Cold Case Files: Toronto mother still searching for answers 10 years after son’s murder

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Patrick Santos was murdered 10 years ago after being found bound, beaten and suffocated in his father’s backyard in Toronto’s east-end and police believe his killer is still out there.

While getting ready to go to church, Santos’ mother Juliet Sweet received a phone call from her son’s biological father.

He had found Santos dead in his own backyard —; on Bridlington Street in Scarborough —;  bound at the wrists and ankles, beaten and suffocated.

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“It felt like someone stabbed me in the back. That’s the feeling,” Sweet said.

“It was almost like my life was finished.”

Santos was at a downtown club with friends the night before and the last communication he had before his death was with his girlfriend at 3 a.m.

“Based on the scene and what had happened to him and how his body was left, the investigators determined more than person had to be responsible for this crime,” Toronto police homicide squad Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant told Global News.

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“We believe the offenders that were responsible for this murder were waiting in his backyard for him … It was little bit hilly in the backyard (and) in the cover of darkness (they) waited knowing that he was on his way home,” he added.

WATCH: Mother and stepfather speak about son’s murder in Toronto 10 years ago

“They knew his patterns and that he would be coming him at this particular time.”

Photo of 21-year-old Patrick Santos.

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Photo of the crime scene , Sept. 17, 2006.

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Photo of the crime scene, taken Sept. 17, 2006

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Photo of the crime scene, taken Sept. 17, 2006

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Patrick was found bound, beaten and suffocated at his father’s house on Bridlington Street.

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Photo of the crime scene, Sept. 17, 2006.

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More photos found on the crime scene, taken Sept. 17, 2006.

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After his death, police discovered Santos was involved in criminal activity involving debit card and credit card skimming.

“He was also dabbling in some unsophisticated criminal enterprises utilizing debit cards,” Gallant said.

“Commonly (known) as skimming. (He was) using other peoples debit cards and pin numbers and obtaining cash in that fashion and that was being done with some other associates.”

His family didn’t know about his alleged criminal life.

“If Patrick had done something that we don’t know, he was probably running away from these bad people,” Sweet said.

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After years of searching for the suspects without results, police pursued specialized forensic phenotype testing for more clues.

Forensic phenotype testing uses DNA to identify physical features like hair colour and eye colour. Phenotypic testing can also reveal ancestry from a DNA sample.

“The return on this particular case was a high probability that the offender was of mixed race – black and white – and would have had brown eyes and black hair,” Gallant said.

“In conjunction with the 10 years that have gone by, it’s my belief the offender would be somewhere between the range of 35 to 40 years old currently based on the age of Mr. Santos at the time.”

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Gallant said he believes Patrick’s killer is still roaming free and investigators are appealing to the public for help.

“He knew who these people were and these people were targeting him for a specific reason. Was it for money? Was it for something else?,” he said.

“That is all speculation, but as I said, at least two people were involved at the very minimal.”

Oil industry headed for $10B loss this year: think-tank

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OTTAWA – Canada’s oil extraction industry will have to ride through $21 billion in losses before it returns to profitability some time in 2017, according to the latest estimate from the Conference Board of Canada.

The Ottawa-based think-tank says the industry is headed for a $10-billion loss this year after a record-setting $11-billion loss last year, the first time on record it has failed to be profitable two years in a row.

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    To recover going forward, the industry will need to keep a much tighter lid on costs and productivity, said Carlos Murillo, who authored the report released Tuesday.

    “They really need to change their mindset and operating way going forward for them to be more successful in a lower price environment,” said Murillo.

    Over the last decade operating costs increased by an average of 10 per cent a year as material costs and wages all along the supply chain increased — two areas producers can have some influence while waiting for prices to recover, said Murillo.

    “They can control their own wages, that’s one of the things that I think are a lesson learned for them. And they can be more efficient with how they use materials and all the inputs they need for producing oil,” he said.

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    Within the industry there has been a wide range of financial results, with some of the more successful companies owning refineries or hedging prices.

    “It really ranges depending on what kind of strategy they have in terms of how they sell their products and how they manage their costs,” Murillo said.

    But overall the report found the industry has been unprofitable from the last quarter of 2014 and isn’t expected to climb out of negative territory until the second quarter of 2017.

    And while costs have started to come down, it hasn’t happened fast enough and dropping productivity has made profit margins even worse this year than last.

    Murillo estimates that margins were negative 19 per cent this year for the worst on record, and negative 18 per cent last year. He estimates the industry should return to a narrow 0.3-per-cent profit margin by 2017 before ramping up to 3.6 per cent by 2020.

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    He said the outlook is dependent on companies achieving more cost cutting, as well as on oil prices recovering. But he said the estimate of US$67 a barrel by 2020 is relatively conservative.

    “It’s definitely a hopeful outlook, but the counter argument is that by the time we do see profitability increasing again, it’s almost three years by the time that happens,” said Murillo.

NB bee farmer credits natural pollination for buzzing year of honey production

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A New Brunswick Bee Farmer says he’s doing better than most honey producers in the province this year, and he credits the buzzing success to natural pollination.

Marr’s Sweet Syrup co-owner Tavis Marr says he has happy, healthy bees this year, after only experiencing a three per cent winter loss.

“We manage and make sure we have enough bees at all times and make sure our queens are producing properly and we just, we like to have full hives with happy bees,” Marr said.

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Marr says he and his family started bee farming four years ago and have been incorporated for a year.  The Marr’s use the honey they collect from the hive to create and sell raw honey-based products.

“We chose to do natural pollination just on our own fields, we don’t do commercial pollination at all.  We find it just works better for us, we find we don’t have as many die off every year and they don’t seem to get poisoned at all,” Marr said.

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Marr says they’ve grown this year from 13 hives to 52 hives, adding they haven’t had any sick hives or problems that they couldn’t overcome.

“We lost one hive last year, we didn’t have the big loss like all the other bigger bee keepers do, I think mainly because ours don’t go to commercial pollination so they’ve never really seen pesticides or insecticides or anything they’re on our own properties,” Marr said.

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The New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries says the provincial average loss rate —; based on the The Canadian Association of Professional Apiarist’s report —; was 16.6 per cent.

The report shows that the national average is 16.8 per cent, which is based on survey responses from bee farmers across the country.

Marr says he hopes to double or triple his hive numbers for next year.

Provinces will have to accept Liberal carbon tax, say experts

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The Trudeau government’s decision to introduce a minimum price for carbon pollution quickly drew the ire of several premiers yesterday, but upset provincial leaders will have little choice but to go along with the plan, say experts.

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Trudeau said provinces will be required to put a price on carbon by 2018, at a minimum of $10 per tonne that will increase to $50 by 2022. He also gave the provinces two options for implementing that price: a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system.

If a province or territory fails to do so Ottawa will impose its own price and return the revenue to the provinces.

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Environment Minister Catherine McKenna defended the announcement on Tuesday saying the federal government will continue to work with the provinces on the issue.

“This is not punitive,” McKenna told reporters in Ottawa. “This is actually a huge opportunity to grow the economy, to position ourselves for the future to tackle climate change.”

Several provinces were furious with the announcement, including three environment ministers who walked out of the federal-provincial climate talks being held in Montreal. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall slammed the announcement calling it a “betrayal.”

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Mel Cappe, a professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance at University of Toronto, said the provinces upset with the Liberal plan will have little recourse.

“The feds have the legal authority to impose a tax on carbon,” Cappe told Global News. “If anybody wants to take the feds to court about their jurisdiction on this I think they are going to lose and lose big.”

Cappe was also critical of the Wall government who called the carbon pricing plan an “ultimatum,” adding that any money raised by the tax will be handed back to the provinces.

So what do the provinces think?

Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia already have carbon-pricing plans, and were largely supporting of the federal announcement on Monday.

Alberta’s NDP premier Rachel Notley said her government would agree to the $50 price for 2022 if the federal government approves the construction of an oil sands pipeline.

“Albertans have contributed very generously for many years to national initiatives to help other regions address economic challenges,” Notley said in a written statement.

Under the Liberal plan, provinces’ that have their own carbon plan must meet the federal minimum price or Ottawa will impose a tax that makes up the difference and return the revenue to the province.

WATCH BELOW: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley sounds off on Ottawa’s plan to impose a price on carbon. Tom Vernon reports.

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Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador were the most upset by the announcement, while Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister ruled out a cap-and-trade system in his province, he’s non-committal to a possible carbon tax.

“The level of disrespect shown by the prime minister and his government today is stunning,” Wall said. “This is a betrayal of the statements made by the prime minister in Vancouver this March. And this new tax will damage our economy.”

However, political scientist Nelson Wiseman said the Liberal government is on firm ground when it comes to imposing a carbon tax

“Wall has been attacking the feds from day one,” Wiseman said. “He sees himself as the unofficial Conservative opposition to the Trudeau government at the provincial.”

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Moncton cheerleading group offers program for kids with special needs

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Moncton’s Wild Cheer Athletics is helping children with special needs in the community soar to new heights.

For the second year, cheer instructor Kaitlin Phillip is holding cheerleading classes for children with different abilitiesto be part of “Team Courageous.”

“I have grown as a person from doing this, like this is my life,” said 20-year-old Phillips.

Phillips started the program after she graduated as a teaching assistant last year.

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Children of all ages meet every Saturday morning for classes where Phillips and a team of instructors work with the children one-on-one to develop their cheer skills.

They learn to roll, flip and practice routines in a non-competitive environment that supports their unique needs.

Catherine Peacock’s 11-year-old daughter, Sally joined the squad last year.

“It’s not just stunting and jumping and flipping and building her body, it is building her mind, her spirit,” Catherine said.

Before starting with team courageous, Cathering says her daughter struggled to communicate with kids her own age. Sally was born hard of hearing and depends on hearing aids and lip reading to communicate —; which can be a challenge with other kids at her school.

But since joining Team Courageous, Catherine says her daughter has become more social, open and brave.

“She has made incredible progress. She has grown from being a child who was more likely to be seen playing by herself and interacting on her own and creating her own little world, to being someone who will go and say ‘hi’ to people,” Catherine said.

The entire program is geared toward making the kids with different abilities feel included and celebrated for what they can do, not what they can’t, Phillips said.

Now Sally is flying though the air with the help of a team that celebrates her different abilities.

“She gained more confidence she gained more pride in herself. All of those things that she is going to need when she is an adult and out in the world,” Catherine said.