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Suspended NRP officer arrested for bail breach

April 23, 2013

A suspended Niagara Regional Police constable facing charges related to smuggling cheese into Canada has been charged with breaching his bail conditions.

1335150607129_ORIGINALThe NRP said Tuesday Const. Scott Heron, one of three men arrested in September in relation to a large-scale smuggling scheme, breached a condition regarding possessing a cell phone or other electronic communication device.

Heron, who made an appearance Tuesday morning at St. Catharines bail court, is allowed to have one cell phone, but the number must be registered with the NRP and they have to be given detailed monthly statements.

After an eight-month investigation, Heron was charged on Sept. 27 with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence of smuggling goods and breach of trust, as well as Customs Act charges of false statements, evade compliance, keeping, acquiring or disposing of illegally imported goods and smuggling.

Heron has been suspended with pay by the NRP and his disciplinary hearing under the Police Services Act will resume once the criminal proceedings wrap up.

Article Source: http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2013/04/23/suspended-nrp-officer-arrested-for-bail-breach


NRP officer sentenced to one year in U.S. jail

NIAGARA FALLS – A disgraced former Niagara Regional police officer has been sentenced to one year in jail for exporting anabolic steroids from the United States into Canada.
Geoffrey Purdie, a 14-year veteran of the NRP, appeared in a Buffalo courtroom Monday for sentencing in front of U. S. District Judge Richard Arcara.

Niagara Regional Police

Niagara Regional Police

Purdie, 41, of Fort Erie, pleaded guilty to the charge during an earlier court appearance.
“I have hurt a lot of people, my family, my friends and co-workers,” said Purdie, admitting he made a bad mistake when he agreed to take some packages across the border.
Purdie said he was proud to wear the uniform, but he betrayed the trust that had been given to him.
“I am now a criminal and I hurt my family the most,” he said, noting his wife has been his rock and he has put her future in jeopardy now that he has lost his job.
Purdie said he should have said no after being asked to bring some packages across the border, but he didn’t and broke the oath he had taken when he became a police officer.
He added that in cases such as this, other police officers also become tainted, but he takes full responsibility for happened.
“I just want to apologize to my family, my employer and my friends,” said Purdie, who had a number of family supporters in the courtroom.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said Purdie was employed as a constable with the Niagara Regional Police. On several occasions in November and December 2011, Purdie entered the United States and retrieved packages containing steroids that had been shipped to a business in the U.S. Purdie then smuggled the steroids from the United States into Canada.
According to court documents, the border enforcement security unit of Homeland Security seized $580,000 of testosterone, steroids, Valium, Xanax and growth hormones in Buffalo.
Purdie was originally charged with conspiracy to export controlled substances with intent to distribute them.
When travelling across the border, Purdie presented his official identification as a law enforcement officer to immigration agents in order to return to Canada.
The guilty plea was a culmination of an investigation by organizations on both sides of the border.
The judge told court Purdie has caused embarrassment for himself and all those who care for him.
“It’s a situation that should never of happened,” said Arcara, adding law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard so it’s disturbing when that trust is broken.
The judge said Purdie co-operated with the authorities following his arrest and that was taken into account on sentencing.
Purdie’s lawyer, Herb Greenman, said his client “did a lot of good things” while he was police officer, but he gave it all up after he agreed to do someone a favour by picking up some packages.
“He has left the police department in disgrace,” said Greenman, adding not only has Purdie lost his $80,000 a year job, but has “tarnished the badge and there’s no turning back.”
Greenman said he had no answer as to why his client did what he did, except perhaps for a bit of greed.
“He has fallen and it’s been a long fall,” said Greenman.
Following the sentencing, Purdie was given a few minutes to say good-bye to family members before he was taken into custody.
Niagara Regional Police Chief Jeff McGuire attended the court proceedings.
Outside of the courtroom, McGuire said this has been a difficult situation for all concerned, including the police service and Purdie’s family.
McGuire said “we don’t know why” Purdie did what he did, but he made a poor decision and now he regrets it.
After Purdie finishes serving his sentence in a U.S. jail, he will be deported back to Canada and is not allowed to re-enter the United States without the authority from Homeland Security.

Article Source: http://www.wellandtribune.ca/2013/04/22/nrp-officer-sentenced-one-year-in-us-jail


Niagara Police Officers Charged

 

Niagara Police Officers Charged

Case Number: 13-OCI-037

Mississauga (20 March, 2013) — The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that two officers with the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) committed a criminal offence in relation to injuries sustained by 23-year-old Johnathan Hughes in February of 2013.  Director Scott has caused charges to be laid against the officers.

The SIU investigation determined that on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at about 10:00p.m., Mr. Hughes, attended the Niagara Falls Detachment of the NRPS in relation to a ticketing matter. During this time, there was an interaction between the officers and Mr. Hughes, resulting in Mr. Hughes’s injuries.

As a result of the SIU investigation, NRPS Constable John Garner is facing one charge of Assault, contrary to s. 266 of the Criminal Code of Canada, and Sergeant Patrick McGilly is facing one charge of Assault Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 267(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

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The officers are required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 59 Church Street in St. Catharines on May 8, 2013.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officers and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.

Jasbir Brar
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342

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Justice bills to focus on child predators, victim support

Reducing violent crimes against children and strengthening the rights of victims in the justice system will be the priorities for the Harper government’s criminal justice agenda in the coming months, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said today.

Victims’ rights advocate Sheldon Kennedy and Ontario Provincial Police deputy commissioner Vince Hawkes joined Nicholson for a roundtable in Toronto to promote the government’s next steps, which appear focused on several familiar themes.

Although other types of crime are going down, Nicholson said, the government wants to act on the “serious issue” of violent crimes, including those against very young children.

“This is wrong, this is unacceptable, this has to stop,” Nicholson told reporters. “The interests of victims and law-abiding Canadians are the priority.”

The government also wants to prevent repeat offenders, he said.

Nicholson confirmed the government will move forward with its commitment to pass a victims’ bill of rights later this year, entrenching several measures into a single piece of legislation. Victims rights groups are currently being consulted on what needs to go into this legislation, his office told CBC News, and no timeline was offered for the bill’s introduction.

The justice minister also said additional changes will enhance victims’ ability to obtain restitution for the losses they incur when crimes are committed.

Bill C-37, styled by the government as the Increasing Offenders’ Accountability for Victims Act, was passed by the House of Commons just before Christmas and is currently before the Senate. It changes the rules for victims’ surcharges — the monetary penalty that convicted criminals pay to their victims — a move applauded by Kennedy at Monday’s news conference.

The Harper government also created a new federal ombudsman for the victims of crime, who said in a report last year that the government needed to do more to improve the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system. Data supplied Monday by the justice minister’s office suggested that the vast majority of the costs of crime are currently borne by victims.

New crackdown on child predators?

Nicholson said that later this year the government will introduce legislation to stiffen penalties for child sexual offences, including addressing “the risks posed by known sex offenders.”

No details were offered as to exactly what those tougher penalties might be.

Background information supplied by the government said that the exact prevalence of sexual offences against children in Canada is unknown, but that sexual offences are among the most underreported crimes in Canada.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, centre, former NHL player and victims rights advocate Sheldon Kennedy, left, and OPP deputy commissioner Vince Hawkes, right, held a roundtable in Toronto Monday to preview the Harper government's future criminal justice measures.

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, centre, former NHL player and victims rights advocate Sheldon Kennedy, left, and OPP deputy commissioner Vince Hawkes, right, held a roundtable in Toronto Monday to preview the Harper government’s future criminal justice measures. (Colin Perkel/Canadian Press)

Recent efforts by police to target crimes like internet child pornography have contributed to an increase in the police-reported incidence of sexual offences.

The government was criticized for introducing a controversial online surveillance bill last year that was titled the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, despite the fact that the text of the bill did not specifically discuss children or predators.

Government House leader Peter Van Loan has said C-30 won’t be debated in the Commons in the near future, and some have speculated it will be replaced with different legislation to alleviate concerns expressed about C-30, including by members of the Conservative caucus.

In an interview with Evan Solomon to be broadcast on CBC News Network’s Power & Politics at 5 p.m. ET Monday, Nicholson appeared to suggest the government was considering a revision to the internet surveillance bill.

“We’re looking at all aspects of that and when we have an announcement to make, we’ll make it,” he said during the interview.

The justice minister also announced something Van Loan mentioned last week: that the government would soon introduce legislation to “ensure that public safety should be the paramount consideration in the decision-making process involving high-risk accused found not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder.”

The justice minister’s office highlighted a 2006 study that concluded most of the crimes committed by an individual found not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder were violent crimes, mainly assaults.

Nicholson and Hawkes spoke about other measures under consideration, including changes to the current bail system and the need to speed up extradition cases in Canada, which take an average of 2½ years to process.

New technologies may be made available for law enforcement officials to reduce the amount of red tape they must deal with and the inefficiencies or delays in the justice system that result.

“These delays cause personal and social costs that are incalculable,” Nicholson said, pointing out that current delays in cases coming to trial can see charges stayed or victims no longer able to give accurate testimony.

Recent victim support announcements

Kennedy, a former NHL player who was abused by his coach during his junior hockey career, is a vocal advocate for victims rights in the justice system through the organization he co-founded, Respect Group.

Kennedy is a proponent of stiffer measures against child sex offenders. At various times in recent years, he has appeared before parliamentary committees and at news conferences to endorse the government’s focus on support for victims of crime.

“I couldn’t have imagined, 16 years ago, when I disclosed my abuse, that we would be talking about these issues so openly and with such commitment to make positive change for victims,” Kennedy said in a press release Monday, thanking the Harper government for its attention to his issues.

Theo Fleury, another NHL player assaulted in his youth by the same coach who abused Kennedy, reacted more skeptically on Twitter: “Is this more smoke and mirrors,” he wrote, or “will we actually see this happen?” He later retweeted a newspaper column that called the Harper government’s “tough on crime” agenda “all torque.”

Nicholson made a series of funding announcements in the last week of January geared toward child-assault victims.

In Calgary, the justice minister pledged $185,000 for the Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse, which is working on the creation of a national voluntary certification program for forensic child interviewers.

Ottawa also provided $1.2 million for three separate programs in Montreal that deal with young victims of sexual abuse, committed $600,000 to victims of crime in Yukon and promoted a Children’s Advocacy Centre in Winnipeg.

With files from The Canadian Press

Article Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/02/04/pol-nicholson-round-table-monday.html


Will civilian commission put local police under a microscope?

Orangeville Policeby Bill Tremblay

The Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC) will hear the argument for proceeding with a Section 25 review of the Orangeville Police Service (OPS).
Paul Bailey, a former administrator of the Police Association of Ontario, penned a letter to the OCPC on Jan. 2 formally requesting the commission take action of a Section 25 request filed more than two years ago by Orangeville police Sgt. Curtis Rutt.
A Section 25 would investigate OPS management and operations. Bailey said he is frustrated by the lack of involvement by the OCPC. He plans to appear before the commission on Feb. 11 at the organization’s Toronto office.
“They so far have been conspicuous by their absence,” Bailey told The Banner. “They have just said they’re monitoring it. What good does that do?” In his letter, Bailey outlines his next step regarding the sergeant’s request could be a formal complaint to Ombudsman Andre Marin regarding OCPC’s perceived inaction.
“They have morphed into a protection agency for police service board and chief, that’s not their role,” Bailey said. “Their role is to look after the community interests.” Bailey worked in policing for 28 years and reached the rank of sergeant with York Regional Police.
He also served as president of the York Regional Police Association for 14 years, until 1999.
The retired officer has followed Rutt’s request for a Section 25 with interest, as he once asked for a review of the force he worked for.
The Solicitor General eventually granted Bailey’s request, leading to a nine-month investigation by the OPP. OCPC spokeswoman Anni Asik said the organization has no knowledge of Bailey’s intention before the commission and directed questions to the retired York Region officer. Rutt’s Section 25 request makes numerous allegations against the police service from mismanagement to abuse of power.
The 109-page document was filed with Orangeville’s police services board, town council, the Ontario Civilian Police Commission, the Solicitor General and the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD). Police Chief Joseph Tomei requested an external review of the allegations listed in Rutt’s document, which led to four charges under the Police Services Act against the sergeant. Those charges are currently before a hearing officer.

Article Source: http://www.orangeville.com/news-story/1936314-will-civilian-commission-put-local-police-under-a-microscope-/


Ontario Ombudsman – Top 10 of 2012

HEALTH TOP OF MIND FOR ONTARIANS IN 2012

In 2012, Ontarians were focused on health – health care, Ombudsman oversight of hospitals and long-term care homes, the mental health of our police forces, and healthy and transparent municipal democracies. Our office saw this reflected in the complaints we received, and the investigations we launched – including the most recent, into the province’s services for adults with developmental disabilities – as well as in the comments from our followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Take a look at 10 of the most significant developments of 2012. Thanks to our social media followers for helping out with the list.

Top 10 for 2012

1.    MUSH closer “…it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when” – Premier Dalton McGuinty, June 2012
Every year, the Ontario Ombudsman’s office receives hundreds of complaints from the MUSH sector – which includes Municipalities, Universities, School Boards, Hospitals, long-term care homes, children’s aid societies and police – and every year, Ombudsman André Marin is forced to turn them away. But this past spring, things took a turn for the better when Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke to the Ombudsman on the expansion of the Ombudsman’s powers. The Ombudsman has said he would like to see Children’s Aid Societies, hospitals and long-term care homes as the first ‘letters’ to be brought under his jurisdiction.

2.    Police oversight strengthened The Ombudsman’s 2011 report on oversight of the Ontario Special Investigations Unit, “Oversight Undermined” – as well as his 2008 report on the same issue, “Oversight Unseen” – recommended that, among other things, lawyers for police officers should not represent more than one witness officer on the same case. In late November, the Law Society of Upper Canada put lawyers on notice that it questioned how officers, who are supposed to be segregated in these cases, could ever be jointly represented – proving the Ombudsman’s 2008 and 2011 recommendations, which called for a ‘legislative prohibition against legal counsel representing police officers involved in the same incident under investigation by the SIU’, prescient indeed.

3.    Public call for better support for OPP operational stress injuries In late October, the Ombudsman released a report calling on the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to take concrete action to support police officers across the province who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, risk of suicide and other forms of operational stress injuries. His report, In the Line of Duty ’ – and his finding that the chances of an OPP officer committing suicide were higher than the chances of being killed on-duty by an unknown assailant – made headlines across the country and even caught the attention of police organizations as far away as the United States and Germany. In contrast to the strong public support that greeted the report, the OPP was disappointingly fence-sitting and defensive in their response. The Ombudsman will vigorously monitor to ensure that there is proper leadership in the senior echelons of the OPP dealing with the mental health of its officers, and has asked the OPP and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to report back on January 24, 2013 to update him on their progress.

4.    New investigations In 2012, the Ombudsman announced two new investigations – one in March, into the province’s monitoring of hypoglycemic drivers, and another in late November, into the province’s services for adults with developmental disabilities in crisis. In both cases, complaints began flooding in after the announcement, and there was a strong social media response with comments indicating people feel these investigations were desperately needed. The Special Ombudsman Response Team is currently completing fieldwork for both investigations.

5.    Breaking a few eggs for a good OMLET Municipal councils were in the spotlight in October when the Ombudsman released his first-ever annual report on investigations into closed municipal meetings. The Ombudsman found that some municipalities are still ‘shockingly secretive, suspicious and resentful of the very idea they can be investigated’. One such municipality, the City of Greater Sudbury, had the dubious distinction of being the least-co-operative municipality in the history of the office’s municipal dealings. However, their invitation for a public presentation by the Ombudsman in early December indicates they may be open to turning a corner.

6.    Access to justice: Complaints up by almost 30% In his 2011-2012 Annual Report, the Ombudsman called on the government of Ontario to protect the public interest by ensuring citizens continue to have the opportunity to complain to his office – as more than 18,500 of them did in 2011-2012. The office saw a 27% increase in complaints and inquiries, and through the dedicated efforts of Ombudsman staff, has been able to help Ontarians navigate the government bureaucracy. The office has also flagged systemic issues before they mushroomed, and served as a catalyst for better communication, improved policies, and more common sense and compassion in public administration.

7.    Tech and innovation at OO This year saw a number of firsts for the Ombudsman’s office – including the first #OOLive Twitter chat, the first remote live webcast of an Ombudsman presentation, and the first Skype presentations – to attendees of a conference in Australia! The Ombudsman’s strong social media presence – including on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube – helped ramp up public engagement and reach more people than ever before – in fact, the Ombudsman is on track to reach 10,000 Twitter followers by the new year. The Ombudsman continues to call on government to embrace openness and transparency, and use technology to improve service and interaction with the public – as well as meet with other ombudsman organizations to coach them on the benefits of social media.

8.    Sharpening teeth worldwide Created in 2007 to share the Ontario Ombudsman’s investigative expertise, the advanced Sharpening Your Teeth training course offers ombudsmen and investigative staff from around the world the opportunity to learn more about how the office conducts its large-scale, systemic investigations – on a complete cost-recovery basis. In the past five years, it’s been delivered in dozens of countries on six continents. This past November, the Ombudsman offered the course at the International Ombudsman Institute’s 10th World Conference in New Zealand, and it was also delivered in Montreal, Iowa, and Curacao, and will be presented to a sold-out crowd in Toronto in January.

9.    For a good cause Ontario Ombudsman and staff participated in the office’s first-ever Movember fundraiser in November, bringing in more than $6,100 for research and awareness about prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives. The team garnered honourable mentions in the Ottawa Citizen and on the CityTV website. And in September, the Ombudsman Watchdogs ran in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Run for the Cure, raising $4,877 to support breast cancer research, and the office raised more than $5,400 to support United Way Toronto and Federated Health Charities.

10.     Ombudsman honoured for public service This year, the Ombudsman’s commitment to public service was recognized in Canada and internationally. He was inducted into the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law’s Common Law Honour Society; received the Canadian Bar Association’s John Tait Award of Excellence; was presented with the Ontario Bar Association’s 2012 Award for Distinguished Service; and was honoured for police oversight work by the U.S.-based National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.
“I was pleased to learn that the University of Ottawa has inducted you into its Common Law Honour Society – the second honour you have received from your alma mater, having been awarded the Ordre du mérite from the University’s civil law section in 2011. Your dedication to serving the interests of the Canadian public has also been recognized by the Canadian Bar Association in being named the 2012 recipient of the John Tait Award of Excellence in the area of public law. Your tenacity and commitment are the gauge for exemplary professional service.” -The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

 


Sudbury Police attack University Professor

What began as a peaceful sit-in at Liberal MPP Rick Bartolucci’s office in Sudbury, suddenly turned ugly after Greater Sudbury Police arrived and begin asking people to leave. A large Police Officer is clearly seen on the Northern Life video assaulting a Laurentian University Professor, Gary Kinsman, then turn their attention on the media for capturing the events by arresting Sudbury Star reporter, Carol Mulligan. Off camera,  you can hear Ms Mulligan say they are hurting her wrist more than once. After clearing Bartolucci’s constituency office, officers were then seen in the downtown core. Which can only be described as some sort of post G20 Sidewalk Law frenzy. They were harassing people on the street including one individual who asked Mr Bartolucci if it’s right to treat people the way they did. When questioned Mr Bartolucci was clearly unremorseful and even came across as belligerent because people have a right to protest bad policy and when asked, did not care that history has shown that sometimes people need to “break the law” for bad policy and to stand up for what is right and for what needs to be done. All we can say, is that it was frightening for us and other witnesses to see the way events had unfolded today.

Protesters, reporter arrested at MPP’s office (Northern Life)
http://www.northernlife.ca/news/localNews/2012/11/09-poverty-arrests-bartolucci-sudbury.aspx


 

Reporter talks about getting arrested (The Sudbury Star)
http://www.thesudburystar.com/2012/11/09/reporter-talks-about-getting-arrested


OPP suicides higher than on-duty deaths, ombudsman says

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin said today that 23 OPP officers have committed suicide since 1989, a total that exceeds the number of officers killed on duty over the same time period.

Marin was speaking Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto to release a report on his investigation into how the province and the OPP have addressed operational stress injuries of police officers.

“The Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service both say they take the issue of operational stress injury seriously,” Marin said.

“But my investigation shows they are failing and the results are frankly tragic. My investigation reveals for the first time that 23 OPP officers have committed suicide since 1989, two more than have been killed on duty.”

The ombudsman has issued a new report, entitled In the Line of Duty, which makes 34 recommendations to provide better support to officers and to end the “persistent stigma” against operational stress injuries.

“This is about supporting the people who put their lives on the line in the most difficult kind of public service and keeping them healthy and functioning,” he said.

“It’s hard to think of a better public investment.”

OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis said the police force welcomes the report from the ombudsman and will review its recommendations.

“The OPP is committed to supporting its workforce and this includes addressing operational stress injuries,” Lewis said in a statement released Wednesday.

“I am proud of the efforts of our employees to deliver programs and resources relating to wellness, stress management, and critical or traumatic incidents. But I also acknowledge that, while we continue to make significant progress in this area, we can still do better — and we will.”

Lack of data

Marin said the OPP doesn’t formally keep track of the number of officers that have taken their own lives.

But his investigation has confirmed the 23 instances since 1989 in which retired and active officers have taken their own lives, including five such cases in the past 18 months.

Marin has also learned that the OPP has only one staff psychologist who is primarily assigned to screen new recruits, not to deal with front-line officers.

“The OPP is made up of over 8,000 members, it’s a powerful, sophisticated organization and it just fails to deliver when it comes to taking care of its own members,” said Marin.

Former OPP Det.-Insp. Bruce Kruger has firsthand experience with the kind of stressful experiences that Marin is talking about.

During his 29-year career with the provincial police, Kruger faced repeated dangerous and traumatizing experiences — including one occasion in which he found his partner’s body in a snowbank, after he had been shot to death.

He suffered greatly as a result of these collective incidents, becoming at times anxious, angry and depressed.

“I just never ever want to see another police officer or police family go through the horrendous experiences that we did with no help,” Kruger told CBC News.

“There’s help out there, there’s great doctors, medication and support systems. Let’s use them and get our police back into proper shape.”

Ten years ago, Marin released a report on post-traumatic stress within the Canadian military.

Back then, Marin said the Canadian military used to have a “culture of denial” with respect to operational stress injuries.

But he said the military changed and caught up with the times.

“If the military culture can evolve, I am optimistic that police culture can, too,” he said.

“But we certainly cannot afford to wait another 10 years.”

 

Source Article from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/10/24/ontario-ombudsman-opp-report-operational-stress-injuries.html?cmp=rss


Brampton principle dead after apparent murder-suicide

by KJ Mullins

A Brampton, Ontario school is in mourning after what  appears to be a weekend murder-suicide. Principal Debra Allen and her husband  David Allen both died at their home on Saturday afternoon.
Debra Allen

Peel  Regional School Board
Debra  Allen

According to Halton Regional Police a  call came in to 9-1-1 Saturday after 2:00 p.m. reporting gunfire and a female  being shot at a 27 Hillside Drive in Halton Hills.

After police set up a perimeter at the  scene and tried to communicate with David Allen, husband of Debra Allen, 52,  shots were heard within the home. The officers entered the home after a period  of silence according to S.U.I and found both David Allen, 65, and Debra Allen  deceased with gunshot wounds.

The deathof Mr Allen is being conducted by S.I.U. and the death of Mrs Allen is being  conducted by Halton Regional Police.

Mrs Allen was the principal for  Beatty-Fleming Senior Public School in Brampton. The school has about 475  students in Grade 6-8. Grief counselors are at the school to help the staff and  children deal with their loss.

Peel  Regional School Board stated on their website that Allen worked tirelessly  with students and their parents to help them achieve their potential and turn  mistakes into positive learning situations.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/print/article/334889#ixzz29TIPWCBZ


Crown finishes calling witnesses in Gregson trial

Crown finishes calling witnesses in Gregson trial

Calling them “upsetting” and the worst injuries they’d ever seen in a 10-year-old girl two CHEO doctors took the stand saying they would have called the police and Children’s Aid Services based on the severity and the nature of the injuries alone.
And Dr. Anna Karwowska, a pediatric emergency physician said that physical evidence combined with the clear disclosure from the girl that outlined things she shouldn’t be developmentally expected to understand led Karwowska to believe there was a sexual assault.
Dr. Sarah Reid, also a pediatric emergency physician, performed the initial exam and told the court it was the most significant examination she has ever performed. She said it was very positive for sexual assault and said the injuries were acute, meaning they’d taken place within hours or days of the exam.
Their witness testimony brought an end to the evidence being presented by the crown and now the judge is deciding whether to include as evidence Gregson’s involvement in Czapnik’s death just hours after he was accused of rape.
Unless Gregson takes the stand himself the defence won’t call any evidence and submissions will begin Friday.

Source Article from http://www.cfra.com/?cat=1&nid=88079