Despite cold, migrants arrive on Greek islands

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Half-buried in the sand of Karfas village’s broad, popular beach lies one of the few visible signs of the drama that has played out on the eastern Aegean island of Chios over the past year: the remains of two torn and deflated dinghies by the water’s edge.

Far from the spotlight of publicity, locals, authorities and aid groups have been dealing with an unprecedented wave of refugees and migrants reaching the island’s shores from Turkey, which lies less than four miles away at its closest point.

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    And with few signs of a let-up in the flow, authorities are bracing for another potentially brutal year.

    READ MORE: Immigration minister in favour of refugees settling in French-speaking areas

    Even during the winter, overloaded dinghies have continued to reach Greek islands in droves, halting only when the sea is too rough.

    The crossing is brief but perilous, and hundreds have died.

    Chios is one of the most-used points of entry for migrants and refugees entering Greece, behind Lesbos, the most commonly used.

    Last year, the number of people arriving on Chios skyrocketed to nearly 120,000, with the largest numbers in September and October.

    Chios’ Mayor Manolis Vournous said the huge spike in numbers is something islanders mustn’t have to face becoming accustomed to.

    Last year’s late surge left authorities scrambling to house, feed and provide basic care for thousands of men, women and children who had just survived dangerous sea journey and were anxious to move on northwards through the Balkans to more prosperous European countries.

    WATCH: McCallum ‘very confident’ of hitting 25,000 refugee goal by end of February

    Following an initial struggle, Chios has weathered the storm remarkably well, emerging as somewhat of a success story.

    The island now has a functioning system which aims to process new arrivals through registration as fast and as painlessly as possible, provide safe and clean temporary shelter and allow them to quickly move on.

    This is primarily a result of the close relationship that has emerged between local civil authorities, the police, coastguard, local and foreign volunteers and non-governmental organisations operating on Chios, members of all say.

    One volunteer, Despina Kalaitzidaki, who helps at a makeshift clothes distribution centre, said she was compelled to help after seeing the anxious and desperate state the migrants and refugees were arriving in.

    READ MORE: Caught on camera: Documentary crew attacked with knife at refugee camp in France

    As winter set in, the island’s temporary tent camp for new arrivals in a park seemed wholly inadequate.

    So authorities decided to build the Souda camp in the dry moat of Chios town’s medieval castle.

    The space was free and the moat allowed easy access for refugees and migrants to the nearby port for ferries.

    The 800-person camp began operating in early November, complete with prefabricated houses reserved for the most vulnerable such as unaccompanied children, the disabled, women alone or with young children.

    One of the camp’s residents is Isam Bukamer, a 22-year-old from Libya.

    He’s hopeful that Chios, and the Souda camp, will be only the first part of his journey.

    Nothing is impossible, he says.

    “I can pass to Germany. I have a go.”

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Facebook post saluting struggling moms goes viral

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Australian “mommy blogger” Constance Hall has yet another inspiring message for mothers everywhere – don’t give up on yourself.

In a Facebook post, the blogger saluted moms for taking time for themselves while juggling motherhood. The message has since gone viral, resonating with thousands of users around the world.

“To the woman at the park, looking at her phone, ignoring her children, I salute you. For not giving into the public perception that you should be switched on, 24 hours a day,” she wrote.

“To the woman with piles of dishes and washing who walks straight out the door for a coffee at her friends, I salute you. Being a good mum or wife or human does NOT mean spending eternity cleaning your house.”

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The post – which has been shared over 120,000 times – discusses a wide range of issues mothers deal with on a daily basis – from balancing a social life to postpartum depression.

“As a mother of 8, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to read your words and think… hey, I’m not a failure,” said one Facebook commenter.

Even those without children are celebrating the blogger’s point of view.

READ MORE: Mom’s emotional Facebook post about daughter with Down syndrome goes viral

“I am not a mum, but I stumbled across your page [and] it was pure joy. A refreshing change from the “show house” handmade mum! The mum i want to be.”

This isn’t the first time one of Hall’s posts has gone viral.

Earlier this month, a post she crafted on so-called “parent sex” went viral because of its honest take on how romance can sometimes be hampered by busy lives.

“You know what parent sex is, it’s that 3.5 minutes you get in between changing nappies and making food,” she wrote.

On Tuesday, the blogger also shared an image of herself in her underwear, proudly showing off her post-baby body and encouraging other women to celebrate theirs using the hashtag #likeaqueen.

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Canadian bitcoin exchange bought out by Kraken

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TORONTO – A Canadian bitcoin exchange will be acquired by a San Francisco-based exchange, a move that signals consolidation may be afoot in the so-called cryptocurrency world.

Bitcoin exchanges are described as the on-ramps and off-ramps of the bitcoin world, allowing users to trade their cash for the digital currency, or vice versa.

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Cavirtex, a Canadian exchange, was originally launched in 2011. In April 2015 it was acquired by Coinsetter, a New York-based exchange that targets Wall Street traders.

Following the deal, both exchanges continued to operate as separate entities.

Kraken, a global bitcoin exchange headquartered in San Francisco, says it will acquire both Cavirtex and Coinsetter for an undisclosed amount, and will consolidate the two exchanges under its own brand. Client accounts will be transferred to the new platform on Jan. 26.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that is not controlled by an authority such as a central bank, and is exchanged through peer-to-peer computer networks.

Kyle Kemper, senior vice-president of global business development at Coinsetter, says the deal will provide Canadians using the Cavirtex exchange with more liquidity and the ability to swap their bitcoins for a broader array of foreign currencies.

READ MORE: Senate recommends Ottawa use a ‘light touch’ when regulating Bitcoin

“Before with Cavirtex you were only able to trade the Bitcoin-Canadian dollar pair,” says Kemper.

“Now Canadians will also be able to trade Bitcoin-U.S. dollar, Bitcoin-euro, Bitcoin-Great British pound, Bitcoin-Japanese yen.”

Kemper says the dramatic spike in the value of bitcoin in 2013 – which skyrocketed to more than US$1,000 before subsequently falling lower – caused a slew of new exchanges to open up shop.

Now the exchanges are beginning to consolidate, a sign that Kemper says indicates the cryptocurrency industry is starting to mature.

“The industry is definitely maturing,” said Kemper. “The central banks are talking about it. The regular banks are talking about. The technology behind it is getting all sorts of play.”

The deal will also see Kraken launch an advertising campaign for Bitcoin in Toronto, encouraging Canadians to purchase the cryptocurrency.

“We’ve been servicing the bitcoin community, but now it’s about reaching out to the larger community as well,” said Kemper.

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Mayor agrees with deputy police chief that changes needed for police force

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TORONTO —; Controversial comments made by Deputy Chief Peter Sloly on cost-cutting measures to stream-line an “unfocused” Toronto police force has at least some support from Mayor John Tory.

“I actually agree and so does the KPMG study with a lot of the things that have been put forward, as changes are needed to be examined on the context on how we do policing,” Tory told reporters at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday.

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“That is why this task force has been set up … It’s a serious exercise. It’s an exercise that has to happen. It’s an exercise that will happen.  Decisions will be taken as a result of those deliberations and changes will be made.”

READ MORE: Deputy chief faces possible disciplinary action after blasting police budget

Sloly hosted a 70-minute online Q&A session last Friday, where he delivered candid criticisms of the Toronto Police Service’s policing model, spending and what he called its slow embrace of technology and social media.

“We run around all over the city in the most unfocused way, reacting to what you call us for, as opposed to trying to understand what’s going on and … putting our most important resources in the best place,” Sloly said.

The KPMG report released last month issued a series of recommendations to ring in spending such as reducing premium pay, outsourcing parking enforcement, HR, IT and finance positions.

“A lot of the substance on what Deputy Chief Sloly had to say were things that were in the KMPG report,” Tory said. “Things that have been discussed on a preliminary basis by the Police Services Board.”

City Councillor Shelley Carroll said Sloly shouldn’t be considered “insubordinate” for saying the changes should be made sooner rather than later.

“Here’s someone saying, ‘I’m willing to say the unpopular thing about change,’ and the board has tasked the chief with change —; maybe this is your agent, maybe this is the guy who goes out and makes those changes for you,” said Carroll, who is also a Toronto Police Services Board member.

“Since he really just talked about all of the changes that are clearly outlined in the KPMG report that the board has already made public and endorsed, why would we be dismissing someone who echoes our words?”

Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack has disputed the KPMG report as laden with inaccuracies and bloated with concepts that are not substantiated by numbers.

The union representing frontline Toronto police officers has since asked the police chief, police board and an independent watchdog to investigate Deputy Chief Peter Sloly for his comments.

“The thing about Peter Sloly is he’s progressive and willing to think of different kinds of ways,” Toronto Police Accountability Coalition member John Sewell said.

“There’s no question some staff people don’t like that, they find that threatening.”

The police services board recently green-lit a 2.76 per cent budget increase for 2016, which pushes the overall budget north of $1 billion for the first time with nearly 90 per cent of the budget going towards salaries and benefits.

Mayor Tory said the task force looking into budgetary changes to the Toronto Police Service will issue its final report by June of next year.

READ MORE: Toronto police union president cites inaccuracies in KPMG report

“I will say finally, move ahead with actually making some of the changes that have to be made in policing,” Tory said.

“Not even so much as budget pressures on their own but because it’s 2016. And 2016 is a time when policing needs and policing methods are going to be different than they were in 1986 or 1966.”

With files from Caryn Lieberman, Steve Morales and Erica Vella

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Caught on camera: hockey ref punches player, gets tackled by trainer

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Video from a junior hockey league game in southwestern Ontario has gone viral after appearing to show a linesman punch a player and then get violently tackled by a team trainer charging across the ice.

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The London Free Press reports that the incident occurred Nov. 20 during a south division tilt between the London Lakers and Kingsville Kings of the Greater Metro Hockey League. The GMHL is not sanctioned by Hockey Canada.

Multiple fights broke out during the second period after the Kings goalie was knocked over by Lakers captain Michael Wooley, a St. Thomas native. Moments later Wooley could be seen grappling with a linesman before the official motioned with his right arm towards Wooley’s face — knocking the 21-year-old player over.

Seconds later a team trainer could be seen running across the ice before knocking over the official.

A total of 12 penalties were handed out to 10 players, according to the league’s official game summary. Eight players were ejected from the game. Wooley, the player knocked down by the official, remained.

Video of the event has been watched on YouTube nearly 700,000 times. However, this is not the first time the footage has surfaced. Lakers head coach and general manager Jeff Zehr told The London Free Press that a previously uploaded copy was taken down due to the league’s social media policy.

How the footage resurfaced is anyone’s guess, Zehr says.

“It (the posting) has nothing to do with London Lakers or me. I have no idea how it got out there this time,” he said

Zehr explained that trainer Dan Martin was suspended and later resigned. He added the linesman was also suspended. The incident occurred at London Sports Park.

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Patient steals ambulance, crashes through doors of Edmonton hospital to flee police

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EDMONTON – A patient led police and RCMP on a chase Tuesday morning after stealing an ambulance from an Edmonton hospital.

A woman stole the vehicle from inside the Royal Alexandra Hospital ambulance bay. She crashed through the bay doors before making her way through the city and heading west on Highway 16.

A police pursuit lasted between 30 to 45 minutes. When the ambulance drove out of the city, Edmonton police contacted RCMP to help.

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    At approximately 6:40 a.m., the ambulance was stopped at a gas station in Duffield, Alta. near Range Road 32 and Highway 16, where the driver was arrested without incident.

    The gas station manager said she saw the ambulance speeding down the highway heading west with the lights flashing before it returned.

    “Shortly after that I see the ambulance pulling in, no lights, with a police vehicle behind it, basically herding it in, and then a bunch of other RCMP and Edmonton services came flying in from the east and surrounded the ambulance,” Betty Peters, gas station manager, said.

    “I seen them open the door of the ambulance and a woman stepped out.”

    The 21-year-old woman has since been charged with dangerous driving, theft over $5,000, failing to remain at the scene of a collision, and driving an uninsured vehicle.

    She was later returned into the care of the hospital.

    READ MORE: Ambulance stolen from northwest Calgary hospital 

    It is the first time an ambulance has been stolen from inside the hospital’s ambulance bay, Dale Weiss, executive director of Alberta Health Services EMS North Zone, said.

    The ambulance, which costs more than $100,000, was damaged. An inspection will be conducted before it’s back in service.

    Ambulances are equipped with GPS systems, so officials knew right away the vehicle was stolen and on the move.

    “Nobody would be calm around this,” Weiss said.

    “This would certainly be very offsetting for all the staff as well as other people that were involved. It’s highly unusual and very much a concern.”

    Keys are left inside ambulances that are parked inside the hospital’s bay because the area is considered a secure site, so a review on security will be conducted, Weiss said.

    “These incidents are very serious for us and we want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to make sure that patients, staff and public secure as can be.”

    The Edmonton Police Service is investigating the incident as well.

    An Alberta Health Services ambulance was found at a Shell gas station at Range Road 33 near Wabamun, Alta. after it was stolen from an Edmonton hospital. 

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    An Alberta Health Services ambulance was found at a Shell gas station at Range Road 33 near Wabamun, Alta. after it was stolen from an Edmonton hospital. 

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    An Alberta Health Services ambulance was found at a Shell gas station at Range Road 33 near Wabamun, Alta. after it was stolen from an Edmonton hospital. 

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    A patient stole an ambulance from Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital by crashing through the bay doors, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

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Feds may consider forgiving flight costs for all Syrian refugees

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SAINT ANDREWS, N.B. – The federal government may consider forgiving the flight costs for Syrian refugees who came to Canada before the Liberals came to power, the federal immigration minister said Tuesday.

Until Nov. 4, all refugees arriving under the government’s resettlement programs were required to cover their own airfare, a long-standing policy dating back decades.

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But the Liberals decided to waive that requirement for Syrian refugees it was bringing to Canada as part of its program to bring 25,000 Syrians to Canada by the end of February and a further 10,000 by the end of 2016.

“We only came to power on Nov. 4, so our policy affects post-Nov. 4 refugees,” Immigration Minister John McCallum said outside a Liberal cabinet meeting taking place in New Brunswick.

READ MORE: Immigration minister in favour of refugees settling in French-speaking areas

“But we will consider whether we should make a special case for the pre-Nov. 4 refugees. That is one of the things that we will be considering very soon.”

All other refugees who arrived in Canada after Nov. 4 are still required to cover their travel costs; most do so by way of a loan. A recent internal government evaluation found the loan program often ends up having a negative impact on the lives of refugees in Canada as they struggle to pay it back.

The evaluation – which was carried out under the previous Conservative government – had recommended the policy be overhauled and the Immigration Department had already been reviewing it.

McCallum had also already committed to taking a second look at the system.

“Except for the Syrian refugees, they all receive loans and are expected to pay back the loans over time,” he said.

“And as I said, one of the things that I am about to be briefed on soon after our return is this very issue and we will be considering whether to change that policy.”

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Aunt Viv from ‘Fresh Prince’ bashes Jada Pinkett Smith over Oscar ban

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(Warning: there is some foul language in the video.)

Janet Hubert (better known as Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) has spoken out against Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

Smith, wife of Will Smith, created a short video rallying against the lack of black Oscar nominees and posted it to her Facebook page.

In rebuttal, self-proclaimed “blacktress” Hubert released a video to YouTube  in which she shared her opinion of Smith (and her husband).

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READ MORE: Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony

During the short video, Hubert blasts the actress for even suggesting an Oscars boycott. “And here’s the other thing, for you to ask other actors, and other black actresses and actors, too, to jeopardize their career and their standing in a town that you know damn well you don’t do that [in],” she said.

“And here’s the other thing — they don’t care. They don’t care! And I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living, and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win.”

Hubert played Aunt Viv on the ’90s sitcom from 1990 to 1993, after which she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell-Reid. Hubert revealed that she had an on-show feud with Will Smith in 2011.

READ MORE: 2016 Oscar nominations: full list of 88th Academy Awards nominees

On Monday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released an official statement addressing black actors getting shut out of the Oscar nominations. Isaacs says she’s going to “conduct a review of [the board]’s membership recruitment” — referring to the 90+ per cent white voting body of the Academy:

The Oscars ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock, will take place on Feb. 28.

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VSB report recommends up to 21 Vancouver school closures

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A new Vancouver School Board report is recommending up to 21 schools be closed or re-purposed in order to meet the provincial government’s targets for funding seismic upgrades.

The report, which was released last night and calls for 11 or 12 elementary schools and one secondary school in Vancouver to be shut down, has yet to be approved by trustees.

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Also included in the report is the repurposing of another eight schools. Repurposing a school would mean local enrolment would be closed and it would be used by students whose original school is being seismically upgraded.

In Vancouver school enrolment continues to slide as the high cost of living drives families away to places like Surrey, which is struggling to handle the influx of students.

Currently, Vancouver schools are sitting at a little over 84 per cent utilization. In June 2015, an independent review of the Vancouver Board of Education’s (VBE) finances found there was no reason for them to be in debt. And it also pointed to the fact that there are more than 10,000 empty seats in the district and recommended an “aggressive asset rationalization approach” that recommended up to 19 schools closed.

WATCH: Vancouver School Board Chair Mike Lombardi talks about the report 

“What we want to do is get our schools upgraded so that we can provide safe environments for our kids,” said VSB chair Mike Lombardi.

“The minister asked for the report. He wanted a report that showed how we can get to 95 per cent capacity utilization in our schools.”

Lombardi says there will be lots of dialogue and input from parents along the way.

“This is a living plan,” he says. “It will be updated on an annual basis, taking into account new developments, zoning and enrollment projections, so we will be able to fine-tune it to actually move forward towards getting our schools upgraded.”

The VSB report does not have a timeline and has not indicated which schools should be closed or repurposed but it does outline the criteria.

WATCH: Vancouver School Board trustee Patti Bacchus explains the repercussions of the report 

The criteria will include low enrolment and projected growth; proximity to and space in nearby schools, seismic risk, high deferred maintenance and the potential for the site to generate income.

The trustees are set to vote on the report on Jan. 25.

The report has to be submitted to the ministry of education by the end of the month.

Read the full report here:

– with files from Amy Judd

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Travis Vader will go to trial for murder of Lyle and Marie McCann

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EDMONTON – An Edmonton judge ruled on Tuesday a trial will go ahead for a man charged with murder after the mysterious disappearance of two Alberta seniors.

Travis Vader is charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann. The trial will begin March 8. Five weeks have been set aside for the trial.

“Me and my whole family are very pleased this whole process is proceeding,” Lyle and Marie’s son Bret said. “We are keenly looking forward to finding out what happened to my parents back in July 2010.”

“To have it come down to this kind of singularity, where it could go this way or that way based on a judge’s decision, that was a  lot of stress,” he said. Bret added family members plan to be in court for the duration of the trial.

Watch below: Bret McCann speaks the media following Tuesday’s decision

Lawyers for Vader had argued the case should be dropped over alleged abuse of process. Vader was initially charged in 2012 with first-degree murder in the deaths.

The couple, in their late 70s, was last seen two years earlier fuelling up their motorhome in their hometown of St. Albert, a bedroom community north of Edmonton.

Lyle and Marie McCann are shown in an undated handout photo.

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The Crown stayed the charges against Vader in 2014, days before his trial was to begin, after discovering the RCMP had failed to disclose some evidence.

Charges were re-laid nine months later and Vader is scheduled to go to trial before a judge alone in March.

His lawyers had argued the case should be thrown out because the disclosure problem resulted in an extra two years getting it to trial.

“We’re disappointed,” defence lawyer Brian Beresh said, “but we respect the decision. It’s well considered. This was a difficult application.

“Despite the fact that we accept it, we still take the position that this was a tactic used by the prosecution to buy more time. It was effective; it bought more time, but it was ineffective because nothing new was revealed. So we look forward to a trial and Mr. Vader does too.”

In his decision, Justice Denny Thomas said Vader came “very close” to making his case for staying the charges, but in the end, Thomas ruled there was no unreasonable delay.

“We knew we were close,” Beresh said. “I think that’s a very accurate call. These are difficult decisions to make when you balance all the factors. We thought we were closer than very close.”

READ MORE: ‘It appears that the police rushed to a judgement’: Vader’s lawyer 

Following the decision, Vader’s lawyers reiterated they want all evidence collected after the charges were stayed in 2014 to be excluded.

“He’s always, throughout this, denied any involvement, despite being targeting and tarred by the police who used that as an investigative process,” Beresh said, “which will be discussed during the trial. He’s always maintained his innocence.”

The Crown has admitted Vader’s charter rights were breached by the “egregious disclosure mess” and says Mounties have since made changes to the way they handle disclosure in major investigations.

“I think they made mistakes and I think they owned up to up them,” Bret said, referring to the RCMP. “At the end of the day, they did an enormous and effective job. Mistakes happen, and what’s crucial is that they realize them and they address them.”

“They’ve taken significant steps to try to ensure something like this does not happen again,” Crown prosecutor Ashley Finlayson added.

Watch below: Newly released court documents reveal the RCMP might have evidence linking Travis Vader to the McCann’s SUV. Kendra Slugoski reports. (Jan. 16, 2016.)

Prosecutors argued that the trial should proceed because of the serious nature of the charges and in the interest of society.

The McCanns, whose bodies have never been found, had been on their way to a family camping trip in British Columbia.

READ MORE: The disappearance of Lyle and Marie McCann

Their burned-out motorhome was discovered in a wooded area near Edson, west of Edmonton, two days after they were last seen at the gas station. The SUV they had been towing was also found concealed in another location.

RCMP have said they believe the seniors were killed in the area, near the hamlet of Peers.

Bret McCann, son of Lyle and Marie McCann, speaking to the media outside the Edmonton courthouse on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

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Crown Prosecutor Ashley Finlayson speaking to the media outside the Edmonton courthouse on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

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Crown Prosecutor Ashley Finlayson speaking to the media outside the Edmonton courthouse on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

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Travis Vader’s defence lawyer Brian Beresh speaking to the media outside the Edmonton courthouse on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

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Travis Vader’s defence lawyer Brian Beresh speaking to the media outside the Edmonton courthouse on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

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Court documents were made public in recent weeks and revealed that RCMP believe forensic evidence, an undercover sting and some of the couple’s personal belongings tie Vader to the crime.

READ MORE: RCMP found Travis Vader’s fingerprint and DNA on beer can found in missing couple’s SUV

The documents have not been tested in court.

In a pretrial conference memorandum on Dec. 2, 2013, the Crown alleges Vader used the couple’s cellphone on the last day they were seen alive.

It says Lyle McCann’s hat with a bullet hole in it was found in the SUV, along with Marie McCann’s blood.

Other documents say a beer can in the vehicle had Vader’s DNA and fingerprint on it and that a man told police Vader had given him a ruby ring that belonged to the McCanns.

About two dozen officers posed as members of a criminal organization looking to recruit Vader, the documents say. His sister was also involved in a scenario with officers.

Documents further suggest an RCMP witness who was paid $22,000 offered to tell officers where the couple’s bodies are if he got more money.

Watch below: Travis Vader, the man accused in the deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann, is released on bail from the Edmonton Remand Centre Tuesday night. (Dec 24, 2014 )

With files from Kendra Slugoski, Karen Bartko and Emily Mertz, Global News

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