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Whistleblowing behind removal?


Mark Norman


OTTAWA - An alleged leak of information related to the federal government's troubled shipbuilding plans is behind the removal of the second highest military officer in Canada, sources say.  Vice Admiral Mark Norman, the vice chief of the defence staff, was temporarily removed from his command by Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance, the Canadian Forces confirmed Monday.  Sources say the RCMP are involved in an investigation involving Norman and allegations of leaked information.  (National Post)


MORE:   Military shipbuilding leak

PREVIOUS:   Leak investigation   Relieved of duties memo    Warship gag order   Shipbuilding costs soar   Canadians are not been given accurate info on price   Irving warship procurement deal   Jonathan Vance 


Taxpayers on the hook, again


WHITEHORSE - A Yukon judge has delivered a strongly-worded 'wake up call' to Canadian taxpayers, who are now on the hook for another expensive mine cleanup in the territory.  Yukon Supreme Court justice Ron Veale approved a clean up plan for the abandoned Mount Nansen mine site, last spring - to be paid for by Ottawa.  He used the opportunity to lambaste the mine's former owner, BYG Resources, for an 'unscrupulous history of....operational mismanagement' that left a toxic mess for government to deal with.   (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2017 YKSC 2   .pdf

MORE:   Bad actors may be held accountable   Graham C. Dickson  


Assisted dying


After 55 years of marriage, Ernie and Kay Sievewright decided to share a medically-assisted death together. Doctors deemed them eligible for the procedure, but in the end, they were forced to die 4 days apart because of legal concerns.   (Globe & Mail)  


PREVIOUS:   Suicide   


Operational mistake


RANN - Nigeria's air force killed at least 76 people on Tuesday in a botched air strike on a refugee camp in the country's NE. The Nigerian president's office called the tragedy a 'regrettable operational mistake.'   (AFP)   


MORE:   Blast at Rann    Air strike on refugee camp 


Camp attacked


GAO - A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing 50 people and wounding more than 100 people including dozens of soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region.  (AP)  


MORE:   Suicide attack   Dozens killed 


2 killed in clashes


UMM AL-HIRAN - A controversial Israeli police operation to demolish buildings in a Bedouin village in the country's south to make way for a new Jewish town has ended with 2 fatalities.  The pre-dawn raid by hundreds of armed police on the village of Umm al-Hiran in Negev ended with a Bedouin man shot dead in his car and a police officer fatally run over.  (Guardian UK) 


CIA release


LANGLEY - The largest collection of declassified CIA records is now accessible online.  Approximately 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12M pages, are now available in the CIA's Electronic Reading Room on CIA's website.   (CIA) 




WASHINGTON - Embracing his clemency powers President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.  Manning, was one of 273 people receiving clemency on a single day.  Receiving pardons from the president were retired Gen. James Cartwright, San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.   But Obama is not finished. The White House said Obama would grant more commutations Thursday - the day before his presidency ends - though officials said those would focus on drug offenders and would not likely include any other famous names.  (AP)


MORE:   US clemency recipients    Assange ready for US extradition   No clemency for Showden     


Suspect arrested


ORLANDO - Markeith Loyd, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday night after the home was surrounded by SWAT officers.  Loyd is accused in the Jan 9 killing of Lt. Clayton outside a Wal-Mart store and in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, 24, last month.   (AP)


Next special interest sin tax


OTTAWA - The Liberal government is reviewing whether to enforce a so-called Netflix tax on the digital services Canadians buy from foreign-based firms over the internet.  A high-profile example is US-based Netflix, which does not apply federal or provincial sales taxes to monthly billings sent to Canadian customers for its streaming service.   (CBC)


Health care funding agreement


OTTAWA - The federal government says it has reached a health-care funding agreement with the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.  It says the 3 territorial governments agreed Monday to new targeted federal funding over 10 years for investments in home care and mental health care.  The territories join New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia in reaching health-care funding agreement with the federal government.  (CP) 


MORE:   SK reaches health care deal


US holiday


MIAMI - A national holiday that was supposed to be about nonviolence erupted into mayhem in Miami when police say 8 people were wounded in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park.  (AP)  


MORE:   MLK Day festivities   Martin Luther King Jr Day 


Checkpoint attacked


KHARGA - Gunmen killed 8 police late Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in south-west Egypt, the interior ministry said.  2 of the attackers were killed when security forces fought back, and 3 other security personnel were injured.  The attack took place on al-Naqab checkpoint, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from el-Kharga city, the capital of the province.   (AFP)


Gunman arrested  


Abdulgadir Masharipov


ISTANBUL - Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt.  Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead.   (BBC) 


MORE:   Fast facts    Nightclub attacker napped

PREVIOUS:   2017 Istanbul nightclub attack


Mom has no regrets


Zeenat Rafiq


LAHORE - Zeenat Rafiq had been married to her husband for just one week when her mother showed up at the couple's home in June offering to throw them a wedding celebration.  But now, all was forgiven, her mother told her. Come home to celebrate so you're not branded as an eloper.  But there was no celebration on her return to the family's home in Lahore, Pakistan. Instead, her mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire.  (Washington Post)  


MORE:   Woman burned daughter alive


Cargo plane crash




BISHKEK - A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane.  The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek.  The plane, which had departed from Hong Kong, belonged to Istanbul-based cargo company ACT Airlines.  (AP)  


MORE:   Cargo jet crash 


Festival shooting


Kirk Wilson


PLAYA DEL CARMEN - At least 4 people have died and 12 others have been injured after a shooting at a club on the last night of the BPM Festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen.  BPM said 3 members of its security team were among the dead at the festival, which is popular with foreign tourists.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Music festival shooting   Gunman opens fire   Shooter was after specific target   Toronto bouncer among 5 killed   Canadian security guard killed

RELATED:   10 found slain   4 dead in new shooting  


Ethics probe


Justin Trudeau   Aga Khan IV


OTTAWA - The federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has launched an investigation into the circumstances of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's New Year's holiday in the Bahamas, the first time a sitting prime minister has come under scrutiny by the independent parliamentary watchdog.  (National Post)


COMMENT:   Trudeau hangs out

PREVIOUS:   Vacation   The Aga Khan Development network    Trudeau's guest list   Potential breaches of laws    Trudeau starts national tour to remain connected with Canadians   Canada on track for decades of deficits   Trip kept secret to protect privacy 


It's embarrassing


Christy Clark


VICTORIA - As the dust settles following Friday's publication of the New York Times' expose of Christy Clark's annual, political donation-supplied $50,000 stipend, most can agree: this is not a good look for BC.  'If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption,' Dan Levin said in a phone interview. 'But here [in BC], because it's not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.'   (Global) 


MORE:   Large contributors   BC Liberals fundraiser steps down

COMMENT:   BC Liberals are laughing   Everything stinks about top-ups

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC   Party Funding   BC Liberals post donations online 


Gap between rich and poor


A report from Oxfam, launched on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos, found that the poorest half of the world has less wealth than previously thought, due to new data emanating from China and India. This means that the 8 richest men in the world are worth the same as the poorest half of the world's population, according to wealth distribution data provided by Credit Suisse.   (Irish Times) 


REPORT:   An economy for the 99%

COMMENT:   Fair or foul

MORE:   2 richest Canadians as wealthy as poorest 30%   Liberal ministers drop down in Davos   China will champion free trade

PREVIOUS:   Capitalism needs reform   WEF   Global risks report 2017   Davos 2017 

RELATED:   Trump's NAFTA demands   Free trade talks with China


5 years in prison


OTTAWA - The 'secret order' that authorized Canada's first warrantless domestic wiretapping program at the dawn of the Cold War threatened 5 years in prison to anyone who revealed the dragnet's existence, the newly released document shows.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Privy Council    Public servants forced to sign lifetime gag order     Big Brother surveillance   Whistleblowers 


Crime stoppers under attack


OTTAWA - Crime Stoppers is going to the Supreme Court of Canada this week, fighting to keep an anonymous phone tip from being used in open court as evidence against a man accused of murder.  If the tip is allowed to stay in, as a trial judge ruled it could, that would mean the end of the crime-fighting charity, according to its legal arguments. Crime Stoppers' foundational guarantee of anonymity would be violated, and every future tipster would know their information and identity might come out in open court.  On the other side for Friday's hearing is the Ontario Crown.   (National Post) 


2016 person of the year  


Nicolas Maduro


CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been named 2016's Person of the Year by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.  The award recognizes the individual who has done the most in the world to advance organized criminal activity and corruption.  (OCCRP)


PREVIOUS:   2015 Milo Djukanovic    2014 Vladimir Putin    Corrupt court rules   Maduro's court annuls impeachment   TSJ voids Parliament vote   TSJ   Congress declares Maduro to have abandoned his post   Cartels




LONDON - Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc agreed to pay about $807M to resolve US and UK investigations into allegations it bribed foreign officials to win business.  Europe's largest maker of commercial jet engines will pay the UK Serious Fraud Office about 497.25M pounds plus interest and the US Department of Justice about $170M under the settlement.  (Bloomberg)


Migrant boat sinks


About 100 migrant passengers are feared drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat sank off the coast of Libya.  8 bodies were recovered from the water on Saturday, and 4 people were rescued.  But difficult conditions hampered an overnight search for survivors, and at least 90 people are still missing.  The boat sank between Libya and Italy, about 30 miles (50km) from the Libyan coast.   More than 1,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea in the first 2 weeks of 2017, the UN refugee agency estimates.   (BBC) 


PREVIOUS:   Migrant drop   Migrants 


Obama expands surveillance powers


WASHINTON - New rules issued by the Obama administration under Executive order 12333 will let the NSA share the raw streams of communications it intercepts directly with agencies including the FBI, the DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security.  (EFF)


MORE:   EO 12333-raw sigint availability   Obama opens warrantless data to entire intelligence community

PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance 


Mercury dump


GRASSY NARROWS FN - A former worker at the pulp and paper mill in Dryden, ON, says he feels vindicated by new research released by the environmental group Earthroots.  Kas Glowacki went public last June saying that in 1972 he helped bury more than 50 barrels of mercury in a pit near the mill, upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation.  His claims appeared to support research by leading mercury experts released in May, showing a continuing source of mercury contamination in the Wabigoon River system.   (CBC)


REPORT:   Evidence of mercury dump found

PREVIOUS:   Bio related events 


Fraud at embassy


PORT-AU-PRINCE - The Canadian government has fired 17 local recruits from its embassy in Haiti after uncovering a system of fraud that cost the diplomatic mission $1.7M over 12 years.  The majority of that staff, 12 people, worked for Global Affairs Canada. The other 5 worked for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  Investigators found the staffers inflated bills, diverted and stole materials and colluded with local suppliers between 2004 and 2016.  (CBC) 


Pattern of excessive force


CHICAGO - US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday that the Chicago Police Department has been violating the constitutional rights of residents for years in a blistering report from the Justice Department.  (WLS)


REPORT:   Investigation of the CPD   .pdf

MORE:   DoJ press release 

COMMENT:   Debunking one-sided statistics




NEW YORK - Moody's has agreed to pay nearly $864M to settle with US federal and state authorities over its ratings of risky mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.  The credit rating agency reached the deal with the Justice Department, 21 states and the District of Columbia, resolving allegations that the firm contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.   S&P entered into a similar accord in 2015 paying out $1.375B. Standard and Poor's is the world's largest ratings firm, followed by Moody's.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   DoJ press release

PREVIOUS:   Global Meltdown 


Why economists can't get it right


NEW YORK - From wrong forecasts by the IMF and Wall Street, to wrong policies by the Federal Reserve and the Federal Government, wrong economic theory impacts everyone. Last year was a particularly bad one for the profession, as none of the mainstream forecasts on major events, from Brexit to Donald Trump's election, and the effects of those events on markets and the economy, were correct. In fact, mainstream economics has been consistently getting it wrong since the Great Financial Crisis of 2008.   (Epoch Times) 


Drug prices


OTTAWA - Canadians forced to pay some of the highest drug prices in the world could save billions through changes promised by Health Minister Jane Philpott in an exclusive interview with the fifth estate.  An analysis by the fifth estate shows that Canadians, for example, pay far more than people in New Zealand for drugs produced by the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company.  For every dollar Canadians spend on 7 popular drugs sold by Apotex in both countries, Kiwis spend just 11.5 cents.  (CBC)


MORE:   Explosion of high priced drugs

PREVIOUS:   Billions wasted   Ethics complaint filed over fundraising event involving Apotex and Trudeau    Trudeau defends cash-for-access fundraising   Apotex sponsors BC Liberal convention   War on Legal Drugs


Woman can't sue regulator


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says an Alberta woman cannot sue the province's energy regulator as part of her claim that hydraulic fracturing so badly contaminated her well that the water can be set on fire.  Jessica Ernst began legal action against the regulator and Calgary-based energy company Encana in 2007 and later amended her statement of claim to include Alberta Environment.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2017 SCC 1

MORE:   Critic doesn't have charter right to sue 


Mafia boss caught


Francesco Castriotta


EL VENDRELL - An Italian mafia boss known for having a 'permanent erection' has been arrested after almost 7 years on the run.  Francesco Castriotta, 42, nicknamed 'Lord of Coca', fled from authorities while under house arrest in Milan in 2009.  He had successfully used his embarrassing condition, which he claimed was caused by years of cocaine use, to persuade a judge that sending him to jail would be cruel.  Instead of staying home, Castriotta became a fugitive.  (Daily Mail)


BC approves pipeline expansion


VICTORIA - BC Premier Christy Clark says her government has reached a financial deal with Kinder Morgan worth as much as $1B over the next two decades, satisfying her demands that BC get a fair share of the economic benefits from the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.   (Globe & Mail)


COMMENT:   Cherish your suffering

PREVIOUS:   Story of Kinder Morgans approval   Corporate scandals  


Bodies found


EDMONTON - Police said its homicide unit has taken over an investigation after 2 bodies were discovered in a home in the city's SW Tuesday evening.  They said officers were called to a residence on Heagle Crescent NW shortly after 7pm.  A man and woman were found dead inside.  (Global) 


MORE:   Suspicious deaths 


SIU called in


OSHAWA - The SIU has been called in after a man in his 30s was allegedly struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday while running away from police.  Police said in a statement officers were called to a Home Depot in Oshawa at around 5:20pm after a report of shoplifting.  During the arrest, one of the suspects was hit by a vehicle travelling south on Highway 115.  The man died at the scene.  (Global)   


MORE:   Man hit by pickup truck   Traffic stop death 


Woman faces charge


PERTH EAST - An 18-year-old Perth east woman has been charged with careless driving in the fatal collision involving a horse drawn buggy on the weekend.  OPP are continuing to investigate the crash, which occurred Sunday morning on Line 67 north of Milverton.  Perth East resident David Kuepfer, 74, who was riding in the buggy, was killed in the collision, and 3 other occupants were injured. The driver of the car was not hurt.  (Sun Media)  


PREVIOUS:   Horse, man dead in collision 


Another inmate death


HAMILTON - An inmate was found dead inside the Barton Street jail (Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre) last week.  If it proves to be drug-related, it could become part of a large-scale inquest into a string of at least 5 drug deaths in this jail - one that, more than a year after it was announced, the province has yet to set a date for.   Dr. Jack Stanborough, who was presiding coroner on the case, has been removed and is no longer with the coroner's office.  A new presiding coroner has yet to be secured.   (Hamilton Spectator) 


Union president charged


Les Kaminski


CALGARY - Alberta's police watchdog says 2 officers from the Calgary Police Service have been charged with serious crimes, including the new head of the city's police union.  Sgt Les Kaminski has been charged with perjury and assault with a weapon and Const Brant Derrick has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, the ASIRT said Tuesday.  (CP)  


MORE:   2 officers charged   Police admit investigation should have been in 2011

PREVIOUS:   Credibility questioned   Union president under investigation 


3 years


OTTAWA - An Ottawa woman who assaulted and failed to care for the boy she legally adopted - as his father, a former Ottawa Mountie, tortured and starved him and kept him tied up in the basement of their family home - has been given a 3-year sentence.   (CBC) 


FINTRAC investigates recycling exec


TORONTO - The common denominator is the Ontario Tire Stewardship, an agency created by the province to manage an annual $70M recycling program. When consumers purchase a tire they pay a fee to the program, which is charged with recycling discarded tires. A wide-ranging audit is looking into the stewardship and its former chief financial officer, Perminder Kandola, who was recently charged by the environment ministry with the alleged diversion of $346,565 of consumer recycling fees to his personal bank account.  (Toronto Star)  


PREVIOUS:   Entitled




ATIKAMEG - RCMP are investigating a homicide after a 32-year-old man was shot dead.  Police responding around 9:17pm on Saturday to reports of shots fired outside a house in Atikameg found the man's body.  (Sun Media)


MORE:   RCMP investigate 


Found guilty



De Oliveira & Dyer       Hecimovic


VANCOUVER - Andelina Hecimovic has been found guilty on 2 counts of dangerous driving causing death relating to a 2010 collision that killed Johnny De Oliveira, 21, and his girlfriend Beckie Dyer, 19.  This was the Hecimovic's second trial on the charges.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   SCC 36260    2014 BCCA 0483   Justice system fails 


7 years


MELFORT - Candace Gail Moostoos, 34, was found guilty of causing the death of her great-uncle, Alpheus Burns, 70, by a Melfort jury in October. The jury reduced the charge from second-degree murder to manslaughter.  (paNOW)


MORE:   7 years   Woman gets 7 years

PREVIOUS:   Guilty of manslaughter 




VANCOUVER - BC's anti-gang agency announced late Friday that 2 Ontario men had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder in separate plots that targeted 2 Metro Vancouver men in the spring of 2015.   The indictment that alleges one of the men charged, Knowah Truth Ferguson, attempted to kill Hells Angel Damion Ryan with a firearm in Richmond on April 10, 2015.  Ferguson, 19, and Gino Gavin McCall, 30, are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder between April 11 and June 15, 2015.   (Vancouver Sun) 


Entitled doctors to oust leaders


TORONTO - The president of the group that represents Ontario doctors is in danger of losing her job after 25 members of the Ontario Medical Association's elected council called for a special meeting to vote on ousting the organization's entire executive committee.  In a Jan 11 letter to the OMA's chief executive officer, the signatories accuse the association's leadership team of a slew of failings, including a reluctance to stand up to the provincial government.  (Globe & Mail) 


PREVIOUS:   ON needs to trim health spending   Expense trends and medium-term outlook analysis  


Arson arrest


MILLTOWN-HEAD OF BAY D'ESPOIR - Police have taken one person into custody after the local school, town hall and police station all caught fire in a small community on Newfoundland's south coast.  RCMP said calls started coming in at about 4:40am local time Tuesday that the town hall for Milltown-Head of Bay d'Espoir was on fire.  A short time later, callers said the local school and RCMP station were also on fire.  (CP) 


MORE:   Arson spree guts town


Pipeline attacked


HYTHE - Mounties are investigating after a pipeline in NW Alberta was vandalized, causing more than $500,000 damage.  RCMP says it appears a piece of construction equipment was used to try to dig up the pipeline and the line will have to be replaced.  (CP)


Nameless homicide


VANCOUVER - One suspect is in custody and the IHIT is investigating after a man was found dead in Richmond Monday morning.  Richmond police were notified just before 6:30am of a homicide at a business on Viking Way.  Shortly after the homicide happened, a male suspect was identified and arrested by police.  Police said the name of the victim will not be released by police because it will not move the investigation forward.  (Global)


MORE:   Body found inside trucking business

PREVIOUS:   IHIT called out   Murder in Richmond 


Turns himself in


Daniel Forest


SASKATOON - Daniel Forest, 27, was the focus of a police search after a 45-year-old man, identified as Rodney Wailing in court documents, was found badly beaten in a Pleasant Hill home.  Patrol cars were called to a home on the 200-block of Ave I S, just before midnight on Jan 11.  That's when they found Wailing suffering from serious injuries. He died later in hospital.  (CBC)


MORE:   Charged with second-degree murder

PREVIOUS:   Person of interest   Man found dead 




TORONTO - A senior convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of a fellow long-term care home resident with a cane while she slept more than 3 years ago has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.  Peter Brooks, 76, was found guilty in the March 2013 death of Jocelyn Dickson, 72, last month.  (Global)


PREVIOUS:   Found guilty   Found guilty   Senior found guilty    Charged   Woman killed   Staff warned about accused     


No trial


Nancy Galbraith-Quick


WINDSOR - Scott Quick, who was accused of allegedly running down his estranged wife with a minivan in Feb 2006, will not stand trial for her murder.  Crown attorney said that it was 'physically impossible' for Quick to have stolen the vehicle that killed his ex-wife, before stating he would not be proceeding with the case.    (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Charged   Estranged husband charged


Suspicious death


EDMONTON - Police said a man was found dead inside a home at 34 St and 143 Ave around 1am Saturday.  Police said homicide detectives were treating the death as suspicious, but it's not known whether the death is criminal in nature.  Police said more than one suspect was found and they were being interviewed.   (Global)


MORE:   Death ruled a suicide


3 charged


TORONTO - Police say 3 men are facing charges after 26 copper plates valued at more than $10,000 were thrown off a moving train and stolen.  Police say the incident happened Thursday evening, when it was reported that copper plates had been stolen.  (CP)


2 found shot


EDMONTON - 2 young BC men shot dead in SE Edmonton have ties to South Asian gangs based in the Lower Mainland of BC.  Police said the double-homicide of Navdeep Sidhu, 24, and Harman Mangat, 22, was drug related.  An autopsy confirmed the pair - found slain in a running white pickup Wednesday - died from multiple gunshot wounds. The bodies were found by a passerby around 1:30pm near 39 St SW and Charlesworth Drive SW.  Both men were involved in an ongoing gang conflict in the Townline Hill neighbourhood of Abbotsford, BC, over the last several years.  (PostMedia)


MORE:   2 BC men found shot 


Woman murdered


Mylene Laliberte


SAINT-LIN-LAURENTIDES - A 24-year-old woman was the victim of a murder in Saint-Lin-Laurentides. The SQ confirmed that the victim is Mylene Laliberte.  The SQ was called around 8:30pm on Friday evening, concerning the body of a woman found dead in the rue Saint-Isidore.   (TVA Nouvelles) 


MORE:   Woman killed   Woman murdered 




Ali Awada


MONTREAL - The 28-year-old man murdered Friday night in Montreal-North is Ali Awada.  Ali Awada is the son of Mohamed Awada, killed in the fall of 2012, in the series of settlements that preceded the return of Mafia godfather Vito Rizzuto to Montreal.  (La Presse)  


MORE:   Shooting   Fatal shooting 


Police wouldn't name killer


TORONTO - Police say they finally know who stabbed Peel schoolteacher Graham Hugh Pearce to death more than 30 years ago - but they won't name the killer because he's also dead.  Pearce, 36, was discovered dead on his bathroom floor of his High Park Ave. apartment on March 20, 1983 around 12:40pm.  Last April, Toronto police identified a person of interest in the investigation as Ronald Thomas Gale, who was 22 when Pearce was killed.  Gale died in 2001.   (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Police say they have solved a 1983 murder 


Found guilty


Shannon Collins


EDMONTON - A judge found Shawn Wruck guilty of second-degree murder on Friday in connection with the death of his girlfriend - Shannon Collins - whose remains were discovered on a rural property east of Edmonton almost a decade ago.  While Wruck was charged with first-degree murder, the judge found him guilty of the lesser charge because she said prior planning could not be proven.  Collins' remains were discovered on a property in Strathcona County in 2008.  (Global)


MORE:   Conviction   Guilty verdict

PREVIOUS:   Edmonton serial killer? 


Police chase


KELOWNA - 2 Kelowna men are facing charges after a wild police chase that ended on the Bennett Bridge Thursday morning.  Ryan Patrick Regan, 33, was slapped with 6 charges including dangerous driving, hit and run and assault with a weapon for allegedly reversing his vehicle into a police cruiser.  Michael Anthony Dennison, 25, has been charged with 4 offences including dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.  (Global)  


MORE:   2 are part of a larger investigation   Chaos on the bridge

RELATED:   2 Vancouver men charged after police chase ends in crash 


Legal aid probe


TORONTO - The attorney general has ordered a third-party review of Legal Aid Ontario, after the agency announced last month that it was dramatically cutting back on services due to a $26M deficit.  Legal Aid, which has a $440M annual budget, said it will also not increase salaries at legal clinics and will be reducing clinic operation budgets by $1M, among other changes.   News of the external review was applauded by critics who have described Legal Aid as a bloated bureaucracy that mishandled the hundreds of millions of dollars it receives from the provincial government.   (Toronto Star) 


Inside an avalanche


WHISTLER - Tom Oye, a 29-year-old Australian who moved to Canada 4 years ago, was snowboarding Wednesday morning in Whistler with a helmet-mounted camera when an avalanche started.  Oye, thinking quickly, inflates his Jetforce inflatable backpack, which inflates similar to a car's airbag.  (News Tribune)


VIDEO:   Snowboarder rides out an Avalanche


New charges


Elizabeth Wettlaufer


WOODSTOCK - Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the Woodstock nurse accused of killing residents in several SW Ontario nursing homes, is facing a fresh batch of charges.  OPP announced Friday morning that Wettlaufer, 49, is charged with 4 counts of attempted murder and 2 counts of aggravated assault against seniors in Woodstock and Paris.   (PostMedia)  


MORE:   6 more charges   8 murder charges

PREVIOUS:   Recent murder 


Man charged


Bradley Buffalo


SASKATOON - On Oct 18, 2015, police were called to a home to check on the welfare of Bradley Buffalo, 30.  He was found dead inside the house.  After an autopsy, the Major Crime Unit and the Office of the Chief Coroner decided there was no criminal act involved.  However, after what police are calling a lengthy investigation, police determined the man had been murdered and have charged Joshua Burwell, 21, with first-degree murder.   (CBC) 




Dominik Prusinski


OSHAWA - A man walked into Central East Division station around 6:30pm on Jan 8, after being stabbed at a nearby building on William St W.  The victim, identified as Dominik Prusinski, 21, was rushed to a hospital in Toronto where he died a day later.   (CP24)  


MORE:   Victim identified

PREVIOUS:   Stabbed man dies   


Warrant issued


Marek Anisimowicz


VANCOUVER - A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a Burnaby, BC, man accused of running over a police officer with a car last month.  Marek Anisimowicz, 36, is accused of resisting arrest before escaping in a car. RCMP say the vehicle ran over the officer, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Arrest warrant 


Arrest made


HAMILTON - Police were acting on an 11-year-old warrant when they arrested a man after he delivered a pointed speech criticizing Hamilton police on Thursday.  His sister said the family feels targeted and set up. And the chair of the police board says the 'optics aren't good' about arresting a man immediately after he criticizes the service.  Edward Divers was arrested on an outstanding warrant connected to failing to appear in court after an impaired driving offence from 2006.   (CBC)   


MORE:   Family of man shot by police criticize delay 


Firefighter charged


Joshua Pittarelli-Bucks


TORONTO - Police have laid 6 charges against a Toronto firefighter they allege lured people out of fire stations so he could rob them.  Toronto police say there were 3 such incidents they now attribute to Joshua Pittarelli-Bucks, 35, who has worked as a Toronto firefighter since 2006.  (CP)   


MORE:   Firefighter charged


Body identified


VANCOUVER - RCMP were called to the 7000-block of Ash St after a report of shots fired just before 9:30pm on Jan 10. When police arrived they found a male victim who had been shot in a black Jeep SUV.  The victim died as a result of his injuries at the scene and IHIT has now taken over the investigation.  The victim has been identified as Calvin Chi Hang Zhao, 21.   (Global)


MORE:   Police name victim   Targeted hit    IHIT identifies man


Student grants not getting to them


TORONTO - The province earmarks tens of millions of dollars in learning opportunities grants every year to help support marginalized students at the Toronto District School Board. But almost half that money isn't being spent on them and is instead diverted to cover other expenses, says a new report.  (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   $61M in funding being diverted 

MORE:   TDSB defends divert   

COMMENT:   TDSB should be ashamed   




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