National Newswatch

Former firefighter with PTSD sues Syncrude over suspended benefits, dismissal

Jan 20 2019 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against Syncrude Canada claims the oilsands giant wrongfully denied him benefits and fired him after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder related to his job. Mike Swan is seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice, says a statement of […]

Jurors as conscripts: Four things to know if you’re summoned to serve

Dec 30 2018 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Jurors convicted Curtis Healy of first-degree murder this fall after hearing a brutal account of how he raped and beat Dawns Baptiste, a Calgary mother of four, before killing her with a rock to her head. Healy is appealing, in part, because the judge didn't declare a mistrial after it was revealed some jurors had had drinks in their hotel's restaurant even though […]

Diverging accounts at trial for accused in deaths of Calgary mother, daughter

Dec 17 2018 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Jurors are being asked to believe diverging accounts of what a Calgary man was doing on July 11, 2016, when a single mother was found dead in her apartment bound in duct tape and her young daughter vanished. Edward Downey has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of 34-year-old Sara Baillie and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman. […]

Tears at Calgary murder trial as officer describes how he discovered girl’s body

Nov 30 2018 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — A police officer testified Friday how he discovered a young girl's lifeless body in some bushes east of Calgary, triggering an outburst of emotion in the courtroom during a double murder trial. Edward Downey, 48, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of five-year-old Taliyah Marsman and her mother Sara Baillie. The trial has heard […]

Calgary murder trial told slain girl seen with man fitting accused’s description

Nov 28 2018 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Loved ones wept in court Wednesday as a retired couple described seeing a girl drive off with someone resembling the man accused of killing her. Edward Downey, 48, is accused of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her five-year-old daughter Taliyah Marsman. Douglas and Sharry Jesson testified they lived in the same Calgary neighbourhood […]