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Rookie Andy McNally

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Being a cop is in her blood. It’s all she’s ever known and all she ever wanted to be. She is the ultimate rescuer and enabler, but quickly learns that she can’t save the world because not everyone wants to be saved.

Meet Missy Peregrym

Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia

Familiar to television audiences as the illusive Candace Wilmer from Heroes, Missy Peregrym stands out in the industry as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actors.

She began her career as a model at the age of 18, booking print and commercial jobs for Mercedes Benz, Sprint Canada and the Olympics. Peregrym caught the eye of casting directors and naturally transitioned into acting, landing her first television role on James Cameron’s action-drama series, Dark Angel.

She has gone on to star in a variety of television projects including the martial arts series Black Sash and the drama Life as We Know It, in addition to guest appearances on The Chris Isaak Show, Smallville and Andromeda. Peregrym was also nominated for two Leo Awards (2008, 2009) for Best Female Lead Performance for her role as Andi in the series, Reaper.

Peregrym’s feature film debut came in 2006 starring opposite Jeff Bridges in the movie Stick It, playing a rebellious girl who is ordered to participate in a regimented sports world.

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Recruitment of doctors in rural SK communities backfiring

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Like hundreds of other places across Canada, the Saskatchewan town of Wakaw has gone all out to recruit doctors, recently luring two South African physicians to the community with free housing, car allowances and financial bonuses.

Barely six months later, though, the young husband-and-wife team is leaving, partly because of an unusual complaint: they say there are simply not enough patients in the supposedly under-serviced area to sustain their practices. They also charge the town essentially misled them about the nature of their roles, which include one or other of the physicians being on call in the hospital emergency department, 24 hours a day, 20 days out of 30.

Aggressive doctor recruitment has become an integral, if less than welcome, part of Canada’s MD-starved health care system. Dr. Paruk, 28, suggested his and his wife’s experience might serve as a cautionary tale for physicians tempted by generous incentives to make long-term commitments to particular jurisdictions.

He has heard of other Saskatchewan communities where the recruitment of doctors has backfired, too.

“A lot of towns will say “˜We’ll give you this, this and that if you commit to stay here for two or three years,’ “ he said. “We’ve learnt our lesson now … My best advice is don’t make any commitments until you work in a place, until you know.”

The town, though, has its own tale of woe, including other doctors officials had almost recruited in the past, only to have them stolen away by sweeter offers from competing municipalities.

Ed Kidd, Wakaw’s mayor, said Dr. Paruk and his wife, Dr. Tasnim Gafoor, were fully informed of the nature of their jobs, and would undoubtedly have built up a heavier patient roster in the town of 864 if they had simply stayed longer.

As it is, they lasted until just after they had gained their Saskatchewan medical licences, he said.

“It’s like any business, you have to attract people, you have to attract your clientele,” said Mr. Kidd. “Another doctor claims that there are enough patients for three doctors to keep very busy. It just takes a little patience and to get out there.”

Many people in town see family physicians in other communities, like Saskatoon, 90 kilometres to the southwest, and are loathe to leave them for a local doctor until they know for sure the Wakaw practitioner is staying for the long haul, he said.

The mayor said he realizes now the key for communities like his is to find doctors who are suited to a rural lifestyle.

Some researchers have estimated that as many as five million Canadians, many in small or isolated municipalities, are without a family doctor. Recruitment efforts – and the commitments asked of doctors – have escalated in recent years, with some places offering young doctors as much as $150,000 in exchange for a minimum five-year stint.

Drs. Paruk and Gafoor say they decided to emigrate to Saskatchewan in part to be close to family members who are also physicians and had moved to the province earlier. They talked to a number of communities before settling on Wakaw, which offered incentives partly funded by the Saskatoon Health Region and by the municipality itself.

Dr. Paruk says the town’s people welcomed them with open arms. Despite assurances they would have lots of patients, however, they rarely see more than 10 a day, when 25 or 30 a day would be more usual in a rural practice, he said. Meanwhile, he and his wife now constitute two-thirds of the on-call rotation for the local hospital’s newly re-opened emergency department, which he believes is the real reason they were brought to town.

The late-night phone calls disrupt both their lives, no matter who is on duty, he said. “It’s just become way too much for us. We don’t have a life, basically.”

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Toronto police announce G20 security perimeter, road disruptions

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

TORONTO – A significant portion of Toronto’s downtown core will be affected by the G20 summit on June 26-27, police said Friday.

"Never before have the two summits (the G8 – which will be held in Huntsville, Ont. on June 25-26 – and the G20) been held in one weekend, this has presented unique challenges for security partners. However, ones that I know we can meet," said Chief Supt Alphonse MacNeil, head of the Integrated Security Unit for the RCMP. "These summits will put Canada on the world stage for three days in June and we will endeavour to ensure that security will not be the overarching theme."

The security details were announced Friday by Toronto Police and the RCMP.

Toronto Police have designated an area bound by Yonge Street, Spadina Street, Queens Quay and King Street as a security perimeter. A smaller area around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the site of the meeting, will be fenced in.

A security fence will go up starting June 7th.

Police also warned there will be "significant" traffic disruption on the Saturday and Sunday specifically on the 400 series highways, the Gardiner Expressway, the QEW and Lakeshore Boulevard, as well as Highway 427.

In addition, the York, Bay and Yonge Street exits on the Gardiner Expressway will be closed on Friday and Saturday.

Police qualified their statement by saying that some of these plans may change.

Union Station – a Toronto transportation hub – will remain open during the weekend of the summit however the Front St. exit will not be in use from Friday to Sunday.

In addition, no vehicles will be permitted on Front Street west of Bay Street during this time.

Portions of the PATH system – a series of underground walkways in the city’s downtown – will be closed from Friday evening to Sunday and will reopen on Monday.

Members of the public will not be able to exit the PATH into the security perimeter nor will they be able to enter the PATH system from within the perimeter.

"Traffic disruption will be significant in this area and members of the public are encouraged to use public transit or the pedestrian walkways to go into or leave Union Station," said Supt. Tom Russell, head of G20 planning for the Toronto Police Service.

Police warn there will be enhanced parking enforcement throughout the downtown core during the summit.

The homeless will not be allowed into the perimeter once it has been secured.

Police say staff from the city’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration will be working with the streets to home program to urge homeless people to access services before the larger security perimeter goes into effect.

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Police announce G20 summit security perimeter, road disruptions

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

A significant portion of Toronto’s downtown core will be affected by the G20 summit the weekend of June 26 and 27th.

Toronto Police have designated an area bound by Yonge Street, Spadina Street, Queens Quay and King Street as a security perimeter. A smaller area around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the site of the meeting, will be fenced in. The security fence will go up starting June 7th. Toronto Police and the RCMP announced the security details of the summit at a press conference on Friday.

“Never before have the two summits [the G8 and the G20] been held in one weekend, this has presented unique challenges for security partners. However, ones that I know we can meet,” said Chief Superintendent Alphonse MacNeil, head of the Integrated Security Unit for the RCMP.

“These summits will put Canada on the world stage for three days in June and we will endeavour to ensure that security will not be the overarching theme.” Superintendent MacNeil added.

Police also warned that there will be “significant” traffic disruption on the Saturday and Sunday specifically on the 400 series highways, the Gardiner Expressway, the QEW and Lakeshore Boulevard, as well as Highway 427.

In addition, the York, Bay and Yonge Street exits on the Gardiner Expressway will be closed on Friday and Saturday.

Police qualified their statement by saying that some of these plans may change.

Union Station will remain open during the weekend of the summit however the Front St. exit will not be in use from Friday to Sunday. In addition, no vehicles will be permitted on Front Street west of Bay Street during this time.

Portions of the PATH system will be closed from Friday evening to Sunday and will reopen on Monday. Members of the public will not be able to exit the PATH into the security perimeter nor will they be able to enter the PATH system from within the perimeter.

“Traffic disruption will be significant in this area and members of the public are encouraged to use public transit or the pedestrian walkways to go into or leave Union Station,” said Superintendent Tom Russell, head of G20 planning for the Toronto Police Service.

Police warn there will be enhanced parking enforcement throughout the downtown core during the summit.

The homeless will not be allowed into the perimeter once it has been secured. Police say staff from the city’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration will be working with the streets to home program to urge homeless people to access services before the larger security perimeter goes into effect.

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Former Yaletown socialite facing U.S. drug charges

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Vancouver businessman Rick Bafaro and his ex-wife Jessica Ruth were hailed in 2002 as one of Yaletown’s “glam couples.”

They owned a pair of trendy stores and hairstylist Ruth had dyed the locks of three Vancouver Canucks platinum blond for the 2001 first-round Stanley Cup playoffs.

Today, 45-year-old Bafaro sits in jail in Washington state facing drug-smuggling charges. He’s been named in court documents as the ringleader in a plan to hike into the U.S. carrying backpacks stuffed with B.C. bud. He was arrested, along with four other men, on April 26.

“In one sense it was a complete shock and in another sense it’s not shocking at all,” Bafaro’s ex-wife told The Province on Thursday. “When I say it’s not shocking, it’s not like he’s been involved in this before. But he’s one of these people who’s really artistic and starts going with the flow and doesn’t really think about what he’s doing and how it’s affecting others.”

The Bafaros split up four years ago and Ruth, 40, said her main concern now is the welfare of the couple’s eight-year-old son, Julian. “He’s eight, he’s just starting to read and he’s at a special school for children with learning disabilities,” she said. “He knows what happened. The idea that his dad could be so foolish to make a choice that wouldn’t just affect him but everyone around him, especially his son – I don’t even know the word for it.”

Ruth, who owns Stratosphere hair salon on Granville Street, described her ex-husband as a “free spirit” who “wasn’t grounded” after their divorce.

According to court documents filed in Seattle, Bafaro was arrested at the Best Western Hotel in Bellingham, after four other men were caught in the woods south of the U.S. border. Federal customs and immigration agents found four backpacks in the forest containing 11 heat-sealed plastic bags of marijuana weighing 60.49 kilograms.

The other four men included two respected entrepreneurs, former Telus marketing director Chris Neary, who’s in his mid-30s, and Duncan fitness club owner Daryl Fontana, 37. Also arrested were Sinisa Gavric and Carl

Thiessen.

In court documents, Fontana made a written statement saying he’d met Bafaro on April 19 and Bafaro had told Fontana he stood to make $10,000.

“That would require me backpacking 25-plus pounds of marijuana across the border into the U.S.,” Fontana wrote. “Rick, as far as I know, was the main facilitator of this job. He organized the buying of equipment, the packing of the marijuana and the logistics of the transport from Canada to the U.S.”

According to court documents, Bafaro told U.S. federal agents he was going to be paid “approximately $300 per pound of smuggled marijuana” – or about $40,000 in total – “and that he did it because he needed the money.”

Ruth painted a picture of her ex-husband as an “eccentric, very charismatic person, with lots of energy,” who loved to be part of a team.

“For years and years he tried to make the NHL,” she said. “I could see how people could get taken in and wrapped up in what he’s doing. He’s incredibly active and is in amazing shape and, probably, some kind of strange opportunity came up.”

Ruth said that while her ex-­husband was not making custody payments, he did see his son every weekend. She said Bafaro had two tattoos, one with her name and the other their son’s name.

Before they divorced, the couple were part-owners of Zero Gravity Clothing and Stratosphere hair salon, which was then in Yaletown.

Ruth said she doesn’t plan on going to Bafaro’s trial, which is scheduled for July 6 in U.S. District Court in Seattle. “I’m going for sole custody [of Julian],” she said grimly. “That’s the trial I’m going to.”

She said she’ll leave it up to her son to decide if he wants to go to his father’s trial: “Julian, at this point, doesn’t want to go, not because he doesn’t want to see his dad, but the whole idea scares him a bit.”

Ruth said that, as far as she knows, her ex-husband wasn’t involved in drugs. “Of course, it always makes you doubt things now,” she added.

A letter was filed in court from Bafaro’s girlfriend, Julie Bevacqua, a Vancouver software marketing director.

She described Bafaro as a “compassionate and caring person, encouraging friend and a wonderful, dedicated father.”

She said Bafaro’s “recent divorce was immensely stressful and an unsettling event for him. The guilt over his failure and perceived impact on his . . . son . . . affects him every day.”

Bafaro is charged with conspiracy to distribute and import marijuana and possession with intent to distribute pot.

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Bill Vander Zalm is shaking things up again

Friday, August 24th, 2018

In March 2007 — two years before he launched his anti-HST petition campaign — Bill Vander Zalm found himself at a private fundraising event with Gordon Campbell in Palm Springs, Calif.

The B.C. premier, according to ex-premier Vander Zalm, wouldn’t shake his hand.

“It’s very unusual. That’s why I remember it. I’ve never seen it happen,” recalled Vander Zalm this week at his home in Ladner.

Only Campbell and Vander Zalm know what went down that day in the California desert three years ago. (Campbell, through his press secretary Bridgitte Anderson, said he recalled meeting Vander Zalm at the Palm Springs event but couldn’t recall whether they shook hands.)

But what’s clear is that the “free enterprise” centre-right politicians have not been on friendly terms for many years.

Campbell has publicly reached out during his time in office to former Social Credit premier Bill Bennett. But the B.C. Liberal premier has never called former Socred premier Vander Zalm, who succeeded Bennett as premier in 1986 but was forced to resign five years later over conflict-of-interest allegations involving the sale of the Fantasy Gardens theme park.

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“For whatever reason, I don’t think [Campbell] was very fond of Bill Vander Zalm,” said Vander Zalm, during an interview this week.

“And I think it’s probably a lot less now.”

Vander Zalm is now the leader of the Fight HST group, which claims it’s on the verge of signing up 10 per cent of registered voters in all 85 provincial ridings — the threshold required under initiative legislation to repeal the harmonized sales tax.

Chris Delaney, Vander Zalm’s close friend and lieutenant in Fight HST, said that the former Social Credit leader told him about the alleged Palm Springs slight upon his arrival home from Palm Springs.

Delaney said that Campbell probably hadn’t forgiven Vander Zalm for earlier joining with the NDP and the labour movement in protests against the Campbell government policies on privatization of BC Hydro and BC Rail in 2003 — and against the Liberals’ decision to have new BC Ferries built in Europe in 2004.

Vander Zalm said he has no hard feelings against the premier and that his opposition to Campbell’s HST is not personal.

“I don’t have a grudge. Once we’re done with the HST issue, I hope I can concentrate on my lilac bushes and take the odd holiday.”

If Elections B.C. ratifies the Fight HST petition and the government doesn’t repeal the tax, Vander Zalm is threatening to go to Campbell’s Vancouver Point-Grey riding and seek the premier’s ouster under provincial recall legislation.

“If [Campbell] doesn’t back off, this [anti-HST] campaign will go on until the next election and beyond.”

This scenario — an ex-premier out of office for nearly two decades seeking to topple a sitting one — is very unusual, if not unprecedented.

Most former premiers shift into quiet retirement (Bill Bennett and Rita Johnston), seek elected political office elsewhere (Dave Barrett and Ujjal Dosanjh), pursue policy goals at universities or non-profits (Mike Harcourt) or take a high-paying business job in the private sector (Glen Clark).

Vander Zalm, always a political outlier, has chosen a different path — one that has led him to his showdown with Campbell.

University of Victoria political scientist Dennis Pilon said that Vander Zalm’s re-entry into the political fray reflects the same independent, self-confident streak he showed while premier.

“I would chalk it up to his particular personality. He went from scandal to scandal and never saw anything wrong with anything he ever did.”

Pilon said that Vander Zalm represents a part of the free-enterprise coalition in B.C. that is more conservative and rural while Campbell comes from the more secular and urban part of that centre-right political universe.

“In a way Vander Zalm still represents that small-town, small business part of the Social Credit coalition that has never warmed to Gordon Campbell.”

Vander Zalm left office with a certain notoriety (despite his exoneration in court), but his controversial past doesn’t seem to have hurt his anti-HST campaign.

“I think the HST is bigger than what it is people might think of me,” said Vander Zalm.

“I was in Costco a week ago and some Chinese lady grabs me around the neck and gives me a big hug and says; ‘Before I hate you. Now I love you.’”

Vander Zalm, ever the populist, believes he speaks for provincial autonomy — and for regular folks and small business. Campbell too often bows to Ottawa and the eastern establishment, according to Vander Zalm, and acts for big corporations, which have embraced the HST.

“By nature, I’ve always been more inclined to relate to the average person. You might not think so when you look at my place here, but that’s how I’ve always felt.”

Vander Zalm, now 75, lives off a country road on the outskirts of Ladner, in a large Normandy Tudor house with four bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Its front door is framed by two bronze statues of a French girl and boy.

Not surprisingly, given Vander Zalm’s status as one of B.C. most famous gardeners, there’s plenty of vegetation — and it’s all immaculate.

Portuguese laurels, pruned once a year, line the long driveway. Emerald cedars stand like sentries, their spirals something out of Edward Scissorhands.

Vander Zalm, who has four children and nine grandchildren, lives in the house with his wife, Lillian.

“When the kids were being born and growing up, we had little houses and now that we’re old and could live in a little place, we live in a big house. Crazy.”

On the flanks of his 10-hectare property are two fields of hay, which are harvested by a local farmer. Out back is a glass-covered conservatory with a swimming pool. Further back still is a nursery where Vander Zalm grows lilacs, which he mostly gives away.

“We used to grow 100,000 lilacs but I couldn’t sell any lilacs this year because I’ve been busy doing the HST stuff,” said Vander Zalm.

“I didn’t realize at the beginning that it would take so much time. Nobody did.

“Now my phone never quits ringing, day and night. People asking: ‘Where can I sign the petition.’ It never stops ringing.”

A guest house off to the side of the main residence is where Vander Zalm conducts most of his HST business. The Dutch immigrant has a framed copy of a Rembrandt self-portrait, a few prints of prewar Dutch scenes, a painting of Vander Zalm when he was a young mayor of Surrey, a bronze bust of the ex-premier’s head and a stack of his self-published autobiography titled For the People. (He’s sold 1,600 of the 3,000 he had published.)

A bouquet of iris’s sits on a long oak table where Vander Zalm holds his meetings with his Fight HST board, which includes two New Democrats (longtime strategist and political commentator Bill Tieleman and Cheryl Baron), two B.C. Liberals (Rainer Schmoll and Annie Storey) and two B.C. Conservatives (former party leader Delaney and Sal Vetro).

Vander Zalm’s return to the political fray began last July, as he tells us, when he and Lillian learned from the dinner-hour TV news that B.C. had agreed to adopt the HST.

“I said to Lillian: ‘This is crazy, absolutely crazy.’ Every B.C. government since Bill Bennett has been approached by the federal government to adopt the HST and every premier and finance minister has said we don’t want any part of it.”

Vander Zalm was frustrated the next morning by the lack of media coverage of the HST so Lillian told him to contact the media. An article on Vander Zalm attacking the HST appeared in the morning newspaper with Vander Zalm’s e-mail address.

“Well, my e-mail went nuts. I started getting so many e-mails, I didn’t know what to do.” Vander Zalm phoned his friend Delaney and the two of them agreed to discuss how to oppose the HST.

A few weeks later they met with Tieleman, who had started an anti-HST Facebook site, at the Maurya Restaurant on West Broadway. Vander Zalm and Delaney had worked with Tieleman — their political opposite — on the aforementioned rallies over BC Rail, BC Hydro and the offshore construction of ferries.

Tieleman described Vander Zalm as a “B. C. firster” and as a right-wing populist just as former premier Dave Barrett was a left-wing populist.

“I think Bill is showing that the populist appeal he had when he was premier still exists today but in a different form.”

They agreed to set up Fight HST and seek the tax legislation’s repeal with Vander Zalm as the campaign’s public face and official proponent.

“We agreed the proponent should be somebody with a profile so that it couldn’t be ignored,” said Vander Zalm.

The irony that the former Socred leader is now collaborating with New Democrats to fight the HST — causing the Campbell government’s poll numbers to fall — isn’t lost on anyone.

“I worked for quite a while to get Bill Vander Zalm out of government and now I’m working with him,” said Tieleman, who arranged for Vander Zalm and NDP leader Carole James to share the stage at an anti-HST rally late last year.

Vander Zalm is no fan of the NDP but is willing to work with them on specific issues. Does he feel that he’s being used by the NDP? “I’ve heard that. But they joined us and they’ve been helpful.

“But it’s all about the people. So I don’t particularly care which parties join in.”

Vander Zalm said he didn’t realize he was signing on to what would become a full-time job with many weeks spent on the road with two to three speaking engagements a day.

“I’ve been to every major community in B.C. except for Campbell River and Prince Rupert.”

Vander Zalm, a natural politician who never tires of pressing the flesh and making small talk with voters, acknowledged enjoying being back on the trail.

“It felt a little bit like a political campaign tour. I met a lot of people who reminded me that they had met me 20 years ago,” said Vander Zalm.

“The neat part of it was that in an election campaign, 50 per cent of the people are in favour of you and 50 per cent of the people are damning you.

“Whereas now it’s 100 per cent of people saying nice things. So it’s much better.”

Vander Zalm dismisses the notion that he’s seeking some kind of redemption two decades after being hounded from office. But it’s hard not to think he’s not enjoying his return to the limelight.

“I think that there is some element for Bill of proving that he can still be popular in B.C. the way he was before he became premier,” said Tieleman.

Vander Zalm knows he owes his second life in politics to the anti-HST campaign’s appeal to those on the right who are instinctively anti-tax and suspicious of government and to those on the left who hate Campbell and view the HST as a huge tax shift from big business to regular folks.

“I could go out there in front of my house with a sign right now that says ‘No HST’ and I’d get cars stopping one after another with people wanting to sign.

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

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Sheriff’s office gets nearly $1M in B.C. cocaine cash

Friday, August 24th, 2018

The sheriff’s office in Bakersfield, Calif. is nearly a million dollars richer this week, thanks to money seized from B.C. drug smugglers.

United States attorney Benjamin Wagner and Carl Beckett, of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Bakersfield, handed over a cheque for $968,694.14 Wednesday to Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.

The money came from a cocaine case involving two Metro Vancouver men.

Davinder Singh, 42, of Delta and Thai Hoang Nguyen, 33, of Surrey, were recently sentenced for their role in a cocaine-for-cash conspiracy with two Californians.

Singh, who is cooperating with U.S. officials, got five years May 3.

He pleaded in a letter to the court "to have the opportunity to go back to my family."

Nguyen was sentenced to eight years and was described by an associate as "a big fish" who wanted to bring 100 kilos of coke a week into Canada.

The pair worked with two Californians to get their hands on 85 kilos of coke back in September 2008.

As a member of the group asked around about cocaine purchases, someone tipped the DEA, which started an undercover sting.

An official with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office posed as the cocaine supplier and met with the drug gang and a mysterious Canadian named "Bobby," who has not been charged.

Police followed the Canadians and their American associates – Sokha Bhopal and Vath Lim – as they arranged and completed a cocaine-for-cash deal worth $1,487,500 US.

"As the negotiations continued, it became apparent that Nguyen was the primary individual attempting to purchase cocaine," special agent Trent O’Neill said in court documents.

"Nguyen indicated he was having difficulty locating his ‘accountant’ to obtain the money."

When Nguyen got his cash, the DEA seized $1,253,500 the group was carrying in two suitcases. Another $106,806 was obtained from a bank account linked to the gang.

The DEA decided to forfeit most of the cash to the local sheriff’s office for its assistance in the case.

Wagner said this week that asset forfeiture has become one of the most powerful tools for crippling drug-trafficking organizations.

"If you take away their cash, you can effectively stem the flow of drugs," Wagner said. "This case demonstrated how effective federal and local law enforcement can be when we work as a team. I commend the Kern County Sheriff’s Department and the DEA for their outstanding work in this case."

The B.C.-led group was snared by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, an inter-agency program investigating and prosecuting the most significant drug-trafficking organizations throughout the U.S.

Nguyen’s lawyer Richard Troberman argued his client was just a bit player who flew down to California to vouch for "Bobby," whom he had never met.

Troberman said U.S. law enforcement agencies preyed on vulnerable traffickers at the time of the sting.

"In the fall of 2008, the cocaine supply dried up along the I-5 corridor. Drug traffickers became more desperate, and less cautious, in their efforts to obtain product, and sought out new sources of supply," Troberman said in court documents.

But U.S. attorney Karen Escobar argued in court filings that Nguyen had a major role.

"The ability to obtain over $1.2 million in cash to finance a large cocaine transaction suggests that this transaction was not Nguyen’s first," she said.

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‘Facebook creep’ border guard may not be off payroll

Friday, August 24th, 2018

A B.C. border guard who used passport details to hit on women through Facebook is no longer on duty, according to the Canada Border Services Agency.

But the CBSA refuses to say if he’s still receiving a paycheque.

On Wednesday, The Vancouver Sun reported the details of an internal CBSA investigation which found that "on numerous occasions" a border guard e-mailed himself the names and photographs of attractive women so he could hit on them later on Facebook.

The behaviour came to light only after a married woman complained to the CBSA that the guard tried to contact her through Facebook just hours after she came through his inspection line.

"I don’t mean to creep you out," the guard wrote the woman on Facebook. "I met you and thought you were stunning and if you are the person I think you are we kinda shared a chemistry. I thought it might be worth a shot to see if I could find you, but I can’t just come out and tell you where or when because if you object to me befriending you I could get into trouble."

The CBSA did not respond to The Sun’s questions about the guard by the paper’s deadline on Tuesday.

However, CBSA spokeswoman Hannah Mahoney has since emailed The Sun a statement that "behaviour of this nature is clearly inappropriate" and that "the border services officer in question is no longer performing his duties, pending the outcome of the investigation."

The Sun asked Mahoney to clarify if that meant the guard had been suspended — and, if so, whether the suspension is with or without pay.

Mahoney refused to say, stating in a second e-mail: "The Privacy Act prevents me from speaking to any further details about this situation".

The CBSA’s statement said it doesn’t hesitate to take disciplinary measures against misbehaving staff, "up to and including termination of employment".

But when The Sun asked if it would let it know when, or if, the guard is terminated, the CBSA once again refused to comment.

"The CBSA must follow due process in any investigation," Mahoney wrote in her e-mail. "As the process is not yet complete, it would be inappropriate to speculate on outcomes."

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iPad-mania hits Vancouver today

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Apple fans are expected to start lining up early to be among the first in line for Friday morning’s launch of Apple’s new iPad in Canada.

As the launch date nears, Bell became the second Canadian carrier to announce its wireless data plan for the popular device, with pricing that matches that already announced by Rogers. Bell’s plans, which like Rogers are available with no contracts, start at $15 a month for 250 megabytes of data and $35 a month for five gigabytes. The plans include unlimited access at Bell Wi-Fi hot spots across Canada.

Apple retail stores are opening at 8 a.m. Friday for the launch of the iPad, which will also be available at Best Buy and Future Shop although there is no word on quantities. In addition, Apple has said the iPad will be available at "select" authorized resellers but Simply Computing, an independent Apple reseller in Vancouver, said it won’t know until Friday if it will get stock.

Best Buy communications manager Danielle Jang said stores will open at their usual times although staff will be handing out tickets to customers to exchange for an iPad if there are lineups.

"We don’t know how many we are going to be getting in," she said. "We know there is going to be a lot of interest."

Unlike the American April launch that only had the Wi-Fi version of the iPad available, both the Wi-Fi and 3G versions will be available in Canada. The lowest price iPad is the $549 16 GB Wi-Fi version, with the priciest the $879 64 GB Wi-Fi and 3G model.

Scott Michaels, vice-president of Atimi Software, a Vancouver development company that creates iPad and iPhone apps, said the rush of early adopters across the border to buy iPads when they were first available there may mean shorter lineups in Canada.

He said major Canadian companies seem to be waiting for the iPad to arrive, rather than creating apps to be out in time for the launch here.

"I’m interested to see the uptake in Canada to see if it matches the U.S. adoption of the device," said Michaels.

Gary Ng, who runs the blogs iPadinCanada.ca and iPhonein-Canada.ca, agrees that many of the early adopters already have their iPads.

Others pre-ordered in time for the May 28 delivery although orders now on the Apple site promise delivery only in June with no date specified. Still, Ng expects Friday’s launch will likely draw some crowds.

"I think people will line up," he predicted. "I think the iPad is living up to the hype, I think the sales numbers reflect that."

Ron Burnett, president of Emily Carr University of Art + Design, attributes the popularity of the iPad to its touch interface and how it is changing the way people use a computing device.

"That for me is a natural user interface as opposed to the traditional GUI [graphical user interface]," said Burnett. "You hold it, you touch it, feel it, play with it — it personalizes the relationships that you’ve created."

Burnett uses working with photo images as an example, pointing out that shuffling and sorting through photographs by touching the screen brings the user back to the days of actually handling prints.

"Both my hands are functionally active as I’m playing with it from a design perspective," he said. "I think that is something that is a game changer."

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Apple Store in Oakridge Centre Apple Store in Pacific Centre Any Future Shop or Best Buy

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Murdered Island teen probably knew her killers, police say

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Click here to see more photos of Kimberly Proctor and of the investigation into her murder

VICTORIA – The brutal murder of Kimberly Proctor, an 18-year-old from Langford whose charred body was found near the Galloping Goose Trall was not a random crime, police said Thursday.

Cpl. Darren Lagan, RCMP Island district spokesman, said police have identified a number of suspects, but declined to say how many and would not name them. He said investigators are confident they have gathered most of the evidence needed, but would not speculate on how close police are to making arrests. She likely knew her killers, he said.

“There is a large difference between being a suspect and being arrestable and being able to prosecute somebody in the courts,” he said. “We are still at that in-between phase.”

Proctor’s burned body was found March 19 on a rock ledge next to Millstream Creek under the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, a place popular with local youth. She was last seen at the Station Avenue bus interchange 36 hours earlier.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, investigators executed a search warrant at a one-storey house with a tidy garden on Happy Valley Road in Langford. Police stressed the search was only part of a much larger and complex investigation.

Neighbours said a woman and her teenage son live at the house.

Lagan said police expect to be at the house for several days. He said investigators are primarily interested in objects inside the house and not the residents, but they are connected to the investigation.

The house is a short walk to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, the site of two searches connected to Proctor’s death – one on March 19 when her body was found, and again on March 31, when police divers searched Glen Lake, which is along the Galloping Goose.

Lagan would not disclose whether police think Proctor’s killers travelled along the trail, which is largely shielded from view by trees and shrubbery.

He said more searches could take place as the investigation unfolds.

Police believe people who were part of Proctor’s social circle have been holding back information. Lagan said some have already been interviewed by police, while others have not, but police are aware of them.

“The information is going to come out, and it best come from them,” said Lagan. “We need to ask them to think of Kimberly’s family and to think of her mother and father.”

Reached at her home, Proctor’s mother Lucy was upset. “How do you think I feel when [my] daughter’s been brutally murdered?” she said in a brief conversation.

The teen attended Pacific Secondary School in the Sooke school district.

A team of 40 investigators from the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit, E Division Serious Crime Unit, the West Shore RCMP and other specialized support sections and agencies have been working on the case since Proctor’s death.

“[It’s] the highest-priority file on Vancouver Island, and I dare say one of the highest priority within the province,” said Lagan.

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