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Train crash




HOBOKEN - At least 3 people died and up to 100 were hurt, some of them critically, when an NJ Transit train crashed into the station in Hoboken at the height of Thursday's morning rush, leaving twisted piles of metal and bricks and causing part of the highly trafficked terminal to collapse.  (NBC). 


MORE:   Commuter train crashes   Train smashes into station   Transit train crashes


Elementary school shooting


TOWNVILLE - There was a shooting at Townville Elementary school around 1:45pm Wednesday.  The sheriff says the suspect got out of his vehicle and started firing immediately.  Police said a teen suspect is in custody and there is no longer an active threat.  There is a homicide at Osborne Rd. connected to the teen shooting suspect.  The victim is Jeffrey D Osborne, 47.  He was found dead from a gunshot wound at a home.  Osborne is the father of the suspected shooter.   (WSPA)  


MORE:   Firefighter takes down shooter 


Journals taken over


An offshore publishing company accused of disseminating junk science and duping researchers has taken over the publishing of several respected Canadian medical journals.  Researchers and editors are sounding the alarm about a company called OMICS Publishing Group, saying it could hijack the Canadian journals' names and reputations.  In August, the US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against OMICS (.pdf) alleging that the company is 'deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications' and falsely claiming that its journals follow rigorous peer-review protocols.  (CTV)


MORE:   Hijacked for junk science 


Linked to heart failure


Commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory painkillers raise the risk of hospital admission for heart failure, a large European study suggests.  The drugs - typically given to relieve pain and fever - include traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and newer generation anti-inflammatory drugs, known as COX-2 inhibitors.  Several previous studies have linked use of NSAIDs with increased risk of heart failure.  (CBC)


REPORT:   NSAIDs and risk of heart failure


Professor back in Canada

Homa Hoodfar


MONTREAL - Iranian-Canadian university professor Homa Hoodfar has returned to Montreal, bringing an end to her detention in a Tehran prison.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Wonderful to be home 


Spying on you


An abusive partner or ex may be able to track you in detail through a secret app installed on your phone, the US Federal Trade Commission warned Monday.  Surveillance apps are designed to be invisible to the phone's owner. They can share audio recordings of phone calls, texts - even deleted ones - photos and location information. Some can turn on the phone's microphone remotely to act as a bug, or to track whether the phone enters or leaves pre-defined circles on a map.  (Global)


PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance 


MH17 was shot down




NIEUWEGEIN - Dutch-led criminal investigators said they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.   (AP)


REPORT:   JIT: Flight MH17 report

MORE:   Moscow dismisses biased and politically motivated inquiry    Missile came from Russia

PREVIOUS:   Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 


Bus falls off cliff




DHADING - At least 19 have people died while 15 were critically injured when a bus veered off the road in Dhading on Tuesday afternoon.  According to eyewitness the bus lost control and skidded off the road in a narrow bend.  'Some passengers were travelling atop the roof of the bus at the time of the accident,' she informed.  The cause of the accident is suspected to be overloading.  (Republica) 


Shooting protest


Alfred Olango


SAN DIEGO - People are planning to gather at the El Cajon Police Department headquarters to protest the death of an unarmed black man said to be mentally challenged who died Tuesday night after being shot in a confrontation with officers.  The Facebook page called Justice for Alfred Olango - End the war on black America says the gathering was called by the groups Reclaiming the Community and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.  (San Diego Union Tribune)


MORE:   Officer involved shooting   Police shooting 


Bureaucrats causing cost overruns


OTTAWA - Projects to build schools and other infrastructure for First Nations frequently go over budget because of approval delays by federal bureaucrats, says an internal study.  The conclusion suggests many capital projects for indigenous peoples have been doomed to red ink even before the first shovel hits the ground - and well before First Nations manage the actual construction.   (CBC)


RELATED:   Money behind the Sixties Scoop 


Big project alarm


TORONTO - A review of the TTC's procurement policies is raising red flags about the transit agency's ability to manage expensive capital projects, detailing billions of dollars in cost overruns and oversight practices that fall below public-sector standards.  The report was authored by consulting firm KPMG. The company examined 9 capital projects that the TTC launched over the past decade-and-a-half and had combined initial estimated costs of $5.1B. Of the 9, 6 incurred inflated expenses that together totaled $2.9B more than original estimates.    (Toronto Star) 


Approved with conditions


VANCOUVER - The federal Liberal cabinet has approved construction of an $11.4B terminal to export liquefied natural gas from northern BC, subject to the project's owners meeting an array of conditions designed to reduce the proposal's environmental footprint.  Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna outlined 190 conditions that Pacific NW LNG must meet before building an export terminal on BC's northern coast.  (Globe & Mail)  


MORE:   Feds approve LNG project

PREVIOUS:   Greed and corruption BC 


Investigative team


OTTAWA - The Canadian Forces have created a special team of investigators to handle sexual crimes after concerns were raised last year that military police didn't have the skills and experience necessary to deal with such offences.   (CP) 


NCR on trial


OTTAWA - Jeff Weber has been declared not criminally responsible for 3 serious crimes.  Each time a team of mental health professionals carefully managed his reintegration into society.  Each time the voices in his head convinced him to lash out once more. Now Weber is on trial for a vicious hammer attack that left an Ottawa man partially blind, and his lawyer is again asking a judge to find his client NCR.   (CBC)


Feds failed


Daniel Therrien


OTTAWA - The government hasn't done enough to protect the privacy of 'law-abiding Canadians' from new information-sharing powers in the omnibus security legislation known as C-51, says a federal watchdog.  Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says he was surprised that many federal agencies did not examine the effect the powers in the controversial Conservative bill would have on people's personal information.  (CP)


REPORT:   Privacy Commissioner Annual 2015-2016 report

MORE:   Bill was not properly evaluated before it became law

PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance 


More green canceled


TORONTO - Ontario's energy ministry is cancelling plans to sign contracts for up to 1,000 megawatts of power from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources to help keep rates down for consumers.  Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says the decision is expected to save the province up to $3.8B in costs from its 2013 long-term plan, and will keep about $2.45 a month from being added to hydro bills.   (Global) 


Power plant rejected


VANCOUVER - An ambitious plan by the city and a private developer to create a low-carbon power plant for the downtown peninsula has received a definitive rejection from the BC Utilities Commission, which said it couldn't support the idea of requiring customers to buy power from a monopoly.  (Globe & Mail) 


Air pollution deaths


STOCKHOLM - Each year about 6.5M deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution, a number that could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned Monday.  (AP)  


REPORT:   Energy and air pollution 

MORE:   90% of world breathing bad air

PREVIOUS:   Bio related events


Gunman identified


Nathan DeSai


HOUSTON - A lawyer who opened fire on commuters for no apparent reason during the morning predawn rush hour in a Houston neighborhood Monday, wounding 9 people, was wearing a vintage military uniform and had Nazi emblems on him.  The rampage on a quiet street near West University Place began in the predawn darkness and lasted 20 minutes before the gunman, who police identified as Nathan DeSai, 46, was shot and killed by officers.  (Houston Chronicle) 


MORE:   Shooting investigation 

PREVIOUS:   Police kill disgruntled lawyer


Biker shooting


TRUCKEE - Police in California are looking for 3 murderers who right now are nameless and faceless. The trio is wanted in connection with the deadly motorcycle-on-motorcycle shooting of Jeffrey Sterling Duke, 57, Saturday afternoon on I-80 in Truckee.  Police say 3 bikers surrounded the victim and shot him all while traveling 70 miles an hour down the highway.  One of the many questions right now is what prompted the shooting.  The investigation team believes there is a high likelihood the shooting is gang-related. Police do not think the victim was in a biker gang himself, despite him wearing Vagos colors in Facebook pictures.  (KOLO) 


Off-duty cop charged


NEW YORK - A city cop was indicted Monday on second-degree murder charges in the road-rage shooting death of driver Delrawn Small, who was killed in a July 4 confrontation with the off-duty officer.  The cop, Wayne Isaacs, will be charged Tuesday, a day after a grand jury handed up the indictment to state Attorney General - under a new law - acts as a special prosecutor in matters involving police shootings.  (NY Daily News)


PREVIOUS:   Road-rage shooting


Neighborhood shut down


Nicolas Labre Pereira de Jesus


RIO DE JANEIRO - Every shop and business along a 5-kilometer (3-mile) stretch in the Catete neighborhood pulled down their protective metal shutters at mid-day, heeding the orders of Comando Vermelho, an outfit with an estimated 50,000 members nationwide.  Comando Vermelho decreed the curfew shortly after police announced that officers had killed Nicolas Labre Pereira de Jesus, aka Fat Family, 28, who controlled the drug trade in a hillside slum adjacent to Catete.  (EFE) 


Risk of prosecution


WASHINGTON - The original intention was for the JASTA to enable the victims' families to sue countries like Saudi Arabia.  But fears the legislation could allow hostile states to take legal action against the US and allies have prompted US President Barack Obama to issue a last-minute veto to block the legislation. Critics of the legislation argue it undermines the long-established principle in international law concerning state sovereign immunity.  (Telegraph UK) 


MORE:   Senate votes 97-1 to overturn veto

PREVIOUS:   Bill vetoed


9 years


Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi


THE HAGUE - War crimes judges Tuesday sentenced a Malian jihadist to 9 years in jail for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines.  A three-judge bench began handing down its judgements against Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, the first jihadist to stand trial at the tribunal in The Hague.  Mahdi 'oversaw the attacks on all 10' shrines and mosques in the UNESCO world heritage site, presiding judge Raul Pangalangan told the tribunal.   (AFP)


JUDGMENT:   Prosecutor v Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi

MORE:   Destroying culture is now a war crime


Police accused




ISLAMABAD - Police in Pakistan may be illegally executing hundreds of people each year in fake 'encounter killings', human rights investigators have warned.  Police accounts often say that criminal or terrorist suspects were shot after they resisted arrest or tried to ambush officers.  In reality many are killed in police custody, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.   (Guardian UK)


REPORT:   Crooked system

PREVIOUS:   Law enforcement in Pakistan 


3 in custody



Victims                                         Katlynn


FULLERTON - 2 men and a 17-year-old girl were taken into custody Sunday in connection with 3 people found murdered in a Fullerton home.  Police identified the victims as Christopher Yost, 34; Jennifer Goodwill Yost, 39; and Arthur William Boucher, 28. The three were discovered dead in their home.  Officers arrested 2 males in connection with the 3 murders: Josh Acosta, 21, and Frank Felix, 25. On Sunday investigators also located unharmed the teen who was missing Saturday, Kaitlynn Goodwill Yost, 17. A 17-year-old girl was also detained, but state law prevents officers from disclosing the identity of juveniles placed into police custody.  The teen also faces murder charges.   (KTLA) 


MORE:   Victims banned suspects from seeing their daughter  


Deal-making and dirty tricks


UNITED NATIONS - Hacked emails, bogus Twitter accounts, smear allegations and backroom deals. Welcome to the race for the international community's top diplomatic job - UN secretary general.   On Monday, the UN Security Council will hold the fifth of a series of straw polls aimed at picking a winner from the remaining 9 contenders in the race, in which the 15 council members will cast secret ballots.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Secretary-General selection 2016 


Copyright violation




Montreal's Olympic Stadium may be among Canada's most iconic buildings, but that doesn't mean it can be put on a T-shirt, a Montreal designer has been told.  The notice, sent out by SODRAC, demanded he stop producing the T-shirts.  It also asked him for compensation for having reproduced the works without authorization.  (CBC)


Suspect arrested



CCTV Suspect     Arcan Cetin


BURLINGTON - Arcan Cetin, the 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing and appeared 'zombie-like' when he was arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt.  The first 911 call came in just before 7pm on a busy Friday at the Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's department store.  By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup counter was complete. 4 people were dead, and the shooter was gone, last seen walking toward Interstate 5. The fifth victim, a man, died in the early morning hours Saturday.  (AP)    


MORE:   Shooter was getting court-ordered mental-health treatment  

PREVIOUS:   Mall shooting  


Writer shot


Nahed Hattar


AMMAN - A prominent Jordanian writer, who was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, has been shot dead outside a court in Amman where he was due to appear.  Nahed Hattar, 56, was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam after posting the cartoon on Facebook this year.  On Sunday, he was shot in the head 3 times as he arrived for a hearing. 2 witnesses said the gunman, bearded and in his 50s, was wearing a traditional long robe.   (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Activist shot dead     Killed outside court   Killed over a cartoon 


Murder of priests


POZA RICA - In this eastern Mexican oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week sank many residents only deeper into despair. When Alejo Nabor Jimenez and Alfredo Suarez de la Cruz were found bound and shot to death outside Poza Rica on Monday, it brought to 14 the number of priests slain in Mexico since Pena Nieto took office in late 2012. At least 30 have been killed since 2006. And on Thursday church officials made a public plea for the life of yet another priest, who was reportedly kidnapped from his parish residence in the western state of Michoacan and has not been heard from since.  (AP)


MORE:   Kidnapped priest found dead  


Police videos released


Keith Lamont Scott


CHARLOTTE - Police have released body and dashboard camera footage of the shooting of a black man after several days of demonstrations that have coalesced around demands that the public see the videos. The footage did not show whether Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was holding a gun.  (AP)


MORE:   Scott threaten wife with gun 

PREVIOUS:   Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott   Video of encounter   2nd video emerges   4th night of protests   Arrest in killing of protester 


Deported to Canada


Marc Wabafiyebazu


MIAMI - A teenager caught up in a double shooting in Florida that left his older brother dead has been quietly deported to Canada.  American immigration agents escorted Marc Wabafiyebazu from Miami to Montreal earlier this month where he was reunited with his mother, Roxanne Dube, a senior Canadian diplomat.  In a plea deal Wabafiyebazu pleaded no contest in Feb to reduced charges of felony third-degree murder.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Diplomat's son takes plea deal   Global: Marc Wabafiyebazu   National Post: Marc Wabafiyebazu   


Treated as a suicide


TORONTO - A CBSA officer was found dead in Terminal 3 of Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday night.  Peel Regional Police said they received a call for medical assistance at about 8:20pm.  Peel Regional Police, said Friday night that a man shot himself inside the airport but not in a public area.  (CBC)


Death toll rises to 300


ROSETTA - The estimated death toll in this week's latest shipwreck rose to about 300 on Friday.  Egyptian officials have rescued about 160 survivors from Wednesday's shipwreck off the country's north coast, leaving about 150 people still unaccounted for, according to the IOM.  The estimated number of migrants to die in the Mediterranean so far this year is 3,500.   (Guardian UK) 


PREVIOUS:   Hundred feared dead   Migrants   


Ceasefire bombed


ALEPPO - Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria's biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire.    (AFP)  


MORE:   At least 90 killed   Airstrikes leave Aleppo without water 

PREVIOUS:   Hardened killers going home   War on Terror 


US accuses Canadian company


Loretta Lynch


VANCOUVER - US Attorney General Loretta Lynch named PacNet, a company with offices in a building in downtown Vancouver, as a financial linchpin in global money laundering. PacNet was the payment processor that allowed global criminals to deposit cheques scammed from mostly elderly victims, Lynch alleged.   (Vancouver Sun)  


MORE:   OFAC press release   US accuses   CNN investigation PacNet 


Telcos still hording


OTTAWA - More than a year after the CRTC ruled the big telecommunications companies must share their fibre optic networks with smaller competitors, it still isn't happening.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Canadian media

RELATED:   SK, MB competition cut cellphone plan costs


Bahamas data leak


Records on tens of thousands of largely secrecy-clad companies registered in the Bahamas, including thousands with ties to Canada, have been divulged en masse as one of the world's premier tax havens becomes the first to suffer a mass data leak since the Panama Papers.   (CBC)


MORE:   New leak of offshore files   World of wealth managers   Canadian $$ to tax havens at an all-time high   Senator finds she is a director of an offshore corporation

PREVIOUS:   Panama Papers   Search the database   Global meltdown wealth     

RELATED:   Government gift to OC         




MISSISSAUGA - Police now believe a man found dead in a parking garage in Mississauga was stabbed on Wednesday afternoon.  The incident occurred at around 1:15pm in the Grand Park Drive and Burnhamthorpe Road area.   There is video surveillance of a scuffle that took place in the building's parking garage. The man and his assailant can be seen fighting and then they step off camera for a few moments.  When the victim reappears, he collapses.   (CTV)


MORE:   Man found dead   Homicide 


Impaired charge


BOWMANVILLE - Police allege the pair were consuming narcotics in the truck on the side of the road when the passenger began to go into medical distress.  The driver pulled his friend out of the truck and onto the ground, attempting CPR. Then the man drove to a nearby business on Baseline Rd. to call for help.  The driver rushed back to the scene out of 'panic and concern for his friend,' but accidentally ran him over.  The 29-year-old from Clarington later died from his injuries in hospital.  Zachary Pepper, 21, of Bowmanville, was charged with impaired driving causing death.  (Toronto Star) 


Remand centre murder



Alvin Chiniquay          Marlon Ledesma


CALGARY - Emergency crews were called to the Calgary Remand Centre on Sept 9 for reports of an inmate in medical distress.  Police say Alvin Chiniquay, 40, was found in life-threatening condition.  He was taken to hospital, but last week he was taken off life support.  Cellmate, Marlon Ledesma, 32  now faces a charge of first-degree murder.  (CBC)


MORE:   Inmate charged 




EDMONTON - Just after midnight Sunday, Christopher Giroux was found in the area of 107th Ave and 110th St with what police described as 'obvious trauma to his chest.'  The 46-year-old man was transported to hospital and treated but soon died.  An autopsy confirmed Giroux's death to be a homicide.  (CBC)


MORE:   Homicide   Suspicious death 


2nd man charged



Dale Porter              Al Potter


NORTH RIVER - A second suspect in Dale Porter's death has been charged with second-degree murder.  Daniel Leonard, one of two suspects identified by RCMP last year, was charged Thursday, while the other suspect, Al Potter, was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday.  9 others were arrested Wednesday and charged with drug trafficking and participating in the activities of a criminal organization.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Men with gang affiliations arrested 

PREVIOUS:   Homicide arrest   Arrest   DNA evidence breakthrough 


Guilty plea


Elizabeth & Brittany MacPherson


BIBLE HILL - Gerald Rushton was charged on 2 counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Elizabeth MacPherson, 54, and her daughter, Brittany MacPherson, 24, in Bible Hill.  Rushton pleaded guilty in NS Supreme Court to the lesser charge of second-degree murder in the deaths of the 2 women.  The mother and daughter were found dead in a home on Dec 27, 2013.   (CBC)   


MORE:   Pleads guilty

PREVIOUS:   Man charged 


Found guilty


NANAIMO - Kevin Addison used a sawed-off shotgun to kill 2 former co-workers and injure 2 others at the Western Forest Products facility on April 30, 2014.  The Crown argued revenge motivated Addison to carry out the attack against Western Forest Products after he was laid off in 2008 and not rehired.  Mill employees Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern died in the shooting, while Tony Sudar and Earl Kelly were shot but survived. (CP)  


MORE:   Guilty

PREVIOUS:   Memorial   Charges laid   


2 years


TORONTO - Adrian Dudzicki, 23, was cycling to squash practice on the morning he was killed by a driver who recklessly sped through a red light at an intersection in North York.  The now 23-year-old driver, Aleksey Aleksev, was sentenced to a jail term of 2 years less a day.   (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:    Guilty   Driver charged  


Making her case


In 2014, 74-year-old Isabelle Raycroft accused her husband of sexual assault. But when the trial took a bizarre turn, she lost hope for justice. So Isabelle decided to follow the lead of women in the Jian Ghomeshi and Stanford rapist cases - and go public.   (CBC)


Lawyer charged


Francois Lesieur


TORONTO - Police have arrested a lawyer in a series of sexual assaults in the Yonge and Eglinton area.  The string of 4 incidents happened earlier this month. In all cases, the victims were teenage girls and targeted in crowded areas.  Francois Lesieur, 32, faces 4 sexual assault charges.  (Toronto Star) 


Jail escapes


REGINA - The SK Ministry of Justice is looking into the high number of escapes from jails in the province this year.  So far, there have been 8 escapes from secure youth custody and 5 from adult jail.   (CP) 


Money missing


VANCOUVER - RCMP are investigating the disappearance of funds from the bank account of a Surrey elementary school's parent advisory council (PAC).  Surrey school board, said between $20,000 and $30,000 is missing - money collected over the last 3 years that was to be put toward a new playground.  Members of the PAC executive at Ecole K B Woodward discovered last week their bank account had been completely emptied without their knowledge.  (CBC)




Marjorie & Raymond Auger


WABASCA - CBC News has confirmed the identities of the 2 people found dead inside a home Friday afternoon in Wabasca.  Sources say Marjorie Auger and her husband Raymond Auger are deceased. When asked if the RCMP are treating this case as a potential murder-suicide, a high ranking officer said, 'We really can't disclose that.'  The officer added RCMP are not looking for suspects at this time.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   2 bodies found  


Victim identified


Duncan Bouvier


CANOE LAKE - Duncan Bouvier, 27, was found in a residence in the community on Saturday afternoon and had what appeared to RCMP investigators to be a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  A second man who was known to Duncan was identified by the RCMP as the suspected shooter. The 30-year-old man has not been named. He was located in a treed area on the First Nation and was pronounced dead at the scene.  (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)


PREVIOUS:   Murder-suicide   2 men dead 




OTTAWA - Abdi Jama, 26,  a known gang member has died after being shot multiple times behind a strip mall on Shillington Ave on Sunday morning, Ottawa police confirm.   (CBC)


MORE:   Shooting   Owner defends business 


Suspect arrested


Zelia Ponte Araujo


MONTREAL - Steven Harley Pinnell, 33, is thought to be involved in a hit-and-run Sunday that killed a 79-year-old woman is expected to face charges in Montreal in the coming days.  Montreal police say they believe he was driving the pick-up truck that struck Zelia Ponte Araujo on St-Urbain St. and Mont-Royal Ave.  The OPP spotted the stolen pick-up in North Bay area, ON, following a breach of the Highway Safety Code. Police arrested the driver for possession of a stolen vehicle.   (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Pick-up was stolen




Tylor McInnis


HALIFAX - Police received a report of a stolen black Honda Civic shortly before 2pm on Aug 23.  Officers found the vehicle in the St. Thomas Baptist Church Cemetery on Upper Governor Street.  The body of Tylor Donovan McInnis, 26, was found in the trunk of the car.  Shawntez Neco Downey, 24, Daniel Romeo Downey, 18, Nicco Alexander Smith, 25, Judson Lemar Falls, 34, and a 17-year-old boy are facing charges.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Body in trunk   Homicide  


Fleeing driver crashes


REGINA - The 37-year-old woman driver of a speeding car that caught the attention of police is dead after losing control and crashing into a tree in north Regina.  (CBC)


Family suing police


BRAMPTON - 2 years after Jermaine Carby was fatally shot by police following a traffic stop in Brampton, his family has filed a $12M lawsuit alleging racial profiling, claiming Peel Regional Police service's practice of 'carding' has disproportionately targeted racialized people, especially young black men.   (Toronto Star) 


Probe launched


OTTAWA - The Ottawa Police Service has opened a chief's complaint against one of its own after an officer was accused of making racist online comments following the suspicious death of acclaimed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook.   (Ottawa Citizen) 




KELOWNA - The leader of the Kelowna RCMP has retired in the middle of an independent investigation into his detachment.  RCMP Supt. Nick Romanchuk has been off since Sept. 6 with no reason given.  It comes while the Abbotsford Police Department continues to investigate a series of allegations against the Kelowna RCMP - an investigation that began at the same time Romanchuk took a leave of absence.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Outsiders ask to investigate 


Sex, not rent


Vancouver's rental market is so tight that landlords are asking for - and getting - sexual favours instead of rent, even though the practice is illegal, a CTV News hidden camera investigation has discovered.   (CTV) 


Allegations against new minister


Laurent Lessard


MONTREAL - The province's new transport minister is coming under fire for a possible conflict of interest.  Reports in the Journal de Montreal and Journal de Quebec Wednesday morning claim Laurent Lessard gave millions in grant money to the group where his wife works.  Since Lessard's tenure in that role ended, the report claims the group has received far less funding.   (CTV) 


Pit bull ban


Montreal has passed its controversial animal control bylaw that will ban new ownership of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs, starting next week.  The new regulations will apply to all 19 boroughs and is expected to come into effect Monday.  Those who now own a dog of those breeds and already live in Montreal will have to acquire a special permit in order to keep their pet by Dec 31, 2016.  (CTV) 


MORE:   City council ignoring failures   Court challenge 


Assault victim dies


Zachary Straughan


WINKLER - A Saskatoon man who was assaulted with a pool cue at a bowling alley in Winkler, MB, over the weekend has died.  Police confirmed Zachary Straughan, 25, died of his injuries at on Monday afternoon.  Straughan had been on life support since he was taken to hospital following the attack, which happened late Saturday night at the Valley Bowling Lanes.  A 29-year-old man, also from Saskatoon, was arrested shortly after the attack.  Police said the men knew each other and were in Winkler as part of a work crew.  (CBC) 


MORE:   Organs donated    It was over $16





Mylan Hicks          Nelson Lugela


CALGARY - Nelson Lugela, 19, detained in the shooting of Calgary Stampeders player Mylan Hicks at a nightclub on the weekend has been charged with second-degree murder.  Hicks, 23, died in hospital after the shooting at the Marquee Beer Market nightclub early Sunday morning.  Investigators believe a fight inside the nightclub between two groups eventually moved outside, where the shooting took place.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Charged    Man charged   Team statement  


Victim identified



David Brenner        Anthony Brake


TORONTO - David Brenner, 47, was found dead by police at a home in the Davenport Road and Old Weston Road area at around 2:30pm on Sept 22.  Police said Brenner was severely beaten.  Anthony Brake, 46, of Toronto has been charged with second-degree murder.   (CTV) 


PREVIOUS:   Police identify suspect   Brake arrested in Halifax




VANCOUVER - A precedent-setting judgment from the BC Supreme Court has given the francophone school board and parents a chance to improve education for their children.  The francophone school board (CSF) and the Francophone Parents of BC went to court to get more funding for infrastructure and transportation in BC.   (Global)


JUDGMENT:   2016 BSCS 1764


Beaten man dies


EDMONTON - Dougald Miller, the man beaten into a vegetative state 16 years ago by Leo Teskey, died in the arms of his wife Saturday.  In 2000, Dougald Miller found Teskey sleeping in the hallway of an apartment building and tried to get him to leave. In response, Teskey assaulted Miller to the point he was left brain-damaged and permanently paralyzed from the neck down.  In 2010 Teskey was designated a violent offender.   (CBC) 


3 officers suspended


SYDNEY - 3 Cape Breton Regional Police officers have been suspended, but the police force isn't saying why.  Greg Livingston, Jerome Kelly and Roberta Kelly have been suspended with pay.  A source tells CTV News that the suspensions have to do with the ongoing criminal matters involving another regional police officer, Const. Wade Lavin.  Jerome Kelly, is the president of the NSGEU local representing Cape Breton Regional Police officers.  Greg Livingston a union vice-president.   (CTV) 


MORE:   RCMP investigation  


Spending out of control


EDMONTON - The Alberta government's nearly 300 agencies, boards and commissions have grown 'out of control,' the province's Finance Minister admits. With little public oversight, the agencies spend more than $22B a year, a combined budget larger than the amount the rest of the provincial government spends.  The 15 highest-paid civil servants in Alberta work for the arm's-length agencies, known collectively as the ABCs, and were not required to disclose their salaries publicly until new rules came into effect in June.   (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Alberta Sunshine list




OTTAWA - Jacob Thompson, 40, was found suffering from a gunshot wound on the 2100 block of Elmira Drive at around 2am Saturday.   (CBC)


MORE:   Shooting   Homicide




Jonathan Patko


VANCOUVER - A man acquitted of murder in 2002 is dead after being gunned down on his doorstep in a targeted shooting early Saturday morning.  Maple Ridge RCMP responded to reports of shots fired in the 24300-block of 102 Ave just after 2am.  A 32-year-old man with gunshot wounds was rushed to hospital, but later died.  Neighbours identified him as Jonathen Patko.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Targeted shooting   Shooting   IHIT investigating 




Kareem Deerr 


TORONTO - Officers were called to the Scarborough Centre Station at about 9:20pm Friday.   They found Kareem Deerr, 15, suffering from a stab wound.  The boy was rushed to a trauma centre, where he succumbed to his injuries.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Stabbing at station   Teen killed


Victim identified


Jason Leigh Zellmer


VANCOUVER - Jason Leigh Zellmer, 39, of Surrey was found dead in the 4000-block of Quarry Road early Friday morning.  IHIT says the death does not appear to be random.  (CTV)


MORE:   Suspicious death   Homicide 


Found dead


Richard Hong


LOS ANGELES - Police have identified a man found dead early Friday inside a Hollywood Hills home as Richard Hong.   Hong, 41, was apparently staying in the residence, which was rented to Canadian TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos.  The coroner's office described the cause of death as head trauma.   Police had received a call about 2:15am about a burglary in progress in the 6700-block of Milner Road.  (LA Times)


MORE:   Canadian found dead    Man found dead 




Daniel Lalonde


ALFRED - OPP officers were called to Concession Road 5 at about 2:15pm Thursday, where a gunshot was heard.  When officers arrived they discovered the body of Jacqueline Rouleau, 41.  Daniel Lalonde, 61 was arrested Thursday night.  Court records show that Rouleau was expected to appear in court on drug-related charges from Feb and Aug of 2016.  (CBC)    


MORE:   Victim ID'd

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LEAMINGTON - Jon-Paul Fuller, The president of Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers was forced out of his position this week, after police charged him in connection with a large marijuana grow-operation.  Police said they found more than 2,900 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $2.9M, along with 41 kilograms of harvested marijuana worth about $180K, after OPP raided greenhouses in Leamington, ON.  (CTV)


Developers reap tax breaks


TORONTO - Developer Ivanhoe Cambridge is getting a handout from Toronto's cash-strapped municipal government in the form of property-tax breaks worth $142M spread over 10 years after the project is finished.  Some of the biggest developers operating in the city had been approved for $290M in potential tax breaks on 28 projects. And the multimillion-dollar handouts keep coming, even as city departments struggle to slash spending to balance next year's budget and the city considers selling off some assets.  (Globe & Mail) 


Pass for Crown attorneys


TORONTO - The government's secretive discipline system for Crown attorneys is again being called into question following recent criticism from the Court of Appeal of 2 Crown attorneys' courtroom conduct.  In one case, Brampton Crown attorney David D'Iorio introduced hearsay evidence and improperly cross-examined the accused, which ultimately led to Ontario's top court ordering a new trial.  In the other matter, Toronto Crown attorney Sunita Malik was found to have made as many as 5 errors in her closing address to the jury at a murder trial.  (Toronto Star)


2 boys charged


YORKTON - Police were called to Wellington Park Road in Yorkton on Sept 13. An unresponsive man was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  The victim has been identified as Lawrence Skoretz, 67, of Yorkton. Police arrested 2 boys from Yorkton in relation to the death. The boys have now been charged with first-degree murder, and robbery.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Youths charged   2 youths arrested 


Victims identified  


CALGARY - Police have identified a mother and her common-law partner who were fatally shot in a car as Cuc Lung, 34, and Quang Chi Tran, 38.   Police were called to 22 Redstone Manor NE about 8pm on Tuesday.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   2 shot   2 dead in shooting


Police force review


THUNDER BAY - Police in Thunder Bay, ON, are under review by the province's civilian police oversight body (OIPRD) for the way they treat the deaths of Indigenous people.  (CBC) 


Staff misconduct


DORCHESTER - Correctional Service Canada has fired one staff member and disciplined 3 others after an inmate was beaten and repeatedly pepper-sprayed at a NB prison before his death.  The top correctional official in Atlantic Canada admits there was 'staff misconduct' and 'excessive force' in the case of Matthew Hines, who died in hospital on May 27, 2015 - less than two hours after his struggle with guards at Dorchester Penitentiary began.   (CBC)  


MORE:   RCMP reopens investigation 




VAUGHAN - York Regional Police are investigating after a young man was fatally shot in Vaughan Wednesday night.  The incident happened on Andrea Lane, Woodbridge shortly before 10pm.  Police said that Silverio Feola, 23, of Woodbridge was declared dead at the scene.  3 black males were seen fleeing the scene in a vehicle, police said.   (CTV)  


MORE:   3 suspects 




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