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Betty McMillan, Stratford's first female mayor, dies - BlackburnNews.comWednesday, March 27, 2019
McMillan’s cremated remains will be scattered in God's Holy Acre in the St. James Anglican Church Rose Garden. Expressions of sympathy and memorial donations may be made to the Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice, Avondale United Church or Spruce Lodge gardens through the funeral home.
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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 president of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
Donald Michael “Don” Lemiski - Vernon Morning StarWednesday, March 27, 2019
University of Alberta where he met his future wife, Shirley Sutherland. They married and returned to Vernon to raise their family and start a dental practice. Don was a well known and respected dentist for 43 years in downtown Vernon and he also helped establish a permanent dental theatre in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Isabel and Michael Lemiski; his first wife, Shirley; one sister-in-law, Janet Lemiski and his dear friend, Beryl Rook.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Brigitte; two brothers, Frank and Michael (Hedy); his four children, Doug (Nathalie), David (Norma), Bill (Dawn) and Carol Ryan (Dan). His memory will be forever cherished by his nine grandchildren, 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...
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Cornwall to close - Standard FreeholderWednesday, March 27, 2019
Death and the grief that follows is an inescapable reality of the human condition.Even if you have never experienced the grief of losing a loved one, it will happen to you eventually. And after that, someone else will experience it when it is your own time to go.But at the end of May, there will be one less place in 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 th...
Doug Ford's office calls Randy Hillier's allegations 'outright lie' - CTV NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
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 claimed he was punished for refusing to obtain permission to speak to the me...