October 23rd, 2017

National News

U.S. doctor not impartial enough to testify in Ontario life support case: judge

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

BRAMPTON, Ont. – An American doctor who says he doesn’t believe in brain death will not be allowed to serve as an expert witness in the case of a woman whose family is fighting to keep her on life support after a Toronto-area judge found he could not be impartial. “The very issue of this ... Read More »

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Man convicted of murder in stabbing death of Montreal store clerk in April 2016

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

MONTREAL – A man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying of a young female supermarket clerk in Montreal. Randy Tshilumba was found guilty this afternoon on the fourth day of jury deliberations. Clemence Beaulieu-Patry, 20, was stabbed 14 times on April 10, 2016, inside a busy grocery store where she worked. Tshilumba ... Read More »

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La Loche school shooter carried out plan with ‘stark efficiency:’ Crown

By Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

MEADOW LAKE, Sask. – The Crown says a teenager who shot and killed four people and injured seven others at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan knew exactly what he was doing. The prosecutor told a courtroom in Meadow Lake, Sask., that the January 2016 shooting in La Loche was not a ... Read More »

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No parole for 17 years for man who killed Surrey, B.C., teenager

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A British Columbia man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 17 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Raymond Caissie was sentenced Friday in B.C. Supreme Court for the September 2014 slaying of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch. Her body was found along railway tracks in ... Read More »

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Dal student investigated for allegedly discriminating against white people

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

HALIFAX – A Dalhousie University student is under investigation for an online post she made related to Canada 150 celebrations. Masuma Khan, a member of the student council executive, faces disciplinary action after another student lodged a complaint alleging her comments discriminated against white people. Khan called the anniversary celebrations an act of ongoing colonialism ... Read More »

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B.C. community closes in mourning of three men who died in ice arena

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

FERNIE, B.C. – The City of Fernie shut down its operations Friday to give staff time to grieve the deaths of co-workers following an ammonia leak at the local ice rink. The BC Coroners Service said the men who died were Wayne Hornquist, 59, and Lloyd Smith, 52, both of Fernie; and Jason Podloski, 46, ... Read More »

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Court considering expert witness in case of brain-dead woman as family asks for tests

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

BRAMPTON, Ont. – An American doctor who says he doesn’t believe in brain death should not be allowed to serve as an expert witness in the case of a woman whose family is fighting to keep her on life support, a Toronto-area court heard Friday. The family of Taquisha McKitty has called on Dr. Paul ... Read More »

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Final submissions coming at sentencing hearing for La Loche school shooter

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

MEADOW LAKE, Sask. – The Crown and defence have finished calling witnesses at the sentencing hearing for a teenager who shot and killed four people and injured seven others at a home and a high school in northern Saskatchewan. Dr. Mansfield Mela, a psychiatrist for the defence, testified that the teen has fetal alcohol syndrome. ... Read More »

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N.B. judge upholds dismissal of charges in police shooting of businessman

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

BATHURST, N.B. – A judge has upheld a decision dismissing manslaughter charges against two constables in the police shooting of a New Brunswick businessman. Const. Patrick Bulger and Const. Mathieu Boudreau were charged in the death of 51-year-old Michel Vienneau, who was shot in his vehicle outside the Bathurst train station on Jan. 12, 2015. ... Read More »

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Halifax lawyer who argued he was singled out disbarred for misconduct

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has disbarred Lyle Howe after a disciplinary panel found the high-profile defence lawyer guilty of professional misconduct. The penalty decision was announced today following an earlier decision that the Halifax lawyer had repeatedly committed acts of professional incompetence and misconduct. He has also been ordered to pay the ... Read More »

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