Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Baby-Murder)

Homicide detectives in Metro Vancouver have checked a container of donated clothes arriving from Ontario by train, but have found no evidence of a missing newborn.

Toronto Police confirm the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was asked to search a specific container that reached B-C yesterday, as part of a murder case against a 25-year-old Toronto woman.

Angelica Spanidis is charged with first-degree murder after telling hospital staff in Toronto that she gave birth last week.

She also says she does not know where the infant may be, prompting a search that continues in Ontario and, briefly, involved police in B-C. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Prison-Babies)

A former warden who oversaw a cancelled program that allowed babies to stay with their mothers at a women's jail in Maple Ridge says there were very few incidents involving safety concerns.

Brenda Tole told B-C Supreme Court that the safety protocol for the Mother-Baby Program at the Alouette Correctional Centre was extensive, and that staff quickly dealt with any problems.

Tole says one of the incidents involved a woman who appeared to be rocking her baby too hard on a saucer while talking to another woman, but the mother was told to stop and the baby was not hurt in any way.

Two former female inmates are posing a constitutional challenge, saying the decision by the province to cancel four years ago violated their right to personally care for their babies while in jail. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Border-Reality-Show)

The B-C Civil Liberties Association is raising more concerns about a reality T-V show featuring Canada's border agency, arguing travellers' privacy rights are being violated.

The association says the show "Border Security" has distributed copies of signs at border crossings that inform members of the public they may be caught on camera.

The current signs indicate that people who don't consent will have their faces altered so they can't be identified, but that if they don't want to be filmed at all, they must approach T-V crews. …

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