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Long-gun registry ruling


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court has upheld the federal government's right to destroy all long-gun registry data.  In a 5-4 decision, the top court turned down Quebec's appeal to keep the information on its own gun owners, finding the destruction of the Quebec registry data is lawful and the province has no legal right to the records.  (QMI)


JUDGMENT:   2015 SCC 14

MORE:   Quebec has no legal right to long-gun registry data    Feds can destroy gun registry data   Quebec will create its own    


Peace bond


MONTREAL - A Montreal man the RCMP fears will commit a terrorism offence has signed off on a peace bond.   The Crown says Merouane Ghalmi has agreed to abide by a lengthy list of conditions that includes handing over his passport and not communicating with people in Syria.  Ghalmi will also have to wear a GPS tracker and hand over passwords to all his electronic devices.  Ghalmi has not been charged with any offence and, because the contents of a sworn affidavit have been sealed, it is not known why the Mounties are concerned about him.  (CP)    


Asylum applications


GENEVA - The UN refugee agency reported on Thursday that the wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year.  (UNHCR)


REPORT:   Asylum Trends 2014  .pdf    


Hotel attacked


MOGADISHU - 7 people have been killed in an attack on a hotel popular with government officials in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.  The African Union mission to Somalia confirmed that there had been an explosion followed by gunfire at the Makka al-Mukarama hotel on Friday.   An AMISOM spokesman said al-Shabab fighters got out of a car that then exploded. The armed men then entered the hotel and gunfire was heard. The fighters took hostages, the spokesman added.  The same hotel was attacked by the al-Shabab group in November 2013.  (Jazeera) 


MORE:   Bomb and gunfight at hotel

PREVIOUS:   Al-Shabab    




NARAYANGANJ - At least 10 Hindu pilgrims have been killed in a stampede during a bathing ritual at a holy site in Narayanganj, Bangladesh.  (BBC)  


MORE:   10 die in stampede


Co-pilot acted 'intentionally'



Andreas Lubitz              Matrixpictures


PRADS-HAUTE-BLEONE - Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said the commander left the cockpit, presumably to go to the lavatory, and then was unable to regain access. In the meantime, he said, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 28, manually and 'intentionally' set the plane on the descent that drove it into the mountainside in the southern French Alps.  (AP)   


MORE:   Killer in the cockpit   How flight 9525 fell to earth   Co-pilot hid illness   Canadian airlines will keep 2 crew members in cockpits

PREVIOUS:    Germanwings Flight 9525    Jet crash   DW: Germanwings crash   What we know  Some of the victims  


Air strikes


SANAA - A coalition led by Saudi Arabia has launched air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying it is 'defending the legitimate government' of Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.  Saudi jets targeted Houthi positions in the capital Sanaa overnight, along with missile batteries and warplanes.   (BBC)


MORE:   Military action in Yemen     Saudi Defense minister supervises operations   Operation Determination Storm

COMMENT:   It's not IS and it's not Sunni-Shite conflict

PREVIOUS:  President flees   Proxy war?   Next civil war   2 mosques attacked   2014-15 Yemeni coup d'etat   Houthi insurgency in Yemen   US troops 'withdraw from Yemen'  




MEXICO CITY - Roughly 80% of the 601 bodies found in 174 clandestine graves in Mexico between Dec. 1, 2006, and Feb. 28, 2015, have not yet been identified.  More than 22,000 people have gone missing over the past 8 years in Mexico, with nearly 50% of the cases being registered between 2012 and 2014.  (LAHT)    


Military officer charged


Martin Bernier


CFB VALCARTIER - A senior officer at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier in Quebec is facing criminal charges.  Lt.-Col. Martin Bernier - the former commander of the 2nd Canadian Division Training Centre at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier - faces 2 charges of sexual assault and 2 charges of harassment.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Officer relieved of his duties  


Bell's next solution


Kevin Crull


OTTAWA - The incident happened last Thursday, not long after the 4pm release of the CRTC's so-called 'pick-and-pay' decision.  Shortly after the announcement, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais appeared on BNN, a Bell Media-owned business news station, for a 6-minute interview with reporter Greg Bonnell.  Almost immediately, Kevin Crull called Wendy Freeman, the president of CTV News, reportedly saying he was in charge of the network and that Mr. Blais was not to appear on air again.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Regulator slams Bell Media   Bell's principles of business   Damage control   Big 3 have a lock on fibre optic cable

PREVIOUS:   Bell's solution, kick US networks off the airwaves   Bell Canada    PTC: Canadian Media


You are where you live


The labels may sound glib, but together they form a segmentation system that functions like a demographic decoder ring for Canadian neighbourhoods. It takes each of the roughly 750,000 6-digit postal codes in Canada, assesses the households by age, ethnicity, education and net worth, and then assigns the postcode 1 of 68 demographic profiles. These 68 profiles form a snapshot of the way the Canadian population, in aggregate, sorts itself geographically.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   PRIZM5 lookup    Environics Analytics  


Food insecurity




OTTAWA - When it comes to buying the variety and quantity of food they need, Nunavut residents have it harder than anyone else in the country.  According to a new report from Statistics Canada, Nunavut has the highest rate of food insecurity: 36.7%.  That number is more than 4 times the Canadian average of 8.3%, according to the StatsCan numbers recorded from 2007 to 2012.  (CTV)


REPORT:   Food insecurity in Canada, 2007-2012    


Ok to buy


OTTAWA - The Competition Bureau says it will allow Postmedia's $316M deal to buy Sun Media's English-language newspapers and digital properties to go ahead.  The federal regulator says the deal is unlikely to substantially lessen or prevent competition.  The Competition Bureau has never blocked a newspaper takeover in Canada.  (Toronto Star)  


PREVIOUS:   Daily newspapers ownership  


Employee theft


OTTAWA - A 31-year-old information technology specialist with the Department of National Defence has been charged with breach of trust and defrauding the Government of Canada of almost $140,000 after allegedly ordering computer parts and stealing them for personal gain.  Andrew Heggaton was charged on March 9 with breach of trust, fraud and theft over $5,000 from alleged incidents that date back to February 2014.  (PostMedia) 




RCMP said Amir Raisolsadat was arrested Tuesday under section 810.01 of the Criminal Code, which says police may pursue an application for an order to keep the peace if they have reasonable grounds to believe that a person may commit a terrorism-related offence.  (CBC)  


MORE:   PEI terror arrest    Arrested   Rarely used peace bonds shrouded in secrecy


FBI strategy needs overhaul


WASHINGTON - The FBI needs to strengthen its intelligence programs and information sharing to counter the diverse and fast-moving national threats that have evolved since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a new US report said on Wednesday.  The 9/11 Review Commission report said the bureau's progress in developing key intelligence programs, analysis and human intelligence collection lags behind its law enforcement capabilities.  (Reuters)


REPORT:   FBI: protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century   .pdf    


Officer shot


Michael Johnson


SAN JOSE - Michael Johnson, a 14-year veteran San Jose police officer was killed Tuesday evening in a dramatic series of events that began with a call about a suicidal man and ended when police used explosives and a robot to breach the suspect's apartment, but found him dead.  (Mercury News)    


Officer shot


Trevor Casper


FOND DU LAC - Trevor Casper, 21, a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper just 3 months out of the academy died in a shootout with a bank robbery suspect also believed to have killed another motorist.  The robbery suspect also died in the shooting Tuesday evening in Fond du Lac.  (AP)   


MORE:   Fallen trooper identified  


Reality TV


Stoyetsky, Bochkovsky & prosecutor


KIEV - Ukrainian police officers charged into a televised government meeting Wednesday and detained 2 top officials on suspicion of extorting bribes.  Police snapped handcuffs onto emergency services chief Serhiy Bochkovsky and his deputy Vasiliy Stoyetsky and calmly marched the pair out of the Cabinet meeting.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Corruption in Ukraine      


4 vehicle crash




HUARMEY - A highway pile-up of 3 buses and a truck on Monday left 37 dead and 70 injured on a motorway some 270 kilometers (168 miles) north of Lima.  The 4-vehicle crash occurred around 4:30am on the Pan-American Highway, and, police said, was apparently caused when one of the buses swerved out of its lane and smashed head-on into a bus coming the opposite direction that was piled into by yet another bus and truck coming behind it. (LAHT)


MORE:   Quadruple collision    YouTube    


Spying outed


WASHINGTON - The US has accused Israel of spying on international negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme and using the intelligence gathered to persuade Congress to undermine the talks, according to a report on Tuesday.  The Wall Street Journal cited senior administration officials as saying the Israeli espionage operation began soon after the US opened up a secret channel of communications with Tehran in 2012, aimed at resolving the decade-long standoff over Iran's nuclear aspirations.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   White House angry at Israel sharing intel with US Congress    Israel denies spying

PREVIOUS:   Comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program     


Money rules


ABUJA - As Africa's biggest oil producer prepares to elect a president and parliament on Saturday, at stake for most politicians is the power to dispense and receive cash and patronage rather than competing ideologies.  With annual salaries and benefits of as much as $2.5M a year, Nigeria's lawmakers earn more than 4 times Barack Obama's salary as US president.  Whoever wins the presidency has a critical say in dispensing about $88B a year in state revenue, more than two-thirds of which comes from oil and gas exports.  (Bloomberg)  


MORE:   Nigerian general election 2015

PREVIOUS:   Corruption in Nigeria   Kleptocracy 


Bodies found


Missing family


KENAI - A nearly yearlong search for a missing Alaska family has come to a grim end with the discovery of 4 bodies, a dead dog and a handgun just off a trail in a rural area near the family's home.  Authorities said Monday they could not comment on the circumstances surrounding the deaths but there's no reason to believe anyone else was involved.  Rebecca Adams, 23; her boyfriend, Brandon Jividen, 38; and her children, Michelle Hundley, 6, and Jaracca Hundley, 3, lived on a quiet street on the outskirts of Kenai.  (AP)  


MORE:   Murders-suicide suspected


Canada to expand air strikes


OTTAWA - Canada will extend its air strike campaign against Islamic State (IS) into Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced.  Canada's mission against IS will also be extended for one year, beyond October's election and well into 2016.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Text of motion    

PREVIOUS:   Islamic State     War on terror  

RELATED:   Wahhabism in SE Asia


Drop in citizenship


OTTAWA - The percentage of immigrants who become citizens has been dropping dramatically in recent years - from 79% to 26% among people who arrived between 2000 and 2008.  (Toronto Star)  


Aptly named next appointment



Joe Friday         Dion             Ouimet


OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the nomination of Joe Friday as the next Public Sector Integrity Commissioner.   (PMO press release)


PREVIOUS:   Joe Friday TV   Auditor general: gross mismanagement in files handled by integrity commissioner   2014 April report of the AG    2003 Sept report of the AG   Dion named to refugee board   Disgraced czar Ouirnet    Canada is not a good place for whistleblowers


CSE's toolbox revealed


OTTAWA - Top-secret documents obtained by the CBC show Canada's electronic spy agency (CSE) has developed a vast arsenal of cyberwarfare tools alongside its US and British counterparts to hack into computers and phones in many parts of the world, including in friendly trade countries like Mexico and hotspots like the Middle East.   (CBC)


MORE:   Documents reveal hacking tactics

PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance     


Downside of complex tax system


OTTAWA - In Finland, if you have a straightforward tax return, you don't have to fill out any forms at all. Using tax data beamed electronically to the government, each April, the Finnish tax department sends every taxpayer a completed tax form.  Effectively, the government is admitting that it already knows all your secrets.  Come tax time, T-slips from employers, pension plans, banks, investment income sources and other government departments are sent directly to you, and the CRA.  Partly because of an irrational fear of numbers and partly because of an excessively complex tax system, many Canadians are being left behind by the government's move to electronic services.   (CBC)  


Private sector earn less, work more


OTTAWA - The average public sector employee makes 18 to 37% more than a comparable employee working in the private sector, according to a new report from the CFIB.   (CTV)


REPORT:   Comparison of Public-sector and Private-sector salaries and benefits   .pdf 


Plagued with safety hazards


Canadian border officers at small and remote crossings face hazards and even lack of drinking water and proper shelter, says a federal evaluation.  The absence of camera systems and inadequate space to interview travellers also pose a threat to the 'general safety and security' of officers at some ports of entry, says the newly released CBSA report.  (CP)


REPORT:   Evaluation of small and remote ports of entry   


Crime has gone high-tech


When most people hear the word 'criminal,' they probably picture some dim-witted thug. But security expert Marc Goodman has been fighting crime for more than 20 years, and he's learned the hard way that crime is increasingly going high-tech, leaving law enforcement struggling to keep up.  (Wired)  


MORE:    Future Crimes

RELATED:   What you need to know about online security flaws  


26 arrested




KABUL - Grieving women carried her coffin high on their shoulders in scenes many said they had never witnessed before in the Afghan capital.  Men are traditionally pallbearers in Kabul, where days earlier a mob of male attackers beat and kicked 27-year-old Farkhunda before tossing her off a bridge, setting her body on fire and throwing it in the river.  Farkhunda's parents said the killing was instigated by a local mullah of the Shah-e-Do Shamshera Mosque in the city's center, who had been angered by Farkhunda's accusations that he was distributing false tawiz.  (CNN) 


MORE:   Seeking justice   Rallying point   Under fire for endorsing murder of woman 

PREVIOUS:   Mob victim buried   Wrongly accused


Gold mine bombed


ASMARA - The news is now confirmed the bombing operations of Bisha gold mine and the Eritrean military depot at Mai Edaga were taken by the Gallant Ethiopian Air force.  The Ethiopian bombing operation took place on March 20, 2015.  The Bisha gold mine which is primarily run by Nevsun a Canadian corporation is reportedly produces from $300M to $400M a year.  (Tigra online)    


Systems failure


West Africa's ongoing Ebola outbreak reached its catastrophic scale because of the failure of a variety of international agencies and the lack of global health rapid response capacity, a new report by MSF says.  (CP)


REPORT:   Pushed to the limit and beyond  .pdf

MORE:   Ebola outbreak, one year on

PREVIOUS:   Bio Related Events


Canadian picture


Rick Wiltse photo


SHAMROCK LAKE - A snapshot of a lone Mountie, donned in his full red serge, playing shinny on a frozen glacial lake in BC's Purcell mountain range is being called the 'most Canadian picture ever.'   (Vancouver Sun)  


MORE:   No idea it would explode online    


3rd gunman



EPA                   Maher bin Al-Moulidi Al-Qaidi


TUNIS - Tunisian authorities said they are searching for a third attacker who they believe took part in the deadly Bardo Museum attack in which 23 people, mostly foreign tourists, died.  2 of the assailants were shot dead during the attack.  Around 20 suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack but just 2 gunmen were initially thought to have assaulted the museum. (Irish Times)  


MORE:   Manhunt  

PREVIOUS:   Bardo National Museum attack  




Raed Jaser   Chiheb Esseghaier


TORONTO - Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier, two men accused of plotting to derail a Via passenger train travelling between Canada and the US, have been found guilty of a series of terror-related charges.  Esseghaier was found guilty of all charges against him while Jaser was convicted on all but one charge. After 10 days of deliberation, the jury said it was 'irrevocably deadlocked' on the charge against Jaser of 'conspiring to interfere with transportation facilities for the benefit of a terrorist group.'   (CBC)


MORE:   Guilty on some counts

COMMENT:   Public menace   Jury reach a wise decision

PREVIOUS:   2013 VIA Rail terrorism plot    


Bar association denounces bill


Steven Blaney


OTTAWA - The Conservative government's anti-terrorism bill contains 'ill-considered' measures that will deprive Canadians of liberties without increasing their safety, the Canadian Bar Association says.  The most worrying element of the bill is a provision that would give judges the power to authorize CSIS violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the association says.  (CP) 


MORE:   Topless protester dragged from House of Commons   CSIS intelligence shared with petroleum industry

PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance  


F**ked trademark in court


VANCOUVER - Call it the faceoff to 'F--k Cancer.'  Susan Fiedler is headed to BC Supreme Court in a bid to stop a pair of celebrity activists from allegedly infringing on her trademark of the controversial slogan.  In a notice of civil claim,  Fiedler says she started fundraising F--k Cancer in 2008 - before Yael Cohen or Julie Greenbaum began using the term to raise money for charity.  'A big part of what I'm doing is really protecting my intellectual property,' said Fiedler.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   2 rivals teamed up    Canadian trademark law   Public domain   Anti-copyright


Water shortfall


NEW DELHI - The world could suffer a 40% shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a UN report warned Friday.  (AP)


REPORT:   UN world water development report 2015 

RELATED:   BC's water pricing scheme doesn't go far enough   Water bottle company's expansion




BRAMPTON - A man was killed in a double stabbing in Brampton on Thursday afternoon.  It happened around 1pm outside a home on McGraw Ave.  Paramedics took 2 men to Brampton Civic Hospital. One was pronounced dead soon after; the other had serious injuries, but is expected to recover.  (CityNews)  


MORE:   Brothers stabbed   3 sought   Double stabbing    


Boyfriend charged


Renee Neganiwina


HAMILTON - The fire that claimed the life of a woman has been ruled a homicide, and now the man she lived with is facing second degree murder charges.  Police have identified the victim as Renee Neganiwina, 26. Joseph Snelgrove, 38, who police say was in a relationship with Neganiwina, is now in police custody.  (CBC)


MORE:   Man charged     


Lethal Force


VANCOUVER - Lien Chan had no idea her schizophrenic brother had been shot and killed by an officer when she received a cryptic phone call from Vancouver police asking if he had ever threatened her.  The police officer made it seem 'like my brother was trouble maker, or something like that, like dangerous person. I told him, 'No he's not. He has mental illness,' she recalled.  That was around 7pm on Nov. 22, 2014.  Her sister received a similar call that night about their brother Tony Du.  (Vancouver Sun)    


Stranger attack




VANCOUVER - Police say a man is in custody after a woman was attacked, tied up and sexually assaulted in a seemingly random attack.  Police said an armed man entered the woman's home in the 800-block of Union St Thursday afternoon.  A passerby heard screams coming from the house and confronted the man inside the home, allowing the woman to escape.  Their struggle spilled out on to Union St and the witnesses held the man until police officers near the home took him into custody.  (CTV)  


AB budget


EDMONTON - Albertans will pay more to get married, go camping, have a drink, go for a drive or do pretty much anything else as the province fights to get out from under the collapse in oil prices.  The 2015-16 budget tabled Thursday increases taxes and fees virtually across the board and runs the largest deficit in Alberta's history at $5B.  (Beacon)


REPORT:   AB budget 2015    


QC budget


QUEBEC - Quebec will post a balanced budget this year and tightly control government spending as the province aims to slice its massive debt over the next decade, says Finance Minister Carlos Leitao.  With a gross debt of $197.1B as of March 31, 2014, Quebec was by far the most indebted province in the country.   (CTV)


REPORT:   QC budget 2015-2016  


List tops 100,000 members


TORONTO - Ontario's taxpayer-funded $100,000 club includes more than 100,000 members for first time ever.  The annual 'sunshine list' of 6-figures-and-up earners on the provincial public payroll released Friday included 111,438 people in 2014 - 13,642 more than the 97,796 the year before or a 13.9% increase.  (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   Public sector salary disclosure

RELATED:   Tory raised $2.9M in Toronto mayoral race




EDMONTON - On Sunday, March 22, officers were called to a home in the area of 81 Ave and 178 St, at about 8:23am on reports of a deceased male.  Police and paramedics arrived on the scene a short time later, and the man was pronounced dead.  On Tuesday, March 24, the Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy, and determined the man's death was a homicide.  The individual has been identified as Casey Darrell Crier, 29.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Death deemed homicide    


Victim of domestic violence


Corinne April McKay


BRANDON - Bradley Dean Harris' sisters have identified the woman charged in their brother's death as his former longtime common-law partner.   Harris, 51, was living alone at Westman Youth for Christ's U-Turn project home on the 100-block of 5 St.  Police were called to the apartment complex around 2:30pm on March 16, where they found Harris with unspecified wounds to his upper torso. He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  Corinne April McKay, 45, was arrested at the scene and is charged with first-degree murder.  (QMI)


MORE:   Bystanders tried to intervene   Witnesses

PREVIOUS:   Sabbing      




Mohameddek Ali Mohamud


CALGARY - Less than 3 hours before the body of Mohameddek Ali Mohamud, 25, was found near the park's ski jumps early Wednesday morning, the victim was called to a meeting by an unknown person.   (QMI)


MORE:   Body identified

PREVIOUS:   Body found   Suspicious death


Worked to death


Bao Min Cheng


VANCOUVER - The family of a Chinese immigrant who died after allegedly working excessive hours at a Vancouver poultry processor is suing the company.  The lawsuit, filed last week in BC Supreme Court, claims married father-of-4 Bao Min Cheng, 40, used to work 60-70 hours per week at Hallmark Poultry Processors, and that the strain of working so much overtime killed him.  Cheng died of heart failure on March 22, 2013 following a 13-hour shift.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Family sues employers 


Spotlight on WorkSafeBC


PRINCE GEORGE - While preparing investigations into 2 deadly sawmill blasts that it eventually botched, WorkSafeBC turned down access to a months-long probe by one of the mills' owners and then did not tell an ongoing inquest about the existence of this extensive hidden evidence, the lead lawyer for the provincial coroners service says.  (Globe & Mail)  


PREVIOUS:   WorkSafeBC executive Compensation 2013    Coroners service of BC 2015 inquest schedule 


Experiment failing


VANCOVUER - The problem: officials expected twice as many cars to use the Golden Ears Bridge than actually crossed the span in 2014 - collecting only about $42M for a bridge that costs $80M to run.  It's a similar story with the Port Mann Bridge. The bridge now carries only about 101,000 drivers a day - less than the old bridge, which had about 110,000 drivers a day in 2011. That bridge now loses about $80M a year.  Together, the two bridges lose nearly $120M a year. By comparison, that's about half of the revenue Metro Vancouverites are asked to provide with a PST hike in the upcoming transit vote.  (CTV)    


PREVIOUS:   Greed and corruption: BC


Cabinet disregarded warnings


FREDERICTON - In her report tabled in the Legislature on the government's handling of financial assistance to the Atcon group of companies from 2008 to 2010, the auditor general of New Brunswick, Kim MacPherson, concludes the loss incurred by New Brunswick taxpayers occurred because the government of the day chose to disregard the expert advice of its senior civil servants. She also noted elected officials are not required to follow such advice.  (GNB)


REPORT:   Financial assistance to Atcon Holdings    .pdf

MORE:   NB taxpayers on the hook for $70M    NB premier says no need for further examination

PREVIOUS:   Ex-premier quits politics after conflict of interest report    Entitled page 2


Victim identified


Jason Hall


PRINCE GEORGE - Police have identified a man shot and killed in Prince George, BC, as a former gang member.  Mounties say Jason Hall, 45, was found lying on a street corner Sunday morning.  He was taken to hospital with at least one gunshot wound and later died.  RCMP say Hall was a former member of a disbanded organized crime gang called the Renegades Outlaw Motorcycle Club.  (CP)  


MORE:   Jason Hall is dead   Former biker shot dead    


Human remains identified


Kate Lynn Reid


KITCHENER - Kate Lynn Reid's remains were found at 10 Burn Place around 4pm Friday.   Police said the results of a post-mortem conducted in Hamilton confirm Reid was the victim of a homicide.    (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Missing presumed dead   Murder charge laid   Man charged    


Guilty plea



Bernice Rich         Gordon Milley


GOOSE BAY - Gordon Milley has admitted to killing Bernice Rich by choking her before dragging the 21-year-old into the woods in Sheshatshiu, where her body was later discovered.  Rich's body was discovered in a wooded area in the central Labrador community on June 14, 2013. (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Accused barred   Murder suspect   Murder charge   


Bus driver charged


FORT MCMURRAY - On October 28, 2014, a vehicle headed southbound on Highway 63 at Mariana Lake collided with a northbound passenger bus, carrying tradespeople to a work site in the area.  2 people inside the vehicle died as a result of the crash.  Police said that Kaliappan Subramaniam of Fort McMurray, the driver of the bus, was facing a total of 18 charges stemming from that crash.   (CTV)    


Police shooting


WETASKIWIN - Police said Wetaskiwin RCMP officers were called to a reported domestic situation in home in that community at 4am Tuesday.  While officers were on the scene, police said an incident occurred that prompted an officer to discharge their service pistol at an individual.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Man had a hunting bow    Officer involved shooting    Man shot     


More protesters to be charged




MONTREAL - An anti-austerity protest in downtown Montreal ended Tuesday night with clashes between police officers and some demonstrators.  2 people are expected to face charges for assault with a weapon against a police officer, and 2 others are expected to be charged for assaulting a police officer.  (CBC)


MORE:   'Young communists' demonstrate

PREVIOUS:   More than 30 arrested in Monday protest


Photo radar victims


CALGARY - According to documents obtained through Freedom of Information requests, between July 2012 and July, 2014, police officers were caught speeding or running red lights 1,661 times. In more than half of the offences, the vehicle's emergency lights had not been activated.  The 1,661 infractions resulted in the issuing of 24 tickets, the bulk of which were sent to high ranking members of the Calgary Police Service.  Only 6 of the 24 traffic tickets were paid.   (CTV)    


Tricked guards


Francis Boucher


MONTREAL - Francis Boucher, son of notable former Hells Angels leader Maurice 'Mom' Boucher, has been accidentally released from Bordeaux Prison in Montreal.  A provincial Security Ministry representative said that Boucher, 39, tricked guards into allowing him to leave custody on Monday at 11am, even though he was only due to be released at the end of May.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Guard suspended   Boucher turns himself in 


Death deemed a homicide


TORONTO - The death of a 72-year-old man found bleeding from his head at an Etobicoke condo building has been deemed a homicide.  Khee Hien Liem of Toronto was discovered semi-conscious at 2267 Lake Shore Blvd W last Wednesday afternoon, police said. He was taken to hospital, dying from his injuries on Monday.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Victim identified   




WINNIPEG - On Nov. 21, 2014, police went to a suite in the 500-block of Victor St for a call of an injured woman.  Officers found Beatrice Ann Crane, 44, of Winnipeg, suffering from serious wounds consistent with being stabbed.  Crane was taken to hospital in critical condition where she died.  Ronald Alvin Thomas, 43, was arrested and charged with manslaughter Monday.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Arrest in domestic killing

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing    Woman identified    Police seek help 


Major irregularities found


MONTREAL - The Inspector General of Montreal has tabled a report showing the organization that runs Jean Drapeau Park may have mismanaged millions of dollars in public funds.  However the The Societe du Parc Jean Drapeau is not overseeing the reconstruction projects directly. Instead it handed the task to the non-profit Quartier International de Montreal (QIM) at a cost of $1,000,000.  (CTV)   


MORE:   Watchdog finds irregularities   Montreal inspector general recommends cancelling contracts    




Basia Ruta


VICTORIA - BC's first Auditor General for Local Government has been fired for refusing to participate in a review of her office, but Basia Ruta denies she was obstructing the process.  Community Development Minister Coralee Oakes announced Monday that Ruta would be immediately removed from her auditor's role. Ruta previously served as the Chief Financial Officer at Environment Canada.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Leaked report   Auditor being audited   Problems wrack audit office   Dysfunctional local auditing office   BC Auditor General for Local Government   Metro Vancouver


Suspect found dead


RIMBEY - Just after 6:00pm Thursday, RCMP received reports of a 70-year-old male lying on a rural road outside of town, pronounced dead by responding EMS crews.  The victim has been identified by police as rural resident Paul Michanuik.  Mounties confirmed the lone suspect in the killing had been found deceased.  (QMI)   


MORE:    Death deemed a homicide   Victim identified


Suspect killed by US border agent



Brando Walker                 Jamison Childress


CALGARY - A murder suspect is dead and 3 others are in police custody in connection with the death of a Calgary teen whose partially burned body was found earlier this month on the Tsuu T'ina first nation.  Jamison Childress, 20, was shot in the head by agents at a BC-Washington border crossing on Thursday, after spraying an agent with an unidentified chemical.  He was wanted by police for first-degree murder in relation the killing of Brando Walker, 18. Walker's body was found by fishermen in the Elbow River on March 7.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Police name man shot dead   Man killed was not Paul   Search continues for Paul   Border guard shooting   Victim identified   Death ruled a homicide     


Attacker shot by police




CALGARY - The man who was shot by police following an altercation at an anti-racism rally in downtown Calgary attacked the officer with a pipe, according to ASIRT.  (CBC)  


MORE:  Video of police involved shooting    


Police shooting


VANCOUVER - Burnaby Mounties fired at least 27 shots in the direction of a man with a gun at a Burnaby housing complex on Friday night, video of the dramatic incident shows.  The RCMP say they were responding to a call of a man with a gun near Lougheed Town Centre - and then reacting to his threats to hurt himself and the officers nearby.  (CTV)


Victim ID'd


Trevor Seraphine


TORONTO - Police were called at around 2am to 44 Willowridge Rd where the victim was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  The victim has been identified by police as Trevor Seraphine, 16. (CBC)  


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Suspicious death


CALGARY - EMS say they were called to an outdoor location on the SAIT campus shortly after 11:30pm on Friday. They took a man, believed to be in his 20s, to the Foothills hospital with multiple traumatic injuries in life-threatening condition.  The man later succumbed to his injuries.  Both homicide and traffic units are investigating to try and determine the cause of death.   (CBC)  


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Body found


MONTREAL - Police made a gruesome discovery in Bois des Filion when they opened a car trunk and discovered the dead body of an unidentified man Saturday morning at about 4am.  The car was in a parking lot on Adolphe Chapleau, near a shopping mall.  (CTV)    




Charlie Tu


EDMONTON - Police are looking for assistance from the public in locating a missing 31-year old Edmonton man.  Cuong Tu, aka Charlie Tu, was last seen on the south side of Edmonton on Wednesday, March 11 at about 10pm.   EPS says the vehicle he was driving was found abandoned and completely burned west of the city on Thursday morning.  (Beacon)      


Found guilty


Kristopher Guenther   Lacey Jones Mcknight


CALGARY - Kristopher Guenther was found guilty of first-degree-murder for killing his former fiancee.  Lacey Jones Mcknight was strangled on Oct. 25, 2012, after she and Guenther got into an argument when she discovered he was cheating on her.  (CBC)  


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Officers stabbed, civilian killed


MISSISSAUGA - 2 officers have been seriously wounded and 1 civilian is dead following a violent incident in Mississauga on Friday night.  (CP24)  


MORE:   Officers among wounded   Officers released from hospital    


Police shooting


VANCOUVER - The IIO has been called to an officer-involved shooting in Burnaby on Friday night.  The IIO said RCMP officers responded to a complaint of a distressed man with a gun near the 9300 block of Salish Court around 8pm.  When police found the man, he allegedly threatened himself and then the officers.   Police fired their weapons and the man was shot. He was taken to hospital for medical treatment.  (CBC)    




Rita Phillip


CALGARY - A judge has sentenced Rita Phillip to 4 years in prison for a pitbull attack that sent a young woman to hospital with life-threatening injuries.  The August 2012 attack occurred in Sundre.  (Beacon)  


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Mountie lied


Benjamin (Monty) Robinson


VANCOUVER - A former Mountie who was involved in Robert Dziekanski's death was convicted Friday of perjury for his testimony at a public inquiry.  (CP)  


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