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KOBANE - Turkey's Foreign Minister said on Monday that his country would allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross the Syrian border into the besieged town of Kobane to help defend it against Islamic State militants.  The influx of the well-trained peshmerga fighters into Kobane could be a major boost for the Kurds, who are now being helped by US-led air strikes and air drops.  (AFP) 


MORE:   Turks to let Kurds join Kobane fight    What Kobane taught   FinTRAC tracking cash flow

PREVIOUS:   Siege of Kobane   Military intervention against IS   Syrian Civil War   PTC: War on Terror    


Class action lawsuit


TORONTO - An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams 'conspired' to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws.  (Toronto Star) 


Tax union holds out


OTTAWA - The Conservative government is facing a showdown with employees at Canada's tax agency over two hot-button issues for public servants: giving up severance pay, and banked sick leave.  The Union of Taxation Employees stands out as the only federal union that has yet to give up severance benefits for public servants who quit voluntarily.   (PostMedia)


7 bodies found


GARY - The bodies of 3 more women were found in Gary, bringing the death toll to 7, and officials say a man in custody confessed to their killings and provided information on where police could find their bodies.  As of Monday morning, the bodies of 7 females had been discovered throughout Hammond and Gary, according to the Lake County coroner's office.  (Chicago Post-Tribune)  


MORE:   Bodies found   Bodies of 7 murdered women found    


Reconnecting with dad


Kate Comella knew the day would come when she learned that her biological father was dead.  In the early 1970s, he was William 'Zeke' Zimmerman. But that was before he testified against the very Rochester mob members who knew him so well, before police hustled him out of town and placed him in the federal witness protection program. (Democrat Chronicle)


Suspects connected to other murders


Andre Gay & Richard Wilson


FULTON COUNTY - Investigators have painted a disturbing pattern of violence in connection with 2 men arrested for kidnapping and killing a pregnant DeKalb County woman and her boyfriend last August.  Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said on Friday that Brianna Brooks and Jeronta Brown were just 2 of Andre Gay and Richard 'Fathead' Wilson's victims.  Howard says both men are responsible for at least 7 deaths since 1990, one of which was unsolved.  (WXIA)  


MORE:   Men may face death penalty  


Evidence is wrong


Aaron Kosminski


LONDON - Scientists have said evidence which claimed to have unmasked Jack the Ripper is wrong because a decimal point may have been put in the wrong place during calculations to match the killer's delay with his descendants.  (Daily Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Jack the Ripper    Jack the Ripper unmasked    


Hack the border


WASHINGTON - Frustrated by costly delays at the Canada-US border, the business community is urging governments to seek solutions from private-sector whiz kids.  The national governments are being pressed to adopt a model popularized by high-tech startups during the original boom in the 1990s: gather a bunch of software engineers in one room, give them a problem to solve, and promise a prize. They call it a hackathon.  (CP)


Another attack


NORTH KIVU - Attackers killed 10 women, 8 children and 4 men in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Saturday. The assault occurred 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Beni, in North Kivu province, where more than 25 people died in a similar attack on Thursday.  (DW)  


MORE:   Violence in DRC   Children 'hacked to death'    2nd massacre   Massive jail break



Violence flares again





HONG KONG - Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardizing talks aimed at ending a political stalemate.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Activists regroup   Endgame 'nowhere in sight'   Triads behind spike in violence 

PREVIOUS:   2014 protests   Triad  


Toll rises




ANNAPURNA - At least 39 climbers died on a key Nepali hiking route after it was hit by major snowstorms and avalanches earlier this week.  Helicopters are helping rescuers high in the Himalayas as they search on for missing trekkers, with fears that more bodies lie beneath the snow.  A total of 289 people have been rescued from the mountain ranges in what is Nepal's worst-ever trekking disaster.  (BBC)


MORE:   Canadians grateful to be alive   Rescuers save new hikers who set out on same trails   Search ends


Most wanted captured


Randy Mark Yager


SAN DIEGO - A dangerous fugitive who remained on the US Marshal's 'Most Wanted' list for 17 years is in custody.  Randy Mark Yager, 58, was arrested at approximately 10:15pm at a bar in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.  (NBC)


MORE:   'Outlaw' biker captured  


Cases continue to climb


VANCOUVER - Under Section 28 of BC's Mental Health Act, a police officer can immediately take a person to a physician if the officer believes that person has a mental illness and could be a safety risk to that person or others. In Vancouver, these apprehensions have grown year after year to 2,872 in 2013.  As of this week, there have been more than 2,400 Section 28 apprehensions in Vancouver this year.  A spokesman for the Vancouver police department, emphasized that these figures account only for Section 28 apprehensions - the most serious of such calls.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Mental health decision on hold   TPS postpone standard   Coverage of mental health week


Wiretaps can be used in civil trials


OTTAWA - Judges are allowed to release private wiretaps that were obtained during criminal investigations for the purposes of civil trials, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.  (QMI)


JUDGMENT:   2014 SCC 66

MORE:   Wiretap evidence to be used in class action lawsuit  


RCMP track activist 


OTTAWA - According to the documents, the RCMP considers IEN an 'extremist' group and a trip by an IEN member to a direct action camp in July of that year created a flurry of database activity involving RCMP officers with the force's national security operations in BC and Ottawa.   (APTN) 




HALIFAX - Lawyers who spent years handling the case of people who allege they were abused at a defunct orphanage have been awarded $5.78M in legal fees by a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge.   (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Lawyers must justify fees    


Wannabe busted


JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT - A wannabe Playboy model and a male associate were arrested by federal agents after flying into a California airport from Las Vegas in a private plane loaded with a massive cache of Ecstasy pills and powder, according to court records.   (Smoking Gun)  


MORE:   Drug trafficking bust    Canadians busted    


Grate collapses at concert




SEOUL - 14 people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 20 metres to their deaths Friday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed.  Fire officials said 2 more people were unresponsive and feared dead and 11 others were seriously injured.   (AP)  


MORE:   Accident at concert    Death toll will rise   Concert official commits suicide 


WHO admits it botched attempt


The WHO has admitted that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. The UN health agency acknowledged that, at times, even its own bureaucracy was a problem. It noted that the heads of WHO country offices in Africa are 'politically motivated appointments' made by the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo.   (AP)  


PREVIOUS:   Cleared to fly   Anger over flight  Nurse to be moved   West Africa Ebola outbreak   Bio related events   


4 charged 


LONDON - 4 men arrested in London have been charged with plotting a terrorist attack, having allegedly sworn an oath to Islamic State.  The men were arrested during counter-terrorism raids in London over the last fortnight. Those charged are medical student Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Police targeted   Threat of attack in UK escalating   


Burned to death


KUNMING - 4 construction workers were burned to death by villagers in a clash in SW China.  The incident at a building site in Fuyou village, Yunnan province, left 6 workers and 2 villagers dead.  The workers were building a trade and logistics centre that residents were reportedly unhappy about.  China's rapid development has led to several cases in recent years of villagers resisting land deals.  (BBC)


MORE:   Villagers vow to 'fight to death'  


Costs skyrocket


OTTAWA - Despite a decreasing crime rate over a 10-year-period, the costs associated with fighting and punishing illegal activity has increased dramatically, according to a report by public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute.  Between 2002 and 2012, Canada's crime rate declined 27% while costs associated to the justice system increased 36%.  The report's authors point to actions by the Supreme Court of Canada as directly affecting the cost of justice.   (QMI)


REPORT:   Cost of crime in Canada 2014   COMMENT:   Questions about public sector efficiency


More power to CSIS


Blaney, Coulombe & Paulson


OTTAWA - The federal government will unveil new measures Thursday to give federal security agents more power to track suspected terrorists.   (PostMedia)  


MORE:   Lawyers oppose legislation   Court hindering CSIS's ability

PREVIOUS:    RCMP investigating   63 potential terrorism cases    IS discussed attacks on US targets in Canada   Too slow to take on radicalized Canadians


Greed, incompetence, neglect  


Algo Centre Mall


ELLIOT LAKE - Decades of incompetence, neglect, greed and dishonesty by a succession of owners, engineers and municipal officials led to the deadly cave-in of a northern Ontario mall two years ago, a judicial inquiry reported Wednesday.  (CP)


REPORT:   Elliot Lake Inquiry

MORE:   Human failure

COMMENT:   Human failure     


New charges


Patrick Brazeau


OTTAWA - A Quebec court has ordered suspended senator Patrick Brazeau to go to rehab for 2 months after he was arrested Monday for allegedly being drunk behind the wheel of a parked car with a knife in the vehicle.  (CP)


Not missing students




IGUALA -  Mexican officials said Tuesday that DNA from 43 students who went missing more than 2 weeks ago didn't match samples taken at a mass grave uncovered in the wake of their disappearance.  Mexican Attorney General nevertheless cautioned that he was still waiting for DNA results from an undisclosed number of corpses found in other graves outside the city of Iguala.  (AFP)   


MORE:   Crime boss kills himself   Gang leader arrested 

PREVIOUS:   Clashes   Violence flares   Protesters burn government offices   Cartels, corruption and missing students   2014 Iguala massacre   


Nurse kills 38



Daniela Poggiali


LUGO - A cruel Italian nurse killed as many as 38 patients because she thought they - and their visiting families - were annoying.  Police believe Daniela Poggiali, who worked at a Lugo hospital, killed her victims with hefty doses of potassium chloride, and then snapped photos with some of the bodies, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported.   (NY Daily News)  


Bankers got away with it


WASHINGTON - The Governor of the Bank of England last night launched a stinging attack on the bankers who caused the financial crisis and 'got away without sanction'.  Mark Carney said the bosses of the banks behind the 2008 global financial crash should have paid a higher price for their errors.  Instead - despite facing limited social embarrassment - they were still on the 'best golf courses'.  (Daily Mail)    


PREVIOUS:   Global Meltdown


World's wealthiest


If you have $3,650, you're among the wealthiest half of people in the world, according to Credit Suisse's new report on global wealth.  (Telegraph UK)


REPORT:   Global wealth report 2014   .pdf  

MORE:   Richest 1% own nearly half of global wealth


Still paying too much


OTTAWA - A new study has found that Canadians are still paying far more than other industrialized countries for generic drugs, despite recent efforts by the provinces and territories to bulk buy six particularly costly medications.  It adds that while Canadians are saving some money under the bulk-purchasing scheme, they're still spending much more than those in the UK, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and the US.  (CP)  


MORE:   Paying more than double


 Illegal dumping


Canadians love the landscape and the landscape helps define us. But all over this country, people will toss almost anything almost anywhere when they think no one is watching.  This isn't mindless littering. This is deliberate trashing of the landscape, the dumping of vast amounts of household garbage, construction waste and much, much more.  (CBC)  


Welcome to Canada 


OTTAWA - Canada's border agency pursued the idea of putting immigrant detainees in federal prison despite concerns about locking up newcomers with violent offenders.  CBSA president Luc Portelance raised the possibility with the federal Correctional Service because the border agency feared running out of space to hold people, newly disclosed documents show.  (CP)   


Worried about rules on corruption


Ottawa insists it isn't softening its anti-corruption regime, as several key defence and technology suppliers face possible bans on selling to the government for up to 10 years.  A number of prominent government suppliers, including Hewlett-Packard Inc., BAE Systems PLC, and Siemens AG, could be sanctioned in Canada for crimes they committed in other countries.  Ottawa said it has no plans to allow disbarred companies to win reinstatement for good behaviour - as the US, the EU and many other countries do. (Globe & Mail)


Business lessons


Globally, one organization offers a vivid blueprint for growing a brand through an unrivaled dedication to culture, and it isn't a company you'll find in the Fortune 500. It's the Hells Angels, the world's most famous (or infamous, depending on perspective) outlaw motorcycle club. (Fast Code Sign)    


Core secrets


The NSA has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use 'physical subversion' to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents.  The documents, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also indicate that the agency has used 'under cover' operatives to gain access to sensitive data and systems in the global communications industry, and that these secret agents may have even dealt with American firms. (Intercept) 


COMMENT:   World without investigative journalism   Soviet Criminal Act v US Patriot Act

PREVIOUS:   Automatic police access   RIPA   Police snooping scandal   Big brother surveillance      


Few are prosecuted 


OTTAWA - 3 years after Ottawa launched a new regulatory body to police the immigration consultant industry, critics say there are as many illegal 'ghost' consultants as ever preying on would-be immigrants.  When complaints are made to the Burlington-based Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC website doesn't load), it has no power to police ghost consultants.  Instead, it's up to the CBSA to investigate.   (Toronto Star)


Threats of violence


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that threats of violence in themselves are a form of violence and can be used to determine whether someone should go to prison indefinitely.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2014 SCC 61

MORE:   'I have a gun'     


State immunity


Zahra Kazemi


OTTAWA - Zahra Kazemi's son can't overcome state immunity to sue the government, or Iran or key Iranian officials, for allegedly torturing and killing his mother, Canada's top court says.  (CBC)


JUDGMENT:   2014 SCC 62   


Incompetent judges


TORONTO - The submissions filed with the Ontario Judicial Council on Thursday take aim at the 'presumptive secrecy' of the council, which has refused to make public the details surrounding a complaint against a repeatedly upbraided Toronto judge.  According to the council, which probes complaints against Ontario's roughly 330 provincially appointed judges, it has imposed a 'general order' sealing all complaints - except the rare few that result in a public hearing.   (Toronto Star) 


Police documents


Tony Accurso


MONTREAL - Italian police documents obtained by Radio-Canada's investigative program Enquete mention a certain Anthony working for the Mafia who, according to police, could be Tony Accurso.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption Quebec   Mafia  


Political parties don't like copyright laws


OTTAWA - The Conservative government is planning to change Canada's copyright law to allow political parties to use content published and broadcast by news organizations for free in their own political ads.  (CTV)  


COMMENT:   Looting news for attack ads 

PREVIOUS:   PTC copyright

RELATED:   Motion to ban MNAs from owning media companies                


Woman found dead


MOOSONEE - OPP said the woman was found unresponsive Saturday morning in Moosonee with clear signs of trauma.  She has been identified as Angel Matthews, 27, of Moosonee.  (CBC) 


MORE:   Suspicious death 




EDMONTON - Police responded to a disturbance call around 8:10am at a suite at Queen Mary Park Apartments on 116 St NW.  Police says a Caucasian man, who appears to be in his mid-20s, was found dead at the three-storey walkup apartment building.  Cody Ross Larson, 23, had been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.  (Global)


MORE:   Witness   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death  


Mounties, suspect hurt


REGINA - What began as a routine call for a disturbance escalated to a disturbing hit and run that injured 2 Mounties - one seriously - as well as the man they were arresting, and had police shoot at an SUV.  (Regina StarPhoenix) 


Gruesome package



Lin Jun                Luka Magnotta


MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper's deputy chief of staff has testified at Luka Rocco Magnotta's first-degree murder trial about opening a parcel and being overwhelmed by a foul odour.  Jenni Byrne was the Conservatives' director of political operations when a partially opened package arrived at party headquarters in Ottawa on May 29, 2012.  (CP) 


PREVIOUS:  Murder page 6  


Honoured by TPS


TORONTO - 29 members of the community were recognized for their acts of bravery, courage and assistance to the Toronto Police Service on Sunday.  Chief Bill Blair and police board chair Alok Mukherjee presented the Community Member Awards at an afternoon ceremony at the College St headquarters.  (CityNews)


Suspicious death


CAMPBELL RIVER - RCMP responded to a 911 call Saturday at 8:26am to assist an ambulance with an unresponsive male outside a residence on Alpine Road at Dogwood St.  RCMP and BC Ambulance Service attended and found the male was deceased.   (Campbell River Mirror)  


MORE:   Suspicious death       


3 arrested 


Zack Jelovsek


MISSISSAUGA - 3 people have been arrested in connection with a stabbing at a weekend house party in Mississauga that ended with one man dead and another injured.  The 2 men were stabbed during a fight outside a home at 136 Rainbow Crescent around 1:30am on Saturday.  Zack Jelovsek, 19, has been identified as the deceased victim.  Hamza Othman, 19, and Ilir Memedovski, 20, have been charged with second-degree murder. Neil Patel, 20, was charged with accessory after the fact.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Arrests made    3 arrested  


Man found NCR



Jeannine Ross-Armstrong


TORONTO - Jonathon Ross killed his sister brutally, bludgeoning and stabbing her as she lay in bed. When police arrived at Ross's Richmond Hill condo, his socks were drenched in blood.  It was the early morning of Feb. 2, 2013. As a Newmarket court would later hear, Ross was having a psychotic episode likely brought on by undiagnosed schizophrenia.  Last week, a judge found Ross, 38, not criminally responsible for the homicide.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Identify released   Man charged   Woman killed  




Stephanie Laderoute


EDMONTON - Police have arrested and charged Stephanie Laderoute, 34, with second degree murder and accessory after the fact in the stabbing death of Ashley Macneil last March.  Ashley John George Macneil, 34, died from a stab wound he suffered during an alleged altercation with another man in a parking lot in the area of 168 St and 118 Ave during the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 12, 2014.  On October 2, EPS charged Daryle Victor Kidder, 36 in connection with Macneil's death.  (Beacon)  


MORE:   2nd suspect charged

PREVIOUS:   Warrant issued   Woman wanted   2 charged   Homicide   Stabbed to death   Stabbing victim      




VANCOUVER - Charges have been dropped against the 23-year-old man previously accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in Surrey after police determined that he did not commit the crime.  Surrey RCMP now say that Cory Schaumleffel, 28, has been charged in connection to the August incident.  Police requested a stay of proceedings in the case against the previous suspect on Oct. 10, saying the man confessed to a crime he didn't commit.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Calls for better public safety in Surrey   Police debunk confession   Police arrest wrong person  


Pastor charged


Richard John Docekal


EDMONTON - ALERT said their Internet Child Exploitation Unit had charged Richard John Docekal, 58, with possession and distribution of child pornography.  (CTV)  


MORE:   'Hand-drawn' child porn offences 


Leniency ill advised


VANCOUVER - You launch a savage, unprovoked attack, chopping another person over the head several times with a meat cleaver, but it's not called attempted murder, only aggravated assault.  And although you have a mile-long record, you're just out of prison, and you're on a drunken binge seeking drugs, you get off with another short stretch in your second home and a hearty 'I wish you the best'?  (Vancouver Sun)  


Crown reviewing cops' conduct  


WINNIPEG - An internal investigation into the two officers who made contact with 15-year-old Tina Fontaine hours before she was last seen alive is complete and has been turned over to the Crown for review, Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis said on Friday. Tina Fontaine, 15, was reported missing in early August. The two officers made contact with Fontaine and chose not to apprehend her despite her status as a high-risk runaway. Her body, wrapped in a plastic bag, was pulled from the Red River a week later. (QMI)     


MORE:   Investigations not linked

PREVIOUS:   Officer mired in sex probe    Recent murder


Parents accused of murder



Jaelin Roberto Colley      Colley & Roberto


TORONTO - Police say the parents arrested in the death of a 4-year-old North York boy have been charged with first-degree murder.  On Monday, paramedics were called to a townhouse complex in the Finch Ave E area where they found Jaelin Roberto Colley not breathing and were unable to resuscitate him.  Joel Roberto, 27, and Ravyn Colley, 24, both of Toronto, were each initially charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life but that offence was upgraded to first-degree murder.  (CityNews)


MORE:   Family shocked  

PREVIOUS:   Father, woman charged   Boy found dead  





Shou Quan Chen


TORONTO - Wednesday Xian Xu Liu, 65, left the brick duplex she shares with her family, wandered down her quiet residential street, then into a grassy park behind the Wallace Emerson Community Centre.  Police confirmed that Liu was the victim of a fatal assault in the park Wednesday morning.  After canvassing the area and reviewing surveillance tapes of the incident, investigators arrested and charged Shou Quan Chen, 70, with second-degree murder.   (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   Man arrested    Arrest made    

PREVIOUS:  Woman killed   Homicide    


Altercation with police


OAKVILLE - A 41-year-old man is dead after getting into an altercation with police inside an Oakville hotel.  The man, whose name has not been publicly released, was shot by a Halton police officer at around 5:30am inside the Monte Carlo Inn according to the province's SIU.  The man was rushed to Hamilton General hospital with life-threatening injuries but didn't survive.  (CP24)  


MORE:   SIU investigating   Police shooting


Human trafficking case


HAMILTON - A Hamilton man is facing 38 human trafficking, guns and assault charges after a sex trade worker came to York police last month 'badly assaulted by her suspected pimp,' police say.  The next day, officers arrested 27-year-old Jerome Hines, also known as 'Shyst' or 'Shiest.'  (CBC)





Zaid Yousif             Michael Menjivar


TORONTO - Police have arrested a teenager in connection with a shooting that killed Zaid Athir Youssef, 17, and Michael Menjivar,15, on Oct. 6   The suspect cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.  Police have released photos and video footage of several persons of interest in the case.  Police removed 4 of the images Tuesday evening after identifying the individuals portrayed in them as young persons.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Arrest made   Arrest

PREVIOUS:   5 sought   TPS release images   2 more persons of interest   Victims identified   Overcome with grief   Wrong place at the wrong time   Hunt for suspects   





Evelyn Castillo        Niran Murray


MISSISSAUGA - Peel police have arrested Niran Vade Murray, 32, of Toronto, in connection with the death of a Thornhill woman in Mississauga on Saturday.  Evelyn Bumatay Castillo, 43, was found without vital signs after crews put out a fire at a Quality Inn on Britannia Road E.  (CityNews)  


MORE:   Arrest made   Sex trade worker killed by client   

PREVIOUS:   Death a homicide   Autopsy deems death a homicide 


Victim identified


Tyrell Preston Soosay


MASKWACIS -  RCMP have identified Tyrell Preston Soosay, 18, as the man whose remains were found near a home on the Samson Cree Nation this past Sunday.  Tyrell Soosay and the accused, Walter Louis, were cousins and both lived on the Samson Cree Nation.  (Beacon)   


PREVIOUS:   Man arrested   Homicide    




TORONTO - A murder trial jury watched video Wednesday showing Christopher Husbands shopping for skates and then, shortly later, firing 14 bullets, killing 2 people and wounding 5 innocent bystanders at the Eaton Centre food court.  (QMI)  


PREVIOUS:   2012 Eaton Centre shooting   


Overdoses caused by fentanyl


VANCOUVER - Police say what they at first feared was a bad batch of heroin turns out to be fentanyl.  Police first issued a warning over the long weekend following more than 30 overdoses including one death.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Fentanyl behind DTES overdoses  


Cop charged


Jason Mallett


OTTAWA - An Ottawa police officer and former pro football player once commended for his 'genuine caring' has been charged in connection with a domestic violence incident.  Jason Mallett, 42, was charged with one count of criminal harassment.  Mallett has been suspended from duty pending the proceedings.  (QMI)   


Deadline passes


VANCOUVER - Dozens of tents remained standing in Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park after the deadline to vacate the park came and went without incident on Wednesday night.  While many of the protesters have moved on in recent days, many in the park on Wednesday night said they would not be taking down their tents because they have nowhere to go.  (CBC)    


PREVIOUS:   Dismantle tent city   Injunction granted  


New trial


VANCOUVER - The BC Court of Appeal has overturned an aggravated assault conviction and ordered a new trial in the case of a man found guilty of a violent beating tied to a marijuana growing operation on the North Shore.  Paul Defaveri, 52, was found guilty in September 2012 of violently beating 68-year-old Ron Perry in a rented home in North Vancouver, leaving Perry with permanent injuries.  (Vancouver Sun)


MORE:   New trial in beating case

PREVIOUS:   5 years for eye-gouging




Edmonton Journal


EDMONTON - Police have charged Allan Dean Balay, 47, following a single vehicle collision on Saturday that left one woman dead.  (Beacon)  


MORE:   Driver charged    


Covered-up murder-suicide?


Shirley & Donald Parkinson


UNITY - Shirley Parkinson, 56, was killed by her husband near Unity, SK, last month but RCMP refuse to publicly acknowledge that she was a homicide victim.  The RCMP insisted, then and now, on simply calling the death of the mother-of-two a 'sudden death.'  Parkinson's husband, Donald, 60, also killed himself in what is usually referred to as a murder-suicide on the couple's farm near Unity on Sept. 10.  But without official confirmation, Parkinson's homicide was never reported in the media. SK's chief coroner and the victim's mother have confirmed that Parkinson's death was a homicide.  (CBC)


COMMENT:   RCMP has no business citing 'privacy'

PREVIOUS:   Couple found dead   Investigation done  


Guilty plea


Alexandra Noble


EDMONTON - Trevor Toews walked into the police station late on a summer afternoon, carrying his 2-year-old son in his arms and the guilt of a murder on his conscience.  On Tuesday in an Edmonton courtroom, Toews pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was handed a life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.  His confession that day, on July 25, 2012, came less than an hour after he had strangled Alexandra Noble, 25, his ex-girlfriend in the hallway of the apartment they had once shared.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Confessed

PREVIOUS:   Man charged   Police probe   Charge laid


Human remains found


GUELPH - Police are saying very little about the discovery of a set of human remains on Arrow Road in an area of the city dominated by factories, warehouses and small office buildings.   Forensic investigators were were first called to the area at around 12:30 on Monday.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Human remains   Forensic examination


Human remains found


VANCOUVER - RCMP are investigating after a passerby found human remains near the Nicomekl River.  A man out for a walk in the 20700-block of 53A Ave spotted what he believed was a human body Saturday.  Police have confirmed the identity of the person.  (Vancouver Province)   


MORE:   Body discovered    


Dead body found


PRINCE ALBERT - Police in Prince Albert are trying to identify a body found in the North Saskatchewan River on the Thanksgiving long weekend.  Shortly before 5:30pm on Sunday, officers were alerted by two kayakers who discovered human remains along the riverbank, east of the city.  (Global)  


MORE:   Body found   Body found   Human remains found    


Suspect dead


Peter DeGroot


SLOCAN - A 5-day manhunt in BC's Kootenays region has ended in the death of suspected gunman Peter Degroot following an 'interaction' with police in a cabin.  (CBC)


MORE:   Suspect in shootout is dead   Suspect killed in police interaction   Suspect shot by police  

PREVIOUS:   Suspect ID'd   Village locked down   Manhunt   RCMP reach out to suspect


2 identified




BRAMPTON - Peel police have identified 2 of the 3 people found dead at a home in Brampton on Sunday morning after an apparent double murder-suicide.  Hashmukhlal Mistry, 61, and Manjulaben Mistry, 57, were discovered along with a yet unidentified 91-year-old man inside a home on Hinchley Wood Grove.   (CityNews)  


MORE:   Identified

PREVIOUS:   Murders - suicide   3 dead   3 dead  


Death threats


SASKATOON - A member of the Hells Angels will be in a Saskatoon courtroom Tuesday morning to stand trial on charges he threatened to kill the owner of a local mining company.  Jesse Bitz is facing 8 counts of uttering threats. Leonard Banga is the owner of Xtreme Mining and Demolition. Bitz is accused of threatening to kill Banga.  (CBC) 


Protection appeal


LONDON, ON - Ontario's highest court has upheld a local judge's decision and quashed an appeal by a child-welfare agency wanting to revive a protection order for 3 boys caught in a vicious divorce case.  But the Ontario Court of Appeal left it open for the cash-strapped Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex to ask to appeal the $1.4M legal tab slapped against it after a mammoth trial that ran for 154 days.  The agency had made other headlines two years ago when it couldn't balance its books.  (QMI)


Hunter mauled, shot


FERNIE - A hunter being mauled by a grizzly was shot as his partner tried to stop the attack.  The BC Ministry of Environment said a man was attacked by the male grizzly just before 9am Sunday while hunting in an area near Fernie, BC.  According to the ministry, the man's hunting partner, believed to be the only other person in the party, shot and killed the bear.  (QMI)    


You are who you are


ST. THOMAS - Nearly 30 years ago, James Dean Barnett was convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy while Barnett volunteered at a London children's agency.  This week he sat waiting to be sentenced on 4 more sex charges against children.  But there was a twist: Barnett was now 49-year-old Tyler Giles.  He'd changed his name 11 years ago.  He'd also got a criminal pardon following his 1986 convictions, on two counts of sexual assault.  (QMI)


Dementia death


SALMON ARM - Mounties and the coroners' service are investigating after a 93-year-old man with dementia died following an attack by another patient at a long-term care facility in BC's southern Interior.  John Young was assaulted last Friday at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm after he wandered into the room of another dementia patient who was known to be aggressive.  Both men were taken to the hospital and Young died on Tuesday.  (CP) 





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