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416 McGill Street
Hawkesbury, ON K6A 1R2
(877) 632-8511

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Cape Breton politician known for his ties to Strait area - Cape Breton Post

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Acadian cabinet minister in the province’s history. He served as the minister of education, minister of youth, provincial secretary and minister of emergency measures.He owned CIGO in Port Hawkesbury between 1975 and 1985 and that’s where present station president Bob MacEachern first met him.“I was an employee of his company for about six years,” said MacEachern on Friday. “I didn’t work closely with him — I got to know him after that.”MacEachern said Doucet may have left Cape Breton to work as a lawyer in Halifax and as a consultant in Ottawa but the Strait area was never far from his mind.“He was always very much connected to the Strait region and what was going on.”Doucet is survived by his wife, Vida, five children, 13 grandchildren and four brothers. Snow’s Funeral Home in Halifax will announce the funeral information once it is known.news@cbpost.comLet's block ads! (Why?)...
http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/cape-breton-politician-known-for-his-ties-to-strait-area-164853/

Funeral industry says Saskatchewan funding for poor people still confusing - CBC.ca

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

We would like to relook at it. We have some thoughts of going down ... what would be your concern,' and then we could sit down and look at it," Berthiaume said Tuesday in a phone interview from Hawkesbury, Ont."Costs of providing service for rituals are not going down. They're not cheap."But all families "regardless of your status in life" need to be shown respect as they say goodbye to their loved ones, Berthiaume said.As of July 1, the province cut the amount it will pay to funeral homes for clients on social assistance from $3,850 to $2,100 as a way to save the cash-strapped province money.In March, the province said it would cover basic preparation of a body, transfers, a standard casket or urn and regulatory fees, but families would have to foot the bill for additional things such as viewings.Advocates for low income and homeless people called the cuts dehumanizing for those who are already marginalized.On Monday, Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said the government made a mistake when it cut some aspects of the coverage, and announced the province will provide up to $700 more for viewings or rituals when requested by next of kin.She said the government also will provide up to $700 for embalming if needed and an additional $925 for cremation fees."If I calculate the $2,100 and then the $700 for the embalming and the $925 for cremation, well then we're back up at $3,700, so what's the ministry want to accomplish at that point?" asked Berthiaume. "I don't know."Berthiaume maintained there is still confusion over what's covered and what isn't."If the family doesn't have a plot, do they pay for the plot or not?" he asked. "It's not only the funeral. What do we do to bury ...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saskatchewan-funding-for-poor-people-still-confusing-1.4181432

Port Hawkesbury's Deveaux broke Royal Canadian Legion gender barrier - Cape Breton Post

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Under the Map acting troupe.And, she was also involved in politics, having served as campaign manager for longtime Port Hawkesbury Mayor Billy Joe MacLean, who stepped down last October after more than a half century in politics.“Jean Marie was a little lady, but she was six-feet-tall when it came to standing up for somebody’s rights or when it came to speaking her mind,” recalled MacLean.“Whatever she took on she made sure she did it well, so she gained a reputation around town as the one to talk to if you needed something done — she was well-respected in the community, she was a good mother, a good resident and a very smart girl.”Deveaux was also known for her moving speeches and her excellent writing skills that she put on display when writing articles for The Torch, the Royal Canadian Legion’s quarterly newspaper.Both a legion tribute service today and funeral mass on Saturday will be held in Port Hawkesbury this weekend.david.jala@cbpost.comLet's block ads! (Why?)...
http://www.capebretonpost.com/news/local/2017/2/23/jean-marie-deveaux-broke-royal-canadian-legion-gender-barrier.html

Firefighters one hour late to blaze that destroyed Ontario home ... - National Post

Friday, January 6, 2017

The farmhouse burned down on the morning of Dec. 27 after Deschênes and her partner Ken Tremblay and their 20-month-old son Caleb were out grocery shopping. The family headed out to nearby Hawkesbury. While they were out, Deschênes got a text from neighbour Ron Legault, who had noticed black smoke billowing from the farmhouse on Horse Creek Road just south of Alfred. The village is about 80 kilometres east of Ottawa and only a few kilometres from the Ottawa River, which separates Ontario and Quebec.. “We did a U-turn and went home,” said Deschênes. Legault had already called 911. And this is where the problem began. His cellphone had a Quebec number, so the call was relayed to Quebec. The dispatcher there called a fire station in St. Isidore, about 30 minutes away, even though the fire station in Alfred was only a few minutes away. The firefighters had to fill their tank with water from a nearby creek before they could tackle the fire. By the time Deschênes and Tremblay got home, their house was already engulfed in flames. “It was almost completely destroyed,” said Deschênes The firefighters from St. Isidore put out the fire, but could do nothing to save the house. The family dog, Booboo, perished in the inferno, but three horses in a nearby barn were not injured. Legault and Janice Winsor, who live next door on the dead-end road, had a mix-up happen to them on Nov. 27, 2015, after a fire broke out in an outdoor electrical panel. Winsor called 911, and the dispatche...
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/firefighters-one-hour-late-to-blaze-that-destroyed-ontario-home-because-911-call-came-from-quebec-number

Shortage expected to grow as baby boomers retire, say Cape Breton funeral operators - CBC.ca

Friday, September 2, 2016

North America faces a shortage of trained professionals and a wave of retirements loom, according to funeral home directors in Cape Breton. In Port Hawkesbury, John Green, a funeral home director and vice president of the Funeral Service Association of Canada, is feeling the pinch. "My own operation here in Port Hawkesbury we're seeking a full-time person and it's not the easiest to find," he says. Funeral homes are looking far afield. Green says it's "not uncommon" for the Funeral Service Association of Nova Scotia to receive emails from funeral homes in British Columbia trying to find people to work. Part of what's driving people away from the industry, Green says, is the long hours and the requirement to be constantly on call. John Green is vice president of the Funeral Service Association of Canada. He says there's a shortage of trained funeral home workers across the country. (www.greensfuneralhome.ca) There's also limited training opportunities. Green said the Nova Scotia Community College now only takes new students every two years, which means the system isn't turning out as many graduates. And that's means fewer people to replace those who...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/funeral-worker-shortage-1.3241717

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

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