Monthly archives: November 2018

21 child murderers have been sent to Indigenous healing lodges since 2011: data

Nearly two dozen child murderers have been sent to Indigenous healing lodges since 2011, according to data from Public Safety Canada.

Healing lodges held four offenders convicted of first and second-degree murder of children during the 2011-12 fiscal year. The following three years saw 10 more offenders sent to the facilities.

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Another seven were transferred to healing lodges after Justin Trudeau succeeded Stephen Harper as prime minister in 2015, reveal the figures shared with Global News by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office.

In total, 21 child murderers have been transferred to healing lodges since 2011. Over half of them (14) were held there while the Conservative government was in power,

As of Sept. 23, 2018, there were 11 convicted child-killers held in healing lodges.

READ MORE: Terri-Lynne McClintic is back in prison, Rodney Stafford says ‘it makes me feel amazing’

The data was released to Global News on Tuesday following widespread outrage over the transfer of Terri-Lynne McClintic — convicted in the 2009 rape and murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford — to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan in October.

McClintic was moved out of the healing lodge and into an Edmonton prison last week, Tori’s father Rodney Stafford told Global News Radio. Stafford had previously organized a rally in Ottawa calling for the government to put McClintic back behind bars.

Goodale also announced last week that the Liberal government was implementing new rules governing the assessment and transfer of inmates from conventional prisons to healing lodges.

WATCH: Terri-Lynne McClintic sent back to penitentiary

“At the request of the minister, corrections officials reviewed inmate transfer policies. Based on their recommendations, the government strengthened the governance and oversight of transfers to healing lodges,” a spokesperson for Goodale told Global News in an email accompanying the data.

“The murder of a child is odious and utterly reprehensible, and perpetrators must be held fully accountable for their crime. At the same time, our correctional system must also strive for rehabilitation so we can have fewer repeat offenders, fewer victims, and ultimately safer communities.”

EXCLUSIVE: McClintic’s brother says ‘she’s no more Indigenous than I am green from the planet Mars’

Goodale’s spokesperson added that Correctional Service Canada only approves offenders for transfer to healing lodges “following a thorough risk assessment,” while prioritizing public safety.

He also insisted that that healing lodges “have a record of successfully dealing with difficult cases, and can be the right correctional approach for certain offenders.”

WATCH: Conservative MP pleased McClintic back behind bars, calls on government for better checks and balances

Indeed, research out of Northern Arizona University showed that six per cent of healing lodge residents had re-offended while they were on conditional release, compared to a federal re-offending rate of 11 per cent.

However, a 2002 study showed higher rates for re-offending among healing lodge residents than among offenders in minimum security — it was 19 per cent, “significantly higher” than the rate among Indigenous offenders who were released from minimum security (13 per cent).

READ MORE: Inmate escapes from healing lodge near Maple Creek, Sask.

That study was updated in 2011, and it showed that among Indigenous offenders, conditional releases were “as likely to be maintained in the community as conditional releases for aboriginal offenders from minimum security institutions for men and multi-level security institutions for women.”

— With files from Amanda Connolly and Jesse Ferreras

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When the oil stops: 16×9 takes a closer look at old wells in Canada

Nobody likes it when a party ends. But, after all the guests have left, someone has to clean up the glasses, spilled chips and mop the floors.

The same reasoning applies to Alberta’s oil and gas industry and the over 400,000 wells they have drilled.

READ MORE: Map shows nearly every corner of Alberta littered with inactive oil and gas wells

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“Oil is so prevalent here and oil seems to last forever,” says Alberta landowner Doug Lemke, “but, certainly, that’s not true.”

The relationship between landowner and oil company is an old one, forged over the past century as exploration for Alberta’s riches enveloped the province onto private land, like Lemke’s.

It’s a beneficial relationship, too. The oil company makes money from profits. The province makes money from royalties. The landowner makes money from rent paid by the oil company, usually a few thousand dollars a year.

The process can seem a little unbalanced. If a company wants to drill on private land, there isn’t much a landowner can do. Since the province owns the rights to resources and the landowner only owns surface rights, if a company wants to drill they just have to ask the province for a “right of entry” and, if its granted, a well is drilled.

Doug Lemke has multiple wells on his property. Not such a big deal to him. He rents out most of his 65 acres as pasture land, using a small section of the land for a weekend home. The income from the well sites are an extra bonus.

Wells take up a few acres, sometimes up to a dozen or so, and there can be multiple wells or pipelines on a single property. They can also bring in ten or twenty thousand dollars a year in total. Not bad, when everything is going according to plan.

But when it doesn’t, it can quickly turn into a headache.

“You kind of find out…that you’re kind of the last little guy on the totem pole,” says Lemke.

When the company that owned one of his wells went bankrupt in 2013, Lemke was left with a well on his land with no owner. And he wasn’t getting paid for it. He applied to the Surface Rights Board to try and recoup missed payments, but they denied his application, saying that money owed before the bankruptcy could not be paid because the company was in bankruptcy protection.

WATCH BELOW: What happens when a company doesn’t pay?

“So we were kind of… up the creek without a paddle, shall we say,” he said. Lemke was caught up in multiple legal interpretations of the Surface Rights Act and the Federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act- which is as dull as it sounds- but has a lasting impact on the landowner.

“And it just seemed to me to be a bit of a kind of circle jerk process,” Lemke says.

He says that if companies can’t afford to stay afloat in the industry, a volatile industry at that, the landowner should still be guaranteed compensation.

If Lemke isn’t going to get paid his annual lease, at least in the foreseeable future, because the company went bust, he would like to see the well taken care of. “How do I get the land back? To where it’s land. And not an oil company lease,” he asks.

The oil company is like a “friend of a friend” at a party. A friend of yours vouches for his friend “Bob”, and, in good faith, you let “Bob” join in the fun. But if “Bob” kicks a hole in your wall, it is expected that he would pay for it. Or, worst case scenario, the friend who brought him.

What if “Bob”, or in this case the oil company, has no money? If the company is broke then who will pay to clean up oil wells like the ones on Lemke’s land?

Since the company is bankrupt, those wells are now called “orphans”.

Industry predicted orphan wells could become a problem and created the Orphan Well Association (OWA) in 2002. Each company would pay a levy into a fund that would pay to clean up and reclaim land, so landowners wouldn’t be out any money. The Alberta Government topped up the fund by $30 million in 2008.

“That’s what I seem to do is I seem to pick up the garbage… we clean up after the oil and gas companies,” says Pat Payne, manager of the Orphan Well Association.

But the problem is, it can take decades for a well on the OWA’s list to get cleaned up. And their numbers recently quadrupled to 704 wells, on top of any reclamation sites already in progress. Industry did double their budget to $30 million a year, but they are stretched to capacity.

“I think we’re doing the best we can with what we have and what we’re really seeing is things take time,” says Payne.

That means Lemke, and his dozens of neighbours who have wells owned by the same bankrupt company, will have to wait, and watch the wells that sit on their land rust. A daily reminder of a relationship that might have more give than take, and one blow out of a party to clean up after.

16×9’s “When the Oil Stops” aired Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.

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‘It’s like he took a grinder to it’ : Scrap metal business turns in stolen cenotaph plaque

FREDERICTON – The thefts of plaque from two cenotaphs in Fredericton have police on the hunt for who’s responsible.

A plaque was taken from the Barker’s Point Cenotaph on Saturday, Oct.17. It’s replacement value is $3,000.

This week, three plaques went missing from the New Brunswick Provincial Cenotaph in Fredericton. Their replacement value is $10,000.

Fredericton Police say they are actively investigating the thefts.

Best Metals owner Iaan Brown said he believes the Barker’s Point Cenotaph plaque landed at his scrap metal business on Oct. 17.

He said he paid the man $110 for the plaque. Shortly after, he realized what he had received after seeing the plaque on 桑拿会所 and the news.

Barker’s Point Cenotaph. Courtesy: Fredericton Police

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“This guy completely defaced the plaque,” Brown said. “It’s like he took a grinder to it.”

Brown said the only reason he could identify it was the torch on the right side of the plaque.

He said the same man came in with several more plaques the following Tuesday, Oct. 20. His employees recognized him and took a picture. Brown also took a picture of the man’s car before he fled.

“He must have sensed it. He threw them in the back of his trunk and sped off.”

Brown reported the incident to police.

Mayor Brad Woodside is urging all local scrap metal dealers to watch for the plaques.

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Land transfer taxes up for review, could double across Ontario

TORONTO – It may soon get significantly more expensive to own a home in Ontario.

The province is currently in the process of holding public consultations to amend the Municipal Act which includes giving every municipality outside of Toronto the power to charge the Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT).

Ontario has already given permission for Toronto to impose the tax back in 2008.

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“It’s before us now as a consultation process to review the municipal act and that’s all this is, no decisions have been made,” said Finance Minister Charles Sousa.

“We’ve uploaded quite a bit with regards to the demands we put on municipalities.”

Sousa said the land transfer tax is part of the province’s review of the municipal act, which is set to be completed this week. He added that if the legislation is enacted it could come into effect by the spring of next year.

“We’re having a discussion with municipalities who have felt for some time a bit beleaguered on the fiscal front ever since the downloading days of the old government and we’re still recovering from that, we’re uploading costs,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin.

“Should all municipalities have the same tools the city of Toronto has and if not, why not? So that’s part of the discussion we’re having.”

Those looking to purchase a home for $445,000 will therefore have to pay $5,375 in the Provincial Land Transfer Tax and an additional $4,625 for the new MLTT.

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) issued a media release Tuesday decrying the province’s move to double the tax on home purchases.

“The Ontario Liberals wrote to us in May 2014, during the election, stating that ‘they had no plans to extend these powers to municipalities’,” said Patricia Verge, president of OREA.

“On behalf of home buyers, we want them to remain good on this election promise and that means Ontarians need to send a strong message that the government must rethink its plan to double the land transfer tax burden on home buyers.”

During question period at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, the Progressive Conservatives demanded the Liberal government to guarantee they won’t allow municipalities to impose the extra tax.

The Association claims the MLTT in Toronto has already stiffled home purchases in the city and is costing the economy billions of dollars.

“Over five years, it is estimated that 38,227 housing transactions did not occur in Toronto because of the MLTT,” the OREA said in a media release.

“With every home transaction generating $55,000 in consumer spending on things like renovations, furniture, appliances, and fees to professionals, the MLTT has cost the City of Toronto $2.3 billion in lost economic activity and 15,000 jobs.”

The OREA has since launched an online campaign to urge the public to oppose the move.

Kamal Aurora says she is buying a new home in Oakville, Ont., adding that she hopes to sell the home she currently has.

“Maybe I won’t be able to sell my house, that would affect me,” she said. “Homes are already getting expensive, it’s not a good decision.”

With files from Adam Miller

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International charges dropped against accused in Amanda Todd case

The man accused of tormenting Amanda Todd before her suicide will not face charges in her case in the Netherlands.

The lawyer representing Aydin Coban says Todd’s entire case is being left out of the Dutch prosecution against him. Christian Van Dijk, Coban’s lawyer, says he believes it is because Canadian prosecutors are trying to have Coban extradited here to face similar charges.

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Coban is accused of pressuring youth in several countries into performing sex acts by webcam and then blackmailing them.

He still faces sextortion charges and is accused of spreading child pornography, involving international victims including one other Canadian.

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Coban was arrested in 2014 and is a Dutch national of Turkish descent.

“I can say that the investigation has revealed several victims throughout our country [Canada] as well as internationally,” said Insp. Bob Resch with the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC), in 2014. “The information for those cases have been provided to the police forces of jurisdiction and the primary responsibility within this country was of police forces to identify or find these victims and to give them the support they need and assurance that the police are there to apprehend individuals that are extorting them and to give them comfort and support for their unfortunate interactions that they’ve had over a cyber world.”

Coban remains in custody in the Netherlands.

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Persian Gulf could see unbearable 60-degree heat by 2071, study claims

A new study has concluded that continued warming temperatures could create a potentially deadly climate for those living in the Persian Gulf.

The authors of the study used business-as-usual climate models, meaning that nothing changes in the years ahead. Due to the region’s shallow water, intense sun, low elevation and clear sky, it is particularly vulnerable to high temperatures and humidity.

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The human body can exist somewhat comfortably for six hours in temperatures and humidity that hovers near 35 C, something that scientists refer to as the wet-bulb temperature. That takes into effect no cooling.

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While that temperature doesn’t seem like anything too shocking, the concerning issue is when those temperatures exist for days at a time.

But of particular note in the study is that temperatures in the region could top 60 C in the summer somewhere between 2071 and 2100. While that would, of course, be an extreme, the authors said that temperatures in excess of 45 C could be the norm at some point.

“Our results expose a specific regional hotspot where climate change, in the absence of significant mitigation, is likely to severely impact human habitability in the future,” the study read in part.

The problem is that our bodies need to sweat to keep cool, but when temperatures get too hot and we become dehydrated, our bodies are unable to do that, making it extremely dangerous. Usually, the elderly or very young are the most vulnerable, but with temperatures anticipated in this study, even the young and healthy would be vulnerable.

While along the coast of the Red Sea and Jeddah and Mecca, temperatures will be somewhat less severe, the authors say the region could still see maximum temperatures of 55 C.

Of particular concern is the annual participation in the Hajj, an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca where as many as two million people can be standing in the heat for a full day.

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Strikes sweep across Quebec

MONTREAL–From Quebec City, to Laval, to downtown Montreal, picket lines popped up across the province Tuesday morning.

The most dramatic scene was at Montreal’s courthouse where strikers crowded the entrances and police were called in to unblock the doors.

It’s day two of public sector strikes over lengthy contract negotiations with the provincial government.

Many offices were closed today as workers walked out including the CSST, which represents healthcare workers,  the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) and the Quebec Renevue Agency.

At Georges Vanier high school in Laval, teachers were protesting in the early morning gathering around a fire during the chilly demonstrations.

They say  the government’s offer is even frostier than the cold weather .

Teachers are asking for a 13.5 per cent salary raise while Quebec has come back with a three per cent increase.

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“They’re offering us zero per cent for the first year and zero per cent for the second year and then one per cent,” said Claude Plourde, a Grade 11 teacher.

“Our students who work at McDonalds get better increases in salary than we do right now.”

While workers have been without a contract since the spring, the government says that the two sides were getting close to a deal and the timing is only setting that process back.
“I think that this strike movement is regreattable- even if we expected it and it’s legitimate,” said Treasury Board head Martin Coiteux.

“It’s regrettable because we were making and still are making progress at the negotiation tables.”

The big question now is how long will these protests last before a contract is negotiated.

READ MORE: Day one of rotating strikes kicks off in West Island schools

The teachers at Georges Vanier said “as long as it takes”.

“The teachers are telling us that they want to make some gains and they’re not willing to back down at all,” said union representative Frédéric Sauvé .

“What we’re hearing from them is they want to fight all the way.”

More strike days are planned later this week including at many English school boards.

As for how long the strike will last? That remains up to the union and the government.

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Conservation groups challenge Jasper National Park development concept in court

EDMONTON – The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Jasper Environmental Association were in court Tuesday, hoping to stop a concept plan to build overnight commercial accommodations in Jasper National Park.

The two groups, which are being represented by Ecojustice lawyers, say approving commercial tent cabins at Maligne Lake would threaten park protection.

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“The Management Plan for Jasper National Park was put in place to protect and preserve our park’s ecological integrity,” said lawyer Melissa Gorrie. “We are arguing that Parks Canada should not be allowed to break their own rules just to further commercial interests.”

Maligne Tours has hosted a day lodge, boat cruises and other activities in the area for years. But with 2,000 tourists a day in peak season, the company wants to offer visitors more. In the summer of 2013, the company submitted a pre-draft proposal to Parks Canada, pitching 15 tent cabins and a new 66-suite hotel.

Public consultations on the proposal were done the following fall.

Parks Canada said Tuesday no development has been approved.

“The decision under review was a first step in the screening process,” explained Natalie Fay, a Parks Canada spokesperson, in a statement.

“No development has been approved.”

“A more detailed proposal would require an environmental impact assessment as well as public and Aboriginal consultation prior to any final determination by Parks Canada.

“As this matter is before the courts, it would be inappropriate for Parks Canada to provide addition comment.”

READ MORE: Could Jasper’s Maligne Lake be in jeopardy? 

The two conservation groups fear moving ahead would set a concerning precedent.

“Allowing these tent cabins to be built at Maligne Lake would set a very troubling precedent that could open the floodgates to further inappropriate commercial development in Jasper and elsewhere in our national parks,” said Alison Ronson, executive director of CPAWS’ northern Alberta chapter.

The two groups say, if the Maligne Lake plan goes through, it would put park wildlife at greater risk, particularly the endangered Maligne caribou herd and local grizzly bear populations.

Maligne Lake is the largest glacier-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies.

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WATCH: Habs’ Brendan Gallagher and Nathan Beaulieu get scare of a lifetime in haunted house

MONTREAL – They might be fearless on the ice but Brendan Gallagher and Nathan Beaulieu were easy targets for creepy clowns.

The Montreal Canadiens’ players yelled and jumped as they walked through La Ronde’s haunted house, La Maison Rouge.

“You go first, go! This sucks,” Gallagher said to Beaulieu after a clown unexpectedly jumped in front of him.

Luckily, the pair managed to make it out safe and sound.

They posted the whole ordeal on Youtube, which 桑拿会所 users responded to with glee.

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The Canadiens are vying for their tenth straight win Tuesday night when they take on the Vancouver Canucks in Rogers Arena.

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‘I spent two weeks being called a baby-killer’: Chris Alexander on the campaign that cost him his job

Chris Alexander is out of a job. He admits the past week has been tough. But the former Conservative immigration minister is hardly repentant.

“We’re still the party that sees reality as it is, doesn’t want to go on some hippy-trippy jaunt down memory lane and put marijuana in the windows of every store,” he said in an interview Tuesday on Ottawa’s Sparks Street.

“We’re trying to deal with the real issues that Canadians are facing. And we’ll continue to do that.”

The Liberals have promised to legalize and regulate pot but haven’t actually said it would be in the windows of every store.

And Alexander takes issue with the way his opponents characterized the Tories’ stance on immigrants and refugees, especially in the wake of a photo of three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi lifeless on a Turkish beach, which focused the world’s attention on a refugee crisis many feel Canada and other countries have failed to act on with urgency.

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This scrutiny only increased when Kurdi’s Canadian aunt said she’d tried to get members of his family to Canada only to have them refused.

“I spent two weeks being called a baby-killer by other MPs and by people in the media. That was not pleasant.”

The Liberals and NDP took citizenship, immigration and refugee issues for “pretty unpleasant purposes,” Alexander charged.

“That’s the story that people insist on telling, that we are cold-hearted Conservatives, that we’ve never done the right thing. And it’s wrong,” said Alexander.

“We started bringing Syrian refugees to Canada on a large scale in January,” he said. “But nobody covered it. Somehow it became divisive that we hadn’t brought them all, by the middle of the campaign.”

Canada has resettled 2,500 Syrian refugees since 2013. Global News and other media organizations have been covering the issue extensively over the past two years.

Alexander predicts Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will have trouble following through on his promise to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of the year.

“Nothing’s impossible, but cost, safety, the operational standards for which Canada is renowned, are all issues,” he said.

“We have the best record in the world for refugee resettlement because we do it well. We meet certain standards. We check out who people are. We make sure human smugglers aren’t involved. We make sure identity theft isn’t involved. We make sure people are who they say they are. We make sure criminals don’t benefit from Canada’s generous refugee policies. When you start moving large numbers of people in short periods of time, all of that can be compromised.”

As Global News has reported, Canada doesn’t have the best record in the world on refugees, although we have taken in more than the United States. Advocates have argued there’s no reason Canada couldn’t bring in more people while maintaining security standards.

Alexander also takes issue with the campaign’s focus on new laws that gave him the authority to unilaterally strip dual citizens of their Canadian citizenship if they were found guilty of terrorism.

The Conservatives were accused of making it an election issue when they announced during the campaign their intention to strip the citizenship of people arrested on terror charges almost a decade ago. Justin Trudeau kept the issue in the headlines, repeating “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian” in his speeches and saying that the Conservative change was creating two classes of citizens – something that Alexander believes was a mischaracterization.

“Suddenly we ended up in a campaign talking about second-class citizens? That concept does not exist in Canadian law. It should not exist in public debate. We did not introduce it to the debate. When it was introduced by the party that’s now won the election, we didn’t counter it enough,” he said.

“We don’t have room in this country for poison like that and people deserve in an election to know what the law actually says, the protections they enjoy in this country, what opportunities they enjoy in this country compared to virtually every country in the world. But that failed to be communicated.”

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