Canada Law & Crime
Solitary confinement to end for Ontario's mentally ill inmates
Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks
Solitary confinement rules struck down by judge in British Columbia
Toronto Health to hold hearings on nuclear weapons
Indefinite solitary confinement deemed unconstitutional by B.C. Supreme Court judge
U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan show no signs of slowing down
Rogue pilot Oscar Perez, Venezuela’s real-life James Bond, killed in shootout
What if a nuclear missile was really headed our way?
2018-01-19 12:10:08 We would have 20 minutes to find shelter while Americans try an interception For 38 panicked minutes on Jan. 13, Hawaiians prepared for the end. Sirens blared, regular broadcast programming was interrupted and alarming notifications arrived on cellphones: a ballistic missile was headed their way. On Jan. 16, the Japanese national broadcaster issued a similar warning, saying North Korea had launched a missile and residents of Japan should seek shelter   Read More ...
Defence lawyer Dimitrios Strapatsas's fate is in judge's hands
2018-01-19 07:40:57 A Quebec Court judge will decide next month whether Montreal defence lawyer Dimitrios Strapatsas will serve time behind bars for helping a killer in his attempts to intimidate a witness who was about to testify in his murder trial. On Thursday, prosecutor Jennifer Morin said Strapatsas has offered the Court no signs of having been rehabilitated nor has he shown any remorse since he was convicted, in October, of obstructing justice   Read More ...
Obesity in southern U.S. states poses threat to national security: study
2018-01-19 07:33:31 U.S. army recruits from southern states are more likely to be overweight and out of shape, and it’s hurting military readiness and threatening national security, a new study reveals. For the study, published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, researchers analyzed fitness and injury data of over 165,000 people recruited to the army between 2010 and 2013.They found that army recruits who suffered injuries during basic combat training were most likely to hail from one of 11 southern and southeastern states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia   Read More ...
Report: Canadian woman's killer sentenced after posting selfie with key clue
2018-01-19 06:41:39 SASKATOON -- A Canadian woman who was identified as her friend's killer after posting a Facebook selfie with an incriminating clue has been sentenced to seven years for manslaughter, reports the Toronto Sun. Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the March 2015 slaying of 18-year-old Brittney Gargol in a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan courtroom Monday, the paper reports. The two friends had been described as "inseparable," but police say an intoxicated Antoine strangled Gargol after the two went to a house party and started arguing   Read More ...
Canada's Ontario to stop putting the mentally ill in solitary confinement
2018-01-19 06:31:36 TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, will stop putting people with mental illness in indefinite solitary confinement and begin phasing out segregation entirely amid growing pressure for Canadian governments to end treatment the United Nations has deemed “torture.” Under an agreement with the province’s human rights commission, the Ontario government will immediately begin to track and ultimately end the practice of putting people with mental illness in segregation   Read More ...
California couple plead not guilty to torturing children, bail set at $12M each
2018-01-19 06:21:59 Daughter who alerted police had plotted her escape for 2 years, district attorney says Related Stories The parents of 13 children and young adults have pleaded not guilty in a California court to numerous charges that they tortured and abused the siblings for years. David and Louise Turpin were each ordered held on $12-million US bail after entering their pleas Thursday and were scheduled to return to court on Feb   Read More ...
Canadian police officer tells Tide pod challengers what they can and cannot eat
2018-01-19 06:16:56 A Kensington police video on social media tells people what can and cannot put in their mouths after Tide pod challenge puts several people in the hospital. For more info, please go to Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE:   Read More ...
Solitary confinement to end for Ontario's mentally ill inmates
2018-01-19 05:41:59 TORONTO -- Inmates with mental health disabilities will no longer be placed in solitary confinement barring exceptional circumstances under an agreement announced Thursday between the Ontario government and the province's human rights commission. The consent order issued by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario mandates the province end the use of segregation for the mentally disabled across its 26 correctional facilities   Read More ...
Landscaper charged with murders of missing men; Police believe there may be more victims
2018-01-19 05:41:52 A 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two men who were reported missing last year from the downtown Toronto area. The landscaper, who hails from Thorncliffe Park, is also suspected of murdering other men who have disappeared from the city. Det.-Sgt. Hank Idsinga said that the suspect was taken into custody Wednesday morning after police came across unspecified evidence that gave investigators a “significant” break   Read More ...
17 groups to take part in Wettlaufer killing inquiry
2018-01-19 05:41:45 TORONTO -- A surviving victim, relatives of murdered seniors, and advocacy and health-care groups are among 17 groups and entities granted permission to take part in a public inquiry sparked by nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who is serving life for killing eight elderly long-term-care residents in Ontario. In her decision released Thursday, Commissioner Eileen Gillese said survivor Beverly Bertram along with victims' family members and close friends -- organized into three separate groups -- will have the right to call and question witnesses   Read More ...
Ontario man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in deaths of 1,500 pigs
2018-01-19 05:41:35 SIMCOE, Ont. - Ontario's animal welfare agency says a man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Ben Stein, of Tavistock, Ont., pleaded guilty Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court to permitting an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate sanitary conditions, failing to provide adequate ventilation and failing to provide adequate medical attention   Read More ...
Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks
2018-01-19 05:41:22 PHOENIX -- A serial killing suspect shot and killed nine people, including his own mother, and used a victim's gun in some of the slayings that unfolded in a three-week span late last year, authorities said Thursday. Shell casings, DNA, stolen jewelry and a cellphone taken from a victim were among the pieces of evidence that investigators used to tie Cleophus Cooksey Jr   Read More ...
Royal Canadian Mint sues Royal Australian Mint in row over poppy coin printing
2018-01-19 05:41:11 OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mint is suing its Australian counterpart over the way it prints red poppies on its commemorative Remembrance Day coins. Documents filed in Australia’s Federal Court in December allege The Royal Australian Mint used without permission a printing method patented by the Canadian mint — which is now demanding that Australia’s 500,000 commemorative $2 coins, in circulation since 2012, either be turned over to them or “destroy(ed) under supervision   Read More ...
Ontario man pleads guilty to animal cruelty in deaths of 1,500 pigs
2018-01-19 05:40:44 SIMCOE, Ont. -- Ontario's animal welfare agency says a man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in the deaths of more than 1,500 pigs. The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Ben Stein, of Tavistock, Ont., pleaded guilty Thursday in Simcoe, Ont., court to permitting an animal to be in distress, failing to provide adequate sanitary conditions, failing to provide adequate ventilation and failing to provide adequate medical attention   Read More ...
Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks
2018-01-19 05:40:37 PHOENIX -- A serial killing suspect shot and killed nine people, including his own mother, and used a victim's gun in some of the slayings that unfolded in a three-week span late last year, authorities said Thursday. Shell casings, DNA, stolen jewelry and a cellphone taken from a victim were among the pieces of evidence that investigators used to tie Cleophus Cooksey Jr   Read More ...
Police news conference on Turpin family children allegedly held captive in California home
2018-01-18 12:22:39 Police in Riverside, CA described what their officers discovered in the home where a couple's 13 children were found to be living in "horrific" conditions including being shackled to their beds. The parents — David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49 — have been charged with torture and child endangerment. Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: Like Global News on Facebook HERE: Follow Global News on Twitter HERE:   Read More ...
A Killer Got Caught Because She Posted a Selfie That Showed an Incriminating Clue
2018-01-18 06:47:11 Police in Canada say a Facebook selfie led to the conviction of a 21-year-old-woman who killed her friend in 2015 — by showing her wearing the weapon used in the crime. Cheyenne Rose Antoine was identified as a suspect on the basis of a selfie in which she posed beside 18-year-old victim Brittany Gargol, Canada’s CBC News reports. Gargol’s strangled body was discovered near a landfill on the outskirts of Saskatoon two years ago   Read More ...
Facebook Selfie Helps Nail Woman, 20, Who Murdered Friend
2018-01-18 04:35:54 Ottawa: A Canadian woman has been convicted of killing her friend after police discovered the murder weapon used in a picture of the pair on social media. Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty on Monday to killing Brittney Gargol, 18, in Canada two years ago, BBC reported on Wednesday. Gargol was found strangled to death near a landfill in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with Antoine's belt near her body   Read More ...
New abuse evidence not enough to reopen rejected Indian residential school claims, says court
2018-01-18 03:04:04 Ottawa went to court seeking to stop the reopening of rejected cases Related Stories A British Columbia Supreme Court justice ruled Wednesday that new evidence of abuse was not enough to reopen rejected Indian residential school compensation claims. Justice Brenda Brown said that reopening concluded compensation claims based on new evidence broke the rules created by the 2006, multi-billion dollar Indian residential school settlement agreement between Ottawa, the churches and survivors   Read More ...
Cops probing hijab 'assault' on TTC bus
2018-01-18 01:10:04 On the heels of a phony hijab attack that garnered international attention, a woman claims her head scarf was “pulled” while on a TTC bus in the city’s west end Wednesday. Toronto Police say the incident allegedly occurred at Eglinton West Station — on Eglinton Ave. W. at Allen Rd. — shortly before 3 p.m. “We have a woman who reported that a man pulled or grabbed her hijab,” Const   Read More ...
'Extreme incompetence': Lawsuit of Quebec securities regulator alleges 'abusive' search of rabbi's home
2018-01-18 01:04:20 MONTREAL — Rabbi Momi Pinto has a beard and wears a yarmulke, just like the man from whom he bought his Montreal home in 2012. According to court documents, that is where the similarity between the two men ends — and yet it was allegedly enough for Quebec’s securities regulator to conduct an “abusive” search of Pinto’s home last September. In a lawsuit filed this month at the Montreal courthouse, Pinto and his family are seeking $230,000 in damages from the Autorité des marchés financiers and two of its investigators   Read More ...
British lawmakers back Brexit legislation, but bill faces scrutiny from pro-EU upper house
2018-01-18 00:07:51 Barring major change of policy, Britain remains on course to leave European Union in March 2019 Related Stories British lawmakers voted in favour of the government's legislative blueprint for Brexit on Wednesday, marking a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May over political opponents who want a softer approach to leaving the European Union. But the legislation will now face scrutiny from Parliament's largely pro-EU upper house, where May's party does not have a majority, which will intensify efforts to force a rerun of a 2016 referendum, and water down or even stop the divorce   Read More ...
Solitary confinement rules struck down by judge in British Columbia
2018-01-18 00:04:28 VANCOUVER - A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has struck down a law that permits federal prisons to put inmates into solitary confinement indefinitely. Justice Peter Leask says the practice of isolating prisoners for undefined lengths of time is unconstitutional, but he suspended his decision for 12 months to give the government time to deal with its ramifications. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society filed the legal challenge in 2015, calling solitary confinement a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead to severe psychological trauma and suicide   Read More ...
Canada's solitary confinement practices unconstitutional -judge
2018-01-17 23:48:24 TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's use of solitary confinement in federal prisons is unconstitutional, a Canadian judge said on Wednesday, in a ruling that could end the controversial practice unless Ottawa appeals the decision. Canadian law currently allows an inmate to be placed in "administrative segregation," as solitary is known, for an indefinite period of time for non-disciplinary reasons, such as protecting prisoners from fellow inmates   Read More ...
Home Capital vows to defend itself against short seller's $4M lawsuit
2018-01-17 23:33:06 TORONTO -- Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) says it vows to defend itself against misrepresentation claims in a $4-million lawsuit filed by a short seller against the alternative lender and three of its former executives. The company issued a response after California-based short seller Marc Cohodes on Monday filed a statement of claim with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, alleging that the company's misrepresentations in its financial reporting cost him millions when he closed his position early   Read More ...
Kidnappers abduct Americans and Canadians in Nigeria
2018-01-17 23:12:39 Abuja, Nigeria: Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. Kidnappings are rife in Nigeria, where domestic security is weak, though they overwhelmingly target other Nigerians. However, abductions of foreigners are not uncommon. The foreigners were ambushed by unknown gunmen on their way from the town of Kafanchan, , Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state police   Read More ...
Gunmen kidnap American and Canadian on road in central Nigeria, kill police security detail
2018-01-17 23:11:30 LAGOS – Gunmen ambushed an American and a Canadian traveling through Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state, kidnapping them and killing two policemen, a state police spokesman said Wednesday. The two foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital, Abuja, on Tuesday night when they were ambushed around Kagarko, Kaduna state police spokesman Mukhtar Aliyu said. “The two police escorts attached to them engaged the kidnappers in a fierce gun battle, which resulted in the unfortunate death of the two police officers,” he said   Read More ...
Toronto Health to hold hearings on nuclear weapons
2018-01-17 23:10:14 City council has asked the Toronto Board of Health to hold public hearings on the dangers of nuclear weapons and radiation fallout. “The City of Toronto can play a key role in raising awareness of the devastating impact of nuclear weapons and promote the solidarity of cities toward abolition and prohibition of nuclear weapons,” says a city council motion to next Monday’s meeting of the Board of Health   Read More ...
Indefinite solitary confinement deemed unconstitutional by B.C. Supreme Court judge
2018-01-17 22:13:08 VANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has struck down a law that permits federal prisons to put inmates into solitary confinement indefinitely. Justice Peter Leask says the practice of isolating prisoners for undefined lengths of time is unconstitutional. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society filed the legal challenge in 2015, calling solitary confinement a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead to severe psychological trauma and suicide   Read More ...
Facebook selfie leads to seven-year sentence in friendship turned fatal
2018-01-17 22:13:04 The two teens were inseparable in life. Now, one is dead and the other has been sentenced to seven years in jail for her friend’s murder. Cheyenne Rose Antoine – now 21 – pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the 2015 death of Brittney Gargol, 18, in a Saskatoon courtroom Monday. And the key piece of evidence was a Facebook photo of the pair   Read More ...
Thieves steal $80,000 camera used to catch speeders 3 days after installation
2018-01-17 22:12:45 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Police in Rhode Island say two people unbolted an $80,000 camera used to catch speeding drivers, strapped it to the bed of a truck and drove away three days after it was installed. WPRI-TV reports a representative from Conduent Solutions told Providence police Monday that one of their cameras was missing. The camera takes photos of license plates on speeding cars   Read More ...
U.S. air strikes in Afghanistan show no signs of slowing down
2018-01-17 22:05:15 KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Winter usually means a lull in the fighting here. Taliban fighters blend back into their villages, where it’s warm, and U.S. forces hunker down through the holidays. But for the first time in 16 years, the cold has not slowed the war in the air. U.S. and Afghan forces conducted 455 airstrikes in December, an average of 15 a day, compared with just 65 the year before   Read More ...
Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria; two police killed
2018-01-17 22:05:09 KADUNA, Nigeria – Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. Kidnappings are rife in Nigeria, where domestic security is weak, though they overwhelmingly target other Nigerians. However, abductions of foreigners are not uncommon. The foreigners were ambushed by unknown gunmen on their way from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital Abuja, Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state police, said by telephone   Read More ...
Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria; two police killed
2018-01-17 21:15:40 KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. Kidnappings are rife in Nigeria, where domestic security is weak, though they overwhelmingly target other Nigerians. However, abductions of foreigners are not uncommon. The foreigners were ambushed by unknown gunmen on their way from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital Abuja, Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state police, said by telephone   Read More ...
Senate wants court to remove upper house from Duffy's $8M lawsuit
2018-01-17 21:08:21 If court finds in favour of Senate, Duffy would have to restrict his legal action to the RCMP Related Stories Lawyers representing the Senate will soon ask an Ontario court to remove it from a multimillion-dollar lawsuit launched by Sen. Mike Duffy, arguing its actions in the expenses scandal are protected by parliamentary privilege. A Senate spokesperson told CBC News on Wednesday that lawyers for the Red Chamber will make such an argument in court this week as it looks to extricate itself from a lawsuit the P   Read More ...
Indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons ruled unconstitutional by B.C. court
2018-01-17 21:08:16 A B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled that the practice of indefinite solitary confinement in Canadian prisons is unconstitutional. In a lengthy ruling released Wednesday, Justice Peter Leask found that the laws surrounding segregation in prison discriminate against Aboriginal and mentally ill inmates. He also found that the existing rules create a situation in which a warden becomes judge and jury in terms of deciding whether prolonged or even indefinite segregation is needed   Read More ...
‘Extreme incompetence’: Lawsuit of Quebec securities regulator alleges ‘abusive’ search of rabbi’s home
2018-01-17 21:04:43 MONTREAL — Rabbi Momi Pinto has a beard and wears a yarmulke, just like the man from whom he bought his Montreal home in 2012. According to court documents, that is where the similarity between the two men ends — and yet it was allegedly enough for Quebec’s securities regulator to conduct an “abusive” search of Pinto’s home last September. In a lawsuit filed this month at the Montreal courthouse, Pinto and his family are seeking $230,000 in damages from the Autorité des marchés financiers and two of its investigators   Read More ...
B.C. Supreme Court judge says solitary confinement rules unconstitutional
2018-01-17 21:04:34 VANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has struck down a law that permits federal prisons to put inmates into solitary confinement indefinitely. Justice Peter Leask says the practice of isolating prisoners for undefined lengths of time is unconstitutional. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society filed the legal challenge in 2015, calling solitary confinement a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead to severe psychological trauma and suicide   Read More ...
Solitary confinement rules struck down by judge in British Columbia
2018-01-17 20:38:21 VANCOUVER -- A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has struck down a law that permits federal prisons to put inmates into solitary confinement indefinitely. Justice Peter Leask says the practice of isolating prisoners for undefined lengths of time is unconstitutional. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society filed the legal challenge in 2015, calling solitary confinement a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead to severe psychological trauma and suicide   Read More ...
2 Americans, 2 Canadians Abducted In Nigeria, 2 Police Killed
2018-01-17 20:13:25 Kaduna: Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. Kidnappings are rife in Nigeria, where domestic security is weak, though they overwhelmingly target other Nigerians. However, abductions of foreigners are not uncommon. The foreigners were ambushed by unknown gunmen on their way from the town of Kafanchan in Kaduna state to the capital Abuja, Mukhtar Aliyu, a spokesman for the Kaduna state police, said by telephone   Read More ...