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Belgium reaches deal


BRUSSELS - The Belgian government has reached a deal to back the free trade pact between the European Union and Canada, reviving hope for a precarious agreement that was supposed to be officially signed today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  Trudeau scrapped a trip to Belgium late Wednesday shortly after news that the Belgian government had failed to make decisive headway to lift a crucial veto of the trade deal by the regional government for Wallonia.   (AP)


MORE:   Belgians reach agreement on trade deal   Belgium's conditions   International court a sticking point 

PREVIOUS:   5 holes in trade deal   Trade deal collapses   Law by trade deal   Trade in services agreement   CETA 


New senators


OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will name 9 new senators Thursday.  Trudeau is poised to announce two more batches of appointments within days.  (CBC)  


MORE:   More appointed Senators   Meet the new Senators 


Win for party bagmen


TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government has nixed the idea of using legislation to ban chiefs of staff and other behind-the-scenes political decision makers from attending fundraisers, as they prepare to prohibit politicians from doing the same.   (CP) 


PREVIOUS:   Cash-for-access fundraisers   Parties pack in fundraisers

RELATED:   Cities call for $12.7B federal fix

Feds not interested in cheaper goods for Canadians   Keep away from infrastructure spending


Soap opera



Hillary Clinton          Donald Trump   


WASHINGTON - In the years before Hillary Clinton announced she would run again for president, her top aides expressed profound concerns in internal emails about how foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton's own moneymaking ventures would affect Hillary Clinton's political future.  The emails, obtained by hackers and being gradually released by WikiLeaks this month, also are revealing how efforts to minimize potential conflicts at the foundation led to power struggles and infighting among aides and Hillary Clinton's family.  (NY Times)  


MORE:   Fundraising strategy 

PREVIOUS:   Podesta emails   US presidential election 2016    US politics    


Takeover protest


Nicolas Maduro 


CARACAS - Anti-government protesters filled the streets of Venezuela's capital and other major cities in a show of force against Presidential Nicolas Maduro, whose allies enraged the opposition by blocking a recall referendum against the socialist leader.   The faceoff escalated on Tuesday when the opposition-led legislature voted to put Maduro on trial, accusing him of effectively staging a coup.  On Wednesday, police fired tear gas and clashes with police in provincial capitals that left several wounded.  Opposition leaders ended Wednesday's national day of protest with call for a general strike on Friday.  (AP)


MORE:   Opposition calls for general strike   Protests turn violent 

PREVIOUS:   Government staged coup   Into dictatorship   Appointed judicial and electoral authorities shoot down recall referendum    Maduro bypasses legislature to decree 2017 budget   Chavism


Hundreds killed 


MOSUL - Hundreds of Islamic State militants are thought to have been killed since Iraqi forces launched an offensive to retake Mosul last week, the US military says.  Up to 5,000 IS fighters were believed to be in Mosul ahead of the assault.  Despite the territorial gains, commanders have warned that securing Mosul could take weeks, if not months.   (BBC)  


MORE:   Thousands flee

PREVIOUS:   Mosul offensive    War on terror


Migrant deaths


The UN refugee agency on Tuesday reported that the number of deaths among refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 was already close to the total for all of the previous year.  With two months remaining in 2016, the agency said, the death toll stands at 3,740, just 31 short of last year's total.  UNHCR spokesman noted that the death rate is actually much higher this year, considering that only about a third as many people have tried to cross the sea in 2016.  (VOA)


REPORT:   Mediterranean death toll soars


Camp on fire




CALAIS JUNGLE - French police were investigating claims on Wednesday that British anarchists are starting fires in the Calais 'Jungle' camp. A massive blaze overnight destroyed makeshift shops and caused gas canisters to explode.  Stones were hurled at fire crews.  The police commissioner leading the operation, said migrants blamed members of the British No Borders group for the arson attacks.  (Telegraph UK)  


MORE:   Tradition of migrants setting fire to their tents    French declare camp empty 

PREVIOUS:   Children elbowed out of the way by 'minors' twice their size    Officials have no way of verifying age   Migrants


 Canadian hospital harm


TORONTO - 138,000 - or one in every 18 - patients admitted to a Canadian hospital in 2014-15 suffered some kind of harmful event that could potentially have been prevented, from getting the wrong drug to developing an infection, a Canadian Institute for Health Information report has found. Of those 138,000 patients, about 30,000 had more than one adverse event that compromised their care.  (CP)


REPORT:   Measuring patient harm 


Next class-action harassment lawsuit


OTTAWA - The RCMP will soon face another class-action harassment lawsuit - this time on behalf of male Mounties and civilian employees of the force.  Earlier this month, the federal government and the RCMP set aside $100M to settle an estimated 1,000 cases of female employees being harassed and bullied at work.  One of the law firms that represented those women is preparing to bring another suit for men - which could potentially be much bigger given that men make up roughly 80% of the RCMP's workforce.   (CBC) 


MORE:   Harassment at RCMP a 'deep-seated' problem, says Goodale


RCMP strategy


TORONTO - Foreseeing a possible 'flood of foreign fighters' out of Syria, the RCMP has circulated a strategy that involves trying to understand the returning fighters' intentions and working with communities.  The plan calls for monitoring the social media activity of the 'returnees,' placing them on the no-fly list and asking Passport Canada to revoke their travel documents and flag their future passport applications.  The RCMP has also compiled a list of indicators to ascertain the 'future posture' of returning fighters that includes whether they are employed, married, 'raising funds linked to a little-known charity' or 'proselytizing.'  (National Post) 


Governance oversight issues


In a joint report released, the auditors general for NS, NB, NL, and PEI say changes are needed to the legislation and regulations that govern the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.   (Global)


REPORT:   Joint audit of Atlantic Lottery Corporation   .pdf

MORE:   Need to improve governs    Audit finds political interference, questionable spending 




COLD LAKE - A Christian school board in Cold Lake was shut down Tuesday after financial irregularities were discovered, including directing nearly $1M to a third party that was allegedly spending public cash on liquor, parties and gift cards.  Citing a lack of financial accountability and oversight of the home-schooling program, Education Minister David Eggen cancelled Trinity Christian School Association's registration and accreditation, which leaves a third of the province's home-schooled students looking for a new board.  An audit discovered alleged inappropriate expenses by Wisdom Home Schooling Society, a third-party contractor that had been overseeing home education for the board, including payments for babysitting, funeral services, excessive mileage charges and conflicts of interest with senior management.   (PostMedia)


Shoppers applies


TORONTO - Canada's largest pharmacy chain has formally applied to be a distributor of medical marijuana.  'We have applied to be a licensed producer strictly for the purposes of distributing medical marijuana,' Shoppers Drug Mart spokeswoman told CBC News.   (CBC)


COMMENT:   Government trying to catch up




SUDBURY - Vale Canada Limited has been fined $1M after a worker at its plant near Sudbury, ON, was killed and another was injured while trying to clear a jam in a rock-crushing machine on April 6. 2014.   (CTV)    


Trash empire falls


Rizzo services 


DETROIT - The FBI's mission to bring dirty politicians to justice in the suburbs set off a series of cascading events Tuesday: A millionaire garbage executive resigned. A second Macomb County local official was arrested on corruption charges. And dozens of communities learned that the bright red Rizzo trucks that pick up their trash will be no more.  And if the government's own words are any indication - 'this is an extensive investigation into systemic corruption' - there's plenty more to come.  (Detroit Free Press)


MORE:   Corruption investigation

PREVIOUS:   How Rizzo Services built a garbage empire    Canadian GFL Environmental completes its merger with Rizzo Environmental Services    GFL Environmental


Who killed Alberta Williams?


Alberta Williams 


PRINCE RUPERT - In 1989, Alberta Williams, 24, was found dead along the Highway of Tears near Prince Rupert, BC.  Police never caught her killer.  27 years later, her unsolved murder continues to haunt her family - and the retired cop who says he knows who did it.  (CBC) 


MORE:   Episode 1

PREVIOUS:   Highway of tears 


Mass protest arrests


OTTAWA - There was a mass arrest on Parliament Hill on Monday during a protest against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline that runs from AB to BC.  99 people were arrested when they crossed over a fence blocking the steps to Parliament Hill, and later charged under the Trespass to Property Act of Ontario.  (CTV) 


Free sample


VANCOUVER - If you've ordered a free product online, keep a close eye on your credit card statements.  A North Vancouver woman is learning that lesson after she ordered a skin care sample online from a pop-up ad which surfaced on her Facebook.  (Global) 


Police college attacked


QUETTA - Heavily-armed militants wearing suicide vests stormed a police academy in Quetta, killing at least 60 people and wounding dozens more.  3 gunmen burst into the sprawling academy, targeting sleeping quarters home to some 700 recruits. Communication intercepts showed the attack was carried out by Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group.  Separately, the militant IS group claimed responsibility for the attack.  Most of the deaths were caused when 2 of the attackers blew themselves up. The third was shot dead by Frontier Corps troops. At least 117 people were injured.  (Dawn) 


Assassin duo


MANILA - A husband and wife team claim their vigilante death squad is behind almost 800 murders in the Philippines' bloody drug war.  They lead one of several groups responsible for well over half the 4,000 drug dealers and users killed so far in hits ordered by the police.  The couple, known as Ace and Sheila, told SBS Dateline, that they earn $100 for each target.  At least 2,730 people have gunned down by vigilante groups paid cash by police for each confirmed kill, leaving cards labelled 'pushers' to attract media and prove the hit.  (Daily Mail)  


MORE:   SBS: Getting away with murder 


Theme park tragedy


TOWN OF GOLD RUSH - 2 children survived being thrown from the doomed Thunder River Rapids Ride at a theme park in Australia and screamed in horror as their mothers were killed.  Initial investigations into the accident suggest that the raft collided with an empty vessel that had become stuck near the end of the ride.  The raft is believed to have flipped due to the collision, crushing and drowning two men, aged 35 and 38, and two women, aged 42 and 32, about 2.20pm Tuesday on the Gold Coast, in Queensland.   Those killed include Canberra woman Kate Goodchild (née Dorsett), 32, her brother Luke Dorsett, partner Roozi Araghi and a 42-year-old woman.  (Daily Mail)


MORE:   Incident at Dreamworld 


AT&T spying for profit


Hemisphere is a secretive program run by AT&T that searches trillions of call records and analyzes cellular data to determine where a target is located, with whom he speaks, and potentially why.  Hemisphere isn't a 'partnership' but rather a product AT&T developed, marketed, and sold at a cost of millions of dollars per year to taxpayers. No warrant is required to make use of the company's massive trove of data, according to AT&T documents, only a promise from law enforcement to not disclose Hemisphere if an investigation using it becomes public.   (Daily Beast)


PREVIOUS:  DEA and AT&T database   Big Brother surveillance


Tour bus slams into semi




PALM SPRINGS - 13 people were killed when a bus crashed into the back of a truck on Interstate 10 north of Palm Springs before sunrise Sunday.  Rescuers used a crane to search the wreckage for victims, which peeled and compressed the coach cabin off its undercarriage back, nearly half of the vehicle's length.  (KMIR)


MORE:   Tour bus crash 


Man found dead


MALAGA - The mysterious death of a British man at Malaga airport took a bizarre turn today after it emerged he was found with a slice of ham on each buttock and his genitals in an open tuna can.  Steven Allford, 51, was discovered face-down and bound to a bench between the airport's train station and the terminal building.  He had a hand bound to one end of the bench and his leg to another with cable ties. His trousers and pants had been pulled down.  Police are waiting on the results of a post-mortem but suspect he may have been choked to death and possibly sexually assaulted.  (Daily Mail) 


Opium production up


KARBUL - Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 43% to 4,800 metric tons in 2016 compared with 2015 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures. The area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to 201,000 hectares (ha) in 2016, a rise of 10% compared with 183,000 ha in 2015.  (UNODC)


REPORT:   Opium Survey 2016   .pdf

PREVIOUS:  War on terror 


Prison break


ARCAHAIE - Most inmates of a northern Haitian prison escaped on Saturday after killing a guard and stealing firearms, said authorities who launched a manhunt with support from UN peacekeepers for the 174 fugitives.  Police set up checkpoints on roads leading from the prison and detained several people without identity cards. However, the 266 inmates of Arcahaie prison do not wear uniforms, making it easier for escapees to mingle outside.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Barefoot inmates escape 






UTSUNOMIYA - In what may have been a suicide, an explosion killed Toshikatsu Kurihara, a former Self-Defense Forces officer, and injured 3 others Sunday at a parking lot in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture.  The blast followed one in a parking lot about 200 meters away in which no one was injured but in which several cars caught on fire. One of the cars which went up in flames belonged to Kurihara.  Shortly before the explosions occurred, Kurihara's house in Utsunomiya was destroyed in a fire.  (Japan Times)  


MORE:   Ex-soldier's suicide   Apparent suicide 


1,503 year sentence


Rene Lopez


FRESNO - A judge sentence Rene Lopez to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period, ending in 2013.  (Fresno Bee) 


Class action over service charge


VANCOUVER - Eric Finkel's lawyer launched legal action under a little-tested section of BC's Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA). Coast Capital denied committing any wrongs and characterized Finkel's action as a 'procedural weapon of mass destruction,' adding that the case is devoid of an 'air of reality.'  The Finkel case is one of dozens that pop up in a search of 'deceptive practices' under the BPCPA, most aimed at 'deep pocket' industries such as banks or insurance companies for hidden or 'deceptive' service charges.   (CBC)


RELATED:   AB's licence plate stickers and vehicle renewal 


Protesters enter site


MUSKRAT FALLS - Busloads of workers are being sent home after protesters occupied the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project work site in Central Labrador yesterday.  Ten buses arrived at the hydroelectric project late Saturday to retrieve workers.  At around 2:30pm, a group of about 60 protesters broke through the gate, with about 200 more remaining at the gate.   (CBC)


MORE:   Go home, indigenous leaders tell protesters

PREVIOUS:   Muskrat Falls project    Regulators 


Creep catcher threats


A Red Deer, AB, woman says she fears for her safety since going to police with allegations that a member of the Creep Catcher vigilante group planned to use a 14-year-old girl to bait and trap a suspected predator.   She is one of two women who told CBC News they have been threatened by the self-styled pedophile-hunters after speaking out against their tactics. The vigilantes deny the allegations.   (CBC)


MORE:    Creep says it's caught a school principal

PREVIOUS:   Vigilantes under fire over death of mentally ill woman in video


Train crash




ESEKA - At least 55 people were killed and nearly 300 injured on Friday when a packed passenger train travelling between Cameroon's 2 largest cities derailed and overturned.   (Reuters) 


Smart devices used


Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say.  Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline on Friday.  Each uses a company called Dyn, which was the target of the attack, to direct users to its website.  Security analysts now believe the attack used the 'internet of things' - web-connected home devices - to launch the assault.   Security firm Flashpoint said it had confirmed that the attack used 'botnets' infected with the Mirai malware. (BBC)


MORE:   Oct Dyn cyberattack   Canada collateral damage

COMMENT:   3rd wave of attacks launched 


RCMP probe


The RCMP is investigating the finances of a tiny BC First Nation band used to enrich members of a single family to the tune of $4.2M over 3 years, according to a forensic audit obtained by Postmedia News.  The Shuswap First Nation's transfers to the family, and payment for trips to Las Vegas and Cuba ended in November 2014, when the family was voted out of office after Postmedia's disclosures.  The 13-page report was also handed over to the Mounties.  Despite the continuing police probe, Dean Martin, the person who received the largest portion of the $4.2M in 2011-14 is running in next month's council election and could become chief.  (PostMedia)


Judge should not have deviated


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a lighter sentence to a BC man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, ruling the original trial judge was wrong to deviate from a joint sentencing submission from the Crown and defence.  The ruling issued Friday said the sentencing judge was wrong to impose a harsher penalty than the Crown and defence had agreed on for the convicted man. (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2016 SCC 43

RELATED:   Liberal appoint 24 new judges 


Canada's loneliest hero


Curtis Barrett


OTTAWA - Curtis Barrett, an RCMP corporal shot Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in the head in Parliament's Hall of Honour, just minutes after the Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had fired 3 bullets into the back of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was posted at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.  The report concluded that the House of Commons' former Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, and Barrett 'fired their weapons and neutralized the threat.'  But while Vickers was hailed as a hero by the nation and appointed Canada's ambassador to Ireland, Barrett's contribution was buried, redacted and generally forgotten, leading him into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress.  (National Post)  


PREVIOUS:   Shootings at Parliament Hill 


Mortgage risk changes


OTTAWA - The Department of Finance released a 22-page consultation paper laying out its vision of sweeping changes to Canada's 62-year-old mortgage insurance system in an effort to shift more of the risks of Canada's hot housing market from taxpayers to lenders themselves.   (Globe & Mail) 


Suspect charged


EDMONTON - On Oct 22, officers were called to the area of the Alfred H Savage Centre near Fox Drive at about 8:30pm - they arrived to find a deceased male.  An autopsy confirmed Christopher Fawcett, 19, died as a result of stab wounds.  On Wednesday, police said Connor James Miller, 21, had been charged in connection to his death. (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Homicide   Police investigate   Suspicious death  


Dealer charged


EDMONTON - Officers found the body of a man in the hallway of a residence near 33 St and 18 Ave on Jan 27 at around 1:30pm.  Autopsy and toxicology results confirmed Szymon Kalich, 33, died from a fentanyl overdose.  Homicide detectives charged Jordan Yarmey, 25, with manslaughter in connection with the death.   (Global)   


MORE:   Mother remembers   Manslaughter charges




David Palmer


HALIBURTON - David Palmer, 47, vanished a week before Thanksgiving last year.  His car was found days later near Haliburton, ON, but his body was not discovered for several more months.  Police say they've arrested William Savage of Fenelon Falls, ON, and charged him with first degree murder in Palmer's death.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Remains identified   Missing man     


Not guilty



Lindsey Sugar       Frances Sugar


SASKATOON - Frances Sugar, 53, was found not guilty in the death of her daughter Lindey Sugar, 34.  Lindey was killed south of Saskatoon in June 2014.  A lawyer for Frances Sugar said during closing arguments the altercation was a case of self-defence.   (CTV)


MORE:   Not guilty

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Woman charged  


Guilty pleas


Catie Miller


HALIFAX - Jason Johnson, 31, and his girlfriend Kelly MacDonald, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and interfering with human remains.  The pair had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Catie Miller, 29, on July 15, 2014.  (CBC)  


MORE:  Man, woman plead guilty

PREVIOUS:   2 more charged   Charged   Missing case ruled a homicide   Police charge man with murder   Police confirm remains 


Found guilty


Patrick Dussault


GATINEAU - A Gatineau handyman has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2013 death of a woman whose home he was renovating.  Diane Lahaie's body was found in her burned-out home on Rue de Gaspé in Gatineau on July 27, 2013.  A jury found Patrick Dussault guilty of second-degree murder.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Guilt

PREVIOUS:   Accused knew victim 


Police shooting


MONTREAL - The incident began when plainclothed officers attempted to pull over a vehicle which was under surveillance.  The driver of that vehicle instead sped towards the unmarked police car, and an officer on foot fired at the vehicle, striking the passenger.  The vehicle then crashed into a marked police car.  (CTV)


SIU in Ottawa


OTTAWA - From 2011 to 2015 there were 72 SIU investigations into the conduct of Ottawa Police Service officers, but only 4 of the 72 cases resulted in criminal charges being laid.  In all 4 cases the criminal charges were either acquitted, stayed, downgraded or withdrawn.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Police oversight review in Ottawa

PREVIOUS:   Police oversight review 


Crown corp price cutting


MONTREAL - The SAQ is going to drop the price on 1600 bottles of wine by 50 cents.  Quebec's liquor sales company has a regressive mark-up scheme which runs from 130% markup on a $9.85 bottle to 66% on a $120 bottle.  Across the border in Ontario, the LCBO has a flat markup on 71.5% on all bottles of wine.  Earlier this year the Auditor General said the SAQ was not a good negotiator, and its contracts did not include standard clauses to provide discounts on bulk purchases.  The SAQ routinely earns more than $1B in profit each year, which is used as provincial government revenue.  (CTV) 


Entitled expenses


RICHMOND COUNTY - The highly anticipated forensic audit of expense claims in Nova Scotia's Richmond County has found the chief administrator expensed multiple visits to a Texas strip club.  The report examines $800,000 in credit card and expense claims by municipal staff and councillors between April 2011 and March of this year.  Accounting firm Grant Thorton found 73% of transactions were not supported by detailed receipts.   (CTV)


REPORT:   2016 forensic investigation report


Victims ID'd 


Elizabeth Wettlaufer  


WOODSTOCK - Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, has been charged with 8 counts of murder.  James Lancing 'Jim' Silcox, 84, died at Caressant Care home in Woodstock on Aug 17, 2007.  Maurice 'Moe' Granat, 84, Dec 23, 2007.   Gladys Jean Millard, 87, died Oct 14, 2011.  Helen Muriel Matheson, 95, died Oct 27, 2011.  Mary Zurawinski, 96, died Nov 7, 2011.  Helen Young, 90, died July 14, 2013.  Maureen Pickering, 79, died March 28, 2014.  Arpad Horvath, 75, died at Victoria Hospital in London, ON, Aug 31, 2014.   (Toronto Star)


MORE:   CAMH staff alerted police   Dark poem attributed to nurse

PREVIOUS:   Nursing home murders   Nursing home worker   Caressant Care   Canadian nurse charged


Body found


VANCOUVER - RCMP have closed off Robertson Crescent between 240 and 244 Streets after a possible dismembered body was found early Wednesday morning.  (Langley Times)  


MORE:   Police investigating   Dismembered body dumped 




VANCOUVER - A body was discovered after police were called to a report of a double stabbing at a homeless camp near Rumble St and Griffiths Drive in Burnaby just after 8pm Monday night.  It appears to be a targeted attack between people who knew each other.  A man known to the victims was taken into custody and is facing possible charges.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Stabbings  




VAL-D'AMOUR - RCMP now say the woman whose body was found in a Val-d'Amour house following a fire on Saturday was a victim of homicide and the fire was deliberately set.  The victim has been identified as Lucille Maltais, 71, who lived in the home.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Death ruled a homicide  


Cold case investigation


Frederick John Hatch


ERIN - OPP said it had received permission from a judge and was moving forward with a plan to get anonymous tips about the death of Frederick John Hatch, 65.  Hatch's body was found in the small town of Erin, ON, on Dec 17, 2015. Investigators believe he was last seen in the area of West Hunt Club Road and Merivale Road in Nepean between 12:30pm and 3:30pm on Dec 16th, 2015.  Using GPS and cell tower data, police have 7,500 numbers that were in the area when Hatch disappeared. On Thursday, those individuals will get one French and one English text from police, urging them to respond with any information about what may have happened.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Treated as homicide   OPP looking for kin   Identified  


Not criminally responsible



Jonathan Vetter       Kellie Johnson


SASKATOON - Kellie Johnson is not criminally responsible in the death of her 5-year-old son.  Johnson, 38, was accused of killing her son Jonathan Vetter on Jan. 4, 2014 in a home on the 400-block of Ave R South.  (CTV)  


MORE:   NCR   Mother found NCR    Not criminally responsible 


New trial ordered


HALIFAX - A man accused of taking part in a Hells Angels hit in Dartmouth has had his murder conviction overturned and a new trial ordered by Nova Scotia's highest court.  Steven Gerald Gareau was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the October 2000 shooting death of Sean Simmons.  Simmons was gunned down in an apartment in north-end Dartmouth on orders from a Hells Angel because Simmons allegedly had an affair with a gang member's wife.  Gareau did not pull the trigger. Dean Kelsie was the actual shooter.  (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2016 NSCA 75  .pdf 


Assault charge


PEACE RIVER - RCMP said Corporal Mark Potts of Peace Regional RCMP Detachment had been charged with assault causing bodily harm.  Police said the charge came in the wake of an RCMP investigation into an incident that took place on April 15, 2016.  The allegation said Cpl. Potts assaulted a prisoner while transporting him from Manning, AB, to Peace River.   (CTV) 


City workers' health plan


TORONTO - City workers made millions of dollars in questionable claims for large quantities of erectile dysfunction pills and highly addictive opioids including Fentanyl, the city's auditor general says.   Beverly Romeo-Beehler said in a report (.pdf) that workers claimed $1.9M worth of sex enhancers Viagra and Cialis last year alone, noting the benefits plan funded by the city and managed by Manulife includes no maximum.  (Toronto Star)


Body found


WASAGAMACK FN - RCMP said two people are facing murder charges after a body was found near a lake in Wasagamack FN.  Police said the body of a 31-year-old man was found Oct. 20 just after 1:30pm.  Officials said Orien Harper, 23, and Harmon Mason, 18, both from Wasagamack FN, were taken into custody on the same day.  They have been charged with second degree murder, and were remanded into custody.  Police said the name of the victim will not be released.   (CTV) 




EDMONTON - A blue Nissan Xterra was travelling northbound on 97 St when it was allegedly struck from behind by a white Infiniti G37. The impact caused the Nissan to catch fire, and both vehicles veered into the ditch.  The driver of the Infiniti, a man in his 20s, was taken to hospital with non-life threating injuries.  The driver of the Nissan, a middle aged woman, was pronounced dead on the scene.  Charges are pending against the driver of the Infiniti, as alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the collision.  (CTV) 


Guilty plea


ST JOHN'S - A teenage girl charged in the street-racing incident that killed Alyssa Davis, 17, has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death.  The girl entered the plea Tuesday at provincial court in St John's. A charge of street racing was dropped.  (CBC) 


Bullied and harassed


Roger Chaffin


CALGARY - An internal workplace review has gone public, showing claims of harassment and bullying of Calgary police officers by other officers.  The review was completed in 2013, and in it, members claimed inappropriate or disrespectful treatment by supervisors or other members.  (CTV)  


REPORT:   Workplace review CPS 2013

MORE:   Review unearths claims    Police audit    Shocked at report   Calgary top cop on the defense, again  

PREVIOUS:   Alberta Police 


Accounting change


TORONTO - Ontario's efforts to ease the upward pressure on electricity rates has been dealt a setback by a change in accounting practices.  In the government's public accounts for 2015-16, the Independent Electricity System Operator reported a 'previously unrecognized actuarial loss and past service costs' of just over $80M.  The provincial agency which oversees Ontario's electricity market says it will raise fees it charges the power industry to recover the losses as part of its accumulated deficit charge.  (CP)


Man found dead


TORONTO - A man is dead after being found with gunshot wounds overnight in the Dixon Road and Kipling Ave area.  Police were called to the area after gunshots were heard at around 12:30am.  Residents of a home in the area said they felt their house shake around the same time the shots were heard.  Responding to a rented Range Rover SUV that had crashed into a house on Windsor Road, police found a male driver in his 20s suffering from gunshot wounds.  He was rushed to a trauma centre, where he died of his injuries.  He has since been identified by police as Mohamed Omer, 23.   (CTV).


MORE:   Police ID man 




MISSISSAUGA - The victim of a fatal shooting in Mississauga on Saturday has been identified as Deshawn Brandon Nicholson, 23.  The incident occurred just before 4am on Oct. 22 outside the Streetsville Kinsmen Senior Citizens Centre.  (CTV)


MORE:    Police ask for help   Victim identified

PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Shootings  


Officer charged


Annie Pootoogook


OTTAWA - An Ottawa police officer is facing charges under the police act in connection with online comments about the death of Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook, remarks the city police chief has said were inappropriate and had 'racial undertones.'  Pootoogook's body was found in the Rideau River on Sept 19.  Police at first did not consider her death suspicious, although they were calling for assistance in retracing her steps in her final days.  A few days later, racially charged comments from a Facebook account stated Pootoogook's death was not connected to missing and murdered Indigenous women.  Investigators continue to probe 'suspicious elements' of Pootoogook's death.  (CP)


MORE:   Officer charged

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious elements in death   Artist lived in fear   Artist found dead 

RELATED:   Racist altercation over parking spot 


New trial ordered


Dennis Oland


SAINT JOHN'S - The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in the second-degree murder conviction of Dennis Oland in the 2011 death of his father, Richard.   (CBC)


MORE:   New trial granted   Why one piece of evidence mattered    Oland granted bail

PREVIOUS:   Richard Oland murder 


10-years as watchdog


Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond


VICTORIA - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond will end her 10 year stint as the province's Representative for Children and Youth today and says the provincial government often moved slowly and in some cases retaliated against her.  Since the Representative for Youth's office was created in 2006, it has handled more than 17,000 cases, delivered 92 reports and provided the government more than 200 recommendations.   (CBC)  


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Joshua Briere


OTTAWA - Paramedics say they received a call to Clyde Ave around 3:00am Saturday. Upon arrival, they found a man in his 20s suffering from multiple stab wounds to his torso. The victim was rushed to hospital in critical, life threatening condition but did not survive.  Police have since identified the victim as Joshua Briere, 26.  Police say they have one suspect, but have not laid any charges or made any arrests.    (CTV)  


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Remains found


ABBOTSFORD - Police are investigating after what appears to be human remains were found in a wooded area.  A local resident came across the remains on a rural property in the 30900-block of Downes Road around 2pm Saturday.   (CTV)


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5 officers injured


VICTORIA - 3 suspects are facing numerous charges after an arrest turned violent in Victoria Friday night, leaving 5 officers injured.  Victoria police officers responded to an assault report at the 400-block of Johnson St a little before 6pm.  A man was placed in custody, but before he could be taken away, 2 other people involved in the incident allegedly became violent towards the lone arresting officer. Multiple back-up units provided assistance, during which time 3 other officers sustained injuries.  One of the attackers was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and then was returned to police headquarters, where he then allegedly proceeded to assault a jail staff member.  (Global)


Mountie charged


EDMONTON - After an investigation by ASIRT that started in February, former Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP officer Aaron Sayler, 30, was charged with theft under $5,000, obtaining by false pretenses, uttering a forged document and fraud under $5,000. Sayler was suspended from duty in Feb of this year. Sayler resigned from the RCMP Wednesday.   (Global)  


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Mountie discharged


MAYERTHORPE - A former RCMP officer who developed post-traumatic stress disorder following the 2005 murder of 4 of his colleagues is claiming his Charter rights were violated when he was discharged from the force because of his disability.  Former constable Trevor Josok was dismissed June 13, 2016, more than a decade after the tragic shooting that triggered a 'disabling condition' that forced him to take a medical leave.   (Edmonton Journal)


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KASABONIKA LAKE FN - OPP have charged a man with murder in Kasabonika Lake First Nation after a reported altercation Wednesday morning left another man dead.  Police charged George Darren McKay, 30, with second degree murder in the death of Alec Tom McKay, 54.  (CBC)


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2 charged


Alfred Wagner


BONNYVILLE - RCMP say the victim has been identified as Alfred Wagner, 83, of Bonnyville.  Wagner's body was found in his home on the afternoon of Oct 16.  Wagner's vehicle was found to be missing during the investigation and was later recovered some 20 kilometres south on the Kehewin Cree Nation. Further investigation had led to the arrest of Frank James Frenchman, 25, of Bonnyville/Kehewin near Edmonton on Oct 18. A woman, identified as Arizona Chastity Frenchman, 20, of Bonnyville/Kehewin area, was also arrested Oct 20 in Edmonton.  Both of the suspects have been charged with first degree murder.   (Sun Media)


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Break-in suspect dies


VANCOUVER - A confrontation between police and an agitated, injured break-in suspect that ended with the man's death is being investigated by BC's police watchdog.  The man, who has not been publicly identified, was Tasered after he was found in a Coquitlam home Wednesday night.  The man went into medical distress and emergency responders performed CPR before he was taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.  (CTV) 




Bob Green 


VANCOUVER - Jason Francis Wallace, 27, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Hells Angel Robert (Bob) Keith Green, 56, of Burnaby.  Police sources confirmed that he was a member of the 856 gang that originated in Aldergrove.  (Voice Online)


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