EDMONTON CANADA May 12 2013 – A Safeway security guard was found not guilty Friday of sexually assaulting and confining a teenage girl he caught shoplifting in 2010.
A jury acquitted 37-year-old James Allan Carlson on six of seven charges against him, but could not decide on a verdict on the remaining charge of extortion. On that final charge, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice June Ross declared a mistrial.
With tears in his eyes and a smile on his face, Carlson stood and hugged his lawyer, then members of his family, before he left court.
Carlson caught the 15-year-old and her friend stealing chocolate bars and tampons from the Westmount Shopping Centre grocery store on July 15, 2010.
He testified that the girl was very upset and fearful Carlson would report her.
“She begged me not to tell her parents,” he told the jury. “She started to cry. She was nearly hysterical.”
In particular, Carlson recalled, the girl was scared her father might beat her for the crime because she told him her dad had been abusive. Carlson said the girl pushed up the sleeve of her sweater to show him a bruise she said was from her father. In her testimony, the girl denied ever having a bruise.
“She said her father has hit her before and pushed her around. I felt bad for her. I really did.”
Carlson then worked out a deal with the girls, he said. The second teen would take the blame and have her parents called while the alleged victim would be free to go.
When she asked for a ride to that school, he said yes.
“In hindsight, it was a mistake,” Carlson said about letting the girl in his car. “I shouldn’t have done it.”
Carlson then dropped the girl off and “that was it,” he said.
“At no time did I ever touch her.”
The girl claimed that Carlson repeatedly asked her for oral sex as part of the deal, then rubbed her leg while they were in his car. She also told the jury that he forced her to expose her breasts.
The Crown prosecutor’s office can attempt to re-try Carlson on the extortion charge at a later date, if they choose.
Carlson was found not guilty of sexual counsel of a child, sexual assault, unlawful confinement, sexual contact with a child, kidnapping and procuring a youth for sex.
Toronto Canada May 11 2013 Toronto police have arrested three men in connection with a violent heist at a security services company facility, which they suggest was an inside job.
Staff Insp. Mike Earl of the Holdup Squad said April 14 four men robbed INKAS, a company that transports money for various clients in the GTA.
He said three men drove to the security facility in North York. Two men disguised themselves, one armed with a silver handgun pistol-whipped and zip-tied an unarmed employee and made off with a large quantity of cash.
Police said they seized numerous appliances and Ikea furniture, various drugs, three motorcycles, a 2010 Honda Accord, a BMW M5 and $117,000 in cash.
He said the money was shared among the men, some was wired to different locations and “they treated it like they won the lottery and lived a lavish lifestyle since the robbery occurred.”
Police said they haven’t traced all the cash.
On Tuesday, neighbours said they awoke to the sound of a loud bang around 6 a.m. as tactical officers rammed the down the door at two Brampton homes on Ferncastle Cres. and Aylesbury Dr.
The neighbours, who asked not to be identified, said two young guys had moved into one of the homes in the past few weeks. They bought the BMW last week and the motorcycles a couple of weeks ago.
“I thought they won the lottery,” one neighbour said.
Police would not comment how long they were watching the three men.
“We have not stopped working on this from day one,” Earl said.
Cecil Stewart, 27, Aundre Hartwell, 29 and 27-year old Devon Hartwell, 27, have been charged. The investigation is ongoing. Police are looking for another man who they have not identified yet.
Police said Aundre Hartwell worked for INKAS and he still had his badge, uniform and would have inside information about how the premises operated.
Police also said Devon Hartwell was one of the men who went inside the facility and Stewart drove the getaway car. The accused are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday
Alberta Canada May 1 2013 The Alberta Labour Relations Board has ordered all public service employees back to work after a judge found the AUPE in contempt of court for a wildcat strike that spread to the province’s courts on Monday.
The dual announcements came late Monday.
Alberta Associate Chief Justice J.D. Rooke found the union in contempt of court and made his ruling public shortly after 10 p.m.
The AUPE was hit with a $100,000 fine for contempt, and that fine rises to $250,000 if the strike is not over by noon Tuesday. It jumps to $500,000 if the labour disruption doesn’t end by Wednesday.
AUPE lawyer Simon Renouf asked for a week to pay the $100,000 fine; however, Rooke said there must be no delay so as to “purge” the strike as quickly as possible.
“The banks are open tomorrow (Tuesday), last I checked,” he told Renouf.
Government lawyers used media stories and videos posted on the AUPE’s website to try to prove their case of contempt. The videos showed Smith, Local 003 president Clarke McChesney, and other union leaders addressing striking workers outside the Edmonton Remand Centre.
In one of the videos from the union website, Smith tells workers that he was “directed to inform you” of the LRB’s directive to return to work. But Rooke said the message essentially had the opposite effect because he did it in a “sarcastic” tone of voice. The video then shows Smith saying, “Let’s stay here until we get what we need from this government, until they listen to us.”
Rooke said this essentially gave solidarity and support to the workers’ actions.
“They didn’t tell (the workers) what they should do, they didn’t give them the leadership they deserve, they leave it to the mob,” Rooke said. “They ridiculed the court’s goal.”
In addition to the fine, the judge ordered the union to take down any videos or messages from its website expressing support for the strike, and banned AUPE leaders from publishing anything, including on social media, that would encourage continuation of the strike. Smith, McChesney and vice-president Carrie-Lyn Rusznak were also commanded to draft a statement “in clear, unambiguous terms,” that the union requests employees to return to work.
The labour board decision late Monday expanded a weekend ruling ordering an end to a wildcat strike joined earlier Monday by Alberta sheriffs and court staff, after corrections workers walked off the job Friday.
The ruling gives the province the ability to fine any public service employees who disobey.
The wildcat strike at Alberta’s correctional facilities — costing taxpayers more than a $1 million a day — expanded to Calgary’s courthouse on Monday.
As hundreds of prison guards in Alberta stayed off the job for a fourth day, they were backed by court clerks, administrative staff, sheriffs, probation officers and social workers across the province.
Only a portion of Calgary court staff walked off the job Monday afternoon — meaning it was largely business as usual in the city’s courtrooms.
“The ones who stayed (on the job) had active court happening,” said Carrie-Lynn Rusznak of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.
While picket lines were peaceful, police are investigating a fight that broke out Sunday at the gym of the Calgary Remand Centre, where guards walked off the job Friday. EMS said a man was taken to hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.
“We don’t know how many people were involved and we don’t know what the motive is,” said police spokesman Kevin Brookwell. “Right now, we’re just gathering information and moving ahead. It’s fairly early in the investigation.”
Police said they have talked with the victim but are still working to identify who is responsible for the attack.
Striking workers with the AUPE said earlier Monday they wouldn’t back down until the province addressed their concerns, including inadequate staffing, training and safety.
The wildcat strike began Friday in Edmonton. The union says it was triggered after two workers raised their concerns about the new Edmonton Remand Centre.
The province called the strike “irresponsible” and “illegal,” and was exploring ways to get strikers back to work, including a cease-and-desist order and an application to hold the union in contempt of court.
The province also delivered court orders to individual workers, but the picketers refused to budge.
No fines had been handed out, deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk said Monday afternoon.
Lukaszuk urged workers to “do the right thing” and return to work.
He thanked the RCMP officers, some of whom travelled from British Columbia and Saskatchewan, who were filling in for the striking guards.
“Routine has been re-established in all our correctional facilities,” he said.
RCMP Insp. John Haney said other than a few “isolated incidents,” including the altercation at the Calgary Remand Centre, jail procedures were returning to normal.
But a current Calgary Remand Centre inmate told the Herald that prisoners were complaining about being confined to cells more than usual.
“I’m being locked up, it makes me angry as hell. Our unit is short with each other, we’ve all got short fuses going on,” said the man, who asked not to be identified. “Other units are getting unlocked for 20 minutes at a time. How are 24 people supposed to shower and get their phone calls in in 20 minutes?”
At a news conference in Edmonton, one of the workers who had raised the remand centre concerns, Todd Ross, outlined employees’ issues for reporters.
Ross, also the chairman of the union local representing guards at the remand centre, said it’s the safety conditions at the jail that are unacceptable.
He said 800 inmates were moved into the new jail over a two-day period from other remand centres, which was too many, too fast. Glass in the facility is breakable, there aren’t enough video monitoring cameras and not enough officers are issued with pepper spray.
“This is all about occupational health and safety concerns,” said Ross, who has been a corrections officer for 28 years.
“It is a life and death situation. We need to get some meaningful talks going with this government.”
He and another colleague were subsequently reprimanded and suspended with pay, spurring their Edmonton colleagues to walk off the job Friday.
Correctional workers at all 10 correctional facilities in Alberta — Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Peace River — soon followed, along with sheriffs, probation officers, court clerks, administrative staff and social workers.
In Calgary, police officers stepped in to conduct screenings at the entrance, security in courtrooms and prisoner transports.
Lawyers at court Monday were largely supportive of the walkout.
“In my view, there’s not enough disruption,” defence lawyer Andre Ouellette told reporters.
The government has been keen to spend money on new buildings, but when it comes to dealing with employees, they have failed, Ouellette said.
But the provincial government contends that workplace health and safety were not at the core of the labour dispute.
Lukaszuk said the Edmonton Remand Centre was inspected multiple times and received a clean bill of health. He added the AUPE had signed off on all hazard assessments, an assertion the AUPE contested.
“Right now, we’re in the middle of contract negotiations with that particular union,” Lukaszuk said.
Union president Guy Smith said the deputy premier’s claims about the AUPE signing off on hazardous assessments is “completely untrue.” He also denied that the strike had anything to do with current collective bargaining negotiations
Toronto Canada April 29 2013 The Toronto Police Services Board has rejected a proposal by the Toronto Port Authority to use private armed constables at the island airport.
Citing the “enhanced liability” and “risk inherent” in letting private armed security guards look after the airport, the board told port authority executives they’ll have to work out an agreement with Toronto police and report back on negotiations in June.
The port wants travellers at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to have the convenience of clearing U.S. customs before they board a plane, but U.S. regulations require that the area be staffed full-time with armed officers to protect customs officials.
At issue is money.
The Toronto police marine unit estimates the cost of staffing the airport with 16 Toronto police constables and six sergeants at $2.9 million, port chairman Mark McQueen wrote in a letter to the board. A further $1 million would be needed to build offices.
The private-sector proposal recommends only seven full-time equivalent officers and two supervisors, at a cost of less than $800,000.
“As every incremental airport operating cost is eventually paid by passengers in the form of additional fees (neither the TPA nor the BBTCA receive any Federal operating funding or financial backstop), we have been meticulous in the analysis of the financial impact of the choices before us,” writes McQueen.
Police Chief Bill Blair told the board he was unaware of the marine unit’s staffing proposal and that he hadn’t been consulted.
Whether the Toronto force can provide the policing as cost-effectively as the private, armed, special constables is yet to be seen.
“I think we ought to let this process continue and then we can talk about it,” port president and CEO Geoffrey Wilson said at the board meeting.
Another issue is that for 60 years the port authority’s predecessor had its own armed police force – the Toronto Harbour Police and the Port of Toronto Police – which secured the water and the port lands. They merged with the Metro police force in the early ’80s, with the understanding that from then on the port would be provided with security – including the airport site – for free, writes McQueen.
The city solicitor dug out the old agreement so that it could be factored in during future negotiations.
The airport is the nation’s ninth busiest and is expected to attract more than two million passengers this year.
“As you may know, the (Toronto Port Authority) could legally engage private sector armed guards if it ran a jewelry store, rather than an airport,” McQueen wrote. “The Statutes do not, however, allow entities like the TPA to hire armed private protection for travellers in an international airport.”
He goes on to say the United States will withhold final approval without the armed officers, even if the area itself is approved for a U.S. customs facility.
At Pearson International Airport, Peel Region police secure the U.S. customs areas in Terminals 1 and 3, with the cost borne by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. An authority spokesperson said Pearson doesn’t get any federal money for operating costs.
Blair originally recommended the board turn down the request in January, but the decision was delayed to give police board chair Alok Mukherjee time to consult the province.
In response, both Madeleine Meilleur, the minister of community safety and corrections, and Daniel Hefkey, commissioner of community safety, said they preferred the Pearson model. They also noted that “special constables can’t perform the usual duties of a police officer on a permanent basis,” according to the Police Services Act.
In Ontario, only the Niagara Parks Police Service has armed special constables, a throwback to the time when the service policed the border.
McQueen notes they are armed and have the same training and authority as a local municipal officer. “In the TPA’s case, we are looking to further secure Canada’s 9th busiest airport, which is just steps from Canada’s financial core,” he writes. “No different than the mandate of the NPPS, in a way, but for the higher risk of terrorism.”
Port Coquitlam Canada April 26 2013 Police are searching for a suspect after a security guard was viciously stabbed early Tuesday morning in Port Coquitlam.
The security guard is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries but has not been able to provide investigators with much information about the suspect or what led to the attack, said Cpl. Jamie Chung, Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson.
“His health is the first priority at this point,” Cpl. Chung said. “We will be talking to him when he gets better.”
Police were called to at Chine Drive and Burleigh Avenue, off Kingsway Avenue and east of Northside Grace Church, at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when someone reported that someone was assaulting the guard. Officers found the injured man and quickly searched the area but they were unable to find the suspect.
“We are still investigating,” Chung said. “At this point, without a lot of information to go on, we are simply urging people to call us.”
Any residents in the area who witnessed the attack can contact police at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2013-10957. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or go online at http://www.solvecrime.ca. Source: Tri-CityNews.com
British Columbia Canada April 24 2013 Mounties in Port Coquitlam are investigating after a security guard was allegedly assaulted overnight with a weapon.
The incident happened on Chine Drive around 1 a.m. on April 23, near Westwood Street and Kingsway Avenue, according to police.
The middle-aged guard was taken to hospital and is in stable condition.
Police are searching for a suspect and haven’t revealed what kind of weapon was used.
Winnipeg Canada April 17 2013 An off duty Winnipeg cop was at the right place at the right time to stop an assault and make an arrest in the West Kildonan area Saturday night.
The officer was driving in the 1000 block of Leila Avenue around 11:30 p.m. when he saw a man assaulting a security guard outside a business.
Police said Monday the security guard had seen the man stealing merchandise from the business, and was trying to detain the man outside the business when the suspect started assaulting him.
The officer pulled over, identified himself as a city cop, and helped take the suspect into custody.
The security guard was not injured.
Damien Paul Harry, 30, of Winnipeg is facing charges of assault, theft under $5,000 and breach of probation, and has been detained in custody.
Halifax April 14 2013 A security guard was flung onto a vehicle bonnet as a driver made-off from Wade Street, Halifax, Bradford Crown Court was told.
Another guard was also hit as they approached the white Transit Van over a suspected shoplifting ring.
Matthew Wade, 20, admitted a charge of dangerous driving.
He was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institution suspended for 18 months, ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work and banned from driving for two years.
Richard Canning, prosecuting, said a female had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at Boots, Market Street, Halifax.
She had been with two men who security guards approached in the van.
“Guards were stood in front of the van and the defendant accelerated forward,” said Mr Canning.
Both guards escaped injury and the vehicle was captured on CCTV leaving the Wickes car park going the wrong way on a one-way street and then weaving in and out of traffic.
Police traced the van which is owned by Wade’s mother and he was arrested.
Anne-marie Hutton, mitigating for Wade, of Tyersal Green, Tyersal, Bradford, said he panicked.
“Panic set in and he drove in the way that he did,” she said.
“A moment of madness, that is what it boils down to and a lesson has been learned.”
Recorder Jonathan Sandiford said it appeared Wade was driving the van on a shoplifting expedition in Halifax and if the guard had fallen under the wheels and not to the side of the vehicle he could have been killed or seriously injured.
“It was a very dangerous piece of driving but not anywhere near the worst piece of driving I have seen,” said Recorder Sandiford.
He said his decision to suspend the sentence was a “very close run thing.”
TULSA OK April 5 2013 – Seven suspected methamphetamine users are awaiting prosecution after a sting at a Green Country casino led to their arrest.
John Hunt, 68, Gene Miller, 53, Shelley Boothe, 30, Carol Fogelman, 30, Ayla Jones, 20, Charles Yahola, 24, and John Cooper, 34, were busted trying to buy large amounts of meth at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa last week.
Casino security first responded to a smoke alarm in a seventh-floor hotel room, where 31-year-old Raven Holmes was found smoking meth, according to arrest affidavits. The documents go on to state Holmes had more than a pound of meth, scales and other drugs packaged for sale in the room.
Hard Rock officials then reportedly called for police backup, which, with the help of local, county and federal law enforcement, set up a sting that netted the seven suspects.
The suspected buyers were all arrested for charges ranging from possession of a controlled substance to endeavoring to traffic drugs.
All seven, with the exception of Cooper, are listed as Tulsa residents.
Holmes and 35-year-old Gonzalo Ponce-Arturez of Austin, Texas, were indicted on federal drug charges Monday.
According to court documents, Holmes admitted to selling large amounts of meth out of Tulsa hotels on several occasions. She claims to have sold the drugs for a man who is member of a Mexican drug cartel.
“This is a plague in our community,” said Rogers County District Attorney Janice Steidley. “With the efforts of all the law enforcement involved, we got that off the streets of Rogers County. That’s something we are quite proud of.”
Steidley’s office is expected to prosecute the suspected buyers.
WATERLOO CANADA Feb 12 2013 - A security guard was attacked and knifed Saturday night at the Waterloo Inn during a graduation party for engineering students from the University of Waterloo.
Police said the 23-year-old Waterloo man was working at the licensed event when a 22-year-old Waterloo man attending the party attacked him with a knife.
The victim received a three to four-inch laceration to his face, and he was treated and released from hospital.
The suspect was arrested at gunpoint at the hotel by a Waterloo Regional Police officer who was working at the event, and a knife was seized.
About 500 people were present at the party.
TORONTO CAN Feb 8 2013 - The first fellow officer to find Sgt. Ryan Russell dying on a snowy street after he was mowed down by a snowplow told him to hold on as she cradled him and felt his fleeting last breaths.
There was blood everywhere and she couldn’t find a pulse, Sgt. Sarah Andrews testified Wednesday.
She was one of several witnesses who testified at the trial of Richard Kachkar, 46, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and dangerous driving in the death of the 35-year-old Toronto police officer.
Witnesses said Russell tried in vain to stop the plow, backing away and firing shots at it in the seconds before it crashed into him.
The impact knocked Russell over and spun his body toward the centre of the plow and its blade struck him in the head fracturing his skull, court heard.
Witnesses called 911 and Andrews and her partner arrived first, racing over to a man lying face down on the ground, she said.
“I dropped to the ground and I tried to roll the body over,” she said through tears. “I ended up rolling him on top of me and it was at that time I realized it was a police officer.”
There was blood everywhere, she said.
“I put my right hand underneath his head and I could feel a hole in the back of his head,” Andrews testified. “There was a lot of blood pouring out into my hand.”
Russell wasn’t conscious, but Andrews put her cheek just above his face and she could feel a slight warm air, she said.
“I took his left hand and I held it and I could feel his wedding ring and I just kept talking to him telling him that he had to fight and to hold on, help was coming,” Andrews testified, as Russell’s widow and other family members dabbed at their eyes in court.
“I kept asking for help on the radio and another officer finally came…He helped me loosen up his vest and I put my hand under his vest to see if I could fee his heart beating. He was warm, but I couldn’t feel his heart beating.”
She could no longer feel any breath on her cheek, she said. Russell was later pronounced dead in hospital.
The streets were nearly empty early that morning in mid-town Toronto, with only about half a dozen people on the well-travelled section Avenue Road, court heard. The sun hadn’t yet come up and the streetlights illuminated the fresh blanket of snow on the ground in which Russell now lay, court heard.
The trial has already heard that Kachkar stole the plow at a Tim Hortons when two landscapers stopped for coffee around 5 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2011, then drove around Toronto for two hours, hitting several cars and shouting about the Taliban, Chinese technology and a microchip in his body.
The judge has told the jury that there will be no dispute that Kachkar was the person driving the plow, rather the case will centre around his mental state. The Crown alleges Kachkar meant to kill Russell.
Russell responded to calls about the errant snowplow and when he caught up to it, the vehicle did a U-turn and came toward his cruiser, court has heard. He reversed several metres then got out of the car.
The plow didn’t swerve and didn’t brake as it accelerated toward Russell, who was backing away and firing shots at the plow’s windshield, witnesses testified.
All six lanes of Avenue Road were otherwise wide open, the witnesses testified, but the plow drove directly at the officer then continued on without slowing down.
“At that moment the plow is bearing down on the officer and I’m just holding my breath and hoping that this officer can get out of the way,” said Vance Cooper, who was driving by at that moment. “(He’s) driving straight, no steering, no braking, no apparent effort to change course.”
Hamid Azarbani, an electrician on his way to work that morning, testified that he saw the plow hit Russell.
“I saw half of his body, almost, it was struggling on the ground and looks like (the plow) was dragging him about 15 feet,” Azarbani said. “He was shaking and all of a sudden stopped.”
Tow truck driver Herculano Pereira said under cross-examination that he thought that if the initial impact had spun Russell’s body away from the plow instead of closer to its centre, he would have survived.
The trial, which began Monday, is expected to last two months.
Barrie Canada Jan 31 2013 A store security guard was assaulted after trying to arrest a shoplifter outside a north-Barrie mall Thursday night.
City police received a call about a man fighting with security outside the Bayfield Mall at about 8:45 p.m.
When officers arrived, they were told a man was spotted removing items from a store in the mall and left without paying. He was confronted outside the mall and ran away after the lone security guard was assaulted.
The man got into a black pickup truck and left, police said.
Officers began searching area side streets and spotted the truck eastbound on Rose Street. It was stopped and the driver was arrested without incident.
A 44-year-old man was taken to the police station and charged with theft, assault with intent to resist arrest and breaching his probation on another charge.
All stolen property was recovered and the man was later released with a future court date.
Kitchener Canada Dec 31 2012 A 51-year-old Kitchener man has died following an incident at the Food Basics on Highland Road.
Police say the man was seen stealing groceries.
A security guard and another employee tried to arrest the man, but he ran out of the store.
Witnesses say the security guard was chasing the man when he suddenly collapsed.
His body has been sent to a Hamilton hospital for an autopsy.
Canada Dec 23 2012 Provincial investigations are underway into two alleged assaults by shopping mall security guards in 2012, one involving a 16-year-old photographer and the other involving a man in a wheelchair.
The CBC’s Eric Rankin broke the stories two months ago, and has learned since that widespread public reaction may have led to progress with photographer’s rights and the rights of the disabled in B.C.
In September, Jakub Markiewicz, 16, photographed a security guard takedown at Burnaby’s Metrotown Mall, and was then arrested and detained himself.
He was held by security and handcuffed by the RCMP because he refused to delete the photos he took, which was impossible in any case, as he was shooting on film.
Now, Markiewicz has been contacted by provincial investigators who look into alleged abuses in the private security industry.
“The authorities are doing what they should be doing,” he said.
Markiewicz says he is optimistic that he’ll see a positive outcome from the investigation.
Already, he has received positive public feedback through the attention the story received on the internet, particularly on sites about photographers’ rights. One man has bought his photos, and a photo supply company has sent Markiewicz a $200 camera bag to replace the backpack that police cut off during his arrest.
Markiewicz says his run-in with the Metrotown guards and Burnaby Mounties, has only increased his interest in journalism, and further opened his eyes to social issues.
The shaky cell phone video shows a man, who appears to have one leg, in an electric wheelchair, surrounded by three undercover security guards at Vancouver’s Pacific Centre Mall.
The guards, employees of Genesis Security, suspect him of shoplifting and one of the guards starts swearing before knocking the man out of his wheelchair with a blow to the head.
“I’ll f–kin’ throw you on the ground and f–k you up!” the guard is heard saying on the video. “Don’t f–k with me … On the ground! On the ground! On the ground! You’re so stupid — on your chest!”
The province’s Ministry of Justice is also investigating the actions of the guards
Ashley Meehan, speaking for Genesis Security Genesis security, said staff has been instructed never to remove someone from their wheelchair again.
“We don’t want someone being removed from a wheelchair. They’re in that chair for a reason, we don’t know what the reason may be,” he said.
Canada Dec 21 2012
Officials from the union representing airport screening workers at 17 Atlantic region airports say a tentative agreement has been reached with Securitas, the company responsible for the security staff.
Talks restarted Monday, and the United Steelworkers union says it took a 29-hour bargaining session to reach the deal.
“Feeling good. A little tired but feeling good,” said Lawrence McKay, United Steelworkers area co-ordinator for Atlantic Canada.
“It means that there will be no work stoppage at least until the first of January when we take it to the membership for ratification. The committee is recommending acceptance.”
The workers’ contract expired Oct. 29, and they had voted for a strike. That was delayed, however, when federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt asked the Canada Industrial Relations Board to determine if the security workers provide an essential service.
That question was still under review when management and the union returned to the bargaining table this week.
No details about the tentative agreement are being released until members are briefed.
Canada Dec 20 2012 A 16-year-old has been charged after a brutal attack on a security guard at a Port Coquitlam construction site.
The attack happened on Oct. 14 at a site located just south of Pitt River Middle School. Police say security guard Hoshiar Bajwa, 64, was assaulted while on duty by a group of three assailants who beat him with a steel pipe.
The teen suspect, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault in connection with the attack. No other charges have been laid, but police are continuing to investigate.
“We are still examining other pieces of evidence,” said Corporal Jamie Chung in a statement. “We are urging anyone with information, no matter how trivial you think it is, to come forward. It could be just the bit of information we need to bring those responsible to justice.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 or Crime Stoppers anonomously at 1-800-222-8477.
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Welland Canada Dec 5 2012 Mall security training and procedures being called into question following an attempted abduction at the Seaway Mall in Welland Sunday.
A mother and father were shopping with their 5 year old son in the toy section of Zellars around 2pm when the mother felt her son tugging her hand. She turned to find a man pulling on her son’s other hand in an attempt to take him from her. The mother yelled at the man who fled but was captured by the child’s father.
The father turned over the man to Zeller’s management who escorted him out to the parking lot. The suspect then fled on foot southbound toward Woodlawn Road. Police later caught up with and arrested a suspect. 44 year old Steven Hozjan of Pelham is facing charges Mall Security Expert David Hyde says while it’s unusual, this incident does show it can happen.
He says the majority of mall security are very well trained and professional with protocol in place to deal with these situations. Hyde says the discussion of replacing mall security with police is a long running discussion, but comes down to limited recourses.