A lawyer for eight news media outlets is challenging the decisions of a Nova Scotia Provincial Court judge who authorized heavy redactions of RCMP search warrants connected to the mass shooting in April that claimed 22 lives.
David Coles submitted an application today for a judicial review of decisions Judge Laurel Halfpenny-MacQuarrie made last month, arguing she had exceeded her jurisdiction.
Coles’ application says the judge went too far in authorizing permanent and temporary redactions in the documents and that the media have been denied the right to argue against those decisions.
The lawyer says the judge has declined to unseal information based on what he says is speculation unsupported by the evidence.
The RCMP have released several search warrants and production orders since their investigation began regarding the April 18-19 killings, but most of the documents remain heavily redacted.
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Search warrants are supposed to be made public after they have been executed, with some exceptions, but in this case the Crown has produced documents that are largely blacked out and beyond public scrutiny.
Crown attorneys Mark Heerema and Shauna MacDonald have argued that certain information – including the models of guns the killer used – should remain sealed for six months.
They say the content pertaining to innocent persons should be sealed permanently.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 31, 2020.
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RETRANSMISSION – MEDIA AVAILABILITY: CN Police officers available for media interviews during Rail Safety Week – GlobeNewswire
MONTREAL, Sept. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) is offering members of the media the opportunity to talk with uniformed police officers during Rail Safety Week, from September 21-27, about the importance of rail safety at crossings and the dangers of trespassing.
Members of the CN Police Service will be available for media interviews throughout the week. Providing that social distancing be respected or in a virtual manner, we invite media outlets to contact CN to arrange onsite, in studio or on air interviews. The CN media relations team is also happy to offer visual elements for on camera interviews.
CN will mark Rail Safety Week with a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing the number of collisions and trespassing-related accidents. Throughout the week, CN Police will conduct safety initiatives at commuter stations and railway crossings reminding commuters and motorists about the importance of safety at crossings and the deadly risks of trespassing on railway tracks and property.
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Brooks death prompts warning not to spread misinformation on social media – CHAT News Today
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Sep 20, 2020 5:28 PM
BROOKS, AB- The death of an elderly man due to natural causes Saturday has prompted the Brooks RCMP and the City to advise residents not to spread misinformation on social media.
According to the Brooks RCMP, EMS responded to a medical distress call near the Circle K at around 8 p.m. Saturday. The death was non-criminal in nature, and RCMP were called out to assist as part of joint response–something RCMP say is typical in cases involving the deceased. But what soon followed, set off a flurry of concern from the public.
“ Unfortunately someone took photographs of the emergency vehicles and posted that on social media, and as well made comments that it was a shooting, and a male was deceased because of that shooting. So that information was totally inaccurate and inappropriate,” said Brooks RCMP Cpl. Rob Harms.
The post on Facebook which showed three RCMP cruisers was also viewed by family members of the elderly man.
Media advisory – Media technical briefing on Hurricane Teddy Français – Canada NewsWire
DARTMOUTH, NS, Sept. 20, 2020 /CNW/ – Media representatives are advised that the Canadian Hurricane Centre will provide an update on Hurricane Teddy on Monday, September 21, 2020. Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Bob Robichaud will discuss the latest information about the storm.
Given the current restrictions with COVID-19, the briefing will be held by teleconference.
Event: Technical briefing (bilingual)
Date: Monday, September 21, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ADT)
Phone: 1-866-805-7923 / 1-613-960-7518
Media will have the opportunity to ask questions. Media are asked to call 15 minutes before the briefing to register. Late registrants may not be able to join the conference.
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free), [email protected]
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