Judge deems opium traf­fick­ing duo good rehab can­di­dates


StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA & WORLD - Alanna Rizza

A man and a woman from Toronto con­victed of drug traf­fick­ing-re­lated charges ear­lier this year are “good can­di­dates for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,” ac­cord­ing to the judge who presided over the case.

Mithusha Poobal­asingam and Gee­van Na­gen­dran were ar­rested in Hal­i­fax in June 2017 and charged with pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing opium af­ter of­fi­cers in Mon­treal in­ter­cepted a pack­age con­tain­ing drugs con­cealed in chil­dren’s back­packs, Judge took age and lack of pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal record into con­sid­er­a­tion.

lunch bags, and spools of fab­ric.

Poobal­asingam, who was 22 at the time of her ar­rest, was also found guilty of im­port­ing opium.

In a de­ci­sion dated Aug. 31 LEARN MORE ABOUT VOTE AT THES­TAR.COM/WORLD A ma­jor­ity of vot­ers in the South Pa­cific ter­ri­tory of New Cale­do­nia chose on Sun­day to re­main part of France in­stead of back­ing in­de­pen­dence. The fi­nal vote was 56.4 per cent to 43.6 per cent.

and re­leased last week, Nova Sco­tia Provin­cial Court Judge El­iz­a­beth Buckle said Poobal­asingam’s age, naivete, and lack of a pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal record were mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors in her sen­tence.

As well, Buckle said Na­gen­dran’s in­volve­ment in the op­er­a­tion was min­i­mal and he and his fam­ily have al­ready suf­fered “tremen­dous con­se­quences” for his ac­tions.

Poobal­asingam was sen­tenced to five years to­tal for the im­por­ta­tion and pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing charges.

Na­gen­dran was sen­tenced to two years in cus­tody, less credit for the time he had al­ready served at time and a half for a to­tal sen­tence of 83 days. JAKARTA, Indonesia—in­ves­ti­ga­tors suc­ceeded in re­triev­ing hours of data from a crashed Lion Air jet’s flight recorder as In­done­sian au­thor­i­ties on Sun­day ex­tended the search at sea for vic­tims and de­bris. Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Com­mit­tee deputy chair­man Haryo Sat­miko said that 69 hours of flight data was down­loaded from the recorder in­clud­ing its fa­tal flight. The Boe­ing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed just min­utes af­ter take­off from Jakarta on Oct. 29, killing all 189 peo­ple on board in the coun­try’s worst air­line dis­as­ter since 1997.

Hours of data re­cov­ered from crashed Lion Air jet

A Saskatchewan grand­mother con­fronted by a farmer with a gun says chang­ing tres­pass­ing laws won’t stop crime but could in­crease racial ten­sion.

An­gela Bishop, a Métis lawyer, was driv­ing on a ru­ral road in Al­berta in Septem­ber with her two grand­chil­dren who are vis­i­bly In­dige­nous. She no­ticed a ve­hi­cle be­hind her, so she stopped. A man got out and started to yell at her to get off his road, she said, de­spite her at­tempts to ex­plain OT­TAWA— Paramedics say one per­son is dead af­ter two small planes crashed mid-air in Ot­tawa on Sun­day. Ot­tawa po­lice say the col­li­sion oc­curred over the west end of the city. Staff Sgt. Jamie Harper says one plane then crashed into a field and the other man­aged to land at the Ot­tawa In­ter­na­tional Air­port. A spokesper­son for Ot­tawa paramedics, Marc-an­toine Deschamps, says one per­son who was in the plane that crashed in the field was pro­nounced dead on scene. No in­juries were re­ported from the other plane.

In­dige­nous lawyers wary over tres­pass talk in Saskatchewan

One per­son dead af­ter mid-air crash be­tween two planes

why she was there. She spot­ted a gun in­side his ve­hi­cle.

Ter­ri­fied for her grand­chil­dren, Bishop said she tried to drive away — but the man pur­sued her. She called law en­force­ment. Of­fi­cers told her it was a pub­lic road and she could be there.

The Saskatchewan throne speech last month in­cluded a Eleanore Sun­child, lawyer Post­media Net­work Inc. will no longer be de­liv­er­ing news­pa­pers to schools across Canada in or­der to com­ply with fed­eral laws that re­strict how cannabis is ad­ver­tised to mi­nors, the com­pany said Sun­day.

A spokesper­son for the Cana­dian news me­dia com­pany said print de­liv­er­ies have been can­celled to el­e­men­tary and high schools across the coun­try that take part in the News­pa­pers in Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.


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ref­er­ence to chang­ing tres­pass­ing laws to “bet­ter ad­dress the ap­pro­pri­ate bal­ance be­tween the rights of ru­ral landown­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

Eleanore Sun­child, a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the fam­ily of Colten Boushie, an In­dige­nous man fa­tally shot by farmer Ger­ald Stan­ley in Au­gust 2016, said she is wor­ried the Saskatchewan Party gov­ern­ment is en­gaged in po­lit­i­cal pos­tur­ing which could stoke racial fear.

“It seems like there’s more of an ap­proval to take vig­i­lante jus­tice in your hands, and if you are an In­dige­nous vic­tim, noth­ing is go­ing to hap­pen to the non-na­tive that shot you,” she said.

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