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Conservative MP introduces “McCanns’ Law” for murder convicts who refuse to reveal location of vicitms


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News Release from the Conservative Party of Canada

MP Lloyd introduces Private Member’s Bill to support victims 

Thursday, Dane Lloyd, MP for Sturgeon River – Parkland, introduced McCanns’ Law in the House of Commons. If passed, this legislation will support families of homicide victims by creating consequences for those convicted of an offence related to the death of a person(s) who refuse to provide information regarding the location of the body or remains of the victim.

In 2010, Lyle and Marie McCann of St. Albert, Alberta, were senselessly murdered. Their killer was convicted of manslaughter in 2017 and received a life sentence. He will be eligible for parole this year. To this day the bodies of Lyle and Marie have not been located and their killer continues to refuse to give the victims’ family peace by revealing the location of their remains.

“By withholding where he left their bodies, Vader is able to continuously revictimize our family,” stated the McCanns’ son Bret McCann. “Without a proper funeral and memorial, our family was unable to fully grieve and reach some degree of closure.”

There are no current requirements for sentencing judges or parole boards to consider ongoing refusal by offenders to share relevant information relating to the location of the remains of homicide victims. This bill will ensure that authorities have the tools necessary to provide justice and closure for victims’ families.

“This isn’t about being vindictive and punishing criminals. This is about giving the tools to our justice system to help families find the remains of their loved ones,” said Lloyd. “This legislation recognizes that Canada needs to do more to support victims of horrible crimes.”

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First medal: Canada swims to silver in women’s 4×100 freestyle relay

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TOKYO — Canada has its first medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay team raced to silver.

Penny Oleksiak and Kayla Sanchez of Toronto, Margaret Mac Neil of London, Ont., and Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., finished in a time of three minutes 32.78 seconds as Canada picked up a medal in the event for a second straight Games.

Australia won gold in a world-record time of 3:29.69, while the United States finished third in 3:32.81.

Oleksiak swam the anchor leg and narrowly beat out American Simone Manuel at the wall.

Canada’s women are looking to duplicate the success they had in the pool at the 2016 Rio Games, where they picked up six medals.

Oleksiak and Ruck were 16-year-old members of the relay team that won bronze for Canada’s first medal in Rio.

Oleksiak went on to win 100-metre freestyle gold, 100-metre butterfly silver and anchor Canada to another relay bronze in the 4 x 200.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2021.

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Canadian divers Abel, Citrini-Beaulieu win silver in women's 3m synchro

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TOKYO — Canadian divers Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu won silver in the women’s three-metre synchronized springboard, giving Canada its second medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Abel, from Laval, Que., and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu, from Saint-Constant, Que., overcame a slow start on their first two dives to finish with a total score of 300.78.

The Chinese pair of Shi Tingmao and Wang Han finished first with 326.4 points. Germany’s Lena Hentschel and Tina Punzel were third with 284.97 points. 

Abel picked up her second Olympic medal. She won bronze in the same event with Emilie Heymans at the 2012 London Games.

Citrini-Beaulieu is making her Olympic debut.

The pair had to overcome some early nerves. Synchronization issues had them sixth after the first two dives.

But the Canadians seemed to get better as the event wore on. While never threatening the Chinese pair, Abel and Citrini-Beaulieu distanced themselves from the rest of the competition by getting the second-highest score in each of the final three dives.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 25, 2021.

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