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$327M to fight violence


SURREY - The federal government will allocate up to $327.6M over 5 years and $100M a year after that to fight gun and gang violence.   In March, the federal government also plans to host a summit on criminal guns and gangs, bringing together experts, front-line police, provincial, territorial and municipal government officials and community and Indigenous leaders to discuss the issue.  (CP)


Mistakes in report


VICTORIA - The BC Utilities Commission says it has discovered errors in some price forecast calculations made in its preliminary report on the Site C dam but maintains 'the corrections do not change the panel's findings.'   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption BC 


Officer shot


Brian Shaw


NEW KENSINGTON - A police officer hired in June was shot and killed Friday night during a traffic stop in New Kensington.  Brian Shaw, 25, was shot when he pulled over an SUV along Leishman Ave.  The gunman is still at large.  (Tribune-Review)  


MORE:   Search for suspect    Manhunt


Missing sub


USHUAIA - The Argentine navy is stepping up its search in the South Atlantic for a 44-crew submarine that has been out of radio contact for three days.  President Mauricio Macri said all national and international resources were being deployed to help find the ARA San Juan as quickly as possible.    (BBC)  


Penis in the sky




NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND - Residents of Washington State turned their eyes to a clear blue sky Thursday and found themselves staring at a cartoonish rendering of male genitalia, sketched in airplane exhaust by at least one Navy EA-18G Growler jet.  (Washington Post)  


Saudi Arabia Sunni vs Iran Shia


Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but it's all recently got a lot more tense. Here's why.  (BBC) 


Getting out of jail


RIO DE JANEIRO - The Rio de Janeiro state legislature's vote on Friday to order the release of 3 of its members jailed earlier this week on corruption charges fed Brazilians' perception that well-connected politicians can break the law with impunity.  Assembly speaker Jorge Picciani and two other prominent members of the body, Paulo Melo and Edson Albertassi, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of racketeering, money laundering, tax evasion and accepting bribes.  All three belong to the PMDB, the same party as Brazilian President Michel Temer.  (EFE)  


PREVIOUS:   Great & Corruption


Database now public


The public will get a glimpse at the tens of thousands of names - including those of more than 3,000 Canadians and Canadian companies - in the Paradise Papers starting today.  Key information from the huge leak of tax-haven financial records, including the names of offshore companies and the people behind them, is being made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.  (CBC)


REPORT:   ICIJ offshore database

MORE:    Help search the Paradise Papers

PREVIOUS:   Paradise Papers   Global meltdown-wealth   Political party funding


Mistrial declared


Tony Accurso


MONTREAL - Superior Court Justice James Brunton has just declared a mistrial in the jury trial of Antonio Accurso.  The judge made the decision after a serious problem arose with a member of the jury.  The construction entrepreneur was charged with taking part in a system of collusion and kickbacks through which the city of Laval awarded contracts for years.  (Montreal Gazette)  


MORE:   Mistrial

PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption Quebec 

RELATED:   Vaillancourt gets day parole


Reintegration support


Canadian jihadis in Iraq and Syria face a concerted effort to kill them by the Syrian, Iraqi, US, Russian and Turkish governments, as well as numerous local and foreign-backed militias. But they have so far had little to fear from their own government, either at home or abroad.   At the end of 2015 the government said it was aware of about 180 'individuals with a nexus to Canada' who had travelled overseas to join such groups, and of another 60 who had returned to Canada.  (CBC)


RELATED:   Spies have infiltrated IS sleeper cells


What's next?


OTTAWA - Among the questions this process has opened for governments and law enforcement is one that has yet to be answered - what will legalization mean for police canines trained to treat pot as illegal? At this point, no one really knows. (Global)


Officer shot


Sean Suiter


BALTIMORE - A veteran Baltimore police detective died in the hospital Thursday, one day after he was shot in the head by an unknown gunman.  Homicide detective Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was conducting a follow-up to a homicide investigation around 5pm Wednesday when he saw a man engaging in suspicious activity.  Suiter approached the man and was shot in the head shortly after.  (ABC)


MORE:   Detective killed    Search for shooter   Shelter-in-place for neighborhood   309th homicide of the year 


Boss of bosses dead


Salvatore Riina


PARMA - Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina died early Friday in a hospital while serving multiple life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down the Cosa Nostra. He was 87.  (AP)


RELATED:   1957 meeting forced the FBI to recognize the Mafia    Apalachin meeting 




Bob Menendez


NEWARK - The corruption trial of New Jersey's Democratic US Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges. Menendez, 63, was accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors.   (Reuters) 


IIO complaint


THE HAGUE - Ousted Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz filed on Thursday a complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague regarding alleged human rights abuses carried out by Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.   She said more than 1,000 pieces of evidence, gathered from medical reports, inspections, and interviews, have been turned over to ICC prosecutors.  Ortega Diaz said that some 8,000 people had been assassinated in Venezuela on the orders of the government, between 2015 and 2017.  As well as implicating Maduro, the former Attorney General filed complaints against Vladimir Padrino Lopez, Nestor Reverol, Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez and Antonio Benavides Torres.  (EFE) 


PREVIOUS:   No strategy   Rating agencies declare default   Debt restructuring   Beginning of end-game    US sanctions more    Crisis in Venezuela     Cartels


Olympic spirit


MOSCOW - A top Russian Olympic official has said Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistleblower who alleged the country ran a systematic doping programme, should be executed. 'Rodchenkov should be shot for lying, like Stalin would have done,' said Leonid Tyagachev, who was the head of Russia's Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2010 and remains its honorary president.  (Guardian UK)


Military control


Robert Mugabe   Grace Mugabe


HARARE - Zimbabwe's military controls the capital Harare and the state broadcaster and is holding President Robert Mugabe, 93, and his wife under house arrest. It appears that the world's oldest head of state has been deposed by a coup.  The military is at pains, however, to say it didn't stage a military takeover, instead starting a process to restore Zimbabwe's democracy.  (CBC)


MORE:   Army takes over   Not a military takeover    Liberator turned oppressor   2017 Zimbabwean coup   Mugabe's refusal to resign   Vast wealth exposed


Gunman locked out


Kevin Janson Neal


RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE - The sound of gunfire was in the air, and school officials ordered an immediate lockdown.  Their decision most likely prevented a blood bath.  Apparently infuriated by a longstanding dispute with neighbors, a gunman shot 4 people to death early Tuesday.  Kevin Janson Neal, 43, wounded at least 10 others before officers rammed into the stolen vehicle he was driving, shot him and killed him.  (Sacramento Bee)


MORE:   Rancho Tehama Reserve shootings    Fast facts    Rampage   Gunman tried to get into school


4th victim


TAMPA - A Florida man walking to church to feed the homeless is believed to have become the fourth victim of a serial killer shooting people at random in Tampa.  Ronald Felton, 60, was fatally shot just blocks from a memorial honoring 3 people who were killed within days of one another last month.  The first killing took place on Oct 9 when Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was shot while waiting for a bus.  Monica Hoffa, 32, was found shot dead in a vacant lot on Oct 13.  While walking on Oct 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot.  (NBC)


MORE:   Food bank volunteer 4th victim 




OTTAWA - Canada is prepared to offer up to 200 ground troops, transport and attack helicopters, cargo planes and military trainers for future UN peacekeeping operations.  The 5-year military commitment is part of a comprehensive package that includes millions of dollars to help other countries boost the involvement of women in peace operations and strengthen security for those involved in high-risk missions.  (CBC) 


56 civil lawsuits


MONCTON - Almost every month for a year, lawsuits have been filed against the Catholic Church in NB by alleged victims seeking compensation for sexual abuse by priests.  Many of the priests are dead, but that hasn't stopped the lawsuits in Moncton, Bathurst and Edmundston from piling up.  At least 11 priests are targeted in the accusations.  32 of the accusations are against one individual - Camille Leger. (CBC) 


Entitlement track


OTTAWA - MPs and senators are on track to spend $4.5M to meet with their parliamentary counterparts around the globe this fiscal year - $1M more than was spent last year.   (CBC)


Rescue operations ends


HALABJA - Iran said that rescue operations have ended in areas hit by a powerful weekend earthquake that killed at least 450 people and injured thousands of others.  Sunday's 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep.  State television said thousands were huddling in makeshift camps while many others spent a second night in the open for fear of more tremors to come after some 193 aftershocks.  (Reuters)


MORE:   2017 Kermanshah earthquake   Earthquake hits border 


Half the world's wealth


The world's richest people have seen their share of the globe's total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to 50.1% in 2017, or $140T, according to Credit Suisse's global wealth report.  (Guardian UK)


REPORT:   Global wealth 2017 

MORE:   High-income trends among Canadian tax filers, 2015    Income increases


Human foot washes up


MEAFORD - OPP have confirmed that a human foot washed up on the beaches of Georgian Bay earlier this month, near Meaford, ON.  A contractor working in the area near a cottage made the gruesome discovery.  Police said the foot belongs to an adult. No further details have been released as forensic specialists and the local coroner continue to investigate.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Feet found


Mercury still there


GRASSY NARROWS FN - Government officials knew in the 1990s that mercury was visible in soil under the paper mill upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation.  A confidential report, commissioned by the current owner of the mill, Domtar, and prepared in 2016 by an environmental consulting firm, says the province knew decades ago that the site of the mill was contaminated with mercury. Today, the report says, it likely still is.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Bio related events 




Bill Morneau


OTTAWA - Canada's ethics commissioner has opened a formal examination into whether Finance Minister Bill Morneau put himself into a conflict of interest by introducing pension legislation while holding a million shares in the human resources company his family started.   (National Post)  


MORE:   Ethics commissioner investigating   Commissioner examining




OTTAWA - Police are investigating after a man was stabbed to death outside the Shepherds of Good Hope around 5am Saturday.  He was pronounced dead in hospital.  (Ottawa Citizen)


MORE:   Stabbing 




David Blacquiere   


TORONTO - David Blacquiere, 54, was fatally stabbed outside of a Shopper's Drug Mart on Weston Road on the morning of Nov 14.  Investigators believe that Blacquiere was in the company of Christopher Enrique Gordon, 18, when the pair arrived at the plaza in the same vehicle.  Blacquiere was then stabbed during the course of an altercation that began inside the vehicle.  Gordon is wanted for second-degree murder in connection with the homicide.  Demetrius McFarquhar, is wanted on charges of accessory after the fact of murder.   (CP24)


PREVIOUS:   Identified   Police identify victim   Victim ID'd   Identified 


Guilty plea


MONTREAL - Darius Brown, 17, was found dead outside an apartment building at the corner of Westminster and Westhaven on Nov 17, 2016.  An 18-year-old suspect originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, but changed his plea to manslaughter.    (CTV)


MORE:   Guilty plea 


3 years


Ryan   Tamara Lovett


CALGARY - A woman who failed to take her son Ryan, 7, to the doctor for a strep infection has been sentenced to 3 years in prison.  Tamara Lovett, 48, was convicted in January of criminal negligence causing death.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Mom guilty   Tamara Lovett   Guilty of negligence  


Overdose death


Michael Thompson


TORONTO - Const Michael Thompson, 37, was found in medical distress at his home in Durham Region on April 10, police say. He was rushed to hospital, where he died 3 days later.  Toronto police released a statement about the officer's death Thursday - more than 7 months after it happened.  Police started a sudden death investigation back in April. The results of that investigation came back in July, concluding Thompson died of a fentanyl overdose.  Police said the quantity of fentanyl in his system was too large to have been caused by casual contact with the drug.  (CBC)


MORE:   Drug squad officer died 


2nd man charged


Cody Gionet


NEWMARKET - Officers responded to calls of gunshots at a residence near Sheldon Ave shortly before 10pm on Oct 21.  Police arrived to find Cody Gionet, 30, suffering from gunshot wounds.   Cheikh Ngom, 18, has been charged with first-degree murder.  Travis Whitman, 21, was previously charged with second-degree murder.  (York Region)


MORE:   2nd man charged

PREVIOUS:   Charged   Murder rap laid   Man arrested   


Youth pleads guilty


SASKATOON - A 15-year-old Saskatoon boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death last year of Dylan Phillips, 26.  Phillips was beaten with a fence board and then shot at his home on Ave G N on Oct 14, 2016.  Two other accused are charged with first-degree murder.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Charged   2 more charged   15-year-old charged   Victim identified    


Hit-and-run video


TORONTO - In the hope of identifying the driver, Toronto police have released a shocking video showing the moment a woman was hit by a car while crossing the street.  The 61-year-old was making her way across Steeles Ave E at the pedestrian crossing on the morning of Oct 31 when a car turning left hit her.  She was sent to hospital with serious injuries.   (CBC) 




Harvey William Leroux


EDMONTON - Police received reports of 2 separate occasions during this past summer where Harvey William Leroux, 49, allegedly sexually assaulted a 6-year-old child at his Edmonton home. Leroux was taken into custody on Oct 24 and is now facing sexual assault and sexual interference charges.  Police believe Leroux may have had similar contact with other children.   (CTV)


MORE:   Police look for other victims    Befriends moms


Homicide, pepper spray attack


Deibi 'David' Salazar


CALGARY - Shortly after noon Wednesday, officers were called to a home in the 1800-block of 38 St SE, following a report indicating a man was in medical distress.  Officers entered the home and 'experienced the impacts of pepper spray'.   The subsequent search of the home resulted in the discovery of the remains of a man.  Police have identified Deibi 'David' Francisco Monterroso Salazar, 29, as the suspect.  (CTV) 


MORE:   Salazar arrested


Youth to be charged 


Leslie Sunwalk


CALGARY - Police were called at about 5am Wednesday to the 5500-block of Maddock Drive NE.  The victim, who has been identified as Leslie Sunwalk, was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries. A suspect was arrested at the scene and a second-degree murder charge is pending.  The suspect and victim were known to each other.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Teen killed   Stabbing    Teen dead


6 months



James Enright           Taitusi Vikiani


VANCOUVER - Taitusi Vikilani, 20, who was convicted of manslaughter for his part in a deadly attack outside a Burnaby, BC SkyTrain station has been sentenced to spend less than 6 months behind bars.  The court heard James Enright, 27, was killed after standing up for a woman late at night in a parking lot back in Feb 2015.  Jesse Sellam, stabbed him in the heart and Vikilani punched him in the face.  While Vikilani didn't deal the fatal blow, the court found him partially responsible for Enright's death.  Sellam was sentenced to 4+ years in prison for the stabbing.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Murder 2015


Suspect shot


ST LAURENT - Police said an RCMP officer was assaulted on Hwy. 6 near St. Laurent at about 8:30 on Tuesday night.  The officer's police van and sidearm were taken during the assault.  RCMP officials said that at 12:50am on Wednesday, officers located the stolen vehicle and the male suspect on Highway 417, near Lake Manitoba FN.  During the course of the arrest, the suspect was shot and pronounced deceased on scene.  (CTV)


MORE:   Suspect dead   Police shooting   Suspect identified   


Suspicious death


STURGEON FALLS - Police say the death of a 39-year-old woman in Sturgeon Falls is criminal in nature and being treated as suspicious.  Late Tuesday night, police were called to a disturbance at an apartment on William St.  When officers went inside, they found a man and an injured woman. She was taken to hospital and pronounced dead. The man was taken into police custody.  (CBC)


MORE:   Police investigating 


Stabbing victim dies


VANCOUVER - Police says its homicide team is investigating a death following an assault that happened on Halloween night.  Police were called to the area of 8 St and Columbia St, New Westminster, just before midnight and found a man suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds.  The unnamed man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.  Police aren't saying when he died.  2 suspects were taken into custody.   (Global)


PREVIOUS:    Man wounded in stabbing




SIX-ROADS - RCMP said they received a 911 call just before 1:30am Sunday about the fire at a two-storey home in Six Roads on Route 150.  When police arrived, the building was in flames. One man was able to escape the blaze and was taken to hospital in critical condition.  During a search of the burned-out house the next day, police found the bodies of a man and a woman.  Benoit Bertin, 19, is accused of murdering Leona Boudreau and Jacques Brideau and attempting to murder Michel Boudreau.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death   Suspicious death  




Kegan McCallum


MEADOW LAKE - Kegan McCallum, 17, died in hospital from gunshot wounds after he was shot at a friend's house at about 10:30am Monday.  Police are still looking for the suspect in the shooting.  (CBC)


MORE:   Shooting

PREVIOUS:   Serious incident  




Stuart Ellis


EAST GWILLIMBURY - Stuart Ellis, 28, was travelling south on Highway 48 near Davis Drive shortly before 6am on Monday when a northbound vehicle reportedly drifted into his lane and struck him head-on.  A suspect identified as Tyler Neilsen, 20, has been charged with impaired driving causing death, taking a vehicle without consent and driving on a disqualified license.  (CTV)


MORE:   Identified    Heart's in a million pieces


Victim remembered


Julia Pieroway


NIAGARA FALLS - Julia Pieroway, 20, was confirmed by friends to be killed in a Sunday morning crash that occurred around 2:15am in Niagara Falls on Biggar Road.  Jake Pirson, 22, has been charged with impaired driving causing death.  (Niagara This Week)


PREVIOUS:   Impaired




Victoria Head


ST JOHN'S - The body found near O'Brien Farm Road on Nov 11 is Victoria Head, a 36-year-old woman from St. John's.  They are investigating her death as a homicide.   (CBC)


MORE:   Police warn sex workers   Woman was murdered 


12 years for child porn


Philip Michael Chicoine


SASKATOON - Philip Michael Chicoine, 28, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for luring children to make child pornography, making his own child porn and sharing it with others, and arranging to commit sexual offences against a child during a 6-year period.  Chicoine pleaded guilty to 40 charges in April.  (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)


MORE:   Sentenced   Child porn sentencing

PREVIOUS:   Child porn charges   Charged with child porn   


Officer dies in shooting  



  John Davidson                 Oscar Arfmann


ABBOTSFORD - Officers were called about a possible stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Fraser Valley Auto Mall at about 11:30am Monday.  The caller blocked the suspect's vehicle in while waiting for police to arrive.  A male suspect emerged from that vehicle and began shooting at the caller and others with a shotgun.  There was an exchange of gunfire and one officer was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The suspect, a man in his 60s from Alberta, fled in the vehicle and police officers pursued.  The man was apprehended and taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  (CP)


MORE:   Celebration of life Nov 19   Public welcome at funeral   Procession   APD news release   .pdf   'He will always be my hero'   Officer identified   Officer killed in line of duty   Death affects the police community   Salute to fallen officer   Suspect charged   Details emerge on accused  

COMMENT:   The Bond




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