CANU ranks testify in trial of baker and wife

first_imgGanja in gas bottles caseThe trial of Tucville, Georgetown baker Colin Denny, 37, and his 35-year-old common-law partner Malika Softleigh continued at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where two ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) testified to what they did in relation to discovering 57.9 grams of marijuana the couple allegedly trafficked.The baker and his spouse are currently out on $400,000 bail for possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, which Police said was committed betweenBaker Colin Denny and his common-law wife, Malika SoftleighNovember 14 and November 15 at Lot 6 C Tucville Terrace. Denny and Softleigh are represented by Attorney-at-Law James Bond in a matter being heard by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.CANU Prosecutor Konyo Sandiford called the two witnesses to stand on Wednesday. The first witness testified to being part of a search party on November 15, 2017 which conducted the operation at Tucville. He noted that he was the photographer.The male rank, who has several years of service, informed the court that no one was home at the time of the operation and noted that CANU ranks later found three white gas bottles after searching the property. He noted that the bottles were checked via a sound test and they produced a hollow sound. The CANU officer observed that the bottles were taken by another officer to the Unit’s headquarters where further inspection was conducted.He told Magistrate Latchman that on November 26, 2017, he printed 36 photographs which included images of the house, the cutting of the bottles, and the extraction and weighing of the suspected narcotics. The photographs were tendered and marked as exhibits, and the rank identified and provided descriptions of the photos he took. According to reports, the cylinders were open and mud was found stuffed into the bottom with black plastic. The case continues at Court Three on April 23, 2018.last_img read more

“It’s just so disheartening” – Zimmer’s comments on MMIW draw criticism

first_imgStephen Harper has said no to an inquiry into MMIW, and Greyeyes was asked if funding towards smaller communities would combat this issue if no inquiry will happen. She said:The whole talk about all these inquiries that have already happened – many of those inquiries they talk about have said that there is a need for a national inquiry. We’re moving funding from organizations like NWAC … Those are programs that were put in place to help Indigenous women. I don’t see how moving funding from anything is helping our people or woman, you know? I have to say, I’ve been pretty disappointed with the way things are going – this year, in particular. I had hoped that the national tragedy of missing and murdered women and girls would be on the forefront, really be on the forefront, and I really feel that it isn’t.Greyeyes is now working for Elections Canada, working hard to get people out to vote for the first time.“I think that the time for sitting back and letting things to happen around us is coming to an end. People are motivated,” she said in the interview.“Elections Canada has done a very good job with sending people like myself out to the reserves and First Nations and really rally, and bump up the numbers for voting.”Advertisement She was only 16 when one of her friends first went missing. Police asked for details and if she had seen or heard anything – but she never saw Stacy again.“That really has been with me basically my whole life,” she said. “I’m 44 now. For two thirds of my life, I’ve been wondering where my friend is.”In 1993, her cousin Joyce Marie Cardinal was beaten in Edmonton, doused with gasoline, and then lit on fire. Greyeyes said the damage was so bad, police thought it was a garbage fire at first, and were horrified to find out it was a woman.Cardinal was in hospital for another three weeks before dying.Advertisement She believes the issues at hand – such as MMIW – are helping inspire people to vote.A Sisters in Spirit Vigil to remembered missing and murdered Indigenous women will be held tomorrow night at the Fort St. John Friendship Centre at 5 PM.The full interview can be listened to through CBC Daybreak North here.center_img Connie Greyeyes spoke about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, in response to Conservative Candidate Bob Zimmer  on CBC’s Daybreak North this morning.Zimmer said on Tuesday night’s debate in Fort St. John that a ‘lack of a job’ was a big factor in the deaths of Indigenous women.One of the major drivers of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women is lack of economic activity – or, simply put, lack of a job. We’ve tried things to where we brings economic activity – or jobs – to reserves and other legislation to see that through. Ultimately when people have a job, they’re not in despair – and they can stay on reserve. That’s where we want them to be, we want them to be happy where they live, and go from there with their families. I know a lot of them don’t want to live off of reserve, they want to stay there – and I support that there. We just want them to live happily and healthily.In response to Bob Zimmer’s comments, she said she feels ‘disheartened.’- Advertisement -“As a human being, and as a woman, and as an indigenous woman, I was hurt,” she told Daybreak North. “The families that have contacted me are hurt. I think that these families have been through enough tragedy and trauma to be traumatized over and over again in the media with off-handed comments from candidates like this. It’s so disheartening.”Greyeyes is a member of the Bigstone Cree First Nation in Alberta, and lives in Fort St. John.Advertisementlast_img read more

Leeds shock! Cellino rules out return to club

first_img1 Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has announced he will not return to the club when his Football League ban ends in April.Instead, the Italian, who was disqualified in January from having anything to do with the running of the Championship outfit until April 10, will fight to clear his name as an independent citizen.At the time, the 58-year-old indicated he intended to return to Elland Road when his disqualification period ended.The former Cagliari president also revealed that he had sold a minority stake in the club via an open letter to Leeds fans on the club’s official website on Tuesday evening.It read: “I have considered in the best interests of the club to postpone any release of my true thoughts and conclusion in relation to the 79 days disqualification verdict of the Football League and it was for not unsettling the harmony of the team in a period of key league tournament matches that I have measured to reveal my decision only today, because the qualification for the 2016 Championship is by now achieved.“For the reason above said, at first I suggested that my intention was to resume in April the office of president of Leeds United Football Club after expiration of the disqualification term.“I will not do so and I had actually decided not to do so in January already, soon after the confirmation by the Football League of its verdict.“I wish to point out that I have immediately complied with all the requests of the Football League and, for such purposes, I instructed my consultants to arrange for all required actions in order to ensure my prompt exit from any management responsibility in the club.“After a due process, I have also sold – with a clear harm to my interests – a minority stake in the club, so that in no way I could be prevented from freely acting as an independent citizen and individual before any authority.“My decision has developed because I have realised that about one year ago I had been admitted as president of the club when the latter was very close to insolvency.“Only after my restructuring activities and the material funding by the new corporate member I found myself expelled from the club on the basis of interpretation and immediate application of an Italian measure that, although in Italy is ineffective and subject to reasonable cancellation, the Football League has elected to enforce under its own rules.“Moreover, while I am already ousted, the Football League is now pursuing a new claim against me based on circumstances that do not belong to me and have already been clarified and heavily stigmatized by my lawyers.“All of the above leads me to reconfirm the decision already reached in January so that I may be free of defending myself as any normal citizen, and I will not hesitate to do so before any authority because of my honesty, my commitment and due care to the club for which I have already invested one year of hard work.“This is what I am called for also honouring a team that I have loved and for all the support and attachment I have received from fans, players, employees, contractors and professionals who have been close to me and I wish to thank once again.”Leeds chairman Andrew Umbers confirmed Cellino had sold the minority stake he personally held in the club and in Eleonora Sport Limited, the consortium which owns the club. Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino last_img read more