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THUNDER BAY - Inquest jurors examining the deaths of 7 aboriginal youths in Thunder Bay have decided that 3 of them died accidentally. The other 4 deaths - including 3 found to have drowned - were ruled to be of undetermined cause. That means jurors could not decide how they got into the rivers where their bodies were found. The inquest then began hearing a slew of jury recommendations aimed at preventing a recurrence. (CTV)
MORE: Inquest begins findings
NUNAVUT - The territory's consensus-based governance model, where the Speaker, premier and cabinet ministers are elected by the entire assembly, makes legislative goings-on largely devoid of the partisan parries and ripostes so typical of its neighbours to the south. Every elected MLA has the opportunity to participate in (forming) the government's mandate. Beyond its legislative assembly's congenial nature, Canada's most northerly capital building stands out in Confederation for its fusion of Western and Inuk cultural traditions. (CBC)
HALIFAX - A NS man who is challenging the province's Incompetent Persons Act has won a major victory, as the province declared the law invalid. (CP)
AMSTERDAM - A Dutch court has ruled that Aydin Coban, the man accused of bullying Amanda Todd, 15, online, can be sent to Canada to face charges, but only after he goes on trial in the Netherlands. Coban, who is Dutch, is charged with child pornography and extortion involving 39 people. In total, he faces 72 charges in his home country. (CTV)
PREVIOUS: Suicide of Amanda Todd
IKEA is recalling 29M chests and dressers that can easily tip over
and trap children underneath. 6 children have been killed and three
dozen others injured. (AP)
WASHINGTON - Volkswagen's deliberate cheating on emissions tests will cost it a record $14.7B. And that's just the start of its problems. The settlement is only a preliminary step in the case; the automaker still faces possible criminal charges, as well as civil penalties for Clean Air Act violations. The Department of Justice is investigating possible criminal charges against both the company and individuals. (CNN)
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VANCOUVER - A major Chinese bank has obtained a court order in BC freezing the assets of a businessman accused of fleeing China and buying 'luxury' Lower Mainland homes after defaulting on a $10M loan. In an application brought before a BC Supreme Court judge last week, lawyers for China CITIC Bank claim Shibiao Yan and his wife bought more than $8M worth of properties in Surrey and Vancouver over a 3-month period beginning in June 2014. (CBC)
WASHINGTON - A House Republican report faulted the Obama administration for mishandling Libya policy and its response to the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi, but offered no significant new revelations about the role played by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Bloomberg)
WASHINGTON - Federal labor regulators have concluded that sexual harassment prevention training is often ineffective and sometimes even harmful. A taskforce of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found that workplace initiatives targeting harassment are generally focused on avoiding legal liability instead of stopping misconduct. (Guardian UK)
NANCHANG - A Chinese university information
website has released a list of 30 fake colleges as students begin
applying to universities following the annual college entrance exam
earlier this month. This is
the sixth such list released by
sdaxue.com. Prior to
the latest release on Sunday, it had already exposed some 400
universities as fake since 2013.
PARIS - Prosecutors in Paris charged Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with corruption. Rifaat al-Assad, 78, who was Syria's vice president in the 1980s, was placed under investigation in April for amassing a $100M fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked out of Syria 'with nothing' 30 years ago. (AFP)
OCEANSIDE - Police said Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, drove her car onto the sidewalk and hit the man at random. Because of how fast the vehicle was allegedly traveling, the victim flew into the windshield, head down, coming to a rest on the front passenger seat. Izazaga continued driving for about a mile eventually parking her car in a neighborhood cul-de-sac and walking away. (NBC)
- A group of suicide bombers
detonated their explosives in a Lebanese village near the border with
Syria on Monday, killing 5 people and wounding at least 15.
The blasts occurred in Qaa, a predominantly Christian
village only few hundred meters (yards) away from the border. It said 4
suicide bombers were involved in the multiple attack.
AMMAN - Weapons shipped into Jordan by the CIA and Saudi Arabia intended for Syrian rebels have been systematically stolen by Jordanian intelligence operatives and sold to arms merchants on the black market, according to US and Jordanian officials. (NY Times)
MOGADISHU - A Somali cabinet minister with links to Canada is among the 15 killed in an Islamic extremist attack on a hotel in the capital. 4 attackers also died in the assault which was claimed by al-Shabab. State Minister for the Environment, Buri Hamza died when his hotel room collapsed Saturday because of the powerful car bomb which extremists used to blast their way into the Nasa-Hablod Hotel. (CP)
Researchers have found heavy metals leaking from unlined coal ash ponds near 21 power plants in 5 US states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina. High levels of heavy metals, including arsenic and selenium, were found in surface waters or groundwater at all of the sites tested. (Duke University)
HUNAM - At least 35 people have been killed and 11 injured after a
bus crashed and caught fire in China's central province of Hunan.
The bus burst into flames after crashing into a barrier along a
highway on Sunday morning in Hunan province's Yizhang county.
CALABRIA - Ernesto
Fazzalari, 46, was captured in the early hours of the morning in an
apartment in a remote part of the southern region of Calabria. On the
run since 1996, he was convicted in absentia in 1999 of mafia
association, kidnapping, illegal possession of weapons and a double
homicide linked to a bloody 1989-91 feud which left 32 people dead in
his home town of Taurianova.
HOUSTON - Christy Sheats, 42, shot her daughters Madison, 17, and Taylor Sheats, 22, after a family dispute spilled out from their home and onto the street in on Friday evening. Neighbors said Jason Sheats, 45, had watched in horror as his wife shot their children on his birthday. Officers had responded to a 911 call around 5pm. They arrived to find the 2 daughters lying outside the home in the 6000-block of Remson Hollow Lane. The mother was killed by a responding police officer after she refused to drop her pistol. (Daily Mail)
FORT WORTH - Blood stained the outside of Studio 74 hip hop dance studio and broken glass from a trophy case covered the floor on Saturday morning after a suspected gang-related shooting at an unauthorized party killed 2 people and injured at least 5 others. (AP)
FALLUJAH - A senior Iraqi commander has declared that Falluja is fully liberated from IS militants after the capture of the last district held by the militants following a month-long military operation. Falluja had been under the control of IS since Jan 2014. The Iraqi government faces an enormous challenge in catering for more than 80,000 refugees who have fled Falluja to camps on the city's outskirts and are short of water and food. (Guardian UK)
CARACAS - The opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Friday it had verified more than the amount of signatures needed to proceed with a recall petition against the embattled President. Now, the recall can move to its second stage: collecting 4M valid signatures, equivalent to 20% of all registered voters. (EFE)
WASHINGTON - TransCanada Corp. is seeking to recoup $15B for the Obama administration's rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, in a legal claim that highlights how foreign companies can use trade deals to challenge US policy. (Bloomberg)
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OTTAWA - The CRA claims at least 9 people have
been convicted of offshore tax evasion over the last 2 years, receiving
$4M in fines and 84 months of jail time, but it is keeping the names of
these tax cheats secret.
Yet there are dozens of people who are named and shamed on the CRA's
website for not paying small amounts of tax.
EDMONTON - The 6-figure salaries of top-earning executives at more than 100 provincial arm's-length agencies, boards and commissions are being disclosed for the first time as part of the Alberta government's new rules to increase transparency and accountability. But instead of making the data easy to understand, it is scattered across several websites and presented in different formats. (Sun Media)
OTTAWA - When it comes to questions about who should be helping aboriginal communities navigate the Canada-US border, the Liberal government's Public Safety and Indigenous Affairs departments are pointing the finger at each other. Earlier this week, the Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples issued a report urging the federal government to examine the challenges faced by First Nations communities that straddle the border. (CP)
REPORT: Border crossing issues and the Jay Treaty .pdf
HEBRON - Israel's military said that its troops shot and killed a Palestinian woman after she rammed her vehicle into a West Bank checkpoint Friday, injuring 2 Israelis. The army said in a statement that the woman 'accelerated and crashed into a stationary vehicle' at the entrance to the settlement of Kiryat Arba. (VOA)
CHARLESTON - Parts of West Virginia have been left devastated by historic rainfall and flooding, which is now blamed for the deaths of 26 people. Rescue efforts continued on Saturday to rescue hundreds of people stranded by the floodwaters. (Reuters)
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron is to step down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union. The PM had urged the country to vote Remain but was defeated by 52% to 48% despite London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backing staying in. (BBC)
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ROME - Ship crews have pulled more than 2,000
refugees from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean, Italy's coastguard
has said, as people-smugglers stepped up operations during two
consecutive days of good weather.
More than 7,100 people have now been rescued from international
waters since Thursday, many of them on the dangerous journey from Libya.
About 60,000 boat refugees have been brought to Italy so far this
year. (Guardian UK)
HAVANA - An agreement aimed at ending more than
five decades of conflict between the Colombian government and the
FARC guerrilla group
was signed on Thursday at a ceremony presided over by Cuban head of
state Raul Castro.
OTTAWA - Canada's privacy watchdog has warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that federal privacy protections are 'ill-suited' for the 21st century. The Privacy Act, which governs how the federal government uses Canadians' personal information, has not been substantially changed since it was introduced in 1983. (Toronto Star)
ST. JOHN'S - Estimated costs for the troubled Muskrat Falls hydro megaproject in Labrador have now hit $11.4B including financing. That's up from an original estimate of $7.4B when the development was sanctioned in 2012. (CP)
OTTAWA - The SCC has ruled in favour of 3 BC medical workers who argued they developed breast cancer as a result of their jobs. (CP)
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TORONTO - 6 protesters supporting the remote Grassy Narrows FN were arrested by Toronto police Thursday after they dumped a mysterious liquid outside the front doors of the Ontario legislature. The response to the spilled substance at Queen's Park included the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Team as well as a Hazardous Materials Team. (CP)
MORE: 6 charged
CASERTA - In a town where doctors would rarely come across a child with cancer, let alone brain cancer, they now see these traumatic cases crop up almost every month. Too many young patients are ending up dead, some barely out of the womb, their bodies riddled with disease. For many years businesses in the prosperous north of the country paid organised crime to dispose of toxic waste illegally rather than pay far higher rates to have it dealt with safely. So the Camorra Mafia contaminated great chunks of its own backyard, littering the landscape with heavy metals, solvents and chlorinated compounds. (Telegraph UK)
TORONTO - A Canadian class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of people who have allegedly been short-changed by TD Bank coin-counting machines over a three-year period. The suit alleges that the bank had learned of numerous accuracy problems with its coin-counting machines in the United States, but still proceeded with a national rollout of the machines across Canada in January 2013. (CP)
VIERNHEIM - An
armed and masked man has been shot dead by German special police
officers after storming a cinema complex in Viernheim.
The gunman had taken several hostages, all of whom escaped
uninjured. A number of people inside the cinema were slightly injured
when police deployed CS gas.
Police believed the gunman was a 'confused individual' rather
than a terrorist. (Guardian
BEIJING - Chinese hospitals are conducting far more organ-transplant operations than the country has officially acknowledged, according to a lengthy new report that raises troubling questions about the source of human body parts used to heal China's elite and the foreigners who pay high prices to receive new kidneys and livers. (Globe & Mail)
REPORT: Update June 2016 .pdf
OTTAWA - If the purchase is a penny over $20 Cdn, a federal customs agent can intercept it, open it, delay it, add federal and provincial sales taxes, and, depending on the origin of the merchandise, perhaps pile on some duty charges. Basically, Ottawa has ensured that shipping across our border is such an expensive, paperwork-heavy pain that a lot of American merchants and eBay sellers simply don't bother shipping to Canada. A new study found by keeping that purchase threshold at $20 instead of giving Canadian shoppers a break and raising it to $80, Ottawa spends about $166M to collect $39M in additional taxes and duties. (CBC)
WOODSTOCK, NB - Whitney Esther St. Pierre, a 21-year-old Tracey
Mills, NB woman is facing impaired driving charges in connection with a
crash that killed Emma Pearson, 16, and seriously injured 5 other people
just before midnight on July 5, 2015.
Police say a car carrying 7 people left the road, rolled over
several times and ended up in a field.
MISSION - Rachel Pernosky, 18, was reported missing on March 16, 2013. 3 days later, Pernosky's body was found in Chilliwack. IHIT announced that there was sufficient evidence to support homicide related charges against Rachel's estranged half-brother. Matthew Joseph Pernosky, a 31-year-old Richmond resident, has been charged with second degree murder. (Mission Record)
John Paul Ostamas
WINNIPEG - Serial killer John Paul Ostamas has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole eligibility for 75 years for the 2015 killings of three homeless men on the streets of Winnipeg. Ostamas, 40, received a life sentence for 3 second-degree murder convictions, and won't be eligible for parole for 75 years - 25 years for each murder. Miles Monias, Stony Stanley Bushie and Donald Collins were attacked in April 2015 on the streets of downtown Winnipeg. Ostamas was later arrested and confessed to killing the men. (CBC)
HALIFAX - Correctional officers at a provincial jail in Cape Breton failed to follow proper procedures earlier this year when they placed a man in a cell, where he died of a drug overdose 13 hours later, NS Justice Department says. The department's review of the case says that when Jason Marcel LeBlanc was admitted to the Cape Breton Correctional Facility on Jan. 30, staff did not follow all steps in the strip search process, and they failed to complete their rounds at standard intervals. (CP)
REPORT: Death in custody review .pdf
EDMONTON - Police said there was a verbal altercation between the drivers of two vehicles in the area of Whyte Ave and 101 St around 2:15am Sunday. The driver of one of the vehicles reportedly walked to the other vehicle. As he walked away, the driver of the other vehicle allegedly struck him and fled the area. The victim of a deadly hit and run early Sunday morning has been identified as MMA fighter Ryan Jimmo, 34. (Global)
MORE: Jimmo hit-and-run victim
CALGARY - Police were called at approximately 11:30pm Sunday night about a violent home invasion along Beddington Drive NE. There were reports that 2 people had been stabbed. A police helicopter then spotted a suspect running from the scene towards a nearby baseball diamond. As officers went to arrest the man, it became apparent he had taken his own life. (CBC)
TORONTO - Police are looking for a person of interest in a suspicious death investigation after a woman was found dead at a motel located in the Kingston Road area, at around 2pm Sunday. Police said the man and the deceased woman were both guests at the motel. According to police, the woman, believed to be 18 years old, was found outside the motel near a side street. (CTV)
WHITBY - On Saturday at around 10am, a 29-year-old man walked into a police station in Oshawa and told the attendant at the front desk that something happened to his girlfriend. When officers arrived at a home on Eric Clarke Drive in Whitby, they found a woman's body with what investigators allege was obvious signs of trauma. Police said the man who reported the incident about his girlfriend was then taken into custody. Matthew Coussons, 29, was charged with second-degree murder. (CTV)
WINNIPEG - Joshua Evans, 24, was charged with two counts of robbery with a firearm, kidnapping, assault with a weapon, and sexual assault. On Friday, Martin Archie Flett, 22, was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the stabbing. James Edsel Tucker, 45, was found stabbed in the Furby St apartment on Thursday. (CBC)
REGINA - An autopsy report into the death of Nadine Machiskinic concluded she was severely intoxicated due to a cocktail of drugs in her system, which 'would make it unlikely that she would have been able to climb into a laundry chute on her own.' SK forensic pathologist Shaun Ladham then concluded the 'manner of her death should be listed as undetermined.' But SK's chief coroner issued a final report calling the 29-year-old's death accidental and police closed the case, leaving her family baffled. (CBC)
MONTREAL - An inmate at Montreal's Bordeaux Prison was beaten to death in a cell by 9 inmates Tuesday night. According to La Presse, the motive was a tobacco debt of just 10 grams (10 cigarettes). The victim, Michel Barrette, 46, had been serving time since July 2015 and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. (CTV)
MONTREAL - The body of a woman in her sixties was found Friday in a house on Tisserand Ave in Brossard. Police said one man has been taken into custody for questioning. Neighbours contacted authorities after saying they had not seen the woman for several days. When police entered the home, they smelled a strong odor suggesting the death happened some time ago. (CTV)
TORONTO - Multiple fatalities were reported in a fiery multi-vehicle crash Friday night on Highway 400 in north Toronto. OPP said based on reports from paramedics and fire department personnel at the scene police believed 5 people were killed, and that the victims 'may' include children. The crash happened in the highway's southbound lanes shortly before 10pm and involved 3 transport trucks along with 9 other vehicles. (680 News)
Ezekiel David and Collet Stephan
LETHBRIDGE - A couple who failed to get proper medical treatment for their son (Ezekiel) who died of bacterial meningitis are going to spend time in custody. A judge in southern Alberta has sentenced David Stephan to 4 months in jail and his wife, Collet, is being given 3 months of strict house arrest - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. She will only be allowed to go out for medical appointments and church. (CP)
MORE: Jail and house arrest
Dustin Bird Jonas Budd
PRINCE ALBERT - Jonas Budd was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 year after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and a kidnapping charge. Budd was charged after a standoff with police following the shooting death of Dustin Bird, 17, and the kidnapping of the 17-year-old girl. Police said Budd shot Bird at a home on the Lac La Ronge Indian Band during the early hours of Feb. 18, 2015, before taking the teen girl. The girl is the daughter of Budd's estranged common-law spouse. (CTV)
MORE: Girl relives abduction
WINNIPEG - A 44-year-old mother has been charged with abduction and fleeing police after two children disappeared from a residence in Winnipeg. The 9-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl were located in Winnipeg with their mother, Sandra Giesbrecht on Friday. A Canada-wide warrant had been issued for the mother's arrest. (CBC)
PUKATAWAGAN - Leah Castel, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder after 2 men were attacked in Pukatawagan early Monday morning. At around 4:35am 2 injured men showed up at the community's nursing station. RCMP said the 21-year-old man later died. The other man, 22, is in hospital in stable condition. A man was originally taken into custody but RCMP said they have released him without charges. (CBC)
Rocky Genereaux Michael Robertson
SASKATOON - Michael Robertson is guilty of manslaughter a Saskatoon jury has found. Robertson was charged in the March 2015 death of Rocky Genereaux. (CTV)
CLEARWATER - Iain Drummond Scott has pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of his common-law wife, Angila Wilson. Scott had stabbed Wilson to death at a house in Clearwater in April, 2014. (Clearwater Times)
MORE: Man pleads guilty
Caesar Rosales Tyler Newton
KELOWNA - Tyler Jack Newton was as sentenced to 7 years in prison for pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of Caesar Rosales on a Kelowna transit bus in Oct 2014. (Kelowna Capital News)
TORONTO - The province's SIU says a Toronto
police officer has been charged in relation to the death of a suicidal
teen in February. The SIU
said that around 2pm on Feb. 2, 2016, a man called for police assistance
following a suicide attempt by a 19-year-old in the city's High Park.
According to investigators, the teen was pronounced dead at
around 3:30pm later that afternoon.
Const. Kyle Upjohn has been charged with criminal negligence
causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life.
TORONTO - 3 senior Toronto police officers have
launched a lawsuit against Ontario's attorney general - a move the
officers say they are making to restore their reputations, claiming they
were wrongly condemned in court for police brutality.
In a statement of claim filed in Ontario Superior Court, Sgt
Jamie Clark and Det Sgts. Steven Watts and Donald Belanger allege
negligence on the part of Crown attorneys, the same prosecutors they
worked alongside on a 2009 armed robbery case.
Instead of successful convictions in a brutal gunpoint robbery,
the case produced 2 scathing rebukes from judges about the officers'
conduct. (Toronto Star)
TORONTO - City of Toronto cleaning services are flushing hundreds of thousands of dollars down the drain every year, according to auditor general Beverly Romeo-Beehler. (Toronto Star)
VICTORIA - The government is now allowing establishments to sell liquor samples, and has increased the available sample size to give customers a better sense of what they may want to buy. Instead of a sip, retailers can now sell a sample size up to 75 millilitres of wine, about one-third of a glass, or 175 millilitres of beer and 20 millilitres of hard liquor. (CTV)
RELATED: ON's modernized liquor law
WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg spa owner charged with
extortion, is now facing charges of human trafficking, and procurement.
Simple Mehta, 39, owner of Simi Magic Spa on St Anne's Road is
scheduled to face the new charges in court.
Pam Sandhu, 22, an employee of the spa, is charged with
extortion, voyeurism, sexual assault and conspiracy to commit an
VANCOUVER - The YouTube video of a white Porsche Cayenne repeatedly being smashed into the walls of a garage in a failed parking attempt has received over 90,000 views in less than 24 hours. Police said that the car has been linked to a hit and run reported on June 16, when a white Porsche struck a parked vehicle in a residential neighbourhood. He said a 16-year-old boy who does not have a licence had driven his mother's Porsche without her permission. (CP)
RELATED: Stolen truck leaves damage
BRAMPTON - 2 people were found dead in a home on Beaconsfield Ave in Brampton Wednesday afternoon. Police said they received a call around 3pm and arrived to find 2 victims dead in the home. A man and his elderly mother lived in the home. (CBC)
Joseph Douglas Cameron
HALIFAX - Police arrested a 17-year-old Thursday morning in connection with the March shooting death of Joseph Douglas Cameron. On March 29 at 5:20am, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Spring Ave and Mount Edward Road in Dartmouth. (CBC)
Zine Elabidine Hajouji Idrissi
MONTREAL - Police received a 911 call at 4:45pm Tuesday about the attack on Rue de Beaurivage. At the scene they found found an 88-year-old woman (Zahra Allalou) who had been stabbed in the upper body by a sharp object. Zine Elabidine Hajouji Idrissi, 71, has been charged with first-degree murder. (CTV)
HALIFAX - The audit took place between June and
November of 2015 after a Halifax Regional Police officer was charged
with theft in connection with evidence from a drug investigation.
In a statement today,
police say the audit (.pdf) found 90% of the drug exhibits in one
vault weren't where they were supposed to be, while 55% of the evidence
in the money vault wasn't where records indicated.
After a followup in May, 52% of the drug exhibits in the original
vault still couldn't be found and 32% of the money evidence was still
KAWARTHA LAKES - An Ontario municipality opposed to wind turbine projects acted in bad faith when it unfairly threw up a roadblock that made it impossible for a company to proceed with one, Ontario's top court ruled Wednesday. (CP)
JUDGMENT: 2016 ONCA 0496
FORT MCMURRAY - City councillors in Fort McMurray, AB, have approved a motion to more than double some of their salaries, and 3 could become some of the highest paid councillors in Canada. (CTV)
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TORONTO - A controversial SIU policy change in
2012 that states the victims of police-involved fatalities are not
identified unless next-of-kin gives permission.
Launched in the wake of public outrage about the SIU's probe into
the police shooting death of Andrew Loku, Justice Michael Tulloch's
review is examining current policies surrounding what information the
province's police watchdogs keep secret - including the names of those
killed by police.
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