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UN climate summit




PARIS - An estimated 40,000 people will descend on Paris for the COP21 climate summit, beginning Monday.   (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   UN Climate Change Conference

PREVIOUS:   Taxpayers' money pledged   Low priority   Climate Debate  

RELATED:   Billionaires launch clean energy research fund   Bribed with our own money   Gov't use of untraceable communication


Policy blunder


OTTAWA - Corporate tax cuts were supposed to spur economic growth and job creation, but a new study looking at more than 90 years of data argues those cuts have done nothing to help growth - in fact, it shows they may have slowed the economy down. Today, the federal rate is at 15%, down from a rate of 36% in the 1980s.   (Huffington Post)


REPORT:   Do corporate income tax rate reductions accelerate growth?

PREVIOUS:   Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


Doomed to failure


OTTAWA - Mounties say they have now abandoned the idea of trying to turn police officers into capital-markets experts - it takes too long and costs too much. But retired Mountie John Sliter, who was the founding director of the Integrated Market Enforcement Teams (IMETs), told the National Post financial crimes investigators are too often being pulled off to assist with other cases, such as national security files. If the government is serious about going after white-collar criminals, it needs to create a separate national securities regulator.  (National Post)


Transparency subject to review


OTTAWA - Delivery of a key Liberal promise on transparency is likely months away, as an election commitment to reform the Access to Information Act has morphed into a 'review' of the legislation starting next year.  (CBC)


Abdeslam believed to be in Syria


Salah Abdeslam


PARIS - French intelligence services believe Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has escaped to Syria, according to a source close to the investigation and a counterterrorism source.  (CNN)


PREVIOUS:   Paris attacks   War on Terror 


Pilgrims killed


BAGHDAD - 2 bombings in different parts of Iraq's capital Baghdad have struck groups of Shia Muslims taking part in an annual religious pilgrimage, killing at least 15 people and injuring 38 others.  (Jazeera)


Rebel attack


BENI - At least 25 people have been killed in an overnight attack by the Ugandan rebels in an eastern town of Democratic Republic of Congo.  Clashes broke out in Eringeti when the rebels, known as Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), attacked a military headquarters on Sunday.  (Jazzera)  


MORE:   Raid kills 24

PREVIOUS:  ADF insurgency


8 found dead


COSOLAPA - The bodies of 8 people were found with their throats slit inside a vehicle in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.  The bodies of the males aged 17-20 were found Friday afternoon inside a gray Honda SUV with a Mexico City license plate in Cosolapa, a rural municipality located in northern Oaxaca.  A 'narco-message' was found alongside the victims with a threat directed at the Los Zetas drug cartel.  (EFE)


MORE:   Victims identified   7 die in shootouts


Police shoot 5


RIO DE JANEIRO - Police officers opened fire with machine guns on an automobile in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, killing 5 young men between the ages of 16 and 25.  The officers fired at least 30 rounds at the vehicle carrying the young men, who were returning home after partying on Saturday night.  4 officers were arrested.  (EFE)  


MORE:   4 MPs arrested


Family found dead




MARRERO - Deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide Sunday morning in Marrero that left two young children and their parents dead.  The incident happened at about 11am in the 4800-block of Brandi St.  Police said 2-year-old Liam Mata and 4-year-old Caden Mata were found stabbed to death in separate bedrooms. 46-year-old David Mata, 46, and Kelli Mata, 40, were both lying on the living room with stab wounds.  (WWLTV)


MORE:   Apparent murders-suicide


Policeman wounded, attacker killed


JERUSALEM - A knife attack seriously wounded an Israeli border policeman on Sunday before fellow officers killed the assailant.  It brought to 99 the number of Palestinians killed in a wave of unrest since Oct 1.  Over half of them have been alleged perpetrators of stabbing, shooting and car ramming attacks aimed at Israeli civilians and security forces.  The violence has also left 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean dead.   (AFP)


COMMENT:   IS far more dangerous

PREVIOUS:   Incidents Jan-June 2015   Incidents July-Dec 2015   Map of attacks   Mapping the dead   Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Press conference shooting


Tahir Elci


DIYARBAKIR - A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, has been killed in an attack in SE Turkey in which a police officer also died.  Tahir Elci was shot on Saturday while he and other lawyers were making a press statement. 2 policemen and a journalist were also injured.  (Guardian UK)


Police officer killed



Lloyd Reed            Ray Shetler


NEW FLORENCE - Ray Shetler Jr., 31, was captured around 3:15am while walking near a power plant outside New Florence.  Police believe Shetler shot St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed on Saturday night after officers were called to the domestic situation in New Florence. (AP)


MORE:   Officer shot dead

PREVIOUS:   US police officers killed in the line of duty   On duty, under fire


Mass grave




SINJAR - A booby-trapped mass grave containing the bodies of at least 110 people from the minority Yazidi sect has been found in northern Iraq.  The grave was found close to the town of Sinjar after it was recaptured from the IS earlier in Nov.  This is said to be the sixth mass grave found in or near the town.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Bomb rigged mass grave   Rape and enslavement

COMMENT:   Rethink the war on terror

PREVIOUS:   Sinjar massacre

RELATED:   IS not in Aleppo so who are the Russians bombing? 


Planned parenthood shooting



Garrett Swasey     Robert Lewis Dear


COLORADO SPRINGS - Robert Lewis Dear, 57, killed 3 people, including Garrett Swasey, 44, a veteran police officer, at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday.   (Denver Post)


MORE:   Colorado Springs shootings   Gunman     No more baby parts  


Mafia bomb stash


CALABRIA - The Italian navy has sealed off access to a huge underwater wreck from the Second World War, whose onboard stash of explosives was being raided by the 'Ndrangheta Mafia to make bombs.  The crime group, which has often left explosive devices outside the offices of magistrates, had access to the 700 tonnes of TNT in the hold of the 150-metre vessel Laura C, which  had been heading for Naples from the port of Taranto when it was sunk by a British submarine in 1941.  (Independent) 


Green corruption


TORONTO - This autumn has not been kind to NextEra's Ontario operation.   Some of the turbines they own in Ontario were found to be throwing objects into farmers' fields during harvest season, for reasons the Ministry of Environment apparently refuses to investigate. Their 'success' in collecting feed-in tariff contracts from the Ontario Liberals is now subject to litigation filed by oil baron T. Boone Pickens. If he is successful in proving allegations of 'abuse of power' and 'undo political interference,' the Liberals mismanagement of the energy file could cost Ontarians an extra $700M dollars.   (Huffington Post)


PREVIOUS:   Climate Debate   

RELATED:    BC carbon tax will fail to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets    Gov't solution - hike the carbon tax, extend targets   


White collar crime


OTTAWA - In a striking report written in Aug 2014, the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights tried to paint a picture of the scope of investment fraud in Canada in order to suggest regulatory improvements.   (CBC)


REPORT:   Canadian Strategy to Combat Investment Fraud   .pdf

RELATED:   Solar panel scam takes victims for $1M    Time of the year for cyber-attackers


Brazil to sue




MINAS GERAIS - Brazil's government has announced it will sue mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale for $5.2B after the deadly collapse of a dam at an iron ore mine sent 60M cubic meters of mud and mine waste cascading into the Atlantic ocean and left more than 13 people dead.  (Guardian UK)


PREVIOUS:   Dam break   Toxic sludge reaches the Atlantic   Village buried in mudslide   Vale   BHP Billiton 

RELATED:   FN chief sues 3 companies over trailing pond spill 


Fake ambulances


National Crime Agency


BIRMINGHAM - A fleet of specially adapted fake Dutch ambulances smuggled up to $2.4B of top-quality cocaine and heroin concealed in secret hides into the UK in just 14 months.  3 men face lengthy jail terms after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court for their part in a 'lucrative conspiracy' to sneak class A drugs into the country using Channel ferry crossings from Essex to East Yorkshire.   (Telegraph UK)


PREVIOUS:   Fake ambulance smuggle drugs


Defining people smuggling


OTTAWA - The SCC says people who helped migrants enter Canada improperly by steering a ship, acting as a lookout or cooking meals cannot automatically be branded as people smugglers.  In a pair of unanimous judgments today, the high court ruled in favour of several people who arrived in BC in 2010 aboard the MV Sun Sea.  In a second case, the court ordered new trials for 4 individuals who were criminally charged with people smuggling after arriving off the coast of Vancouver in 2009 aboard the MV Ocean Lady.  The justices say the provision under which they were charged was unconstitutional and overly broad.   (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2015 SCC 59   2015 SCC 58

MORE:   Human smuggling law 'overbroad' 


SCC copyright ruling


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited decision in SODRAC v. CBC, a case that has major implications for the role of technological neutrality in copyright.  (Michael Geist) 


Gaming the system


OTTAWA - Canada's public servants take up to twice the number of sick days a year as private sector workers do, because of different motivations, work cultures and rules that encourage 'gaming the system,' says a new report by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.  (PostMedia)


REPORT:   Sickness in the system   .pdf 


Political parties net assets


OTTAWA - Elections Canada found that the net assets of political parties and their riding associations grew from $7.8M in 2004 to a whopping $81.7M in 2014.  (CP) 


Now 430+


VANCOUVER - More than 430 current and former female employees of the RCMP have joined a class action lawsuit against Canada's national police force.  (Vancouver Province)


PREVIOUS:   Harassment scandal


Suicide bomber


KANO - A suicide bomber has killed at least 21 people in an attack on a Shia Muslim procession in Nigeria's Kano state.  The blast took place in the village of Dakasoye, about 20km (13 miles) south of the provincial capital, Kano.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Bomber hits procession 

PREVIOUS:   Boko Haram    Village attacked   Suicide bombers teenage girls   War on Terror 


Killing a gangland hit


ALTAGRACIA DE ORITUCO - The murder of a local opposition leader in Venezuela days before a key election appears to have been a gangland killing, the country's president Nicolas Maduro said Thursday.  Luis Diaz, a leader of the opposition Democratic Action party in Guarico state, was shot toward the end of a public meeting Wednesday night in the latest of several violent incidents in the volatile South American country ahead of the December 6 legislative elections.  (AFP)


MORE:   PSUV militias blamed    Violence before election

PREVIOUS:   Venezuelan parliamentary election 2015    PSUV   Most wanted gov't officials 


3 arrested


TEGUCIGALPA - 2 adult men and a minor suspected gang members on Wednesday morning shot 7 people to death after taking them by force from their homes and transporting them to another house.  The victims were 6 men and 1 woman ranging in age from 18 to 36.  The massacre comes one day after unknown armed men murdered 8 public transport employees at a bus terminal in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.  (EFE)  


MORE:   2 separate massacres 


Fined for secret deal


LONDON - The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) fined Barclays $109M for trashing its own rules on making background checks on clients and the origin of their cash, and whether they figured on international sanctions lists.  Regulators said the lengths a handful of Barclays employees went to hide the $2.8B transaction, including from the bank's own staff, 'threatened confidence in the UK financial system.'  The FCA said Barclays bent over backwards to accommodate a number of 'ultra-high net worth clients' and earn its $78M commission.   (CNN) 


MORE:   FCA fines Barclays   Web search enough diligence   Elephant deal with Qataris


Whistleblower gets jail


Herve Falciani


GENEVA - Herve Falciani, the whistleblower who exposed wrongdoing at HSBC's Swiss private bank, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison by a Swiss court.  The former IT worker was condemned in his absence for the biggest leak in banking history. He is currently living in France, where he sought refuge from Swiss justice.  (Guardian UK)  


PREVIOUS:   Swiss Leaks


Audio warning released




ANKARA - Turkey has released audio recordings of what it says are the Turkish military's repeated warnings to the pilot of the Russian plane before it was shot down at the border with Syria.   (AP)  


MORE:   Russia ID's oil middleman   Bilal Erdogan   Turkey accuses Russia of slander   Russia plans sanctions against Turkey

PREVIOUS:   'Stab in the back'   Russian Sukhoi Su-24 shotdown 


Murdered prosecutor


Anthony Kevin Morais


KUALA LUMPUR - The brother of a Malaysian deputy public prosecutor whose body was found in a cement-filled oil drum that had been dumped in a river has issued a sworn declaration that the victim, Anthony Kevin Morais, was investigating corruption involving Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor when he disappeared.  (Asia Sentinel)


PREVIOUS:   China buying 1MDB asset   1MDB   CGNPC   Greed & Corruption BC  


Denied entry


Anastasia Lin


SANYA - Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan.  Chinese-born Anastasia Lin said she was unable to board her connecting flight from Hong Kong after a Chinese official told her by telephone that she would not be granted a visa on arrival.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Lin 'persona non grata'

PREVIOUS:   Canada left out    


'Crashing end'


Arthur Kent


CALGARY - Don Martin referred to Arthur Kent, 61, as the 'Scud Dud,' and according to the statement of claim described him as having an oversized ego and running an unorganized campaign.  Volunteers quit, fundraising 'came to a crashing end' and the campaign was 'critically wounded' after Don Martin's column was published, according to Arthur Kent's testimony.   (CBC)   


MORE:   Kent's rebuttal was never published

PREVIOUS:   Opening remarks too prejudicial


Not up to standards


Body worn video


Canada's national police force is going back to the drawing board in its attempt to identify a portable video camera that can be worn by officers from coast to coast.  The RCMP issued a request for information from suppliers on Thursday via the government of Canada's procurement website, specifically asking private companies that specialize in camera technology to help the force answer some key questions.  (Global)


Homicides Canada 2014


Canadian police services reported 516 homicides in 2014.  23% of those 516 homicide victims were reported by police as Aborginal, a group that accounted for just 5% of the Canadian population.   (Stats Canada)


Cautionary tale of biblical proportions 


France Charbonneau


MONTREAL - For years, construction and engineering firms conspired to cheat municipal and provincial governments. Civil servants were bought off with cash, golf trips, hockey tickets, bottles of wine or a Christmas ham. Honest contractors who dared bid on jobs that their competitors had fixed would see their equipment mysteriously vandalized. Circling around it all were gangsters with the Mafia and Hells Angels, for whom the construction industry was an attractive way to diversify their business and launder illegal gains.   (National Post)


MORE:   Corruption more widespread than originally thought

REPORT:   Final report (French)  .pdf

PREVIOUS:   Corruption 'widespread'   Deeply rooted   Charbonneau Commission   Greed & Corruption Quebec 


Tory appointments


OTTAWA - The Liberal government is looking into whether it can rescind dozens of appointments that were quietly made last June in the dying days of the Conservative government.  (Huffington Post)   


MORE:   Harper government made 49 'future' patronage appointments  




TORONTO - Police are searching for suspects and a vehicle after a man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died while riding in a car early Monday morning.  Shots were fired from one vehicle into another both traveling eastbound on Finch Ave east of Highway 27 at about 4:30am.  (CP24)


MORE:   Man killed 


Suspicious death


CHASE - Just before 10pm on Nov. 28, RCMP responded to reports of shots fired at a residence in the 2500-block of Squilax Anglemont Road in Lee Creek, BC.  Officers found the deceased woman when they arrived.  An adult male remains in police custody following his arrest at the residence Saturday night.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Body found   Woman's body found 




MASKWACIS - RCMP have arrested a man in connection to the death of a woman on Saturday.  Kirsten Cutknife's body was found by RCMP in a house on the Samson Cree Nation town site at around 10am.  Joshua Crier, 19, of the Samson Cree Nation had been charged with second-degree murder in the death.  (Global)  


MORE:   Arrest

PREVIOUS:   Woman found dead   Police investigating    


Woman charged


SUCKER RIVER - Shawna Finlayson, 27, has been charged with one count of manslaughter in the death of Howard Roberts, 51, of Montreal Lake, SK.  RCMP received the initial call shortly after 3am on Saturday. When they arrived on scene in Sucker River they discovered Roberts' body.  (Global)


MORE:   Charged laid   Woman charged 


Man tasered


HAMILTON - Police moved quickly to take down a naked man wielding a knife in the lower city Sunday night.  Officers were called to the Main and Wentworth area around 8:30pm.   (CBC) 


Missing now a homicide


Troy Cecil Napope


PRINCE ALBERT - Troy Cecil Napope, a man whose burnt-out car was found in May, is now considered to have been the victim of homicide, RCMP say, although they are still looking for his body.  RCMP in Prince Albert announced Saturday that their investigation into Napope's disappearance began June 6 when the 23-year-old man was reported as missing.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Disappearance treated as homicide   Now a homicide  


Suspect surrenders


RED DEER - Daniel Boyd Sawyer, 31, turned himself in Friday in relation to the Nov 18 slaying of Alan Beach, 31, who died after a Nov. 18 stabbing in a Red Deer bar.  Mounties are seeking a second suspect, a clean-shaven, 5-foot-10 tall white male, about 30 years old with short, dark hair.  (Sun Media)  


MORE:   Charged laid   1 charged

PREVIOUS:   Pub stabbing 


2 found guilty



Manraj Akalirai          Dhillon        Rahkra


VANCOUVER - A jury found Amritpal Dhillon, who pleaded not guilty to the January 2013 slaying of Manraj Akalirai, 19, not guilty of second-degree murder, but guilty of manslaughter.  Amritpaul Rakhra, a co-accused of Dhillon, was also found guilty of manslaughter in the gruesome death.  (Vancouver Province)


PREVIOUS:   Murders 2013 




HALIFAX - Police say 2 men and 1 woman were swarmed by 10 to 15 black youths early Sunday morning near the Halifax Oval.  Police say the incident happened on Cogswell Street around 1:10am.  (CTV) 


Civil forfeiture wants cash


VANCOUVER - The BC government wants to keep more than $4,800 in cash seized by Vancouver police from the Louis Vuitton purse of a woman alleged to be the girlfriend of a gangster.  The provincial director of civil forfeiture says that the money was seized while police were screening out 'undesirable' patrons from the Black and Blue restaurant on Jan. 31 this year.   (Vancouver Province)


Suspicious death


WINNIPEG - A 28-year-old woman died at a Tuxedo Ave Manitoba Housing unit and police consider her death suspicious.  Officers were called on Thursday morning for what they said was a sudden death incident in the home.  (CTV)


MORE:   Woman found dead 


Killing a parent


TORONTO - 3 of Peel region's 13 homicides this year are alleged cases of matricide. In Halton region, the 2 homicides in 2015 are both alleged cases of parricide. 3 of Durham's residents have been charged in the last few months in alleged cases of parricide.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Parricides in the GTA 


Child sex assault


David Andrew Carswell


BARRIE - A former Barrie man who was an elementary school teacher in the city faces 3 sex charges after OPP received a complaint about a child sexual assault.  David Andrew Carswell, 61, of London, was charged Friday with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation during the 2004-05 school year while he was still teaching.  Carswell was convicted of possessing child pornography in 2009.  (Sun Media) 


Quebec's auditor finds problems


MONTREAL - Quebec's auditor general is warning the provincial government that it is seriously underestimating the cost of paying doctors.  The latest report from Guylaine Leclerc is based on negotiated agreements between health care providers and the province covering a five-year period between 2010 and 2015.  Leclerc found that the actual cost of paying GPs and medical specialists will go over budget by more than $416M.  She also found major problems in how information technology contracts are managed.  Leclerc and her staff determined there were problems in the majority of the 27 contracts analyzed.  (CTV)


Body found


TORONTO - Police have located a driver believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run.  A woman's body was found at the intersection of Bathurst St and Eglinton Ave W shortly before 6am on Friday.  Police said the woman had been hit by a tanker truck as it made a right turn through the intersection.   (CTV)


MORE:   Pedestrian dies   Pedestrian struck and killed  




SWEETGRASS FN - One person has died after a hit and run Wednesday night on the Sweetgrass First Nation. Police were called to a grid road shortly after 8:30pm where they found a man suffering from serious injuries.  He was taken to hospital in Saskatoon where he passed away on Thursday evening.  A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged on Thursday morning in connection with the hit and run. (CTV)


MORE:   Charges laid   Person killed 


Human remains found


Karina Wolfe


SASKATOON - Karina Wolfe is the woman whose remains were found by Saskatoon police on Nov 14.  Wolfe went missing in July 2010. She was last seen on the city's west side, and police were immediately concerned because of her high-risk lifestyle.  The original discovery of the remains stemmed from a tip police say they received on Nov 10.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Human remains found    Accused identified 


Father found dead


Simone Reid


TORONTO - Nearly two weeks after the body of 18-year-old Simone Reid was discovered inside her Sheppard Ave E apartment, her father has also been found dead.  Police discovered of the body of Paul Reid, 49, in his minivan in Markham on Tuesday afternoon.  Investigators had been searching for Paul Reid since his daughter's body was found Nov. 13, as he was likely among the last to see his daughter alive.  Police have not yet determined Paul Reid's cause of death.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Father found dead

PREVIOUS:   Identified   Police identify    


Boyfriend charged


Sheri Carpen


CALGARY - Murder charges have been laid against the boyfriend of a Calgary woman who was originally thought to have committed suicide.  Police were called to a home in the 200-block of Pinetree Bay NE for reports of a death back in March. Sheri Carpen, 31, was found inside along with her boyfriend who told police he found her dead.  Luke Anthony McLeod, 32, is charged with second-degree murder.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Man charged 


Found guilty


Melissa Richmond   Howard Richmond


OTTAWA - A jury has found Canadian soldier Howard Richmond guilty of first-degree murder for stabbing his wife to death in July 2013.  Richmond, 53, admitted to stabbing to death Melissa Richmond, 28, in a ravine near Ottawa's South Keys Shopping Centre in July 2013, but pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder at the outset of his trial in Sept.  (CBC)


MORE:   Guilty of wife's murder   Found guilty

PREVIOUS:  Charged in wife's death  Soldier charged   Body is missing woman   Worries escalate 




WINDSOR - Mohammad Younus has been found guilty of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in a July 2013 crash on Highway 101 near Falmouth, NS, that led to the death of a 6-year-old boy.  Younus was driving a tractor-trailer when it skidded into the back of the minivan and a motorhome towing a car.  Evan Servaes was travelling in the minivan with a neighbour's family on July 9, 2013. The minivan had stopped at a construction zone when it was hit.  (CBC) 


1 punch


VANCOUVER - Alcohol and bravado appear to be fuelling a disturbing trend of one-punch attacks that have left 3 people dead.  At least 10 people this year have fallen to the ground unconscious after being hit once in the head, Vancouver police told a news conference Thursday.  (Sun Media)  


MORE:   Sucker punch attack   Manslaughter charge recommended after sucker punch




National Post


TORONTO - In the wake of a warning last month from authorities in Italy of a possible mob war brewing in Toronto, the suspected arson has added urgency.  Police and fire officials were called to the Grotteria Social Club at 120 Whitmore Rd on Tuesday night at 10:25 for a fire. It was extinguished by firefighters with little effort.  (National Post) 


Doubt on ethics


Alison Redford


EDMONTON - Leaked internal Alberta government documents cast doubt on the findings of an ethics investigation that cleared former premier Alison Redford of conflict-of-interest allegations.   (CBC) 


PREVIOUS:   Ex-premier chose last ranked consortium with connections for $10B litigation


Fine for taking water


FORT NELSON - Nexen has pleaded guilty to damaging the habitat of a lake in NE BC by taking water for a nearby fracking operation, which violated its water licence.  The Calgary-based company, owned by the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC), has agreed to pay $75,000 in fines, all but $1,000 of which will go to a Victoria-based environmental conservation charity Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.  (Globe & Mail) 


SEC investigating


TORONTO - Titan Equity Group Ltd. and its CEO, Lance Kotton, raised $30.7M from 335 investors starting in 2011 against 3 development properties in York Region, the Ontario Securities Commission alleges in court documents.  The company and Kotton were both placed into receivership by an Ontario Superior Court of Justice at the regulator's request on Nov. 16, owing $21.6M to investors.   (Toronto Star)




GUELPH - Alistair Wood, 83, is accused of first-degree murder in connection with the killing his wife Kathleen.  The body of Kathleen Wood, 84, was discovered late Tuesday morning at the Village by the Arboretum (CBC)  


MORE:   Husband accused of killing wife   




BRAMPTON - Police were called to Kennedy Rd around 6:30am. They say that a 21-year old male pedestrian was crossing Kennedy Rd when a southbound dump truck hit him and dragged him down the road.  Paramedics rushed the pedestrian to hospital with critical injuries. He later died.  Sultan Singh Bhamber, 61, has been charged with one count of failing to remain at the scene of an accident, causing death.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Dump truck driver charged

PREVIOUS:   Another hit-and-run


3rd suspect


Mohammed Saqib


AIRDRIE - On Sept 18, emergency crews responded to a vehicle fire in a ditch near the intersection of Township Road 280 and Range Road 283.  Once the fire was extinguished, the body of Mohammed Saqib, 33, was located within the car.  The following week, RCMP charged two brothers, Theo Wheyee, 20, and Julius Wheyee, 28, in connection with Saqib's death. Nov 20 a third suspect, Saad Mohamed Osman, 29, was located and apprehended by officers.  (CTV)  


MORE:   3rd suspect   3rd man charged

PREVIOUS:   2 arrested   Arrests made   3rd man   Body found   Man was murdered   


Officer involved shooting


CALGARY - Authorities are investigating following an officer-involved shooting that took place in NE Calgary on Thursday morning.  Police were called to a disturbance on Falworth Way NE at 6am.  An officer discharged his service weapon during a traffic stop.  There were no injuries, ASIRT has been called to investigate.   (CTV)    


'I never wanted to kill anyone'


TORONTO - A composed James Forcillo answered 4 quick questions from his lawyer about his killing of Sammy Yatim: Did he shoot and kill the teenager on July 26-27, 2013; did he ever want to shoot him; why did he fire the first burst of 3 shots; and why the second burst of 6 that followed?  (National Post)


MORE: Officers at a disadvantage

PREVIOUS:   Death of Sammy Yatim   Toronto Police headlines  


Officers cleared in gun battle


VANCOUVER - No charges will be laid against the Vancouver police officers who shot an armed man last summer in an exchange of gunfire that began in Yaletown and ended outside Science World.  (Vancouver Courier)


MORE:   No charges   No charges approved  .pdf 

COMMENT:   Something's got to give with IIO


Officers cleared


TORONTO - The SIU has found 3 Peel Police officers were justified in firing weapons during a violent incident in Mississauga that left 1 person dead and 2 officers injured.     (Toronto Star) 


Sex assault arrests


Kevin Chan   Kayla Drumonde


TORONTO - A Toronto math tutor and his fiancee were arrested in connection with a case of gang sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl last year.  According to a released statement, the couple allegedly sexually assaulted the girl in the summer of 2014 at their North York home.  Kevin Chan, 32, and Kayla Drumonde, 23, have each been charged.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Gang sexual assault   Charged 


Eco tax to be hidden


TORONTO - Queen's Park is phasing out eco fees on consumer electronics and other products and radically revamping waste diversion programs to force manufacturers to package less.  New legislation Thursday that will ultimately eliminate Waste Diversion Ontario, the controversial industry-run agency overseeing provincial recycling programs.  Under the new model manufacturers will have to include recycling fees in a product's price-tag so it will no longer appear like a tax on the receipt.  (Toronto Star)


Impaired charge


Mandeep Singh


TORONTO - A fatal hit-and-run left a 25-year-old man dead in Scarborough Tuesday morning.  It happened near McCowan Road and Kenhatch Boulevard, at around 6am.  The victim has been identified by roommates as Mandeep Singh.  Sean England, 28, faces charges including impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death.  (CP24)  


MORE:   Suspect faces charges   Drunken hit-and-run   Impaired driving charges

PREVIOUS:   Hit-and-run   Pedestrian dead  


Hit-and-run charge


Mariel Garcia


BRAMPTON - Police say an 18-year-old woman was walking near the residential area of Kimborough Hollow and Bonnie Braes Drive Nov 21, when she was hit by white 2012 Ford F150 pick-up truck sometime after 10pm.  Mariel Garcia sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead in a Toronto hospital.  The driver of the vehicle surrendered to police early Sunday morning. Steven Richards, 26, faces one count of failing to remain at the scene of a collision.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:  Accused sorry

PREVIOUS:  Hit-and-run   Man charged    


Victim dies in hospital


May Elanik


AKLAVIK - People in Aklavik and Inuvik lit candles Tuesday night for May Elanik, a mother of 7 who was brutally beaten and unconscious on a snowy trail in Aklavik Nov 11.  She died 8 days later in an Edmonton hospital.  Police are treating the death as a homicide, but so far, there have been no charges laid in the community of about 600 people. (CBC) 




Dady Jean


OTTAWA - Dady Jean, a 41-year-old mechanic, was gunned down outside of a house party at an apartment building at 340 Lacasse Ave Nov 14.  Dominique Chretien, 20, and Johnnie-Dean Locey-Derochie, 23, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. A third suspect, Candy Locey, 40, is still at large.  (Sun Media)  


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Police dog recovering




TORONTO - Lonca, the one-year-old dog, was with officers as they carried out a search warrant related to an illegal gaming operation investigation on Monday.  Officers deployed Lonca and the man subsequently 'chopped' at the dog's neck.  As a result of the cuts, he received multiple stitches. Phuoc Dang, 56, of Toronto is charged.  (Toronto Star)  


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