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Car bombs at hotels




BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants asserted responsibility Friday for coordinated attacks on 2 of the Iraqi capital's most upmarket hotels, claiming at least 15 lives after blasts struck as lavish weekend wedding parties were in full swing.  2 cars rigged with explosives blew up within minutes around midnight Thursday. At least 15 people were killed and 42 injured.  (Washington Post)


Great walls of sand


US Navy


SOUTH CHINA SEA - As defence ministers and strategic thinkers from across the Asia-Pacific region gather for the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, China is not just creating facts on the ground, it is creating the very ground itself.  In a number of locations in the Spratly Islands, Chinese dredgers are spewing up torrents of sand from the sea bed, turning reefs into new islands in an effort to press their expansive claims hundreds of miles from China's own shores.  (BBC)


MORE:   Mobile artillery on reclaimed island

PREVIOUS:   Territorial disputes




Dennis Hastert


YORKVILLE, Ill. - J Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in the history of the US House, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that he violated banking laws in a bid to pay $3.5M to an unnamed person to cover up 'past misconduct.'  Hastert, who has been a high-paid lobbyist in Washington since his 2007 retirement from Congress, schemed to mask more than $950,000 in withdrawals from various accounts in violation of federal banking laws that require the disclosure of large cash transactions, according to a seven-page indictment delivered by a grand jury in Chicago.  (Washington Post) 


MORE:    Loses lobbying job


Bribery allegations


TORONTO - The Mounties are investigating allegations from a whistleblowing accountant at mining company Magindustries that his bosses paid bribes to officials in the Republic of Congo to win approvals tied to a potash mine development in that country.  According to newly unsealed court documents, the RCMP's sensitive and international investigations unit raided the Toronto offices of MagIndustries in January.  (CBC)


Skull may belong to murder victim


PLOS one


ATAPUERCA MOUNTAINS - Scientists believe they have found the world's-oldest known murder and the unsolved crime stretches back nearly half-a-million years.  In a study published in the journal PLOS One on Wednesday, researchers said a fossilized skull found in a cave in Spain shows signs of lethal 'interpersonal violence' or murder.  (Global)


MORE:   Cold case


Soccer rat



Key figures                            Chuck Blazer


ZURICH - Ex-FIFA honcho Chuck Blazer, 70, used a recording device concealed in a key fob to get the goods on other top soccer officials at a 2012 meeting in London where they discussed bribes and kickbacks before the summer Olympics.  The Manhattan resident agreed to cooperate with the feds in 2011 after agents confronted him about his failure to pay taxes since 1996 on the $20.6M he got as general secretary of CONCACAF, FIFA's North American regional body.  (NY Post)


MORE:   DOJ press release   2015 FIFA corruption case   South Africa bribed FIFA    Blatter defies calls to quit   Sepp Blatter    FIFA presidential election

COMMENT:   FIFA scandal explained   FIFA scandal dwarfs other sports scandals

PREVIOUS:   2018 and 2022 World Cups

RELATED:   Women's World Cup 2015


Arson arrest




LOS ANGELES - A 56-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex last year, causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the unfinished structure and a nearby city-owned building.  Dawud Abdulwali was detained Tuesday morning by the LAPD's anti-terrorism division on a traffic violation and later booked on suspicion of arson of a structure and aggravated arson.    (LA Times)


MORE:   Arrest 


Flaws in gene testing


The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax.  Researchers say the study shows the need for consumers to be careful about choosing where to have a gene test done and acting on the results, such as having or forgoing a preventive surgery.  (AP)


Corruption 'sentences'


Saulie Zajdel


MONTREAL - Longtime former West End city councillor Saulie Zajdel has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service and will donate $10,000 to charity after pleading guilty to charges of breach of trust and corruption.  Zajdel was arrested in June 2013 along with interim Mayor Michael Applebaum and Jean-Yves Bisson.  Last Friday Bisson pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe. He was sentenced to 240 hours of community service, 18 months parole and was ordered to give $13,000 to charity.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Publication ban   'Blame' under publication ban   Charbonneau Commission   Guilty plea   Greed & Corruption Quebec   Front organization


Expense scandal arbitrator 


Mike Duffy


OTTAWA - When Auditor General Michael Ferguson delivers his report on senators' spending next week, it won't be the final word on who played by the rules and who didn't.  That decision will rest with retired Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie, who was announced Tuesday as the special arbitrator for any disputes between the auditor general's findings and senators, including those who could face criminal investigation over their expense claims.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Report changed 7 times   10 more senators   No more pricey flights   Battle over privilege   Senate expenses scandal 


Mafia boss arrested


Pasquale Scotti


RECIFE - After 31 years on the run, one of Italy's most feared Mafiosos has been arrested on a quiet street in NE Brazil.  Pasquale Scotti, a leader of the Camorra syndicate who is wanted for more than two dozen murders, was detained by police while taking his children to school in Recife.  Police believe his Brazilian family were unaware of his identity, which was exposed by Interpol through fingerprint examination.  (Guardian UK)


Worldwide hunger drops


ROME - The number of people in the world still going to bed hungry has dropped to 795M, according to a report released on Wednesday.  (Reuters)


REPORT:   State of Food Insecurity in the world 2015


Solution, isn't


OTTAWA - A $300M aboriginal housing fund created by the Conservative government is falling far short of its promise of creating thousands of new homes on reserves that desperately need dwellings.  A CBC News investigation has found the First Nations Market Housing Fund helped build just 99 homes to date and is nowhere near meeting its ambitious target of 25,000 privately owned dwellings by 2018.  In the last 8 years, the fund has grown to $344M through non-housing investments, with administrative expenses, including stipends and travel, now costing about $3.6M a year.  (CBC) 


Canada slips to #6


OTTAWA - Canada has dropped out of the top 5 nations when it comes to integrating immigrants, due to policy changes by Ottawa that restrict family reunification and citizenship.  (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   Migrant integration police index 2015




James Ellis, project leader for the Canadian Incident Database, says there have been about 1,800 terror threats involving Canada in the last 54 years, but most citizens tend to forget about old threats when new ones arise. He says his new database is meant to keep terrorism in perspective by showing how specific incidents fit into the larger context of Canadian history.  (CTV)


REPORT:   Canadian incident database


Auditing the auditors


OTTAWA - A CTV investigation has revealed the Auditor General's office spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on questionable employee events that appear to violate federal rules.  (CTV)


RELATED:   Parliament Hill's extra Mounties rack up pricey hotel bill   Governor General's flight cost $175K


Maple syrup regulator


FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick Court of Appeal says in a written decision released last week that Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers' limits on the amount of sap and syrup Etienne St-Pierre can buy don't apply in the East Coast province.  (CP)


JUDGEMENT:   2015 NBCA 30   .pdf


Spying on you


Your new car is probably spying on you.  Modern vehicles are powerful data-scraping machines, warns a group of BC privacy advocates, and Canada urgently needs to regulate what companies can do with the information cars send them.  The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) published a 123-page report (.pdf) Wednesday, detailing what your vehicle might know about you and who can access that information.  (CTV)


India cracks down on NGOs


DELHI - India's government has cracked down on non-governmental organizations, including Greenpeace.  In a massive clampdown against NGOs, the Ministry of Home Affairs recently cancelled the licenses of 8,975 organizations for allegedly failing to file annual returns.  (Jazeera) 


RELATE:   Heat wave claims over 1,100 lives


Prison riot


FEIRA DE SANTANA - The prison riot that broke out over the weekend in the Brazilian state of Bahia ended Monday with 9 inmates slain, 4 injured and about 70 people freed who had been held hostage by the prisoners.  (EFE)


Closing arguments coming


John Nuttall & Amanda Korody


VANCOUVER - Crown and defence lawyers were expected to make their closing arguments this week to the jury hearing the case of 2 people accused of plotting to set off homemade bombs on the lawn of the BC legislature.  John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were charged after an elaborate, months-long RCMP sting operation.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Cops manipulated plotters

PREVIOUS:   Bumbling idiots or jihadi warriors?


Rejected by Muslims - and biker gang


Man Haron Monis


SYDNEY - The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday.  (AP)


MORE:   Rejected by bikie gang as weird

PREVIOUS:   2014 Sydney hostage crisis


Border security


OTTAWA - Most travellers are meant to be processed in under a minute by front-line border agents, who don't have access to the Canadian Police Information Centre database.  CPIC contains criminal records, outstanding arrest warrants and other security information compiled by police.  It may seem ironic, but American border agents use CPIC at the primary inspection line to help screen travellers, while visitors to Canada aren't all screened with this Canadian tool.  (CBC) 


Family swatting victims


TORONTO - Vincent Yan's family was asleep in their Richmond Hill, ON, home early this morning when they were awoken by loud bangs on the front door.  Yan walked downstairs, peeked through the eye hole of the door and saw something unexpected: a police ETF team, commonly called a SWAT team, in full tactical regalia. It was a terrifying and traumatic few minutes for Yan and his family. Eventually it became clear that they were the victims of a cruel prank known as swatting.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Swatting call released   Police fearful of copycats 

RELATED:   Canadian admits to swatting   Tecumseth, ON, teen arrested for multiple swatting calls


Walking away from clean up 


YELLOWKNIFE - 2 companies hired by the federal government to clean up a contaminated gold mine NE of Yellowknife have walked away from the project, with the government's consent.  In 2010, the government awarded a $43M contract for remediating the Tundra mine site to two companies owned by the Tlicho Investment Corporation.  (CBC) 


Exit strategy 'over-subscribed'


Peter MacKay


ESQUIMALT - There are more groups than money available for the government's proposed $20M plan to get sex workers out of the industry, Justice Minister Peter MacKay said Friday.  The plan is an off-shoot of the government's Bill C-36, which became law last year and makes it an offence to buy sexual services or communicate for that purpose.  It was created after the SCC struck down the country's prostitution laws.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Sex Crimes    

RELATED:    Peter MacKay leaving politics


Mass deaths reported


IS victory parade


PALMYRA - Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing IS militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra.  The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by Islamic State fighters, have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the ground to local forces in both countries.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   IS slaughters 400   IS purges Palmyra of loyalists 

PREVIOUS:   Last Syria-Iraq border crossing falls to IS   Gaping holes in US jihadi strategy   IS controls 50% of Syria   War on terror 


Calm returns


CLEVELAND - Streets in Cleveland were largely calm Sunday morning after a number of people were arrested in protests after a police officer was acquitted Saturday in the shooting deaths of 2 unarmed black suspects.  Michael Brelo, a white officer, was found not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, after a high-speed chase in November 2012.  (USA Today)


RULING:   State of Ohio v Michael Brelo   .pdf

MORE:   71 arrested in protests   


More graves


PERLIS - Malaysian authorities said Sunday that they have discovered a series of graves in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the border with Thailand where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar have been held.  The finding follows a similar discovery earlier this month by police in Thailand who unearthed at least 33 bodies from shallow graves on the Thai side of the border.  (AP)


MORE:   Mass graves found    'It was like a killing field in the sea'   The Rohingya   Police find 139 graves   Graves, barbed wire pens

COMMENT:    Malaysia's charade

PREVIOUS:   Migrants  


Trapped on a beach




KAGUNGA - 60,000 refugees are trapped on a Tanzanian beach amid a serious cholera outbreak, as opponents of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza flee violence and retaliation after the failed coup.  An estimated 60,000 people are trapped on Kagunga beach, a narrow strip of sooty sand and a collection of mud brick houses hemmed in by vertiginous cliffs and the lapping waters of Lake Tanganyika.  (Telegraph UK)


MORE:   Cholera hits refugees   Refugees move   Opposition goes into hiding after killing

PREVIOUS:   2015 Burundian unrest    






TANHUATO - Government security forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel henchmen and suffered one fatality in a firefight in western Mexico on Friday.  Government officials said the 42 killed by security forces near the town of Tanhuato were suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, a gang based in the neighboring state.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   Gun battle   Questions


Vietnam children


LONDON - An estimated 3,000 Vietnamese children are in forced labour in the UK, used for financial gain by criminal gangs running cannabis factories, nail bars, garment factories, brothels and private homes. British authorities are unable to keep up with the speed at which UK-based Vietnamese gangs are recruiting and exploiting children for use in other criminal enterprise.  (Guardian UK)  


Patriot Act snooping powers


WASHINGTON - FBI agents can't point to any major terrorism cases they've cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report Thursday.  Inspector General Michael E Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the FBI tripled its use of bulk collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows government agents to compel businesses to turn over records and documents.  (Washington Times)


REPORT:   Review of FBI's use of Section 215   .pdf

COMMENT:   How Canadians can end mass surveillance

PREVIOUS:   There is an app for that   Plan to hijack app store   Big Brother surveillance  

RELATED:   US Senate blocks bill to end NSA phone data collection   US Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act   NSA program ruled illegal, so why is Congress still fighting?  


Use of force report


OTTAWA - Most Canadian police forces still do not collect the right kind of in-depth data on when they resort to pulling their weapons or using force, nor do they receive sufficient mental health training to de-escalate confrontations that may turn deadly, a new report says.  Its main conclusion is that, despite years of high-profile and critical inquiries into police actions a consistent national approach is needed towards documenting when and why cops use force against citizens.   (Toronto Star)




EDMONTON - A 32-year-old man was found shot to death late Thursday night.  Police were called around 11:30pm to a weapons complaint near 212 St and 88A Ave NW.  The man was found dead on a driveway at 21205 88A Ave.  (Global)


MORE:   Man found dead


Victim identified


Taylor John Zanoni


CALGARY - At about 10:45am Wednesday, police were called to the 10300-block of Bonaventure Drive SE for reports of gunshots inside the Willow Park Centre.  When they got there, they found a man in the area, suffering from extensive injuries.  He was rushed to hospital, but later died of his injuries. Police have identified the victim as Taylor Zanoni, 23, of Calgary.  (CTV)


MORE:   Identified   Shooting victim  


Woman charged



Serge Levac         Daisy Lachance


MONTREAL - A 29-year-old woman was charged with second-degree murder Thursday afternoon after Serge Levac, 54, was stabbed to death Wednesday evening.  Police rushed to a home on Robillard Ave after somebody alerted them to a stabbing at a home around 6:55pm.  Daisy Lachance was formally charged in connection with the incident Thursday afternoon.  The victim, they say, was a drug dealer who lived in a basement apartment where many people would come and go.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Stabbing   Man found stabbed





Brenda Pathammavong


TORONTO - A 24-year-old man is facing murder charges after 2 teens were shot to death in Richmond Hill last January.  The deadly incident occurred at around midnight on January 8, 2014.  Police discovered 3 people suffering from gunshot wounds inside a vehicle located at 172 Centre St E and one victim, Brenda Pathammavong, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene. 2 men who had also been shot were rushed to hospital and one of the male victims, Premier Hoang, 18, later died from his injuries.  Timothy Doug-Hyun, a 24-year-old Mississauga resident, has now been charged.  (CP24)


MORE:   Charges in double murder

PREVIOUS:   Victims identified   Police identify victims   Shooting victims identified   2 dead   Shooting


Remains found


Michelle Demers-Kennedy


PORT HAWKESBURY - Earlier this week, investigators identified a burial site in North Framboise, NS.  Michelle Demers-Kennedy, 58, was reported missing on May 12, 2013.  Michelle's son, Merlin Demers-Kennedy, was charged with second-degree murder in January 2014.  He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter in a Port Hawkesbury courtroom on May 20.  The court heard that Demers-Kennedy has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Guilty plea   Son charged   Son charged    Man arrested  


To stand trial


Nathan, Kathy & Alvin Liknes


CALGARY - The man accused of murdering Alvin and Kathy Liknes and the couple's grandson, 5-year-old Nathan O'Brien, will stand trial on 3 first-degree murder charges.  In June 2014, the couple and their grandson disappeared from the Liknes home in Parkhill. The bodies of Alvin, Kathy and Nathan have not been located but, according to police, evidence was collected indicating the 3 had been murdered.  Douglas Garland was identified as a person of interest in connection to the disappearance and subsequently charged.  (CTV) 


MORE:   Garland to stand trial

PREVIOUS:   Disappearance of Nathan O'Brien, Kathryn & Alvin Liknes


Death result of homicide


Serena Perry


SAINT JOHN - A coroner's inquest jury said Serena Perry, the 22-year-old psychiatric patient at a hospital in Saint John, died from asphyxia due to strangulation as the result of homicide.  Perry was found with a housecoat around her neck and unresponsive in the amphitheatre of the Saint John Regional Hospital on Feb. 14, 2012.  A male patient was arrested by Saint John police after Perry's death. He was later released without being charged.  Perry was an involuntary patient at the hospital's psychiatric unit.  (CP)


Death deemed homicide


TORONTO - Two days after a body was found in a Scarborough park, police are saying the man's death has been ruled a homicide.  The man's body was found by a passerby in McCowan Park shortly before 10am on Monday.  Police said he'd appeared to have suffered stab wounds.  (CTV)


MORE:   Death suspicious   


Charges laid


EDMONTON - On May 22 at about 11:15pm police attempted to make a stop on a BMW535i, in the area of 100 Ave and 185 St, when then driver sped away.  The BMW collided with a taxi, carrying 2 passengers.  A 51-year-old female passenger succumbed to her injuries. Police have laid several charges against James Miller-Laney, 29, including dangerous driving causing death and flight from a police officer causing death.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Man charged   Woman dies    


Officer charged


LONGUEUIL - A Quebec SQ police officer has been charged in connection with a collision that killed 5-year-old Nicholas Thorne-Belance last year.  The officer, Patrick Ouellet, will face a charge of dangerous driving causing death.  (CBC) 


Officer charged


TORONTO - The province's SIU says the charges stem from an incident last December involving a 57-year-old man.  The SIU alleges police officers arrested Baoshi Yang in downtown Toronto and released him a short while later.  They say Yang was then taken to hospital to be treated for a broken orbital bone.  Const. Paul Walker has been charged with assault causing bodily harm.  (CTV)    


Professionals moving in


WINNIPEG - The rise of Alberta's New Democrats is prompting a growing number of Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger's key staff members to head west.  Some ended up in Alberta, where the NDP won power for the first time earlier this month.  (CTV)




Grandson charged


TORONTO - A 23-year-old Waterloo man has been charged with second-degree murder following the death of his grandmother.  The discovery was made after a man walked into a hospital with injuries. Police say information then led them to an apartment at 45 Baif Blvd in Richmond Hill.  The woman has been identified as Herma Parkes, 71.  Police have charged her grandson Cameron Alexander Mossaddad with second-degree murder.  (Sun Media)  


MORE:   Man charged 

PREVIOUS:   Woman found dead


Accused had history of assault


Celeste Yamney


REGINA - The man accused of killing Celeste Yawney, 33, is an ex-boyfriend who was previously convicted of assaulting her.  Information from officials shows Duran Redwood, 26, pleaded guilty in January to assaulting Yawney with a weapon in July 2014. He'd been in custody for 5 months and was released on a conditional sentence.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Charged laid   Homicide  Police investigating death  




GUELPH - The man fatally shot by police inside Guelph General Hospital on Wednesday was likely well-known to many staffers at the institution, according to friends and associates of Brandon Scott Duncan.  He was also an individual who had had previous encounters with the Guelph Police Service and a long history of physical and mental illness.  (Waterloo Region Record)  


MORE:  Man shot identified     

PREVIOUS:   Police shooting   Man shot by police  Police shoot man   




Sandro Duquette


SAINT-HIPPOLYTE - The murder of a young man of 23 years on Monday night has all the appearance of a settling of accounts.  The SQ has launched an investigation after a homicide occurred in the early evening Monday on Clermont St.  The victim, Sandro Duquette, 23, was known to the police.   (Journal de Montreal)


PREVIOUS:   Death deemed suspicious      


Drug lab


Comox Valley Record


COURTENAY - An explosive fire at a house in Courtenay, BC, on Friday that sent 3 men to hospital with serious injuries was caused by illegal hash oil production, said RCMP.  At about 5pm on Friday, several explosions shook neighbouring homes on the 2000-block of 1 St, and witnesses reported hearing screams before 3 men fled the burning house.  The following day, police obtained a search warrant and found evidence of an illegal drug lab.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Suspicious   3 men in hospital   House explosion    Possible explosion     




TORONTO - An Ontario judge says the provincial government must face trial in a lawsuit filed by the family of a two-year-old girl who died in an unlicensed daycare three years ago.  Eva Ravikovich's parents launched a $3.5M lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and the owners and operators of the daycare in Vaughan, Ont.  (CP) 


MORE:  Lawsuit can go to trial

PREVIOUS:   Daycare crisis      


Chief Palmer officially takes over


Adam Palmer


Vancouverites probably won't notice much change as the baton was officially passed to new police Chief Adam Palmer on Monday.  Palmer and Mayor Gregor Robertson indicated it will be stay-the-course on policies initiated by outgoing chief Jim Chu.  (Vancouver Province)    


More charges


Graham James


SWIFT CURRENT - Convicted pedophile and former junior hockey coach Graham James is facing more sex assault-related charges just weeks before his scheduled statutory release from prison.  RCMP say James is facing criminal charges of repeated sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred when he was coaching the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League in the early 1990s.  (CP)


Man found dead


REGINA - Police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old man whose body was discovered early Monday morning.  Around 2:30am, police and EMS were dispatched to the 900-block of Athol St, where they found the man dead.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Found dead   Police investigating cause of death


Mining accident


BLACK RIVER-MATHESON - A woman has died after a mining accident at St. Andrew Goldfields' Holt Mine located near Black River-Matheson.  The accident occurred on Saturday, May 23, 2015, when a company employee, Alexie Dallaire-Vincent, 22, was involved in an underground rail haulage accident which fatally injured her.  The accident reportedly occurred somewhere around the 900- to 925-foot level.   (Sun Media)


MORE:   Mine incident


Rave death


VANCOUVER - Despite revellers at a late-night party in Stanley Park being warned of a dangerous cliff nearby, one young man apparently fell to his death early Sunday.  Vancouver police are probing the incident after being called to the seawall near Siwash Rock at about 4:20am. They found a 23-year-old man dead at the scene.  (Vancouver Province)


State of emergency




CACHE CREEK - The small BC Interior town of Cache Creek declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon after torrential rain caused a flash flood on Saturday which sent raging water and debris through downtown streets and closed two highways.   (CBC) 


MORE:   Town declares state of emergency   No insurance help   Eligible for disaster relief  

RELATED:   Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma


Hydro One complaints


TORONTO - Ontario's ombudsman says Hydro One 'lost sight of its public interest purpose' and failed to consider the impact on its customers of a new information system that resulted in massive billing errors for about 100,000 households.  Marin also warns his office and Ontario's auditor general will lose oversight of Hydro One once the Liberal government's budget bill passes, approving the privatization of up to 60% of the electrical utility.  (CP)


REPORT:   In the dark

MORE:  Deflection, deception   Deceit


Suspect jailed in 2002


Salim Damji


TORONTO - More than a decade ago Salim Damji convinced thousands of Ismaili Muslims to invest in his fake teeth whitening product - a $100M scam dubbed at the time to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history.  The judge sentenced him to 6+ years in prison in 2002.  York Regional Police now allege that the 45-year-old Stouffville resident is the mastermind behind a romance and investment Ponzi scheme in which at least 20 victims lost $1.2M.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   He's at it again

PREVIOUS: Damji-Cooperman Investment Fraud


Police involved shooting


MORINVILLE - ASIRT have been called in to investigate after a man was fatal shoot by a RCMP member in Morinville.  Officials said police responded to a call of a person in distress Friday around 8:40pm in a remote rural area of Morinville, near Range Road 263.  During the incident a RCMP member fatally shot the male suspect.  (CTV)


MORE:   Police shooting


 Impaired driving charges dropped


Stacey Snider


MONTREAL - A Quebec Court judge has ruled evidence gathered by police in an emergency room is inadmissible in the case of Stacey Snider, who was accused of impaired driving in the Dorval crash that killed her mother and a bus driver.  Her mother, passenger Janet Stoddard Snider, 61, and STM bus driver Sylvain Ferland, 49, were both killed when the BMW Snider was driving smashed into an STM bus in August 2012.  (CBC)


MORE:   Dropped    Charges dropped

PREVIOUS:   Charges




BRAMPTON - Prashant Tiwari fashioned a noose out of a hospital gown, tied it to a ceiling vent and hanged himself in a psychiatric ward when his nurses left him alone for hours to attend a 'potluck lunch,' according to a statement of claim.  The 20-year-old was on suicide watch when he took his own life in the washroom at Brampton Civic Hospital on June 26, 2014.   His grieving family launched a $12.5M lawsuit against the hospital in February, for wrongful death and breach of privacy.  (Toronto Star)


Smoke grenade


VANCOVUER - A man was arrested after a smoke grenade was thrown into the Vancouver Police headquarters Saturday morning.  Officials say the 28-year-old threw the grenade into the lobby of Cambie St station just after 11:30am and was quickly taken into custody.  (CTV)  


MORE:   VPD HQ attacked


11 years


Terry Roy Levy


BRIDGEWATER - Terry Roy Levy was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Terry Green, 47, his daughter's boyfriend.  Green's body was found in a field on Little Tancook Island on July 8, 2014.   (CTV)


MORE:   Life sentence

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty     Homicide    


13 years



Kurlan Joseph        Haden Didier


CALGARY - Haden Didier has been sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 13 years in connection to the 2013 stabbing death of Kurlan Rick Joseph at the couple's apartment.  In the early morning hours of May 1, 2013, police and EMS responded to an apartment building in the 6400-block of Travois Place NW following a 911 call and discovered the body of the 25-year-old man. An autopsy determined Joseph's death was the result of stabbing and Didier, Joseph's partner, was charged with second degree murder.  (CTV)


MORE:    Sentenced   Life sentence

PREVIOUS:   Police lay charges   Domestic stabbing   Charged    


No charges


COLD LAKE - There will be no charges laid in a 2013 RCMP officer-involved shooting on Cold Lake First Nations.  ASIRT concluded that 'the officer was lawfully placed and the force used was reasonable in light of the circumstances presented, notwithstanding the tragic consequences of the loss of a life.'   (Sun Media) 


MORE:   Officer cleared


Investigated as homicide


Paul Ventura


TORONTO - A fire that broke out in a home on Dupont St. on Sunday morning and left a man in his 40s dead is now being investigated as a homicide, according to Toronto Police.  Emergency crews were called at around 12:20am to 1569 Dupont St.  The man was identified as Paul Ventura.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Fire deemed homicide

PREVIOUS:   House fire claims life



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