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Wildfire updates


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WILLIAMS LAKE - The Cariboo Regional District said 41 homes have been destroyed and more than 35,000 residents on about 13,000 parcels of land are under either evacuation orders or alerts. The number of homes destroyed in the Interior could still grow as there are still several areas officials haven't been able to access because of fire activity. The BC Wildfire Service said 140 fires were burning across the province Wednesday morning, including 15 that threatened communities. (CP)


MORE:   No end in sight

PREVIOUS:   Drone footage of Cache Creek   Returning home after a wildfire   What to do if evacuated from your home   BC wildfires live   Drive BC


Firm expelled


OTTAWA - Hytera Communications - whose principal shareholder is billionaire chairman Chen Qingzhou - has had long-standing close ties to the ministry that oversees China's police and security agencies. It has won numerous contracts to supply mobile and digital radio systems to Chinese police departments and local governments.  But last month, just days before it closed a deal to buy Vancouver-based Norsat,International, Hytera was suddenly expelled from a mobile-technology trade association run by the ministry for its involvement in disputed bidding on a police contract.  The Trudeau government approved the Norsat sale to Hytera in early June without conducting a full-scale national security review.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   Greed & Corruption China 


2 missing teens in Canada


First Global


WASHINGTON - US authorities say 2 of 6 Burundi teens who were reported missing after an international robotics competition in Washington have been seen crossing the border into Canada.  (Huffington Post)


MORE:   Missing Burundi teens 


Migrants in shipping container


MONTREAL - 4 men have been taken to hospital after they were discovered in a shipping container Thursday morning in the Port of Montreal.  The men, between 30 and 40 years old, were found in the Cast Terminal of the Port of Montreal and taken to Hospital.  The men were apparently in the container for 3 weeks and were suffering from dehydration and heat stroke.  (CTV) 


Canadian banned


Justin Bieber


BEIJING - Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been barred from performing in China due to what officials call past instances of 'bad behaviour.'  The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said that 'in order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.'  (CP)


RELATED:   US to ban travel to North Korea 


Escalating protests


JERUSALEM - 3 Palestinians have been killed in Jerusalem.  2 died in separate incidents in Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem after tense Friday prayers during which thousands of Palestinians prayed in the streets around the Old City after refusing to enter the compound which houses the al-Aqsa mosque after metal detectors were installed by Israeli police.  A third died later in Ramallah.  (Guardian UK)


MORE:   Clashes    Protest against metal detectors turns deadly 


General strike


CARACAS -  Millions of Venezuelans have joined a general strike called by the opposition as pressure mounts on President Nicolas Maduro to cancel elections for a new constituent assembly.  Clashes between police and protesters killed at least 3 people. More than 300 others were reportedly arrested.  Protesters barricaded roads in the capital, Caracas, and other cities with rubbish and furniture.  But in pro-government areas of the capital, life went on as usual, with shops open and streets busy. Public employees also appeared to have worked normally.  (BBC)  


MORE:   4 killed during general strike    

PREVIOUS:   Referendum   Constitutional Assembly election 2017  


Narcos take their war to beach resorts


CANCUN - The narco-traffickers already hold sway over swaths of Mexico, either co-opting state officials or openly defying them. Now they're encroaching on the country's spring-break meccas like never before.  The bubble that's protected international beachgoers is threatening to burst.  (Bloomberg) 




OJ Simpson


LOVELOCK - OJ Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than 8 years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing.  Simpson, 70, could be released as early as Oct 1. By then, he will have served the minimum of his 9-to-33-year sentence for a bungled attempt to snatch sports memorabilia he claimed had been stolen from him.  (AP) 


Turkey leaks military secrets


ANKARA - Turkey's state news agency (Anadolu Agency) on Tuesday published the locations of secret US military bases in Syria as well as details on the numbers of US and French troops stationed there.   (AFP)


RELATED:   Trump ends CIA program to arm Syrian rebels


Ontario electricity price


TORONTO - Electricity prices in Ontario have risen substantially over the last decade, placing a burden on many Ontarian households. Indeed, the province of Ontario has the fastest growing electricity prices in the country and its cities have some of the highest average residential monthly bills in Canada.  (Fraser Institute)


MORE:   Hydro in Toronto more than double the national average

RELATED:   Hydro One buys US utility for $4.4B   $6.7B acquisition may gouge ratepayers   Auto insurance rates rise again


Longer waits


TORONTO - Flying to the US may take a while longer as of today due to enhanced security measures affecting flights to the US.  An advisory that heightened security introduced by the US Dept. of Homeland Security beginning today requires enhanced screening of personal electronic devices such as tablets and laptops.   (CP)  


RELATED:   Useless   Illusion of security guards our airports 


Canadian women among captured


MOSUL - If 2 female IS fighters from Canada have been captured in the rubble of Mosul, as unconfirmed reports suggest, they would be part of a bizarre Canadian export to the terrorist organization.  Media reports suggest that Iraqi forces cleaning up the remnants of IS defences captured 20 or more female fighters - including women from Germany, Russia, Turkey and Canada - in a secret tunnel under the city.  Global Affairs Canada said Tuesday it was looking into the story but had not confirmed that any of this country's citizens had been detained. (PostMedia)


MORE:   Missing German girl captured   Reduced to rubble

PREVIOUS:   Battle of Mosul 


Work permit


VICTORIA - Provincial authorities issued a work permit for a controversial mining project near Williams Lake days before the new government was to be sworn into office and as Tsilhqot'in communities in the area were under evacuation orders over wildfires.  The permit authorizes Vancouver-based Taseko Mines to conduct exploration work at the site of the proposed Prosperity Mine, a copper-gold project that has twice failed to obtain necessary federal approvals to proceed.   (Globe & Mail)  


PREVIOUS:   Party Funding 


Settlement approved


TORONTO - An Ontario court judge has approved a class-action settlement awarding $18M in compensation to as many as 1,500 Canadians who got hooked on OxyContin after their doctors prescribed the drug.  Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has agreed to pay $20M, including $2M to the provincial and territorial governments, to settle the long-standing class-action suit.  (Globe & Mail) 


PREVIOUS:  War on Legal Drugs: Opioids 


Charity status revoked


OTTAWA - Federal regulators have revoked the charity status of a Canadian Islamic organization after an audit uncovered problems including tax receipts that were issued for donations to a Pakistani group linked to armed militancy.  ISNA Islamic Services of Canada was stripped of its charitable status.  Authorities also revoked a related charity, the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation.  Both are former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada), and shared its Mississauga, ON address.  (Global)  


PREVIOUS:   Non-Profit Industry 


Human traffickers convicted


BANGKOK - Sentencing began on Wednesday morning for 102 people, including 21 government officials, and was still continuing 12 hours later. Most of the 62 found guilty so far were brought to trial on charges of forcible detention leading to death, trafficking, rape and belonging to organized transnational criminal networks. Police opened the case after more than two dozen bodies were discovered in a shallow grave in southern Songkhla province in 2015. Authorities said the victims had been held captive by people-smugglers who kept migrants as hostages for ransom.  (Guardian UK)


PREVIOUS:   Migrants 


How wanted avoided capture


Donald Eugene Webb


DARTMOUTH - For decades, he was one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives.  Last week, the body of Donald Eugene Webb was found buried behind his wife's home in Dartmouth.  He was wanted for the violent murder of a Pennsylvania police chief back in 1980.  (Fox 25)


MORE:   Secret room found    Wanted 


Shot by girlfriend


TOBYHANNA - Stephen Mineo, 32, was killed inside his home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, in the early hours of Saturday morning.   Police were called to the home by Barbara Rogers, 42, who confessed she shot her survivalist boyfriend once in the forehead at close range.  Allegations regarding the shooting emerged, with friends and neighbors of the 32-year-old suggesting he was being harassed by a highly-religious online cult and was so desperate to escape them he could have asked Rogers to shoot him.  (Daily Mail)  


MORE:  Victim asked girlfriend to shoot him


US NAFTA objectives


WASHINGTON - US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has released his negotiating objectives ahead of talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) next month.  (CBC)


REPORT:   Summary of objectives   .pdf 

MORE:   5 NAFTA key issues


Latest attempt


TORONTO - Canadians with secret overseas bank accounts could soon find themselves at risk of being exposed by a new international agreement designed to help catch tax cheats.  Under the Common Reporting Standard, dozens of countries will share information about bank accounts held by non-residents.  Canada has so far worked out information-sharing details with 42 countries.  One country refusing to participate, however, is the US, which already receives information about bank accounts held by US citizens through its FATCA.   (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Global meltdown - wealth 


More suicides


NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION - 2 young girls took their own lives in Pikangikum this weekend.  The 49 communities within the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) with the publicly known toll surpassing 20, there have already been more suicides in NAN territory than there were in any of the previous five years. More than half of the dead are between the ages of 10 and 15.  (Globe & Mail)


PREVIOUS:   More suicides    Suicide   


Canadian found dead


Alexandre Cazes


BANGKOK - An administrator and suspected co-founder of AlphaBay, one of the world's largest dark web marketplaces that mysteriously went offline days ago, has been found dead in a Thai jail.  Alexandre Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian, was found in a cell at Bangkok's Narcotics Suppression Bureau only an hour before he was due to meet with public prosecutors over proceedings for his extradition to the US.  (SMH)


MORE:   Jail cell suicide    Found hanged   Lavish life  

RELATED:   2 dark web sites seized


Police shooting


Justice Damond


MINNEAPOLIS - Justine Damond, 40, called police after hearing a sound in an alley near the home she shared with her fiance late Saturday night. But shortly after 2 officers arrived in her upscale Minneapolis neighborhood to investigate, the call turned deadly when one of the officers shot Damond.  (Washington Post)  


MORE:   Single shot    Police cameras were turned off   Officers identified   


Hundreds reportedly abused


REGENSBURG - At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992.  Allegations involving the Regensburger Domspatzen, which was run for 30 years by Georg Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI's elder brother, were among a spate of revelations of abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in Germany that emerged in 2010.  In 2015, lawyer Ulrich Weber was tasked with producing a report on what happened.  The report faulted Ratzinger 'in particular for failing to intervene.'  It said that the bishop at the time the allegations surfaced, Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, bears 'clear responsibility for the weaknesses' of those efforts.  (AP)  


MORE:   More than 500 boys abused

PREVIOUS:   Mueller accuses Pope


In Canada


Practitioners of female genital mutilation are believed to be entering Canada to perform the illegal procedure on girls, according to intelligence reports distributed to frontline border officers.  The reports show the CBSA has been on the alert for the arrival of travelling practitioners of female genital mutilation, for more than a year.  Photos of the cutting tools, belts and 'special herbs' practitioners might be carrying in their baggage when they arrive in the country have been circulated to border officers.  (Global)


MORE:   200 million   Female genital mutilation   Star: FGM 


Stolen truck hit-and-run


REGINA - Police were called to the 1800-block of Winnipeg St around 8:00am on Tuesday after a report that a man had been hit by a truck. The truck fled the scene before police arrived.  Investigators confirmed that the victim had been operating the truck and it was stolen before the fatal collision.  Thomas Richard Nahbexie, 18, was arrested.   (CTV) 


Child porn


REGINA - The ICE Unit was able to obtain child pornography from a suspect between March 11 and March 14, 2017, which led to a search warrant being issued.  Several computers and digital devices were seized when the warrant was executed on the 1100-block of Blackwood St N in Regina.  Salim Alasadi, 49, has been charged with possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making child porn available.   (CTV)


RELATED:   2 Winnipeg men charged 


SIU charges civilian


TORONTO - The SIU has charged a second man after a black man was beat with a metal pipe in Whitby in Dec 2016.  The SIU revealed that they had laid additional charges against Const. Michael Theriault and also charged a civilian, Christian Theriault, who they say assisted in the assault.  (Toronto Star)  


MORE:   2nd man charged  


Charged with extortion


Keith Hobbs


THUNDER BAY - Mayor Keith Hobbs, 65, and his wife, Marisa Hobbs, 53, have each been charged with extortion and obstructing justice.  Mary Voss, 46, has also been charged with extortion.  In May OPP charged Thunder Bay police Chief J.P. Levesque with breach of trust and obstructing justice.   (CBC)  


MORE:   Mayor charged   Hobbs charged   OPP charge mayor   


City replaces stairs


TORONTO - Mayor Tory says the city will build new steps down a heavily-used embankment at an Etobicoke park after a resident got frustrated with staff's insistence that the job would cost up to $150,000 and decided to tackle it himself.  On Friday morning, city crews were at Etobicoke's Tom Riley Park to remove an 8-step wooden staircase that retired mechanic Adi Astl built for $550 back on June 22 with the help of a homeless person.  (CP24)  


MORE:   City takes down park staircase    Toronto rebukes man 


Suspicious death


Marissa Shen


VANCOUVER - Police in Burnaby, BC, are warning parents and asking the public to be vigilant after the body of 13-year-old Marissa Shen was found early Wednesday in the brush of a popular park.  Shen was last heard from over the phone at 5pm Tuesday.  Shen's body was found in the SE corner of Burnaby's Central Park about 1:10am Wednesday.  The IHIT is describing the teenager's death as suspicious.  (CBC)


MORE:   Safety fears   Homicide   Video shows victim  


Son charged


CALGARY - A second-degree murder charge has been laid against Zaineddin Al Aalak, 21, after human remains were discovered at a construction site near D'Arcy Ranch on Monday.  (CTV)


MORE:   Body dumped    Man charged    Neighbors shocked 


Another over-reach by the IIO


NANAIMO - The Criminal Justice Branch says charges of Dangerous Driving causing bodily harm had been approved against a Nanaimo Mountie, Cst. David Buchanan.  The CJB believe that he was in a pursuit involving a scooter.  The scooter was not only unlicensed and uninsured but also stolen and Scooter Boy Bryce McKay has a history with police.  (Crime & Punishment) 


MORE:   Charge approved against Nanaimo RCMP   .pdf

PREVIOUS:   BC Police 


Suspect sought


TORONTO - Police have released a photo of a suspect who police allege sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy at Ossington Station on Wednesday.  According to police, at around 8 p.m. on July 19, a woman and her son were heading up an escalator at the subway station when a man approached the boy from behind and allegedly sexually assaulted him.  (CP24)


Victims identified


MONTREAL - Police have made public the names of the 2 young men found shot to death at the entrance of Centre plein air Brossard early Monday in a bid to track down their killer.  The victims were identified as Kevin Paul, 23, and Mohamed Odeh, 21. (Montreal Gazette)


MORE:   Victims on police radar   Police identify victims   2 bodies found  


Son charged 


Jacob Roncto


GUELPH - On Tuesday, shortly after midnight, police responded to a call at a home on Hasler Crescent and found the body of a woman inside.  Mirella Roncato, 54, is dead and Jacob Roncato, 26, is facing a charge of first-degree murder.  Family members said the accused is the son of the victim and suggested that his struggles with mental illness may have played a role in this death.  (Metroland Media) 


MORE:   Son arrested




WINNIPEG - A man found dead in the lobby of the Manwin Hotel on Main St around 10:30pm Sunday has been identified as John Blaine Flett, 50.  He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police labelled the death as a homicide.  (CBC)


 MORE:   Homicide   Police ID victim 




VANCOUVER - Leonard Landrick, 73, was taken into custody July 17, and charged with 2 counts of second-degree murder.  Landrick was charged in connection with the deaths of Sandra McInnes, 57, and Neil Croker, 51.  McInnes and Croker were found dead at an apartment at 1835 Morton Ave on July 9.  The 3 parties were residents in the same building.  (Straight)


MORE:   Charged   Senior citizen charged

PREVIOUS:   Double homicide victims identified   Police release names of victims 


Bomb explosion


WINNIPEG - The bomb exploded in the cab of a truck, injuring 3 males - ages 17, 22 and 27 - and a 20-year-old woman, at about 11:15pm Saturday.  Someone brought a bag containing the explosive device to a local 7-Eleven convenience store and left the bag on the hood of a vehicle in the parking lot, likely unaware of what was inside. The bag did not belong to the person carrying it.  Police believe the bomb's eventual victims then picked up the bag and stowed it in their truck.  (Winnipeg Free Press)  


MORE:   Bomb exploded in truck     Bomb explosion    Homemade bomb




SYDNEY MINES - Kimberly Ann O'Dea, 36, is facing several charges, including second-degree murder.  Police allege O'Dea hit and killed Dana Jessome, 28, with a vehicle on Oxford Drive in Sydney Mines early Friday morning.   (CTV)  


MORE:   Her former partner

PREVIOUS:   Driver charged 


Found guilty


Gordon Shaw


EDMONTON - Gordon Shaw, 62, was found guilty in the 2011 murder of Bob Anderson, 70.  (Edmonton Journal)


PREVIOUS:   Wanted arrested in BC 


Charges stayed


MONTREAL - The final 11 people still facing charges in relation to a police operation targeting alleged Montreal Mafia members have had their charges stayed.  The accused were arrested as part of Operation Clemenza, a multi-pronged operation that led to the arrests of close to 50 people.  Earlier this year, the Crown stayed charges against 36 people also arrested as part of Operation Clemenza, but the reasons why were unclear.  (CBC) 


Cops ordered to pay


OTTAWA - Roxanne Carr, a woman brutalized by Ottawa police during her wrongful trespassing arrest and left naked for hours in a holding cell 9 years ago has been awarded $254,000 in damages.  (CP)




MONTREAL - One man is dead following a street fight police say degenerated in the early morning hours Sunday.  The 29-year-old man was found sprawled on the street with a gunshot wound when police arrived at around 1:15am outside Le Madison reception hall.  Gun shots were heard, but the suspect fled.   (CBC)


MORE:   Man shot during fight 


Alcohol and speed factors


VANCOUVER - A woman in her 90s was killed Saturday afternoon in a collision near 72 Ave and 132 St in Newton.  A man has been arrested and 'alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the collision,' a statement by the RCMP said.  (Surrey Now-Leader)  


MORE:   Driver who left crash scene arrested 


Gang tentacles


EDMONTON - A record number of gangs have been identified in Alberta, and ALERT Insp. Dave Dubnyk warns organized crime has 'tentacles' that reach across provincial borders and deep into Alberta's communities.  A Provincial Threat Assessment identified 138 criminal networks operating in Alberta.  In their latest annual report, ALERT has identified 245 criminal networks active in the province.  (Sun Media)


MORE:   Marijuana makes up more than half of ALERT drug seizures

REPORT:   2016-17 ALERT annual report

RELATED:   BC's lack of 'criminal' designation


Dentist reports mother


WHITBY - Melissa Lopez says she was surprised when she brought her daughter Elianna to a new dentist last year and was told the 10-year-old had 9 cavities.  The mother of 3 said she was told the child would require thousands of dollars in dental work. Because the family doesn't have dental insurance, they would have to pay for the work themselves, so Lopez decided to get a second opinion.  Another dentist in the area told her Elianna had fewer cavities, so Lopez decided to get the fillings completed at that clinic.  In June, she received a call from the Children's Aid Society, saying the first dentist had reported her for possible 'oral neglect' of her daughter.   (CBC)


4 years



Sarah Beckett         Kenneth Fenton


COLWOOD - Kenneth Fenton, 29, pleaded guilty in May to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.   He was handed a 4-year and 3-year term for each charge, respectively, and the judge ordered that the sentences be served concurrently.  Const Sarah Beckett, a 32-year-old mother of 2 boys, had recently returned from maternity leave when she was killed in Langford in April 2016.  (CP)


MORE:   4 years

PREVIOUS:   BC Police  




BELLE RIVER - Marcus Pierce, 18, of Windsor, was killed and 2 other Windsor teens suffered injuries in an altercation that OPP say involved several combatants.  The accused is a 17-year-old male from Lakeshore, charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of assault causing bodily harm.  (Windsor Star)  


PREVIOUS:   Altercation   Teen stabbed   


Facing manslaughter charges


Anthony James Kiss


TORONTO - Anthony James Kiss, 31, has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Dario Humberto Romero, 37, who was struck and killed in the early hours of June 7 in west-end Toronto.  Kiss said Romero was chasing a woman on to the street with a knife, and that he drove into him to stop the attack.  (Toronto Star)


PREVIOUS:   Arrest in hit-and-run 





Baylee Wylie         Tyler Noel


MONCTON - Baylee Wylie's remains were found in a burned-out apartment in Moncton on Dec 17, 2015.  Tyler Noel, 19, pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder.  He was sentenced to 16 years.  Devin Morningstar, 19, was found guilty in Nov of first-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years.  Marissa Shephard is the third person accused and will go to trial next Feb.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Murder page 3 


Body linked


Hanock Afowerk


CALGARY - The discovery of a body on Wednesday morning is likely linked to 3 bodies found in a burning car on Monday.  Police earlier said they were looking for Hanock Afowerk, 26, who was the registered owner of the vehicle.  On Wednesday, after the discovery of the body, police said they are no longer searching for Afowerk, but didn't elaborate.  (CBC)


MORE:   Link between body and burnt car   Body connected   Autopsy expected




Fox                  Pfeiffer          Ear  


CALGARY - 2 of the victims discovered in a burned vehicle in Sage Hill Monday have been identified.  Following autopsies, Calgary police say they have been identified as Glynnis Fox, 36, and Cody Pfeiffer, 25.  Police have tentatively identified the third victim, a woman believed to be in her 30s. Though no official ID has been made, friends and family say the woman is Tiffany Ear.  Police said the deaths have been confirmed as homicide.  (Sun Media)


MORE:   Victims identified   Wrong place at the wrong time   Sisters leave behind 16 kids   Person of interest sought    




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