First black MP laid to rest
Hundreds of people gathered in Hamilton, Ontario, to pay their respects to Canada’s first black member of parliament, who died last week at the age of 90. Lincoln Alexander became a member of parliament in 1968 and served as Ontario’s lieutenant-governor from 1985 to 1991. Born in Toronto to West Indian immigrants, Alexander was a wireless operator with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, before he attended law school. The rare provincial state funeral was held in Alexander’s hometown of Hamilton. Michael Forrest, president of the National African Canadian Association, said Alexander’s accomplishments paved the way for many.
Canadian dies after shooting
A French Canadian man, who officials believe had ties to organized crime, died on Friday from injuries sustained two weeks ago during a shooting, police said. Guyana police spokesman Ivelaw Whittaker said Jean-Claude Le Blanc “succumbed to his injuries” after being shot on Oct. 15 in the restaurant of the Guyana Motor Racing Sports Club. The Montreal resident fell into a coma just hours after giving police a statement about the shooting. Investigators said Le Blanc was gunned down at the restaurant around the same time as the fatal shooting of suspected Guyanese drug kingpin Ricardo Rodrigues in what appears to have been a drug deal gone bad.
Man votes using dog’s name
An official with a New Brunswick political party is raising questions about the integrity of the opposition’s leadership race in his province after he was able to vote using his dog’s name. Jean-Paul Soucy said on Friday that he registered his dog Pitou, or “puppy” in English, to vote online for one of the three candidates vying for the top Liberal job at yesterday’s leadership convention in New Brunswick. The executive director of the province’s Conservative party says he wanted to test the Liberal voting system, but could not use his own name because he is a member of another party. Soucy says he was surprised when a voting package arrived in the mail for his dog. He declined to say who he voted for.
Police capture kidnap gang
Officials in the north say they have captured four members of a kidnapping gang who confessed to involvement in 43 killings. The security spokesman for the northern state of Nuevo Leon says the men worked for the Zetas cartel. Spokesman Jorge Domene says the gang kidnapped and killed members of rival gangs, and also carried out kidnappings for ransom. Domene said the four carried out many of their crimes on the outskirts of the city of Monterrey.
Kingpin’s daughter arrested
A woman who identified herself as a daughter of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has denied charges of trying to enter the US with false documents, officials said on Friday. Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, 31, was arrested on Oct. 12 in San Ysidro in southern California, on the border with the Mexican city of Tijuana, according to a document filed by prosecutors. Guzman Salazar, whose drug lord father’s nickname means “Shorty,” was charged on six counts on Thursday before judge Jan Adler in a US district court in San Diego, prosecutors’ spokeswoman Debra Hartman said.