The police violated their duty? – News from Canada


February 6, 2019 / 10:01 | Story:

A colleague of three men killed in the train wreck this week in the Rockies says he is doing everything he can to help his loved ones.

Carl Schnurr, a veteran engineer at the Canadian Pacific Railway, set up a GoFundMe campaign for the families of Dylan Paradis, Andrew Dockrell and Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer.

Schnurr says that Maestro Paradis – the father of two young girls – always had a smile on his face and never had a negative thing to say.

He says the engineer Dockrell – called Doc by his colleagues – was fun to work with and gave nicknames to all his co-workers.

Schnurr says he never met Waldenberger-Bulmer, a trainee who started working on the railroad in November at the request of his twin brother.

Jeremy Waldenberger-Bulmer, also a CP driver, said he and his brother plan to work together on the railroad before retiring to play golf around the world.

Schnurr's campaign raised about $ 47,000 on Wednesday morning.

"We need to take care of these families. I can not emphasize that enough," Schnurr said in an interview. "Their lives are changed forever."


| Story:

A Toronto police officer facing disciplinary charges related to the 2016 arrest of serial killer Bruce McArthur is accused of violating the force's policy on dealing with domestic violence allegations.

Sgt. Paul Gauthier's lawyer said the disciplinary charges against his client are related to allegations that although he has obtained a statement from a man complaining about McArthur, he did not record on video how the policy demands.

Lawrence Gridin says he also claimed that Gauthier did not take photos of the man's wounds in 72 hours, which is another requirement. He says the injuries were documented, however.

"Gauthier denies he did anything wrong," Gridin said in a statement on Wednesday. "Actually … the researchers relied on the work of Gauthier's investigation in 2016 to help them identify McArthur as a serial killer."

Gauthier is accused of insubordination and neglect of duty, but charges against him had not been previously disclosed because the officer was not present for what should have been his first appearance before police court on Tuesday.

Gridin said he was confident that the evidence would show that his client did not stop him from investigating McArthur's crimes.

The lawyer also argued that the case should be heard by a judge instead of a senior official named by chief Mark Saunders. But the prosecution and superintendent who oversaw the Tuesday hearing said it was too early in the process to comment on the matter.

McArthur pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of men linked to the gay village of Toronto.

He was arrested in January 2018 and shortly thereafter, the force's professional standards unit launched an internal investigation related to the case.

The review was triggered when the lead investigator said he had found some "troubling" information while analyzing two previous investigations into five missing men in the gay village.

McArthur had been interviewed by police several years ago in a separate unrelated incident.

McArthur said a man called 911 and made a statement to the police in June 2016 after escaping McArthur's van.

A statement read in court said the two knew each other and agreed to meet in the van. When the man arrived, he discovered that the backseat had disappeared and that the floor of the van was covered with a plastic sheet and a fur coat.

Court heard McArthur tell the man to lie down in his coat and then grabbed his wrist "with a look of rage on his face." He then grabbed the man's throat and began to strangle him, the court heard.

The man tried to argue with McArthur and eventually managed to free himself and escape, the court heard. "He could not swallow again for a week," the statement said.

After the man reported the attack, McArthur was arrested and gave a statement of defense to the police, he said.

"An officer freed McArthur without charge, believing his statement to be credible," the court heard.

Police later found photographs of the man on McArthur's electronic devices, according to the court. In some, he is wearing a fur coat that looks identical to what McArthur put to the men he killed, according to the statement.

February 6, 2019 / 9:48 am | Story:

Suncor Energy Inc. is urging the Alberta government to make an exit ahead of schedule of the oil reduction program, enacted Jan. 1, because of its "unintended consequences."

The program designed to reduce gross storage levels and free up space on export lines worked very well by reducing local rebates to the point where rail travel to the United States is no longer financially sustainable, Steve Williams said in a conference call Wednesday. Thursday morning.

"If you look at what happened, the differential corrected – and overcorrected – very quickly and the unintended consequence of that is … the railroad economy is badly damaged and many of the train motions are stopping or stopping," Williams said. .

"This will have the opposite impact to what the government wants."

The same charge was raised last week by Imperial Oil Ltd CEO Rich Kruger who said that his company would cut off shipments of crude oil by rail from its terminal in the Edmonton area to near zero this month.

The move is seen as a major setback for oil output, as Imperial shipped 168,000 barrels per day in December, an amount they said accounted for about half of Canada's total rail exports.

In a teleconference to discuss Suncor's fourth-quarter results, Williams said production cuts are also having a long-term negative effect on investor confidence in Canada.

The criticism came when Suncor reported a net loss of $ 280 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the price discounts the cuts were designed to reduce.

The Calgary-based company reported that its average price in Canadian dollars for crude bitumen in the quarter was only $ 7.96 per barrel, compared to $ 42.80 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Its average price for upgraded synthetic oil was $ 46.07 compared to $ 70.55.

Last week, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the province would reduce the initial production reduction from 325,000 bpd by 75,000 bpd, citing storage levels that fell faster than expected.

His plan is to further reduce reductions to 95,000 bpd by the end of 2019, once storage levels have fallen enough.

The price difference between the Western Canadian Select bituminous blend oil and the West Texas Intermediate benchmark in New York rose to $ 52 a barrel in October but shrunk to a single digit in December and January.

To support the higher cost of rail transport over pipelines, spreads need to be larger than $ 15 to $ 20 a barrel, Imperial says.


February 6, 2019 / 9:37 am | Story:

The new Quebec minister, responsible for women's status, says the Muslim hijab is a symbol of oppression.

Speaking to reporters after being nominated for the portfolio on Tuesday, Isabelle Charest said the Muslim headscarf does not match her values ​​and is not a way for women to flourish in society.

She said women should not wear clothing. She opposes this because it represents a command for women to cover themselves, she said.

Their statements come as the Coalition Avenir Quebec government prepares to introduce legislation banning civil servants in positions of authority – including teachers – from using visible religious symbols, including hijab, kippa and turban.

Pierre Arcand, interim leader of the Liberals of Opposition, said today that tolerance and calm are necessary in the debate promoted by the Coalition government. He said his party favors freedom of choice.

Charest, a former Olympic short-track cyclist, was first elected on Oct. 1. She is also Minister of Education.

The Canadian Federation of Taxpayers has launched a new campaign urging the Trudeau government to honor its electoral promise to balance the federal budget. The CTF will show their long-nosed political honesty mascot, Fibber, for the campaign.

"Justin Trudeau was very clear when he ran for office: he said that if he were elected, he would balance the budget in 2019," said CTF director Aaron Wudrick. "Even after becoming prime minister, he insisted that this promise was too much" in stone. Now is the time for him to honor his commitment. "

The CTF points out that the 2015 Liberal platform promised three deficits totaling $ 26 billion, followed by a $ 1 billion surplus for 2019-20. In fact, liberals generated three deficits totaling $ 56 billion and currently forecast a $ 20 billion shortfall in 2019-20.

"The prime minister's failure to keep his plan meant putting our children and grandchildren with an extra $ 50 billion," Wudrick said. "It's a betrayal of trust that Canadians have deposited with the prime minister. We will work hard to remind Canadians how important this promise is about to be broken. "

The CTF has added a feature to its website, which allows Canadians to send a message to Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill Morneau asking them to balance the budget as promised.

February 6, 2019 / 5:19 am | Story:

The Royal Canadian Air Force hopes to pull the trigger of buying new armed drones within six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options.

The Canadian Forces have been working since the early 2000s to identify and purchase a fleet of UAVs that can conduct surveillance over Canada's vast territory as well as support overseas military missions.

However, in addition to buying a small number of temporary and unarmed drones for the war in Afghanistan – all of whom have already been retired – the military has never been able to make much progress in a permanent fleet.

In a Canadian press interview, the Air Force commander, Lieutenant General. Al Meinzinger said he was confident that it was about to change after the Trudeau government officially approved the purchase of a fleet of UAVs armed through its defense policy.

That decision was one of the most notable changes to the new policy, launched in June 2017, which included a promise to spend an extra $ 62 billion over the next 20 years to expand and strengthen the military.

No previous federal government had authorized the addition of drones – armed or not – as a permanent fixture within the Canadian Forces along the same lines as the jet or helicopter squadrons.

"We say we have maximum policy coverage, which means we can see this program clearly in our defense policy," Meinzinger said. "So we are moving forward with this project … This will be a capability we will see over the next five to six years."

The Royal Canadian Air Force has discreetly evaluated the options and will soon present its ideas to purchasing officials, he added. The plan is to buy a type of medium-altitude, long-life UAV for the military.

The drones have assumed an increasingly important role in the military around the world; A report published in the Royal Canadian Air Force Journal at the end of 2015 said 76 foreign military personnel were using them and another 50 were developing them.

Unmanned aircraft are often used for surveillance and intelligence gathering, as well as for the delivery of punctual air strikes to enemy forces at locations where force has been approved.

However, the government's decision to acquire armed drones has raised questions from some arms control and human rights groups that have raised concerns about the legal gray zone surrounding such weapons.

While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government considered the drone's decision carefully, critics noted that there are very few rules surrounding its acquisition and use – including in murders.

Meinzinger said the drones proved their worth to the Canadian Forces during the war in Afghanistan, where he personally commanded a UAV squadron in charge of monitoring the surrounding countryside.

As for the government's decision to approve the armed drones, "certainly the use of these weapons will be within the limits of the law of armed conflict and regulated very clearly," he said.

Chief of Defense Gen. Jonathan Vance previously said that the Canadian military plans to use armed drones in the same way as other conventional weapons such as fighters and artillery.

While he acknowledged the long path the military pursued in trying to get drones, Meinzinger said, "We have the support of the leadership and the department to keep moving forward. So I do not see this as a problem." "

– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.

February 5, 2019 / 4:24 pm | Story:

The provincial police said a girl at a primary school in Quebec was stabbed Tuesday afternoon during a dispute with a schoolmate.

Police spokesman Hugues Beaulieu said there had been a row between two students at Saint-Pierre primary school in Alma in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec.

He said a boy took a knife and stabbed the girl, who was in fourth grade. She was taken to the hospital but suffered only superficial injuries.

The boy was taken into custody by police and social services, but Beaulieu says it is too early to tell what will happen to him. He did not disclose the ages of the children involved.

The students who were present during the incident and the school staff were questioned by the investigators.

February 5, 2019 / 2:27 PM | Story:

In a move capable of sending shockwaves through Quebec and its shipbuilding industry, the federal government has decided to accelerate the construction of one of its new permanent naval support vessels.

The government's multibillion-dollar shipbuilding plan had long called for Seaspan Marine in Vancouver to build an ocean science vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard before resorting to the two new naval support ships.

But the federal procurement department says the government will wipe out one of the support ships – which carry food, ammunition and fuel for fleets at sea – before moving to the science ship.

The second joint support vessel, as they are called the permanent vessels, will be built last.

The government last year approved a plan for Seaspan to start early work on one of the joint support vessels while the shipyard was waiting for the coast guard to finish designing the science ship.

The decision to go ahead and completely finish the first ship "will seize the moment," said Pierre-Alain Bujold, Public Services and Procurement Canada spokesman.

It will also ensure that the yard remains occupied so workers will not be idle or laid off while waiting for the ocean science craft, he added, and give time for lessons to be absorbed before the construction of the second joint support ship.

"This decision makes a lot of sense and is a great example of how the (National Shipbuilding Strategy) allows us to be flexible in meeting the requirements of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard, finding efficiencies at the shipyards."

While Bujold said more details on the timelines will be provided in the coming months, sources say the decision is expected to see the first new support spacecraft delivered before the current 2023 timeline.

This may be bad news for Seaspan's rival in Quebec, Davie Shipbuilding.

The federal government has awarded Davie a $ 700 million contract in 2015 to convert a container ship into a temporary supply vessel and lease it to the Navy for at least five years.

The contract, which is at the heart of Vice Admiral Mark Norman's breach of trust, was intended to fill a gap created when the two previous navy support ships were forced to retire early in 2015 due to fire and rust.

The Quebec government, Davie and federal opposition parties have pressured Ottawa to rent a second ship, at a cost of $ 500 million, which they say will serve the navy while supporting workers at the shipyard near Quebec City.

Much of the basis for his argument about meeting the needs of the Navy has been Seaspan's constant struggle to meet deadlines and the fact that the design work on the Coast Guard's oceanographic science vessel is not yet complete.

These may now be questionable points if the changed schedule results in a faster delivery of a permanent vessel, although a government source has said some project work is still needed.

Davie's spokesman Frederik Boisvert wasted no time in deciding to prioritize the completion of the first support ship as "against common sense" and as "an insult to Canadian taxpayers."

He questioned the impact on the Coast Guard, whose existing oceanographic science vessel is almost 60 years old, and noted that Seaspan has been struggling to deliver the first of three fishing science ships to the Coast Guard. All three should have been delivered in 2018.

"The most basic principle of the national shipbuilding strategy was to start with smaller projects and let the yard prove itself before moving on to bigger, more complex projects," Boisvert said on Tuesday.

"Seaspan has failed miserably on all fronts: cost, schedule and quality, they should be blacklisted and now they are rewarded for failure, making no sense and will be another blow to the Coast Guard." "

In an apparent reference to Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough and Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, who represent the Vancouver area, Boisvert accused "regional politicians in Vancouver who are only planning to win seats in this year's elections" for the ruling .

February 5, 2019 / 2:17 p.m. | Story:

Dennis Oland was deeply in debt the day his multimillionaire father, Richard, was beaten to death, according to a court in Saint John.

Oland, 50, had exhausted most of his personal accounts, despite having increased credit limits in thousands of dollars in the months before Richard Oland's murder on July 6, 2011.

John Travis, chief of Dennis Oland at the CIBC Wood Gundy, and Eric Johnson, a forensic accountant, were in contention in their murder conviction on Tuesday detailing Oland's "cash crisis" in the summer of 2011.

The prosecution, now in the fourth week of its lawsuit against Oland, is trying to establish a financial motive for the killing.

Prosecutors claim that Dennis Oland killed his father "in fury" and that his desperate financial situation was behind the violent attack that left Richard Oland, 69, dead in a pool of blood on his office floor.

The businessman and former executive of Moosehead Breweries Ltd., had 45 blunt and strong wounds, most of them in the head.

"It looks like I'm going to struggle with money in the coming months and as a result I would like to review your offer to help me through this difficult time," Dennis Oland said in an email to Travis in June 2011. About a month earlier of murder.

Oland said he was struggling to meet his commitments, which included $ 4,300 a month for child / spousal support and the more than $ 1,650 he had to pay his father monthly for a two-year, $ 500,000 loan before.

Travis said the CIBC agreed to extend it another $ 8,000 per month, or $ 16,000, for June and July. Oland thought things would improve in his work as an investment consultant in August and September, so he just needed the money in the short term.

However, a bank failure means that it did not receive the full amount needed in June.

In a note to Travis on June 15, 2011, urging that the error be corrected immediately, Oland said he was "nervous" about not being able to make his financial commitments.

"It is essential that the correct funds be put into my bank account today so that I can honor my commitments that are winning today," Oland wrote.

The next day, June 16, Oland sent a message to his wife, Lisa, telling him that although he was earning a good salary that month – $ 8,000 – "the money is tight."

"Would I be able to get you $ 1,000?"

He did not mention in his email that the $ 8,000 was the first installment of the two-month loan he got from his employer.

Lisa Oland said her credit card was also on the edge.

According to Johnson, Oland earned just about $ 34,000 from the CIBC Wood Gundy in the first six months of 2011, but his combined expenses for that period, ending on the day of the murder, July 6, 2011, were nearly $ 121,000 .

Johnson showed at trial a series of slides detailing Dennis Oland's accounts, including his checking account, a credit line and an investment account.

"The account was often discovered," Johnson told the court, referring to Oland's checking account with a $ 2,000 overdraft limit.

"There was rarely a positive balance that lasted more than a month."

Oland opened a Visa account with a credit limit of $ 5,000. But by February 2011, the limit had expanded to $ 27,000. By July 2011, he owed more than $ 31,000 on the card, well beyond the limit.

Oland's line of credit also increased significantly in two years, from a limit of $ 15,000 in 2009 to $ 35,000 and then to $ 75,000 and finally to $ 163,000 in 2011.

On July 7, 2011, the day his father's body was found, Oland owed $ 163,939.68 in the credit line.

The defensive stance is that, as Dennis Oland was accustomed to being in debt and always seemed to get credit increases or advances at work, the financial issue does not work as a reason.

February 5, 2019 / 12:39 | Story:

A Quebec city councilor, who was already under attack for denying the existence of Islamophobia, is scrutinizing recent comments questioning whether Earth is round.

Nathalie Lemieux of Gatineau, Que. created a controversy last week after she told a reporter that the word "Islamophobia" does not exist for her.

She has been removed from her position as deputy mayor, but will remain as counselor to the fourth largest city in Quebec.

Le Droit reports that in an online comment two weeks ago, Lemieux suggested that there is a conspiracy to eliminate evidence that the Earth is flat. She asked who decided the earth was round and why it should be believed.

An aide confirmed on Tuesday that Lemieux made the comments.

The counselor came first in the spotlight last week when she told Le Droit that Islamophobia is a problem invented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

She applauded Quebec Prime Minister François Legault for his statement that there is no Islamophobia in Quebec. After Muslim groups denounced Legault's comments, the prime minister's office clarified that Islamophobia exists, but there is no culture or current in Quebec.

February 5, 2019 / 5:24 am | Story:

A sentencing hearing continues today for Bruce McArthur, a serial killer who attacked men from the gay village of Toronto for years before being arrested.

Friends and relatives of McArthur's eight victims are expected to continue reading the victim's impact statements.

Many cried in court on Monday, when prosecutors provided unprecedented details of the killings between 2010 and 2017.

Crown attorney Michael Cantlon told the court that McArthur took photographs of the bodies of his victims in various states of nudity and stored the pictures on his computer.

Court heard McArthur then dismember his victims and dump his remains in planters around a residential property in downtown Toronto, where he stored his landscaping equipment, or in a ravine behind the house.

Police arrested McArthur in January 2018 and accused him of the murders of Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen. They later accused McArthur of the murders of Majeed Kayhan, Dean Lisowick, Soroush Mahmudi, Skandaraj Navaratnam, Abdulbasir Faizi and Kirushna Kanagaratnam.

He pleaded guilty last week to eight counts of first-degree murder.

Toronto police faced criticism of how they investigated the disappearances of the eight men, with some saying that the force ignored LGTBQ's concerns about a possible serial killer.

February 5, 2019 / 5:18 am | Story:

One of nature's largest migrations may be returning to health after a dramatic increase in the number of monarch butterflies that floated through North America last year.

But if the populations of black and orange aviators are beginning to recover, it is not thanks to Canada, said Carolyn Callaghan of the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

"Canada, well, hmm. Not so much going on."

Every year, the main monarch population, which totals tens of millions, migrates between Canada and the United States to hibernate in Mexico. This is a journey of more than 5,000 miles by small creatures weighing less than a gram.

In recent years, the number of monarchs making the flight has plummeted by about 90 percent over historic numbers, Callaghan said.

Scientists estimate the number of monarchs measuring a small stretch of the central Mexican forest where they congregate. There may be 10 million to 50 million monarchs per hectare.

In 1993, the butterflies occupied 6.2 hectares. Last year, the size of the forest where the scientists managed to find them was 2.5 hectares.

Something, however, seems to have gone well since then.

A newly released survey for 2018 found monarchs in more than six hectares of forest, suggesting that the number of the population has increased 144% since 2017. The increase of one year is not necessarily a trend, but it is good news.

"It's a relief from a terrible situation," Campbell said.

In addition to the good weather – the butterflies of the previous year were hit by tropical storms and tornadoes – an agreement of three countries to bring back the monarch may be finally compensating, she said.

Mexico has stifled illegal logging that has destroyed monarch habitat and is working to create ecotourism opportunities as a substitute. The U.S. has been involved in extensive replanting of weeds and wild flowers that monarchs need for nectar and egg laying.

"I'm amazed at what they've been able to do," Campbell said. "The state of Ohio alone has restored more than (32,000 hectares) of habitat."

Much of this consisted simply of planting wildflowers and wildflowers along road meridians, energy corridors, or other unused land.

Southern Canada, especially Ontario and Quebec, contains important monarch breeding sites. About one-third of the butterflies that appear in Mexico were found in Canada or the northern states.

Americans and Mexicans far outweighed Canadian efforts to restore habitat, Callaghan said. This despite an agreement signed in 2016 between the leaders of the three countries to deal with habitat loss throughout reproduction and habitat migration.

"We have a role to play," Callaghan said. "We still have to do this."

Butterflies are considered endangered but are not yet protected by the Species at Risk Act.

More news from Canada


Source link