February 22, 2018

Woman who killed child will hear results of another appeal Thursday

A day after canada's highest court rejected her latest bid to have her conviction overturned, Carol Berner will get the results of another appeal.  The Delta woman who killed four year old Alexa Middelaer in May of 2008 is also trying to have her sentence reduced. In November of 2010, she was ordered to spend 2.5 years in prison and … [Read more...]

Kinnaman Turns Villain For “Child 44”

Joel Kinnaman (AMC's "The Killing") is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Soviet-era Russia-set thriller "Child 44". The story follows a member of the Soviet police (Tom Hardy) who, while investigating a series of child murders, finds himself the target of his own government’s suspicions. Kinnaman would play Hardy’s ambitious and murderous … [Read more...]

Accused child predator from the US loses latest bid to stay in Canada

An accused child predator has lost his latest bid to stay in Canada. The BC Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling ordering the extradition of Edward Hilts to the United States where the American citizen is wanted for trying to lure a 14-year old girl online. The 66-year old failed to prove procedural mistakes were made by federal Justice … [Read more...]

Child rapist declared dangerous offender

A man who sexually assaulted a nine year old girl in Surrey nearly three years ago has been designated a dangerous offender. Kyle Berkson broke into the girl's home in April of 2010, raped her and cut her with scissors before threatening to kill her if she told anyone. He was convicted in February of 2011, but since then, at least psychiatric … [Read more...]

Action plan for child care on the way

The Provincial Government says an "action plan" is in the works to help children in care after a critical report by the Representative for Children and Youth. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's latest report looks at suicide and self harm by kids in care. She says a common problem was the lack of stable foster homes for the children who on average had been … [Read more...]

Former teacher facing child porn charges

A former teacher in the Vancouver Island north school district has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. The charges against Joseph Oullette were approved by crown counsel last week, seven months after RCMP raided the 45-year old's home in Port McNeill. Mounties add there's no evidence to suggest any local children were … [Read more...]

Ladysmith man pleads guilty to lesser offense in child porn case

A 65-year-old Ladysmith man facing child porn charges has been sentenced to an eighteen month conditional sentence after pleading guilty to a lesser offense. Bruce Alexander Rogers plead guilty October 11th to making or publishing obscene matter. His sentence also includes three years probation and a one hundred dollar victim surcharge.  He … [Read more...]

Restrictions placed on child sex tourist

A convicted child sex tourist and former Maple Ridge man will spend 18 months under conditions upon release from custody. Christopher Neil,  who has served time behind bars in Thailand for sexually assaulting children,  has been handed several conditions to abide by during the next year and half. A provincial court judge has laid out the … [Read more...]

NDP Children and Family critic demands change to deal with child poverty

The NDP are condemning the provincial government for aborting the fall sitting of the legislature after the latest update on child poverty in BC.  Children and Family critic Claire Trevena says the report shows politicians need to be working on solutions in Victoria.  She calls a disproportionately large number of first nations kids … [Read more...]

Child and Youth rep issues annual report

Close to 14-thousand BC children are still living without their parents. The annual report from Child and Youth advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond shows more than 55 per cent of those kids are aboriginal,  even though only eight per cent of the total population is first nations. That means one in 16 aboriginal children are in care compared to … [Read more...]