HASAE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-11-09 published
HATHAWAY, Elizabeth
Peacefully on November 7, 2006 at the age of ninety-five. Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She co-founded the Center School, for dyslexic children, in Newton, Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lovering HATHAWAY and her children Elizabeth, Horatio, Robert and Thomas. She will be sadly missed by her daughters Emily CARLISLE, Margaret HATHAWAY and daughter-in-law Victoria HATHAWAY. She leaves her grandchildren, Jan VYKYDAL, Ann HAYASHI, Jennifer HASAE, Iain and Gillian HATHAWAY and Celina YARKIN. Also her great-grandchildren Adri, Ella and Madeline YARKIN. The family thanks all the staff at Lawton Park Retirement Residence for their extraordinary warmth and support in her final years, and the staff at the Toronto Grace Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their kind and conscientious care. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Elizabeth's memory may be made to the Union of Concerned Scientists (www.ucsusa.org) or Toronto Grace Hospital, 650 Church St. Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2G5.

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HASAN o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-06-19 published
CAMPBELL, Olga Dorthea
Peacefully, with her family at her side at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound on Saturday, June 17, 2006. Olga CAMPBELL of Owen Sound in her 79th year. Beloved wife and best friend of Ira CAMPBELL. Dear mother of Penny GERMON of Owen Sound and Patricia and her husband Paul WARMINGTON of Purple Valley. Sadly missed by seven grandchildren Tara BROWN and her fiancé Garry THOMPSETT, Jennifer and her husband Sherif HASAN, Clinton GERMON, Natasha McCARTNEY, Tanya ATCHISON, Melissa WARMINGTON and Christopher WARMINGTON and eleven great grandchildren Shailah, Chantel, Travis, Raelee, Miranda, Max, Jessica, Kaelyn, Aidan, Nickolas and Logan. Also survived by her niece Jane DRENNAN of Owen Sound. Predeceased by her son-in-law Bob GERMON and a sister Marjorie HUTTON. Friends are invited to the Tannahill Funeral Home 519-376-3710 for visiting on Monday evening from 7- 9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock with Father Ed WAGNER officiating. Interment, Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, Parkinson's Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Messages of condolence for the family are welcome at www.tannahill.com

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HASAN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-26 published
Cabbie killed by racing Mercedes
By Isabel TEOTONIO, Staff Reporter with files from Nick PRON, Henry STANCU, Dale Anne FREED and David GROSSMAN
Cab driver Tahir KHAN had just dropped off his last fare and was headed south on Mount Pleasant Rd. It was 10: 20 p.m.
Racing north were two Mercedes driven by 18-year-olds, each pushing 140 km/h in a 50 km/h zone, police say. Next to one driver was the popular video game Need For Speed.
As the Mercedes rounded a bend, the taxi made a left turn on to Whitehall Rd. A loud crash shattered the still of Tuesday night.
One of the Mercedes, a silver 1999 model, T-boned the taxi, drilling it into a utility pole, police say.
KHAN, 46, died instantly, and the driver of the mangled Mercedes escaped with just a few scratches. The driver of the other car fled, returning to the scene after ditching his car a few blocks away, posing as a bystander, police say.
It was a tragic end to KHAN's life, which was brimming with hope as he looked forward to becoming a Canadian citizen tomorrow. It was a day he'd long looked forward to, because it meant he was one step closer to being reunited with his wife, whom he hoped to bring over from Pakistan.
The accused are university students -- believed to be studying at Ryerson and York -- and both had attended St. Andrew's College, a prestigious private school in Aurora, graduating in June 2004. One played on St. Andrew's football team, and both were average students who never got in trouble, said head football coach Courtney SHRIMPTON. One of them lives a tony neighbourhood just north of the Bridle Path. Yesterday, police would not comment on whether the cars belonged to the teens' parents.
As police yesterday questioned what influence the game may have played and KHAN's Friends grappled with his death, the two accused made a brief court appearance.
"It's a horrible irony," said Det. Paul LOBSINGER about the presence of the video game, which allows players to choose high-end cars and race them through city streets while being pursued by police cruisers.
"Some have said this is life imitating art but I don't know," said LOBSINGER, adding "a game is a game, but when you get behind the wheel it's reality."
LOBSINGER described the game as an "ultra-violent driving simulation, fighting simulation and criminal simulation."
"But are games the cause?" he asked. "Absolutely not. But, it is rather ironic."
Police say alcohol was not a factor, and that it's not clear if the video game was played before the two went out driving.
"I have no words to explain why this happened," said cabbie Muhammad NASEEM, who was a friend of KHAN's. "He was a very nice man, very quiet, very polite, all the good words you can think of can be used to describe him."
Earlier this week, recalled NASEEM, KHAN had told him that he planned to return home to the district of Jhang, in Pakistan's Punjab region. KHAN's mother was ill and he wanted to be with her. He also looked forward to visiting his brother, sister and wife of 15 years, whom he's helped support since moving to Canada almost six years ago.
He was looking forward to returning home as a Canadian citizen, something he would have become during a citizenship ceremony at the Scarborough Town Centre.
"He was so excited," said KHAN's friend Munir AHMAD, while visiting the coroner's office to identify the body. "He was planning to bring his family here."
Last night, a large group of Friends gathered at the east-end apartment KHAN shared with Shahid HASAN to call his family in Pakistan and break the devastating news.
"He had lots of Friends," said HASAN, who has lived with KHAN for the last five years in Scarborough. "He was a very kind man who was helpful to everyone."
Jim BELL, manager of Diamond Taxi, said KHAN had been with the company for three years and called his death a tragedy for everyone involved.
"Those kids must be feeling absolutely terrible and the parents of these kids who were racing must be feeling devastated."
Charged with criminal negligence causing death are Alexander RYAZANOV and Wang-Piao Dumani ROSS. ROSS is also charged with failing to stop after an accident causing death.
Outside the courtroom where the two teens made a brief appearance at bail court in College Park yesterday, the aunt of one described them as "really good boys."
"It's tragic, it's horrible what happened. Now I am going to be worried about him staying in jail with criminals."
Because lawyers for the pair weren't available, the two must return for separate bail hearings -- ROSS tomorrow and RYAZANOV on Monday. Neither has a criminal record.
The two long-time Friends chatted quietly to each other as they sat in the prisoner's box.
The Crown says it will oppose their release on two grounds: public outrage over the death and the likelihood of reoffending.

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HASBARGEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-03 published
ELKAN, Valentina (née BLAUBERG)
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia on March 8, 1916, died at home in Toronto on September 25, 2006. Predeceased by her beloved first husband Lucas ACLIROS, and her second husband Tibor ELKAN. Mourned by her dear older sister Ludmilla DJURKOVIC and husband Vlado (Melbourne, Australia,) and cousin Karin HASBARGEN and husband Freerk (Denmark, Australia). Much missed by her sons Serge Liros (Blue Hill, Maine) and friend Kathy BEAL, Alex LIROS (Toronto) and George LIROS (Easton, Pennsylvania.) Lovingly remembered by her four grand-daughters: Nicole SIMMS and husband Jonathan and their two children Dylan and Hannah (Schenectady, New York), Christina LIROS and Joe RICHARDS (Greenville, Maine), Sara VEGA- LIROS and Janice and their family (Turner's Falls, Massachusetts), and Alexandra LIROS (Greenville, Maine.) Also missed by her best and oldest Friends: Herta and Tony HITZELBERGER (Kelowna, B.C.,) Agnes LANTOS and her sister (Toronto,) and Ludmilla SEMENA (Ottawa.) Very fondly remember by many Friends and neighbours, and by her devoted bridge partners. She was an elegant lady, a former art dealer with a keen and enquiring eye, and a generous and loving matriarch of the Liros family. A memorial reception will be held at her home on Thursday October 5th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact Alex LIROS at 416-462-3550 or 416-319-5440.) At a later date a memorial service will take place in Blue Hill, Maine.

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HASELBAH o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-16 published
BAKER, Vivian Rosemary (née HARRIETTA)
Of R.R.#4 Saint Thomas, on Monday, May 15, 2006, suddenly at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 51st year. Dearly loved wife of Randy William BAKER and loved mother of Charlene and William "Billy" BAKER. Dear sister of Harvey and his wife Sharon HARRIETTA of Chatham and Vauneece and her husband Michael HASELBAH of Tillsonburg. Dear daughter-in-law of Jean BAKER of Saint Thomas and the late Jerrold BAKER. Sadly missed by a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. Vivian was born in St. Catharines on October 3, 1955, the daughter of the late Vivian and Vince HARRIETTA. She lived most of her life in Saint Thomas and graduated from Parkside Collegiate. Vivian had worked at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital a number of years. Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas where funeral service will be held Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Interment to follow in Elmdale Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the charity of choice.

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HASIUK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-01-29 published
CORRIN, Merlyn
Peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2006, with family by his side, at Hillsdale Manor, Oshawa at age 94. Beloved husband of Phyllis (née DARCH.) Only son of the late Effie and Lewis CORRIN. Dear brother-in-law of Les, Gwen and Gloria DARCH. Loved uncle of Ab COX (Marion,) Peter COX (Heather,) LeeAnne HOUSE (Danny,) David DARCH and great-uncle to fourteen nieces and nephews. As a young man he trained in Flint, Michigan for his career in General Motors. His passion was golf. He was a long time member of the Oshawa Golf Club. Many thanks to the caring and kind caregivers his nephew Peter and wife Heather, his friend and neighbour Mary HASIUK and her children, and the staff at Hillsdale Manor. The family will receive Friends at McIntosh-Anderson Funeral Home, 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Sunday, January 29, 2006 from 1: 00 p.m. until the time of service in the chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Donations to a favourite charity would be appreciated.

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HASKELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-20 published
SEYKENS, Anna " Annie" (née SCHICHATZKAJA)
At Woodstock General Hospital on Thursday May 18th, 2006, Anna "Annie" SEYKENS (née SCHICHATZKAJA) of Knowles Dr., Woodstock, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of Hubertus "Albert" SEYKENS. Dear mother of Jeannetta WOODALL and her husband Ron, Agnes FRENCH and Tammy BLACK all of Woodstock, Joze VERNOOY and her husband Joe of Saint Marys and Petra HASKELL and her companion Jack SHEWAN of Ingersoll. Loved grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Also survived by several nieces in the Ukraine and brother/sisters-in-law in Holland and the U.S. Predeceased by her son-in-law Neil SCURR (1982). Annie was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #55, Woodstock, the Seniors Citizens Southgate Centre and the Woodstock Blind Bowlers League. Friends may call at the R.D. Longworth Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave, Woodstock (539-0004) on Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Mass of the Resurrection will be held at the Holy Trinity Catholic Community Church (St. Rita's), 904 Dundas Street, Woodstock on Monday at 10: 30 a.m. with Fr. Chris GEVAERT officiating. Interment in the Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery. Contributions to the Woodstock General Hospital Foundation or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind would be appreciated. Online condolences at www.longworthfuneralhome.com Evening prayers will be held Sunday at 6: 30 p.m. in the funeral home.

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HASKELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-22 published
HASKELL, Brian Hugh Francis
Of Saint Thomas on Saturday, May 20, 2006, at the Saint Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 85th year. Beloved husband of Elinor (VIVIAN) HASKELL and dearly loved father of Steven and his wife Barb HASKELL of Saint Thomas and Gail and her husband Larry SPITZKE of Cottonwood, Arizona. Loved grandfather of Melonie (Darren) CONGDON, Mindy (Luke) CUMMINGS, Jonathan (Mandy) SPITZKE, Tim, Kathy and David SPITZKE and dear great-grandfather of Alexa, Shayla, Logan and Owen. Brian was born in Hamilton on May 12, 1922, the son of the late Walter and Effie (O'REILLY) HASKELL and was predeceased by brother Lionel. He was retired from Hayes-Dana. Brian was a former director of the Ontario Harness Horse Association. A Public Memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Thursday at 11: 00 a.m. Cremation has taken place, with the ashes to be interred in Elmdale Cemetery. Memorial Visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Society.

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HASKELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-05-25 published
CHRISTENSEN, Susan Lorraine (née WHITTINGTON)
We Miss you a lot, and we always will But, we know that through love You are with us still. Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital and surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006. Susan Lorraine Whittington CHRISTENSEN, of Ilderton, in her 44th year after a courageous battle with cancer. Dearly loved wife and best friend of Art CHRISTENSEN. Mommy leaves two precious children, Simon and Hannah, at home. Beloved daughter of Betty (HASKELL) WHITTINGTON and the late Glenn WHITTINGTON, of London. Lovingly remembered by parents-in-law Art and Barb CHRISTENSEN, and grandmother Christine CHRISTENSEN, all of London. Special sister to Debbie (Frank) RASTIN of Belmont, Nancy (Rick) KILLBY of St. Catharines, and Mary Liz (Joe) WHALLS of London. Loving and favourite aunt to 14 nieces and nephews. Susan will also be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins and Friends. Born in London on June 3rd, 1962, Susan spent her entire life there. She was a graduate of Westminster Secondary School and the University of Western Ontario, where she met her future husband. Susan and Art received a sacrament of marriage on September 30th, 1989. Susan was a country music lover and an avid fan of racing and all things Disney. Susan dedicated her life to her family to her Church and to their children's christian school. She could always be counted on for unconditional support and guidance, and her counsel will be missed by all. She will be fondly remembered by her many Friends at the University Students Council where she worked for over twenty years. Friends may call at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, on Wednesday from 7-9 and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Church of the Epiphany, 11 Briscoe Street West, London, on Friday, May 26th, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m., with the Reverend Teresa CORRIGAN officiating. Susan was born and spent her whole life in this church. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the London Christian Academy Memorial Fund, 85 Charles Street, London, Ontario N6H 1H1 or the Church of the Epiphany Memorial Fund. On line condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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HASKELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-09-20 published
McDONALD, Rouina Jane (née HASKELL)
Peacefully at Saint Thomas Elgin General Hospital, surrounded by her family on Monday evening, September 18th, 2006. Rouina Jane McDONALD (née HASKELL) of Saint Thomas and formerly of Rodney in her 97th year. Predeceased by her husband Wilf McDONALD (1992.) Lovingly remembered by her son Ken McDONALD and his wife Marg of London and her granddaughter Jodie REID and her husband Wayne of Thamesford. Survived by her sister Pearl LITTLE of Shelburne and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers Roy, George, Bill, Fred and Isaac and her sisters Mary Ann, Gertrude, Ellen and Ethel. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel on Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted from the chapel on Thursday at 1 p.m. Pastor S. PATTERSON officiating. Interment Rodney cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Assoc. or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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HASKELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-30 published
HEDGES, William Henry
Of Saint Thomas on Saturday, October 28, 2006, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Parkwood Hospital, London, in his 95th year. Beloved husband of 61 years of Daphyne (FREEMAN) HEDGES and dearly loved father of Jennifer of Port Stanley, Phil and his wife Margaret of Wyndham Centre and Chris HEDGES of Virginia. Loving grandfather of Becky of Hamilton and Chris and his wife Becky of Wyndham Centre. Dear brother of Louise, Vera and Mabel. Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Emily (HASKELL) HEDGES and by sisters Win and Rose and brothers Charles, Al and Archie. Bill is also remembered by numerous nephews and nieces. Bill served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada, England, France, Belgium and Holland during World War 2. He worked Canadian Clarke Equipment until his retirement in 1977. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, Saint Thomas on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. followed by a private family service. Cremation to follow, with interment of ashes in Elmdale Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Parkwood Hospital, Yarmouth Centre United Church or charity of choice.

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HASKELL o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-13 published
LITTLE, Pearl Elizabeth
Suddenly, at Dufferin Oaks Nursing Home, Shelburne on Saturday, November 11th, 2006. Pearl Elizabeth LITTLE of Shelburne and formerly of West Lorne in her 95th year. Predeceased by her husband Carl LITTLE and her parents George HASKELL and Martha FRETZ. Friends may call at the Rodney Chapel, 212 Furnival Rd. on Tuesday, November 14th, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted from the chapel on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. Don PRINCE officiating. Interment Simpson Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy. Arrangements entrusted to Padfield Funeral Homes (519 785-0810). Online condolences may be left at www.padfieldfuneralhome.com

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-01-28 published
McNAUGHTON, Mary McDougall
Left us to play bridge with her adoring husband of 59 years, Ross McNAUGHTON, late of Guelph. Despite her deafness, Mary was a natural-born storyteller and gracious hostess. She played basketball against the Edmonton Grads and loved running, dancing, swimming, tennis, golf and curling. She was a wonderful mother to Alan Ross McNAUGHTON, Michele and Ted BONIFACE, all of Stratford, and found great joy in her grand_son Matthew WELSH of Halifax. Mary grew up with six incredible siblings: her dear brother Rae CRONE and his wife Cathy from Forest who survive her, as well as brothers Ken, Ernie, Jack and Robert CRONE and loving sister Fran HASKETT, all predeceased. Mary's extended family will gather in Muskoka this summer to celebrate Mary's full and happy 97 years.

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-18 published
COOK, Billy
The family of the late Billy COOK would like to express our thanks to family, Friends and neighbors for their love, support, acts of kindness, food, charitable donations and floral tributes. Special thanks to Paul VOLLICK, Heather BENNER for her outstanding eulogy, and the ladies of the Granton-Wesley United Church Women for the delicious lunch. Also a very sincere thank-you to Bill, Sue and Colin HASKETT for their very professional and caring services. Bill's life has touched the lives of many people and we will all miss him dearly. The Cook Family

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-03-31 published
HENDRICKSON, Jeff
We would like to thank our family, Friends and neighbours who supported us with their prayers, cards, flowers, and helped in so many ways in the loss of Jeff who was a wonderful son, brother, grand_son, nephew, cousin and had so many great Friends. Special thanks to Rev. Sheila MacGREGOR and Pauline PARR for their beautiful eulogy for Jeff. Also "thank you" to Bill HASKETT of Hopper Hockey Funeral Home, Bob and Carolyn and employees of Grace Transport and the Ladies of The Crediton United Church. Your support will always be remembered. -- Jim, Joanne, Jennifer HENDRICKSON and family and Carl and Mary JEFFERIES and family.

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-25 published
DAVIS, Cameron C.
The family of the late Cameron C. DAVIS would like to express our sincere appreciation for the flowers, food, and support of relatives, Friends and neighbours on our recent loss of a husband, son, brother and brother-in-law. Special thanks to the Victorian Order of Nurses, Ontario Provincial Police Constable Erin MOSHER, the ambulance drivers, Exeter Hospital for their kindness and concern, Bill HASKETT and staff for your kind assistance and to Rev. Father Bill WARD for your words of comfort. Thank you to the ladies who put on such a wonderful lunch. Thank you to the pallbearers and flower bearers. Special thanks to Doctor NANCEKIEVILL. Sincerely, Sharlene, Gladys, Wayne and Sharon, and family.

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-04-26 published
WILLIAMS, John Thomas, P.Eng.
Died peacefully on Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 at age 91, having lived a good and full life. Predeceased by his soul mate and wife of 55 years, Inez, good friend Beth HASKETT, and cherished daughter, Lynn. Fondly remembered by son Eric WILLIAMS and his wife Anne; daughter Debbie BARRETT and her husband, Bill; sister-in-law Hazel WILLIAMS; son-in-law, Art ALLEN; grandchildren Denise ALLEN and Glen MARTINS, Julie and Michael BLAIR, Shayne WILLIAMS, Chad WILLIAMS and a treasured great-grandchild Leah-Lynn BLAIR. A graduate of Queen's, John volunteered and served from 1939 to 1945 in the Royal Canadian Engineers in England and France and later commanded a reserve regiment based in London. A long-time employee of Imperial Oil in Sarnia, John's special engineering achievement was the construction of Cat Crackers in Sarnia, Bombay, Buenos Aires, and Vancouver. Most importantly John loved his family, his cottage at Berford Lake, and fishing. Special thanks to the staff at Longworth who enjoyed his humour and offered kindness and respect. A memorial service will be held at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Thursday, April 27th, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. Cremation with interment of ashes in Saint_James Cemetery, Clandeboye. Donations in John's memory may be made to the Lynn Allen Memorial Fund at the University of Western Ontario.

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-07-08 published
GILPIN, Irene
The family of the late Irene GILPIN would like to formally extend our sincere appreciation for all the acts of kindness shown to us during the recent passing of our mother. Words are inadequate to express the comfort and strength that we have received from our dear Friends and neighbours. We thank those who have so freely given of your time, for your kind and caring words, visits, cards, delicious food, donations, flowers and plants. Warmest thanks to those at the Country Manor and North Lambton Rest Home who showed patience and compassion to our mother. Sincere thanks to Rev. Catherine ASCAH for her sympathetic service, to Betty for playing the organ and to Charles BOX and Bill HASKETT for the professional services rendered. To mother's dear Friends who visited her, you have eased her journey and made a difference. We will cherish our memories. Sincerely, The GILPIN Family

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-04 published
COOK, Cliff
Words cannot begin to express our thanks for the outpouring of love and support extended to all of us in the passing of a beloved husband, father and proud "poppa," Cliff COOK. The beautiful floral tributes, memorial donations, cards, food brought to our homes as well as to the church and to the many that braved the inclimate weather to pay their last respects to Cliff and to offer support to our family was overwhelming. Thanks to the Lucan Paramedics, the Saint Mary's Hospital Emerg staff, Doctor BROCK, Doctor WINQUIST, Doctor BRUBACHER and Doctor MEREDITH and their staff for their compassionate care of Cliff. Our sincere thanks to Bradley, Heather and Cathy for their wonderful tribute to Cliff, the Pall Bearers, Pastor Paul for his comforting words and the Granton Wesley United Church Women for a lovely lunch. Finally, a special thank you to Bill, Sue and Colin HASKETT for making a most difficult time more bearable. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful, caring family, Friends and neighbours. God Bless, Ruth, Dave and Margaret, Doug and Kim, John and Cheryl, Steve and Amy.

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-11-19 published
HASKETT, Charles P., Q.C.
At the London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital, on Friday, November 17, 2006, Charles HASKETT of London in his 96th year. Beloved husband of the late Florence and the late Ainslie HASKETT. Dear father of James of Lethbridge, Alberta, and Myrna CASSELMAN and her husband Bruce of Toronto and stepfather of Barbara GUNDRY and her husband Paul and Nancy SWINKELS and her husband Harry. Loving grandfather of Joshua, Sarah, Jonathan and Joel HASKETT, and Adam, David and Melanie CASSELMAN, and loving step-grandfather of Christopher and Katie GUNDRY and Bradley and Stacey SWINKELS. Predeceased by his brother Bert HASKETT. Charles graduated from The University of Western Ontario 1934, graduated from Osgoode Hall 1937, was appointed Queen's Counsel 1957, a life member of the Law Society of Upper Canada 1987, Bachelor of Laws degree from York University 1991, past president of the Elmwood Bowling Club, past director of London Curling Club, past president of Highland Country Club and past master Saint_John's Lodge No. 209a and a member of the London Bridge Club. Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 at 1: 00 p.m. with Reverend Matthew P. PENNY officiating. Interment Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, 204-400 York Street, London, Ontario N6B 3N2 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 442 Adelaide Street, North, London N6B 3H8. Online condolences accepted at www.amgeorgefh.on.ca

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-09 published
MAILLOUX, Pat
The family of the late Pat MAILLOUX, wish to thank everyone who were so supportive during Pat's many years of illness and following her recent death. We wish to thank you for your numerous visits at home and in hospital, for the beautiful flowers, the food sent to our homes, the help we received at our homes, the cards received, the courtesies shown to us and in particular the memorial donations made in Pat's memory to our Oil Heritage District Community Centre and our C.E.E. Hospital Foundation. We are so fortunate to live in such a wonderful and supportive community. Special thanks to Pat's liver specialist, Doctor Cameron GHENT and her transplant surgeon, Doctor Bill WALL at University Hospital, who gave Pat an extra 10 years of good living following her many years of liver disease and transplant and Doctor Ian CHIN- YEE and the many other caregivers in the Chemo and Radiation department at the London Regional Cancer Centre and Victoria Hospital and the Sarnia-Lambton Community Care Access Centre who helped us at home along with V.H.A. Nursing and Victorian Order of Nurses Home Care for their excellent care over the last five months of Pat's life. Also, Dr. John BUTLER and Doctor Enoch DANIEL and the wonderful staff at Bluewater Health -- C.E.E. Site, your concern and care for Pat was beyond expectation and greatly appreciated. Also, many thanks to Father Stephen SAVEL, for his care of Pat, to Fr. Dan VERE and Fr. Paul DUPLESSIE, for con-celebrating Pat's funeral mass, and the many other clergy who visited and prayed with us. Special thanks to our Friends in the funeral profession from across Ontario, in particular, Bill and Sue HASKETT, Rob McKINLAY, and Kevin KNIGHT for making Pat's funeral a true 'Celebration of Her Life.' Your kindness will never be forgotten. Roger Steven, Laurel, Aliya and Halle Jeff, Lindsay and Miller

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HASKETT o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-12-23 published
STANLEY, Clare
The family of the late Clare STANLEY wish to express thanks and appreciation for the many acts of kindness that we received following our loss of a wonderful husband, father Poppa/Grandpa and brother. We thank you so very much for the many prayers, cards, flowers, food and memorial donations. We offer a very special thank you to the Lucan Emergency Medical Services, Lucan-Biddulph Fire Department and Emergency Dept. Staff at University Hospital. We truly appreciate the kindness of Bill, Sue and Colin HASKETT, the Lucan and District Lions Club, Rev. Sue McCULLOUGH, Andrea BRENNAN and the A.C.W. of Holy Trinity Church. Your thoughtfulness was comforting. Lois STANLEY and the Fairles, Waddell and Stanley families.

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HASKILL o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-02-11 published
SHEYCK, Anthony
It is with sadness, that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved "Uncle Tony", on February 7th 2006, in his eighty-third year. Although Tony has left this life on earth, his memory will remain forever in our hearts. He was a sweet and gentle man, with many Friends who loved him, including the staff at the A & P, where Tony worked for many years. He was Owen Sound's Number 1 Detroit Red Wing's fan, and a champion promoter of the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry. Sail on sweet Tony! A special thanks to all those who cared for Tony over the years, including Hans and Brenda of Waterloo, the wonderful and caring staff and Friends at St. Francis Place, including Sharon, Sylvia, Ken, and Barb. Your help, dedication and loving Friendship to Tony, has been invaluable. Also, thanks to Jim WILSON, and the dedicated staff at Lee Manor, especially the 3rd floor nursing staff, who lovingly cared for Tony. Tony was predeceased by his brother Elias and his sisters, Emeline, Mabel, Louise, Martha and Mary, and leaves behind, John and June SFIRE, (Michigan,) Rosemary and Don BANKS, (Bracebridge,) and Jim and Pat HASKILL, (Ottawa.) Tony, we will miss your laughter, and sense of humor. Sleep in heavenly peace, dear Tony. A funeral mass will be held at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Thursday, February 16, 2006, at 10 a.m. For additional information please contact Tannahill Funeral Home. In Tony's memory, and in lieu of flowers, please give to a Charity of your choice, to the St. Francis Place, Wellness Program, or Lee Manor.
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HASKINS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-09-16 published
LEMCKE, Larry Robert
In loving memory of our dearly loved husband, son, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Larry Robert LEMCKE, age 60, passed away suddenly on September 1st, 2006 while working. Larry will be missed by wife Karen HODGSON, parents, Ivan and Florrie, son Chris (Jennifer), daughter Tanya (Mark). Cherished grandfather of Dane, Jessica, Justin, Josh, Reid and Gage. Brother of Martin (Betty) LEMCKE, Beth (Ken) HASKINS and remembered by Lois LEMCKE. Sadly missed by nieces, nephews, family and Friends. A service was held at Lyon's Funeral Home at Westport, Ont, September 7th. A Celebration of Larry's Life will be held at Lion's head Friendship Hall, September 23rd at 2: 00 p.m. Donations to Lion's head Hospital or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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HASLAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-10-31 published
WATSON, Margaret May (née HASLAM)
Marg WATSON died peacefully on Sunday, October 29, 2006. Marg had celebrated her 90th birthday on October 4th, 2006. Marg was the beloved wife of the late Cliff WATSON (1984,) the loving mother of Heather (Fred WILSON) and Art (Carolyn) and the proud grandmother of Jen, Tim and Scott WATSON. Marg was predeceased by all of her Haslam siblings. Marg lived for over 50 years in Leaside, and enjoyed her involvement with the Leaside Curling Club, and the Leaside United Church Women. Marg and Cliff enjoyed many years on Kawagama Lake. Art and Heather wish to thank the staff of Leisureworld, O'Connor Gate, for the wonderful care of their mother over the last five years. The family will receive Friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Eglinton Avenue East), from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, November 2nd. The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Friday, November 3rd at 3 o'clock with a reception to follow in the Leaside Room. Donations in Marg's memory may be made to the Mooreland's Community Services (Camp at Kawagama Lake), 250 Merton Street, Suite 501, Toronto, Ontario M4S 1B1.

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HASLETT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-03-01 published
HASLETT, Laura Mae (née MELHUISH)
Peacefully on February 28th, 2006 in her 94th year. Predeceased by her husband Tom HASLETT. Laura will be fondly remembered by family and Friends. A visitation will take place on Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 from 10-11 a.m. at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre - Mississauga, 1535 South Gateway Road (two lights south of Eglinton at Dixie). The Funeral Service will take place at 11 a.m. immediately following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Matthews Anglican Church, 3962 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M9B 1M3, would be appreciated.

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HASS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-05 published
'Destined for the military'
Fallen soldier remembered as someone who loved army life
By Scott DUNN with files from The Canadian Press, Thursday, October 05, Cpl. Jimmy MITCHELL always wanted to be the protector. The 32-year-old Owen Sound-born soldier died as one Tuesday in Afghanistan, during an insurgent attack with rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles. Fellow Royal Canadian Dragoon, Sgt. Craig Paul GILLAM, of South Branch, Newfoundland, died with him while protecting a road construction crew.
Robert Thomas James MITCHELL grew up in Owen Sound, attended West Hill Secondary School to the end of Grade 10, then switched to Saint Mary's High School in 1992.
Retired West Hill special education teacher Jim McGREGOR recalled the gangly young man with red hair as a gentle, happy loner.
MITCHELL got into scrapes at the school and was very protective of his younger brother. MITCHELL also struggled to fit in and many at the school didn't expect him to graduate. But McGREGOR knew differently "and he certainly did mature."
It was McGREGOR who recommended MITCHELL switch high schools to get a fresh start and MITCHELL did improve there. He enlisted in the Forces straight out of high school.
"He ended up being in the Armed Forces, which is what he always wanted to do," McGREGOR said.
"He'd put on a fairly tough exterior but inside he was a caring kid. I sometimes think we stereotype a lot of these guys, you know, the big Rambo types, but Jim wasn't one of those."
Everyone who knew MITCHELL said he was destined for the military.
Family friend Norm BIGGAR said MITCHELL was always interested in "enforcement," noting he joined Owen Sound police auxiliary for a while.
"He seemed to want to do that kind of thing. He wanted to be out and helping people," said BIGGAR, who works at Rogers Cable with MITCHELL's father, Bob MITCHELL.
Peter SCOTT is Bob MITCHELL's nephew. He watched Jimmy MITCHELL grow up, went to his minor hockey games and later his wedding at Saint Mary's Church in Owen Sound in 2000.
MITCHELL enlisted in the regular Forces straight out of high school but was injured during basic training and had to drop out. He re-enlisted more than six years ago.
"That says a lot for him too," SCOTT said. "I believe that was his purpose and destiny to be in the military. I don't believe it was his purpose and destiny to get killed."
He cared for his fellow soldiers and loved the adventure of army life and "he put his country ahead of his family," SCOTT said.
MITCHELL's father-in-law, Gary HASS, told the St. Catharines Standard that MITCHELL was proud of the work he was doing and felt strongly he was working toward the greater good.
"He was dedicated to his family and dedicated to his military career," said HASS, of Fort Erie.
MITCHELL graduated from Niagara College and his first military posting was with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton. He served with the Royal Canadian Regiment and, most recently, with the Royal Canadian Dragoons as part of North Atlantic Treaty Organization's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
MITCHELL had moved into a new home near Canadian Forces Base Petawawa just days before he was sent overseas.
Maj. James Follwell of the Dragoons said MITCHELL was an avid runner who competed in iron man races and had applied for JTF2, the country's elite commandos.
Parents Bob, Carol, and their son Mark MITCHELL took a chartered flight to Petawawa on Tuesday.
SCOTT said MITCHELL's body will be returned to Canada Friday. Funeral arrangements include a service in Petawawa, he believed, but details were not known.
MITCHELL, who was scheduled to return home next month, leaves his wife, Leanne, and three children, ages five, three and two.
Owen Sound Legion president Bob GRIFFITH is a good friend of Bob MITCHELL. When his friend said Jimmy wanted a career in the military, GRIFFITH advised him how to go about it.
After he was discharged for medical reasons, GRIFFITH had several talks in his home with Bob MITCHELL about whether his son should return to the military.
GRIFFITH feels for Bob and Carol MITCHELL for all they're going through "But then you've got to look at it (as) this young lad really wanted to go into the military, so he was doing what he wanted to do. There's nothing else in life he wanted to do but be in the military," said GRIFFITH, who spent 45 years in the armed forces.
"We all go in knowing this is a possibility. It's just that I was really fortunate in that I never had something like this happen in my tour."

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HASS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-10 published
MITCHELL, Cpl. Robert, R.C.D.
While serving his country in Afghanistan, on Tuesday October 3rd, 2006 at the age of 32 years. Cpl. Rob MITCHELL of Petawawa, beloved husband of Leanne MITCHELL (née HASS.) Much loved father of Cameron, Ryan and Jaelyn. Dearest son of Bob and Carol MITCHELL of Owen Sound, loving son-in-law of Gary and Angela HASS. Proud brother of Mark MITCHELL at home. Relatives and Friends may call at the Murphy Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service with Military Honours will be conducted in the National Military Cemetery, Ottawa on Friday afternoon October 13 at 2 o'clock followed by the Interment. In memory of Rob, donations to The Canadian Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House, Hamilton, or the Guild of the Royal Canadian Dragoons would be appreciated by the family. Condolences, tributes, donations www.murphyfuneralhome.ca

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HASS o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2006-10-12 published
MITCHELL, Cpl. Robert " Jim," R.C.D.
While serving his country in Afghanistan, on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006. Robert Thomas James (Jim) MITCHELL, of Petawawa, at the age of 32 years. Dearly beloved husband of Leanne MITCHELL (nee HASS.) Much loved father of Cameron, Ryan and Jaelyn. Dearest son of Bob and Carol MITCHELL, of Owen Sound. Proud brother of Mark MITCHELL. Loving son-in-law of Gary and Angela HASS. A Funeral Service and Committal has been held. Family and Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Cpl. Rob MITCHELL at the Royal Canadian Legion, 1450 - 2nd Avenue West, Owen Sound, on Monday, October 16th, 2006 at 7: 00 p.m. with Rev. David STEAD and Rev. Mark LOWERY/LOWREY/LOWRIE/LOWRY officiating. A trust fund for Jim's children has been set up at the Bank of Montreal and donations to this or the Canadian Cancer Society (Ronald McDonald House, Hamilton) would be greatly appreciated by the family and may be made through the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492).

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HASS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-02-11 published
MacLACHLAN, Richard "Dick" Oswald Daniel
Beloved husband of Donna (OWEN) for 56 years, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance at the age of 79. Born in Chatham, son of the late Richard and Elsie (SCHULTZE) MacLACHLAN. Loving father to two daughters, Linda DWYER and her husband Don of Ajax, Diane GORDON and her husband Tim of Chatham, and one son Robert and his wife Pamela BLONDIA of Tupperville. Richard was a Stationary Engineer at International Truck and Engine for 37½ years, retiring in 1985 due to ill health. He was also a life member and past elder of St. Andrew's United Church, Past Master of Wellington Lodge No. 46 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Member of Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection and the Kent Chapter of the Rose Croix, Moore Sovereign Consistory, Hamilton, Mocha Temple Shrine, London, Ahcom Shrine Club, Chatham, Past First Principal Wellington-MacNabb Chapter No. 47 and Past Grand Steward of Grand Chapter, Member of Kent Preceptory No. 20, Babylon Council No. 11, Royal Ark Mariners, York Rite Sovereign College No. 9, Saint John Conclave No. 11, Windsor, Chatham Council No. 123 of the Allied Masonic Degrees of Canada. In May, 2002, Richard received the Gold Honour Award in recognition of his outstanding service in York Rite Masonry by the York Rite College of North America. In November, 2004, he received an Emblem honouring his fifty years as a Mason. He is survived by two sisters, Helen ARNOLD and Elsie Lou MacLACHLAN and her fiancé Bob CUMMING, all of Chatham, a niece Nancy BERRY and her husband Michael of Stoney Creek, an Aunt, Arletta (SCHULTZE) HASS of Pembroke. He is predeceased by a brother-in-law George ARNOLD (1984.) He dearly loved his grandchildren and will be sadly missed by six grandchildren, Trevor HILTZ, Ryan, Kristyn and Ethan DWYER, Sarah and Emily MacLACHLAN, and one step-granddaughter Ashley GORDON. Family will receive Friends at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Sunday from 2: 00-4:30 p.m. and 7: 00-9:00 p.m. Funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2006 from the Funeral Home with Reverend Michael BROOKS of St. Andrew's United Church officiating. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held at 7: 00 p.m. on Sunday at the Funeral Home. Interment Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Donations, made by cheque, to Shriner's Children Hospital, Montreal or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com

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HASS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2006-10-04 published
Two Canadians killed
The attack marks a return to typical insurgent tactics by the Taliban.
By Les PERREAUX, Associated Press, Wed., October 4, 2006
Sperwan, Afghanistan -- Emboldened insurgents killed two Canadian soldiers and wounded five others yesterday in an attack on ground the Canadians took from the Taliban weeks ago.
A small group of soldiers was providing security for road construction, holding an observation post in the former Taliban heartland about 20 kilometres west of Kandahar, when they came under attack about 4: 50 p.m. from a handful of insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.
"They were members of the surveillance troop… a reconnaissance squadron," Col. Fred Lewis, deputy commander of the Canadian contingent, said in Kandahar. "They were conducting vehicle checkpoints and observation posts at the time."
Canadian military officials identified the dead as Sgt. Craig Paul GILLAM and Cpl. Robert Thomas James MITCHELL, both members of the Royal Canadian Dragoons based in Petawawa. MITCHELL was from Fort Erie. GILLAM's hometown was not immediately available.
MITCHELL was raised in Niagara Falls and married Leanne HASS, of nearby Fort Erie. They have three children.
Leanne was recently accepted into the Ontario Provincial Police.
MITCHELL spent part of his youth in Owen Sound, where he attended high school and his parents still live.
A graduate of Niagara College, his first military posting was with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton.
He served with the Royal Canadian Regiment and, most recently, with the Royal Canadian Dragoons as part of North Atlantic Treaty Organization's International Security Assistance Force.
MITCHELL and his family had moved into a new home not far from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa days before he was sent overseas.
GILLAM's family refused comment at their Petawawa home last night.
With the latest toll, 39 Canadian soldiers and a diplomat have been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.
Two of the wounded soldiers were reported in serious but stable condition. All the wounded were evacuated to Kandahar Airfield, the main coalition base, and described as having "non-life-threatening injuries."
Lewis indicated the scale of the attack was small, involving between two and five well-armed insurgents.
The casualties were probably caused by mortars or rocket-propelled grenades, he said. "The injuries right now, there don't seem to be any sort of bullets involved."
As the attack happened shortly before dark, further investigation into the attack will have to wait until today, he said.
"In this particular case, we were clearing an area to put in a road that would have allowed the economy to flow north and south through the Panjwaii area," Lewis said. "We've got to remain vigilant to the Taliban re-infiltrating into the area."
The attack prompted a quick response.
"Almost immediately other forces responded to it, treated and medevaced the casualties, and carried on with the operation," said Lt.-Col. Omer Lavoie, the ground-level commander of Canada's fighting force.
Two U.S. soldiers also were wounded nearby. It was not clear whether they were hit by the same group of insurgents or in a separate ambush.
The fighting comes a month after the launch of Operation Medusa, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization operation led by Canadian troops that officials boasted killed hundreds of Taliban. North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Canadian officials said they had driven insurgents out of the area west of Kandahar city and had done serious damage to the ability of the insurgents to mount attacks.
Lavoie said the latest attacks are a shift back to familiar insurgent tactics after the Taliban were devastated in a more conventional fight.
"They've learned they can't take us on head-to-head in a conventional battle, so they're going back to typical insurgent tactics, (roadside bombs) and hit-and-run tactics," Lavoie said.
The fatal attack was the last in a series aimed at Canadians yesterday. The earlier attacks injured no Canadians.
Charles Company soldiers were first to come under fire in the morning as they pushed along the Arghandab River, a few kilometres west of where the deadly attack came hours later.
Insurgents fired mortars, rockets and automatic weapons at Seven Platoon of Charles Company, the unit hit by a deadly ambush September 3.
The soldiers and their Afghan army counterparts returned fire and emerged unscathed.
Closer to Kandahar and a few hours later, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a Canadian convoy, setting a G-wagon jeep aflame.
The suicide bomber died; no one else was injured.
Local civilians and soldiers have said the Taliban have slipped back into the area.
"The Taliban has threatened (civilians) with their lives from any kind of association with the coalition," said Maj. Steve Brown, commander of Charles Company.
"They've gone back to the tactic that has consistently worked for them, that is to infiltrate and conduct guerrilla-type operations. Now they're back at it, threatening people and their property."
The insurgents have learned to exploit Canadian rules of engagement to escape attack, Macfarlane said.
Those rules can't be disclosed under the embedding agreement that lets journalists travel with Canadian soldiers.
"They're smart. I wouldn't say I respect them, but they've learned to play to our weaknesses," Macfarlane said.
Canadian soldier Pte. Josh KLUKIE died last week in a mine explosion on a road the Canadians have cut through fields to avoid such attacks.
KLUKIE's remains arrived home in Canada aboard a military jet last night.

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HASS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2006-10-04 published
2 Canadians killed, 5 hurt in Taliban ambush
District outside Kandahar thought free of insurgents
Troops attacked while clearing area to put in new road
By Les PERREAUX, Canadian Press
Sperwan, Afghanistan -- Emboldened insurgents killed two Canadian soldiers and wounded five others yesterday in an attack on ground the Canadians took from the Taliban just weeks ago.
The small group of soldiers were providing security for road construction and holding an observation post in the former Taliban heartland about 20 kilometres west of Kandahar city when they came under attack around 4: 50 p.m. from a handful of insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles.
Canadian military officials identified the dead as Sgt. Craig Paul GILLAM and Cpl. Robert Thomas James MITCHELL, both members of the Royal Canadian Dragoons based in Petawawa, Ontario
"They were members of the surveillance troop… a reconnaissance squadron," Col. Fred Lewis, deputy commander of the Canadian contingent, said in Kandahar. "They were conducting vehicle checkpoints and observation posts at the time."
MITCHELL "was dedicated to his family and dedicated to his military career," said his father-in-law Gary HASS of Fort Erie, Ontario
A graduate of Niagara College, MITCHELL spent part of his youth in Owen Sound, where his parents still live.
MITCHELL and his family had moved into a new home not far from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa just days before he was sent overseas.
While her husband was away, wife Leanne was raising their three young children, ages 5, 3 and 2, and studying to become a police officer.
With the latest toll, 39 Canadian soldiers and a diplomat have now been killed in Afghanistan since 2002.
Two of the wounded soldiers were reported in serious but stable condition. All the wounded were evacuated to Kandahar Airfield, the main coalition base, and described as having "non-life-threatening injuries."
Lewis indicated the scale of the attack was small, involving between two and five well-armed insurgents.
The casualties were probably caused by mortars or rocket-propelled grenades, he said.
"In this particular case, we were clearing an area to put in a road that would have allowed the economy to flow north and south through the Panjwaii area," Lewis said. "We've got to remain vigilant to the Taliban reinfiltrating into the area."
The attack prompted a quick response.
"Almost immediately other forces responded to it, treated and medevaced the casualties, and carried on with the operation," said Lt.-Col. Omer Lavoie, the ground-level commander of Canada's fighting force.
Two U.S. soldiers were also wounded nearby. It was not clear whether they were hit by the same group of insurgents or a separate ambush.
The fighting comes exactly one month after the launch of Operation Medusa, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization operation led by Canadian troops that officials boasted killed hundreds of Taliban.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Canadian officials said they had driven insurgents out of the area and had done serious damage to the ability of the insurgents to mount attacks.
Lavoie said the latest attacks are a shift back to familiar insurgent tactics after the Taliban were devastated in a more conventional fight.
"They've learned they can't take us on head-to-head in a conventional battle, so they're going back to typical insurgent tactics, (roadside bombs) and hit-and-run tactics," Lavoie said.
The fatal attack was the last in a series aimed at Canadians yesterday. The earlier attacks caused no Canadian casualties.
Soldiers of Charlie Company were the first to come under fire in the morning as they pushed along the Arghandab River, a few kilometres west of the deadly attack that would come hours later.
Insurgents fired mortars, rockets and automatic weapons at Seven Platoon of Charlie Company, the unit that was hit with a deadly ambush September 3.
The soldiers and their Afghan army counterparts returned fire and emerged unscathed.
Closer to Kandahar city a few hours later, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a Canadian convoy, setting a G-wagon jeep aflame. The suicide bomber died; no one else was injured.
Local civilians and soldiers have said Taliban have quietly seeped back into the area.

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