Roundup: Threat charge dropped after Bridgewater cop agrees to peace bond, neo-fascist leader in court facing gun charges, Victorian Order of Nurses marks 125 years in Pictou
Halifax was a very different place in 1964, when a double murder shocked the city. Photo: NS Archives
By Trevor J. Adams 9 June 2022 Share this story
Plus: Local History — recalling a 1960s double murder that shocked Halifax
The Crown has dropped a charge of uttering threats against Bridgewater police officer Asif Jamil Khan, after he agreed to a peace bond. A member of the Bridgewater Police Service since 2014, Const. Khan pleaded not guilty in November.
The Serious Incident Response Team filed the charge last year, after a report that an off-duty police officer sent a woman a threatening text following a “domestic disagreement.” The bond requires Khan to “keep the peace and be of good behaviour, abstain from directly or indirectly contacting her, and remain away from her home.”
Bridgewater deputy police chief Danny MacPhee says in an email that Khan “has not returned to regular duty and remains off while this incident is being pursued through the Nova Scotia Police Act.”
Hate group leader faces gun charges
Jeremy MacKenzie, who the Canadian Anti-Hate Network describes as the “popular figurehead” of the neo-fascist Plaid Army group, recently appeared in court in Port Hawkesbury to face multiple weapons-related charges.
RCMP began an investigation on Jan. 10 after a social media video showed a man brandishing a gun in a Whycocomagh business. Cpl. Chris Marshall says the RCMP was “not aware of the incident prior to the video being posted.”
MacKenzie is scheduled to return to court on June 27.
VON marks 125 years in Pictou
The Victorian Order of Nurses recently celebrated its 125th year of providing at-home health-care services in the Pictou area. Today, VON Pictou is a larger organization than its founders ever envisioned, with 110 nurses and 120 continuing care assistants, plus administration and support workers.
“That challenges the organization,” says senior manager Mona Teed. “We have to be as efficient as we can. We are no different from other organizations in the province, but we have to manage the staff and clients so they can see as many people as they can.”
Local History: A shocking double murder
It was almost 60 years ago, but the date Aug. 8, 1964 remains seared in Dorothy Grant’s memory. She was a young woman when she turned on the radio to learn Halifax was in an uproar: a young man riding a bike had shot and killed two boys, and badly hurt a third.
One of the largest manhunts in the city’s history was underway.
Edward Thomas Boutilier eluded police for two days, then turned himself in. Reporters would later learn that police could have caught him minutes after the shooting, if they’d acted on a tip from a gardener who reported an encounter with a suspicious “punk.”
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Trevor has been a magazine editor and journalist in Halifax since 1998. He's won multiple Atlantic Journalism Awards and was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in 2014.
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