OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada won’t review the decision to release on bail for two members of the Hells Angels, including one who’s facing 22 counts of first-degree murder as part of a massive trial in Quebec.

The high court on Thursday dismissed a request to review the decision to release the two men. It’s the court’s practice not to divulge reasons for its decision to hear or not hear a case.

Quebec prosecutors had hoped to keep Robert Bonomo, a longtime member of the Hells Angels and reportedly one of its founders, and Christian Ménard behind bars rather than out on bail while they await trial.

MONTREAL - Serge "The Killer" Gauthier, a Hells Angels hit man accused of 22 murders, is in a "state of poverty" and deserves to have his legal bills covered by taxpayers, a judge has ruled.

Superior Court Justice James Brunton says Gauthier, 57, is too poor to mount a proper defence in a mega-trial scheduled to begin next year.

Gauthier, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., is among 124 bikers who face trial for the deaths of rivals during a bloody war with the Rock Machine gang in the 1990s and early 2000s. The two gangs battled for control of Quebec's lucrative drug market before police crippled both in a series of raids. About 30 of the defendants are also eligible for legal aid. Read On:

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The shark bit off more than it could chew.

Superior Court Justice James Brunton placed a stay of proceedings Tuesday on the drug trafficking cases of 29 people among the 136 arrested in the 2009 roundup of Hells Angels and their associates in Quebec.

Brunton rendered the decision at the Gouin courthouse while setting a timetable for five groups of other suspects arrested in Operation SharQc to be tried on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Brunton criticized the Crown - the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et penales - for signing off on the arrests of so many people without a coherent plan in how to prosecute them all within a reasonable delay.

In all, 156 people were indicted in the case. One has died and 19 are still being sought by police.



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MIRABEL, Que. (May 26) – High speed thrills will not be limited to the track at this weekend’s Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada at Circuit ICAR. On Saturday afternoon fans will also be able to see action in the skies.

Calgary’s Fox Family Roadracing has announced it has been able to co-organize a Flat Fly By 10-minute show by the Canadian Snowbirds at Circuit ICAR for Saturday, May 28 as part of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada round. They event will run from 12:45pm-12:55pm.

“Bernedette and I, along with our daughter Allyssa will not make the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada this year so enjoy the show we co-organized for all of you,” said Jay Fox of Fox Family Roadracing.

This history making spectacular air display marks the first time the Snowbirds have performed for a motorcycle racing event in Canada.

The Snowbirds Demonstration Team (431 Squadron) is a Canadian icon comprised of serving members of the Canadian Forces. Their pilots and technicians work as a team to bring thrilling performances to the North American public. Serving as Canadian ambassadors, the Snowbirds demonstrate the high level of professionalism, teamwork, excellence, discipline and dedication inherent in the women and men of the Air Force and the Canadian Forces.

On Nov. 11, 1942, 431 Bomber Squadron formed at Burn, England. They were in England for the duration of the war and moved to RCAF Station Dartmouth, N.S. after V-E Day, disbanding there on Sept. 5, 1945. 431 Fighter Squadron formed at RCAF Station Bagotville on Jan. 18, 1954 in order to display the Sabre to the public at air shows. They were disbanded on Oct. 1, 1954.

They were re-activated on 1 April 1978 as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, more commonly known as the Snowbirds, flying the CT-114 Tutor. On Oct. 15, 1999, 431 Squadron was presented their Squadron Colours, for 25 years of service.

The pilots will be out to enjoy the race on Sunday as spectators.

Future plans are in the works for a complete 40-minute air show for 2012 at one of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada events.


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