Canada Death Notices
'Extremely big-hearted': Councillors remember late colleague Barry Erskine - Calgary HeraldSaturday, March 2, 2019
Former Calgary alderman Barry Erskine in his city hall office.
Ted Jacob / Calgary Herald
Longtime former city councillor Barry Erskine died Thursday at the age of 73.Erskine, who had been battling a lengthy brain disease, served five terms on council in Ward 11 before he was succeeded by Brian Pincott in 2007.First elected in 1992, Erskine won his seat by acclamation twice, including in 2004, which was the start to his final term on council. He later ran as an Independent candidate in the 2008 provincial election in the riding of Calgary-Elbow and also put his name forth on the mayoral ballot in 2010.Barry was a champion of the environment. And a bit quirky – at work he only ever used green ink! Condolences to his family and friends.- Joe Ceci (@joececiyyc) February 17, 2019Holding a bachelor of science degree, Erskine was known for his work as an environmentalist and hortic...
'He was old school': Saskatoon's musical community remembers cultural icon Maurice Drouin - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
Musicians across Saskatchewan are mourning the death of well-known jazz pianist Maurice Drouin.Drouin, 82, died after performing a set at the Hawood Inn in Waskesiu, Sask. on Saturday. Drouin has been a pillar in Saskatoon's jazz community for decades, performing countless gigs across the city."He played until the day before he died," Don Griffith, musician and artistic director of The Bassment, told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning. "That's the kind of guy he was, you know? Here's an 82-year-old man, driving from Saskatoon in this cold snap to to play a gig up in Waskesiu. That says it all."Drouin learned to play the piano by ear and carved out an audience by relentlessly playing concerts for decades."He would call three months before a show and ask how tickets were," he said. "He's the only musician who would do that. He knew that in order to play at The Bassment again, he had to have those seats full."Long time jazz musician Maurice Drouin died suddenly over...
'A launching pad to start over': Three women find new lives with support of Kingston Interval House - The Kingston Whig-StandardSaturday, March 2, 2019
Kingston Interval House.
Two of the three women who appear in this story spoke to Steph Crosier with the provision of anonymity. Anonymity, granted only sparingly, was agreed to for their safety. These women have been given the pseudonyms Kerry and Claire. The first night Margaret Wiwchar spent in the Kingston Interval House shelter with her 11-year-old son was one of the longest. They had no place to go, no one to take them in, they were alone in the world and in a country she hadn't called home for almost 19 years."It wasn't so much a case of domestic violence, as I [and my son were] just going to end up homeless," Wiwchar said.Kingston Interval House provides emergency shelter for women alongside myriad other services such as counselling. They also provide Robin's Hope, a second-stage housing apartment building for women awaiting affordable ho...
'Happy to get my daughter home,' but questions linger over Winnipeg woman's death at Caribbean hotel - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
As a Winnipeg mother waits for her daughter's body to be flown back to Winnipeg this weekend, she still has questions about what led to the 26-year-old's death while on vacation in the Dominican Republic earlier this month.Holly Twoheart's daughter Danielle Twoheart died in hospital last Friday. Hotel staff told her it was believed Danielle had fallen from a third-floor balcony at the resort, Twoheart says."I'm so lost, I don't even know what to think," said Twoheart. "I'm just happy to get my daughter home."Twoheart said her daughter's body is expected to arrive in 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 tw...
'Every time we close our eyes she's there': Autumn Prince's body found by sister, mother blocks from home - CBC.caSaturday, March 2, 2019
A Winnipeg mother who went searching for her missing daughter and found her body in the snow just blocks from home can't understand how no one saw or helped her, even after she died.Autumn Prince, 18, was found curled in the fetal position Tuesday morning - three days after she'd last been seen - in a yard on Ross Avenue in central Winnipeg.Her body, dressed in just a purple tank top, black tights and no shoes, was between the chain link fence and a house. The yard was a short walk from her home on Bannatyne Avenue. "I can't see how people all day Monday did not see my daughter there. Someone could have helped my daughter, someone could have just looked out their window. Someone could have done that for my kid, and they didn't," 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...