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2 cops shot



 Ramos and Liu                             Brinsley


NEW YORK - 2 uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner - in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman's assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.   Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot point-blank in the head by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28.  Moments after killing the two officers, Brinsley, too, was dead, having turned his gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in.   (NY Post)


MORE:   Officers 'assassinated'   Saluting the fallen   Rift between police union, mayor

RELATED:   Tarpon Springs officer shot    


Attacker killed


PARIS - French police on Saturday shot dead a knife-wielding man who attacked 3 officers in a police station while shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is great').  The man wounded one officer's face at the entrance to the police station in Joue-les-Tours near the central city of Tours and injured 2 others before he was killed.  (AFP)  


Ethics probe


Rod Bruinooge


OTTAWA - The federal ethics commissioner has begun a preliminary probe into allegations Winnipeg South Conservative MP Rod Bruinooge violated conflict-of-interest rules when he supported new legislation that could benefit an app he's developing.  (Winnipeg Free Press)  


MORE:   Complaint triggers ethics review


Mother arrested



Mersane Warria


CAIRNS - The 37-year-old mother of 7 of the 8 children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's city of Cairns has been arrested for murder.  The eighth child was her niece.  The woman, who was hospitalized on Friday with stab wounds, was lucid and awake and talking to police.  (PA)  


MORE:   Mother charged

PREVIOUS:   Cairns child murders    


Child killers ID'd



Taliban murderers         Umar Mansoor


PESHAWAR - The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of 3 and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed 'Slim'.   His real name is Umar Mansoor and the Pakistani Taliban say he masterminded this week's massacre of 132 children and 9 staff at a school in Peshawar - the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan's history.   (Reuters)  


PREVIOUS:   Peshawar school attack   Taliban Pakistan


NK offers to join hacking probe


WASHINGTON- North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the US into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of 'serious' consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.  (AP) 


MORE:   Sony made mistake in pulling film    What is FBI's evidence   US mulls putting NK on terror list

COMMENT:   Unprecedented defeat on US turf   Buckling to an empty threat 

PREVIOUS:  The Interview   Sony facing loss   Latest crisis after years of losses   FBI says N Korean responsible 


Profit for non-profit 


ST JOSEPH - Long known as Heartland Regional Medical Center, the nonprofit hospital and its system of clinics recently rebranded. Now they're called Mosaic Life Care.  Two miles away, at the rear of a low-slung building is a key piece of Mosaic- Heartland's very own for-profit debt collection agency.  When patients receive care at Heartland and don't or can't pay, their bills often end up here at Northwest Financial Services.  And if those patients don't meet Northwest's demands, their debts can make another, final stop: the Buchanan County Courthouse.  (Epoch Times)


Siege broken


MOUNT SINJAR - Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against IS militants.  They say they have broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since August.  (BBC)  


MORE:   Trapped Yazidis freed   3 IS leaders killed

PREVIOUS:   Sinjar massacre  War on Terror


Price gap help - cut taxes


OTTAWA - Canadians and their federal government would save money by raising tenfold the amount consumers can spend on cross-border purchases before having to pay taxes and tariffs, a new report says.  (CBC) 


Holiday giving


Charity experts caution that Canadians shouldn't part too easily with their hard-earned cash without doing some research first. Here are their tips for donating smart during the holiday season.  (CBC)


Death sentences


ABUJA - A human rights lawyer says 54 soldiers have been sentenced to death because they embarrassed Nigeria's military by demanding weapons to fight Islamic extremists, and says they were justified in not going on what would have been a suicidal mission.  (AP)  


MORE:   Boko Haram kidnaps women & children, kills 32    BH kills dozens   Boko Haram seizes scores of women    Video

PREVIOUS:   Corrupt army commanders undermine fight   Boko Haram 


Search for mob boss


Daniele Ranieri


TORONTO - On Tuesday a number of warrants were issued in connection with an investigation called Project Forza which focused on a group of people allegedly involved in extortion, fraud, firearms offences and drug trafficking.  Police say the investigation determined that in April 2013 Juan Fernandez and his associate Fernando Pimantel were murdered in Italy. As a result of this murder Daniele Ranieri, 30, of Bolton gained control of the organized crime group operating in the GTA.  (City News)


MORE:   Police hunt   OC bust   Climbing the Mafia ladder 


Provinces under press not to enforce


TORONTO - Sex workers and their supporters are calling on the country's premiers to send a clear message that the federal government's new prostitution law should not be enforced by the provinces.   (QMI)


MORE:   Not to enforce movement growing

PREVIOUS:   Bill C-36   Sex Crimes      


CRTC power


OTTAWA - As part of a budget implementation bill, the CRTC has been granted the power to levy fines against telecoms that violate the Telecommunications Act. The broadcast regulator can now fine telecoms up to $10M for a first violation, and up to $15M for subsequent violations.  (Huffington Post)


Health Canada's 'scary' claim


OTTAWA - Health Canada's latest anti-marijuana ad makes a 'scary' claim about lowered IQ that has been widely challenged by researchers, but the campaign went ahead anyway after that message tested well with focus groups.  An ominous 30-second ad now on YouTube and TV warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm a teen's developing brain, with the words 'Decreased IQ' crossing the screen.  (CBC)  


Obesity a disability


LUXEMBOURG - Employers will have to change the way they treat overweight staff following a EU court ruling that obesity can, in severe cases, constitute a disability.  The landmark decision by the European Court of Justice establishes a precedent that could affect employment rights across the continent. It stops short, however, of declaring obesity to be a protected characteristic against which all discrimination is prohibited.  (Guardian UK)


JUDGMENT:   C-354/13

MORE:   Being fat can constitute a disability  


Gang members arrested


La Familia


EDMONTON - ALERT said Tuesday that members of the La Familia gang, which has alleged ties to Mexican drug cartels and the Mara Salvatrucha gang, had been arrested in Edmonton following an ALERT investigation.  It's alleged the group was trying to gain control of drug distribution channels in Alberta.  (CTV) 


MORE:   La Familia arrests in AB   4 arrested

PREVIOUS:   Setting up shop   Cartel Connection Part 2    Cartels


Troops cleared


LONDON - Allegations that British troops executed captured Iraqi prisoners and tortured or seriously abused others after a battle in 2004 were based on lies, a long-running inquiry concluded on Wednesday, exonerating the armed forces.  The Al-Sweady inquiry, has lasted 5 years and cost $49M.   (Reuters)  


MORE:   Al-Sweady inquiry   Battle of Danny Boy   Case 'product of deliberate lies'   Shameful conduct of lawyers     


Suspect found dead


Bradley Stone


SOUDERTONBradley Stone, the former Marine believed to have killed his ex-wife and 5 of her family members and seriously stabbed another was found dead in the woods near his Montgomery County home Tuesday, after apparently killing himself with a knife.  (NBC)


PREVIOUS:   Suspect still loose


Pension rip-off fees


LONDON - Pensions companies have been told they must draw up urgent plans to end "jaw dropping" charges to more than a million customers, after a major report found $41B worth of savings is at risk from rip-off fees.  A year-long inquiry into the pensions plans offered to staff by companies found savers were exposed to 38 different fees that depleted their funds.  Researchers found almost a quarter of all the money held in workplace pensions run by insurance companies was at risk.  (Telegraph UK)     




Nicholas Smirnow


TORONTO - An Ontario man charged by American authorities 4 years ago in an alleged $70M US Ponzi scheme has been arrested after arriving at Toronto's Pearson International airport.  OPP say Nicholas Smirnow, of Lake of Bays, and his wife Dianna were arrested Friday night on outstanding warrants after getting off a plane from the Philippines.  Police also allege Dianna Smirnow, 44, defrauded the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services of a 'substantial amount' of money in 2008 but left the country before she could be arrested.  (CP)  


PREVIOUS:   Pathway 2 Prosperity scam    


Car bombs  


SANAA - Yemen's Shiite rebels say 2 car bombs have exploded south of the capital, hitting a school bus travelling near a rebel gathering and killing 10 fighters and at least 15 students.  The rebel group known as the Houthis blamed al-Qaida for the Tuesday attack in the Radaa area of Baydah province. The group said the school bus was carrying female primary school students.  (AP) 


MORE:   Children die in Yemen bomb attacks


Lorry leaving Dover



Simon Keeler    Anthony Small


DOVER - When police stopped a suspicious looking lorry leaving Britain from Dover late one night, little did they suspect what they would find inside.  For crowded in the back was a Libyan terror suspect allegedly carrying an order for $28.4M of ammunition, 2 Britons suspected of plotting to fight with IS in Syria and 17 illegal immigrants - all attempting to flee the country.  (Daily Mail)


MORE:   6 charged   Terror charges


Tribute to victims



Dawson      Johnson                     Monis


SYDNEY -  Thousands of people have turned out in Sydney to pay tribute to the victims of a 16-hour siege, which ended when police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe at Martin Place early Tuesday morning.  Katrina Dawson, 38, and Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, were killed in the siege, along with gunman Man Haron Monis, 50.  (Radio Australia)


MORE:   Heroic victims   2 hostages killed

PREVIOUS:   Hostage crisis   How gunman is using media for propaganda  

RELATED:   Belgium detain hostage-takers


Denmark claims North Pole


An Arctic expert says an unspoken agreement between Arctic nations on how to divvy up northern seas is all but dead now that Denmark is presenting scientific data that it says gives it a claim on waters past the North Pole.  The claim, which was to be filed with the United Nations in New York on Monday, will force Canada into tough future negotiations on overlapping claims instead of being able to rely on deals worked out in advance.  (CP) 


Feds lose appeal


OTTAWA - The Conservative government has lost its latest attempt to prevent medical marijuana users from growing pot at home, with the Federal Court of Appeal upholding an injunction that exempted patients from a massive overhaul of the system.  (CBC) 


Airlines won't end fuel surcharges


TORONTO - Despite tumbling oil prices, airlines have no plans to remove their fuel surcharges, frustrating holiday travellers who have been expecting a break in flight costs.  The price of oil slid to US$55.41 on Monday - the lowest price in more than 5 years.   (CTV)


MORE:   BC Ferries cutting 3.4% fuel surcharge   Oil price wars


'Have not' to get extra


OTTAWA - Canada's most populous province will get $20.4B from Ottawa for health, social services and equalization payments in 2015, up from $19.2B in the past year.  That's the biggest increase of any of the provinces or territories.  (Toronto Star) 


Access needed


OTTAWA - Health Quality Ontario said that although Canada ranks relatively high on an international index measuring 'quality of death,' hundreds of thousands of Canadians have no access to coordinated end-of-life care.  Yet the issue is becoming more pressing due to the aging population: by 2026, the number of Canadians dying each year will increase by 40% to 330,000 people, with each death affecting the well-being of 5 other people on average - families and loved ones - or more than 1.6M people in all, the report says.  (CBC)


REPORT:   End-of-life care in ON    


Police dismantle jihadists' network 


PARIS - French police launched nationwide raids early on Monday to dismantle a network that was sending jihadists to Syria.  Elite and anti-terror police units descended on around a dozen targets.   (AFP)  


It's over


HONG KONG - Police tore down barricades, folded up tents and arrested some protesters Monday at a third and final pro-democracy protest camp, ending demonstrations that blocked traffic in the southern Chinese city's streets for 2 and a half months.  (AP)  


MORE:   Umbrella movement's occupation phase over

COMMENT:   Protest won't go away  

PREVIOUS:   2014 Hong Kong protests  


Executed found not guilty


HOHHOT - A court in China has cleared a teenager of the rape and murder of a woman in a public toilet, 18 years after he was executed.  The teenager, Huugjilt, was 18 when a court in Inner Mongolia convicted him.  His conviction was called into question after a serial rapist confessed to the crime in 2005.  Delivering his judgment, the judge in the court in Hohhot apologized and bowed to the tearful parents of the executed teenager.  As an expression of the court's sympathy 30,000 yuan ($4850) was given to Huugjilt's parents.  (BBC) 


MORE:   Impecdcance announced   


Mudslide at construction site


QUITO - A mudslide at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant, the largest facility of its kind in Ecuador, killed 13 people.  3 Chinese workers and 10 Ecuadorians died in the mudslide.   (EFE)    


MORE:   13 dead in accident   Sinohydro    


Russian mob and Missouri fish eggs


WARSAW, MISSOURI - Andrew Praskovsky, 42, from Colorado, made a pilgrimage to his native Russia every year. But in April 2012, his trip was cut short when US federal agents descended on him at the airport to seize contraband from his luggage.  Their booty?  More than 1.8 kilograms of illegally extracted paddlefish caviar from the Osage River about a two-hour drive SE of Kansas City.  He was one of 8 men arrested during 'Operation Roadhouse'.   (Toronto Star)


Boat capsizes


LAKE TANGANYIKA - At least 129 people drowned after a boat capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday night.  The vessel, which was packed with passengers and goods, had been travelling north from Kalemie in Katanga province to Uvira in South Kivu province when it sank.  Katanga's Transport Minister said the boat appeared to have been carrying excess weight.  He said 221 passengers had been rescued.  (AFP)  


MORE:   Ferry sinks    


PM resigns


Laurent Lamothe & Michel Martelly


PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haiti's prime minister has resigned, after violent anti-government protests over delayed elections.  Protesters had called for President Michel Martelly and Laurent Lamothe to resign.  Mr Martelly was to have called polls in 2011, but they were postponed in a stalemate over electoral law.  Parliament's mandate expires in January, and unless elections are held, Mr Martelly would rule by decree. (BBC) 


Mob hitman dies


Harold Konigsberg


MIAMI - As hit man for the mob, Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg was once considered "the most dangerous uncaged killer on the East Coast," according to Life magazine, suspected in at least 20 murders.  As an elderly resident of an assisted-living facility in Sunrise, he was just considered unpleasant, a fading gangster who was cranky, demanding and rude.  (Sun-Sentinel)    


Call for device ban


Target Blu-Eye


LONDON - Officials are examining whether using a device that alerts drivers to nearby police cars is illegal.  A police watchdog and motoring groups have already called for the Target Blu Eye gadget to be banned amid fears it will be exploited by speeding motorists and criminals.   (Telegraph UK)


Whistleblower hit with theft charges


Jean-Claude Juncker


LUXEMBOURG - A Frenchman suspected of having leaked thousands of pages of documents that could jeopardize multinational companies over tax avoidance was questioned by a Luxembourg judge on Friday.  The embarrassing documents revealed secret tax avoidance deals between Luxembourg and some of the world's biggest companies which were hammered out while EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was the country's prime minister.   (AFP)


PREVIOUS:    More secret tax deals   Luxembourg Leaks   Bombardier among companies exposed

RELATED:   US $1T budget bill with riders   Spending bill good for Wall Street 

PREVIOUS:   Rider   Global meltdown-wealth


Compensation for pirates 


STRASBOURG - The European Court of Human Rights ordered France to pay thousands of euros to Somali pirates who attacked French ships for 'violating their rights' by holding them an additional 48 hours before taking them before a judge.  France was ordered to pay between $6,100 and $2,500 to each pirate for 'moral damages', plus amounts varying from $3,700 and $11,200 to cover legal costs. (AFP)     


Suspicious death


Calgary Herald


CALGARY - At approximately 3:15pm, emergency crews were dispatched to a home on Erin Ridge Rd SE following reports of a person in medical distress.  A female patient, age not released, was transported to the Peter Lougheed Hospital in life threatening condition.  Police confirm the 'young person' succumbed to their undisclosed injuries in hospital on Friday.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Police investigating death    




Amaria Diljohn


TORONTO - Amaria Diljohn, 14, was struck and killed by a bus on the SE corner of Finch Ave E and Neilson Rd on Friday around 5:40pm.  Friends have set up a Facebook page in her memory which includes the following message: 'MoMo was struck and killed on Friday by a TTC Bus shortly after getting off.'  'The bus driver turned the corner and hit her and drove away,' Police alleged. 'At this point, it appears the bus driver didn't know.'  A 27-year-old man will be charged in the case.  (QMI)  


MORE:   Victim ID'd    Bus struck girl

PREVIOUS:   Hit-and-run    Hit-and-run 

RELATED:   Man hit by school bus    


2 accused



Tausif Chowdhury


OTTAWA - 2 young Ottawa men have been arrested in connection with the killing of Tausif Chowdhury, a 23-year-old international student who was found dead in the brush near the South Keys Transitway station in November.  Steven Kozielo and John Ruch, both 19, appeared in court on Saturday to face charges of manslaughter and robbery.  (CBC)


MORE:   2 charged    2 charged

PREVIOUS:   Victim ID'd   Police ID victim  




Chase Bigtobacco


SIKSIKA - RCMP are investigating the death of a teenage boy on the Siksika First Nation.  Officers were called to a home on the reserve on Thursday evening over reports of a fight.  When they arrived, police found a 16-year-old boy lying on the ground outside the home.  He died at the scene.  Friends and relatives are identifying him as Chase Bigtobacco.  (Global)


MORE:   Investigation 


Fatal assault


VANCOUVER - IHIT have identified 17-year-old Jaylen Sandhu, 17, as the victim of an assault in Surrey, BC, on Thursday.   RCMP responded to an assault in progress in the 16300-block of 88 Ave at 2pm on Dec 18.  According to IHIT Sandhu was able to get away from his attacker and seek help from a nearby residence.  He was then taken to a hospital, but succumbed to his injuries soon after.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Victim ID'd   Indo-Canadian stabbed


Victim identified  


Ewald Etienne


MONTREAL - The victim, Ewald Etienne, 35, was found by police lying on the ground outside a home on 63rd Ave. near Maurice-Duplessis Blvd. Police had been called at 8:30pm about a man in distress.  The man had been shot at least once in the upper body.  (Montreal Gazette)    


MORE:   Caught between Mafia and street gangs    Shooting linked to OC  




WINNIPEG - A 38-year-old man will not face murder charges after a stabbing death in the spring.  Police said the man was walking near Dufferin Ave and Salter St on April 19 when a 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old man tried to rob him.  The 38-year-old man took out a weapon and, while trying to defend himself, stabbed both of them.  The 17-year-old later died in hospital from his injuries.  (CTV) 


Charges re-activated



Lyle & Marie McCann             Travis Vader


EDMONTON - First-degree murder charges have been re-activated against Travis Vader in the case of two Alberta seniors who went missing during a motorhome expedition more than four years ago.  Lyle and Marie McCann were last seen alive on July 3, 2010.  (CTV)


MORE:   Charges reactivated

PREVIOUS:   Timeline   PTC murder    


Police identify man


RIVERTON - Gardner Feltmate, 49, of Riverton, N.S., died at the scene as an RCMP officer placed him under arrest for alleged assaults of employees at the Valley View Villa.  The RCMP officer was attempting to arrest Feltmate under the provisions of the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Death during arrest   





Ernest Cote                  Ian Bush


OTTAWA - Police have laid charges against one man in connection with the home invasion of a 101-year-old decorated Second World War veteran.  Police have charged a 59-year-old man.  The alleged incident occurred on Thursday morning, when Retired Col. Ernest Cote says he was tied up and robbed by a man claiming to be a city worker.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Left with plastic bag over head     


Officer dismissed


WINDSOR - Police officer Dorothy Nesbeth has been dismissed from the Windsor Police Service.  A Police Act hearing found Nesbeth guilty of discreditable conduct but not guilty on a charge of threatening a police officer stemming from a 2010 incident at the border.  In July 2010, Nesbeth failed to declare a large amount of alcohol stored in her trunk while returning to Canada at the Ambassador Bridge.  (CBC)


Infant's death a homicide


EDMONTON - Police have determined the death of a one-year-old boy to be a homicide.  Carter Auger died on Sept. 25, 21 days after his first birthday. At the time, police considered it to be a case of sudden death.  However, an autopsy by Edmonton's medical examiner found the results to be suspicious and the homicide section was called in to investigate.  It has now been determined that Carter died from blunt-force trauma to his head.  (CBC)


MORE:   Police confirm 3 more homicides  


Homicide confirmed


EDMONTON - Police said Thursday that the death of a woman, whose body was found in a shed in west Edmonton in June, had been confirmed to be a homicide.  Back on Wednesday, June 4, at about 1:45pm the body of a woman was found in a storage shed behind a business in the area of 174 Street and Stony Plain Road.  Police said Freda Goodrunning, 35, died as a result of blunt force trauma.  (CTV)    


Manslaughter charge


EDMONTON - Police said that a man in his 40s had been charged in connection to a fatal rollover that left his passenger dead in October, 2014.  On Sunday, October 12, officers were called to a single vehicle collision at 5:30pm on Yellowhead Trail and Victoria Trail.  The male driver, identified as Allan Dean Balay, 47, was extracted from the vehicle and taken to hospital with serious injuries.  Adele James, 41, his female passenger was still belted in her seat, and was pronounced dead on the scene by paramedics.  (CTV)  


2 charged


Patrick Whidden


PEERS - RCMP have charged 2 men in connection with the murder of Patrick Whidden, 25.  The body of Patrick Whidden was discovered on Sunday, Dec 14 in a rural field outside the town of Peers, near Edson.  On Wed RCMP arrested Robert Parkin, 20, of Parkland County and Santiago Patterson, 20, of Mayerthorpe.  Both men have been charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of indignity to human remains.  (Beacon)  


MORE:   Charges laid   2 men charged

PREVIOUS:   Body found in field    




Paul Bally


FANNY BAY - A 55-year-old Comox Valley, BC man has been charged in the Dec. 15 fatal hit-and-run of cyclist Paul Bally.  Timothy David Prad, who appeared in court Thursday, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident knowing bodily harm had occurred.  Prad did not come forward independently, but was arrested after police received a tip that led them to a property in the Comox Valley.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Killed in hit-and-run  




PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE - RCMP have charged a woman with second-degree murder for the death of her common-law partner.  Officers responded to a report of a stabbing on Dec 15, around 10:15pm.  A 25-year-old man was rushed to hospital in Winnipeg, but died from injuries the next day.  Joelle Amy Beaulieu, 24, of Portage faces a charge for second-degree murder.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Charges laid  




Mary Laboucan


FORT RESOLUTION - Steven Sayine was sentenced to 5 and a half years in the manslaughter death of Mary Laboucan in Fort Resolution.  Sayine kicked Laboucan in the head in June of 2012, causing her death.  Sayine has been in jail since he was charged two and a half years ago.  With credit for time served, he could be out of jail in less than a year and a half.  Sayine has 26 criminal convictions.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Man charged     


Police rally around officer


Support bracelet


VANCOUVER - A New Westminster police constable charged with second-degree murder appeared in court Thursday, where dozens of fellow officers gathered in a show of solidarity.  Const. Jordan MacWilliams, a seven-year veteran of the Delta Police Department, is accused in the high-profile shooting of an armed man outside the Starlight Casino in November 2012.  (CTV)


MORE:   Murder charge 'absolutely unconscionable'    Officer appears in court

COMMENT:   Murder charge outrageous

PREVIOUS:   BC Police    


Police shoot suicidal man


TORONTO - The SIU is investigating after a 40-year-old man was shot by Toronto police behind a Walmart at a Scarborough mall.  The man, a father of four, is an employee at Walmart's grocery division.  For some reason he became despondent and was reportedly cutting himself with a knife by the loading dock of the Walmart at Agincourt Mall when police arrived around 5pm.  The man was reportedly shot twice in the stomach.  (CityNews)  


MORE:   Man shot by police  


SIU urged to probe


ORILLIA - Justice George Beatty ruled Tuesday that OPP Sgt. Russell Watson caused 'catastrophic' injuries to Maria 'Tonie' Farrell, 48, who was an innocent witness trying to help during an incident in Orillia on April 2, 2013.  (QMI)    


Liberals paid to erase


TORONTO - IT consultant Peter Faist, who is the spouse of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty's deputy chief of staff, was paid $10,000 by the Liberal caucus to wipe data off approximately 20 government computers, police claim.  The allegation, unproven in court, comes from an OPP Information to Obtain document released by the Ontario Superior Court on Thursday. The document was used to get a search warrant, which was executed at a government office in late November.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Ontario power plant scandal   Regulators    Ontario Liberal Party 


Nothing wrong


John Lewis


VANCOUVER - Some might call it double dipping, but the superintendent of North Vancouver's school district says he's doing nothing wrong by collecting both a pension and a salary.  John Lewis retired from the district's top job in September after a 35-year career, but he has now been hired back by the school board to do the same job on a two-year contract.  Lewis is now eligible to collect a full pension and a salary comparable to what he previously earned - approximately $246,000.   (CBC)    


Minister shuffled out


Amrik Virk


VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark has shuffled her cabinet, moving Amrik Virk out of his advanced education portfolio on the same day an updated report revealed that the minister was fully knowledgeable about a compensation package that broke government guidelines.  (CP)


Tax referendum


VANCOUVER - The BC government has given a green light to the Metro Vancouver transit tax referendum, but only after renaming the proposed sales tax.  Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the revised question will describe the new tax as a Metro Vancouver Congestion Improvement Tax, rather than as a regional Provincial Sales Tax.  The new 0.5% tax would apply to the majority of goods and services sold or delivered in the Metro Vancouver region.  (CBC) 


City seeks to force company to pay


VANCOUVER - Burnaby is asking the National Energy Board to hand Kinder Morgan a bill that could be worth more than $2M for policing and cleanup costs after pipeline work was targeted by protesters last month.  Environmental activists set up a makeshift encampment in a conservation area on Burnaby Mountain in an attempt to block crews from conducting drilling and survey work related to its proposal to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline.  (CP)


Victim identified




CALGARY - Police have identified Ronald Elepano, 34, as the man who was fatally stabbed in SE Calgary on Monday morning.  Just after 7am on Monday the victim was discovered lying on a sidewalk in the 5300-block of 5 Ave SE.  He was suffering from stab wounds.  EMS treated Mr. Elepano at the scene and rushed him to hospital, however, he later succumbed to his injuries.  (Beacon)


PREVIOUS:   Stabbing   Homicide   Deadly stabbing   Fatal stabbing     


Found guilty



Hassan        Nirmalendran          Husbands


TORONTO - A jury found Christopher Husbands, 25, guilty of 2 counts of second-degree murder.  Ahmed Hassan, 24, died instantly on the floor of the mall, Nixon Nirmalendran, 22, died 9 days later in the hospital after being shot 8 times. 5 bystanders were wounded in the hail of bullets.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:  Found guilty    Timeline: Eaton Centre shooting    Eaton Centre shooting

COMMENT:    2010 hearing    





Daleen Bosse        Douglas Hales


SASKATOON - Douglas Hales has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the 2004 killing of Daleen Bosse, 25.  According to his lawyer, Hales will get credit for the 6 years he has spent in custody awaiting trial. That credit will be on a one-for-one basis. Based on that, Hales may apply for parole in 9 years.  (CBC)


MORE:   15 years   Hales guilty   


Jail time


MONTREAL - A Quebec Superior Court judge sentenced Emma Czornobaj to 90 days in jail today for causing 2 deaths after stopping on the highway to rescue ducklings.  The 26-year-old woman will also be prohibited from driving for 10 years and must perform 240 hours of community service.  In July, Czornobaj was convicted of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death in the 2010 deaths of AndrĂ© Roy, 50, and his 16-year-old daughter, Jessie.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Guilty   Human error behind deaths   Ducks on the road      


Hells Angel convicted


NANAIMO - An alleged full-patch member of the Hells Angels has been convicted in BC Supreme Court of extortion and theft over $5,000.   The case against Robert Widdifield went to trial in the fall and a decision was handed down in Nanaimo, BC, on Tuesday.  (CP)     




Yves Plamondon


QUEBEC CITY - Yves 'Colossus' Plamondon is seeking a sizable sum from Quebec provincial police and the Crown prosecutor's office after spending 28 years behind bars for 3 murders he says he did not commit.  (CBC) 


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Police try something different


TORONTO - Police are trying to capitalize on the meteoric popularity of the world's most downloaded Serial podcast.    The series has been downloaded by millions of people worldwide and spawned endless online speculation and debate.  It also encouraged some people on the periphery of the case to come forward with new information.  Toronto homicide detectives have been listening, too. Now they are using the widespread interest in Serial to help solve the mysterious 2011 New Year's Eve murder of Mike Pimentel in Liberty Village.   (CBC) 


Another crown corp success


VANCOUVER - A failed voluntary-retirement program that cost BC Lottery Corporation $25M is a 'shining' example of why business-and-management improvements are needed at the Crown corporation, says Finance Minister Mike de Jong.  Mr. de Jong said in a Wednesday news conference that a lottery corporation restructuring exercise in March designed to cut operating costs by $20M ended up costing $25M.  (Globe & Mail)


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Construction firm raid


WINNIPEG - RCMP raided a construction firm Wednesday involved in Winnipeg's downtown police headquarters project. They confirmed an investigation is underway into the project.  RCMP were on scene at Caspian on McGillivray Boulevard on Dec 17.  RCMP have been reviewing audits and other material into the police station project that went nearly $75M over budget.  (CTV)  


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