Archive for December 2018

Gun owners in Calgary worried government will implement firearm marking regulations

CALGARY – Some gun owners in Calgary are worried the Liberal government will soon be turning its attention to their sports.

The Liberal government has so far broken a promise to immediately implement firearm marking regulations to help police trace guns used in crime.

Gun groups say the plan is costly and won’t accomplish anything.

On Saturday, hundreds packed the BMO Centre to check out the Calgary Gun Show.

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Exhibitors ranged from manufacturers and gun clubs to biathlon teams.  Many of them were up in arms about plans to require new markings on firearms.

“We are just frustrated because we feel it won’t accomplish anything,” Hank Holm said. “I think their next step is to threaten the gun owners. That’s what we’re a little nervous about.”

The rules would require firearms made in Canada to bear the serial number and the word ‘Canada’.  Imported guns would have to say ‘Canada’ and the year of import.

“So adding a Canada or year of import, I don’t know what the purpose is. What’s that going to do for anything?” Del Strazza from Country Classics Shooting Supplies said.

The measures would help Canada meet the requirements of the a U.N. firearms protocol to help detect firearms trafficking and smuggling.

“When the United Nations drafted this bill, they were thinking of huge movements of military-style weapons to terrorist groups and to countries with civil wars and insurgents,” Walt Filler from Guns of the Golden West said. “As a policy for Canada, it just doesn’t fit.”

Gun owners aren’t impressed with how much they’ll have to pay to engrave their firearms –  some say it would cost an estimated $100 to $200.

“The only people it affects are the legal, law-abiding gun owners of Canada. We pay the bill for this,” said Filler.

During the federal campaign, the Liberals promised a series of measures including enhanced background checks.

Last fall,  the Liberals specified they would not reintroduce the long-gun registry scrapped in 2012.

The long-planned gun marking regulations were delayed by the the previous Conservative government several times. It was most recently pushed back to June 2017.

The office of the Public Safety Canada did not provide a requested update on the marking initiative.

BC Place satisfied with security response at World Cup qualifier

It was the most significant match for Canada’s men’s national soccer team in years, and played in front of a record crowd for a Canadian national-team home game.

But the final few minutes of Canada’s World Cup qualifying match against Mexico was as noteworthy for the result – a 3-0 win for Mexico – as it was for the trio of disruptions by fans running onto the field, one of whom was detained by Team Canada staff.

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However, BC Place spokesperson Laura Ballance said she was pleased with security efforts at the game.

“This is something that our security did a great job at ensuring that 55,000 people came and enjoyed a great soccer game and went home safely. That’s always job number one,” she said.

“We had a very boisterous, supportive crowd from the winning team, and I think unfortunately there was a small group of people that made some very bad decisions.”

Ballance said a standard event review would take place, but that fans interrupting the match will always be a possibility unless they significantly escalate security – something they are loathe to do.

“What we’ve seen in other parts of the world where this has been an issue [is] shoulder to shoulder security in order to prevent people getting on to the pitch, barb wire, moating, significant walls. We’ve always been very proud of the fact that hasn’t been an issue here,” she said.

“Do we think this is an issue in Vancouver like some other parts of the world? I think it probably was isolated to this particular group, who individually made some bad decisions.”

The fans detained by BC Place security were forwarded to the Vancouver Police Department and released. VPD Sgt. Randy Fincham said no decision on possible charges would be made this long weekend.

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Brussels attack victims from Belgium and abroad

BRUSSELS – Victims of the attacks on Brussels’ airport and subway included commuters heading to work and travellers setting off on long-anticipated vacations. In a city that’s home to international institutions including the European Union and NATO, they came from Belgium and around the world.

READ MORE: Police name new suspect in Brussels attack, charge 3 with terror charges

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Among the confirmed dead:

Gigi Adam said her 79-year-old father Andre Adam died trying to protect his wife during the attack on Brussels airport.

Adam was a retired Belgian diplomat who had served as his country’s ambassador to Cuba, the United States, the United Nations and other countries.

“His death has wounded us all forever,” Gigi Adam wrote on Facebook. “All his life he had worked towards the peaceful resolution of conflict in the world.”

She described her late father as “a cultured and cheerful man” who had met his future wife – “the love of his life” – on his posting to Cuba in the early 1960s. She said on Facebook that her mother had been hospitalized after the attack.

Gigi Adam said her parents had retired to southwest France in recent years.

“He was a loving father and an adored grandfather,” she said, asking for his family members to be given privacy. “We need to rest.”


A missing Tennessee man has been identified as a victim in the attack at the Brussels airport, according to his employer.

Justin Shults, 30, and his wife Stephanie Shults, had not been seen since Tuesday. She remains missing. Shults’ employer, Clarcor, which manufactures filtration systems and packaging materials, said in a post on its website Saturday that he died in the bombing.

Shults, originally from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and his wife, a Lexington, Kentucky, native, graduated together from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. They were dropping Stephanie’s mother off at the airport and were watching her walk through security when the bombs went off, a family member said.

Shults’ brother, Levi Sutton, wrote on social media Saturday that his brother “travelled the world, leaving each destination better than when he arrived.”


Patricia Rizzo’s family hails from a tiny town in Sicily, but she was as broadly European as they come.

Born in Belgium to a family originally from Calascibetta, near Enna, Sicily, Rizzo graduated from a Belgian university and worked for several Belgian companies as an executive secretary before joining European institutions in 1995.

The Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed Friday that Rizzo, 48, was among the dead from the attack on the Brussels subway at Maelbeek.

“Unfortunately, Patricia is no longer with us,” a man who identified himself as Rizzo’s cousin, Massimo Leonora, wrote on Facebook. His final post capped days of anxious updates recounting his search of Brussels hospitals in hopes that Rizzo might have been among the injured.

“It’s difficult, but at least now we’re beyond this unending race against time to find you.”

Rizzo moved back to Italy from 2003 to 2008 to work as the assistant to the executive director of the European Food Safety Authority.

In 2008, she was named human resources assistant for the EU’s education and culture agency in Brussels and for the past five months had worked in the human resources department of the European Research Council.

“After a few days of excruciating waiting and angst, our worst fears have been confirmed,” the ERC’s executive leadership said Saturday, praising Rizzo’s energy, attitude and spirit.

The Research Council said Rizzo is survived by a son and her parents.


Jennifer Scintu Waetzmann was a coach for a youth handball club in Aachen, Germany.

Her uncle, Claudio Scinto, told the German newspaper Bild that she and her husband were checking in Tuesday morning at Brussels Airport en route to a belated honeymoon in New York when the first bomb exploded.

The blast killed her and left her husband, Lars Waetzmann, among the 270 wounded in Brussels.

Her final post on Facebook came right after the November extremist assaults on Paris. It said: “Pray for Paris.” Other pictures show her and her husband in romantic seaside settings with the inscription: “Love of my life.”

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday his thoughts are with Waetzmann’s family and vowed Germany “will not rest until the murderers and those who aided them are held responsible.”


Elita Borbor Weah, who was heading to Rhode Island for her stepfather’s funeral, had texted family members a photo of herself Tuesday at Brussels Airport.

A short time later, two suicide bombers struck the airport, leaving Weah among their victims.

The 40-year-old had been living in the Netherlands with her 13-year-old daughter after her extended family from Liberia had dispersed across West Africa, Europe and the United States following Liberia’s civil wars.

Her brother Oscar Weah, of Providence, Rhode Island, was shaking and in tears Friday as he described how his older sister helped care for him over the years. Other relatives also sang her praises.

“She had a good heart,” said 14-year-old niece Eden Weah. “She was always worried about everybody.”

Now, in addition to holding a funeral for her 87-year-old stepfather, the family was making arrangements to care for her teenage daughter.


David Dixon had texted family members to say he was safe after two bombs severely damaged Brussels airport, but he was killed shortly after when a bomber attacked the subway system.

Dixon, 53, a British citizen, was working as a computer programmer at the time of his death, which was confirmed Friday by Britain’s Foreign Office.

Friends and family had been searching for him since he failed to arrive at work Tuesday morning in the hours after the bomb attacks. Press reports indicated he lived in Brussels with his partner and their son.

“This morning we received the most terrible and devastating news about our beloved David,” said a statement sent out by officials on behalf of Dixon’s family Friday. “At this most painful time our family would gratefully appreciate it if we could be left alone to grieve in private.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was “deeply saddened” by the death of Dixon, who was originally from Hartlepool, in northeastern England.


Two New York City siblings are among the dead, their family said Friday.

Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski, Dutch nationals who lived in the U.S., were headed home to the United States when a bomb exploded at the Brussels airport Tuesday morning. Alexander, 29, was on the phone with his mother in the Netherlands when the line went dead, said James Cain, whose daughter Cameron was engaged to Alexander.

Alexander had travelled to the Netherlands to work on a craft-related business that he and Cameron were going to start together, Cain said. The couple met six years ago while taking summer courses in Durham, North Carolina, and had planned to marry within the year.

Sascha Pinczowski, 26, was a 2015 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York with a degree in business. She spent last summer as an intern at a catering company, Shiraz Events.

Shiraz Events President Shai Tertner called her “a bright, hardworking young woman with a great career ahead of her.”

In November, Sascha Pinczowski had warned that demonizing Muslims would help drive the recruitment of extremists. She posted on Facebook after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that “Ignorant spreading of anti-Muslim sentiment and propaganda does nothing but benefit ISIS.”

Pinczowski’s Nov. 16 Facebook post was reposted by her mother, Marjan Pinczowski Fasbender, who wrote that she wanted to share “this message of tolerance from our Dear Daughter Sascha.”


The Chinese Embassy in Belgium said Friday that a Chinese national was killed in the attacks. He was identified only by his surname – Deng. No further details were released.


Born in Peru, Adelma Tapia Ruiz dreamed of opening a restaurant. She had lived in Belgium for nine years but still cooked the recipes of her homeland, preparing the spicy chicken dish aji de gallina for a food festival organized by the Peruvian consulate in Brussels last year.

Tapia, 37, was killed when a bomb tore through the departures area of Brussels airport on Tuesday, her family confirmed. A split-second decision saved her husband and 4-year-old twin daughters Maureen and Alondra from sharing her fate.

Her Belgian husband, Christophe Delcambe, had taken the girls out of the check-in line to play for a moment when a loud explosion ripped through the concourse. One daughter was struck in the arm by shrapnel and is being treated in a local hospital.

Her brother, Fernando Tapia, told The Associated Press his sister was preparing to catch a flight to New York to meet up with two sisters who live in the United States.

Tapia and her husband lived in the town of Tubize, south of Brussels, and her brother said she will likely be buried in her adopted homeland.

Farewell Rexall Place: Share your favourite memories

The Edmonton Oilers will play their last game at Rexall Place on Wednesday, April 6.

It will mark the end of an era.

Rexall Place was known as Northlands Coliseum from 1974 to 1995 and home to the Oilers when they were in the old World Hockey Association (until 1979). The team started playing there in 1974. The arena was also called the Edmonton Coliseum from 1995 to 1998 and Skyreach Centre from 1998 to 2003.

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  • Tickets fly out fast for chance to skate on ice at Rexall Place

  • Final Edmonton Oilers game at Rexall Place bumped up several hours

  • Cost of transforming Rexall Place into two-level ice facility pegged at $85M

    READ MORE: Final Edmonton Oilers game at Rexall Place bumped up several hours 

    The Oilers Entertainment Group is planning a whole evening of special events to mark the occasion. Every player who has ever put on an Oilers jersey and played a game at Rexall Place has been invited back to take part in the farewell event.

    READ MORE: Calling all Oilers: Team announces plans to say final farewell to Rexall Place

    From the Oilers’ first Stanley Cup win to The Great One’s incredible 50-goal streak, there were many memories made at the arena now known as Rexall Place.

    We’re hoping you’ll share your favourite memory at the arena with us.

    What was the best game you attended at Rexall Place?

    What was your favourite goal there? Your favourite overtime win? Do you have a Rexall Place memory involving your favourite player? Is there a special moment featuring a goalie there? A captain? A defensive play that blew you away? What was your favourite “coach” memory? Do you have a favourite memory involving a Stanley Cup win? Is there a big, heartbreaking moment that you won’t forget?

    Do you have an unbelievable, wacky Rexall Place experience that takes the cake?

    Please share your favourite Rexall Place experiences in the comments section below this article. We’ll be sharing some of your memories on the Early News and the News Hour leading up to the final game.

    Watch below: Some of your favourite memories of Rexall Place

    We also hope you’ll vote on your favourite moment in our poll.

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    George Waselenchuk was a zamboni driver in 1997 and remembers some of those top moments well.

    “The Dallas Stars were playing the Oilers. They were down 3-0 with four minutes left in the game and the Oilers came back. People were leaving because they thought the game was over at 3-0,” Waselenchuk recalled. “To see people running back into the stands after that second goal… They’d gone out of the building to the parking lot, started to run back in when they got to their cars.

    “They won that game. It was unbelievable how loud the building got in those last four minutes.”

    Waselenchuk now works as building operations manager at Northlands. Another memory that stands out to him is the 2006 Stanley Cup.

    “It was, it was, your ears rang. It was just like leaving a concert, that’s how loud the fans were cheering. It was absolutely amazing, especially those last three games. I drove two of those last three games and it was unbelievable, just atmosphere,” Waselenchuk said. “The building was buzzing. People were standing the whole time. It was crazy.”

    PA announcer Mark Lewis won’t forget those three games in 2006 either.

    “Remembering back to what happened during the ’06 Stanley Cup final at Rexall Place, that was the loudest I’d ever heard. And when I heard it I said, ‘I can’t believe this. We’ve won five Stanley Cups yet this was louder.’ You couldn’t hear yourself. You couldn’t talk to the person beside you.”

    Northlands is holding two free, public skates at Rexall Place for fans to enjoy the ice one last time as the Oilers say goodbye to the arena. The second Northlands Legacy Skate Kick Off was scheduled due to overwhelming demand.

    The public skates are scheduled to take place Monday, April 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday, April 11 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    While the skate is free, people who are interested have to pre-register for a time slot.

Sexual assault reported at UBC; may be connected to campus creeper

A sexual assault happened on the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus last night and RCMP believe it may be connected to a recent string of “late-night prowler events.”

It happened at approximately 10 p.m. in the 3200-block of Wesbrook Mall in UBC’s South Campus residential neighbourhood. A 20-year-old female was walking alone when she was grabbed from behind by a man who emerged from the woods.

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The suspect shoved the woman to the ground and began rubbing against her back. The woman suffered minor bruising, but was able to fight off the suspect, who then fled the scene.

RCMP say the suspect’s description matches that of a voyeur seen recently in women’s residences on campus. Five times since March 23, a male has been reported lurking in shower and residential rooms in Vanier Place and Totem Park, generally home to first-year students. In all five incidents, the man fled when he was seen and no sexual offence occurred.

The University Detachment RCMP is working with campus security to investigate.

The suspect is described as 5’10”, “darker skinned” and in his mid-to-late 20s with a slender build. He was seen wearing dark clothing, possibly with a dark hoodie, and smelled of tobacco.

Sources tell Global News there is a person of interest in the case, not a UBC student, but a known sexual predator

Anyone with information that could help police with their investigation is asked to call UBC RCMP at 604-224-1322 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

WATCH: As UBC RCMP investigates the violent sexual assault of a female student, the university says more security measures will soon be in place – including more cameras.

More surveillance coming to UBC?

Investigators say the latest incidents do not appear connected to six sexual assaults on campus in 2013.

No arrest was ever made, but a UBC report recommended the use of more security cameras.

But there are still none at the residence entrances at Vanier Place and Totem Park, and people could be seen entering open buildings throughout the weekend.

“There are papers on the board saying don’t let strangers to our home, but apparently it’s not doing the job,” said Houman Noorbaksh, a tutor who was at Vanier Park on Sunday to help a student, and was surprised to see open doors to buildings.

Officials are installing cameras on forty new emergency phones being installed around campus, but they won’t all be working until mid-April. And UBC administrators say they have improved lighting and landscaping.

The university has historically opted against 24/7 surveillance at residences out of concern for student privacy – but Campus Security Director Barry Eccleton hinted that would be reassessed.

“There’s always this balance between privacy and safety, but given these events, we might be looking at that a little differently,” he said.