Police investigators actions under the spotlight at Dennis Oland murder trial

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — The activities of police officers at the Richard Oland murder scene will be under close scrutiny as his son’s retrial moves into its second week, resuming Tuesday.Dennis Oland’s defence lawyers describe the conduct of the murder investigation by the Saint John Police Force as “inadequate” and they have made it clear police activities will be a focal point of the defence strategy.Failure to properly preserve the crime scene and a rush to judgement in deciding Dennis Oland, a financial planner, was the one and only suspect in the killing are among the chief issues.“In this case, an issue will be the manner in which the Saint John police force handled the investigation of the homicide and their conduct in performing that crucial police function,” defence lawyer Alan Gold told the court last week.“Dennis was the last known person to see Richard Oland alive but to the police, that word ‘known’ evaporated very quickly.”Within hours of Richard Oland’s body being discovered on July 7, 2011, Dennis was identified by police as their prime suspect.Already two police officers have told the court about the numerous officers who visited the murder scene. About 20 police officers made their way to Oland’s uptown Saint John office on the day his beaten body was discovered on the floor by his desk.Gold suggested during cross examination of Const. Duane Squires it was like a sightseeing tour. In addition to the steady stream of police officers, there were also paramedics, the coroner and funeral home workers who assisted with removal of the body.The defence is raising questions about objects that may have been moved at the crime scene, the lack of attention paid to a possible back door escape route and the failure to protect the scene from contamination.Gold named a number of the officers who visited the bloody scene that day, noting their various ranks. They included Deputy Chief Glen McCloskey, whose attendance at the crime scene raised questions during Oland’s first trial.Another officer said McCloskey suggested he not tell the court about McCloskey’s visits to the murder scene.This was supposed to be the subject of a hearing before the New Brunswick Police Commission, but McCloskey retired before it could be held. The commission only investigates officers on active duty.In the coming days, there will be questions about police use of a bathroom at the crime scene before it was forensically tested.Squires said he was relatively new to police work and homicide investigations in 2011. He said he would do things differently today in terms of protecting such a scene.Oland, 50, was charged in 2013 with the second-degree murder of his father, a multi-millionaire businessman and member of the prominent Maritime beer-brewing family. Oland was found guilty after a 2015 jury trial, but the conviction was set aside on appeal and a new trial ordered.Even before testimony began at the retrial, the conduct of the Saint John police was called into question after it was learned an officer accessed an internal police database to search the background of prospective jurors. This was in violation of a 2012 directive from the Supreme Court of Canada and resulted in a mistrial and dismissal of the jury.The Oland trial now is being heard before judge alone.The New Brunswick Police Commission says it will investigate police involvement in the mistrial, but not until the current trial is over.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

14TH MIBFF SPIKE LEE IS BACK TO THE MONTREAL INTL BLACK FILM

first_imgAdvertisement The 14th annual Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) returns with a strong, diverse, and bold programming which highlights the tales and events that have challenged conventions, left a distinctive mark on our times, and changed how we see the world. Advertisement Montreal – The Montreal International Black Film Festival team (MIBFF) has unveiled the programming for its 14th year, which will be held from September 25 to 30, 2018. 72 films from 25 countries to inspire you to see the world differently and take action! MIBFF is thrilled to welcome back Spike Lee for the 3rd time as an honorary guest; this time for an intimate conversation where festivalgoers get to hear the Academy Award winning director discuss his journey as a filmmaker as well as his views on today’s socio-economic environment. This will be Spike Lee’s first return in Canada since he won the Grand Prix du Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his latest film Blackkklansman.AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH SPIKE LEEAt the Montreal International Black Film Festival!Presented by Quebecor and Global NewsWednesday, September 26, 2018 – Imperial Cinema7PM: VIP Meet & Greet – Cocktail | 8PM: Conference$35 (Gen. Admission) | $150 (VIP)Spike Lee like you’ve never heard him before in Montreal! An intimate conference where he will discuss his journey as a filmmaker, writer, actor and producer; his take and advice on filmmaking today – how to maximize new technology to get your film made; how he sees the future of Black films and diversity off/on screen; as well as his view on today’s social-economic issues. A privileged moment with the legendary director of Do the right thing, Malcolm X, Blakklansman. Tickets are on sale here.“We are delighted and honoured to have Spike Lee back to the Festival for a 3rd time, which is a testament to his great support for the MIBFF – another huge achievement for Montreal and for the Festival. Spike Lee is a pioneer and a source of inspiration and motivation for a whole generation. His commitment to independent cinema, his strength, determination, and activism in achieving social justice really make a difference in a world that, too often, tends to silence us.” – Fabienne Colas, president and founder of the MIBFF.Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, Canada’s biggest black film festival returns for a breathtaking 14th year that promises to entertain but most importantly to inspire through thought-provoking films. MIBFF’s mission remains, as always, to give minorities a voice on and off screen and to shine the spotlight on diversity within the industry. Besides Spike Lee’s intimate talk, the program features 72 films among which some are world, international, North American, Canadian or Quebec premieres; the MIBFF Black Marketspace dedicated to the cinema industry and introducing the first MIBFF Kids Program.Our absolute favourites are inspiring stories that combine cultural heritage, the struggle against injustice, and inequality with passion, determination, strength, and great feats. You don’t want to miss: Obey, Dead Women Walking, The Foreigner’s Home, Azali (Fate), Congo – une tragédie politque, Beyond The River, The color of medicine, Correndo Atras (Running After), La Negrada (The Black Mexicans), Supa Modo, Time for Ilhan, United Skates, Bessie Coleman, Première Aviatrice Noire, Bigger than Africa, Runaway, Vagabonds, The Deliverer, Accidentals, the Orphan, Bilal: A new Breed a Hero, Liyana, Buffalo soldiers: A quest for Freedom…SPOKESPEOPLEAuthor, composer, singer, and actor Manuel Tadros, who has enjoyed a 40-year career in Quebec, and Entrepreneur, actress and filmmaker Fabienne Colas, who was named 2018 Canada’s Top 40 under 40, are the spokespeople for this 14th edition.OPENING FILM – OBEY – By Jamie JonesWinner of best cinematography as international film at 2018 Tribeca Film FestivalPresented by QuebecorTuesday, September 25 – 7PM – Cinéma Impérial | $25The clashing of two very different worlds results in a tragic love story in the heady days leading up to dramatic social unrest. OBEY is about Leon, a nineteen-year-old boy with an alcoholic mother who has grown up in and out of care. Oppressed at home and hunted on the streets by local gangs, Leon’s existence is suffocating, and all too real. When he meets Twiggy, a beautiful blond girl living in a local squat something stirs inside of him. He is in love for the first time and for a moment escapes the reality of his unrelenting existence. But naïve to the affluent world supporting Twiggy’s hedonistic lifestyle, Leon is unprepared when Twiggy no longer wants him around. Leon withdraws allowing his raw and unhampered emotions to take over in the blind fight against his unjust existence with terrifying and brutal consequences. Raw and uncompromising, OBEY draws inspiration from films such as Catch Me Daddy, Fish Tank, This is England and KIDS.CLOSING FILM: DEAD WOMEN WALKING – By Hagar Ben-AsherPresented by the Fabienne Colas FoundationSunday, September 30 – 7PM – Cinema Imperial – $20 As described by Tribeca Film Festival’s Liza Domnitz, “Told through nine moving vignettes, each anchored by a subtle, yet overwhelming performance, Dead Women Walking traces the final days of a series of women on death row, from two weeks before one inmate’s execution to mere minutes before another’s. As these narratives develop, the human toll of the death penalty – not only on the women convicted of violent crimes, but also on their families, prison officials, and ministers and counselors coaching them through their final days – comes into clear focus. Looming over Dead Women Walking are two questions: Why did they do it? And, more implicit and rarely asked: How does society grapple with women’s violence?”1st MIBFF KIDS PROGRAMSunday, September 30, 2018 – 1PM till 6PM – Cinema du Parc$12 Adult | $6 Kids (12 years and under) – Proof of age may be requested on site. The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Quebecor, is thrilled to be introducing the MIBFF Kids Program!MISSION: MIBFF Kids Program wants to inspire and empower children through the discovery of filmmaking, animation, story-telling and more. The Festival wants to offer kids a cool environment where they can learn, be creative and express themselves in a fun way while being exposed to black history and black stories.PROGRAM SUMMARY: A total of 6 animated films will be presented for this first edition:Bilal: A New Breed of Hero, by Ayman Jamal, Khurram H. Alavi (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia)Wireless, by Tayo Odesanya (UK)Minga et la cuillère cassée, by Claye Edou (Cameroon)L’arbre à Palimpseste, by Ingrid Agbo, Sacha Perrin-Bayard (France)Liyana, by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp (Swaziland, USA)Cut Bait, by Robert Walkine (USA)THE MIBFF BLACK MARKETPresented by the Canada Council for the Arts, CALQ and Telefilm CanadaSeptember 29 & 30 – L’Inis – Schedule on Festival Website | Free (reserve online)If you want to succeed in the film industry, the MIBFF Black Market returns with a master class and workshop that you won’t want to miss. Established Canadian and international filmmakers will share their knowledge and experiences of film creation, financing, production, distribution, and the festival circuit. A panel featuring public grant organizations will also be part of this series of four workshops, ideal for people to know how they can find obtain funding in the film industry.JURY MEMBERSNarrative features: Rosey Ugo Edeh (president), Nathalie MacNeil, Richard BurnettFeature documentaries: Brian Bronfman (presdient), Balarama Holness, Ely BonderMid-Length and short films: Kim Gurgerson (president), Thierry Lindor, Catherine Beauchamp Twitter Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TICKETS & PASSES*VIP Card Total Access: VIP Package – See details on website: $195Passport Card Access to all films at Cinéma du Parc + Cinémathèque Québécoise: $95INDIVIDUAL TICKETS*:Regular film ticket – $12 | Opening evening – $25 | Closing evening – $20 | Spike Lee’s conference – $35 (Reg) or $150 (VIP) | MIBFF Kids Program $6 (12 years and under) – $12 (adult)*Fees: All prices are subject to services charges and taxesVENUESCinéma Impérial: Centre Sandra and Leo Kolber: 1430, rue de Bleury, MontréalCinémathèque: 335, boul. de Maisonneuve E., MontréalCinéma du Parc: 3575, av. du Parc, MontréalL’Inis: 301, boul. de Maisonneuve E., MontréalThe 14th Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Quebecor, will be held from September 25 to 30, 2018. About the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF)Created in 2005 by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is currently the largest Canadian film festival entirely dedicated to black realities from all four corners of the globe. It aims to offer the public the most spectacular productions in black cinema and debate the great cultural, social, and socio-economic issues facing society. The MIBFF goal is to promote the development of the independent film industry and showcase more films depicting black realities around the world. The festival seeks to prioritize local and international films that do not necessarily come under the spotlight, a new cinema that moves its audience and raises awareness – and a few eyebrows. In so doing, the MIBFF addresses issues and showcases art that makes you think and smile, provokes, bewilders, and shocks you – a new, fresh look at black cinema from all four corners of the globe! www.montrealblackfilm.comlast_img read more