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Daniel Therrien

 

OTTAWA - The government hasn't done enough to protect the privacy of 'law-abiding Canadians' from new information-sharing powers in the omnibus security legislation known as C-51, says a federal watchdog.  Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says he was surprised that many federal agencies did not examine the effect the powers in the controversial Conservative bill would have on people's personal information.  (CP)

 

REPORT:   Privacy Commissioner Annual 2015-2016 report

MORE:   Bill was not properly evaluated before it became law

PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance 

 

More green canceled

 

TORONTO - Ontario's energy ministry is cancelling plans to sign contracts for up to 1,000 megawatts of power from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources to help keep rates down for consumers.  Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says the decision is expected to save the province up to $3.8B in costs from its 2013 long-term plan, and will keep about $2.45 a month from being added to hydro bills.   (Global) 

 

Power plant rejected

 

VANCOUVER - An ambitious plan by the city and a private developer to create a low-carbon power plant for the downtown peninsula has received a definitive rejection from the BC Utilities Commission, which said it couldn't support the idea of requiring customers to buy power from a monopoly.  (Globe & Mail) 

 

Air pollution deaths

 

STOCKHOLM - Each year about 6.5M deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned Monday.  (AP)  

 

REPORT:   Energy and air pollution 

MORE:   90% of world breathing bad air

PREVIOUS:   Bio related events

 

Gunman identified

 

Nathan DeSai

 

HOUSTON - A lawyer who opened fire on commuters for no apparent reason during the morning predawn rush hour in a Houston neighborhood Monday, wounding 9 people, was wearing a vintage military uniform and had Nazi emblems on him.  The rampage on a quiet street near West University Place began in the predawn darkness and lasted 20 minutes before the gunman, who police identified as Nathan DeSai, 46, was shot and killed by officers.  (Houston Chronicle) 

 

MORE:   Shooting investigation 

PREVIOUS:   Police kill disgruntled lawyer

 

Biker shooting

 

TRUCKEE - Police in California are looking for 3 murderers who right now are nameless and faceless. The trio is wanted in connection with the deadly motorcycle-on-motorcycle shooting of Jeffrey Sterling Duke, 57, Saturday afternoon on I-80 in Truckee.  Police say 3 bikers surrounded the victim and shot him all while traveling 70 miles an hour down the highway.  One of the many questions right now is what prompted the shooting.  The investigation team believes there is a high likelihood the shooting is gang-related. Police do not think the victim was in a biker gang himself, despite him wearing Vagos colors in Facebook pictures.  (KOLO) 

 

Off-duty cop charged

 

NEW YORK - A city cop was indicted Monday on second-degree murder charges in the road-rage shooting death of driver Delrawn Small, who was killed in a July 4 confrontation with the off-duty officer.  The cop, Wayne Isaacs, will be charged Tuesday, a day after a grand jury handed up the indictment to state Attorney General - under a new law - acts as a special prosecutor in matters involving police shootings.  (NY Daily News)

 

PREVIOUS:   Road-rage shooting

 

Neighborhood shut down

 

Nicolas Labre Pereira de Jesus

 

RIO DE JANEIRO - Every shop and business along a 5-kilometer (3-mile) stretch in the Catete neighborhood pulled down their protective metal shutters at mid-day, heeding the orders of Comando Vermelho, an outfit with an estimated 50,000 members nationwide.  Comando Vermelho decreed the curfew shortly after police announced that officers had killed Nicolas Labre Pereira de Jesus, aka Fat Family, 28, who controlled the drug trade in a hillside slum adjacent to Catete.  (EFE) 

 

Risk of prosecution

 

WASHINGTON - The original intention was for the JASTA to enable the victims' families to sue countries like Saudi Arabia.  But fears the legislation could allow hostile states to take legal action against the US and allies have prompted US President Barack Obama to issue a last-minute veto to block the legislation. Critics of the legislation argue it undermines the long-established principle in international law concerning state sovereign immunity.  (Telegraph UK) 

 

PREVIOUS:   Bill vetoed

  

9 years

 

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi

 

THE HAGUE - War crimes judges Tuesday sentenced a Malian jihadist to 9 years in jail for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines.  A three-judge bench began handing down its judgements against Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, the first jihadist to stand trial at the tribunal in The Hague.  Mahdi 'oversaw the attacks on all 10' shrines and mosques in the UNESCO world heritage site, presiding judge Raul Pangalangan told the tribunal.   (AFP)

 

JUDGMENT:   Prosecutor v Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi

MORE:   Destroying culture is now a war crime

 

Police accused

 

AFP

 

ISLAMABAD - Police in Pakistan may be illegally executing hundreds of people each year in fake 'encounter killings', human rights investigators have warned.  Police accounts often say that criminal or terrorist suspects were shot after they resisted arrest or tried to ambush officers.  In reality many are killed in police custody, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.   (Guardian UK)

 

REPORT:   Crooked system

PREVIOUS:   Law enforcement in Pakistan 

 

3 in custody

 

 

Victims                                         Katlynn

 

FULLERTON - 2 men and a 17-year-old girl were taken into custody Sunday in connection with 3 people found murdered in a Fullerton home.  Police identified the victims as Christopher Yost, 34; Jennifer Goodwill Yost, 39; and Arthur William Boucher, 28. The three were discovered dead in their home.  Officers arrested 2 males in connection with the 3 murders: Josh Acosta, 21, and Frank Felix, 25. On Sunday investigators also located unharmed the teen who was missing Saturday, Kaitlynn Goodwill Yost, 17. A 17-year-old girl was also detained, but state law prevents officers from disclosing the identity of juveniles placed into police custody.  The teen also faces murder charges.   (KTLA) 

  

MORE:   Victims banned suspects from seeing their daughter  

 

Deal-making and dirty tricks

 

UNITED NATIONS - Hacked emails, bogus Twitter accounts, smear allegations and backroom deals. Welcome to the race for the international community's top diplomatic job - UN secretary general.   On Monday, the UN Security Council will hold the fifth of a series of straw polls aimed at picking a winner from the remaining 9 contenders in the race, in which the 15 council members will cast secret ballots.  (Guardian UK)

 

MORE:   Secretary-General selection 2016 

 

Copyright violation

 

T-Shirt

 

Montreal's Olympic Stadium may be among Canada's most iconic buildings, but that doesn't mean it can be put on a T-shirt, a Montreal designer has been told.  The notice, sent out by SODRAC, demanded he stop producing the T-shirts.  It also asked him for compensation for having reproduced the works without authorization.  (CBC)

 

Suspect arrested

 

    

CCTV Suspect     Arcan Cetin

 

BURLINGTON - Arcan Cetin, the 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared 'zombie-like' when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt.  The first 911 call came in just before 7pm on a busy Friday at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's department store.  By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup counter was complete. 4 people were dead, and the shooter was gone, last seen walking toward Interstate 5. The fifth victim, a man, died in the early morning hours Saturday.  (AP)    

 

MORE:   Turkish immigrant arrested

PREVIOUS:   Mall shooting  

 

Writer shot

 

Nahed Hattar

 

AMMAN - A prominent Jordanian writer, who was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, has been shot dead outside a court in Amman where he was due to appear.  Nahed Hattar, 56, was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam after posting the cartoon on Facebook this year.  On Sunday, he was shot in the head 3 times as he arrived for a hearing. 2 witnesses said the gunman, bearded and in his 50s, was wearing a traditional long robe.   (Guardian UK)

 

MORE:   Activist shot dead     Killed outside court   Killed over a cartoon 

 

Murder of priests

 

POZA RICA - In this eastern Mexican oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week sank many residents only deeper into despair. When Alejo Nabor Jimenez and Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz were found bound and shot to death outside Poza Rica on Monday, it brought to 14 the number of priests slain in Mexico since Pena Nieto took office in late 2012. At least 30 have been killed since 2006. And on Thursday church officials made a public plea for the life of yet another priest, who was reportedly kidnapped from his parish residence in the western state of Michoacan and has not been heard from since.  (AP)

 

MORE:   Kidnapped priest found dead  

 

Police videos released

 

Keith Lamont Scott

 

CHARLOTTE - Police have released body and dashboard camera footage of the shooting of a black man after several days of demonstrations that have coalesced around demands that the public see the videos. The footage did not show whether Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was holding a gun.  (AP)

  

PREVIOUS:   Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott   Video of encounter   2nd video emerges   4th night of protests   Arrest in killing of protester 

 

Deported to Canada

 

Marc Wabafiyebazu

 

MIAMI - A teenager caught up in a double shooting in Florida that left his older brother dead has been quietly deported to Canada.  American immigration agents escorted Marc Wabafiyebazu from Miami to Montreal earlier this month where he was reunited with his mother, Roxanne Dube, a senior Canadian diplomat.  In a plea deal Wabafiyebazu pleaded no contest in Feb to reduced charges of felony third-degree murder.  (CP)

 

PREVIOUS:   Diplomat's son takes plea deal   Global: Marc Wabafiyebazu   National Post: Marc Wabafiyebazu   

 

Treated as a suicide

 

TORONTO - A CBSA officer was found dead in Terminal 3 of Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday night.  Peel Regional Police said they received a call for medical assistance at about 8:20pm.  Peel Regional Police, said Friday night that a man shot himself inside the airport but not in a public area.  (CBC)

 

Bus accident

 

MUZAFFARABAD - At least 23 people were killed when a minibus plunged from a mountain road into a river in a remote area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir late on Friday.  The accident took place at Nausehri, some 45km north of Muzaffarabad, when the minibus driver lost control.  The vehicle veered off the road, falling 100 metres into the gushing river.   (AFP)  

 

Twin confesses

 

Kevin Dugar & Karl Smith

 

CHICAGO - It was the first time in years that the 38-year-old identical twin brothers had seen each other. Karl Smith was on the witness stand making an admission seemingly ripped from a made-for-TV movie.   Smith confessed to a murder that his brother, Kevin Dugar, has been in custody for since 2003.  But prosecutors questioned the admission, telling a judge that Smith came forward only after an appeals court upheld his own conviction for attempted murder. He is serving a 99-year prison sentence for taking part in a home invasion and armed robbery in which a 6-year-old boy was shot in the head in 2008.  (Chicago Tribune) 

 

Death toll rises to 300

 

ROSETTA - The estimated death toll in this week's latest shipwreck rose to about 300 on Friday.  Egyptian officials have rescued about 160 survivors from Wednesday's shipwreck off the country's north coast, leaving about 150 people still unaccounted for, according to the IOM.  The estimated number of migrants to die in the Mediterranean so far this year is 3,500.   (Guardian UK) 

 

PREVIOUS:   Hundred feared dead   Migrants   

 

Ceasefire bombed

 

ALEPPO - Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria's biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire.    (AFP)  

 

MORE:   At least 90 killed   Airstrikes leave Aleppo without water 

PREVIOUS:   Hardened killers going home   War on Terror 

 

US accuses Canadian company

 

Loretta Lynch

 

VANCOUVER - US Attorney General Loretta Lynch named PacNet, a company with offices in a building in downtown Vancouver, as a financial linchpin in global money laundering. PacNet was the payment processor that allowed global criminals to deposit cheques scammed from mostly elderly victims, Lynch alleged.   (Vancouver Sun)  

 

MORE:   OFAC press release   US accuses   CNN investigation PacNet 

 

Telcos still hording

 

OTTAWA - More than a year after the CRTC ruled the big telecommunications companies must share their fibre optic networks with smaller competitors, it still isn't happening.  (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   Canadian media

RELATED:   SK, MB competition cut cellphone plan costs

 

Police seize reporter's computer

 

MONTREAL - Provincial police seized Journal de Montreal reporter Michael Nguyen's computer at the behest of Quebec's judicial council on Wednesday at the offices of the tabloid newspaper.  Nguyen reported in the newspaper last June that judge Suzanne Vadboncoeur allegedly hurled insults and acted abusively towards constables after a Christmas party in Dec at the Montreal courthouse.  The reporter received a copy of a surveillance video allegedly showing the incident as well as a report detailing a complaint against the judge.  The judicial council suspects Nguyen 'hacked' into its website to collect the information.   Nguyen and the newspaper deny the claim.  (CTV) 

 

PREVIOUS:   Media to court

 

Yahoo hacked

 

SUNNYVALE - A 'state-sponsored' hacker managed to steal access to half a billion Yahoo email accounts in 2014, the company admitted Thursday.  Yahoo said it only recently discovered the hack as part of an internal investigation.   (CBC)   

 

MORE:   Hack attack

 

Insider threat

 

OTTAWA - Federal officials have quietly warned operators of electrical grids, transportation hubs and other key infrastructure of the cyberthreat from insiders who could unleash devastating viruses and cripple systems, internal government notes reveal.  Crucial networks that Canadians rely on for everyday needs face a 'substantial threat' from rogue employees out to wreak digital havoc, warn the Public Safety Canada briefing notes.   (CP) 

 

Audit finds unexplained payments

 

ALEXANDER FN - A 'forensic investigation' has identified $2.1M in 'unexplained payments' to a former chief of the Alexander First Nation and 7 administrative staff, according to a leaked internal document.  The document says about half of the unexplained amounts, totaling more than $1M, were paid to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Computer server disappears 

 

Officer turns herself in

 

        

Terence Crutcher     Betty Jo Shelby

 

TULSA - Officer Betty Jo Shelby turned herself in to authorities in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher early Friday and was released on bond.  A warrant was issued for Shelby's arrest after the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office filed a first-degree manslaughter - heat of passion charge against her Thursday.   (Tulsa World)  

 

MORE:   Officers side    Shooting videos 

 

Bahamas data leak

 

Records on tens of thousands of largely secrecy-clad companies registered in the Bahamas, including thousands with ties to Canada, have been divulged en masse as one of the world's premier tax havens becomes the first to suffer a mass data leak since the Panama Papers.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   New leak of offshore files   World of wealth managers   Canadian $$ to tax havens at an all-time high   Senator finds she is a director of an offshore corporation

PREVIOUS:   Panama Papers   Search the database   Global meltdown wealth     

RELATED:   Government gift to OC

        

Children detented

 

Canada regularly detains hundreds of children who have run afoul of the country's immigration laws - including some who are held in correctional facilities and even in solitary confinement, according to a new report calling for sweeping reforms to the practice.  (Guardian UK)

 

REPORT:   No life for a child 

 

BC death toll

 

VANCOUVER - Despite ongoing efforts to combat BC's overdose crisis, another 49 people died from illicit drugs in August.  That brings the province's death toll up to 488 for the year (.pdf).  By comparison, there were 505 people killed by illegal drugs in all of 2015, and 368 the year before.  (CTV) 

  

PREVIOUS:   Carfentanil   Stronger than fentanyl   Too toxic to touch   War on Legal Drugs 

 

Slow, expensive and inefficient

 

Canada's justice system scores high on being slow, expensive and inefficient in a report card issued by a public policy think tank.  The Macdonald-Laurier Institute grades provinces and territories in 5 categories: public safety, victims support, efficiency, fairness and access to justice, and costs and resources.  With Canada's justice system costing roughly $11B a year, it was time to look at the numbers.   (CBC)

 

REPORT:   Report card on the criminal justice system    .pdf 

 

Kidnapped

 

GHAT - An unidentified group abducted 3 foreigners from Ghat International Airport in southern Libya Monday.  The 2 Italian nationals were working for Italian Kancos company that is doing maintenance in the airport and one Canadian who was working as an engineer for Libya's Aviation Company.   (Libyan Express) 

 

MORE:   Ottawa confirms Canadian taken   

 

Suspicious death

 

EDMONTON - Police said just after midnight Sunday, Sept 25, officers with Downtown Division were called to the area of 107 Ave and 110 St.  A 46-year-old man was found with trauma to his chest, he was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  (CTV) 

 

Assault victim dies

 

WINKLER - A Saskatoon man who was assaulted with a pool cue at a bowling alley in Winkler, MB, over the weekend has died.  Police confirmed Zachary Straughan, 25, died of his injuries at on Monday afternoon.  Straughan had been on life support since he was taken to hospital following the attack, which happened late Saturday night at the Valley Bowling Lanes.  A 29-year-old man, also from Saskatoon, was arrested shortly after the attack.  Police said the men knew each other and were in Winkler as part of a work crew. The assault appears to have stemmed from a dispute over money.   (CBC) 

 

Charged

 

      

Mylan Hicks          Nelson Lugela

 

CALGARY - Nelson Lugela, 19, detained in the shooting of Calgary Stampeders player Mylan Hicks at a nightclub on the weekend has been charged with second-degree murder.  Hicks, 23, died in hospital after the shooting at the Marquee Beer Market nightclub early Sunday morning.  Investigators believe a fight inside the nightclub between two groups eventually moved outside, where the shooting took place.  (CBC)  

 

MORE:   Charged    Man charged   Team statement

 

Pick-up was stolen

 

MONTREAL - Police are seeking the driver of a stolen pick-up truck after an elderly woman was killed in a hit-and-run incident Sunday.  The 79-year-old victim was crossing the street at Mont-Royal Ave. and St. Urbain Blvd. at 12:50pm when she was struck by a pick-up truck. The driver of the vehicle then took off.  The woman was transported to hospital where she later died.   (CTV) 

 

Victim identified

 

           

David Brenner        Anthony Brake

 

TORONTO - David Brenner, 47, was found dead by police at a home in the Davenport Road and Old Weston Road area at around 2:30pm on Sept 22.  Police said Brenner was severely beaten.  Anthony Brake, 46, of Toronto has been charged with second-degree murder.   (CTV) 

 

PREVIOUS:   Police identify suspect   Brake arrested in Halifax

 

Verdict

 

VANCOUVER - A precedent-setting judgment from the BC Supreme Court has given the francophone school board and parents a chance to improve education for their children.  The francophone school board (CSF) and the Francophone Parents of BC went to court to get more funding for infrastructure and transportation in BC.   (Global)

 

JUDGMENT:   2016 BSCS 1764

 

Murder-suicide

 

CANOE LAKE - 2 men, aged 27 and 30, are dead following what RCMP are calling a homicide and a suicide at the Canoe Lake Cree First Nation Saturday.  According to RCMP, officers were alerted to a report of gunfire at a home on the reserve at 2:43pm.  They said the 27 year old was found inside the home and pronounced dead at the scene.  RCMP said that at 4:49pm, the 30 year old was found with an apparent gunshot wound in a treed area.  (CBC)    

 

MORE:   2 men dead 

 

Beaten man dies

 

EDMONTON - Dougald Miller, the man beaten into a vegetative state 16 years ago by Leo Teskey, died in the arms of his wife Saturday.  In 2000, Dougald Miller found Teskey sleeping in the hallway of an apartment building and tried to get him to leave. In response, Teskey assaulted Miller to the point he was left brain-damaged and permanently paralyzed from the neck down.  In 2010 Teskey was designated a violent offender.   (CBC) 

 

3 officers suspended

 

SYDNEY - 3 Cape Breton Regional Police officers have been suspended, but the police force isn't saying why.  Greg Livingston, Jerome Kelly and Roberta Kelly have been suspended with pay.  A source tells CTV News that the suspensions have to do with the ongoing criminal matters involving another regional police officer, Const. Wade Lavin.  Jerome Kelly, is the president of the NSGEU local representing Cape Breton Regional Police officers.  Greg Livingston a union vice-president.   (CTV) 

 

MORE:   RCMP investigation  

 

Spending out of control

 

EDMONTON - The Alberta government's nearly 300 agencies, boards and commissions have grown 'out of control,' the province's Finance Minister admits. With little public oversight, the agencies spend more than $22B a year, a combined budget larger than the amount the rest of the provincial government spends.  The 15 highest-paid civil servants in Alberta work for the arm's-length agencies, known collectively as the ABCs, and were not required to disclose their salaries publicly until new rules came into effect in June.   (Globe & Mail)

 

PREVIOUS:   Alberta Sunshine list

 

Shooting

 

OTTAWA - Emergency crews responded to reports of multiple shots fired behind behind a strip mall on Shillington Ave just after 6am but did not find anyone upon arrival. Minutes later, police were called to the nearby Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre where a man had been dropped off with gunshot wounds.  The 26-year-old man had to be transferred to the Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus because there is no emergency room at the Royal.  Police confirmed he later died.  (CBC) 

 

2 sudden deaths

 

WABASCA - Police were called to a home in Wabasca On Sept 23 and discovered 2 people dead at the residence. The RCMP are not releasing the identities at this time.  (CBC)  

 

MORE:   2 bodies found 

 

Identified

 

OTTAWA - Jacob Thompson, 40, was found suffering from a gunshot wound on the 2100 block of Elmira Drive at around 2am Saturday.   (CBC)

 

MORE:   Shooting   Homicide

 

Identified

 

Jonathan Patko

 

VANCOUVER - A man acquitted of murder in 2002 is dead after being gunned down on his doorstep in a targeted shooting early Saturday morning.  Maple Ridge RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in the 24300-block of 102 Ave just after 2am.  A 32-year-old man with gunshot wounds was rushed to hospital, but later died.  Neighbours identified him as Jonathen Patko.   (CTV)

 

PREVIOUS:   Targeted shooting   Shooting   IHIT investigating 

 

Identified

 

Kareem Deerr 

 

TORONTO - Officers were called to the Scarborough Centre Station at about 9:20pm Friday.   They found Kareem Deerr, 15, suffering from a stab wound.  The boy was rushed to a trauma centre, where he succumbed to his injuries.   (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing at station   Teen killed

 

Victim identified

 

Jason Leigh Zellmer

 

VANCOUVER - Jason Leigh Zellmer, 39, of Surrey was found dead in the 4000-block of Quarry Road early Friday morning.  IHIT says the death does not appear to be random.  (CTV)

 

MORE:   Suspicious death   Homicide 

 

Found dead

 

Richard Hong

 

LOS ANGELES - Police have identified a man found dead early Friday inside a Hollywood Hills home as Richard Hong.   Hong, 41, was apparently staying in the residence, which was rented to Canadian TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos.  The coroner's office described the cause of death as head trauma.   Police had received a call about 2:15am about a burglary in progress in the 6700-block of Milner Road.  (LA Times)

 

MORE:   Canadian found dead    Man found dead 

 

Charged

 

Daniel Lalonde

 

ALFRED - OPP officers were called to Concession Road 5 at about 2:15pm Thursday, where a gunshot was heard.  When officers arrived they discovered the body of Jacqueline Rouleau, 41.  Daniel Lalonde, 61 was arrested Thursday night.  Court records show that Rouleau was expected to appear in court on drug-related charges from Feb and Aug of 2016.  (CBC)    

 

MORE:   Victim ID'd

PREVIOUS:   Arrest

 

Charged

 

LEAMINGTON - Jon-Paul Fuller, The president of Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers was forced out of his position this week, after police charged him in connection with a large marijuana grow-operation.  Police said they found more than 2,900 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $2.9M, along with 41 kilograms of harvested marijuana worth about $180K, after OPP raided greenhouses in Leamington, ON.  (CTV)

 

Developers reap tax breaks

 

TORONTO - Developer Ivanhoe Cambridge is getting a handout from Toronto's cash-strapped municipal government in the form of property-tax breaks worth $142M spread over 10 years after the project is finished.  Some of the biggest developers operating in the city had been approved for $290M in potential tax breaks on 28 projects. And the multimillion-dollar handouts keep coming, even as city departments struggle to slash spending to balance next year's budget and the city considers selling off some assets.  (Globe & Mail) 

 

Pass for Crown attorneys

 

TORONTO - The government's secretive discipline system for Crown attorneys is again being called into question following recent criticism from the Court of Appeal of 2 Crown attorneys' courtroom conduct.  In one case, Brampton Crown attorney David D'Iorio introduced hearsay evidence and improperly cross-examined the accused, which ultimately led to Ontario's top court ordering a new trial.  In the other matter, Toronto Crown attorney Sunita Malik was found to have made as many as 5 errors in her closing address to the jury at a murder trial.  (Toronto Star)

 

2 boys charged

 

YORKTON - Police were called to Wellington Park Road in Yorkton on Sept 13. An unresponsive man was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  The victim has been identified as Lawrence Skoretz, 67, of Yorkton. Police arrested 2 boys from Yorkton in relation to the death. The boys have now been charged with first-degree murder, and robbery.  (CTV)  

 

MORE:   Youths charged   2 youths arrested 

 

Victims identified  

 

CALGARY - Police have identified a mother and her common-law partner who were fatally shot in a car as Cuc Lung, 34, and Quang Chi Tran, 38.   Police were called to 22 Redstone Manor NE about 8pm on Tuesday.  (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   2 shot   2 dead in shooting

 

Police force review

 

THUNDER BAY - Police in Thunder Bay, ON, are under review by the province's civilian police oversight body (OIPRD) for the way they treat the deaths of Indigenous people.  (CBC) 

 

Staff misconduct

 

DORCHESTER - Correctional Service Canada has fired one staff member and disciplined 3 others after an inmate was beaten and repeatedly pepper-sprayed at a NB prison before his death.  The top correctional official in Atlantic Canada admits there was 'staff misconduct' and 'excessive force' in the case of Matthew Hines, who died in hospital on May 27, 2015 - less than two hours after his struggle with guards at Dorchester Penitentiary began.   (CBC)  

 

MORE:   RCMP reopens investigation 

 

No charges

 

TORONTO - SIU says there will be no charges after a man was shot 3 times and struck with a stun gun in Toronto in Dec 2015.  The SIU says police were acting in self-defence in the incident, which sent him to hospital where he underwent surgery and survived.  (Global) 

 

Historical sexual assaults

 

KINGSTON, NS - Jeffrey Roy Casey, 28, is facing a slew of charges as the RCMP investigate what they are calling 'multiple historical sexual assaults' reported at an unlicensed residential daycare in Kingston, N.S.   (CTV) 

 

Cleared of wrongdoing

 

MONTREAL - The head of internal investigations at the Montreal police force has been cleared of wrongdoing following an investigation by the SQ.  Inspector Carlos Labos was accused of lying to a judge while investigating another officer, namely Roger Lariviere.  The charges against Lariviere were dropped.  In essence, a police officer who was investigated and cleared filed a complaint against another officer, who was also investigated and cleared.  In what appears so far to be a coincidence, last week a restaurant owned by Labos' brother was attacked by arsonists.  (CTV)

 

Homicide

 

VAUGHAN - York Regional Police are investigating after a young man was fatally shot in Vaughan Wednesday night.  The incident happened on Andrea Lane, Woodbridge shortly before 10pm.  Police said that Silverio Feola, 23, of Woodbridge was declared dead at the scene.  3 black males were seen fleeing the scene in a vehicle, police said.   (CTV)  

 

MORE:   3 suspects 

 

Charged

 

         

Regula Schule       Jonathan Henoche

 

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY - A Labrador man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Regula Schule, 88.  Schule, who was a celebrated volunteer in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, died after she was found unresponsive in her home during a fire on July 24.  Jonathan Henoche, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Schule's death.  (CBC) 

 

Judge dismisses charges

 

Salvatore Cazzetta

 

LONGUEUIL - The Hells Angels scored another judicial victory Wednesday as a Superior Court judge tossed out a slew of charges against high-ranking club member Salvatore Cazzetta.  Cazzetta was facing five counts of gangsterism and conspiracy to commit fraud among other alleged crimes stemming from a 2009 arrest. However, Judge James Brunton had to dismiss the charges because of a series of delays in Cazzetta's trial.  (PostMedia) 

 

Paper terrorism

 

EDMONTON - For the first time in Canada, a man claiming to be a Freeman on the Land has been charged with what police call 'paper terrorism.'  Allen Boisjoli, 45, has been charged with intimidation of a peace officer.  Police allege that Boisjoli used the courts to conduct a 3-month harassment campaign against the peace officer.   (CBC)

 

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3 arrested

 

VANCOUVER - 3 men have been arrested in relation to a grisly double murder at a Dieppe Place home and the abduction of a third person Saturday. The homicide victims were identified as Samantha Le, 29, and Xuan Vanvy Bacao, 24.  Police announced the arrests at a news conference Tuesday, a day after a dramatic takedown on East 8th Ave near Blair Ave in New Westminster that ended with the rescue of the kidnap victim and the arrest of 3 men, all in their 20s.  The investigation remains ongoing and police are still hunting for other suspects.   (PostMedia) 

 

MORE:   Suspects in custody    Charges laid  

PREVIOUS:   2 found dead   2 bodies discovered  

 

SIU called in

 

J Randall Barrs

 

TORONTO - A Toronto criminal lawyer was shot in the leg by (Grayson Delong, 51) in the driveway of his Annex office Tuesday afternoon. Sources in the legal community confirmed he was Randall Barrs, 66.  His assailant, seated in a silver Honda Civic, was then himself shot by a Halton Regional Police plainclothes officer doing surveillance in the area, according to SIU.  It's not clear why the surveillance was being done.   (Toronto Star)

 

MORE:   Gunman shoots defense lawyer, gets shot by police    Criminal lawyer among 2 injured   Contract hit?  

 

Cop pleads guilty

 

TORONTO - Tash Baiati, a Toronto officer since 2009, is guilty of insubordination in connection a Sept. 16, 2015 incident, in which he opened fire into the hood of a stolen silver sedan near Parliament St. and Mill St.  Firing a gun at a car solely to disable it is contrary to TPS firearms procedure.  (Toronto star)

  

Man shot by police

  

RAWDON - A 56-year-old man was killed by police Monday afternoon in Rawdon.  Police say the man barricaded himself inside his home and was wielding an axe at officers.  The SQ was called to the home on Ponderosa St., just before 2:30pm for a person in crisis.  2 officers were faced with the axe-wielding man, and they shot him twice in the chest.  The man died from the gunshot wounds.   (CTV)

  

MORE:   Police shooting 

  

Charged 

  

TERREBONNE - A Ste Julienne man has been charged with hit and run causing the death of Catherine Lapointe.   Patrice Tanguay was arrested at his home last Friday.  He is accused of running down Lapointe at 12:30am, then fleeing the scene.  Witnesses saw the collision, and saw the car allegedly driven by Tanguay run into a pole that knocked off the car's bumper and license plate.   (CTV)

  

2nd man charged

  

CONKLIN - Police arrested Codie Deranger, 23, of Edmonton and charged him with second-degree murder in connection to the Aug 11, 2015, death of Tyler David McDermid, 20.  Trevor Powder, 21, of Conklin was arrested on July 16, 2016 and charged him with first-degree murder.  (Sun Media)

  

MORE:   Man charged    Another man charged

PREVIOUS:   Arrest   Arrest    

  

Guilty pleas

  

        

Goforth         Bear                     Eichler

  

REGINA - Clayton Eichler, the Regina man about to go on trial for first-degree murder in the deaths of 2 Indigenous women, on Monday instead pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on both counts.  The 35-year-old has accepted responsibility for killing Kelly Goforth, 21, and Richele Bear, 23.   (CBC)

  

MORE:   Guilty pleas   Murder of 2 women

PREVIOUS:   Charges laid   2nd murder charge   Charged   Man charged   Homicide 

  

16 years

  

TORONTO - More than two decades after Melonie Biddersingh, 17, was abused, murdered and abandoned in a parking lot, her killers are both serving life sentences.  Her stepmother, Elaine Biddersingh, convicted of second-degree murder by a jury, will not be eligible for parole for 16 years.  Her father, Everton Biddersingh, convicted at a separate trial of first-degree murder, was automatically sentenced in January to a parole ineligibility period of 25 years.   (Toronto Star)  

  

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Family sues family

  

NEWMARKET - Convicted drunk driver Marco Muzzo and his family's drywall business are being sued by the relatives of the 3 children and grandfather he killed in a Sept 2015 car crash.  Daniel, 9, Harrison, 5 and Milly Neville-Lake, 2, along with their 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville, died when an impaired Muzzo, then 29, drove through a stop sign in Vaughan and struck the family's minivan.  The case attracted national attention because of the number of victims in the same family and the Muzzo family's wealth, estimated to be $1.8B. (Toronto Star)

  

PREVIOUS:   Drunk driver Marco Muzzo

 

Body found

 

Deanna Desjarlais 

 

VANCOUVER - The body of Deanna Desjarlais who went missing nearly 5 months ago, was found this week in a wooded are in Surrey, BC.    Desjarlais, 27, was originally from Saskatoon. She had travelled to Vernon, BC, in late April, and that's the last time her family heard from her.  (CBC)

 

PREVIOUS:   Missing woman 

 

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