MONTREAL — If there is a municipality in Quebec, of which the emergency measures are among the best known, it is that of Gatineau.
Already hit hard by the floods of 2017, not only the municipality, ottawa has she had to deal with other flooding — albeit less significant — in July 2018, but it has been the target of another event of severe weather, in September, in the case of a series of six tornadoes in the greater Ottawa area, of which two were directly hit, one of class F-3 with winds of up to 265 kilometres per hour.
The balance in the greater region of Ottawa-Gatineau had more than a thousand people affected, more than 300 buildings damaged, including 215 in Gatineau, which amounted to $ 1686 housing units. Sadly, in the following minutes, a bolt of lightning struck the école secondaire Mont-Bleu, causing a serious fire.
The canadian Press
At the runway end, 30 houses have been demolished to Dunrobin, 55 others in Nepean and Ottawa South, so that at least 50 homes and one apartment building suffered the same fate in Gatineau. By a miracle, although thirty people have been injured, the disaster has not made any death.
Later, at the end of November, the weather was still acting up, this time with a storm of strong winds, which had cut all communication links between the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and the rest of the world.
Less spectacular, but even more dangerous, the extreme heat that has marked the summer of 2018 will have left fifty dead in its wake in the heat wave that hit Montreal between June 30 and July 7.
Three-Rivers; killings grouped
The region of Trois-Rivières, for its part, was shaken by two cases of multiple killings.
In may, the assassination Sherbrooke truck driver-François Lefebvre, a native of Three Rivers, led to the arrest of his colleague, François Asselin, him as He.
However, the father of Asselin, Gilles Giasson, had been missing since the date corresponding to this murder. The body of the sexagenarian had to be found in a junkyard a few days later and his son accused of a second murder.
The Trifluviens were not at the end of the horror, quite the contrary: on 10 October, a passer-by discovered the body of Ophelia Martin-Cyr, in a field of Yamachiche. The young woman of 19-year-old had been gunned down. The survey had to show that one of his friends, 21-year-old had managed to escape the same fate by jumping out of the window of the running car of a suspect who reportedly fired in his direction.
On 10 October, a passer-by discovered the body of Ophelia Martin-Cyr, in a field of Yamachiche.
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René Kègle and Francis Martel, pinned separately after a man hunt, are accused of premeditated murder of Ophelia, and of the attempted murder of his girlfriend, among other things, but may face other charges; and in the hours before the discovery of the corpse of the young Ophelia, the police officers had been mandes in Sainte-Marthe-du-Cap where there was a car on fire with two charred bodies inside. The Sûreté du Québec believes that at least one of the suspects, René Kègle, would also be involved in the death of Steve Lamy and Jean-Christophe Gilbert, but no charges have yet been filed in this case.
Several other grisly stories have taken place in Québec in 2018, but that of the murder of the little Rosalie Gagnon, two years old, whose body had been discovered in a trash bin in April in the borough of Charlesbourg, in Quebec city, in addition to shock Québec as a whole, has led to questions over the accessibility to mental health care. His mother, Audrey Gagnon, a 22-year old woman struggling with issues of substance abuse, has been accused of the murder of the child, who had been stabbed.
The discovery of the corpse of the little Rosalie Gagnon, two years, in a bin in the borough of Charlesbourg, in Quebec city, has shocked Québec as a whole.
Sun, Yan Doublet
The Montreal region was on his side mobilized for several weeks, or even months, in the wake of the disappearance of the little Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, 10 years, left to join a friend at a pd day in march. The child was last seen entering a park along the rivière des Prairies, in the north of the metropolis.
Although the police prefer always the hypothesis of the accident and the drowning, his parents refuse to give in, and emphasize the thesis of the abduction.
Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou, age 10, was last seen entering a park along the rivière des Prairies, in the north of the metropolis.
The Press, By Catherine Lefebvre
To the contrary, a disappearance which was successful, was that of a young teenager of 12 years at Sutton, in Estrie, in September. Abducted by two suspects believed to have wanted to get a ransom, the teenager had managed to escape when his captors had left him alone in a house sale where they had sequestered. No arrest has been made in this record to this day.
Another teenager has not had this chance. The Laval Athena Gervais, 14, was found dead in a creek in the month of march, three days after his disappearance. The investigation revealed that she had consumed at least one can of sugary drink a high alcohol content (11.9 per cent) that it had stolen at the convenience store. This case had such an impact that all of these drinks were then removed at convenience stores and grocery stores, and the maximum limit of the alcohol content of the sweet mixes with the beer set at 7 percent.
Although the province has been saddened by a murder of marriage, the one that has attracted most attention, at the end of the year, will have been that of Christine St-Onge, 41 years old, murdered in Mexico, whose body was found bearing multiple marks of violence. The man she had been little, Pierre Bergeron, would in all likelihood be the murderer, but it will not be brought before the courts; returned from Mexico a day earlier than expected, he took his life in his condo in Mont-Tremblant.
Disaster in Saskatchewan
Elsewhere in Canada, it is the tragedy of Humboldt, which has dominated the scene police on April 6, the bus carrying the Broncos, the junior hockey team from Humboldt Saskatchewan is involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer, causing 16 deaths and 13 injuries. Among the victims, there were 10 players, the coach of the team, his deputy, a careful, an advertiser, a radio, a statistician and the driver of the coach. Arrested in the month of June, the driver of the truck, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, is facing 16 charges of dangerous driving causing death and 13 others to dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
On 6 April, the bus carrying the Broncos, the junior hockey team from Humboldt Saskatchewan is involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer, causing 16 deaths and 13 injuries.
The canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward
The greater Toronto area has seen a black series that began in April with the attack to the truck-aries of the Yonge street where a man of 25, Alek Minassian, claiming a sphere of influence masculiniste misogynist, directed his van on the sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 16 others. Accused of ten murders premeditated and 16 attempted murders, he is awaiting trial.
A man of 25, Alek Minassian, claiming a sphere of influence masculiniste misogynist, directed his van on the sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 16 others.
The canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim
And then, as soon as the following month, an indian restaurant in Mississauga, suburb of Toronto, was the target of a bomb attack that left 15 injured in its wake. Although the police have maintained since the beginning that he was not a terrorist act, two suspects masked and captured on surveillance cameras are still being sought and their motives remain unknown.
Less than two months later, in July, Faisal Hussein, a person of 29 years old who have a heavy past of mental health issues, according to his relatives, opened fire in the bustling neighborhood of Greektown in Toronto, killing a young woman 18 years of age, a 10 year old girl and wounding 13 other people, victims random, who was on his way as he walked by discharging his firearm, before he found himself dead in an exchange of gunfire with the police.
Then, on 10 August, it is the city of Fredericton became the focal point of the entire country when a man, from the window of his apartment situated on the third floor of a residential building, has shot and killed two citizens and the first two municipal police of the capital city of new brunswick called in the emergency on the premises. Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48 years of age, himself wounded by bullets by the police, underwent a psychiatric examination of 60 days, ordered on the 11th of December, in order to determine whether he is fit to stand trial on four charges of premeditated murder.
Among the other events which occurred outside Québec, the year 2018 has also been affected by the death of Yann Arnaud, a Cirque du Soleil artist, the result of a fall in a number of freestyle in Tampa in march, as well as that of the climber from québec Serge Dessureault, who died on 7 July by a fall during the ascent of the second highest peak in the world, K-2, Pakistan.
Drug, tobacco and fraud
The legalization of marijuana has not put a stop to the criminal activities in the field of drugs and the police have been very busy in 2018 with these folders.
In February, the POLICE and several other police were conducting a major operation against a network connected to bikers and the Italian mafia, doing six searches in the city and the Lower Laurentians, where four individuals were arrested on a host of charges following the seizure of a large quantity of drugs, primarily methamphetamine, and lab equipment used for its manufacturing.
Two weeks later, still in February, several networks of traffickers linked to the Hells Angels were simultaneously dismantled in the regions of Montréal, Lanaudière, Laurentides, and Outaouais. The fifty searches carried out resulted in the seizure of significant amounts of cocaine, synthetic drugs, cash, guns, and hydraulic presses.
In may, an investigation for attempted murder had led to police officers in montreal to put the hand in the collar of the four suspects catering to several points of sale of drugs to Montreal and enter there also large quantities of narcotics, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana and prescription drugs, as well as money.
At the end of October, after the legalization, the SPVM perquisitionnait a house where she had to seize hundreds of seedlings and cuttings of marijuana, and several dozen pounds of the drug ready to be sold. An individual faces a variety of charges in connection with this folder and the house was seized.
The Press, Patrick Sanfaçon
Then, in mid-December, the Service de police de Longueuil, ran a vast operation, mobilizing more than 120 police officers at Longueil and in other municipalities in the Montérégie region, which had to be concluded by the arrest of ten men and two women, the most well-known police officers, and the seizure of narcotics, mainly hashish, but also hundreds of tablets of synthetic drugs and cocaine.
Contraband tobacco also continued to be of concern to the security forces who, in march, launched a large-scale operation in the regions of Montreal and Toronto that led to the arrest of more than a dozen individuals who are members of a criminal organization linked to the Italian organized crime and the organized crime aboriginal. A dozen vehicles were entered in the margins of the survey which showed that the group would have been imported during the previous two years at least 48 cargoes, for an estimated total of 744 000 kilograms of tobacco, a fraud of more than $ 200 million for the two levels of government.
The division of fraud investigation to the Sûreté du Québec, for its part, was conducting a strike in July in the greater Montreal area during which 12 individuals were arrested in a case of forgery of government documents and fraud in public institutions and banking. The network is suspected of having produced fake government-issued identification of very high-quality to perform fraudulent transactions that, between August 2016 and February 2017, would have amounted to several million dollars.
The SQ also had the happy hand in September, finding himself in a condominium in Lachine 19 of the 60 paintings stolen from the family Tatassian in 2006 in Vaudreuil-Dorion. A man of 51 years will have to face the justice in this case.
Also in September, the Sûreté du Québec has succeeded, in collaboration with the French police, to put an end to the activities of a specialist of the lure it and the extortion which had been 77 young victims in Quebec. Man of 27 years old, from the region of Paris, raged on social networks, always using the same ploy that was to create a fake account and pretend to be a young woman. He claimed then to represent a school of fashion or modeling, and demanded a fee of inappropriate pictures of his victims, teenage girls, he was singing by threatening to publish the photos, or to attain to the reputation of the victim.
Earlier in the year, in February, the POLICE launched an appeal in the hope of finding other victims of a quartet apprehended at the end of 2017, four men are engaged in activities related to prostitution. The case had started in the summer of 2017 when the officers discovered that a teenage runaway had been recruited in a subway station and taken to different places of the cities of Châteauguay and Laval to provide sexual services.
In Abitibi, in the month of August, a couple of Rouyn-Noranda was apprehended after an investigation showing that the suspects have, in recent years, targeted women, including those in situations of vulnerability, in order to obtain sexual favors, using threats and extortion to achieve their ends.