#Canada; #CanadaShooting; #NovaScotiaTragedy; #RCMP
Toronto, Apr 22 (Canadian-Media): Canada's one of the deadliest shootings of firearms-induced tragedy in Canadian history which took place in Canada's province of Nova Scotia had caused the death toll to rise to 23, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Tuesday in a statement, media reports said.
''We believe there to be 23 victims, including a 17-year-old. Some of the victims were known to [shooter] Gabriel Wortman and were targeted while others were not known to the suspect,'' said the statement.
A police uniform, later confirmed to be authentic and and a realistic mock squad car were used by Wortman to carry out murders, including setting fires at multiple locations across Nova Scotia, said RCMP.
RCMP vehicle used by shooter. Image credit: Twitter
The deadly rampage started on Saturday night when Police responded to a firearms complaint in the rural community of Portapique located 80 miles north of Halifax where .
23-year RCMP veteran Heidi Stevenson, who was killed while responding to the call of action, and the front line nurse Kristen Beaton were among those killed.
It was confirmed by the authorities that human remains had been found at the site of the fires.
According to local reports, Wortman was the owner of a denture clinic in the Halifax area and maintained properties in the Portapique area.
Chris Leather, RCMP Chief Superintendent and the agency’s Criminal Operations Officer in Nova Scotia said that the investigation was in its early stages and the shooter’s motive is under investigation.
Manitoba, Aug 7 (Canadian-Media): In a news conference Wednesday, Jane MacLatchy, Assistant Commissioner and the commanding officer for the Manitoba RCMP, said police had found two bodies, thought to be those of fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, eight kilometres from a burned vehicle in northern Manitoba, media reports said.
Autopsies were pending and she could not comment on their cause of death.
MacLatchy noted that Friday’s discovery of items linked to the suspects that RCMP allowed police searchers the discovery Wednesday morning of two male bodies in the dense brush, within one kilometre from where the items were found.
She said this was about eight kilometres from where their burnt vehicle was found.
Schmegelsky and McLeod were missing after their pickup truck was found on fire outside Dease Lake.
But on July 23, pair were said to be suspects in the deaths of Deese, Fowler and Dyck. The next day, RCMP charged Shmegelsky and McLeod with second-degree murder in Dyck’s death.
Manitoba, Aug 7 (Canadian-Media): A recent discovery of items directly linked to two B.C. men, Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod, targets of a cross-country manhunt and suspects in three deaths in northern B.C, was confirmed yesterday by RCMP in Manitoba, media reports said.
Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky/Twitter
Police had found several items about nine kilometres away from where a burned-out vehicle was found two weeks ago near Gillam, about 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg (MB).
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod from Port Alberni, B.C., left B.C, around July 13 after telling their parents they were going to Yukon and Northwest Territories in search of work.
Two days later, American Chynna Deese, 24, and her 23-year-old Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler were found shot to death near Liard Hot Springs in Northern B.C.
On July 19, the body of Vancouver resident Leonard Dyck, 64, a lecturer at the University of British Columbia’s botany department, was discovered on a road near Dease Lake, about 500 kilometres southwest from the hot springs.
The discovery of the rowboat washed up on the shore at a back eddy of the Nelson River prompted an RCMP dive team from Winnipeg to search underwater did not uncover any additional items linked to the suspects.
#SearchContinuesForTwoBChomicide suspects; #YorkLanding
Manitoba, July 29 (Canadian-Media): RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officers responded to a tip of sighting of the two B.C. fugitives Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, have diverted their search to York Landing, Manitoba, media reports said.
The two Port Alberni, B.C. homicide suspects, in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese and charged with second-degree murder in the death of the University of British Columbia lecturer Leonard Dyck. had been on the run for nearly a week.
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod/Twitter
York Landing, a small community, accessible only by ferry or aircraft in the summer months, is nearly 1,000 kilometers north of Winnipeg and about 90 kilometers by air southwest of Gillam, Man., where RCMP have been focusing their efforts with assistance from the Canadian military.
A member of Winnipeg's Bear Clan patrol group had seen them around 4:15 p.m. CT after spotting what he believed to be the men near the landfill and water-treatment plant in York Landing.
Travis Bighetty was reported to tell CBC News he and his partner spotted two "tall, slender individuals" moving very quickly.
"They fit the description of what was given in the RCMP report," Bighetty said. "It didn't click right away, it took a few moments."
He couldn't tell what the two figures were up to. "[I] kind of figured they were scavenging or something."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Manitoba, Jul 27 (IBNS): RCMP said Friday afternoon there could be a possibility of two murderers, Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, wanted in the killings of three people in Northern British Columbia, leaving Northern Manitoba area with the changed appearances with the help of someone who didn’t know who they were, media reports said.
Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod/Twitter
Schmegelsky and McLeod suspects in the deaths of American Chynna Deese, 24, and her 23-year-old Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, who were shot to death on the side of a Northern British Columbia highway and found on July 15. The pair has also been charged by the RCMP in the death of Leonard Dyck, whose body was discovered on a road 500 kilometers away four days later.
Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese/Facebook
Although there had been no confirmed sightings of the fugitives outside the Gillam area, police said they might no longer be in the region. The last confirmed sighting was July 22 in the Gillam area.
Cameras in a pair of northern towns thousands of kilometers apart had recorded last week of two chapters, weary couple's intimate hug in the last hours of their lives and a purchase by the two blank-faced teens suspected of killing them.
RCMP handed out the images to a public which was transfixed by tragedy.
Police said their search in “high probability areas of interest in the Gillam area” is continuous and added that over the next few days door-to-door canvases in the town and Fox Lake Cree Nation would be conducted.
#StatisticsCanadaReport; #Police-reportedHateCrimes; #Hamilton; #Canada
Ottawa, July 26 (Canadian-Media): Hamilton, in Ontario, recorded the highest
police-reported hate crimes in Canada, Statistics Canada report, published earlier this week, said.
A total of 97 hate-crime incidents were reported to the police in Hamilton last year.
Quebec City reported 89 cases of hate to the police in 2018 had the second-highest rate of police-reported hate crimes, and Ottawa was third with 105 incidents reported last year.
The above figures take into account that a third of criminal offenses don't get reported to the police.
#KamMcLeod; #BryerSchmegelsky; #Canada-widewarrantforarrest
Toronto, July 26 (Canadian-Media): Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, suspects in the double homicide of Australian Lucas Fowler, 23, and American Chynna Deese, 24 on July 15, are still believed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to be hiding in Gillam, Manitoba, media reports said.
Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky/Twitter
The deceased bodies of Fowler and Deese were found along the side of the Alaska Highway, south of Liard Hot Springs, B.C., on July 15.
These two young men are also believed, by RCMP, to be the alleged killers of a third person, Leonard Dyck, a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia.
There had been two confirmed sightings of McLeod and Schmegelsky near Gillam, about 750 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.
"We are taking all steps to be as thorough as we can, which is why we have so many resources," RCMP Cpl. Julie Courchaine said. "We're doing a lot of searches in and around that area."
Town officials in Churchill, 270 kilometres north of Gillam, has opted to take precautions as well.
Mayor Mike Spence said the incoming trains are also being checked by the town for any suspicious activity.
#DanforthTragedyAnniversary; #CommuniyVigil; #TorontoStrong
Toronto, July 22 (Canadian-Media): A commemoration ceremony marking the anniversary of the shooting on Toronto’s Danforth took place in Greektown’s Withrow Park, Toronto, during which 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis lost their lives and 13 others injured, media reports said.
Several hundred people including friends and family of the victims, as well as survivors, Danforth residents, first responders, politicians and others filled the rows of chairs in front of the stage and the surrounding grass.
A community vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting is happening at 8:51 p.m. ET. Monday at Alexander the Great Parkette, at the northeast corner of Logan and Danforth avenues.
#RalphGoodale; #publicsafety; #RubySahota, #Brampton; #Ontario;
Brampton, Apr 9 (Canadian-Media): Ralph Goodale, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, had been invited by Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament (MP) for Brampton North, to appear before committee immediately to address the issue of National Report on Terrorism Threat to Canada, media reports said..
“I have been speaking with the Minister since the day this report was released,” said Sahota. “I look forward to welcoming Minister Goodale to committee in the very near future to publicly address concerns I have been hearing from my constituents’.”
Ruby Sahota/Facebook Ralph Goodale/Facebook
#MinisterRodriguez; #Holocaust; #Naziregime; #NationalHolocaustMonument; #Ottawa; #antisemitism
Ottawa, Jan 27 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, Minister Rodriguez issued the following statement on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
Today in Canada and around the world, we honour the memory of more than 6 million Jewish men, women, and children who were murdered in the Holocaust, and of countless others who suffered the horrors and atrocities committed by the Nazi regime.
In 2005, January 27 was designated the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp, by Soviet troops in 1945.
In 2017, the Government of Canada unveiled the National Holocaust Monument, located in the heart of the nation’s capital, to honour the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi-era crimes and to salute the courage and resilience of Holocaust survivors who chose Canada as their home. We must always remember the invaluable contribution of these survivors in shaping the inclusive society we know today whose strength is built on diversity and openness.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, I encourage Canadians to assume their collective responsibility to fight antisemitism and discrimination in all its forms, and never let intolerance and hatred take root in our communities. May we reflect on the powerful lessons learned from one of the darkest chapters in human history in order that we may never forget.