• Justice Michelle Fuerst ordered a retrial for Sang Eun Lee after finding York Regional Police had been subject to an unreasonable search when she was ordered to remove her bra during a post-arrest search.An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered a retrial in an impaired driving case after finding police stripped a woman of her Charter rights by ordering she remove her underwire bra — said to be a 20-year-old unwritten search policy.

    If you are going to have a policy that leads to female suspects removing their underwear, one would think it best to write it down somewhere.

    The Toronto Star reports that Justice Michelle Fuerst ordered a retrial for Sang Eun Lee after finding York Regional Police had been subject to an unreasonable search when she was ordered to remove her bra during a post-arrest search.

    For the record, the bra was removed in a private room.

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    A lower court had previously ruled the move was acceptable because the intent was to obtain the bra to be searched. The Star reports that the search was in accordance to a 20-year-old unwritten policy.

    According to the Star, Fuerst ruled:

    The trial judge also

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  • Metro Vancouver bus drivers don't have to pay fines for running red lights.As a sometime Vancouver transit user, I appreciate the work bus drivers do.

    They manhandle huge vehicles — sometimes those extra-long, bendy buses — through crowded city streets, dealing with surly, occasionally even violent riders, all while keeping to tight schedules.

    I've seen them sail through orange-turning-red lights with a tap on the horn to make sure they don't collect an unwary pedestrian or another vehicle anticipating the light change. They don't want to brake hard to stop, potentially sending the strap-hangers flying. Fair enough.

    But what I didn't know is that drivers get essentially a free pass if they are caught on camera blowing a red light.

    CTV News reports that automated red-light cameras generated about 230 tickets for TransLink buses in the last five years. Each is worth $167, which adds up to almost $40,000.

    But no driver has paid one of those tickets since 2002, when TransLink challenged one of the red-light infractions in court.

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  • Zombies not welcome in Canada: John Baird

    When asked a question about Canada's preparedness in the event of a zombie attack, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird assured Canadians the government will never let the country become a "safe haven for zombies."


    Canada’s government is working at full speed these days, as highlighted by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird's assurance that the country is being kept safe from a possible zombie invasion.

    Cue record scratch. Pardon me?

    Yes, apparently we have nothing to fear from a zombie invasion. Baird made the assurance after being questioned on the topic in the House of Commons by NDP MP Pat Martin.

    Baird said, according to Postmedia News:

    Mr. Speaker, I want to assure this member and all Canadians that I am dedicated to ensuring that this never happens. I want to say categorically to this member and through him to all Canadians that under the leadership of this Prime Minister, Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies ever.

    And

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  • Jerry Cudahy (Facebook photo)A man some have dubbed Canada's dog whisperer and his wife appear to have died a fire at their home, with police not ruling out arson.

    Jerry and Eve Cudahy have not been seen since fire razed their Beaverton farmhouse, about 110 kilometres north of Toronto. Two bodies were found in the smoking ruins and were sent for autopsy and identification, according to Durhamregion.com.

    The fire early Sunday morning was spotted by a passing motorist but by the time firefighters arrived "the home was fully engulfed and partially collapsed," said Bryan Fischer, fire-investigation supervisor with the Ontario Fire Marshall's Office, which is investigating the blaze.

    Durham Regional Police are also involved in the investigation. Police have not ruled out arson and homicide detectives have been assigned to the case, Sgt. Nancy van Rooy told the National Post.

    “The cause of the fire and the cause of the deaths have yet to be determined,” she said.

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  • Even though 86-year-old Valerie Fortune Brown wasn't legally married to Gordon Walker, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled theirs was a spousal relationship and the unemployed Walker was entitled to support.An elderly millionaire B.C. widow has been ordered to pay her younger "trophy husband" $157,000 in spousal support after the bitter end to their 14-year relationship.

    Even though 86-year-old Valerie Fortune Brown wasn't legally married to Gordon Walker, who's 20 years younger, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled theirs was a spousal relationship and the unemployed Walker was entitled to support, The Canadian Press reports.

    But reading Justice Randal Wong's decision, you get the impression the judge held his nose in awarding Walker the money.

    Brown, an English-born former world-class figure skater and artist's model, had buried two husbands over the years. The second one, Vancouver businessman James Brown, left her very well off with a portfolio of investments worth more than $3 million and a large house on Yacht Road, in Sechelt, on the Sunshine Coast, a short ferry ride from Vancouver.

    She met Walker, a high school-educated Ontario native living on welfare, in 1997 when both were working at

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  • An international human rights organization has released a damning report on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's failure to protect aboriginal women in British Columbia, even alleging police officers were responsible for compounding the problem.

    But while the RCMP says it is taking the Human Rights Watch report, titled "Those Who Take Us Away," seriously, there is little more it can do to investigate its contents.

    RCMP Chief Supt. Janice Armstrong released a statement on Wednesday that said it was difficult to investigate the report because, although the force has been made aware of the allegations, none of the complainants can be identified.

    "It is impossible to deal with such public and serious complaints when we have no method to determine who the victims or the accused are," Armstrong’s statement read, according to the Vancouver Sun.

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    One thing that should be pointed out: Human Rights Watch is an international

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  • Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Chris WattieIt appears Canada is becoming a hot spot for unemployed Irish workers willing to leave the Emerald Isle in hopes of a better life. And it may have been the dulcet tones and siren song of Jason Kenney that fed the wave.

    The National Post reports that Irish workers seeking jobs in Canada spiked this year, with the country's annual quota of 6,350 "working holiday" visas being snapped up in less than three days.

    “It’s staggering; we all knew that the demand was going to be very high this year, but I don’t think anybody anticipated this,” Cathy Murphy, director of the Irish Canadian Immigration Centre, told the newspaper.

    The Post reports that 5,350 visas were issued in Ireland last year, and it took five months for them all to be issued.

    The number of work quotas available to Irish travellers has increased in each of the last two years, from 5,000 in 2011 to 5,350 last year to the current 6,350.

    The Sun reports that the quota will almost double to 10,000 next year.

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  • She’s been called the greatest female hockey player in the world, but Canada women’s national ice hockey team captain Hayley Wickenheiser says she wouldn’t be shattering records and scooping up Olympic medals if it weren’t for the community hockey coaches who mentored her in her youth. Now as part of the Kraft Hockey Goes On program, the 34-year-old hopes to honour the volunteers who give so much of themselves to our budding superstars.

    Yahoo! Canada News: You’ve joined an initiative that’s looking to reward community hockey programs across the country. Is there someone in particular who influenced you when you were a young player?

    Wickenheiser: Ken Billington was one of my first coaches and one of the first people in my life outside of my parents who really believed in me, not just as a hockey player but being a girl who was playing on all-boys teams. He went out of his way to mentor me and coach me. I think he recognized that I had talent at a young age. To this day, when I

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  • Members of the RCMP will be patrolling the slopes in Lake Louise and Nakiska, west of Calgary.Canadian Ski Patrol volunteers work on more than 200 ski hills in the country, rescuing injured skiers and helping prevent accidents through safety awareness.

    But policing potentially illegal behaviour on the slopes is outside their mandate, which has prompted the RCMP in Alberta revive its own ski patrol.

    Volunteer officers, uniformed and armed, are patrolling the slopes at Lake Louise and Nakiska, west of Calgary, CBC News reports.

    "It's going to deter people from bringing narcotics or have that second look of doing something on the ski hill because they know there is going to be a police presence," Lake Louise detachment commander Cpl. Jeff Campbell told CBC News.

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    The officers will also be keeping an eye peeled for thieves raiding ski racks at the resorts.

    Lake Louise had a similar police patrol 20 years ago but it fizzled out with personnel changes. The new program is modelled on a similar one at Whistler, B.C., north of

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  • Metal horse heads outlined with neon lights are seen above a horsemeat butcher shop in Paris in this February 11, 2013 file picture. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/FilesCanadians who are skittish that they may inadvertently ingest horse meat can rest easy. It appears our meat industry can still tell the difference between equine and bovine.

    Global News reports that scientist at the University of Guelph tested hamburger patties at fast food restaurants and at grocery stores and found absolutely no traces of horse DNA within the meat.

    “This testing is something all Canadians should be proud of — knowing the hamburger meat they are buying is beef with no substitutes detected or additions,” lead researcher Paul Hebert said, according to Global.

    For those wondering why such a thing would be questioned in the first place, may we direct your attention to Europe?

    Europe's horse meat scandal growingEurope's horse meat scandal is growing with warnings sent to sixteen countries over suspect frozen meals.

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    The issue has grown into an international scandal overseas after traces of horse meat were

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