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Thousands attend funeral service for officers killed in Fredericton shooting - The Globe and MailWednesday, March 27, 2019
Fitch told the crowd of loved ones, dignitaries and fellow police officers gathered at the Aitken Centre on the campus of the University of New Brunswick. Story continues below advertisement "On Friday that service cost two of our police officers their lives." Read more: Fredericton Constable Sara Burns killed in shooting 'would treat everybody with respect' ‘Robb with two Bs': Fredericton Constable Robb Costello remembered as an active member of the community Burns's husband Steven Burns fought back tears as he delivered an emotional speech to the crowded stadium Saturday afternoon. She was the most beautiful and caring woman he ever met, he said, asking the surviving Fredericton officers at the funeral to not feel any guilt after her death. "I want each and every one of you to know that she is at peace, and knows that you did everything you could to protect her," he said. "Don't burden yourself with the ‘why,' because you won't find the answer." Story continues below advertisement His tie and pocket square were yellow - his wife's favourite colour - matching the yellow roses placed on top of her casket next to her police cap and belt. Greg Morris, a family friend of Costello, said the fallen officer took great pride in his work and described being a police officer as his lifelong passion. Morris said Costello was a kind and compassionate friend who loved his mother, once spending two days by her side while she was in the hospital. Costello also loved basketball, Morris said, adding that his friend wasn't very good at it. But the most important thing in his life was his family, said Morris. "Kassie and Kaitlyn, your dad would be so proud of the remarkable women you're becoming today," Morris said, addressing Costello's daughters. Story continues below advertisement "He loved you both very much." Police officers salute the two slain Fredericton Police officers Cst. Sara Burns and Cst. Robb Costello during a regimental funeral in Fredericton ...
Thousands of police officers expected at regimental funeral in Fredericton - CTV NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
Home in Jacksonville, N.B., Bobbie Lee Wright is remembered as a compassionate person who loved to help others.
The obituary said Wright graduated from Canterbury High School in 2003 and from New Brunswick Community College with a diploma in medical office administration in 2008.
The 32-year-old woman had previously worked on a tree farm, in catering and in an office before embarking on a career as a home support worker.
"She found the good in everyone and in every situation, and put others before herself," the obituary said. "She enjoyed camping, tubing, bonfires and late nights spent making memories and reminiscing with friends and family."
Matthew Vincent Raymond has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder.
He is set to appear in court on Aug. 27.
Meanwhile, lawyers appeared in court Wednesday to discuss a publication ban on certain court documents in the case.
The province's Court of Queen's Bench issued the ban on Monday, hours after media reported their contents.
Public prosecutor Cameron Gunn told the court that the Crown was prepared to lift the blanket publication ban.
He said an amended order seeking a more "narrow ban" has been filed instead. It would unseal the documents but continue to block the publication of names of individuals who have not spoken with media yet.
"We've made our best efforts to limit this ban," Gunn told the court, noting that the amended order strikes a balance between freedom of expression and the open court principle with the right to a fair trial.
But David Coles, a lawyer representing various media outlets, told the court there was no basis for sealing the identities of individuals named in the court documents.
He said the names would be in the public domain during the trial, and that reporters could learn the names from other sources.
"The way this order reads, even if they learn the identities independently they can't publish them," Coles told the court. "I don't think there is authority for the court to do that."
He said media have already reported on the names and sequence of events included in the documents, and that "you can't put the genie back in the bottle."
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Judy Clendening has reserved her decision until Friday morning.
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Sanaz Shirshekar Envisions Saint John As 'Playground For Architects To Experiment' - Huddle TodayWednesday, March 27, 2019
It allowed me to do both."
It also allowed her to work at two renowned firms in Canada and the United States and has now brought the Toronto-born architect to New Brunswick to start a business of her own.
After graduating from architecture school at McGill in 2006, Shirshekar started working for Toronto-based KPMB as a project architect. There, she got to work on projects such as the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, the UBC Alumni Centre, The Globe & Mail's new interior offices and the Fort York Branch Library.
"We were aiming for it to be the 100th public library in Toronto, and it turned out to be the 101st," says Shirshekar, "which is still cool."
Fort York Branch Library (Image: torontopubliclibrary.ca)
From there she went to work in New York with Yabu Pushelberg as a senior designer. She was in the heart of Soho, working on projects that were more private and high-end, including a resort for Hyatt in Los Cabos, Mexico, and a project for a residential client in Bejing. For Shirshekar, it helped make her architecture experience more versatile.
"I took that opportunity on because at KPMB I was getting a lot of those community, public space building projects. But I also wanted to be a little bit more seasoned as an architect and get some architectural interior experience," she says. "Yabu Pushelberg is really the expert for that. They are world renowned. They're really good at what they do and they're internationally known for their interior design excellence, so I really wanted to bring the architecture and the interior design together."
Shirshekar recently moved to New Brunswick to be with her husband, Jamie Irving, the vice-president of Brunswick News. At that point, she was ready to start her own practice, Studio Shirshekar.
"I feel all architects at some point, you feel like you've gotten enough experience and you want to give yourself an opportunity to try it out," she says. "Maybe it's not for everyone, but for me, I think i...
Saskatchewan police officers attend regimental funeral - Global News ReginaWednesday, March 27, 2019
Saskatoon Police Service, two from Moose Jaw, and one from Weyburn are representing the south of the province.Three Regina Police Service members who attended are originally from New Brunswick, including one from Fredericton.
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Surviving the death care business - CBC.caWednesday, March 27, 2019
MacDonald said."Some of it is burnout. You have to make sure with all the stress you deal with on a daily basis you know how to relax yourself, how to unwind."The New Brunswick Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association doesn't keep statistics on retention rates, however, funeral homes are "constantly looking for licensed funeral directors," said executive director Marc Melanson.While the pay can be appealing - $47,319 annually according to the Department of Post Secondary Education Training and Labour - compassion fatigue is a reality, along with unconventional work hours."It's not a Monday to Friday nine-to-five job," said Melanson. "It's evenings, weekends and holidays."People who get into the funeral profession genuinely want to help people. But a funeral home is never closed."Viewing rooms are often rearranged, making physicality a key component of the job. (Sarah Trainor/CBC News)The workday can be fluid and intense. It might start with MacDonald doing prep work on an infant that would afford parents more time with their child, then a full shift in gears to oversee a 103-year-old's celebration of life service in a space filled with laughter."You wear a lot of different hats and it changes so quickly," she said."I could be making funeral arrangements with a family, I could be directing a funeral, I could be painting - like literally building maintenance."We get dirty in our suits. We garden, mow the lawns, wash the cars, we do it all."The job requires a good deal of physicality. Viewing rooms are frequently rearranged to make space for what families want to bring to a visitation. Personal touches have been as dainty as jewelry and as grand as a motorcycle.Some scenes hard to processNot everyone is in a bed when they die, and moving a body can take some physical and mental effort."Some things you see you don't ever forget, and you wish you could. Especially when you walk into a scene where you can imagine their last moments."MacDonald said those moments can be difficult to process."It's hard to think of them as being a person in the way that you're protecting your mental state," she said."You say, 'I have to move them from one place to another,' and after, you reflect on that and think, 'OK, that was a human being and I feel terrible for them. And I'm going to probably have bad dreams for a while....