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Betty McMillan, Stratford's first female mayor, dies - BlackburnNews.comWednesday, March 27, 2019
According to the obituary provided by W.G. Young Funeral Home, McMillan had worked as a teacher and a realtor before developing an interest in politics, having worked on several election campaigns. In addition to serving as mayor of Stratford in the 1970s, McMillan had also served on council and for one term on the Stratford Board of Education.
Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson tweeted his condolences to the McMillan family, calling McMillan a “kind, thoughtful and great leader”. Mathieson has ordered all flags at Stratford city buildings to be lowered to half-staff.
Saddened to learn of the passing of former @cityofstratford Mayor Betty McMillan. Betty was a kind, thoughtful & great leader. On behalf of all citizens please accept our heartfelt condolences, flags to be lowered on city buildings this week in her memory https://t.co/F8NxB044wn
- Dan Mathieson (@Danmathieson) February 19, 2019
McMillan was born Betty Ashbourne and was raised in Toronto. She attended the University of Toronto, where she met her husband. They eventually settled in Stratford. McMillan taught a variety of subjects at schools in Stratford and Mitchell and also worked as a realtor alongside her brother, Richard Ashbourne. McMillan was involved in a variety of community projects, ranging from Canada Census training to overseeing Sunday School programs at the present-day Avondale United Church, to serving as president of United Church Women. Her outside interests included golf and painting.
McMillan is survived by her four children, Eric G., Beatrice, Suzanne Kelly and Judi Gilbert, 12 living grandchildren, plus several nephews, nieces and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Richard and Paul Ashbourne and sister-in-law Winnie Ashbourne. She is predeceased by her husband Eric C., two brothers, a sister, a granddaughter ...
Doug Ford's office calls Randy Hillier's allegations 'outright lie' - CTV NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:56AM EDT
The Ford government was in damage control mode Monday, denying allegations that an outspoken legislator was expelled from Progressive Conservative caucus for raising concerns about possible "illegal and unregistered" lobbying by the premier's friends and advisers.
Randy Hillier, a veteran politician who represents the eastern Ontario riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, was ousted Friday after the party said he was unwilling to be a team player.
But in an open letter Monday, Hillier gave his version of events, claiming he was turfed after pushing back against party operatives who he alleged are silencing elected politicians.
"Like many people, I had high hopes and expectations with the election of a PC government after 15 years of Liberal mismanagement, scandals, and harmful policies," Hillier said. "I could not stand by and tolerate operatives engaging in similar and more egregious acts."
Hillier, who wasn't at the legislature Monday, alleged he was condemned for a variety of activities including raising concerns of possible illegal and unregistered lobbying by close friends and advisers employed by Premier Doug Ford.
He also ...
Dr. Barrie deVeber, founder of bioethics institute, dies at 90 - The Catholic RegisterWednesday, March 27, 2019
If it was up to Dr. Barrie deVeber, his name would not be on the institution dedicated to researching all aspects of human life.
Alas, there were others who thought otherwise, and in 1982 the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research was born and continues to thrive to this day.
"He always said I didn't vote for that," said Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, but he was overruled by the board of what was then called the Human Life Research Institute.
"He wasn't seeking any spotlight," said Schadenberg.
Dr. deVeber, one of Canada's leading pro-life proponents, died Feb. 28 at the age of 90.
Dr. deVeber's hands were all over the pro-life movement in Canada. He founded Defense of the Unborn, the first official pro-life group in Canada, and was national president of Alliance for Life when it presented a pro-life petition to then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau with more than one million signatures.
In addition to being founding president of the deVeber Institute, he was also founding preside...
Donald Michael “Don” Lemiski - Vernon Morning StarWednesday, March 27, 2019
Brett and John (and their mother, Mardy), Evan and Mica, Adrian and Sean, Josie, Elle and Blue; two nieces, Natasha and Hannah; two nephews, Ron and Tom; and numerous cousins.
Don loved to socialize and really appreciated his friendships with the Kinsmen, United Church members and choir, classmates, fishing buddies and neighbors. He was beloved by so many in the community as a genuine, giving and fun friend to all. Don loved to fish, golf, sing, care for his lakeshore property and vacation in Hawaii. He will be deeply missed but his legacy and his aloha spirit will live on in all those he touched.
During a year long battle with cancer he remained optimistic and extremely grateful for the life he had lived and for those he shared it with. Special thanks to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Dr. LePage, Dr. Bosma, Dr. Hardy and the exceptional staff of the Vernon Cancer Clinic, and the lovely Hospice House.
Cremation preceded a Funeral Service which will be held at Trinity United Church, 3300 Alexis Park Drive, on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 1:00 pm.
Funeral arrangements have been made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 250-542-1187.
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Bereaved Families of Ontario - Cornwall to close - Standard FreeholderWednesday, March 27, 2019
Cornwall to get help as the Bereaved Families of Ontario – Cornwall and Area (BFO) is closing.For many years, the volunteer-led group has been helping grieving people in the city and the townships work out their feelings by letting them talk to people who been through the same thing. It wasn't grief counselling per se – because no one there was trained as a professional counsellor – but it provided people with a place to vent, get advice, resources and other forms of support much more quickly than the weeks-long waiting lists for grief counsellors would allow.On Tuesday, BFO let its volunteers know the organization would be folding after May 31. After years of unsuccessful fundraisers, renegotiated leases, operating cutbacks and other efforts to keep itself afloat financially, the group has run out of money."We are no longer able to operate the office unless we got some miraculous funding between now and May 31," said Gisele Roy, program co-ordinator.The inevitability of death is an awful thing to think about, which is why people are pretty good at putting it out of their minds almost all of the time. It's a defence mechanism that allows everyone to live their lives without being in constant state of existential dread, or obsessing about how they would go on if one of their parents, spouse, friends or even their children died.Being able to put such thoughts aside is likely good for everyone's mental wellbeing. But that intentional blindness to something that will impact everyone eventually likely did not help the organization dedicated to helping people deal with those impacts."We are getting overlooked. Grief and death are not popular topics. People want to avoid talking about that," said Roy with a rueful chuckle. "We have sent out so many applications (for grants); we've contacted service clubs, insurance companies, legal firms about all kinds of applications and all kinds of activities and fundraisers."There were many othe...