When are AMBER Alerts issued ? – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — It was the question on many minds when 12-year-old Tristan McMahon was allegedly abducted by his biological mother Charlotte McMahon on Saturday morning . Why was no AMBER alert issued?

The young boy had been on an overnight supervised visit with his mother Friday night. When his father and stepmom contacted the boy’s grandmother in the morning, they were told both of them were gone.

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“She had taken her car, keys, purse, all her money, packed the cats up and some belongings and all his photos and they were gone,” said stepmom Wendy Tronrud.

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Police were immediately contacted and within hours pictures of the two and the car they were believed to be travelling in were blasted out to media and police organizations across the country. But no AMBER alert was issued.

According to the WPS the scenario came very close, but fell short of meeting all requirements needed.

If a person under the age of 18 years is abducted, then the Winnipeg Police service will consider issuing an Amber Alert. However, there are four specific requirements that need to be met before it will be activated.

The abduction has been confirmed (by witnesses or supporting evidence).It is believed that the victim is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.There is sufficient descriptive information about the victim, the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle to ensure the public can identify these elements.The Alert can be issued in a time frame that would provide a reasonable expectation that the victim could be returned or the suspect could be apprehended prior to fleeing.

Police told Global News they had no evidence to believe the 12-year-old was in life-threatening danger.

“We were concerned for the well being and safety but that one criteria was not met,” said Constable Jason Michalyshen. “We have to have some very specific evidence to support that. Are we talking about a weapon, have threats been made, is there anything historically that we need to delve in to? 3 out of the 4 criteria were met and that one wasn’t.”

Since the AMBER Alert program started within Canada in 2002, the WPS has never issued an AMBER alert.

The RCMP also specifies on its website that an AMBER alert is not used for cases involving runaways or parental abductions, except in life-threatening situations. Again, this specific case did not meet that requirement because it was not believed McMahon was in imminent danger

Background

The AMBER Alert program originated in Arlington, Texas, in 1996 after nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while playing in her yard. She was found murdered a few days later following an extensive search.

Texas organized a system that encouraged law enforcement agencies to alert the media following a confirmed child abduction.

The name of the program is an acronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response System.

Native leaders want swift justice for accused killers

PENTICTON — Family and friends of a Vancouver woman who was murdered in the Okanagan are holding another demonstration, but this one is different.

Roxanne Louie, 26, went missing last Christmas while visiting family in the South Okanagan.

Louie’s body was found in a wooded area near Naramata on Jan. 12, 2015.

Grace Elinor Robotti, 65, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Louie.

Grace Elinor Robotti is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Louie.

The two were related through Louie’s three-year-old son.

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Grace’s brother, Pier Louis Robotti, 61, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and performing an indignity on a human body. That charged was recently dropped and upgraded to second-degree murder.

Native leaders from various bands including the Penticton Indian Band have held demonstrations in the past, demanding swift justice for Louie’s alleged killers.

Today, they’re organizing a ride to the Penticton courthouse on horseback.

“We are gathering to raise awareness for the fight for justice on behalf of Roxanne Louie and other missing and murdered First Nation women and their families,” organizers say in a release. “Let’s ride for justice together as a nation and be heard for our people.”

Organizers say they’re upset that Louie’s accused killers are both out on bail.

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Harper asks ‘what planet’ Trudeau was on after F-35s plan announced – National

OTTAWA – The politics of military procurement preoccupied the federal leaders today as they fired rhetorical missiles at each other over the future of Canada’s ill-fated attempt to buy new fighter jets.

Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair both blasted Justin Trudeau for announcing yesterday that he would scrap the multibillion-dollar purchase of F-35 stealth fighters to replace the current aging fleet of CF-18s.

The Conservative and NDP leaders both said it showed a lack of judgment by the Liberal leader.

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Harper questioned “what planet” Trudeau was living on, while Mulcair said Trudeau was pre-judging the public tendering process.

Experts say the F-35 purchase would cost taxpayers about 44-billion dollars over the four-decade lifespan of the Lockheed Martin jets.

The F-35 project is on hold after the auditor general offered a scathing critique of the procurement, so the military is working to extend the lifespan of the current CF-18 fleet.

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Top Knotch: Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson turning heads with unique hairstyle

Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson has been called a lot of things this season – clubhouse leader, fierce competitor, MVP. Add trendsetter to that list.

The third baseman’s unique hairstyle has garnered almost as much attention as his stellar season. A hybrid between a mohawk cut and samurai tail, the do is buzzed short at the sides with lines sometimes shaved in above his ears, trimmed into a V-shape at the back, and long at the top with his light brown locks gathered in a small bun or ponytail at the crown.

It’s a unique look that Jays fans have been emulating. Donaldson says he often receives photos of similar cuts via 桑拿会所 and isn’t surprised it has caught on.

“I knew that would happen,” Donaldson said in a recent interview. “When my barber was first cutting my hair like this he was like ‘Hey, people are going to start getting this haircut all over the city,’ and they did. I think it’s pretty funny.”

Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson celebrates after sliding safely into third base with a triple against the Cleveland Indians during fifth inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Monday, August 31, 2015.

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Donaldson, whose MVP-calibre season has helped propel the Blue Jays to the top of the American League East, hasn’t really thought about a name for the cut. He has enough trouble just describing it.

“I kind of think of it as more of a top knot than a man bun,” he said pensively. “But it’s also got a bit of a samurai look to it, which is what I wanted.

“I’m sure a fan will come up with a name for it. Maybe we should do a poll or something.”

No matter what it’s called, it doesn’t require much maintenance.

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He’ll typically shave the sides down once a week to “keep it looking clean,” and add a line or two if the mood strikes. But aside from occasionally running some mousse through it “to make it look not so terrible,” he doesn’t use many styling products.

Donaldson has experimented with his look in the past. During his stint with the Oakland Athletics he famously rocked a rat tail, which he sometimes braided, in addition to his mohawk.

The two-time all-star, known for his intense demeanour on the field, uses his hair to help show off a more playful side.

“I like to have fun with it,” Donaldson said. “Thankfully I’ve been a part of two organizations that have given me leeway as far as what I want to do to express my personality.”

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So what do his teammates think?

“I was kind of expecting to get (teased) about it but I think the guys actually really like it,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll change it eventually, but I’m not going to do anything different right now.”

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Trudeau says Elizabeth May should be allowed to take part in leaders’ debates – National

TORONTO – Green Leader Elizabeth May should be allowed to participate in the Munk debate later this month, her Liberal rival said Monday, as she tried a last-ditch effort to get into the discussion on foreign policy.

The Greens have filed a complaint with the Canada Revenue Agency alleging the Munk debate format violates the agency’s policies that limit the political activities of charities.

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The Aurea Foundation, a registered charity with the CRA, is helping fund the debate.

“I’m going to let the lawyers hash out the details of this one, but I will say that I was disappointed,” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said in Toronto.

“She should be in the Munk debate because we know of all the different international issues facing Canada and the world, climate change is possibly, certainly one of the very top ones when we look at the future that we’re building for our kids and our grandkids.”

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Trudeau also said the decision to exclude May from last week’s economic debate in Calgary, hosted by the Globe and Mail, touched him on a personal level.

“My daughter watched my debate last Thursday night and it kind of bugs me that when she sees the people who could become prime minister, there wasn’t a woman among them,” he said.

“I think that’s yet another reason why Elizabeth May should be in the Munk debate and all debates.”

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The Greens argue that excluding May from the debate has put the Aurea Foundation in violation of the Income Tax Act. The law says it’s illegal for a charity to directly or indirectly support or oppose a political party and are calling on the CRA to conduct an immediate audit of the charity’s activities.

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The party says it will withdraw the complaint if May is invited to the debate, scheduled for next Monday at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

In a letter sent to the CRA, Green party executive Emily McMillan writes that May was excluded from the debate because organizers only wanted to have the leaders of parties recognized as such under the Parliament of Canada Act.

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With only two seats in the Commons, the Greens don’t have party status. But McMillan argues there is nothing in the Parliament of Canada Act to limit the meaning of “political party” that would justify May’s exclusion.

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