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3 facing murder charges

  

            

  Victim         Nick Dragich, Rob Ford & Adam?

   

CORFU - 3 Alberta bikers arrested after the Hells Angels international meeting and parade in Greece last month are now facing murder charges.  Dustin Swanson, a prospect in the Edmonton-based Westridge chapter, is charged with intentional homicide.  Fellow Westridge member Nick Dragich and Brent Koziak, of the Nomads chapter in Red Deer, are both now charged with 'collaboration' homicide for allegedly assisting Swanson in the beating.  The victim was taken off life support and died June 27th, according to his sister.  (Vancouver Sun)  

  

Polls close

  

ATHENS - Millions of Greeks have voted in a crucial referendum on whether to accept the terms of an international bailout.   (BBC)

  

COMMENT:   Between a rock and a hard place   Dumb and dumber

PREVIOUS:   Where bailout money goes   Debt level is unsustainable   Greece default   International Monetary Fund   (IMF)   Greek government-debt crisis

  

Chinese stock market

  

BEIJING - More than two dozen companies in China are postponing initial public offerings and security companies are pledging more than $19B for a fund to stabilize the country's free-falling stock market.  The Chinese stock market has been in free-fall for 3 weeks, losing 28% of its value since June 12.  Despite the plunge, the market is up 79% in the last year. The drop has wiped out several trillion dollars in market value in a matter of weeks.  (AP)

  

Charity challenges audits

  

GENEVA - The head of a small Ottawa-based charity is in Geneva this week to complain to a United Nations committee about the Canada Revenue Agency's program of political-activity audits.  Harriett McLachlan, president of Canada Without Poverty, is pleading her case before the UN Human Rights Committee, arguing that a special audit program launched by the tax agency in 2012 violates Canada's international commitments on human rights.  (CBC)    

  

25 murdered

 

Roman Theatre at Palmyra

 

PALMYRA - A video apparently released by the Islamic State group shows 25 men being shot dead in the ancient city of Palmyra, in Syria. IS said the men were soldiers captured in the city of Homs. They were shot dead inside Palmyra's amphitheater.  IS captured the site and the neighbouring city of Palmyra in late May.  (BBC) 

 

MORE:   Slaughter

PREVIOUS:   Women behead for sorcery   Assassinations   Massacre   Religious purity   War on Terror

 

Teaching kids

 

Declaration of Independence

  

WASHINGTON - This weekend Americans everywhere will come together in celebration of independence and freedom as we mark the anniversary of the endorsement of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  (Epoch Times)

 

MORE:   Independence Day   All men are created equal

 

Targeted by US intelligence

  

BERLIN - Revelations from WikiLeaks published this week show how boundlessly and comprehensively American intelligence services spied on the German government. It has now emerged that the US also conducted surveillance against Spiegel.  (Der Spiegel).

 

REPORT:   Euro Intercepts    Bugging Brazil

MORE:   NSA spied on Der Spiegel

PREVIOUS:   NSA economic spy order   NSA's commercial spying   NSA: economic espionage   Espionnage Elysee  Big Brother surveillance 

  

Latest TiSA leak

  

Wikileaks released the most updated draft texts on the proposed TISA, along with substantive analysis, on each of four massive services sectors. This follows on their release of cross-cutting annexes on Domestic Regulation, the 'Movement of Natural Persons,' Transparency, and Government Procurement, and the Agenda for next week's negotiations, along with what Wikileaks called the journalistic holy grail: the Core Text of the proposed agreement.   (Huffington Post)

  

REPORT:   July Trade in Services Agreement

PREVIOUS:   TiSA   Laws by trade agreement

  

PM diverted money

 

Najib Razak

 

KUALA LUMPUR - The publication July 3, of devastating articles in the Wall Street Journal and the Sarawak Report tying Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to the diversion of nearly $700M from the state-backed 1MDB into his own accounts could be the final blow to bring down a leader who has been bullet proof from years of charges against his integrity.  (Asia Sentinel)

  

PREVIOUS:   Greed and Corruption

 

Canadian road signs

 

CBC

  

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr returned home to Massachusetts this week after spending some time 'car camping' near the coast of NB with his wife.  Calling Canada a 'gorgeous country,' Burr used the first 43 words of his Thursday column to encourage Globe readers to pay our home and native land a visit themselves.  The remaining 723 words, however, were devoted to analyzing all of the confusing Canadian highway signs he'd passed during his weeklong trip.  (CBC)

 

MP fined $1400

  

Manon Perreault

 

OTTAWA - MP Manon Perreault will have to pay a total of $1,400 and will be on probation for one year after being previously convicted of mischief.  The 49-year-old Perreault has been sitting as an Independent MP since being ejected from the NDP caucus in June 2014.  She was found guilty earlier this year of mischief after she falsely accused a former employee of theft.   (CBC)

 

False threats

  

Canadian airlines are starting to feel the financial impact of a recent string of false threats, after several flights were diverted due to bomb threats in the last week.  The latest incident occurred Thursday on a WestJet flight headed to Victoria, BC from Las Vegas.  A bomb threat was called in around 4:20pm, and though the threat is not being treated as credible, the aircraft was being screened tonight by bomb-sniffing dogs. (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Another bomb threat

RELATED:   Pearson labour disruption

 

Day parole wanted

  

All things crime blog

 

TORONTO - Convicted killer Paul Bernardo, who also pleaded guilty to numerous rapes, has applied for day parole in Toronto.  The lawyer for the families of Bernardo's murder victims - Leslie Mahaffy, 14, and Kristen French, 15 - says Correctional Service Canada sent out a form letter to the families last week advising them of his application.  Bernardo, now 50, was sentenced to life with no chance for parole for 25 years for raping and murdering Mahaffy and French, crimes he carried out with his then wife, Karla Homolka.   (CBC)  

 

Lawsuit judgment

 

Omar Khadr

 

SALT LAKE CITY - A US judge has granted $134.2M in damages to the widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan and another soldier partially blinded by a hand grenade in their lawsuit against former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr.  In their lawsuit, Tabitha Speer and Layne Morris alleged a teenage Khadr was responsible for the death of Sgt. Christopher Speer and Morris's injuries in Afghanistan in July 2002.  (AP)

 

Funding private Islamic schools

  

OTTAWA - The Saudi government is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to help finance the expansion of private Islamic schools in Canada, according to newly leaked documents that shine a light on how foreign states are helping finance a growing demand for religious education.   (Globe & Mail)  

 

PREVIOUS:   Leaks reveal how Ottawa cultivated ties before arms deal   Saudi diplomatic files   Saudi cables   Saudi Arabia tells citizens to ignore release    

 

Fresh attacks

  

BORNO STATE - Boko Haram waged fresh attacks in NE Nigeria bringing to nearly 170 the number of people killed this week.   Militants have launched multiple attacks in restive Borno state since Wednesday, with people attending evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan gunned down, women shot at home, and men dragged from their homes in the dead of night.  News of the violence first emerged on Thursday, when survivors described raids on 3 different villages in Borno the previous evening that left at least 145 people killed and houses burnt to the ground. (AFP)  

 

MORE:   Another wave of atrocities

PREVIOUS:   Boko Haram   War on terror

 

Ferry disaster

 

AP

 

ORMOC - A ferry carrying 189 people, including at least 1 Canadian, capsized Thursday minutes as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 26 others missing.  They said the Canadian was among at least 127 people from the MB Kim Nirvana who were rescued by nearby fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc City on Leyte Island.  (AP) 

  

MORE:   50 confirmed dead

  

8 held

 

Seifeddine Rezgui  

 

SOUSSE - 8 suspects, including a woman, remain in custody on suspicion of being directly linked to Friday's deadly attack on holidaymakers in the Tunisian resort of Sousse.  38 tourists were killed when a gunman opened fire on a beach.  30 of the victims were British.  (BBC)

  

MORE:  Sousse attacks    Accomplice trying to enter Europe as migrant  

 

Guilty

 

       

Gus Boulis              Anthony Moscatiello

 

MIAMI - Anthony 'Big Tony' Moscatiello was nowhere near Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 6, 2001, the night Miami Subs founder Gus Boulis was gunned down in an execution-style murder.  But Moscatiello gave the order to have Boulis killed, a Broward jury determined Wednesday, and now he's looking at spending the rest of his life in prison.  (Miami Sun-Sentinel)  

 

MORE:   Convicted

PREVIOUS:   Mafia soldier was FBI informant while carrying out murder 

 

Challenge to gag order

 

WACO - Matthew Clendennen, one of 177 people arrested after the May 17 shootout in Waco in which 9 people were killed, said the order in the state's criminal case against him is unconstitutional and outside the court's jurisdiction because he has not been indicted.  McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna requested the gag order Tuesday during a hearing in Clendennen's criminal case. District court judge Matt Johnson, Reyna's former law partner, granted the order.  (AP)

 

PREVIOUS:   2015 Waco shootout

 

Secret deal

 

      

Michel Coulombe    Steven Blaney

 

OTTAWA - A 2014 deal between the CSIS and the CBSA proposed the two agencies be allowed to share information and resources without the prior approval of their political masters.  'The Framework (Memorandum of Understanding) will also authorize (CSIS) to enter into more specific arrangements with CBSA, as required, without the necessity to seek your approval each time,' wrote CSIS director Michel Coulombe in a memo explaining the deal to Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.  Blaney's office won't say whether or not the deal has been approved.   (Toronto Star) 

 

Blessed

 

Canada Day

 

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canadians are 'blessed to live in the best country in the world,' and in his annual statement marking Canada Day, he says that good fortune is not an accident.  Harper says it is the result of visionary leaders, courageous men and women in uniform, waves of industrious immigrants, decorated athletes who unite us and Canada's families.  (CP) 

 

RELATED:   Order of Canada 2015 list    

 

2.4B lack sanitation facilities

 

UN - Some 2.4B people - 1 out of every 3 inhabitants of the planet - still have no access to sanitation facilities, the WHO and UNICEF said on Tuesday.  Of those, 946M continue to defecate outdoors, a very problematic practice, because in many places it creates a continuous source of disease and pollutes the water supply.  (EFE)

 

REPORT:   Progress on sanitation and drinking water 2015 update    

 

National security laws

  

BEIJING - China's rubber stamp legislature passed sweeping laws on Wednesday that increase the Communist Party's control and politicization of all aspects of society, including cyberspace, cultural products, and finance, bringing them all under the rubric of 'national security.'  (Epoch Times)    

 

MORE:   New security laws

DOCUMENT:   National Security Law (draft)

COMMENT:   Canada a world leader in surrendering its sovereignty

PREVIOUS:   Free trade agreements of Canada   Canadian FIPAs

 

Accused dies

 

Arthur Porter

 

MONTREAL - Arthur Porter, the former hospital administrator at Montreal's McGill University who was accused in a $22.5M kickback scheme, has died in a Panama City hospital following a battle with cancer.  (CBC)

 

MORE:   Crown wants proof Porter is dead   RCMP probe PMS appointment

PREVIOUS:   Corporate scandals    

 

US seeks bribe money

 

Mahamoud Adam Bechir

 

WASHINGTON - The US Justice Department is attempting to recover $34M, the cash value of shares Calgary-based Griffiths Energy used to bribe the Republic of Chad's former ambassador to the US and Canada.  In 2013, the former Griffiths Energy company pleaded guilty in court to bribing Chad diplomat Mahamoud Adam Bechir, 50.   (Global)  

 

MORE:   FBI press release    US seeks assets

  

Checkpoint attacks

 

Arab Social Media

 

SINAI - At least 35 people have been killed in ongoing attacks on several military checkpoints and police stations in Egypt's northern Sinai.  About 70 fighters of an IS group calling itself the Province of Sinai simultaneously attacked several targets in the area on Wednesday.  At least 22 of the fighters were killed and 3 of their vehicles were destroyed.  (Jazeera)  

 

MORE:   Deadly attacks   Israel closes crossings with Egypt

 

Dozens feared dead

 

Jakarta Post 

 

MEDAN - More than 100 people were feared dead after a military transport plane ploughed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia on Tuesday.  Officials said the plane plunged into a built-up area of the Sumatra city of Medan. Eye witnesses said it had appeared to explode shortly before it smashed into houses and a hotel.   (Reuters)  

 

MORE:   Crew names released   Death toll rises   Pilot mistakenly shut off engine

 

Man sets himself on fire

 

Sky

 

ODAWARA - 2 passengers died after one of them, a man, poured a liquid that was apparently kerosene over his head and set fire to himself while aboard a running Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train on Tuesday.  (Jiji Press)

 

MORE:   Man sets himself alight    

 

Channel tunnel closed, again

 

Channel Tunnel

 

CALAIS - Protesting ferry workers forced the closure of the Channel Tunnel linking France and England on Tuesday, blocking its entrance and setting fire to tyres thrown onto railway tracks.  Workers at ferry service MyFerryLink are trying to prevent job cuts after their company was sold to a Danish firm earlier this month. It is the second time they have shut the tunnel in less than a week, causing chaos for trucking firms and holidaymakers.  (AFP) 

 

CSIS website goes down, again

 

OTTAWA - The website for CSIS appears to have gone down again - less than 24 hours after a suspected rogue hacker disabled the site in a so-called denial of service attack.  The website for Canada's spy agency went offline shortly after 9am Tuesday. The hacker is trying to draw attention to the controversial Bill C-51, as well as the case of an Ottawa teen who was charged in an alleged 'swatting' incident.   (CTV)

 

Escaped prisoner captured

 

Richard Matt   David Sweat

   

CONSTABLE - The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape 3 weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured on an Amish dairy farm near the Canadian border on Sunday, 2 days after his fellow inmate was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers.   (AP)

 

PREVIOUS:   Escaped killer killed   Clinton Correctional Facility escape

 

More migrants rescued

 

LAMPEDUSA - Italian authorities were on Monday dealing with the arrival of another 2,900 migrants at southern ports after 21 boats were rescued in the space of 24 hours from waters off Libya. The rescues lifted to nearly 68,000 the number of migrants to have landed in Italy this year.  The figure represents a slight increase on the same period last year (63,885 arrivals January 1st-June 30th), which ended with a record 170,000 migrants landing in Italy. (Local) 

  

MORE:   Migrant numbers updated

PREVIOUS:   Migrants  

 

Guilty plea

 

LARNACA - A Lebanese-Canadian man who has admitted to being a member of the militant group Hezbollah has pleaded guilty to all 8 charges against him in connection with the seizure of 9 tons of a chemical compound that can be converted into an explosive.  The prosecutor said Hussein Bassam Abdallah admitted that Hezbollah aimed to mount terrorist attacks against Israeli interests in Cyprus using the ammonium nitrate.  (AP)

 

Mafia linked to senior politicians

 

Amanda Vanstone

 

CANBERRA - Links between the Calabrian Mafia and senior Australian politicians have been uncovered in a joint investigation by Four Corners and Fairfax newspapers.  The year-long investigation found the Calabrian Mafia, known as 'Ndrangheta, had used a number of well-known party donors to put a 'legitimate public face' on its activities.  (Four Corners)  

 

MORE:   Political donations wide open to Mafia corruption    Mafia linked to senior politicians   Drugs, murder and politics

PREVIOUS:   OC in Australia     

 

Seniors going bankrupt

 

OTTAWA - The golden years have become a tarnished chapter for some. Seniors are carrying more debt into retirement and, as a result, a growing number are going bankrupt.  According to the federal Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy, 10% of those who declared bankruptcy in 2014 were aged 65 and older.   (CBC)

 

Broken adoption system

 

TORONTO - The province of Ontario funds local Children's Aid Societies, but it's up to those local offices to decide how to spend the money. The branches often work in isolation, and those willing to adopt can be limited by the resources and ability of their local branch.  Laura Eggertson from the Adoption Council of Canada said there are approximately 30,000 children legally eligible for adoption in Canada.  (CBC)

 

Hundreds injured

 

Xinhua

 

NEW TAIPEI - More than 400 people, many of them seriously burned, remained in hospitals Sunday after a fire spread into a crowd of spectators at a music party at a Taiwan water park.  The fire late Saturday was sparked by an accidental explosion of a colored theatrical powder thrown from the stage in front of about 1,000 people. The powder for the one-time event called 'Color Play Asia' ignited along the ground, mainly burning people's lower bodies.  (AP)  

 

MORE:   Formosa Fun Coast explosion   Water park explosion   Organizers held    

  

US human rights report

  

WASHINGTON - The US released a long-delayed annual human rights report on Thursday, with strong words for countries like Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam, even as it seeks to improve relations with them.   (Reuters)

  

REPORT:   Country reports on Human Rights practices for 2014

MORE:   Chinese report on US human rights

REPORT:   Human rights record of the US in 2014     

 

Take the money

  

OTTAWA - Nearly 60 members of the just-ended 41st Parliament have decided against running again this fall.  MPs who serve out their terms and don't run again are entitled to severance worth 50% of their salary.  That's a minimum payout of $83,700 for those earning the base MP salary of $167,400.  But changes made to the plan 3 years ago come into effect at the end of this year, and include increasing the age an MP can start collecting their pension to 65 from 55. There are 133 current MPs who wouldn't qualify for a pension until after the October vote at the earliest. (CP) 

  

PREVIOUS:   308 MPs of the 41st Parliament

    

Body found, husband charged 

 

      

Shannon Madill        Joshua Burgess

 

CALGARY - Police have located the remains of Shannon Madill (Burgess), missing since Nov 2014, in the Ramsay home she shared with her husband.  According to police, the body of the actress was located in the home located in the 1900-block of Spiller Rd SE during the execution of a search warrant.  Shannon's husband, Joshua Burgess, 29, has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in connection to her death.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Body found 

   

Victims die in hospital

 

Bernoit Cote   Marie-Josee Sills 

 

MONTREAL - Lawyer Benoit Cote, 51, and notary Marie-Josee Sills, 30, died in hospital after being shot at work on Thursday afternoon.  Cote was at one time the lawyer for Michel Dubuc, a man found dead in his home in Boucherville, on Friday morning. The bodies of Dubuc's two sons, Jeremie, 21, and Gabriel, 19, were also found in the home.  In 2013, Dubuc filed a $1.2M lawsuit against Cote.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   5 now dead 

PREVIOUS:  Murders-suicide linked to shooting   Drama

  

SIU investigating

 

TORONTO - A man has been fatally shot after police responded to a call in the area of Eglinton Ave W and Caledonia Ave early Sunday morning.  The SIU said that the 45-year-old man was shot on Gilbert Ave.  (Toronto Star)  

 

MORE:   Man with a hammer dies 

  

City can't ban Uber

 

TORONTO - The city has lost its bid to ban Uber from operating in Toronto.  In a decision handed down late Friday, Superior Court Judge Sean Dunphy rejected its request for an injunction, ruling that the California-based company does not need a licence to operate under current bylaws.  (Toronto Star)

 

PREVIOUS:   97% of licences are leased out

 

Hit-and-run arrest

  

MILTON - A 50-year-old Oakville cyclist is dead after being struck while riding his bike on Tremaine Rd Friday night.  The vehicle failed to remain at the scene but was located by police shortly after the fatal crash.  Oakville resident Michelle Maisey, 33, was charged.   (Inside Halton)    

  

Suspicious death

  

TORONTO - A woman's body was found at a home on Elmer Ave at approximately 10:38pm on Friday.  Her death is being treated as suspicious 'due to the way the body was located.'  (CTV)  

  

MORE:    Police investigating    

    

Murder-suicide

  

Cathryn Bawn

  

SAINT JOHN - Police say the deaths of 2 people whose bodies were found in a home in Saint John earlier this week, were the result of a murder-suicide.  Officers responded to a home on Red Head Road around 4pm Monday where a 51-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were found dead.  A funeral service for Cathryn Bawn will be held on Saturday.   (Saint Johner)

  

MORE:   Murder-suicide

PREVIOUS:   2 dead   2 shot   Shooting incident   Domestic violence is not a private matter   

  

Suspect surrenders  

  

    

Abdullahi & Dirie                   Hassan

  

TORONTO - Kamal Hassan, 23, turned himself in at approximately 8pm on Friday, and was charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder.  Police said they responded to a call at around 7am on Sunday, after 2 people were shot inside a 22nd-floor apartment unit at 36 Lisgar St.  Abdiweli Abdullahi and Mohamed Abdiwal Dirie, both 26, were pronounced dead at the scene.  (CTV)

  

MORE:   Man turns himself in   Wanted turns himself in

PREVIOUS:   Victims ID'd   2 dead     

  

Charged

  

MORLEY - Tristan Wesley, 27, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 55-year old man whose body was found lying beside Highway 1 late Wednesday night.   (Beacon)  

  

MORE:   Son charged   Charged 

  

Assault victim dies

  

Dylan Darren Debreau

  

KITCHENER - Dylan Darren Debreau, 23, succumbed to his injuries in a Hamilton hospital on Thursday night, after suffering an assault on the 200 block of Lancaster St W around 11am in Kitchener on June 26.  Edward Joseph Bush, 41, was arrested a day after the assault. His charges were upgraded from aggravated assault to manslaughter after Debreau's death.  (CBC)  

  

MORE:   Charge laid     

  

Victims identified

  

FOX CREEK - RCMP say Hally Dubois, a 50-year-old Red Deer woman, and David Derksen, a 37-year-old man from LaCrete, were found dead when officers arrived at the remote camp around 1:50am Tuesday.  Daniel Goodridge, 28, is facing a list of charges in connection with the deaths.  Officers shot Goodridge Tuesday after finding him armed with a knife. He was taken by Air Ambulance to an Edmonton hospital in serious condition. (Global)

 

PREVIOUS:   2 stabbed  

  

Law office explosion

  

Maria Mitousis

  

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg lawyer has been taken to hospital in critical condition, and a law office was evacuated, following the explosion of a bomb at 252 River Ave on Friday morning.  Maria Mitousis, 35, was injured in the explosion.  Mitousis' romantic partner, Barry Gorlick, was also in the news on Friday when it was revealed that he has been disbarred.   (CBC)

  

MORE:   Bomb blast    1 explosion, 3 false alarms  

 

Manager accused 

 

HAMILTON - A Hamilton woman who managed a Burlington Tim Hortons is facing a criminal charge for allegedly stealing more than $200,000.   As manager the woman was responsible for handling the day-to-day finances for the coffee franchise's owners, including handling cash deposits.  It's alleged she stole the cash between January 2014 and May 2015.  Mariel Abejero, 42, is facing a charge of theft over $5,000.   (Hamilton Spectator)     

  

In charge

  

Mayor and council

  

SURREY - Soccer lovers in Surrey BC may be thinking twice before playing in public parks, after a family soccer game was brought to an abrupt end by police who kicked them off for not having a permit.  Satnam Singh Pawer said he and others were playing soccer near an elementary school when a bylaw officer called the RCMP to help boot them from the city field.  (CTV)  

  

PREVIOUS:   2015 shootings in Surrey

 

Stabbing

 

PICKERING - Police are 'exploring the possibility' that a fatal stabbing in Pickering may have been a result of a random encounter.  Police said the stabbing occurred outside a home on Glenanna Rd at approximately 2:30am on Thursday. Police have identified the victim as Dionecio 'Deshane' Nelson, 25, of Brampton.  (CTV)

  

MORE:   Victim identified

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing   Car seen fleeing

  

No

 

VANCOUVER - Voters in all but 3 Vancouver-area municipalities soundly rejected a new sales tax to fund transit upgrades.  The region's mayors asked voters to approve an additional 0.5% sales tax to fund $7.5B worth of projects over the next decade, but the plan was rejected by a margin of 62% to 38%.  (Globe & Mail)  

 

MORE:   No voters lack faith in Crown Corp

COMMENT:  Fire boards, bring accountability

   

Arrested

 

Cannabis Day 

 

VANCOUVER - A man arrested at a Vancouver marijuana protest on Canada Day is vowing to burn an award he received for his heroism during the Stanley Cup riot.  Vancouver police honoured Bert Easterbrook in 2013 with a certificate of merit - the highest award for civilian bravery - for stopping rioters from flipping over a truck two years earlier.  On Wednesday, he and two others were charged with obstruction after they tried to stop police from arresting a man for trafficking at the annual Cannabis Day event.  (Globe & Mail)

  

PREVIOUS:   Pepper spray used   19 years without incident   4 arrested   City Manager's cease and desist order   Dispensary regulations   Van votes to regulate 

  

Stabbing

 

LONDON, ON - London police responded to a medical distress call at 1825 Whitney St just after 3am.  Officers who arrived on scene found a woman with stab wounds. She was transported to London Health Sciences Centre by ambulance and later died from her injuries.  Police have identified the victim as Suzan Aisha Jacob, 50.  Police said Juma Kuol, 49, who was allegedly known to the victim, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the stabbing.  (Global)

  

MORE:   Woman stabbed 

 

Man charged

 

LEECH - Police in New Brunswick have charged a 20-year-old Leech man with manslaughter after an incident Tuesday afternoon.  RCMP say officers responded to a residence in Leech, NB shortly before 2pm Tuesday, where they found a 48-year-old man lying unconscious.  Police say the man had been assaulted, and was taken to hospital where he later died.  Police say Jeremie Brideau, 20, of Leech was arrested shortly after police arrived on the scene.  (CTV)

 

Victims ID'd

    

Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune

 

GRANDE PRAIRIE - An autopsy has determined that Osman Mohamoud Hussein, 32, and Abdifatah Mohamed Abdi, 28, were both killed by gunshot wounds.  The men were discovered after police responded to an apartment building at 107 Ave and 100 St in Grande Prairie on June 27.  Investigators said that 3 suspects were seen leaving the area around the time of the shooting and they have been trying to find those individuals.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:   Victims named

PREVIOUS:   2 dead   Shooting 

 

Murder

 

Nellie Angutiguluk

 

MONTREAL - Police have determined that a woman's unusual death in her apartment in May was in fact a murder.  The body of Nellie Angutiguluk, 29, was discovered on May 18, 2015 inside her home at 7225 Nancy St.  Initially considered a suspicious death, police now believe that Angutiguluk was killed.  (CTV)

 

Woman awarded

  

David Pickton

 

VANCOUVER - A woman who was sexually assaulted by the brother of serial killer Robert Pickton says she is elated she can once again walk tall after winning a lengthy court battle.  Jurors awarded the 55-year-old woman $45,000, including $20,000 in punitive damages.  Pickton was convicted of sexual assault in 1992, for which he received a $1,000 fine and was sentenced to 1 year of probation.  (CP)

 

Judge slams police

 

BRAMPTON - A Brampton judge rebuked a senior Peel Regional Police sergeant and his fellow officers for 'self-serving and less than credible' evidence in court and 'lackadaisical attitudes' towards police search powers in a recent ruling on a drug possession case.  (Toronto Star)

  

Arrest in stabbing 

 

Jermaine Wood

 

TORONTO - Peel Regional Police have arrested a 29-year-old Brampton man in connection with a fatal stabbing.  Police responded to a call for help at a low-rise apartment building on Leslie St. at 12:22pm Tuesday.  Officers discovered a 61-year-old man with life-threatening injuries and he was rushed to hospital.  The man later died from his injuries in hospital.  Police arrested Jeremy Wood, 29, for murder.  (Global)

 

MORE:   Man in custody   Arrest   Suspect in custody

 

Suspect

  

       Voci               de Simone             Suspect

 

VAUGHAN - New photos and video of the suspect clearly show a black man parking and walking up and down in front of the cafe the day before the June 24 shooting - about the same time of day as the shooting.   Pronounced dead at the Islington Ave strip mall scene were Maria Voci, 47, who worked at the cafe, and Christopher Desimone, 24.  2 others were seriously injured.  (National Post)

 

PREVIOUS:   Victims ID'd   Suspect's photos released   Police ID victims   2 dead

   

Wildfires in SK

  

Wildfires in AB & SK

 

REGINA - Emergency shelters are quickly filling up as thousands of evacuees flee from wildfires in northern SK.   More than 3,000 people have been forced from their homes in the La Ronge and La Loche areas. The number of evacuees was expected to grow later in the day.  There were 108 fires burning in the province as of Tuesday morning.  (CTV)

  

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Bunker demolished

 

CTV

  

TROIS RIVIERES - The Hell Angels bunker in Trois Rivieres is being demolished.  The city seized the "clubhouse" from the group for non-payment of municipal taxes following a Quebec Superior Court ruling in May. Once the building on the property is destroyed, the land will be sold.  The building has been abandoned since Operation SharQc in 2009, which saw the bulk of the Hells Angels arrested and charged with a litany of crimes including murder.   (CTV)

   

Man found dead

 

ATHABASCA - Early Monday evening, RCMP responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at a home on Cornwall Drive in Athabasca.  Officers responding heard a single gunshot as they arrived.  The Emergency Response Team then entered the home and found the deceased male.  He was the only person in the residence at the time.  RCMP are not releasing any details on the deceased.  (Global) 

  

Police seek white pickup

  

Andy Nevin

  

OTTAWA - Police are looking for a white Ford Pickup truck with front-end damage following a fatal hit-and-run on Leitrim Road on Sunday Morning.  Police believe the truck is an F-250 or F-350 from 2004 to 2006.  Police say a male cyclist was struck around 5:45am Sunday, June 28th, 2015, on Leitrim Road near Albion Road. The cyclist was found without vital signs and pronounced dead at the hospital.  The victim has since been identified by family as Andy Nevin, 39.  (CTV)

  

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Suspects reportedly seen

  

Richard and Jasmine Doxtator

  

NIAGARA FALLS - A pair of suspects being sought in the death of a Niagara Falls man have reportedly been seen in the Hamilton area, as well as in York Region, Police said Monday.   The report comes on the heels of Six Nations Police saying that a couple spotted trespassing on a property last week may be Richard William Doxtator, 38, and Jasmine Doxtator, 36, from Hamilton, who are being sought in the murder of Giuseppe 'Joe' Caputo, 70.   (Niagara This Week)

  

MORE:   Pair spotted

PREVIOUS:   Police hunt pair   Police name suspects    Death a homicide    

  

Charged

  

Joel Gauthier

  

MONTREAL - Quebec's financial market watchdog, the AMF, is filing charges against a former director of the Liberal party who was also head of the Metropolitan Transport Agency.  Joel Gauthier is accused of filing false financial reports in 2013 when he headed a group of investors who purchased the construction companies belonging to controversial businessman Tony Accurso.   (CTV)

  

MORE:   Sued by security regulator    AMF charges Gauthier

    

Latest cash grab

 

VANCOUVER - In January the region banned organics from landfills and incinerators. For the past 6 months it's used education programs, but no fines to encourage buildings to comply.  But on July 1, fines for bringing organics to landfills are set to begin even though Metro Vancouver says the threshold will be high to allow more time for people to get set up.  (CBC)

 

DOCUMENT:   Greater Vancouver Bylaw #287   .pdf

 

Unprofessional conduct

 

EDMONTON - The Certified Management Accountants of Alberta has imposed heavy sanctions against Melissa Smith after a months-long investigation into inappropriate dealings during her 2 years as an executive at Dynalife labs, first as director of human resources, then as a vice president.  (CBC)

     

Death ruled a homicide

  

LONDON, ON - Robert St. Denis, 51, of Westminster Dr in Thames Centre was found dead Thursday morning.  A post mortem examination to determine the cause of death was conducted on Friday and on Saturday OPP said his death was a homicide.  (CTV)  

  

MORE:   Homicide    

  

Charged

 

  

Halifax Chronicle Herald

  

RESERVE MINES - Police have laid charges in connection with Thursday's fatal shooting in Cape Breton.  Cape Breton Regional Police say Brandon James Berthiaume, 24, faces charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder with a firearm.  Police say Brandon Kelly, 24, was found suffering from gunshot wounds and died at the Sydney Rd scene.  (CTV)   

  

MORE:   Shooting drug related   Charged   Man charged    

  

Charges

  

         

Jessica Rae Newman    Kevin Rubletz

  

CALGARY - Kevin Rubletz, 30, is facing a second degree murder charge in connection to the death of his former common law wife, Jessica Rae Newman, the mother of his child.  Newman was reported missing after leaving her place of work in Forest Lawn on the evening of March 10.  Rubletz and Newman were scheduled to attend court on March 11 for a custody hearing.  On May 4, a work crew discovered human remains in a rural ditch near Balzac  (CTV)

  

MORE:   Ex charged   Arrest made

PREVIOUS:   Ruled a homicide   Homicide    

  

Tour bus slams into tow truck

  

CBC

  

MERRITT - Charges are pending against the driver of a tour bus after it slammed into a tow truck assisting a car along the side of a BC highway Saturday morning.  BC ambulance says 37 people were injured in the crash - 2 of them with life-threatening injuries.  The tow truck had been called to assist a car after it hit a deer on the Coquihalla Highway about 30 kilometres south of Merritt.  Both vehicles were pulled over to the side of the road.  (CBC)

  

MORE:   Tour bus crash   Bus company to be audited 

 

2 charged

 

VANDERHOOF - 2 men face charges more than 2 years after a young woman was killed in Vanderhoof, BC.  The 18-year-old woman was shot in a home on Dec. 20, 2012, and rushed to hospital where she died of her injuries.  RCMP now say Kayne Penner, 27, faces charges of manslaughter and careless use of a firearm.  Richard Borne, 38, is accused of careless storage of a firearm, careless use of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm.  RCMP will release no other details surround the case, including the victim's name.  (CP)

 

Child sexually assaulted

  

Adrian Ballantyne

  

EDMONTON - Police said on Sunday, June 20, a 5-year-old girl and her mother were in a west Edmonton pet store - the girl was away from her mother for a short time, and it's alleged the male suspect approached her, and led her to the men's washroom where it's alleged he sexually assaulted her.  Adrian Ballantyne, 27, is facing charges.  (CTV)

   

Watchdog investigating

  

Rick Hanson

 

CALGARY - Alberta's police watchdog is launching an investigation into former Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson and the service.  The investigation comes after CTV News revealed internal documents that show Hanson made an 11th hour move to send 22 new police officers to work in NE Calgary, just one day before he announced he was running for political office in that same part of the city.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   ASIRT investigating allegations   Calgary-Cross provincial electoral district

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