Robbers hit the road Canadawide warrants issued for luxury car thieves

first_imgEDMONTON – Police in Edmonton have issued Canada-wide warrants for two women allegedly involved in a national auto-theft ring targeting luxury vehicles.Police say the ring originated in Ontario and involves dealerships across the country.It was uncovered following a report in March of two high-end cars being stolen from an Edmonton dealership.Investigators say thieves used stolen or fraudulent identification to apply online to buy the cars and came from out of province to pick them up.Since then, three stolen luxury cars and one truck have been recovered in Saskatoon and another high-end vehicle was found in Edmonton.Police say the total estimated value of the five is about $525,000.Gene Nikota, 45, faces several charges, including fraud and possession of stolen property.Kimberly Barlow, 38, and Jennifer Callihoo, 33, are wanted for a total of 40 auto and identity-theft offences.last_img read more

Canada urges calm in response to Trumps NAFTA threats as talks continue

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canada’s international trade minister is urging calm in the wake of renewed threats from Donald Trump to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement.Francois-Philippe Champagne says it is important not to react to every remark and comment made about the trade deal.Champagne says there is nothing worrisome about what he described as a push to modernize NAFTA, which has happened several times since the deal came into effect in the 1990s.A second round of talks is scheduled to begin at the end of the week between Canada, the United States and Mexico.Champagne was in Vancouver for a luncheon hosted by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.He also lauded the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, which will slash more than 98 per cent of transatlantic tariffs when it comes into effect on Sept. 22.last_img read more