Law and justice

Speaker of the House Darryl Plecas walks by at the provincial Legislature in Victoria, Oct. 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. Speaker, adviser yelled at staff during misspending investigation: James trial

Then-acting sergeant-at-arms testifed he was screamed at like a dog

Speaker of the House Darryl Plecas walks by at the provincial Legislature in Victoria, Oct. 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Speaker Linda Reid enters B.C. legislature chamber for throne speech, led by former sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and followed by legislature clerk Craig James, June 26, 2013. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)

No parking for wood splitter at centre of case against former B.C. clerk, court hears

Splitter acquisition discussed because of potential usefulness in a storm and power outage

Speaker Linda Reid enters B.C. legislature chamber for throne speech, led by former sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and followed by legislature clerk Craig James, June 26, 2013. (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press)
Craig James, former clerk of the British Columbia legislature, leaves B.C. Supreme Court during a break from his trial in Vancouver, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. James has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of breach of trust by a public officer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. clerk says she didn’t see rationale for predecessor’s retirement benefit

Kate Ryan-Lloyd, Craig James’s deputy at the time of the 2012 payment, testifies at his trial

Craig James, former clerk of the British Columbia legislature, leaves B.C. Supreme Court during a break from his trial in Vancouver, on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. James has pleaded not guilty to two counts of fraud over $5,000 and three counts of breach of trust by a public officer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to questions in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Trudeau won’t rule out federal intervention in Quebec teacher hijab case

Bill 21 bans those in positions of public authority from wearing religious symbols on the job

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to questions in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Parole Board of Canada has ordered Kenneth Jacob Fenton, right, to return to a community residential facility after living on his own for some months. Fenton was convicted in 2017 on charges relating to the death of West Shore RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sobriety concerns limit freedom of drunk driver in death of B.C. cop Sarah Beckett

Parole Board of Canada also revokes overnight privileges for Kenneth Jacob Fenton

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The Parole Board of Canada has ordered Kenneth Jacob Fenton, right, to return to a community residential facility after living on his own for some months. Fenton was convicted in 2017 on charges relating to the death of West Shore RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett. (Black Press Media file photo)
FILE - This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

‘Probability is strong’ human remains may be Brian Laundrie, suspect in Petito death

Lawyer for family of missing Brian Laundrie told CNN remains in Florida nature preserve may be his

FILE - This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP)
People hold a banner during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to decriminalize the possession and use of illicit drugs as a way to combat the opioid crisis that has resulted in thousands of deaths in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau urged to make decriminalization of illicit drugs a priority

Almost 23,000 Canadians died from an opioid overdose between January 2016 and March 2021

People hold a banner during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to decriminalize the possession and use of illicit drugs as a way to combat the opioid crisis that has resulted in thousands of deaths in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. The Vancouver Police Board will hear a report Thursday recommending the force change its handcuffing policy after the arrest of an Indigenous man and his granddaughter at a bank in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Police Board told to change handcuff rules after arrest of Indigenous man

Maxwell Johnson filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal after 2019 incident

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. The Vancouver Police Board will hear a report Thursday recommending the force change its handcuffing policy after the arrest of an Indigenous man and his granddaughter at a bank in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kelowna RCMP police service dog Mysan. (Contributed)

No charges for violent arrest involving Kelowna police dog

The Independent Investigations Office will not be recommending charges in relation to the incident

Kelowna RCMP police service dog Mysan. (Contributed)
A message of support on the closed front door of the Whistle Stop Café during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Mirror, Alberta on Saturday May 8, 2021. Christopher Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Café in the hamlet of Mirror, northeast of Red Deer, will pay $20,000 in fines and get 18 months probation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Calgary judge hands out fines, not jail to prevent notoriety for COVID-19 violators

Judge says Pawlowskis would like nothing better than to become martyrs in jail.

A message of support on the closed front door of the Whistle Stop Café during a rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Mirror, Alberta on Saturday May 8, 2021. Christopher Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Café in the hamlet of Mirror, northeast of Red Deer, will pay $20,000 in fines and get 18 months probation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
This court artist sketch provided on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, Susan Everard, right, the mother of Sarah Everard, reading a victim impact statement as former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, left, sits in the dock at the Old Bailey in London. A prosecutor has argued that a serving London police officer handcuffed a woman on the pretext of breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules before he kidnapped and killed her. Wayne Couzens appeared at London’s Central Criminal Court charged with the kidnap, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard. (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)

London police officer gets life for abducting, killing woman

Sentence means Wayne Couzens will die in prison with no chance of parole

This court artist sketch provided on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, Susan Everard, right, the mother of Sarah Everard, reading a victim impact statement as former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, left, sits in the dock at the Old Bailey in London. A prosecutor has argued that a serving London police officer handcuffed a woman on the pretext of breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules before he kidnapped and killed her. Wayne Couzens appeared at London’s Central Criminal Court charged with the kidnap, rape and murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard. (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)
People drum at a vigil for Hunter Smith-Straight, a three-year-old who was allegedly stabbed by his mother’s boyfriend and taken off life support, outside Winnipeg’s Childrens Hospital, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Jury finds Winnipeg man guilty of first-degree murder in stabbing of three-year-old

Daniel Jensen automatically gets a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

People drum at a vigil for Hunter Smith-Straight, a three-year-old who was allegedly stabbed by his mother’s boyfriend and taken off life support, outside Winnipeg’s Childrens Hospital, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Robert Riley Saunders. (Facebook photo)

First Nations Leadership Council frustrated by former Kelowna social worker’s plea deal

Robert Riley Saunders pleaded guilty to stealing from and harming at-risk youth in his care, many of whom are Indigenous

Robert Riley Saunders. (Facebook photo)
Mohammad Movassaghi arrives at provincial court in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. seeks forfeiture of $2.8M condo owned by alleged COVID-19 violator

Civil claim seeks all proceeds from sale of the condo, once a mortgage of about $2 million is repaid

Mohammad Movassaghi arrives at provincial court in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Robert Riley Saunders. (File)

Former Kelowna social worker pleads guilty to defrauding youth in his care

Saunders is accused of stealing money from at-risk youth in his care, many of whom are Indigenous

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
A watch camp that was recently abandoned because members formed a new blockade a few kilometres away is shown in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne

Ongoing protests, arrests at Fairy Creek over logging ‘not working,’ says judge

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge in Nanaimo suggested Thursday he will…

A watch camp that was recently abandoned because members formed a new blockade a few kilometres away is shown in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne
FILE - David Shearing, pictured in this 1983 file photo. David Ennis (formerly David Shearing) convicted of killing three generations of a BC family in a mass murder faces his first parole hearing Wednesday Oct. 22, 2008. Ennis was convicted in the deaths of six members of the Bentley- Johnson family while they were camping in Wells Gray Park, in the BC Interior, in 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ files

Conditional release not recommended for B.C. man who killed family of 6: parole officer

David Shearing killed six while they camped near Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1982

FILE - David Shearing, pictured in this 1983 file photo. David Ennis (formerly David Shearing) convicted of killing three generations of a BC family in a mass murder faces his first parole hearing Wednesday Oct. 22, 2008. Ennis was convicted in the deaths of six members of the Bentley- Johnson family while they were camping in Wells Gray Park, in the BC Interior, in 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ files
A man wears a mask as he enters the Calgary Courts Centre during COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Canada has fallen’: Calgary pastor unrepentant at his sentencing for COVID-19 breach

Artur Pawlowski says he is political prisoner, persecuted by Alberta Health Services

A man wears a mask as he enters the Calgary Courts Centre during COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Linda O’Leary and Kevin O’Leary arrive at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A verdict is expected today in the trial of Linda O’Leary, charged in a boat crash that killed two people in central Ontario two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jordan Strauss/Invision

Linda O’Leary found not guilty of careless driving in fatal boat crash

O’Leary, wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, was charged in 2019 collision that killed 2

Linda O’Leary and Kevin O’Leary arrive at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A verdict is expected today in the trial of Linda O’Leary, charged in a boat crash that killed two people in central Ontario two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jordan Strauss/Invision
Penticton Law Courts (File photo)

Former Oliver school PAC treasurer faces sentencing for theft

The woman misappropriated funds from the school between 2016 and 2018

Penticton Law Courts (File photo)