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Gunmen shot




GARLAND - 2 men opened fire outside an event holding a cartoon contest of the Prophet Mohammed before they were shot dead by police in suburban Dallas on Sunday night.  The men drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, got out of their car and began shooting just as the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" inside was ending around 7pm.  Garland police, who were helping with security, fired back, killing both gunmen. The exchange lasted about 15 seconds.  (CNN)  


MORE:   Curtis Culwell Center attack   2 dead at Mohammed cartoon contest   IS 'claims' responsibility   1 suspect identified   FBI searches Phoenix home  


4,100 migrants rescued




LAMPEDUSA - Nearly 4,100 migrants were rescued from boats near the coast of Libya on Saturday and Sunday and rescue operations continued as people smugglers took advantage of calm seas, Italy's coast guard and navy said.  (Reuters) 


MORE:   3,690 migrants rescued    


Settlement sentencing


NEW YORK - BNP Paribas was sentenced to 5 years probation by a US judge on Friday in connection with a record $8.9B settlement resolving claims that it violated sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and Iran.   (Reuters)


MORE:   Sentenced for violation of US economic sanctions    


Fight to stay in Canada



Michael Ching        Muyang Cheng


OTTAWA - A 2016 Federal Court of Canada trial could finally determine which of two versions of reality has more credibility in connection with the plight of wealthy Vancouver businessman and Chinese fugitive Mo Yeung (Michael) Ching. (Vancouver Sun)  


MORE:   Denies Chinese charges 

PREVIOUS:   Developer denies he is wanted     Why isn't immigration checking these people out   Another Chinese 'SkyNet' wanted link


'Marry out, stay out'


KAHNAWAKE - Dozens of protesters spent Saturday demonstrating in front of a house in Kahnawake, QC, where a Mohawk man lives with his non-native wife.  Marvin and Terry McComber woke up Saturday morning to spray-painted graffiti on the front of their two-storey yellow house, and on their daughter's car.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Racism   Mobbing


Watchdog changes



Pierre Blais          Marie-Lucie Morin


OTTAWA - Pierre Blais, who was chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, replaces veteran politician Deborah Grey, the former Reform Party and Conservative MP who had served as interim chair of the SIRC and is stepping down.  Marie-Lucie Morin, the former national security adviser in the Privy Council Office, is joining the SIRC.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Named SIRC chair      


Tribunal dismisses complaint


Canada's Competition Tribunal struck a blow to Canadians looking to sell their homes without using an agent, ruling that the real estate industry's restrictions on how private sellers advertise their contact information through the popular website were fair.   (Globe & Mail)


JUDGMENT:  Reason for order  .pdf     


Trial for mob killing


KABUL - The trial of 49 suspects, including 19 police officers, on charges relating to the brutal mob killing of an Afghan woman began in the capital, Kabul, on Saturday.  The opening of the trial at Afghanistan's Primary Court was broadcast live on nationwide television. The suspects all face charges relating to the March 19 killing of a 27-year-old woman named Farkhunda.  (AP)


PREVIOUS:   Murder of Farkhunda    


More rescued


Nigeria Army


SAMBISA FOREST - Nigeria's military rescued 234 more girls and women from a Boko Haram forest stronghold in the country's NE.  More than 677 females have been declared rescued this week.  Most of the females are traumatized, said army spokesman.  (AP) 


MORE:   Women conscripts   Freed women tell of captivity horror

PREVIOUS:   Army rescues nearly 300   Women freed   Civilians killed   Boko Haram    Timeline of Boko Haram insurgency    


City attacked




GUADALAJARA - At least 7 people died on Friday in a wave of violence in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, where nearly 30 illegal roadblocks were set up after the arrest of a purported cartel leader.  Suspected drug-gang members began setting up roadblocks and burning vehicles, banks, gas stations and other establishments in the state early Friday.  It was unclear whether the 7 dead included a police officer and 3 soldiers killed when their helicopter was shot down by armed assailants.  (EFE)  


MORE:   Cartel expanding   Jalisco war zone   New Generation Cartel  


Reported dead may be alive


ST. LOUIS - 18 black women who were told decades ago that their babies had died soon after birth at a St. Louis hospital now wonder if the infants were taken away by hospital officials to be raised by other families.  The suspicions arose from the story of Zella Jackson Price, who said she was 26 in 1965 when she gave birth at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis. Hours later, she was told that her daughter had died, but she never saw a body or a death certificate.  No one is sure who was responsible, but Price's daughter ended up in foster care, only to resurface almost 50 years later. Melanie Gilmore, who now lives in Eugene, Oregon, has said that her foster parents always told her she was given up by her birth mother.  (AP)    


Guilty plea


David Wildstein


NEWARK - One close ally of Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, pleaded guilty on Friday and two others were indicted on federal charges stemming from a traffic jam on the George Washington bridge in 2013.  David Wildstein, a former executive of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges on Friday, shortly before a 23 April indictment against Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni was unsealed.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Aide pleads guilty     Fort Lee lane closure scandal


Death toll past 6,200




KATHMANDU - The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake rose steadily past 6,200 on Friday as fresh aftershocks and the stench of rotting bodies made it hard for nervous survivors to return to their homes.  Disposal of the hundreds of bodies still being found 6 days after the 7.9 magnitude quake devastated the Himalayan nation of 28M people was becoming a problem for officials, who have ordered immediate cremations.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   1 week later   Government blocking aid   Edmonton couple confirmed dead   Man 101, rescued 7 days after earthquake

COMMENT:   1934 earthquake   Aid agencies pour into Nepal - then what?

PREVIOUS:   2015 Nepal earthquake   US Geological Survey   




It started as a rallying date for the labour movement, but May Day - also called International Workers' Day - has expanded over the years to include protests against austerity, racism and other social causes.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Dozens arrested in Montreal    Vancouver parties   May Day around the world


Officers charged




BALTIMORE -  6 Baltimore police officers have been charged with several counts, including one who was charged with second-degree murder, in the high-profile death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries suffered in police custody.  Gray suffered a spinal injury after he was arrested April 12 and died after riding in a police transport van that made several stops.   (Washington Post) 


MORE:   Death ruled a homicide   Officers did nothing wrong   Weekend of rallies   Curfew lifted  

PREVIOUS:   2015 Baltimore riots   Death of Freddie Gray  


Graves found


SONGKHLA PROVINCE - Dozens of graves have been found in an abandoned jungle camp in southern Thailand, in an area regularly used by people smugglers.  Thai police said they had also found a sick man and a corpse lying nearby.  A number of bodies have already been exhumed but it is not certain who they are or how they died.  Reports say this remote area on the border with Malaysia is used to smuggle Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.   (BBC) 


MORE:   Mass grave held 26 bodies

RELATED:   What smugglers tell migrants


Leader incapacitated



Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi      Abu Alaa al-Afri


MOSUL - The leader of the IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi remains incapacitated due to suspected spinal damage and is being treated by 2 doctors who travel to his hideout from the group's stronghold of Mosul.  IS is now being led by a long-term senior official, Abu Alaa al-Afri, who had been appointed deputy leader when his predecessor was killed by an air strike late last year.   (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Men ordered to grow a beard   'Kill 300 Yazidi captives'   Persecution of Yazidis

PREVIOUS:   IS leader wounded   War on Terror     


Harassment tolerated


OTTAWA - Sexual misconduct is 'endemic' in the Canadian military, former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps says in a searing report released.  Gen. Tom Lawson, chief of defence staff, called the report disturbing and said the Canadian Armed Forces' ability to work well depends on trust.  (CBC)


REPORT:   External review sexual misconduct summary

MORE:   Military suffers 'sexualized culture'

COMMENT:   Report may overstate problem


10 jailed


Malala Yousafzai


ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani court jailed 10 men for 25 years each on Thursday for involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, targeted for her campaign against Taliban efforts to deny girls education.  Pakistani Taliban militants claimed responsibility for attacking Malala as she traveled home from school in her home in Swat, NW of the capital, Islamabad.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Professor murdered    

PREVIOUS:   Activist shot   Sabeen Mahmud   Targeted killings in Pakistan   Balochistan conflict 


Drug bust




ABERDEENSHIRE - Britain's biggest ever drugs bust has now seen more than 3 tons of cocaine worth in excess of $770M seized by the Royal Navy after a raid on a ship in the North Sea.  The Tanzanian registered tug boat MV Hamal, manned by a Turkish gang, was intercepted by the Navy and Border Force officials about 100 miles east of the Aberdeenshire coast last week.  9 Turkish nationals have since been remanded in custody in connection with alleged drug trafficking offences.  (Daily Mail)    


Tables turned


BERLIN - 'Spying on your friends - that's really not on.' That's how German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted when she discovered her mobile phone had been bugged by US spies in 2013.  So claims that her country's own secret service spied on its European neighbours on behalf of the US have caused embarrassment and outrage in Berlin.   For years Germany's BND intelligence agency has worked with the NSA.    (BBC)    


PREVIOUS:   Snooping goes too far   Worried   Terror hampering work on other files   $292.6M in budget for spying laws    Big Brother surveillance  


'No mercy'


PARIS - President Francois Hollande on Thursday vowed to 'show no mercy' if French peacekeepers in Central African Republic were found guilty of raping hungry children in exchange for food.  (AFP)


MORE:   Aid worker who revealed 'sex abuse'

PREVIOUS:   Whistleblower suspended   UN accused of cover-up   UN mission in CAR and Chad


Terror suspects


RIYADH - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the arrest of 93 suspects with ties to ISIS who it says were planning multi-pronged attacks on the US Embassy, security forces and residential compounds where foreigners live.  (AP)


RELATED:   King breaks with tradition    


Constitutional residency requirement


Mike Duffy


OTTAWA - If there's one subject the government hasn't wanted to touch with a ten-foot-pole, it's the constitutional requirements for a senator's residency.  It's important here to separate out two issues - constitutional residency requirements and declaring residency for the purposes of claiming expenses.   (CP)


MORE:   Senate moves to block release of residency report from trial    No written notice   Trial delayed due to battle over evidence   Gang murder could help Duffy   Senate expenses proposal   Following the trail of cheques 

COMMENT:   'Making a choice shouldn't depend on what you think you can get away with' 


Reining in policing costs


TORONTO - To arrest soaring costs, a new report is calling for sweeping changes to the policing model in Ontario, including transferring many functions performed by front-line officers to civilians or other 'private sector security providers.'  (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   Building a new public safety model   .pdf 


Not terrorist breeding grounds


OTTAWA - Federal prisons are not the hotbeds of radical extremism some make them out to be, according to research by the Correctional Service of Canada.  And compared to other inmates, radicalized offenders are more likely to have moderate-to-high potential for rejoining society.  The preliminary findings emerge from an ongoing, multi-year collaboration between the prison service and Defence Research and Development Canada aimed at developing a solid basis to assess and manage jailed extremists.  (CP)


2015 Spring Report


Michael Ferguson


OTTAWA - In his Spring 2015 Reports tabled today in Parliament, Auditor General of Canada Michael Ferguson presents the results of 7 audits completed by his Office since last fall.  (OAG)


1-Antimicrobial Resistance

2-Reporting by Federal Organizations

3-Tax-based expenditures

4-Access to health services for FNs

5-Information technology investments - CBSA

6-Preparing male offenders for release - CSC

7-Ombudsman for DND

8-Examinations of Crown Corporations-2014


MORE:   AG takes aim   Highlights    Some highlights   Finance department clueless   




BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE - A massive landslide in a remote province in NE Afghanistan killed at least 52 people on Tuesday.  The stricken area in Badakhshan province is cut off from the rest of the country, covered in snow and is only accessible from the air, significantly hampering any rescue efforts.  (AP) 


8 executed


CILACAP - Defying intense pressure from the international community, the government executed 8 death row prisoners early on Wednesday on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java.   The 8 were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, Ghanaian Martin Anderson.  Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines was spared after a woman who allegedly recruited her to act as a drug courier gave himself up to police in the Philippines on Tuesday.  (Jakarta Post)


MORE:  Bali Nine   International outrage

COMMENT:  Indonesia's damaged reputation

RELATED:   North Korea executes 15




PESHAWAR - A severe storm in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, dubbed a 'mini-cyclone', has killed 44 people and injured more than 200.  (AFP) 


Taliban spring offensive


KUNDUZ - Heavy fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents that killed more than 30 combatants threatened Kunduz on Monday.  Officials said hundreds of Taliban militants had attacked police and army checkposts in the province of Kunduz.   (Reuters)    


Rebels take city


JISR AL-SHUGHUR - The capitulation of loyalist forces to advancing rebels is being seen as evidence that Bashar al-Assad's hold on Syria may now be weaker than at any point during the civil war.  The rapid surrender of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, following 48 hours of rebel attacks, came after regime forces lost the nearby provincial capital, Idlib, earlier in April.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Rebels seize another military base

PREVIOUS:   Syrian Civil War


President apologized


Nursultan Nazarbayev


ASTANA - Kazakhstan's long-serving President Nursultan Nazarbayev apologized on Monday for winning re-election with 97.7% of the vote, saying it would have 'looked undemocratic' for him to intervene to make his victory more modest. Sunday's election gives another 5 year term to the 74-year-old former steelworker, who has ruled the oil-producing nation since rising to the post of its Soviet-era Communist Party boss in 1989. Central Election Commission data showed turnout was 95.22%.  (Reuters) 




Omar al-Bashir


KHARTOUM - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir extended his quarter-century in power with a landslide 94.05% victory in presidential elections.  The 71-year-old looks set to tighten his grip on the unstable oil producer, facing a divided and diminished opposition that mostly boycotted the poll held earlier this month.  (Reuters) 


MORE:   Bashir extends 26-year rule    


President accepts PM's resignation


Lee Wan-koo


SEOUL - President Park Geun-hye accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo on Monday, a week after he offered to quit amid snowballing allegations that he received illegal political funds from a deceased businessman.  (Korea Herald)


PREVIOUS:   Confesses to bribing   Scandal


Russia's environmental record


IQALUIT - 'The fish are smelling like oil and the water in the rivers, it's undrinkable,' said Nikolay Rochev, the head of Izvatas, a group that represents the Izhma Komi people who herd reindeer in the forests, wetlands and tundra of a France-sized area in central Russia.  Russia has no public oil spill inventory. But Greenpeace, which brought Rochev to Canada, used satellite data to count up at least 1,000 spills over the last two years in the Komi region alone.  (CP)


MORE:   Arctic Council's Iqaluit meeting

PREVIOUS:   Arctic Council 


Complex income tax system costly


OTTAWA - The deadline for filing personal income taxes is Thursday.  While the task has never been a particularly easy one, with more than 120 different federal tax credits to apply for, experts say it's become so complicated that people are probably missing out on hundreds of dollars owed to them.  Charles Lammam of the Fraser Institute has looked into the issue and reckons Canadians are spending a combined $6B a year in compliance costs going after all of these various credits.  (CBC)


REPORT:   Canadians challenged by an increasingly complex tax system 

MORE:   Incorrect CRA notice means May 5 to file taxes


Fiddled global warming figures


LONDON - Careful analysts have come up with hundreds of examples of how the original data recorded by 3,000-odd weather stations has been 'adjusted', to exaggerate the degree to which the Earth has actually been warming. Figures from earlier decades have repeatedly been adjusted downwards and more recent data adjusted upwards, to show the Earth having warmed much more dramatically than the original data justified.   (Telegraph UK)


MORE:   International temperature data review project   GWPF


Question of blame


Oskar Groening


LUNEBURG - The Groening trial, which began Tuesday in Lueneburg, Germany, raises searching questions about how far down the chain of command responsibility for the Holocaust extends.  Groening has described himself as 'a small cog in the gears' of the Nazi killing machine that murdered 6M Jews and millions of others.  (Montreal Gazette)


PREVIOUS:   Legislation in Prewar Germany   Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service   Nuremberg Laws   Aryanization of wealth   Accessory to murder   Bookkeeper remembers   Auschwitz concentration camp   John Demjanjuk   Sobibor  


Body found


SUDBURY - A father and daughter found human remains in Sudbury's Junction Creek on Saturday evening, in the city's west end near the intersection of Regent St and McLeod St.  (CBC) 




OTTAWA - Sharif Said, 21, was found by a passerby in the area of Tremblay and Belfast roads on Sunday around 6am.  Police were called and found the victim had multiple gunshot wounds. He later died in hospital.  Investigators said they believe he was shot due to gang and drug-related activity. Investigators also said he was shot inside his vehicle before collapsing on the street.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Identified   Man shot dead   Police investigating 




BALCARRES - Police confirm the man found north of Balcarres, SK last week is Reno Lee, 34, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.  The investigation began in Regina on April 23 and led to the discovery of the man's body.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Homicide


Law Society suspends lawyer


VANCOUVER - The Law Society sets standards of professional responsibility for BC lawyers and articled students, and upholds those standards through a complaints and discipline process.  Accordingly, the Law Society has ordered that William Terrence Faminoff of Vancouver be suspended for professional misconduct.  (BC Law Society)


Homicide investigation


EDMONTON - Just after 9pm on April 30, patrol officers from the NW division station were called to a home in the area of 90 St and 119 Ave by EMS who were treating an injured man at the scene.  The 64-year old man was transported to hospital and later pronounced deceased.  (Beacon)   


MORE:   Suspicious death   Suspicious death





John Wifladt            Denecho King


YELLOWKNIFE - RCMP have laid a murder charge in the death of John Wifladt at the Sunridge Place apartments in Yellowknife last December.  Wifladt, 39, was one of two men found seriously injured on Dec. 14 in an apartment on the third floor of Sunridge Place on 51 Ave. He died later in hospital.  Denecho King, 22, has been arrested and charged in Wifladt's death and is facing a charge of attempted murder.  (CBC)


MORE:   Murder charge

PREVIOUS:   1dead, 1 injured   Homicide    





Andrew Mixemong      Herlichka        McClung


BARRIE - 2 men were convicted Friday of beating Andrew Mixemong to death behind the Midland, Ont. deli where his wife worked in 2012.  Mixemong, a 59-year-old aboriginal man, died of his injuries following the vicious beating behind Dino's deli.  Jessy Herlichka was convicted of second-degree murder. His co-accused, Paul McClung, was convicted of manslaughter.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Guilty verdict   Guilty verdicts

PREVIOUS:   Beating death   Investigation 


Not guilty


Sawyer Robison


WETASKIWIN - A judge has found a man accused of shooting 2 RCMP officers in rural Alberta not guilty of all charges.  Sawyer Robison was facing attempted murder, assault causing bodily harm and weapons-related charges.  Constables Sheldon Shah and Sidney Gaudette were wounded while trying to search a farmhouse near Killam in February 2012.  Robison's defence lawyer has argued that it was Robison's uncle who shot the officers before killing himself.  (CP) 


MORE:   Found not guilty   Not guilty

PREVIOUS:   Uncle shot himself   Murder charge   To protect and serve you   Suspect arrested   Arrest made    Body found      


'Culture of low expectations'


HAMILTON - The 21 fired public works employees took extended lunches and long breaks, and 'drove aimlessly to kill time,' shows an arbitrator's report. But they were able to do so because of a 'culture of low expectations.'  In his 259-page arbitration decision Lorne Slotnick said the employees should have followed the rules. But they were able to work to lax standards because the culture allowed it.  'The city's laxity fostered a culture of low expectations,' the decision reads.  (CBC)    


Clubhouse sparks warning




VICTORIA - Mounties in a Victoria suburb have issued a public warning about a gang clubhouse being constructed just one block away from a school.  The Devil's Army, a close affiliate of the Hell's Angels, is setting up shop on Spencer Road in Langford, according to the RCMP.   (CTV)


MORE:   Bikers gather for clubhouse opening


Clock of secrecy


Saanich News


VICTORIA - The family of Julie Khurana, 56, who is also known by her maiden name, Julie Cox, said that a coroner's report revealed she was killed by her husband, Peter Khurana, dying April 21 as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. They were also told that Peter Khurana, 58, then set fire to the home before hanging himself.  (Victoria Times Colonist)  


MORE:   Deaths were murder-suicide   Murder-suicide

COMMENT:   Domestic violence is not a private matter     


In custody death


EDMONTON - Members of the ASIRT are investigating, after a man in his 20s died while in police custody early Thursday morning.  Police said at about 10pm Wednesday, April 29, officers responded to a trespassing call at a downtown mall.  According to ASIRT, the 25-year-old man was agitated when police arrived on the scene - he had been taken into custody by City Centre Mall security.  Investigators said the man went into medical distress and became unresponsive as he was being brought into EPS headquarters. (CTV)  




Devane Anttony Campbell


KITCHENER - Waterloo Regional Police say they've arrested a 27-year-old Toronto man in connection with the three-year-old cold case murder of Devane Anttony Campbell.  Police say Noel Francis faces a number of weapons and drug charges on top of his second degree murder charge in connection with Campbell's death on November 30, 2012 in Kitchener's west-end.   (CBC)


MORE:   Charged laid   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Shooting victim   Shooting  





Rundel            Bentley



   Robinson        Millington 


VANCOUVER - A second Mountie has been acquitted of perjury stemming from a public inquiry into Robert Dziekanski's death at Vancouver's airport.  Const. Gerry Rundel was charged for lying during his testimony at the inquiry related to the Polish immigrant's death in October 2007.  Const. Bill Bentley was acquitted of the perjury charge in 2013.  Former corporal Benjamin Robinson was convicted last month of the same charge while Const. Kwesi Millington was convicted in February.   (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Dziekanski Taser incident   


Wrongfully convicted can sue


Ivan Henry


OTTAWA - The SCC has ruled a BC man can use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to pursue a lawsuit after being wrongly imprisoned for 27 years for several sexual assaults he did not commit.  The landmark ruling clarifies the circumstances under which criminal prosecutors could be sued if they fail to disclose evidence to accused persons.  (CTV)


JUDGMENT:   2015 SCC 24

PREVIOUS:   Victim or villain   Wrongfully convicted    


Dead eagles


70 MILE HOUSE - Conservation officers in the South Cariboo region of BC say someone is killing eagles and dumping their carcasses.  This month, officers have found 15 dead eagles dumped near 70 Mile House. (CBC)  




SAQUENAY - Police in Saguenay, QC, say they are reviewing their response after officers gave a $148 ticket to a 91-year-old woman for making too much noise - including with her rocking chair.  Police ticketed the woman after a neighbour complained on April 17 about being irritated by the sound of her chair and the volume on her TV.  (CBC)


MORE:   Police drop noise fine 


Victims identified



LETHBRIDGE -  3 people were found dead inside a Lethbridge apartment on Tuesday and police have released their identities.  Police were called to a residence in a building at 230 McGill Blvd W at about 2:30am for a check on welfare.  3 people were found dead inside the home and police say they all lived there.  The victims have been identified as: Kyle Osborn Devine, 27, Clarissa Michelle English, 24, and Dakota Julius Ray English, 18.  Investigators say they believe the 3 are victims of a targeted attack.  (CTV)


MORE:  Identified   3 victims identified   


Youth charged


Brandy Vittrekwa


WHITEHORSE - A 15-year-old male has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Brandy Vittrekwa, whose body was found on a walking trail in Whitehorse Dec 8.  RCMP say the youth was arrested Tuesday. The accused cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Found dead     


Fatal collision




BLAINVILLE - A 26-year-old man died after the car he was driving collided with a police cruiser in Blainville.  The crash happened on Cure-Labelle Boulevard at 4:30am Friday morning.  The car struck the police vehicle then careened into a concrete block.   (CBC)


MORE:   Driver dies


Police shooting


CAMBRIDGE - A man, a woman and a police officer are in hospital this morning after police responded to an early-morning domestic violence call at a home in Cambridge.  One of the Waterloo Regional Police officers who responded to a call at a townhouse at 95 Morning Calm Dr shortly after midnight Wednesday became involved in an altercation with a man.  The man was shot by police and the officer was stabbed.  (CBC)





Loretta Saunders     Leggette      Henneberry


HALIFAX - A judge has sentenced a couple to life in prison for the murder of Loretta Saunders, whose remains were found inside a hockey bag along a highway in New Brunswick last year.  Victoria Henneberry, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, will become eligible for parole in 10 years.  Blake Leggette faces an automatic life sentence with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.  (CP)  


MORE:   'Is that justice?'   Loretta Saunders case    

PREVIOUS:   Guilty pleas   Pleads guilty   Letters from killer's perspective   Charged   Murder charges laid   Body found    


Court overturns jury verdict



Peter Kambas       Vaios Koukousoulas


WINDSOR - The witness had not heard Donald Dodd's voice in almost 5 years; at the time, she was with her boyfriend at a bar where loud music was playing and she was drinking and using cocaine.   Yet she testified that early on the morning of June 29, 2008, she heard Dodd's voice on her baby monitor - through static and for only about 4 to 10 seconds - at the location of the beating deaths of Peter Kambas, 53, and Vaios Koukousoulas, 63.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Convicted wins appeal

PREVIOUS:    17 years   Jury convicts   2012 ONSC 94 ruling on admissibility of statements   Man charged   Police name skeletal remains   Police fear missing men were murdered   


Mother dies


CALGARY - Aset Magomadova, the Calgary mother who was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of her daughter Aminat in 2007, has reportedly died of cervical cancer in hospice.  Magomadova was found guilty of strangling her 14-year-old daughter to death with a scarf in their SE Calgary home over 8 years ago.  She was given a suspended sentence and probation but the Crown successfully appealed and another trial was ordered on the charge of second-degree murder.   (CTV) 


PREVIOUS:   Aset Magomadova  


Unprecedented demands on security


Rob Ford


TORONTO - A new report says security guards at Toronto City Hall helped cover up or failed to fully investigate incidents involving the city's scandal-plagued former mayor, Rob Ford.  Toronto ombudsman Fiona Crean says security staff failed to provide "equitable protection to all individuals" as public and media scrutiny of the mayor reached a fever pitch in 2013 and 2014.  (CP)


REPORT:   Investigation into Toronto City Hall security   .pdf  


BC didn't infringe


VICTORIA - BC's highest court has ruled the province did not violate teachers' charter rights, reversing two lower court decisions in favour of a union that has fought for class size and composition clauses in its contracts.  The union has the option to seek leave to appeal to the SCC, which has already heard previous cases involving the two sides.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2015 BCCA 0184    2015 BCCA 0185

MORE:  BCCA rules for government   Teachers to appeal  


Dispensary raided


VANCOUVER - The owner of a Vancouver pot dispensary raided by police Wednesday said he will deal 'very harshly' with whoever was involved in allegedly providing edibles to a minor.  Vancouver police said they began investigating a Weeds Glass and Gifts location at 2916 West 4th Ave. in March after reports that a 15-year-old was hospitalized after allegedly purchasing edible marijuana products from the store, in addition to reports of 'other events involving young people.'  (Vancouver Province)


COMMENT:   Medical purposes only     Where there's smoke, there's a set of laws

PREVIOUS:   Feds upset

RELATED:   Italian Army unveils its 'cut-price cannabis' farm  


Home trashed




CALGARY - A Calgary family says their home has been destroyed by guests who rented it on the popular accommodation website Airbnb.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Trashed   Airbnb insured


Triple homicide


BURNS LAKE - Rueben Buhler, a 54-year-old BC man, has been charged following a triple homicide at a home in the remote community of Burns Lake.    Police said they were first called to the home on the 200-block of 5 Ave on Monday morning.  When they arrived around 8:25am, they found 1 woman and 2 men dead inside. The identities of the 3 victims have not been released.  (CBC)


MORE:   Triple homicide 


25 years



Lacey Jones-McKnight    Kristopher Guenther


CALGARY - A Calgary judge has sentenced Kristopher Guenther to life in prison for killing his former girlfriend Lacey Jones-McKnight.  Jones-McKnight's body was found in Guenther's vehicle, which was parked along Country Hills Boulevard, in October 2012.  Guenther was handed a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.   (CTV)


MORE:   Sentenced

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty   Guilty   Guilty verdict   Ex-boyfriend   Ex-fiance stalked victim   Calls lead to dead body 


More gunfire


Bill Fordy   Linda Hepner   Christy Clark


SURREY - There has been more gunfire in Surrey, BC, hours after Premier Christy Clark assured residents all possible efforts are being made to combat an escalating gang war.  (CP)


Considered a homicide


MOUNT ALBION - Police in PEI are describing the recent death of a newborn as a homicide.  The infant's body was found April 12 outside a church in Mount Albion.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Dead newborn found   Dead newborn found    


Charged with 3 murders


John Paul Ostamas


WINNIPEG - John Paul Ostamas is charged with 3 counts of murder for killings in downtown Winnipeg.  Officers identified the man found dead early Saturday behind 329 Hargrave St as Donald Collins, 65. Police also identified the man found dead, hours later, nearby behind 333 Portage Ave, as Stony Stanley Bushie, 48. Myles Monias, 37, of Winnipeg died after being attacked on April 10 at a bus shelter at Main St and Pioneer Ave.  (CTV)


MORE:  Charged in 3 deaths   Charged   Suspect in custody   


Remains identified


Delores Dawn Brower


LEDUC - Mounties say human remains found south of Edmonton have been identified as a missing Metis woman.  Delores Dawn Brower, who went by the nickname Spider, was a sex trade worker last seen hitching a ride in Edmonton in 2004.  The 33-year-old was reported missing by her family a year later.  RCMP say her remains were discovered last week in a wooded area near Leduc.  (CP)  


MORE:   Remains identified   Body found

PREVIOUS:   Edmonton Serial killer(s)    KARE team investigating   RCMP KARE team


Granted new trial



Lyne Massicotte        Alain Perreault


QUEBEC CITY - Quebec's Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for Alain Perreault, found guilty in 2011 of killing a 43-year-old woman he met online.  The court ruled the judge overseeing the original case did not give clear enough instructions to the jury concerning a key piece of evidence.  Lyne Massicotte disappeared during the summer of 2003 after travelling to meet Perreault. Her remains were never found.  Perreault was arrested 6 years later after making a confession to an undercover police officer who was posing as a criminal in a so-called 'Mr. Big' sting operation.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Convicted of murder     




WINNIPEG - Joe Mcleod, a Winnipeg man, who at one time faced murder charges in the death of a fellow nursing home resident, has died.  Back in 2011, Frank Alexander died after the 87-year-old was assaulted in the nursing home where he lived.  Mcleod was charged in the death.  But he was declared unfit to stand trial as he was suffering from dementia.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Family considering legal action   Elderly man dies    Senior in psych facility   Senior's home fight      


Lotto Max mystery


VANCOUVER - It's usually a formality.  But a BC Lottery Corporation winner verification process that normally takes days has stretched out to 6 weeks as security officials try to confirm a mysterious claimant's right to a $50M Lotto Max prize.  The claimant was already the subject of considerable controversy.  The draw for the prize took place March 14, 2014, but the winner didn't come forward for a year, sparking speculation about the whereabouts of the ticket, which was bought in Langley, BC.    (CBC)  


MORE:   Lottery ticket holder wants to remain anonymous


Inmate death 


Veronica Park


TRURO - An inmate at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro has died according to Correctional Service Canada.  Corrections Canada says Veronica Park died in a Truro hospital on Friday. The circumstances surrounding her death have not been released.  (CBC)    


MORE:   Family looking for answers  


Standards of care


TORONTO - An unprecedented analysis of data from Ontario's children's aid societies has revealed 'striking' differences in the way vulnerable youth are treated across the province.  (Toronto Star)   


MORE:   Society's children      



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