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Country without salary secrets


NORWAY - In Norway anyone can find out how much anyone else is paid - and it rarely causes problems.  A list of everyone's income, assets and the tax they had paid, could be found online.  "We [need to] have trust and confidence in both the tax system and in the social security system."  People now have to log in using their national ID number in order to access the data on the tax authority's website, and for the last 3 years it has been impossible to search anonymously.   (BBC)


PREVIOUS:   2015 Norway world's most prosperous country


Policemen killed


HELMAND - A US air strike has killed 16 Afghan policemen in the southern province of Helmand.  The attack happened as Afghan security forces were clearing Taliban militants from a village in the Gereshk district.  NATO has acknowledged the incident, without detailing how many Afghans died, and promised an investigation.  (BBC)


RELATED:   Son of Taliban leader carries out suicide attack 


New government


VICTORIA - On Friday, the NDP government spokeswoman Stephanie Sherlock said 133 people have been fired from service as part of the transition from a BC Liberal government. The total cost of severance has been $11.3M.   (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Hikes welfare, disability rates

COMMENT:   Shredders, locksmiths

PREVIOUS:   Work permit   Taseko Mines   Party Funding


Wildfire updates


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WILLIAMS LAKE - The Cariboo Regional District said 41 homes have been destroyed and more than 35,000 residents on about 13,000 parcels of land are under either evacuation orders or alerts. The number of homes destroyed in the Interior could still grow as there are still several areas officials haven't been able to access because of fire activity. The BC Wildfire Service said 140 fires were burning across the province Wednesday morning, including 15 that threatened communities. (CP)


MORE:   No end in sight   Who started the fire?

PREVIOUS:   Drone footage of Cache Creek   Returning home after a wildfire   What to do if evacuated from your home   BC wildfires live   Drive BC


Firm expelled


OTTAWA - Hytera Communications - whose principal shareholder is billionaire chairman Chen Qingzhou - has had long-standing close ties to the ministry that oversees China's police and security agencies. It has won numerous contracts to supply mobile and digital radio systems to Chinese police departments and local governments.  But last month, just days before it closed a deal to buy Vancouver-based Norsat,International, Hytera was suddenly expelled from a mobile-technology trade association run by the ministry for its involvement in disputed bidding on a police contract.  The Trudeau government approved the Norsat sale to Hytera in early June without conducting a full-scale national security review.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption China 


2 missing teens in Canada


First Global


WASHINGTON - US authorities say 2 of 6 Burundi teens who were reported missing after an international robotics competition in Washington have been seen crossing the border into Canada.  (Huffington Post)


MORE:   Missing Burundi teens 


Migrants in shipping container


MONTREAL - 4 men have been taken to hospital after they were discovered in a shipping container Thursday morning in the Port of Montreal.  The men, between 30 and 40 years old, were found in the Cast Terminal of the Port of Montreal and taken to Hospital.  The men were apparently in the container for 3 weeks and were suffering from dehydration and heat stroke.  (CTV) 


Canadian banned


Justin Bieber


BEIJING - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been barred from performing in China due to what officials call past instances of 'bad behaviour.'  The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said that 'in order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.'  (CP)


RELATED:   2 held for smoking marijuana   Cavalia   US to ban travel to North Korea


Escalating protests


JERUSALEM - 3 Palestinians have been killed in Jerusalem.  2 died in separate incidents in Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem after tense Friday prayers during which thousands of Palestinians prayed in the streets around the Old City after refusing to enter the compound which houses the al-Aqsa mosque after metal detectors were installed by Israeli police.  A third died later in Ramallah.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Clashes    Protest against metal detectors turns deadly 


General strike


CARACAS -  Millions of Venezuelans have joined a general strike called by the opposition as pressure mounts on President Nicolas Maduro to cancel elections for a new constituent assembly.  Clashes between police and protesters killed at least 3 people. More than 300 others were reportedly arrested.  Protesters barricaded roads in the capital, Caracas, and other cities with rubbish and furniture.  But in pro-government areas of the capital, life went on as usual, with shops open and streets busy. Public employees also appeared to have worked normally.  (BBC)  


MORE:   4 killed during general strike    

PREVIOUS:   Referendum   Constitutional Assembly election 2017  


Narcos take their war to beach resorts


CANCUN - The narco-traffickers already hold sway over swaths of Mexico, either co-opting state officials or openly defying them. Now they're encroaching on the country's spring-break meccas like never before.  The bubble that's protected international beachgoers is threatening to burst.  (Bloomberg) 




OJ Simpson


LOVELOCK - OJ Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than 8 years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing.  Simpson, 70, could be released as early as Oct 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his 9-to-33-year sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia he claimed had been stolen from him.  (AP) 


Turkey leaks military secrets


ANKARA - Turkey's state news agency (Anadolu Agency) on Tuesday published the locations of secret US military bases in Syria as well as details on the numbers of US and French troops stationed there.   (AFP)


RELATED:   Trump ends CIA program to arm Syrian rebels


Ontario electricity price


TORONTO - Electricity prices in Ontario have risen substantially over the last decade, placing a burden on many Ontarian households. Indeed, the province of Ontario has the fastest growing electricity prices in the country and its cities have some of the highest average residential monthly bills in Canada.  (Fraser Institute)


MORE:   Hydro in Toronto more than double the national average

RELATED:   Hydro One buys US utility for $4.4B   $6.7B acquisition may gouge ratepayers   Auto insurance rates rise again


Longer waits


TORONTO - Flying to the US may take a while longer as of today due to enhanced security measures affecting flights to the US.  An advisory that heightened security introduced by the US Dept. of Homeland Security beginning today requires enhanced screening of personal electronic devices such as tablets and laptops.   (CP)  


RELATED:   Useless   Illusion of security guards our airports 


Canadian women among captured


MOSUL - If 2 female IS fighters from Canada have been captured in the rubble of Mosul, as unconfirmed reports suggest, they would be part of a bizarre Canadian export to the terrorist organization.  Media reports suggest that Iraqi forces cleaning up the remnants of IS defences captured 20 or more female fighters - including women from Germany, Russia, Turkey and Canada - in a secret tunnel under the city.  Global Affairs Canada said Tuesday it was looking into the story but had not confirmed that any of this country's citizens had been detained. (PostMedia)


MORE:   Missing German girl captured   Reduced to rubble

PREVIOUS:   Battle of Mosul  


Settlement approved


TORONTO - An Ontario court judge has approved a class-action settlement awarding $18M in compensation to as many as 1,500 Canadians who got hooked on OxyContin after their doctors prescribed the drug.  Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to pay $20M, including $2M to the provincial and territorial governments, to settle the long-standing class-action suit.  (Globe & Mail) 


PREVIOUS:  War on Legal Drugs: Opioids 


Charity status revoked


OTTAWA - Federal regulators have revoked the charity status of a Canadian Islamic organization after an audit uncovered problems including tax receipts that were issued for donations to a Pakistani group linked to armed militancy.  ISNA Islamic Services of Canada was stripped of its charitable status.  Authorities also revoked a related charity, the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation.  Both are former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada), and shared its Mississauga, ON address.  (Global)  


PREVIOUS:   Non-Profit Industry 


US NAFTA objectives


WASHINGTON - US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has released his negotiating objectives ahead of talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) next month.  (CBC)


REPORT:   Summary of objectives   .pdf 

MORE:   5 NAFTA key issues


Latest attempt


TORONTO - Canadians with secret overseas bank accounts could soon find themselves at risk of being exposed by a new international agreement designed to help catch tax cheats.  Under the Common Reporting Standard, dozens of countries will share information about bank accounts held by non-residents.  Canada has so far worked out information-sharing details with 42 countries.  One country refusing to participate, however, is the US, which already receives information about bank accounts held by US citizens through its FATCA.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Global meltdown - wealth 


More suicides


NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION - 2 young girls took their own lives in Pikangikum this weekend.  The 49 communities within the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) with the publicly known toll surpassing 20, there have already been more suicides in NAN territory than there were in any of the previous five years. More than half of the dead are between the ages of 10 and 15.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   More suicides    Suicide   


Canadian found dead


Alexandre Cazes


BANGKOK - An administrator and suspected co-founder of AlphaBay, one of the world's largest dark web marketplaces that mysteriously went offline days ago, has been found dead in a Thai jail.  Alexandre Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian, was found in a cell at Bangkok's Narcotics Suppression Bureau only an hour before he was due to meet with public prosecutors over proceedings for his extradition to the US.  (SMH)


MORE:   Jail cell suicide    Found hanged   Lavish life  

RELATED:   2 dark web sites seized


Police shooting


Justice Damond


MINNEAPOLIS - Justine Damond, 40, called police after hearing a sound in an alley near the home she shared with her fiance late Saturday night. But shortly after 2 officers arrived in her upscale Minneapolis neighborhood to investigate, the call turned deadly when one of the officers shot Damond.  (Washington Post)  


MORE:   Single shot    Police cameras were turned off   Officers identified   Chaos




CHILLIWACK - One man is dead after a shooting Friday morning at a Kal Tire shop in Chilliwack just before 9am Friday.  There, they found a man with life-threatening injuries. He was taken to hospital, but has since died.  (Chilliwack Progress)


MORE:   Targeted   Shooting   Parking lot shooting 


Suspicious death


EDMONTON - Officers responded to the complaint at a residence in the area of 101 Ave and 153 St at approximately 5:20am Friday.  Upon arrival, police found a dead man inside the residence.   (CTV)


MORE:   Man found dead 




Zaineddin Al Aalak


CALGARY - The remains found Monday at a construction site near D'Arcy Ranch, have been identified as Mohamed Jasmin Al Aalak, 53.  Police charged his son, Zaineddin Al Aalak, 21, with second-degree murder and committing and indignity to a body on Wednesday.  (CBC)


MORE:   Victim identified

PREVIOUS:    Man charged    Neighbors shocked  


2 charged


VANCOUVER - Joseph Billy Bustinski, 62, died in hospital after the Jan. 27 shooting at the Savoy Pub and Hotel.  On July 13, Marnie Marie Scow, 29, turned herself in to police and was charged with manslaughter.  On July 21, Stephen Farmer, 31, was charged with second-degree murder.   (CBC)


MORE:   2 arrested   Arrests made

PREVIOUS:   Lower Mainland murders 2017 


Guilty plea



Adam Excell              Mitchell Irwin


TORONTO - Mitchell Irwin, 21, plead guilty to dangerous driving causing death for killing Adam Excell, 26, as he was biking on the night of June 13, 2015.   (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Mom's pain palpable

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Driver surrendered to police     Cyclist killed   Hit-and-run victim   Mourned in Halifax   


Charges stayed


BRANTFORD - After seeing the surveillance videos of Philip Alafe’s holding cell, which were made court exhibits and documented the 'cruel and unusual treatment,' Ontario Court Justice Ken Lenz found Alafe's rights under sections 7 and 12 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms had been violated. The judge stayed the charges Alafe faced.  (Toronto Star) 


Charged with fraud


CALGARY - Stelianos Psaroudakis, 37, a man who claimed his neck was sliced by barbed wire on a popular mountain biking trail west of the city and then asked for financial donations online has turned himself in after RCMP issued an arrest warrant.   (CBC)


RELATED:   Security guard charged after claiming he was robbed    Toronto helps 'doofy son' find his parked car 


Anniversary party


CALGARY - A massive tent, scores of porta-potties and a convoy of party supply trucks have been spotted near Calgary’s eastern limits - preparations for the 500 bikers expected to roar into the city this weekend to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club’s Calgary chapter as well as the Angels’ annual national rally.   (CTV)


Stolen truck hit-and-run


REGINA - Police were called to the 1800-block of Winnipeg St around 8:00am on Tuesday after a report that a man had been hit by a truck. The truck fled the scene before police arrived.  Investigators confirmed that the victim had been operating the truck and it was stolen before the fatal collision.  Thomas Richard Nahbexie, 18, was arrested.   (CTV) 


Child porn


REGINA - The ICE Unit was able to obtain child pornography from a suspect between March 11 and March 14, 2017, which led to a search warrant being issued.  Several computers and digital devices were seized when the warrant was executed on the 1100-block of Blackwood St N in Regina.  Salim Alasadi, 49, has been charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making child porn available.   (CTV)


RELATED:   2 Winnipeg men charged 


SIU charges civilian


TORONTO - The SIU has charged a second man after a black man was beat with a metal pipe in Whitby in Dec 2016.  The SIU revealed that they had laid additional charges against Const. Michael Theriault and also charged a civilian, Christian Theriault, who they say assisted in the assault.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   2nd man charged  


Charged with extortion


Keith Hobbs


THUNDER BAY - Mayor Keith Hobbs, 65, and his wife, Marisa Hobbs, 53, have each been charged with extortion and obstructing justice.  Mary Voss, 46, has also been charged with extortion.  In May OPP charged Thunder Bay police Chief J.P. Levesque with breach of trust and obstructing justice.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Mayor charged   Hobbs charged   OPP charge mayor   Timeline   Cloud darkens


City replaces stairs


TORONTO - Mayor Tory says the city will build new steps down a heavily-used embankment at an Etobicoke park after a resident got frustrated with staff's insistence that the job would cost up to $150,000 and decided to tackle it himself.  On Friday morning, city crews were at Etobicoke's Tom Riley Park to remove an 8-step wooden staircase that retired mechanic Adi Astl built for $550 back on June 22 with the help of a homeless person.  (CP24)  


MORE:   City takes down park staircase    Toronto rebukes man 


Suspicious death


Marissa Shen


VANCOUVER - Police in Burnaby, BC, are warning parents and asking the public to be vigilant after the body of 13-year-old Marissa Shen was found early Wednesday in the brush of a popular park.  Shen was last heard from over the phone at 5pm Tuesday.  Shen's body was found in the SE corner of Burnaby's Central Park about 1:10am Wednesday.  The IHIT is describing the teenager's death as suspicious.  (CBC)


MORE:   Safety fears   Homicide   Video shows victim  


Another over-reach by the IIO


NANAIMO - The Criminal Justice Branch says charges of Dangerous Driving causing bodily harm had been approved against a Nanaimo Mountie, Cst. David Buchanan.  The CJB believe that he was in a pursuit involving a scooter.  The scooter was not only unlicensed and uninsured but also stolen and Scooter Boy Bryce McKay has a history with police.  (Crime & Punishment) 


MORE:   Charge approved against Nanaimo RCMP   .pdf

PREVIOUS:   BC Police 


Suspect sought


TORONTO - Police have released a photo of a suspect who police allege sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy at Ossington Station on Wednesday.  According to police, at around 8 p.m. on July 19, a woman and her son were heading up an escalator at the subway station when a man approached the boy from behind and allegedly sexually assaulted him.  (CP24)


Victims identified


MONTREAL - Police have made public the names of the 2 young men found shot to death at the entrance of Centre plein air Brossard early Monday in a bid to track down their killer.  The victims were identified as Kevin Paul, 23, and Mohamed Odeh, 21. (Montreal Gazette)


MORE:   Victims on police radar   Police identify victims   2 bodies found  


Son charged 


Jacob Roncto


GUELPH - On Tuesday, shortly after midnight, police responded to a call at a home on Hasler Crescent and found the body of a woman inside.  Mirella Roncato, 54, is dead and Jacob Roncato, 26, is facing a charge of first-degree murder.  Family members said the accused is the son of the victim and suggested that his struggles with mental illness may have played a role in this death.  (Metroland Media) 


MORE:   Son arrested




WINNIPEG - A man found dead in the lobby of the Manwin Hotel on Main St around 10:30pm Sunday has been identified as John Blaine Flett, 50.  He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police labelled the death as a homicide.  (CBC)


 MORE:   Homicide   Police ID victim 




VANCOUVER - Leonard Landrick, 73, was taken into custody July 17, and charged with 2 counts of second-degree murder.  Landrick was charged in connection with the deaths of Sandra McInnes, 57, and Neil Croker, 51.  McInnes and Croker were found dead at an apartment at 1835 Morton Ave on July 9.  The 3 parties were residents in the same building.  (Straight)


MORE:   Charged   Senior citizen charged

PREVIOUS:   Double homicide victims identified   Police release names of victims 


Bomb explosion


WINNIPEG - The bomb exploded in the cab of a truck, injuring 3 males - ages 17, 22 and 27 - and a 20-year-old woman, at about 11:15pm Saturday.  Someone brought a bag containing the explosive device to a local 7-Eleven convenience store and left the bag on the hood of a vehicle in the parking lot, likely unaware of what was inside. The bag did not belong to the person carrying it.  Police believe the bomb's eventual victims then picked up the bag and stowed it in their truck.  (Winnipeg Free Press)  


MORE:   Bomb exploded in truck     Bomb explosion    Homemade bomb




SYDNEY MINES - Kimberly Ann O'Dea, 36, is facing several charges, including second-degree murder.  Police allege O'Dea hit and killed Dana Jessome, 28, with a vehicle on Oxford Drive in Sydney Mines early Friday morning.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Her former partner

PREVIOUS:   Driver charged 




MONTREAL - One man is dead following a street fight police say degenerated in the early morning hours Sunday.  The 29-year-old man was found sprawled on the street with a gunshot wound when police arrived at around 1:15am outside Le Madison reception hall.  Gun shots were heard, but the suspect fled.   (CBC)


MORE:   Man shot during fight 


Body linked


Hanock Afowerk


CALGARY - The discovery of a body on Wednesday morning is likely linked to 3 bodies found in a burning car on Monday.  Police earlier said they were looking for Hanock Afowerk, 26, who was the registered owner of the vehicle.  On Wednesday, after the discovery of the body, police said they are no longer searching for Afowerk, but didn't elaborate.  (CBC)


MORE:   Link between body and burnt car   Body connected   Autopsy expected




Fox                  Pfeiffer          Ear  


CALGARY - 2 of the victims discovered in a burned vehicle in Sage Hill Monday have been identified.  Following autopsies, Calgary police say they have been identified as Glynnis Fox, 36, and Cody Pfeiffer, 25.  Police have tentatively identified the third victim, a woman believed to be in her 30s. Though no official ID has been made, friends and family say the woman is Tiffany Ear.  Police said the deaths have been confirmed as homicide.  (Sun Media)


MORE:   Victims identified   Wrong place at the wrong time   Sisters leave behind 16 kids   Person of interest sought    




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