Studentsat GeorgeGreenawayElementarydisplay craftsupplies collectedfor Cassidy’sCraft Campaign,beneﬁtingB.C. Children’sHospital. Theeffort kickedoff in April andwas inspired byCassidy Briggs,a student atthe school whopassed away inJanuary after atwo-year battlewith liver cancer.During her staysat B.C. Children’sHospital, Cassidynoticed therewasn’t muchfor kids to doand dreamedof stocking thehospital with craftsupplies.
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Hayer slaying among ailurescited in Air India report
by Jef Nagel
to protect key suspects during their investigations o theAir India bombings, a long-awaited report into the 1985 tragedy concludedTursday.Te fndings o the inquiry led by Supreme Court Justice John Major inpart ound authorities missed chances to get evidence about theconspiracy to bomb India-bound planes, oen ailed to preservewhat they did uncover and then lost key witnesses who were totestiy against the accused.“In the end, o the three individuals who were to be the key witnesses in the Air India trial, one was murdered beore the trialbegan, one eigned memory loss because she was too rightened totestiy, and one was orced to enter the Witness Protection Programtwo years earlier than planned, due to the RCMP’s inadvertentdisclosure o her identity,” Major said.Te murdered witness he reers to was ara Singh Hayer, the out-spoken publisher o the Surrey-based Indo-Canadian imes, whosurvived a 1988 attempt on his lie that le him in a wheelchaironly to be shot to death in the garage o his Guildord home in 1998.His amily suspects the killing was ordered to prevent Hayer rom givingevidence and to deter other witnesses.Te inquiry concluded the RCMP ailed to adequately protect sourcesand witnesses and, at times, ailed to take threats against Hayer seriously.A video surveillance system installed at his home aer his name appearedon a hit list wasn’t working the day he was killed.“I the camera had been working we would have had the images and wewould be much urther ahead,” said Hayer’s son, Surrey-ynehead MLADave Hayer, who joined amilies o the victims in Ottawa Tursday or thereport’s release.Te two men charged with murder in connection with thebombings – Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri – wereacquitted in 2005.Malik, the millionaire ounder o the Surrey Khalsa Schooland the Surrey-based Khalsa Credit Union, and Bagri, a sawmillworker rom Kamloops, walked away at the end o Canada’slongest and most expensive trial – at $130 million and 347 days o court time.Inderjit Singh Reyat – the bomb maker – was the only conspira-tor ever convicted and jailed in Canada in connection with the AirIndia bombings.Te Duncan electrician served 10 years or manslaughter or theokyo airport deaths. He was later charged with 329 counts o manslaughterin connection with the Flight 182 bombing, but pleaded guilty to one countand a charge o aiding in the construction o a bomb, and was sentenced to
by Kevin Diakiw
shelledut a bit more last year orheir city council due to aombination o increasedages and higher expenses.Financial fgures releasedhis week show it cost$679,923 or Surrey counciln 2009, up rom $650,875he year prior.Part o that is because o ost o living increases: theayor now makes $109,000(up $4,000) and council-ors get about $60,000 (up$2,000).Te top spender onouncil in 2009 was Coun.arinder Rasode, who rangp $13,322 in expenses. Teulk o that was miscel-aneous conerences and vents ($8,450), consultantsees ($2,000) and mileage($2,872). She was just ahead Coun, Marvin Hunt,ho spent $12,538, mostly or conerences and events($10,588) and mileage($1,950).Coun. Linda Hepnerame in just behind that at$11,827, ollowed by Coun.arbara Steele ($10,434),ayor Dianne Watts($9,988), Coun. Judy Ville-euve ($8,964), Coun. omill ($8,265) and Coun.ary Martin ($8,175). Teost rugal councillor wasob Bose who charged only $853 to his civic account.Section 168 o the Com-unity Charter requireshe release o councilxpenditures at least onceyear.
Search for justice to continue with Reyat perjury trial
Varinder Badh (right), daughter ofcrash victims Dilbag and BakhshishBadh, listens with other familymembers to the charges laid againstthe driver accused of hitting the carthat her parents were riding in.
who was at the wheel.Dilbag and Bakhshish were pronounceddead at the scene.Te occupants o the Acura – who weredescribed as young South Asian men – edon oot.Varinder Badh spoke at the police pressconerence, describing the arrest as “bit-tersweet.”“Nearly two years ago we were oreverchanged when we lost our beloved parents.We are devastated by the event that has or-ever cast a black cloud on our lives,” Varindersaid. “Mom and dad were the oundation o our amily – the glue that held us together.Our mom and dad deserve justice.”She said the amily would now place theirtrust in the Canadian legal system.In April 2009, a amily-sponsoreda petition calling or the creation o a vehicular-homicide law passed the10,000 signatures mark. Vehicular-homicide laws exist in the U.S., butnot in Canada. Currently, someoneinvolved in a hit-and-run causingdeath can be charged with criminalnegligence causing death (punishable by a maximum sentence o lie in prison) orwith dangerous operation o a motor vehiclecausing death (punishable by a jail term notexceeding 14 years).While Surrey RCMP wouldn’t say why it took almost two years to make anarrest, Insp. Bob Couture pointed to the di-fcult and intensive investigation.“With any motor vehicle collision, there’smany complexities,” Couture said, notingpolice had to determine actorssuch as speed and who was driv-ing.Police would also not commenton whether the second person inthe Acura would be arrested, butstressed the investigation is ongoing.Anyone with urther inormation aboutthe incident is urged to contact police at604-599-0502, or to remain anonymous, callCrime Stoppers at 1-800-222-IPS.
Hit and run:
‘Our mom and dad deserve justice’
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Surrey North Delta Leader
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Increase insalaries andexpensesto blame
Tara Singh Hayer
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