Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Police-Boards-Survey)

A survey of Ontario police boards shows strong support for the idea of giving police chiefs the authority to suspend officers accused of serious misconduct without pay.

The survey by the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards aims to identify priorities as the province considers possible changes to the Police Services Act for the first time in more than 25 years.

Aside from giving chiefs more freedom to suspend officers -- which received unanimous support from the 107 boards surveyed -- there was strong support for giving police boards the ability to lay off staff, including police.

The current Police Services Act became law in 1990, and the province has committed to reopening the legislation in order to modernize it, with a new version to be introduced this spring. (The Canadian Press)

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(Shafia-Appeal)

A man convicted of murdering his three sisters and another woman -- whose bodies were found in a car at the bottom of a Kingston canal -- is taking his case to the Supreme Court.

Hamed Shafia and his parents were found guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in the 2009 deaths of Shafia's teenage sisters and his father's first wife in a polygamous marriage.

The trial judge described the killings as being motivated by a "twisted concept of honour."

Shafia lost an appeal at Ontario's top court after arguing that new evidence showed he was too young to be tried as an adult and should have been tried separately. (The Canadian Press)

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(Inmate-Wanted)

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for allegedly breaching his parole.

Twenty-four-year-old Alexander William Collin is serving a seven-year, seven-month sentence for robbery, possession of a firearm, aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm.

He is described as Indigenous, five feet 10 inches tall and about 240 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and several tattoos including an eagle arm band, a bull dog and a skull on his right arm. …

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