Ontario names Thomas Carrique new Commissioner of the OPP

The government of Ontario has named Thomas Carrique as the new commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. The Ford government's first pick, Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner, withdrew his name from consideration last week after his appointment to the job touched off months of controversy and triggered an integrity commissioner investigation. (CBC)

Officer down

Ontario’s ombudsman urged the OPP to make changes to prevent suicide among its members in 2012. Twelve officers have died by suicide since then. The Fifth Estate reveals what the OPP missed - and looks at what can be done to fix what some call a culture of bullying and harassment. (CBC News)

Stolen picker truck used to steal safe from Alberta bank

RCMP said a stolen picker truck was allegedly used by two men to steal a safe containing Canadian money from a bank in Winfield, Alberta, west of Pigeon Lake. The two suspects allegedly broke through the front wall of an Alberta Treasury Branch using the picker truck. (Global News)

Officer files harassment lawsuit against Calgary Police Service, union

CALGARY - A city police officer has filed a lawsuit against the Calgary Police Service and Calgary Police Association, alleging she has been the victim of harassment, sexual harassment, intimidation and “outrageous conduct.” (Calgary Herald)

Suspect surrenders, hostages unharmed after armed siege at Quebec bank

A hostage-taking situation in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, west of Montreal, has ended without incident. Sûreté du Quebec Sgt. Ingrid Asselin said around 4:50 p.m. Friday, an employee inside the Caisse Desjardins credit union activated an emergency button. (CBC)

SNC-Lavelin scandal has nothing to do with saving jobs

Despite the protestations to the contrary from the Prime Minister, his Principal Secretary Gerald Butts and the Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, whatever else the SNC-Lavalin scandal may be about, the interference by the PMO and the PCO was not about jobs. (True North)
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    Frenzy of interest descends on Huawei executive’s court appearance

    VANCOUVER - The appearance of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in court March 6 was short and procedural, but, with tensions escalating, there was also a frenzy of public and media interest. (The Province)

    Taverner withdraws from consideration to become OPP boss

    TORONTO - Ford-family friend Ron Taverner has withdrawn his name for consideration as the next OPP commissioner. “This decision is not an easy one for me to make,” Taverner, a Toronto Police superintendent, said in an e-mail to Community Safety Minister Sylvia Jones Wednesday. (Toronto Sun)

    SQ Chief relieved of duties after criminal investigation

    Sûreté du Québec director Martin Prud’homme was relieved of his duties Wednesday pending a probe into allegations of criminal conduct. Quebec Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault said Prud’homme hasn’t been arrested or charged with a crime, but that the province’s independent investigations unit is looking into allegations that he committed a criminal offence. (National Post)

    Parts of Hells Angels report ruled inadmissible at forfeiture trial

    VANCOUVER - A B.C. Supreme Court judge has criticized an “expert” report about the Hells Angels filed by the Director of Civil Forfeiture as full of biased, unsubstantiated claims about the biker club. (The Province)