How a high stakes gambler set authorities on the trail of accused Canadian spy Cameron Ortis

A high-stakes American gambler who is an FBI informant and goes by the nickname Robin Hood 702 played a key role in a series of events that eventually led the RCMP to charge their head of intelligence, Cameron Ortis, with leaking secrets. (CBC)

Governments need to govern, not dictate

Last week, Canadians witnessed the arrest of Adam Skelly – a restaurant owner in Toronto who dared to disobey John Tory’s draconian edicts. Dozens of Toronto police officers surrounded the restaurant and police put up barricades around the perimeter to prevent any customer from going in to get a BBQ sandwich. (True North)

Dead woman with gunshot wound found in Surrey vehicle

The circumstances were all too familiar: A shooting apparently targeting the driver of a car; a burning vehicle possibly linked to the killers found soon afterwards in a nearby city. Several recent murders associated with the Lower Mainland gang conflict have been eerily similar. (Vancouver Sun)

Multiple U.S. Marshalls wounded, suspect killed in Bronx shootout

Two U.S. Marshals were injured in a shootout with a suspect in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, New York, Friday morning. Shots were fired on Ely Avenue at around 5:30 a.m., police said. (ABC News)

Vancouver Police pushes back against requested funding cuts by city council

The Vancouver Police Department could soon find itself in a dispute with city council. The VPD board submitted its 2021 budget proposal to the city this week, opting against a cut of one per cent requested by city staff, which would put the budget at $318.6 million. (CBC)

Kidnap, murder suspect shot dead, abductee found safe

A Cleveland man accused of kidnapping an Ohio nurse and murdering her mother was killed during a shootout at a Louisiana hotel, authorities said. (New York Post)

Surrey murder charge laid after suspect shows up at scene of fatal shooting

A Surrey gangster now charged in a 2019 murder was arrested Monday after he showed up at the scene of a fatal shooting that happened the night before. Munroop Hayer, 27, appeared in Surrey Provincial Court Wednesday on one count of first-degree murder in the slaying last Remembrance Day of Andrew James Baldwin. Hayer’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 16. (Vancouver Sun)

RCMP unit commander warned B.C government that organized crime would run casino ‘with impunity’

The former commanding officer of a B.C. RCMP anti-illegal gaming unit says he was stunned when the provincial government disbanded his unit in 2009, even after he warned it that the decision would allow organized crime to operate “with impunity.” (Global News)

Former B.C. cabinet minister and RCMP caused ‘tsunami’ of money laundering in casinos

Former British Columbia gaming minister Rich Coleman and senior Mounties “caused this tsunami to take place in casinos,” a former solicitor-general said in 2018, according to a transcript released Monday during a public inquiry into money laundering. (Global News)

Targeted shooting outside Surrey strip mall leaves one man dead

A targeted shooting outside Evergreen Mall in Surrey on Sunday night has left one man dead. The victim, who was known to police, was shot multiple times in the parking lot outside the Shoppers Drug Mart at the corner of 152 Street and Fraser Highway around 7:40 p.m. Paramedics could not save the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after. (Vancouver Sun)