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Provincial cash cow thrown out


A New Brunswick judge has ruled the province's restrictions on bringing alcohol into the province for personal use violate the Constitution's free-trade provisions.  (CBC)


MORE:   Judge throws out Canada beer barrier    Antiquated booze laws    Beer ban unconstitutional  Feds back move to liberalize flow of alcohol

PREVIOUS:   Regulators

RELATED:   Feds signal aggressive anti-smoking stance 


Doesn't have to reveal info


OTTAWA - The SCC has ruled the World Bank has immunity under international law and won't have to hand over its documents to a Canadian court hearing a corruption case involving ex-SNC-Lavalin employees.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2016 SCC 15

PREVIOUS:   Corporate scandals 


Inside an epidemic


VANCOUVER - 4 years after fentanyl was first detected in the victim of a fatal overdose in BC, officials have declared a public-health emergency. (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   War on Legal Drugs


Racketeering lawsuit


WASHINGTON - A Federal Lawsuit charges Dr. Margaret Hamburg, former Commissioner of the FDA with conspiracy, racketeering & colluding to conceal deadly drug dangers - under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law (RICO) law. The amended RICO lawsuit was filed on April 11, 2016 in the US District Court in Washington DC on behalf of 8 plaintiffs who claim they have suffered severe harm by ingesting the drug, Levaquin whose deadly risks were concealed to protect financial interests.  (AHRP)  


MORE:   Johnson & Johnson   Renaissance Technologies


State of emergency




BAGHDAD - A state of emergency has reportedly been declared in Baghdad after supporters of the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr stormed the Green Zone and entered the parliament building.  The unrest comes after weeks of political turmoil in Baghdad over efforts by the prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, to replace party-affiliated ministers with technocrats.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:   Corruption protests   Protesters break in Green Zone   Shia storm parliament

PREVIOUS:   Everybody is corrupt   War on terror


Canadian run hospital destroyed


UOSSM Canada hospital


ALEPPO - A hospital run by a Canadian non-profit organization that operates in Syria has been bombed, marking the second attack on a civilian hospital in the war-torn city of Aleppo in the last 3 days.  No one was killed in the bombing because it happened on a local holiday.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Aleppo bombed

PREVIOUS:    War on terror 




BIHAR - With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials have banned daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people.  (Guardian)  


Tailor hacked to death


TANGAIL - A Hindu tailor has been hacked to death in a district of central Bangladesh, police say, the latest of a number of Islamist killings in the country.  Nikhil Joarder, who was in his early 50s, was attacked as he sat outside his shop in Tangail on Saturday afternoon.  Police said he had been arrested in 2012 for allegedly making derogatory comments about Islam, then released.  (BBC)


MORE:   IS claim

RELATED:   Pakistan bans film   Maalik 


Ivory torched




NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK - More than 100 tonnes of ivory has been set ablaze in Kenya, the largest ever such fire, in an attempt to shock the world into protecting endangered elephants.  Eleven giant pyres of tusks from around 6,000 elephants, a quantity 7 times the size of any previous burn, were lit by the Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, at a ceremony in Nairobi national park on Saturday.  (Guardian UK)  


MORE:  Ivory bonfires

PREVIOUS:   Ivory trade

RELATED:    Deadly building collapse   Kenya building collapse


Tax-cheat crackdown


OTTAWA - For the first time, the CRA has disclosed the net impact of several enforcement measures announced in the 2013 budget. The results reveal a gain that is nearly 3 times what was forecast.  The 2013 budget estimated and booked $550M a year by 2014-15 in additional revenue from added enforcement. The CRA now says the final net impact of the measures was $1.57B for that year.   The amount of owed tax that goes uncollected is called the 'tax gap.'  The CRA has long been criticized for refusing to estimate how much it is, even as other countries regularly publish such data. For instance, the IRS reported on Thursday that the US tax gap is $458B (US tax gap 2008-2010 $458B  .pdf).  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Foreign direct investment 2015   CRA has yet to pay any rewards   Panama Papers searchable database will be released May 9

PREVIOUS:   Tax havens all-time high   SZ - Panama papers   ICIJ Panama Papers   Star - Panama papers   Global meltdown-wealth  


Fundraising reward 



Wynne             Clark 


VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark is paid tens of thousands of dollars each year by the BC Liberal Party - an income that is drawn from coffers infused by donor contributions and is in addition to the nearly $200,000 she earns annually as the head of government.  A spokesman with the Liberals of Ontario said that Premier Kathleen Wynne does not get a salary from the party. (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Party payments   Clark draws fire   Companies received $2.36B in corporate welfare   Bombardier's welfare

COMMENT:   Payment is no joke   Money biggest single factor   Everything stinks  

PREVIOUS:   Still no ban   Fundrising has been good for us   Life in a banana republic

RELATED:   NDP's holding company


Another 'privacy' use


TORONTO - Just how many of Ontario's sickest patients fell off a controversial, $100M waiting list for life-saving stem-cell transplants in US hospitals is a secret Cancer Care Ontario said it is 'committed' to keeping.  (Toronto Star)




Helicopter crash


BERGEN - A helicopter carrying around 13 people from an offshore oil field crashed Friday near the western Norwegian city of Bergen, police said. Rescue officials said 11 bodies have been found.  (AP) 


Labour reform protests




PARIS - 2 dozen police officers were injured Thursday, 3 of them seriously, as violence flared in mass protests across France against a hotly contested labour reform bill.  Clashes between police and protesters also erupted in the cities of Nantes, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, with 124 people arrested nationwide.  (AFP)  


MORE:   Protests turn violent 


Food shortage


Nicolas Maduro


CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro, is facing a 'perfect storm' in political terms: an opposition-promoted recall vote which began this week, food shortages that are resulting in looting and riots, extremely high violent crime and a drought that has triggered failings in electricity and water service.  Add low oil prices, devaluation and the world's highest inflation rate to the mix and it is a much more potent cocktail of discontent than any Venezuelan President has had to face.  (EFE)


MORE:   1M signatures to recall   At risk of unravelling   Beer-maker stops brewing

COMMENT:   Venezuela runs out of money to print new money

PREVIOUS:   2014-2016 Venezuelan protests   2 day work week   Police cut queues for food   Water and power drying up


4 arrested


PORTLAND - 4 men with ties to outlaw motorcycle gangs have been accused of murdering a former motorcycle gang member whose body was found by loggers in Clark County last July.  The victim Robert Lee Huggins, 56, was a former member of the Gypsy Jokers motorcycle gang and his death was directly linked to his affiliation with the group.  Huggins had left the gang about a year before he was killed.  (KGW) 




Alex Brizzi


BALTIMORE - A police sniper shot a man who walked into a TV station lobby wearing a full animal costume and surgical mask and displaying what appeared to be an explosive device on his chest.  But authorities say the 'bomb' was in reality a red flotation-style garment stuffed with chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil.  (AP)  


MORE:   Onesie bomber 


15 months


Dennis Hastert


WASHINGTON - A federal judge has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison, calling the former House Speaker 'a serial child molester' who tried to cover up his abuse with hush money. (BBC)    


MORE:   Hastert child molestation case


Garbage pile collapse




GUATEMALA CITY - 3 people are dead following the collapse of a massive slope of trash at a garbage dump in Guatemala City.  Recent rains may have contributed to garbage-slides at the dump.  (AP)  


MORE:   Dead, missing in garbage 


Poised for default


SAN JUAN - Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank, the island's primary fiscal agent, owes creditors $422M on Monday, a payment Garcia Padilla has said the bank cannot afford. The looming default is part of a broader economic crisis in the Caribbean haven plagued by $70B in total debt, a shrinking population and a 45% poverty rate.  (Reuters)


COMMENT:   Debt bomb could blow-up on mainland

PREVIOUS:   Puerto Rico's slide    Vulture hedge fund playground    Puerto Rican government-debt crisis  


Smorgasbord of mob schemes


TRENTON - A state grand jury has indicted 14 people with alleged ties to the notorious Genovese crime family who stand accused of running a criminal enterprise that New Jersey's top law enforcement official described as 'a smorgasbord of mob schemes.'  (New Jersey On-Line)


2 sons arrested


Shamima & Golam Rabbi


SAN JOSE - Hasib Bin Golamrabbi, 22, and his 17-year-old brother were detained on Thursday. The brothers are accused of killing their parents Shamima and Golam Rabbi, aged 57 and 59, who were found dead on Sunday.  Their bodies, each shot once, were left on the floor of their home in San Jose, next to a chilling note that read: 'Sorry, my first kill was clumsy.'   (AP) 


Tourist family attacked




HUA HIN - 4 Thai men have been arrested and charged with the brutal assault of an elderly British couple and their middle-aged son who were punched and kicked unconscious.  Shocking CCTV footage has emerged on social media capturing the attack in the Thai resort town of Hua Hin during recent Buddhist new year celebrations.  The British tourists were named by the Bangkok Post as Lewis Owen, 68, his wife Rosemary, 65, and their son, Lewis, 43.  (Telegraph UK)


Class action settlement


TORONTO - A judge approved a $35.9M settlement for hundreds were abused at D'Arcy and 11 other provincial institutions between 1963 and late 1999.  The agreement allows for up to 7,000 former residents of 12 facilities to claim between $2,000 and $42,000 each in compensation, said a lawyer for the claimants with the firm Koskie Minsky. (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Developmental disability institutions in Ontario   Huronia Regional Centre 


Woman sues


VANCOUVER - A BC businesswoman is suing the Canadian government for $21M after she says she was falsely accused of being a terrorist and selling illegal military technology to China.  Perienne de Jaray says she's essentially unemployable after being charged in 2010 with exporting controlled goods in connection with a shipment of computer chips and circuit boards that were destined for Hong Kong.  The charges against both de Jaray and her father, Steve de Jaray, were eventually stayed after lawyers concluded that the computer chips and circuit boards were not controlled goods and did not meet the definition of military grade.  However, the family's $30M a year business was destroyed.  Steve de Jaray sued the Canadian government for $17M, and he was eventually paid a confidential settlement.  (CTV) 


RESP for higher income families


Ottawa's centrepiece education savings program is helping higher-income families much more than needy families.  An internal evaluation of the Canada Education Savings Program, which pours more than $800M in grants each year into the education-savings accounts of Canadian families, concludes that it is skewed toward the well-off.  (CBC)


Charges stayed for fundraiser


Gerry Lougheed


SUDBURY - Charges have been stayed in the case of an Ontario Liberal fundraiser who was accused of attempting to bribe a candidate to drop out of last year's provincial by-election in Sudbury.  Gerry Lougheed Jr. faced one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating an appointment and one count of counselling an offence not committed.  (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Charges stayed   Charges stayed


Entitled disappointed, so far


OTTAWA - Canada's biggest public service union is disappointed in Justin Trudeau.  Ottawa's bureaucrats think that after putting up with 9 years of Conservatives, they deserve a reward.  (National Post)


PREVIOUS:   Greed & corruption - pensions   Entitled


Regulators don't have the power


EDMONTON - A Court of Queen's Bench judge has ruled the regulator of Alberta pharmacists does not have the legal power to impose a ban on consumer loyalty programs.  The Alberta College of Pharmacists wanted to impose such a ban on pharmacists and pharmacies in 2014, but the Sobeys grocery chain challenged the plan in court.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2016 ABQB 232


Private surveillance cameras


VANCOUVER - As more homeowners spread the reach of 'Little Brother' by installing security cameras on their property, chances are images of their neighbours' properties or the neighbours themselves could end up being recorded without their knowledge.  And while provincial and federal privacy laws are designed to protect citizens from snooping by governments and businesses, they don't apply to cameras on individuals' private property.  (Vancouver Province)




CAPE VERDE - 11 men were shot dead in Cape Verde on Tuesday, including 8 soldiers, a local civilian and 2 Spanish citizens.  The men were killed at a telecommunications site at Monte Tchota, a forested area on Santiago island about 27 km (17 miles) north of the capital, Praia.  'A soldier assigned to the military team itself is missing, and there are strong indications that he was responsible in the events.'    (Reuters)


MORE:   Disgruntled soldier


2 killed


JERUSALEM - Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian woman and her teenage brother on Wednesday, saying they were armed with knives and tried to carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.  Police said the woman, holding a knife, and a man walked rapidly toward police and other Israeli security guards in a vehicles-only lane at the Qalandia checkpoint outside Jerusalem.  (Reuters)  


MORE:   Siblings killed 

PREVIOUS:   War on terror




John Ridsdel


BASILAN - The military of the Philippines came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed and also ensure the safety of the remaining captives.  Abu Sayyaf gunmen beheaded John Ridsdel on Monday.  (CBC)


MORE:   Hostages earn militants millions in ransom   Abu Sayyaf behead Canadian hostage   2nd Canadian still held   Canada 'does not and will not pay ransom'   RCMP to investigate murder of hostage

RELATED:   Philippine presidential election


2 more laws struck down


VANCOUVER - The former Conservative government's tough-on-crime agenda has suffered another blow as BC's highest court strikes down 2 more mandatory-minimum sentencing laws, ruling them unconstitutional.  (CP)


JUDGMENT:   2016 BCCA 0177    


Self-serving and weak


MONTREAL - Canadian detectives cannot keep secret their advanced spying devices or their relationships with telecommunications corporations because claims of police privilege carry little or no weight in criminal courts.  So ruled Quebec Superior Court Justice Michael Stober as he ordered several modern police surveillance techniques disclosed to lawyers representing 6 accused mobsters in Montreal. Finding that police arguments for secrecy rely at times upon 'self-serving and weak' legal logic, his decisions have laid bare RCMP tactics.  (Globe & Mail) 


PREVIOUS:   Police obtained Blackberry's global decryption key   Stringray phone tracker   IMSI catcher   Police 


Suicides of 7 aboriginal teens


EDMONTON - Alberta's child and youth advocate is calling for a provincially-funded suicide prevention strategy and increased support for indigenous youth in a report that details the short, troubled lives of 7 aboriginal teens and their deaths by suicide.  The 90-page report (.pdf), released Monday, looked at the deaths of 7 young aboriginal people from different communities, who took their own lives over the course of 18 months in 2013 and 2014.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Ongoing state of emergencies

First Nations   Suicide


Taxpayers to pay billions


Justin Trudeau


UNITED NATIONS - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought cheers from the gathering by speaking up for developing countries, saying that 'they shouldn't be punished for a problem they didn't create.'  He says Canada will invest $2.56B over next 5 years to help such countries meet the goals of the climate agreement.  Trudeau also says Canada will ratify the climate agreement later this year.  (CP)


MORE:   Climate treaty signing at UN

COMMENT:   Case for impending ecological doom is thin

PREVIOUS:   2015 TI corruption index    Paris Agreement     Climate Debate   Flaws of the Global Warming Theory   .pdf


Canada's greenhouse gas emissions


OTTAWA - The federal government has adopted measures to reduce emissions in electricity generation and transport. As well, a number of provincial governments such as AB, BC, QC and MB, have put in place moderate measures to limit emissions, while others have announced programs. Those measures, while substantial, are unlikely to achieve the target on their own. Deeper reductions will be needed.  The needed changes will, however, necessarily impact on the economy since non-GHG sources of energy are currently more costly than cheap coal, natural gas or even oil products.  (Parliamentary Budget Officer)


MORE:   Carbon pricing will hit incomes  


Double shooting


TORONTO - A man and a woman are dead following a shooting in a parking lot near Ellesmere Road and Victoria Park Ave around 9:50pm on Friday.  (CBC)  


MORE:  Male was targeted   2 suspects 


Remains found


Nicholas Brophy


THOMPSON - The remains of Nicholas Brophy, 19, who was reported missing last fall, were found outside Thompson Tuesday.  Brophy was last seen Sept 8.  RCMP Major Crime Services is now in charge of the homicide investigation.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Reward for missing man 


Daughter charged


Shelley Kristine Praill


LETHBRIDGE - Officers responded to a home in the 2300-block of 18 St N shortly after 9:30pm Thursday. Police found an injured 54-year-old woman and she was transported to Hospital. The woman's injuries proved fatal and she passed away in hospital. The deceased has been identified as Shelley Kristine Praill.  Jessica Lee Ann Praill, 28, was arrested at the scene.  Investigators believe the mother and daughter were involved in an argument that escalated and ended with the fatal stabbing.  (CTV)


MORE:   Daughter charged    Woman charged in mother's death   Mother killed 




LEDUC - Police have charged Gordon Robinson, 32, with first-degree murder in a Leduc homicide.  On Monday, RCMP found a body inside a home on a rural property near Highway 625.  The victim has been identified as Ryan Ross, 34.  (Global)


MORE:   Charged    Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Sudden death  


9 years


CALGARY - Hussein Ibrahim, 22, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting dead Natasha Farah, 26, outside a Calgary nightclub Aug 23, 2014.  As he was getting into the Jetta, Ibrahim began firing shots into the air. His friend also fired his gun.  After that, Ibrahim shot into the crowd of people in front of the bar.  Farah was hit in the chest by one of the bullets from Ibrahim's gun.  (CBC)


MORE:   Manslaughter plea   Judge chastises killer

PREVIOUS:   2nd degree charge   Innocent bystander     


New allegations


Frank Elsner


VICTORIA - Police Chief Frank Elsner has been suspended by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner while he faces another investigation.  Elsner was the head of the Victoria Police Department when inappropriate messages surfaced between him and the wife of a subordinate officer.  That launched an investigation back in December last year, following allegations Elsner mislead an investigator and contacted witnesses during an internal investigation.  But now the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner is opening 2 separate investigations.   (Global)


MORE:   OPCC order for external investigation   .pdf   Police chief suspended 


Crown should handle bail hearings


EDMONTON - A review ordered after the fatal shooting of a Mountie in Alberta suggests police officers should not have to stand in at bail hearings that immediately follow an arrest.  The review concludes that Crown prosecutors should instead be present at all such hearings.  The Alberta government is already acting on several of the review's 31 recommendations, but Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says it will need to consult with police and the courts before moving forward with others.  (CBC)


REPORT:   Alberta bail review   .pdf

MORE:   Bail review

PREVIOUS:   Constable David Wynn 


Review of SIU


TORONTO - Ontario's SIU will come under an independent review along with the province's 2 other police oversight agencies, the Ministry of the Attorney General announced.   (CTV)


REPORT:   15-TFD-140   .pdf

MORE:   Appointed praised

RELATED:   Social justice warriors stifling free speech   Turning street protests into political influence


Watchdog offers damning review


VANCOUVER - BC's representative for children and youth has released a scathing report in response to an independent review calling for major changes within the Children's Ministry.  Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond criticizes most of the methodology and conclusions by former BC bureaucrat Bob Plecas, saying he was supposed to examine a specific case involving abuse of children who'd been ordered removed from their mother's care.  Instead, Turpel-Lafond says his report calls for sweeping policy, program and legal reforms within the ministry without consultation with her office, aboriginal leaders, communities or any children in care.  (CP)


RELATED:   Journalist hired to write report now works for government    Whitewashing


Bee thieves


SAINT-VALERE - Francis Labonte has spent his entire life caring for the 4,000 bee hives his family depends on for a living. He was shocked when he discovered thieves stole 184 hives containing more than 5M bees from their apiary in St. Valere.   (CTV)


Skull found



Rigat Ghirmay        Adonay Zekarias


TORONTO - A human skull and bones discovered near a west-end park belonged to Rigat Ghirmay, 28, who was murdered in 2013.  In May 2013, Ghirmay's torso was found in a duffel bag off a trail near to the area.  Adonay Zekarias was charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to a body in Sept. 2013. He is currently serving a life-sentence for the fatal stabbing of Nighisti Semret in Oct. 2012.  (CTV)


MORE:   Remains ID'd

PREVIOUS:   Recent murder: Zekarias 


Hit-and-run arrest



Nelisa Damota        Deriba Wakene


TORONTO - On May 31 2015, Nelisa Damota, a 39-year-old mother of three, was struck by a vehicle on Bloor Street West after stopping at the bank.  The incident occurred around 9pm west of Dovercourt. A suspect identified as Deriba Wakene, 56, has been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.  (CP24)  


MORE:   Charged   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   2 persons of interest   Police find vehicle   Mother killed    




Katelynn Sampson


TORONTO - A coroner's inquest into the death of a 7-year-old Toronto girl killed by her guardians says children in the child welfare system should have a say in how their case is handled.  Jurors in the Katelynn Sampson inquest say the child should always be at the centre of any investigation and should be consulted when crucial care decisions are made.  The 5-member panel has delivered 173 recommendations. (Toronto Star)


MORE:   Inquest report focuses on children

PREVIOUS:   Killing kids 


Murder charge stayed


MEDICINE HAT - Connie Oakes who was the victim of a 'miscarriage of justice' is free after a years-long ordeal that saw her tried and convicted of murder.  The Albera Court of Appeal overturned Oakes' 2013 murder conviction - a finding based on the evidence of a witness with inconsistent evidence and an IQ of 50.  The Appeal Court ordered a new trial.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   APTN:  Connie Oakes     Boot print, knife   Sudden death a murder 


Found guilty


Kyle Jansen


VICTORIA - A Victoria man has been convicted of manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a known drug dealer in Langford.  The jury returned the verdict in the trial of Daniel Phelps.  The Crown had argued that Phelps beat Kyle Jansen, 30, and stabbed him in the leg before stealing his heroin in January 2015.  (CP)


MORE:   Jury convicts    Guilty verdict

PREVIOUS:   Arrest   Stabbing     


Gang war


Lincoln Richards & Thai-Shaw Gordon


TORONTO - A 'gang war' shootout inside a downtown Toronto condominium allegedly led to two 17-year-old boys being kidnapped and tortured when they were forced to play Russian roulette and perform sexual acts.  Toronto police are searching for 2 people on a Canada-wide warrant who they believe were directly involved in the kidnappings. Thai-Shay 'Pistol' Gordon, a 130-pound 17-year-old, was described by police at a Thursday press conference as 'the most violent member' of a gang called the Young Buck Killers.  Police are also searching for Lincoln Anthony Richards, 23, who they said is a known associate of the gang.  (National Post)




WINNIPEG - Police are looking for 2 people of interest in the death of Gheorghe Uta, 52, who was found stabbed on the 1800-block of Alexander Ave.  Officers were called to Alexander Ave at 2:20pm Wednesday and found Uta, who lived in the area, with serious injuries.  He was taken to hospital in critical condition but later pronounced dead.  Uta had also been stabbed on March 31, in the same location on Alexander Ave.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Homicide 


Suspicious death


EDMONTON - Police are investigating, after a woman was found dead in a home.  Officers were called to the home near 103 Ave and 156 St NW after being called by paramedics just after 2am Wednesday.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Suspicious death 


Remains ID'd


Troy Napope


PRINCE ALBERT - Human remains found in a slough near Prince Albert last week are those of homicide victim Troy Napope, an autopsy has determined.  Napope, who was 23 when he disappeared in the summer of 2015, was last seen May 27 and 28 at a party in Prince Albert.  Braidy Chase Vermette and Skylar Patrick Bird are facing first-degree murder charges in the death.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Remains identified

PREVIOUS:   Recent murder 


4th person dies


HAMILTON - Sang Ju (Gina) Milroy, 69, died at Hospital early Wednesday from gunshot injuries from the April 16 incident.  The shooting happened just before 7pm on Saturday, April 16 at Valrose Drive.  Police say James Milroy, 37, shot Aerlaena Smith, 19, his younger brother Michael Milroy, 32, and Gina Milroy, before turning the gun on himself.   (CBC) 


PREVIOUS:   Murders-suicide   Love triangle possible motive   Victims identified   3 dead   


Publication ban lifted


CALGARY - The death of Hanne Schafer was by any definition a nightmare.  Suffering from the painful, degenerative neurological disease ALS, the 66-year-old could communicate only by typing with some of the fingers on her left hand.   (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Suicide 


Exhaustion sets in  


CALGARY - Police were called to the family's home early Tuesday morning following reports of a woman in medical distress. Emergency crews found Melissa Couture, 38, unresponsive and she was later pronounced dead.  Couture suffered from cerebral palsy. She used a wheelchair, she was deaf and unable to communicate.  Police allege she did not receive the medical attention she needed while under her mother's (Patricia Couture, 68) care.   (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Charged




OTTAWA - The Mountie on trial for child torture enlisted his brother - a priest - to perform an exorcism on his 'possessed' 11-year-old son.  The chilling detail was revealed under questioning by a lawyer who is defending the Mountie's wife, also on trial for confining the boy and failure to provide necessities of life.  (PostMedia)


RELATED:   Mountie featured in bondage photos no longer with RCMP


Child porn arrests


BRAMPTON - OPP say they have laid charges against 80 people after a province wide investigation into internet child exploitation.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Child porn investigation   Arrests made in 'massive' child porn probe   Charged Persons - April_2016   .pdf     




WINNIPEG - Police have charged a 24-year-old Winnipeg man in connection with a hit-and-run collision that killed a cyclist.  The crash happened in the 900-block of Nairn Ave near Chester St around 1am Tuesday morning.  Police said 2 men were cycling eastbound in the curb lane when one of them was struck by a car.  The 38-year-old who was hit was transported to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  Kyle Nicholas Genereux is charged.   (CTV) 


MORE:   Arrest   Cyclist ID'd





Christina Stoyko        Kevin Klassen


WINNIPEG - Kevin Grant Klassen, 37, is charged with second degree murder.  Christina Stoyko, 39, was found dead in her 500-block of Redwood Ave home on Saturday morning after co-workers called police with concern about Stoyko's well-being.  Court documents show Stoyko filed for a protection order against Klassen 4 months ago. In the protection order, Stoyko indicated she and Klassen lived together and were in a domestic relationship. (CTV)


MORE:   Charged  




Simone Sanderson


WINNIPEG - Kyllan Ellis, 28, of Lorette is charged with second degree murder in the killing of Simone Sanderson, 23.  Sanderson's body was found in an empty lot near Burrows Ave and Main St on Sept 2, 2012. She'd been missing for nearly a week at the time.  (Global)


MORE:   Public help   Arrest   Homicide arrest

PREVIOUS:   Homicide   Victim identified




EDMONTON - March 26, at about 9am, police were called to the Travelodge Edmonton East after a deceased male was reportedly found.  When police arrived, they found the body of Jeremy Randall Nattress, 36, and the Medical Examiner later confirmed he died as a result of stab wounds.  Zafar Nigmatov, 25, is facing a charge of second degree murder.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Identified   Victim was stabbed


Found guilty


LETHBRIDGE - David and Collet Stephan, the parents of Ezekiel, a toddler who died in 2012 of bacterial meningitis, have both been found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life by a jury in Lethbridge.  Ezekiel had been sick for about two and a half weeks before he died at the Alberta Children's Hospital in March 2012. His parents had been using natural remedies to treat him for what they believed was croup.  (CTV)


MORE:   Reaction to verdict   Naturopath faces investigation   Parents found guilty   Dad pens open letter   Health Canada 'legitimizes' natural health products


2 loses lawsuit against cops


HAMILTON - Christopher McCullough spent 9 years behind bars for the murder of Beverly Perrin, 55, before being freed on appeal in 2000 after fresh DNA evidence emerged.  Nicholas Nossey was also charged in the slaying but was acquitted by a jury in 1991.  Ontario Superior Court Judge James Ramsay says the officers were 'acting carefully and in accordance with sound police practice' during their investigation and consulted the Crown before making any arrests.   (CP) 


4+ years


Joshua Petten


YELLOWKNIFE - A 24-year-old BC man was sentenced to 4 and a half years in jail this week in Yellowknife after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.  Joshua Petten had been out of jail for less than 2 months, having just finished serving a sentence for illegally possessing a loaded firearm.  (CBC)  


PREVIOUS:   856 gang


Father charged


Trent Butt & Quinn


CARBONEAR - Police have charged a man with first-degree murder and arson after his 5-year-old daughter's body was pulled from their burning home this past weekend.  Trent Butt, 37, was also inside the Carbonear home when emergency crews responded early Sunday morning.  Butt was transported to hospital, where police say he remains in serious condition but is expected to survive.  (CBC)   




SASKATOON - Wallid Adam Mohamed, 29, was arrested early Sunday morning following the stabbing death of Mohammed Omar, 18.  Police say officers responded around 1am to a 911 call about a stabbing at a business on the 700-block of Central Ave.  (CTV)


MORE:   Man accused   Family of victim 

PREVIOUS:   Stabbing


Found guilty



Alex Fraser               James McCullough


LONDON, ON - James McCullough has been found guilty of first-degree murder for the 2013 slaying of Alex Fraser from Orangeville.  McCullough, 22, was also found guilty of committing an indignity to a human body.  Fraser's dismembered remains were discovered by police at the Travelodge hotel on Exeter Road on Sept 8, 2013 and McCullough was arrested at the scene.   (Orangeville Banner)


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1 hitman?


Browning .300 calibre short rifle


TORONTO - Last Oct, Clinton Yow Foo, 37,  was killed by a single shot from a rifle in his Scarborough driveway.  In 2010 Nicola Rizzuto, the once godfather of the prolific Rizzuto crime family, was killed in his home.  Det Sgt Tam Bui revealed to media last week that the police had recovered the rifle used in the Foo killing and noted, for reasons not yet explained, it had been connected to the Montreal area.   (Vice)


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Body found


SUDBURY - Police continue to investigate after the discovery of a dead body behind the Dollarama store on Long Lake Road.   According to Police, a deceased person was found on Saturday evening in a 'small body of water' off of the parking lot.  (CBC)  


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Foul play


MIRAMICHI - Police in Miramichi say foul play is involved in the death of a 49-year-old man whose body was found in the city's east end over the weekend.  The body of Michael Mark Ryan was discovered at his home on Richard Drive early Saturday.  (CTV) 


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Suspicious death


SALTSPRING ISLAND - RCMP say officers responded to reports of a fight early Friday morning on Richard Flack Road and found 2 men performing CPR on an unresponsive man.  Salt Spring Island RCMP continued CPR on the 36-year-old man. He was then taken to hospital, where he died.  The IIO has also opened a probe into the death and are 'investigating if the actions or inactions of police are connected to the male's death.'   (CP) 


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