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Doug Ford's office calls Randy Hillier's allegations 'outright lie' - CTV NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
The Ford government was in damage control mode Monday, denying allegations that an outspoken legislator was expelled from Progressive Conservative caucus for raising concerns about possible "illegal and unregistered" lobbying by the premier's friends and advisers.
Randy Hillier, a veteran politician who represents the eastern Ontario riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, was ousted Friday after the party said he was unwilling to be a team player.
But in an open letter Monday, Hillier gave his version of events, claiming he was turfed after pushing back against party operatives who he alleged are silencing elected politicians.
"Like many people, I had high hopes and expectations with the election of a PC government after 15 years of Liberal mismanagement, scandals, and harmful policies," Hillier said. "I could not stand by and tolerate operatives engaging in similar and more egregious acts."
Hillier, who wasn't at the legislature Monday, alleged he was condemned for a variety of activities including raising concerns of possible illegal and unregistered lobbying by close friends and advisers employed by Premier Doug Ford.
He also claimed he was punished for refusing to obtain permission to speak to the media and for failing to stand and applaud the government during legislative sessions.
He further alleged he was condemned for not...
Donald Michael “Don” Lemiski - Vernon Morning StarWednesday, March 27, 2019
Sutherland. They married and returned to Vernon to raise their family and start a dental practice. Don was a well known and respected dentist for 43 years in downtown Vernon and he also helped establish a permanent dental theatre in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Isabel and Michael Lemiski; his first wife, Shirley; one sister-in-law, Janet Lemiski and his dear friend, Beryl Rook.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Brigitte; two brothers, Frank and Michael (Hedy); his four children, Doug (Nathalie), David (Norma), Bill (Dawn) and Carol Ryan (Dan). His memory will be forever cherished by his nine grandchildren, Brett and John (and their mother, Mardy), Evan and Mica, Adrian and Sean, Josie, Elle and Blue; two nieces, Natasha and Hannah; two nephews, Ron and Tom; and numerous cousins.
Don loved to socialize and really appreciated his friendships with the Kinsmen, United Church members and choir, classmates, fishing buddies and neighbors. He was beloved by so many in the community as a genuine, giving and fun friend to all. Don loved to fish, golf, sing, care for his lakeshore property and vacation in Hawaii. He will be deeply missed but his legacy and his aloha spirit will live on in all those he touched.
During a year long battle with cancer he remained optimistic and extremely grateful for the life he had lived and for those he shared it with. Special thanks to the Vernon Jubile...
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Cornwall to close - Standard FreeholderWednesday, March 27, 2019
Alan S. Hale / Alan S. Hale/Standard-Freeholder
Death and the grief that follows is an inescapable reality of the human condition.Even if you have never experienced the grief of losing a loved one, it will happen to you eventually. And after that, someone else will experience it when it is your own time to go.But at the end of May, there will be one less place in Cornwall to get help as the Bereaved Families of Ontario – Cornwall and Area (BFO) is closing.For many years, the volunteer-led group has been helping grieving people in the city and the townships work out their feelings by letting them talk to people who been through the same thing. It wasn't grief counselling per se – because no one there was trained as a professional counsellor – but it provided people with a place to vent, get advice, resources and other forms of support much more quickly than the weeks-long waiting lists for grief counsellors would allow.On Tuesday, BFO let its volunteers know the organization would be folding after May 31. After years of unsuccessful fundraisers, renegotiated leases, operating cutbacks and other efforts to keep itself afloat financially, the group has run out of money."We are no longer able to operate the office unless we got some miraculous funding between now and May 31," said Gisele Roy, program co-ordinator.The inevitability of death is an awful thing to think about...
Dr. Barrie deVeber, founder of bioethics institute, dies at 90 - The Catholic RegisterWednesday, March 27, 2019
Dr. deVeber was a pioneer in paediatric palliative care whose work took him around the world, from Canada to England, the United States, Saudi Arabia and throughout Africa.
"His innovations in cancer, intra-uterine Rh factor treatment and hemophilia affected the lives of many," wrote his daughter, Gabrielle, in an obituary. "He combined medical expertise and moral integrity with universal kindness. He consistently put the needs of others ahead of his own."
Indeed, his research, said Schadenberg, saw the transformation from where up to 80 per cent of children who had the Rhesus (Rh) factor in their blood would end up dying to the point where almost all now survive.
Dr. deVeber was a founding member of a number of organizations, including Camp Trillium, the largest camp for cancer patients in North America, The Sunshine Club, London and Area Right to Life and the Montessori School of London.
In remembering Dr. deVeber, Schadenberg recalls the countless hours the man dedicated to the pro-life cause. It often meant long days on the road drumming up support in towns and cities across the landscape, all while holding down full-time work as a paediatrician.
It's how the Schadenberg family came to know Dr. deVeber. Schadenberg's mother heard him speak in their hometown of Woodstock, Ont., and the experience led to the establishment of Woodstock Right to Life, he said.
It's something that is lost on many younger members of the pro-life movement who, because of the age difference, don't really know the story of Dr. deVeber.
Schadenberg relates how he brought Dr. deVeber out to speak to the youth in the movement to hear exactly what it was like in the early days and what Dr. deVeber was up against.
"The next generation, they somehow think all this happened in Canada, we lost politically. They thought, ‘We didn't do the right things,' " said Schadenberg.
"I thought, they ought to hear from guys like deVeber and what they were up against because in fact it had nothing to do with whether the early pro-life movement was wonderful or not … it had to do with the changing times and people did the best they could."
It was not lost on Marie-Claire Bissonnette, Campaign Life's youth co-ordinator. In a blog post, she recalls his passion for the cause and how his work saved thousands of unborn children.
"His is not a story of defeat. Thousan...
Family remembers decorated WWII veteran - Brantford ExpositorWednesday, March 27, 2019
Mr. Miklos told an Expositor reporter during an interview a couple of years ago. "I said ‘no thanks, that's far too dangerous.'"Then they asked me how I felt about jumping out of a plane.'"The battalion came to prominence on D-Day, the start of the invasion of occupied Europe by the Allied forces.Members of the Canadian battalion, fought with the British 6th Airborne Division, dropped behind enemy lines in France. Their goal was to disrupt German forces by securing bridges needed for the invasion and to engage the enemy in firefights to prevent them from reinforcing German positions on the coast of France.Mr. Miklos was dropped in France in mid-June, after the initial attack and was with the campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe for several months. He fought in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.A tool and die maker by trade, Mr. Miklos worked at a couple of different factories in Brantford, including the old Chicago Rawhide plant. He also worked at American Can in Simcoe prior to retirement.An active member of St. Pius X Church, Mr. Miklos was a professional photographer who enjoyed woodworking and golfing."He was always pretty active and I think he was in his late 50s or early 60s when he decided to take up downhill skiing," Miklos said adding that he skied hills at Mont Tremblant and Vermont to name just a few.In December 2017, Mr. Miklos was honoured by the Government of France for his efforts in liberating the country from the Nazis. He was awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.The Legion of Honour is the highest national order of France and when Mr. Miklos received the medal in January 2018, he took time to remember those who served with him."There are so many who fought and sadly died without this recognition, including many from Brantford and Brant County," Mr. Miklos said when received the medal. "The only way I can really accept this is in their honour."Those from Brantford and the surrounding area who served with Mr. Miklos include William (Bill) Gilmour, Cole Gregor, Syd Pass, Joe Tansley, Ken Clark, Lloyd Hopkins, Gord Haviland, Lloyd Graham and Jim Papple."He was the last surviving member of C company of the battalion and the last of the local members of the battalion," Miklos said.Mr. Miklos is survived by Margaret, his wife of 7...