A 26-year-old woman has been sentenced to nine months' probation for committing an indecent act on a Halifax-bound flight in 2014.
Alicia Elizabeth Lander appeared in Dartmouth provincial court Tuesday where she was also handed a six-month conditional sentence for assaulting a police officer, committing an act of mischief and causing a disturbance at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
At the trial a flight attendant who was aboard Air Canada Flight 610 on Jan. 24, 2014, testified that Lander and a man used a coat to cover their laps and then fondle each other. (They were stopped before they could go any further!)
In handing down the sentence, Judge Timothy Gabriel told Lander that he was concerned that young children were in close proximity during the flight.
He also characterized her behaviour at the airport, where she kicked a sliding door off its runner and also kicked a hole in the wall of an interview room while being combative with police, as "disgraceful."
"It could be described as the action of a spoiled 12-year-old who is used to getting her own way," said Gabriel. "I think you understand...that your actions were childish but you are an adult and in the adult world actions have consequences."
Now that we have "Canada Day" behind us, let's take a look at our country:
Canada is the "most admired" country with the "best reputation" in the world, according to an annual survey ranking the reputations of developed nations across the globe.
The 2015 report from the Reputation Institute ranked Canada as the most reputable country in the world, based on a variety of environmental, political, and economic factors.
The Reputation Institute's Fernando Prado says Canada offers "something good" in many different categories evaluated in the survey.
"We all love Canada because of several things," Prado told CTV's Canada AM on Wednesday. In particular, he praised Canada for its "effective government," "absence of corruption," "friendly and welcoming people" and welfare support system.
(Three year old Sam Kashfi smiles as he watches the annual Canada Day parade in Montreal, Wednesday, July 1, 2015.)
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However, there were a few categories where Canada lags behind, Prado said, explaining that Canada has a perceived lack of strong brand names and companies, and is not considered a particularly important contributor to the global culture.
Despite its "less positive" scores, Canada's well-rounded performance in most categories helped it regain top spot on the Reputation Institute's list, after it fell to second place in 2014.
Canada held down top spot for three consecutive years prior to that, from 2011 to 2013. "Overall, Canada is a country that can offer something good in all different aspects," Prado said.
The Reputation Institute surveyed approximately 48,000 residents of G8 countries to gather the data for its rankings. Survey respondents were asked to rank the reputations of the world's 55 wealthiest nations (based on GDP) in a variety of categories.
Norway placed second on the list, followed by Sweden, Switzerland, and Australia. The United States slotted into 22nd spot.
The Reputation Institute also produced a separate list ranking countries based on what their citizens said about their homelands. Australia ranked first on this "self-image" list, followed by Canada, Russia, India and Germany, with the U.S. in sixth place.
Russia had the largest gap between their self-image and how they are perceived by other nations. Russian citizens scored their country as the third-most reputable country in the world, but other nations ranked them 52nd out of 55 countries, ahead of only Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq.
The gap between internal reputation and external reputation was also large for China, India and the United States.
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A Calgary couple is warning other Canadians after losing nearly $20,000 to a fraudster who electronically transferred money out of their bank account.
Carmen and Dave Jordan say they were shocked to discover somebody could access their account and steal money via e-Transfers.
"(We were) the victims of some kind of fraud that I didn't even know was possible," Carmen told CTV Calgary.
The pair discovered the fraud while checking their bank statements, and say they have no idea how their account number and password was compromised.
Armed with that information, the fraudster was able to log into the Jordans' online banking, email $19,000 out, and then transfer that money to a new bank account under a false name.
The couple say their bank, First Calgary Financial, didn't seem surprised when they first got on touch about the loss.
Instead, Carmen told CTV Calgary, her husband was told to leave the branch and that someone would call them back. "I just thought they'd be more shocked."
The bank reimbursed the couple the full amount, but says it isn't at fault for the security breach.
"It actually has nothing to do with our banking system. The person's information has gotten into the wrong hands," the bank's communications director Alison Archambault said.
How to protect yourself
Experts say thieves can use a number of techniques to compromise online bank account security.
Some use threats or rewards to convince people to give out private information over the phone. Others use a fake website to gather that information, a technique called "phishing." Often, victims are lured to fraudulent websites through emails that appear to be legitimate.
To prevent phishing, the RCMP says Canadians should be suspicious of any email or text message that urgently requests personal information. They also say to never send out personal or financial information via e-mail, and to avoid clicking on links in emails that claim to be secure.
Cell phones and tablets are the most popular targets of this kind of fraud, a Calgary computer expert said.
"We have full computers that just happen to also work as a phone," said Daniel Ginter, a computer expert from Calgary's Tech Squad Inc. "So we need to defend them as if we were treating an actual computer."
To arm against viruses, Ginter recommended installing anti-virus software on phones and tablets, just as you would on a full computer.
He said the advice applies to both Apple and Microsoft powered devices, though viruses and malware target Apple products less frequently.
Arrest papers show Henry had been banned from the farm since he got caught trespassing four years ago.
Police say Henry smelled of alcohol and acknowledged drinking a six-pack of beer while hanging out with the hogs.