Year in Review - April 2013


best western march 31 - 4Broken window at the Best Western is part of a police investigation into a fatality.

Kenora OPP released the identity of the deceased involved in an incident at the Best Western Lakeside Inn on Easter Sunday.

"The male has been identified as Michael Sylborne of Toronto. He was 36 years old and was working on a construction project in the area," said Const. Dave Cain.

Police responded to a noise complaint at the hotel early Sunday morning. Upon arrival, they found the man on the sidewalk in front of the hotel, and noted a broken window on the fourth floor of the building.

The man was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.  As the investigation continued, Cain said they weren't yet releasing the results of the post-mortem examination.

"The investigation is continuing. The post-mortem examination was done and the results are pending. They're not releasing anything as far as the results at this time," he said.


MacDonald - KerryPathologist leads Sunshine list, again:

The 2012 Sunshine List's out. It has the names and salaries for everyone on the province's payroll, who makes more than $100,000 a year. After the release of the list, NDP leader Andrea Horwath questioned the governments commitment to capping CEO salaries.

Premier Kathleen Wynne responded, saying they needed to address the issue. She says they province has been in compensation restraint over the last few years, and that it has made a difference.


Risks of new technology

New technology in credit cards and pieces of identification may put the user at risk. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is used on passports and some credit cards to increase convenience. However, Sgt. Marc Charron, who is also the manager of the Joint Forces Organization for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says the technology has also become an interest to criminals.

"Although flash payment technology has made transactions and identification processing faster and more convenient, obviously some hacker has managed to skim that information from the credit card using one of those scanners or RFID readers," he said.

He says with the increase of retailers using the scanners, there has become a black market for them.