British Columbia: A Vancouver couple has been charged with organizing illegal entry into the country under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for allegedly smuggling a Filipino into Canada from Hong Kong, and then forcing her into “domestic servitude.” The housekeeper-nanny was reportedly required to serve the family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Police say they were called to the residence on an unrelated inquiry when they realized a woman was living there illegally. The couple claims she came to Canada legally.
Alberta: Two men were charged with several counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public after allegedly dropping burning bags of balloons from a high-rise apartment in Calgary. The balloons were filled with propane, lit with candles, and launched from a 10th-floor balcony one night in late June. The men, 23 and 26, were also reportedly waving a pellet gun and a plastic sword, respectively. Police say alcohol was a factor.
Saskatchewan: A 50-year-old woman in Saskatoon was charged with jaywalking after getting hit by a car while crossing 22nd Street West at around midnight. She was admitted to the hospital with a leg injury. The 24-year-old driver was following all traffic laws.
Manitoba: A Hanover teenager was charged with three counts of auto theft after allegedly stealing three Dodge Ram pickup trucks in the town of Steinbach, over the span of a few hours. He crashed two of them.
Newfoundland: An Israeli woman was charged with fraud and two counts of impersonation in St. John’s when police caught her going door to door, allegedly trying to pass off generic art prints as original works at a cost of $150 each. The 26-year-old woman, who claimed the prints were from Asia, was also accused of falsely assuming two identities. She pleaded guilty on June 21. Emma Teitel