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General Discussion / Amber Alert OFF - Child found.
« on: September 16, 2018, 11:15:24 PM »
Good view of vehicle at link.

REGINA -- An Amber Alert was issued Sunday night for a six-year-old Saskatchewan girl who RCMP say was in the back of her family's SUV when it was stolen outside a strip mall in North Battleford.

Police said that Emma O'Keeffe is Caucasian, three-feet-six-inches tall, and weighs 44 pounds. She suffers from epilepsy and autism, and is non-verbal and unable to walk.

"I think any six-year-old that was taken against their will is definitely a risk," RCMP Corporal Rob King said. "This girl, given her medical conditions, is at higher risk."

 Amber alert vehicle
The suspect is believed to be driving a dark grey 2010, Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec SUV with Saskatchewan license plate 897 HMX. (RCMP)

RCMP said the vehicle was taken Sunday at around 5 p.m. after the girl's mother left it running and went into a business in the strip mall.

The girl was secured in a child seat in the back of the SUV and police said they don't believe she would be able to get out of the vehicle herself.

The suspect is believed to be driving a dark grey 2010, Mercedes Benz GL350 Bluetec SUV with Saskatchewan license plate 897 HMX.

Police said it's a case of an abduction by a stranger and there is no indication a family member is involved.

"This is a stolen SUV with a child in the back seat," King said. "This is not a parental abduction."

Emma has brown, jaw-length hair and was last seen wearing a navy-blue, long sleeve T-shirt, black jeans, pink socks and no shoes. She was also wearing a diaper.

Police said the girl requires medication every 12 hours and that missing a dose could lead to extreme medical distress.

There is no description of the suspect at this time and police said they don't know what direction the vehicle was headed. The Alert has been expanded beyond Saskatchewan to include Alberta and Manitoba.

Investigators contacted the vehicle's manufacturer to find out if it had GPS tracking, but were told it likely does not. They said it was something they were looking into further.

The SUV has a keyless entry system so police said that once the suspect shuts off the vehicle, it cannot be started again.

The vehicle is estimated to have had a half tank of gas.

Police said they are also reviewing any surveillance video that may be available.

Debbie grab your stuff and run!

I have learned to pray again and my tears with every picture I see out of BC. The latest round were the pictures of a moose family surrounded by fire getting into the water (lake), and another mother deer calling out against a backdrop of huge flames and have to wonder if her baby made it out. Bears terrified and running but nowhere to run to. Then a heart touching photo of a rather ragged firefighter, holding a very frightened fawn in his arms.
Either dense smoke or flames hundreds feet high.
My heart just breaks!

I hope you all keep safe. My prayers for your safety. :( 

General Discussion / Bruce McArthur's killing fields
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:42:06 PM »
Victim's pictures and other links at link below. teams wrapped up their meticulous search of the apartment in mid-May. They collected around 1,800 exhibits and took around 18,000 photographs of the scene.

Toronto police say trove of evidence found in alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur's apartment
Lead investigator Det.-Sgt Hank Idsinga says his teams are now conducting follow-up investigations to determine if further property searches will be required.

McArthur is scheduled to make his next court appearance on June 22, two days after a judicial pretrial.

General Discussion / A totally horrifying new terrorism ... Toronto
« on: April 25, 2018, 03:35:37 PM »
This is really very disturbing to say the least because it can happen anywhere and any time unless these groups are found and watched. What else can be done since people have so many rights to "free speech"? There is no forewarning when that speech goes into action!

General Discussion / Suspected gangland killer Free in Calgary Ab
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:35:06 PM »
Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould's job was to bring changes to our justice system by way of adding more murder trial judges but recently I have read she was waiting ... for what, I cannot remember.

No justice for the victims of Nick Chan's crimes.

Snipped: See link for links to other articles and pictures.

Notorious Calgary gang leader Nick (Nicholas) Chan is a free man.

He was scheduled to stand trial in front of a jury this week. Instead, Justice Paul Jeffrey stayed three charges, including one count of first-degree murder.Chan has been released from custody.

In March 2016, Chan was acquitted of first-degree murder in connection with the Bolsa triple-murders.

Three stabbing charges within 4 months, plus other violence related incidents and he is on bail. With promises to obey. Yep, we've heard that before. It was too good to be true when justice department said there would be changes.

General Discussion / Worst case of dog abuse in Duncan BC
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:35:51 PM »
This is not meant to upset people but as a teaching tool. Be ever vigilant in cases of beings that depend on us. Animal abusers tend to be forgotten after awhile and end up getting another 'pet' or 'guard dog' but these poor creatures cannot do any guarding if they are tied on a 2 inch chain and NEVER fed. This breaks my heart! Make sure this devil family never have the opportunity to do this again.

Lorie Chortyk, with the B.C. SPCA, says constables were called to a home in Duncan on Feb. 16, after receiving reports of a dog in distress.

Chortyk said when they arrived at the property, they found a mixed-breed dog chained up with a leash that was only a couple of inches long, making it impossible for him to move.

When constables got closer to the dog, they noticed a "powerful stench" coming from him.

"They realized not only was the dog so emaciated, but his collar was so embedded into his neck that there was this massive, massive infection," Chortyk says.

The dog was taken into care that day and received round-the-clock veterinarian care, but died two days later, Chortyk said.

"This is one of those cases that just shocks and horrifies even our special constables who see so much suffering," she said. "It's just absolutely heartbreaking. It's hard to understand why or how anyone could let an animal suffer like that."

Possible $10,000 fine
The B.C. SPCA said Wednesday that Anderson Joe and Melissa Tooshley of Duncan have been charged with animal cruelty in the case. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine and a potential lifetime ban on owning animals.

A court date has not yet been set.


Police in Kamloops are still searching for a 19-year-old Alberta man, who was reported missing at the Sun Peaks Resort Saturday.

Over the weekend, Kamloops RCMP said Ryan Shtuka had been reported missing. He was last seen at about 2:10 a.m. Saturday, after leaving a party to walk a short distance home.

Police said he was reported missing when he didn?t show up for work later that day. Since then, he hasn?t used social media or his cell phone, RCMP said.

Teen missing after Sun Peaks house party
A massive search was launched, but was hampered by heavy snowfall.

On Monday afternoon, Kamloops Search and Rescue said they had suspended their search.

On Sunday, 22 members and about 74 volunteers were searching the area ? they used dogs, snowmobiles, drones with infrared cameras and helicopters in their search.


Steven Bugden, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1997, escaped from the minimum security unit of Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick Wednesday evening, according to the Correctional Service of Canada.

During an inmate count around 10 p.m. AT, staff members at the multi-level security federal institution discovered that Bugden was not there. He was last accounted for at 4 p.m., when recreation first started at the minimum security sector.

"It was discovered ? after recreation was done that he was not in his house," said Emile Belliveau, assistant warden with management services at Dorchester Penitentiary.

Belliveau described Bugden's departure as more of a "walk out" than an escape.

"There's no walls that separate this sector from the community ? this is the last step for them to be introduced into the society," he said.

"If an inmate decides he wants to leave, he can do so on his own." Still, he said, "we take this very seriously."

Bugden is serving a life sentence for the murder of Angela Tong, a 22-year-old Carleton University student who was stabbed 19 times at an Ottawa hotel in March 1997. In announcing his escape from prison, Correctional Service Canada said Bugden was serving an indeterminate sentence.

'We don't know his frame of mind, we don't know what his intentions are.'
- Acting Cpl. Dan Hilchie, RCMP
The service said it immediately contacted RCMP, and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

The prison was searched by correctional officers while RCMP, with the help of a police dog, searched the surrounding area shortly after 10 p.m., according to the police.

Acting Cpl. Dan Hilchie, with the RCMP's Sackville detachment, said police brought in the canine unit because Bugden had left in a winter storm and police wanted to "find him immediately around the area."

"The weather wasn't very co-operative," said Hilchie.

Although the area outside the prison is well lit, Hilchie also said it was dark when the inmate left the premises.

At this point, he said, RCMP aren't sure of Bugden's location. Police are continuing to gather information to find out either his location or direction of travel.

"We're still gathering information from family, friends, contacts," he said. "We're investigating video tapes as well to see if he went on foot and or with a vehicle." 

The 45-year-old is five-feet five-inches tall and weighs 188 pounds. He has fair complexion, blue eyes and blond hair.

Belliveau said the minimum security sector consists of housing units, which include a shared living area for four to six inmates.

Employees at Dorchester Penitentiary, a multi-level security federal institution, discovered that Bugden was not accounted for late Wednesday evening. (Steve Lawrence/CBC)

Belliveau said Bugden was placed in the living space because he was evaluated by the prison and is considered low risk to the public.

"There's all kinds of tools we use here to evaluate the risk [posed by] this individual," he said.

But RCMP said anyone who sees Bugden should contact police immediately and not approach him.

"We don't know his frame of mind, we don't know what his intentions are," said Hilchie. "We just don't want to put the public at risk." 

The correctional service is asking anyone who has information on Bugden's whereabouts to contact police.

It said it will investigate the circumstances of the incident and is working with police to locate him as quickly as possible.


A Toronto woman is so desperate for psychiatric care that she has posted ads on telephone poles near Wychwood Barns, offering to exchange her services as a housekeeper for mental health service.

The ad, posted near St. Clair Ave. W. and Christie St., offers the services of ?housekeeper with over 10 years? experience.?

?Willing to exchange housekeeping services for psychiatric care at the rate of $15 an hour,? the ad reads. ?Native English speaker, clean police record, trustworthy, meticulous.?

The Star spoke with the woman who posted the ad, who asked to remain anonymous because she didn?t want her employer to be aware of her mental health concerns. The woman is a permanent resident of Canada, and immigrated to Toronto from a small town in the U.S. to attend York University, where she studied music.

While she posted the ad more than a week ago, she has had no calls about her offer as of Monday morning.

After the woman graduated from York, she said, she hasn?t qualified for OHIP coverage. In Ontario, you must work full-time for an employer for a minimum of six months in order to be eligible for OHIP, a requirement she said she has never been able to meet.

OHIP covers some ? but not all ? mental health services. Those without OHIP coverage must foot the bill for any health services on their own.

?I was unemployed for the better part of a summer, and I didn?t have anyone I could talk to about it,? the woman said in a phone interview. ?I was not really close to anyone in the city . . . that?s when things started to get really bad.?

Dr. Sylvain Roy, president of the Ontario Psychological Association, said even with OHIP, access to mental health services can often be an uphill battle, and difficult to navigate. Without the money to pay for services, people often end up stuck on backlogged waiting lists.

?Psychiatrists are fully covered by the public system, but there are not a lot of them,? Roy said. ?There are waitlists for patients accessing these psychiatric services.?

After a breakup in 2016, she chose to see a psychiatrist at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto?s student clinic, where she says she paid for $40 sessions for three months. After coming into a period of financial difficulty, she could no longer afford to go to her sessions.

The woman was taken to St. Michael?s for treatment following a suicide attempt.

?I was kept in a little room for three hours, before someone came in and told me ?there?s no treatment we can offer you . . . If you don?t have OHIP, we can?t admit you as an in-patient,?? she recalled.

The woman says St. Michael?s referred her to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health crisis line, as well as a drop-in mental illness centre for homeless youth.

?Because I had a job and a place to live, I felt like I was taking advantage of those resources, and taking them away from someone who would really need them,? she said.

She ultimately chose not to use the drop-in centres.

?Once I started doing better, I always had the idea that I could barter with a psychologist or a psychiatrist to get services,? the woman said.

However, this type of resource exchange could violate boundaries between doctors and patients. The College of Physicians and Surgeons declined to comment on this case, instead providing literature outlining potential boundary violations.

One such example includes ?making exceptions for certain patients? and ?not charging for services rendered where (the doctor) would usually do so.?

In an email to the Star, college spokesperson Kathryn Clarke noted that a ?dual relationship,? such as one between an employer and an employee, who are also doctor and patient, ?may possibly be a boundary crossing,? depending on the circumstances.

Another Canadian has died in Mexico near Cancun.

Spruce Grove woman dies while vacationing in Mexico
A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money to help bring her body back to Canada
CBC News Posted: Feb 04, 2018 7:21 PM MT Last Updated: Feb 04, 2018 7:21 PM MT

A Spruce Grove woman died suddenly while vacationing in Mexico.

Veronica Morrison-Johnston, 23, died near Cancun on Jan. 28, according to a GoFundMe page in her honour.

The page is dedicated to raising funds to help bring her body back to Canada.

The page confirmed Morrison-Johnston was the light of her family's lives, "and she was brutally taken from them." Her family said they are not publicly commenting on her passing.

Global Affairs Canada said it's offering its sympathies to the family, but would not confirm Morrison-Johnston was murdered.

CBC News also cannot confirm that's the case.



Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex has confirmed its founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman, are dead, amid reports that two bodies were found in their Toronto home.

"All of us at Apotex are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time," the company said in a statement late Friday afternoon, adding that the deaths were "unexpected."

Emergency crews were called to the home at 50 Old Colony Rd. in the Bayview Avenue and Highway 401 area around 11:45 a.m. ET for a medical emergency.

That's where Toronto police say a male and a female were pronounced dead on the scene.

Deaths deemed 'suspicious'
Police have not yet confirmed the victims' identities, nor where in the home they were found. They would also not say if there were any signs of trauma to the bodies.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Det. Brandon Price said the deaths are "suspicious" but are not yet being treated as homicides.

Barry Sherman
The two people found dead in the home of a Canadian pharmaceutical executive Friday have been confirmed, by the company, to be Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey. (CBC)

That's because, Price said, investigators are still trying to "determine if there is foul play involved or not. And at this point we cannot say 100 per cent with certainty if there is or there is not."

"We're going to know a lot more tomorrow," he said, adding that results from post-mortem examinations have yet to be received.

Hopkinson would not say who found the bodies, but CBC Toronto has confirmed with a police source that they were found by a non-family member.

'It was picture perfect'
In an update Friday evening, police said they were not searching for a suspect and that there were no signs of forced entry to the home.

Neighbourhood resident Sarah Alvi lived across from the Shermans and said she was shocked at the sight of police activity in what she described as a lovely and quiet neighbourhood.

"We've never seen something like that on this street...  Especially with these people, everybody knows who they are ? it was really surprising, it was heartbreaking actually," she said. "Lovely people."

Old Colony
Emergency crews were called to 50 Old Colony Rd. in the Bayview Avenue and Highway 401 area around 11:45 a.m. for a medical emergency. That's where police say two people were found dead. (Katherine Brulotte/CBC)

Alvi said when she heard the Shermans were selling their home, she'd gone in "for fun, just to check it out."

At the time she said she spoke with Honey Sherman, who she knew quite a bit better than Barry Sherman. Everything seemed normal, Alvi said.

"The kids' rooms were gorgeous... It was picture perfect."

'Unwavering philanthropic leadership'
Sherman founded Apotex in 1974 after buying out his uncle's smaller company. The pharmaceutical giant produces and exports generic drugs to more than 115 countries worldwide, according to its website.

Along the way he amassed a vast fortune, recently estimated by Canadian Business magazine at $4.77 billion, making him the 15th richest person in the country. The North York home where their bodies were found was registered to both Shermans, and had recently been put on the market for approximately $7 million.

One of two bodies removed from the home of billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc., Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, who were found dead under circumstances that police described as "suspicious" Friday. (Chris Helgren/Reuters)

But while he was known for his success in the drug business, he was perhaps equally known for his generosity. The couple made numerous multimillion-dollar donations to hospitals, schools and charities and had buildings named in their honour.

"They were extremely successful in business but also very, very giving people," former Ontario premier Bob Rae told CBC News on Friday.

"He was the bane of the existence of the branded drug companies in Canada. He was not their favourite person, but he was respected," said Paul Grootendorst, associate professor at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy.

'You can't take it with you, so the best alternative is to put it to good use while you are here.'
? Barry and Honey Sherman
In a statement, Mount Sinai Hospital board chair Brent Belzberg said the hospital community was shocked at the loss.

"Barry and Honey Sherman's commitment to community, unwavering philanthropic leadership and heartfelt commitment to making a difference in people's lives was palpable in every interaction with them. Their visible leadership on our hospital and foundation board of directors was infused with warmth, passion and a fierce intelligence," the statement said.

A University of Toronto website lists the Apotex Foundation and the Shermans as donors in the range of $10 million to $25 million during 1995 and 2003. They also donated roughly $50 million to the United Jewish Appeal.

In a statement on the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto's website, the Shermans expressed their particular "obligation" to support the Jewish community.

"We are fortunate in being able to contribute," the couple is quoted as saying. "You can't take it with you, so the best alternative is to put it to good use while you are here."

'Great leaders'
Word of the Shermans' deaths prompted an outpouring of grief for the pair across the business and political community.

Mayor John Tory expressed his deepest condolences to the Sherman family on behalf of Toronto residents.

As a producer of more than 300 generic pharmaceutical products, Apotex has seen a fair number of litigation issues, as companies have pushed back on its efforts to sell cheaper no-name options.

One of the most high-profile of those clashes occurred when pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb sued Apotex in 2006 to try and stop it from selling the first generic form of the heart-disease treatment Plavix.

Over the years, Sherman faced legal action from family members, who alleged they had been cut out of the company over the years.

With files from The Canadian Press

Edmonton / Missing - Nadia Atwi - age 32 - Edmonton ab
« on: December 13, 2017, 12:53:22 PM »

The family of missing Edmonton woman Nadia Atwi met with reporters Tuesday to give their daughter, wife and sister a message.

"I just want you alive," said Salwa Atwi, the missing woman's mother. "I just want you to know that I love you, Nadia."

Nadia, 32, was last seen by her husband at their home near 48th Street and 146th Avenue around 6:30 a.m. on Friday, said Salwa.

The family, seated together at a home in the city's northeast, urged Edmontonians to continue searching for Nadia.

Focus of search for missing woman moves to south Edmonton, police say
Family 'heartbroken' by disappearance

Nadia was not at her home Friday morning when Salwa came to pick her up for their morning carpool to work, her sister Randa Atwi said.

When Nadia's husband, Ali Fneich, answered the door, he told her mother that Nadia had gone to pick her up instead.

Nadia never showed up to work Friday, and stopped answering her phone. Later that day, the family started to worry.

Nadia is a mother and kindergarten teacher at a private Arabic school in Edmonton.

Her vehicle, a black Chevrolet Equinox with licence plate number BWR 6282, was found in a ditch at Rundle Park around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

A search began shortly after police found her vehicle, shoes and phone in Rundle Park.

Now in its fifth day, family and friends of Nadia have moved the search outside the Edmonton area, across the province.

Nadia's father, Akram Atwi, said he was "heartbroken" at his daughter's disappearance.

"This is not the Nadia I know," he said. "You always call me ... if you're not feeling well."

Nadia needs medication and might be "confused if approached," a statement from the Edmonton police said Sunday.

'They are praying for you everywhere'

Police have not found any significant leads in her sister's case, Randa said.

Since her disappearance, a coordinated social media campaign has been launched by her family and friends. A Facebook group has more than 3,600 members looking for Nadia, hanging posters around the city and employing drones to search over cliffs and areas not accessible by car or by foot.

Randa said they have no reason to suspect that Nadia would have left the city, but said "anything can help."

Salwa Atwi said the search for her daughter has brought the city together, with strangers coming to the Atwi house with food, water and coffee to sustain the family and all the volunteers while they search.

More than 200 people joined a search party at Rundle Park over the weekend.

The family has received messages from families and acquaintances they know in Lebanon.

"They are praying for you everywhere, in every language, every religion," Salwa said. "I hope you will be here, safe, with us soon."

Anyone with information about Nadia is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567.

With files from Zoe Todd

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