Gropings at UBC prompt RCMP warning

The RCMP is warning people to stay vigilant and avoid walking alone at night at the University of British Columbia (UBC) after two women reported that they were groped on campus in separate incidents. The women, one 20 years old and the other 36, both said a suspect had approached them from behind, lifted up their skirts and grabbed their buttocks, according to RCMP. The incident involving the 20-year-old woman occurred just before 3 a.m. on May 19, when RCMP said the victim screamed after being grabbed, causing the suspect to run away. The woman said the suspect was a “Middle Eastern-looking man, in his early to mid-20s, with a slim build,” according to RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Peter Thiessen in […]

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Mounties were keeping tabs on Occupy Ottawa protestors, documents show

The RCMP worked to keep close tabs on the Occupy Ottawa movement, according to documents obtained by the Canadian Press. The Mounties put together a dossier on the protests – tracking Facebook and Twitter posts – and planned to use a camera to monitor Confederation Park, the documents show. Documents also reportedly reveal that RCMP officers were tracking early planning meetings, at one point interviewing University of Ottawa campus security about how many individuals had showed up to a session before protestors moved into the park. “It’s common practice for RCMP and their partners to maintain open dialogue and constant contact with organizers before and during an event,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Lucy Shorey said. Shorey said the RCMP work to […]

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Man charged for filming women in UBC changeroom

A Vancouver man charged with secretly recording nudity in a female change room at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is now being investigated for similar activities on campus and at the B.C. Institute of Technology (BCIT), according to The Province. Jay Forster, 42, has been charged with two counts of secretly observing or recording nudity in a private place on Oct. 2 after a female student complained she had seen him spying on her while changing in the women’s locker room of UBC’s Osborne Centre gym, according to the RCMP. The woman said she caught the man staring at her in the change room on Sept. 28 and reported the man to police four days later after she and […]

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