors in Canada who continue to believe that use of force is 'inevitable' when dealing with people who appear psychotic or are irrational, according to a new report by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. (PostMedia)


REPORT:   Tempo: police interactions

PREVIOUS:   Money for research   Mental Health Commission   Commission hires marketing company   Investigative  




CHARLOTTETOWN - The federal government is rejecting renewed calls for a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women in advance of a meeting Wednesday between premiers and native leaders, one of whom says the prime minister is isolated in his position.  (CTV)


COMMENT:   Posturing is the only reason for an inquiry

PREVIOUS:   Murder not a race issue   Death a crime, not sociological issue   Inquiry isn't justified   Interprovincial trade


 Crimes against humanity


IS video


MOSUL -   An independent UN commission said Wednesday that the Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians and that the IS in Iraq and Syria group committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.  (AP)  


MORE:   Canadian likely joined IS   15 Australian jihadist believed killed    US man fighting for IS dies 

PREVIOUS:   Rapper fingered   IS by the numbers   IS a threat to Muslims   IS beheads US journalist   Ransom demand   Northern Iraq offensive   Iraqi insurgency   IS   PTC: War on Terror  


Rebels enter coastal town


NOVOAZOVSK - Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have pushed their way into the port of Novoazovsk, threatening to open up a new front in the war.  (BBC) 


PREVIOUS:   Russians accidentally crossed border  Ukraine captures Russians   Aid invasion   New sanctions   Ukrainian revolution   Pro-Russian conflict   Malaysia Airlines Flight 17   Individuals sanctioned   


Bodies found


LAKE RWERU - Mystery surrounds the discovery of dozens of bodies wrapped in plastic and dumped in a lake bordering Burundi and Rwanda.  Fishermen in Burundi claim to have found 40 corpses floating in Lake Rweru since July, some with their limbs bound. A government spokesman said this figure is probably exaggerated but an investigation is under way.  (Guardian UK)


Nigeria closes schools


MONROVIA -  All schools in Nigeria have been ordered to remain shut until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.  The new academic year was due to start on Monday.  But the education minister ordered the closures to allow staff to be trained on how to handle suspected Ebola cases.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Liberia sacks ministers who fled

PREVIOUS:  Infected health care workers   West Africa Ebola outbreak   Bio related events     


Metadata like telephone book


CANBERRA - The outgoing head of the ASIO, David Irvine, has compared intelligence agencies' use of metadata to 'looking up a telephone book' and says requiring a warrant for metadata access would cause intelligence gathering and law enforcement to 'grind to a halt'.  (Guardian UK)


PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance    


Under investigation


Christine Lagarde


PARIS - IMF chief Christine Lagarde revealed on Wednesday that she had been placed under formal investigation for 'negligence' over her role in a corruption case dating back to 2008, which involved a massive state payout to French tycoon Bernard Tapie.  (AFP)  


MORE:   IMF chief faces probe


Girl kills instructor


WHITE HILLS - A 9 year-old girl in the US has killed her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use a high-powered submachine gun.  The instructor was giving the girl a lesson at a shooting range in Arizona when the recoil from the automatic fire caused her to lose control of the Uzi.  Charles Vacca, 39, was shot in the head and died after being airlifted to a hospital in Las Vegas.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Fateful seconds  


Potential ceasefire




GAZA - A long-term ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian and Egyptian officials say.  Egyptian state media reported that the truce, ending seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200 people dead, would begin at 19:00.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Extended ceasefire

PREVIOUS:    21 executed   2014 Israel-Gaza conflict 


Road crash


LUXOR - 19 people have been killed and 17 wounded in a road accident involving two microbuses in southern Egypt.  The accident took place late on Monday in a village called Al-Dabaiya in the temple city of Luxor when two microbuses collided, left the road and fell into a canal.  (Ahram)  


MORE:   Buses collide

PREVIOUS:    Tour buses collide   Deadly crash   


'Active shooter' is a suicide


FORT LEE - An enraged soldier barricaded herself inside a major command's headquarters and shot herself in the head Monday. She died later in the day. The soldier was a sergeant 1st class who has been in the Army for 14 years and at Fort Lee for 3.  (AP)      


Sex abuse scandal


ROTHERHAM - At least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, a report has found.  Children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities in England, beaten and intimidated, it said.  The report, commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council, revealed there had been 3 previous inquiries. (BBC)


REPORT:   Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham 1997-2013

MORE:   No council officers will face disciplinary action  Evidence ignored by police and council    Fear of being seen as racist stopped social workers

PREVIOUS:   Rotherham sex grooming case


Suspect wouldn't be charged


Person of interest video


OTTAWA - A 19-year-old man has been identified by police as the intruder who broke into the Ottawa home of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau nearly two weeks ago.  But police are not expected to charge him because it would be difficult to prove criminal intent.   (Huffington Post) 


COMMENT:    Symptom of debased debate   Reefer madness, isn't  

PREVIOUS:   Minister denies    Doctors decline   Senator dismisses conflict of interest    Home broken into   Threatening note left   Risk assessment asked for    Video linked


Deal done


Tim Hortons has agreed to be bought by the company that owns Burger King in a deal that could culminate in the world's third largest fast-food company. (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   'Legal' tax avoidance   Taking Tim Horton's   Global meltdown - wealth    Sharing personal information   FATCA   Uncle Sam shake down   Get in line   Lawsuit    


Meeting filmed


Stretto web


FRAUENFELD - The men, alleged leaders of the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, were secretly filmed by Italian and Swiss police in the tiny town of Frauenfeld during a two-year investigation that led to the arrest of 18 people on Friday.  The video has given investigators a rare and valuable insight into the private rituals of the Calabrian Mafia and the often discreet expansion of its international operations. (Telegraph UK) 


Person of interest


SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Los Angeles police detained a 'person of interest' late Sunday in connection with a spate of shootings that killed 3 people and left 4 others injured in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles earlier in the day.   (Fox)  


MORE:   Person of interest questioned   1 in custody


Worked for IS


Abubakar Shekau


GWOZA - Militant group Boko Haram has said it has set up an Islamic state in the towns and villages it has seized in NE Nigeria.  Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was speaking in a video released to congratulate his fighters for seizing the town of Gwoza earlier this month.  (BBC)


MORE:   Nigeria rejects claim   Thousands flee   Nigerian troops 'flee into Cameroon'

PREVIOUS:   Boko Haram


Capital under Islamist control




TRIPOLI - Operation Dawn, a coalition of Islamist and Misrata forces, captured the airport on Saturday in fierce fighting against pro-government militias after a five-week siege that has battered parts of the capital.  On Sunday, they set the airport buildings ablaze, apparently intending to destroy rather than hold it.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Airport seized   Militias accuse parliament   Source of bombing raids revealed  

PREVIOUS:   Aftermath of the Civil War  


8 executed


XINJIANG - China has executed 8 people in the NW region of Xinjiang, for what it calls "terrorist" attacks.  3 of those executed had been convicted of an attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing last October, in which 5 people died.   (BBC)  


MORE:   China executes attackers  


Canadian terrorist


Michel Coulombe


OTTAWA - Earlier this summer, the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant released a chilling recruitment video calling on young people in the West to leave their families and come to the Middle East to train for what it calls holy war. It featured a Canadian who had embraced a violent ideology, travelled to Syria, and was killed there in a firefight last year.  (Michel Coulombe)  


MORE:   IS recruiting in Canada   


Review of police 'militarization' program




WASHINGTON - The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama's call for more separation between the nation's armed forces and civilian law enforcement.  (AP)  


COMMENT:   Lessons of Ferguson   A Common Thug

PREVIOUS:   Another death   Governor sends in National Guard   Shooting of Michael Brown     






NAPA - The city of Napa in California wine country said in a statement Sunday that two adults and one child have critical injuries and Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa has treated 87 people. The earthquake struck just before 3:30am about 4 miles NW of American Canyon, which is about 6 miles SW of Napa.  (AP)  


MORE:   Earthquake rocks California    


Player killed


Albert Ebosse


TIZI OUZOU - Cameroonian footballer Albert Ebosse died after he was hit by an object thrown from the crowd following his team's loss in the Algerian championship on Saturday.  (AFP)  


MORE:   Object thrown from stands   Algeria suspends football

RELATED:   Africa Cup of Nations in disarray  


Thieves target Lego sets




Criminal gangs around the world are targeting a new, lucrative and almost untraceable commodity - Lego.  Sets of the brightly coloured plastic bricks can sell for thousands of pounds on online trading sites prompting thieves to target toy shops from America to Australia.   (Telegraph UK)


Migrant boat sinks


TRIPOLI - Libyan authorities have recovered at least 20 bodies off the coast of the capital, Tripoli, after a boat carrying up to 200 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa went missing at sea.  Reports said at least 170 are still missing.  (Jazeera)  


MORE:   Migrant boat sinks  


191,369 reported killed


DAMASCUS - 191,369 men, women and children reported killed in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April 2014.  The figure, the result of a new analysis for the UN, is a significant increase on the last update provided by the UN, but even so it is probably less than the true number of those killed.  (CNN)  


MORE:   War that crosses national boundaries

PREVIOUS:   Syrian Civil War       


Paying ransom


OTTAWA - Countries with a reputation for paying ransom to terrorists are more likely to have their citizens targeted by organizations like the Islamic State, a Canadian security expert says.  (CTV) 


Hunger strike


CALGARY - A prominent Calgary imam is warning that Canadian youth are being recruited by terrorist groups to travel overseas and fight for Islamist militants.  Syed Soharwardy is hoping a two-day hunger strike, set to begin Friday, will draw attention to what he says is an increasing problem of home-grown terrorism.  (CTV)  


PREVIOUS:   Muslims against terrorism  


Limits on politicians are illegal


EDMONTON - A platform promise from a candidate for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, to limit terms for elected officials in Alberta's government is being met with criticism - legal experts say it infringes on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Term limit    

RELATED:   VIPs force Tories to keep Challengers airborne   Out-of-court settlement needed for NDP to secure $1.6M bequest


TV with choices?


GATINEAU - Consumers could wind up with many more choices about what they watch on TV and how they pay for it, given sweeping new proposals from the country's broadcast regulator (CRTC) announced Thursday.  (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   Let's talk TV: working document for discussion 


Border guard fired


NIAGARA FALLS - 2 CBSA officers say a chief at a Niagara Falls border crossing was fired because of allegations that she accepted up to $10,000 worth of backstage passes to allow some of Justin Bieber's buddies with criminal records to enter the country.  (Now Toronto)


To be freed


Han Tak Lee, 79, a former New York City businessman who has spent 24 years in prison after being convicted of setting a fire that killed his mentally ill daughter is scheduled to walk out of a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania a free man, following a judge's ruling that the case against him was based on now-debunked arson science.  (AP)  


MORE:   Bad science   Arson research project     Calculated arson   .pdf     


Fingerprinting customers




CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has announced a mandatory fingerprinting system in supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling.  Up to 40% of the goods which Venezuela subsidizes for its domestic market are smuggled to Colombia, where they are sold at much higher prices, the authorities say.   (BBC)


Pension status quo no longer option




MONTREAL - Mayor Denis Coderre said he would 'never give in to thugs' as the province's political leaders appeared ready to take on restive public-employee unions over Quebec's controversial pension-reform plans.   (Globe & Mail)


COMMENT:   Bad day for democracy  

PREVIOUS:  Double standard   Sacking of city hall   Unions storm city hall   Public servants riot    Union vandalism   Police chief vows probe  


Suicide tourists


12 Canadians were among the hundreds of 'suicide tourists' that travelled to Switzerland to end their lives with the assistance of a doctor.  In results of a new study released Wednesday, Swiss researchers say that doctor-assisted deaths doubled between 2008 and 2012, when 611 foreign nationals travelled to Switzerland to die.  (CTV)


MORE:   Woman take her right-to-die     


Language watchdog probing


OTTAWA - Canada's commissioner of official languages has launched an investigation into John Baird's Twitter account to determine if the foreign affairs minister is running afoul of federal laws around bilingual communication.  Graham Fraser had received a complaint that Baird's tweets were often only in English, and decided the situation was worthy of further scrutiny.  (CP)  


27 years


NEW YORK - A Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy was sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1B international drug trafficking enterprise, prosecutors said.  Jimmy Cournoyer, 34, pleaded guilty in May 2013 to charges including money laundering and conspiracies to manufacture and distribute marijuana and cocaine. (AP)   


MORE:   Kingpin sentenced   27 years

PREVIOUS:   Organized Crime       




NEW YORK - Bank of America Corp has reached a $16.65B settlement with US regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed securities.  Bank of America said the accord is expected to reduce third-quarter earnings by about $5.3B before taxes, or about 43 cents per share after taxes.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Bank of America settlement


Losing money


The Beer Store


TORONTO - Ontario could reap more money from booze sales and consumers could pay less for alcohol if the provincial government opened up the business to more retailers, a new report found.  The study, by the CD Howe Institute, said the government is actually foregoing revenue by preserving its virtual monopoly on the sale of alcohol.   (CP)


REPORT:   Uncorking a strange brew   .pdf

MORE:   Finance minister says LCBO is here to stay



TSB report


GATINEAU - The TSB has made two more recommendations to improve rail safety in Canada in the wake of last summer's train derailment in Lac Megantic that killed 47 people.  TSB chief operating officer Jean Laporte announced the recommendations as the agency issued its final report into the crash on Tuesday morning.  (CTV)


REPORT:   Railway investigation report R13D0054     

PREVIOUS:   Another state secret     Lac-Megantic derailment


Wounded not getting disability


OTTAWA - A new report by Canada's veterans watchdog says nearly half of the country's most severely disabled ex-soldiers are not receiving a government allowance intended to compensate them for their physical and mental wounds.   (CP)


REPORT:   Supporting severely impaired veterans    


Canada EU trade pact


A German television show has posted online a document it claims is the full text of the Canada-EU trade deal, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).  The 521-page document dated Aug. 5 was posted online Wednesday by the show Tagesschau.  (CP) 


REPORT:   Consolidated CETA text   .pdf

MORE:   On the way to parallel justice    Leaked pact shows Canada caved   Law by secret trade agreement   Pact prompt scrutiny


Body found




OTTAWA - Police say a woman's body has been discovered in the waters of the Rideau River between Vincent Massey Park and Carleton University.  Police received a call shortly after at about 10:48am.  The Major Crime Section has since taken lead of the investigation. The body appeared to be absent of clothing and no identification was recovered.  (CTV) 


Woman an innocent bystander


Jelena Loncar


TORONTO - Jelena Loncar, 32, who lived about two blocks from C Lounge on Wellington St, died at hospital after shots rang out near the downtown bar.  Tremaine Nigel Fraser, 25, who was shot 5 times, was taken to hospital in critical condition after stumbling into a nearby gas station. (QMI)  


MORE:   Victims identified

PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Shooting outside nightclub   Woman dead, man injured    


5th man



Natasha Farah      Wanted suspect


CALGARY - Police have now arrested a 5th man in connection with the shooting death of a Toronto woman last weekend.  Officers have released 3 men they were holding for questioning but a 4th man, wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for attempted murder, remains in custody.  Natasha Farah, 26, was gunned down early Saturday morning.  (CTV)


MORE:   Suspect in custody

PREVIOUS:   Innocent bystander   Bystander shot   Woman shot dead  


Wanted arrested



Kevin Bowser       Shilo Beals


NEW TECUMSETH - A man wanted after a fatal shooting 10 years ago in Halifax has been arrested in Ontario.  A Canada-wide arrest warrant was issued last month for Shilo Marcino Beals, 31, of Cherry Brook, NS.  Beals is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kevin Bowser on July 10, 2004.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Warrant arrest

PREVIOUS:   Rewards for unsolved crimes: Kevin James Bowser  


Charges upgraded


HAMILTON - Charges against Brantford police officer Ryan Grant will be upgraded to impaired driving causing death, after 27-year-old Joey Flaherty, a passenger who fell out of Grant's Jeep in early Tuesday morning incident, has died in hospital.   (CBC)  




Cody Legebokoff


PRINCE GEORGE - Cody Allan Legebokoff admitted he was 'involved' in the murder of 2 women as he took the stand in his own defence Tuesday.  Accused of killing them and 2 other women, Legebokoff testified that 3 others were involved in 3 of the deaths but refused to give their names other than to refer to them as X, Y and Z.  During morning testimony Legebokoff admitted he was 'involved' in the murders of Jill Stacey Stuchenko, 35, and Cynthia Frances Maas, 35.  (Prince George Citizen)  


PREVIOUS:   Legebokoff trial   Highway of tears    


Coroner's investigations


TORONTO - A coroner's investigation into the suicide of a Toronto police officer may end a mother's five-month battle to see her dead son's final words.  Const. Clint Cibulis hanged himself at his home in March at the age of 34, two days after he had been temporarily suspended for allegedly sending a harassing video to a female officer.  A coroner's investigation has also been launched into the death of Sgt. Richard 'Bucky' Rogers, who hanged himself in July.  Rogers' family claims that before his suicide, the 24-year veteran of the force had tried for more than a year to get help but was ridiculed, bullied and humiliated by his supervisors.  (CityNews)


PREVIOUS:   Suicide  


We want more money


VANCOUVER - ICBC says it will file an application Friday with the BC Utilities Commission to ask for a 5.2% increase in basic insurance rates. The changes would take effect Nov. 1.  (CTV)


RELATED:   BC teachers step up pressure tactics   Vancouver's racist real estate titles 


Lawyer charged


Meerai Cho


TORONTO - A Toronto real estate lawyer has been charged with 75 offences after a condo development went bust - and more than $12M in deposits disappeared from a trust account.  Meerai Cho, 63, was handling investors' money for a proposed 14-storey hotel and 30-storey residential tower, with some commercial space, in North York.  In advance of construction, Ms. Cho allegedly began holding money in trust for developer, Yo Sup (Joseph) Lee.  It's not known where Mr. Lee is, and his lawyer, Ms. Cho, has filed for bankruptcy. (PostMedia)  


MORE:   How safe is deposit money

PREVIOUS:   Lawyer arrested   Project raises red flags

RELATED:   Nuns Island real estate development dealings    


Stabbing victim dies in hospital


WINNIPEG - A man has died in hospital after being stabbed at a home in Winnipeg's North Point Douglas neighbourhood early Monday morning.   Police were called to a home in the 200-block of Austin St N just after 5am.  There, officers found a man suffering from a stab wound to the upper body. (CBC)  


MORE:   Stabbed man dies   Victim dies  


Williams settles with some


Russell Williams


BELLEVILLE - 4 years after he was sentenced to life behind bars, serial sex killer Russell Williams has reached an out-of-court financial settlement with some of his many victims.  (Macleans)


I didn't steal anything


Murray Clearsky


WINNIPEG - Adamant he took nothing from the community he once represented, former Southern Chiefs' Organization grand chief Murray Clearsky faced the media Monday amid allegations he and others are responsible for more than $260,000 in questionable transactions.  (QMI)    


MORE:   Trouble at the Southern Chiefs' organization  Organization must explain expenses




Thomas Lukaszuk


EDMONTON - Progressive Conservative leadership contender Thomas Lukaszuk stuck taxpayers with over $20,000 in international data roaming charges while on a personal trip to Poland and Israel in 2012.  (QMI)


MORE:   RCMP search for leaker  


1 charged


Benard Asante


TORONTO - Olatoyebi Waheed, 24, died of a gunshot wound to the chest on Aug. 19.  A second man, 23, was wounded in the shooting.  Charged with murder and attempted murder is Franklin Afrifa, 25.   Police are also searching for another suspect, Benard Asante, 24, also known as Benard Kissi.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Cops hunt accused killer   1 arrested, 1 wanted  

PREVIOUS:   Victim Identified   Known


Foul play not ruled out


SHEFFIELD - RCMP say the remains of a body have been found on an island in the Sheffield area.  Foul play has not yet been ruled out.  RCMP say they responded to a call around 12:30pm Saturday. The human remains were spotted by people walking on the island near McGowans Corner.  (CTV)  


Dead man, isn't


LONDON, ON - Police say Ronald Stan, who was reported missing after a 1977 fire in a rural area near London, ON, has been found alive and residing under an 'assumed identity' in the US.   In 1986, almost 9 years after his disappearance, the missing man was declared deceased by the courts.  The investigation was reopened in July during a routine audit of the case and police say it was discovered the man, who was 32 at the time of his disappearance, was alive and living in the US as Jeff Walton, 69.  (CP)  


Murderer escapes


Norman Gilbert Riel


MISSION INSTITUTION - A convicted murderer has escaped from a federal prison in Mission.  Norman Gilbert Riel, 41, was last seen getting into a white Chevrolet Suburban SUV that was waiting for him as he fled Mission Institution on Sunday afternoon.  (Vancouver Sun)     


MORE:   Inmate rides away    Prisoner drives away




Jabeir Jemmie


OTTAWA - Police and paramedics responded to a report of a man stabbed at about 2:35am Saturday in front of 360 Elgin St.  Paramedics said the man was stabbed in the stomach and he lost his pulse on the way to hospital.  On Saturday, neighbours and family confirmed the victim was Jabeir Jemmie, 21.  Sources also said the victim was involved in a fight inside The Living Room bar and was 'very drunk' before he was kicked out of the bar.   (CBC)  




WINNIPEG - A man died after police found him lying unconscious on the street near Spence St early Saturday morning.  Police were called to the scene around 1:40am.  Police say the man's injuries appear suspicious.  (CTV)


MORE:   Stabbed man found    Injured man dies 


Lobbyist broke rules


Jeff Lyons


TORONTO - Once-powerful lobbyist Jeff Lyons, who was caught up in the MFP computer leasing scandal, broke lobbying rules last year by contacting a councillor about a large unawarded contract, the lobbyist registrar says.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Slippery shakedown  

RELATED:   Political donations not benign




Herbert and Brendon McGuigan


MONTAGUE - Herbert Brent McGuigan, 68, and his son, Brendon Patrick McGuigan, 39, were found dead on Wednesday in a home on St Mary's Road.  Alfred Guy Vuozzo, 46, of Lower Montague was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The elder McGuigan's father was the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision in 1970 in which Vuozzo's sister was killed.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Priest says town stunned   Victim were shot  


Time served


EDMONTON - A northern Alberta woman was sentenced to time served Friday for a bizarre and tragic stabbing that turned deadly as a result of the so-called flesh-eating disease.  Audrey Kipling, 26, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a Nov. 1, 2012, altercation on the Assumption First Nations reserve.  Court heard Kipling stabbed victim Stanley 'Marty' Testawich twice in the leg as well as stabbing another woman in the back during a drunken fight over a phone.  (QMI) 


25 years


Melvin Mitchell


EDMONTON - Melvin Simon Mitchell, 24, will not be eligible to apply for parole for at least 25 years after pleading guilty to 2 counts of second-degree murder in connection with the 2013 slayings of Jose Rodriguez, 68, and Curtis Dugray, 51.  (QMI)  


MORE:   Sentenced for 2 murders

PREVIOUS:   Violent history   Charged   Death deemed murder  


Charged with sexual assault


THUNDER BAY - 2 players on University of Ottawa's suspended men's hockey team are facing charges of sexual assault in connection with an incident at a hotel in Thunder Bay in February.  The men charged have been identified as Guillaume Donovan, 24, and David Foucher, 25.  (CBC)


Likely a murder




DEUX MONTAGNES - Police are investigating a possible homicide after a 46-year-old man was found dead in a home on 18th Ave near Oka Road Thursday at 2am.  The Deux-Montagnes police has passed the investigation on to the SQ provincial police.  (CTV)


MORE:   Death a murder  


Reasonable force


SAINT JOHN - The RCMP says an officer with the Kennebecasis Regional Police Force, used reasonable force when William David McCaffrey, 26, who was armed with two knives was shot and later died in hospital earlier this year.  (CTV)


Armoured truck robbed




MONTREAL - Police say 2 armed men - possibly wearing Halloween masks - attacked 2 employees of the Garda security firm at a Royal Bank branch at Place Portobello around 11pm Thursday.  The thieves attacked guards with pepper spray before making off with an unconfirmed sum of money.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Armoured car thieves    Armoured truck guards ambushed     


Customer arrested




VANCOUVER - Gang police in BC announced last week that Bradley Michael Friesen, 37, of Langley, had been charged after allegedly making parts that illegally alter firearms to silence them, increase their firepower or turn them from semi-automatic to fully automatic.  On Tuesday, police in Alberta arrested 29-year-old Travis Saunders of Fort McMurray, alleging that he was one of Friesen's customers.  (PostMedia)  


PREVIOUS:   Weapons charges   'Dr  Frankenstein' of weapons charged

RELATED:   18 arrested at 'problem residence'




VANCOUVER - One count of manslaughter was approved Wednesday against Dylan Robert Dempsey, 22, IHIT said.  The charge comes almost a month after the killing of Donald Williams Deweyn, 63, was found fatally wounded in the 10600-block of 135A St in the early morning hours of July 25.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Stabbing     Stabbing leaves 1 dead   Man stabbed to death    


2 facing charged


Keya Simon


HALIFAX - 2 men are facing charges related to the 2011 death of Keya Simon, 19, and the stabbing of her 32-year-old sister.  Demarqus Shane Beals, 25, and Carondo Shondez Downey, 25, are facing charges.  On Jan. 8, 2011, Simon and her sister were stabbed during a fight at a house party attended by 25 to 30 people.  (CBC)  


MORE:   2 arrested   Men charged

PREVIOUS:   Sisters stabbed  




RED DEER - There are calls for an investigation into how residents of the Michener Centre have been transitioned out of the Red Deer facility.  The Friends of the Michener Centre claim 5 of the 41 people forced from their homes have died in the last four months.  (CBC)


Deals canceled 


FREDERICTON - The provincial government is cancelling a tax and gaming revenue-sharing agreement with First Nations across New Brunswick.  The agreement allocates funding and determines tax rebates, but the province says it unevenly distributes government resources, when considering factors such as population, location and social and economic conditions.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   NB reviews agreements  


Budget shortfall


VANCOUVER - RCMP in BC will make staff cuts in a specialized gang unit and to their major crimes division to make up for a $4.2M budget shortfall next year.  The commanding officer of the force in the province, says Mounties have already reduced the size of their fleet, slashed travel costs and taken other measures to trim spending.  (CTV)  


MORE:  Austerity drive   Cuts to impact specialized units   RCMP funding cuts

COMMENT:   Leo on gang force cuts    Budget cuts hit gang unit     


Charged with voyeurism


VANCOVUER - Jim Rupert, an anti-doping expert and a professor in the school's department of kinesiology, was arrested on April 16, after staffers said they found hidden recording devices in a makeshift change room they had set up for participants in a study.  (CTV)  


MORE:   UBC statement


Foul play




VANCOUVER - A 36-year-old man who was found dead on the bank of the Fraser River over the weekend was met with foul play.  The victim has been identified as Christian Klatt, a man with no fixed address who resided in New Westminster. Passersby discovered his body Saturday on a riverbank in the Sapperton Landing area, where investigators believe he'd been living in a makeshift camp.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Murder    


Death now 'suspicious' 


MONTREAL - A death in St. Leonard, which police had briefly declared to be a murder, is once again being described as a 'suspicious death.'  On Tuesday afternoon Montreal homicide investigators announced that a man in his twenties, whose lifeless body was found in a car on Michelet south of Jean Talon at around 7:30am Tuesday, was murdered.   Later Tuesday afternoon police appeared less certain that it was a case or murder and returned to their original assessment of a suspicious death.   (CTV)   


Body in bag identified


Tina Fontaine  


WINNIPEG - Tina Fontaine, 15, was reported missing on Aug 9.  Her body was found in the Red River near the Alexander Docks at about 1:30pm, more than a week after she was reported missing.  Fontaine was in the care of a Child and Family Services agency when she went missing.  Police said she was found wrapped in a bag.  (CBC)  


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