Windsor police make record seizure of crystal meth and more

By CRAIG PEARSON, WINDSOR STAR

Following a 12-week undercover investigation Windsor police have seized an estimated $180,000 in drugs, including the force’s largest ever haul of crystal meth.

Officers made buys from street-level and mid-level dealers and seized 850 grams of crystal methamphetamine, among other drugs. The operation started in September and uncovered a growing meth problem in Windsor, including with blue product like that featured on the acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad.

“Meth has gone crazy,” Staff Sgt. Frank Providenti, the head of the department’s intelligence unit, said Thursday during a press conference at police headquarters.

“In Windsor, it’s now the drug of choice. Before we had a problem with crack cocaine. It’s still out there but not to the extent it used to be. Crystal meth is now easier to get and has a better bang for your buck.”

The other alarming finding from the investigation — which included dangerous undercover work from more than one officer — is the rise in fentanyl, including “bootleg” and powdered versions of the sometimes fatal drug.

Providenti said at least two or three people in Windsor have died from fentanyl overdoses in the last year and that further investigation might prove the number is actually higher.

Besides more than 850 grams of methamphetamine the latest operation netted: eight fentanyl patches, six grams of fentanyl powder, 105 oxycodone pills, 3.6 grams of cocaine, 0.3 grams of crack, 129 MDMA pills, 0.1 grams of heroin, seven hydromorphone pills, and 11.7 grams of marijuana.

“This is a significant seizure,” Providenti said, noting that many of the drugs confiscated will now be more difficult to find in Windsor over the holiday period.

Police have charged 15 people, though four suspects have yet to be arrested. Most arrests in the operation were made two days ago.

‘There was blood everywhere’: Barrhaven girl tells of finding dead mother

By GARY DIMMOCK, OTTAWA CITIZEN

She was the last to see her mother alive, and the first to find her dead.

The girl had stayed home from school that day — Jan. 29, 2014 — to look after her mom as she recovered from surgery. The girl didn’t want to run errands with her father but he convinced her, and they went to the grocery store and bought roses and cake for her mom. It was their wedding anniversary.

When they returned from the grocery store, it was the girl, roses in her hand, who found her mom dead on the floor. Jagtar Gill was slashed and bludgeoned to death in the family room of her Barrhaven home.

The horrifying discovery was recounted by Gill’s daughter for police in a 2014 interview. A video of the interview was shown in court at her father’s first-degree murder trial. Bhupinderpal Gill and his mistress, Gurpreet Ronald, are on trial for killing his 43-year-old wife. The accused killers — both OC Transpo drivers — watched in silence as the girl recounted that awful afternoon.

She walked in the door (unlocked), kicked off her shoes and later “froze” at the sight of her dead mom.

“There was blood everywhere. I started yelling for my dad,” the girl told police in the 2014 interview.

She started crying, started breathing heavy, she said. She was too scared to check for a pulse, but it was clear from her severe wounds — including a slit throat — that she was dead.

“My dad’s panicking,” she recalled. “He was just yelling in a worried tone about nothing … I kept hearing about suicide but she would never do that. She was happy,” the girl told police in the videotaped interview.

Her mother had in fact been killed, and worse, police said it was her father who conspired with his mistress to do it.

She said her father wondered aloud if it was a robbery.

The girl said she kept thinking: “Who would want to do this on my parents’ anniversary?”

The detective told the girl the police were going to do their best to find out.

Earlier that day, her mother was joking around that they’d be lost without her. If she died, she joked, nobody would know how to cut the pizza.

Her dad said they’d figure it out, the daughter said.

The jury has heard about key DNA evidence against the mistress, Gurpreet Ronald. Her DNA was all over the murder weapons and the bloody gloves. The police say when Gill came home with his daughter on the day of the killing, he went to the kitchen and started washing the bloody knives used to kill his wife.

The jury has heard that Gill also dumped one of the murder weapons outside, and that Ronald dumped the bloody gloves in a park, according to police.

Gill is expected to testify in his own defence at the trial before Ontario Superior Court Justice Julianne Parfett. The trial continues Thursday.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Advocates Against Hatred And Racism In Aftermath Of The Terrorist Attacks On Paris

Manila, Philippines

18 November 2015

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today advocating against acts of hatred and racism directed at specific Canadians in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris:

“Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, I have noted with deep regret a number of highly disturbing acts aimed at certain Canadians, including the fire at the mosque in Peterborough, the smashing of windows at a Hindu temple in Kitchener, and the attack on a Muslim woman in Toronto.

“Diversity is Canada’s strength. These vicious and senseless acts of intolerance have no place in our country and run absolutely contrary to Canadian values of pluralism and acceptance.

“The Government of Canada strongly condemns such actions and, along with law enforcement agencies, will protect the rights of innocent Canadians being subjected to such abuse.

“Canadians understand that religious groups around the world suffer persecution regularly at the hands of violent extremists. Our focus must be on stopping the people responsible for the terror, and continuing to fight hate by embracing Canadian values.”

Toronto seniors falling prey to ‘distraction theft’ cons, police warn

Police say that thieves are targeting senior citizens who speak little to no English in a series of ‘distraction thefts’

Thieves are preying on seniors, particularly those who speak little English, Toronto police are warning.

Police report four “distraction thefts” with similar tactics this month alone, between Aug. 17 to 21.

Each time, police say, a woman approaches a senior citizen and asks for directions. The woman distracts her victims by giving them worthless jewelry while stealing expensive jewelry, such as rings and necklaces. Before the victims realize their jewelry is missing, the fraud artist is driven away by a male suspect.

Police are urging the public to be on their guard against these ploys and report any suspicious behaviour to police.

To help alert the community, Crime Stoppers has released a series of YouTube videos in English, Portuguese, and Italian.

Police believe there may be other victims.

Crime Stoppers’ reenactment of a series of ‘distraction thefts’ targeting seniors in the GTA. Videos have been produced in English, Portuguese and Italian.

This isn’t the first time a string of distraction thefts have hit Toronto. In 2014, a Scarborough widow lost irreplaceable jewelry including her wedding ring to a ‘hugging’ distraction thief.

Police also dismantled an international organized crime ring responsible for a series of distraction thefts across southern Ontario and Quebec in 2012.

Manasvi Noel is Miss India-Canada 2015

TORONTO: Manasvi Noel of Mississauga City has been crowned Miss India-Canada 2015 at the 25th edition of the annual beauty pageant organised here, a media report said.

During a night full of “entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one”, the Dubai-born Noel won the esteemed title, the final top contenders for which included Sharon Philipose, Kajill Aujila, Tanpreet Parmar and Priya Sharma, Canada-based the VOICE reported on Tuesday.
Sharon Philipose was adjudged the first runner-up, while Kajill Aujila was the first runner-up of the contest held during the weekend at the International Plaza Hotel here. This year marked the silver jubilee of the beauty pageant.

Organisers Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma also presented the Special Achievement Award to Bollywood actress Preity Zinta for her contribution to Indian and international cinema.
Noel, a graduate from CIMT College’s Etobicoke School of the Arts in drama and acting, is currently studying media communications at Toronto’s Humber College.
She plans to have her own academy for freestyle dancing in which students can learn different Indian and traditional dance forms.

‘Bare with us’: Ontario sisters to host topless protest

Sisters from Kitchener are asserting their right to bare breasts after being stopped by police while topless. Allison Tanner reports.
 Kendra Mangione, CTVNews.ca Writer

Published Tuesday, July 28, 2015 10:43AM EDT

Dozens of people are expected to show up to a demonstration in Waterloo, Ont. on Saturday, a week after three topless women were stopped by police.

Alysha Mohamed and her two sisters, Tameera and Nadia, were on an evening bike ride in Kitchener-Waterloo on Friday when they were pulled over by a police officer.

The women had been biking in the downtown area with their shirts off because of the heat, Brilla told CTV Kitchener.

Jason Kenney joins Kapil Sharma in Comedy night

Yesterday I was pleased to have the opportunity to join ‘Indian King of Comedy’ Kapil Sharma on stage at the First Ontario Centre, where thousands of Canadian South Asians had gathered to watch this talented entertainer perform.

Yesterday I was pleased to have the opportunity to join 'Indian King of Comedy' Kapil Sharma on stage at the First Ontario Centre, where thousands of Canadian South Asians had gathered to watch this talented entertainer perform. I had the opportunity to share a joke or two and to thank Kapil for being a positive role model by standing up against drugs and corruption.Congratulations to Team 4 Entertainment for the successful show and I wish Trendwest Productions the best for the BC show on August 2nd.Hier, j’ai eu le privilège de rencontrer le « roi indien de la comédie » Kapil Sharma sur scène au First Ontario Centre, où des milliers de Canadiens d’origine sud-asiatique étaient rassemblés pour assister à une prestation de cet artiste talentueux.C’est ainsi que j’ai eu le plaisir d’échanger une ou deux blagues avec Kapil et de le remercier d’être un modèle positif en s’opposant à la drogue et à la corruption.Félicitations à Team 4 Entertainment pour un spectacle réussi et meilleurs vœux de succès à Trendwest Productions pour le spectacle du 2 août prochain en Colombie-Britannique.

Posted by Jason Kenney on Monday, July 27, 2015

I had the opportunity to share a joke or two and to thank Kapil for being a positive role model by standing up against drugs and corruption.