Convicted fraudster Earl Jones could be considering move to Westmount – Montreal

MONTREAL – If you ask Joey Davis what he thinks of convicted fraudster Earl Jones, you’ll get an earful.

“The man is a sociopath, I have no trust in him, I am frustrated and angry,” Davis told Global News.

Jones robbed Davis’ mother of her life savings — more than $200,000. Through his Ponzi scheme, the West Island financial advisor fleeced 158 seniors of more than $50 million.

Davis can’t believe Jones has been released from prison after serving only four years of an 11-year prison sentence.

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Jones is out on parole under several conditions including avoiding contact with his victims or their families.

Davis worries for his elderly mother who he feels may one day come face-to-face with the now 71-year-old convict.

It appears Jones is considering calling a Westmount apartment building home.

A newly-released parole report states Jones has discussed moving back with his spouse with prison officials. The same report states he’s currently living in an unknown location.

Maxine Heayberd-Jones refused an interview with Global News Friday.

According to Davis, eight of the 158 fraud victims have passed away.

Davis believes the time has come for Jones to deliver a public apology.

“If you are sincerely sorry, or have any sense of remorse,” Davis said, “step forward in the media.”

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Get your facts straight: Quebec Liberal Party

“Together, addressing the real issues” – slogan

The Quebec Liberal Party (Parti libéral du Québec, PLQ) is considered a centre-right party in the context of Canadian politics.

Live coverage of the 2014 Quebec election

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The party platform focuses mostly on economy and social policy and supports the idea of what it calls Quebec federalism – an autonomous Quebec within Canada, and the party was an vocal campaigner for the “No” vote in the 1995 sovereignty referendum.

The Liberals regained power from Bernard Landry’s Parti Québécois in the 2003 elections, lead by Jean Charest. He was subsequently defeated almost a decade later in the 2012 provincial elections by Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois.

After the 2012 provincial elections, the Liberals held 49 of the 125 seats in the National Assembly.

Interested in reading more about the Quebec Liberal Party’s 145 year history? Click here for details.

The economy is one of the main key issues for the Quebec Liberal Party in the 2014 elections. To read their framework, click here.

Party leader: Philippe Couillard

Quebec Liberal Party Leader Philippe Couillard.

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A former university professor and neurosurgeon, Philippe Couillard joined politics for the first time in 2003 when he was elected MNA of Mont-Royal. In that same year, he was also appointed Minister of Health and Social Services.

He held this title as he left Mont-Royal to become the MNA of Jean-Talon in 2007; he resigned as MNA and Minister of Health and Social Services in 2008.

Some of his accomplishments include a $4.2 billion increase in the Quebec health budget and he was behind the movement to prohibit smoking in public spaces.

During his time away from politics, Couillard worked at the Security Intelligence Review Committee and the Privy Council. His return to politics came in 2012 when he ran for leader of the Quebec Liberal Party.

He was the third person the enter the race to succeed Jean Charest (after Raymond Bachand and Pierre Moreau). Couillard was elected with 55 per cent of the vote as the MNA of Outremont in the 2013 by-election.

In the 2014 provincial elections, Couillard will run in Roberval, one of the most rural ridings in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, which is often classified as extremely “pure laine.”

Key ridings to watch

The Liberals boast several strongholds, most of them located in the Greater Montreal region. These include Acadie, Anjou-Louis-Riel, Bourassa- Sauvé, D’Arcy McGee, Laporte, Nelligan, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Robert-Baldwin.

La Pinière: The Liberal’s newest candidate, Gaétan Barrette will face off against incumbent Fatima Houda-Pepin, who was first elected to La Pinière in 1994.

On January 20, 2014, Houda-Pepin left the Quebec Liberal Party due to disagreement with the party’s views on Bill 60.

Watch: Houda-Pepin leaves the Quebec Liberal Party

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Constitutional lawyer wonders why he had to clean up Harper’s ‘subversive mess’ – National

OTTAWA – Constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati was in the middle of a month-long sojourn on the Indian subcontinent when word reached him Friday that he’d brought down a Supreme Court appointee and rattled the legal underpinnings of the Conservative government.

But the man who first challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s choice of Justice Marc Nadon for the top bench was not in a celebratory mood after playing David to a constitutional Goliath.

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“When I started this I was very, very clear and convinced that I was right and that this was as clear as a bell to me,” Galati told
The Canadian Press in a telephone interview from India.

In an unprecedented reference, the top court agreed by a 6-1 margin that Nadon was not eligible to sit amongst them and that the government could not unilaterally rewrite the Supreme Court Act rules on the composition of the bench.

“I just regret the fact the government can make a subversive mess of our Constitution and it’s got to be private citizens like me – at my own expense, this has cost me a lot of money, my own time, energy and money; I’m not getting any of that back – to clean up what?” said Galati.

“To clean up the mess of the subversive government that doesn’t want to respect the Constitution. Why should a private citizen have to do that, quite frankly?

“If I hadn’t brought the challenge, Justice Nadon would be deciding cases as we speak.”

The reference ruling came a day after the top court had struck down retroactive Conservative changes to parole eligibility, ruling them a clear breach of the Charter and pointedly noting “that enactment of Charter-infringing legislation does great damage to that confidence” in the justice system.

The back-to-back rulings by a court that now has a majority of Harper appointees reinforces a growing impression in legal circles that the Conservative government is playing fast and loose with the law.

Some, such as Justice Department whistle-blower Edgar Schmidt,  are openly questioning who in government is minding the constitutional store.

“If the attorney general, the prime minister, Governor General and the chief justice of the Supreme Court aren’t, it’s pretty pathetic that they rely on citizens,” Galati said.

It’s hardly the first time the Toronto lawyer, who specializes in constitutional and immigration law, has stepped up to kick the court system in the shins.

In 2011, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the Federal Court was in breach of the law after Galati questioned why retired judges over 75 were being retained as deputy judges, despite mandatory retirement language in the Federal Courts Act.

Thirteen deputy judges had to be let go.

“People said to me in that case, ‘They’ve been doing it for 60 years, how can it be wrong?”’ Galati related in an interview last November.

“I said, ‘Nobody’s challenged it.”’

Ultimately, private citizens must be prepared to step up and challenge government and the courts, Galati said Friday.

“It’s probably apt, because the Supreme Court in 1951 ruled specifically that the Constitution doesn’t belong to either government. It belongs to the citizens and it’s there that we find our protection,” he said.

“That’s true, it’s often the citizens that bring up these challenges. It’s just pathetic that the court doesn’t recognize that the citizens who are grieved by these constitutional breaches shouldn’t have to be the ones to pay to fix the constitutional breaches.”

Group of travelling thieves targeting Edmonton seniors with fake gold – Edmonton

EDMONTON – Edmonton police say a group of travelling thieves has reappeared in the city, allegedly targeting seniors with distraction-style thefts.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) says the same transient group was present in the city last year, and was responsible for 107 crimes.

Officers say the thieves typically target elderly people who are alone or may not speak English as their first language. They approach their victims with fake gold jewellery — either to give it to them as a gift or offer it in exchange for money.

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Meanwhile, police say the thieves swipe the victims’ real jewellery without them knowing. Often times the thieves will use force and violence.

So far this year, 17 distraction-style thefts, robberies and frauds have been reported to police, with 12 incidents in March alone.

“We encourage the public to report these crimes and other suspicious activities, such as street corner gold jewellery offers, to police as soon possible,” said Acting Det. Emeric Derczeni with the EPS.

“These thieves are very good at what they do. They target as many victims as possible in a short period of time before moving on. The sooner police can get involved, the sooner we can stop these criminals.”

The suspects are described as a group of adult men and women with dark complexions and dark hair. Police say they have heavy accents and may be either Eastern European or Middle Eastern.

The thieves are currently believed to be in Edmonton, but police say they may be making their way around Alberta.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Veteran with service dog turned away by Saskatchewan restaurant

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A military veteran who needs a service dog says he was turned away from a restaurant in Saskatchewan.

Michael Sharron, who has post-traumatic stress disorder, says he needs the dog, Rylie, with him for medical reasons.

Sharron says he and his father-in-law went to a Smitty’s restaurant in a Prince Albert mall for lunch on March 3.

He says they were greeted by a man, who turned out to be the owner, who told them that dogs weren’t allowed.

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Sharron says he explained that he needed Rylie with him for medical reasons, but when asked what they were, Sharron wouldn’t go into details.

Owner Ray Littlechilds says Sharron gave no indication he was an Armed Forces veteran.

“I told him that he was a service dog, and he was certified, and he said, `Is he a seeing-eye dog?’ I said, `No, he’s for a medical service for a condition that I have,”‘ Sharron said.

Sharron also explained he had paperwork for Rylie.

Service dogs can help people with PTSD manage their symptoms. Sharron keeps Rylie’s leash tied to his waist and the dog provides him with a distraction.

The conversation between Sharron and the man was loud enough to draw attention from other people in the restaurant, said Sharron, who is from Shellbrook, Sask.

“I’m looking around and feeling like if I can crawl into a hole, I would,” he said.

Littlechilds emphasized his support for Canadian military veterans. His uncle died in combat and other family members have served.

“We couldn’t allow him in on the way he talked to us,” Littlechilds said. “He says, `This is none of your business’ … and I said, `Well, I can’t let you in.”

Sharron said he decided not to press the issue. He started to leave, but briefly sat on a bench near the exit to make a phone call to Rylie’s trainer.

He said Littlechilds told him he would have to go out into the foyer of the mall to do that.

Sharron called a lawyer for Manitoba Search and Rescue, which trained and provided his service dog. The lawyer has been in contact with Littlechilds.

The owner said another person came to the restaurant days later to scold him and to tell him that Sharron is a veteran. Littlechilds told the man he had no idea that was the case at the time.

“We would have been happy to have him as a guest, as far as an individual,” he said. “I don’t stop people from coming to my business. I welcome every single customer there is. It doesn’t matter what you are, what colour, what race, if there’s any disabilities whatsoever, they are welcome at Smitty’s.”

He said he would welcome Sharron back.

“All we were trying to do was live by the letter of the law of the health regulations and purposes. That’s something that’s very strict.”

Earlier this year, a military veteran based in Cold Lake, Alta., was not allowed to board an Air Canada flight with her service dog. She was told she could travel with the pet for a fee. She, too, has PTSD and owns the dog because it helps her stay calm.

The airline later apologized.

©2014The Canadian Press