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David Livingston      Laura Miller


TORONTO - David Livingston, Dalton McGuinty's former chief of staff, and Laura Miller, deputy chief of staff, are accused in the alleged deliberate destruction of documents related to the McGuinty government's billion-dollar cancellation of gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.   (National Post)


MORE:   Timeline    Civil servants kept emails   Project vapor documents

PREVIOUS:   Ontario power plant scandal    Regulators 


WCB review


HALIFAX - The office of Auditor General Michael Pickup plans to review the operations of the Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia in the coming months after a request from the provincial government.   (CBC) 


Bombings too far




MOGADISHU - Last Saturday a truck bomb exploded on a busy street in Mogadishu, killing what is now believed to be 358 people.  The Somali prime minister said Somalia's president will announce a 'state of war' against the al-Shabaab extremists the government blames for the bombing.  Wednesday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Mogadishu and other major Somali cities, condemning those behind the massive explosion.  (VOA)


PREVIOUS: Oct 2017 Mogadishu bombings 


Botched raid


CAIRO - More than 50 Egyptian troops and police officers were killed during a raid on a Hasm militant hideout.  The firefight occurred in the Bahariya oasis on the Western Desert, about 85 miles (135 kilometers) SW of the capital, after security forces received information on the militants' location.  (DW) 


MORE:   Dozens of police killed 


Vigilantes arrested


MALAWI - Police in the southern African country have detained 140 people linked to mob attacks on people accused of being 'bloodsucking vampires.'  9 people have been killed after rumors of evil spirits spread.  (DW)




BRASILIA - Police in Brazil say they have arrested 108 people in the biggest operation ever against paedophiles in Latin America.  The operation comes at the end of a six-month investigation, which involved US and European immigration officials.  Investigators have found more than 150,000 files containing disturbing images.  Among those arrested were retired policemen, civil servants and people in charge of football youth clubs.  (BBC) 


Judge tosses jury award


LOS ANGELES - A judge tossed out a $417M jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene.  Judge Maren Nelson granted the company's request for a new trial, saying there were errors and jury misconduct in the previous trial.  Nelson also ruled that there wasn't convincing evidence that Johnson & Johnson acted with malice and the award for damages was excessive.  The decision will be appealed even though Eva Echeverria has died.  (AP)


PREVIOUS:   War on Legal Drugs 


UN goodwill ambassador


Robert Mugabe


GENEVA - Shock and condemnation continued Saturday after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a 'goodwill ambassador' for the World Health Organization.   The 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, has long been criticized at home for going overseas for medical treatment as Zimbabwe's once-prosperous economy falls apart. Mugabe also faces US sanctions over his government's human rights abuses.  (AP)


PREVIOUS:   Human rights in Zimbabwe    Greed & corruption UN


Mosque bombed


KABUL - A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people inside a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul late on Friday.  The attack occurred at Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul as Shiite worshippers gathered for Friday prayers.  (AFP)  


MORE:   72 dead in mosque bombings  

PREVIOUS:   Army base stormed   Police training centre attacked  


Iraq completes takeover


ALTUN KUMPRI - Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a 3-hour battle.  The district of Altun Kupri lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad's wishes.   (AFP)


PREVIOUS:   Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum 2017    Kurdish nationalism  


Celebs resign


Eric Salvail    Gilbert Rozon


MONTREAL - On Wednesday morning, TV and radio host and producer Eric Salvail was the subject of a La Presse investigation alleging that he sexually harassed 11 male and female colleagues. Within hours Salvail's shows were cancelled and his entertainment empire had crumbled. Wednesday night, Le Devoir and FM 98.5 reported that 9 women from the entertainment world had come forward to complain of harassment and assault by Gilbert Rozon, president and founder of the Just for Laughs comedy festival. He announced he was stepping down immediately.  (PostMedia) 


Illegal payments


TORONTO - The Star has obtained emails showing a Teva corporate accounts manager offering to pay an Ontario-based pharmacy group a rate of 15% of the drug price if it stocked the company's prescription opioids.  Payments to induce a pharmacy to stock a company's drugs are known in the industry as rebates and can come as financial payments, gift cards and free trips. They are illegal in Ontario.  Teva's conduct is already under scrutiny after professional misconduct charges were laid last year against 2 Costco pharmacy directors who are accused of accepting unlawful rebates from Teva, which makes generic drugs, and 4 other pharmaceutical companies.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   War on Legal Drugs


Religious neutrality


MONTREAL - Bill 62 is the Liberal government's attempt to enshrine into law what is considered to be a fundamental Quebec value that the state should not promote religion of any kind.  Bill 62 has two basic components: it bans the wearing of face coverings for people giving or receiving a service from the state and it offers a framework outlining how authorities should grant accommodation requests based on religious beliefs.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   I should see your face 


Chiefs sue


WINNIPEG - The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing the Government of Manitoba for almost $1B, alleging the decision to approve the Shark Club Gaming Centre while refusing to open a First Nations-owned casino in Winnipeg cost First Nations millions of dollars in lost revenue.   (CBC) 


Charges laid


VANCOUVER - Criminal charges have been laid against Silver International Investment, a money-transfer business that RCMP allege was involved in money laundering, had ties to underground banking and used suspected drug cash to fund Chinese VIP gamblers in BC casinos.   (PostMedia)


PREVIOUS:   Vancouver Sun: BC casinos   MNP AML report (.pdf)   Money laundering report released     


Ex-NHL agent charged


Stacey McAlpine


WINNIPEG - Police have charged Stacey McAlpine, 54, an ex-NHL agent with fraud alleging he bilked former Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips and Dany Heatley out of $12M.   (CP) 


Suspect arrested


Radee Prince


BALTIMORE - Radee L. Prince, 37, the man suspected in a workplace shooting in Harford County that killed 3 people and critically injured 2 others was in custody Wednesday night after a multi-state manhunt.  Prince is believed to have shot 5 people about 9am Wednesday in the Emmorton Business Park where he had worked for the past 4 months.  The 3 victims killed in the Edgewood shooting were identified as Bayarsaikhan Tudev, 53, Jose Hidalgo Romero, 34, and Enis Mrvoljak, 48.  (Baltimore Sun)


PREVIOUS:   Shooting    Workplace shooting 




Maryam & Nawaz Sharif


ISLAMABAD - An anti-corruption court in Pakistan has indicted the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif over allegations involving his family's ownership of expensive London property, potentially paving the way for the imprisonment of the disqualified leader.  The indictment is the latest blow in a lengthy public fall triggered by last year's Panama Papers leaks, and comes as Sharif's family assiduously tries to maintain its influence in Pakistan.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Ousted PM indicted

PREVIOUS:   Panama Papers   Global meltdown-wealth  


Operation Cross Country XI


WASHINGTON - Operation Cross Country, the FBI's annual law enforcement action focused on recovering underage victims of prostitution and drawing the public's attention to the problem of sex trafficking at home and abroad, has concluded with the recovery of 84 sexually exploited juveniles and the arrests of 120 traffickers.  (FBI)


Ethics loophole


Bill Morneau


OTTAWA - Finance Minister Bill Morneau continues to own shares in his family's business Morneau Shepell through a corporate structure that keeps him from having to divest or put his shares in a blind trust.  Morneau has been able to do so by using a loophole in the ethics law that Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson says she flagged long ago.  Dawson confirmed that Morneau does not directly own the shares - instead, he owns them indirectly through a holding company.  (CTV)


MORE:   Conflict   Morneau Shepell takes over admin for Sears pension plan   Morneau to set up blind trust   $65K a month from firm he regulates    $8M deal with feds

COMMENT:   Quandary   Lack of judgment  


Inmates in distribution ring


FARGO - On Tuesday, federal prosecutors in the US announced that charges had been laid against several people - including 5 Canadians - in the still-unravelling case.  According to court documents, 2 individuals - a Canadian and a Colombian national - helped orchestrate the movement of drugs while they were serving time in Quebec's Drummond Institution.  (National Post)


MORE:   US DoJ press release 2   US DoJ press release 1 


Guilty plea in TRICARE fraud


DALLAS - Andrew Joseph Baumiller, 38, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud stemming from a scheme to defraud TRICARE, the health insurance program for members of the military and their families.  Baumiller admitted to conspiring with others to defraud TRICARE out of more than $50M from May 2014 through February 18, 2016.  (DoJ press release)


PREVIOUS:   10 more charged in health fraud


Road map


Xi Jinping


BEIJING - President Xi Jinping warned of severe challenges while laying out a road map to turn China into a leading global power by 2050, as he kicked off a twice-a-decade party gathering expected to cement his influence into the next decade.  Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a 'new era', using the phrase 36 times in a speech that ran nearly 3-1/2 hours.  (Bloomberg)


MORE:   19th National Congress of the CPC


Car bomb


Daphne Caruana Galizia


MALTA - Daphne Caruana Galizia the journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed on Monday when her car was destroyed by a powerful explosive device which blew the vehicle into several pieces and threw the debris into a nearby field.   (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   'Mafia state'   Reporter killed   Galizia's notebook   $1M+ reward 

PREVIOUS:   Global meltdown-wealth 


Raqqa has fallen


RAQQA - US-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from the IS on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist group's sleeper cells.  (AP) 


MORE:   Battle of Raqqa 2017   IS defeated   IS war in maps

PREVIOUS:   Islamic State  War on Terror 


Thousands more cross border




RAKHINE STATE - Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh, where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps, according to witnesses and a drone video shot by the UN office for refugees.  (AP)


MORE:    UN report on hunger shelved

 COMMENT:   Story not talked about    Far wider tragedy

PREVIOUS:   Rohingya in Myanmar     


Police investigating


Harvey Weinstein


NEW YORK/LONDON - Police on both sides of the Atlantic have confirmed they are investigating Harvey Weinstein as the scandal surrounding the disgraced producer deepens.  In London, the Metropolitan police are assessing a sexual abuse allegation made against him, while in his hometown of New York police are carrying out a 'review' looking for new complaints against him.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Weinstein sexual allegations

COMMENT:   Culture of silence    Media's shame   Shunned for being caught




WINNIPEG - Police said emergency services were called to a residence in the 700-block of Sherbrook St around 10:45pm after a man had been shot.  Police believe the shooting was not random and that the suspect and victim were known to each other.   (CTV)


MORE:   Shooting 


Body found


TORONTO - Police say a body has been found in a ravine off Derrydown Road near Conamore Crescent.  The death is being treated as suspicious.   (CBC) 




Ernest Zala


TORONTO - Police were called to 58 Thorncliffe Park Drive, just after 12:30am Friday.  Police weren't releasing specific details of the relationship between the victim and suspect, who are believed to be mother and son, according to neighbours.  The victim has been identified as Marite Zala, 69.  Charged with first-degree murder is Ernest Lajos Zala, 31.  (Sun Media)


MORE:   Man charged   Identified

PREVIOUS:   Woman dead, man in custody  


Charges approved


PRINCE RUPERT - RCMP officers responded to the 400 block of 9th Ave W after a report of a stabbing around 2am Wednesday.   When they arrived, they found a man and woman, both 69 years old, with injuries.  The man died, while the woman was sent to hospital with serious injuries.   A 17-year-old male has been charged.   The victims will become nameless as the Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits releasing details that might reveal the identity of the accused.   (CBC) 


Husband charged


Nichole Clifford


WAINWRIGHT - RCMP have charged Robert Dean Clifford, 35, with second-degree murder in the Feb killing of his estranged wife.  The body of Nichole Clifford, 31, was found in her home in Wainwright on the morning of Feb 24.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Homicide   Suspicious death    





Maxwell Chavez       Richard Ireland


MISSISSAUGA - Maxwell Alexander Chavez, 18, was one of two people who were stabbed a McDonald's parking lot near Lakeshore Road E in the early hours of Oct 14.  Police said that they have arrested Trayon Johnson, 23, and charged him with second-degree murder.  Police also said that they have issued a Canada-wide arrest warrant for Richard Ireland, 18.   (CTV).


MORE:   1 arrested, 1 wanted

PREVIOUS:   Teen identified   Identified   1 dead in double stabbing   Man, 18, dead   18 year-olds stabbed   


Suspect on the run



Hamzeh Serhan        Farah Handule


OTTAWA - Police have charged Farah Handule, 20, of Toronto, with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Hamzeh Serhan, 20, on Sept 20.  Serhan was shot multiple times in the middle of the afternoon out front of Unit 30 at 1500 Caldwell Ave.  (PostMedia)


MORE:   Warrant issued

PREVIOUS:   Gunned down   Shooting   Shooting    Homicide sparks protest    


17 years



Serena Vermeersch    Raymond Lee Caissie


VANCOUVER - Raymond Lee Caissie, 46, was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 17 years for the 2014 murder of Surrey teenager Serena Vermeersch.  (Surrey Now Leader)


MORE:   Tragedy should have been avoided   17 years  

PREVIOUS:   Guilty plea   Charged   Man charged   'Publication ban'   Body found   Missing teen found dead   Clearing up misconceptions 


Found guilty



Clemence Beaulieu-Patry    Randy Tshilumba


MONTREAL - The jury rendered a verdict guilty of the first-degree murder, determining that Randy Tshilumba, 21, knew the difference between right and wrong when he stabbed Clemence Beaulieu-Patry.  The 20-year-old woman was killed in a Montreal East Maxi store on April 10, 2016, when she was stabbed 14 times. The accused never disputed the events, but claimed he was not criminally responsible due to a mental illness.   (CTV)


MORE:   Found guilty   25 years

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Suspect arrested   Mysterious murder   


Fatal police shooting


GLEICHEN - The ASIRT is looking into a fatal shooting involving RCMP in the community of Gleichen.  Two officers pulled over a driver in the community at about 4:00am on Thursday and noticed a firearm inside the vehicle.  One of the officers fired his weapon while trying to make an arrest, killing the driver.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Officer involved shooting   ASIRT investigating 


Man found dead


Kevin Yellowbird


EDMONTON - The body of Kevin Dean Damien Yellowbird, 27, was found in a ditch on a rural Sturgeon County road Oct 17.  Yellowbird's death is being treated as suspicious.  (CTV)


MORE:   Suspicious death   Man found dead 


EPS clearance


EDMONTON - Police said 22 out of 39 homicides so far this year have been cleared by police. That means a suspect has been identified and charges have been laid, or the case has been resolved.  This translates to a 60% clearance rate so far for this year.  Last year at this time there were 33 homicides in Edmonton, and police had a 62% clearance rate. In 2014, the clearance rate was 94%.   (CBC) 




EDMONTON - A judge has ruled that a homeless Indigenous man who sold drugs to an undercover police officer at the Coliseum LRT station (for $20) was the victim of entrapment.  (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2017 ABPC 225

PREVIOUS:   Operation Derailment 


Officer charged


CALGARY - A constable with the CPS is facing charges for allegedly pointing his firearm at a driver during a traffic stop in the SW in 2016.  Adam Massart, a six year member of the service, is charged with one count of unlawfully pointing a firearm under Section 87(1) of the Criminal Code.  (CTV) 




Debra House


REGINA - The former executive director of the Regina Sexual Assault Centre has received a 3-year jail sentence for bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the non-profit group.  Debra House, 64, admitted to defrauding the centre of more than $700,000, which she spent on trips to Las Vegas and other luxuries.  (CTV)


MORE:   3 years


Victim ID'd, suspect found dead


Mohammadali Darabi


CALGARY - Cyrus Ebrahimi, 29, was found dead inside a home in the 2300-block of Oakmoor Drive SW on Sunday afternoon by a family member. Ebrahimi's roommate Mohammadali Darabi, 32, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the death, was found dead in a vehicle after a police stand-off Tuesday in Revelstoke.  (CTV)


MORE:   Identified   Wanted man dies   Victim identified

PREVIOUS:   IIO investigating death 




VANCOUVER - Marline Mars, 34, was found dead in an apartment in the Jervis and Harwood St area on Friday afternoon. There were other uninjured people inside the apartment at the time, and police say they are being considered witnesses.   Officers said they have a person of interest in the case whom they have not been able to locate. (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Homicide    Homicide  


Found not guilty



Candace Derksen     Mark Edward Grant


WINNIPEG - A man convicted in 2011 of second-degree murder in the death of a teenage Winnipeg girl was found not guilty today following a retrial.  A Court of Queen's Bench judge found Mark Edward Grant, 53, not guilty of second-degree murder in the 1984 death of Candace Derksen, 13.  In 2011, a jury had found Grant guilty in the teen's slaying.   (CBC)


MORE:   2nd trial ends in not guilty verdict

PREVIOUS:   Murder of Candace Derksen 


8 years


Jordan Sandfly


LOON LAKE - A 32-year-old man from the Makwa Sahgaiehcan FN has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing his friend while trying to steal gas for a stolen truck a week before Christmas in 2016.  Anthony Mitsuing pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Jordan Sandfly, 28.   The court heard that both men were intoxicated at the time of the shooting.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Body found   Man charged


Still going


VANCOUVER - 10 years after 6 men were killed in the worst gang slaying in the Surrey Six murders, the court proceedings are still dragging on.  On October 19, 2007, Corey and Michael Lal, Ryan Bartolomeo, Eddie Narong, Ed Schellenberg and Christopher Mohan were shot execution style at the Balmoral Tower on East Whalley Ring Road.  One of the men charged - alleged Red Scorpions gang member Jamie Bacon - has been in custody for nearly 9 years and is still awaiting trial.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:  Surrey Six


Ammonia leak


FERNIE - 3 people have died after possible exposure to ammonia.  Emergency crews were called to the Fernie Memorial Arena for reports of an ammonia leak just before noon on Tuesday.  WorkSafeBC says it's believed the 3 were workers at the arena.   (CBC)


MORE:   3 dead   Local emergency   Coroners identifies fatalities




Russia Nicholson


KELOWNA - Russia Katalina Nicholson, 23, has been identified as the woman whose body was found in an orchard off Cooper Road the morning of Oct 11.  (Infotel)


MORE:   RCMP seek video   Appeal for info

PREVIOUS:   Death a murder    




CALGARY - Police say Arnold Kerfont, 44, of Calgary died in hospital after being found in the 4600-block of Bowness Road NW at about 5:30am Saturday.  Police said the shooting was not random.  (CBC)


MORE:   Victim identified   Shooting victim identified


Woman shot


Nicole Dragasic


HAMILTON - Police say Nicole Dragasic, 37, was gunned down in the doorway to her ground level apartment unit at 778 Barton St E around 3:45am Monday with her boyfriend and another person inside. The 2 men police believe are responsible were seen running from the apartment soon after the 'targeted' shooting.  (Hamilton Spectator)  


MORE:   Targeted attack    Identified


Former Hells Angel gunned down  


James Holland


TORONTO - A former BC Hells Angel was shot to death at a Finch Ave and Milvan Drive plaza from which a marijuana dispensary operated at around 9:45pm Saturday.  James Clayton 'Jamie' Holland, 43, was once a member of the elite Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels, then based in Burnaby.  He was kicked out of the BC biker gang in 2006.  (Vancouver Sun)


PREVIOUS:   Shooting   Victim identified   Shooting 


4th arrest


WINNIPEG - On July 21, at around 10pm, emergency personnel responded to the 700-block of Selkirk Ave for a report of shots fire. Upon arriving, officers located Trevor Bodnarek, 27, suffering from a gunshot wound.  On Sept 20, Craig Dylan Monkman, 19, and Albert Kelly Thomas, 34, were charged with second degree murder.  On Sept 25, Anthony Shane Monias, 32, was charged with manslaughter.  On Oct 15, Jason Scott Woodhouse, 23, was charged with manslaughter.  (Sun Media)  


PREVIOUS:   Third arrest   2 charged   Identified   Police investigate  




LONGUEUIL - Police say just after 6pm Sunday, they began receiving 911 calls reporting gunshots near the intersection of Grant St and Ste-Foy Boulevard.  Police are still looking for a male suspect after an 18-year-old man was shot dead.   The victim and suspect were both at a Subway restaurant on Chambly Road before a fight broke out.   (CBC)


MORE:   Teen shot   Photo of witness




SAINTE-HEDWIDGE - SQ say they've opened a homicide investigation into the slaying of one of their former members.  Police identified the victim today as Norbert Fortin, 64, a retired officer who lived alone in a rural area.  Police say family members found a body inside his home on Sunday morning in the municipality of Sainte-Hedwidge.  (CP)


MORE:   Suspicious death a homicide   Retired SQ officer murdered     




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