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Funeral homes warned to be prepared in advance of possible pandemic - Toronto StarThursday, September 14, 2017
The agency notes the average attendance at a visitation in Prince Edward Island is 1,000 to 1,400 people.No special vehicle or driver’s licence is needed for transportation of the deceased, the agency states.“Therefore, there are no restrictions on families transporting bodies of family members if they have a death certificate.”Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Fall at construction site claims life of worker, 33 - OHS CanadaWednesday, August 02, 2017
Canadian OH&S News) — A 33-year-old construction worker from Prince Edward Island has died after he fell off a roof in Calgary on July 24.A spokesperson with the Calgary Police Service (CPS) said that police had been called to a construction site on Mahogany Mews SE at about 3:20 p.m. that day, following reports of a male worker falling off a roof of a four-storey building.“He was confirmed deceased at the scene by EMS,” the spokesperson added. After the CPS determined that the death had been accidental, “we notified a medical examiner and Occupational Health and Safety in Alberta, and they’re now handling the investigation.”Shirley Lyn, public-affairs officer for the Alberta Ministry of Labour, confirmed that the Ministry’s oh&s department was investigating the incident, but could not provide further details.It was unclear at press time whether the victim was using fall-protection equipment at the time of the accident. “That’s part of the investigation,” said Lyn.The victim was later publicly identified as Tyler Wallace MacDonald, who was o...
The real 'Father of Confederation' – Part 2 - Cumberland News Now - Cumberland News NowWednesday, July 05, 2017
Association of Canada and served as it’s first President.He constantly promoted the expansion of Canada as Minister of the Crown in the MacDonald administration. He assisted greatly in bringing Prince Edward Island into Confederation. He played a major role in the purchase of vast lands of the Hudson’s Bay Company, which made expansion westward possible leading eventually to the creation of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.No one believed more in the necessity to build a railroad to the Pacific Coast than Charles Tupper. He worked tirelessly on that front. In 1881, he personally visited the colony of British Columbia. At that time there was only one house in what eventually became the city of Vancouver. Yet Tupper foresaw and predicted a great metropolis.That same year, while Canadian High Commissioner in London, as well as Minister of Railways and Canals of Canada, the dream of a national railroad was in trouble. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company had encountered unforeseen problems and expenses and faced imminent financial collapse. Tupper rushed back from London and persuaded his party and Parliament to give the company a loan of 30 million dollars for four years at four percent. This is an example of the reason Charles Tupper is referred to as “the man behind the National Policy”. Building that railway and connecting the country from coast to coast was indeed a major accomplishment. Tupper himself, in one of his speeches, observed that 4 million citizens of Canada accomplished what it took 40 million Americans to do - build a railway to the Pacific.Of course we must not forget to mention strong support for the building of a canal across the isthmus of Chignecto. When the prospect of a ship railway appeared and looked feasible, he supported that with all his might. It did not come to pass, and is a long story for another time, but not due to any lack of support from Charles Tupper. Charles Tupper was first knighted in 1868 and was named a Baronet of the United Kingdom in 1888 in recognition of his service to the Empire. After he retired from the Canadian Parliament, he and his wife moved to England where he lived until his death in 1915. He often visited Canada, however, because he had children and grandchildren from coast to coast.In England he continued his public service. He sat on the executive committee of the British Empire League,which also allowed him to promote closer economic ties and the welfare of Canada in general. As an emissary of the British Crown he travelled to various capital cities of Europe. For his service to the Empire he was made a knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George ...
Undercover investigation finds big markups, confusing charges and pushy tactics at major funeral home chain - CBC.caFriday, March 17, 2017
Hidden camerasArbor Memorial Inc. has revenues of over $140 million annually and a 10 per cent share of the Canadian market, with branches in every province except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. (Wood's sister, Diana, made the original arrangements at an Arbor branch in London, Ont.)It owns and operates 92 funeral homes, 41 cemeteries and 28 crematoria and it's expanding.Funeral homes hidden camera: Equipment1:04After hearing complaints from several Canadians, Marketplace and the Toronto Star sent reporters with hidden cameras posing as customers into six Arbor Memorial locations in Ontario, including the Windsor facility Wood used. The journalists said they had a terminally ill aunt and wanted to make arrangements for a simple cremation and possibly a closed-casket service.They experienced upselling or misleading sales tactics at all six locations.Staff at several Arbor locations insisted that a $1,195 plain wooden casket would not be appropriate for a funeral service. The undercover journalists were told it was "not painted" was "simply an identification container" or had inappropriate handles. Staff at those locations instead directed the undercover reporters to rent a traditional hardwood casket at a cost of more than $2,200 a day.Undercover journalists went to several Arbor locations to talk about planning a funeral. They were told at several locations that a $1,195 plain wooden casket wasn't appropriate and urged to rent a more costly casket instead. (CBC)Caskets are often available at substantially lower prices online and from specialist retailers, but when the journalists asked about bringing in an outside casket, they were told that a fee of $595 would be added for the use of Arbor's equipment. A senior staff member at Arbor's location in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough said on tape that this was "a strategy" to maintain profits if consumers bought caskets elsewhere.Marketplace and the Toronto Star obtained a wholesale price list from Batesville, Arbor's main supplier of caskets and urns. It revealed that caskets and urns can be marked up by more than 400 per cent. The simple cremation casket that Judy purchased for her sister cost $895, over four times the listed wholesale price.And the rental casket the Marketplace team was offered for over $2,200? The cost to rent it for a single day is more than the wholesale price of buying it — and the cremation container inside — outright.'Selling anxiety'Embalming is another service that was often pushed at the funeral homes Marketplace visited.The procedure is used to give bodies a more life-like appearance for viewing and visitation and is rarely necessary in closed-casket and cremation funerals, such as the service the undercover journalists were requesting. While staff said it wasn't mandatory, they strongly recommended it for a variety of reasons, ranging from elimination of infectious diseases to preventing "potential embarrassment" from "odour."Josh Slocum, executive director of the U.S.-based Funeral Consumer's Alliance, watched some of the footage filmed by Marketplace and the Toronto Star.Slocum says embalming has been shown to have "no public health benefit" and that the funeral homes seem to be "selling anxiety to get you to pay for embalming."Arbor staff routinely told the undercover Marketplac...
Songs And Stories From The Danger Tree: Douglas Cameron & David MacFarlane - PTBOCanada (blog)Thursday, March 09, 2017
The Door You Came In is a seamless collaboration of music and spoken word. It was received this past summer with rapturous applause in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. After one performance, John Ralston Saul tweeted “so moving.” The curator and former Globe and Mail art critic, Sarah Milroy, described it as “miraculously beautiful.” The two-hander ended its summer tour in Ontario, at the Stratford Festival. “The standing ovations were always overwhelming,” says Cameron. “But at Stratford! That was special.”“A Love Letter to Newfoundland”The Door You Came In isn't quite a play and it isn't quite a concert. It's a musical story – sometimes funny, sometimes tragic – that tells the tales of family, and memory, and war.A writer visits his dying mother. He brings a book that he'd written twenty-five years ago to read to her. It's about her family. But it's also about the terrible battle – Beaumont Hamel – that sits at the heart of both Newfoundland's and her family's history. So begins The Door You Came In -- a two-man performance based on David Macfarlane's acclaimed memoir, The Danger Tree.The songs and the music of The Door You Came In a...