Week in Review - 16 Feb 2024 Archive


Friday, February 16, 2024


CCFR Radio – Ep 160: SASK Gov’t Intervenes in CCFR Appeal, Hunters Rally Around the CCFR!

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In this episode: The Saskatchewan government intervenes in the CCFR’s lawsuit appeal. The Wild Sheep Society of BC shows up for the CCFR AGAIN! Wilson attends the SCI International Convention in Nashville, Despite Liberal gun control, Calgary breaks records for gun violence.

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Has your shooting club begun planning their National Range Day event?

This year's National Range Day is on June 1st. Now is the perfect time to engage your shooting club executive and encourage them to begin planning and seeking volunteers to host an event at your club.

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The Government of Alberta has joined with Saskatchewan in applying to intervene in legal challenges to the federal firearms ban currently before the Federal Court of Appeal.

The original challenges were heard in Ottawa in April, 2023, by the Federal Court of Canada, which dismissed them on October 30 (Parker v Canada (Attorney General). In November, four of the applicants, including the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, filed appeals.

We received word this week that the Attorney General of Alberta had filed a Notice of Intention to Intervene. We will share any updates with you when they become public information!

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WATCH: Cross-border crime and illegal guns a major issue in Windsor: Ontario Solicitor General

Ontario Solicitor General Michael Kerzner was in Windsor last month meeting with Mayor Drew Dilkens, Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj and Windsor Police Services Chief Jason Bellaire.

The topic at hand, he tells CBC's Meg Roberts, was public safety, with cross-border crime and a substantial number of guns crossing into Canada illegally among the issues discussed.

Watch at CBC News

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MP Eric Melillo's Bill C-376 would stop anyone convicted of a violent indictable offence from possessing a firearm for a specified period of time

"After 8 years of this NDP-Liberal government, Canadians don’t feel safe walking down the street, and the government is doing nothing to stop it. In fact, they are making it worse," said MP Melillo. "Violent gun crime has skyrocketed after eight years of the NDP-Liberal government’s soft-on-crime policies."

Under Justin Trudeau, violent crime has increased by 39%, homicides by 43%, and gang murders have more than doubled. "Rather than the NDP-Liberal approach of going after law-abiding firearms owners, Indigenous hunters, and sport shooters, my common sense Bill C-376 will ensure that violent criminals are prohibited by court order from owning firearms," MP Melillo added. "Criminals found in violation of the order can be charged with a criminal offence. Only Common sense Conservatives are serious about tackling violent crime and bringing home safe streets."

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The Yukon Party Official Opposition is calling on the Yukon Liberal government to take action to protect the rights of hunters and other firearms owners by developing a Yukon Firearms Act. In concert with the act’s development, the Yukon Party is also calling for the establishment of a territorially appointed Chief Firearms Officer position for the Yukon.

These actions are necessary in response to the federal Liberal government’s passing of Bill C-21, and Prime Minister Trudeau’s intention to confiscate lawfully acquired firearms from innocent Yukoners through the so-called gun ‘buy-back’ program.

“The vast majority of gun violence in Canada and the Yukon involve illegal guns – mostly in connection to organized crime and the illegal drug trade,” said Justice Critic Brad Cathers. “Confiscating firearms from innocent people who acquired their private property lawfully is unjust and will do nothing to address the real causes of gun violence. The National Police Federation, the union representing RCMP members, has also publicly stated that the gun ‘buy-back’ and the Trudeau government’s May 2020 order-in-council will divert police resources from where they are needed most.”

Developing a Yukon Firearms Act to protect the rights of law-abiding firearms owners should begin by considering the legislation passed in Alberta and Saskatchewan for that purpose and working with local stakeholders and the public to improve and adapt that model to meet the needs of Yukoners. One feature of this proposed legislation would be to create regulation-making powers and territorial licencing requirements for firearms agents that can be used to prevent the implementation of the federally imposed firearms ‘buy-back’ program and any other confiscation program.

A Yukon Firearms Act should also establish a territorially appointed Chief Firearms Officer who has jurisdiction over the licensing, storage, transportation, and carrying of firearms, as well as licensing instructors to provide firearm safety training in the Yukon. Currently, the Yukon is served by a federally appointed Chief Firearms Officer for BC, and the Yukon based in Surrey, BC.

“Effective firearms legislation should not target law-abiding Canadian firearms owners; it should be focused on criminals and illegal weapons,” said Yukon Party Leader Currie Dixon. “It is time to develop territorial firearms legislation for Yukoners that reflects life in the north and mandates a Yukon-based Chief Firearms Officer to help promote firearms safety and ensure all rules with respect to firearms ownership are followed.”

Continue reading at YukonPartyCaucus.ca

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Investigators with the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit are seeking multiple suspects following a home invasion robbery in the Town of East Gwillimbury.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at midnight, police were called to a home in the area of Charlotte Abby Drive and Holland Landing Road for a home invasion. A resident of the home stated that several male suspects broke into the residence armed with guns. A suspect pistol whipped one of the victims while demanding money. The suspects took various valuables belonging to the victims and then fled in a light-coloured vehicle.

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6 arrested after guns, $136K in drugs seized in Lindsay, Ont: police

An extensive investigation led to the seizure of drugs and firearms and the arrest of six people in Lindsay, Ont., on Tuesday.

According to the Kawartha Lakes Police Service, as of part of an investigation called “Project Momentum,” investigators, including Kawartha Lakes OPP, executed two separate search warrants at two addresses in Lindsay on Tuesday morning where they seized guns, ammunition, drugs and cash.

Police say the drugs, with an estimated street value of $136,634, consisted of 7.04 grams of fentanyl, 502.61 grams of cocaine and 387.71 grams of heroin.

Among the weapons seized were three handguns, a shotgun, three replica handguns, a CO2-powered arrow rifle and ammunition.

Officers also seized $14,486.70 in cash.

Chad English, 32, Daniel Lavigne, 53, Jessie Lavinge, 31, Roy Wadden, 39, all of Lindsay, and Philip Anderson, 36, of Cannington, as well as a youth, all face multiple drug possession for trafficking charges, and charges for possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

With the exception of English, the others also face multiple firearm-related charges. Anderson and the youth were also charged with failing to comply an undertaking. The youth also faces a charge for failing to comply with a sentence.

All six were held in custody and were scheduled to appear in court in Lindsay later Tuesday, police said.

Continue reading at Global News

Investigators say a Mississauga man already on a decade-long gun ban has been caught with a loaded handgun in Brampton.

The search happened on Sunday when Peel Regional Police say officers raided a residence in Brampton.

Investigators found a loaded handgun during the search along with ammunition, police say.

Two people were arrested and charged with multiple offences.

Chessen Johnston, 28, of Mississauga has been charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited firearm. fail to comply with release order and possession of a firearm contrary to order.

Shaqayeq Mezbani, 24, of Brampton have both been charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited firearm.

Police say Johnston was already on a 10-year firearms prohibition order issued in 2019 and was “out on bail” for robbery with a firearm in 2023.

Both of the accused were held for a special bail hearing.

Johnston is known to police in multiple Ontario jurisdictions and has previously faced charges in Niagara and Halton.

Continue reading at InSauga.com

Continue reading at Timmins Today

Kingston Police seize 120 grams of fentanyl, two firearms

Ongoing Kingston Police investigations into drug trafficking in the Limestone City have led to the arrest of two local people and the seizure of more than 120 grams of fentanyl and two firearms during two separate incidents.

“In light of the recent opioid overdose crisis declared in Belleville, Ont., Kingston Police continues to remain dedicated to the commitment of targeting individuals that traffic drugs and carry illegal weapons that are dangerous to the citizens that we strive to serve and keep safe on a daily basis,” police said in a news release.

The first incident took place at about 10:20 a.m., Feb. 6, when members of the force’s street crime unit arrested a person near MacDonnell and Concession streets. Police did not include in the release on what grounds the person was arrested and subsequently searched. Investigators then obtained a search warrant and examined the person’s residence.

The two searches yielded a large amount of cash, a CO2-powered replica firearm and shotgun shells. Officers also found morphine and other pills not prescribed to the person, 72 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 21 grams of fentanyl.

Carl Sparks, 56, was charged by Kingston Police with two counts of breaching probation, possession of a controlled substance and trafficking a controlled substance. Sparks was also charged with one count each of possession of proceeds of crime and possession of a firearm while prohibited.

Two days later, at about 8:30 p.m., during a separate investigation, members of the street crime unit suspected a person on a bicycle near Compton Street and Weller Avenue was attempting to elude officers.

Investigating further, officers were able to locate the person and arrested them. Police did not include in the release on what grounds the person was arrested and subsequently searched. During the search, officers looked within the person’s backpack and found a .22-calibre firearm with numerous rounds of ammunition. They also found 100 grams of purple and pink crystallized fentanyl.

Caleb Monhollen, 30, charged with six counts of possessing a firearm while prohibited by previous court orders to do so, three counts of breaching their probation, and one count each of careless storage of a firearm, careless storage of ammunition, possession of a firearm without a licence, possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, and drug trafficking.

Continue reading at The Kingston Whig Standard

Search Warrant Results In Seizure Of Firearm from Brampton Man: Peel Police

Region of Peel – Investigators from the Strategic and Tactical Enforcement Policing Unit (STEP) have arrested and charged a Brampton man with multiple firearms offenses.

On February 9, 2024, Investigators executed a search warrant at a Brampton residence- locating a loaded firearm and loaded extended magazine.

Jaiden Bennett, a 24-year-old-man from Brampton, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Careless storage of Firearm
  • Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Prohibited device or ammunition (x2)

He was held for a bail hearing and attended the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.

Continue reading at PeelPolice.ca

Shooter Who Wounded 3 Officers was Under Weapons Ban at Time of Incident

CityNews Winnipeg reporter Morgan Modjeski asks Police Chief Danny Smyth about the suspect who shot and wounded three police officers, after barricading himself in an apartment over the weekend.

Chief Smyth confirmed the man was known to police and was under a weapons prohibition order at the time of the incident.

Watch at CityNews Winnipeg

Waterloo Regional Police Arrest Five Suspects After a Jewelry Store Robbery in Waterloo

Five youths have been arrested in connection to a robbery at a Waterloo jewelry store.

On February 15, 2024, at approximately 8:35 p.m., police responded to reports of a jewelry store robbery in Conestoga Mall.

A group of males entered the store with hammers and a firearm and began to smash display cases and steal jewelry while making threats to staff. The males left the store and entered into a motor vehicle that was waiting for them outside.

Police quickly located the vehicle with the suspects inside while it was attempting to leave the area. The suspect vehicle failed to stop for police and hit a curb, breaking the axle and rendering it undrivable.

Five males exited the vehicle and ran away.

Members of our Canine Unit, Emergency Response Team, Direct Action Response Team, and Robbery Unit, engaged in a foot pursuit in the area of Wyman Road in Waterloo. The suspects were located in the area of Frobisher Drive by police and arrested.

As a result of the investigation, police arrested and charged five male youths. Two, aged 13 and 16, were from the Waterloo Region and three, aged 15 and 17, were from the Toronto area. The youths were charged with multiple offenses, including robbery with a firearm and possession over $5000.

The vehicle was discovered to have been stolen from Toronto in early February 2024. The motor vehicle and a loaded firearm were seized as part of the investigation.

All suspects were held in police custody for a bail hearing. There were no reports of any physical injuries during the incident.

Continue reading at Waterloo Regional Police Website

12-year-old Oshawa boy charged after making shooting threats over Snapchat: police

Durham Regional Police say a 12-year-old boy is facing firearm-related charges after allegedly threatening to shoot victims over Snapchat.

Police said officers were shown a video on Feb. 11 in which the threats were made over the social media platform.

“The video contained footage of a firearm and ammunition,” police allege.

A search warrant was served in the Bloor Street East and Ritson Road South area and officers say they seized a gun and ammunition, police said.

Investigators arrested a 12-year-old boy from Oshawa.

He is facing several charges including uttering threats, possessing a restricted or prohibited firearm with no licence or registration certificate, and using a firearm during the commission of an offence, among other firearm-related charges.

There is no word on where the gun came from.

Continue reading at Global News

2 injured in Coquitlam parking lot shooting

Mounties are urging anyone with information or video of Sunday’s shooting outside the Coquitlam Centre Cactus Club – or a car found on fire soon after – to come forward.

In an update Tuesday, Cpl. Alexa Hodgins said an on-fire silver Chrysler 200 was found at 180th Street and Golden Ears Way in Surrey around 12:15 a.m. Monday, about 20 minutes after the shooting.

Police believe the two incidents are linked, she added.

Hodgins also said investigators think “at least” two suspects are involved in the shooting, neither of which has been arrested.

On Sunday, police were called to a parking lot at Barnet Highway and Pinetree Way at 11:56 p.m., where they found a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds inside a vehicle.

Both victims are still in the hospital, Hodgins said Tuesday.

Mounties said the shooting is targeted, but there is no word on a motive.

Last weekend’s shooting was the fourth in Coquitlam so far in 2024, and the recent string of violence “raises the temperature” for the public, acting Officer in Charge Insp. Darren Carr said at Tuesday’s media conference.

The first three shootings happened in quick succession – on January 4, 5 and 6. Carr said police assume those three incidents are linked, but the most recent shooting is not.

He said he understands the community’s concern surrounding the uptick in shootings in very central areas, saying the Coquitlam detachment has brought in resources from the RCMP’s anti-gang unit and homicide team to “properly investigate,” and there will be an increased police presence in central Coquitlam going forward.

“I think as we all know within the Lower Mainland and within the province, there are those amongst us that for one reason or another, probably related to organized crime, take it upon themselves to resort to extreme violence. In that regard, Coquitlam is no different than any other major city in the Lower Mainland,” Carr said.

“It's incredibly concerning that while these individuals are targeting one another, my fear, and it has happened in the past, is that an innocent member of the public will get caught in the crossfire, which is why we absolutely take it seriously. We'll be investigating diligently.”

Continue reading at CTV News Vancouver

She was shot 13 times in an attack that killed both her parents. Now she's speaking out

Jagtar and Harbhajan Sidhu, both 57, were killed Nov. 20, 2023. Their daughter was shot 13 times but survived.

From the hospital room where she's spent months now recovering after being shot 13 times and nearly dying, Jaspreet Kaur Sidhu recalls the night her parents were killed.

On Nov. 20, 2023, Sidhu, 28, says a man broke into her family's Caledon, Ont., rental home and started shooting. Her father was pronounced dead at the scene, while her mother died later in hospital.

"My father was shot in front of me. I heard my mother's last screams. After that there was complete silence. Only the noises of gunshots," Sidhu told CBC Toronto in an interview from the hospital where she's recovering.

She was shot repeatedly from her shoulder down to her legs and underwent an 18-hour surgery to remove bullets from her left arm, stomach and right leg. Her situation was critical enough that Sidhu says her brother kept her parents' deaths a secret until December, when a hospital social worker accidentally informed her.

"I didn't speak for the whole day, the whole night. I was just lying like this. I had no emotions," Sidhu said. "I was numb."

Until that moment, Sidhu — who couldn't speak because bullets hit her throat and stomach — said she'd been praying and hoping for her parents to survive.

Sidhu says she thanks God for the "miracle" of her own survival, even though her life has been turned upside down.

She has to learn how to sit, stand and walk again. She says some days feel manageable, while others are filled with pain, medication and panic attacks.

With tears in her eyes, Sidhu says she remembers being in her room on the first floor of the Mayfield Road home she rented with her younger brother, Gurdit.

She had been living there with Gurdit since August 2022. Last September, their parents came from India for a months-long visit, and Sidhu says she was enjoying the time with them. Her mother, Harbhajan Sidhu, was 57 years old, as was her father, Jagtar Sidhu.

Two months into her parents extended visit, Sidhu says a man burst into her home and started shooting. She says she was unconscious for some time, but as soon as she regained consciousness she called 911.

"I kept saying 'gunshots' … 'whole family was shot,'" she recounted.

She saw her father lying on the floor near her. She couldn't see her mother, whose screams she'd heard before blacking out.

"I wasn't able to do anything," Sidhu said; she felt helpless.

A spokesperson for the Ontario Provincial Police, which is investigating the shooting, told CBC Toronto that OPP cannot confirm whether the shooting was targeted or a case of misidentification.

During a visit to the site of the shooting, CBC Toronto reporters saw bloodstains, as well as bullet holes through the bathroom door, where Sidhu's father was killed, and the door to Sidhu's bedroom.

Sidhu says there are two bullets in her body that can't be removed without causing further complications.

Despite her own injuries and ongoing hospital stay, she says all she can think of is the reason why a Peel police homicide detective visited her house four days before the shooting. The shooting itself is being investigated by the OPP.

Last week, both police forces told CBC Toronto they can't share any information because their cases are under investigation.

Sidhu wants to know if her parents could've been saved if the police had warned them about any suspicion of danger. "We could have left right away," she said.

A Peel police spokesperson previously confirmed to CBC Toronto that an officer from its homicide bureau visited the home before the shooting for "a separate and ongoing investigation," but could not say whether the investigation that led to that visit and the deaths have any connection.
Continue reading at CBC News

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Organized crime investigators probing northwest Calgary shooting

Organized crime investigators are probing an early daylight shooting in northwest Calgary on Thursday that sent one man to hospital with apparent gunshot wounds.

Officers responded to calls about a shooting in the neighbourhood of Sage Hill around 8:30 a.m. Arriving at the scene in the 200 block of Sage Meadows Green, they found a man in his 40s suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

The man was taken to hospital in critical condition.

A short time later, officers were called to a nearby vehicle fire in the community of Evanston.

Police believe the incidents are connected and that vehicle was used in the shooting before being abandoned and set on fire in the 100 block of Evansglen Close N.W.

"Although the investigation remains in the early stages, we believe the shooting was targeted and are also exploring possible connections to organized-crime conflict in Calgary," said a police statement.

Investigators are reviewing security-camera footage and seeking to speak with anyone who may have seen something around either location. Police say there were many witnesses to the incidents.

"This shooting has the hallmarks of organized crime, and we're looking to the public to help us identify who was responsible," said Staff Sgt. Mark Rahn of the organized crime operations unit.

Continue reading at CBC News

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