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TORONTO - Canada's largest construction union signed an unusual agreement 2 years ago with a private labour firm connected to what police have described as one of the country's top organized crime figures. The Labourers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) entered into a collective bargaining agreement in 2012 with Construction Labour Force (CLF), a company tied to reputed crime family head Cosimo Commisso. (Toronto Star)
TORONTO - A gap in transparency has allowed
millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded contracts to be awarded to friends
and allies of political operatives in Ontario without the checks, balances
and disclosures that accompany a public tendering process.
(Globe & Mail)
SLAVIANSK - Ukrainian troops on Thursday launched an assault on the eastern rebel stronghold of Slaviansk, taking control of a checkpoint north of the city and prompting rebels to evacuate civilians from the occupied city hall and take up defensive positions. (AFP)
JINDO - The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. (AP)
OTTAWA - More people were killed with guns in 2012 compared to years previous, even as fewer gun-related violent crimes in general were reported. New numbers released by Statistics Canada on Wednesday, show firearm-related violent crimes fell by more than a quarter between 2009 and 2012 in most of Canada. The number of homicides by gun rose slightly to 172 in 2012, up from 158 in 2011. (QMI)
REPORT: Firearms and violent crime 2012
WASHINGTON - The US Supreme Court on Tuesday further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities. (Reuters)
ATLANTA - An kidnapping crew scheming to nab a North Carolina prosecutor went to the wrong address and, instead, grabbed the attorney's father. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
WENZHOU - A riot involving around 1,000 people broke out last Saturday in Cangnan county of Wenzhou city, Zhejiang province, resulting in the hospitalization of 5 chengguan, China's notoriously abusive and under-regulated urban enforcement officials. The alleged cause for the riots was the five's brutally killing a civilian. (Shanghaiist)
RELATED: Official defends armed police
CARACAS - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the 'resurrection' of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. (Reuters)
MORE: Fresh violence erupts
BENTIU - South Sudan's rebel commander Riek Machar has said his forces were not behind the massacre of hundreds of people in the contested town of Bentiu. The UN has accused them of killing more than 200 people in one mosque alone after driving government forces from the town last week. (Jazeera)
CHIBOK - A week after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a 'hot pursuit' by security forces and an independent search by desperate fathers who headed into a dangerous forest to find their daughters. (AP)
Almost one-third of Canadian adults have experienced child abuse, according to a new study that also found that child abuse is linked to a number of mental health disorders. The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that 32% of Canadian adults have experienced child abuse - defined by the study authors as physical abuse, sexual abuse or exposure to intimate partner violence. The study, which analyzed data from 23,395 participants in the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey, is the first nationally representative study on child abuse and mental disorders in Canada. (CTV)
OTTAWA - After nearly 4 years of public hearings and with the clock ticking on a final report into the legacy of physical and sexual abuse at Indian residential schools, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is about to get a pile of new documents. The development comes more than a year after an Ontario court ordered the federal government to hand over reams of material to the commission. Early estimates have tens of thousands of boxes sitting in storage at 4 different Library and Archives Canada locations. 'Preliminary estimates identify up to 60,000 boxes of material....requiring review,' says a procurement notice. (CP)
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OTTAWA - The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) coughed up $4.1M in severance and separation pay over the first 7 years of Stephen Harper's tenure for 196 departing PMO employees, according to government documents. Approximately $57Ml in salary was paid between 2006 and 2013 to staff in the Prime Minister's Office. The office ranged in size from 82 to 105 employees during that time. The $4.1M taxpayers shouldered for exiting PMO employees was part of an overall total of $31M in severance and separation pay that shelled out to staff in all ministers' offices since the Conservative government won power in 2006. (PostMedia)
The US aims to select prisoners for parole by more rational criteria, such as 'Are they likely to re-offend?' It turns out, however, that granting parole wisely is hard. Parole boards may be biased, perhaps without realizing it. In general, they tend to overestimate the likelihood that a prisoner will re-offend. Many fear that if they free a thug who then commits an atrocity, their reputation will be ruined. Help may be at hand, in the form of 'risk-assessment' software, which crunches data to estimate the likelihood a prisoner will re-offend. (Economist)
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SYCAMORE - In his 80-page appeal, former police officer Jack Daniel McCullough says he deserves a new trial because his mother was allowed to accuse him from the grave - while he was kept from proving that he was elsewhere when a 7-year-old girl was abducted and killed. (CNN)
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SALT LAKE CITY - Siale Angilau, 25, was facing trial on mafia-style racketeering charges. Witnesses in the courtroom said that an inmate witness, who apparently was a former member of Angilau's gang, was testifying about life inside the gang. Angilau grabbed a pen from the table and rushed up to the witness. The FBI said a US Marshal, assigned to provide security for the courtroom, was to the side of the witness and the jury and shot Angilau. (Fox)
The WHO says the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 140 people. In a statement on its website Tuesday, the UN health agency said at least 230 suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded so far in Guinea and Liberia. Most of the cases are in Guinea. The statement said 129 deaths in Guinea and 13 in Liberia have been linked to the disease. (AP)
A four-minute video of piles of poo dancing to a techno dance beat doesn't sound like the stuff of great entertainment, but UNICEF India is hoping it could be the stuff of a great social media campaign. (CTV)
BEIJING - Prosecuting organs across China arrested 5,081 people and prosecuted 8,232 for intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement last year, the Supreme People's Procuratorate revealed. (Xinhua)
OTTAWA - Frisbees, hula hoops, reggae and the slightly skunky aroma of burning bud masked a serious policy dispute Sunday afternoon on Parliament Hill. The annual day of celebrating cannabis culture has ramped up into mainstream political activism as the pot-smoking 4/20 movement took on marijuana prohibition with rallies across Canada. (CityNews)
RELATED:Medical marijuana recall
OTTAWA - The federal government is proposing measures that would require mining and oil companies to report all payments made to native band councils and their corporations as part of Ottawa's push for greater transparency among aboriginal governments. Officials from Natural Resources Canada are consulting with industry, non-governmental organizations and aboriginal communities over plans to require mandatory reporting of all payments made by resource companies to foreign and domestic governments. (Globe & Mail)
RELATED: Gift store open to government elites
OTTAWA - The RCMP is making it simpler to release officers with serious
medical problems, prompting fears that many ill members will be sent packing
without due process or the means to fight their dismissal.
Under the old rules an officer who protested a medical discharge
because of mental or physical disability could remain on the payroll until
the matter was settled. New
regulations, slated to take effect in June, say a decision as to whether to
release or demote a member will not be put on hold while a grievance works
its way through the system.
YEMEN - An operation targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in Abyan and Shabwa, Yemen. The official said that the scale of the strikes against AQAP is "massive and unprecedented" and that at least 30 militants have been killed. A day earlier, suspected drone strikes targeted al Qaeda fighters in Yemen for the second time in two days, killing "at least a dozen," the government official said. (CNN)
MORE: Drone strikes
insurgency in Yemen
CHICAGO - Since Friday evening, at least 9 people were shot and killed in Chicago, and at least 36 others were wounded. (CBS)
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JAMIJARVI - 8 people died when a light utility aircraft carrying parachutists crashed to the ground near the Jamijarvi Airfield on Sunday. The pilot and two passengers aboard the American-made Comp Air 8 were able to parachute from the aircraft in time and only sustained minor injuries. (Helsinki Times)
8 die in plane crash in Mexico
ROME - The economic crises in Italy appears to have hit the Mafia because
there are fewer businesses to extort.
The revelation comes after jailed Cosa Nostra boss Giovanni Di
Giacomo was secretly recorded complaining about the collapse of protection
and extortion rackets. Now, he
said, the situation was so dire that it might be better for younger Mafia
members to give up a life of crime and get a 'real job' instead.
ATHENS - Spending cuts in Greece caused a rise in male suicides, according to research that attempts to highlight the health costs of austerity. According to the research, every 1% fall in government spending in Greece led to a 0.43% rise in suicides among men. In other words, after controlling for other characteristics that might lead to suicide, 551 men killed themselves 'solely because of fiscal austerity' between 2009 and 2010. (Guardian UK)
LONDON - The basic assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be quickly identified through a computer database is flawed, an expert has claimed. Mike Silverman, who introduced the first automated fingerprint detection system to the Metropolitan Police, claims that human error, partial prints and false positives mean that fingerprints evidence is not as reliable as is widely believed. Nobody has yet proved that fingerprints are unique and families can share elements of the same pattern. (Telegraph UK)
-Francois Hollande, the French president, on Sunday declared the Syrian leader had continued to use chemical weapons on the front line, though he added definite proof had not yet been established. While the Syrian regime has handed over 80% of its declared chemical weapons stockpile for destruction under UN supervision, the attacks appear to show Assad's regime is continuing to use poison against its own civilians. (Telegraph UK)
MORE: Chemical weapon claim
BAGHDAD - Bombings across Iraq, including a suicide blast at a college in north Baghdad, have killed at least 18 people, while clashes in the country's restive city of Fallujah left 15 people dead. Sunday's violence came less than 2 weeks before a parliamentary election that will be a major test for security forces. (Jazeera)
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BUNERVILLE - US Sen. Harry Reid on Thursday called supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy 'domestic terrorists' because they defended him against a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cattle roundup. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
COMMENT: Federal 'culture of intimidation'
VANCOUVER - Officers arrived to the area around Brockton Oval, just east of the Vancouver Aquarium, around 6am Thursday after receiving reports of a woman in medical distress. She has now died and her death is being treated as 'possibly being suspicious in nature.' (CTV)
MORE: Police investigating
OTTAWA - Chris Gobin, 18, the son of an Ottawa woman
died after her throat was slashed has been charged with first-degree
murder. He is accused of slashing
the throat of his mother, Luce Lavertu, in their home at
634 St Bruno St and leaving her to die on Tuesday. (CBC)
EDMONTON - Officers in the Edmonton area spent much of
Wednesday morning executing a number of search warrants in the capital region,
as part of an extensive investigation surrounding an area chapter of the Hells
Angels. Investigators with
ALERT executed 10 search warrants
Wednesday. Police said a number of
individuals associated with the club were arrested, and are facing organized
crime-related charges. (CTV)
FORT MCMURRAY - ALERT said Russell Hancock, 35, was
arrested April 18. Investigators
said Hancock was a teacher's assistant in Fort McMurray, and it's alleged he
committed a number of sexual offenses against 2 students in that city over the
past 10 months. (CTV)
EDMONTON - Police said officers first responded April
17 to an e-mail sent to the Canadian Forces in Toronto, saying an Edmonton man
was planning to commit an act of terrorism in the city.
investigated the matter they found the claim was a hoax.
As a result, police have charged Hanna Bedhiafi, 23, with committing a
hoax regarding terrorist activity.
VANCOUVER - This year's Metro Vancouver homeless count, conducted March 12 by thousands of volunteers, tallied 538 street homeless in Vancouver, according to preliminary findings released Wednesday. That's an increase of 384 people over the last regional count in 2011. The city's overall homeless population, including those sleeping in shelters or couch-surfing, increased from 1,581 to 1,798. (CTV)
RELATED: Homeless arrest in Abbotsford
EDMONTON - Police have charged a man in connection with a death in west Edmonton. Joshua Allen Letendre, 28, is facing second degree murder charges. Police responded to the area of 160 St and Stony Plain Road at about 11:30pm after getting reports of a man being assaulted in a parking lot. An autopsy was performed on the victim on Tuesday, and police confirm that he died of blood loss from a stab wound. (CTV)
CLEARWATER - Angela Wilson's body was found inside her home Monday morning by Mounties dispatched to check on her well-being. Her estranged common-law husband Ian Scott was arrested that afternoon following a seven-hour standoff at his separate residence, where he had taken the couple's 3 kids. The children, aged 6, 4 and 2, were released to authorities during the standoff. (CTV)
GATINEAU - Police will charge Alain Gascon, 49, with first-degree murder after a woman was killed over the long weekend. Police allege Gascon caused the death of 42-year-old Angela Distasio on Monday, when she died of injuries in hospital. Distasio had been found badly injured at 45 Symmes St Sunday night. (CBC)
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CALGARY - A judge has ordered the accused in Calgary's worst mass murder to undergo a 30-day assessment to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial. Matthew de Grood faces first-degree murder in the deaths of five young people who were stabbed to death at a house party that was being held to mark the end of the school year. (CP)
COMMENT: Families suffer life of shame
TORONTO - The man at the centre of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal has pleaded guilty to 100 charges involving 18 victims. Gordon Stuckless entered the plea in a Toronto courtroom Tuesday in relation to offences that took place decades ago. (CP)
HAMILTON - A 15-year
veteran with Hamilton police has been charged with fraud.
Jason Howard, a Division Three sergeant, was
arrested on April 17 after an investigation into fraudulent submissions of
TORONTO - The City of Toronto's ombudsman has released a scathing report on management practices at the country's largest public housing agency, the Toronto Community Housing Corp. (TCHC). The 111-page report follows Fiona Crean's investigation into TCHC's hiring, firing and promotion practices over the last 2 years under the watch of CEO Gene Jones. (CityNews)
REPORT: Unrule(y) behaviour
WINNIPEG - Gasoline, glue
and paint thinner are all common items that people use around the house or
garage - and all can be abused by people addicted to sniffing solvents.
The issue is a problem social agencies,
police, and even users themselves, are all trying to address.
Police said they encounter people high on
solvents on a daily basis.
LAVAL - Laval was the scene of an Easter egg hunt gone so bad that organizers are considering having police on hand for the next edition. More than 10,000 Easter egg hunters and their parents showed up to the Cocothon event last Saturday at Laval's Nature Centre. About 7,000 more people than expected showed up for the annual egg hunt. (CBC)
MORE: Le Cocothon des morons
CHARLOTTETOWN - An autopsy will be performed
Monday on a body that was found in a marshy area near the Hurry Road area of
Charlottetown over the weekend.
Charlottetown Police were first called to the
scene near the North River Causeway and
Upton Park on the outskirts of the city.
HALIFAX - Police in Halifax have charged a young man accused of making death threats against the father of Rehtaeh Parsons. Police won't disclose the name of the alleged victim or of the 19-year-old accused, who has yet to appear in court. But Parsons' father, Glen Canning, says the charges relate to online threats made against him last year. Canning also says the accused is one of two teens facing child pornography-related charges in connection with his daughter's case. (CP)
TORONTO - They also are paid who only stand and wait. In this city, that means the police, lots and lots of them. They can be seen at hanging around just about every festival, construction site, concert, marathon, parade . . . And although they do little, they get paid a lot, between $66.50 and $83.50 an hour. (Toronto Star)
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WINNIPEG - Police said they found a 17-year-old male lying in the street at Salter St and Dufferin Ave with upper-body injuries on Saturday at 11pm. The teen was rushed to hospital where he died. An 18-year-old male who was found injured nearby was also taken to hospital, where he is in critical condition. Police are interviewing several people. (Winnipeg Free Press)
EDMONTON - Sangeeta Khanna's future looked bright. With close ties to a large, tight-knit family, there was no reason for Khanna to up and leave. So when she disappeared on April 17, 2006, those who knew her suspected something was terribly wrong. (QMI)
WINCHESTER - Partial human remains were
discovered in a ditch south of Ottawa on Thursday night, OPP say.
Two people walking along Steen Road near
Thompson Road, north of Winchester, ON, found the remains and called police at
Investigators weren't able to determine the
cause of death, age, gender or identity of the victim.
VANCOUVER - Aaron Dale Power, 37, has been charged with one count of second-degree-murder after being taken into custody Wednesday. He's accused of murdering Michael Ciro Nestoruk, 41, whose body was found near Sir Guy Carleton Elementary in East Vancouver in April 2009. (CTV)
ABBOTSFORD - Police are investigating a total of 5 suspicious fires within a 48-hour period, all started after midnight and in the city's central area. (Vancouver Sun)
VANCOUVER - 5 charges including child pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and Internet luring have been laid by RCMP against a man in the Netherlands in connection with the Amanda Todd case, an online bullying story that captured millions across the world. The 15-year-old British Columbia girl killed herself in October 2012, shortly after detailing in an Internet video her story of unrelenting harassment by an Internet predator. (CP)
PREVIOUS: Suicide of Amanda Todd
BAKER LAKE - RCMP in Nunavut say they're investigating the sudden death of a woman in her 40s in Baker Lake. Police say they were called to a home yesterday morning and found the body of a woman in her 40s. Her body has been sent out for an autopsy. (CBC)
WABOWDEN - An arrest has been made in the slaying of a 14-year-old northern Manitoba girl nearly 3 years ago. Heather Mallett, 14, was reported missing on June 9, 2011, after she didn't show up at her Wabowden, MB, home after last being seen the previous night. Her body was found on a trail later that day by her older sister. (QMI)
KITCHENER - A 53-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault, after police learned of an altercation between himself and recently deceased Mark James McCreadie. The injuries sustained by McCreadie during this confrontation were deemed non-life threatening, and the other man is now awaiting a bail hearing. 50-year-old McCreadie was found dead in Victoria Park on Thursday, April 10. (CTV)
MONTREAL - A man with ties
to the Hells Angels, and described by police as dangerous, is currently being
sought on a warrant accusing him of extortion.
The Montreal police issued a release Thursday
asking for the public's help in locating Gabriel Girard, 37, a man from the
Saguenay region who has been involved with the biker gang for more than a
COLE HARBOUR - A 17-year-old boy is facing child porn charges in connection with an investigation at a school in Cole Harbour, NS. RCMP responded to Auburn Drive High School on Jan. 9, after a student allegedly distributed images of another student without her permission at school. Officers seized several cellphones and the matter was turned over to the internet child exploitation unit. (CTV)
RELATED: Man, 37, faces child porn charges
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Waterloo Regional Police Service's top cop has
announced he will be stepping down.
Police Chief Matt Torigian will retire
effective June 8, ending a 29 year career in policing.
Torigian is leaving the force in order to
take on the role of Deputy Minister of Community Safety and Correctional
Services with the Ontario government.
VANCOUVER - Paramedics arrived to the 300-block of E Cordova St shortly before 8pm Tuesday night after receiving a call about a man who had collapsed on the street. Officials quickly realized the man had been stabbed. (CTV)
MORE: DTES stabbing
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