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Overspending on luxury trips cited as part of RCMP's probe of government in B.C.

Overspending on luxury trips cited as part of RCMP's probe of government in B.C.Darryl Plecas's report was released Monday after it was reviewed by members of the Legislative Assembly Management Committee. The report says that based on what he had seen and heard, Plecas believed there was a real possibility crimes may have been committed and he felt obligated to contact the RCMP. "Regardless of what happens in the criminal context, as a workplace and as a public institution, the legislative assembly needs to review and consider these matters, and determine whether it is more likely than not that conduct has taken place that is inconsistent with the duties of those involved and the reasonable expectations of the legislative assembly," Plecas says in his report.

B.C. police say girl, 2, died by snake venom; man arrested, charged

B.C. police say girl, 2, died by snake venom; man arrested, chargedThe mother of a little girl who North Vancouver police say died when she was poisoned by snake venom says she'll remember baby Aleka as happy, bubbly and someone who loved to play tricks. Two-year-old Aleka Esa-Bella Scheyk Gonzales died on May 19, 2014, and RCMP say tests confirmed that snake venom was the cause of her death. Henry Thomas, 51, has been arrested and charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life.

Yellow vests in Canada bear no resemblance to protesters in France: ambassador

Yellow vests in Canada bear no resemblance to protesters in France: ambassadorOTTAWA — Canada's ambassador to France says this country's yellow-vest protest movement bears little resemblance to the "gilets jaunes" who started it all in France. Isabelle Hudon says the movement in Canada appears to have been appropriated by far-right extremists espousing racist, anti-immigrant views and even indulging in death threats against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. By contrast, she says the yellow vests in France started last November with a protest against a fuel tax and mushroomed into a more generalized protest against the heavy tax burden imposed by French political and business elites on the middle class. While violent individuals have been involved in the French protests, some of which have devolved into riots, Hudon says she's never seen the protests there linked to race or immigration. Hudon, who was in Canada along with five other envoys to brief ministers at a cabinet retreat last week, says it appears to her that protesters here have adopted the symbol of their French counterparts — the yellow safety vests all drivers in France are required to carry in their vehicles — but do not share similar complaints or objectives. During a stop in Moncton, N.B., over the weekend, she was surprised to see some yellow-vest protesters brandishing signs with what she called "violent words on immigration." "It's not at all the kind of messages that the real gilets jaunes in France would deliver," Hudon said in an interview. "It's not at all the same dynamic in Canada from what I heard and from what I saw," she added. "It's almost like here in Canada they're seeing a strong brand and they're branding their voice under the yellow vest but I'm not sure that it's totally the same, or at all the same. But it's almost like they're borrowing the brand, the gilets jaunes, and you know what? It's highly visible." The Facebook page for Yellow Vests Canada, which boasts more than 100,000 members, says the group's mission is "to protest the CARBON TAX and the Treason of our country's politicians who have the audacity to sell out OUR country's sovereignty over to the Globalist UN and their Tyrannical policies." "We are also against the government attempting to buy off the media in an election year and conspire with social media companies to censor our speech. We CANNOT have a free and democratic society unless WE HAVE FREE SPEECH and the ability to express it as far and wide as we wish. "We are Canadian Patriots who refuse to allow this country to walk down the path of Tyranny. God Bless." Protesters sporting yellow vests who've turned up at events across the country have displayed widely varying agendas, from supporting pipelines to denouncing a non-binding United Nations compact on global migration. Most are virulently opposed to Trudeau. The group's Facebook page has been rife with messages advocating or hoping for the prime minister's death. A moderator for the page has said the group doesn't tolerate hate messages and is trying to eliminate them from the site. Brett Mineer, a Kamloops, B.C., radio host who earlier this month posted a tweet critical of the racist elements and conspiracy theories peddled among the yellow-vest crowd, was bombarded with threats and abusive comments, including suggestions that his wife should be raped and he should be beaten. The Canadian Press

Crown opens case against accused: Winnipeg bus driver was stabbed multiple times

Crown opens case against accused: Winnipeg bus driver was stabbed multiple timesA Winnipeg bus driver was killed on the job by an angry passenger who refused to leave the vehicle at the end of a run, a Crown attorney said at the opening of a two-week second-degree murder trial. Irvine Jubal Fraser, a 58-year-old driver working the late shift, was spat on and repeatedly stabbed after forcibly removing Brian Kyle Thomas from the bus, Crown attorney Keith Eyrikson told the jury Monday in his opening statements. While people might question why Fraser physically removed the passenger, that is not the issue, Eyrikson said.

Coroner probes exposure death of Gilles Duceppe's mother outside seniors' home

Coroner probes exposure death of Gilles Duceppe's mother outside seniors' homeMONTREAL — A Quebec coroner will investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Gilles Duceppe's mother after the 93-year-old woman was found Sunday in the snow outside an upscale Montreal seniors' residence where she lived. The coroner's office said Monday it will try to determine how Helene Rowley Hotte, mother of the former Bloc Quebecois leader, perished after leaving her building when a fire alarm sounded in the early hours of Sunday. Police said she ended up locked out in the middle of a frigid snowstorm, and her body was discovered more than seven hours later. Montreal police said the victim had hearing problems and likely didn't understand the announcement that her part of the building — one of three wings in the complex — was not part of the 4:15 a.m. evacuation order. The door locked behind her as she went into a backyard. Montreal's fire department responded to a call at the complex that night, but the all-clear was given around 6:20 a.m. Const. Caroline Chevrefils said police received a call shortly before noon about a woman found dead in the snow, likely from hypothermia. They transferred the investigation to the coroner's office after determining there was no criminal element to the death. Quebec Premier Francois Legault extended condolences to Duceppe and his family Monday. "Isabelle and I are shattered by the death of Mrs. Rowley, Gilles Duceppe's mother," Legault wrote on Twitter from France, where he is on an official visit. "I offer all my sympathy to Gilles, his brothers and sisters, and to the whole family in this moment of great sadness." Marguerite Blais, the minister responsible for seniors, said she has asked health officials for a full briefing. "My sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Gilles Duceppe on the death of his mother during this tragic event," Blais wrote. "We will shed light on this very sad story." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet also offered condolences to Duceppe. Rowley Hotte, a mother of seven, was married to well-known Quebec actor Jean Duceppe, who died in 1990. Her father — John James Rowley — was British by birth, leading Duceppe to frequently quip that he was a "bloke who turned Bloc." A longtime friend of Duceppe, who asked not to be identified, said Rowley Hotte was in excellent physical and mental health and had dined with family members the previous evening. Family checked in with her every morning, and they became worried when there was no answer to their calls Sunday. They arrived to find her unit empty, the friend said. Duceppe declined to comment when reached by The Canadian Press. At a news conference in Quebec City, Blais said she has asked her deputy minister to see if provincial standards for seniors' residences need to be reviewed. "Never, never, never will I give up when it comes to the security of the elderly," she said. Blais said the Lux seniors' residence where Rowley Hotte lived had its certification renewed last April and met all the required standards, including the number of staff at night. According to the province's registry of seniors' homes, the Lux, located near the Olympic Stadium, has 440 units and opened in 2009. Of the 660 residents, 493 are 75 and older. Six employees, including two nurses, would have been working on a weekend evening, according to the registry. In a statement late Monday, the residence said Rowley Hotte was wearing winter clothing when she went outside. Its security cameras show she fainted a while after having exited. "We are sincerely sorry for Mrs. Rowley Hotte's family and loved ones," the statement said. "The safety and well-being of our residents has always been and remains a priority for Lux Residences." Joannie Lambert-Roy, a spokeswoman for Quebec's coroner's office, said coroner Gehane Kamel has been assigned to investigate Rowley Hotte's death. According to statistics compiled by the coroner's office, there was 121 accidental deaths in Quebec from exposure to excessive cold between 2000 and 2016 — 31 of which involved victims aged 75 or older. Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

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