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Xi re-elected, forever


Xi Jinping


BEIJING - With pictures of ecstatic citizens standing in applause, tearful legislators and even a social media game, China's propaganda drive has kicked into high gear following Xi's unanimous reappointment as president. There was never any doubt that the largely rubber-stamp parliament would not have re-elected Xi as president on Saturday, following a constitutional amendment a week earlier which lifts presidential term limits, meaning Xi can stay on indefinitely.  (Reuters)


Putin to win, again


Vladimir Putin


MOSCOW - Russians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Russian presidential election 2018

PREVIOUS:   New dictators rule by velvet fist


Facebook harvested


LONDON - A whistleblower has revealed how Cambridge Analytica used personal information taken without authorization in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters, in order to target them with personalized political advertisements.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Consultants exploited Facebook data


Public service firing


OTTAWA - A worker at a big federal department has brought down an overbearing boss.  The manager was terminated sometime after Oct 18, more than a year after being accused of intimidation+.  It marks the first time anyone at PSPC has been fired as a result of a formal whistleblower disclosure.  Allan Cutler said 'It would appear that after many years of protecting senior management and failing to criticize, someone needed a success story to prove PSPDA works.'   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Whistleblowers 


Protesters arrested


VANCOUVER - Police officers arrested a group of protesters who they said were violating the terms of an injunction recently granted to Kinder Morgan for its Trans Mountain pipeline work site in Burnaby, BC.  The protesters were at the project's Burnaby Terminal, where an indefinite injunction prohibits them from entering within five metres of the work site.  According to protesters, about 30 people were arrested by Burnaby RCMP Saturday afternoon.  (CBC)


MORE:   Anti-pipeline protesters arrested


Police launch inquiry


Nikolai Glushkov  


LONDON - Police have launched a murder investigation into the death of the Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov after a pathologist concluded he died from compression to the neck, suggesting he may have been strangled by hand or ligature.


MORE:   Murder probe   23 UK diplomats expelled from Moscow

PREVIOUS:   Poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal   Series of bizarre theories    Inquiry into Russia linked deaths in UK    UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats 


Car ramming attack


WEST BANK - The Shin Bet security agency said Saturday that the Palestinian man who allegedly killed 2 IDF soldiers and seriously wounded 2 others in a West Bank car-ramming confessed to carrying out the attack.  The security agency said that it appeared that Ala Qabha, 26, acted alone, and possibly spontaneously, when he drove his vehicle into a group of soldiers standing guard near the settlement of Mevo Dotan in the northern West Bank on Friday afternoon. (Times of Israel)  


MORE:   2 soldiers killed   War between wars   New tunnel destroyed  


Killed by boulder


Christopher Lopez


PASADENA - Christopher 'Cris' Lopez, 23, was killed while riding as a passenger in his wife's car on Tuesday after police say someone intentionally threw a boulder from an overpass in Pasadena that crashed through the windshield.  (Daily Mail)


MORE:   Fast facts


Drug company payments


TORONTO - Costco is under investigation by an Ontario government forensic team that specializes in 'allegations of wrongdoing against government' after the retail giant received $1.2M in potentially illegal payments from a generic drugmaker.  The revelation follows guilty pleas of professional misconduct in front of the Ontario College of Pharmacists from two pharmacy executives with the company known for its bulk deals and rock bottom pharmacy dispensing fees.  The college accused Joseph Hanna and Lawrence Varga of demanding illegal payments from the generic drug company Ranbaxy.  (CBC)


MORE:   2018 ONCPDC 8

PREVIOUS:   War on Legal Drugs


Sikh separatism in Canadian politics  


Jagmeet Singh


OTTAWA - Since literally his first day on the job as head of the New Democrat Party, Jagmeet Singh has been dogged by questions about his position on Sikh separatism - and videos that resurfaced this week of his appearances at Sikh separatist have caused the rookie leader more headaches.  The issue has long simmered in the background of Canadian politics but with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's widely criticized trip to India and Singh's arrival as the first Sikh party leader, it's once again taken centre stage.  (National Post)


MORE:   Jagmeet Singh defends Sikh rally attendance   Singh accepts Sikh role in Air India bombing

PREVIOUS:   NDP leader in action   Khalistan movement   Air India Flight 182


Annual anti-police brutality protest


MONTREAL - Between 200 and 300 protesters took to downtown Montreal streets Thursday night for the annual police brutality protest.  Police officers in riot gear used tear gas and pepper spray to push the crowd back, ordering them to disperse around 8:30pm after a number of armed assaults, as well as vandalism, had occurred.  Police said 3 people were arrested during the protest.  One protester was taken to hospital with a head injury after being struck by a projectile and 3 police officers suffered minor injuries.  (CTV)


MORE:   Annual march against police 


RCMP lawsuit


VANCOUVER - A Mountie is suing the RCMP, alleging that some of his fellow officers committed serious offences, and that he was bullied and abused when he tried to blow the whistle on them.  Cpl Ryan Letnes, a 17-year member of the force, is now the Surrey, BC detachment but was posted in Airdrie, AB from 2008 to 2015.  He claims colleagues at the Airdrie detachment at times withheld evidence and laid charges withour justification.  He alleges he brought his concerns to management, but they ignored him and 'engaged in systemic harassment.'   (CBC) 


Pedestrian bridge collapsed


Miami Herald


MIAMI - When a 175-foot stretch of a concrete bridge collapsed Thursday afternoon over SW 8 St, slamming down onto cars waiting at a stoplight, a prominent construction team instantly came under scrutiny.  Munilla Construction Management and FIGG Bridge Group, the firms behind the $14.3M walkway have a long history of massive public works projects, political donations - and a few safety issues.  (Miami Herald)


MORE:   6 confirmed dead   Bridge collapses   Now a recover mission   4 victims identified


Helicopter crash


AL-QAIM - 7 American soldiers have been killed in a military helicopter crash in western Iraq.  The HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed near al-Qaim, a town in Anbar province close to the Syrian border, yesterday, reportedly after hitting a power line.  (Daily Mail) 


180 days


Monalisa Perez and Pedro Ruiz III


HALSTAD - A Minnesota woman who mistakenly shot her boyfriend to death in a stunt concocted for YouTube fame 'tragically relied on his assurances' before pulling the trigger.  Monalisa Perez's punishment, as outlined in an agreement to plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter, is a 180-day jail term and lifetime bans on possessing a firearm or receiving payment for telling the story of the June shooting of Pedro Ruiz III, 22, outside their home in Halstad.  (Minnesota StarTribune)


MORE:   6 months 


Court tells man he is not alive


Constantin Reliu


VASLUI - A Romanian court has rejected a man's claim that he is alive, after he was officially registered as dead.  A court spokeswoman said on Friday that Constantin Reliu, 63, lost his case because he appealed too late. The ruling is final.  (AP)


Suicide bomb attack


RAIWIND - At least 8 persons, including 5 policemen, lost their lives and 20 others were injured in a suicide attack which targeted a police check post in Raiwind on the outskirts of Lahore.  (Dawn)


MORE:   Explosion claimed by TTP   TTP 


4 shot



Layla           Drains                 Briggs


NEW YORK - A Brooklyn man gunned down his toddler daughter in her bed Wednesday morning in a triple murder-suicide discovered by the baby's grandmother.  Terrance Briggs, 27, who sources said was a Bloods gang member, committed the unthinkable crime inside a fourth-floor apartment at Riverdale Osborne Towers in Brownsville.  Briggs shot his stepdad, Loyd Drain Jr., 57, and 16-year-old stepbrother, Loyd Drain III, before killing Laylay and himself.  (NY Post) 




Jean-Marc Robitaille


TERREBONNE - UPAC has arrested Jean-Marc Robitaille, former mayor of Terrebonne, and 4 other people: Robitaille's former chief of staff Daniel Belec, Jean Leroux, former city of Terrebonne General Manager Luc Papillon, and Normand Trudel.  All 5 are accused of corruption in municipal affairs and of breach of trust in connection with an alleged system of contract sharing that was intended to favour engineering firms and some entrepreneurs between 2001 and 2012.  (CTV)


MORE:   Corruption probe arrests

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption Quebec 


Bottled water microplastics


The bottled water industry is estimated to be worth nearly $200B a year, surpassing sugary sodas as the most popular beverage in many countries. But its perceived image of cleanliness and purity is being challenged by a global investigation that found the water tested is often contaminated with tiny particles of plastic.  (CBC)


REPORT:   Plus plastic 


US says Russia hacked energy grid


WASHINGTON - Pushing back harder on Russia, the Trump administration accused Moscow on Thursday of a concerted hacking operation targeting the US energy grid, aviation systems and other infrastructure, and also imposed sanctions on Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 election. (AP)


PREVIOUS:   Russian interference in the 2016 US elections

RELATED:   Trump boasts that he made up trade facts




The World Happiness Report ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. Canada ranks 7th in both overall happiness and in life satisfaction among immigrants, 9th in countries with positive affect, 4th in most accepting countries for migrants and 5th in health-adjusted life expectancy, with the average Canadian life lasting 72.3 years.  (AP)


REPORT:   World Happiness report 2018


45 years


Muhanad Mahmoud al Farekh


NEW YORK - Muhanad Mahmoud al Farekh, 32, an American citizen was sentenced to 45 years in prison on Tuesday for supporting Al Qaeda and helping to prepare a 2009 truck bomb attack on US soldiers in Afghanistan.  Authorities lifted 18 fingerprints off a 7,500-pound bomb that could've destroyed the 90-member Khost operating base had it exploded instead of falling in a crater left by another truck bomb.  Al Farekh was convicted in Sept on charges of conspiring to murder Americans, using a weapon of mass destruction and supporting a foreign terrorist organization.  (NY Daily News)


MORE:   Former UMB student sentenced




AFRIN - Turkish troops and allied opposition fighters have begun a siege of the Syrian Kurdish-held northern town of Afrin. Thousands of people had started to flee Afrin on Monday as the Turkish troops got closer to the town, heading toward nearby government-controlled areas.  Turkey launched a military offensive into the border enclave on Jan 20 to drive out Syrian Kurdish forces that it considers to be 'terrorists' and an extension of Kurdish rebels fighting inside Turkey.  (AFP)


MORE:   Turkish military operation in Afrin   Turkish forces seize control

 PREVIOUS:   Syrian Civil War 

RELATED:   Assad loyalists capture rebel town   Ghouta




Mark Norman


OTTAWA - The RCMP have laid a single charge of breach of trust against Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.  The scope of the investigation was expanded recently beyond claims that Norman was the source of unauthorized disclosures to the media shortly after the Liberal government was elected in the fall of 2015.  The investigation started after reports surfaced publicly that the Trudeau government, newly elected at the time, had decided to put the acquisition of a leased supply ship for the navy on hold.  (CBC)


MORE:   Charged with breach of trust   Norman's lawyer's statement

COMMENT:   It's about more than leaks    Political revenge or justice?

PREVIOUS:   Whistleblowers 


2 dead


TORONTO - Police said they received a call about the shooting on Samor Road at Playtime Bowl and Entertainment, North York, at 10:08pm Saturday.  When officers arrived on the scene, they said they found a man and woman suffering from gunshot wounds.  (CBC)


MORE:   Man and woman shot   Shooting 


Gunned down


Nnamdi Ogba


TORONTO - Nnamdi Ogba, 26, is dead after being shot as he walked to his car at a Scarlettwood Court housing complex at around 11:10pm.  He was approached by 2 suspects from behind who both opened fire on him, striking him in the back.   (CP24)


MORE:   Police identify victim   Shooting   2 men at large 


2 plead guilty


Wayne Rattray


TILLEY - 2 men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with a robbery gone awry two years ago in NB that left Wayne Rattray, 59, dead and his home and truck destroyed by fire.  Kurt Andrew Hudnut-Pelletier and James Andrew Melanson, were originally charged with first-degree murder.  Luke Frank Ellick earlier pleaded guilty to break and enter and accessory after the fact to murder, and was sentenced to 7 years in prison.   (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Charged   Charged  


Girl found dead


WEMINDJI - A woman has been charged with first-degree murder after a girl was found dead Thursday in the small Cree community of Wemindji, QC.  Police were called around 9:30am Thursday about a 32-year-old woman behaving erratically on the streets.  She was known to police and they took her to a community clinic. They then proceeded to search her home.  That's when they found the body of a 9-year-old girl.   (CBC)


Death deemed homicide


Joe Gauthier


VICTORIA - The death of a man March 10 is being investigated as a homicide.  The man died after a confrontation in the 1400-block of Hillside Ave just before 5am on Saturday.  Family have identified the man as Joe Gauthier, 35, and said he died after being stabbed.  (Victoria Times Colonist)


MORE:   Homicide 




Kyle Lauman


EDMONTON - Police issued an arrest warrant Friday for Kyle Lauman, 35, after Marlon Jair Nunez, 39, was stabbed to death.  He is wanted for second-degree murder+.  Officers found Nunez dead in a suite at an address near 107 St and 83 Ave NW around 5:10pm March 11.  (Edmonton Journal) 


MORE:   Lauman arrested  

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death 


Dangerous offender


Jatin Patel


VANCOUVER - A man who killed a prostitute in anger in 2003 has been declared a dangerous offender after recently being convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.  Jatin Patel, 43, has been ordered jailed for an indefinite period of time following a sentencing hearing in BC Supreme Court.  (Vancouver Sun)


PREVIOUS:   Lower Mainland murders 2003


Sex crimes unit investigating


TORONTO - Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard is the focus of an investigation by the TPS Sex Crimes unit.  Hoggard has been the subject of allegations of sexual misconduct.   (Toronto Star)





Krassimira      Roy           Venalia   


AJAX - Cory Fenn, 29, has been charged with 3 counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of a mother and two of 2 children in Ajax.   Police identified the victims as: Krassimira Pejcinovski, 39,  Roy Pejcinovski, 15 and Venallia Pejcinovski, 13.  Police were called to the home on Hilling Drive at 11am Wednesday.   (CBC) 


MORE:   Known to police   History of violence


10 years



Hennigar       Andy                           Jongbloets


ANAHIM LAKE - In Dec Andrew Jongbloets, 28, was found guilty of manslaughter in the Boxing Day 2014 deaths of Matthew Anthony Hennigar, 23, and Kalvin Andy, 22, in Anahim Lake.  The trial heard that Jongbloets, who was initially charged with 2 counts of second-degree murder, entered into a plan with Everett O'Reilly, who is being tried separately on first-degree murder charges, to steal some guns from Hennigar.  Christian Craciun and Serena Rhem, two other co-accused who were tried along with Jongbloets, were acquitted.  (Vancouver Province)


PREVIOUS:   1 convicted, 2 cleared, 2 have charges dropped   6 charged  2 dead   


Man sets himself on fire


VANCOUVER - The IIO has been deployed following an incident at a McDonald's restaurant in East Vancouver, where police say a man set himself on fire around 9pm on Thursday.   (CBC)


MORE:   IIO deployed 


Fraud investigation


TORONTO - The Toronto Transit Commission says 223 employees have been dismissed, resigned or taken early retirement to avoid dismissal after their participation in a multimillion-dollar benefits scam.  The TTC says 4 people have pleaded guilty to charges connected with the scam, while another 6 have active charges before the courts.  (CP) 


Teens charged in swarming robberies


TORONTO - 6 teens were arrested and 10 charges have been laid. However, police say there are still several suspects outstanding.  The robberies were each conducted by a group of teenagers inside or around Yonge Eglinton Centre. The victims were also in their early teens. In each case, the group isolated the teens before showing them a weapon and demanding their property.   (CTV)


Warrant issued 


Tyrel Munroe    Kristen Desjarlais


MOOSE JAW - police say that a stabbing that happened on the 1200-block of 3 Ave NE Tuesday is a homicide.  They have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Tyrel Munroe, 19, whom they believe to have stabbed Bailey Anderson, 21, to death.  Police say Munroe and Anderson were known to each other and that the stabbing happened after an altercation between them at the home.  Kristen Desjarlais, 25, has also been identified by police as a person of interest in the case.   (CTV)


MORE:   Suspect may be in Regina   Warrant issued   Desjarlais turns herself in





Karen Lee MacKenzie     Owen Patrick Nelson


HALIFAX - Police say Owen Patrick Nelson, 40, has been charged with interfering with human remains, assault, and 2 counts of breach of probation.  Karen Lee MacKenzie, 40, was last seen at 95 Highfield Park Drive on Feb 25.  Investigators said they were treating her disappearance as suspicious. Now they say they believe she is dead.  (CTV)


MORE:   Man charged in disappearance   Man charged 


Manslaughter charge


SARNIA - Karen Ebel-Savage, 57, is now facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the sudden death of a man in the 700-block of Indian Rd. on August 9, 2017.  The 38-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital due to a drug overdose.  (CHOK)


MORE:   Sarnia police media release

PREVIOUS:   1 dead, 2 in hospital after overdoses 


11 years



Narinder Kaur Kalsi    Baldev Singh Kalsi 


VANCOUVER - In Nov 2017, Baldev Signh Kalsi pleaded guiltyh to manslaughter in the death of his wife.  Narinder Kaur Kalsi was found in medical distress at the couple's South Surrey home in July 2014.  She died in hospital days later when she was taken off life support.  He is the former president of the Brookside Sikh Temple.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Kalsi pleads guilty   Victim dies   Husband charged       


No charges for owner


SPIRITWOOD - RCMP are once again advising SK residents against using a firearm in a situation in which they feel threatened.  Officers responded to a report of a break-in around 12:30am Tuesday at a rural property near Spiritwood, SK.  A 28-year-old from Big River First Nation is facing several charges - including unauthorized possession of a firearm, break and enter, and theft of a motor vehicle.  On Tuesday evening, RCMP found the vehicle, and arrested 3 other people in Debden, SK.   (CBC) 


PREVIOUS:   Gun fired during rural break-in

RELATED:  Like sitting ducks   Landowners are free prey  Homeowner, suspect charged   Rights you have to defend   Property owner shoots theft   2nd Okotoks trespassing suspect charged


Pedestrian hit by RCMP vehicle


SQUAMISH - The IIO is investigating after an RCMP officer drove into a pedestrian in Squamish late Tuesday night, leaving the man in critical condition.  The officer, who was on duty but wasn't responding to a call, was driving an unmarked SUV at the time.   (CTV)


No charges


HALIFAX - SiRT says Halifax Regional Police attended an apartment building on Evans Avenue on Jan. 13 after receiving a disturbance call in relation to a man who was not a tenant of the building.  SiRT says officers went on the balcony to find the man lying on the ground below.  SiRT says the man later admitted he slipped as he was going over the balcony railing in an effort to avoid the police.  (CTV)


Body found


MONTREAL - Police are investigating after the body of a 44-year-old man was found Tuesday morning inside a garage on Newman Blvd in LaSalle.  Police said the man was shot at least once in the head. The victim has been identified as Mario Macri, co-owner of Brasserie des Rapides and director of a loan company.  (CTV)


MORE:    Victim had OC links    Murdered businessman 




LOGAN LAKE - A Logan Lake man has been charged with second-degree murder following a death at a local motel on March 5.  RCMP says officers were called to the motel around 6:40am, where they found a 55-year-old man unresponsive in one of the rooms.  Mounties say they arrested Gordon Fleming, 66, at the motel shortly afterward; he has now been charged in the death.  (Global)


MORE:   Homicide   Charged 




EDMONTON - On Sept 18, 2017, police started investigating the suspicious death of Blayne Burnstick, 25, he was found dead inside a home at 11119 94 St.  Edward Piche, 29, was arrested by police in Saskatoon on March 5.  EPS said they are still investigating the deaths of Burnstick and Nexhmi 'Nick' Nuhi, 76, who was found dead in the same residence less than a week before Burnstick's body was found.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Identified   Suspicious death   EPS identified victim   Police identify victim   Rooming house a trouble spot     


Guilty plea



Taylor Van Diest        Matthew Foerster


VERNON - A BC man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of an 18-year-old girl on Halloween night in 2011.  Matthew Foerster was previously convicted of first-degree murder in 2014 for the death of Taylor Van Diest.  Last May, the BC Court of Appeal ordered a retrial.  Foerster pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.  (CP)


MORE:   Guilty plea

PREVIOUS:   New trial ordered   2017 BCCA 0105   Guilty   Foerster guilty   'I'm being creeped' 


Body found


VANCOUVER - Police are investigating a suspicious death after they retrieved a man's body from the Fraser River near Steveston Harbour Saturday morning.  Around 8am RCMP officers responded to the 7000-block of Dyke Road after getting a report about a man in the water.  They pulled the man out and performed first aid until he was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was a Richmond resident in his early 70s and was not known to police.   (CTV)


MORE:   Suspicious death 


Police ID victim


Dwayne Anthony Vidal


TORONTO - Police say Dwayne Anthony Vidal, 31, was shot in the area of Mount Olive Drive shortly before 6pm on Saturday.  He was rushed to hospital in critical condition but police confirmed Sunday that he later died in hospital.  (CP24)


MORE:   Identified   Man dies   Identified   May have been randomly targeted




WIARTON - Ralph Henry Rudowski, 60, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Janice West, 61, whose body was found on Wednesday.  Police say they're currently investigating at a second home, located on the same street as the home where West's body was found.  (CP)


MORE:   Man charged   Charge laid 




Florence Wyatt Morris


NAPANEE - OPP officers responded to a call about an SUV travelling at a high rate of speed on Bridge Street in Napanee on March 6.  The SIU says officers attempted to stop the SUV. The SIU says shortly after, the SUV collided with another vehicle on County Road 2.  Florence Wyatt Morris, 88, was killed in the crash. The driver of the SUV Andrew Slapkauskas, 42, is charged with First Degree Murder+.  (CTV)


MORE:   Murder charge 




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