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Next story Retired Abbotsford Police sergeant dies in head-on crash - Aldergrove StarWednesday, March 27, 2019
A retired Abbotsford Police sergeant and former media spokesperson has been identified as the vicim of a fatal head-on crash Saturday in Nanaimo.
Shinder Kirk was the driver of a Chevy pickup truck that was involved in a collision with a Ford pickup at about 1:50 p.m. on Cedar Road near Cedar Bridge.
Nanaimo RCMP said two passengers from the Chevy were airlifted to hospital, with one taken to Vancouver and the other to Victoria. Their injuries were serious but not life-threatening, according to police.
The 22-year-old male driver of the Ford and his adult female passenger suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.
RCMP said no causes for the crash have yet been determined, but the investigation will continue, including mechanical inspections of the vehicles involved.
Investigators said they do not believe that alcohol or speed were contributing factors, but weather and road conditions have not been ruled out.
Kirk began his policing career with the Vancouver Police Department in 1981, moving 10 years later to the Abbotsford Police Department.
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Nanaimo's new MLA makes her first speech in BC legislature - Nanaimo News BulletinWednesday, March 27, 2019
Nanaimo's new MLA, in her first speech in the legislature, endorsed the direction in which the province and the region are moving.
NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson stood Monday in the B.C. legislature in Victoria as part of discussion on the recently introduced provincial budget.
Malcolmson began by recalling the funeral of former Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Viola Wyse, riding an RDN transit bus with other government officials that day, and the mood of cooperation and reconciliation that existed then. She said now, in 2019, there is similar opportunity.
"We've got so much to do: coastal protection, climate change, affordable housing, working for people, working together and we are on the same bus and we are moving together," Malcolmson said.
She spotlighted numerous budget items that she liked, including new childcare support, healthcare investment, affordable housing, and Clean B.C. initiatives. She talked about wanting to protect the coast against increased oil tanker traffic and said of...
Nanaimo remembers educator, activist and elder 'Auntie Ellen' - Nanaimo News BulletinWednesday, March 27, 2019
Canadian Indian Status.
She was immersed in Coast Salish traditional teachings and learned ceremony, healing and midwifery.
She and her husband, Chief Doug White, raised five children in Nanaimo.
Ellen White worked on an historic 1965 Supreme Court of Canada case around treaty rights and took action to get electricity to Snuneymuxw reserve land. She created one of the first English-Hulquminum dictionaries, then wrote three books of Coast Salish stories in English, and also taught language to indigenous and non-indigenous students from elementary school all the way up to post-secondary. Before her inductions into the Order of B.C. and the Order of Canada, White was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by VIU.
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"She believed in universal human rights of all people," Malbon said. "She believed in economic justice and the family still fights for that today. And perhaps the most powerful, she believed in a culture of peace among everyone."
In a statement, Ellen White's son, Snuneymuxw Coun. Doug White II, said his mother lived a remarkable life. He said his mother would have wanted people remembering her and celebrating her life to reflect on how to advance knowledge, understanding, respect and reconciliation among indigenous and non-indigenous people.
"Her enduring lesson to all of us was to recognize and appreciate what we have in common as human beings, to celebrate the beauty of our diversity, and to illuminate the foundations of unity and mutuality and respect between all of us," he said. "We can all honour her memory by carrying on her work of close to a century of cultivating love, learning, respect and harmony in human relations."
Ellen White is survived by a brother, five children, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
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A Bite-Size Square of Canada’s History, Culture and Craving - The New York TimesWednesday, March 27, 2019
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Celebration of life to be held for retired Abbotsford cop who died in Nanaimo crash - Vancouver SunSaturday, March 02, 2019
Kirk died on Dec. 22, 2018 in a two-vehicle crash in Nanaimo.
A celebration of life will be held for retired Abbotsford officer Shinder Kirk later this month, while a traditional South Asian service will be held this Saturday.
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A celebration of life will be held for retired Abbotsford police officer Shinder Kirk later this month, while a traditional South Asian service will be held this Saturday.Kirk died on Dec. 22, 2018, in a two-vehicle crash in Nanaimo.He first served with the Vancouver Police Department before joining the Abbotsford police in 1990. During his time working in law enforcement, he also served with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and was a media spokesman, frequently speaking to the public on the topic of gang activity in the Lower Mainland.Related A celebration of life for family, friends and co-workers will be hosted on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at Abbotsford's Central Heights ...
Dozens of bikers attend funeral for Hells Angels member gunned down in Peel - Yahoo News CanadaWednesday, March 27, 2019
Saturday afternoon for the funeral of a Hells Angels motorcycle gang member shot to death in Mississauga earlier this month.Motorcycle club members from across Ontario and as far away as Quebec and British Columbia attended a service for Michael Deabaitua-Schulde at the Vescio Funeral Home in Woodbridge.Deabaitua-Schulde, 32, was described by police as a "well-entrenched" member of the notorious motorcycle gang's Niagara chapter. He was gunned down in the parking lot of HUF Boxing Gym on March 11, in what investigators called a targeted hit.Police have arrested four men from Montreal in connection with the daylight slaying.View photosPaul Smith/CBCMoreMany Hells Angels, along with members of allied outlaw motorcycle clubs - commonly called "support clubs" - were seen milling about outside the funeral home before the service began. There was also a heavy police presence, with officers from the OPP and York keeping a close eye on those in attendance.Funerals for club members often offer police a rare opportunity to keep tabs on the who's who of the biker underworld.The Hells Angels have hundreds of members in Canada. The gang first moved into Ontario in 2000, after they emerged victorious in a bloody biker war ...
J. Vincent (Vince) Burg - thesuntimesnews.comWednesday, March 27, 2019
Chelsea to work at the Chelsea Pharmacy, and also part-time at the Mercywood Sanitarium in Ann Arbor. It was at Mercywood where Vince met his wife to be, Shirley Ann Tuckey, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. She was a registered nurse and was in charge of the pharmacy. They wed on August 18, 1956 and raised six children.During his lifetime, Vince was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3092, where he was a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight, the Chelsea Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Chelsea Village Council, and the Jackson County Pharmacy Association, being name Pharmacist of the Year in 1971. Vince was also a Charter Board Member and Lifetime member of the Waterloo National History Association.Vince retired from Weatherwax Pharmacy in Jackson, MI in 1996 after 32 years of employment. He then worked as a part time pharmacist for 14 more years for Chelsea Pharmacy and Dan Murphy, who interned under Vince in the mid-1950s.Vince, with his wife Shirley, enjoyed traveling by camper and R.V. throughout the United States and Canada with his family as they were growing up, and bicycling with Shirley and friends, Jeannie and Andy Ford, through Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands in retirement. Vince was a lifelong deer hunter and lover of the outdoors, relishing the days spent at the family hunting camp in Northern Michigan. He was an avid reader in later years and was a frequent participant in local history events at the Chelsea District Library. Vince also enjoyed working out weekly at the Chelsea Wellness Center. Vince was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary Jane Lanning-Morey, Lou Guirey, Angeline Foster, Gretchen Spaulding, Virginia Rowe.Vince is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children Gregg (Laurie) Burg, Diane (Fernando) Nieves, David Burg, Brian Burg, Kristi (Gary) Ragland, and Rob Burg; grandchildren, Arielle and Jacob Bur...
Nanaimo remembers educator, activist and elder 'Auntie Ellen' - Nanaimo News BulletinWednesday, March 27, 2019
Ellen White, Kwulasulwut, died Tuesday at age 95, and her funeral was held Saturday morning at the Beban Park Social Centre.
White was a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia and her obituary remembers her as an "educator, cultural knowledge keeper, author, linguist, herbalist, healer, traditional midwife, and political activist and advocate."
She was one of the founders of the Tillicum Haus Aboriginal Friendship Centre and was an elder-in-residence in Vancouver Island University's First Nations studies program.
"She possessed a pure, kind and radiant heart," said Les Malbon, who described himself as one of White's adopted grandchildren as he delivered her eulogy Saturday.
White's name, Kwulasulwut, translates to ‘many stars' and Malbon alluded to that as he addressed the people gathered in the social centre.
"I look out now and I see the many stars," he said. "I see how she impacted the community. I see how much she loved her family and I appreciated, personally, how much that love changed me and how it's changed all of us to be better people and behoove us to be kind to one another and to work towards a world of unity."
Malbon said the White home was always filled with visitors, and Ellen White also travelled to meet people and sh...