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ALPAUGH o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-08 published
MEHARRY, Margaret " Pearl"
Peacefully at the Hamilton General Hospital, surrounded by her children, on Saturday, March 5th, 2005. Pearl MEHARRY in her 79th year. Beloved wife of the late John MEHARRY. Dearly loved mother of Maggie SMART and Isabel MEHARRY and her husband Peter ALPAUGH. Loving Nana of Andrew, Jeff, James and Katie. Will be sadly missed by Friends Ed MURPHY, May ELLIOT/ELLIOTT and Mary HUNTER. Friends may call at the Marlatt Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, 615 Main Street East (east of Sanford) Wednesday, March 9th, 2005 from 1-3 p.m. Memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. in the Marlatt Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

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ALPHA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-12-12 published
Bill OWEN, 61: Street-level crusader
Bill OWEN fought to make Toronto more accessible
Patient, pragmatic teacher led battle for sloped curbs
By Catherine DUNPHY, Obituary Writer
Bill OWEN left his mark on every street corner in this city.
He was the paraplegic powerhouse who brought reluctant City Hall bureaucrats around to a commitment to install sloped curbs. A cautious, graduated commitment, but a commitment.
It was 1970 and for wheelchair users it was huge.
"It was the one thing we really wanted to get done," said Bill STOTHERS, then a journalist who worked with OWEN on behalf of a fledgling organization known as ALPHA -- Action League for Physically Handicapped Advancement.
"We really wanted to be able to get around, but back then you would have to go down the block to find a driveway to get across the street and dodge traffic and then find another driveway."
OWEN, who died of cancer October 13 at 61, was a teacher at Ryerson who had a very logical, focused, strong but non-confrontational style.
He never took his issues to the streets. He took them to meetings, many meetings, where he would present papers and listen and negotiate a way through, around and over any objections to installing curbs featuring a slope instead of a drop to the street.
"They had never seen someone like Bill at City Hall -- alert, well prepared, highly educated and articulate and they didn't like it. Nobody wants to change. They were forced into it. Bill pushed them," said his wife Lucille OWEN.
There were many thousands of uncut curbs in the city. A pragmatic OWEN proposed to bureaucrats they install the slopes gradually, as old curbs were being replaced.
"Toronto was the first major city in North America to have a curb program like this," said Lucille. "Now they are useful for everybody, for mothers with strollers and people with those wheeled walkers."
It was the beginning of a coming of age for people in wheelchairs. Society was in the midst of dynamic change, led by the women's and black equality movements, which had thus far eluded people with physical handicaps.
Lucille thinks that was because all kinds of medical personnel from doctors to occupational therapists -- had been the traditional spokespeople for them and that consequently many with physical handicaps were uncomfortable speaking up for themselves.
STOTHERS said many people in wheelchairs didn't appreciate what he and his friend were doing either.
"People were very concerned about that at that time. They still are in a lot of places. Nobody wanted people to be rocking the boat," he said from his home in California, where he is deputy director for the Center for an Accessible Society. "We were known as the two Bills, as the troublemakers."
And they weren't about to quit while they were ahead. In October 1971, they organized another first -- a transportation conference featuring politicians from the three levels of government. At first, it looked as if it might falter -- STOTHERS says he remembers a local politician at the time remarking that maybe people in wheelchairs just shouldn't come downtown -- until an editorial in the Toronto Star endorsed the conference and its agenda of developing a system of transportation for the physically handicapped.
That weekend, they debated the merits of a para-transit system or a completely accessible subway and bus system and decided to opt for the para-transit while working long-term for a fully accessible system.
Initially to be used only for work and medical appointments, Wheel-Trans eventually expanded its services to include transportation for any purpose.
"Bill started using it for work the minute it was operational," his wife said.
He had been paying $35 for cab fare to get to work before. But there were others whose physical limitations prevented them from even using a cab. Wheel-Trans meant they could tell a prospective employer that, yes, they did have reliable transportation. It was easier for them to get work. It became easier for them simply to go out more.
"You were just free to go," said Lucille.
Newfoundland-born OWEN was 22 and working outside Fredericton, New Brunswick, at a summer construction job between his first and second years of grad school at Queen's University when an air compressor got away and rolled over him.
He'd been a keen hockey player in high school and university, president of the Arts and Literary Society, associate editor of the newspaper and co-editor of the yearbook at Mount Allison University. But he used to say the day after his injury he realized he'd become a second-class citizen, unable to enjoy any of the rights and freedom he used to have.
His family was supportive and Queen's was willing to make all kinds of modifications to accommodate him. "You get those solutions prior to the days of realizing that these were rights and that the university should be prepared to handle disabled individuals on a system-wide basis, to anticipate (that) people with disabilities will come to university," he wrote later.
In the same article, he wrote about how people expected him to be able to do wheelies in his chair to negotiate curbs. "You coped with your disability by incorporating yourself into the community without making changes to it."
He came to Toronto to complete his graduate degree and moved into one of the few apartments in the city that could accommodate wheelchairs -- for the most part. He had to remove his bathroom door and replace it with a curtain to get in.
He used to say circumstances had necessitated he become a professional disabled person with a more aggressive personality than came naturally.
But he was persistent, serving for many years on a mayor's task force on the disabled and the elderly, of which he was also the chair, as well as being on the board of the March of Dimes, and the Canadian Paraplegic Association, among other organizations. OWEN also threw himself into his academic pursuits, travelling and living at the University of Kentucky for a while to work on his doctoral dissertation on the early American writer James Fennimore Cooper, his other great passion.
He retired from teaching in 2000.
"Thanks to Bill, we're a lot better off," said Lucille. "This is not just a wife talking. He was the driving force behind the curb cuts. He transformed our lives."

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ALPHEN o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-02-02 published
VISSER, James
At London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Monday, January 31, 2005 Mr. James VISSER of Vanastra in his 70th year. Beloved husband of Hilda VISSER. Loving father of Norman and Marcia VISSER of Ingersoll, Angela and Peter SIKKEMA of Ridgetown, Mel VISSER and Margarita TERI of Fergus, Marian VISSER and Greg ROBERTS of Newmarket. Loving grandfather of Derek, Anna, and Adrian VISSER, Joel, Sarah and Christy SIKKEMA, Curtis and Josh McEACHERN, Owen and Talia VISSER- ROBERTS. Dear brother of Mike VISSER, of Toronto, Griet EELKEMA of Holland, Anne VAN ALPHEN of Wainfleet, Bill VISSER of Stratford, Andy VISSER of Cambridge, Mary KLUMPENHOWER of Listowel, Norm VISSER of Guelph, Dick VISSER of Guelph and Ria FOLKEMA of Ingersoll. Predeceased by one brother Minnie in infancy. Friends will be received at the Vanastra Christian Reformed Church on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. where a funeral service will be held on Friday, February 4, 2005 at 1 p.m. Interment Clinton Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Christian Reformed World Relief or the Christian Reformed Missions would be appreciated and can be made through the Falconer Funeral Home Ltd., Clinton (519-482-9521).

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-01-03 published
Scarborough man charged in woman's fatal stabbing
By Jeff GRAY/GREY, With a report from Caroline ALPHONSO, Monday, January 3, 2005 - Page A10
A Scarborough man faces a second-degree murder charge after a woman was found dead in her home on New Year's Day.
Jacek ZAJACZKOWSKI, 45, appeared in court at Old City Hall yesterday.
He was arrested after police were called to townhouse near McCowan Road and Eglinton Avenue East, where they found the body of a woman.
A postmortem examination of the victim was conducted yesterday.
In a statement last night, police revealed that Krystyna ZAJACZKOWSKA, 44, died from multiple stab wounds sustained to her neck and torso.
Police reportedly believe that Ms. ZAJACZKOWSKA was killed on New Year's Eve.
Television pictures showed investigators wheeling the body, draped in black, out of the home's front door on New Year's Day.
Icicle-style Christmas lights hung across the doorway.
One neighbour told reporters that police had been previously called to the address, on Castethorpe Drive, in the summer and that a man had been taken away in handcuffs.
A family of four is said to live in the home: a couple and two daughters.
One daughter is in her 20s and the other in her teens.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-03-11 published
Teen killed after being struck by van in Brampton
By Caroline ALPHONSO, Friday, March 11, 2005 Page A8
Toronto -- A 14-year-old girl is dead after she was struck by a cube van on her way home from school, Peel Regional Police said yesterday.
Cierra MCINNES/MCINNIS was crossing Queen Street, around West Drive in Brampton, around 3: 30 yesterday afternoon when the van hit her. She was taken to hospital and pronounced dead, Staff Sergeant Stu CAMPBELL said.
Police are investigating. No charges have been laid.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-10-03 published
Murder charge filed after man stabbed on lawn
By Caroline ALPHONSO, Monday, October 3, 2005, Page A11
A 46-year-old man was fatally stabbed while cutting the grass and a woman injured on a quiet street in Scarborough this weekend.
Police say a man drove his car onto Rod ALLPRESS's property and attacked him with a knife Saturday afternoon. The suspect then fled to a nearby driveway and allegedly attacked a 49-year-old woman.
Mr. ALLPRESS was taken to Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, where he was pronounced dead. The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the hospital and released.
Ross AGATHOS, 36, has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-28 published
Police seek witnesses: in fatal stabbing
By Caroline ALPHONSO, Monday, November 28, 2005, Page A11
Police are appealing for witnesses: to come forward after a man was fatally stabbed this weekend in the city's east end.
The man, who has been identified as 24-year-old Mohamed HUSSIEN, is the city's 71th homicide of the year.
Police were called to McGregor Road after a fight broke out. They found the victim on the driveway. He was taken to Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, where he was pronounced dead.
A second victim, a woman, was taken to Scarborough General Hospital with non-life-threatening facial injuries.
An attacker was seen running from the house, police said.

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ALPORT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-05 published
LANGLEY, Vernon
On Wednesday August 3rd, 2005 at Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario at age 74. Last surviving member of his immediate family. He was the son of the late Edward and Lillian (GAY) LANGLEY. Predeceased by one sister June FANNING, and 3 brothers Brenton, Cyril and Orville. Missed by many aunts and cousins in Nova Scotia and by 12 nieces and nephews; Zane FANNING, Sharron GROTEGUT, both of Moncton, New Brunswick, Dawn CHAISSON, Allison FANNING and Penny MATTHEWS all of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Eric LANGLEY of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Brenda SUTHERLAND of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Teddy and Jay LANGLEY, of Toronto, Ontario, Paul LANGLEY of Bancroft, Ontario, and Debbie ALPORT and Karen TURCOTTE both of Kingston, Ontario; 2 sisters-in-law Elizabeth HOLLER, of Bancroft, Ontario and Nan LANGLEY of Antigonish, Nova Scotia; 18 grand nieces and nephews, Jeff, Bev, Todd, Bobby, Jason, Dustin, Alisha, Zachary, Melissa, James, Jeremy, Joel, Shannon, Sara, Adam, Darrell, Stephanie, and Maggie; 8 Great grandnieces and nephews Brenton, Monica, Dawson, Ryan, Meagan and James, Bryan and Paige and by cousin Dorothy MILLS of Etobicoke, Ontario.
Vernon was a member of St Michael's Cathedral where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and provided Drug and Alcohol counseling. He was an addiction counsellor for Alpha House and was the first fulltime counselor with Just For Today. He specialized in dual diagnosed clients and was instrumental in developing many of their programs they use today. He was involved with the St Vincent De Paul Society, an active Alcoholics Anonymous member associated with many groups and on the Board of Directors for Birtch Place Co-operative Homes. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20th, at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond St. Toronto. A memorial service and interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date in Port Hood, Cape Breton. Memorial donations in Vernon's memory may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Morley Bedford Funeral Services, Toronto.

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ALPORT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-10 published
LANGLEY, Vernon
On Wednesday August 3rd, 2005 at Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario at age 74. Last surviving member of his immediate family. He was the son of the late Edward and Lillian (GAY) LANGLEY. Predeceased by one sister June FANNING, and 3 brothers Brenton, Cyril and Orville. Missed by many aunts and cousins in Nova Scotia and by 12 nieces and nephews; Zane FANNING, Sharron GROTEGUT, both of Moncton, New Brunswick, Dawn CHAISSON, Allison FANNING and Penny MATTHEWS all of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Eric LANGLEY of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Brenda SUTHERLAND of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Teddy and Jay LANGLEY, of Toronto, Ontario, Paul LANGLEY of Bancroft, Ontario, and Debbie ALPORT and Karen TURCOTTE both of Kingston, Ontario; 2 sisters-in-law Elizabeth HOLLER, of Bancroft, Ontario and Nan LANGLEY of Antigonish, Nova Scotia; 18 grand nieces and nephews, Jeff, Bev, Todd, Bobby, Jason, Dustin, Alisha, Zachary, Melissa, James, Jeremy, Joel, Shannon, Sara, Adam, Darrell, Stephanie, and Maggie; 8 Great grand nieces and nephews Brenton, Monica, Dawson, Ryan, Meagan and James, Bryan and Paige and by cousin Dorothy MILLS of Etobicoke, Ontario.
Vernon was a member of St Michael's Cathedral where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and provided Drug and Alcohol counseling. He was an addiction counsellor for Alpha House and was the first fulltime counselor with Just For Today. He specialized in dual diagnosed clients and was instrumental in developing many of their programs they use today. He was involved with the St Vincent De Paul Society, an active Alcoholics Anonymous member associated with many groups and on the Board of Directors for Birtch Place Co-operative Homes. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20th, at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond St. Toronto. A memorial service and interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date in Port Hood, Cape Breton. Memorial donations in Vernon's memory may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Morley Bedford Funeral Services, Toronto.

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ALPORT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-13 published
LANGLEY, Vernon
On Wednesday August 3rd, 2005 at Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario at age 74. Last surviving member of his immediate family. He was the son of the late Edward and Lillian (GAY) LANGLEY. Predeceased by one sister June FANNING, and 3 brothers Brenton, Cyril and Orville. Missed by many aunts and cousins in Nova Scotia and by 12 nieces and nephews; Zane FANNING, Sharron GROTEGUT, both of Moncton, New Brunswick, Dawn CHAISSON, Allison FANNING and Penny MATTHEWS all of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Eric LANGLEY of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Brenda SUTHERLAND of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Teddy and Jay LANGLEY, of Toronto, Ontario, Paul LANGLEY of Bancroft, Ontario, and Debbie ALPORT and Karen TURCOTTE both of Kingston, Ontario; 2 sisters-in-law Elizabeth HOLLER, of Bancroft, Ontario and Nan LANGLEY of Antigonish, Nova Scotia; 18 grand nieces and nephews, Jeff, Bev, Todd, Bobby, Jason, Dustin, Alisha, Zachary, Melissa, James, Jeremy, Joel, Shannon, Sara, Adam, Darrell, Stephanie, and Maggie; 8 Great grand nieces and nephews Brenton, Monica, Dawson, Ryan, Meagan and James, Bryan and Paige and by cousin Dorothy MILLS of Etobicoke, Ontario.
Vernon was a member of St Michael's Cathedral where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and provided Drug and Alcohol counseling. He was an addiction counsellor for Alpha House and was the first fulltime counselor with Just For Today. He specialized in dual diagnosed clients and was instrumental in developing many of their programs they use today. He was involved with the St Vincent De Paul Society, an active Alcoholics Anonymous member associated with many groups and on the Board of Directors for Birtch Place Co-operative Homes. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20th, at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond St. Toronto. A memorial service and interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date in Port Hood, Cape Breton. Memorial donations in Vernon's memory may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Morley Bedford Funeral Services, Toronto.

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ALPORT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-08-05 published
LANGLEY, Vernon
On Wednesday August 3rd, 2005 at Toronto East General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario at age 74. Last surviving member of his immediate family. He was the son of the late Edward and Lillian (GAY) LANGLEY. Predeceased by one sister June FANNING, and 3 brothers Brenton, Cyril and Orville. Missed by many aunts and cousins in Nova Scotia and by 12 nieces and nephews; Zane FANNING, Sharron GROTEGUT, both of Moncton, New Brunswick, Dawn CHAISSON, Allison FANNING and Penny MATTHEWS all of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Eric LANGLEY of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Brenda SUTHERLAND of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, Teddy and Jay LANGLEY, of Toronto, Ontario, Paul LANGLEY of Bancroft, Ontario, and Debbie ALPORT and Karen TURCOTTE both of Kingston, Ontario; 2 sisters in law Elizabeth HOLLER, of Bancroft, Ontario and Nan LANGLEY of Antigonish, Nova Scotia; 18 grand nieces and nephews, Jeff, Bev, Todd, Bobby, Jason, Dustin, Alisha, Zachary, Melissa, James, Jeremy, Joel, Shannon, Sara, Adam, Darrell, Stephanie, and Maggie; 8 great grand nieces and nephews Brenton, Monica, Dawson, Ryan, Meagan, James, Bryan and Paige and by cousin Dorothy MILLS of Etobicoke, Ontario. Vernon was a member of St. Michael's Cathedral where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and provided Drug and Alcohol counseling. He was an addiction counsellor for Alpha House and was the first fulltime counselor with Just For Today. He specialized in dual diagnosed clients and was instrumental in developing many of their programs they use today. He was involved with the St. Vincent De Paul Society, an active Alcoholics Anonymous member associated with many groups and on the Board of Directors for Birtch Place Co-operative Homes. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20th, at 10: 30 a.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral, 65 Bond St. Toronto. A memorial service and interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date in Port Hood, Cape Breton. Memorial donations in Vernon's memory may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Morley Bedford Funeral Services, Toronto.

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