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White helmets evacuated


Israel has evacuated hundreds of members of the volunteer Syrian civil defence forces known as the White Helmets to Jordan, with Amman claiming it had struck a deal for them to be resettled in the UK, France and Canada.  Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the total number of evacuees was 422, even though the initial request was to evacuate 800. It was unclear what happened to the remainder.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   White Helmets flee    Canada White Helmets resettlement   Israel evacuates hundreds 


Warlord VP returns


Abdul Rashid Dostum


KABUL - Afghan Vice President Abdurrashid Dostum - a controversial figure who lived in exile for more than a year amid sexual assault charges - returned Sunday to a warm government welcome, but his legal problems still loom and a bomb attack that killed 14 people reflects potential problems ahead.  Moments after he left the airport, a suicide bomb exploded, killing 14 people and injuring 60 near the entrance - an incident that, while not harming Dostum, showed the intense feelings his return brings.   Dostum - an Afghan civil war general known for vicious, mercurial behavior while ruling over the northern border region for 30 years - flew to Turkey after a political rival accused the vice president in 2016 of beating him, imprisoning him for two days and ordering his rape. (Washington Post) 


Taxi drivers killed


JOHANNESBURG - Gunmen in South Africa have killed 11 taxi drivers in an ambush.  The men from Gauteng province were travelling to Johannesburg on Saturday night when their minibus was fired on.  The victims, and four others critically injured, were returning from a colleague's funeral in the coastal region of Kwa-Zulu Natal.  The motive is unclear although rivalry between groups running minibus taxi routes in South Africa has led to violence in the past.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Taxi drivers ambushed 


Cardinal removed


Theodore Edgar McCarrick


WASHINGTON - Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who led the Archdiocese of Washington and was a political force in the nation's capital, said on Wednesday that he has been removed from public ministry by the Vatican because of a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse.  McCarrick was also accused 3 times of sexual misconduct with adults 'decades ago' while he served as a bishop in Metuchen and Newark, New Jersey, the current bishops of those cities said. 2 of those allegations resulted in settlements.  Now 87, McCarrick retired at age 75, the mandatory age for Catholic bishops. He maintains his innocence. (CNN)


MORE:   Uncle Ted   More details emerge   Revelations

PREVIOUS:   Catholic Church abuses


 Entitled embarrassed 


ST ANDREWS - A deal announced by provincial premiers on Friday means Canadians will be able to bring more booze between provinces for their own use.  But economists say the move was a 'compromise' by provinces alarmed by the broad support garnered by a legal challenge to drop entirely interprovincial booze limits which went all the way to the Supreme Court earlier this year - and not a sign they have any further intention of following through on demands to #FreeTheBeer.  (Global)


COMMENT:   Tax revolt could be a blessing 

PREVIOUS:   Provincial free trade solution   Regulators   Political party funding   Entitled   Trade dud   We can't blame this all on lobbyists   Accountability   Inquiry into spending


It would seem like a sin tax of 10% on any person getting more than $120,000 a year from the public would be a good idea.  All public service employees at all levels of government including  consultants, Crown Corps, First Nations, non-profits, on welfare and anybody else that is being paid for by public money. - Chris


RCMP Members in Crisis


I am a member of the RCMP who once had tremendous pride in the organization. I have served for almost 23 years as a regular member and three as a civilian employee.  I am the son of a member who dedicated 33 years to the RCMP and this country.  Today I struggle, trying to leave the Organization with some dignity while advocating to make change for those who continue to suffer abuses as a result of a continued failure to change.


Audit of immigration detention


TORONTO - The first-ever audit into the way Canada reviews immigration detention cases reveals a system that unfairly keeps people behind bars for months on end due to ill-informed adjudicators and a culture that favours incarceration.  The damning findings, including decision-making based on inaccurate information, unchallenged faith in border enforcement officials and inadequate legal representation for detainees.  (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   2017/2018 Detention Review 


Life jackets urged


A water safety advocacy group in Quebec is urging boaters to wear life jackets following the province's 33rd drowning death so far this summer.  The Quebec Lifesaving Society says the majority of drowning deaths thus far have been from young men not wearing life jackets.  (CTV)


Air strikes


GAZA - Israel has attacked military targets in the Gaza Strip, after its soldiers came under gunfire at the border.  The Israeli military announced that one soldier had died from his wounds.  Gaza officials said 4 Palestinians were killed in the strikes, 3 of them members of militant group Hamas.  They said a fourth Palestinian was shot dead during protests along the border. Hamas, who run Gaza, later said a ceasefire had been agreed with Israel. The operation came during another Friday of protests by Palestinians at the border between Israel and Gaza.  (BBC)


MORE:   Soldier killed by gunfire  

PREVIOUS:   War on Terror 


Mob killing


RAJASTHAN - A Muslim man has been killed by a mob of vigilantes in India after being accused of smuggling cows for slaughter.  Akbar Khan, 28, was beaten to death by the group on Friday evening in NW Rajasthan state while transporting 2 cows through a village.  Friday's attack came days after India's Supreme Court requested the government enact new legislation to end an increase in mob violence that have reportedly killed more than two dozen people accused of cattle theft, eating beef, child kidnapping and other crimes in the country this year.  (Jazeera) 


Found guilty


Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman


LONDON - A 20-year-old Londoner has been found guilty of plotting to kill Theresa May in a suicide attack on Downing Street, where he intended to behead the prime minister.  Details of the violent plans of Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman were heard at the Old Bailey where he has been on trial with another man, Mohammad Aqib Imran, 22, accused of planning to travel abroad either to Libya or Syria to engage in terrorism.  Rahman had become the focus of a major undercover operation mounted by counter-terrorism officers from the Metropolitan police and MI5, and had believed he was corresponding online with Islamic State while planning the attack. In fact he was talking to members of the security services.   (Guardian UK) 


Call centre scammers sentenced


CHICAGO - US authorities have sentenced 21 people in connection with an India-based call centre scam that bilked Americans of hundreds of millions of dollars.  Defendants were given sentences ranging from fines and probationary sentences to 20 years in prison.  The sophisticated operation revolved around call centres in Ahmedabad, India, from where individuals called American citizens while posing as officials with IRS or UCSIS.  (Global)


MORE:   DoJ press release


Forced adoption


OTTAWA - A new report, authored by the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, which calls for government apologies and reparations over a policy that 'may have been a product of the times, but was cruel, nonetheless, from any perspective.'  The report laments post-war Canada's harsh treatment of unmarried mothers, who 'faced enormous social and institutional pressure' to give up their babies for adoption.  Some 600,000 Canadian babies were labelled 'illegitimate' between 1945 and 1971, and it is estimated that between 300,000 and 450,000 babies were given up for forced adoption during this period.  (Global)


REPORT:   Shame is ours  .pdf 


Informers' protection upheld


OTTAWA - 4 former Mounties criminally charged in connection with the 2007 Surrey Six murder investigation have been denied the right to talk about confidential informers in the case with their lawyers.  Ex-RCMP officers Derek Brassington, David Attew, Paul Johnston and Danny Michaud are charged with breach of trust, fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with a witness who, while not a confidential informer, was under their protection.   (Vancouver Sun)


JUGEMENT:   2018 SCC 37

PREVIOUS:   Surrey Six 


Spys can only spy in Canada


OTTAWA - The CSIS does not have the legal authority to spy outside of Canada unless national security is at stake, a Federal Court judge has ruled.  Under Canadian law, CSIS can track down terrorism suspects and other national-security threats in Canada and around the world. It is also allowed to spy on foreigners who are not considered threats to the country, but these specific probes of foreigners have to be conducted wholly within Canada, according to the court's decision.  (CP) 


Cleared of harassment


Christine Moore


OTTAWA - NDP MP Christine Moore has been cleared of harassment and abuse of authority allegations by an independent investigation, after she was accused of misbehaviour by an Afghanistan war veteran.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   We were lovers 


Tour boat sinking


BRANSON - An amphibious tour boat carrying 31 people sank in a furious squall on a SW Missouri lake Thursday evening, leaving at least 17 people dead - including children.  The Ride the Ducks Branson duck boat capsized and sank on Table Rock Lake near Branson during a storm.  (CNN) 


MORE:   Ticket mix-up put family on boat    Don't worry about life jackets


Judiciary corruption scandal


Duberli Rodriguez


LIME - Duberli Rodriguez, the head of Peru's judicial branch resigned Thursday in the wake of a mounting corruption scandal involving secret phone recordings capturing numerous judges making behind-the-scenes deals on everything from promotions to criminal sentences.  The accounts of judicial misconduct became public two weeks ago when the Peruvian investigative news website IDL-Reporteros and the Panorama new analysis television show published a series of telephone recordings involving an extensive network of judges, businessmen and local authorities describing backroom deals. (AFP)


VPD guidelines


VANCOUVER - Police have released proposed guidelines for officers on interacting with undocumented immigrants, in an effort to ensure migrants can access police services without fear of deportation.  The guidelines direct officers not to ask about the immigration status of a witness, complainant or victim, and not to enlist the assistance of Canada Border Services Agency on these investigations unless there is a legitimate reason to do so.  (CP)


REPORT:  VPD guidelines aim to facilitate access to police services for undocumented immigrants

MORE:   Guidelines met with criticism

COMMENT:   Foot in the Door 


When criminals become terrorists


About a quarter of Canadians involved in terrorist activity have criminal histories, according to a declassified Canadian Security Intelligence Service report. They had 'engaged in a wide spectrum of illicit activities,' most commonly low-level crimes and assaults.  (Global)  


AB police leadership shakeup 



Chaffin            Shean               Knecht


CALGARY - As 3 of Alberta's top police officers depart from their roles in the next 6 months, the province is facing a remarkable transition.  On Tuesday, Calgary police Chief Roger Chaffin announced he'll be retiring in Jan 2019. RCMP Deputy Commissioner Todd Shean, the commanding officer for the Alberta Mounties, also announced Tuesday he would retire in Sept, and in May the Edmonton Police Commission said Chief Rod Knecht will leave after his contract is up in Oct.  (StarMetro) 


PREVIOUS:   AB cop policy is absurd 


Charities can be political


Canadian charities can now spend as many resources as they deem necessary criticizing government policies and decisions without worrying they may lose charitable status.  The CRA was cataloging any calls to political action, public advocacy for changing or maintaining laws, policies or other government decisions - at home and abroad - as 'political activities.'  The Ontario Superior Court of Justice said the 10% cap infringed on a charity's right to freedom of expression and ordered the CRA to immediately stop interpreting the Income Tax Act in such a way.  (Global) 


PREVIOUS:   Non-Profit Industry 


Using kids


LONDON - British police and intelligence agencies are using children as spies in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers.  A committee of the House of Lords revealed the practice while raising the alarm over government plans to give law enforcement bodies more freedom over their use of children.  (Guardian UK) 


Murder was a suicide


Alan Abrahamson


PALM BEACH GARDENS - A murder investigation in a peaceful golf community in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has come to a bizarre conclusion. Now, police say Alan Abrahamson, 71, who was found shot to death in the community in late Jan wasn't killed at all. He actually killed himself - in a very unusual way.  (CNN) 




Antonio Coluccio


LOCRI - A former GTA resident has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Italy after being convicted of Mafia-related corruption charges.  Antonio Coluccio, 48, was charged in Italy in 2014 with extortion and Mafia association after a sweeping series of anti-corruption arrests in Southern Italy.  Some of the investigation involved wiretaps on phone calls between Canada and Italy, targeting the Commisso crime clan of Siderno in southern Italy.  Coluccio's 2 older brothers, Giuseppe and Salvatore, are already in prison in Italy on Mafia-related charges.  The 3 brothers all lived in the GTA in the early 2000s.  (Toronto Star) 


Russian agent


Maria Butina


WASHINGTON - Maria Butina, 29, a Russian woman with ties to a senior Russian government official was charged in Washington on Monday with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation, including by building ties to the leadership of the NRA and other conservative political organizations.  (Washington Post)


MORE:    DoJ press release   Russian spy   Sex, lies and a student visa


Double stabbing


MONTREAL - 2 men in their twenties were stabbed overnight near Chinatown early Saturday morning.  One man succumbed to his injuries in hospital on Saturday morning.  The incident occurred around 3:50am at the intersection of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Viger Ave - where an argument between several people degenerated.  4 people were arrested - 2 men, and 2 women.   (CTV)


MORE:   Stabbing    1 dead, 1 injured   4 arrested 


Suspicious death


NEWMARKET - Police were called to an apartment on Huron Heights Drive at around 7:20am Saturday.  When officers arrived, a one female was found with 'obvious signs of trauma' and was pronounced dead at the scene. The homicide unit has been called in to investigate but so far, police say the death has only been classified as suspicious. Investigators say they are searching for man who was spotted fleeing the scene shirtless.   (CP24)


MORE:   Police investigate 




Kerry Romain


TORONTO - Police said Kerry Romain, 47, was found face down on a sidewalk in front of 356 Eastern Ave at around 1am Saturday.  Roger Foreshaw, 45, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.  (CP24)


MORE:   Arrest 


SIU probing death


GUELPH - The SIU says at about 3am Saturday, local police officers responded to a medical call at an apartment building.  They say an unresponsive 49-year-old man was located and police provided medical assistance until emergency services arrived.  The man was pronounced dead at the scene about an hour later.  (CP)


Targeted killing


Sukhpreet Grewal


VANCOUVER - When officers arrived at Sukhpreet Grewal, 32, residence in the 3100-block of Consort Court, Abbotsford, Friday afternoon they found him dead inside.  Grewal was known to police and his death is considered a targeted killing.  (CBC)


MORE:   IHIT called in   Man found dead  


RCMP shooting


FROG LAKE - Mounties attended a rural home at 10am Thursday to arrest a 40-year-old man wanted in relation to a robbery.  The man refused to the exit the home of a family member, sparking a standoff that lasted into the evening.  At about 9pm Thursday the situation escalated 'resulting in officers firing their service weapons.'  (Edmonton Journal)


MORE:   Police confrontation death   Officer involved shooting 


3rd suspect ID'd


Nebill Albayaty


BRAMPTON - Police responded to reports of a shooting at a residence on Donwoods Court around 6:10pm last Monday night.  Palwinder Singh, 27, was pronounced dead at the scene.  2 suspects surrendered to authorities on Tuesday. Sean Ponto, 18, and Andrew Edward, 19, have each been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting.  On Friday, police issued a warrant for Nebill Albayaty, 18.  He is wanted first-degree murder.  (CP24)


PREVIOUS:   2 arrested, 2 sought   2 charged   He was ambushed     


Ponzi scheme


Tim Ray Carruthers


EDMONTON - Timothy (Tim) Ray Carruthers, 59, is facing charges after allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme valued at $5.5M for nearly a decade.  Between Jan 2009 and June 2017, the suspect worked under the company name 'Wakina Consulting Inc' and allegedly facilitated 257 fraudulent bridge mortgage loans using publicly available documentation from real homeowners.  (CTV)


Mistaken identify


Paul Bennett


VANCOUVER - Paul Bennett, 47, was shot in his driveway in Surrey, BC, on the afternoon of June 23. The IHIT said he was the unintended victim of a targeted shooting.  (CTV)


MORE:   Completely innocent   Senseless murder

PREVIOUS:   Victim identified    Shooting   Not a random incident   Local hockey coach killed   Victim ID'd 




MONTREAL - A man in his 20s has died of his injuries after being involved in an altercation 11:30pm Wednesday.  Police arrived at the apartment at the corner of Sanborn and Gordon Sts. and found the victim, who was pronounced dead soon after.  Police believe the victim and his assailant knew each other.  (Montreal Gazette) 





Anthony Dwyer              William Jordan


SAINT JOHN - William Ronald Jordan, 19, was initially charged with assault causing bodily harm after an alleged fight with Anthony Dwyer, 54, on Friday night on the Saint John boardwalk.  Dwyer struck his head and suffered critical injuries. He was placed on life support and died Monday evening.  Jordan is now facing a manslaughter charge.  (CBC) 


8th remains identified




TORONTO - Police have recovered and identified the remains of Majeed Kayhan.  Until now, only 7 of Bruce McArthur's 8 alleged victims had been identified.  Kayan's remains were uncovered during a 9-day search of a ravine located at the rear of 53 Mallory Crescent. Police previously discovered the remains of the 7 men in large planters seized from the property.  (CTV) 


PREVIOUS:   PTC Bruce McArthur   Dig ends


Police pursuit death


TROIS-RIVIERES - At about 11:45am Thursday, police said they discovered a vehicle that was using an expired licence plate.  The driver was expected to stop at the red light and the patroller had intended to approach him on foot. Instead, the driver fled as the officer approached his window.  The police officer then allegedly gave chase.  The vehicle then allegedly hit another car, and according to police, collided with two other vehicles a few hundred metres away.  One of the people in those cars died in the incident. (CTV) 


4th man charged


REGINA - The body of Shawn Coghill, 35, was found in a house in the 1100-block of Retallack St just after 1am on May 23.  Brent Stacee Creely, 26, was charged with second-degree murder.  Richard William Snyder, 33, was charged with possession of a firearm.  On May 25, Jesse Alexander Henderson, 33, was charged with break and enter+.   On July 18, Warren Robert Kakakaway, 25, was charged with break and enter+.   (Regina Leader-Post)


PREVIOUS:   Charged   Man charged   


Officer guilty



Nicholas Thorne-Belance       Patrick Ouellet


MONTREAL - On Feb 13, 2014, Patrick Ouellet was speeding at 134 km/h on a residential street in Longueuil in an unmarked police car during an undercover operation when he smashed into a car making a left-hand turn on a green light.  5-year-old Nicholas Thorne-Belance was a passenger in the back seat of the car that was hit, and he died in hospital several days later.  The crash happened during the morning rush hour and took place near a daycare.  (CTV)


MORE:   Guilty of dangerous driving    Deadly spinning 


Woman charged




EDMONTON - A 60-year-old woman has been charged with aggravated assault after an 85-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle Wednesday at a west Edmonton KFC restaurant.  The driver and the victim 'are known to one another.'  Police allege Donna Elder 'intentionally' drove a 2007 Toyota RAV4 into the pedestrian, who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.  (CBC)


MORE:   KFC crash  


Still expanding


NANAIMO - As the Hells Angels mark their 35th anniversary with a party in Nanaimo this weekend, police say the group continues to expand in BC despite a series of high-profile arrests and convictions over the last decade.  More than 300 bikers from across Canada are expected to attend the Vancouver Island bash to celebrate the day the first 3 BC chapters were formed, July 23, 1983.  (Vancouver Sun)


High tech


TORONTO - Mayor Tory's ongoing campaign against gun crime will likely include more CCTV security cameras and more cops in the Neighbourhood Officer program - so far, so good - and he also hopes to fulfill Chief Mark Saunders wish for ShotSpotter technology.  Already used in many US cities, ShotSpotter is an acoustic-based technology that triangulates sound waves to determine within seconds the precise location of gunshots.  (Toronto Sun)


MORE:   More security cameras   Gunshot detection   Does ShotSpotter work?   200 officers on night shift




MONTREAL - Police responded to reports of an argument Saturday at approximately 9:30pm on Union Ave, near Ste-Catherine St, where Rejean Charron, 53, was found stabbed. He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.  Jean Gauthier, 66, was arrested on the scene and charged with first-degree murder.  (Montreal Gazette)


PREVIOUS:   Homeless altercation 


Inmate overdoses


EDMONTON - Internal Edmonton Remand Centre documents that said one 26-year-old man died in the morning of July 13 after he took fentanyl and carfentanil.  Later that same day, an inmate, who showed signs of an overdose, was found unconscious in a common area and at least 5 others were found in medical distress in their cells.  ERC will remain under lockdown while staff members conduct a search for contraband.  (CTV)


RELATED:   Correctional officer's termination upheld 


Guilty plea



Peter Nassichuk       Rico Alan Properzi


CALGARY - What began as a joke ended in a deadly fight in the parking lot of a liquor store.  Rico Alan Properzi, 34, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Peter Nassichuk on April 11, 2016.  (Calgary Herald)


MORE:   Manslaughter 

PREVIOUS:   Charge laid   Charged      


15 years


VANCOUVER - In March, a BC Supreme Court jury found Darwin Lescano, 42, guilty of the May 2015 second-degree murder of his mom, Redelma Belissario, 62.  (Vancouver Sun)

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty    Convicted   Found guilty   Son sought    Son a suspect      Son sought 


Allegations unfounded


WINNIPEG - 2 Winnipeg police officers will not be charged after a 29-year-old woman made allegations she had been sexually assaulted.  The IIU said the allegations arose after officers responded to reports of an intoxicated woman starting fights at a lounge on Oct. 9, 2017. Police arrested her and transported her to Health Sciences Centre.  The woman claimed she was taken out of the city and assaulted by officers for more than two hours.  The IIU said they found the claims to be unfounded based on GPS data that showed the trip lasted 9 minutes and was less than 6 kilometres.  (CTV) 


Woman charged


BRAMPTON - Leliqua Clarke, 21, is facing several charges after two Tim Hortons employees were injured after a customer jumped through the drive-thru window and attacked them.  The bizarre incident, which occurred just before 3am on July 15 was captured on video.  (Brampton Guardian)


2 arrested    


BRAMPTON - Police were called to a residence on Donwoods Court at around 6:10pm Monday for a report of gunshots.  Once on scene police located the victim Palwinder Singh, 27.   2 suspects surrendered to authorities overnight.  Sean Ponto, 18, and Andrew Edward, 19, have each been charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting.  Police say that they continue to look for 2 other male suspects.  (CP24)


MORE:   2 arrested, 2 sought   2 charged   He was ambushed   


Burnt truck of missing found


Vernon Karl Otto


ST CLEMENTS - On June 2, the Mounties issued a news release about Vernon Karl Otto, 66, saying he was last seen May 29.  They also he had been working on his truck when he was last spotted, and that since then, the truck was found burnt, not far from his residence in Stead, MB.  The major crimes unit is investigating but the case hasn't been ruled a homicide.  (CTV)


MORE:   Missing 




RED DEER - Shortly after 6am on March 29, 2017, police officers were called to an apartment in Red Deer for reports of a person being in medical distress.  Manthiang Chol, 26, was found with 'very serious injuries' before being taken to hospital and placed on life-support.  A day later, Chol was pronounced dead after being taken off life-support.  Gabriel Juma We Agotic, 34, has been charged with one count of manslaughter.  (Global)


MORE:   Charges laid 


Man charged


Josiph Cardle


TORONTO - Police were called to an address in the area of Pharmacy Ave & St Clair Ave E at around 9:40am on July 5.  Upon arrival at the scene, officers located Carolyn Campbell, 52, with no vital signs. Josiph Cardle, 44, has been charged with second-degree murder.  (CP24)


MORE:   Man charged 



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