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Four dead after shooting in Penticton, B.C.; one male suspect in custody

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PENTICTON, B.C. — The RCMP say four people were found dead Monday in three locations after targeted shootings within a five-kilometre radius in Penticton, B.C.

Supt. Ted De Jager said a man turned himself in at the city’s police headquarters and officers were searching his car.

“We’re still trying to find the motive for this whole incident, so that’s part of the ongoing investigation,” he told a news conference.

“Indications right now are that all four were targeted.”

De Jager said the Mounties received a call about a possible shooting in the downtown at about 10:30 a.m. and the suspect was taken into custody about an hour later.

Earlier, police cordoned off the city’s downtown and were telling people to avoid the area because of a serious, unfolding situation. They asked the public to follow the direction of police and to avoid specific areas but later lifted those restrictions.

“I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community,” De Jager said, adding that more than 30 officers were involved in the response to the shootings.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with all those impacted by this terribly tragic incident. Our priority now, will be to speak with the families of those involved and offer our support.”

He said one person was found dead in the north end of the city; the three others were found in the south end.

Police identified one victim as a man, but have not released any details about the other three victims.

De Jager said an emergency response team was deployed to another place in the city, but police said it was not related to the shootings and the incident was resolved.

Joyce Brennan, a downtown resident, said she was taking out the recycling sometime between 9:30 and 10 a.m. when she heard the sound of three muffled bangs in the distance.

“But there is a lot of construction going on around us here, so I just assumed it was something to do with that,” said Brennan.

She said her son called a short time later to say someone was killed near her house.

Shelley Halvorson was in her office at J&E Automotive Services Ltd. at around 10:30 a.m. when she heard “pop, pop, pop, pop,” she said.

“All of a sudden, all these cop cars were swarming the area, and an ambulance showed up, and we went outside and I saw a guy laying in the grass,” she said.

The man was laying on the lawn outside a home, she said.

“We were told we had to get back inside because there was a guy — who shot this guy — who was on the loose with a rifle,” Halvorson said. 

Three or four officers with rifles and a police dog charged down a nearby side street, while other police officers stayed behind and taped off the area, said Halvorson.

“It was kind of scary,” she said.

“It’s a very quiet area, so it’s a little alarming for this to be happening.”

Daniel Kenward lives a few houses down and also heard gunshots before police cars arrived and he saw a man lying on the grass outside. The man appeared to be older with white or grey hair, he said.

About 45 minutes later, he heard a sound of “anguish,” and his wife looked out the window and saw an older woman hugging someone, Kenward added.

“I don’t know what her relationship was to him or anything like that. I just know she was upset. You know that sound,” he said.

— By Daniela Germano in Edmonton and Laura Kane in Vancouver

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Federal Court approves settlement agreement for Indian Day Schools

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OTTAWA — The Federal Court has approved a settlement agreement for survivors of so-called Indian day schools.

Under the terms of the settlement, survivors will be able to apply for individual compensation for harms, including physical and sexual abuse, linked to attending one of the federally run institutions.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the court’s decision marks recognition of the hard work undertaken by all sides toward finding a lasting and meaningful resolution for former students and their families.

A 90-day opt-out period and a 60-day appeal period will begin now that the settlement has been approved, meaning that any class member who does not agree with its terms can choose to remove themselves from the process.

Nearly 200,000 Indigenous children attended more than 700 Indian day schools beginning in the 1920s, often enduring trauma that in some cases included physical and sexual abuse.

The schools operated separately from the residential school system and were not included in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement approved in 2006.

 

 

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U.S. secretary of state to meet with Trudeau, Freeland ahead of G7 summit

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OTTAWA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Canada later this week to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

Their meeting comes in advance of the G7 summit of the world’s seven big economies, which gets underway later this week in Biarritz, France.

Freeland’s office says she will host the meetings Thursday in Ottawa, where discussions will focus on Canada-U.S. co-operation on various domestic and international issues, including key security and foreign policy matters.

The meeting is being billed as an opportunity to build on the outcomes of Trudeau’s June visit to Washington, D.C., where he met with U.S. President Donald Trump and discussed relations with China, as well as the continued arbitrary detention of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig. 

Trudeau spoke with Trump by telephone on Friday, where the Canadian detentions in China came up again, as did the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong and the shared support of the two leaders for the ratification of the new North American trade deal.

Trump and Trudeau also discussed challenges in the global economy, with an expectation they would further those discussions together in person at the G7 summit later this week.

 

 

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