Convicted rapist and killer Paul Bernardo has been denied early release. A National Parole Board panel at the Millhaven Institution made the decision yesterday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Bernardo told the parole hearing that he did horrible things in the past, and he cries every day over the crimes he committed.He said that at the time, he felt justified in his savage behaviour, but no longer.
Bernardo has been eligible for full parole since February, having served 25 years behind bars.
The mothers of both Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffey delivered victims impact statements at the hearing, with Donna French saying that Bernardo should never see freedom again.
Niagara Regional Police are currently involved in an investigation, in regard to two reported incidents between September 1st and October 12th within Valour Park, in the north end of Niagara Falls. In both reported incidents, two males were reported to have approached children within the park and inappropriately communicated with them while making lewd gestures. Neither child was harmed or threatened in any way, but the conduct of the males is quite concerning to the investigative team as well as to the residents of the area surrounding the park.
The male suspects are described as: Male #1 – White – 30-40 years of age – Short, dark, spiky hair – Wearing a dark jacket or zippered sweater – Noticeably taller than the second male
Male #2 – White – 50-60 years of age – Short, thinning grey hair – Wearing a taupe coloured trench coat Of particular note, one of the males was observed to walk with a significant limp. Members of the investigative team are appealing to members of the public for information that will assist in identifying the males.
The St. Lawrence Seaway says the upward trend of the 2018 shipping season continues, driven by Canadian grain exports and improving salt shipments.
Overall tonnage for the period of March 29 to September 30 totaled 25.7 million tonnes, up 4.1 per cent when compared to 2017. Canadian grain shipments topped 5.1 million tonnes for the period, up 11.6 per cent.
Salt shipments totaled 1.9 million tonnes, with cities across the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region replenishing their stocks of road salt after last year’s lengthy winter.