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Ailing Mounties fear new rules that make medical dismissals easier

OTTAWA - The RCMP is making it simpler to release officers with serious medical problems, prompting fears that many ill members will be sent packing without due process or the means to fight their dismissal. Under the old rules an officer who protested a medical discharge because of mental or physical disability could remain on the payroll until the matter was settled. New regulations, slated to take effect in June, say a decision as to whether to release or demote a member will not be put on hold while a grievance works its way through the system.

Alberta Mountie faces sex charges involving Saskatchewan girl, 12, in 1982

REGINA - A senior RCMP officer has been charged with sexual offences involving a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. Saskatchewan RCMP said Insp. Ronald Makar faces one count of sexual intercourse with a female without her consent and one count of having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14. The charges are based on the 1982 Criminal Code and would be equivalent to sexual assault today. "Allegations like these are disturbing when made against a member of the general public," Supt. Alfredo Bangloy said at a news conference in Regina Tuesday.

Mountie reveals how investigation led to wrongful conviction case

HALIFAX - The RCMP officer whose investigation revealed the wrongful conviction of a Nova Scotia man accused of statutory rape in 1969 testified Tuesday that a feud over a family's dark secret prompted him to reopen Gerald Barton's case. Const. Brent Kelly said soon after he arrived to break up a scuffle between two brothers near Digby in July 2008, one man accused the other of sexually assaulting their sisters when they were young.

Alberta RCMP announces child abuse centres to get full-time officers

EDMONTON - The head of Alberta's RCMP has announced where some of the province's 40 new officers will be stationed. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary and the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton are each getting one Mountie full time. Commanding Officer Marianne Ryan said Monday that officers in the past have worked closely with city police at both centres and it's important for Mounties to be on site. "Child abuse and sexual exploitations are serious crimes that require dedicated resources," she said.

Alberta RCMP announces child abuse centres to get full-time officers

EDMONTON - The head of Alberta's RCMP has announced where some of the province's 40 new officers will be stationed. The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre in Calgary and the Zebra Child Protection Centre in Edmonton are each getting one Mountie full time. Commanding Officer Marianne Ryan says officers in the past have worked closely with city police at both centres and it's important for them to be on site full time.

Man convicted in Alberta Mountie deaths to be allowed unescorted absences

BOWDEN, Alta. - A man convicted of manslaughter for his role in the shooting deaths of four Alberta RCMP officers near Mayerthorpe has been granted unescorted, temporary absences from prison. The National Parole Board ruled Wednesday that Shawn Hennessey will be allowed out for up to 72 hours at a time over the next six months. Board spokesman Gary Sears said Hennessey, 34, will have to follow certain restrictions.

Alberta couple missing since 2010: murder charges stayed against suspect

EDMONTON - Charges have been stayed against a man accused in the deaths of an Alberta couple who disappeared almost four years ago. Alberta Justice confirms that it is not going ahead with two counts of first-degree murder against Travis Vader. Lyle and Marie McCann of St. Albert, a bedroom community north of Edmonton, were reported missing in July 2010. A stay means the Crown has the option of reactivating the charges in the next year if new evidence comes up. Vader still faces other charges unrelated to the McCann case.

Former Mountie charged with indecent assault of eight teens in B.C.

SURREY, B.C. - An RCMP investigation spanning British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan has resulted in the arrest of a former Mountie who's alleged to have sexually assaulted eight boys in the late 1970s and early '80s. Police say Alan Davidson, 58, was arrested Thursday in Calgary, where he was living and working for Alberta's sheriff services. He was charged with eight counts of indecent assault, a Criminal Code offence that dates back to before the crime of sexual assault was created.

Former Mountie joins federal spy watchdog, still one member short of full slate

OTTAWA - A former RCMP officer and corporate security specialist is the newest federal appointee of the watchdog that keeps an eye on the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Gene McLean, a private consultant who was once chief security officer for Telus Corp., joins three others on the Security Intelligence Review Committee, leaving it one member short of a full complement. In its latest planning report to Parliament, tabled this week, the review committee says its effectiveness depends on having a full slate of five members.

Federal government, disabled Mounties reach proposed settlement over benefits

HALIFAX - Lawyers for a group of disabled RCMP officers say they have reached a settlement with the federal government over disability payments that were clawed back. Lawyer Peter Driscoll of Halifax said Friday the proposed class-action settlement could total $31 million, plus interest, if it's approved by the Federal Court. The case involves about 1,000 disabled RCMP officers who had seen their long-term disability payments reduced by the amount they received every month in disability pension payments from the Veterans Affairs Department.
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