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FARINDOLA - A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow. Rescue workers using flashlights on their helmets battled blizzard conditions during the night to reach the isolated hotel on skis. They arrived in the dark to find most of the four-storey structure submerged under a mountain of snow and debris. (Reuters)
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TEHRAN - Iran's oldest high-rise (Plasco Building), collapsed on Thursday morning following a major fire in the building, leaving dozens of people injured. The 17-story structure crumbled after the fire engulfed the top floors of the building in downtown Tehran as scores of firefighters battled the blaze. The Fars news agency and the IRIB news website said at least 30 firefighters were feared to have been killed in the incident. (Press TV)
VICTORIA - Illicit drug overdoses claimed the lives of 914 people in BC in 2016, the BC Coroners Service revealed Wednesday. (CBC)
REPORT: Drug overdose deaths in BC .pdf
JARRATT - A man convicted of killing a family of 4, slashing their throats and setting their home ablaze after they left their front door open while preparing for a New Year's Day party in 2006, was executed Wednesday. Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42pm following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. Gray was condemned to death in 2006 for the murders of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and 4-year-old sister Ruby, and sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of their parents, Bryan and Kathryn Harvey. (AP)
PREVIOUS: 2006 Richmond spree murders
CHICAGO - Officer Lowell Houser, 57, was
arrested and charged with first-degree murder for an off-duty shooting
of Jose Nieves, 38, earlier this month.
The two men were involved a verbal altercation that escalated and
Nieves, who was not armed at the time, was shot several times.
LOS ANGELES - The former business manager of pop star Alanis Morissette has admitted stealing over $7M from the singer and other celebrities. Jonathan Schwartz was charged with fraud over claims he transferred the singer's money into his own accounts. At the federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Mr Schwartz admitted to stealing $4.8M from Morissette and more than $2M from other celebrity clients, who have not been named. (BBC)
MORE: Manager stole
OTTAWA - An alleged leak of information related to the federal government's troubled shipbuilding plans is behind the removal of the second highest military officer in Canada, sources say. Vice Admiral Mark Norman, the vice chief of the defence staff, was temporarily removed from his command by Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jon Vance, the Canadian Forces confirmed Monday. Sources say the RCMP are involved in an investigation involving Norman and allegations of leaked information. (National Post)
WHITEHORSE - A Yukon judge has delivered a strongly-worded 'wake up call' to Canadian taxpayers, who are now on the hook for another expensive mine cleanup in the territory. Yukon Supreme Court justice Ron Veale approved a clean up plan for the abandoned Mount Nansen mine site, last spring - to be paid for by Ottawa. He used the opportunity to lambaste the mine's former owner, BYG Resources, for an 'unscrupulous history of....operational mismanagement' that left a toxic mess for government to deal with. (CBC)
JUDGMENT: 2017 YKSC 2 .pdf
After 55 years of marriage, Ernie and Kay Sievewright decided to share a medically-assisted death together. Doctors deemed them eligible for the procedure, but in the end, they were forced to die 4 days apart because of legal concerns. (Globe & Mail)
RANN - Nigeria's air force killed at least 76 people on Tuesday in a botched air strike on a refugee camp in the country's NE. The Nigerian president's office called the tragedy a 'regrettable operational mistake.' (AFP)
GAO - A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing 50 people and wounding more than 100 people including dozens of soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region. (AP)
UMM AL-HIRAN -
A controversial Israeli police operation to demolish buildings in a
Bedouin village in the country's south to make way for a new Jewish town
has ended with 2 fatalities.
The pre-dawn raid by hundreds of armed police on the village of
Umm al-Hiran in Negev ended with a Bedouin man shot dead in his car and
a police officer fatally run over.
LANGLEY - The largest collection of
declassified CIA records is now accessible online. Approximately
930,000 documents, totaling more than 12M pages, are now available in
the CIA's Electronic Reading Room on
RELATED: Politicized intelligence
WASHINGTON - Embracing his clemency powers President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence. Manning, was one of 273 people receiving clemency on a single day. Receiving pardons from the president were retired Gen. James Cartwright, San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera. But Obama is not finished. The White House said Obama would grant more commutations Thursday - the day before his presidency ends - though officials said those would focus on drug offenders and would not likely include any other famous names. (AP)
ORLANDO - Markeith Loyd, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday night after the home was surrounded by SWAT officers. Loyd is accused in the Jan 9 killing of Lt. Clayton outside a Wal-Mart store and in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, 24, last month. (AP)
OTTAWA - The Liberal government is reviewing whether to enforce a so-called Netflix tax on the digital services Canadians buy from foreign-based firms over the internet. A high-profile example is US-based Netflix, which does not apply federal or provincial sales taxes to monthly billings sent to Canadian customers for its streaming service. (CBC)
OTTAWA - The federal government says it has
reached a health-care funding agreement with the Northwest Territories,
Nunavut and Yukon. It says
the 3 territorial governments agreed Monday to new targeted federal
funding over 10 years for investments in home care and mental health
care. The territories join
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia in reaching
health-care funding agreement with the federal government.
MIAMI - A national holiday that was supposed to be about nonviolence erupted into mayhem in Miami when police say 8 people were wounded in a shooting at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. (AP)
KHARGA - Gunmen killed 8 police late Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in south-west Egypt, the interior ministry said. 2 of the attackers were killed when security forces fought back, and 3 other security personnel were injured. The attack took place on al-Naqab checkpoint, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from el-Kharga city, the capital of the province. (AFP)
ISTANBUL - Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt. Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead. (BBC)
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LAHORE - Zeenat Rafiq had been married to her husband for just one week when her mother showed up at the couple's home in June offering to throw them a wedding celebration. But now, all was forgiven, her mother told her. Come home to celebrate so you're not branded as an eloper. But there was no celebration on her return to the family's home in Lahore, Pakistan. Instead, her mother and brother beat and strangled her, then tied her to a cot, doused her in kerosene and lit her on fire. (Washington Post)
BISHKEK - A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane. The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek. The plane, which had departed from Hong Kong, belonged to Istanbul-based cargo company ACT Airlines. (AP)
Cargo jet crash
PLAYA DEL CARMEN - At least 4 people have died and 12 others have been injured after a shooting at a club on the last night of the BPM Festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen. BPM said 3 members of its security team were among the dead at the festival, which is popular with foreign tourists. (Guardian UK)
OTTAWA - The federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner has launched an investigation into the circumstances of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's New Year's holiday in the Bahamas, the first time a sitting prime minister has come under scrutiny by the independent parliamentary watchdog. (National Post)
Trudeau hangs out
COMMENT: Trudeau hangs out
Aga Khan Development network
Trudeau's guest list
Potential breaches of laws
Trudeau starts national tour to remain connected with Canadians
VICTORIA - As the dust settles following Friday's publication of the New York Times' expose of Christy Clark's annual, political donation-supplied $50,000 stipend, most can agree: this is not a good look for BC. 'If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption,' Dan Levin said in a phone interview. 'But here [in BC], because it's not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.' (Global)
A report from Oxfam, launched on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos, found that the poorest half of the world has less wealth than previously thought, due to new data emanating from China and India. This means that the 8 richest men in the world are worth the same as the poorest half of the world's population, according to wealth distribution data provided by Credit Suisse. (Irish Times)
REPORT: An economy for the 99%
COMMENT: Fair or foul
OTTAWA - The 'secret order' that authorized Canada's first warrantless domestic wiretapping program at the dawn of the Cold War threatened 5 years in prison to anyone who revealed the dragnet's existence, the newly released document shows. (CBC)
is going to the Supreme Court of Canada this week, fighting to keep an
anonymous phone tip from being used in open court as evidence against a
man accused of murder. If
the tip is allowed to stay in, as a trial judge ruled it could, that
would mean the end of the crime-fighting charity, according to its legal
arguments. Crime Stoppers' foundational guarantee of anonymity would be
violated, and every future tipster would know their information and
identity might come out in open court.
On the other side for Friday's hearing is the Ontario Crown.
CARACAS - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been named 2016's Person of the Year by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. The award recognizes the individual who has done the most in the world to advance organized criminal activity and corruption. (OCCRP)
LONDON - Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc agreed to pay about $807M to resolve US and UK investigations into allegations it bribed foreign officials to win business. Europe's largest maker of commercial jet engines will pay the UK Serious Fraud Office about 497.25M pounds plus interest and the US Department of Justice about $170M under the settlement. (Bloomberg)
About 100 migrant passengers are feared drowned
in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat sank off the coast of Libya.
8 bodies were recovered from the
water on Saturday, and 4 people were rescued.
But difficult conditions hampered an overnight search for
survivors, and at least 90 people are still missing.
The boat sank between Libya and Italy, about 30 miles (50km) from
the Libyan coast. More
than 1,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea in the first 2 weeks of
2017, the UN refugee agency estimates. (BBC)
WASHINTON - New rules issued by the Obama administration under Executive order 12333 will let the NSA share the raw streams of communications it intercepts directly with agencies including the FBI, the DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security. (EFF)
Big Brother surveillance
Big Brother surveillance
GRASSY NARROWS FN - A former worker at the pulp and paper mill in Dryden, ON, says he feels vindicated by new research released by the environmental group Earthroots. Kas Glowacki went public last June saying that in 1972 he helped bury more than 50 barrels of mercury in a pit near the mill, upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation. His claims appeared to support research by leading mercury experts released in May, showing a continuing source of mercury contamination in the Wabigoon River system. (CBC)
REPORT: Evidence of mercury dump found
Bio related events
Canadian government has fired 17 local recruits from its embassy in
Haiti after uncovering a system of fraud that cost the diplomatic
mission $1.7M over 12 years.
The majority of that staff, 12 people, worked for Global Affairs
Canada. The other 5 worked for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Canada. Investigators found
the staffers inflated bills, diverted and stole materials and colluded
with local suppliers between 2004 and 2016.
OTTAWA - Canadians forced to pay some of the highest drug prices in the world could save billions through changes promised by Health Minister Jane Philpott in an exclusive interview with the fifth estate. An analysis by the fifth estate shows that Canadians, for example, pay far more than people in New Zealand for drugs produced by the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical company. For every dollar Canadians spend on 7 popular drugs sold by Apotex in both countries, Kiwis spend just 11.5 cents. (CBC)
Ethics complaint filed over fundraising event involving Apotex and
Trudeau defends cash-for-access fundraising
Apotex sponsors BC Liberal convention
GATINEAU - The death of an 83-year-old woman is now considered a homicide and a 21-year-old man arrested Wednesday remains in custody. When officers arrived they found a man at the back of a home at 171 Boulevard de la Cite-des-Jeunes. As they were investigating, police discovered a woman's body. Relatives identified the victim as Therese Gauvreau. (CBC)
MCDOUGALL - On Sunday around 8pm, members of the OPP were called to a snowmobile trail off Nobel Road in McDougall Township. Upon arrival at the scene, the officers located what they believed to be human remains. An arrest has been made. (Sun Media)
Human remains found
MEDICINE HAT - Justice Langston granted Crown prosecutor's request to stay the charges against Wendy Joy Scott, who arrested in 2012 following the death of Casey Armstrong. Scott was charged alongside co-accused Connie Oakes, after Armstrong was found dead in his Southview Drive home over the Victoria Day long weekend in 2011. (Medicine Hat News)
EDMONTON - Police said its homicide unit has taken over an investigation after 2 bodies were discovered in a home in the city's SW Tuesday evening. They said officers were called to a residence on Heagle Crescent NW shortly after 7pm. A man and woman were found dead inside. (Global)
OSHAWA - The SIU has been called in after a man in his 30s was allegedly struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday while running away from police. Police said in a statement officers were called to a Home Depot in Oshawa at around 5:20pm after a report of shoplifting. During the arrest, one of the suspects was hit by a vehicle travelling south on Highway 115. The man died at the scene. (Global)
PERTH EAST - An 18-year-old Perth east woman has been charged with careless driving in the fatal collision involving a horse drawn buggy on the weekend. OPP are continuing to investigate the crash, which occurred Sunday morning on Line 67 north of Milverton. Perth East resident David Kuepfer, 74, who was riding in the buggy, was killed in the collision, and 3 other occupants were injured. The driver of the car was not hurt. (Sun Media)
Horse, man dead in collision
HAMILTON - An inmate was found dead inside the
Barton Street jail (Hamilton-Wentworth
Detention Centre) last week.
If it proves to be drug-related, it could become part of a
large-scale inquest into a string of at least 5 drug deaths in this jail
- one that, more than a year after it was announced, the province has
yet to set a date for. Dr. Jack
Stanborough, who was presiding coroner on the case, has been removed and
is no longer with the coroner's office.
A new presiding coroner has yet to be secured.
CALGARY - Alberta's police watchdog says 2 officers from the Calgary Police Service have been charged with serious crimes, including the new head of the city's police union. Sgt Les Kaminski has been charged with perjury and assault with a weapon and Const Brant Derrick has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, the ASIRT said Tuesday. (CP)
OTTAWA - An Ottawa woman who assaulted and
failed to care for the boy she legally adopted - as his father, a former
Ottawa Mountie, tortured and starved him and kept him tied up in the
basement of their family home - has been given a 3-year sentence.
TORONTO - The common denominator is the Ontario Tire Stewardship, an agency created by the province to manage an annual $70M recycling program. When consumers purchase a tire they pay a fee to the program, which is charged with recycling discarded tires. A wide-ranging audit is looking into the stewardship and its former chief financial officer, Perminder Kandola, who was recently charged by the environment ministry with the alleged diversion of $346,565 of consumer recycling fees to his personal bank account. (Toronto Star)
ATIKAMEG - RCMP are investigating a homicide after a 32-year-old man was shot dead. Police responding around 9:17pm on Saturday to reports of shots fired outside a house in Atikameg found the man's body. (Sun Media)
De Oliveira & Dyer Hecimovic
VANCOUVER - Andelina Hecimovic has been found guilty on 2 counts of dangerous driving causing death relating to a 2010 collision that killed Johnny De Oliveira, 21, and his girlfriend Beckie Dyer, 19. This was the Hecimovic's second trial on the charges. (CBC)
MELFORT - Candace Gail Moostoos, 34, was found guilty of causing the death of her great-uncle, Alpheus Burns, 70, by a Melfort jury in October. The jury reduced the charge from second-degree murder to manslaughter. (paNOW)
Guilty of manslaughter
VANCOUVER - BC's anti-gang agency announced
late Friday that 2 Ontario men had been charged with conspiracy to
commit murder and attempted murder in separate plots that targeted 2
Metro Vancouver men in the spring of 2015.
The indictment that alleges one of the men charged, Knowah Truth
Ferguson, attempted to kill Hells Angel Damion Ryan with a firearm in
Richmond on April 10, 2015.
Ferguson, 19, and Gino Gavin McCall, 30, are also charged with
conspiracy to commit murder between April 11 and June 15, 2015.
TORONTO - The president of the group that
represents Ontario doctors is in danger of losing her job after 25
members of the Ontario Medical Association's elected council called for
a special meeting to vote on ousting the organization's entire executive
committee. In a Jan 11
letter to the OMA's chief executive officer, the signatories accuse the
association's leadership team of a slew of failings, including a
reluctance to stand up to the provincial government.
(Globe & Mail)
MILLTOWN-HEAD OF BAY D'ESPOIR - Police have taken one person into
custody after the local school, town hall and police station all caught
fire in a small community on Newfoundland's south coast.
RCMP said calls started coming in at about 4:40am local time
Tuesday that the town hall for Milltown-Head of Bay d'Espoir was on
fire. A short time later,
callers said the local school and RCMP station were also on fire.
MORE:Arson spree guts town
HYTHE - Mounties are investigating after a pipeline in NW Alberta was vandalized, causing more than $500,000 damage. RCMP says it appears a piece of construction equipment was used to try to dig up the pipeline and the line will have to be replaced. (CP)
VANCOUVER - One suspect is in custody and the IHIT is investigating after a man was found dead in Richmond Monday morning. Richmond police were notified just before 6:30am of a homicide at a business on Viking Way. Shortly after the homicide happened, a male suspect was identified and arrested by police. Police said the name of the victim will not be released by police because it will not move the investigation forward. (Global)
PREVIOUS:IHIT called out
SASKATOON - Daniel Forest, 27, was the focus of a police search after a 45-year-old man, identified as Rodney Wailing in court documents, was found badly beaten in a Pleasant Hill home. Patrol cars were called to a home on the 200-block of Ave I S, just before midnight on Jan 11. That's when they found Wailing suffering from serious injuries. He died later in hospital. (CBC)
TORONTO - A senior convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of a fellow long-term care home resident with a cane while she slept more than 3 years ago has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years. Peter Brooks, 76, was found guilty in the March 2013 death of Jocelyn Dickson, 72, last month. (Global)
WINDSOR - Scott Quick, who was accused of allegedly running down his estranged wife with a minivan in Feb 2006, will not stand trial for her murder. Crown attorney said that it was 'physically impossible' for Quick to have stolen the vehicle that killed his ex-wife, before stating he would not be proceeding with the case. (CBC)
EDMONTON - Police said a man was found dead inside a home at 34 St and 143 Ave around 1am Saturday. Police said homicide detectives were treating the death as suspicious, but it's not known whether the death is criminal in nature. Police said more than one suspect was found and they were being interviewed. (Global)
MORE: Death ruled a suicide
TORONTO - Police say 3 men are facing charges after 26 copper plates valued at more than $10,000 were thrown off a moving train and stolen. Police say the incident happened Thursday evening, when it was reported that copper plates had been stolen. (CP)
EDMONTON - 2 young BC men shot dead in SE Edmonton have ties to South Asian gangs based in the Lower Mainland of BC. Police said the double-homicide of Navdeep Sidhu, 24, and Harman Mangat, 22, was drug related. An autopsy confirmed the pair - found slain in a running white pickup Wednesday - died from multiple gunshot wounds. The bodies were found by a passerby around 1:30pm near 39 St SW and Charlesworth Drive SW. Both men were involved in an ongoing gang conflict in the Townline Hill neighbourhood of Abbotsford, BC, over the last several years. (PostMedia)
2 BC men found shot
SAINT-LIN-LAURENTIDES - A 24-year-old woman was the victim of a murder in Saint-Lin-Laurentides. The SQ confirmed that the victim is Mylene Laliberte. The SQ was called around 8:30pm on Friday evening, concerning the body of a woman found dead in the rue Saint-Isidore. (TVA Nouvelles)
MONTREAL - The 28-year-old man murdered Friday night in Montreal-North is Ali Awada. Ali Awada is the son of Mohamed Awada, killed in the fall of 2012, in the series of settlements that preceded the return of Mafia godfather Vito Rizzuto to Montreal. (La Presse)
TORONTO - Police say they finally know who stabbed Peel schoolteacher Graham Hugh Pearce to death more than 30 years ago - but they won't name the killer because he's also dead. Pearce, 36, was discovered dead on his bathroom floor of his High Park Ave. apartment on March 20, 1983 around 12:40pm. Last April, Toronto police identified a person of interest in the investigation as Ronald Thomas Gale, who was 22 when Pearce was killed. Gale died in 2001. (Toronto Star)
EDMONTON - A judge found Shawn Wruck guilty of
second-degree murder on Friday in connection with the death of his
girlfriend - Shannon Collins - whose remains were discovered on a rural
property east of Edmonton almost a decade ago.
Edmonton serial killer?
KELOWNA - 2 Kelowna men are facing charges after a wild police chase that ended on the Bennett Bridge Thursday morning. Ryan Patrick Regan, 33, was slapped with 6 charges including dangerous driving, hit and run and assault with a weapon for allegedly reversing his vehicle into a police cruiser. Michael Anthony Dennison, 25, has been charged with 4 offences including dangerous driving and failing to stop for police. (Global)
TORONTO - The attorney general has ordered a
third-party review of Legal Aid Ontario, after the agency
announced last month that it was dramatically cutting back on
services due to a $26M deficit. Legal Aid, which has a $440M
annual budget, said it will also not increase salaries at legal clinics
and will be reducing clinic operation budgets by $1M, among other
changes. News of the
external review was applauded by critics who have described Legal Aid as
a bloated bureaucracy that mishandled the hundreds of millions of
dollars it receives from the provincial government.
WHISTLER - Tom Oye, a 29-year-old Australian who moved to Canada 4 years ago, was snowboarding Wednesday morning in Whistler with a helmet-mounted camera when an avalanche started. Oye, thinking quickly, inflates his Jetforce inflatable backpack, which inflates similar to a car's airbag. (News Tribune)
WOODSTOCK - Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the Woodstock nurse accused of killing residents in several SW Ontario nursing homes, is facing a fresh batch of charges. OPP announced Friday morning that Wettlaufer, 49, is charged with 4 counts of attempted murder and 2 counts of aggravated assault against seniors in Woodstock and Paris. (PostMedia)
SASKATOON - On Oct 18, 2015, police were called
to a home to check on the welfare of Bradley Buffalo, 30.
He was found dead inside the house.
After an autopsy, the Major Crime Unit and the Office of the
Chief Coroner decided there was no criminal act involved.
However, after what police are calling a lengthy investigation,
police determined the man had been murdered and have charged Joshua
Burwell, 21, with first-degree murder.
OSHAWA - A man walked into Central East Division station around 6:30pm on Jan 8, after being stabbed at a nearby building on William St W. The victim, identified as Dominik Prusinski, 21, was rushed to a hospital in Toronto where he died a day later. (CP24)
MORE: Victim identified
PREVIOUS: Stabbed man dies
VANCOUVER - A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a Burnaby, BC, man accused of running over a police officer with a car last month. Marek Anisimowicz, 36, is accused of resisting arrest before escaping in a car. RCMP say the vehicle ran over the officer, who sustained non-life threatening injuries. (CBC)
HAMILTON - Police were acting on an 11-year-old warrant when they arrested a man after he delivered a pointed speech criticizing Hamilton police on Thursday. His sister said the family feels targeted and set up. And the chair of the police board says the 'optics aren't good' about arresting a man immediately after he criticizes the service. Edward Divers was arrested on an outstanding warrant connected to failing to appear in court after an impaired driving offence from 2006. (CBC)
TORONTO - The province earmarks tens of millions of dollars in learning opportunities grants every year to help support marginalized students at the Toronto District School Board. But almost half that money isn't being spent on them and is instead diverted to cover other expenses, says a new report. (Toronto Star)
REPORT: $61M in funding being diverted
MORE: TDSB defends divert
COMMENT: TDSB should be ashamed
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