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'Every time we close our eyes she's there': Autumn Prince's body found by sister, mother blocks from home - CBC.ca

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Prince's mother, Gardina, said through tears.Prince's body was found in a narrow passage between this house and the fence to the left of it. (Erin Brohman/CBC)"It took us 10 minutes to find her. It took me and her sister and her boyfriend to find her, and it's traumatized us."Every time we close our eyes she's there, that last image of her, the way we found her is there."Gardina saw Prince on Saturday night when the young woman came home briefly to bathe, eat, then head out again with friends, as she often did. It's going to haunt me for the rest of my life. That image is always going to be there [and] it's hard not to blame myself.- Gardina Prince"She said, 'Good night. I love you.' And then Sunday happened," said Gardina, who was changing her baby when Prince's boyfriend banged on the apartment door that evening between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., covered in blood and intoxicated.He said he'd been jumped at a house party he and Prince were at on Ross Avenue earlier that evening."And I'm like, 'Well where's Autumn?' And he's like, 'I don't know. She left,'" Gardina said. "He said he was chasing her to bring her home but she never came home. She didn't follow him."We're known in my family to be very stubborn at times."Gardina Prince, 39, doesn't know why no one saw her daughter in the two days she was missing before she found her in the snow. (Dave Gaudet/CBC)Gardina called and messaged everyone she could think of in her daughter's circle of friends. No one had seen or heard from Prince.There was still no word about her when Monday rolled around. Prince was extremely popular and active on social media but all of her accounts had gone silent, said Gardina, who wanted to go out searching but couldn't leave her two toddlers unatt...
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/autumn-prince-winnipeg-mother-dead-found-home-ross-avenue-1.5029286

'Happy to get my daughter home,' but questions linger over Winnipeg woman's death at Caribbean hotel - CBC.ca

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Winnipeg Sunday. She said funeral arrangements have been made for the mother of two for early next week.More than a week after her daughter's death, she's still left wondering what happened. Danielle Twoheart, left, and her mother, Holly Twoheart, left Winnipeg for a week-long vacation in the Dominican Republic on Feb. 14. (Photo courtesy of Holly Twoheart)Twoheart said the two had separated at the all-inclusive hotel and she was back in her room when security came to tell her Danielle had fallen off a third-floor balcony at the hotel. She said the latest information she's been given is that her daughter was running and tripped."Their explanation, she was running around and security was trying to get her to bring her back to the room, to escort her," said Twoheart."But I guess they said that she was running too fast [and] tripped, tripped and fell over the third floor, and she was hanging on."Last weekend, a spokesperson from Global Affairs said in a statement that Canadian consular officials were in contact with local authorities to gather information and that consular services were being provided to the family.CBC News asked Global Affairs Saturday for an update.In the meantime, Twoheart said she's thinking of getting legal advice to see if there's anything else she can find out about the investigation. "I'm still wondering, 'cause it doesn't sound right," said Twoheart. "Why did she fall?"Holly Twoheart's family met her at the Winnipeg airport when she returned, alone, Monday. (Travis Golby/CBC)Let's block ads! (Why?)...
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/hotel-death-dominicanrepublic-winnipeg-1.5031272

'Extremely big-hearted': Councillors remember late colleague Barry Erskine - Calgary Herald

Saturday, March 2, 2019

I to school every morning," he said. "No matter how long the day was, no matter how late it was he always had the time to give us."Remembering her former colleague, Farrell described Erskine as "kind and generous." She recalled he always wrote with a green pen."He was a big man, with a really big heart," Farrell said. "He had his quirks, but he cared deeply about people and his city."Even if we disagreed, it was always respectful and civil. He lamented the deterioration of politics. What always struck me is he always took time to meet with citizens. Even before I got elected, I had met with him. He was always open and generous with his time and extremely big-hearted."Bob Hawkesworth, who served on council alongside Erskine, agreed with that characterization."He was, of all the colleagues I knew and worked with, relatively easygoing and kind, never malicious," Hawkesworth said. "He never held a grudge or any tit-for-tat." Calgary Alderman Barry Erskine lounges in a favourite setting of his SW home back in 2003. Ted Jacob / Calgary Herald Following his council years, Erskine continued teaching horticulture and design at the University of Calgary.Coun. Ray Jones recalled his passion while serving alongside him. What stood out was "his size, mainly.""He was tall. He was always friendly with everybody," said Jones, adding he nicknamed Erskine "Huggy Bear.""That's what he reminded me of is a great big bear. He was friendly and was a nice guy."Erskine is survived by his wife Robin and children, James and Erin.James said the family is working out the details of a grant in Erskine's name to help fund brain research at the University of Calgary.A funeral will be held at the McInnis & Holloway funeral home at 5008 Elbow Dr. S.W. on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.shudes@postmedia.comTwitter.com/SammyHudes Calgary police confirm explosion, fatal fire not considered suspicious One year later: Evicted Midfield park residents feel like victims of... a href="https://bl...
https://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/extremely-bighearted-councillors-remember-late-colleague-barry-erskine

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

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Centre.Hussein said the decision to make the funeral public came after seeing so much support and compassion for the 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 Bar...
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/halifax-fire-victims-barho-family-1.5030677

'A launching pad to start over': Three women find new lives with support of Kingston Interval House - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Saturday, March 2, 2019

In Ottawa, Wiwchar's mother was dying, but in Australia, the love of her life, a healthy New South Wales police officer, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of kidney cancer. After considering her agonizing choices, in 2013 she returned to Canada. Ten days after she landed, her partner died.It was the darkest time in Wiwchar's life. Unable to afford to return home to Australia for the funeral, a close friend in Kingston took her and her 11-year-old son in. It was successful for a few months, but then things turned south and she and her son were forced to move out."We moved into this hotel and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I'm homeless, with a child, and I don't know anybody,'" Wiwchar recalled.Leaning on her church for support and still grieving the loss of her son's father, Wiwchar called women's shelters in the area, but she said many told her that her situation wasn't suited for them.Interval House decided to accept the small family for her child's safety. On Aug. 28, 2013, Wiwchar and her son moved into the shelter for six weeks before an apartment at Robin's Hope opened up."I'm super grateful for Robin's Hope, because my son in the shelter was being exposed to things that he'd never been exposed to," Wiwchar said. "In the apartment he found a safer space. It literally gave us a launching pad to start over, where he was able to feel stable, to feel he had a home to come to, and to start making friends."After a brief stay at Robin's Hope, Wiwchar and her son are now living in affordable housing. She cannot work and receives disability benefits due to a spinal injury she suffered while working as a paramedic in Australia.She described their life Down Under as "very comfortable," and admitted their new one in Kingston was a significant transition. She wants to work, but she's found that Ontario's social assistance has made it next to impossible. She said the problem is that if you earn more than $500 a month, the province starts taxing it dollar-for-dollar up to 50 per cent. After 50 per cent, a person loses social assistance and any benefits, she said."It makes it frightening. I know why people don't want to get off of it," Wiwchar said."I went to an employment agency and was told basically I'm unemployable to them … I went home and I cried. How am I unemployable? I worked as a medic, as a makeup...
https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/a-launching-pad-to-start-over-three-women-find-new-lives-with-support-of-kingston-interval-house

Albert Frank Czapski - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Park. He was preceded in death by a twin sister, Alberta Dorsey. Albert was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Westville. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed remote fly-fishing trips to Ontario, Canada, and golfing. He was a graduate of Westville High School, where he played football. He owned and operated Flip's Tavern for 35 years. He worked at Allied Chemical for 35 years and Thirion Glass for five years. He was on the Westville Fire Department and was former president of Westville-Belgium Sanitary District. Private services and entombment were held at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, Danville, with Fr. Robert Hoffmann officiating. Memorials may be made to Westville Public Library. Rortvedt Funeral Services, Tilton, assisted the family. Online condolences at rortvedtfuneralservices.com. Let's block ads! (Why?)...
http://www.news-gazette.com/obituaries/2019-02-04/albert-frank-czapski.html

'A launching pad to start over': Three women find new lives with support of Kingston Interval House - The Kingston Whig-Standard

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Australia.She described their life Down Under as "very comfortable," and admitted their new one in Kingston was a significant transition. She wants to work, but she's found that Ontario's social assistance has made it next to impossible. She said the problem is that if you earn more than $500 a month, the province starts taxing it dollar-for-dollar up to 50 per cent. After 50 per cent, a person loses social assistance and any benefits, she said."It makes it frightening. I know why people don't want to get off of it," Wiwchar said."I went to an employment agency and was told basically I'm unemployable to them … I went home and I cried. How am I unemployable? I worked as a medic, as a makeup artist, I managed retail, and I have office training."Kerry is also on disability due to severe arthritis and is diagnosed bipolar. Her life has not been an easy one. In the winter of 2016 she says police recommended she reach out to Interval House because her ex-boyfriend, who constantly assaulted and stole from Kerry, had been released on parole and hadn't attended his halfway house."He just came and went as he pleased," Kerry said of her relationship with the man. "His whole family for six years just totally took over my life … he would inject me [with hydromorphone] while I was sleeping."At one point, she said, he kept her overdosed for three days so that he could steal her medications. Her 10-year-old son and dog at the time waited for her to wake."My son just laid with me," Kerry said. "He should have called an ambulance but he was afraid he'd be taken away."Taking her medications left her mentally unstable and unable to fully care for herself. Eventually it hospitalized her for five months, forcing Family and Children's Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington to take her preteen son away.Kerry was once a successful medical secretary. She says she was good at her job, but she was addicted to crack cocaine. She was introduced to the drug by another former partner who was also abusive.When she learned that her former partner was being released and was on the run, she was scared that he'd kill her. She called Interval House, stayed in the shelter for six months, and then lived in one of Robin's Hope's accessible units for nearly a year and a half.Kerry has been clean for three and a half years and gives back to Interval House by running painting classes at Robin's Hope. Kerry has also done her best to separate herself from destructive people, and while her sister has custody of her son, she said that relationship is becoming stronger every visit.Kerry explains you have to want to get better."I wanted to do the programs. You don't realize about how naive you are about red flags [in relationships] and boundaries," Kerry said. "I didn't realize how much of a sucker I felt I was, but also how mentally unhealthy I felt that I was to let someone control my mind like that. Call you stupid, make you feel less than."Making Claire feel she was "less than" was her former spouse's strategy to control her. A highly educated woman with a doctorate, Claire was often invited to speak at conferences around the wo...
https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/a-launching-pad-to-start-over-three-women-find-new-lives-with-support-of-kingston-interval-house

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar remembered as a dreamer - CTV News Windsor

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Last Updated Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:05PM EST BRAMPTON, Ont. -- An 11-year-old girl allegedly killed by her father in southern Ontario was a dreamer, a dancer and a singer who "always saw the good in every situation." It was standing room only at an Etobicoke funeral home as friends and family of Rajkumar gathered on Wednesday. In a eulogy delivered during the Hindu service, which was held at the Lotus Funeral and Cremation Centre on Wednesday morning, Riya was described as a "positive child" who loved life and "saw the good in every situation." On Tuesday night, about 100 mourners gathered to listen to speeches, poems and songs as the community remembered Riya Rajkumar in Brampton, Ont. "My daughter Riya was taken from me too early," Priya Ramdin, who did not attend the vigil, said in a statement read by Peel police Deputy Chief Chris McCord. "She never liked to be negative and always saw the good in every situation. If I'm ever upset, she would say 'Mama, don't be sad, look at the positives."' The day Riya died -- Valentine's Day -- was also her and her mother's birthdays. "Early that day, we went to do our nails and her choice of colour was red," Ramdin said. "She was so excited for her birthday, looking forward to having dinner later that evening. Never did I think that my daughter woul...
https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/11-year-old-riya-rajkumar-remembered-as-a-dreamer-1.4304744