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Unspent funds


Julian Fantino


OTTAWA - Veterans Affairs Canada has returned $1.13B to the federal treasury in unspent funds since the Conservatives came to power in 2006.  Data tabled in the House in response to a written question shows roughly one-third of the so-called lapsed funds were handed back between the 2011 and 2013 budget years when the government was engaged in a massive deficit-cutting drive.  (CP)  


PREVIOUS:   Security spin questioned  


9 months


Michael Sona


GUELPH - Interfering with a citizen's right to vote merits real jail time, an Ontario judge declared as he made Michael Sona the first person ever to spend time behind bars for violating the Canada Elections Act.  Sona, the former Conservative staffer convicted in the 2011 robocalls scandal, was sentenced to 9 months behind bars and 1 year's probation for what Justice Gary Hearn called 'an affront to the electoral process.'  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Robocall scandal    


Poor training


OTTAWA - Lack of training, poor communication with head office and sketchy expectations hampered the Canadian liaison teams embedded in the electronic spy agencies of Ottawa's Five Eyes partners, says a newly declassified evaluation.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance  


Global corruption


BRISBANE - While the G20 summit in Australia made headlines over global warming, economic growth and terrorism, much less attention was paid to the giant spectre of global corruption.  That is too bad as this is a problem that is arguably more dangerous to humanity than even terrorism because it siphons off an estimated $1T from developing countries annually through bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, extortion and other financial crimes.  Recent World Bank estimates suggest that much of the world's direct aid to the poorest countries ends up stolen, perhaps as much as $40B in recent years.  And it has been estimated that up to 3.6M of the world's poorest die annually from inadequate health care and living conditions directly because corruption has leached away development aid of all kinds.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   G20 not fun for Putin   Russia under pressure at G20 summit   2014 G 20 Brisbane summit   G20 2014   G20 leaders' communique   


Hundreds killed since truce


GENEVA - The fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 300 people in the last month despite a ceasefire and has violated people's rights so much it could amount to war crimes, UN rights investigators said Thursday.  A new report from the UN team in Ukraine said at least 4,317 people have been killed in the conflict that began in mid-April and the number of people internally displaced by the violence has risen sharply in the last month to nearly 466,830 in all.  (AP)


REPORT:   OHCHR 7th report on Ukraine Nov 2014   .pdf

PREVIOUS:   Pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine


Ponzi scheme suspected


PARIS - The cosily niche books and manuscripts market may be about to be hit by one its biggest scandals in recent years. And Paris's Musee des Lettres et Manuscrits, as well as its sister organization the Institut des Lettres et Manuscrits, is in the eye of the storm.  (Art Net)  


MORE:   Police raid museum  


Terrorist cell shocks India


WEST BENGAL - An accidental blast in a remote West Bengal village has inadvertently uncovered a growing network of Bangladesh-based Islamists in eastern India with international jihadi ties.  The episode has shocked the India government as the terrorists were understood to be working to establish sharia law in several eastern states including West Bengal and Assam. The force behind the movement is a fundamentalist group named Jammat-ul Mujahiddin Bangladesh (JMB).   (Asia Sentinel) 


Bus plunges into river




KATHMANDU - At least 24 people were feared dead when a passenger bus plunged on Thursday into a river in mountainous western Nepal.  The bus, carrying at least 45 passengers, veered off a narrow road in Jajarkot region in the morning.  With the bus completely under water, divers were searching for passengers in the Bheri river as police officers scoured its banks. Police have taken 10 injured passengers to a nearby hospital for treatment.  (AFP)    


Black widow


Chisako Kakehi


KYOTO - Japanese police have arrested an elderly millionairess on suspicion of poisoning her husband and are investigating the deaths of a further 6 partners.   Chisako Kakehi, 67, was arrested in Kyoto on Wednesday.  Kaheki, who has reportedly amassed more than 800M yen ($6.8M) in life insurance payouts and inheritances from her late partners, has denied the charges.   (Telegraph UK) 


MORE:    Widow held  


2 arrested


Maria Jose Alvarado


SANTA BARBARA - Authorities believe that Plutarco Antonio Ruiz, 28, boyfriend of Sofia Trinidad, was the culprit and arrested him Wednesday along with Aris Maldonado, 24.  Local press reports said that Ruiz murdered the sisters in a fit of jealousy when Sofia danced with another man at the party. (EFE)


PREVIOUS:   Found dead   Beauty Queen found dead  


Risky world


Taking a vacation always carries a certain risk, but some travellers find that buying health insurance is no safety net in the case of an emergency.  Just ask Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel, the SK woman who incurred a bill for $950,000 after giving birth prematurely while vacationing in Hawaii in 2013.  (CBC) 


Blind sided


Jack Johnson


COLUMBUS - Jack Johnson has earned more than $18M during his 9-year NHL career, not including the $5M he will be paid this season by the Blue Jackets.  Almost all of the money is gone, and some of his future earnings have already been promised - which is why Johnson, surrounded by a new team of financial advisers and an attorney, signed his financial surrender.  His own parents - Jack Sr and Tina Johnson - are among the 'wrong people' who led him astray financially.  (Columbus Dispatch)  




Experts have a message for anyone with a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera: change your password now, because feeds from the cameras are being posted online by a Russian website.  The site takes advantage of the fact that camera users receive default passwords to get devices working - such as '1234.'  (AP)


16 years



Juan Fernandez        Giuseppe Carbone


PALERMO - A Sicilian gunman who helped kill 2 mobsters from Canada avoided life in prison Tuesday when a judge in Palermo sentenced him to 16 years - the leniency his reward for testimony against Mafia friends and leading police to their victims' charred bodies.  Giuseppe Carbone, 45, admitted he was one of three gunmen who ambushed Juan Ramon Fernandez, 56, and Fernando Pimentel, 36, last year on the outskirts of Palermo.  (National Post)


PREVIOUS:   Revenge plot   National Post tag: Juan Ramon Fernandez  

RELATED:   Mafia initiation video


Bodies found




HISAR - Indian police say the bodies of 4 women and a child have been found at the ashram of a controversial guru following clashes between his supporters and the security forces.  Police tried to storm the complex in northern Haryana state on Tuesday. Nearly 200 people were injured.  The self-styled guru, known as Rampal, is wanted in connection with a 2006 murder case and for contempt of court.  Several thousand policemen are still outside the ashram and the situation is described as tense.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Police continue crackdown   


Deadly snow storm




BUFFALO - 6 feet of snow is falling on western New York, trapping residents in their homes, collapsing roofs, caving in doors and stranding drivers on highways. A 132-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway remains closed today.  The early winter storms and bitter temperatures have already been blamed for at least 8 deaths across 3 states.  (Daily Mail)  


MORE:   Massive snowstorm   Why do people die shoveling snow?


Another victim speaks


Bill Cosby


A woman who claims Bill Cosby drugged and groped her during a vile sex attack in the 1970s says the TV star must confess to his dark past - and that she believes he has 'dozens of victims'.  Tamara Green has spoken out after a string of fresh allegations of rape emerged against aging Cosby, allegations his lawyer has fervently denied.  (Daily Mail) 


MORE:   Timeline of abuse claims  

PREVIOUS:    Bill Cosby raped me 30 years ago   Crosby won't address discredited allegations   Victims lack confidence in justice system   Sexual assault calls rise after high profile stories   Sheila Copps was raped     


US biggest foreign investor


CAYMAN ISLANDS - The biggest holder of US equities as the Cayman Islands which holds $628B worth of US equities despite having a GDP of less than $4B.  The Caymans rely on financial services for virtually the entire economy, and the foreign holdings represent investments from around the world in hedge funds and mutual funds located on the island.   (Value Walk)


PREVIOUS:   Global meltdown-wealth


2 storm synagogue


Ghassam Abu Jamal & Uday Abu Jamal


JERUSALEM - 2 Palestinians stormed a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, attacking worshippers with meat cleavers and a gun during morning prayers and killing 4 people before they were killed in a shootout with police.  Police identified the people killed as 3 American citizens and a Briton - all immigrants to Israel who held dual citizenship.  Police said 6 people were also wounded in the attack.  4 of the wounded were reported in serious condition. (AP)


MORE:   Israel to respond harshly  2014 Jerusalem synagogue massacre   Wounded officer dies 

PREVIOUS:   Israeli-Palestinian conflict   Bus driver found   Protests   Autopsy rules out foul play   Stabbings   Terror alert raised   Stabbed soldier dies     


Terror death rise


The number of deaths from terrorism increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, a study into international terrorism says.  There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year, the Global Terrorism Index 2014 report added.  The report said militant groups Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and the Taliban were behind most of the deaths.  (BBC)


REPORT:   Global terrorism index 2014    


Big business


Nearly 36M people across the world are involved in some form of slavery, from forced labor to forced marriage, a survey by a global human rights organization has revealed, describing modern slavery as a 'hidden crime' and 'big business.'   (RT)


REPORT:   Global slavery index 2014   .pdf 

MORE:   Slave map     


UK police figures


LONDON - Almost a million crimes a year are disappearing from official figures as chief constables attempt to meet targets, a study by the police watchdog has disclosed.  Its report exposed 'indefensible' failures by forces to record crime accurately, and said that in some areas up to a third of crimes are being struck out of official records.  Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said violent crimes and sex attacks were particularly vulnerable to being deleted under 'inexcusably poor' systems.  (Telegraph UK)


REPORT:   Making the victim count   .pdf  


Police virginity tests


JAKARTA  - Human Rights Watch Tuesday urged Indonesia's national police to halt "discriminatory" virginity tests for women applying to join the force in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.  The rights group said women applicants are required to be both unmarried and virgins, and the virginity test is still widely used despite the insistence of some senior police officials that the practice has been discontinued.  (AFP)


MORE:   Virginity tests for female police


Hunt for killers


Peter Kassig     Jihadi John


DABIQ - Western intelligence officials are trying to identify IS militants seen in the video that shows the beheading of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and 18 Syrian prisoners.  One of the militants is likely to be a Frenchman named Maxime Hauchard, 22.  Another was reported to be a Briton, but the father of Nasser Muthana, 20, now denies it is his son.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Head for a head    French executioners   UK police investigate   Biker gangs fighting IS   2nd French IS identified   IS' oil empire   Dutch mum rescues daughter

PREVIOUS:  Hostage killed by IS   IS beheading incidents   Airstrike   Inside IS   Siege of Kobane   Military intervention against IS   Syrian Civil War   PTC: War on Terror 


Terror financiers living in Qatar


Abd al-Rahman al-Nuaymi


DOHA - Two of al-Qaeda's most senior financiers are living with impunity in Qatar despite being on a worldwide terrorism blacklist.  The revelation casts serious doubt on the Gulf state's insistence that it does not support terrorists, including jihadists in Syria and Iraq.  The 2 Qataris - Khalifa Muhammad Turki al-Subaiy and Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi - are living in Doha.   (Telegraph UK)


PREVIOUS:   Al Qaeda financiers use Qatar





Justin Winebrenner      Kenan Ivery


AKRON - Officer Justin Winebrenner, 32, was at Papa Don's Pub at 1891 East Market St when an altercation happened with the suspect at around 2am.  Officer Winebrenner and several other people were shot, including another officer.  The suspect, Kenan Ivery, 35, was asked to leave the establishment by bar employees and returned with a weapon.  (Fox)


MORE:   Off-duty officer killed   Officer killed  


Surprise inspections


WASHINGTON - Federal drug agents conducted surprise inspections of National Football League team medical staffs on Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation into prescription drug abuse in the league. The inspections, which entailed bag searches and questioning of team doctors by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, were based on the suspicion that NFL teams dispense drugs illegally to keep players on the field in violation of the Controlled Substances Act.  (Washington Post)


RELATED:   NFL suspends Vikings' Peterson


Town recaptured




CHIBOK - The Nigerian army said Sunday it had recaptured the NE town of Chibok.  According to testimony by the people of the town, the local vigilante group, known as Civilian Joint Task Force were left by the military to confront the Boko Haram militants inside, while Nigerian soldiers stayed at the periphery on the lookout for Boko Haram militants, staging an escape.  (News Nigeria)  


MORE:   Army says it has regained hometown

PREVIOUS:   Chibok seized   Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping   School blast   Boko Haram   BH attacks    


Arrests at Saint Nick celebrations


GOUDA - Police arrested 90 protesters Saturday as a traditional Dutch celebration of the arrival of Saint Nicholas was disturbed by demonstrators who say his faithful sidekick, Black Pete, is a racist caricature, and by supporters of the popular children's figure.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Protesters arrested   Anti-Piet protests  


It isn't your father's pot


OTTAWA - Some experts say that marijuana is becoming more potent because of consumer demand, and that recreational users should beware of its effects, especially young people.  The federal government is running a $5M ad campaign aimed highlighting the risks that marijuana can pose to young users, claiming that marijuana is on average 300 to 400% stronger than it was 30 years ago.   (CBC) 


Politicians have image issues


TORONTO - A new study conducted by the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University shows a third of Canadians believe politicians frequently accept bribes and that 1 in 5 voters has stopped voting because of perceived political corruption.  (Global)


REPORT:   Public perceptions of the ethics of political leadership   .pdf


Watchdog isn't


OTTAWA - The 5-seat Security Intelligence Review Committee, better known as SIRC, was established 30 years ago to assure Parliament the activities of the CSIS are lawful, appropriate and effective.  But in a new 2013-14 performance report, SIRC raises doubts about its ability to properly execute some of those duties following a spate of resignations and retirements. That includes 4 chairs in less than 3 years and 2 current vacancies awaiting governor-in-council appointments.   (PostMedia)


REPORT:   Annual report 2013-2014

PREVIOUS:   CSIS accused   Palmer v CSIS 2006   Palmer v CSIS 2010   Palmer v Canada 2013  


Social responsibility rules


OTTAWA - The federal government is planning to punish bad behaviour by Canadian resource firms operating abroad if they break Ottawa's new rules on corporate social responsibility.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Corporate social responsibility strategy   Policy to sustain 'Canada brand'  


Canadian charged


Hassan Diab


PARIS - A Canadian academic was charged in Paris on Saturday over the deadly 1980 bombing of a Paris synagogue, his lawyer said.  Hassan Diab, a Canadian of Lebanese descent, appeared before an anti-terror judge just hours after arriving from Montreal after losing a 6-year legal battle against extradition.  The October 3, 1980, bombing of a synagogue on rue Copernic in Paris killed 4 people.  (AFP)  


MORE:   Extradited to France

PREVIOUS:   1980 Paris synagogue bombing  




RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian police said they arrested a former director of state-controlled oil company Petrobras and 19 other suspects on Friday, including 9 construction and engineering firm executives, as part of an investigation into an alleged multi-billion-dollar kickback scheme. Petrobras was allegedly at the center of a 10B reais ($3.85B) money-laundering and overbilling scheme and is the focal point of the Federal Police's 'Lava Jato' (Car Wash) operation. (EFE)  


MORE:   Arrests in Petrobras raids   CEO admits kickbacks


Rat poison


CHHATTISGARH - Preliminary tests of the antibiotic ciprocin tablets were found to contain zinc phosphide.  The antibiotics were handed out at the mass sterilization held a week ago in the impoverished state. At least 15 women have died, most of whom had attended the camp.   (Reuters)


MORE:   2014 sterilization deaths   Inside India's sterilization camps   Mahawar Pharma boss arrested

PREVIOUS:   Doctor arrested   8 dead, 20 seriously ill    


Public hearings wrap up


France Charbonneau


MONTREAL - After hearing from 189 witnesses over the last 2 and a half years, the Charbonneau commission into corruption in Quebec's construction industry is formally wrapping up its public hearings later this morning.  Charbonneau and her fellow commissioner, Renaud Lachance, will have until April 19 to produce a final report for the provincial government.   (CBC)


MORE:   From Accurso to Zambito  

PREVIOUS:   Charbonneau Commission   Greed & Corruption Quebec  


Wiretap appeal dismissed


OTTAWA - The SCC ruled on Friday to dismiss the appeal of a BC man, who says his rights were violated when the RCMP handed over the results of wiretaps to US authorities.  The Supreme Court ruling means the previous rulings are upheld, rejecting Wakeling's argument that the RCMP should not have turned over the wiretap evidence without a court order.  The appeal court judged the wiretaps were conducted legally and the Mounties followed international policing policies in giving the material to the US.  (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2014 SCC 72

MORE:   Police can share wiretaps with foreign nations     


Honesty the law for businesses


OTTAWA - In a unanimous ruling, a panel of 7 Supreme Court justices rewrote centuries-old common law to clarify bewildering Canadian case law about the legal duty of businesses to act in good faith with companies and people with whom they have contracts.  (Globe & Mail)


JUDGMENT:   2014 SCC 71    


Police killings


SAO PAULO - Brazilian police killed more than 11,000 people between 2009 and 2013 for an average of 6 killings a day, a public safety NGO said Tuesday.  The study by the Sao Paulo-based Brazilian Forum on Public Safety said police nationwide killed 11,197 people over the past 5 years, while law enforcement agents in the US killed 11,090 people over the past 30 years.  (AP)


PREVIOUS:   Violent crime costs   US uniform crime report   Crime in the US 2013   FBI's big report on crime   80-year-old definition of rape ditched        


IIO questioned


VANCOUVER - The more the extraordinary 2nd degree murder charge laid against Delta Police Constable Jordan MacWilliams in the 2012 death of Mehrdad Bayrami, 48, is looked into, the more it appears to be the railroading of a good, young police officer.  (Crime & Punishment blog)


PREVIOUS:   Cop charged   Officer charged   Man shot outside casino dies   Casino employee offers account   Gunshot ends standoff    


No charges


LONGUEUIL - The family of a 5-year-old boy killed in a car crash by a speeding police officer is devastated the officer will not be charged.  The boy was killed on Feb 13 when an SQ officer in an unmarked car travelling more than double the speed limit slammed into Mike Belance's car.  The police car did not have any lights flashing or siren blasting, and was not responding to an emergency. The officer slammed on the brakes, hitting the car at 90 km/h.  The speed limit in that zone is 50 km/h.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Minister raps handling  


Roads built below standards


EDMONTON - Contractors who build roads below standards are not being made to fix them, according to a copy of the city streets audit.  The city auditor looked at 3 of 8 major road reconstruction projects from between 2009 and 2013. In all 3 cases, the sites failed to meet city standards and contractors were not required to replace the inferior work.  The report does not mention contractors paying damages to the city for substandard work, only that the city spent $156.7M on road rehab and reconstruction in 2013.  (CBC)    




TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government spent $468M to buy labour peace with the province's teacher unions, giving some educators pay hikes and others richer benefits.  Getting the unions back on side was a major victory for Premier Kathleen Wynne, whose party has long relied on teachers as election-time volunteers and a key part of their winning coalition.  (Globe & Mail)     


Half of school boards to be eliminated


MONTREAL - Education Minister Yves Bolduc decided to cut the boards following devastatingly poor turnout of the latest school board elections earlier this month, where an underwhelming 5% of voters came out for the francophone boards, but that number increased slightly to 21% for anglophone boards.  (CTV)


Father witnessed killing




SASKATOON - Grace Lafond-Barr says her brother was killed while their 95-year-old father looked on.  Jonathon Lafond, 35, was killed after men allegedly broke into his apartment shortly before midnight Sunday.  The attack happened in a second-floor suite in the Prairie Heights apartment building at 1416 20 St W.  (Saskatoon StarPhoenix) 


PREVIOUS:   Homicide   Man dies   Police investigating murder     


Only violent when psychotic



Lin Jun                Luka Magnotta


MONTREAL - Dr. Watts is a forensic psychiatrist who is now testifying for the defence at the Luka Magnotta trial.  He said with what I presume was a straight face, Mr. Magnotta 'had no history of violent behaviour, except in the context of psychotic behaviour.'  (PostMedia) 


PREVIOUS:   Heard voices   Toll on jurors   Gruesome package   Murder page 6    


Hit-and-run charge


TORONTO - York Regional Police have charged a 43-year-old man in the hit-and-run death of a 70-year-old man in Richmond Hill.  The victim was struck on Yonge St and King Road around 7pm Saturday and taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he later died.  Darryl Sylver turned himself in to police on Sunday.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:  Charged   Man charged 

PREVIOUS:    Hit-and-run






TORONTO - Police say a man and a woman were crossing  Yonge St and Dawson Manor Blvd around 12:30am Sunday when a southbound Dodge Journey ran a red light and struck the pair.  The 34-year-old woman and the 38-year-old man were both taken to hospital, where the woman died of her injuries. Colin Little of Newmarket has been charged.   (CP24)


MORE:   Man charged   

PREVIOUS:   Impaired charge   4 killed on York region roads 


2 brothers charged


Cody & Corey Manyshots


CALGARY - 2 brothers accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl on the weekend in Calgary have been charged with multiple offences.  Corey George Manyshots, 25, and Cody George Manyshots, 21, are both charged with kidnapping, uttering threats, sex assault causing bodily harm and assault causing bodily harm.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Sexual assault   Sexual assault   Teen abducted 




EDMONTON - When Rashid, 17, climbed onto the #7 bus Friday night carrying his schoolbag on his back and his trumpet case in one hand, he was expecting an uneventful ride home.  But a few stops from home, the teen found himself curled up on the floor of the bus, under attack by a group older men.  (CBC)   


Inept thieves


MONTREAL - Several people armed with a truck tried and failed to steal cash from an ATM overnight.  Around 10:40pm the suspects wrapped a cable around a bank machine located on Notre Dame Blvd. near 86th Ave.  They used the truck to yank the ATM from its moorings, but as the machine burst out the door it fell face down, covering the door to the safe.   (CTV)    


Toxic relationship


Donna Quan


TORONTO - Tensions between trustees and the director of the TDSB have become so toxic the minister of education has agreed to meet with the chair to discuss the breakdown in relations.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Trustees call for province to probe school board   Director repels accusations  




Tariq Mohammed


TORONTO - Gunfire erupted inside Garden Restaurant at around 4am.  In the early afternoon, police identified the victim as Tariq Mohammed, 31, from Mississauga.  A group of around 6 people were sitting at a table when an altercation broke out involving a man and a woman at that table and a handful of men in the restaurant.  Things escalated and at least one of the men pulled out a firearm.  (CBC)


MORE:   Triple shooting

PREVIOUS:   1 dead    1 dead, 2 wounded  


No human remains found


CANNINGTON - A careful excavation under a barn in Cannington. has failed to unearth any human remains.  Acting on unconfirmed media reports last week, Durham Regional Police began digging through the concrete floor of a barn in Cannington where it was believed the bodies of 3 boys may have been buried.  (CTV)  


PREVIOUS:   Alleged killings of 3 boys    


Man charged


TORONTO - A man faces attempted murder and assault charges after 4 people were attacked with a knife on Danforth Ave early Sunday morning.  None of the injuries were life-threatening.   Police say there is no indication so far that the suspect knew the victims.  Kiril Goushleff, 36, has been charged.   (Toronto Star)    


Reports kept secret


TORONTO - Under its 10-year contract with the Ministry of Transportation, Serco, the multinational corporation that operates as DriveTest, has had the power since last year to 'self-audit' and 'self-report' any violations of provincial testing standards.  This confidential system of self-policing, approved by the provincial government, means the public has no easy way to learn if Serco is properly testing all new driver candidates or if contractual requirements are being met.  (Toronto Star)




Franck Genvais


OTTAWA - A Quebec man accused of impersonating a soldier at a Remembrance Day ceremony this week has been arrested and faces 4 charges.   Franck Gervais, 32,faces 2 counts of personating a public officer and 2 counts of the unlawful use of military uniforms.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Why people impersonate


Vision keeps grip on city


Gregor Robertson


VANCOUVER - There is certainly a lot Gregor Robertson and his Vision Vancouver team should be happy about.  They faced a virtually unknown challenger from political obscurity who gave them a run for their money.  They had an army that was organized, tight and focused - financed with millions of dollars from an unlikely coalition of supporters: big business, big unions, interest groups and thousands of individuals.  But this time around, it wasn't a walk in the park.  (CBC)  


MORE:   BC civic election results   Lower mainland civic election results   BC city votes    3rd term   Surprising facts    


Veteran ticketed


Steven Allen


VICTORIA - A veteran escorting the body of Private Steven Allen, the soldier who died after a military training exercise in Alberta, was given a ticket by police while part of the funeral procession.  Debbi Ferguson, a 20-year military veteran, was pulled over and issued a ticket for $230 while part of a funeral procession taking the body from the airport to a funeral home.   Ferguson said when she explained to the officer about the procession he told her he didn't care and that he went to his car and came back with the ticket.    (CBC)


MORE:   Outrage   Police apologize

PREVIOUS:   Training death   Structure deemed in good condition


Brother charged


Robert Brown Orr


VANCOUVER - Robert Orr was found badly injured in the lobby of the building at 5614 Balsam St early Thursday morning.  The 59-year-old was rushed to hospital with stab wounds but died from his injuries.  Douglas Cameron Orr, 66, is now charged with one charge of second-degree murder.  (CTV)


MORE:   Charged    Accused    


Botched robbery death


BRUDERHEIM - A man tried who tried to hold up a bar in Bruderheim, AB, with a fake gun has died in hospital, 2 days after the robbery was thwarted by patrons who intervened.  Police say the robbery suspect died in hospital late Friday afternoon.  (CBC)


Deemed homicide




SAINT JOHN - Police say they are now treating the death of a man who apparently fell out a three-storey window during a 'violent' altercation on Thursday as a homicide.  Police were called to 31-33 Peters St around 11:45am on Thursday.  When they arrived, they found a man on the sidewalk.  Another man inside the building had suffered lacerations.  Both men were taken to the Hospital, but one later died from his injuries.  On Friday, the other injured man was charged in hospital with assaulting a woman.  3 men were taken into custody following the altercation.  (CBC)    


No safety problems


LONDON, ON - Days before a fatal fire revealed longstanding, dangerous conditions at a London, ON, home for vulnerable adults, a manager of the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee toured the building.  But Tracy Ross, London-area manager of the provincial trustee, noticed no safety problems, the province says. The role and actions of dozens of agencies, including Ontario's public guardian, have come under question after the Nov 3 fire killed Dave MacPherson and revealed the conditions at 1451 Oxford St E.   (QMI)  


MORE:   Guardians, aren't    


Drunk cop


TORONTO - After a night of drinking with 4 fellow Peel cops, officer Cody Smith sped off in his pickup, took the QEW in the opposite direction of his home, then swerved all over the road before slamming into a guardrail.  Then, realizing concerned citizens had pulled over to check on him, the rookie officer stepped out of his demolished truck and promptly flashed his new police badge, telling them they could go home.  (Toronto Star)


In custody death


EDMONTON - Trevor Proudman, 32, stopped breathing after he was handcuffed and left unsupervised in a police van on Wednesday.  He was rushed to hospital but died Thursday morning after he was taken off life support.   (CBC)  


Jane Doe identified


Sara Norouzy


VANCOUVER - The body of a 'Jane Doe' found off of a gravel path in North Vancouver 2 years ago has been identified, according to IHIT.  Iranian national Fatemah Norouzy-Pooresfahany, or Sara Norouzy, was living in North Vancouver at the time of her murder.  The 31-year-old's body was found off a path in the 2000-block of Curling Road on Aug. 18, 2012.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Victim ID'd

PREVIOUS:   Human remains   IHIT takes over


Teen charged


Kevin Ramkalawan 


VAUGHAN - An 18-year-old Toronto man has been charged with second-degree murder after a double stabbing that left one man dead and another critically injured in the parking lot of Canada's Wonderland.  The incident occurred just after 12:30am on Oct 26.  York Regional Police arrived at the parking lot on Jane St to find 2 men with stab wounds.  Kevin Ramkalawan, 21, of Toronto was pronounced dead at the scene.  T'neal David Ayodeji-Dinnall, 18, the other victim was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He has been charged.   (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Person of interest   Identified   Double stabbing


Dragged out to sea


Philip Boudreau


PORT HAWKESBURY - A Cape Breton fisherman whose body has never been found was dragged out to sea with a gaff and tied to an anchor after he was shot and his boat was rammed 3 times, the Crown said as a murder trial got underway Thursday.  Prosecutor Steve Drake delivered his opening arguments at the trial of Joseph James Landry, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death last year of Phillip Boudreau. Landry, 67, of Little Anse, is one of 4 people charged in the case.   (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Shot, run over by boat   Is Boudreau really a victim?   Charges   Fishing boat seized  


Guilty plea



Tanya St-Arnauld    Nikolas Stefanatos


MONTREAL - Nikolas Stefanatos, the Brossard man who sprayed acid on his ex-girlfriend, Tanya St-Arnauld, has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.  The attack, which happened in August 2012, caused second and third degree burns to St-Arnauld's face, back, neck and arms.  Stefanatos sprayed St-Arnauld with a household cleaning product containing acid, apparently in a bout of jealous anger.  (CBC)


MORE:   Man pleads guilty     


No charges


HALIFAX - Police in Halifax say charges will not be laid against people who published the name of the victim in a high-profile child pornography case that was subject to a publication ban.  Police also say charges will not be laid after the first names of the two men accused in the same child pornography case were published.  One of the accused in the case was given a conditional discharge Thursday after pleading guilty to making child pornography.  (CP)  


MORE:   Victim impact statement from (redacted)'s father    No charges    No jail

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Victims denied legal funding


VANCOUVER - Women who survived knifepoint sexual assaults 32 years ago say the justice system is victimizing them again by refusing to provide legal funding as a wrongful conviction civil suit nears trial.  Those women wish the trial of their alleged attacker, Ivan Henry, had been better run decades ago, and can't believe that physical evidence that could have been used to prove his guilt or innocence through DNA technology, was lost.  (CTV)  


MORE:  Henry seeks right to sue Crown    


OC charges


EDMONTON - 2 alleged Edmonton organized crime members, Corey Huff, 26, and Jordan Murray, 24, have been charged with 8 drug-related counts following a multi-agency investigation by police.  Huff and Murray are alleged to be members of a metro Edmonton cocaine trade that has ties to BC.  The 2 have been convicted of gang-related violence in the past.  (Beacon)    


PHS sells building


VANCOUVER - The interim board of the Portland Hotel Society, a non-profit group whose managers stepped down earlier this year as its finances were under review, has sold a landmark building in the group's portfolio for $2.3M.  The sale is part on an ongoing overhaul of PHS, which gained renown for championing the Insite supervised injection site and other innovative social programs, along with running hundreds of units of housing, before the province seized control in March over financial concerns.  (Globe & Mail)  


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Farce of a 'town'


JUMBO - The 'small town' of Jumbo, also known as the Jumbo Glacier Mountain Resort Municipality, is not home to friendly neighbours or quiet streets. In fact, it is completely empty - a wilderness with no residents and no buildings.  On Nov 15th, when every other town in BC will vote for new municipal leaders, there will be no voting in Jumbo.  (Gerry Taft)


Foul play suspected


Dorothy Tucker


OAK HAVEN - The New Brunswick RCMP say foul play is suspected in the disappearance of a 53-year-old Oak Haven woman.  Police say no one has seen or heard from Dorothy Tucker since before 10pm Sunday evening.  Investigators say evidence found at her McGeachy Lane home suggests foul play may have been involved in her disappearance.  (CTV)    


2 arrested


WINNIPEG - 2 men have been charged with attempted murder in the serious assault and dumping in the river of a 16-year-old girl last Friday.  Justin James Hudson, 20, and a 17-year-old male were arrested on Nov. 11, and charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, and sexual assault with a weapon.  Winnipeg police said the release of Rinelle Harper's name helped with the quick arrest of 2 suspects.  (Winnipeg Free Press)  


MORE:   Left for dead     2nd victim    

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Venecia Audy


BRANDON - Venecia Audy was sexually assaulted and brutally killed.  Yet it appears nobody will be held responsible for the crime. Justice officials say a major change in evidence forced them to let their prime suspect walk out of court a free man this week.  A first-degree murder charge against the 3-year-old's stepfather, Jason Kines, was stayed on Monday in a Brandon courtroom - the latest chapter in this troubling legal saga.  (Winnipeg Free Press)  


MORE:   Charges dropped   Charges withdrawn

PREVIOUS:   Beaten girl left to die


Not a bank robbery


TORONTO - A man who walked into a bank, gave a teller a note saying 'This is a robbery' and then demanded money, took $600 cash from the teller, and left the bank with it, has been cleared of a robbery charge by a judge who ruled what he did is not, in fact, a robbery.  The judge found a bank robbery is only a bank robbery if the teller is scared.  (National Post)




Robert Ghiz


CHARLOTTETOWN - PEI Premier Robert Ghiz has announced that he is resigning as leader of the provincial Liberal Party and premier of the province.  Ghiz met with Liberal caucus members just before making the announcement Thursday, and that was the first they knew of his decision. He said he would stay on until there was a leadership convention, expected in January or February.  (CBC)






BRAMPTON - Peel Regional Police have identified the victim who died after a double shooting in Brampton Monday night.  Collins Kwarteng, 22, was pronounced dead on scene when emergency personnel arrived at Yellow Avens Blvd, near Airport Rd and Countryside Dr, at about 10pm.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:    1 man dead    


2 men found dead


MONCTON - Police investigators are on scene at an apartment building in Moncton where the bodies of 2 men were discovered on Sunday morning.  Codiac Regional RCMP say the men were found dead at about 9:30am in an apartment unit on MacAleese Lane.  The causes of death are unknown at this time, although police say they are treating the deaths as suspicious because foul play has not been ruled out.  (Global) 





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