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Allan J. MacEachen, Canadian politician behind landmark social programs, dead at 96 - CBC.ca

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Liberal caucus to take Trudeau back as leader. Allan J. MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Cape Breton, has died at St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., on Monday night. (Mike Dembeck/Canadian Press)Backbencher was a term MacEachen hated because it minimized the importance of persuading members of his own party, Murray said."He got it done, and he got it done by quiet diplomacy, and sometimes not so quiet diplomacy," the fellow Cape Bretoner told Information Morning after the passing of his friend. Allan J. was a true friend of my father & a great son of Cape Breton. Canada is better for each of his 96 years. May he rest in peace.— @JustinTrudeauHe could turn ideals into laws and his "fierce, moral commitment to improving people's lives was what he was all about," said Kenzie MacKinnon, who worked for him from 1979 to 1984.MacEachen — who was also Canada's first deputy prime minister — was appointed to the Senate in 1984, where he remained until 1996, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. As Liberal leader in the Senate, he spearheaded battles over free trade and the goods and services tax (GST).Former senator and cabinet minister MacEachen is invested as Officer of the Order of Canada as by then Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean during a ceremony in Ottawa in 2009. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)He was educated at St. Francis Xavier University and entered politics at 32.Speaking to CBC in 2009 in a rare interview after his retirement, he said he went into politics to share his knowledge, but quickly learned he had to focus on people's needs. MacEachen described himself as a "disciple" of St. FX professor Moses Coady, the Catholic priest from Cape Breton who was devoted to adult education and championed co-operative community organizations in the 1920s and '30s in northern Nova Scotia. From Coady, MacEachen said he "got the notion that the people could run themselves if they're given the chance. They could do anything if given the chance."MacEachen also once said he thought maintaining trust with the electorate was the "very basis of politics."If the "voter loses respect or identity with the elected person, then it's bad. I would rather regard that as an important test of whether I was a good pol...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/allan-maceachen-former-federal-liberal-cabinet-minister-dies-1.4286949

Shanna Desmond remembered as hopeful, resolute as 2nd funeral is held in NS - Globalnews.ca

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Desmond studied to be a hairdresser, but she wasn’t content with that. Eventually, she would enrol in a four-year nursing program at St. Francis Xavier University, a 30-minute drive away in Antigonish.READ MORE: Funerals for Lionel Desmond, family members to be held this weekShe graduated in May of 2016, and landed a job as a registered nurse at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, also in Antigonish.“That’s what she wanted to do,” her aunt, 66-year-old Catherine Hartling, said in an interview from her home in Upper Big Tracadie. “She went after it … She was always determined.”A spokeswoman for Nova Scotia’s Health Department said no one at the hospital was willing to speak about their colleague, but spokeswoman Kristen Lipscombe later released a brief statement from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.“This is a sad day for staff at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and particularly at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital,” the statement said. “The staff have asked that media respect their privacy as they continue to grieve and cope with the loss of a dear friend and colleague.”Staff at the nursing school at St. F.X. also declined a request for an interview.READ MORE: Nova Scotia community holds candlelight vigil to mourn murder-suicide victimsLionel Desmond, 33, was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, where he served two tours over two years. Relatives and fellow infantrymen say the mental trauma he suffered there left him with post-traumatic stress disorder. A military source says he received treatment at the Joint Support Unit at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in central New Brunswick.However, relatives have insisted that Lionel Desmond did not get the help he needed after he was released from the military in July 2015, prompting a national discussion over the treatment of war veterans and the role domestic violence may have played in the deaths.Lionel and Brenda Desmond’s funeral was held Wednesday at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Tracadie, N.S., where 300 people packed the old church to overflowing. The private funeral for Shanna and Aaliyah Desmond was to be held across the street at the local hall.Before that service at the hall began, Har...
http://globalnews.ca/news/3177290/shanna-desmond-remembered-as-hopeful-resolute-as-2nd-funeral-is-held-in-ns/

No explanation for Desmond murder-suicide, priest tells Nova Scotia funeral - Nanaimo News NOW

Friday, February 17, 2017

The couple first met when they were in high school. Shanna Borden trained to be a hairdresser, but she later worked as a nurse at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in nearby Antigonish, N.S.The bodies of all four family members were found in the Desmond home in nearby Upper Big Tracadie, N.S.Desmond, a former member of the Second Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a tour in Afghanistan in 2007, and a military source later confirmed he had received treatment before he left the military and returned to Nova Scotia in July of 2015.Family members say the retired corporal also spent time at a medical clinic in Montreal last year, but they say he continued to struggle when he returned home.On his Facebook page, in which he called himself "Lionel Demon," he made it clear he was aware of his mental illness and was committed to dealing with his PTSD, and a head injury that left him with "post-concussion disorder."In one post, he said his mental-health challenges helped explain "my jealousy towards my wife and being over-controlling and (my) vulgar tongue towards my family."Family members say Desmond appeared to be coping well in recent weeks, but they say he would sometimes let loose with fits of rage and swearing, symptoms common to those suffering from PTSD.Still, relatives said Shanna Desmond and her husband were working together to deal with the illness, and they even took part in counselling over the phone. On New Year's Eve, the family gathered with relatives for a lobster dinner, during which Desmonds seemed to be at ease and enjoying themselves.But at least two relatives later said Lionel Desmond was not getting the help he needed, saying the Canadian Armed Forces did nothing for him once he left military.A day after the slain family was discovered, a relative said she couldn't understand why Lionel Desmond was recently refused treatment at the mental health unit at St. Martha's — an allegation flatly denied this week by a hospital official.Last Thursday, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said an investigation will look into how the province's health-care system dealt with Lionel Desmond.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian PressLet's block ads! (Why?)...
http://nanaimonewsnow.com/article/521452/first-two-funerals-be-held-today-after-nova-scotia-murder-suicide

Shanna Desmond remembered as hopeful, resolute as second funeral is held - Cape Breton Post

Friday, February 17, 2017

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — What most people remember about Shanna Desmond was her ever-present, winning smile and the optimism it reflected.But behind that smile was a steely sense of determination that made the 31-year-old woman an admired figure in Upper Big Tracadie, N.S., the village where she lived with her husband Lionel and their 10-year-old daughter Aaliyah before a horrific murder-suicide.Shanna and Aaliyah Desmond were to be laid to rest at a private funeral Thursday in nearby Tracadie, a day after a funeral for her mother-in-law Brenda Desmond as well as Lionel, who police say killed them all and then himself.Shanna Ralene Desmond was born in Ontario, but her family moved back to their ancestral homeland in northeastern Nova Scotia when she was in high school. Soon afterwards, she met Lionel Desmond, the young man who would later join the Canadian army and become her husband.Along the way, Desmond studied to be a hairdresser, but she wasn't content with that. Eventually, she would e...
http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/regional/2017/1/12/shanna-desmond-remembered-as-hopeful-resolute-as-second-funeral-is-held.html

Geraldine Colbourne

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Central Newfoundland Regional Healthcare Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL on January 22nd, 2017 at the age of 87. Geraldine Colbourne was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. Gerry was a charter member of the University Women’s Club, first female appointed to the Board of Regents of Memorial University, Guide Captain 6th Company for several years, Board of Directors Mary March Museum, Exploits Swimming Pool Association, The Arthritis Society, various committees in the Immaculate Conception Parish, volunteer worker for the CNIB, Red Cross, Red Shield, The Trefoil Guild, CWL, Director of the Corduroy Brook Enhancement Society and founding member of the Life Long Learners. Gerry was an avid reader and gardener. Predeceased by her parents Arthur Frederick and Teresa Colbourne. Left with fond and loving memories are sister Katharine Budd, her seven children Anne (Doug), John, Michael (Kathy), Maureen (Kevin), Patricia, Peggy and Kathy, eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, her niece, great nieces, nephews and several cousins. Also leaving to mourn are Colleen (Murphy) Crawley, Anne-Lorraine Molloy, Robert (Bob) Molloy, and cherished friend Bernadette Wicks. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Jim Maidment of Central Funeral Homes.
http://www.centralfuneralhomes.ca/book-of-memories/2282934/Colbourne-Geraldine/service-details.php

Aleta Williams, trailblazing journalist with deep church connection, dies at age 94 - TheChronicleHerald.ca

Thursday, April 12, 2018

She was also a member of the board of the United Way of Pictou County, the African United Baptist Association, AUBA Women’s Institute, Black United Front of Nova Scotia, Pictou County Council of Churches, Pictou County Seniors Festival and Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care. Her volunteerism did not go unnoticed as she was the recipient of awards from the Black Cultural Centre, United Way, Pictou County Music Festival as well as a cultural heritage award from the Town of New Glasgow to name a few. “I have been here (in Pictou County) since 1989 and what always amazed me was her quiet gentleness and anything you asked her do, it was done excellently,” said Rev. Dr. Glen Matheson of New Glasgow.   Aleta Williams: The first African Nova Scotian to work in the province’s mainstream media. She worked for The Evening News in New Glasgow for 20 years and continued to write for the newspaper well into her 80s. #newglasgow#aletawilliams#violadesmondpic.twitter.com/PKj0oaH9C4 — Michael de Adder (@deAdder) April 12, 2018 Many people will remember Williams for her career accomplishment as the first African Nova Scotian to work in the province’s mainstream media. But this wasn’t the job that Williams was looking for when she sat down for an interview with Harry Sutherland, owner of The Evening News, now known as The News. She had applied for a position in business administration but Sutherland was so impressed with her, he asked her to work in his editorial department. She accepted and within a few months was named women’s editor. “Aleta is a true pillar in her community and has been a trailblazer her entire life, without even realizing it,” said Jackie Jardine, editor of the Pictou Advocate and former community editor at The News. “She went to work at a time when most women were just entering the workforce and continued to work long after retirement. In fact, she was still writing newspaper columns when she was well into her 80s.” For 20 years, she worked as family and community editor for The Evening News and was known for putting people at ease. Widowed at a young age and while most of her children were still at home, she never missed their school, music or sports events. Nor did she cut back on her commitments to her church or her community involvement. “As a journalist, she knew her community,” said Dave Glenen, regional editor for Nova Scotia for Saltwire Network. “As we chased the fires, the mayors, the crime, she sought out the ordinary and drew out their stories. While most hoped not to be a target of some of our stories, all celebrated being in one of Aleta’s. It was common to hear on the weekends, people talking about the latest Aleta feature.” Throughout her career she believed passionately that everyone has a story to tell and immediately put people at ease in the telling while she ...
http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1561544-aleta-williams-trailblazing-journalist-with-deep-church-connection-dies-at-age-94

Cornwall and Area Death Notices - Cornwall Seaway News

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Your ability to make a career of your passion (flying), your role at the core of a happy family and your deep love of jazz continue to shape all of our lives. Bruce Burgess was born in Amherst Nova Scotia in 1932, son of Clifford Burgess and Eva Trueman. He volunteered, at the age of 18, to join the Royal Canadian Air Force at the start of the cold war, serving from 1951 to 1987, as a jetfighter pilot. During flight training he was the recipient of the JD Siddley trophy for best performance, receiving his commission as a Pilot Officer in the RCAF in 1952. He served two tours in Germany, initially flying CF-86 sabres with 434 Squadron in Zweibrucken from 1953-54 and then returning to command 441 and 439 Squadrons flying CF-104 starfighters in Lahr and Baden-Sollingen from 1969-72. After his first tour overseas he married his high-school sweetheart and lifelong love, Faith Marie Mill, in December 1954. Returning to Canada from Europe in 1954 he served in the Overseas Ferry Unit, flying small single-engined fighters across the Atlantic to Europe from Longeueil, Quebec. Postings through the late 50s and early 60s saw him training the RCAF’s (and NATO’s) growing cadre of pilots in Portage la Prairie, Saskatoon and Gimli. His experience with accident investigation within the Flight Safety Directorate in Ottawa from 1965-68 helped initiate safety procedures that dramatically brought down the accident rate amongst new jet pilots. After a year’s study in Staff College in Kingston and operational training in Chatham and Cold Lake, Bruce Burgess returned to Europe, commanding 441 and 439 reconnaissance squadrons flying CF-104s in Germany and studying with the Royal Air Force Warfare College at RAF Manby in 1...
http://www.cornwallseawaynews.com/community/2018/3/5/cornwall-and-area-death-notices.html

CP Explains: How bodies are identified by the authorities - Salmon Arm Observer

Thursday, April 12, 2018

That’s often the easiest and quickest way to identify a body,” said Dr. Matt Bowes, chief medical examiner for Nova Scotia.Another option is using genetic matching. The problem is that it can take time to get the DNA comparisons done.“You want to give information to families quickly and you want to figure things out as quickly as you can, so it’s always at the moment thinking what is the best approach to take,” Huyer said.Related: Dyed hair a factor in Humboldt bus crash victim mix-upWhat difficulties did the Saskatchewan coroner face in the bus crash?The situation in Saskatchewan was complex for several reasons. One of them was the large number of victims who had suffered terrible injuries that rendered them less recognizable. Further compounding the problem was that the teammates had dyed their hair blond for the playoffs, were of similar age and similar build.“In addition to that, the coroner is probably under a tremendous amount of pressure to clear the scene for obvious reasons of compassion,” Bowes said. “Nobody likes to stand in the way of reuniting of the family and the loved one. This is certainly the kind of thing where an error could occur.”Given the frailties inherent in any identification process, errors can and do occur, Bowes said.“They’re famous in our community,” he said. “They’re one of the things we’re very mindful of.”In one case, a man in Toronto was hit by a commuter train in 2004 and a visual identification by his sister was done. The family was at the funeral, when the man himself arrived at the sister’s house to say he wasn’t dead. “That would be one of the most extraordinary examples in Canadian history,” Bouwer said.What should be done when ID mistakes do happen.The important thing is to be very upfront and honest about what happened, Bowes said. He gave authorities in Saskatchewan credit for doing just that.“We all have to remember these things do happen,” Bowes said. “Most people are tremendously forgiving when you’re humble and forthcoming with your error.”Bowes also suggested a staff meeting to re-examine standard operating procedures to see what might have been done differently to prevent a recurrence of the mix-up. Even the best written procedures can be rewritten, he said.Fortunately, the situation in Saskatchewan is an extraordinarily rare circumstance in Canada, Bowes said.“A mass-fatality event with 15 dead is almost unknown in Canada. You can practically count them on the fingers of your hands. They are rare.”Colin Perkel, The Can...