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Airstrike atrocity




MOSUL - Iraqi military leaders have ordered a pause in their push to recapture west Mosul from IS as international outrage mounted over a series of airstrikes that killed at least 150 people in one district of the embattled city alone.  Civil defence workers say they have pulled more than 140 bodies from the ruins of 2 buildings and believe that dozens more remain under the rubble of another, a large home with a once cavernous basement in which up to 100 people had hidden last Friday morning.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Coalition investigating   UN voices concern   Battle of Mosul 


Iman calls for Jews to be killed




MONTREAL - A Montreal mosque is facing a police complaint and rebukes from the larger Muslim community after a video of an imam delivering a sermon in which he asks for Jews to be killed surfaced online.  The sermon took place at the Dar Al-Arqam Mosque on Dec 23, 2016.  The imam in the video is Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr - he was reportedly an invited guest of the mosque.  (CBC)


MORE:   Another Imam accused

PREVIOUS:   M-103 passed   Canadians should oppose M-103    M-103 has passed    Squalid exercise in democracy  M-103 


Group arrested




AUSCHWITZ - A group of naked demonstrators have been arrested after cops found them chained to a gate on the site of former Nazi death camp Auschwitz - after allegedly killing a sheep.   (Mirror UK)


Power of secrecy


TORONTO - Toronto Hydro Corp is spending public money on consultants, including Bay Street lawyers, to help it keep a secret - how much public money it has spent on consultants.   (Toronto Star) 


Child porn charge


HALIFAX - A 14-year-old Nova Scotia boy has been charged with sharing child pornography on Facebook.  RCMP officers arrested the young teen at home in Kingston, N.S., on Thursday after Facebook informed them that the image had been shared.   (CTV) 





Jeremy Mardis       Stafford     Greenhouse


MARKSVILLE - A jury convicted Derrick Stafford, 33, a former Marksville deputy marshal of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.  Stafford had been charged in the shooting, which came after Christopher Few, 26, led deputies on a two-mile chase through the town just after 9pm on Nov. 3, 2015. Stafford and another officer, Norris Greenhouse Jr, fired a total of 18 rounds killing Jeremy Mardis, Few's 6-year-old son, who sat buckled in the front seat.  (Baton Rouge Advocate) 


MORE:   Shooting of Jeremy Mardis    Stafford convicted 


Journalists killed


MEXICO CITY - The murder of a Chihuahua-based correspondent marks the 3rd killing of a journalist in Mexico this month, a wave of targeted violence for which organized crime may be responsible that also reflects more general trends of rising insecurity.  (Insight Crime) 


Wrongly denied bail


OTTAWA - Dennis Oland was wrongly denied bail pending an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction, the Supreme Court of Canada says in a judgment that clarifies the grounds for granting release to people who challenge a finding of guilt.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:  2017 SCC 17 


No fault insurance can't be breached


OTTAWA - 2 people who wanted to sue medical personnel and police officers who they say aggravated their injuries after car accidents have been turned away by the Supreme Court of Canada.  (PostMedia)


JUDGMENT:   2017 SCC 18 


Complaint filed


KAMLOOPS - A UBC law professor has filed a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council about a BC Supreme Court judge's remarks earlier this week at the start of a Kamloops sexual-abuse trial.  Benjamin Perrin's complaint alleging Justice Peter Leask's stated 'trifling personal preference' to sleep in his own Lower Mainland bed rather than preside over the two-week hearing undermines the public's confidence in the justice system.  For reasons unrelated to the remarks, the charges against the stepfather were stayed by the Crown on Tuesday.   (Kamloops This Week)


PREVIOUS:   Judicial Council completes its review of 2007 complaints against Justice Leask   Judging the Judge, again




BEIJING - A fearsome organ of internal discipline, shuanggui has roots in both imperial Chinese practices and Soviet institutions of party control. Local lawyers call it a form of 'family rule' for Communist members. Critics liken it to mob justice, a system with little oversight, prone to abuse, even as it has taken on a central role in a sweeping anti-graft effort that has been a hallmark of Xi Jinping's presidency. Nearly 1.2M people have been punished in the past 4 years, some 410,000 in the last year alone.  (Globe & Mail)  




Denis Voronenkov


KIEV - Pavel Parshov sneaks up behind Denis Voronenkov and his bodyguard as they walked through the centre of Kiev.  He pulls out a handgun and shoots the exiled politician and wounds the bodyguard.   The bodyguard lying injured on the ground manages to pull out his own gun and fire several times at Parshov, who later died of his injuries in hospital.   (Daily Mail)


MORE:   Exiled Russian politician shot   Ex-MP shot   Critics of Putin who died violently

PREVIOUS:   Lawyer injured    Details murky   Sergei Magnitsky  


Domestic shooting spree


Jason Weiland


ROTHSCHILD - The suspect arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of 4 people on Wednesday is Nengmy Vang, 45.  The husband had targeted his 41-year-old wife in the shootings, but she escaped unharmed.  The 4 victims are Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland, 40, attorney Sara H Quirt Sann, 43, and Marathon Savings Bank employees Dianne M Look, 67, and Karen L Barclay, 62.  (Wausau Daily Herald)  


MORE:   Fast facts




Salvador Vasquez-Oliva


SACRAMENTO - Salvador Vasquez-Oliva, 56, was arrested after a woman, her 2 children, and a niece, were found dead in a house on the 1100-block of 35 Ave of Sacramento, California, on Thursday morning.  Hours later, a Vasquez-Oliva - believed to be the woman's husband, and the father of the two children - was found nearly 100 miles away in San Francisco.  (Daily Mail)


Cop runs over shooter


TULSA - A woman killed after she was hit by a Tulsa police car can be heard firing off several rounds and pointing her gun at officers moments before she was fatally struck.  Madison Sueann Dickson was the suspect in a series of gun-related crimes, including 2 shootings in Oklahoma. Police earlier this month spotted Dickson riding in a vehicle in South Tulsa when they began to exchange gunfire.  Newly released dashcam video sees the fatal exchange between the 21-year-old suspect and law enforcement.  (NY Daily News) 


Arrested in Turkey


Wassim Boughadou


MONTREAL - One of the young Quebecers who left the province to fight in Syria has been arrested in Turkey on terrorism-related charges.  Wassim Boughadou, a 25-year-old Montreal man of Algerian ancestry, was taken into custody after boarding an airplane in Adana, Turkey, near the Syrian border on March 10.  (CBC)


MORE:   Quebec man arrested in Turkey 


Pipeline approved


WASHINGTON - Canada's hotly debated, long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline received its elusive US presidential permit from Donald Trump on Friday, 8 years and 6 months after it first applied to cross the American border.   (AP)


PREVIOUS:   Corporate scandals 


Latest CIA release


WikiLeaks released new CIA documents, showing it developed malware to infect 'factory fresh' iPhones, while the anti-secrecy organization claimed it has been bugging them since 2008.  (Epoch Times)


REPORT:  Vault 7: Dark matter

PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance


Protect yourself


A police officer in Charlottetown is urging people to read The Little Black Book of Scams, a tool for consumers and businesses published by the federal Competition Bureau.   (CBC)


REPORT:   Little Black Book of Scams   .pdf 


Terror attack


Frade          Cochran      Palmer  


Khalid Masood


LONDON - A massive police operation is under way after a terror attack in Westminster yesterday in which 4 people died.  An attacker killed 2 pedestrians (Aysha Frade and Kurt Cochran) and injured around 40 other people as he mowed down members of the public with a car on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the railings in front of Parliament.  Bursting through the gate to the Palace of Westminster, he stabbed unarmed Pc Keith Palmer, 48, before being shot dead by armed officers.  (Telegraph UK)  


MORE:   Westminster attack   British born attacker   Heros   Leslie Rhodes, 75, died in hospital    2 still being held    From school boy to attacker   


Federal budget highlights


OTTAWA - The budget still doesn't include any plans to balance the books. The deficit projection for 2016-17 is $23B, rising to $28.5B by 2017-18 and down to $18.8B by 2021-22. But the budget shows the bottom line is sensitive to economic-growth projections.  (Globe & Mail)


REPORT:   Federal budget 2017

MORE:   2nd Federal budget highlights   Cash crunch   Things you might have missed  


Questions about surveillance tactics


MONTREAL - Crown lawyers have mysteriously walked away from charges against 35 alleged associates of the Montreal Mafia. The development is a new setback for a once-promising prosecution, but allows federal authorities to sidestep questions about police surveillance gear.   (Globe & Mail) 


MORE:   Crown won't prosecute

MORE:   Abandonment of charges   Stayed charges raise questions   Charges to be stayed 


If you have it they can take it


OTTAWA - A Vice Media reporter must give the RCMP the background materials he used for stories on an accused terrorist, Ontario's top court affirmed Wednesday.  In a case that pitted freedom of the press against the ability of police and prosecutors to do their work, the Ontario Court of Appeal said it found no errors in an earlier ruling that went against the Canadian media outlet.  (CP)


Blizzard blame


MONTREAL - Almost 7 days after the last snowflake of a huge winter storm, Montrealers are still sorting out what caused a 300-car, 12-hour traffic jam on a freeway, has a truck driver facing mischief charges, put 3 civil servants and 2 provincial ministers in the hot seat and has even rattled the ivory towers of McGill University.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Premier lashes out at Maclean's    Social malaise author quits McGill   McGill under fire

COMMENT:   Nothing unites like criticism   Political pressure?

PREVIOUS:   Social malaise 


Access postponed


Cardboard Trudeau


OTTAWA - The Liberal government is delaying promised Access to Information reforms that would bring ministerial offices under the openness law, saying it needs more time to get right what it describes as a complex initiative.  News of the postponement comes as experts and proponents gather in Ottawa for the 'Transparency for the 21st century' conference hosted by the office of the information commissioner.  (CP)


RELATED:   Global affairs nixes cardboard cut outs of Trudeau 


US bans electronic devices


WASHINGTON - The US government, citing unspecified threats, is barring passengers on non-stop, US-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets, electronic games and other devices on board in carry-on bags.  (AP)


MORE:   Homeland fact sheet    UK to follow US on ban    Canada mulls ban   Compact battery bomb   Explosives in laptop batteries  





VANCOUVER - The victim of the fatal shooting Friday afternoon on Chase Street is Jaskarn Lally, 20, an associate of 2 Abbotsford men previously gunned down in gang-related killings.  The shooting took place at about 4:30pm at a home in the 3500-block of Chase St, Abbotsford.  Lally was previously named in civil court documents that detailed the fatal shooting of Harwin Baringh, 18, in Oct 2014 on Sparrow Drive.  The documents stated that Baringh was a member of the 'Chahil crime group' at the time.  Navdeep Sidhu, 24, also faced a violent death more than 2 years after Baringh's killing.  (Abbotsford News)


MORE:  Shooting


Another arrest


Joshua Leclerc


WINNIPEG - Police have made an arrest in the homicide of Canon Franklin Beardy.  Beardy was killed Feb 6, 2017 in the 500-block of Magnus Ave.  A 16-year-old man has been arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.  On Feb 16, police arrested a 14-year-old male and charged him with Second Degree Murder.  Police are still looking for Joshua Leclerc, a 19-year-old wanted for Second Degree Murder.   (My Toba)


MORE:   Police searching for 3rd suspect

PREVIOUS:   Suspects   Wanted   Victim ID'd   Sudden death   Man dies   Police investigate  


2 inmates charged


STONY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTION - Staff at the federal prison found a nameless 50-year-old man in his cell suffering from serious injuries on Feb 20. He was transported to hospital in critical condition and died of his injuries on March 3.  Tristan Storm Fisher, 20, of Selkirk, and Carl Jessie Klyne, 23, of Swan River, have been charged with second-degree murder. Both men were inmates at Stony Mountain at the time of the assault.  (CBC)  


Officer cleared


PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE - An RCMP officer under investigation after a suspect was injured during an arrest in Portage la Prairie last year has been cleared of wrongdoing.  The suspect suffered a broken collar bone after the officer fell on top of him while making the arrest on Sept. 20, 2016.  (CTV) 


Facing charges


RED DEER - The investigation started in 2016, after the non-profit Christian Motorcycle Association reported irregularities in their finances and banking activity.  Police said the accused worked as an office administrator for the organization from Sept 2013 to June 2015. It's estimated more than $100,000 was stolen.  As a result of the investigation, Kenneth Van Someren, 53, is facing a number of charges.  (CTV)


Victim named


Damian Ballantne


PRINCE ALBERT - Damian Ballantyne, 34 died on Wednesday in a residence at 347 9 St E. Police arrived at the scene at 1:22am to assist paramedics but Ballantyne succumbed to his injuries on the scene.  Police investigators are looking for evidence to link 2 suspect to the crime.  The suspects are known to the victim.  (Prince Albert Daily Herald) 


MORE:   Victim mourned  


Missing upgraded


Dylan Koshman


EDMONTON - Police quietly transferred the Dylan Koshman file from their missing person unit to their homicide department several months ago.  Koshman was last seen on Thanksgiving weekend in Oct 2008.   (CBC) 


Police lay charges


Naomi Kidston


HALIFAX - Police have laid charges in connection with the homicide of Naomi Kidston.  The 26-year-old's body was found in an apartment on River Road on June 7, 2005.  Donald Murray Peters, 50, was arrested Wednesday in Saint John, NB.  (Global)


MORE:   Man charged    Police charge man   DNA helped in cold case   Arrest

PREVIOUS:   NS rewards case Kidston


16-year-old pleads guilty


Joseph Cameron


HALIFAX - A 16-year-old Dartmouth boy has accepted responsibility for his involvement in the fatal shooting of Joseph Cameron, 20, March 29, 2016.  The boy pleaded guilty in Halifax youth court to the lesser offence of second-degree murder.  A second young man from Dartmouth, now 18, will still stand trial in youth court at the end of June on a charge of first-degree murder.  (Local Xpress)


PREVIOUS:   2nd teen arrested   Teen arrested   Shooting       


Standoff ends in death


CHATEAUGUAY - A 40-hour police standoff in Chateauguay has ended with a 61-year-old man's death.  The incident began at 9am Wednesday, when a bailiff visited a single-family home on Rossini St. to serve papers and was confronted by the man.  At approximately 1:30am on Friday, SQ officers outside the home heard a gunshot.  After entering the house, the officers found the body of the 61-year-old man who had taken his life.  (CTV)


MORE:   Standoff ends in death


IIO takes VPD to court


VANCOUVER - IIO, BC's police watchdog is taking VPD Chief Adam Palmer and 7 of his officers to court over what it considers a lack of cooperation with an investigation into the fatal shooting by cops of a man outside a Canadian Tire store last year.   (Vancouver Sun)   


MORE:   IIO files against VPD

COMMENT:   Competence questioned  

PREVIOUS:   Battle on   IIO BC cases   BC Police 


No charges


GUELPH - The SIU has concluded that an OPP officer was not criminally responsible for the death of a young Arnprior athlete.  Grace Glofcheskie, 24, was struck and killed by a vehicle being pursued by police in Guelph Dec 13, 2015. Stolen SUV driver Curtis Henri, 21, ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 8 years and 10 months. (CTV)


RELATED:   Police cleared in death of man tasered in bathtub 


10 years


VANCOUVER - A Hells Angels associate who was convicted in a major cocaine conspiracy has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.  James Howard, 39, was one of 8 men arrested following a reverse sting operation conducted by undercover RCMP officers between Jan 2011 and Aug 2012.  (Vancouver Sun) 


Regulations remove last name


Lorne Grabher


HALIFAX - Lorne Grabher wants his licence plate back.  A Dartmouth man is furious that after 25 years the Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles has cancelled his personalized licence plate with his last name Grabher on it, following a single complaint.   (CBC) 


Using privacy incorrectly


FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's access to information and privacy commissioner is calling on the government to release more public information about child deaths.  Anne Bertrand says the government is incorrectly using privacy law to maintain a level of 'secrecy' around the child death review process.  She said transparency should trump privacy in cases of public interest, such as this one.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:  A person that dies shouldn't be anonymous   Police creating a troubling precedent   Nameless 2017   Nameless 2016


Shot man crashes vehicle


VAUGHAN - The victim was travelling in the eastbound lanes of Highway 7 just west of Jane St at around 1:30am when he crashed his vehicle into a pole.  The victim was unresponsive at the scene.  He has been identified as Laquan Lyew, 26.  More than a dozen shell casings were seen at the intersection of Highway 7 and Interchange Way on Thursday morning.  Police say they believe this is where the shooting took place. (CP24)


MORE:   Man shot 


Victim went to police



Daphne Boudreault      Anthony Pratte


MONTREAL - BEI is looking into how local police handled a complaint by Daphne Boudreault, 19, on Wednesday in Mont-Saint-Hilaire. The teenager was found injured in an apartment later that day with what police said were marks of violence on her body. She died from injuries in hospital later Wednesday.  A man (Anthony Pratte, 22) was detained as 'an important witness.'  A co-worker said Boudreault was scared and met with 4 officers early on Wednesday, who also spoke with her ex-boyfriend.  According to the co-worker, the officers told Boudreault there was nothing they could do under the circumstances.   (CBC)


MORE:   Victim alerted police   Victim told police she was in danger


Body found


LAVAL - Police have confirmed the identity of the man who was reportedly beaten, kidnapped and found lifeless by the side of Highway 13 in Laval Tuesday morning.  SQ says Kellen Seow, 34, was killed in what appears to be a drug-related homicide.   (Montreal Gazette)   


MORE:   Linked to drug trafficking 


SIU investigating


TORONTO - The SIU said around 3:15pm, 2 officers and a nurse - part of a police Mobile Crisis Intervention Team - responded to an apartment building on Sherbourne St.  The team went to a unit on the 30th floor, and at some point, a man fell from the balcony to the ground below.  The 31-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.  (680 News) 


Inquest continues


VANCOUVER - A transit police officer who fatally shot Naverone Woods, 23, inside a Surrey grocery store says the man was brandishing knives and lunged at her partner before she pulled the trigger.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Still no answer 


Bus disturbance


CALGARY - A passenger's bizarre behaviour created some frantic moments on a Greyhound bus heading to Calgary late Tuesday afternoon.  The driver of the bus pulled over to the side of the road just east of Chestermere and called police after a passenger put on a mask and began to pace in the aisle.  The man's behaviour took a disturbing turn when he began to take people's photos and scrawled notes on a pad.  Police say that no criminal action was made, so there won't be any charges.  (CTV) 


Child porn charge


David Belke


EDMONTON - A well-known member of Edmonton's theatre community who also worked as a substitute teacher has been charged with possession of child pornography.  David Belke, 56, was arrested Friday.   (Sun Media)


MORE:   Possession of child porn


SK budget day


REGINA - The government of SK is expanding and raising the provincial sales tax, along with a host of other measures, to bring in $900M more in tax revenue this year.  (CBC)


REPORT:   SK budget 2017-18

MORE:   PostMedia SK budget


Body of missing woman found


Cheryl McVarish


MISSISSAUGA - On Monday morning, officers were called to Westmount Ave and located the woman deceased outside a residence.  She has been identified as Cheryl McVarish, 43.  On Mar 13, McVarish was reported missing.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Body found    Death suspicious





Melvin Almendarez     Jordan Bacchus


TORONTO - Central American detectives believe a Toronto man wanted for the senseless slaying of a beloved athlete on a lonely road is hiding here.  Jordan Bacchus, 27, is wanted in Belize for the May 6, 2016 murder of Melvin Almendarez.  (Sun Media)


PREVIOUS:   Still no arrest 


Pleads guilty


SASKATOON - Russell Dennis Wolfe, 58, pleaded guilty Monday to 8 counts of sexual assault and 4 counts each of making child pornography and paying for sexual services from someone under 18.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Guilty plea to child porn 


Boy murdered



Nathan Dumas      Justin Kuijer


ST CATHARINES - It was around 10:15am Thursday when Whitney Dumas said she entered her home on Queenston St. She was met at the door by her ex-boyfriend Justin Kuijer, who had his bags packed and was ready to leave.  Dumas found her 7-year-old son Nathan Dumas, who is Kuijer's stepson, critically injured.  She called 911. Police responded to calls of a stabbing at the RBC at 211 Martindale Rd.  Shortly afterwards, police began a manhunt for Kuijer, 43, for attempted murder in connection to the bank stabbing. Nathan was taken to hospital in critical condition. Dumas said her son died Saturday morning.  (Sun Media)  


MORE:   Stepfather arrested 

PREVIOUS:   Wanted man   Hunt for wanted man   Police news release 




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