Defense Minister Rob Nicholson is apologizing to the family of deceased soldier Cpl. Justin Stark after the federal government sent Stark's family a one-cent check.
Cpl. Stark died of a suicide in 2011 just months after returning from a tour in Afghanistan.
For Stark’s mother, receiving a one-cent check in the mail two-and-a-half years after her son’s death was insulting at best.
“It’s humiliating and degrading,” said Kevin Ellis, speaking on behalf of the Stark family. “It took the wind out of her sails. It’s been 2½ years and she gets a check in the mail from the government addressed to her son for one cent? This woman lost her son, and it seems like all these things keep falling on her.”
The check was labeled as “release pay.”
Defense Minister Nicholson called the check “absolutely ridiculous” and blamed it on an “insensitive bureaucratic screw up.”
“I've just learned of it now and I will take steps immediately to ensure that something like this should never happen again,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson told CTV News he will make a personal call to the family to offer his apologies and condolences.
“I extend the apologies of...everyone in the government to his mother,” Nicholson said during a recent Q&A session. “And we thank this individual for the service that he gave his country.”
Ellis told CBC News that the Stark family wants to see corrective actions, not apologies, taken by the government.
“If it had been in the first year, she would have understood. But this is inexcusable,” Ellis said. “At the end of the day, this is a young man who defended our country. He deserves better.”
A female WestJet pilot received a sexist note from a male passenger this weekend after a flight from Victoria to Calgary.
Pilot Carey Steacy had just finished her trip when a member of the cleaning crew brought her the note written on a napkin. It was written by a David in seat 12 E.
“The cockpit of an airline is no place for woman,” the note read. “A woman being a mother is the most honor.”
The note went on to insist that the country needs more mothers, not pilots.
Steacy, who has 17 years of flying experience, posted the note to Facebook and received mass amounts of support.
“You were more than welcome to deplane when you heard I was a ‘fair lady’. You have that right,” Steacy wrote. “Funny, we all, us humans, have the same rights in this great free country of ours.”
WestJet issued a statement noting that the company is proud of their pilots’ professionalism and expertise, and disappointed to see the note.
A six-year-old Minnesota girl was found dead on Thursday after she fell asleep outside in temperatures that dropped to 30 degrees below zero.
The unidentified girl was found on the steps of her apartment building’s front entrance at 6:23 a.m.
When her mother and neighbor found her, they immediately called 911.
Investigators arrived at the scene, and noting the girl’s exposure to the weather she was pronounced dead. While police do not believe foul play was involved, they are trying to connect a timeline from the time the child went missing to when she was discovered.
Temperatures in the area recently reached 27 below zero with wind chills dropping to minus-40 degrees.
Bemidji is just south of International Falls, the Canadian border known as the “icebox of the nation” because of its regularly freezing temperatures.
A man who beheaded and cannibalized a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus in 2008 may soon be granted unescorted day trips outside of the mental hospital where he is currently committed.
A psychiatrist is asking a Criminal Code Review Board to let Vince Li, 46, have more freedom.
"From a clinical perspective, he has progressed excellently," Dr. Steven Kremer said at a hearing Monday.
Li, once diagnosed with schizophrenia, is reportedly no longer suffering from delusions and is considered non-violent.
"Our overall goal is to eventually have Mr. Li reintegrate into the community,” Kremer said.
Li was found not criminally responsible for stabbing, beheading, and eating Tim McLean in July 2008.
McLean didn’t know Li. He was simply sitting next to him on a bus ride from Edmonton to Winnipeg. Unprovoked, Li attacked him.
Li claimed he heard voices telling him to kill.
Since he was placed in Selkirk Mental Health Centre he has been allowed to take escorted day trips to Winnipeg and other areas. Kremer wants to grant Li unescorted day passes into Silkirk, relocation into a ward of the hospital that is unlocked, and more relaxed supervision on his escorted trips outside the hospital.
Crown attorney Susan Helenchilde didn’t oppose the request.
"Mr. Li has done everything that has been asked of him,” she said.
The victim’s mother, Carol de Delley, says Li doesn’t deserve any freedom, and she has fought to toughen laws on criminal responsibility.
"I don't think it should matter whether you're mentally ill or not mentally ill. If you kill someone, you should lose your freedom, period," de Delley said outside the hearing. "I'm standing out here by my damn self for six years now, and they're going to ultimately let this person free. And if he reoffends, [they'll say], 'Oh well, statistically it shouldn't happen'. But guess what? It does, and it does and it does."
She founded a website where she tracks cases of people found not criminally responsible who reoffend.
A Texas teenager who posted a seemingly sarcastic comment on Facebook after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is still stuck in legal limbo, the Dallas Observer reports.
The teen, 18-year-old Justin Carter, was involved in a comment thread on the social media site when he posted the following message: “I’m f----- in the head alright, I think I’ma SHOOT UP A KINDERGARTEN.” In context, the comment may have had something to do with a relatively innocuous argument about the video game League of Legends, Reason reports. Without the context, the commenter quickly found himself entangled in a bureaucratic battle of 21st-century Kafkaesque proportions.
An individual from Canada who was following the thread ended up taking a screenshot from his or her cell phone before forwarding the photo to the local law enforcement agency. The Canadian police force subsequently forwarded the photograph to a law enforcement agency in Texas, who found that Carter lived within 100 yards of an elementary school.
Federal law enforcement officers quickly charged Carter with third-degree terrorism and arrested him while he was working at the drapery shop where he had been employed. He was held for four months in jail on a $500,000 bail.
Don Flanary, Carter’s attorney, claims that prosecutors failed to read the entire thread on the site prior to convicting him. He also claims that Carter displayed no true malicious intent, and that his client’s comments should not be considered as a terrorist threat.
“When you’re dealing with speech ... it is absolutely, 100 percent important that the words that you are charging people with are actually the words that they said and not some misrepresentation,” Flanary said.
Carter’s case is an interesting example of the legal implications of content posted on Facebook. The social media site has been used in several First Amendment cases — such as the one in which judges ruled that the “like” button constitutes free speech — but it has also been used as evidence to convict criminal suspects.
Despite being released on bail by an anonymous donor, Carter still faces charges.
A dentist who claims a sheriff assaulted her during a traffic stop last year has filed a plea to have the sheriff charged.
The alleged victim is Simona Tibu. Tibu was driving to work on August 3, 2013, when she was stopped by an Alberta sheriff for speeding. Tibu says that as the officer approached her car, he pounded on her window.
Tibu told the sheriff that she wouldn’t hand over her license and registration if he didn’t stop pounding on her window. She added that she would start filming him if he didn’t calm down. The sheriff then allegedly became violent and made Tibu get out of her car.
Once outside, the sheriff told Tibu to place her hands on the trunk of her car. Tibu claims the deputy proceeded to hit her breasts while pushing his groin into her backside.
At this point, Tibu began to scream. Her screams apparently provoked more aggression from the sheriff. She was hit on the back of the head and knocked to the ground.
“I felt a hit in my head then he smashed my head on the pavement on the road until I was full of blood,” she said. “Then he told me, ‘Now I’m going to walk all over you.’”
Despite leaving the scene with deep cuts and bruises all over her body, Tibu was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a law enforcement officer.
But Tibu isn’t accepting the charges. She’s firing back with allegations of her own.
Tibu appeared in court on January 30 to present her case against the sheriff. The presiding judge told her she has reasonable grounds on which to charge the sheriff, but an official decision would not be made for several weeks. Officials will review Tibu’s claim and all available evidence – including her medical records and the sheriff’s dashcam footage – and determine if there are legitimate grounds on which to charge the sheriff.
“They determine if the case moves forward, if there will be charges, if they’ll be dismissed or stayed,” Alberta Justice spokesperson Michelle Davio said.
Tibu is also filing to have all available evidence from her case made available to the public and media.
“I have big medical records, lots of pictures and three witnesses that came forward to help me, therefore I am confident I will get justice,” she said.
Here are two pictures Tibu took of herself after the alleged assault:
An online petition that emerged from the White House’s We the People campaign has demanded that Justin Bieber be deported because of his reckless and destructive behavior.
The petition has earned over 100,000 signatures, which means the White House must respond to it.
"Every petition that crosses the threshold will be reviewed by the appropriate staff and receive a response," a White House spokesperson told Mashable.
The petition states that the United States has been wrongly represented in the world of pop culture at the hands of Bieber. It requests that he be reported and that his green card be revoked.
“We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society,” it reads.
It is unlikely that the White House will respond to the petition any time soon, considering a petition to remove the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show from ABC network received a response after three months of its eligibility.
In response to the petition, Bieber fans wrote a petition pleading with the White House to keep the star in the U.S.
Justin Bieber’s father was not only at the scene of his son’s DUI drag racing arrest on Jan. 23, but also reportedly helped block off the residential Miami street for drag racing on the same day.
Bieber and his friend, rapper Khalil, planned to race their Lamborghinis Thursday down the street when he was arrested.
The two had been driving 60 mph, twice the speed limit of the street, and Bieber had taken prescription drugs. He was also high on marijuana and had drank a beer.
Bieber allegedly cursed at officers when they tried to arrest him and refused to remove his hands from his pockets.
Just before the arrest, Jeremy Bieber had been with his son in SET nightclub and had also been with him during the day.
Bieber was arrested at 4 a.m. in Miami, according to Sgt. Bobby Hernandez of the Miami-Dade Police Department.Justin Bieber ARRESTED For DUI and Drag Racing - Watch More Celebrity Videos or Subscribe
If convicted for egging in his luxurious Calabasas, Calif. neighborhood, pop star Justin Bieber could face deportation.
The Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department raided Bieber’s home Tuesday in search of surveillance footage that would serve as evidence of his participation.
After the search, one member of Bieber’s entourage was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession.
The arrested man was later identified as Lil Za, or Xavier Smith, with bail set at $70,000.
"California does not take vandalism lightly,” L.A. based lawyer Anahita Sedaghatfar. “If the damage is $400 or more, the person can be charged with a felony and the person can face anywhere between one to three years in jail.”
If convicted, and because Bieber is not a U.S. citizen, he could be deported to Canada in a worst-case scenario.
However, it seems the teen heart throb wouldn’t take the news too harshly.
“You guys are evil,” Bieber said in a Rolling Stones interview in 2011. “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills.”
Fifteen minutes after the ball had dropped in Times Square and millions across North America had rung in the new year, a couple in Winnipeg, Manitoba was munching on a bag of Spanish peanuts that they had purchased at a nearby Safeway. That’s when 18-year-old Graham Calder bit down and felt an unusual crunch. When he spit out the contents of his mouth, he and his girlfriend Michaela Epp discovered that he had bitten into what appeared to be a human tooth that had been mixed with the peanuts in the bag.
“He spit it out and looked at it, and it was a tooth. So he started feeling around to make sure it wasn’t his. It definitely didn't look like someone's tooth had broken off," Epp said.
Despite the unusual circumstances, Epp and Calder maintained a sense of humor about the situation.
“It happened about 15 minutes after midnight, my boyfriend looked at me and said, ‘That’s one way to start things,” Epp said.
The scenario is being investigated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Safeway is aware of the incident.
“Safeway is committed to industry leading food safety standards and we will cooperate fully with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in their investigation,” said Betty Kellsey, a Safeway spokeswoman in a company email.
North America, and particularly The United States, has a strange history of customers finding foreign objects in their food products. Some of these incidents are forged by customers looking to cash in on legal battles, such as the infamous case of Anna Ayala, the woman who claimed she found a severed finger in her Wendy’s chili bowl. Other instances of odd occurrences in food products are more realistic and equally as horrifying, such as the Atlanta woman that found a nose ring in her daughter’s McDonald’s breakfast burrito or the Michigan man that found a mouse in the salad that he had purchased from the supermarket.
According to Fox News, this case isn’t the first time a tooth has been found in a bag of peanuts, as an Illinois man once sued Kraft Foods Inc. for allegedly finding a rodent tooth in his bag.