Suspects confessed to 3 B.C. murders - Canadanewsmedia
Connect with us

News

Suspects confessed to 3 B.C. murders

Published

on

TORONTO – The RCMP said two suspects took responsibility for three homicides in British Columbia via six video recordings they left behind before killing themselves.

The murders sparked a massive manhunt across Western Canada over the summer which ended when the bodies of 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky were found on Aug. 7.

The RCMP, which released its investigative findings on Friday, said Schmegelsky and McLeod confessed to the murders of three people but expressed no remorse.

“They were cold, they were remorseless, matter-of-fact,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Kevin Hackett.

McLeod and Schmegelsky were charged in the deaths of a couple, American Chynna Deese, 24, and her Australian boyfriend Lucas Fowler, 23, as well as 64-year-old Leonard Dyck, a botany lecturer at the University of British Columbia.

Deese and Fowler were found on July 15 along the Alaska Highway in northern B.C., while Dyck’s body was discovered at a highway pullout days later, more than 450 km away.

Schmegelsky and McLeod, who were initially reported as missing, were found more than 3,000 km away in the Manitoba wilderness. The two suspects, who died from self-inflicted gun wounds, were already dead for several days when their bodies were discovered, according to police.

The case shocked Canadians and drew international attention as authorities followed the suspects’ trail across remote parts of Western Canada. The search concentrated around the northern Manitoba community of Gillam after a burned out Toyota RAV4 connected to Schmegelsky and McLeod was found in the area shortly after the police named them as suspects.

More to come…

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

News

Lieutenant governor urged to withhold assent on bill 22

Published

on

By

NDP leader Rachel Notley has asked Alberta’s lieutenant-governor to deny assent of Bill 22, controversial legislation introduced Monday that would fire Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson in the middle of his investigation into the UCP leadership race.

The race was won by Premier Jason Kenney in October 2017.

Gibson has been focusing on the so-called “kamikaze” leadership bid of Jeff Callaway since he took office last year and has laid more than $200,000 in fines against 15 people involved.

The Callaway and Kenney campaigns are alleged to have conspired to bring down Kenney’s main opponent Brian Jean. Both men deny the collaboration.

Notley sent a letter on Tuesday to Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell urging her to take action on a bill Notley calls a “misuse of the authority of the legislature” and “a threat to our democratic institutions” — particularly since the government has moved to limit time for debate.

Position would be terminated

“While I recognize that it is unusual for the lieutenant-governor to exercise this authority, I am convinced that the exceptional nature of this proposed legislation calls for such extraordinary measures,” Notley writes.

The move to fire Gibson is part of Bill 22, an omnibus-style bill introduced Monday.

The proposed legislation would dissolve the independent office of the election commissioner and change the scope of the position so it reports to Chief Electoral Officer Glen Resler.

Gibson’s contract, which was in place until 2023, would be terminated upon passage and royal assent of the bill.

The government claims the move achieves greater efficiency and saves $1 million over five years.

Critics say that by removing Gibson, Premier Jason Kenney is thwarting additional investigations into the race.

Finance Minister Travis Toews, the minister responsible for Bill 22, said Resler is free to rehire Gibson if he chooses. Toews said the change will have no effect on ongoing investigations.

The NDP will also seek an emergency debate on the bill Tuesday afternoon. Since the UCP has a majority in the Alberta legislature, the request likely will not be granted.

Notley said on Monday the NDP caucus will also be seeking advice on what legal steps can be taken to stop the government from firing Gibson.

Source link

Continue Reading

News

Snowfall hits Calgary, surrounding area

Published

on

By

Calgary drivers are in for a slow and slippery morning commute as the city gets a little blast of winter weather.

Calgary is expected to see 10 to 15 centimetres of snowfall on Tuesday, according to a warning from Environment Canada.

The agency says a low pressure system swept into southwestern Alberta late Monday and tracked east early Tuesday morning.

The snow is expected to taper off by Wednesday morning.

“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” the warning read.

Traffic was slow on Parkdale Boulevard N.W. as snow continued to fall Tuesday morning. (Scott Crowson/CBC)

The Calgary International Airport is reminding travellers to arrive early and check for any flight-schedule changes due to the snowfall.

Calgary Transit says two bus routes — No. 6 and No. 20 — have been detoured because of the snowfall.

Police said there were six collisions on city streets between midnight and 6:30 a.m.

The snowfall warning also covers:

  • Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds and Sundre.
  • Okotoks, High River and Claresholm.
  • Brooks, Strathmore and Vulcan.
  • Medicine Hat, Bow Island and Suffield.

A complete list of weather warnings can be viewed on Environment Canada’s website.

Rachelle McNiel shovels snow on the sidewalk outside her home on 27th Street N.W. on Tuesday. (Scott Crowson/CBC)

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source link

Continue Reading

News

François-Philippe Champagne to be Canada’s next foreign affairs minister

Published

on

By

François-Philippe Champagne will be Canada’s new foreign affairs minister, CBC-Radio-Canada has learned.

Champagne, who served as the minister of infrastructure and communities in the last Parliament, will replace Chrystia Freeland as Canada’s top diplomat, tasked with stickhandling the sensitive U.S. and China files.

It’s not yet known where Freeland will be moved, but she is expected to preside over a crucial domestic role as regional tensions rise across the country.

Champagne, a former trade lawyer, has served as minister of international trade in the past.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will formally unveil his new cabinet at a ceremony at Rideau Hall Wednesday afternoon.

Radio-Canada is also reporting that Jonathan Wilkinson will be the new environment minister.

Pablo Rodriguez will be the government house leader, in charge of working with opposition parties and keeping the parliamentary agenda on track. It’s a position that takes on heightened importance in a minority government.

Steven Guilbeault, a high-profile Quebec environmental activist, will be the new heritage minister, according to sources with knowledge of the appointments who spoke to CBC-Radio Canada. The sources spoke on condition they not be named because they were not authorized to comment.

Source link

Continue Reading

Stay up to date

Subscribe for email updates

Trending