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A southwestern Ontario mayor is calling for cooler heads to prevail after a First Nation tore down barriers and began driving vehicles along a stretch of beach running between its territories, angering area homeowners.
Kettle and Stony Point First Nation took down the gates blocking vehicle access to Ipperwash Beach on Lake Huron on Friday. The beach is adjacent to the former provincial park where aboriginal protester Dudley George was killed by police in a land dispute in 1995.
Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber says First Nation members have walked along the beach to Ipperwash Park since the barricades went up in 1973, but that residents have safety and environmental concerns with vehicle traffic.
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As tensions rise Weber wants the provincial and federal governments to step in to resolve the issue, saying that what’s needed is discussion and not confrontation.
Kettle and Stony Point Chief Tom Bressette has said the beach route encompasses his band’s “historical trails” and that the First Nation wasn’t consulted when the barriers first went up between their two land areas.
Resident Mark Lindsay says his property rights are being violated as his cottage extends right to the water, and on Saturday set up a makeshift barrier using a picnic table as homeowners took to the beach in protest.
A Calgary man has been charged with second-degree murder and indignity to a body in connection with the death of his common-law wife, who disappeared in 2012, after police found what’s believed to be human remains at their Ogden duplex on Friday night.
Allan Shyback, 38, of Calgary, was arrested out of town at an undisclosed location. He was charged Saturday in the death of Lisa Michelle Mitchell, 31, and is expected to appear in court Monday.
Police say Mitchell was last seen Oct. 29, 2012 at the couple’s Ogden home in the 7600 block of 26A Street S.E.
Sgt. John Hebert, with the Calgary Police Service’s missing persons team, said Mitchell’s family became concerned after not hearing from her for “an uncharacteristic amount of time,” and reported her missing to the Turner Valley RCMP on Nov. 17, 2012.
The investigation was turned over to the Calgary Police Service on Jan. 9, 2013, which led officers to execute a search warrant Friday at the Ogden home.
Hebert said investigators discovered what’s believed to be human remains within the house. Members with the forensic crime scene unit continued to search the home Saturday.
“There were a number of people we examined for this investigation. Through that investigation, we reduced the suspects down to the person we currently have in custody,” Hebert said, adding the man has a history with police but it was for “nothing significant.”
A second man was arrested at the Ogden home for unrelated matters on an outstanding warrant.
Hebert would not say when it’s believed Mitchell was killed, adding it’s up to the medical examiner’s office to make that determination. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
He also declined to speak to a possible motive.
Hebert said Mitchell’s two children, a daughter and son, 5 and 7, lived at the residence but are “safe and sound.” He added officers made sure the children would not be at home at the time of the search. One of the children was fathered by the accused man.
“The kids are one of primary concerns,” Hebert said. “They are being taken care of at this time. But obviously, they are going to need additional resources later on.”
The kids are one of primary concerns
When asked how it was possible for three people to live in a home containing what’s believed to be human remains, Hebert said: “There are some circumstances within the house that it will be revealed during the court process that will answer that question.”
Police were aware of a minor domestic history between the couple but there were never any charges laid, Hebert said.
For much of Saturday, police remained at the scene, with cruisers parked at the front and back of the home. Yellow police tape encircled the property, and also blocked both entrances to the back alley. Hebert said the scene will likely be held for a number of days.
Mitchell’s mother was notified of the case’s progression Friday, Hebert said.
“I think it’s fair to say she was aware of the potential for this to have occurred. I think she took the news with a measure of grace considering what the news was,” he said.
Napane Penny lives across from the Ogden home under investigation. He says it’s not unusual to see domestic disturbances unfolding on the street and says he’s made child welfare calls for various neighbours in the past.
When he arrived home from an appointment Friday around 5 p.m., he thought the white cube van outside his neighbour’s house was there because someone was being evicted. Even the police presence seemed pretty typical.
“We just kind of ignored it,” he told reporters. “We didn’t think much of it. Then we found out that there’s probably something more going on with the (police vehicles) in the back.”
He started paying closer attention when he saw the forensic crime scene unit truck pull up, followed by the medical examiner. He said he noticed investigators entering the home, then emerging with a small package, which he feared was a body.
It’s scary because it hits close to home. I’ve got little kids too
He said the residents — a couple with their two children — generally kept to themselves, and the blinds were usually closed.
Frances Brown, whose backyard faces the backyard of the home being searched, said she knew of a man and two children who lived in the home but never saw any other adult residents.
Brown said she met the man — whom she only knew as “Al” — about a year ago, when she alerted him to the broken tail-light on his vehicle. Over the year, they’d see each other and exchange pleasantries. He came over now and then, including for her husband’s birthday in the summer, and he had told them his ex was in British Columbia, she said.
Brown said she noticed something was amiss when she hadn’t seen the man move his truck — which was parked in the back alley and covered with snow — in over a week and she hadn’t seen the kids in awhile. Then she saw officers show up Friday.
“I was worried and walked over to the police to ask, ‘Are they OK?’” she said, but no officers would tell her what was going on. “I saw them taking stuff out of the house into a truck, but it was too far (to see what those items were).”
Leah Sanoffsky, who also lives across the back alley, said she also only ever saw a man and two children at the home.
She said she was worried when she saw the heavy police presence at the residence, noting the young children who lived in the home and adding: “It’s scary because it hits close to home. I’ve got little kids too.”
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A Muslim convert who left Ottawa last year to join ISIS resurfaced in a propaganda video on Sunday to threaten Canadians they will be “indiscriminately targeted” in retaliation for joining the international military coalition fighting the terror group.
In a six-minute video, he said the October killings of two Canadian Forces members in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa by men who had adopted Islamist extremist beliefs were a “direct response” to Canada’s role in Iraq.
“The more bombs you drop on our people, the more Muslims will realize and understand that today, waging jihad against the West and its allies around the world is beyond a shadow of the doubt a religious obligation binding upon every Muslim,” he said.
While he identified himself as Abu Anwar al-Canadi, three former friends said they recognized him as John Maguire, a former University of Ottawa student who converted to Islam and became radicalized before vanishing last year.
His family told the National Post the RCMP had told his mother he was in Syria and had travelled there on a one-way ticket. Posting online under the name “Yahya” Maguire, he had called Canada “evil” and that he wanted “the opportunity for martyrdom.”
Originally from Kemptville, Ont., the 23-year-old is one of the dozens of Canadians believed to be fighting with extremist groups in Iraq and Syria. Since the attacks in Quebec and Ottawa, the government has proposed new legislation to better track them abroad.
The video, posted onto Twitter and jihadi Web forums, and distributed by the SITE Intelligence Group, said Canada was “waging war” against Muslims. “So it should not surprise you when operations by the Muslims are executed where it hurts you the most – on your very own soil – in retaliation to your unprovoked acts of aggression towards our people,” Maguire said.
“You have absolutely no right to live in a state of safety and security when your country is carrying out atrocities on our people,” he added. “Your people will be indiscriminately targeted as you indiscriminately target our people.”
Like many jihadists, Mr. Maguire claimed he had been an ordinary Canadian until his religious awakening. “I was one of you. I was a typical Canadian. I grew up on the hockey rink and spent my teenage years on stage playing guitar,” he said.
“I had no criminal record. I was a bright student and maintained a strong GPA in university. So how could one of your people end up in my place? And why is it that your own people are the ones turning against you at home? The answer is that we have accepted the true call of the prophets and messengers of God.”
He told Canadians to convert to Islam.
Canada has sent six CF-18s to Kuwait to participate in air strikes against ISIS, which has been attempting to impose its backwards ideology on Syrians and Iraqis through a brutal campaign of ranging from mass executions, ethnic cleansing, forced conversions and enslaving members of minority faiths.
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