Arrest made in connection with suspicious Chetwynd townhouse fire

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Police in Chetwynd have made an arrest following a townhouse fire on Wednesday night.On June 15th at approximately 9:44 pm, the Chetwynd RCMP responded to a structural fire at a townhouse complex. Upon arrival, two adult residents of the townhouse were located outside, although it was unclear if a third occupant was still inside. The third occupant was later found to have made it safely out of the residence.One of the residents of the townhouse sustained minor injuries while attempting to escape the fire, and an officer suffered from smoke inhalation after attempting to locate the third occupant who was unaccounted for inside the home.- Advertisement -An RCMP Fire Investigator and local Fire Department members determined after an investigation that the fire was suspicious in nature.A 20 year-old resident of the townhouse, whose name has not been released, has been arrested and may be facing charges of Arson with Disregard for Human Life, Mischief Endangering Life and Mischief over $5000. The suspect is scheduled to appear in a Dawson Creek courtroom later today.last_img read more

Man apologizes for kissing RadioCanada reporter on live TV at Montreal concert

first_imgMONTREAL – An unidentified man who kissed a Radio-Canada reporter on the cheek without her consent during a live broadcast last Friday has apologized for his actions.Journalist Valerie-Micaela Bain also said late Monday that she wouldn’t file a criminal complaint after she received the unwanted embrace from a concert-goer as she went live from Montreal’s Osheaga music festival last Friday.Startled, she shoved him away and yelled at him before calmly continuing her report.She later posted photos and video of the man to Facebook in an effort to track him down, making clear she found it neither adorable or flattering.“In the end I would like him to understand why his gesture is unacceptable,” she wrote.Bain took to social media again Monday evening, publishing an apology she received from the man — a father of two who said he was ashamed and regretted the unwanted gesture.In a note to the reporter, he admitted he’d gone too far in his actions, explaining he did it to try to get a laugh out of his entourage.“I sent as a message that it was funny, even normal, to kiss a journalist during a report on the cheek,” he wrote asking forgiveness. “I can not find any words that justifies my gesture.”The federation representing Quebec journalists says the public needs to be reminded such behaviour is unacceptable.Stephane Giroux, head of the Quebec journalists’ federation, believes it was a clear-cut case of sexual harassment.“You would not do that to a random person on the street,” Giroux said Monday. “What makes you think you can do this to a reporter on television doing her work?“For me, it’s mind-boggling that an adult male would think that he has a right to do this.”The incident follows others in which on-camera female reporters were heckled with a notorious vulgar phrase, often abbreviated to “FHRITP.”There have been several cases in North America, including one involving a heckler screaming it at a reporter covering a Toronto FC soccer game.Some newsrooms across the country have instituted procedures and guidelines, with some hiring private security.“I don’t think it should (have to) be that way,” Giroux said.“I think adults should have a lot more judgment than that.”Bain said she now considers the matter closed, but hopes there’s a lesson learned from it.“I hope that this incident will remind us that we must not trivialize attacks as small as they are,” she wrote.— Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitterlast_img read more

Ontario activist still wants to proceed with Cleveland Indians complaint

first_imgAn Indigenous activist says he’d like to go ahead with human rights complaints against the Cleveland Indians despite a recent announcement that the baseball team would be changing its controversial logo.Douglas Cardinal says the decision to remove the image of the fictional Chief Wahoo from a team logo is a step in the right direction, but argues the team’s name is still racist and demeaning to Indigenous people.The Ontario-based architect has filed human rights complaints both at the federal and provincial level in a bid to prevent the team from using either its name or the Wahoo logo while playing baseball games in Canada.Major League Baseball, the Cleveland Indians team and Rogers Communications, all of which were named in the initial complaints, have been fighting to get the cases quashed.Cardinal says he still hopes to press ahead with his complaints despite the fact that Chief Wahoo will no longer appear on team caps or shirts starting in 2019.Major League Baseball says the decision to scrap the red-skinned, feather-wearing cartoon image came from the league’s commitment to “building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game.”Cardinal credits the league for making the right decision, but says it’s still important to fight against the Cleveland team’s name.“You have to watch it on TV and go to the sports arena and be demeaned to,” Cardinal said of the team name. “We just want to get rid of the logo, the name and everything, the whole reference.”Law firm Lenczner Slaght, which is shepherding Cardinal’s complaints through various tribunal processes, issued a statement celebrating Major League Baseball’s decision to do away with the Chief Wahoo image.But lawyer Monique Jilesen said the firm is still considering “all the implications” of the decision for their case, adding lawyers will be discussing the situation with Cardinal in the coming days.Cardinal first filed a complaint against the team in October 2016 at the height of a playoff series that pitted the Indians against the Toronto Blue Jays, Canada’s sole MLB team.Cardinal alleged the Cleveland team’s name and the Wahoo logo amounted to racial discrimination against Indigenous viewers and violated both provincial and national human rights legislation.He also unsuccessfully sought an injunction that would have barred the team from using its name or logo during playoff games held in Toronto for the duration of the series.His two human rights complaints touched off a round of legal wrangling centred on whether tribunals were the appropriate forum for Cardinal’s concerns.Jilesen said it is still not known whether the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will hear the federal case. But in Ontario, parties named in Cardinal’s complaint contended that the provincial tribunal did not have jurisdiction over the issues at play.An Ontario tribunal decision from last May said MLB and Rogers argued that the application sought to “restrict the use in Ontario of federally-registered trade-marks,” saying the matter should be dealt with as a trademark issue. Even if it did raise human rights issues, they argued, those issues fell under federal rather than provincial jurisdiction.Adjudicator Jo-Anne Pickel ultimately dismissed those arguments and ruled that the provincial tribunal would hear the case. Jilesen said hearing dates have already been set for this July.Word of Chief Wahoo’s demise came on Monday when Major League Baseball issued a statement saying it had reached an agreement with the team to scrap the logo that featured prominently on team caps and jerseys since 1947. The team has been transitioning away from Chief Wahoo in recent years, switching to a block “C” in many areas.The statement said league Commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan agreed that the cartoonish image was “no longer appropriate for on-field use.”But the logo won’t disappear entirely, as the team still has the right to sell merchandise branded with the polarizing image in the Cleveland area. So while Chief Wahoo may not appear on the field, the grinning caricature will likely still be visible in stadium seats.— with files from the Associated Presslast_img read more

BC CFS moves in to seize 90minuteold baby on report of neglect

first_img“Baby H” was taken from parents 90 minutes after being born. (Submitted photo)Melissa RidgenAPTN NewsAn hour and a half after enduring a C-section delivery at a Kamloops hospital, an Indigenous couple was exhausted but elated as they met their baby girl – a first child for both.But their joy was short-lived when an hour and a half after she was born, social workers came in to take Baby H, saying they’d had a report of neglect.“They were shocked,” said the paternal grandfather, who questions how one could be labelled neglectful and have someone issue a birth alert to apprehend in just 90 minutes.“Luckily the (maternal) grandmother was there and she held them off, at least for a while.”APTN News isn’t naming the baby or the family as the child remains in the foster system.Two days later, on June 14, social workers came back, reportedly two hours late for a meeting that had been scheduled with the family.But the mother was asleep from a sedative medical staff had administered.When she awoke she learned her newborn was gone.The apprehension was widely shared as an Amber Alert by anti-CFS activists on social media over the weekend with calls-to-action to contact the agency responsible – Secwépemc Child & Family Services.But Secwepemc CFS responded to the outrage saying they had “refused service on this request” and that it was Kamloops Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that took the baby.Baby H is now eight days old and has spent six of those essential parental bonding days in foster care.The father’s home community has gotten involved.“There are no grounds to take that child and no need for that child to have gone through this,” said Dr. Rohan Ghatak, health director for Tl’etinqox band, which is fighting to have the child returned.(A mom cuddles her newborn daughter moments before CFS arrived to apprehend the 90 minute-old baby on the grounds of neglect)The baby has been transferred to foster care in Williams Lake, B.C.. where her parents live and have been able to visit her for two hours a day under the watch of CFS.The family has found unexpected allies in two Williams Lake social workers who were wrongly identified on social media as being the agency that apprehended the infant.Ghatak said they are, in fact, assisting to get the child back and supporting the family at a mediation hearing set for June 25.“We’re trying to come to a reasonable understanding so we can get things right,” Ghatak said.If mediation doesn’t end with Baby H being given back to her parents that day, there is a court date set for June 27 to try again.She will be 15 days old then.Thirteen of which the newborn has been without her parents but for short supervised visits.Ghatak says he can’t comment on what put the family on CFS’s radar in the first place.The baby’s paternal grandfather said some of what troubled him was social workers allegedly telling hospital staff that the couple is homeless.“They’re not, they have a two-bedroom apartment. Then the story changed to they live in a group home – not true. They don’t drink or use drugs.“There’s no reason for this.”He says both parents are frustrated and exhausted.“(Agencies) are playing all kinds of games,” said the grandpa. “(The parents) are under a lot of stress. I took my son to a sweat lodge (Wednesday) night to help out but they have a lot of anxiety and stress.”He also believes they were stereotyped.“They saw them as being vulnerable and this being an easy baby to take and when the family stepped up they did everything to keep the family out of it.”The B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development responded to the incident Friday via emailed statement that, in part, said, “We know that children thrive when they are able to be with their families, connected to their communities and their culture; and that the first few days with an infant are critical – not just for bonding, but ensuring that their needs are met, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”But despite knowing this, they apprehended Baby H.The ministry says it can’t discuss specifics but “is focussed on balancing the safety of a child or infant and keeping kids with families or extended family.”Baby H is not with family or extended family. She is in a non-indigenous foster home.As for having any grounds to take the baby, the ministry would only say “by law, the ministry can only remove if the child is in immediate danger and no less disruptive measures are available.”The family says no other measures were ever discussed when social workers came in demanding the 1.5-hr-old baby.Baby H could be home as early as June 25.More to [email protected]last_img read more