Regina police charge 2 people following drug-trafficking investigation

Two people were arrested and charged by members of the Regina Police Service (RPS) following a drug-trafficking investigation.

In a release, the Regina Police Crime Reduction team along with the Street Crimes Online Property Unit completed an investigation with enforcement action.

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30-year-old Regina man faces charges following stolen vehicle, dangerous driving incident

On Saturday Oct. 1, 2022, a CDSA search warrant was executed on a residence in the 6700 block of Dewdney Avenue in Regina. During the execution of the search, police seized $10,390.00 in Canadian currency, 2.83 grams of fentanyl, 45.9 grams of crack cocaine, firearm ammunition, parts and accessories.

“As a result of the enforcement, 27-year-old Musab Mudather of Regina and 26-year-old Ibrahim El-Zaylaa of Regina were arrested and charged in relation to the investigation,” stated RPS.

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At the conclusion of the enforcement, El-Zaylaa was charged with traffic in scheduled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl and failure to comply with conditions of a release order.

Police stated Mudather was charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and trafficking in scheduled substance.

The accused made their first appearance on these charges in Provincial Court on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022.

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Sisters plead with car thieves to return their mother's ashes

WATCH: Two sisters are pleading for the public's help after their mother's ashes were stolen. The women from the Greater Toronto Area were in Montreal for a long-awaited burial. But just hours before the ceremony was set to start, their car was stolen along with the ashes inside. Global's Dan Spector reports.

Two Oakville, Ont., women are pleading for the public’s help after their mother’s ashes were stolen.

The sisters were in Montreal for a long-awaited burial, but just hours before, their car was stolen and the ashes with it.

“It’s heartbreaking. It really is,” said Carole Daoust, daughter of the late Winifred Aziz, who was visiting Montreal earlier this week with her sister Cathy to bury their mother. “Never did we dream that the outcome would be like this.”

“Winnie,” as their mother was known to many, moved to Montreal in the early 50s from Nova Scotia.

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She met her husband John Aziz, the love of her life.

“We lost my father in 1984, and in 1987 she moved to Toronto, to Oakville, to be near my sister and I,” Carole Daoust explained.

There was never any question. When her time came, Winnie would be buried next to John at Montreal’s Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery.

“My mother never remarried. She never thought of it, never went with anybody after. It was just a love story,” Daoust told Global News.

Her mother passed away in 2021 at 92 years old, and was cremated.

COVID-19 and a labour conflict at the cemetery prevented the daughters from arranging their mother’s burial until this past Wednesday.

This week, they drove to Montreal ready to honour her wishes. She wanted to be buried with a stack of love letters from John, and a piece of her wedding bouquet she’d kept for 70 years.

The daughters parked their 2020 silver Toyota RAV4 outside their hotel in Pointe-Claire, Qc. thinking nothing of leaving the urn in the trunk overnight.

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In the morning, the vehicle was gone.

“I was just like, oh my god, mom’s ashes are in there,” Daoust recalled.

She says police told her car thefts are common in the area, but the sisters don’t care about the car. They’re pleading with the thieves to return the ashes.

“Put it somewhere that someone would see it so we can get my mother’s remains back and and give her the dignity of a proper burial,” said Carole.

The sisters were told the vehicle might remain in the area for up to a week, possibly parked on a side street, before being sent to the port.

“Just keep an eye out for a silver RAV with Ontario license plates,” said Richard Daoust, Carole’s husband.

Montreal police confirm to Global News an investigation is underway saying they hope bringing publicity to the story helps the sisters get their mother’s ashes back.

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Saskatoon Tribal Council to help women transition back into their community

WATCH: The government of Saskatchewan announced $3.6M in funding to the Saskatoon Tribal Council for a new pilot project.

The Saskatoon Tribal Council and the government of Saskatchewan announced a partnership to help women transition from Pinegrove Correctional Centre back into everyday life.

Corrections, Policing and Public Safety minister Christine Tell announced $3.6M in funding over the next three years for the Saskatoon Tribal Council to work on a new pilot project.

After the initial three years, two additional one-year extensions will be made available.

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The project is called Īkwēskīcik iskwēwak which means “turning their life around” in Cree and will be designed and led by indigenous people. It will focus on healing, wellness, education, training, and eventually transition women back into the work force.

Tribal Chief Mark Arcand of the Saskatoon Tribal Council said these are some of the things currently missing in many Indigenous communities.

“So we’ve really got to make a conscious effort in the city of Saskatoon where they’ll be coming to provide a lot of them with healing at this point so when they go back if they have limited services, let’s say mental health, or addictions worker, psychologist that some of the communities may not have, that we’re getting that service to the inside Saskatoon,” said Arcand.

The STC is currently searching for a building in Saskatoon to use for the project.

Minister Christine Tell told media anything more than the initial three years and two years of potential extension would have to be re-visited at a later date. She said she has confidence in the STC to successfully put this plan to action.

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“The STC understands and knows what the offenders in Pinegrove need, and so that’s what we’re trying to address, and we’ve got the right people at the right table having those discussions,” said Tell.

The project is mostly focused on women who commit minor offences and find themselves re-offending and is expected to begin this fall.

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Quebec notaries warn Bill 96 translation requirement creating 2-tier system

Some Quebec Notaries are crying foul over an article in the province's controversial new language law. Notarized documents such as wills, if drafted in another language are required to be translated to French at an additional cost to the client. “As Global's Phil Carpenter explains, the concern is that a two-tier system has been created

Some Quebec notaries are crying foul over an article in the province’s controversial Bill 96.

Under the bill, notarized documents such as wills, real estate documents, powers of attorney and marriage contracts, if drafted in English, are required to be translated to French for registration, at the client’s expense.

Montreal notary Francine Lewis is worried about what that will mean for her clients, not just in the city but worldwide.

She pointed to a recent case in which she said the translation fee was hundreds of dollars.

“Five hundred eighteen dollars, including taxes to have these three pages translated by the translator,” she told Global News from her Nun’s Island office. “There’s no notary fees there, there’s no registration fees yet.”

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Heather Trott, another notary, said she checked what the translation fee for a real estate contract would be.

“For example, a 12-page document, a 12-page mortgage, just to get a sense of what the fees would be around, was close to $2,000,” she said.

She added that there will also be delays of a week or more because of translations.

Lewis noted that the situation also affects francophones who have assets in other provinces or the United States, for example, and need to produce documents in English.

Peter Zimmermann is preparing to draw up his will and pointed to what he sees as another problem with this law.

“Well, it’s my will, and I want to understand my will,” he stressed.

He worries he won’t be able to verify if a translation will convey his wishes exactly, since his French isn’t as good as his English.

This reality, say Bill 96 critics, has created a two-tier system whereby people who need these services in English are paying more.

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“I think so,” said Eva Ludvig, president of the English rights group Quebec Community Groups Network.  “Not only pay more, wait longer, not have the equal services.”

According to Trott, the bill is creating rifts between colleagues.

“(Supporters) are using phrases like, ‘Well, finally the public registry is not going to be as polluted by English documents anymore,'” she said.

Trott and others are considering a legal challenge to the new law.

“We are trying to kind of get together, put our heads together,” she said, “because of course if you’re going to challenge it in court, you have to have a legal basis for it.”

There are already two other court challenges to Bill 96.

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17-year-old arrested, charged after Regina police respond to speeding vehicle

The Regina Police Service (RPS) arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy following a speeding vehicle incident earlier this week.

On Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m., police said, officers observed a speeding vehicle bearing no licence plate matching the description of a vehicle stolen in mid-September.

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“Police followed the vehicle, which entered Glen Elm Trailer Court,” the RPS stated in a release. “Police successfully deployed a spike belt as it exited. The vehicle continued on deflated tires, ultimately stopping in the area of the 1200 block of Bond Street, where the driver fled on foot.”

As police approached the driver, the teen dropped a can of bear spray and was arrested and charged.

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The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of prohibited device and dangerous driving.

Police said the teen was released and scheduled to make his first appearance on these charges in provincial youth court on Dec. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

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Junior hockey: Rockets to host Thunderbirds, two home games for Vees 

A look at upcoming action this weekend for junior hockey teams in the Okanagan and area.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Two days after shutting out the Victoria Royals earlier this week, the Kelowna Rockets are back in action.

On Friday night, Kelowna (2-1-1-0) will host the Seattle Thunderbirds (2-0-0-0) at Prospera Place. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

The Rockets enter the tilt on a two-game winning streak, having blanked Victoria 3-0 on Wednesday. In that game, Kelowna outshot the Royals 31-19.

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That followed a 5-1 win in Prince George last Saturday night — the second half of a weekend double-header against the Cougars. Prince George won the opener, as they doubled up the Rockets 6-3.

Last spring, Seattle eliminated Kelowna from the playoffs, with the T-Birds winning the first-round series 4-1. Seattle outscored the Rockets 24-10 en route to advance to the WHL championship series, where they lost to Edmonton.

“Not much has changed over there from last year for them,” Rockets head coach Kris Mallette said this week.

“We know they’re a team that is very skilled, very hard to play against. Players obviously with our returning roster are well aware of what Seattle brings. We’re going to have to bring our A-game, there’s no secret there.”

In related news, the Chicago Blackhawks announced on Friday that they were reassigning forward Colton Dach, 19, back to Kelowna.

A six-foot-four-inch forward, Dach had 29 goals and 79 points last season with the Rockets. This fall, he played in one NHL preseason game. That game was on Thursday, against Minnesota, where he logged 14 minutes of ice time and had five shots on net.

The Rockets didn’t know if Dach, 19, will be available to play against Seattle, but is expected to suit up against Victoria next Tuesday.

Friday’s games (all times PT)

  • Saskatoon at Brandon, 5 p.m.
  • Lethbridge at Red Deer, 6 p.m.
  • Winnipeg at Regina, 6 p.m.
  • Prince Albert at Swift Current, 6 p.m.
  • Victoria at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
  • Medicine Hat at Everett, 7:05 p.m.
  • Edmonton at Spokane, 7:05 p.m.
  • Prince George at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games

  • Prince Albert at Lethbridge, 6 p.m.
  • Winnipeg at Moose Jaw, 6 p.m.
  • Calgary at Red Deer, 6 p.m.
  • Swift Current at Regina, 6 p.m.
  • Medicine Hat at Portland, 6 p.m.
  • Edmonton at Tri-City, 6:05 p.m.
  • Prince George at Everett, 6:05 p.m.
  • Victoria at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
  • Seattle at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s games

  • Moose Jaw at Saskatoon, 3 p.m.
  • Portland at Spokane, 5:05 p.m.

B.C. HOCKEY LEAGUE

All four teams from the Southern Interior will also be in action this weekend.

The defending league champion Penticton Vees (4-0-0-0) will host Merritt (2-2-0-0) on Friday, then Salmon Arm (3-1-0-0) on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the West Kelowna Warriors (3-1-0-0) are on the road, as they visit Cranbrook (3-1-0-0) on Friday night, then Trail (1-3-0-0) on Saturday.

Salmon Arm will host Vernon (1-3-0-0) on Friday, then visit Penticton on Saturday.

And lastly, Vernon will host Salmon Arm on Friday night, then Victoria (1-2-0-1) on Saturday.

Penticton leads the Interior Division with eight points, with Cranbrook, Prince, George, Salmon Arm and West Kelowna tied for second with six points.

Friday’s games

  • West Kelowna at Cranbrook, 6 p.m.
  • Cowichan Valley at Nanaimo, 7 p.m.
  • Merritt at Penticton, 7 p.m.
  • Coquitlam at Powell River, 7 p.m.
  • Victoria at Prince George, 7 p.m.
  • Wenatchee at Trail, 7 p.m.
  • Salmon Arm at Vernon, 7 p.m.
  • Chilliwack at Surrey, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

  • Surrey at Chilliwack, 6 p.m.
  • Salmon Arm at Penticton, 6 p.m.
  • Victoria at Vernon, 6 p.m.
  • Wenatchee at Cranbrook, 7 p.m.
  • Cowichan Valley at Alberni Valley, 7 p.m.
  • Coquitlam at Powell River, 7 p.m.
  • Merritt at Prince George, 7 p.m.
  • West Kelowna at Trail, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s game

  • Langley at Nanaimo, 2 p.m.

KOOTENAY INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

Friday’s games

  • Fernie at Kimberley, 6 p.m.
  • Golden at Columbia Valley, 6:30 p.m.
  • Princeton at Chase, 7 p.m.
  • Osoyoos at Sicamous, 7 p.m.
  • Beaver Valley at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
  • Nelson at Revelstoke, 7 p.m.
  • North Okanagan at Kelowna, 7 p.m.
  • Castlegar at Grand Forks, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games

  • Creston Valley at Golden, 6:30 p.m.
  • Kimberley at Fernie, 6:30 p.m.
  • Beaver Valley at 100 Mile House, 7 p.m.
  • Nelson at Sicamous, 7 p.m.
  • Grand Forks at Castlegar, 7 p.m.
  • Kamloops at North Okanagan, 7:15 p.m.
  • Revelstoke at Summerland, 7:30 p.m.
  • Kelowna at Osoyoos, 7:35 p.m.

Sunday’s game

  • Beaver Valley at Chase, 2 p.m.

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Meet 'Elsie' and 'Phyllis': Tunnel-boring machines for Broadway Subway set to launch

Construction on Vancouver’s Broadway subway is set to take a major leap forward, with the launch of a pair of massive boring machines that will cut the route’s five-kilometre tunnel.

Each of the two cylindrical tunnel boring machines (TBM) is six metres wide and weights around a million kilograms.

The machines will be launched separately from the site of the future Great Northern Way-Emily Carr station, then spend the next year boring their way west to Cypress Street, near where the Arbutus terminus station will be.

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The machines have been named “Elsie” and “Phyllis” after two prominent women from B.C. history.

Elizabeth ‘Elsie’ MacGill was the world’s first female aeronautical engineer and professional aircraft designer, while Phyllis Munday was a noted mountaineer who founded Girl Guides in B.C. and the province’s first St. John Ambulances Brigade in North Vancouver.

TBM Elsie is set to begin tunneling shortly, while TBM Phyllis is slated for launch this winter after assembly is complete.

The machines, which require a crew of eight to 12 people to operate, can chew out about 18 metres of tunnel per day. The work is expected to carve about 200,000 cubic metres of soil and rock from the ground, which will be removed by conveyor belt.

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Once the boring work is complete, crews will finish construction on the subway’s underground stations and install its tracks and systems.

The finished project will be a 5.7-kilometre extension of the Millennium Line from its current terminus at VCC-Clark station to Arbutus Station, with a projected cost of at least $2.8 billion.

A future expansion from Arbutus Street to UBC is supported by the City of Vancouver, UBC and the TransLink Mayor’s Council, but has not secured funding.

 

 

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Memorial held for 57 deaths due to London, Ont. homelessness since 2021

Dozens gathered at the Covent Garden Market for soup, bread and a moment of silence to honour the 57 people who died as a result of homelessness since October 2021.

The deaths are tracked by the London Homeless Coalition (LHC), who held the ninth edition of the memorial event on Friday. Along with offering those directly impacted by the deaths a chance to grieve, the annual event also looks to raise awareness for the issues affecting the city’s homeless population.

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Co-chair Jaclyn Seeler says it’s important to remember the 57 lives lost were preventable deaths.

“Those individuals were either experiencing homelessness at the time of their death or they were housed and they had experiences of homelessness in their life,” Seeler said.

“These are human beings and their lives matter, and that’s why it’s important that we gather today to remember each and every one of them.”

Jason Galindo is the chair of the LHC’s death notification protocol, which partners with several local agencies to track deaths in the homeless community. The agencies involved are also tasked with informing the community about the cause of death, if it’s known, along with any memorials being planned for the person who died.

The protocol also serves a flagging system for people who haven’t been seen in the community for some time.

While 57 deaths have been reported by the protocol since last October, Galindo says that’s not an absolute number, as not all deaths are captured by the LHC.

“It might be that some (agencies) might not know the (protocol) exists; it might be that, for example, the notification protocol is sent to somebody on the membership who isn’t flowing that information down,” Galindo said.

“The infrastructure — which is strictly volunteer, by the way — just needs to be strengthened in order for us to be more knowing about the community members who are passing in the community.”

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Along with providing information that would be otherwise unavailable, Galindo says the death notification protocol works to reduce stigma surrounding those impacted by homelessness and how their deaths may occur.

“I find it really important that this protocol actually expand and the infrastructure strengthen, so that way we’re actually accurately telling the stories of individuals that we’ve supported in the community, otherwise it’s up to bias and assumptions as to why these individuals passed,” Galindo said.

“How can you advocate or how can you ask for more things or how can you educate if it’s kind of curved kind of in someone’s response for whatever point they’re trying to make?”

A sculpture created for Friday's memorial event which features the names of the 57 people who died since last October as a result of homelessness.

A sculpture created for Friday's memorial event which features the names of the 57 people who died since last October as a result of homelessness.

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Issues impacting those in London’s homeless community made headlines over the summer when advocacy group The Forgotten 519 launched a hunger strike, which was carried out by organizing member Dan Oudshoorn.

Oudshoorn’s hunger strike ended days later with The Forgotten 519 announcing it had reached an agreement with the City of London.

Seeler, the LHC co-chair, says she’s seen a lot of fruitful collaboration between local agencies in the time since, but adds that municipal effort can only go so far.

“We need to bring that attention to the provincial and federal government because this is a national crisis and there’s only so much we can do locally. We really need to make sure that we’re putting our efforts into housing as a human right and making sure that’s deeply embedded into our legislation and practices,” Seeler said.

In the meantime, a community task force formed in the wake of Oudshoorn’s hunger strike has been working on solutions for some of the issues facing the city’s homelessness community. It consists of a number of front-line agencies, as well as city staff.

The task force is expected to hold its final meeting later this month.

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21 more daily heat records fall; B.C. cities brush up against 30 C

Another series of temperature records fell in B.C. on Thursday, with some cities seeing almost summerlike conditions rounding out the first week of October.

Hope saw a new daily record for Oct. 7 of 30.3 C on Thursday, breaking past the 27.8 C record set in 1943.

The temperature in Agassiz reached 29.6 C, breaking a 1943 record of 26.7 quite handily.

Similarly, in Chilliwack, the heat was measured at 29.2 C, eclipsing the record of 27.8 C set in 1943.

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Abbotsford saw temperatures rise to 27.2 C, breaking a record of  26.7 set in 1952. And in the Pitt Meadows area, a preliminary record of 26.1 C set of 24 C set in 1978.

Bella Bella set a new record of 20.6 C, breaking the old record of 18.5 C set in 2012.

In Bella Coola, the new record for Thursday is 24,3 C, breaking the record of 22.8 C. Records in this area have been kept since 1977.

Bella Coola also set a new record of 24.3 C, moving past the old record of 22.8 C set in 1925.

In Burns Lake there’s a new record of 21.5 C, breaking the old record of 20.7 C set in 2012.

In Clearwater, the new record is 23.8 C, breaking an old record of 22 C set in 2003.

Elsewhere, coastal communities broke a number of records.

In Comox, the new record is 22.3 C, breaking the old record of 21.2 C set in 1980.

Courtenay set a record of 22.3 C for Thursday, breaking the record of 21.2 C set in 1980.

Gibsons saw the mercury reach 21.9 C, breaking a record of 20.7 C set in 2012.

Powell River set a new record of 21.9 C, breaking an old record of 21.1 C set in 1964.

And Sechelt set a record of 21.9 C, surpassing a previous record of 20.7 C set in 2012.

Lillooet set a new record of 28.1 C, breaking an old record of 28 C 1980.

Malahat set a record of 23.7 C, breaking the old record of 23.5 set in 1987.

In Pemberton, a new record of 27.2 C was set, breaking the old record of  23.7 set in 2012.

In Whistler on Thursday, a new record of 24.8 C was set, knocking down an old record of 22.1 C set in 1980.

And in Squamish, heat reached 29.5 C, breaking a record of  25.5 set in 1987.

Tatlayoko Lake set a temperature record of  24.1 C, breaking an old record of 23.9 C set in 1936, while Vernon saw the mercury rise to 24.1 C, breaking a record of 24 C set in 1980.

The Lower Mainland, the Sunshine Coast and west Vancouver Island have now reached Drought Level 5, meaning adverse impacts to socio-economic or ecosystem values are almost certain.

At Level 5, conditions are exceptionally dry, according to the provincial drought scale, and all efforts should be made to conserve water and protect critical environmental flows. Emergency response may also be necessary.

 

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Waterloo police investigate carjacking case in Cambridge

Waterloo regional police are looking for a suspect in a carjacking case in Cambridge.

Investigators say an unknown male went up to an unsuspecting driver sitting in a vehicle in the North and Hedley Street area around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

They say the suspect brandished a black handgun and demanded that the driver leave the vehicle.

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The driver complied and exited the vehicle, and the suspect drove off heading south on Hedley.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have video footage in the area between 9:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. to contact Waterloo regional police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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