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Hole in the system


OTTAWA - Canada's parliamentary budget officer says the Liberal government cannot explain how it calculates the amount of funding it spends on First Nations education or why it is nearly $600M dollars less than the average provincial education system.  (CBC)


REPORT:   Federal spending on education on First Nations   .pdf


ON dark money loophole


TORONTO - Ontario's changes to how municipal elections work, sold as a way to give unions and corporations less influence in city politics, appear to have provided more cover for these groups to support their favourite candidates, in what one city councillor says could be 'the greatest dark-money loophole ever.'   (CBC)


MORE:   BC leaves big money taps on

PREVIOUS:   ON overhauls campaign finance rules    AB cuts donation cap, limits party spending   Corporate, union donations in BC 


Wynne claims transparency


TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne says she is being transparent about cap-and-trade costs for natural gas customers because they know what the average impact will be. The auditor general found that 89% of natural gas ratepayers want the cap-and-trade costs clearly displayed, but the regulator has so far stood firm, and the energy minister said he won't intervene.  (CP)


COMMENT:  Brains behind ON's energy disaster are now running the country   Throwing money away  

RELATED:   CUPE files lawsuit over sale of Hydro One 


Telecoms bottom line or customers


TORONTO - Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world for their cellphone, Internet and TV services, but those bills could change depending on how Canada’s broadcast regulator handles some major issues it's expected to decide on next year.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   What did you expect?   Wait for better options   Canadian Media 


Can't sue


TORONTO - A Toronto doctor has lost his bid to sue the past president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association for libel over an email she sent to other lawyers, warning that he altered medical reports on victims of car accidents to thwart their insurance claims.  In a 44-page judgment, Justice Sean Dunphy dismissed the libel suit, writing that lawyer Maia Bent’s concerns about Dr Howard Platnick have merit and that there is a 'public interest' in not stifling debate about reports from medical experts.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Doctor misrepresented views on injuries to benefit insurer

PREVIOUS:   Streisand effect


Ranchers brace for impact


JENNER - Farmers from more than 40 ranches in AB and SK are wondering what kind of compensation and business lies ahead for them as the CFIA cracks down on a bovine tuberculosis outbreak in Western Canada.   (CBC) 



ACEH - Authorities have deployed hundreds of rescue personnel to Aceh and thousands of logistical packages are being prepared, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the region in the early hours of Wednesday.   At least 52 people were killed, 273 others injured and 150 buildings were damaged in Pidie Jaya.   The death toll and number of injured victims are expected to rise.  (Jakarta Globe)


MORE:   Aceh earthquake   Quake toll 93 


Plane crash




ISLAMABAD - PIA flight PK-661 carrying over 40 passengers crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday at 4:42pm. 21 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage.  There were 42 passengers, 5 crew members and 1 ground engineer on board.  (Dawn)  


MORE:   Passenger jet crash 


Berat's box


Berat Albayrak


WikiLeaks publishes an authoritative, searchable archive of 57,934 emails from the personal email address of Berat Albayrak, who is President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son-in-law and Turkey's Minister of Energy.  The emails reveal the extensive influence Albayrak has over a wide range of areas of Turkish politics and life.  The emails detail Albayrak's involvement in organizations such as Powertrans, the company implicated in IS oil imports.  (WikiLeaks)


PREVIOUS:   Oil production and smuggling in IS   War on Terror 


Bureaucratic waste


WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125B in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget.  Pentagon leaders had requested the study to help make their enormous back-office bureaucracy more efficient and reinvest any savings in combat power. But after the project documented far more wasteful spending than expected, senior defense officials moved swiftly to kill it by discrediting and suppressing the results.   (Washington Post)


REPORT:   2015 study on how the Pentagon could save $125B 


Shooter arrested



Joe McKnight       Ronald Gasser


NEW ORLEANS - Ronald Gasser, the man authorities say shot former NFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage incident, was arrested Dec 5 on a manslaughter charge. The move comes after Gasser originally was released after the shooting.  (NOLA)


MORE:   Manslaughter charge    Road rage shooter charged 





Walter Scott            Michael Slager


CHARLESTON - The judge in the trial of the former North Charleston police officer charged with a motorist's shooting death declared a mistrial Monday after receiving a note from the jury indicating it remained deadlocked.  Michael Slager is charged in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of Walter Scott after a traffic stop.  (WCSC)


MORE:   Hung jury declared

PREVIOUS:   Shooting of Walter Scott   Video of Scott shooting 


Vigilance urged


BELFAST - The threat level from terrorism in Northern Ireland remains severe, the Government has warned.  6 people been have killed as a result of paramilitary activity this year with 17 people injured in shootings and 57 in assaults.  The statement also said there had been 103 arrests, 17 people charged and 5 recent convictions in connection to terrorist activity in Northern Ireland throughout 2016.  (Belfast Telegraph)  


PREVIOUS:   The Troubles


Residents sue


MISSISSIPPI MILLS - A group of Mississippi Mills residents is suing the National Research Council for more than $40M after residential wells were contaminated by chemicals originating from an NRC fire lab in their neighbourhood.  It's been almost a year since homeowners living near the fire safety testing facility on Ramsay Concession Road 8 in Mississippi Mills were told their water was contaminated and they should stop drinking it.  The water contained the chemicals often found in firefighting foams - chemicals that were tested in the NRC lab.   (CBC) 


Maple syrup heist


With the value of maple syrup at roughly $1,300 a barrel, it's time everyone knew about FPAQ, the Canadian group that controls 72% of the world's supply. Rich Cohen investigates how its methods may have led to one of the greatest agricultural crimes in all of history.  (Vanity Fair)


PREVIOUS:   Canadian food industry


Hotel fire




KARACHI - At least 12 people were killed and 75 others injured when a huge fire erupted at Karachi's Regent Plaza hotel early Monday.  The blaze broke out in the kitchen located at the ground floor of the four-star hotel and swept through the building, trapping scores of hotel guests in their rooms.  (Dawn) 


Criminal probe




OAKLAND - A criminal investigators begin to examine who is to blame for one of the worst fires in modern California history.  36 bodies have been recovered, but officials halted recovery operations just after midnight.  As of Monday morning, about 70% of the 2-story  1300-block of 31 Ave building had been searched.  Of the 36 victims recovered, 11 have been identified.  (LA Times)


MORE:   Oakland warehouse of horrors    Attendees describe scene    Oakland Ghost Ship fire


Tax breaks cost billions


OTTAWA - Canada's income tax deductions are helping make the rich richer, a new study has concluded.   The research paper released Monday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) says breaks on personal income taxes in Canada cost almost as much as the government collects from those taxes, and they disproportionately benefit the rich.  (Huffington Post)


REPORT:   Out of the shadows

RELATED:   Feds overpay 20,000 public servants 


Computer parts stolen


OTTAWA - A former federal public servant who stole nearly $1M in computer parts from the Department of National Defence and sold some of them on the classified website Kijiji has pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust.  Andrew Heggaton, 33, was a civilian member of the Canadian Forces Crypto Support Unit when he ordered the hard drives, motherboards, processors and graphics cards he would later steal over a 4-year period between June 2011 and March 2015.   (PostMedia)


Policemen killed


KIEV - 5 police officers in Ukraine have been killed by friendly fire during a botched operation to arrest robbers.  The overnight shoot-out between 2 sets of police began when each side believed the other to be criminals. (BBC)   


MORE:   Officers killed in shootout 


Sniper shooting


Tina Wilen-Jappinen


IMATRA - A mayor and 2 journalists have been shot dead by a gunman in the southeastern town of Imatra in Finland.  The 3 women were shot multiple times in the head and chest by a sniper who opened fire on a pedestrian area in the nightlife district of the small town just before midnight on Saturday.  Police confirmed that a 23-year-old man had been taken into custody after Imatra city council chair, Tina Wilen-Jappinen, and the 2 reporters were killed outside a restaurant in what appears to be a random shooting.   (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Apparent random shooting 


US spin vs other spin


KABUL - The US military in Afghanistan is increasingly trying to control public information about the war, resulting in strained relations with western organizations offering different versions of events to official military accounts.  (Guardian UK),


COMMENT:   Orwellian war on skepticism


More powerful than Congress


WASHINGTON  - Earlier this year, James Gattuso and Diane Katz reported that just the 229 major regulations issued since 2009 added over $100B in annual costs (according to the regulatory agencies), $22B coming in 2015. With estimates of the total regulatory costs now exceeding income tax burdens at over $2T annually, regulations were far more burdensome for many Americans than legislation.  (Zero Hedge) 


Gov't says new banknotes coming


CARACAS - Venezuela will introduce 6 new notes and 3 new coins starting in mid-Dec to help alleviate practical problems in doing business with the world's most inflationary currency, according to the central bank.  Currently the nation's largest note is worth just 2 US cents on the black market.  The bolivar currency has suffered its most dramatic monthly fall in history, down 60% since early Nov against the dollar on the black market.  The largest new bill, according to a central bank communique, will be worth 20,000 bolivares, just under $5 on the streets.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:    Venezuela's currency value depends on guy working at Home Depot     Dolar Today


Missing persons numbers


WINNIPEG - The number of people reported missing in Winnipeg continues to soar with more than 7,335 missing persons reports since Jan.  In 2015, 8,894 people were reported missing in the city - a 29% increase over 2014.  As of Monday, there were 99 'short-term' active missing persons with roughly 70% involving youth.  (CBC)


Shipment from China seized


VICTORIA - Police have seized a shipment of illicit drugs from China worth $1.2M, including a massive quantity of the deadly opiate fentanyl.  Police said a multi-jurisdictional investigation led CBSA officers to a shipment of 1.45 kilograms of fentanyl bound for Greater Victoria.   (CTV) 


MORE:   BC spending guesses   Carfentanil linked to 15 deaths in AB   Carfentanil in ON

PREVIOUS:   Aim to control chemicals   Health Canada regulates chemicals   War on Legal Drugs 


Police officer shot


Reginald 'Jake' Gutierrez


TACOMA - Officer Reginald 'Jake' Gutierrez, a Tacoma police officer responding to a domestic violence call was killed after being shot several times Wednesday night. The suspect was shot and killed by police early Thursday morning after a nearly 12-hour standoff in which police say he used 2 children as human shields.   (King5)


MORE:   Dispute turned fatal   Clear shot

PREVIOUS:   Police officer shot   Suspect dead   Message from homeowner    Community shows support 


Botnet network struck down


After 4 years of investigation, Europol, and other agencies have moved against the prominent Avalanche botnet platform which acted as a hub for malware campaigns worldwide.  Europol publicly disclosed the operation on Thursday. Law enforcement agencies moved Nov 30 in a takedown which disrupted the infrastructure of criminal operations in over 30 countries and US states across 60 registries worldwide.  (Zdnet)


MORE:   Avalanche takedown    Global cybercrime syndicate 


California regulates cow farts


SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in Sept that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills.  Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure.  (AP)  


MORE:   Seaweed cuts cows methane output


Border security


In the past 12 months since new screening measures came into effect on Nov 21, 2015, the CBSA apprehended 3,067 people with outstanding criminal arrest warrants at border crossings.  In the previous 12 months, before the changes came into effect, the CBSA caught just 556 alleged fugitives.  The changes to national border security came when border agents at primary inspection points got access to the Canadian Police Information Centre.  Now CBSA agents at all inspection points screen every passenger arriving in Canada through CPIC. (CBC) 


RELATED:   US border agents stopped Canadian journalist from entry while helping themselves to his phone info


Inquiry report


Robin Camp


OTTAWA - In making its unanimous recommendation that Federal Court Justice Robin Camp be removed from the bench, Canada's judicial watchdog (CJC) has also addressed the wider repercussions of the judge's misconduct.  In its 116-page report, the Canadian Judicial Council's inquiry committee said Camp's conduct in the 2014 sexual assault trial of Scott Wagar not only eroded the public's confidence in the judiciary, it also made it harder for judges to make findings in favour of someone accused of sexual assault without fearing they'll be labelled as sexist.  (CBC)


REPORT:   Camp inquiry report   .pdf 


Guilty plea


Gilles Vaillancourt


LAVAL - Former Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt, 76, has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy.  He is expected to agree to a 6-year prison sentence as part of the deal, and repay $9M.  Vaillancourt resigned from public office in 2012 after serving as Laval mayor for 23 years.   (CTV)


MORE:   Mayor pleads guilty   Pleads guilty

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption Quebec

RELATED:   UPAC and auditors examine English school boards 


Court orders new trial


VANCOUVER - BC's highest court has overturned a Victoria girl's convictions for distributing sexual images of a teenage rival because of Constitutional concerns over Canada's child pornography laws and how they apply to teenage 'sexting.'   The BC Court of Appeal says there may be no more compelling objective than preventing harm to children, but the anti-porn legislation may be too broad and grossly disproportionate when applied to youth.   (PostMedia)


JUDGMENT:   2016 BCCA 0476 

PREVIOUS:    Child porn page 1   8 months' probation


AG fall report 2016


Michael Ferguson


1 - Beyond the Border Action Plan

2 - Income tax objections

3 - Preparing indigenous offenders for release

4 - Oversight of passenger vehicle safety

5 - Armed forces recruitment and retention

6 - First Nations specific claims

7 - Operating support for military equipment

Appendix - costs of Crown Corp audits

Special - Atlantic Pilotage Authority

Special - Pacific Pilotage Authority

Special - International Development Research

MORE:   Highlights   Key highlights   Deja vu all over again    Government fails to fix mistakes  




OTTAWA - Police are investigating after a 17-year-old boy was found shot in an SUV on Bayswater Ave near Laurel St at about 10:40pm.  The victim - identified by police as Leslie Mwakio - was taken to Hospital, but later died.   (CBC)


MORE:   Victim identified   Shooting   Man shot




CALGARY - On Monday, police found the body of Ezzulddin Al-Ogaidi, 17, in a remote area north of Morley.  Ahmed Abid, 24, Mohammed Khalil, 28, and Ashraf Jasem Ajil, 23, have all been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.  (CTV)


MORE:   Multiple people in custody   3 facing charges 


Disappearance now suspicious


Jennifer Lynn Penney-Hillier


ST ANTHONY - The RCMP in NW Newfoundland say the disappearance of Jennifer Hillier-Penney, 38, is considered suspicious.  The Mounties in St. Anthony say they have conducted a ground and air search of the community and surrounding areas and a search of the harbour will take place today.  Investigators are asking residents to check their properties and to call RCMP if anything unusual is found.  (CP)


Man and woman charged  


Richard Hunt


MONTREAL - A man and a woman arrested in connection with a double homicide in Vaudreuil-Dorion are now facing first-degree murder charges.  Over the weekend the SQ said the force was searching for Richard Hunt, 38, and Melanie Binette, 28, as important witnesses to the shooting deaths of Joseph Fluet and Steven Lamarsh.  Hunt and Binette were arrested Monday evening.  They are facing one charge each of first-degree murder.  (CTV)


MORE:   2 arrested

PREVIOUS:   Police seek witnesses  Double homicide    Victim was a Rock Machine   


7 years


TORONTO - The gunman who fired the first shots at the Danzig mass shooting has been sentenced as an adult to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 7 years.  Folorunso Owusu was convicted by a jury in March of 2 counts of second-degree murder+.  Owusu fired a gun at the Danzig party organizer Nahom Tsegazab during a confrontation, hitting him and a young woman.  Tsegazab and an unidentified man shot back into the crowd of 200 people including children, killing Joshua Yasay, 23, and Shyanne Charles, 14, and injuring 21 others.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Danzig shooting    Gangs


7 years


Tyler Myers


KAMLOOPS - Monica Sikorski was handed a life sentence with 7 years before parole eligibility for her role in the shooting death of Tyler Myers. Sikorski was 17 on Nov. 21, 2008, when Myers was killed in the schoolyard of Bastion elementary in Salmon Arm.  According to an agreed statement of facts read in court, Sikorski was involved in romantic relationships with two men in the fall of 2008 - Myers, 22, and a 16-year-old classmate.  The statement of facts said Sikorski walked Myers into the schoolyard with knowledge her teenaged boyfriend was hiding in a nearby stand of trees, armed with a rifle.  (Kamloops this week)


MORE:   Woman sentenced for having boyfriend murdered

PREVIOUS:  Kamloops This Week - Tyler Myers     2 charged in 2008 homicide 


Careless driving conviction


TORONTO - Erica Stark, 42, was on the sidewalk at Midland Ave and Gilder Drive on Nov. 6, 2014, when a Dodge Caravan swerved onto the curb, crashed through a bus stop and a traffic control box and hit her, sending her body hurtling into the intersection.  The minivan’s driver Elizabeth Taylor, 35, was convicted of careless driving and sentenced to a $1,000 fine and a 6-month driving ban.   (Metro)  


MORE:   Part of us died too


Doctor found dead


Alain Sirard


MONTREAL - Sainte-Justine Hospital has confirmed the death of Dr Alain Sirard.  A spokeswoman for Quebec's College of Physicians, said Sirard was being investigated by the medical body in connection with complaints by parents he had accused of abuse.  (CBC)


MORE:   Appears to be a suicide

PREVIOUS:   Commission report says parents were unfairly accused 


No charges


VICTORIA - BC's criminal justice branch says no charges have been approved against Delta police officers and paramedics who failed to file a report with the Children's Ministry about a child in need of protection.  (CP)


RELEASE:   No charges in Paige Cauchie case   .pdf 




Maxime Roussy


MONTREAL - Once-celebrated Quebec author Maxime Roussy was convicted of sexual assault, computer luring and other sexual charges against a minor.  Roussy was arrested and charged with 11 counts of armed sexual assault and other related crimes.  In 2013 the victim testified against Roussy.  However there have been numerous delays in the trial over the past 3 years, but on Tuesday Roussy was found guilty.  (CTV) 


90,000 warning letters


VANCOUVER - Despite a cooling real estate market, many Vancouver-area property owners will see a 'significant increase' in the assessed values of their homes, with increases of 30% to 50% for many single family homes, says BC Assessment.  The valuations, which are used to determine 2017 property taxes, were taken July 1 - before the province announced its foreign buyers tax and sales began to slow.  Increases on residential strata properties, such as condominiums, will be in the 15% to 30% range, according to BC Assessment.   (CBC)  


MORE:  Houses selling well below asking price


Suspect arrested


Frederick Gingras


MONTREAL - The 21-year-old man who launched into a bloody storm in eastern Montreal last night, leaving 2 dead and one wounded in his wake, had serious mental health problems.  'He should be in an institution for a long time, it is not normal to have left him outside,' Frederick Gingras' mother raged.  (Le Presse)


MORE:   Arrest   Suspect sent for mental health evaluation  

PREVIOUS:   2 dead, 1 arrested  Carjacking 




Vitaliy Ferynskyy


TORONTO - Vitaliy Ferynskyy has been named as the victim after he was apparently stabbed to death early Sunday morning.  Ferynskyy, 32, had driven himself to the former site of the Humber River Hospital.  Security staff at the hospital found him banging on the doors of the facility at 3am, and proceeded to call 911.  Paramedics transported him to a nearby trauma centre, where Ferynskyy succumbed to his injuries in hospital later in the day.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Police looking for crime scene  


SIU probe


NORTH BAY - The SIU is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 38-year-old Ottawa-area man in North Bay, ON.  The police watchdog agency says paramedics called North Bay police on Sunday afternoon for assistance at an apartment building.  The SIU says police located the 38-year-old man near the building, and - approximately an hour after police were called - the man fell from the building.   (CP)




Bayush Hagos


VANCOUVER - A woman accused of fatally stabbing a much-loved Burnaby social worker has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.  Ayelech Ejigu, 46, pleaded not guilty to the Sept 2011 second-degree murder of Bayush Hagos, 57, in the victim's apartment.  (Vancouver Sun)


JUDGMENT:   2016 BCSC 1487

PREVIOUS:   Immigrant counsellor killed by client    Fatal brawl




WINDSOR - Jordan Ganovicheff, 32, of Windsor, is charged with first-degree murder after a man was pronounced dead in hospital.  Police were called to 810 Ouellette Ave about 7am Saturday and found a 35-year-old male without vital signs.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Homicide 


MB hydro salaries


WINNIPEG - MB Hydro's payroll for 2015 exceeds a half a billion dollars and 2,251 of the company's 6,410 employees earned more than $100,000.  Some of those workers earn nearly 5 times or more than the average Manitoban.  Overtime drives some hydro workers pay packages well into the highest tax brackets in Canada.  (CBC)




LONGUEUIL - Police were called to the corner of Adoncour St and Cure-Poirier Blvd around 5:50am.  Officers found a 22-year-old man who had been stabbed.  He died later in hospital.  A few minutes later, police recieved a second call about another incident on Gaston-Veronneau St.  A 26-year-old man had been stabbed in the back.  A third man in his 20's checked himself into the emergency room, after being stabbed.  Investigators are looking into whether the events are connected.  (CBC)


MORE:   Triple armed assaults 




WELLAND - Police say the SUV was travelling west and the car was travelling east at about 1am Saturday, when the two vehicles collided head-on.  Police say the driver in the car, a 34-year-old Fort Erie woman, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, and her 39-year-old male passenger, also of Fort Erie, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators say the 51-year-old Mississauga man who was driving the SUV was arrested and charged with impaired driving.   (CP) 


Surgeon charged


Mohammed and Elana Fric Shamji


KLEINBURG - Police have charged a Toronto neurosurgeon with first-degree murder after the body of his wife was discovered near a roadway in Kleinburg on Thursday afternoon.  The body, belonging to an adult woman, was discovered by a passerby in a wooded area near a ravine off Highway 27 and Nashville Road at around 3:30pm.  Police identified the victim as Elana Fric Shamji, 40, of Toronto.  A suspect identified as Mohammed Shamji, 40, of Toronto was arrested and charged on Friday.  (CP24)


MORE:   Charged    Neurosurgeon charged   Doctor charged

PREVIOUS:   Woman's body found


Nameless murdered


GRANDE PRAIRIE - RCMP have charged a youth with manslaughter in relation to a death of Grande Prairie man on Wednesday.  RCMP responded to a report of an injured man at an apartment in the Patterson subdivision around 4:30pm Wednesday. The victim was taken to hospital but died of his injuries a short time later.  Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, RCMP are not releasing the name of the suspect and are also not naming the victim to protect the identity of the accused.  (Daily Herald Tribune)


MORE:   Youth charged

PREVIOUS:   Police investigating   


Shooting victim dies


Adis (Ady) Golic


VANCOUVER - A controversial rocker and Hells Angels associate convicted of stock fraud has died, 3 months after being shot in Burnaby.  Adis (Ady) Golic passed away Nov 22 from injuries sustained in the targeted shooting.  The 41-year-old was gunned down on Aug 22 around 8:30pm in the 7700-block of 12 Ave in Burnaby.  (PostMedia)


PREVIOUS:   Man injured in shooting


Not fit to stand trial


Audrey & Fred van Zuiden


CALGARY - An 85-year-old man who was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife has been declared unfit to stand trial.  The body of Audrey van Zuiden, 80, was found on Oct 4 in the home she shared with Fred van Zuiden, her husband of 56 years.  Family friends say they suspect he has been suffering with dementia for a long time, but believe his wife wanted to care for him herself.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Senior charged   Charged   Elderly man charged   Tragic end    Woman found dead    


Woman charged


Dan Markel


TALLAHASSEE - A US grand jury indicted Katherine Magbanua this week in the 2014 killing of Dan Markel, a law professor at Florida State University who was born in Toronto.   Magbanua - the third person arrested in the case - was initially taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder in Oct.  That month, one of the 2 others arrested in the case, Luis Rivera, suddenly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He told investigators he and his co-accused, Sigfredo Garcia, were paid to kill Markel because the academic's ex-wife allegedly wanted full custody of their 2 children.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   2nd man charged   Final morning   Murder tied to ex-wife's family    Man arrested   Arrest   More arrests likely   Murder for hire plot     


25 years


NANAIMO - Kevin Addison was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years, following convictions of first-degree murder and attempted murder.  Addison, 50, went on a shooting spree on April 30, 2014, killing two co-workers, after he was laid off from the Western Forest Products mill.  (CBC)


MORE:   Life sentence    Sentenced

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty   Guilty   Memorial   Charges laid    


Policy change


VICTORIA - Any time police are at a location where there's been serious harm or death that can be potentially linked to police action or inaction, officers must notify the IIO, which does an independent investigation.  But that requirement includes cases where an officer only performed CPR or administered the overdose-reducing drug naloxone, and the patient hasn't survived.  The new policy eliminates the requirement that officers contact the IIO in such cases. The IIO was contacted for 11 cases in August where officers had merely performed CPR.   (Vancouver Sun)


MORE:   Watchdog to change policy


Road rage



Joe McKnight        Ronald Gasser


NEW ORLEANS - Running back Joe McKnight, who played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders following seasons in the NFL, was shot and killed Thursday in a suburb of New Orleans.  A local law enforcement official confirmed McKnight, 28, was the victim of a homicide described as an incident involving road rage.  A 54-year-old suspect (Ronald Gasser) who remained on the scene was in custody.   (CBC)


MORE:   Shooting   Road rage shooting    Suspect released without charges   This is murder


35 years, 4 trials



Diane Werendowicz      Robert Badgerow


KITCHENER - After 35 years and a precedent-setting 4 first-degree murder trials, Robert Badgerow has been found guilty in the 1981 killing in Hamilton of nursing assistant Diane Werendowicz.  Badgerow is the first person in Canadian legal history to be tried for the same murder 4 times. He was initially arrested and charged with the murder in 1998.  The jury in his 2001 trial took 8 days to deliberate before finding him guilty.  He was sentenced to life in prison. But that case was overturned on an appeal after Badgerow had spent almost 11 years in prison. 2 other trials, in 2010 and 2011, ended in mistrials.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Badgerow case   4th trial


Found guilty



Jocelyn Dickson      Peter Brooks


TORONTO - A jury has found Peter Brooks, 76, a senior with dementia guilty of second-degree murder for using his walking cane to beat to death Jocelyn Dickson, 72, but acquitted him of attempting to murder a 91-year-old woman.  The jury deliberated for 10 hours over what responsibility Peter Brooks, 76, had for the attacks at the Wexford Retirement Home in March 2013.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Found guilty   Senior found guilty

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Woman killed   Staff warned about accused    




KAMLOOPS - A mother who drowned her newborn son in a sink before leaving her home to write a university exam has avoided time behind bars.  Courtney Saul, 19, was sentenced to 2 years' probation in provincial court in Kamloops.  Saul was a student at Thompson Rivers University when her baby, George Carlos, was born on Dec. 15, 2011.  Saul confessed to police and was charged with infanticide.  She told police the pregnancy was the result of a sexual assault. She said she'd passed out at a party and woke up without her clothes on.  (CP) 


Cop charged


OSHAWA - A Durham Regional Police officer who removed a kitten from a drug user's home and took it to the vet for a medical checkup will face a police tribunal on Monday.  Constable Beth Richardson is charged with discreditable conduct in connection with the incident on Jan 12, 2016.  (CTV)




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