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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/

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

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

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

Details emerging about Gerald Cotten, the young founder of QuadrigaCX - Burnaby Now

Saturday, 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. article continues below Trending Stories 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...
https://www.burnabynow.com/details-emerging-about-gerald-cotten-the-young-founder-of-quadrigacx-1.23626982

A 'warm embrace' for grieving parents at funeral of seven young fire victims - OrilliaMatters.Com

Saturday, 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...
https://www.orilliamatters.com/national-news/a-warm-embrace-for-grieving-parents-at-funeral-of-seven-young-fire-victims-1257277

7 white caskets as Halifax says goodbye to children lost in house fire - CBC News

Saturday, 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...
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-fire-victims-barho-family-1.5030677