Another Canadian killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian airlines crash has ties to Ottawa.
Peter Demarsh was a graduate of Carleton University master’s program in international affairs.
Demarsh was the chair of the international family forestry alliance and president of the Canadian federation of woodlot owners
He was on his way to Nairobi for a conference on family-owned forests, and climate change.
Carleton university professor Pius Adesanmi was the first local victim identified.
A book of condolences will be set up today at the university.
==============
The so-called Butcher of Gatineau has been granted parole.
The full story is in the citizen today of Khaled Farhan who says he just wants to live a quiet life as a transgender woman.
In 1999 Farhan killed his girlfriend and dismembered her.
He tried to play victim, saying Karina Janveau, hadn’t been seen since she left on a camping trip with a drug dealer.
The first officer to see the partial remains in a dumpster, turned out to be the victims sister.
She says she was haunted day and night by the images and later died by suicide.
Parole conditions include: living in a halfway house, no drugs or booze and report any relationship she is in.
She told court she just wants to focus on herself.
==============
Extra security is being added to protect Constable Daniel Montsion during the course of his manslaughter trial.
Yesterday, two men yelled profanities and insults at Montsion, as he walked through the courthouse.
The men also shouted racist comments at Montsion’s lawyers.
Daniel Montsion is on trial for manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon following the arrest of Abdi Rahman Abdi.
He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
According to the CBC, Montsion’s lawyers are expected to make a charter application today, that could see key evidence or even the entire case thrown out of court.
The application stems from the SIU’s handling of surveillance video that captured Daniel Montsion’s arrest of Abdi in the summer of 2016.
===============
A complaint about a possible impaired driver on highway 4-16 lead to a pair of arrests – for stolen goods.
During a routine traffic stop in Prescott on Sunday, the driver of the vehicle in question was arrested for impaired operation by drug.
Further investigation then uncovered a large amount of stolen items including tools, gift cards and unmarked cigarettes.
The vehicle was seized, and the passenger was also arrested.
Both the driver and the passenger face numerous charges.
Full details at Ottawa matters dot com.
=============
A bail hearing for a youth facing terrorism charges will resume in Kingston at the end of the month.
The suspect has been in custody since his arrest in late January on charges of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and counselling another person to “deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device” in a public place.
The identity of the accused can’t be revealed under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and a publication ban is in place on all evidence, submissions and reasons presented during the bail hearing.
The first of two days for the proceedings took place yesterday, with the next scheduled for March 29th.
==============
Patrick Brown and his publisher say the former Progressive Conservative leader’s tell-all book is not defamatory because the facts laid out in it are true.
Brown and Optimum Publishing International also say any opinions expressed in “Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown” are fair comment made without malice on matters of public interest.
Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli has filed a defamation lawsuit against Brown and Optimum over allegations made in the book, which Fedeli describes in his statement of claim as a “vicious and petulant attack on his character.”
Fedeli alleges the book contains false and defamatory comments about alleged sexual misconduct and a slew of other problematic statements.
==============
Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will provide an update on Canada’s Boeing 7-37 Max 8 plane this morning in Ottawa.
Garneau is facing an escalating dilemma over the aircraft, which a growing number of countries have grounded or banned after the crash in Ethiopia that claimed the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians.
Meantime, Canadian low-cost airline Sunwing Airlines is temporarily grounding its four Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of the crash.
==============
Canada’s top doctor is calling on all doctors to answer questions from concerned parents about vaccinating their children and help head off the spread of measles.
Doctor Theresa Tam says health-care providers on the front lines of the battle between truth and misinformation need to help parents navigate fact from fiction.
Parts of B-C have been hit with an outbreak of 17 measles cases, at the same time as an outbreak of anti-vaccination hysteria floods the internet and social media.
=============
If opposition M-Ps get their way, the House of Commons justice committee will hear again from former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.
The committee will meet today to discuss whether they should hear more testimony on the S-N-C-Lavalin scandal, and both the N-D-P and Conservatives want to be able to ask about the period after she was shuffled from the Justice Department and why she resigned from cabinet.
None of the Liberals who are full voting members of the committee responded yesterday to queries from The Canadian Press.
==============
The European Union’s economic commissioner says the British Parliament has squandered its last chance to secure a deal smoothing the way for Brexit.
Pierre Moscovici says the E-U has done everything it can to reassure British lawmakers, who rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May’s E-U divorce deal for a second time yesterday.
Moscovici said — quote — “the train has passed two times” and the E-U will not renegotiate the deal before the scheduled Brexit date of March 29th.
=============
The Vatican’s former finance minister has been sentenced to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral after a Sunday Mass in the 1990s.
Cardinal George Pell is the most senior Catholic who has been convicted of child sex abuse.
The judge said Pell’s conduct was permeated by “staggering arrogance.”
Pell denies the allegations and is appealing his convictions.
============
A widespread blackout in Venezuela is entering its seventh day as the country’s chief prosecutor says opposition leader Juan Guaido is now being investigated for allegedly sabotaging the power grid.
Guaido, who is trying to oust President Nicolas Maduro and hold elections, blames corruption and incompetence for the nationwide blackouts.
The U-S has dismissed allegations that a cyberattack has targeted Venezuelan power facilities, calling it an attempt by Maduro’s government to divert attention from its own chronic failings.

Filed under: News