Wikinews Shorts for Canada: May 6, 2007

A compilation of Canadian brief news reports for {{subst:#time:F j, Y}}.

Manitoba Hells Angels member found guilty of nine charges

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Manitoba Hells Angels member Ian Grant, who was convicted of nine charges including drug trafficking, was found guilty today. Grant, 32, faces his sentence later in the year. Those convicted of drug trafficking face life imprisonment and those convicted of organized crime face 14 years in jail. He was released by a judge in 2004 for a lack of evidence. Twelve Hells Angels including Grant were arrested in February 2006 for drug related crimes.


Alberta man taken into custody

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A Calgary, Alberta man was taken into custody after he started a four-hour standoff at city hall, Saturday afternoon. Downtown streets and the building were evacuated as a precaution. Police brought in tactical squads and dog teams.

The police were called at 4:00 p.m. and the man surrendered to police at approximately 8:30 p.m. The 26-year-old man claimed to be carrying explosives but police say he was only carrying a pellet gun. They also say he was part of a "domestic family issue" and "a court finding that affected him". He faces charges for uttering threats and claiming possession of weapons in public.


Quebec multiculturalism group demanded apology


Quebec Pluriel, a local multi-culturalism group, raised a human-rights complaint about an "offensive" video showing a black person depicted as a cannibal. The video entitled, Le cannibale, posted on comedy website Têtes à claques, shows a black person being yelled at for eating two white people in a pot of boiling water. A woman calls him Kunta Kinte, a famous black slave.

"It is inconceivable that a name like Kunta Kinte would be associated to a cannibal," said vice-president of Quebec Pluriel, Lydie Olga Ntap. "It's unacceptable."

The group demanded video sponsors Salambo Productions and Bell Canada to apologise. The companies refused saying it was only humour.


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