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Cindy James was known to be a friendly and loving person. She didn?t drink excessively or touch drugs and married a man who was nearly two decades her senior. They shared a workplace where he was a doctor and she was a nurse. It was only a few months after they divorced that her life turned upside down.

Who Killed Cindy James?

A woman is found murdered after reporting more than 100 incidents of harassment and violence, but police think she staged the attacks herself.

This is a tragedy that unfolded over seven years of attacks and harassment by an unknown perpetrator. Her violent death ? far from offering closure ? was only the beginning of an agonizing journey through layers of family secrets, official negligence, and conflicting stories.

On June 8, 1989, the quiet Vancouver, British Columbia, suburb of Richmond was shocked when a body was found lying in the yard of an abandoned house. The victim was a 44-year old nurse named Cindy James. She had been drugged and strangled. Her hands and feet had been tied behind her back. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police believed that Cindy?s death was either an accident or suicide.

Soon after leaving her husband in 1981, James started receiving threatening phone calls. The police started to investigate but over the next several months, the harassment increased. She reported prowlers outside her house at night. Windows were smashed and phone cords cut. According to a friend, James claimed bizarre notes were being left on her doorstep, and that she had been attacked several times.

In the seven years before she died, Cindy reported nearly 100 incidents of harassment.? Five were violent physical attacks. Over time, the police began to doubt her stories. But Cindy?s parents never doubted that their daughter was murdered. Cindy?s father, Otto Hack:

?The police did not investigate the possibility of homicide, of somebody murdering her, but zeroed in on trying to prove that she committed suicide.?

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Canada legalises Medical Marijuana

Canada’s Supreme Court has legalised medical marijuana in all forms.

Medical marijuana patients will?now be able to consume marijuana ??and not just smoke it ??as well as?use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.

The unanimous?ruling against the federal government?expands the definition of medical marijuana beyond the?”dried” form.

The country’s highest court found the current restriction to dried marijuana violates the?right to liberty and security “in a manner that is arbitrary and hence is not in accord with the principles of fundamental justice.”

Restricting medical access to marijuana to a dried form has now been declared “null and void” ? Sections 4 and 5 of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, which prohibits possession and trafficking of non-dried forms of cannabis,?will no longer be in effect.

The respondent in this case, Owen Smith, called it “a very emotional day.” ? Read more »

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Image Credit : WikiPedia/Balloon Bomb

Image Credit : WikiPedia/Balloon Bomb

The Deadly Japanese Weather Balloons of World War II

?Although it?s sometimes said there were no enemy-inflicted deaths on the US mainland during World War II, that?s not actually true. In fact, six civilians were killed in Oregon by a bomb that infiltrated the States by hitching a ride on a beefed-up weather balloon. This ?balloon bomb? was one of about 9,000 that were launched from Japan with the intentions of floating across the Pacific and wreaking havoc on the US.

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Terry Fox

Terry Fox

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They should look Friday night in Waitakere

If people want to find Sasquatch they should look on Friday nights in Waitakere not the wilderness in Canada.

Hikers in Canada have filmed what crypto-zoologists are hoping is evidence of the existence of the Sasquatch.

A hiking couple have claimed that new footage they shot while walking in the Canadian wilderness shows the legendary bigfoot. The claim is the latest in a long series of reported sightings in Canada over the past few years.

The video, allegedly shot in Mission, British Columbia, shows a large, gangling figure possibly covered in black hair, loping over a forest hilltop.

Although filmed from a distance, it is possible to make out the figure emerging from behind a tree. It is visible for around 20 seconds, before appearing to punch a few leaves out of the way and disappearing out of sight.? Read more »

7.7 Magnitude Earthquake in Canada, Tsunami warning in effect

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Warning sirens are sounding across Hawaii as a tsunami, measuring between one and two metres, is expected to hit the islands following a 7.7 earthquake off Canada?s Pacific coast.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands at 8.05pm on Saturday local time (4.05pm Sunday, NZT) and was centred 155km? south of Masset, British Columbia.

Gerard Fryer, senior geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre,?told CNN?that Hawaii could expect waves between one to two metres high. “We are recommending coastal evacuation,” he said.

The centre said the first tsunami could hit the islands by about 10.30pm local time (9.30pm Sunday NZT).

Fryer told CNN the waves would not be as significant as those generated by the devastating earthquake that struck Japan in March 2011, leaving thousands dead.

Hawaii news website staradvertiser.com?said tsunami warning sirens have sounded across Hawaii and officials have told people in inundation zones to? evacuate immediately.

?A tsunami has been generated that could cause damage along coastlines of all islands in the state of Hawaii,? the centre said in a statement. ?Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.?

The centre originally said there was no threat to the islands, but a warning was later issued and remains in effect until 7pm Sunday (6pm Monday, NZT). A small craft advisory is in effect until Sunday morning.

New Zealand Civil Defence spokesperson Ian Maclean said there was no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the earthquake.

Tsunami Warning in Effect:?(Google Public Alerts)

A tsunami Warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Cape Decision, Alaska (85 miles SE of Sitka). – Event details: Preliminary magnitude 7.1 (Mwp) earthquake / Lat: 52.863, Lon: -131.942 at 2012-10-28T03:04:11Z Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant widespread inundation is expected, or occurring. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents is possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

Earthquake Details: (Google Public Alerts)

Location:?126 miles (202 km) SSW of Prince Rupert, BC, Canada; 164 miles (263 km) S of Metlakatla, AK; 172 miles (277 km) SSE of Hydaburg, AK; 452 miles (727 km) NW of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Source: U.S. Geological Survey

 

 

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