Daily Archives: May 18, 2018

Celebrations of life in creative locations taking over from stuffy funeral homes

Forget the dimly lit, sombre mood of an old-fashioned funeral home. Consider instead a cocktail party-style celebration of life, complete with hors d’oeuvres and a video tribute. Ashes in an urn? Try a teapot, or a toolbox instead. Canadians’ ideas about what should happen after they die are becoming more creative and custom-designed to the individual. And that means businesses ...

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Newly granted access to residential school cemetery holds deep meaning for Battleford event organizers

As dozens of people crossed a field of high grass toward the final resting place for at least 50 residential school children, the event name used by organizers, “walk for reconciliation,” felt more than symbolic. It’s the first time some elders and young children have been able to visit the site where their ancestors may have been buried. “I know some of our ...

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'Fake Indian': Founder of self-proclaimed Mikinak Indigenous group harassed over status card

The former chief of the Mikinaks, a self-proclaimed Indigenous community that gained infamy in 2016, is now fending off threats and online harassment because she’s received Indian status. Lise Brisebois said all she wants is peace, but her notoriety for founding the so-called Mikinak community makes it difficult to escape attention.  Earlier this month, she learned that someone had shared a photo of her ...

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Tribute song to Viola Desmond by 3 N.S. artists 'a message of resilience'

A Nova Scotia choir director, an indie rock artist and the lead vocalist of a funk band have come together to write and record a tribute song to Canadian civil rights icon, Viola Desmond.  The song, called Think of Me, was released to the public this week and is a collaboration between Owen O’Sound Lee, the music director of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, Vanessa “Asia” Symonds, the lead ...

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Nigeria to help bust 'myths' about illegal border crossings into Canada

Nigeria has given assurances it will help dispel “myths” that illegally crossing from the U.S. is a shortcut to Canada, and will issue travel documents to facilitate the removal of unsuccessful asylum seekers. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen visited Nigeria to meet with senior officials and other groups to discuss the spike in the number of Nigerians who are abusing U.S. travel visas ...

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Google video reveals creepy concept for collecting vast quantities of user data

File photo – A Google carpet is seen at the entrance of the new headquarters of Google France before its official inauguration in Paris, France Dec. 6, 2011. (REUTERS/Jacques Brinon/Pool/File Photo) A recently surfaced Google video discusses a creepy concept for collecting vast quantities of user data that could span generations. The video, which was obtained by The Verge, paints ...

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Humboldt Broncos honoured at opening ceremony for Memorial Cup

Musician Jack Semple strummed along on his guitar to a rendition of “Hallelujah” as the Humboldt Broncos were honoured at the opening ceremony of the Memorial Cup on Thursday night. As Semple performed on stage, images of the Broncos were shown on the video board behind him. Will Mitchell carries a Humboldt Broncos flag to the stage during a tribute ...

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Gunman arrested at Trump resort in Florida after opening fire, yelling 'anti-Trump sentiment'

May 18, 2018: Police outside The Trump National Doral resort following a shooting there in the overnight hours.  (AP) A man who police say was yelling “anti-Trump sentiment” was arrested early Friday after exchanging gunfire with officers in the lobby of a hotel at a sprawling golf resort that the president owns near Miami. Yellow caution tape was seen stretched ...

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