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Death toll rises


AFP                                          AP


JINDO - South Korean coast guard officials say they've found 3 more bodies from the sinking of a ferry, raising the death toll to 32.  The updated death toll follows the arrest Saturday of the captain of the ferry on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.  More than 300 are missing or dead.  (AP)  


MORE:   Rescuers fight time to find hundreds missing   'Two months' for Korea ferry salvage   DNA swabs to help identify dead

PREVIOUS:   South Korean ferry capsizing   Suicide  


Sherpas recover 13th body 




MOUNT EVEREST - Sherpas pulled a 13th body from the snow on Saturday as images emerged of the moment an ice avalanche barrelled down a perilous Mount Everest pass, sweeping away a group of the Nepali guides in the mountain's worst ever disaster.  Another 3 sherpas remained missing after the avalanche that struck early on a lower slope on Friday morning, killing 13 and leaving 5 in critical condition.  (Telegraph UK)    


MORE:   2014 Mount Everest avalanche  




Frank Papalia


HAMILTON - He settled in a secluded home on Hamilton's West Mountain, swore infrequently and had a reputation for conducting business in a polite, gentlemanly manner.  Frank Papalia wasn't known for the flashiness or the bluster of his older brother Johnny. He managed his family's dealings from behind the scenes and served, as one crime writer has put it, as a 'rock' for the formidable Hamilton, ON, clan.  One of the last remaining figures from one of Ontario's most infamous mafia dynasties, Papalia died on Tuesday at the age of 83.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Former underboss dead  




Maurice 'Mom' Boucher


MONTREAL - Former Hells Angels leader Maurice 'Mom' Boucher is no longer associated with the notorious biker gang.  Sources have told QMI Agency the 60-year-old, who was known as one of Canada's most infamous criminals, was officially expelled from the gang.  Boucher, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence in a maximum security prison for the murder of two prison guards, learned he was kicked out of the gang in late March.  (QMI)  


'Private interests' in the Senate


OTTAWA - While ministers in the House of Commons must put their business assets in a blind trust, senators, who can stall, alter or even quash proposed laws, are under no such obligation.  The scrupulous ones try to segregate their personal business from their political power. But in many cases, drawing a hard line between the two spheres of interest is not as simple as recusing oneself from a Senate discussion, committee or vote.  This raises the question: can a public representative serve two masters, particularly when work for one could seriously affect work for the other?  (National Post)


RELATED:    Bureaucratic enablers have taken over the asylum  


Surge in gas prices


A return to near - all time highs for gas prices this week is creating grief for motorists and commuters.  Gas' underlying commodity, oil, is trading at about $104.5 a barrel, up about 5% this year. Gas meanwhile has shot up about 8% in recent weeks. (Global)


RELATED:   How to lie with data visualization 


More time


WASHINGTON - On April 18, 2014, the Department of State notified the 8 federal agencies specified in Executive Order 13337 (.pdf) we will provide more time for the submission of their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project.  (USDoS)  


MORE:   Delay could push decision past elections   Delay won't quell political wrangling 


Daughter's bank account


Antonia Wigand Teixeira


The 10-year-old daughter of a FIFA executive who helped to select World Cup host nations had more than $3.4M put into a savings account set up in her name.  Antonia Wigand Teixeira, the daughter of the Brazilian representative on the Fifa executive committee, received the money in 2011. The disclosure will raise questions about the finances of some Fifa officials who participated in the decision to award Russia and Qatar the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. (Telegraph UK)


MORE:   2018 & 2022 FIFA World Cup bids

PREVIOUS:   Organized Crime  


Dying for a drink


Peru is in the grips of water scarcity. Environmental concerns - mainly over water - caused close to half the country's social conflicts between 2006 and 2011 - that wounded 2,312 civilians and police - and killed 195 people. It's a battle that the people who live here say they're losing, even as they ask the rest of the world for help.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Water supply and sanitation in Peru 


More girls escape


CHIBOK -    24 more schoolgirls abducted by extremists have escaped and 85 still are missing.  Some of the women jumped off the back of a truck when they were kidnapped before dawn Tuesday from a high school in Borno State. Others have escaped into the Sambisa Forest, which borders their school in Chibok town and is a known hideout of militants of the Boko Haram terrorist network.  (Osun Defender)  


MORE:   85 still missing

PREVIOUS:   Schoolgirls kidnapped   Boko Haram abducts 103 girls     Armed men kidnap schoolgirls   'Mass abduction'  

RELATED:   4 French journalists freed after being held hostage for months


Dad smothers toddler


Cody Wygant


HOMOSASSA - A Florida man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV.  Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect.  (AP)


'War Crime'




BOR - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that an attack on a United Nations compound in South Sudan, where nearly 5,000 South Sudanese have been sheltering since the country plunged into violence in December, was a war crime.  'Those who are dead are 61 and the wounded are 273,' said William Oyual, a health worker who lives inside the UNMISS compound.  (VOA)  


MORE:   South Sudanese civil war   Attack on UN camp   Army deployed to guard UN base   Mob kills dozens  


Anti-corruption activists jailed


Xu Zhiyong


BEIJING - A Chinese court has jailed 4 activists linked to the New Citizens' Movement, which campaigns for government transparency.  Human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi was jailed for three and a half years while veteran activist Zhao Changqing was jailed for two and a half years.  Activists Zhang Baocheng and Li Wei each received two-year sentences.  The verdicts come after Beijing's high court upheld a four-year jail term given to movement founder Xu Zhiyong.  (BBC)


US is an oligarchy, not a democracy


WASHINGTON - A new study conducted by Princeton and Northwestern Universities is showing that, although America is always going on about how it is a Democracy, it is, in fact, an Oligarchy. Or, rather, it is a Plutocratic Oligarchy, meaning that the vast majority of decisions are made to benefit a small amount of very rich people.  (Death and Taxes)


REPORT:   Testing Theories of US politics   .pdf

PREVIOUS:   The Power Elite   Explore the Power Elite  

RELATED:   Death of free speech 


'Domestic terrorists'



Cliven Bundy                 Harry Reid


BUNERVILLE - US Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy 'domestic terrorists' because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cattle roundup.  (Las Vegas Review-Journal)


COMMENT:   Federal 'culture of intimidation'

PREVIOUS:  Range war   Bundy standoff   National debate about states' rights and federal land-use policy   Why the BLM wants the ranch   States' rights   US Federalism  


Ruling upheld


OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people who are not affiliated with specific reserves and have essentially no access to First Nations programs, services and rights.  (CBC)  


MORE:   'Status Indian'   

PREVIOUS:   Cutting down the numbers 


Swearing in


       Nathalie Normandeau


MONTREAL - The Quebec Liberals are under fire concerning allegations of illegal fundraising on the very day that 70 of its candidates are being sworn in as MNAs.  Marc Bibeau is a director of Power Corporation and the majority shareholder of a company called Shockbeton.  But investigators at the province's anti-corruption unit claim he's also the Liberal Party's leading fundraiser.  UPAC raided Bibeau's offices in November.  (CTV)


MORE:   Outdoor lighting cartel

PREVIOUS:   PLQ fictitious district   Fund raising for the PLQ   Normandeau fundraiser   Former deputy premier says she didn't help firm   Greed & Corruption Quebec     


Inflated expenses were justified


Jocelyn Dupuis


MONTREAL - A former Quebec Federation of Labour vice-president says extravagant expense accounts filed by one of its construction-wing representatives were completely justified.  Jocelyn Dupuis is on trial for fraud and forging documents and is accused of charging the labour organization for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses by using fake or inflated bills.  (CTV) 


PREVIOUS:   Expenses   Expense receipts    Not guilty plea   Greed & Corruption Quebec   


Cartel boss arrested


Arnoldo Villa Sanchez


MEXICO CITY - A man suspected of being the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel's #2 boss was arrested by the Federal Police in Mexico City following an eight-month investigation.  Arnoldo Villa Sanchez, 40, became cartel boss Hector Beltran Leyva's security chief in 2009 and developed a reputation for his aggressiveness and use of violence, qualities that helped him quickly climb the criminal organization's ranks.  (LAHT) 


21 murders in 24 hours


SALVADOR - The NE Brazilian city of Salvador suffered 21 murders in a 24-hour period amid a strike by Bahia state police.  Besides the spike in murders, the first 24 hours of the police strike saw shops looted, beachgoers robbed and a nearly complete suspension of bus service in Salvador - the state capital - as drivers were too scared to work.   (LAHT)  


MORE:   Police vote to end strike

PREVIOUS:   Police strike   Troops sent in 




GENEVA - Russia, the US and the EU have said that all sides have agreed to steps to 'de-escalate' the crisis in Ukraine.  Their foreign ministers were speaking at the end of talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US in the Swiss city of Geneva.  There was agreement that all illegal military formations in Ukraine must be dissolved, and that everyone occupying buildings must be disarmed and leave them.  They added that there would be an amnesty for all anti-government protesters under the agreement.  (BBC)


MORE:   Pro-Russians refuse to leave   Ukraine calls Easter truce in east

COMMENT:   Boys from the blackstuff   Cost will get higher if West does nothing   This could be start of WWIII   

PREVIOUS:   Pro-Russian protests   Crimean crisis   Ukrainian revolution    




Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes


OTTAWA - The lawyer of a 19-year-old London, Ont., man charged with exploiting the Heartbleed bug to steal over 900 SIN numbers says his client has been devastated by the arrest.  Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes, a student at Western University and the son of Roberto Solis-Oba who teaches computer science at Western, was arrested late Tuesday afternoon.  (CBC)  


MORE:  Heartbleed suspect   CSEC busy spying unaware of Heartbleed bug   First Heartbleed hack arrest     

PREVIOUS:   SINs stolen   Heartbleed Bug    Change your passwords   RCMP asked CRA to delay info  


Unions to fight pension changes


EDMONTON - Union leaders are planning to fight proposed changes to public sector pensions introduced by the AB government on Wednesday.  The Public Sector Pension Plans Act would raise the age for people to qualify for a full pension and lower inflation-proofing measures.  The government says the changes are necessary because the plan has an unfunded liability of more than $7B.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Taxpayers on the hook for pension gap    Ottawa's hidden deficit   .pdf   Global meltdown-pensions     

RELATED:   ON unions to fight civil service cuts    Low interest rates come with high cost for savers, retirees     $100K a year pension   US has 86M full time private sector workers  


Search proves too deep


PERTH - A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only 6 hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean.  Search crews sent the US Navy's Bluefin 21 into the depths Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after failing for 6 days to detect any new signals believed to be coming from its black boxes.  (AP)  


PREVIOUS:   Race to find MH370   Malaysia Flight 370          


Human remains


WINCHESTER - Partial human remains were discovered in a ditch south of Ottawa on Thursday night, OPP say.  Two people walking along Steen Road near Thompson Road, north of Winchester, Ont., found the remains and called police at about 8:20pm.  Investigators weren't able to determine the cause of death, age, gender or identity of the victim.  (CBC)  


Charges laid


Michael Nestoruk


VANCOUVER - Aaron Dale Power, 37, has been charged with one count of second-degree-murder after being taken into custody Wednesday.  He's accused of murdering Michael Ciro Nestoruk, 41, whose body was found near Sir Guy Carleton Elementary in East Vancouver in April 2009.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Charges   Charges laid

PREVIOUS:   Victim fought addiction   Body found in school yard  


Texts sent to father


Matthew de Grood


CALGARY - Matthew de Grood sent texts to his parents on the night 5 Calgary university students were stabbed that so alarmed his parents, his father Doug left the house to search for him and his mother Susan called police.  But the father was unable to locate his son in time to prevent the mass stabbing that has left Matt in a psychiatric facility awaiting assessment of his mental state.  (National Post)  


MORE:   Party before the nightmare   Investigation 'without favour or bias' 

PREVIOUS:   2014 Calgary stabbing

RELATED:   Knives 'more dangerous'   Knife can cause 'moral panic'   4 hurt in Regina mall stabbings   Student stabbed at Brampton school 


Suspicious fires


ABBOTSFORD - Police are investigating a total of 5 suspicious fires within a 48-hour period, all started after midnight and in the city's central area.  (Vancouver Sun)


Charges laid


Amanda Todd


VANCOUVER - 5 charges including child pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and Internet luring have been laid by RCMP against a man in the Netherlands in connection with the Amanda Todd case, an online bullying story that captured millions across the world.  The 15-year-old British Columbia girl killed herself in October 2012, shortly after detailing in an Internet video her story of unrelenting harassment by an Internet predator.  (CP)


MORE:   Dutch man charged   Man arrested   More possible victims

PREVIOUS:   Suicide of Amanda Todd  


Sudden death


BAKER LAKE - RCMP in Nunavut say they're investigating the sudden death of a woman in her 40s in Baker Lake.  Police say they were called to a home yesterday morning and found the body of a woman in her 40s.  Her body has been sent out for an autopsy.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Sudden death 




Heather Mallett


WABOWDEN - An arrest has been made in the slaying of a 14-year-old northern Manitoba girl nearly 3 years ago.  Heather Mallett, 14, was reported missing on June 9, 2011, after she didn't show up at her Wabowden, MB, home after last being seen the previous night.  Her body was found on a trail later that day by her older sister.  (QMI)


MORE:   Suspect a youth at time of murder   Murder charge

PREVIOUS:   Waiting for answers   Victim identified   Homicide  


Assault charges




KITCHENER - A 53-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault, after police learned of an altercation between himself and recently deceased Mark James McCreadie.  The injuries sustained by McCreadie during this confrontation were deemed non-life threatening, and the other man is now awaiting a bail hearing.  50-year-old McCreadie was found dead in Victoria Park on Thursday, April 10.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:    Police identify body   Man's body found 




Gabriel Girard


MONTREAL - A man with ties to the Hells Angels, and described by police as dangerous, is currently being sought on a warrant accusing him of extortion.  The Montreal police issued a release Thursday asking for the public's help in locating Gabriel Girard, 37, a man from the Saguenay region who has been involved with the biker gang for more than a decade.   (Montreal Gazette) 


Teen faces child porn charges


COLE HARBOUR - A 17-year-old boy is facing child porn charges in connection with an investigation at a school in Cole Harbour, NS.  RCMP responded to Auburn Drive High School on Jan. 9, after a student allegedly distributed images of another student without her permission at school.  Officers seized several cellphones and the matter was turned over to the internet child exploitation unit.  (CTV)


RELATED:  Man, 37, faces child porn charges


Police chief quits


Matt Torigian  .pdf


CAMBRIDGE - Waterloo Regional Police Service's top cop has announced he will be stepping down.  Police Chief Matt Torigian will retire effective June 8, ending a 29 year career in policing.  Torigian is leaving the force in order to take on the role of Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services with the Ontario government.   (CBC)  


Pot seized


EDMONTON - Police said the total street value of the drugs seized as part of the investigation is estimated to be $1.29M, with total of 440 lbs of marijuana the largest ever seizure of the drug in the history of EPS.  (CTV) 


Pot farm application


TORNTO - The province's former Liberal health minister, George Smitherman, is getting into the pot game with Kandavel Palanivel, a Markham pharmacist and Kim Derry, a former deputy chief of the Toronto police.  (Toronto Star) 


Another secret memo


TORONTO - Weeks after Ottawa abruptly handed Downsview Park over to a Crown land company, there was uneasiness within the government about whether the green space might be sold off.  (Toronto Star)




VANCOUVER - Paramedics arrived to the 300-block of E Cordova St shortly before 8pm Tuesday night after receiving a call about a man who had collapsed on the street.  Officials quickly realized the man had been stabbed.   (CTV)  


MORE:   DTES stabbing   


Mauled to death


Raquelle Tssessaze


LAC BROCHET - A 10-year-old girl is dead after being mauled by 2 dogs in Lac Brochet.  Community members found the girl badly injured and RCMP officers were called to the scene around 6pm Tuesday.  Family members confirmed the girl was Racquelle Tssessaze.  Racquelle was walking to a taekwondo class after school with 2 other girls when the attack happened.   RCMP said 2 large dogs of an unknown breed were destroyed by community members.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Girl mauled to death   Stray dog solution sought


Found not guilty


WINNIPEG  - Manitoba's first-ever televised criminal proceeding Wednesday offered viewers a striking contrast - explicit facts about a violent relationship presented in a staid, formal manner.  Cassandra Knott was acquitted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her abusive husband, Orzias Knott, as a television camera focused for 45 minutes on Court of Queen's Bench Justice Shane Perlmutter.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Acquitted    Battered wife acquitted

PREVIOUS:   Domestic stabbing   Stabbing  


Added to program


HALIFAX - The NS government is offering up to $150,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the 29-year-old homicide of a Lunenburg County couple.  Bridgewater RCMP responded to a fire at a home in Dayspring, NS on June 3, 1985. When they arrived, they discovered the bodies of Jack and Micheline Hulme.  The fire was deemed suspicious and the deaths ruled a double homicide.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Jack & Micheline Hulme    Couple shot in 1985   NS rewards for unsolved crimes     


New charges


Derrick Gallagher


CFB PETAWAWA - A soldier at CFB Petawawa is facing 18 new sex charges, and police say there are several dozen more women who were potential victims and may not know it.  Corp. Derrick Gallagher, 31, is facing 8 new counts of sexual assault, 9 counts of voyeurism and one count of assault. That's on top of the 8 counts of sexual assault and 2 counts of voyeurism he was charged with on April 1.  Police say they have videos of some of the crimes and while they have been able to identify 18 victims, they say they know of 50 other victims who have not yet been identified.  (CTV)   


401 pursuit


TORONTO - The Nissan Murano was reported jacked from East York and police believed the 12-year-old Toronto boy managed to travel all the way north on the Don Valley Pkwy to the 401 where he drove about 170 km east to the ONroute stop at Quinte West.  There, he filled up the tank in what is alleged to be a 'pump and run.'  It was that alleged crime that was reported to police and helped police focus in on the vehicle which they later spotted - headed in the opposite direction as if he was heading back to Toronto.  (QMI)  


MORE:   12-year-old driver pulled over


Man charged


24 Hours


VANCOUVER - A 33-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder for a stabbing rampage in East Vancouver that killed his mother and left his 19-month-old niece with 'life-altering' injuries.  Ka Chi David Siu was shot by police Monday morning after officers arrived to an apartment building in the 3300-block of Kingsway to find 'a man yelling and blood on the walls.' He allegedly confronted officers with a weapon.  His mother, Yin Nor Hsao, 63, was found inside a suite suffering serious injuries but died shortly after.  Investigators believe mental health appears to be a factor in the case.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Woman dead, man shot   Police shot suspect   Domestic incident    


Officer charged


CARLYLE - RCMP said Ronald Patrick Makar was arrested Tuesday at the Wood Buffalo RCMP detachment in AB, where he works.  Makar faces one charge of having sexual intercourse with a female without her consent, and one count of having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14.  A woman, identified as Constance Haduik, is facing a charge of indecent assault of a female.  RCMP said in December, 2013, a woman provided a detailed statement that said she was the victim of sexual assaults during the summer of 1982 when she was 12-years-old.  (CTV)  


'Review of review'


TORONTO - Toronto's police board has budgeted $300,000 to conduct a 'review of the review' already completed by Chief Bill Blair to find efficiencies in the force.  The chief was asked by the board to look for cost-savings within the service several years ago, and delivered the results of his 'internal organizational review' earlier this year. Several board members have since expressed concerns, leading the board to decide to hire a separate group of consultants to conduct their own assessment.  (Globe & Mail)  


Crown agency failure


VANCOUVER - An expert on executive compensation says Michael Graydon's contract as CEO of the BC Lottery Corporation was so badly flawed he's surprised the Crown agency negotiated such a deal.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   No conflict-of-interest in BC

RELATED:   Poverty and politics pay off


Warrant issued



Gaetan Gosselin      Leonard Faustin Etienne


MONTREAL - Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for street gang member Leonard Faustin Etienne, 33, who is sought for the murder of Gaetan Gosselin, as well as a hold-up in a bar that took place the very next evening.  Gosselin was shot and killed while crossing Jean Tavernier and Pierre Gaulin in the Mercier sector of Montreal on January 22 at 6:15pm.  4 other suspects were arrested in connection with that crime that evening: Edrick Antoine, Olivier Guay, Standley Minuty and Kevin Tate.  (CTV)  


PREVIOUS:   4 arrested in Mafia linked murder    4 murder suspects  


3 charged


TORONTO - Police have charged 3 people in connection with a human trafficking and juvenile prostitution investigation.  According to police, a 17-year-old girl was assaulted, threatened and forced into prostitution. The teen was transported to a number of hotels, between Mississauga and Scarborough, where she was held against her will and "constantly" guarded.  Michael Campbell, 30, Timothy Hewton, 23, and Serena Timbury Welcome, 20, face numerous charges, including trafficking in persons and living on the avails of prostitution.  (CTV)  


Drive-by shooting



Andrea White         Alwayne Bigby


TORONTO - Police say Andrea White, 33, was sitting in her garage with her daughter and several family friends when a white Land Rover SUV drove past her home on Forest Creek Pathway just before 11pm.  White was struck by a gunshot and rushed inside her home by family members, where she later died of her injuries.  Police have arrested Alwayne Bigby, 23, and Michael Davani, 21, in connection with the shooting.   (CTV) 


MORE:   Rage shooting    Random act 

PREVIOUS:   Woman shot   





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