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Convicted sex offender Donnie Snook allowed escorted absence from prison - CBC NewsWednesday, March 27, 2019
N.L., in the mid-1990s.Grace Murphy volunteered with Snook, serving hot lunches every day.Both Murphy and her late mother were fond of Snook and the work he was doing with children. Murphy even asked Snook to conduct the service when her mother died.When she learned the truth, she was shocked."I was angry," Murphy said. "I just felt so bad for the kids."Grace Murphy volunteered with Donnie Snook, serving hot lunches to children. She doesn't agree with the decision to allow him an escorted temporary absence from prison. (Graham Thompson/CBC)Murphy said she is sorry to hear Snook's father died, but she disagrees with the decision to allow him to leave prison, even if he'll be escorted by correctional officers."That was a horrendous, horrendous crime that he committed against those children," she said."Those children are suffering a life sentence."Six years after her picture of Snook was shattered, Murphy still finds it difficult to trust people who are working with children or to believe they won't do the same harm."He hurt a whole community, not just 18 children."Snook was eligible for parole in JuneCorrectional Service Canada would not confirm Snook's temporary absence from prison, citing privacy concerns."The Privacy Act prevents me from discussing the specifics of an offender's case," Correctional Service Canada spokesperson Lucinda Fraser wrote in an emailed statement.The institutional head of a prison has the power to grant an escorted temporary absence up to five days in duration, according to Correctional Service Canada.Unescorted temporary absences require a Parole Board of Canada hearing."If this offender applied for an unescorted temporary absence the Parole Board would schedule a hearing and any registered victims would be notified of the application, provided an opportunity to submit a statement and be able to attend the hearing," spokesperson Heather Byron wrote in an emailed statement.Snook would have been eligible for full parole this June, but he waived his right to "a legislated full parole review," Byron wrote.His next review for full parole is scheduled for April 2024.Let's block ads! (Why?)...
Clark Davey, 1928-2019: 'The true journalist of journalists' - Ottawa CitizenWednesday, March 27, 2019
Clark Davey, one of the great newspapermen and among the few who rose from a small-town reporter's desk to managing editors' offices and publishers' boardrooms in the largest papers across the country, died Monday in Ottawa. He was 90."He was far-sighted and funny, and cared deeply about journalists and journalism," says Lucinda Chodan, editor-in-chief of the Montreal Gazette, who arrived there as an arts reporter in 1984, a year into Davey's tenure as publisher. "You can see that in the incredible role he played in founding the Michener Awards Foundation and fostering great journalism in Canada."The fact that he was managing editor of the Globe and Mail and publisher in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver shows his versatility and his great track record. When he was at a news organization, things got better."Russ Mills, whose two tours of duty as publisher of the Ottawa Citizen sandwiched Davey's, described Davey as "a legendary figure" in journalism, whose breadth of experience made his counsel regularly sought by other publishers and editors.Davey followed the news closely, right up to the end. According to Mills, Davey attended weekly round-table lunches at the Rideau Club, and at last week's, for example, was active and up-to-date discussing the SNC-Lavalin file.Davey was born in 1928 in Chatham, Ont. His career might have taken a completely different arc had his poor vision not kept him from attending Royal Roads Military College in B.C. He was heartbroken after failing his medical, but an English teacher told him t...
David John Couch - Vernon Morning StarWednesday, March 27, 2019
He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, brother in law Will (Heather), sister in law Delores, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends. Dad was born in the small town of Bayard Nebraska. At the age of 15 he moved to Canada with his brother Dwaine. In two short years he and Dwaine started Sure Crop Feeds in Grindrod. Dad was always amazed that local farmers would stop in at the shop and take advice from “those two punk kids.” Over the years the business continued to grow and expand to include other business ventures. Dad split his time between his growing family, the farm, Sure Crop, and playing baseball. After Sure Crop was sold, in the late eighties, dad continued to work on the farm before returning to the grain business. In the early 2000’s he finally retired into being a full time farmer. The rest of his years were spent together with Phyllis on the family farm in Mara. Dave was a walking history book about farming in the Okanagan. He enjoyed going on the road with the boys and pointing out the changes that had occurred in the valley over the course of his lifetime. Dad always had the back story to the back story about the farms in our community. A natural athlete in his youth Dave played a lot of “ball” up and down the Okanagan and coached the Enderby Legionnaires all the way to provincial victory. The playing turned to watching and he spent many a day “coaching” the Boston Red Sox from his easy chair in addition to the BC Lions and Vancouver C...
Cirque du Soleil's Kamloops performance will turn a funeral into a celebration - CFJC Today KamloopsWednesday, March 27, 2019
Corteo publicist Max Batista, says the show has a positive focus.
"We're going to see his friends from all over the world, in different circuses coming to see him and show all their amazing skills that they have," Batista says. "It is a celebration of life, where we kind of go through the journey of this clown, and see all the greatest moments that he had while he was alive."
Like most Cirque du Soleil shows, the talent showcased comes from all over the world.
"In Corteo we have 52 performers, from 18 different nationalities," Batista says. "They have a big variety of backgrounds. We have some musicians, actors, actresses, people coming from circus school, gymnasts. So it's a really mixed group."
Included in the international group is juggler Johan Juslin, originally from Finland, who got his start at a young age.
"I saw Cirque du Soleil on TV, and the juggler in the show was just mesmerizing," Juslin says. "There was something with the juggling that made me super interested with the whole thing. So when the show was done, I went to my backyard with three tennis balls and started practicing, and I've been juggling since then. So, 17 years now."
Preparations for each city's show are no small endeavour either, which performer Marie-Christine Menard says can take a full day of rehearsing and setting up.
"On Wednesday, every city, it's always a long training day," Menard says. "Everybody gets here super early, and then we slowly get through the day to be ready for the evening."
The first performance starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 24, a...
Death Notices - March 2019 - Port Dover Maple LeafWednesday, March 27, 2019
Allen McMannMcMANN, Allen – March 22, 2019 at the Norfolk General Hospital, with his wife Jackie at his side. David Allen Lewis McMann was born in 1937 and grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Port Dover, moving to town with his family in 1949. As a teenager in Port Dover, he began his 38-year career with Canada Post, first sorting mail and finally as long-time senior assistant (Port Dover) and postmaster (Jarvis, 1981-1990). Allen may be best remembered for his ever-polite, gentlemanly manner, his passion for fiddle playing, and his pastime as purveyor of Country Candy's much-loved candy floss and apples, a business he inherited from in-laws Harry and Gibby Rolston. Allen was happiest playing his "little red fiddle," first with the Country Driftwoods in the 1960s, and more recently with the Country Snowbirds near his winter home in Largo, Florida. Even beset by Alzheimer's, Allen remembered his fiddle tunes and smiled as he played. In earlier years, Allen and fellow St. John's Ambulance attendant Charlie Bridgwater ran Port Dover's first ambulance service from 1955-1960, working day and night with a cast of volunteers, providing first aid to the town's injured and ill and rushing ...