Gerald Stanley found not guilty in shooting death of Colten Boushie

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Published Friday, February 9, 2018 1:18PM CST 
Last Updated Friday, February 9, 2018 7:55PM CST

Gerald Stanley has been found not guilty in the shooting death of Colten Boushie.

A 12-person jury reached the verdict Friday evening.

The seven women and five men had been deliberating since Thursday afternoon, following instruction from Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Martel Popescul, who presided over the trial in Battleford.

Stanley, 56, was charged in the August 2016 death of Boushie, a Cree man from the Red Pheasant First Nation.

Court heard during the trial, which started Jan. 29, the 22-year-old Boushie was shot in the head with a handgun while he was sitting in the driver’s seat of an SUV that had been driven onto Stanley’s farm near Biggar.

Popescul said during his instruction jurors must choose between three options: that Stanley is guilty of second-degree murder, that Stanley is guilty of manslaughter or that Stanley be acquitted.

It’s not disputed Stanley caused the death, Popescul told the jury. The verdict will come down to whether or not the jury finds he caused the death unlawfully.

“You must decide the issue of carelessness and lawful excuse,” Popescul instructed.

The jury re-heard testimony during the day Friday from both Stanley and his son, Sheldon, before reaching the verdict hours later.

Stanley testified Monday he thought his Tokarev handgun was disarmed when Boushie was shot. He took the magazine out of the gun after firing warning shots straight into the air, he said.

He said he couldn’t see his wife, who had been on a riding lawnmower, and thought she was under the SUV. He told court he sprinted toward the vehicle to look underneath and the vehicle revved.

“From here I ran as hard as I could to the front of the car. I went right to the front of the car. I looked down, then I was going to kneel down to look under and the car revved up. I thought the car was going to run me over,” he testified.

The gun, in his right hand, fired when he was reaching his left arm across the SUV’s steering wheel to turn off the ignition, according to Stanley.He said he was holding the gun’s magazine in his left hand and that his finger wasn’t on the trigger.

“It just went off,” he told court.

He then saw his wife and son standing near the SUV, after the shooting, he said.

Crown prosecutor Bill Burge argued in his closing statement Stanley’s and Sheldon’s testimonies didn’t match. Stanley said he ran to the SUV, while Sheldon testified he saw his father walk by the SUV.

Stanley’s lawyer, Scott Spencer, who described the shooting as a “freak accident,” said during his closing arguments the shot was a hang fire — a delay between when the trigger is pulled and when the bullet fires.

“It’s a tragedy, but it’s not criminal,” Spencer said. “Some people aren’t going to be happy. You have to do what is right based on the evidence you heard in this courtroom. You must acquit.”

Burge disputed that Stanley believed the firearm was empty and that the gun could have had a misfire or hang fire.

“It’s a very rare circumstance,” said Burge, who pointed to the evidence of gun experts. “He’s told you something that is demonstrably not true because there was another round in that clip.”

Burge argued Stanley handled the firearm carelessly because he didn’t know how many bullets he loaded into the gun or how many shots he fired, and because he held a loaded gun close to three people in a vehicle in an unsafe manner. Burge also said Stanley wasn’t aware of the safety measures of his own gun, a gun he owned for four years, because he thought removing the magazine would disarm the gun — which isn’t the case.

“You can’t believe what Gerald Stanley said. The only inference is that it was pulled. Was it pulled intentionally? Did it go off accidentally?” Burge said.

“In either event, ladies and gentlemen, if it was pulled intentionally, I am suggesting that’s murder.”

Two of the five people who were with Boushie the day of the shooting testified last week the group was looking for help with a flat tire, but both Stanley and his son told court they believed someone from the SUV was attempting to steal an all-terrain vehicle from the yard.

Both lawyers used the term “highly charged” to describe the situation.

— Written by Kevin Menz, with files from Angelina Irinici and The Canadian Press’s Bill Graveland

Ontario sheds 59,300 part-time jobs in January as new $14 minimum wage takes toll

Nick Thompson, cook at the Black Tomato restaurant in Ottawa, works in the kitchen wearing a “wake up Ontario” slogan before the restaurant closes its doors due to a minimum wage increase.Jean Levac/Ottawa Citizen / Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS

By Aleksandra Sagan, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario shed some 59,300 part-time jobs in January, the same month the province hiked minimum wage about 20 per cent to $14 an hour — but experts say it may be too soon to know how much the two are correlated.

The province shed 50,900 jobs total from December 2017, according to the Statistics Canada report.

Labour Force Survey: following two months of increases, fell by 88,000 in January. Part-time employment declined (-137,000), while full-time employment was up (+49,000). http://ow.ly/6vq830iiQFi 

It gained approximately 8,500 full-time positions but lost roughly 59,300 part-time gigs, according to data provided by the agency, which noted the figures are rounded.

That means there was 3.4 per cent or 46,100 fewer part-time posts in January 2018 than the same time the previous year.

Some economists said it’s possible Ontario’s minimum wage increase played a role in those declines, but noted it’s important not to read too much into one month of data.

The province hiked minimum wage by $2.40 per hour to $14 per hour at the beginning of the year, a move some economists warned could result in mass job losses as employers look to reduce costs.

Overall, economists are divided on how minimum wage increases play out. Some research has suggested a reduction in hours or jobs follow mandated wage bumps, while other studies suggest no long-term connection between wage increases and dips in employment rates.

The 59,000 figure is a “whopping” one, said Matthieu Arseneau, senior economist at National Bank Financial Markets, in a note.

It “may be a sign of adjustments made by corporations coping with a minimum wage surge,” he said, noting young people ages 15 to 24 lost 24,000 part-time positions.

However, economists also pointed to possible connections between Ontario’s minimum wage and Canada’s stronger average wage growth of 3.3 per cent in January. It’s the highest year-over-year increase since July 2015 when it rose 3.32 per cent. The same increase — 3.31 per cent — happened in March 2016 and November 2015.

“One of the positives in today’s release was the fact that wage growth picked up,” said Craig Alexander, chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada.

“Now part of that might be reflecting the increase in minimum wages in Ontario because that increase in minimum wage is impacting more than 20 per cent of all the workers in Ontario.”

Protesters gather outside a Tim Hortons location in Peterborough, Ont. on Wednesday January 10, 2018 in response to some franchisees scaling back benefits in response to a provincial minimum wage increase. (Clifford Skarstedt/The Examiner/Postmedia Network)

In the province, average hourly wage rates for permanent employees in January rose 3.19 per cent from the same time last year.

While that is lower than the national number, the dollar amount of $27.83 in Ontario is higher than for all of Canada at $27.46 for January, said Gordon Song, an analyst with Statistics Canada, in an email.

Ontario’s mandatory minimum hourly rate is set for another bump in January 2019, when it will rise to $15.

The province of British Columbia announced Thursday it too plans to raise rates for its lowest paid employees over several years.

It aims to reach at least $15.20 by June 2021. Its current minimum wage is set at $11.35 and will rise every June, starting this year when it moves to $12.65, until it reaches at least $15.20.

Some have already criticized the increase as being too fast, noting it may be difficult for small business owners to adapt to the increased labour costs.

Former Alberta MLA Don MacIntyre resigned following sexual assault, sexual interference charges

UCP Leader Jason Kenney says he’s ‘shocked and disgusted’ to hear of charges

CBC News Posted: Feb 09, 2018 10:33 AM MT Last Updated: Feb 09, 2018 12:10 PM MT

A judge in Red Deer, Alta., has lifted a publication ban that prevented media from reporting that former Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre resigned from the United Conservative Party caucus and the legislature after being charged with sexual interference and sexual assault.

According to court records, MacIntyre appeared in court in Red Deer on Feb. 1 to face those charges. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 15.

MacIntyre first resigned as a member of the UCP caucus on Feb. 2 and then resigned his seat on Feb. 5.

According to Canada’s Criminal Code, sexual interference is a charge that applies in the case of a person who touches, directly or indirectly, a part of the body of someone under 16 years of age for a sexual purpose.

‘Shocked and disgusted’

Justice Glenn Poelman, who overturned the publication ban put in place by a justice of the peace, said it “was an error in law” and would “seriously infringe … freedom of press to report on proceedings of court.”

UCP Leader Jason Kenney released a statement following the lifting of the ban.

“I was shocked and disgusted to learn of the serious criminal charges filed against former MLA Don MacIntyre,” it reads.

“There are few crimes more vile than sexual crimes against children, and those found guilty of it deserve to endure the most severe legal consequences possible.”

MacIntyre was granted bail pending a trial, but faces multiple conditions, including:

  • No contact with anyone under the age of 16 without a guardian present.
  • Cannot be within 100 metres of a playground, public swimming pool, daycare centre or school yard.
  • Cannot work or volunteer anywhere that could put him in direct contact with anyone under 16.
  • Cannot carry a weapon off his property.
  • Cannot carry a firearm, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition or explosive substance.
  • No contact with two specified individuals outside of court unless through legal counsel.
  • Banned from going within a two-block radius of a specified residence.

First elected as Wildrose MLA

Originally from North Battleford, Sask, MacIntyre is married and was elected to the legislature in 2015 with the Wildrose Party.

Prior to that, the 63-year-old was a part-time instructor for the alternative energy program at NAIT, and worked as the chief technical officer for a private overseas geothermal company.

MacIntyre was criticized by the NDP last year after he suggested that science hasn’t conclusively proven that climate change is a man-made problem.

With files from Colleen Underwood

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Drugs, cash and vehicles seized in arrest of 19-year-old gang member in Abbotsford

Cocaine, fentanyl, cell phones, $2,500 in cash and 2 vehicles were seized in Sukhjit Mahli’s arrest

CBC News Posted: Feb 08, 2018 2:31 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 08, 2018 2:31 PM PT

 

Abbotsford police have seized drugs, thousands of dollars in cash and two vehicles in the arrest of a 19-year-old gang associate.

Police said Sukhjit Malhi is in custody after being charged with breaching a court order and possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl.

During the investigation leading to Malhi’s arrest, Abbotsford police seized cocaine, fentanyl, cell phones, $2,500 in cash and two vehicles.

“We believe that disruption of the Lower Mainland Gang Conflict and their drug trafficking at all levels is a top priority and is crucial to improving our public’s safety,” said Sgt. Vic Gamboa of the Abbotsford Drug Enforcement Unit in a statement.

Police said at the time of his arrest, Malhi was on bail for trafficking fentanyl, cocaine, heroin and meth, as well as firearms-related offences.

associate Sukhjit MALHI, in w more charges of trafficking in . MALHI already has numerous trafficking & firearms charges. APD will continue to target and disrupt the . https://buff.ly/2nOgD4F 

‘I am deeply sorry,’ says Ottawa teacher spared jail despite sexual relationship with teen student

Former teacher Jessica Beraldin, who now uses her maiden name, Fiore, leaves the Ottawa courthouse on Friday April 1, 2016. Errol McGihon / Postmedia

Disgraced Ottawa teacher Jessica Beraldin has been spared jail after admitting she had a sexual relationship with one of her students.

The teacher, who now uses her maiden name Jessica Fiore, stood in court Thursday and said she was deeply sorry for exploiting the teen boy and pleaded guilty to sexual assault. In a tearful apology, Fiore said her marriage was falling apart and she sought “support and affection in the wrong places.”

“I am very disappointed in myself,” she told court, noting that she had taken advantage of her position of trust.

Fiore was spared jail and instead granted a six-month conditional sentence and 18 months of probation.

Her teaching career is over and she is prohibited from being around boys under 18. She is now on the sex offender registry. Before leaving the Elgin Street courthouse Thursday, she was ordered to submit a DNA sample.

The court recognized that her guilty plea spared the victim and his family what would have been a graphic trial.

Fiore’s family — including her father, a retired Ottawa police sergeant — attended Thursday’s sentencing hearing as a strong show of support. They also filed letters of support that spoke of their disappointment and their confidence that she’ll rebuild her life.

The plea deal that spared the teacher jail was a joint position by the Crown and the defence lawyer.

According to Ottawa police, the sex crimes case dates back to July 5, 2014. Fiore was arrested in 2016 and was 30 at the time.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board said at the time of her arrest that it was deeply sorry to learn of the news. It also said it regretted that such conduct occurred at one of its schools, urged students not to speculate about the case on social media and said it would pray “for all the persons affected by this difficult situation.”

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Axe Music Edmonton selling longstanding store by Northlands to Long & McQuade

Nearly four decades after opening its doors to music lovers, Axe Music Edmontonhas announced it has sold its music store to the musical instrument retailer Long & McQuade.

“For the last 38 years Axe has been my life, and an amazing life it’s been,” reads a Facebook post on the store’s page, attributed to Axe Music president Brian Holowaychuk.

“I want to say goodbye to our company, staff, suppliers and customers. It is never easy to part but I have to face reality. It’s time for me to move on.”

Holowaychuk’s post says Long & McQuade will take over the Wayne Gretzky Drive store on May 31, and that the decision to sell the store “was the hardest choice I have had to make.”

“But I am confident that it’s the best choice, I have admiration for L&M as an organization and I leave knowing that you will all be in very good hands.”

Holowaychuk said with his 60th birthday approaching, it was simply time for him to turn the page and look forward to new adventures.

“I was 22 years old when Axe was created, it’s hard to believe the years have passed so fast,” the post reads. “Many of us have grown old together and it’s been fantastic to help you and even your kids as they grew. Yes, some of us are getting old, I never thought that would happen.

“However, when I look back, I see a time I would have never imagined, a time well spent, a time with few regrets… a happy time!”

Axe Music opened its first store on the outskirts of Edmonton in 1980. It was a garage with a dirt floor. Selling musical instruments and audio equipment, the retailer opened up another store in Calgary and also became an online retailer.

In August, Axe Music announced it was closing its Calgary location, citing a “tough economic climate” in that city.

READ MORE: Axe Music Store set to close amid ‘tough economic climate in Calgary’

Holowaychuk said the Edmonton location, located near Northlands Coliseum, gave him many memories to hold on to.

“I will always smile as I reflect back upon the crazy events over the years like the street hockey, hot tubs and handing out beers and burgers in front of the Edmonton store during Oilers playoffs. Customers coming in with cigars or jelly beans after they had a new child. The epic store opening events… the list of memories is long and great.”

Source : https://globalnews.ca/news/4015576/axe-music-edmonton-selling-longstanding-store-by-northlands-to-long-mcquade/

Dumb prank leads to tragic death of Ontario man

Trent Weller leaves the London Courthouse on Wednesday February 7, 2018.

By: Jane Sims

If ever there was a cautionary tale for parents to relay to their fearless teenage kids, it’s this one — a stupid idea that became deadly.

Riley Shannon died trying to stop three buddies from joyriding around on John Deere skid steer, akin to a Bobcat vehicle, that belonged to his friend’s dad.

Trent Weller leaves the London Courthouse on Wednesday February 7, 2018.

They weren’t supposed to be driving it. They were told to get off it and leave it alone.

Shannon was run over. The three teenagers didn’t stick around to help him.

And that’s going to give each of them a criminal record.

Wednesday morning, Adam Sinden, 19, Ryan Esler, 19, and Trent Weller, 20, all of Thames Centre, each pleaded guilty to failing to remain at an accident to offer assistance for their boneheaded activities on March 11, 2017.

They were subdued in a London courtroom Wednesday, dressed in their best suits, quietly listening to how one dumb decision turned tragic.

Assistant Crown attorney George Christakos outlined the facts of the case to Ontario Court Justice Wendy Harris Bentley.

All three accused were teenagers attending a party at the Dorchester home of their friend, Amanda Murray. There were 12 other people at the party. Shannon was an acquaintance of theirs.

Sinden, Esler and Weller showed up at the party at about 11 p.m. and started or consumed one beer each. Just before midnight, they headed out to what the family referred to as “the toy shed,” a garage where the Murrays stored their recreational vehicles.

Weller, Christakos said, jumped into the cab of the skid steer, started it up and moved it less than a metre. Murray told him to stop, get out it and leave it alone. Weller, Christakos said, complied.

Sinden, who Christakos said had experience with machinery, stepped up and said he would move the machine back to its proper place so Murray could shut the garage door.

But instead, Sinden backed the skid steer out, with Weller holding onto the side and Esler jumping into the front bucket, standing up and leaning on the cab.

Sinden turned the machine around and began to drive down the long driveway.

Murray wanted them to stop. She called Shannon, who was in the house, from her cellphone, to get some assistance.

Also helping him was another friend, Reece Mattocks. The two young men went outside to see the three buddies heading down the lane.

Sinden was pushing snow with the front bucket. He came across the lawn, still with Esler on the front with his back on the front window.

Mattocks later told the police that the skid steer was moving slowly and he and Shannon were able to catch up to it by speed-walking after it.

Mattocks caught up to the skid steer and attempted to knock on the side of it, but was scared and held back. Shannon did knock on the window. By then, Weller had jumped off the side and was walking behind the machine.

Shannon banged on the wire mesh that was over the driver’s window. When he did, his right foot became caught between the blade and the front wheel.

The skid steer moved forward another 400 to 500 metres. Shannon’s other ankle was caught in the machine’s track. He was pulled in from his ankle right to his shoulder, Christakos said. The skid steer was fully on his mid-section when it stopped.

Christakos said Shannon screamed out in pain and Weller yelled at Sinden to move forward.

Once the skid steer was off Shannon, Sinden stopped. Esler jumped off the bucket and Sinden got out of the cab.

They asked Shannon where he was hurt. Shannon said he couldn’t feel his thigh and told them to call an ambulance.

Esler ran to the house to tell Murray, while Shannon pleaded with Mattocks to call 911. He told Mattocks he thought he was dying.

Mattocks ran down the driveway to get the rural home’s 911 number. By then, all three of the teens who had been on the skid steer were in the house, telling Murray, “Riley had been run over.”

Witnesses say Esler told his pals: “Let’s go, let’s go, get your stuff, guys.”

Then the three grabbed their belongings and beer and ran outside into the woods.

“The three did not attempt to provide assistance to Mr. Shannon,” Christakos said. None of them called 911, but knew Mattocks had made a call.

From the woods, Esler called his friend Jacob Vanyolia and asked him to come pick the three teens up on a back side road near a pond.

Mattocks returned alone to Shannon, who was unconscious but still breathing. He followed the instructions he was getting over the phone from a 911 dispatcher while he waited for paramedics and the police.

Emergency crews got there just after midnight and found Shannon motionless on his left side in the fetal position behind the skid steer.

He was foaming at the mouth and unresponsive. There was bruising to his right side and abdomen.

Shannon was pronounced dead at London’s Victoria Hospital shortly before 1 a.m.

The three teenagers were picked up by Vanyolia. Esler didn’t tell him exactly what had gone down, just that “something happened.”

Two of them had a half-beer with them. Sinden’s defence lawyer, Jeff Conway, said his client didn’t have any beer in his belongings.

One witness tried to call Weller but at first he didn’t answer. On the second call, he hung up. Sinden called back and told the witness they took off “because he was drinking and they were scared,” Christakos said.

Vanyolia drove them to Weller’s girlfriend’s home in Putnam. They said Murray was upset with them because they were on the “Bobcat.”

Vanyolia didn’t find out what had happened to Shannon until the next day from a Facebook post. He asked Esler about it but he couldn’t understand him because Esler was crying so much.

The three were located, arrested, and charged the next morning, Christakos said.

Sinden told the police the three of them were in shock when they took off. He and Esler did go up to Shannon to see how he was, but taking off in fear “was not the right thing to do.”

Both he and Esler told the police if they could go back in time, that night would have been much different. Both have written letters of apology to Shannon’s family.

The case returns to court on Feb. 13 to set a date for sentencing, when there are expected to be at least seven victim impact statements. Pre-sentence reports were ordered for all three young men.

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OPP seeking Ignace man in connection with alleged sexual offences

Ignace members of the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating multiple alleged sexual offences against a person under 16.

Ignace members of the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating multiple alleged sexual offences against a person under 16 years of age that occurred in the Township of Ignace between Sept. 6, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Twenty four-year-old Nathan Nolet of Ignace is charged with the following offences:

1. Sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age contrary to Section 271 of the Criminal Code.

2. Sexual interference with a person under 16 years of age contrary to Section 151 of the Criminal Code.

3. Transmit sexually explicit material to a person under 16 years of age contrary to Section 171.1(1)(b) of the Criminal Code.

4. Luring a person under 16 years of age by means of telecommunication contrary to Section 172.1(1) (b) of the Criminal Code.

If you know the whereabouts of Nolet, you can contact the Ignace OPP at 934-2265 or 1-888-310-1122.

Source:CBC  OPP seeking Ignace man in connection with alleged sexual offences

Two kids taken to hospital after gas can catches fire, explodes: Halifax police | Metro Halifax

Both of the children from Spryfield suffered burns after playing with the gas can.

Two children were taken to hospital with burns on Monday after the gas can they were playing with caught fire and exploded.

Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Carole McIsaac told Metro in an email on Tuesday that police responded to a call Lavender Walk in Spryfield at 4:30 p.m. after a report of two children suffering from burns.

“Through the course of the investigation police determined that the children were playing outside with a container filled with gas, which caught on fire and exploded,” McIsaac said.

The children were taken to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

McIsaac said there’s no evidence of criminal activity and police have concluded their investigation.

Source: Two kids taken to hospital after gas can catches fire, explodes: Halifax police | Metro Halifax

Former teammate of 2 accused testifies in Thunder Bay sexual assault trial

WARNING: This story includes graphic details some readers may find disturbing

By Matthew Kupfer, CBC News Posted: Feb 05, 2018 7:51 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 05, 2018 7:51 PM ET

The evening of an alleged sexual assault at the centre of a trial involving two former members of the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees began with a victory party for the team and a connection through the Tinder dating app, according to the Crown’s first witness in the Thunder Bay trial.

Crown lawyer Marc Huneault questioned the witness, a former Gee-Gees hockey player and hotel roommate of Guillaume Donovan, one of the accused.

Donovan, now 27, and David Foucher, now 28, are being tried together. Each face an individual charge of sexual assault regarding an incident in a Thunder Bay hotel four years ago.

The victim’s identity is protected under a publication ban.

David Foucher Guillaume Donovan U of O hockey players charged

David Foucher, left, and Guillaume Donovan, right, were 24 and 25 years old, respectively, at the time of the alleged incident. (Geegees.ca men’s hockey roster)

The witness said after a night of drinking and partying he had consensual sex with the alleged victim, before the alleged sexual assaults.

On the night in question the Gee-Gees were celebrating an overtime win against Lakehead University’s Thunderwolves, he said.

He told court he messaged the alleged victim over Tinder and they met, danced and had some drinks at the local bar where the Gee-Gees players went after the game.

Several players, including both accused and he and the alleged victim were drunk, according to the witness. He had at least 10 rye-based drinks between the “pre-drink” and when he and the woman left the bar, he told court.

He says they had drinks and danced together. Witness says he doesn’t recall talking to Donovan or Foucher at the bar.

Witness says he had likely had 10-12 drinks (rye) that night before heading to the hotel. Says Foucher was between “not drunk”
and “hammered,” Donovan about the same.

He and the woman made it back to the hotel where the team was staying and they found another Gee-Gees player passed out in the hotel stairwell.

They tried to help him before making it back to the room the witness shared with Donovan and didn’t see anyone there, he said.

Accused appeared in room: witness

The witness said he and the woman had sex, but he said he stopped when he noticed Donovan was next to him in the space between their beds. ​He said he couldn’t recall if Donovan was clothed or not.

The witness said he got off the bed and went to put on his boxers in the washroom and turned to see the woman performing oral sex on Donovan. No words were exchanged between anyone in the room, according to the witness.

The man said he left the room and, after a period of time, saw Donovan and Foucher leaving the room where he’d left the woman.

He said he asked where she was and someone told her she had left. He reached out to her by a Tinder message and they met in the hotel stairwell after an exchange of messages. She was visibly “distraught,” he told the court.

The witness also told court the Gee-Gees head coach called a team meeting to talk about the heavy drinking that had sent one player to hospital and “concerns” involving a young woman between 4 and 6 a.m.

Defence lawyers will cross-examine the witness tomorrow.

Donovan, Foucher in courtroom

During the proceeding, Foucher and Donovan sat in the front row of the gallery.

Foucher wore a shirt and tie but no blazer and fixed his eyes on the lawyers and witness with no visible emotion. Foucher is represented by Montreal-based lawyer Celine Saint-Francois.

Donovan, wearing a dark suit and tie, was jotting down notes directly behind his defence lawyer, Christian Deslauriers.

They both formally repeated their pleas of “not guilty” in French at the beginning of the proceeding.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Chantal Brochu is presiding over the judge-only trial, which is taking place primarily in French, with some witnesses testifying in English.