By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 18:04:53
CTV News has identified the shooter who shot and killed a Canadian Forces soldier who was standing honour guard at the War Memorial in Ottawa Wednesday morning, and had the downtown core in lockdown for most of the day.
The killer, who was confirmed shot fatally in a dramatic hail of gunfire in the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, born in 1982, and believed to be Canadian. Witnesses describe the gunman as dressed in black with a scarf over his face, although other witnesses say they saw an unmasked gunman, .
A CBS report quoted a Canadian parliament official describing the gunman to BBC as looking “Arabian” with “long hair and a small beard”. Another eyewitness was quoted by the CP as saying the “shooter kind of raised his arms in triumph holding the rifle”, after gunning down the guard.
Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist with a Hamilton regiment, The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders, has been identified as the victim of the shooting. Three others were hurt in the incident, but their injuries aren’t believed to be serious.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-22 17:34:31
Today's shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa have renewed concerns over security, and how easily the public can access the area. This morning a gunman shot and killed a soldier at the war memorial, then fired shots in the Centre Block of Parliament. Liberal MP Marc Garneau says someone could easily reach a security checkpoint before guards could react, and that security will have to increase.
By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-10-22 11:59:08
A 30-year-old Sydney Mines man is in police custody in connection to a domestic incident last night. Cape Breton Regional Police arrested the man from his Pitt Street residence this morning, where they responded after reports of threats by the man, who was believed to be in possession of a firearm. The victim is safe, and was not in the residence at the time of police response. Police contained the scene and made contact with the man inside, who exited the residence without incident. Members of the Major Crime Unit continue to investigate; charges are pending.
By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-10-22 05:50:55
After lengthy conciliation talks, the CBRM and Regional Police have signed a new, 5-year collective agreement.
The new agreement sees the Cape Breton Regional Police receive a 13 per cent raise over the next 5 years. The agreement expires on December 31, 2018.
Reaching an agreement is considered good news for both sides, as police are considered an essential service and do not have the right to strike. Failure to reach an agreement would have led to binding arbitration.
Police officers approved the new contract in a vote last month with 86 per cent in favor.
By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-10-22 05:50:28
District 9 councillor, George MacDonald has been selected as the new deputy mayor of the CBRM.
During a council meeting last night, MacDonald won by acclamation. No one else opted to be nominated and MacDonald was nominated twice, including a premature nomination from the current deputy mayor, Kevin Saccary.
MacDonald has served District 9, which includes Reserve Mines and most of Glace Bay, for the past 6 years. He will receive a $5000 remuneration on top of the over $32,000 he receives as councillor. His term begins November 1.
By Andrew Rutherford. Last updated: 2014-10-22 05:49:06
RCMP Traffic Services arrested a 23-year-old man from Sydney who was driving erratically on Highway 125 on Sunday. At approximately 10:45pm, RCMP responded to a complaint of an erratic driver headed towards North Sydney. RCMP spotted the vehicle a short time later and a check on the license plate revealed that the vehicle had been stolen from Sydney. RCMP attempted to pull the vehicle over but the driver failed to stop and continued to drive through several stop signs, over curbs and finally into a ditch. The man was arrested in Sydney Mines and taken into custody. Christopher Kyle Coleski has been charged with Impaired Driving, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Theft of a Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, and Flight from Police. He appeared in Sydney Provincial Court and has been remanded into custody for a bail hearing on October 29th. The investigation is continuing.