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Canadian suspect killed


DHAKA - Bangladeshi authorities say a Canadian man suspected of organizing a deadly attack on a popular restaurant in Dhaka has been killed in a police raid near the capital.  Police accuse Bangladeshi-born Canadian Tamim Chowdhury of being one of two masterminds behind the July attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery that left 20 people dead.  He's also suspected to have led a July 7 attack on a prayer gathering near Dhaka that left 4 people dead, including 2 police officers.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   July 2016 Dhaka attack 




OTTAWA - 3 Ottawa men who conspired to commit terrorism have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced in Ontario Superior Court.  Twins Ashton and Carlos Larmond conspired over a five-month period from Aug. 1, 2014 to Jan. 9, 2015, in both Ottawa and Gatineau, QC.  Suliman Mohamed was arrested just days after the twins, and conspired to participate in terrorist activity with them.  (CBC)


MORE:   Ottawa terror trio  

PREVIOUS:   3 plead guilty to terrorism  


Barrel bombs hit funeral


ALEPPO - At least 24 funeral mourners have been killed and 30 others wounded in a barrel bomb attack in a rebel-held area of Aleppo.  A volunteer rescue group also known as the White Helmets, told Al Jazeera that Syrian government and Russian warplanes hit on Saturday a group of people gathered in the al-Maadi neighbourhood to mourn the death of 15 women and children killed in a raid earlier this week.  (Jazeera) 


PREVIOUS:   Battle of Aleppo  


Gruesome act of evil


Victoria Martens


ALBUQUERQUE - Officers arrived at the NW Albuquerque apartment around 4:30am Wednesday and found a cloud of smoke wafting from the bathroom.  Young Victoria Martens' dismembered body was burning in the bathtub.   Victoria's mother, Michelle Martens, 35, faces multiple charges including child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death, along with her new boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31, and his cousin Jessica Kelley, 31.  (Albuquerque Journal)    


MORE:   Horrific killing   Fast facts   Murder stuns community 





Margaret Held & Paula Merrill            Sanders


DURANT - Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was charged in the deaths of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, both 68.  (AP)


MORE:   Man charged 

PREVIOUS:   Nuns stabbed   Nuns killed 


Warehouse fire


MOSCOW - At least 16 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan have died in a fire at a warehouse in Moscow.  Firefighters arrived at 8am on Saturday at the scene, where a blaze had engulfed 200 sq metres of a warehouse in an industrial zone to the north of the Russian capital.  The fire on the fourth floor of the building, which is thought to belong to a printing company, was extinguished at about 10am.  The blaze was believed to have been caused by a broken lamp in a room containing large quantities of flammable liquid and paper products.  (Guardian UK)   


MORE:   Warehouse fire


Bid for Security Council seat


OTTAWA - Canada has announced it will step up its contribution to UN peacekeeping operationsThe government has said it will commit 600 troops and $450M over 3 years to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the unprecedented contribution was only the 'first part' of Canada's re-engagement with multilateral peace operations.  The plan is seen to strengthen Canada's bid for a rotating seat on the UN Security Council and offer it a chance to recover from the humiliation of its first failed bid back in 2010.  (AFP) 


Seniors separated


Wolfram & Anita Gottschalk


VANCOUVER - If you need evidence of just how inhumane a bureaucracy can be - look no further than the image that made its way around the world this week of a sobbing elderly couple forced to spend the twilight days of their 62-year marriage apart.  Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, who has dementia and lymphoma, dabs at his eyes as Anita Gottschalk, 81, does the same.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Canadian couple forced to live apart   Heartbreaking photo   Health care hurdles   Canada's seniors care

PREVIOUS:   Saddest photo I ever took 


Charity fundraising


CALGARY - The battle over Parkinson's disease is more than a race to find a cure: it is also a jurisdictional spat that has pitted Parkinson Canada against Parkinson Alberta over revenue sharing and a possible trademark infringement.  And the 2 organizations will be competing head to head for Albertans' charitable donations next weekend with major fundraisers: Parkinson Canada's SuperWalk and Parkinson Alberta's Step 'n Stride, both set for Sept 10-11.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Non-Profit Industry


Where the money is


OTTAWA - The Canadian government has as many as 45,000 legal claims - big and small - pending against it, representing a potential liability that stretches into the 'hundreds of billions of dollars.'   The breadth and potential depth of the litigation quagmire was the driving force behind the Trudeau government's recent decision to establish a full cabinet committee to track the lawsuits.   (CBC) 


Extremist travelers


OTTAWA - Women account for about one-fifth of extremists from Canada who head overseas, says the government's latest public report on terrorism.  As of the end of 2015, the federal government was aware of approximately 180 people abroad with a nexus to Canada who were suspected of engaging in terrorism-related activities, the report says. More than half were believed to be in Turkey, Iraq or Syria.   (CP)


REPORT:   2016 public report on the terrorist threat to Canada


Facing deportation


Michele Torre


MONTREAL - 20 years later, Michele Torre's role in the cocaine smuggling conspiracy is part of the basis of an order, issued by the federal government, seeking to have him removed from Canada, where he is a permanent resident and has resided since 1967, and returned to Italy where he is a citizen.   (Montreal Gazette) 


Switched at birth


NORWAY HOUSE - 2 men from a northern Manitoba First Nation have discovered they were likely switched at birth at a federally run hospital 40 years ago.  It's the second possible case of infants being switched at birth in 1975 at the same hospital, the Norway House Indian Hospital.  In this latest case, the 2 were born 3 days apart. DNA tests confirmed that one man was raised by the biological mother of the other. Both live in Norway House Cree Nation.   (CBC) 


MORE:   2 friends   




VANCOUVER - There were 26 overdoses in an around Insite over the two days between Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Neil Arao, a manager at Insite, said workers believe the substance is heavily laced fentanyl, based on the surge in overdoses.  So-called welfare Wednesday came a day early this week, with cheques going out on Tuesday.  The usual number of overdoses on the day social assistance is distributed is 6 to 7, he said, far less than this week's 14 on Tuesday and 12 on Wednesday.   (CP) 




VANCOUVER - Teck Resources says it is 'reviewing the implications' after a US judge ruled it must pay an aboriginal group $8.25M in costs.  Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation brought a lawsuit against Teck in 2004 and alleged hazardous substances from its Trail, BC, smelter were disposed of in the Columbia River. Judge Suko's ruling said Teck has argued that since it discharged its waste in BC, it was not subject to US environmental law.   (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Tech Resources funding BC Liberal Party   Tech board of directors 


Car bomb




CIZRE - A car bomb in Cizre, SE Turkey, has killed 11 policemen and injured 78.  The explosion targeted a checkpoint and left the nearby police HQ in ruins.   The banned Kurdistan Workers Party said it was behind the attack.   (BBC)  


MORE:   Bomb hits police HQ 


Gunmen attack beach restaurant


MOGADISHU - At least 10 people have been killed after al-Shabab fighters attacked a beach restaurant in the capital Mogadishu with a car bomb before entering into a gunfight with security forces.   (Jazeera) 


Palestinian killed


WEST BANK - Israeli soldiers on Friday shot and killed (Iyad Hamed), an apparently unarmed Palestinian who ran toward their position in a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank.  A Palestinian official said the 38-year-old man suffered from mental illness, and several unsourced Israeli news websites reported that no weapons were found on his body.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   Forces kill unarmed man 


Miners kill minister


Rodolfo Illanes


PANDURO - Bolivian Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes has been killed after being kidnapped by striking mineworkers.  Illanes had gone to talk to protesters earlier on Thursday in Panduro, but was intercepted and kidnapped by striking miners.   (BBC)


MORE:   Miners lift roadblock






HALIFAX - Two investigations have been launched into the collapse of an 80-metre wind turbine in Cape Breton, believed to be the first catastrophic failure of its kind in Canada.  Montreal-based Enercon Canada Inc. confirmed Wednesday that workers were told to leave the tower before it buckled and toppled into a tangled heap on Aug. 17.  (CP)


MORE:   Wind turbine collapse




KABUL - At least 13 people, including 7 students, were killed during a 10-hour assault by gunmen on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul.  The attack began on August 24 with a large explosion that officials said was a car bomb followed by gunfire as the suspected militants breached the walls of the complex. Hundreds of students and faculty members were trapped inside the university during the attack.   (RFE)






NORCIA - A powerful earthquake that rocked central Italy on Wednesday left at least 73 people dead, and the total is likely to rise.  The quake occurred at 3.36am, in Norcia.   (Local)


MORE:   Central Italy earthquakes   Before and after pics   Death toll rises to 290






DELHI - Heavy monsoon rains have ended 2 successive drought years in India with the Ganges River and its tributaries rising above the danger level, triggering evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from flooded homes in north and eastern India.  Drowning, electrocution or injuries from collapsed houses have killed at least 175 people.  Lightning has killed 57 people in Bihar state.  (AP) 


Woman stabbed


Mai Ayliffe-Chung


HOME HILL - A French man allegedly cried 'Allahu Akbar' during a stabbing attack that left a 21-year-old British woman dead in front of up to 30 onlookers at a backpackers hostel in Australia.  The dead woman was named by media as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, from Derbyshire.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   British backpacker slain   Don't worry about me 


Jail death raises issues


HALIFAX - The disturbing death of a Cape Breton man who was pepper sprayed 4 times in the face in rapid succession raises concerns about both how guards restrain inmates and the quality of health care afterwards.   (CP)


MORE:   He was pretty much tortured   Inappropriate use of force  

RELATED:   Inmate died of overdose


Important people doing important stuff


Catherine McKenna


OTTAWA - More than $17,000 has been spent photographing Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and her staff since the Liberals took office less than 10 months ago.   (CTV) 


COMMENT:   Disgusted   Sweating the small stuff   Follow the money   


More regulation leads to more fraud


When top-level managers find governance mechanisms too coercive, they're more likely to commit fraud, according to a new paper.  (Epoch Times)


REPORT:   External corporate governance and financial fraud 




VANCOUVER - An international arbitration tribunal (ICSID) has ordered Venezuela to pay a Vancouver-based mining company more than $1.2B for expropriating its gold mines.  Venezuela took over Rusoro Mining's investments in the country as part of a nationalization of the gold industry in 2011.  However, Rusoro Mining will face challenges in getting paid as Venezuela withdrew from the World Bank-affiliated arbitration body in 2012. It also isn't the only Canadian mining company looking to collect a large award by the arbitration panel from Venezuela.  (Reuters)


JUDGMENT:   ICSID Rusoro Mining v Venezuela 




Luis Martinez


SAN SALVADOR - The ex-attorney general of El Salvador, Luis Martinez, who headed the Attorney General's Office between 2012-2015, has been arrested on the corruption charges of conspiracy, litigation fraud and withholding evidence.   (EFE)


COMMENT:   Arrest a promising sign 


Data leak


PARIS - Sensitive data on submarines designed for India's navy have leaked from a leading French shipbuilder with military customers around the world.  Analysts say the leak is a blow to India's navy and could compromise its underwater combat capabilities. India has spent $3.9B on 6 conventionally powered Scorpene submarines built by France's DCNS and inducted for trial in 2015.  (AP) 


Taxes biggest expense


VANCOUVER - The Fraser Institute's authors conclude that visible and hidden taxes would have been equal to 42.4% of the cash income for an average Canadian family in 2015.  By comparison, the study estimates the average Canadian family spent about 37.6% of the family's total cash income on housing, food and clothing last year.  (CP)


REPORT:   Consumer tax index, 2016 edition


Docs paid


OTTAWA - Physicians in Canada were paid a total of $25B in 2014-2015, up from $24.1B during the previous period, according to a new report.  The average payment per physician remained virtually unchanged at $339,000 nationally, the CIHI said in its annual report.   (CBC) 


REPORT:   Physicians in Canada 2015

COMMENT:   Changing the system  

PREVIOUS:   Doctors' income    Docs want more money   OMA     


Opioids abuse spending


OTTAWA - Spending on drugs to treat patients suffering from addiction to painkillers soared 60% over a 4-year period in Canada, revealing the toll an epidemic of opioid abuse is taking on the health-care system.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   War on Legal Drugs

RELATED:   Inmate access to clean needles draws debate 


Canada invaded




SARNIA - After strong winds blew Port Huron Float Down participants off course Sunday afternoon many landed on Canadian shores.  Sarnia Police Service Staff said between 1,200 and 1,500 floaters landed in Sarnia.  It took 19 Sarnia Transit bus loads and 6 hours to return everyone back to US Customs and Border Protection.  Police said Canadian Customs did not process the citizens, but left that for US officials to do.  (Detroit Free Press)


MORE:   1500 rescued    Partiers wash up in Canada   Authorities repel invasion


Whistleblower not IOC's problem



Yuliya Stepanova        Thomas Bach


RIO DE JANEIRO - Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova may be in danger after her revelations on doping in her country that triggered a massive scandal and forced her to flee, but it is not the International Olympic Committee's responsibility, the IOC said on Saturday.  IOC president Thomas Bach, responding to a question about a perceived lack of support from the IOC for Stepanova, said: 'We are not responsible for dangers to which Ms Stepanova may be exposed.'   (Reuters)


COMMENT:   IOC good for IOC

PREVIOUS:   2016 Summer Olympics    Rio 2016    Sports 

RELATED:   Medalist seeks asylum 


Air ambulance landing ban


VANCOUVER - Helijet has been barred from landing on H1-classified helipads - the kind used at Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital and Royal Columbian Hospital - since Friday over concerns the company's Sikorsky S-76 ambulances don't comply with Transport Canada regulations.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Air ambulances allowed back at 4 hospitals  


Son charged


BAKER-BROOK - Johnny Albert, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father Gordon Albert, 46.  The body of Albert was found outside of a cottage on Richard Road Friday morning.   (CBC) 


MORE:   Body found   Man charged 


Police shooting


SAINT CYRILLE-DE-WENDOVER - A 41-year-old man was shot and killed by police on Friday night in the town of St-Cyrille-de-Wendover.  According to the Bureau of Independent Investigators, 2 SQ officers were responding to a call regarding a family dispute. They found man brandishing a knife.  After briefly speaking to the man, he rushed at the officers and was shot at least once.  (CP) 


3 more nameless victims


Brett Ryan


TORONTO - Brett Ryan, 35, made a brief appearance inside a packed court, less than 24 hours after police discovered the lifeless bodies of 3 people, 2 men and 1 woman, struck by crossbow bolts outside a home on Lawndale Road.  In Jan 2009, Ryan was dubbed 'the bearded bandit' after pleading guilty to 8 counts of robbery and 8 counts of disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence.  The names of the victims of Thursday's triple homicide were placed under a publication ban in court, keeping them secret from the public.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Charged 

PREVIOUS:   Crossbow killing   Crossbow attack 


15 years


RIVIERE-VERTE - Sylvain Bard, 51, has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the death of a Roger Parent, 70, in Riviere-Verte, NB earlier this year.  Bard was arrested on Feb 17 and charged with first-degree murder in Parent's death.  Bard pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on June 13.  He has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Guilty plea   Plea to lesser charge   Charged   Murder charge   


SIRT investigating


PICTOU LANDING - RCMP say the incident happened around 6:20am when officers found a 22-year-old man from Pictou Landing, NS, had been stabbed.  The man was sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Police say they then arrested a 32-year-old suspect.  The RCMP say a struggle ensued during the arrest and that's when the man's collarbone was injured.  (CBC) 


Latest BC Liberal supporter contracts


VICTORIA - Another megaproject, another chance to dole out direct award contracts.  In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction.  The list provided to the news at the end of July covers the period from Jan 1, 2014 to Feb 29, 2016 and is as interesting for what's in it as for what's redacted.  (Integrity BC) 


Canadian heist




RUSSELL - RCMP in Manitoba have posted a YouTube video of 2 men, one of whom is dressed in beer-league goalie equipment, who smashed their way into a vendor and made off with cases of brewskies.  Under the glare of streetlight, the netminder runs off with a case in each hand and a goalstick under his arm.  It happened Aug 15, just after 3:30am in the community of Russell. Video surveillance shows the 2 thieves climbing through the shattered glass, digging through the coolers, then lumbering away.   (CBC)


Bystander dies


MONTREAL - Witnesses reported hearing 3 or 4 shots at 4:00am Thursday on Charland St. near Delisle.  2 vehicles fled the scene, with one of them striking another car near the intersection of Port-Royal and St-Michel.  The driver of that car, a 76-year-old man, was taken to hospital in critical condition, but died of his injuries later Thursday evening.  A 22-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the collision. Police said he is known to them and his vehicle had bullet holes in it.   (CTV)


MORE:   Man dies   


$15 billion needed


TORONTO - Ontario's schools need $15.4B in repairs, newly released data from the Ministry of Education shows.  Out of the province's 4,658 school buildings, 1,666 - over a third - are in poor condition. Another 278 are in critical condition.  (Toronto Star) 


Yearly rate increase time


VANCOUVER - ICBC is asking the province's utilities commission to up basic insurance rates by 4.9%.  The hike is slightly less than the 5.5% increase imposed last year.  The Crown corporation said its executive team has also decreased from 11 members four years ago down to 8, and that executive compensation has significantly decreased in recent years.  (CTV)


Body in trunk


Tylor Donovan McInnis


HALIFAX - The man whose body was found in the trunk of a stolen car in North Preston, NS, Tuesday afternoon has been identified by police as Tylor Donovan McInnis, 26.  The Halifax man's body was found after police received a report of a stolen black Honda Civic shortly before 2pm Tuesday.  A short time later, officers found the vehicle in the St. Thomas Baptist Church cemetery on Upper Governor St.   (CTV)


MORE:   Homicide 


Canadian stabbed


LA ROMANA - Police in the Dominican Republic say an elderly Canadian man has been killed at his home in a resort town along the Caribbean coast.  John Verne Ward, 81, was found dead Wednesday from apparent stab wounds at his house on the outskirts of La Romana.  (AP)


MORE:   Canadian killed    Body found 


Shooting tied to robbery


MONTREAL - Francois Cardinal, 36, is accused of the first-degree murder of Boris Ricourt. The victim was shot Friday night inside an apartment on De Maisonneuve Blvd.   (Montreal Gazette) 


PREVIOUS:   Shooting  





Linda & Cheyenne Daniel        Bauman


ST CLEMENTS - Police announced Glenn Kraemer Bauman, 43, of Valleyview, AB, had been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Linda Daniel, 47, and her daughter Cheyenne, 13.  Bauman also faces two charges of offering an indignity to a body.  Linda and Cheyenne Daniel were last seen in July 2011.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Man faces charges   Charges 


Hit-and-run charge



Steven Doyle       Mohammad-Duad


TORONTO - Steven Doyle, 27, was standing on the west side of George St at around 5:45pm on Aug 15 when he was hit and killed by a blue Dodge Caravan. According to police, the van 'drove onto the sidewalk and deliberately struck the man.'  Ayubullo Mohammad-Duad, 21, of no fixed address, appeared in court on Wednesday charged with first-degree murder.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Murder charge   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Hit-and-run   Victim identified   Homicide investigation   Video shows suspect


Canada wide warrant


Dean Commanda & Chad Largy


CALGARY - A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a Calgary man convicted of stabbing his best friend to death a decade ago and then dismembering his body to hide the evidence.  Dean Commanda began serving a 9-year, 6-month sentence in Feb 2007.  He had been convicted in the manslaughter death of Chad Largy, 22.  He was granted statutory release last Nov.   (CBC)


MORE:   Warrant issued 


Improvised explosive device


VANCOUVER - Police said the 'improvised explosive device' found in a storage locker this week could have caused extensive damage to the building - and anyone inside.  Someone found the device in a locker at Guardian Storage on 7 Ave West, early Tuesday afternoon and called 911, triggering a massive police response.  (CTV) 


MORE:    Locker renter reported explosive


Cop charged


TORONTO - A veteran Toronto police officer is facing criminal and disciplinary charges after allegedly driving drunk while operating a police vehicle earlier this year.  Det. Paul Drury, who has more than 30 years on the Toronto force, made his first appearance at the police tribunal Tuesday, facing 3 counts of misconduct in connection with drunk-driving charges.  (Toronto Star) 


Officer charged


TORONTO - Const. Michael Partridge, 35, is alleged to have assaulted a man who ran away from police during an investigation near Queen St W and Lisgar St on March 30.  The Professional Standards unit at the Toronto Police Service investigated the incident and charged Partridge with assault and assault with a weapon.  Partridge, a member of the York Regional Police canine unit, was working inside the Toronto city limits as part a break-and-enter investigation.  (Toronto Star) 


Child porn charges



Jason Dickens   Dylan Anne McEwen


TORONTO - A former Degrassi High actor and 3 women have been arrested after investigators discovered 'thousands' of child pornography images and videos.  Jason 'Byrd' Dickens, 45, of Toronto, is facing 20 charges, including sexual assault, making, accessing and possessing child pornography, and bestiality. Dylan Anne McEwen, 31, of Toronto, has also been arrested and is facing 10 charges.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Child porn bust


Ordered to pay


Thomas Arthur Williams


VANCOUVER - A Surrey man found guilty of bilking more than 100 people out of millions of dollars in part of an elaborate Ponzi scheme has been ordered to pay $15M.  The commission said Williams used 'finders' to introduce investors to a company called the Global Group of Companies, and paid out financial commissions to find new people who would invest.   With a whopping $420M in outstanding penalties owed, the BCSC has only been able to collect $1.8M in the past 3 years.    (CTV)


MORE:   BCSC Hearing details


Found guilty


Richard Henry Bain


MONTREAL - After 11 days of deliberations, the jury in Richard Henry Bain's murder trial has found him guilty of second-degree murder in the election-night slaying of lighting technician Denis Blanchette.   Bain has also been found guilty of 3 counts of attempted murder. 


MORE:   Jury finds guilty

PREVIOUS:   2012 Montreal shooting   Victim identified   Suspect charged   Murder and gun charges   Suspect identified   Tricky side of guarding politicians 


OPP seek driver


TAVISTOCK - OPP say just before 11pm, the car was travelling east on Perth Line 26 just west of Tavistock when the driver began to pass a van even as another car was approaching from the opposite direction.  The driver of the approaching car, a Pontiac Grand Prix, had to veer onto the gravel shoulder to avoid the compact car and lost control.  It veered back onto the road and was t-boned on the passenger side by the van.  The man driving the Grand Prix, Jason Ramtahal, 26, of Kitchener, died of his injuries.   (CTV) 


Officer not charged


WINDSOR - Ontario's SIU says there will be no charges against a Windsor police officer, who chased speeding motorcyclists who eventually crashed on Riverside Drive.   The investigation determined three motorcyclists were caught speeding on Ouellette Avenue around midnight Sept. 23, 2015. After two Windsor police officers tried to pull them over, they sped away.  Two motorcyclists collided with each other at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Riverside Drive, the investigation found.  One of the motorcyclists broke his ankle, the other wasn't seriously injured.   (CBC) 


Office won't face charges


WINNIPEG - An RCMP officer will not face any criminal charges, after his gun was stolen and used to shoot a 16-year-old girl.  Calli Vanderaa was shot in a car outside a Windsor Park convenience store in October 2015.  The gun used in the shooting, was stolen from an off-duty RCMP officer's cruiser.  (CTV) 


Deeply flawed system


TORONTO - Queen's Park must fix its 'deeply flawed' developmental services system to ensure Ontario's most vulnerable people in crisis are no longer left to languish in hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails, the province's Ombudsman said.  In his long-awaited report, Paul Dube said he found 'a fragmented, overly complicated system of service agencies and funding programs, and a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top.'    (Toronto Star)


REPORT:   Adults with developmental disabilities in crisis 


Doctor charged


Ranjit Kumar Chandra


TORONTO - An Ontario doctor who was recently ordered to pay the CBC more than $1.6M in legal costs after losing a libel lawsuit against the public broadcaster has now been charged with defrauding the Ontario Health Insurance Plan.  The OPP has issued an arrest warrant for Dr. Ranjit Kumar Chandra, 78, of Etobicoke. He's charged with fraud over $5,000 and is believed to be out of the country.   (Toronto Star) 


Sled puller sentenced


BURLINGTON, Vt. - Prosecutors say a Canadian man caught pulling a sled carrying more than 280,000 prescription pills across the border into Vermont has been sentenced to a year in prison.  Authorities say Cedrik Bourgault-Morin, 21, of Quebec, was found with about $1.6M worth of Xanax pills after he tripped a sensor while smuggling the drugs across the border in a sled on Jan. 13.  Authorities say the pills weighed 182 pounds.   (AP)


PREVIOUS:   Arrested 


Sudden death suspicious


PRINCE ALBERT - Police are calling the death of a woman in the northern SK city suspicious.  Police were called to the 800-block of 4 St E on Sunday where a 32-year-old woman was found dead.  (Global)


MORE:   Suspicious death 




TORONTO - John Ignagni, 33, was pronounced dead by paramedics when they responded to a call to the parking garage at 954 King St W 12:30pm Sunday.  Police said the death was crime-related.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Victim identified   Biker ties 


Cold case arrests


Joshua Bowe


VANCOUVER - A 6-year-old missing person case has ended in first degree murder charges for 2 BC men.  The provincial unsolved homicide unit said that the men, who were underage at the time and cannot be named, were charged with murder in the death of Mission resident Joshua Bowe, 21.   One of those men have also been charged with accessory after the fact.  Bowe was reported missing in Nov 2010.  (Global)


MORE:   2 charged   Murder charges 


Guilty plea


Archie Paulette


YELLOWKNIFE - Beverley Anne Villeneuve, who was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of Archie Paulette, has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.  Paulette, 67, was found critically injured in his Ndilo home on June 8, 2015. He was later pronounced dead at Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife.  Villeneuve was arrested at the scene.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Woman charged 


Officer wouldn't be charged


CALGARY - Anthony Heffernan, who was 27 and a recovering drug addict, was shot 4 times after police responded to the Super 8 motel on Barlow Trail on March 16, 2015, after receiving reports that a man was behaving strangely.   (CBC)




Christopher Brisson


WHITEHORSE - Investigators arrested Darryl Steven Sheepway, 38, Friday in connection to the death of Christopher Brisson, 25.  Brisson's body was found Sept 1, 2015 near Miles Canyon, 3 days after his family reported him missing   (CBC) 


PREVIOUS:  Police investigating    Body found


Dysfunctional planning


VANCOUVER - The Port Mann Bridge and the Golden Ears Bridge together lost more than $127M last year, as drivers continued to avoid the tolls by taking free routes instead.  The proposed 10-lane toll bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel could also break the bank.   Since they were built, records show the bridges have collectively lost more than half a billion dollars.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Transportation Investment Corporation   Greed & corruption BC

RELATED:   BC's climate plan update


Suspected hit-and-run


L'ETETE - RCMP said they believe the pedestrian, a 20-year-old man from Utopia, NB, was hit by an unidentified vehicle while walking toward Back Bay near L'Etete sometime before 4am.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.   (CBC) 




MONTREAL - A suspect in connection with fatal daylight shooting of Joseph Sarikakis, 45, on Thursday appeared in court and was arraigned on first-degree murder charges Friday afternoon.  Youness Aithaqi, 27, has a lengthy criminal record.   (CTV)


MORE:   Man charged 

PREVIOUS:  Killed outside his new home 


Murder charge


Melissa Cooper


TORONTO - On April 19, police responded to a call for human remains found behind Charlie's Meat and Seafood.  Police later identified the remains as those of Melissa Cooper, 30, of Toronto.  Albert Ian Ohab, 38, of Toronto, was arrested on April 29 and charged with committing an indignity to a dead body.  On Friday, police laid an additional charge of second-degree murder against Ohab.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Cops ID torso   Man arrested   Identified   Human remains found   Torso found   Remains are human   I think I found part of a person   




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