North Vancouver RCMP confirm they are investigating an alleged assault involving players on a minor boys hockey team from the North Shore Winter Club.
The allegations stem from two incidents on Dec. 10, 2018, at the private North Vancouver club, although details weren’t brought to police until seven weeks later, on Jan. 27, 2019.
It’s unclear exactly what happened, but the complaint involves incidents where two players on the team acted against a teammate off the ice.
According to a statement from the North Shore Winter Club, the family of the alleged victim told head coach Brad Rihela about the incidents on the day they happened.
After talking to players the next day, Rihela kicked the alleged perpetrators off the team.
Coach Brad Rihela stepped down after a disciplinary committee at the North Shore Winter Club reversed his decision to kick two players off the team for good. (Chris Corday/CBC)
But when the North Shore Winter Club disciplinary committee later reinstated the boys, reducing their punishment to a suspension, a written letter of apology and mandatory attendance in an anti-bullying session, Rihela quit.
« At the end of the day, a coach’s job is to create a culture and you have to give your players a positive working environment, » said Rihela, who was a paid coach in his first year with the club.
« I just think the decision that was made doesn’t line up with my morals or my beliefs. »
In the emailed statement, the general manager of the North Shore Winter Club said the club « acted decisively » in dealing with what she described as « two instances of bullying. »
« While all might not agree with the outcome, we feel a fair process was established and followed, » wrote Joanna Hayes.
A team parent who asked not to be named said they were unhappy the two boys were allowed to rejoin the team and unhappy the North Shore Winter Club didn’t support Rihela.
Hockey Canada has a policy commonly referred to as « two deep, » which states that players should be supervised by at least two adults at all times. It’s unclear if there was adult supervision during either of the incidents.
Sport advocate Matt Young said given the number of high-profile bullying and abuse cases, hockey organizations need to have clear policies and procedures in place and then follow them when problems arise.
« To minimize [the incidents], or redact the punishment because of whatever reason, is to basically condone it. »
North Vancouver RCMP say the police investigation is ongoing.
With temperatures as low as –36 C in Yellowknife, Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning on Sunday afternoon through to Monday morning, and Canadians continued the tradition of one-upping each other’s chilly cities.
Last Friday, the City of Toronto issued an extreme cold warning for –8 C, which prompted a cheeky « Aww that’s cute » response from a Winnipeg Twitter account.
Manitoba has seen extreme cold warnings for days, with wind chills making it feel like –53 and daytime temperatures around –30 C.
But by Yellowknife’s standards, Toronto’s weather seems almost pleasant.
« I think this [is] the coldest place I’ve been in my life, » exclaimed Jessie Zou, who was visiting the territory’s capital from Vancouver, or as she describes it: « The warmest city in Canada. »
She says the coldest day she’s experienced in British Columbia is a balmy –6 C, a full 30 degrees warmer than Monday morning in Yellowknife. She was glad to be going home to Vancouver on Monday.
Jessie Zou was visiting Yellowknife from Vancouver. She experienced an extreme cold warning in Yellowknife Monday, on the last day of her trip. (Andrew Pacey/CBC)
Patrick Jacobson also hails from Vancouver, and has been in the North for four years. To him, there’s no comparing B.C.’s weather to Yellowknife’s.
« You don’t hit extreme temperatures like this, but [in Vancouver] you do kind of get that chilled through to your bone kind of sensation, » Jacobson said.
The extreme cold criteria is based on climatology and people’s capacity to adapt to extreme cold.– Matt MacDonald, Environment Canada
« There’s a bit of a survivor mentality [in Yellowknife], it kind of feels good to get through a winter up here… It feels like something that Canadians should be used to. »
Jacobson said he had « a bit of a chuckle » at an extreme cold warning issued for Vancouver on Jan. 15, when it was about –1 C outside.
‘It kind of feels good to get through a winter up here,’ said Patrick Jacobson. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)
How do cold warnings work?
For Trisha Paradis, who’s lived in the North for almost 15 years, Monday was just a typical day. She has trouble understanding what prompts some weather warnings.
« The ones that I don’t understand [are] when they put in Edmonton it’s –20 with the –25 wind chill and they get an extreme cold warning, and we’re at –40-something, no extreme cold warnings. »
« Our extreme cold warnings are based on a specific criteria for different locations, » explained Matt MacDonald, a spokesperson for Environment Canada.
For Trisha Paradis, Monday morning’s –36 C weather was just a typical January day in Yellowknife. (Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/CBC)
For example, in Yellowknife Environment Canada issues an extreme cold warning when the wind chill or air temperature drops to –50 for at least two hours; on B.C.’s south coast it’s –35, and for Toronto it’s –30.
« The extreme cold criteria is based on climatology and people’s capacity to adapt to extreme cold, » MacDonald said.
As long as we dress for it, it’s not a big deal.– Trisha Paradis , Yellowknife resident
However, he said sometimes cities will issue cold weather warnings, especially if they have a large homeless population.
Yellowknife’s overnight temperature drops below zero 225 days a year, according to Environment Canada. By comparison, Vancouver sees an average of 40 nights a year drop below zero.
Of course, this week’s cold weather also isn’t out of the ordinary for this time of year. The average low for Jan. 28 is –30.4 C. It’s supposed to warm up to a comfortable high of –26 C in Yellowknife on Tuesday. By Thursday, the city is forecasted to be back to a low of –37 C.
Paradis has advice for getting through the cold.
« Get a little bit more bundled up, then we’re fine… as long as we dress for it, it’s not a big deal. »
The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) says two F-22 and two CF-18 fighter jets identified two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers that were entering an area patrolled by the Royal Canadian Air Force on Saturday morning.
There were no reports of conflict between the Russian and the U.S. and Canadian jets.
The bombers remained in international airspace and did not enter sovereign territory, according to NORAD.
An E-3 AWACS, 2x F-22, 2x CF-18 fighter jets from NORAD positively identified 2x Russian Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers entering the Canadian Air Defense Identification Zone on January 26, 2019. Bombers remained in international airspace and did not enter sovereign territory pic.twitter.com/utKe26SRBB
NORAD says it uses radar, satellites and fighter aircraft to patrol the skies and monitor aircraft entering U.S. or Canadian airspace.
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“NORAD’s top priority is defending Canada and the United States. Our ability to protect our nations starts with successfully detecting, tracking, and positively identifying aircraft of interest approaching U.S. and Canadian airspace,” General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, the NORAD commander, said in a statement.
Canadian fighter jets have intercepted Russian bombers before in April 2017 and December 2014.
UPDATE: RCMP said 14-year-old Haven “Jack” Williams has been located safe.
ORIGINAL STORY: A 14-year-old Spallumcheen girl has been missing since Sunday, Dec. 30, and RCMP are asking for help finding her.
Haven “Jack” Williams disappearance is out of character, according to police.
“Police are very concerned for Haven’s health and well-being,” RCMP said on Wednesday.
Williams is described as having:
Is of medium build
A height of five-foot-six
Anyone with information about the teen’s whereabouts is urged to contact local police of by leaving an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.
A woman led police on a multi-kilometre, hours-long vehicle chase before she was shot and killed by an officer early Christmas morning, the Calgary Police Service said in an afternoon statement.
Officers noticed the driver — believed to be in her 30s — just after midnight driving dangerously in the Inglewood area, police said, but she wouldn’t stop when directed.
« The driver then drove throughout northwest Calgary, running red lights and travelling at various speeds. Two more traffic stops were attempted at approximately 12:30 a.m., but again the driver did not stop, » police said in a statement.
« For safety reasons, the officers disengaged from following the vehicle at 12:40 a.m. »
Things escalated quickly, police say
Police received a report the driver was in the northeast community of Falconridge at around 2:20 a.m. and later saw her driving into oncoming traffic several times.
About 20 minutes later, police say, they were able to stop the vehicle on McKnight Boulevard near 68th Street N.E., where things escalated quickly and she was shot and killed by an officer with 10 years on the force.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is currently investigating the incident and an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
The collision happened shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 22nd, and the Kingston police say they responded at around mid night. The teenager involved in the collision was taken to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.
“The vehicle had one sole occupant a 16 year old male who was injured at the time of the collision,” said Kingston police Sgt. Darren Keuhl.
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Police told Global News that the cause of the collision is still unknown, but reconstructionists are using several methods to find an answer, such as using a drone to create an aerial map of the scene to collect more evidence.