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Vancouver police issue photos of players in bloody gang war

Police warn people to stay away from this Rogue’s Gallery.

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Vancouver police have issued photographs of what they call their “Top 6” gangsters and are urging the public to stay away from them, as a bloody gang war continues throughout the Lower Mainland.

Police say there have been 20 gang murders in Metro Vancouver already this year, and another 20 attempted slayings involving gunplay.

On Monday, police released photos and IDs of six gangsters they say could be playing a role in the current war.

“We believe these 6 gangsters pose a significant risk to the public,” said Vancouver Police Department Chief Adam Palmer, admitting none of them currently have warrants for their arrest.

(Interactive graphic here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=14ii0RD12wwH3n-hUHtRTjzwxc_YnSxOr&ll=49.177461438530706%2C-122.91331455&z=10&fbclid=IwAR2h58_b574S8Xe_FqFqBQ-eZZpVGKDe8mfSZjbQ9VhmzLPGih5sva4otf4.)

They are:

• Garinder Deo, 35, was arrested in 2015 and charged with kidnapping a 29-year-old man from his Coquitlam business last week and making him drive to various locations across the Lower Mainland. Police said the case involved. the export of B.C. marijuana to the U.S. His brother Harjit was arrested in the same case. They are members of the Kang/Red Scorpion gang.

• Harjit Deo, 38, member of the Kang/Red Scorpion gang.

• Barinder Dhaliwal, 38, a member of Brothers Keepers.

• Meninder Djaliwal, 28, a member of Brothers Keepers.

• Eken Anigabo, 22, a supporter of the Kang/Red Scorpion gang. He’s also known as rapper Lolo Lanski 

• Damion Ryan, 41, a member of the Hells Angels.

Courtesy Vancouver police

“I want all Vancouver residents to know the faces of these individuals and to keep their distance from them,” Palmer said at a press conference.

Palmer urged people who come across any of the six to get away from them and call for help.

“You want to run and get out of the way, or duck for cover. We would like people to call 911 right away,” said Palmer.

“[They are a] risk to people every time they go to the gym, shopping, the grocery store, a restaurant or bar, when bars are open. These individuals pose a risk to the people around them because it’s highly likely that a rival gangster will try to target them with extreme violence.

“Every single patrol officer will know every single player in this conflict. They will step up patrols in the city — specifically near the restaurants and businesses the gangsters frequent.”

Palmer said police were trying to be as transparent as possible with the public about the gang war.

“This is the best time right now to be more over and more open,” Palmer said.

“You will be seeing more pictures come out for sure.”

Deputy Chief Fiona Wilson said a new police task force, called Threshold, was launched on May 12 to try and bring a stop to the bloodshed.

Wilson said on Thursday evening police believe they disrupted planning for a gang shooting.

“To be frank, I want to make it very uncomfortable for these gangsters in Vancouver,” said Deputy Chief Howard Chow.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Alberta chiefs say ‘no’ to drug decriminalization amid opioid crisis

The chiefs said a modernized public policy framework was needed before decriminalization could be seriously considered.

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The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) says the province is not in a position to welcome decriminalization of illicit drugs due to lack of existing supports. 

In a press conference, Calgary Chief Constable Mark Neufeld, Chair of the AACP; Medicine Hat Police Service Chief Mike Worden; and Blood Tribe Police Service Chief Brice Iron Shirt, stated decriminalization would create additional community problems, such as homelessness, mental health issues, overdoses, and poverty.

The chiefs said they felt it was necessary to be proactive with their stance amid applications in other Canadian jurisdictions and decision makers’ ongoing discussions in Alberta on whether or not to decriminalize some drugs. 

“We simply aren’t ready to do this.” Neufeld said adding he was concerned about “single-issue advocacy” indicating the need for “complex solutions to complex problems.”

In an earlier news release the chiefs said “law enforcement in Alberta does not criminalize addiction. We recognize that addiction and substance abuse are complex public health issues, and we are committed to working with all stakeholders to address the needs of our communities.” 

The chiefs said a modernized public policy framework was needed before decriminalization could be seriously considered. 

“Provincial regulations need to be established around key concerns such as consumption around minors, public consumption and disorder regulations, and operation of vehicles. This must be done by balancing the needs of the individual, with the needs of the broader community,” said the chiefs. 

The chiefs said a cross-government approach was a necessary prerequisite. 

“We cannot support a broadly implemented policy of decriminalization until a modernized public policy framework is created involving a thoughtful and integrated approach with all levels of government and across all ministries,” said the release. 

In 2021, Alberta suffered its deadliest year ever for deaths by drug poisoning. The first 10 months of the year saw 1,372 overdoses. 

“Decriminalization on its own will not reduce addiction or overdose rates. There must be clear and working pathways pre-established between law enforcement and public health systems to lead to recovery, with a thoughtful approach on addressing the needs of rural and diverse communities,” said the chiefs. 

Worden said rural communities face additional challenges related to accessing supports like local health and social services. Iron Shirt said First Nations lack funding and resources. 

Gosselin is a Western Standard reporter

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Kenney says Alberta may have reached Omicron peak

Kenney said wastewater test results from 19 areas across the province — including Calgary and Edmonton — shows COVID-19 declining in 15 of them.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says it’s likely Alberta has now reached the peak of the Omicron surge.

And he said COVID-19 restrictions across the province could be lifted “hopefully soon.”

He said it would take a “sustained decline in hospital pressures” and a similar drop in new cases.

But he warned now is not the time to let the guard down.

Kenney said wastewater test results from 19 areas across the province — including Calgary and Edmonton — shows COVID-19 declining in 15 of them.

And Kenney added the positivity rate for COVID-19 is also dropping. He said last week it was sitting at 41% while on Wednesday it was 33%.

Kenney noted Alberta is now in the fifth week of the Omicron surge, adding jurisdictions around the world have seen peaks after four weeks.

“Hospitalizations continue to rise, but we have the benefit of seeing how Omicron has played out in other jurisdictions. That is why we are taking decisive action now to help our healthcare system respond to the growing demand rising Omicron cases will bring,” said Kenney.

He said more than 1,000 people remain in Alberta hospitals, with 45% of them not admitted primarily for COVID, while 40% were.

Alberta reported 3,527 new cases on Wednesday, and eight more deaths.

Starting Jan. 24 or sooner, if required, some beds in pandemic response units will be opened at the Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC) in Edmonton and South Health Campus (SHC) in Calgary, Kenney said.

He said the government’s community resources plan will be put into place to start helping Albertans deal with moderate and low-level cases of COVID-19 to recover at home.

Kenney then blasted Health Canada for the long time it’s taking to get already European-approved rapid test kits into the country.

And Kenney made an impassioned plea to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reverse course on the quarantine orders for unvaxxed truck drivers.

He said Trudeau must “use some common sense” on the trucker issue with Canadians facing surging inflation and supply chain issues.

He also called for more healthcare money to be granted from the feds to provinces.

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Saskatchewan unions beg for more COVID restrictions

“Quebec has had the most extreme lockdowns policies in Canada since before Christmas, and their current rates are about 40 hospitalizations and 3.3 ICU admissions per 100,000 population – more than double Saskatchewan’s rates.”

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Six of Saskatchewan’s largest unions, representing 113,000 front-line workers, are demanding stricter COVID-19 regulations.

Union leaders in the healthcare and education sectors are demanding the province implement a gathering limit of 10, creation of a new public health order to limit non-essential contacts, establishing a “consistent bubble,” and enforce reducing non-essential travel between communities.

Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, says workers are stretched thin and health-care facilities don’t have staff or space for more patients.

Involved organizations include the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union, and the Service Employees International Union West.

Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahad said a peak in cases could come in the next two weeks, in light of record-high positivity.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe denounced lockdowns last week, and continues to provide justification for that decision. He caught COVID-19 the next day.

“ICU admissions and COVID-19 related deaths remain significantly lower than other provinces that have strict lockdown policies in effect,” said Moe on Twitter.

“Omicron is spreading across Canada and around the world, whether there are lockdown policies in place or not, so we are not going to impose new restrictions and lockdowns that cause significant harm for no clear benefit.”

Moe pointed out there have been zero COVID-19 deaths in the province in nearly two weeks, compared to more than 700 COVID-19 related deaths in Quebec this month.

“Saskatchewan’s current hospitalization rate is 16 per 100,000 population and our current ICU rate is 1.5 per 100,000 population,” said Moe.

“Quebec has had the most extreme lockdowns policies in Canada since before Christmas, and their current rates are about 40 hospitalizations and 3.3 ICU admissions per 100,000 population — more than double Saskatchewan’s rates.”

The Saskatchewan government has not responded to the union demand or updated restrictions since January 12.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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