Canada briefs – March 30

The body of the first Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan this year will return home Wednesday afternoon.

Soldier’s body to arrive at CFB Trenton today

OTTAWA — The body of the first Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan this year will return home Wednesday afternoon.

A military plane carrying the body of Cpl. Yannick Scherrer is due to arrive at CFB Trenton, Ont., at 2 p.m.

The 24-year-old Montreal native was killed by a roadside bomb Sunday while on a foot patrol in the Panjwaii district.

He was a member of the 1st Battalion of the Royal 22nd Regiment, and on his first tour in the country.

Scherrer was the first Canadian to die in Afghanistan since Dec. 18, when Cpl. Steve Martin was also killed by a roadside bomb.


Search for missing in Woodstock explosion ongoing

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — Police in Woodstock, Ont., want to hear from anyone who took pictures or video after an apartment building exploded and caught fire on the weekend.

Police say photos or videos taken early on might help investigators who are sifting through the wreckage in a search for two missing residents.

Woodstock police Const. Steven McEwan says officers could be working until next week to determine whether there are bodies in the charred rubble of the three-storey building.

But police are confirming that Margaret Gillett, 73, and Bill Watmough, 79, are unaccounted for since Sunday morning’s blast.

Five others who were unaccounted for have been found alive.

Police also want to speak with any other residents of the building who have not yet talked to investigators.

Authorities have yet to determine what caused the blast, but say there’s no indication of criminal activity.


Child porn found on Williams’ computer: book

TORONTO — A new book about Col. Russell Williams says police found child porn on his computer but laid no charges in exchange for him pleading guilty to murder and sexual assault.

A New Kind of Monster, written by Globe and Mail reporter Timothy Appleby, says the convicted killer wouldn’t admit to downloading pictures of teenaged girls in sexual positions.

A source quoted in the book says Russell couldn’t face the stigma attached to child pornography, though he was willing to plead guilty to murder, rape and a series of bizarre sexually motivated break-ins.

The book argues that Russell’s sense of shame, strong emotions and close personal attachments set him apart from most serial killers.

The former commander of Canada’s largest military airfield pleaded guilty in October to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts each of sexual assault and forcible confinement, and 82 break and enters that date back to 2007.

Williams faces life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

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