Calgary AB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
‘All of this is your fault,’ Jaxon Joseph’s mother tells Sidhu - Barrhead LeaderSaturday, March 2, 2019
Sidhu is in a makeshift courtroom in a Melfort gymnasium this week, where family and friends of the bus crash victims are reading out dozens of victim impact statements. The Calgary man has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm in connection to the collision that happened near Tisdale on April 6, 2018.
In an agreed statement of facts presented in court Monday, Sidhu was found solely responsible for the crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others.
A forensic collision report found Sidhu's semi-trailer didn't brake at the intersection of Highway 335 and 35 before the crash, despite numerous signs with flashing lights to warn drivers. The report also said Sidhu's view of the intersection was not impeded by any environmental factors like trees near the road or sun in his eyes.
Andrea, a St. Albert resident, told Sidhu Tuesday that his actions were "selfish."
Andrea and her husband Chris Joseph, a former NHL player, also asked the judge to set a precedent in sentencing the semi-truck driver.
"There needs to be a huge precedent set for the future of our communities," Andrea said.
"I am a kind and loving person, but this mother is hurt and broken and shattered, and I promised Jaxon as he laid there on that cold, hard gurney that I would fight for him for the rest of his life. I would do anything for my baby."
Andrea and Chris Joseph told the court about the impact the crash has had on their lives, detailing the days leading up to the tragedy and the desperate hours that ...
Dispute over location for Medicine Hat consumption site heats up as overdoses increase - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
He said there wasn't enough consultation about the site, and pointed to statistics recently released in Calgary that show crime has increased in the area surrounding the city's supervised consumption site."It's a fact what's going on in Calgary. We can't have that level of crime in our neighbourhood," he said.Martin said HIV Community Link said it chose the location because it was in a hotspot of where people are using drugs, but he said the problem is actually one that spreads across the city and said users could also be transported by bus to a different location, perhaps a detox facility."I'm not saying not in my backyard. I'm not saying move it three blocks down the street. I'm saying find a place that works and be open and transparent about it. Involve the community," he said. I don't know if there is a perfect spot.- Police Chief Andy McGroganHill disputed that there wasn't adequate consultation, and said HIV Community Link has been hosting community engagement sessions and needs assessments for two years, and there's no time for further delays.She said more than 6,000 postcards were mailed out to residents and businesses in the area to inform them about the situation. More than 40 meetings were held with government, residents, service providers and businesses, as well as focus groups and Q&A sessions were offered. The agency also surveyed 185 drug users to assess their needs.As for concerns about crime, Hill said the organization has been working with police from the beginning, something Chief Andy McGrogan confirmed.McGrogan said he's sympathetic to concerns from nearby residents and business owners, especially those living in condos just a few hundred metres away, and said he's hoping there will be more communication between all parties going forward because he doesn't believe enough was done to allay concerns."I don't know if there is a perfect spot," he said."But, am I worried about it from a policing perspective? Yes. We are worried about that gathering of people that are addicted, and you know, it's a sad thing for sure, it's not a judgment."Calls to police increased 29 per cent versus a three-year average in the area around Calgary's consumption site, compared with an increase of four per cent across the rest of the city.And a needle pick-up service offered by one of the Calgary's harm reduction agencies has said its staff are finding 50 to 80 used needles around the city per day.But Hill said there's evidence that shows consumption s...
Council approves looking into 'options' surrounding supervised consumption site - CHAT News TodaySaturday, March 2, 2019
CAO to explore any," says Friesen "That's why I say any or all options because we really don't know what they would be."
Friesen says the motion was inspired by recent information regarding Calgary's supervised consumption site in the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre.
"The motion came about primarily as a result of our being in receipt of increased information related to research and experience that came out of the city of Calgary" says Friesen "Where they have actually got the research and evidence based information related to their site."
The report released on January 29 by the Calgary Police shows a 276 per cent increase in calls related to drug use, possession and trafficking within a 250-metre radius around the health centre. The site began operating in October 2017.
In addition, the report shows a 47 per cent increase in violence and a 63 per cent increase in vehicle crimes compared to three year averages.
"We're asking that our CAO investigate what options are available to the City of Medicine Hat," says Friesen. "To deal with the public safety concerns we're hearing to some extent in our own community as well as the business concerns."
Mayor Ted Clugston says the options presented could be broad.
"So we've asked our CAO to just give us an update, some information or briefing, maybe some options as to what we can do to alleviate some of these public safety concerns, maybe it's a fence, maybe its a wall," says Clugston. "It could be anything from that to what our legal recourse is."
However, one business owner who's threatened to launch a lawsuit about the supervised consumption site, says there's only one option.
"The level of crime we see in other centres is completely unacceptable in our neighbourhood so its got to go somwhere else," says Gregg Martin,co-owner of Pattison Funeral Home. "If we have to have it as a city, it's...
'Joy sprang out of our grief:' Parents of misidentified Bronco describe mix-up - paNOWSaturday, March 2, 2019
April.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary has pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving.Over three days, families of the dead and injured have taken turns reading dozens of heart-wrenching statements in a makeshift courtroom in Melfort.Tobin's family spoke briefly Tuesday. Myrtle Tobin struggled to describe what she went through after learning her 18-year-old grandson was not the boy in the hospital."To discover that Parker had been gone the entire time, but we never knew … our family has leaned on one another to get through the days, weeks and months that have followed."Paul LaBelle, an emergency room doctor, said Wednesday that his family had been travelling to watch the Broncos play in Nipawin when they came across the wreckage from the crash. He grabbed his medical bag and ran down the highway to help, but was turned away by RCMP.After they were informed that their 18-year-old son was among the dead, they were sent to a makeshift morgue at a funeral home to identify his body.They were shown one body that they knew wasn't their son. Staff apologized and showed them another body. Again, it was not their boy, they said."We were very anxious and confused," recalled Paul LaBelle. "Maybe Xavier was still trapped at the scene or perhaps he had wandered off into a field unnoticed?"We were assured all 29 people on the bus were accounted for."Still unconvinced, he said he and his wife went to the Saskatoon hospital and showed nurses caring for the injured Broncos photos of Xavier. "The staff members were sympathetic but they let us know all the players were identified and our son was not there."Tanya LaBelle said she pleaded for police to search the crash site again with dogs but was told no one had been left behind. That's ...
'Extremely big-hearted': Councillors remember late colleague Barry Erskine - Calgary HeraldSaturday, March 2, 2019
Former Calgary alderman Barry Erskine in his city hall office.
Ted Jacob / Calgary Herald
Longtime former city councillor Barry Erskine died Thursday at the age of 73.Erskine, who had been battling a lengthy brain disease, served five terms on council in Ward 11 before he was succeeded by Brian Pincott in 2007.First elected in 1992, Erskine won his seat by acclamation twice, including in 2004, which was the start to his final term on council. He later ran as an Independent candidate in the 2008 provincial election in the riding of Calgary-Elbow and also put his name forth on the mayoral ballot in 2010.Barry was a champion of the environment. And a bit quirky – at work he only ever used green ink! Condolences to his family and friends.- Joe Ceci (@joececiyyc) February 17, 2019Holding a bachelor of science degree, Erskine was known for his work as an environmentalist and horticulturist, serving as the host of the popular CHQR radio sh...
Albert Frank Czapski - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteSaturday, March 2, 2019
Albert L. Czapski (Michele) of Brooklyn Park, Minn., and two grandchildren, Kelly Reid (Dan) of Fridley, Minn., and Kyle Czapski of Brooklyn Park.
He was preceded in death by a twin sister, Alberta Dorsey.
Albert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westville. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed remote fly-fishing trips to Ontario, Canada, and golfing. He was a graduate of Westville High School, where he played football. He owned and operated Flip's Tavern for 35 years. He worked at Allied Chemical for 35 years and Thirion Glass for five years. He was on the Westville Fire Department and was former president of Westville-Belgium Sanitary District.
Private services and entombment were held at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, Danville, with Fr. Robert Hoffmann officiating.
Memorials may be made to Westville Public Library.
Rortvedt Funeral Services, Tilton, assisted the family. Online condolences at rortvedtfuneralservices.com.
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Baysville, Ont., woman’s humorous obituary, has readers laughing and crying - Global NewsSaturday, March 2, 2019
The 82-year-old spent her last years at the Pines Long-Term Care Home in Bracebridge. Brian, who now resides in Devon, Alberta, got emotional while expressing gratitude for the men and women who looked after his mother.He said ultimately, Sybil would have been tickled by the attention.“The line about her finally having the smoking hot body that she’s always wanted — it’s something that certainly made most people in the comments laugh out loud," he said."One of the comments today was, ‘She definitely made an ash of herself.’"—With files from Shallima MaharajWatch: More noteworthy final notes
Woman pens funny obit for grandmother, just as she would have wanted it
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Body found in Mexico probably that of Christine St-Onge, SQ says - Montreal GazetteSaturday, March 2, 2019
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