Halifax police change procedures after off-duty officer charged with careless use of a firearm
At a press conference, Dan Kinsella told reporters that Halifax Regional Police officers will no longer be allowed to bring their service weapons home with them or carry them while not on duty.
“My experience has been that the safest way for everyone involved is having accountability of those firearms and as far as I’m concerned, there is no need for an officer to have their gun with them outside regular duties,” said Kinsella.
Investigators with the York Regional Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two thieves who stole a wallet out of a woman’s purse in broad daylight.
The theft occurred on September 25, but video footage of the incident has only just been released.
Police say the theft occurred on the patio of a restaurant in the area of Highway 7 East and Woodbine Avenue. Video surveillance shows that the suspects deliberately sat behind the victim and stole her wallet right out of her purse that she had hanging off her chair.
The video shows that the suspects are white, male, and wearing Vegas Golden Knights and Toronto Maple Leaf baseball caps.
Police have warned Markham residents to be more vigilant in protecting themselves from distraction thefts in Markham. They hope that, with the public’s assistance, the two men can be quickly caught.
Father Amer Saka, a former Catholic priest operating at churches in London and Kitchener, has just been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding refugees and their families of nearly $1 million in funds.
In the ruling, the judge found that the priest had been suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, which contributed to his compulsive gambling away $936,497. The money was originally intended to be part of a sponsorship program to support new refugees coming to Canada from Iraq and Syria.
Due to his PTSD diagnosis, the ruling judge recommended that Father Saka be placed in a minimum-security prison, as he is not likely to pose a physical risk to anyone.
“He gave a very thoughtful judgment, he took into consideration the fact that my client was fundamentally and is fundamentally a very, very good man who made a mistake,” said Saka’s lawyer, Iryna Revutsky.
Revutsky says that Saka’s PTSD stems from the violent murders of both his mother and brother while the Father was living in Iraq. Until this defrauding, it had gone completely undiagnosed.
“It’s been a very difficult three years for Father Saka and he has certainly made a lot of progress in dealing with his post-traumatic stress disorder,” Revutsky said.
According to Global News, 105 people in 33 families missed out on their promised financial support.
It was initially proposed that Saka would have 45 years to pay restitution, as he has a very moderate annual income of $20,000. This was later revised to 15 years as the priest would be 106 by the deadline and would likely evade punishment if he simply chose not to pay restitution.
If Saka fails to pay restitution to the families, he could face an additional five years of jail time.
The bustling streets of Toronto are moving a bit slower this morning as the environmental group Extinction Rebellion makes themselves known.
The Prince Edward Viaduct on Bloor Street has been shut down, as protesters disrupt city streets, believing the event spreads awareness.
The event is expected to last half an hour, as protesters fill the streets “to show that major disruptions are inevitable if society fails to act on climate change.”
According to CityNews, the group has also filed a notice of demonstration with the Toronto police.
A few provinces away, the MacDonald Bridge in Halifax, Nova Scotia has also been completely shut down due to climate change activists.
According to Brett Ruskin for CBC, police have begun leading protesters away in handcuffs, as they are placed in transport vans.
WATCH BELOW: Halifax Protesters being led away in handcuffs
Const. John MacLeod told CityNews that “fewer than 100 protesters” are blocking access to vehicles on the Dartmouth side of the bridge, causing its temporary closure to motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Extinction Rebellion has also shut down the Walterdale Bridge during rush hour.
“What we’re trying to do is create enough noise that the conversation starts,” George S., a member of Extinction Rebellion Edmonton told CTV News Edmonton.”Nothing is happening, it feels like we’re sleepwalking off a cliff here and we’re arguing about who’s gonna be late for work.”
Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge was no exception to the protests, as protesters gathered at the foot of the bridge, aiming to halt traffic for 12 minutes.
The bridge closures are a part of what Extinction Rebellion calls a “#BridgeOut, which are taking place in 60 cities across the world.
UPDATE: 18 people have been arrested in relation to the public protests in Halifax earlier today, according to Halifax Police. The group was given a strict deadline of when to leave the bridge by, and those who did not comply were arrested.
Roughly $4,000 worth of bottles were stolen from an annual kids’ minor hockey fundraiser last week in Saskatchewan.
According to Global News, the Pense Grand Coulee Minor Hockey Association holds an annual bottle drive to help cover the costs of keeping the minor hockey league going.
The Minor Hockey Association say that the bottles had been loaded into a trailer outside Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan on September 19. By the time the mayor came to retrieve the bottles the next morning, they were gone.
“I came by Friday morning at 8 a.m. and sent a message right away to members of the recreation board and the organizers of the bottle drive to see if somebody else had taken them in,” Grand Coulee Mayor Wally Botkin said.
“Nobody else had, it had been stolen the night before around 3:30 in the morning.”
He continued, explaining, “It’s one of the biggest fundraisers of the year, everyone in the community donates all their recycling. We send out notices a month or two in advance and people save up their recycling.
“The kids go door-to-door picking it up.”
Botkin, the kids, and parents are all disappointed, with the players’ efforts made fruitless.
“The kids were pretty heartbroken when they saw that. They put a lot of work into it and it was all gone,” Botkin said.
“It was really difficult for the kids to fathom that somebody would steal this from them.”
The mayor said that they will hold a supplementary bottle drive soon to make up for the lost funds, but whoever stole the bottles remains at large.