Police seek to question third man about Cree womans mysterious Toronto condo

first_imgToronto police investigators are looking to interview Sergio Abreu about the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Bell Laboucan-McLean. Photo:clubcatcher.comBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsToronto police investigators are now seeking to question a third man in relation to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a Cree woman who fell 31 storeys from the balcony of a Toronto condo this past July, APTN National News has learned.Police are still trying to determine what led to Bella Laboucan-McLean’s death in the early morning hours of July 20, 2013.Investigators have already questioned two men and two women who were at a party in condo unit 3109 at the time when Laboucan-McLean, 25, fell to her death.Nobody in the condo called police at the time of the incident. A man from the condo called in a missing persons report on Laboucan-McLean 12 hours after she fell from the a balcony on the 31st floor of 21 Iceboat Terr.Investigators are still trying to determine whether the death was suicide, accidental or murder. The case has not been transferred to homicide detectives and is in the hands of Toronto police’s 14 Division’s criminal investigation bureau.The division’s investigators have obtained a production order from an Ontario judge to access the cell phone records of at least four of the individuals in the condo at the time of Laboucan-McLean’s death.They hope to discover whether there were any spikes in data transfers or phone calls to and from cells at the time of the fateful fall.It could take up to three months for police to obtain the records from cell phone service providers, according to a police source close to the investigation.Investigators, however, have managed to confirm the identity of a third man who was also in the condo at the time of the incident, according to the police source.Investigators knew early on that a man named “Sergio” was also at the party, but failed to glean any information beyond his first name from their interviews.He has since been identified as Sergio Abreu who appears to be friends with Andrew James, aka Ox, the man who was renting unit 3109.The two were pictured together at the Tryst nightclub in December 2012, according to Facebook photos.Andrew James (left) and Sergio Abreu (right) in a photo posted in December 2012 on Abreu’s Facebook page.The two men were also photographed together at Tryst on July 19, 2013, the same night Laboucan-McLean went to the club with friend Antony Rankine. The four later went to James’ condo with two women from Montreal.Andrew James (foreground) and Sergio Abreu (background) at club Tryst on July 19, 2013. Photo: clubcatcher.comAbreu is currently unemployed and no longer has an active cell phone number, according to a relative contacted by APTN National News.Abreu did not respond to requests for comment from APTN National News.Investigators made contact with Abreu last week.Police were alerted to Laboucan-McLean’s death at about 5 a.m. when a neighbour called police after hearing a strange sound and seeing a body on the ground.Investigators went into the condo building and began knocking on doors from the section of the building from where they believed she fell.They came up empty. Investigators believe the party was still going at the time of Laboucan-McLean’s death.“They were partying when the police was called at 5 a.m.,” said the police source.Rankine, who is also a hip hop artist named Scandalis, told APTN National News that no one knew Laboucan-McLean had disappeared until they woke later in the day.“The truth has been told already,” said Rankine. “None of us knew she fell until we woke up next day. The police have all this information.”Police are still investigation mysterious circumstances around the death of Bella Laboucan-McLean, 25. Photo courtesy of LeeLee PhotographyLaboucan-McLean grew up in her mother’s community of Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Alberta. Her father Billy Joe Laboucan is the Chief of the Lubicon Lake Band.She had recently graduated from Humber College’s Fashion Arts program and was planning to launch a career in the industry. She also attended the University of Alberta.Her death stunned her friends and family who believe there is no way she would have taken her own life.A vigil held near the spot where she died was attended by actor Tantoo Cardinal and author Naomi [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more


Michele Pineault talks about MMIW meeting with federal ministers

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a long painful day. Family members had four minutes at a meeting with provincial, territorial and federal politicians to explain what losing a loved one has done to their lives.Michele Pineault was one of them.Her daughter’s DNA was found on Robert Pickton’s farm.Michele spoke to APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie about the meeting and how it made her feel.last_img


JAMAICA More Young People Seeing Opportunities in BPO

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, February 07, 2018 – Kingston – Business process outsourcing (BPO) once viewed is a stop-gap job option, has become a career of choice for many bright, young Jamaicans.  In fact, many of them are moving to Montego Bay, which has become the centre of the country’s BPO operations, to take up positions in the sector.Among them is Junior Rogers, who tells JIS News that “I came specifically from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay to be a part of this rapidly growing industry.”  He boasts that within three years, he was able to rise to a supervisory role at the business in the Montego Bay Free Zone, where he is employed.“The BPO sector is an important outlet for a lot of school leavers, who can chart a course for their future by becoming employed to one of these companies here in the Montego Bay Free Zone,” he says.Information Technology Manager, Tamara Smith, tells JIS News that numerous opportunities abound at all levels for the sector and is encouraging Jamaicans, especially young people, to seize the moment.  Ms. Smith, who has been working in the BPO sector for five years, says the experience is very rewarding and that every day there is an opportunity to learn something new.“I love the fact that it is a fast-paced environment.  I love the fact that this is a sector with prospects for growth and which is filled with great young minds and brilliant ideas,” she notes.Ms. Smith, who has seven employees under her wings, says the industry is more than just call-centre operations, noting that it is a great career move that will lead to economic stability and a rewarding future.  She fully supports the Government’s focus on growing the BPO industry, noting that it is important that the investments, including human capital, continue to pour into the sector.“Like other Jamaicans, I am very optimistic about the future and really like what I am seeing here with our young people,” she adds.Young mother Simone Phillips credits the sector with providing her with a second chance after she had to leave school prematurely when she became pregnant.“I was a single mother at home and very unsure about my future.  I had a chance meeting with someone who is employed to a prominent company in the free zone and the link was made for me to do an interview,” she tells JIS News.She says she was pleasantly surprised at the opportunity for growth and the fact that it is not just a call centre as many persons are led to believe.  “I am not making millions, but my life has changed for the better,” she adds.Curtley-Ann Palmer joined the staff of Sutherland Global Services as a customer service representative in 2014, and four years later she would become one of the entity’s top-performing managers.  She told JIS News in an interview in March 2017, that she worked hard and took advantage of all the training programmes, completing an undergraduate degree at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).She was promoted to acting supervisor and then into her current position as an acting account manager.  In this role, she oversees the account she has been assigned and ensures all client relations are smooth. She also works with her team to address work-related challenges.  Ms. Palmer supports the push by the Government to use the BPO industry as one of the key sources of employment of young Jamaicans as part of the national growth strategy.  She also strongly dispels the myth that the industry only employs persons to work in call centres.“There is something for everybody within this industry. If you studied finance or human resources; there is a place for you,” she notes.The Government is targeting BPO as a key part of its economic growth and job creation thrust.  A total of 26,000 persons are employed in the sector and the Administration is looking to increase the number to 50,000 in short order.  BPO has the highest employment growth rate of any sector over the last decade, with several new players and rapid expansion in operations.  It has become the number-one source of employment next to tourism in western Jamaica.  Revenues from the industry grew from approximately US$230 million in 2012 to US$400 million in 2015.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, says greater focus is being placed on the training of persons, particularly for higher-end activities and high-value positions.  He informs that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), through its free zones, will be working closely with the HEART Trust/NTA and the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) to develop an incubator geared towards knowledge services and technology-type work.  Additionally, he notes that programmes have been developed by the HEART Trust/NTA for BPO-related courses, on-the-job management training, international accreditation of courses and apprenticeship programmes.JAMPRO, through collaboration with private- and public-sector partners, hosted a job fair in Kingston last November to educate Jamaicans about the sector, and recruit people for jobs.  At the event, the HEART Trust/NTA recruited persons for its three-week contact centre/BPO training programme, while a number of BPO companies conducted interviews for jobs in the industry.  Minister Vaz says the next steps for the BPO sector include areas such as shared services, legal process outsourcing (LPO), and medical process outsourcing (MPO).The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) says there is high demand for LPO, with law firms utilising outside support services for legal research and other routine work.“We have actively engaged several international shared-services operators and LPO operators in an effort to get them to expand to Jamaica,” Minister Vaz says.He informed that JAMPRO has engaged local universities and key stakeholders in a bid to provide details on higher-level jobs available to graduates in the new areas.“The sky is the limit for the BPO sector, and we intend to capitalise on every aspect of this lucrative industry for the benefit of Jamaica and Jamaicans,” Minister Vaz declares.By: Garwin Davis (JIS) Related Items:last_img read more