Child rape trial of 90-year-old lottery winner stalls as lawyer claims it would kill him – Sexual Abuse Network of Canada

© Stan Behal/Postmedia News Peter Kaczmarczyk’s lawyer said the 90-year-old could suffer “sudden death” or stroke if exposed to the stress of trial. TORONTO — Peter Kaczmarczyk, a Polish veteran of the Second World War and retired Toronto cab driver, was already an old man when he won nearly $8 million in the lottery in 2010.…

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Georges St-Pierre agrees to fight UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping

TORONTO — The Canadian Press

 

Former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has confirmed he will make his long-awaited comeback against middleweight title-holder Michael Bisping on Nov. 4 at UFC 217 in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The 36-year-old from Montreal posted a photo on Instagram showing him smiling as he signed the bout agreement.

“Get ready for a big night in NYC!!!” he wrote.

St-Pierre has not fought since Nov. 16, 2013, when he won a slender split decision over Johny (Bigg Rigg) Hendricks at UFC 167.

St-Pierre (25-2-0) subsequently stepped away from the sport, saying his life had become “completely insane” and a “freaking zoo.” He kept training while on hiatus.

He signed a new contract in February, targeting England’s Bisping – and a step up in weight class – for his comeback. But he ran into a stumbling block in UFC president Dana White when he said he couldn’t fight until November because of an eye injury.

Instead, White said he would face the winner of the UFC 214 welterweight showdown between champion Tyron (The Chosen One) Woodley and No. 1 contender Demian Maia. Woodley won a drab five-round decision July 29 that set a record for the fewest strikes in a five-round title bout.

White went back to the original plan, matching St-Pierre against Bisping.

The 38-year-old Bisping is a brash Brit who once lived in his car as he tried to make money as a DJ and furniture-maker. He won the 185-pound title via a first-round knockout of American Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in June 2016.

He subsequently defended the title against Dan Henderson at UFC 204 last October. He has been sidelined by a knee injury since then.

Both Bisping (31-7-0) and St-Pierre campaigned to meet each other, knowing it was the biggest-money fight on the table.

North Korea’s missile could hit Canada, and we might not be protected: experts

North Korea hasn’t yet tested a missile that could threaten a major Canadian city.

But its recent test of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with a range of anywhere from 6,700 to 8,000 kilometres showed that the reclusive nation now has a weapon that could threaten parts of the Great White North along the border with Alaska, experts say.

And it may not be long before North Korea develops a missile that can threaten cities as far off as Toronto or Montreal, they added.

Coverage of North Korea on Globalnews.ca:

An ICBM is a missile designed for the launch of nuclear weaponry. With a nuke attached at its front, it can reach the upper limits of Earth’s atmosphere and hit targets in other continents.

The Hwasong-14 hit an altitude of 2,802 kilometres during its test on Tuesday, taking it to a height that could have put it in the ionosphere, the second-to-last layer of the planet’s atmosphere.

It landed about 933 kilometres from its launch site, falling in the waters of Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

READ MORE: North Korea claims to have tested ICBM that can carry nuclear warhead

Experts have offered varying estimates of the missile’s range.

David Wright of the Union of Concerned Scientists said the missile could traverse about 6,700 kilometres, which would mean the weapon could reach Alaska and about 200 to 300 kilometres of Canada near the state’s border.

Others have pegged the missile’s range at over 8,000 kilometres, which some say could put parts of the U.S. mainland in its crosshairs.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the test-launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 5, 2017.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the test-launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 5, 2017.

KCNA/via REUTERS

 

But Dinshaw Mistry, a politics professor at the University of Cincinnati, isn’t convinced that the missile could hit any part of the U.S. beyond Alaska yet.

Mistry authored Containing Missile Proliferation, a study of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which is an effort by various countries to restrain the spread of such weapons.

He told Global News that a range of 8,000 kilometres might not be enough to reach the continental U.S.

For that, a missile would need a range of anywhere between 10,000 and 11,000 kilometres, he said.

READ MORE: Kim Jong-un calls missile test a ‘gift’ to ‘American bastards’

And “it is reasonably likely” that North Korea could develop a missile like this, he told Global News.

“The only question is how quickly — perhaps not within six to 12 months but a first test could occur in 12 to 24 months, and after two to three successful tests that could take another 12 months, North Korea could have confidence in such a missile.”

At a range of 9,000 kilometres, a North Korean missile could reach the West Coast of North America, hitting B.C., Washington state, Oregon or California, Mistry said.

At 10,000 kilometres, a missile could hit most of Canada, including Montreal and Toronto, though it wouldn’t quite reach U.S. East Coast cities like Washington or New York.

But if North Korea managed to develop a missile with a range of anywhere between 10,500 and 11,000 kilometres, then it could hit Washington, New York and Boston, he said.

Whither missile defence?

The U.S. has a number of missile defence stations should an ICBM be launched toward North America’s West Coast.

One is located at the Fort Greeley military base north of Anchorage, Alaska, the other at Vandenberg Air Force Base outside Lompoc, Calif.

WATCH: The United States is threatening to take action as tensions with North Korea escalate. As Jackson Proskow reports, China is facing increasing pressure to impose sanctions, to avoid a broader military confrontation.

Their mission is to destroy any nuclear-tipped missiles that have been launched from bases such as North Korea or Iran, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

In the event of a launch, they would deploy “interceptor” missiles to destroy them, effectively “hitting a bullet with a bullet,” the UCS said.

Canada could be defended by the base in Alaska, Mistry said.

READ MORE: What is an intercontinental ballistic missile and how far can it travel?

But the U.S. missile defence system’s effectiveness is very much an open question, it added.

The system is “hugely expensive, ineffective, and offers no proven capability to protect the United States,” let alone Canada.

One issue is that aggressor countries can use decoys that fool defense systems and prevent interceptor missiles from destroying incoming weapons, the UCS said.

Meanwhile, “cooled shrouds” can reduce a weapon’s temperature and help it bypass any interceptors.

Mistry said interceptors launched from Alaska and California have only had a 50 to 60 per cent success rate, “so one cannot have high confidence that they are operationally reliable.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts with scientists and technicians of the DPRK Academy of Defence Science after the test-launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July, 5, 2017.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts with scientists and technicians of the DPRK Academy of Defence Science after the test-launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July, 5, 2017.

KCNA/via REUTERS

Andre Gerolymatos, an SFU professor and member of the Canadian Advisory Council on National Security, believes that North Korea’s recent missile test boils down to diplomatic posturing, and ensuring the country has the “security of nuclear weapons,” rather than preparation for an imminent attack.

“If you attack us, we’re going to go down fighting. If you attack us, we’ll take out at least one of your cities,” he said.

The country’s missiles exist to “prevent regime change in North Korea,” Gerolymatos added.

He said North Korea doesn’t want to end up like deceased Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi did, when he renounced weapons of mass destruction.

That made him an “easy person to get rid of,” Gerolymatos said. And indeed, last year, North Korea defended one of its nuclear tests by citing the examples of both Gadhafi and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

“The Saddam Huseein regime in Iraq and the Gadhafi regime in Libya could not escape the fate of destruction after being deprived of their foundations for nuclear development and givingup nuclear programmes of their own accord,” it said, in a statement quoted by AFP.

Expecting North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions would be as pointless as “wishing to see the sky fall,” it said.

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Bogus traffic stops lead RCMP to charge man with posing as police officer

Police are asking for public assistance to find this grey, 2015 Chevrolet Suburban with Alberta licence plate BWL 2384. (Westlock RCMP)

 CBC News Posted: Aug 09, 2017 2:34 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017 2:34 PM MT

One driver asked to submit to ‘thumb scan’ on device carried by suspect, police say

A St. Albert man has been charged with two counts of personation of a peace officer after a pair of drivers were pulled over by an SUV flashing red and blue lights.

In one case, the driver was asked to submit to a “thumb scan” on a device carried by the suspect, police said in a news release Wednesday.

Westlock RCMP said they received a report on July 27 from a driver who had been involved in an alleged “traffic stop” conducted by a man who presented himself as a police officer.

The driver told police a light-coloured sport utility vehicle had followed him from Westlock and activated red and blue lights as their vehicles neared Fawcett, Alta., about 50 kilometres north of Westlock.

The driver pulled over to the side of the road. A man got out of the SUV and “presented himself as a police officer,” RCMP said.

The driver was told he had been pulled over for a traffic violation. He was asked to show his driver’s licence, vehicle registration and insurance.

“The documentation was returned to the complainant, who was then asked to have their thumb ‘scanned’ by a device presented by the man in question,” police said.

Two days later, on July 29, Westlock RCMP received a complaint from the driver of a truck and trailer who had also been pulled over by a SUV similar to the one described in the first incident.

Again, the driver had been stopped near Fawcett by a man driving a light-coloured SUV.

In both cases, the complainants were unharmed.

During their investigation, police searched a St. Albert home and seized undisclosed evidence.

A 36-year-old St. Albert resident has been charged with two counts of personating a peace officer. He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Westlock on Aug. 23.

Police are asking for help in locating a grey 2015 Chevrolet Suburban with black push-bars on the front bumper, tinted windows and black rims. The truck has Alberta licence plate BWL 2384.

Police said the truck is registered to the man who has been charged

 

Source : http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/bogus-traffic-stops-lead-rcmp-to-charge-man-with-posing-as-police-officer-1.4240789?cmp=rss

Cops impound Audi R8 after slamming the brakes on speedy test drive

Photo: @TPSMotorSquad

by NEWS STAFF

Posted Aug 9, 2017 4:05 pm EDT

Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm EDT

The acceleration works fine, but the potential sale of a pricey sports car has been slowed down by at least a week.

That’s how long a 2017 Audi R8 will be impounded after a test drive gone wrong on Highway 427 Wednesday morning.

Police say a 30-year-old man was taking the sleek red sports car for a test spin when he was clocked at 157 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.

A motorcycle cop pulled the car over near Eva Road with a sheepish salesperson in the passenger seat.

The driver was charged with stunt driving and had his licence suspended for seven days. That’s also how long the vehicle, valued at around $200,000, will be impounded.

“Should have taken it to the track,” police tweeted. “Now we are taking it to the pound.”

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Test driving an Audi R8?

Should have taken it to the track.

Now we are taking it to the pound.

150+ on Hwy 427.

Source : http://www.680news.com/2017/08/09/cops-impound-audi-r8-after-slamming-the-breaks-on-speedy-test-drive-httpow-lypyse30eic2g/

Saskatoon weather outlook: wild weather moves out, drier days ahead

People canoeing in the streets of Saskatoon on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

People canoeing in the streets of Saskatoon on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Courtesy Mathea Chinn

Story highlights

Tuesday storm report

Mostly sunny Wednesday

Clouds return Thursday

Warm up ahead

After a wild start to the work week with torrential rain slamming the city with flooding, calmer conditions move in for the rest of the Saskatoon Ex!

Storm Report

Up to 57 millimetres of rain was reported in parts of Saskatoon on Tuesday as heavy rain caused flash flooding across the city.

The culprit – slow moving thunderstorms on the north side of a low pressure system that tracked just south of the city.

READ MORE: Flash flooding in Saskatoon as storm hits city

Heavy rain drenched the Nutana district of Saskatoon with over 50 mm in a one-hour period at an unofficial station near Taylor Street and Preston Avenue.

Heaviest rain was reported in the Nutana area of Saskatoon.

Heaviest rain was reported in the Nutana area of Saskatoon.

SkyTracker Weather

There were numerous reports of flooded streets and basements.

Streets were turned into rivers in parts of Saskatoon on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Streets were turned into rivers in parts of Saskatoon on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Courtesy Tanis Pearson

Funnel clouds were also reported as the thunderstorms first developed.

READ MORE: Severe thunderstorms rip through Saskatoon bringing flash flooding

Up to 44 mm of rain was also reported at Last Mountain, 35 mm in Wynyard and 22 mm in North Battleford.

Saskatoon Forecast

Today

After a wild start to the work week, calmer conditions moved in on Wednesday.

Temperatures started out a bit cool, around 7 degrees, but quickly warmed up into the low 20s by late morning under mostly sunny skies.

Much calmer & drier day in Saskatoon under mostly sunny skies this

Predominantly sunny skies will stick around for the rest of the day with an afternoon high a few more degrees into the 20s.

Tonight

Clear skies will stick around tonight as we cool down into single digits by a degree or so.

Thursday

High pressure moving out will keep skies clear to start the day Thursday, but we’ll see some cloud cover building in later on as we warm up to a high in the mid 20s.

UV index will be high, especially to start, so be sure to slap on some sunscreen if heading out to Canada 150 Day at the Saskatoon Ex.

High pressure helps keep skies clear into Thursday.

High pressure helps keep skies clear into Thursday.

SkyTracker Weather

Friday

A weak upper low swinging through Friday will bring in mostly cloudy skies with a chance of showers, particularly early in the day.

Despite the rain, we’re hoping to make it up to a high in the mid 20s once again by afternoon.

A chance of more rain moves into the forecast on Friday.

A chance of more rain moves into the forecast on Friday.

SkyTracker Weather

Work Week Outlook

A few clouds are likely to stick around on Saturday before we clear out and get back into sunshine for Sunday as a short-lived upper ridge pokes in with daytime highs around 27 degree both days.

Here is your Saskatoon SkyTracker 7-Day Weather Forecast.

Here is your Saskatoon SkyTracker 7-Day Weather Forecast.

SkyTracker Weather

Ryan Wunsch took this Your Saskatchewan photo west of Stoughton:

Ryan Wunsch took this Aug. 9 Your Saskatchewan photo west of Stoughton.

Ryan Wunsch took this Aug. 9 Your Saskatchewan photo west of Stoughton.

Ryan Wunsch / Supplied

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Derek Saretzky sentenced to 75 years without parole for murders of toddler, her father and senior

WARNING: Story contains graphic details that may be disturbing to some readers

By Meghan Grant, Robson Fletcher, CBC News Posted: Aug 09, 2017 4:01 AM MT Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017 12:46 PM MT

 

There were no outbursts, just quiet crying from the families of a triple murderer and his victims as Derek Saretzky was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 75 years for his “abominable” actions in killing a southern Alberta toddler, her father and an elderly woman.

“It’s the best we could hope for,” said Bill Blanchette outside the courtroom.

Blanchette discovered his son’s bloodied body in September 2015, which triggered an Amber Alert for Terry Blanchette’s missing two-year-old, Hailey Dunbar Blanchette. It was called off the next day when Saretzky confessed to killing both the father and toddler and took police to the rural area where he says he strangled the child.

Police would later discover Saretzky had also murdered Hanne Meketech, 69, just days earlier.

In the courtroom on Wednesday, Saretzky’s parents and brother embraced and sobbed after the sentence was handed down. Several of Saretzky’s family members, including his father, were witnesses for the prosecution, giving evidence that helped convict the triple murderer. They were praised by the judge for the virtue they displayed throughout the trial.

Saretzky’s sentence, handed down by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice William Tilleman in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday is one of the stiffest sentences in Canada since the death penalty was abolished.

With credit for time served in pre-trial custody, the sentence means the 24-year-old will have to wait 73 years until he is eligible for parole.

In June, a jury found Saretzky guilty of three counts of first-degree murder for the 2015 slayings of Blanchette, 27, his daughter, Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, and Hanne Meketech, 69, in the Crowsnest Pass region of southern Alberta.

Jurors also found him guilty of committing an indignity to the toddler’s body, which was dismembered and burned.

Saretzky received a five-year, concurrent sentence for that crime.

Jurors show up for conclusion of case

Several of the jurors were in the courtroom for the sentencing and handed around a box of tissues in the hallway afterwards.

In announcing the sentence, Tilleman said Saretzky’s actions were “simply abominable” and had caused “grave injury to his entire community.”

The family members of the victims have lived through “a real horror story,” the judge said.

Saretzky stood as Tilleman sentenced him, showing no visible emotion.

‘This chapter is now closed’

Crown prosecutor Photini Papadatou thanked the jury for “their equanimity, their professionalism and their dedication” while sitting through weeks of often gruesome evidence presented during the trial.

Papadatou echoed Tilleman’s hope that the sentence would help the community of Crowsnest Pass move forward.

“This chapter is now closed and it’s time for the community to heal and to put themselves back together again,” she said.

Photini Papadatou

Crown prosecutor Photini Papadatou speaks to reporters outside the courthouse in Lethbridge, Alta. (Meghan Grant/CBC)

Defence lawyer Patrick Edgerton had asked for a 25-year sentence for his client but said he wasn’t surprised by the judge’s decision to hand down a 75-year sentence, “given the current state of the law.”

“It is, of course, not what Mr. Saretzky was hoping for but it’s not a great surprise,” he said.

Edgerton said Saretzky is still “processing” the sentence.

“He didn’t have a great deal to say about it. He has some reflection to deal with over the next few days.”

Consecutive parole ineligibilities

Consecutive parole ineligibilities are relatively new to Canadian law.

Since the Conservative government brought in the legislation, three triple murderers have been sentenced to life in prison with no parole for at least 75 years, including:

Edgerton had asked the judge to consider a 25-year parole ineligibility, arguing 75 years would be a “crushing” and “unduly long and harsh” sentence and wouldn’t motivate his client to be a model inmate.

“Giving an inmate the possibility of living to their parole eligibility date is important,” wrote Edgerton in his argument. “It will also promote the safety of other inmates and prison personnel.”

Edgerton said it would be up to his client whether to appeal the conviction and sentence.

Saretzky re-enacted killing

The jury deliberated for three hours after hearing nearly three weeks of testimony in June. Some of the key evidence was in videos where Saretzky not only confessed to all three killings, he also re-enacted the toddler’s murder.

Meketech was a former neighbour of Saretzky’s. On Sept. 9, 2015, Saretzky said, he broke into her home after dark, and attacked her with a baseball bat and knife. The senior’s body was found on her bedroom floor.

Five days later, Saretzky told police, he broke into Blanchette’s home, killed him with a crowbar and a knife, and took the sleeping child from her crib. He then drove her to a rural property owned by some of his family members.

Saretzky said he strangled the girl before he performed acts of cannibalism and burned her remains. For that, he was also convicted on a charge of indignity to a body.

Derek Saretzky re-enactment

Derek Saretzky at the location where he says he killed and dismembered Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette in this image from police video. (Court exhibit )

In the firepit ashes, police recovered hundreds of bone and tooth fragments belonging to a child. Hailey’s blood was also found on a toy and in a metal pot nearby and on a pair of boots seized from Saretzky’s apartment.

As for a motive, Saretzky told police he had feelings for Cheyenne Dunbar, Hailey’s mother and Blanchette’s ex-girlfriend. He said that the night he broke into Blanchette’s home, he didn’t know Dunbar was no longer living there with her daughter.

Family members of the father and daughter described Saretzky in their victim impact statements as a “beast” whose actions will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

When police asked Saretzky if he had killed Meketech as practice ahead of the slayings of the father and daughter, he confirmed he had. He also said he didn’t think anyone would miss Meketech.

Throughout the trial, several of her friends showed up at the Lethbridge courthouse.


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Nova Scotia doctor disciplined in ‘death by 1,000 laxatives’ case

Patient Isabel Palmeter was being treated for constipation before doctors found a cancerous tumour

By Blair Rhodes, CBC News Posted: Aug 09, 2017 6:30 AM AT Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017 3:20 PM AT

 

A woman who described her treatment at a rural Nova Scotia hospital as “death by a thousand laxatives” has been successful in her complaint against the lead doctor who mistook cancer for constipation.

Even though she survived her ordeal, Isabel Palmeter never lived to see the decision issued this month by the College of Physicians and Surgeons against Dr. Mark Kazimirski. Palmeter died in November after a second battle with cancer at the age of 86.

The college — the body that regulates doctors in the province —  reprimanded Kazimirski for failing to meet the expected standard of care for Palmeter after she was admitted to the Hants Community Hospital in the town of Windsor, N.S., on Jan. 31, 2015, complaining of intense abdominal pain.

Palmeter had gone to the hospital earlier in the day with similar symptoms and was prescribed a laxative by another doctor. Though her condition didn’t improve, Kazimirski prescribed enemas, IV fluids and more laxatives for constipation once Palmeter was in his care.

Isabel Palmeter issued a complaint about doctor's treatment

Isabel Palmeter died last November after a second battle with cancer at the age of 86. (Dale Palmeter)

‘Inadequate’ assessment

“Dr. Kazimirski failed to entertain a higher degree of suspicion for bowel obstruction in a previously healthy elderly woman with no results from ongoing treatment for constipation,” the college said in a disciplinary decision dated Aug. 3, calling the physician’s actions “inadequate.”

Kazimirski transferred Palmeter days later to the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax as her condition deteriorated.

By the time she arrived in an ambulance, doctors told her family she was about an hour from death, recalled her son.

“The doctor [Kazimirski] made an assumption of what was wrong and then held to it until she was practically dead,” Dale Palmeter said in an interview.

Tumour discovered

Physicians in Halifax found a cancerous tumour that required months of chemotherapy, he said. His mother ended up having multiple surgical procedures, the decision notes, including having her ovaries, fallopian tubes and most of her colon removed. She also required an ostomy.

Isabel Palmeter

Dale Palmeter described his mother Isabel as a regular gym-goer who liked to golf in the summer and curl in winter. (Dale Palmeter)

Palmeter said he didn’t realize his mother was in distress until Kazimirski called and asked if he thought she would want surgery.

“I did not know what the problem was,” said Palmeter, who described his mother as a regular gym-goer who liked to golf in the summer and curl in winter.

“I simply knew that my mother had gone into that hospital a very well person, presenting herself as very well with some discomfort resulting from what later was found to be a blockage.”​

Wasted time

As Palmeter sees it, the problem with his mother’s treatment was that she was kept in the Windsor hospital too long, when she should have been sent somewhere with a CT scan to determine what was wrong with her.

“She should have been sent to Halifax where they could have done the scan to determine what the obstruction was,” he said.

As soon as Isabel Palmeter recovered from the surgery she received in Halifax, she filed a complaint against Kazimirski.

Multiple failures

In its decision, the college found several shortcomings in Kazimirski’s assessment and treatment of Palmeter, including:

  • Failing to adequately conduct and document a physical examination.
  • Failing to appropriately address ongoing complaints of abdominal pain.
  • Failing to expedite a CT scan when there was a clear indication to do so.
  • Failing to adequately communicate with the complainant regarding her treatment and progress.

Kazimirski was ordered to undergo additional training in medical record-keeping and his practice will be audited six months after he completes that training.

‘Very sound physician’

When asked for comment, Kazimirski’s office referred CBC News to Halifax lawyer Brian Downie.

“Dr. Kazimirski is a wonderful guy, tremendous physician, has given and continues to give great service to the people of Windsor,” Downie said in a brief phone interview.

“Difficult things happen from time to time and he’s moving on. He’s a very, very sound physician and really, I think that’s all we’d want to convey.”

Dr. Mark Kazimirski

Dr. Mark Kazimirski’s lawyer described him as a ‘wonderful guy, tremendous physician.’ (Mark Kazimirski/Facebook)

Previous troubles

This is not the first time Kazimirski has been in trouble with the college.

He was reprimanded in 2006 when he billed MSI, the province’s medical insurance program, for procedures that were performed by a medical graduate he was observing.

Kazimirski was ordered to repay the money he had collected.

Looking to the future

For Dale Palmeter, his mother’s case may carry a broader lesson about ensuring patients receive the appropriate level of care in a facility that’s equipped to do so.

“I think small rural hospitals are perhaps best serving as clinics of some sort,” he said.

“We can’t probably afford the same staff and diagnostic equipment that you might have in Halifax in every small hospital in every little community in the province — I don’t think that it’s feasible.

“And given that it’s not, then don’t pretend that you can provide that level of care to patients … transfer them quickly to facilities where those services are available. And in this case, it’s 40 minutes down the road.”

The Nova Scotia Health Authority, which is in charge of the Hants Community Hospital, issued a brief statement saying it was aware of the college’s decision and respects it.

Fentanyl exposure endangering prison guards in Alberta

CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017 11:27AM EDT 

Union officials in Alberta say the fentanyl crisis is spreading to prisons, where a number of correctional officers came in contact with the potentially deadly opioid in recent weeks.

Jason Godin, president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers, said that, in mid-July, six prison guards at the Edmonton Institution came into contact with fentanyl. Two were taken to hospital, and one required naloxone, medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

At the Bowden Institution just outside Red Deer, Alta., a correctional officer was hospitalized for 48 hours after being exposed to fentanyl, the union said.

Despite regular searches and security protocols, drugs still make their way into prisons across Canada. Some people go as far as using drones to deliver drugs to prisons, Godin said.

He said prison guards come into contact with fentanyl by conducting searches, performing CPR on inmates, sorting through mail or in other ways.

“That heightened (opioid) crisis is now reaching us in the institutional setting as well,” he told CTV Edmonton.

Godin said the union wants to see changes in prison rules when it comes to dealing with unknown, suspicious substances. He said police officers start taking safety precautions when dealing with just one gram of a potential drug, but that threshold is higher for prison guards, at three grams.

“The fentanyl coming into our facilities can be as lethal as on the streets,” he said.

In a statement to CTV Edmonton, Correctional Service of Canada said it recently issued protocol to frontline staff on the “handling, testing, storage, and disposal of highly toxic substances.”

“CSC recognizes the challenges associated with working in a correctional environment and is committed to providing a workplace that is conducive to the health and safety of all of its employees,” the statement said.

The escalating number of fentanyl overdoses across the country has prompted many front-line emergency responders to carry naloxone kits in case a patient needs the life-saving medicine. Police officers, paramedics and firefighters have also expressed concern about their own exposure to fentanyl while responding to overdose calls.

With a report from CTV Edmonton’s Angela Jung

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Shooting

August 9, 2017

 Fredericton, New Brunswick

News release

Crime Stoppers and the Fredericton Police Force are looking for the person(s) responsible for a shooting on the south side that left one man injured.

On August 24, 2016, shortly after 4:00 a.m., a man was shot by another man on Saunders Street in Fredericton, N.B. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.

The shooter is described as being a man approximately 25 years old, medium build with very short black hair.

If you have any information concerning this shooting but wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIP212 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637), or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime.

 

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Contact information

N.B. Crime Stoppers Inc.
506-452-4105