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GOHM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-09-20 published
CHOUINARD, David - Notice to
Ontario Court Of Justice (Family Court)
At 102 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario L3B 3W6
Notice To: David CHOUINARD
A Case Has Been Started Against You In Court at 102 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario, L3B 3W6.
The next court date is November 2nd, 2006 at 10: 00 a.m. or as soon as possible after that time at: 102 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario, L3B 3W6.
The court may make an order in this case that will affect your rights in relation to your child(ren). You can get more information about this case from the court office at the address above.
You may also get information about this case from Catherine GOHM at 654 South Pelham Road, Welland, Ontario, L3B 3W6. Tel: 1-905-937-7731 Ext. 5532 or toll free: 1-888-937-7731.
If you do not come to court, an order may be made without you and be enforced against you.
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GOHN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-29 published
Couple celebrating wedding anniversary die in crash
Police believe pair were innocent victims of illegal street race
By Greg McARTHUR, Page A1
Toronto -- The cystic fibrosis that kept messing with Rob MANCHESTER's digestive tract had given him a night's reprieve on Saturday, and he and his wife, Lisa, were able to spend their wedding anniversary at an East Side Mario's restaurant.
He felt so much better that the couple decided to chance it, and headed south from the suburbs to Toronto to watch the end of the Edmonton Oilers game.
York Regional Police say there were two young men who decided to chance it that night, too -- by racing their Hondas up Yonge Street in Richmond Hill.
When one of the speeding cars crashed into the MANCHESTERs' as they were making a left turn, the couple was killed, leaving their daughter Katie, 7, without parents.
"She's orphaned because a bunch of kids wanted to do some street racing," said Anita KAMPEN, a friend and neighbour of the MANCHESTERs who used to babysit Katie in the mornings. "It's not just a mother. It's not just a father. It's both. That's a devastating thing to do to somebody.
"What is the point of street racing? It's left families broken."
The tragedy occurred just two days after Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to create legislation that would specifically target "reckless" street racers and require jail time for repeat offenders.
When he made his announcement, six people in Canada had died as a result of street racing this year.
In January, two Toronto university students in an alleged street race crashed into the taxi cab of a 46-year-old Pakistani man, killing him. In that same month, four men were killed in Vancouver when their car crashed into a lamppost. Another Vancouver driver was killed on the Mother's Day weekend.
York Regional Police have charged one man -- Marco GASPARRO, 18 -- with dangerous driving causing death in conjunction with Saturday's accident. An unidentified young male, believed to be with Mr. GASPARRO, is in critical condition at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, police say.
CTV cameras at the scene of the crash captured the vanity licence plate on one of the smashed cars: REDROCIT.
Mr. MANCHESTER, 46, delivered mail for Canada Post in the suburb of Thornhill, said Ms. KAMPEN, the couple's neighbour. He was a hockey fan, and very active with his daughter, refusing to let the cystic fibrosis get in the way of romping around in the yard with Katie, or sitting among her stuffed animals for a game of "house."
"He was going for a lot of testing lately to see what meds would help him out," Ms. KAMPEN said.
"He had just gone to St. Michael's Hospital and had some more testing done. I think the disease was progressing to the later stages."
Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening disease that attacks the lungs and digestive system, clogging them with a thick sticky mucus that makes it difficult to breathe and digest food.
Ms. MANCHESTER, 43, worked for the Toronto Construction Association. She started as a secretary more than 10 years ago but quickly moved up, implementing all the association's software programs and running its information systems.
"She learned it on the job," said Bill GOHN, a former executive vice-president with the association.
The family loved animals and the couple also leaves behind a dog, Roxy, and a cat, Bugsy. Yesterday, residents of the family's close-knit street off Lake Avenue in the Toronto suburb of Richmond Hill were reeling.
Ms. KAMPEN said her daughters were still having a difficult time realizing that Katie might not be around any more. The deaths don't appear to have registered with Katie either, who was being babysat by another neighbour at the time of the accident.
"By the end of the week, she'll probably understand more. 'Oh, I don't get to go home to my regular bed' Ms. KAMPEN said. "She closed her eyes and opened them up and it was all gone."
Reaction to Mr. Harper's announcement last week was mixed among many who are fighting to stop street racing.
Raynald Marchand, the manager of traffic safety for the Canada Safety Council, said last week that although deaths from street racing are tragic, "we're concerned about young people's futures, and we are concerned that resources are better spent somewhere else."
Mr. Harper announced that his government would introduce a law creating a new Criminal Code offence to cover those convicted of street racing. The mandatory punishments would escalate from driving prohibitions to prison sentences with successive convictions.
Among the critics of Mr. Harper's announcement were those who pointed out that street racing is in fact speeding, a violation that is covered by provincial statutes that can result in costly fines.
Anyone who kills or injures someone while street racing can be convicted of criminal negligence causing bodily harm or criminal negligence causing death. In the case of the latter, the punishment can be as stiff as life imprisonment.

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