Saturday, May 25, 2024

‘Disgraced’ police officer’s role dooms charges in $30M drug bust

After seizing more than $30 million worth of drugs, cash and weapons three years ago, Victoria police congratulated themselves on the arrests of three men they called members of an organized fentanyl trafficking ring — one of them a paroled murderer. Today the case lies in tatters. Charges against all three were quietly stayed following the revelation that the initial probe included an officer who was himself under criminal investigation. (CBC)

2 police officers and 1 firefighter killed responding to a domestic incident outside Minneapolis

Two police officers and a firefighter are dead and other officers were injured after responding to a domestic incident Sunday in Burnsville, Minnesota, the state’s governor said. (CNN)
  • City identifies 2 officers, 1 paramedic killed in Burnsville, Minnesota; suspect also dead
  • Alberta Mountie charged with national security breach

    An Alberta RCMP officer has been charged in relation to a national security breach that assisted a foreign actor. On Tuesday, Mounties said Const. Eli Ndatuje, 36, is facing three charges related to the sharing of “non-top secret” information accessed from the force’s records system. (Calgary Herald)

    Woman sent 159,000 texts to man after first date

    PARADISE VALLEY, AZ - Be careful who you meet online — you could wind up receiving thousands of texts after just one date, or have your house broken into. In one case, a woman was accused of both. According to court documents, over the course of 10 months, Ades sent a man she met on an online dating site up to 500 text messages a day after meeting him in person just once. Paradise Valley police became involved in July 2017, when the man reported that Ades was harassing him via text messaging, including "threatening" messages and "multiple death threats." (Your

    Pierre Poilievre asks RCMP to expand investigation of Arrive Can scam

    Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre sent a letter to the RCMP commissioner Tuesday asking the Mounties to investigate the government's COVID-era ArriveCan app, a pandemic program that's been marred by controversy. In his letter to commissioner Mike Duheme, Poilievre said the auditor general's scathing recent report on the matter demands that the national police force review the file for possible criminality. (CBC News)

    Windsor Police Inspector demoted over inappropriate comments

    A Windsor police inspector has received a one-year demotion after pleading guilty to discreditable conduct that included unwanted comments, text messages — some of a sexual nature — and interactions with female co-workers. (National Post)

    Alberta Justice Minister calls for firing of RCMP Commissioner

    Alberta Justice Minister Tyler Shandro is calling on the federal government to fire RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, saying her continued tenure is damaging to the national police force. (CBC)

    Trudeau’s ’emergency’ was a pure concoction of political convenience

    Anyone remember the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Not so long ago, the Charter — as the shorthand for it goes — was looked upon as Canada’s most important, close to sacred, document — something like how the British think of the Magna Carta, or the Americans of their Declaration of Independence. (National Post)

    ‘Tragic and horrific’: Burnaby RCMP officer fatality stabbed at homeless camp

    An RCMP officer was fatally stabbed Tuesday in Burnaby while helping city staff check on a homeless camp. Police said they were called to an “unfolding incident” on Canada Way between Boundary Road and Willingdon Avenue on Tuesday morning. Two people were taken to hospital. (Vancouver Sun)
  • Suspect in Mountie slaying has been in and out of custody on assault charges
  • A bridge too far

    Whatever else we may have learned from the truckers’ convoy protests in Ottawa is that Justin Trudeau is an incredibly weak leader. Not that much of a surprise I know, but he managed to remind us and to underline it in the starkest of terms.  In the first instance, the Prime Minister said when he triggered the Emergencies Act that after three weeks the government had run out of options and therefore he had no choice but to take that action. The Emergencies Act is a mid-80’s replacement for the War Measures Act used by his father in October of 1970 to fight against the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ).  For three weeks the truckers blocked Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill. The protest was marked by horn honking, singing and things like bouncy castles and BBQs. It was more like a block or tailgate party that lasted three weeks. Families were drawn to the area and no significant incidents occurred at all.  Contrast this to October of 1970 when there were dozens of bombings across the Island of Montreal and its suburbs. The bombings occurred over a period of weeks in mailboxes frightening Montrealers half to death. The FLQ then kidnapped the British High Commissioner (Ambassador) James Cross and then the provincial Finance Minister Pierre Laporte.  Laporte’s dead body was found in the trunk of a car at the airport in St. Hubert on the South Shore. With no sign of Cross and one dead cabinet minister, then Prime Minister...