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Canadian charged


Amor Ftouchi


FLINT - A Canadian man from Tunisia shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport, and made reference to people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism.  Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was immediately taken into custody. (AP)


\MORE:   Airport stabbing    Montrealer charged   Cop stabbed 


Canadian elite sniper


MOSUL - A sniper with Canada's elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres (2.14 miles)   The Canadian Armed Forces confirmed Thursday that a member of Joint Task Force 2 made the record-breaking shot, killing an IS insurgent during an operation in Iraq within the last month.   (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Canadian sniper   Canadian sniper makes history   McMillan Tac-50 


State of emergency


WAPEKEKA FN - A First Nation has declared a state of emergency after the third suicide of a child in the remote First Nation since January.  All of the girls who died were just 12 years old and part of a suicide pact that community leaders became aware of last summer.  Nearly 40 young people from the community are currently considered to be at risk of suicide; that represents about 10% of the population.  (CBC)  


MORE:   State of emergency

RELATED:   Province sends expert to Cape Breton in wake of 3 teen suicides


You are not a leader


MONCTON - A New Brunswick Mountie says he felt betrayed and sickened by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson's testimony in Moncton, NB, last week about protecting the lives of officers.  'It was a complete disregard to the members, and an insult to the members who gave their lives, who put their lives in danger,' said Cpl Patrick Bouchard.   (CBC)


Police spying


MONTREAL - An inquiry into police surveillance of Quebec journalists has raised questions about how law enforcement in the province secures court authorization for their investigations. (CBC) 


Inefficient and costly


OTTAWA - Provincial subsidies to encourage the use of electric vehicles are the most expensive, least effective way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Montreal Economic Institute says in a new report.  The Ontario subsidy is costing as much as $523 a tonne and Quebec's $288 a tonne, compared with the federal carbon price plan, which will hit $50 a tonne by 2022. (CTV)


REPORT:   Are electric vehicle subsidies efficient?  .pdf 


Record high

MEXICO CITY - Newly released figures reveal that one person was murdered every 20 minutes in Mexico in May, the highest monthly murder rate recorded in 20 years.  The data released Wednesday documented 2,452 murder investigations.   (Newsweek)


REPORT:   Informe de victimas de homicidio  .pdf  (in Spanish)

MORE:   Murder rate reaches 20-year-high 


3 bodies found


Gerald Michael Bullinger


CALDWELL - Gerald Michael 'Mike' Bullinger is wanted for failure to report 3 deaths on the property he and his wife recently bought on KCID Road outside Caldwell.  The nationwide warrant does not list any charges that allege a role in the triple homicide, but police said Bullinger is a person of interest in the killings.  3 women were found dead Monday partially covered in a shed on the property, each apparently killed by a single gunshot. The deaths likely happened between one and two weeks ago.  Bullinger's wife and co-owner of the property, Cheryl Baker, 57, is missing.   (Idaho Stateman)  


MORE:   Home owner wanted 


Killer nurse charged again


Genene Jones


SAN ANTONIO - A Bexar County grand jury has returned a second indictment against Genene Jones, who has previously been charged with murder in other infant and child deaths.  Jones is now charged with the 1981 murder of 2-year-old Rosemary Vega.  In May, the DA's office also announced that Jones was indicted in the 1981 murder of 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer.  Jones was sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1985 for killing Chelsea McClellan, who was 15 months old at the time.  According to the DA's office, due to a law in effect at the time Jones was sentenced, she will be released from prison in March 2018.  (KENS)


MORE:   Charged 


Church figures colluded


Peter Ball


LONDON - Senior Church of England figures 'colluded' with a disgraced bishop to conceal evidence of his sex offences, a report has found.  The report, the result of an 18 month-long enquiry by Dame Moira Gibb, found that senior clergy 'trivialized' the actions of the disgraced bishop and sought to protect its reputation by failing to pass on evidence of further abuse.  Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey was heavily criticized by the damning report which condemns the Church of England over its handling of the case of Bishop Peter Ball, who was convicted of sex offences in 2015  (Telegraph UK)


REPORT:   Abuse of faith  .pdf


Peace deal


BRIA - Clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic town of Bria have left at least 100 people dead in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome that called for an immediate ceasefire.  Security remained so precarious that Red Cross teams could not venture into the streets to collect bodies for burial.   Witnesses said the fighting erupted early Tuesday between the anti-balaka militia and rebels from the group known as FPRC who were once part of the Seleka movement. (AP)  


MORE:   Death toll rising   CAR civil war 


Attempted bomb attack


BRUSSELS - A man suspected of setting off a bomb at Brussels Central Station on Tuesday has been identified as a 36-year-old Moroccan.  The suspect approached a group of passengers beneath the main concourse and attempted to blow up his suitcase. It partially exploded and caught fire before blowing up a second time.  The man had then run towards a station-master and then targeted a soldier, screaming 'Allahu Akbar', before being shot.   (BBC)


MORE:   Nail-bomb misfires 


Quintessentially Canadian crimes


OTTAWA - Criminals are rightfully disparaged for committing nefarious and illegal deeds. But some crimes transcend simple criminality and speak to the identity of a nation. Some crimes tell us about who we are - and what we like to do.  (National Post)  


MORE:   Canadian police investigate theft of mummified human toe served in drinks 


Canada to be persuaded


OTTAWA - An Ottawa-based think tank, with ties to corporate Canada and the federal government, is spearheading a campaign to persuade Canadians to embrace a free-trade deal with China.  As Canada's negotiators ready for a third round of exploratory trade talks with China, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) is embarking on a 2-year effort, bankrolled by major corporations, to change Canadians' minds about bilateral trade with the world's second-biggest economy.  (Globe & Mail) 


Automatic sin tax hikes


OTTAWA - Senators have amended the government's budget bill to remove automatic tax increases on alcohol, defying the Liberal government's request to pass the legislation intact.  The wide-ranging omnibus budget bill, C-44, includes a section that would increase the excise duty rates on alcohol products by 2% and automatically adjust the rates in line with inflation on April 1 of each year, beginning in 2018.  (Globe & Mail)   


MORE:   Senate stands down on automatic sin tax increases   Parliament breaks for summer


Start conversation


HALIFAX - Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais says his officers are seeing a disturbing rise in suicide calls, and is suggesting the city's suicide rate be released to help start a conversation around the issue. Blais said he wants part of the discussion to look at how much time officers spend helping people suffering from mental-health issues.   (CP)


Likely to get cancer


Almost 1 in every 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and 1 in 4 Canadians will die from the disease, a new report by the Canadian Cancer Society predicts.   (CBC)


REPORT:   Canadian cancer statistics 2017

MORE:   Half of all Canadians will get cancer


Still searching for leak


OTTAWA - The RCMP alleges that an employee in the federal government's procurement department, one who has no links to Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the military's now-suspended former second-in-command, leaked sensitive information about Canada's troubled shipbuilding program.  Details about the Liberals' decision to put Project Resolve on hold, as well as Irving's letter and details of cabinet discussions about the matter, were leaked to the CBC in Nov 2015.  The RCMP was brought in to find whoever had embarrassed the government by leaking information. ((PostMedia)


PREVIOUS:  Whistleblowers 


Broken promise


OTTAWA - Justin Trudeau's Liberals made promises when in opposition, unveiling a 32-point plan in June 2015 that pledged a fair and open government (.pdf) backed by access to information reform.  The government introduced Bill C-58 promoted as fulfilling its commitment on access to information reform. Discouragingly, it fails to do so.  (Michael Geist)


MORE:   Failed access to information reforms


Backup sin tax plan


OTTAWA - The federal government is preparing a backup plan that would see it regulate the distribution and taxation of legal marijuana in provinces that are not ready in time for Ottawa's July, 2018, deadline.   (Globe & Mail)


MORE:   Provinces seek entitlement level

PREVIOUS:   War on illegal drugs   


Inmate legislation


OTTAWA - The federal government is introducing legislation that would limit how long prison inmates can be kept in solitary confinement.  The legislation also proposes amending the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and the Abolition of Early Parole Act to make them compliant with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  That includes reinstating an oral hearing after a suspension, termination or revocation of parole.   (CP)


MORE:   Bill C-56    


Super watchdog


OTTAWA - A super-watchdog to oversee the full array of federal intelligence services would be created under legislation introduced.  The idea is to ensure a more seamless and comprehensive approach to reviewing Canadian security agencies. (CP)


MORE:  Bill C-59  Liberal's security legislation


Report one-sided


SASKATOON - On Monday, the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch released a report detailing dozens of stories of alleged abuse. The organization heard accounts of overly intrusive strip searches, excessive use of force, racial profiling and sexual harassment.  Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill says the report is 'one-sided' because many police forces spoke with Human Rights Watch during its research, but none of the efforts being made by police forces to address these issues were included in the report.  (CBC)


REPORT:   Police abuse of indigenous women in SK 




Ismael Habib


MONTREAL - Ismael Habib has been found guilty of attempting to leave Canada to commit a terrorist act.  The 29-year-old man from Gatineau is the first adult in Canada convicted under this charge.   (CTV)


MORE:   Found guilty

COMMENT:   Authorities have tools they need


Car bomb


MOGADISHU - At least 20 were confirmed killed and more than 20 others wounded after a mini-bus targeted a busy district office in Mogadishu's Wadajir district on Tuesday.  The mini-bus carrying banana was caught for tax evasion by a police officer and took together with its driver to the district offices and immediately exploded inside the district offices.  (Somali Update)  


MORE:   Al-Shabaab claims responsibility


Van attack


Darren Osborne


LONDON - Police responded to a report of a van striking a group of Muslims who were leaving evening prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque at about 12:20am.  Police said 10 people were injured in the attack, 8 of whom have been hospitalized. The driver of the van, a 47-year-old man, was arrested at the scene after being detained by several members of the public. Authorities said one person was killed in the attack, but authorities later said it's unclear if the victim died as a direct result of the incident.  (Global)  


MORE:   Van ploughs into crowd   Driver arrested   What we know about suspect   


Attack attempt


PARIS - A driver with a gun has been arrested after ramming a police van on the Champs-Elysees in a car filled with weapons and a gas bomb.   His car burst into flames moments after impact and he was left seriously injured having deliberately aimed at a line of police vans.  A police officer was videoed stripping clothes from the unconscious assailant to check for a suicide bomb and officials believe he is 'probably' dead.(Daily Mail)   


MORE:   Car rams police van   4 family members detained  

RELATED:   IS fanatic sues for invasion of privacy 


Tourist resort attack


BAMAKO - At least 4 people have been killed in the attack by jihadist at Le Campement Kangaba on the outskirts of Bamako, Mali's capital.  The dead include the 2 civilians who were pronounced dead on Sunday, along with a Portuguese soldier from the EU mission and a Malian soldier who died Monday from their wounds.  Security forces killed at least 4 jihadist after extremists attacked the resort spot popular with foreigners.  (AP)


MORE:   Gunmen kill 5 

RELATED:   UN peacekeeping request for Mali


Death toll rises


Getty images


LONDON - 79 people are confirmed to be either dead or missing and presumed dead in the Grenfell Tower fire, and the number is expected to increase further, police have revealed.  (Independent UK)


MORE:   Anti-government activists hijacking disaster   16 council inspections failed to stop use of flammable cladding   Tests being carried out on 600 tower blocks with cladding

COMMENT:   Tower may become a symbol

PREVIOUS:   Grenfell Tower fire   Public inquiry   Inside the inferno     


Officer acquitted



Philando Castile       Jeronimo Yanez


SAINT PAUL -  Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury Friday, a decision that came nearly a year after the encounter was partially streamed online to a nation in the midst of a painful reckoning over shootings by law enforcement.   (Washington Post)


MORE:   Not guilty   Case file, video released

PREVIOUS:   Shooting of Philando Castile 


Suspicious death


VANCOUVER - Just after 1:30am Thursday, a resident found a man in medical distress in the parking lot of Kingsgate Mall.  He was rushed to hospital but he passed away.   (Global)


MORE:   Suspicious death 




VERNON - An assault turned fatal in Vernon Tuesday night. RCMP were called to the 7300-block of Okanagan Landing Road shortly after 11pm.  When they got there, police found a 49-year-old woman seriously injured. She later died in hospital.  A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene.  A source said the woman was bludgeoned to death and says the man arrested at the scene was her son. (Global)


MORE:   Homicide 




WHITEFISH LAKE - A man found dead Monday at the Paradise Cove resort on Whitefish Lake in northern Alberta has been ruled a homicide.  (Edmonton Journal) 


Body found in burnt truck


SQUAMISH - On June 14, officers were called to a burned vehicle on the Cheekye Forest Road. When they arrived, they found a dead man inside the truck, a 2000 red GMC Yukon XL.  The IHIT has determined his death was a homicide.    (CBC)


MORE:   Body found 


12 years



Dorothy Dykens        Melissa Gabriel


WINNIPEG - Melissa Joyce Gabriel, who is 37, told police she 'just lost it' and stabbed Dorothy Dykens, 89, to death on May 17, 2015, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter.  (CTV)


PREVIOUS:   Woman pleads guilty   Guilty plea   Victim ID'd    Victim identified   Arrest   Charged 


New charges


Harry Charles Sadd


VICTORIA - A former youth badminton coach accused in a series of disturbing sexual assaults faces 23 charges relating to sex assaults of young boys that took place decades ago.  Harry Charles Sadd, 70, was first arrested in August 2016 after an alleged victim came forward, claiming Sadd assaulted him as a boy a number of times from 1978 to 1983.  On Wednesday, police announced 23 charges against Sadd, saying 12 additional victims have since come forward to speak to investigators.  (CTV)  


MORE:   Former coach facing new charges 


Found guilty


Bertrand Charest


MONTREAL - Former Canadian women's ski coach Bertrand Charest has been found guilty of 37 of 57 criminal charges he was facing, including sexual assault, involving girls he coached two decades ago.  Charest, 51, was facing charges including sexual assault and breach of trust in connection with 12 complainants, who were between ages 12 and 19 at the time of the alleged incidents.  (CBC)


MORE:   Guilty 


Toxic institution


EDMONTON INSTITUTION - Edmonton's maximum-security prison is operating on a dystopian system of fear, harassment and bullying - where a handful of employees have seized control and abuse their power to stay on top, according to an internal report.  (CBC)


3 facing charges


EDMONTON - On Jan 21, 2017, officers were called to a weapons complaint, after residents reported hearing gunshots, in the area of 110 Ave and 84 St.  When police arrived, they found Ian Janvier, 28, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Police said a total of 22 charges had been laid against: Devin Robert Carlton, 26, Robert Michael Hill, 27, and Joshua Ted Calliou, 26.   (CTV)


MORE:   3 charged

PREVIOUS:   Deemed homicide   Suspicious death   Shooting    


3 years


Tanner Kaufmann


REGINA - Colby Heid has been sentenced to 3 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Tanner Kaufmann.  Kaufmann, 37, was killed Sept 2016 when he was hit by a vehicle while walking his dog on a gravel road on the outskirts of Regina.  (CTV)  


MORE:   3 years

PREVIOUS:   Impaired 


90 days



De Oliveria & Dyer          Hecimovic


VANCOUVER - Andelina Hecimovic, a 29-year-old nurse, was convicted on 2 counts of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the Oct 2010 collision, which claimed the lives of Beckie Dyer, 19, and her boyfriend Johnny De Oliveira, 21.   Hecimovic has been ordered to serve her time mid-week, from Tuesdays to Thursdays, so she can continue working.  (CTV)


MORE:   90 days   Sentenced

PREVIOUS:   Found guilty   SCC 36260    2014 BCCA 0483   Justice system fails  


Disreputable mess


Cabero, Nyznik & Kara


TORONTO - However Ontario Superior Court Judge Anne Molloy rules on the allegation 3 Toronto police officers sexually assaulted a parking enforcement officer, on almost every level the case was little short of a disgrace for the force.  The trial ended Tuesday with Molloy promising a verdict on Aug. 9.  Constables Les Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero pleaded not guilty to a single count of sexual assault.  The alleged assault - the only issue was the sex forced or consensual - took place at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel on Jan. 17, 2015 after a night of drinking and bar-hopping.  (National Post)


PREVIOUS:   Woman believes she was drugged    Female grilled by defence 


RCMP sexual assault trial


VANCOUVER - A former RCMP employee says she will never forget the sound of the door being locked behind her by a now-retired inspector who is alleged to have sexually assaulted her in a washroom at their Vancouver workplace.  Tim Shields, who was the public face of the RCMP in BC as the department's spokesman, has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.  (CP) 


Towing raid


MONTREAL - Police targeted a towing company Tuesday in early morning raids.  Police had 13 arrest warrants for employees of Acces Remorquage.  Police say they face aharges including theft, fraud, extortion, conspiracy and armed assault.   (CBC) 


PREVIOUS:   Organized Crime 




Jim Gladden


EDMONTON - Jim Gladden, 38, a former vice president at the Alberta Motor Association had been charged, after he turned himself in to police last week.  In the fall of 2016, police said they received a report of fraud from the AMA, after employees discovered a series of fraudulent invoices.  Investigators determined more than $8M had allegedly been stolen between March 2011 and June 2016.   (CTV)


Value of consultants


FREDERICTON - A consultant who was paid $13M to find savings for the New Brunswick government only saved $10M - or less, the province's auditor general says.  Kim MacPherson said the consultant also billed $600,000 in travel expenses, but never had to produce any receipts.  The unidentified consultant - the Liberal government said it was Ernst and Young - was hired in 2013 by the previous Progressive Conservative government to help the Department of Social Services identify significant budget savings.  Only one consultant was considered and the department used an emergency exemption to avoid going to tender, she said.  MacPherson said the contract continued after the Liberals assumed government in 2014.   (CTV) 


Suspicious death


OTTAWA - Officers were called to 1775 Carling Ave around 7:45pm Sunday, after a body was discovered inside an apartment.  Police are releasing few details about the case, only saying drugs are involved and the death is being considered 'suspicious'.   Neighbouring businesses have long been concerned about suspected drug activity around the property.   (CTV) 


EPS identifies victim


EDMONTON - Joshua Gilbert Barnes, 18, was pronounced dead after emergency crews were called to a parking lot in the area of 125 St and 132 Ave early Sunday morning.  (Global)


MORE:   Stabbing   EPS names victims   Photos

PREVIOUS:   Suspicious death    




William George Sumner


WINNIPEG - Officers were called about a person lying in the front yard of a home in the 600-block of Pritchard Ave near McKenzie St Saturday.  Police arrived just after 6pm and found William George Sumner, 27, on the sidewalk. He was rushed to hospital where he later died.  (CBC)


MORE:   Police searching for suspects   Police identify victim   Livestreaming of dying man




Marilyn Oshiwee


WINNIPEG - Police said Marilyn Oshiwee, 37, was found about 4:30am at 570 Spence St with injuries suffered from an apparent house party stabbing Saturday morning.  Fenisha Peebles, 28, has been charged with manslaughter.  (Winnipeg Free Press)   


MORE:   Charges   Police identify victim   Mother remembers victim 


EPS seeks tips   


Brent Jonas Coates


EDMONTON - On Friday morning around 3:30, a man flagged down a passing police vehicle to report that another man had been stabbed nearby.  Police found Brent Jonas Coates, 33, in an alley north of 118 Ave, between 49 St and 50 St.  He died on scene.  (Global)


MORE:   Victim of homicide   EPS identifies victims

PREVIOUS:   Body found   Homicide  


Stolen vehicle crash


SASKATOON - Just before 9pm Monday, officers observed the stolen vehicle in the area of Ave D N and 33 St W.  Officials said the vehicle had an unknown number of occupants when it rammed at least one patrol car while attempting to flee.  ASU continued to track the stolen vehicle until it was involved in a collision.  The driver of the stolen vehicle was pronounced dead at the crash scene.   (Global)


MORE:   One dead 


IIO investigating


VANCOUVER - RCMP were called to a residence in the 2100-block of Audrey Drive, Port Coquitlam shortly after 7pm Sunday.  Mounties said initial reports suggested the man was firing shots into the air outside the home.  Police said they found the man outside the home. A standoff took place, with shots fired by both the man and police.  Half an hour later, the man was dead at the scene of what police said appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.   (CTV)


MORE:   Man dead after standoff    Fatal incident 




Sean Dunn


KAMLOOPS - RCMP have made an arrest in the Dec 30, 2016 murder of Sean Dunn, 42.  Dunn was killed near the corner of Tranquille Road and Wood St.  Dunn's death came after an early morning fight.  James David Bond, 27, is facing a single count of murder.  (CFJC)


MORE:   Fight death arrest   Man charged

PREVIOUS:   Identified   Victim named  


Guilty plea


Amanda Trottier & Travis Votour


GATINEAU - Amanda Trottier and her boyfriend Travis Votour were found dead on the main floor of Votour's home in Jan 2014.  Police charged Sonia Vilon, Rene Samson-Vonrichter and Ronald Junior Brazeau with first-degree murder Brazeau pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week.  Vilon pleaded guilty to 2 counts of manslaughter for both deaths.  Samson-Vonrichter pleaded to manslaughter in Trottier's death and second-degree murder in Votour's death.  (CBC)


PREVIOUS:   Arrests   2nd suspect arrested   Accused   Suspect   Homicides   Double homicide   




VANCOUVER - A BC Supreme Court judge has ruled a homeless man can't be held criminally responsible for a fatal stabbing because he was suffering from a mental disorder.  David Van Den Brink was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Wells Gallagher, 37, who was killed in Langley on June 1, 2015.  (CP)


PREVIOUS:   Charged   Identified   Charged 





Braxton Leask   Dylan Buckle


LUND - Dylan Buckle and Braxton Leask, both of whom are in their early 20s, have been identified through social media as the 2 men who were killed in Lund early Saturday. RCMP were called to a home in the 1500-block of Scotch Place at 5:15am after receiving a report that someone had been shot.  Charges have been laid against Jason Foulds, 19.  (Vancouver Sun)


MORE:   RCMP identify suspect   Man charged 


Fighter dies


Tim Hague


EDMONTON - An Edmonton MMA fighter who was left in critical condition after being knocked out during a boxing match on Friday has died.  Tim Hague, 34, was taken to hospital in critical condition after being knocked out by Adam Braidwood in a fight at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday.  (CBC)  


MORE:   Nobody wanted this    Death highlights risks, patchwork rules  




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