Grande Prairie AB Obituaries and Funeral Related News
West Perth native killed in Alberta accident - Mitchell AdvocateTuesday, January 31, 2017
Boyle, Alberta on Saturday morning, Jan. 21.
Murray McIntosh, the oldest son of Ross and Lois McIntosh, was returning from working at Fort McMurray to his home in Grande Prairie. Conditions were extremely foggy near Boyle, 490-kilometres east of Grande Prairie, when he collided with a logging truck that had been in a previous accident at the intersection of Highways 63 and 55. RCMP reported that a semi-truck was crossing Highway 55 when it was struck by a van and after the first collision occurred, two separate trucks also collided at the scene.
McIntosh, a father of four, died at the scene.
He leaves behind his wife Rachel, his children Riley 11, Abigail 7, and his stepsons, Austin Fast, 18, and Morgan Fast, 16.
McIntosh served a partial term of West Perth council, resigning in June 2013 to work in Alberta, a province he had lived and worked previously.
“I wish everyone here the best and it has been a great experience being on council,” he said at the time of his resignation. “I regret that I cannot fill the four years but now is the right time to make a change for my family.”
“He was right in the prime of his life, I'd say, and he was a good member on council when he was here and he deci...
Government deal with private Christian school keeps home-schooling association open - Edmonton JournalThursday, January 12, 2017
The agreement came with a finger-wagging for both sides from a judge dealing with the case in Grande Prairie court Thursday.
“You’re all acting like heathens as far as I’m concerned. You could have saved taxpayers a lot of money (by mediating this privately),” said Queen’s Bench Justice E.J. Simpson.
Trinity, Wisdom and four parents applying for an injunction have now dropped their court case.
“I think it’s a good resolution to the action and to the issues that the parties have both raised,” Wisdom and Trinity lawyer Jay Cameron said outside court. “I think my client is satisfied. I think that the agreement that’s been reached is balanced.”
Education Minister David Eggen was concerned the majority of public education funds flowing to Trinity were managed by Wisdom, an independent contractor based in Derwent, Alta. An Alberta Education report into both organizations’ operations alleged exorbitant salaries approved by family members, questionable expenses on babysitting, alcohol and gift cards, and Wisdom managers leasing property from themselves at 1o times the market rate.
The judge said “funeral expenses” the government had criticized were blown out of proportion — Wisdom had bought a sympathy card for an employee who lost a family member.
Wisdom also held on to $988,000 over three years that should have gone to home-schooling parents for education expenses, the government report alleged.
None of the government’s allegations has been proven in court.
Wisdom and Trinity deny all the allegations, and filed for a court injunction to stop the closure. They won a temporary reprieve in November.
While the government told parents to enrol their childre...
School back in for home-schoolers - St. Albert GazetteThursday, January 12, 2017
I didn’t realize how stressed out they were,” Veenendaal said of her kids.
“Once we told them (about the settlement), they were just really relieved.”
Grande Prairie Court of Queen’s Bench Justice E.J. Simpson ruled in November that Trinity could stay open until he could rule on the school’s legal challenge of the province’s decision on Jan. 5.
Last Thursday, Simpson announced in court that the two parties had reached a settlement and dropped the challenge.
The settlement allows Trinity to continue operations but specifies that Wisdom is to have no governance or decision-making role in it. All staff and funds are to be controlled by Trinity. The province will appoint, at its cost, a financial administrator to oversee the school’s operations for a year. Trinity will also get the cash the province held back over the last few months.
Harsh words all around
Andrea Veldkamp, who has two kids home-schooled through Trinity, said this was a fair resolution to the dispute, one that held lessons for both parties.
“(The province) needs to be absolutely sure of the facts before they go forwards and shut down an organization,” she said, and organizations need to be absolutely sure they use provincial dollars properly.
Veenendaal said this settlement is exactly what the province should have done in the first place.
“My biggest disappointment is that they would shut (the school) down and not put the kids first.”
Curtis Galbraith, a reporter with Grande Prairie’s Big Country and Q99 Radio who covered Thursday’s court hearing, said Simpson had harsh words for both parties when he read out the settlement last week in court.
“He said essentially that there was no reason that two reasonable people couldn’t have met and hashed out something without going to court,” Galbraith said, and criticized both parties for launching a court case at taxpayer’s expense.
Galbraith said Simpson characterized both parties as acting as if they were in a matrimonial property dispute, putting their own interests ahead of those of the students. The judge blasted the province for characterizing a $4.47 sympathy card bought by Trinity as a “funeral expense,...
Government deal with private Christian school keeps home-schooling association open - Edmonton SunFriday, January 06, 2017
The agreement came with a finger-wagging for both sides from a judge dealing with the case in Grande Prairie court Thursday.“You're all acting like heathens as far as I'm concerned. You could have saved taxpayers a lot of money (by mediating this privately),” said Queen's Bench Justice E.J. Simpson.Trinity, Wisdom and four parents applying for an injunction have now dropped their court case.“I think it's a good resolution to the action and to the issues that the parties have both raised,” Wisdom and Trinity lawyer Jay Cameron said outside court. “I think my client is satisfied. I think that the agreement that's been reached is balanced.”Education Minister David Eggen was concerned the majority of public education funds flowing to Trinity were managed by Wisdom, an independent contractor based in Derwent, Alta. An Alberta Education report into both organizations' operations alleged exorbitant salaries approved by family members, questionable expenses on babysitting, alcohol and gift cards, and Wisdom managers leasing property from themselves at 1o times the market rate.The judge said "funeral expenses" the government had criticized were blown out of proportion — Wisdom had bought a sympathy card for an employee who lost a family member.Wisdom also held on to $988,000 over three years that should have gone to home-schooling parents for education expenses, the government report alleged.None of the government's allegations has been proven in court.Wisdom and Trinity deny all the allegations, and filed for a court injunction to stop the closure. They won a temporary reprieve in November. While the government told parents to enrol their children in ...
Trinity Christian School Association, Alberta Education end legal battle - CBC.caFriday, January 06, 2017
Thursday between Alberta Education and a private Christian school in northern Alberta.
Under the resolution agreed on in Grande Prairie Court of Queen's Bench, funding has been retroactively restored to the Trinity Christian School Association.
As well, Alberta Education will appoint a financial administrator to oversee the school authority for the next 12 months, or longer if necessary. And Trinity's sister organization Wisdom Home Schooling Society of Alberta will no longer have a governance role or decision-making authority in the Trinity organization.
"We think this is ultimately going to be good for all parties," said Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley at a news conference in Calgary.
She said the agreement provides stability for students enrolled in homeschooling, and ensures that the proper procedures are in place "so everyone can see transparently that the money is going where it should be going."
On Oct. 25, Alberta Education abruptly shut down Cold Lake-based Trinity, which received more than $5.6 million in government funding for the current school year.
Trinity was stripped of its registration and accreditation for allegatio...
Convoy evokes Canadian pride in North Bay - Vermilion StandardWednesday, March 27, 2019
Monday afternoon.Caron, of North Bay, was waiting in the parking lot at Motion Canada on Gormanville Road for almost 100 vehicles, from small cars to big rigs, to pull in on their journey from Alberta to Parliament Hill with a message for federal politicians.
"This is about more than pipelines," Caron says. "This is about government. This is about all the provinces having different issues. It's about getting back the political process."The United We Roll Convoy for Canada, a caravan of transports, work vehicles and personal automobiles, left Red Deer, Alta., last Thursday bound for Ottawa and a protest on Parliament Hill Tuesday."The media and the government have divided the provinces," Caron says. "We want to fight for our freedoms and our rights. We want fair government.""We are watching Justin Trudeau slowly strip away every right we had," Sarah Zaldinger, of Timmins, said as about two dozen supporters waited for the convoy to arrive, sharing updates on when the parade would roll into town."He is stripping the future of my children and their children and their children," Zaldinger said. "They are being set up for failure. Their rights, their future, will all be destroyed if we don't stand up now."Although she was not part of the convoy to North Bay, Zaldinger was going to join it Tuesday morning for the rally in Ottawa as part of her own objective of "direct democracy."And direct democracy is possible, she said.Zaldinger pointed to a recent Amber Alert sent to cellphone users across the province ...
Joan Elnora Mahovlic - Alberni Valley NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
Morse, all from Nova Scotia; and sons Shawn Coffill, Nanoose Bay, B.C., and Mark Coffill, Port Alberni, B.C.; step-daughter Trish (Rick) McCrate, Coquitlam; step-son Jim (Lori) Mahovlic, Calgary, Alberta; step-daughter Meg (John) Belanger, Campbell River, B.C.; step-son Paul Mahovlic, New Westminster, B.C. and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by brother Gerald (Janet) Salsman, Coldbrook, N.S.; brother Ronald (Jeanette) Salsman, Port Alberni, B.C.; sister Madelyn Wiles, Morristown, N.S.; brother Leo (Adele) Salsman, Trail, B.C.; sister Marilyn (Allan) Teal, Trenton, Ontario; and sister Freda Salsman, Waterville, N.S. as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank all the caring staff at Echo Village for everything, also to Pastor Platz for his spiritual support.
There will be a funeral service for Joan at Grace Lutheran Church, 4408 Redford Street, Port Alberni, B.C. on Monday, March 25, 2019, at 1:30 pm with a tea to follow.
Flowers are gratefully declined but if you wish to do so, donations to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund would be greatly appreciated.
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Charles Hartman - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteWednesday, March 27, 2019
Charlie " Hartman, 75, of Collison went to be with the Lord on Thursday (March 21, 2019) at home surrounded by his wife and daughters.
He was bornon Nov. 5, 1943, in Champaign, the son of Ernest and Alberta (Grove) Hartman. He was united in marriage to Ruth Troxell on Nov. 26, 1994. She survives. Also surviving are his daughters, Jessica (Rick) Breitenfeldt, Kristin (Mitch) Allen, Kate (Leon) Jess and Teresa (Steve) Evans.
Papa's grandchildren loved him to the moon and back. He was always full of life's loving stories for them. He believed children are the heritage of the Lord. He loved Cameron Ackerson, Kaitlyn Breitenfeldt, Colton Breitenfeldt, Lillian Jess, Khloe Jess, Brinley Allen, Steele Allen, Jacob Evans and Joshua Evans.
His surviving siblings are Mary Hafner, Patty Wakefield, Diana Thrush, Rob Hartman, Sue Hartman and Judy Lynn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandsons, Cody Breitenfeldt and Zachery Evans.
Charlie loved Jesus with his whole heart. He was a steadfast man of God.
As a boy he worked tirelessly alongside his dad. He worked as a carpenter before going on to manage the horse farm at the University of Illinois until retirement in 2002.
Charlie was a gifted horseman and cowboy. His entire life was spent pulling ponies, t...