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A4 The Ottawa Citizen, Saturday, July 13, 1996 Canada Senator's daioghteir repaid QJD mooiiey, official says UI benefits while the University of California. no charges laid: officials say there 'reasonable of next: Opposition want an investigation the parliamentary committee. Opposition members called for an Investigation by the House of Commons justice committee to determine why Roux was not charged after the RCMP investigation determined she had received unemployment insurance benefits illegally "We find there's a lack of transparence, and justice should always be transparent," said Pierette Venne, justice critic for the Bloc Quebecois. The public must be shown there are not two systems of justice and two sets of unemployment insurance rules, she said. Reform justice critic Jack Ramsay joined the call for the committee to look into the case.

"Why have charges not been laid?" the Alberta MP asked. "Because of interference?" Newfoundland Liberal George Baker called the decision not to lay charges "ludicrous." A spokesman for Rock said the minister would comment next week on the request for a committee hearing. With files from The Montreal Gazette Editorial: Dollars and bad scents, B6 Late Friday, Rock's office released a letter dated Dec. 21, 1995, that concluded: "There does not exist a reasonable prospect of conviction. "The actions undertaken by Elizabeth Roux revealed by the investigation demonstrate that the accused has no intention to mislead," said the letter, which is apparently from investigators in Montreal.

It concluded Roux told the truth and was available to work in Canada between August and December 1994 because she was paying for her California apartment by the month. As further proof of her honesty, it describes her "good faith" trip to the UI office in December 1994 to declare she had become a regular student and was no longer available to work. According to Rock's office, the RCMP met with department officials on March 27, 1996, to discuss the decision not to prosecute. The police could have appealed that decision, but chose not to. Desjardins said his department wanted to pursue Lavoie-Roux for collusion in the case.

Neither she nor her daughter was available for comment Friday LAVOIE-ROUX the unemployment insurance system of more than $5,000. The newspaper quoted RCMP Sgt. Herve Gagnon as making the comments in a letter dated April 28, 1995, aimed at obtaining a search warrant. The RCMP document said that beginning in August 1994, Roux's benefit cheques, which she had signed, were deposited in a Montreal bank account held jointly by Roux and her mother, the newspaper reported. Lavoie-Roux, a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister, was questioned during the investigation, it added.

THE BERNARDO INQUIRY Opposition blasts government decision not to lay charges The Canadian Press A senator's daughter has repaid $5,500 she collected in unemployment insurance benefits while she was studying in California, says a senior official with Human Resources Development Canada. Elizabeth Roux, daughter of Senator Therese Lavoie-Roux, repaid the money after the RCMP investigated her for alleged UI fraud, said Jean-Paul Des-jardins, head of the department's major-investigations unit. Roux was not charged but Justice Minister Allan Rock said Thursday she was not shown favoritism. The decision not to lay charges was made according to standard legal criteria and after the investigation had been completed, he added. "Sometimes the police think there's a case to be brought before the courts, sometimes the lawyer makes a judg-i ment that that's not so," Rock said.

kr -if Officer's hunch fell through the cracks laments the most. McNiff 's detailed report on Bernardo's violent, sadistic characteristics sat unnoticed in a police file for 2 years before someone finally looked at it, and even then nothing was done. "It appears that there was, from the time he submitted his report until Bernardo was identified five years later as the Scarborough rapist, no attempt to get in touch with him (McNiff) or with his informant," Campbell says. McNiff was working at the Toronto Island mini-station during the time of the rapes and had no connection with the investigation until a friend's 18-year-old daughter came to him to talk about Bernardo an abusive boyfriend who owed her money. "Her desire was to learn how to end the relationship and get some money back that was owed," McNiff wrote in his Jan.

5, 1988, report, noting that details of the boyfriend and his behavior made him suspicious that Bernardo might be the serial rapist. "Bernardo is described as manipula Update What's new: Elizabeth Roux, daughter of Senator Therese Lavole-Roux, repaid $5,500 after the RCMP investigated her for alleged UI fraud. Background: The federal Justice Department did not lay fraud charges against Roux, although an RCMP investigation found she "That happens from time to time." Desjardins said Roux might have to pay an "administrative penalty" of $2,750 even though she repaid the $5,500 she collected in UI in the fall of 1994 and early 1995 while studying at the University of Southern California. Unemployment insurance claimants are not eligible for benefits unless they are available for work in Canada, except in special circumstances approved by the department. Le Journal de Montreal said officials had reason to believe Roux "by trickery, lies or other means defrauded" v.

ft -ft 01: minister's criticism bly of First Nations, Irwin said the police were obstructing justice by refusing to hand over photographs relating to the fatal shooting of Dudley George at the park last September. He also said the force looked "ridiculous" as a result of its handling of the occupation and supported the George family's call for a public inquiry into the shooting. O'Grady said provincial police have co-operated fully with the province's Special Investigations Unit, which is investigating the Sept. 6 shooting. Talk Claudio Cattai First Cellular Ottawa (613)794-5444 received attending Southern Reason Justice was no prospect What's members by justice tive and aggressive.

His behavior progressed from gesturing to slap her in a joking manner, to threatening to do so, to giving her light taps, which became harder and harder," his report stated. As he would do with other women, Bernardo once held a knife to the 18-year-old woman's throat in November 1987 and demanded she have sex. "(Again) in late November (of 1987) he drove to an isolated factory area. He had been hitting her and yelling at her. They had an argument and Ms wanted to leave the car, but he wouldn't let her.

He worked himself into a frenzy and was looking for his knife, but didn't find it. At one point he started talking to himself and banging his head on the steering wheel saying: "Why do I do this, To McNiff, Bernardo had all the characteristics of a rapist, and possibly the Scarborough rapist. "A report like this shouldn't disappear in a hole it is very discouraging," McNiff said. The Windsor Star response squad will consist of senior investigators from forces across the province. When a serial-predator case is identified, they will drop everything in order to respond, he said.

"When one of these serial-predator kind of cases are identified using the ViCLAS system the board of directors of CISO would say, 'it looks like time to alert the officers on standby' and those officers would come together as a special task force," Tuft said. He said ministry staff, representatives from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the CISO, Office of the Chief Coroner and the Centre Forensic Sciences will meet next week to discuss the squad and its mandate. A report is to go to Runciman in the fall. The Windsor Star tech solution to serial crimes CP photo SWING YOUR PARTNER: Matt Bacon of Gordon, Nebraska, competes in the calf-roping event Friday at the Calgary Stampede IGNORED: A Toronto police sergeant's detailed report on the man he suspected was a serial rapist sat in a file for more than two years. By Richard Brennan Southam Newspapers TORONTO Police Sgt.

Kevin Mc-Niff listened to his gut instincts, but unfortunately nobody else did. While he was pounding the beat on Toronto Island in 1988, McNiff had information fall into his lap that made him suspicious that Paul Bernardo was the Scarborough rapist. Of the hundreds of tips about a rapist terrorizing the Toronto suburb for five years in the mid-1980s, it was McNiff 's that pointed one of the first fingers at the suspect who would go on to torture and murder two teenage girls. It was that tip that Mr. Justice Archie Campbell, the author of a judicial review into the Bernardo investigation, RCMP sees high By Richard Brennan Southam Newspapers TORONTO Experts say old-fashioned police work and the latest in computer technology will help nab sexual predators like Paul Bernardo.

A national computer system known as ViCLAS (Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System) is run by the RCMP, but available to all police forces in Canada. "It is designed essentially to link crime so that you can get all the pieces of the puzzle in the same box and then it goes back to the detective to solve the case," Insp. Ron McKay of the RCMP's violent-crime analysis branch said Friday "It is designed to compare crimes, not criminals." Until now, McKay said, Ontario police forces have not been taking advan of the Ken Jamal First Cellular Ottawa (613) 795-2929 Judith Mcintosh Cellular One Inc. Ottawa (613) 237-1212 V-MnHllllllllM OPP rejects federal ORILLIA, Ont. (CP) Ontario's provincial police force has responded angrily to accusations from federal Indian Affairs Minister Ron Irwin that the force has mishandled an aboriginal occupation of Ipperwash Provincial Park.

"I am shocked and disappointed upon reading quotes attributed to the minister in (Thursday's) edition of the Toronto Star," said Tom O'Grady, the commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police. At an Ottawa meeting of the Assem tage of the high-tech system. "We have somewhere over 12,000 cases on the database and of that, 10,000 are from B.C. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The other 2,000 are from Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

I think the numbers speak for themselves," he said. Following this week's judicial review criticizing police investigations into the Bernardo slayings, Ontario Solicitor General Bob Runciman has ordered all police forces in the province to report cases to ViCLAS. Runciman also said an elite joint forces squad, likely under the auspices of the Central Intelligence Services of Ontario (CISO), will be created later this year to investigate possible serial crimes and sexual predators. Ken Tuft of the solicitor general's ministry said the new Ontario crime- town Rudy Richman First Cellular Ottawa (613 761-3380 d0 Cellular (613) Scott Bruyea Cellular One Inc. Ottawa (613)720-1676 Pat Ruffo One Inc.

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