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Details emerging about Gerald Cotten, the young founder of QuadrigaCX - Burnaby NowSaturday, March 2, 2019
HALIFAX - A clearer picture is emerging of the young man at the centre of the mysterious demise of one of Canada's largest cryptocurrency exchanges.
Gerald Cotten, a Nova Scotia resident originally from Ontario, was 30 years old when he died suddenly while travelling in India on Dec. 9 - leaving his virtual company, QuadrigaCX, without access to $180 million in Bitcoins and other digital assets.
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His widow, Jennifer Robertson, has said in court documents that Cotten was the only person with access to his laptop, which is thought to contain the digital keys to the so-called cold wallets containing the missing cryptocurrency.
The circumstances surrounding Cotten's death - and the way he conducted his business from the couple's home in Fall River, N.S. - has led to a flurry of speculation and allegations in internet chat rooms, with some former QuadrigaCX users coming forward to raise questions about the $250 million in cash and cryptocurrency owed to 115,000 of them.
Cotten signed his will on Nov. 27, 2018 - less than two weeks before he died at a private hospital i...
Imam says turnout at Halifax funeral for seven fire victims shows widespread support - Global NewsSaturday, March 2, 2019
Abdallah Yousri of the Umma Mosque, noting that every seat in the cavernous hall was filled, while hundreds remained standing in solemn grief over the young lives lost.The Barho family arrived in Nova Scotia in September 2017 as refugees from war-torn Syria, among 1,795 Syrian refugees who have come to Nova Scotia in recent years.On Saturday, as the seven small caskets were brought on stage, the children’s mother, Kawthar Barho, could be heard sobbing.READ MORE: Funeral held for all 7 children killed in Halifax house fireMourners wept as the children’s names were read: teenager Ahmad; Rola, 12; Mohamad, 9; Ola, 8; Hala, 3; Rana, 2; and Abdullah, who was born in Canada on Nov. 9.Yousri said the service was made public so the children’s mother could see firsthand that the community is standing behind her.“We wanted to accommodate the community … and show Kawthar the support that we saw from the community,” he said.“We wanted her to see that, and we thought that the support might help her recover sooner.”The father, Ebraheim Barho, continues to recover from extensive burns. As of Friday, he was in critical but stable condition.When they first arrived in Nova Scotia, the Barho family lived in Elmsdale, a 30-minute drive north of Halifax, where they were embraced by the local community. They later moved to the Halifax suburb of Spryfield to take advantage of language training and other immigrant services, but had planned to return to Elmsdale next month.The cause of the blaze in their Spryfield home remains unclear.The response to the tragedy has been swift and impassioned: several businesses have donated their profits to the Barho family, and as of...
A 'warm embrace' for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims - OrilliaMatters.ComSaturday, March 2, 2019
It was a common theme throughout the funeral - a desire for the tragedy to lead to love and unity.
"Life is short and temporary. Live it the best way possible," Hamza said.
Nova Scotia deputy premier Karen Casey told Barho "we will not abandon you. We will not leave you alone."
"Please accept our love," Casey said. "Please accept our warm embrace."
Halifax MP Andy Fillmore told Barho the community would be there for her in the hard times to come. But he acknowledged it's family that brings the greatest comfort, and said the federal government is trying to bring her overseas relatives to Canada quickly.
"We are working as hard as we can to get your family here as quickly as possible so they can be by your side," Fillmore said.
Mourners, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, said they came because they had been deeply affected by the tragedy, and wanted to show their support for Barho as she faced unimaginable grief.
"She doesn't know me, I don't know her, but I know I'm here. And she's our family - their whole family is our family. I want to be here for all of them," Cindy Samson said in an interview.
Adnan Aboushahla said it was a "shock for anyone - not only for Muslim people, but for Christians and other religions," to witness such a tragedy.
"We want to do whatever we can - either give support, money, feelings, this grief," said Aboushahla.
Following the funeral service, the combined honour guards of Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency and Halifax Regional Police carried each coffin back outside, one at a time, to the waiting hearses. There was to be a burial at a Muslim cemetery in Hammonds Plains following the funeral.
Peter Andrews, Halifax fire deputy chief of operations, said it was a "huge honour to be invited to participate in this family's darkest day."
He said none of the firefighters that responded to the horrific blaze were part of the funeral's honour guard.
"We put on a brave face today," he said. "We'll grieve in our own way in the weeks ahead."
The children's father, Ebraheim Barho, remained in hospital Friday recovering from extensive burns. He was in critical, but stable condition.
The cause of the blaze in the Halifax suburb of Spryfield early Tuesday remains unclear.
Mourner Tareq Hadhad, a Syrian refugee who founded Peace by Chocolate in Nova Scotia, said it is hard for the parents to handle all the pain by themselves.
"I would say it's the most devastating period that I have ever lived, even though we lost family members back home in Syria. The loss of seven kids at once really has had a very devastating impact on the entire community here," he said.
Mourner Mouna Manna praised the outpouring of support, and said the mother's burden is unimaginable.
"I don't even know where to begin to imagine how this would be, to lose not one or two but seven of them all at once ... it's a huge, huge devastation," she said.
The scale of the tragedy for the young family that arrived in Nova Scotia in the fall of 2017 as refugees has struck a chord with Canadians.
A GoFundMe campaign had raised about $585,000 by Saturday evening.
The Barho family lived in Elmsdale, a 30-minute drive north of Halifax, when they first arrived in Nova Scotia, and were embraced by reside...
EDITORIAL: Parade precautions | Editorials | Opinion - TheChronicleHerald.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
Halifax Chronicle-Herald suggests that parades are largely unregulated and, in many cases, are accidents waiting to happen. There are no standard regulations for maintaining parade safety in Nova Scotia, nor across most jurisdictions in North America, says Virginia resident Ron Melanson. He founded paradesafety.org to get regulations in place for parades, hayrides and sleigh rides after he saw a woman killed when a trailer broke free.
RCMP say that, on average, 22 people across North America are killed annually at parades or hayrides. Despite that alarming statistic, there is a reluctance to take action to ensure the safety of spectators and participants in parades. Provincial governments and municipalities have to co-operate and insist on basic, standardized, safety regulations. No one wants to curb the happy trappings of the holiday season, but it's better to err on the side of caution than see another tragedy occur.
On Thursday, the Nova Scotia government announced an immediate review of parade permits and how to improve safety conditions. The province said it's not enough to place responsibility on parade organizers; both government and municipalities need to be more diligent. Other Atlantic provinces should follow Nova Scotia's example.
The death of McCali Cormier demands that we come up with common sense regulations and precautions at parades in Atlantic Canada to ensure that other families are spared tragedy.
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7 white caskets as Halifax says goodbye to children lost in house fire - CBC NewsSaturday, March 2, 2019
Barho family from the community."It wasn't just the Muslim community suffering, it was all Haligonians, everyone in Nova Scotia was suffering and everyone in Canada was also suffering," Hussein said.There were 1,800 chairs and all were filled. An estimated 1,000 people stood for the whole funeral, which was more than an hour.The service was in both English and Arabic.The seven Barho children, from top left: Rola, 12; Ahmed, 14; Ola, 8; Mohamad, 9; Hala, 3; Rana, 2; and three-month-old Abdullah. The children died Tuesday morning after a fire swept through their Halifax home. (Submitted)"Today, we feel the pain of losing these children. And for many people here, we feel the pain as if it were their own children," said Sheikh Abdallah Yousri."The pain and grief that we are feeling is very deep and very genuine. And all our hearts and prayers are for the children and for their father Ebraheim and their mother Kawthar."'We loved them and we love you'The Barho family arrived in Nova Scotia in September 2017 as refugees from the war in Syria.The group that sponsored them, the Hants East Assisting Refugee Team Society (HEART), spoke at the funeral to thank all the people who helped the Barhos after the fire."On what is our darkest day, we see the best of humanity when we look out into the sea of faces in front of us," said Natalie Horne, a member of HEART.Horne said HEART was grateful to the Barho family for including the organization in their lives for the last 16 months."Our li...