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Fredericton Police say writer RM Vaughan found dead days after going missing

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Police in New Brunswick say missing writer Richard Vaughan has been found dead. He was 55.

The author and video artist, who wrote under the name RM Vaughan, was a revered figure in Canada’s LGBTQ arts scene.

Fredericton Police say his body was found on Friday, 10 days after he was reported missing, and that his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Born in Saint John, N.B, Vaughan recently returned to his home province from Montreal to serve as writer-in-residence at his alma mater, the University of New Brunswick for 2019-2020.

Police say he was last seen near his home in downtown Fredericton on Monday, Oct. 12, and he was reported missing the next day.

The news sparked a flurry of concern in literary circles, with many writers sharing posts urging people to keep an eye out for Vaughan.

Vaughan’s bibliography includes the poetry collections “A Selection of Dazzling Scarves,” “Invisible to Predators,” “Ruined Stars,” “Troubled” and “Ve1Xe”; the novels “Quilted Heart” and “Spells”; and the play “Camera, Woman” and “The Monster Trilogy.”

His works often touched on queer stories of coming-of-age and eroticism. He also had a taste for the supernatural and macabre, and was captivated by the world of the celebrity.

A contributor to a variety of publications and anthologies, Vaughan published the book of essays “Compared to Hitler” in 2013 featuring many of his takes on contemporary culture.

In the 2015 non-fiction book “Bright Eyed,” Vaughan examined the health and historical context of his lifelong battle with insomnia.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2020.

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Boy dead, officer injured in Kawartha Lakes, Ont.; police watchdog investigating

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Ontario’s police watchdog says a one-year-old boy has died, his father was shot and a provincial police officer was injured in an incident in Kawartha Lakes. 

A spokeswoman for the Special Investigations Unit says police were investigating after a man allegedly abducted his young son. 

Monica Hudon says they located a vehicle of interest, which then crashed into an OPP cruiser and another civilian vehicle. 

An officer who was outside the cruiser suffered serious injuries, and is now in stable condition in hospital. 

Hudon says there was an “interaction” and three officers then shot at the man, who was “gravely” injured and airlifted to hospital. 

She says police then found the 33-year-old man’s son dead in his vehicle. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Sentence reduced for Quebec City mosque shooter

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Quebec’s highest court has declared unconstitutional a provision of the Criminal Code that allows for life sentences to be served consecutively, reducing the sentence given to the man who killed six people in a Quebec City mosque in 2017.

Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced in February 2019 to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 40 years.

With today’s decision from the Quebec Court of Appeal, Bissonnette will be eligible to apply for parole after serving 25 years.

Since 2011, the Criminal Code has allowed judges to impose consecutive sentences for multiple murders in blocks of 25 years, but the trial judge in Bissonnette’s case rewrote the law and instead sentenced the killer to 40 years.

Bissonnette pleaded guilty in March 2018 to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. His victims were Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42; Abdelkrim Hassane, 41; Khaled Belkacemi, 60; Aboubaker Thabti, 44; Azzeddine Soufiane, 57; and Ibrahima Barry, 39.

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