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Opium production up


KARBUL - Opium production in Afghanistan rose by 43% to 4,800 metric tons in 2016 compared with 2015 levels, according to the latest Afghanistan Opium Survey figures. The area under opium poppy cultivation also increased to 201,000 hectares (ha) in 2016, a rise of 10% compared with 183,000 ha in 2015.  (UNODC)


REPORT:   Opium Survey 2016   .pdf

PREVIOUS:  War on terror 


Migrant camp evacuation




CALAIS JUNGLE - French authorities will begin a week-long operation to dismantle the so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp in the port city of Calais on Monday, amid fears of further clashes between police and the sites inhabitants.   (AFP)


MORE:   France prepares to demolish camp   Migrants anxious over clearing   Children elbowed out of the way by 'minors' twice their size    Officials have no way of verifying age

PREVIOUS:   Migrants


Prison break


ARCAHAIE - Most inmates of a northern Haitian prison escaped on Saturday after killing a guard and stealing firearms, said authorities who launched a manhunt with support from UN peacekeepers for the 174 fugitives.  Police set up checkpoints on roads leading from the prison and detained several people without identity cards. However, the 266 inmates of Arcahaie prison do not wear uniforms, making it easier for escapees to mingle outside.  (Reuters)


MORE:   Barefoot inmates escape 






UTSUNOMIYA - In what may have been a suicide, an explosion killed Toshikatsu Kurihara, a former Self-Defense Forces officer, and injured 3 others Sunday at a parking lot in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture.  The blast followed one in a parking lot about 200 meters away in which no one was injured but in which several cars caught on fire. One of the cars which went up in flames belonged to Kurihara.  Shortly before the explosions occurred, Kurihara's house in Utsunomiya was destroyed in a fire.  (Japan Times)  


MORE:   Ex-soldier's suicide   Apparent suicide 


1,503 year sentence


Rene Lopez


FRESNO - A judge sentence Rene Lopez to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a four-year period, ending in 2013.  (Fresno Bee) 


Class action over service charge


VANCOUVER - Eric Finkel's lawyer launched legal action under a little-tested section of BC's Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA). Coast Capital denied committing any wrongs and characterized Finkel's action as a 'procedural weapon of mass destruction,' adding that the case is devoid of an 'air of reality.'  The Finkel case is one of dozens that pop up in a search of 'deceptive practices' under the BPCPA, most aimed at 'deep pocket' industries such as banks or insurance companies for hidden or 'deceptive' service charges.   (CBC)


RELATED:   AB's licence plate stickers and vehicle renewal 


Protesters enter site


MUSKRAT FALLS - Busloads of workers are being sent home after protesters occupied the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project work site in Central Labrador yesterday.  Ten buses arrived at the hydroelectric project late Saturday to retrieve workers.  At around 2:30pm, a group of about 60 protesters broke through the gate, with about 200 more remaining at the gate.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Muskrat Falls project    Regulators 


Creep catcher threats


A Red Deer, AB, woman says she fears for her safety since going to police with allegations that a member of the Creep Catcher vigilante group planned to use a 14-year-old girl to bait and trap a suspected predator.   She is one of two women who told CBC News they have been threatened by the self-styled pedophile-hunters after speaking out against their tactics. The vigilantes deny the allegations.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Vigilantes under fire over death of mentally ill woman in video


Train crash




ESEKA - At least 55 people were killed and nearly 300 injured on Friday when a packed passenger train travelling between Cameroon's 2 largest cities derailed and overturned.   (Reuters) 


Smart devices used


Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say.  Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline on Friday.  Each uses a company called Dyn, which was the target of the attack, to direct users to its website.  Security analysts now believe the attack used the 'internet of things' - web-connected home devices - to launch the assault.   Security firm Flashpoint said it had confirmed that the attack used 'botnets' infected with the Mirai malware. (BBC)


MORE:   Oct Dyn cyberattack   Canada collateral damage

COMMENT:   3rd wave of attacks launched 


RCMP probe


The RCMP is investigating the finances of a tiny BC First Nation band used to enrich members of a single family to the tune of $4.2M over 3 years, according to a forensic audit obtained by Postmedia News.  The Shuswap First Nation's transfers to the family, and payment for trips to Las Vegas and Cuba ended in November 2014, when the family was voted out of office after Postmedia's disclosures.  The 13-page report was also handed over to the Mounties.  Despite the continuing police probe, Dean Martin, the person who received the largest portion of the $4.2M in 2011-14 is running in next month's council election and could become chief.  (PostMedia)


Trade deal collapses


Chrystia Freeland


BRUSSELS - Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland blasted the EU as 'incapable' of striking an international agreement after talks for an EU-Canada trade deal collapsed Friday over the refusal of a Belgian region to sign on.   (AFP)


MORE:   Saving CETA meeting held   Minister says deal is impossible   Freeland walks out    Talks collapse

PREVIOUS:   Law by trade deal   WikiLeaks: Trade in services agreement   CETA 


Judge should not have deviated


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada handed down a lighter sentence to a BC man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, ruling the original trial judge was wrong to deviate from a joint sentencing submission from the Crown and defence.  The ruling issued Friday said the sentencing judge was wrong to impose a harsher penalty than the Crown and defence had agreed on for the convicted man. (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2016 SCC 43

RELATED:   Liberal appoint 24 new judges 


Canada's loneliest hero


Curtis Barrett


OTTAWA - Curtis Barrett, an RCMP corporal shot Michael Zehaf-Bibeau in the head in Parliament's Hall of Honour, just minutes after the Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had fired 3 bullets into the back of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, who was posted at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.  The report concluded that the House of Commons' former Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, and Barrett 'fired their weapons and neutralized the threat.'  But while Vickers was hailed as a hero by the nation and appointed Canada's ambassador to Ireland, Barrett's contribution was buried, redacted and generally forgotten, leading him into a downward spiral of post-traumatic stress.  (National Post)  


PREVIOUS:   Shootings at Parliament Hill 


Cash-for-access fundraisers


OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has handed the duty of enforcing new rules for lobbying and political fundraisers to a department that directly reports to him, meaning that exclusive Liberal Party fundraisers with senior cabinet ministers as the prize attraction escape the scrutiny of the ethics commissioner.  The Liberals have come under fire in recent days after The Globe and Mail reported on a cash-for-access fundraising system that uses cabinet members to draw big donations. This practice appears to violate rules Mr. Trudeau put in place last year.   (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Parties pack in fundraisers

RELATED:   Cities call for $12.7B federal fix

Feds not interested in cheaper goods for Canadians   Keep away from infrastructure spending


Mortgage risk changes


OTTAWA - The Department of Finance released a 22-page consultation paper laying out its vision of sweeping changes to Canada's 62-year-old mortgage insurance system in an effort to shift more of the risks of Canada's hot housing market from taxpayers to lenders themselves.   (Globe & Mail) 


Taxpayers' money


VICTORIA - The BC government will announce it has named Toronto-based Kensington Capital Partners to manage a $190M pool of publicly funded venture capital.  As the Globe revealed this month, Kensington will manage the new $100M BC Tech Fund and take over management of an older $90M venture capital portfolio known as the BC Renaissance Capital Fund. Kensington advised the government on setting up the Renaissance fund in the late 2000s.  (Globe & Mail) 


Forced proposal


VICTORIA - BC's Children's Minister has rejected a proposal, spurred by the death of a 15-year-old in a court-ordered drug-treatment program, to routinely put troubled youth into care against their will in extreme situations involving mental illness and substance abuse.  (Globe & Mail)


REPORT:    Last resort


Cocaine seized


COUTTS BORDER CROSSING - RCMP say just over 200 kg of cocaine was seized in a drug importation investigation in southern Alberta that focused on commercial vehicles.  During the first seizure on Sept. 2, CBSA officers searched a commercial truck entering Canada with a load of televisions.  The second seizure was on Sept. 4. CBSA officers searched a truck containing a shipment of novelty items.  The third seizure took place on Oct. 10.  CBSA officers found 83 bricks of cocaine hidden throughout the cab of a commercial vehicle carrying produce.   In all 3 instances, the commercial trucks were operating for commercial trucking companies based in BC. (Global) 


Divide, then rule



Hillary Clinton          Donald Trump   


WASHINGTON - Donald Trump says the election is rigged. His enemies are trying to steal it from him. That's nonsense, of course. Out-and-out cheating at the ballot box is vanishingly rare in the US, thanks to a host of safeguards.  But he's right in one sense.  US politics is rigged.  Both parties do the rigging.  They draw the boundaries of the country's electoral districts to their own advantage, grouping voters in a way that gives their party the greatest number of wins in Congress and in state legislatures.  Instead of the voters choosing the politicians, the politicians, in effect, choose the voters.  The process is called gerrymandering and it's as old as the US.    (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   How secure is your vote?   Corrupt government officials top US fear of 2016

COMMENT:   Race goes down the drain   US intelligence behind DNC leaks, not Russia

PREVIOUS:   Vote being rigged   US presidential election 2016    US politics    


Into dictatorship


Nicolas Maduro


CARACAS - The Venezuelan opposition's campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials' decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start.  In a related move, a court appeared to issue a ruling Friday blocking key opposition leaders from leaving the country.  (AP)


MORE:   Appointed judicial and electoral authorities shoot down recall referendum    Maduro bypasses legislature to decree 2017 budget 


Reality TV


BEIJING - For the first time ever in China, a reality TV series that provides a peek into the lives of allegedly corrupt senior party officials and attempts to show their journey to the wrong side of the law, has begun airing this week on state broadcaster CCTV.  Produced in collaboration with China's main anti-corruption watchdog, and titled 'Always on the Road,' the first of its eight episodes, telecast on Oct. 17, grabbed millions of eyeballs and sparked over half a million comments on social media platforms.   (EFE)


Philippines align with China


Rodrigo Duterte   Xi Jinping


BEIJING - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his 'separation' from the US on Thursday, declaring that it had 'lost' and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.   Duterte made his comments in China, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with longtime ally the US deteriorate.  His trade secretary, Ramon Lopez, said $13.5B in deals would be signed.  (Reuters)


MORE:   There are 3 of us against the world   Duterte backtracks on separation from US


Arrest warrant


Javier Duarte


XALAPA - An arrest warrant had been issued for Javier Duarte, who stepped down last week as governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz to respond to corruption allegations.  Mexico's supreme audit institution, the ASF, has reported that Veracruz, a state with a public debt of $2.75B, has still-unjustified disbursements of funds amounting to $1.88B for the 2011-2013 period.   (EFE)  


MORE:   Lawyer confesses to aiding Duarte 


Another politician arrested


Eduardo Cunha


BRASILIA - The former speaker of the lower house of the Brazilian Congress, Eduardo Cunha, has been arrested in connection with a major corruption investigation.  Mr Cunha was accused of taking $5M in bribes from a company that won contracts with the state oil company, Petrobras.   Mr Cunha was for many years one of Brazil's most powerful politicians.  He led the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff, who was dismissed in August.   (BBC)  


MORE:   Brazilian politician arrested

PREVIOUS:   Greed & corruption 


Police defy government


PARIS - Hundreds of police officers have been protesting in Paris and other cities to denounce what they say are insufficient resources to fight mounting lawlessness, defying government demands that they stop the unauthorized demonstrations.  (AFP)


PREVIOUS:   Unauthorized protest


Ferry capsizes


MONYWA - Rescue teams found 48 bodies through Wednesday and were searching for other victims from a crowded ferry boat that capsized during a nighttime run on a river in central Myanmar last Saturday.  The boat that was running on the Chindwin River between Monywa and Homalin townships carried more than 250 passengers. Authorities said 158 people were rescued and the teams of rescuers were searching for more bodies.   (AP)


MORE:   Sunken ferry 


Prince executed


RIYADH - For the first time in four decades, Saudi Arabia executed a member of the royal family for murder on Tuesday after he was convicted of shooting another man to death during a brawl.  Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabeer was put to death in the capital, Riyadh, according to a report by the Saudi state news service. While the report did not detail the method used, most death penalties in Saudi Arabia are carried out by beheading in a public square.  (NY Times)


MORE:   Statement from the Interior Ministry 


World's highest rate


Research shows newborn babies in some Arctic regions have the highest rates of serious lung infections ever recorded in medical literature.  A paper published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says cases in Inuit infants in northern Quebec and western Nunavut are so numerous, it would be cheaper to treat all infants with a preventative medicine than wait until they get sick.   (Globe & Mail) 


Juror seeks compensation


4 years ago, she was one of 12 jurors in the trial of Michael Rafferty, the man convicted in the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Tori Stafford.   (CBC)


MORE:   Juror seeks PTSD compensation   ON vows action on jurors with PTSD

PREVIOUS:   Ex-juror diagnosed with PTSD


32 people charged


TORONTO - Police say 32 people have been charged with 78 offences in a 6-day coordinated investigation into human trafficking across Canada.  More than 390 officers from 53 Canadian police services, plus the FBI in the US, directly engaged with people suspected of working in the sex trade, potentially against their will.  Most of the arrests in Operation Northern Spotlight occurred in Ontario where 25 people were charged with 67 offences.   (CP)


MORE:   5th edition of Operation Northern Spotlight concludes


Red tape


FORT MCMURRAY - Some 5 months after the wildfires that devastated Fort McMurray were extinguished, anger over red tape and the slow pace of insurance payouts and permit issuance is flaring in the remote northern Canadian city. More than 1,900 structures were destroyed by the wildfire last May, which forced the evacuation of about 90,000 residents.   Around 80,000 people have returned, according to Red Cross estimates, but most of those who came back to find their charred houses gutted by the fire have yet to start rebuilding as city officials and insurance companies struggle to deal with Canada's costliest disaster ever.    (Reuters)  


PREVIOUS:   Fort McMurray wildfire 


Teen clowns charged




OSHAWA - Police busted 3 teens last Friday in Oshawa for 'driving recklessly wearing clown masks and attempting to scare bystanders.'  So far this October, Durham Regional Police have responded to 31 calls regarding clowns.    (Sun Media) 


MORE:   Business crackdown on clowns    2 clowns chasing people down Winnipeg streets

PREVIOUS:   General 


Agencies unlawfully collected data


LONDON - British security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on citizens for more than a decade, top judges have ruled.  The investigatory powers tribunal, which is the only court that hears complaints against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, said the security services operated secret regimes to collect vast amounts of personal communications data, tracking individual phone and web use and large datasets of confidential personal information, without adequate safeguards or supervision for more than 10 years.  (Guardian UK)


PREVIOUS:   Big Brother surveillance


Mosul offensive


MOSUL - Iraqi government forces launched a US-backed offensive on Monday to drive the Islamic State group from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants' last major stronghold in the country.  (AFP)  


MORE:   Mosul offensive    But what then?   EU should prepare for returning jihadists   Armoured vehicles driven by suicide bombers

PREVIOUS:   End of the world   Dabiq magazine    IS minimal resistance in Dabiq before withdrawing   Rivals with competing interests   War on terror




Joshua Briere


OTTAWA - Paramedics say they received a call to Clyde Ave around 3:00am Saturday. Upon arrival, they found a man in his 20s suffering from multiple stab wounds to his torso. The victim was rushed to hospital in critical, life threatening condition but did not survive.  Police have since identified the victim as Joshua Briere, 26.  Police say they have one suspect, but have not laid any charges or made any arrests.    (CTV)  


MORE:   Stabbed   Man dies after stabbing 


Remains found


ABBOTSFORD - Police are investigating after what appears to be human remains were found in a wooded area.  A local resident came across the remains on a rural property in the 30900-block of Downes Road around 2pm Saturday.   (CTV)


MORE:   Possible human remains  


5 officers injured


VICTORIA - 3 suspects are facing numerous charges after an arrest turned violent in Victoria Friday night, leaving 5 officers injured.  Victoria police officers responded to an assault report at the 400-block of Johnson St a little before 6pm.  A man was placed in custody, but before he could be taken away, 2 other people involved in the incident allegedly became violent towards the lone arresting officer. Multiple back-up units provided assistance, during which time 3 other officers sustained injuries.  One of the attackers was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and then was returned to police headquarters, where he then allegedly proceeded to assault a jail staff member.  (Global)




MISSISSAUGA - Peel police were first dispatched to the Queen St South and Church St area at around 3:50am after receiving numerous 911 calls about a disturbance that was taking place.  Upon arrival, police say they located a man that had been shot dead outside the Streetsville Kinsmen Senior Citizens Centre.  The shooting took place about 2.5 kilometres away from the scene of another shooting near Credit Valley Road and Eglinton Ave that happened at around the same time. (CP24)


MORE:   Shootings 




OTTAWA - Paramedics say they received a call to Clyde Ave around 3:00am Saturday. Upon arrival, they found a man in his 20s suffering from multiple stab wounds to his torso.  The unidentified victim was sent to hospital in critical, life threatening condition. He died a short while later.   (CTV) 


Mountie charged


EDMONTON - After an investigation by ASIRT that started in February, former Spruce Grove/Stony Plain RCMP officer Aaron Sayler, 30, was charged with theft under $5,000, obtaining by false pretenses, uttering a forged document and fraud under $5,000. Sayler was suspended from duty in Feb of this year. Sayler resigned from the RCMP Wednesday.   (Global)  


MORE:   Mountie charged 


Mountie discharged


MAYERTHORPE - A former RCMP officer who developed post-traumatic stress disorder following the 2005 murder of 4 of his colleagues is claiming his Charter rights were violated when he was discharged from the force because of his disability.  Former constable Trevor Josok was dismissed June 13, 2016, more than a decade after the tragic shooting that triggered a 'disabling condition' that forced him to take a medical leave.   (Edmonton Journal)


PREVIOUS:   4 RCMP officers killed




KASABONIKA LAKE FN - OPP have charged a man with murder in Kasabonika Lake First Nation after a reported altercation Wednesday morning left another man dead.  Police charged George Darren McKay, 30, with second degree murder in the death of Alec Tom McKay, 54.  (CBC)


MORE:   Son accused   OPP news release   Charged 


2 charged


Alfred Wagner


BONNYVILLE - RCMP say the victim has been identified as Alfred Wagner, 83, of Bonnyville.  Wagner's body was found in his home on the afternoon of Oct 16.  Wagner's vehicle was found to be missing during the investigation and was later recovered some 20 kilometres south on the Kehewin Cree Nation. Further investigation had led to the arrest of Frank James Frenchman, 25, of Bonnyville/Kehewin near Edmonton on Oct 18. A woman, identified as Arizona Chastity Frenchman, 20, of Bonnyville/Kehewin area, was also arrested Oct 20 in Edmonton.  Both of the suspects have been charged with first degree murder.   (Sun Media)


MORE:   Brother, sister arrested   Random violence   Pair charged 


Break-in suspect dies


VANCOUVER - A confrontation between police and an agitated, injured break-in suspect that ended with the man's death is being investigated by BC's police watchdog.  The man, who has not been publicly identified, was Tasered after he was found in a Coquitlam home Wednesday night.  The man went into medical distress and emergency responders performed CPR before he was taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly before midnight.  (CTV) 


Charges laid in rollover


YOUNG - The rollover happened late in the morning of Oct. 15 north of Young.  A 28-year-old woman from Watrous, SK, and a 27-year-old man from High River, AB, were declared dead at the scene. Police are not releasing their names.  Two men were taken to hospital for treatment of their injuries.  Kiel Stewart, 29, from Lumby, BC, is facing 2 charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and one charge dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing injury.   (Global)


Victim identified


SASKATOON - Dylan Edward Robert Phillips, 26, died late Oct 14 after police responded to a report of an injured man at a home on the 1400-block of Ave G N.  He was located inside the house and died at the scene, according to police.  An autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Police release victim's name 


Guilty plea


VANCOUVER - A United Nations gang associate has pleaded guilty in a fatal hit and run that caused the death of Emily Sheane, 25, who was driving home from her job at Joe Fortes restaurant in Vancouver when she was T-boned by a Range Rover that ran a red light at a Burnaby intersection in March before fleeing the scene.  Ibrahim Ali, 25, was arrested days later at a motel near Creston.  He's now entered guilty pleas to dangerous driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.  (CKNW)


MORE:   UN gangster pleads guilty   Man pleads guilty

PREVIOUS:   Suspects identified   2 arrested   Hit-and-run  


18 years


Gerald Battersby


VANCOUVER - The man who pleaded guilty to trying to kill a Yaletown bike shop owner almost 2 years ago has been sentenced.  Gerald Battersby, the man involved in a shooting, has been handed an 18-year sentence.  With time served, he will spend 14-and-a-half years in prison.  Battersby pleaded guilty to 3 counts of attempted murder in Sept.   (CKNW)


PREVIOUS:   Vancouver crimes 


Drunken wake


PICTOU - A Nova Scotia judge has offered a meditation on the nature of grief and the dangers of overdrinking, as he convicted a man for biting off part of a fellow mourner's nose in a drunken brawl at a wake.  Judge Del Atwood found Randall Edwin MacLean guilty of aggravated assault, but made it clear many people behaved badly at the wake at a house in downtown Pictou, NS.  (CP) 


RCMP communication


VANCOUVER - Block Watch captains in the Grandview Heights area of South Surrey say they are frustrated by a lack of communication from police and what they describe as a 'one-way flow' of information around crimes occurring in their neighbourhood.   (Peace Arch News) 


Downside of turning yourself in


WHITEHORSE - Robert Keenan, 60, and son Graydon were hunting on McQuesten Lake north of Mayo in August 2015, when they shot a bull moose late in the day. They were subsequently attacked by an angry cow, which they shot and killed as well.  They drove all the way back to Whitehorse where they reported their story to authorities.  By the time Dawson City conservation officers got to the kill, the entire carcass was spoiled.  The Keenans must pay $5,000 to the Yukon Turn in Poachers and Polluters fund. They're also banned from hunting for two years, and must complete a hunter education and ethics course before they can be re-licensed.   (CBC)


Victim ID'd


Christian Saarah


TORONTO - Police say a drive-by shooting was targeted and have identified the man who died in hospital afterwards as Christian Saarah, 28, of Toronto.   Toronto police say a second man injured in the shooting is Saarah's 24-year-old brother. The 2 men were rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition just after 6pm Tuesday.  (CBC)


MORE:   Victim had no criminal history    2 brothers shot   Drive-by was targeted

PREVIOUS:   Drive-by 


Family seeks class action suit


TORONTO - A gaping, infected bedsore that led to a man's death is just one example of systemic failures of care and negligence at a large Ontario nursing home chain, a lawsuit alleges.  As part of an attempt to have the suit certified as a class action case against the Revera chain, lawyers have filed a statement of claim that raises 82 examples, including that of the lead plaintiff, the family of Arthur (Ross) Jones, who died in hospital in June 2014 after 11 months at the Main St Terrace home in east Toronto.  (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Lawsuit 




Steve Nash


VANCOUVER - Steve Nash is suing his former business partners to have his name and image removed from 21 Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club locations in BC.  (CBC)


MORE:   Company being sued says they have the right to use name


Family suing


WHISTLER - A 5-kilogram wheel of cheese crashed into a little girl and broke her leg at Whistler over the summer, according to a lawsuit launched by her family.  The incident took place in August at The Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, an annual event that saw participants chase runaway cheddar down a hill for a chance at taking it home.  (CTV)




Bob Green 


VANCOUVER - Jason Francis Wallace, 27, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Hells Angel Robert (Bob) Keith Green, 56, of Burnaby.  Police sources confirmed that he was a member of the 856 gang that originated in Aldergrove.  (Voice Online)


MORE:   Charge laid    Accused as criminal past   Gang member charged

PREVIOUS:   IHIT called in


Plane crash


POTTER COUNTY - Pennsylvania state police have identified 3 Canadians killed when a small plane crashed in north-central Pennsylvania.  The victims are Rifat Tawig, 25, Cory Mijac, 18, and Benjamin Jeffries, 19.   All were from Ontario.   (CP)  


MORE:   3 dead in plane crash 





Kyonghee Kim      Youngku Youn


VANCOUVER - Mounties in Surrey are making re-appealing for your help to find a missing woman who hasn't been seen in 2 weeks.  Kyonghee Kim has not been seen or heard from since Oct 5.  It's believed she may be with Youngku Youn who is suspected of killing his ex-wife earlier this month at her business on the 4500-block of North Road.   (News 1130)


PREVIOUS:   Missing is suspect's girlfriend   Missing woman may be with suspect   Ex-husband sought   Suspect ID'd   Targeted homicide   Woman murdered  




SASKATOON - Accusations of inappropriate workplace behaviour against a Meadow Lake RCMP commander won't be tested following news the staff sergeant is retiring.  An internal RCMP hearing scheduled for next month to deal with allegations against Staff Sgt. Tim Korman, who is currently on medical leave, was recently cancelled because Korman is planning to retire before the hearing takes place.   (CTV) 


7 charged


EDMONTON - ALERT said Tuesday that 7 people were facing more than 100 charges in connection to a number of thefts in Alberta in recent months.  (CTV)


RELATED:   Winnipeg Project Heavy Metal arrests   Arrests in Project Derringer


Courthouse arrest


Lonnie Leafloor


OTTAWA - A self-confessed robber set to walk out of the courthouse a free man Monday was instead arrested for murder in the unsolved May homicide of Lonnie Leafloor.  Idris Abdulgani, 21, was in court Monday when he pleaded guilty to a robbery that occurred on April 28 of this year. The Crown withdrew a charge of uttering threats and Abdulgani was set to be released from custody after being sentenced for 108 days of time he'd already served. But before he was released, he was arrested for what police suspect is first-degree murder.  (Ottawa Citizen) 


PREVIOUS:   Identified   Police investigating  


Listeria death


VANCOUVER - Vancouver Coastal Health says a person has died from Listeria in connection with a food poisoning outbreak at a Richmond grocery store.  The health agency issued a warning Friday advising consumers not to consume any produce, ready-to-eat or raw foods from Foody World.  The person's identity has not been released due to privacy rules, and it's unclear what foods they consumed.  (CTV) 




NEVIS - Cris Marshall, 25, was arrested in the hamlet of Byemoor and charged with cruelty to animals, bestiality, making child pornography, and accessing, possessing and making available child exploitation materials. He is also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and careless storage of a firearm.  (PostMedia)  


MORE:   Child porn & bestiality 




VANCOUVER - The BC government has fired all 9 elected trustees of the Vancouver School Board, dealing a further blow to a system rocked by months of conflict, a contentious debate over school closings and recent allegations of workplace bullying.  (Globe & Mail)


COMMENT:   Right to fire school board

PREVIOUS:   Vision Vancouver


Bed fees


TORONTO - For the lucrative rights to dispense publicly funded drugs to Ontario nursing homes, pharmacies must pay the homes millions of dollars in secret per-resident 'bed fees.'   (Toronto Star)


RELATED:   Free vaccines too costly 


Hold on water 


TORONTO - Ontario is proposing a 2-year hold on the creation or expansion of bottled water plants as the government moves to strengthen the rules around water taking permits.  However, there will not be any immediate increase in the $3.71 the province charges for every 1M litres of water taken.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Too many water bottles ending up in landfills    Provincial Eco recycling fees 


Slapping a police horse


KINGSTON - An Algonquin student is facing criminal charges after Kingston Police say he slapped a police horse at Queen's Homecoming.  Police in Kingston say 3 people, two men and one woman, are facing charges of injuring a law enforcement animal after a new horse, Murney, was slapped several times. That charge comes with a maximum of 5 years imprisonment.   (CTV)


MORE:   Slapped horse kicks student   19 arrested


Settling of accounts


Vincenzo Spagnolo


MONTREAL - A man believed to have had close ties to former crime boss Vito Rizzuto was gunned down in Laval on Saturday, in what police described as a 'settling of accounts.'  Vincenzo Spagnolo, 65, was killed at his home.  Spagnolo reputedly served as Rizzuto's right-hand man when he had control over the Montreal Mafia.   (CBC)


MORE:   Confidant of Rizzuto killed    Most trusted lieutenant shot 




Jarryl Hagley


TORONTO - Jarryl Hagley, 17, was eating in a restaurant with his friends at Pizza Pizza, 1937 Weston Road at about 1:40am Sunday.  Gunmen entered the restaurant and began firing in Hagley's direction.  (CBC)


MORE:   Shooting   Not the intended target   Attack caught on video  




Kayla Sullivan


OTTAWA - Peter Herauf, 37, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Kayla Sullivan, 30, in the ByWard Market on Friday afternoon.   Sullivan was stabbed in the lower back at around 4:30pm near the Salvation Army Booth Centre, in what witnesses described as a dispute over money.  She died of her injuries early Saturday morning.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:    Stabbing   Woman dies 


Murder charges laid


FORT VERMILION - On Sept. 18, RCMP were called to reports of a stabbing at a home on the reserve.  RCMP said a 46-year-old man was stabbed by another man during an altercation and was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he later died on Oct. 7.  RCMP charged Sheldon Lee Auger, 42, from Fort Vermillion, with second-degree murder.  The name of the victim has not been released.   (Global)


MORE:   Charge laid 




Jessica Wyoma Lynn Boysis


WETEASKIWIN - John Joseph William Profeit, 38, was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jessica Wyoma Lynn Boysis.  Boysis was 20 years old when she was last seen alive on July 15, 2014. Her body was found 3 days later in a treed area behind a Wetaskiwin glass company on Highway 13.  (Sun Media)


MORE:   Arrest   Murder charge    Murder charges 


Suspicions of foul play


BASHAW - A Sikh family-owned motel in Canada has been gutted in a fire that claimed one life while injuring 3 others as police discovered racist graffiti on the property, raising suspicions of foul play in the incident. Neighbours reported hearing an explosion and watched flames destroy the Tiwana family-owned Bashaw Motor Inn.   Gurprett Tiwana, the father could not be located, leading to the belief that the remains of one person found at the site could be his.  (Indian Express)


MORE:    Victim identified

PREVIOUS:   Motel fire treated as crime scene




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