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OTTAWA - Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-Sept at the latest after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift almost a century-old prohibition on cannabis.  Senators voted Tuesday night to pass the government's legislation to legalize cannabis - Bill C-45.  Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has said the provinces will need 2 to 3 months after the bill is passed before they'll be ready to implement the new legalized cannabis regime.   (National Post)


MORE:   Senate passes pot bill   Canada legalizes recreational cannabis use

PREVIOUS:   War on Illegal Drugs 




OTTAWA - The population of people behind bars in Canada, overall on the decline, includes a massive overrepresentation of Indigenous inmates.  Although comprising about 5% of Canada's population, Indigenous people accounted for 27% of the federal prison population in 2016-17.    (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   Adult and youth correctional stats 2016/2017

MORE:   7 of 10 in AB prisons haven't been found guilty 


Not competition


OTTAWA - Canada's competition watchdog says the CRTC's plan to force the biggest companies to offer low-cost data packages is not a substitute for 'true competition,' arguing in a rare intervention that price controls should be only a temporary measure.   (Globe & Mail)


Hospital drugs


GOSPORT - More than 450 patients died after being given powerful painkillers inappropriately at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, a report has found.  An independent panel said, taking into account missing records, a further 200 patients may have suffered a similar fate.  The report found there was a 'disregard for human life' of a large number of patients from 1989 to 2000.  (BBC)


Ferry sank


LAKE TOBA - The death toll from an Indonesian ferry disaster could top 180, as authorities raised an estimate of the number of people missing two days after the wooden tourist boat sank in Lake Toba on Sumatra Island.  (Reuters)


MORE:   192 missing


US withdraws


GENEVA - The US withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday, saying the organization was not worthy of its name.  (Epoch Times)


PREVIOUS:   Greed and Corruption United Nations


Capo de Capos new head of assembly


Diosdado Cabello


CARACAS - Diosdado Cabello, vice president of the PSUV ruling party of Venezuelan head of state Nicolas Maduro, has been unanimously appointed president of the nation's illegitimate National Constituent Assembly by the dubious legislature's 500 delegates Tuesday.  (EFE)


MORE:   Cabello denies $800M in assets frozen in US

PREVIOUS:    US Treasury target    Corruption in Venezuela   Venezuela Cartel


Mafia arrests


BARI - Italian police arrested 102 suspects on Monday after a 12-year investigation into mafia families that allegedly rule Puglia region on Italy's SE coast and are responsible for large-scale drug trafficking from the Balkans.  Among those arrested was a businessman called Roberto De Blasio, who sat on the local chapter of the Italian Anti-Racketeering Association, FAI.  Operation Pandora tracked the infiltration of two crime families into the local economy of the province surrounding the port city of Bari, where the arrests took place.  The families are part of the Sacra Corona Unita, a consortium of crime groups that operate in the heel of Italy's boot.  (OCCRP) 


Interpol wildlife crackdown


PARIS - Nearly 100 countries took part in a globe-spanning crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade, seizing tons of meat, ivory, pangolin scales and timber in a month-long bust that exposed the international reach of traffickers, Interpol said Wednesday.  (AP)   


MORE:   Interpol news release


Drugs went missing


Elizabeth Wettlaufer


ST THOMAS - Elizabeth Wettlaufer quit her job at Meadow Park Long-Term Care in London, ON the day after a large amount of narcotics went missing.  She spent the weekend in hospital after overdosing, a public inquiry heard.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   On do not hire list    Not reported   Red flags ignored   Disciplined many, many times   PTC Elizabeth Wettalufer 


CSIS purging some data


OTTAWA - Canada's spy service is destroying undisclosed volumes of records relating to the communications of Canadians gathered over years.  This purge of a pool of data inside the CSIS began a few months ago. 'Approximately 70% of the data has been destroyed and the remainder is expected to be destroyed in the coming months,' wrote CSIS spokeswoman.  On Wednesday, a federal watchdog agency is expected to release its annual report to Parliament on CSIS's intelligence-gathering activities. The data now being purged were first flagged as a major problem by an earlier SIRC report.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance 


LGBTQ settlement


OTTAWA - A federal judge has approved a landmark deal to compensate members of the military and other agencies who were investigated and sometimes fired because of their sexual orientation.  An agreement in principle in the court action was drafted last Nov, just days before the government delivered a sweeping apology for decades of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.  (CP) 


System is broken


Saputo Inc, one of Canada's largest dairies, supports ending a domestic milk ingredient pricing system that has angered the US, Chief Executive Lino Saputo Jr said on Monday.  The Class 7 pricing agreement, struck in 2016 between Canadian dairy processors including Saputo and farmers, allowed processors to pay lower prices for domestic milk ingredients used to make cheese and yogurt, and to export the rest.  (Reuters) 


Next threat


WASHINGTON - In a statement, Trump said he had ordered his chief negotiator to draw up a list of $200B in Chinese products that will be hit with tariffs of 10% if China refuses his demands to narrow the yawning US trade deficit and change its industrial policies.  The president warned that he was prepared to hit China with an additional $200B in import taxes unless Beijing capitulates.  Such a step would put nearly all of the $505B in products that the US imports from China under tariffs.  China would be unable to match the measures in terms of quantity because China imports less than $200B of US goods. (Washington Post)


PREVIOUS:   China fires back   China to impose additional tariffs on $50B of US imports    Wise men build bridges but fools build walls   Trump announces China tariffs   Tariffs on Chinese   Trade war expands

RELATED:   Italy targeting EU Canada trade deal   US debt to China is $1.19T   National debt of the US


From the nation of immigrants


Jeff Sessions


WASHINGTON - An unapologetic US President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the US 'will not be a migrant camp' on his watch.  (AP)


MORE:   Sessions: Migrant children facilities not like Nazi Germany    Fact check   Global outcry   Governors refuse to deploy US National Guard   Canada also detains migrant children

PREVIOUS:   Immigration processing center   Children wait   Inside the facility  Sessions: Parents and children illegally crossing the border will be separated

RELATED:  5 migrants killed in high speed chase in Texas   


Refugee trend


The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the continued crises in places like South Sudan and Congo, as well as the exodus of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar, raised the overall figure of forced displacements from war, violence and persecution in 2017 to 68.5M.  It is estimated that just over half of the total refugee population are children.  Of the total, 16.2M were newly displaced last year - an average of more than 44,000 people per day. (CBC)


REPORT:   Forced displacement 2018

MORE:   Conflicts globally 

PREVIOUS:   Migrants


Drive-by shooting


MALMO - 3 people were killed and 3 others wounded in a shooting in the centre of the southern Swedish city of Malmo shortly after 8pm on Monday.  The victims were attacked as they left an internet cafe in the middle of the town.  Witnesses were quoted as saying that at least one attacker was armed with an automatic weapon.  Later on Tuesday it was revealed that the shooting was part of a gang conflict.  (The


MORE:   3 dead in drive-by    Feud between criminal gangs 


Ex-minister charged


Gonen Segev


JERUSALEM - Israel has charged a former cabinet minister with spying for Iran, the Shin Bet internal security service says.  Gonen Segev, a medical doctor who served as energy minister in the 1990s, was allegedly recruited by Iranian intelligence while living in Nigeria.   (BBC)  


MORE:   Hoping to restore reputation

RELATED:   Filming soldiers in action could be a crime 


Accused by the US


Rafael Marquez


MOSCOW - Rafael Marquez, one of the best-known stars on Mexico's World Cup soccer team, is a standout of the tournament in Russia. But it has nothing to do with his prowess on the field.  Marquez, 39, is on a US Treasury Department blacklist of people it says have helped launder money for drug cartels. His inclusion on the list prohibits American individuals, businesses and banks from having anything to do with him.  (NY Times) 


Police test cheating gang


LUCKNOW - Police in northern India have broken up a gang that promised professional test-takers and high-tech listening devices to help applicants pass a two-day test to become police constables, officials said Tuesday.  (AP)


Possible serial killer


Kelly M Cochran


INDIANAPOLIS - Kelly M. Cochran, 34, was sentenced to 65 years behind bars, after admitting to injecting her husband with a fatal dose of heroin and smothering him in their northern Indiana home.  The court's decision came as Cochran was serving a life sentence in another case: the slaying and dismembering of her lover in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  As shocking as those crimes are, an upcoming TV documentary will look into other crimes that her friends and family suspect Cochran of committing. That includes as many as 9 other possible victims buried across the Midwest, as well as accusations that she fed the remains of her lover to others at a barbecue. (Indy Star)


No cleanup


MONTREAL - Most of the people convicted in the high-profile cases investigated by Quebec's anti-corruption unit have pleaded guilty and served no jail time, while high-level actors at the provincial level have barely been touched, says Lino Zambito.  His 2012 testimony at the Charbonneau Commission described vast collusion and corruption schemes involving companies, politicians and organized crime around the Montreal area.  'We exposed it, but the cleanup is far from being done. We have refused to seriously investigate the provincial political parties.'   (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption Quebec  Corruption reimbursement

RELATED:  Group wants to see tracking software for politicians 


Carbon market closed


California and Quebec have closed the joint carbon market to Ontario, preventing companies from dumping some $2.8B in emissions allowances after premier-designate Doug Ford announced an end to the provincial cap-and-trade system.  (Globe & Mail)  


PREVIOUS:   Climate Debate


15 years



Amanda Lindhout       Ali Omar Ader


OTTAWA - Ali Omar Ader, a Somalian man found guilty in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.  (CP)


MORE:   Kidnapper sentenced

PREVIOUS;   Canadian Jihad 


Child poverty report


TORONTO - Federal ridings with the most child and family poverty in Canada are also home to the highest proportions of Indigenous, visible minority, immigrant and single-parent families, according to a new study by Campaign 2000.   (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   Child poverty by federal riding

MORE:   Poverty group report


Video game addiction


The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition.  In its latest revision to an international disease classification manual, the UN health agency said Monday that classifying 'gaming disorder' as a separate condition will 'serve a public health purpose for countries to be better prepared to identify this issue.'  (AP)


REPORT:   ICD - 11 




Noel Harder


Noel Harder risked his life as a secret police agent, then spent 3 years testifying as the star witness against drug dealers, gun runners, mobsters and the Hells Angels.  Today he's a marked man with an apparent $2M bounty on his head.  And he's on his own.   The RCMP kicked Harder out of the federal Witness Protection Program last month and, by his account, reneged on one promise after another.  Harder served as the inside man on Project Forseti, the largest organized crime investigation in Saskatchewan history.   (CBC)




KITCHENER - At 8:45pm on Monday, Police received a phone call about an injured man at a home in a housing complex at 926 Courtland Ave E.  Officers responded and determined that there was a deceased male approximately 60 years old within the residence.  (Waterloo Regional Record)


MORE:   Homicide   Man found dead   Murder


Man charged


Darrell Tuesday


MORSON - OPP say they were alerted to the disappearance of Autumn Andy, 15, of Big Grass River FN last Wednesday.  Hours later, they say, her body was found behind an outdoor skating rink.  Darrell Tuesday, 24, was charged with first-degree murder on Monday.  (Toronto Sun)


MORE:   Charged   Charge laid 




Yosuke Hayahara


TORONTO - The man who died after being pushed off the platform at Bloor-Yonge station on Monday has been identified as Yosuke Hayahara, 73.  Hayahara was on the eastbound platform about 10:15am when he was pushed onto the tracks as the train entered the station.  John Reszetnik, 57, was charged with one count of first-degree murder.  Police called the incident 'a completely unprovoked attack.'  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Victim identified   Subway victim   Man killed identified 




Jordan Buchner


BRAMPTON - Just before 3am April 15, 2017 police were called to Masta's Lounge for reports of shots fired.  There, police found Jordan Buchner, 23, lying in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  On Tuesday, police arrested Jermaine Smith, 29, charging him with second-degree murder.  Also taken into custody was Adrian Roberts, 32, charged with accessory after the fact and firearms offences.  (Toronto Sun)


MORE:   Charge laid   Arrests   Charged

PREVIOUS:   Victim ID'd  Police identify man   Man identified   Shooting   Man dead   


Searches violate constitutional rights


TORONTO - Members of the public who are attending Toronto police board meetings should no longer be subjected to a security search before entering police headquarters, an Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled, finding the current screening practice violates their Charter rights.  (Toronto Star) 


Staff sergeant charged


EDMONTON - A Wood Buffalo Mountie is facing a charge of sexual assault after a complaint of inappropriate touching at a work Christmas party last year.  Two female RCMP officers reported a staff sergeant inappropriately touched them at an off-site Christmas party on Nov 26.  Jason Keays has been charged with one count of sexual assault.  (StarMetro)


Death deemed suspicious


TORONTO - Police have launched a suspicious death investigation after a female fell to her death from a balcony on Monday night.  The fall occurred shortly after 9pm at a building on Bleecker St.  (CP24) 


Friends ID victim


Jamie Bishop


EASTERN PASSAGE - Shortly after 12:40am Monday, Jamie Bishop, 21, was walking with his girlfriend when he was killed in a drive-by shooting on Hornes Road.  (Halifax Chronicle Herald)


PREVIOUS:   Drive-by   Man killed   Shooting 


Remains of 2 people found



Dan Archbald     Ryan Daley


UCLUELET - RCMP on Vancouver Island have found the remains of 2 bodies, but can't confirm if they belong to any of the men who went missing a month ago.  On May 13, Dan Archbald, 37, and Ryan Daley, 43, arrived in Ucluelet, BC following a sailing trip from Panama.  Archbald and Daley's disappearance has been deemed suspicious.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   2 men missing   Disappearance    Crime team takes over case 


Suspect arrested



Joseph Perron       Raymond Moore


TORONTO - Police say Joseph Perron, 51, was found in a field behind a highrise apartment building on West Lodge Ave at around 8:30pm on Wednesday.  Perron had been badly beaten and was taken to hospital for treatment but died a short time later after suffering from a medical issue at the hospital.  Following his death, police released video surveillance footage of a suspect wanted in the assault.  He has since been identified by investigators as Raymond Moore, 42.  (CP24)


MORE:   Arrest warrant   Suspect identified   Suspect ID'd

PREVIOUS:     Police seek suspect   TPS news release 


Playground shooting suspects  


Eriya           Rhoden        Robertson


TORONTO - Police have now identified 2 more suspects wanted in connection with the disturbing daylight shooting of 2 young girls.  The sisters, ages 5 and 9, were shot at a playground on Alton Towers Circle at approximately 5pm on Thursday.  Sheldon Eriya, 21, was arrested and faces charges including attempted murder.  Tarrick Rhoden, 23, and T'Quan Robertson, 23, are wanted for 2 counts of attempted murder+.  (CP24)


MORE:   2 sought   Suspects   Police ID suspects   Playground shooting suspects

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Despicable act   2 young sisters shot     


Project payment



Paul Bonwick  Sandra Cooper


COLLINGWOOD - A former Liberal MP may have used his connections with municipal officials in a popular vacation town NW of Toronto - including his sister, the mayor - to secure a $756,000 consulting fee that was hidden from taxpayers.  Details of the payment are contained in OPP materials filed in court in 2014, as fraud investigators sought a court order to search the bank records of Paul Bonwick, a former parliamentary secretary in the Paul Martin government whose riding included the town of Collingwood.   (CBC)




Paul Spilchen


TORONTO - Police were called to the Working Dog Saloon on St Clair Ave shortly after 2am on Saturday.  Once on scene, they located 2 men suffering from stab wounds outside the bar.  Those men were both rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition but one of them, since identified as Paul Spilchen, 29, succumbed to his injuries a short time later.  Michael MacKinnon, 42, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.  (CP24)


MORE:   Arrest   Stabbing arrest   Identified   Man charged 





Victoria Selby-Readman     Richard Isaac


TORONTO - Victoria Selby-Readman, 28, was found dead, with obvious signs of trauma inside the fifth-floor apartment that she rented at a building on Richmond St W on Tuesday evening.  Richard Isaac, 41, faces a count of second-degree murder.  (CP24)


MORE:   Man charged   Facing charge   Arrested   Man arrested   New roommate arrested 




EDSON - A mosque in Edson, AB, was set on fire late Saturday night shortly after a small group of people left the building following evening prayers.  Mosque security camera footage captured the flames as well as a person in a dark hoodie leaving the property with what appears to be a red jerrycan.   (CBC) 


Ditch the Mounties


SURREY - Ditch the Mounties and spring for a local police force in Surrey, says a new municipal political party fed up with the enduring gang violence that has plagued that city.  Doug Elford, the president of Surrey Community Alliance and a council hopeful, said it's time to see a heavy 'boots on the ground' style of policing that would make criminals think twice about operating in Surrey.   (PostMedia)   


MORE:   RCMP to ask Surrey for significant staff increase   Residents rally for change




MISSISSAUGA - 2 Peel Regional Police officers and 2 men in custody were injured in a weapons call on Saturday in Mississauga.  One officer was taken to hospital after a man armed with a baseball bat hit the officer in the head.  The two male suspects were taken to hospital in custody with unknown injuries. Their condition is not known.  (CBC)


Video emerges



Kimbellee Kasatkin    Christopher Bettocchi


LIMA - Disturbing video showing a missing and presumed dead woman confronting the man charged with her murder has emerged about 19 months after her disappearance.  Kimberlee Susanne Kasatkin, 41, of Abbotsbord, BC was last heard from Nov. 26, 2016 while living in Peru. Her common-law partner Christopher Franz Bettocchi was charged with her murder in May 2017. Her body has never been found.  In the newly released video, broadcast as part of a 10-minute news report in Peru, she accuses him of punching her, pulling out her hair and terrorizing her in front of her two children. Franz Bettocchi spent several months in custody but has been recently released. A prosecutor in Peru has until the end of August to file its case and the family is worried that deadline will pass, putting the case in jeopardy. (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Tragic story    Husband in custody   Search for daughter   


Suspect pleads guilty


Mohamad Rafih


CALGARY - Murder suspect Mohamad Rafih pleaded guilty Friday to offering a Crown witness a bribe to recant his statement against him. According to a statement of agreed facts, Rafih contacted Youssef Belkaziz from the Calgary Remand Centre and asked him to recant his statement to police.  Rafih contacted Belkaziz through a third party 3 days after his arrest last Nov 16, in the April 30, 2017, shooting death of Timothy Voytilla.  (Calgary Sun)


PREVIOUS:   Mother and son charged with obstruction    2 men charged    Identified   Man dies in hospital  


Teenager accused


BRAMPTON - A 15-year-old has been accused of manslaughter and robbery after a 73-year-old man died as a result of injuries he received during a robbery.  Amarjit Bhatnagar, 73, and his 44-year-old son were walking through Aloma Park just after 10pm on June 12.  They were approached by 2 males who robbed them of some personal possessions and fled the area.  The elderly man sustained injuries as a result of the robbery, and was transported to a local hospital. He died in hospital June 14.  (Brampton Guardian)


MORE:   15-year-old arrested   Boy charged 




FORT MCMURRAY - RCMP say a man found dead on a road in Fort McMurray was a victim of homicide.  The victim, whose body was found early Wednesday on an access road between Grayling Crescent and Abasand Drive, has been identified as John Bradley Healey, 36.   (CBC)


MORE:   Homicide   Identified

PREVIOUS:   Body found   





Chloe Labrie


KUUJJUAQ - Police responded to a call at a home in the community in the early hours of June 12, where they discovered the body of Chloe Labrie, 28, a medical technician.  Randy Koneak, 20, faces a charge of first-degree murder.  (Nunatsiaq)


MORE:   Charged   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Arrest 


Guilty plea


Cindy Enger


CALGARY - Joseph D'Arcy Schluter, 47, entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder in connection with the death of Cindy Enger, 51, inside her home in Cranston in 2016.  Schluter admitted to fatally shooting Cindy Enger 8 times in the head with a .22 calibre firearm on Jan 22, 2016. The shooting occurred moments after a recording was made of Enger stating she wanted her life to end due to the pain she suffered from. In the video recording, Enger and Schluter professed their love for one another.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Charges   Man charged   Murder charge laid   Murder charges 



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