Archive for July, 2008

Teens trash 21 Quebec provincial police cruisers

The Canadian Press
July 23, 2008

The damage caused to the police vehicles was about $5,000
Imacom, Charles-Antoine Auger

SHERBROOKE, Que. — Two teens were nabbed by police after they managed to trash 21 Quebec provincial police cars in a parking lot early Wednesday.

Sherbrooke police driving by the lot around 1:30 a.m. spotted the 13-year-olds, who smashed windows and mirrors on the cruisers, ripped off windshield wipers and slashed tires. They also tried to burn one car.

Damages are estimated at between $5,000 and $10,000.

The cruisers were parked behind a company which was slated to install new equipment in them.

The teens were charged Wednesday with breaking and entering and mischief.


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Renous prison under partial lockdown
Inmates locked up following seven-hour incident at maximum-security prison located near Miramichi

By Yvon Gauvin
Times & Transcript staff [New Brunswick]
Published Saturday July 19th, 2008

RENOUS – The Atlantic Institution in Renous was in a partial lockdown situation yesterday after a seven-hour disturbance in Unit 1 of the maximum-security prison late Thursday night.

The disturbance began at about 10:30 p.m. and ended at about 5:30 a.m. yesterday when the 60 inmates returned to their cells.

The prison incident response team was involved in efforts to diffuse the tense situation.

The inmates will remain in their cells on a 24-hour basis until prison officials complete their investigation and deem it safe to resume normal operations at the unit.

No one was hurt but there was damage to the unit, including damage to lights and cell door windows, said Correctional Service of Canada spokeswoman Natalie Arsenault yesterday.

Prison officials were assessing the damages yesterday, she said.

The officials weren’t saying what sparked the incident or if there were any demands from inmates after they refused to return to their cells for evening lock up.

Lockdowns of this type are necessary to ensure the safety of inmates and staff, said Arsenault.

The prison houses 230 inmates.

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Kanesatake Mohawks barricaded Quebec highway following police intervention

The Canadian Press
July 26, 2008

Kanesatake, Que. — Kanesatake Mohawks barricaded a Quebec highway early Saturday following an intervention by the Quebec provincial police.

Police say 12 to 15 individuals blocked Highway 344 near the town of Oka by dragging trees into the road and setting them on fire.

Police contacted the Mohawk band council, who convinced the individuals to end the blockade.

The road was cleared by Quebec Transport Ministry employees by 10 a.m..

Two police vehicles were damaged during the incident.

Charges are expected to be laid against a number of individuals involved in the barricade.

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One man arrested at Tsawwassen power protest
Crews installing last seven of 19-tower, transmission-line project

Frank Luba, The Province [British Columbia]
Published: Friday, July 25, 2008

A protester was arrested yesterday for allegedly breaching a court order prohibiting interference with a $275-million, high-powered transmission-line project in Tsawwassen.

“When the police came to tell us we should move back, this gentleman was just asking where the line was, where he should not stand,” said resident Yvonne Bennett, who was among 20 or so protesters at the site.

“The officer told him he was under arrest.

“We feel it’s unacceptable. We have the right as Canadians to be here.”

The man was released and not charged. Const. Paul Eisenzimmer said the investigation is continuing.

Residents who are opposed to the project say it presents health and safety risks.

Two other protesters are to appear in B.C. Supreme Court on Aug. 1.

The first, a Vancouver man, is alleged to have interfered with the project by sitting on a pole stub — a support for a transmission tower — and ripping out survey stakes.

The second, a Delta man, is alleged to have used a large mirror to reflect light at two workers in a bucket truck almost 20 metres in the air.

B.C. Transmission Corp. spokeswoman Thoren Hudyma said workers on the project have been verbally threatened, and had bags of dog feces thrown at them and hung off equipment.

“We’re hoping that people will show some respect for the court process,” said Hudyma.

“We hope people in the community will allow our workers to do their job safely.”

The Tsawwassen portion of the line from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island is the last part of the project. Twelve of the 19 towers in Tsawwassen have been finished. The line is supposed to be operating in October.

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10 Windows of an RBC on Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver) Smashed

[Posted by Some Toads on July 24, 2008, to friendsofgrassynarrows.com]

On the night of July 23, we joyfully smashed out 10 windows of the RBC at First and Commercial. It should be painfully obvious why we did this. It is a bank. Death to the market and the systems of repression!

Some Toads

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Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver): Another Kiewit Truck Swallowed By Fire

[Posted by Anon on July 23, 2008, to friendsofgrassynarrows.com]

in the early morning of tuesday july 22nd 2008 a truck belonging to peter kiewit and sons parked off of victoria drive was lit on fire. kiewit is making a(nd) killing off of the development of the sea to sky highway. this highway development, along with the new high speed train line linking the airport to downtown, and the construction of new powerlines through tsawwassen communities, is paving the way for an intensification of development, resource extraction, tourism, ecological devastation and repression. progress is a weapon used by the rich to impose the resulting misery of their projects upon our lives. this action was done in solidarity with people attacking capitalist projects everywhere, from six nations and their battles in ontario to the people who made “deep cuts” in the new powerline poles and threatened developers with crowbars in tsawwassen. we are at war and our promise to developers and the pigs that protect them, their projects, and world is simple: as long as you build alienation and exploitation into our lives and territory we will not hesitate to consume your nightmares with our fire!

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Trio charged with arson in Abbotsford condo blaze

By Rochelle Baker – Abbotsford News [British Columbia]
Published: July 22, 2008

Three suspects have been arrested and charged with arson in connection to the fire that reduced a section of Abbotsford condo complex to ashes last Tuesday.

Danielle Toplass, Jason Read and Angela Arkesteyn-Vogler are each facing three counts of arson for the blaze that destroyed a four-storey building under construction at The Crossing real estate development in the 33500 block of Marshall Road.

The three were arrested sometime over the weekend by Abbotsford Police.

The fire also badly charred a family home immediately next to the development, leaving a single dad and his three kids homeless.

Damage from the fire is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

Flames from the blaze shot more than 30 metres into the night sky and could be seen by residents all over the city.

Radiant heat of the fire was so intense it cracked windows of the Gateway professional building along Marshall Road.

The Tempo condominium complex opposite on Holland Avenue also suffered damage to its windows and doors.

Trees, telephone and hydro poles, and shrubbery along the Marshall just west of McCallum were completely scorched.

Residents from surrounding apartment buildings, homes and businesses were evacuated – some until the early hours of the morning.

More than 100 firefighters from all seven of the city’s firehalls were called out.

Mission and Chilliwack fire departments were put on alert to cover the area.

No residents were hurt in the blaze, but four firefighters suffered injuries.

The only thing remaining of the structure was the charred concrete block elevator shaft rising up from blackened beams.

One- and two-bedroom units at The Crossing were being pre-sold and advertised on the Internet, ranging from $160,000 to close to $278,000.

The complex was advertised to be ready by fall. Phase one and two of the project were already sold out.

As many as 1,300 other area residents lost telephone service after the fire burned two cable lines.

The three suspects are scheduled to next appear in Abbotsford provincial court July 24.

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