Repeat B.C. sex offender who abused step-daughter avoids jail time
A 37-year-old B.C. man previously convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old won’t be going to jail after being convicted of sex offences against his own step-daughter.
The man’s name has been kept private under a publication ban.
Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault has ordered judicial recounts for three ridings, beginning this morning with an announcement for one in Port Moody–Coquitlam (British Columbia), where NDP candidate Bonita Zarrillo lost to Conservative candidate Nelly Shin by just 153 votes.
Under Elections Canada rules, automatic recounts are triggered when the winning candidate’s margin of victory equals 0.1 percent or less of the total votes cast.
In the case of Zarillo, who went to the B.C. courts to solicit a recount, the margin of separation between her and Shin was 0.2 percent of total ballots cast.
If the margin of victory is not 0.1 percent or less of total votes, candidates or voters can seek a recount by filing an affidavit before a judge. If the judge accepts the request, a recount must occur within four days.
Both court-ordered and Elections Canada recounts are considered “judicial.”
In La Belle Province, a pair of Bloc Québecois candidates have also gone to court to request recounts.
And according to Elections Canada, a judicial recount will also occur for the Hochelaga riding where Liberal candidate Soraya Martinez Ferrada beat Bloc challenger Simon Marchand by 328 votes, or 0.6 percent of total ballots cast.
A similar situation exists in the riding of Quebec, where Bloc candidate Christiane Gagnon has sought a judicial recount after losing to Liberal candidate Jean-Yves Duclos by just 325 votes.
Late this afternoon, Elections Canada announced third recount; this one for the disputed Quebec riding.
Following a support worker strike on Monday, eighteen schools in the Vancouver Island district of Saanich have closed. The eighteen schools educate roughly 7,300 students, according to CBC.
Teachers have thrown their support behind the support workers. A teacher’s union has said these workers have a right to protest their current wages, which are lower than those of their counterparts in other districts. This also means that parents will have to find alternative means of care during the day.
According to Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 441 president Dean Coates, these low wages are a decades-old problem, which has negatively impacted recruitment for the district and retention problems with support worker staff.
“So, we’re overworked, postings go unfilled, no replacements because they can’t retain them, they go to the other districts,” Coates said. “So, we’re in a constant state of triage as a result of the low wages.”
Conversely, district superintendent Dave Eberwein says that the district has offered the union “everything possible under the government-directed mandate of two per cent in each of three years,” reports CBC, and that the district has looked for alternative means to boost salaries.
“There isn’t another support staff offer out there in the province that is as good as this one,” Eberwein said. “It doesn’t completely bridge the wage disparity, but this is step one of two that we’re looking at.”
Eberwein says that the lower wages for support workers in his district are a result of unions going after more benefits at the expense of worker’s wages decades ago. This has led to support worker’s earning between 30 cents and $4 per hour less than support workers in other districts.
While the district has tried to remedy the situation by increasing the wages by 6 percent over three years, there are currently no new negotiations plans. As such, it isn’t clear how long the support worker’s strike will last.
With that said, Coates is optimistic that the problem will be resolved, and that the district is working towards a solution that doesn’t open up the school board to the potential of other districts going on strike.
“I empathize with the frustration that they’re feeling. Our goal is to come to a resolution as quickly as possible,” Coates said.
Conservation officers had to euthanize five bears in Penticton, B.C., last Thursday after they were sighted together going through the garbage that residents left outside.
Penticton local Heidi McHale said the bears had been “prowling her neighbourhood for several days,” reports CityNews.
“There is no need to keep [the garbage] outside. I am so upset because this was so preventable. It didn’t have to happen,” McHale said.
Conservation officer Sgt. James Zucchelli said that the bears were residing in the greenbelt next to Wiltse Elementary School and posed a significant risk to both the children and the public.
“Basically, we were put into a position where public safety had to outweigh the bears,” Zucchelli said.
Zucchelli also mentioned that the town has attempted to get the community not to leave their trash out.
“This is a situation that reflects back on the community. There was a considerable amount of garbage; it’s the garbage that’s killing these bears, not the conservation service. The service regrets what happened today, we feel for the community, we feel for the bears and we feel for the officers involved in these situations,” Zucchelli said.
According to Zoe Kirk, Wildsafe BC community coordinator, at least one of the bears had charged a teenager while roaming the community.
“For our region, this is nearly unprecedented,” said Kirk. “They couldn’t remember in 28 years if this has ever happened before that so many bears at once had to be destroyed.”
Moreover, Zucchelli said that his office had been receiving a growing number of complaints over the last week, including reports that the bears had been going on resident’s deck, and that the bears had destroyed a hot-tub cover.
Conservation officers said that the group of five bears, three adult males and two younger females (neither of which were offspring of the males), was “highly unusual.” The officers believe the bears were trying to build fat stores for hibernation and that the town offered too many attractants to ignore.
“The only thing we can surmise is that there were so many attractants around there that they were just able to be around each other and go door-to-door and get what they wanted,” Zucchelli said.
A B.C. man has lost his civil suit against a former lover over the cost of a diamond ring he had gifted her for Christmas.
After the wife found out about the affair, R.T., an anonymous name granted to the husband due to the extra-marital nature of the case, immediately demanded that A.L.T. repay the cost of the ring, valued at $1,000 plus tax in 2017.
R.T. had originally given A.L.T. $1,000 dollars to spend and she paid the tax herself.
Initially, A.L.T. had agreed to pay $800 back, but then put a stop order on the cheque due to the wife’s erratic behaviour towards her. R.T. and his wife then decided to bill A.L.T. for $5,000 dollars but would accept $4,000. The wife’s logic is that the money spent on gifts for A.L.T. over the years could have paid for car repairs during that time.
“The [woman] says a few days later she received a letter from the applicant’s wife asking for more money,” tribunal member Sarah Orr wrote.
“[R.T’s] wife said [he] was billing [her] for $5,000 for 10 years labour fixing her car, but that they would accept $4,000.”
According to CBC, the civil resolution tribunal handles disputes under $5,000, but this is the first dispute involving an extra-marital affair.
Weighing in on post-breakup jewellery is common, with many male parties’ arguing that a ring is an investment with the promise of marriage being part of the bargain—that logic doesn’t apply here, as marriage was never on the table. He was already married, so the ring is clearly a gift with no explicit strings attached.
“Orr said that she was satisfied that R.T. gave A.L.T. the money “as a gift to buy the diamond ring,” reports CBC.
“There is no evidence this was a loan,” Orr wrote.
Orr also said that repayment for car repairs was a red herring and that there is no reason to believe R.T.’s love interest should be responsible for his wife’s mechanical needs.