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RAFFAGHELLO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-12 published
MATHESON, Crawford Wallace Caldwell
It is with great sadness that the family reports Crawford's passing on November 9, 2007 in Toronto, in his 79th year. Beloved husband of 54 years of Aileen Kelly MATHESON. Loving and wise Dad and father-in-law to Linda, Neil, John, Louis RAFFAGHELLO, Saskia, Kath and Laura HALE. Proud and beloved 'Papa' and good friend of Julia, David, Claire, Simone, Virginia, Alex and Kate. Survived by his dear brother Stan MATHESON and his wife Jean, of Saint John, and sisters and brothers-in-law Kay MATHESON of Halifax, Phil MURRAY of Sydney Mines, Frank and Ruth KELLY of Middle Musquodoboit, Norma and Kent STOREY of New Glasgow, and Harrison KELLY of Sydney River. Crawford was predeceased by brother Judge Lewis MATHESON and sisters Marjorie MATHESON and Rebecca MURRAY. Born in Sydney Mines in 1929, Crawford was the son of Angus G. MATHESON and Sarah CALDWELL. In 1947, he began a 44-year career with the F.W. Woolworth Company. His skill and dedication led him to executive positions at the company's head Office in Toronto. 'Crawf' was an avid bridge player, a long-time member of the Toronto Board of Trade Golf and Country Club, and a recipient of a Fifty-Year Jewel from the Royal Oak Masonic Lodge. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 3 o'clock. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Cardiac Care Unit at William Osler Health Centre, Etobicoke, for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to your favourite charity. Fac et Spera

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RAFFERTY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-05 published
BUCKBERROUGH, David
Peacefully, on Thursday, October 4th, 2007 at the Toronto Western Hospital. Remembered by his loving wife Kathleen RAFFERTY, dear brother John from Vancouver and many close family and Friends. As Dave wished, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date where we can share good memories of a great life. A special thanks to Denis O'KEEFFE for being there for his dear friend. In Dave's memory, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of Turner and Porter Butler Chapel 416-231-2283.

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RAFTER o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-07-20 published
Police say no foul play in woman's death
The Sun Times, Friday, July 20, 2007
Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a 51-year-old Guelph woman whose body was found at a cottage on Saugeen First Nation.
Grey County Ontario Provincial Police said Thursday that Janice RAFTER was found by a friend at about 5 p.m. Tuesday at the small rented cottage at 159 Ah-Sineese Road, near Bruce County Road 13.
Police were immediately notified. The Ontario Provincial Police forensic identification unit from Mount Forest was called in to assist while the Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police and Western Region Ontario Provincial Police crime unit investigated the death.
A post-mortem has been conducted, but police are not releasing the cause of death.

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RAFUSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-04 published
Housekeeper's death at Mississauga mansion treated as foul play
By Omar EL AKKAD and Jessica RAFUSE, Page A15
The death of Jocelyn DULNUAN, a Filipino-born, 27-year-old housekeeper found inside a multimillion-dollar mansion on Monday, is likely the result of foul play, Peel Regional Police say.
That sums up just about everything homicide detectives are willing to say.
"The location was targeted for a specific reason that I am not prepared to comment on today," Inspector Norm ENGLISH, head of the homicide bureau, said yesterday at a terse news conference.
"I do believe, though, that there was property taken from the residence, however this needs to be determined after doing a proper walk through with the homeowners," he said.
Ms. DULNUAN came to Canada last year on a work visa and worked as a nanny in various locations across the Greater Toronto Area before moving into the massive Mississauga home as a housekeeper, Insp. ENGLISH said.
Both Ms. DULNUAN and the home - estimated to be worth more than $10-million - may have been targets, he said, adding that Ms. DULNUAN's mother, who lives in Hong Kong, has been notified of her daughter's death.
But as to what condition Ms. DULNUAN's body was in, the cause of her death, what items were taken from the home and a host of other questions, Insp. ENGLISH would only reply: "I'm not prepared to discuss that."
Peel police spokesman Constable Adam MINNION said homicide detectives can sometimes choose to withhold information so as to not compromise an investigation. "If [homicide detectives are] reluctant to provide information, they must have their reasons," Constable MINNION said. "Every situation's different. There must be something they've seen there."
Police received a 911 call around 5 p.m. on Monday from one of the homeowners inside the home. The homeowners, Vasdev (Dave) CHANCHLANI and his wife Jayshree, were not home at the time of the incident, Constable MINNION said.
Police have not yet publicly named any suspects.
At several Toronto churches with strong Filipino followings, no one recognized Ms. DULNUAN by name or photo yesterday.
She was also not registered with Intercede, a group that advocates for the rights of domestic workers and caregivers.
"We've been getting calls all day," said counsellor Columbia DIAZ, who is hoping to use the agency's contacts to get in touch with Ms. DULNUAN's Friends. "A lot of Filipina maids are worried and want to know more, but there's not much that we know."
Ms. DIAZ said many caregivers and domestic workers prefer to work in populated areas instead of secluded homes with limited contact with the outside community.
Jo ACUNA, owner of Brampton-based Sunrise Placement Services, said live-in nannies tend to apply for a work permit under the federal live-in caregiver program.
The program stipulates that such employees must work in a private home and be provided a private, furnished room within that home.
Ms. ACUNA said the largest portion of such workers arrive from the Philippines, usually after first working in Hong Kong.
A representative from the Philippines consulate in Toronto said the consulate has been in contact with Ms. DULNUAN's mother, who is trying to arrange the transportation of her daughter's body back home.

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RAFUSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-16 published
Two bodies found in blazing van
Police waiting to question badly burned man who ran to nearby house to summon help
By Timothy APPLEBY and Jessica RAFUSE, Page A13
A brick bungalow on a quiet Scarborough street was under the microscope of homicide detectives yesterday as they probed the late-night discovery of two bodies inside a blazing van on a remote, dead-end country road in King Township, charred beyond recognition.
A badly burned man who managed to escape the inferno and stagger to a nearby house for help was in hospital under sedation. Police were still waiting to question him to determine whether he and the other two occupants of the van were victims of a murder, a botched murder-suicide attempt or some type of bizarre accident.
Further thickening the mystery was an unconfirmed report that the Scarborough house to which the van was traced housed a marijuana operation.
No names were released, pending identification of the victims and notification of next of kin.
CTV News reported that the injured man's name is Bao MAC, 46, and that his wife, Jocelyn, and daughter, Ashta, about eight or nine years old, died in the burning van.
Constable Laurie PERKS of York Regional Police would not confirm reports that the dead were the man's spouse and daughter. She did say, however, that no suspects were immediately being sought. "It's weird, a very odd one, this."
By later afternoon, the two bodies were still in the van, protected by a temporary canopy amid a thicket of trees. A source familiar with the investigation said the pair were burned so badly that an accelerant may have been used, and that DNA tests rather than dental records might have to be relied on to confirm their identity and establish how, when and where they perished.
Shortly before midnight Sunday evening, police responded to an emergency call that brought them to an address near the Seventh Concession and the Sixteenth Sideroad, west of Highway 400.
"A fellow had approached the gates of a gated home and buzzed the intercom, requesting the lady to call 911," Constable PERKS said.
"He had come from a van that when we arrived was fully engulfed in flames. The officers tried to extinguish the fire but were unable to. At the end, when the fire department extinguished it, we found the bodies of two people inside, burned beyond recognition."
The vehicle was registered to a home on Barnsley Court in Scarborough, near Warden Avenue and Ellesmere Road, cordoned off by yellow tape yesterday as police detectives examined it.
Property records show that the house was purchased last year for $324,000 by Mui Xui VOONG. But it was unclear whether Mr. VOONG lived in the home or had rented it out.
As police questioned everybody leaving and entering the street, neighbours described a quiet Canadian-Chinese household that was home to a couple and two young daughters. One resident said the man of the house was a self-employed contractor named Kim.
Children's bicycles were propped alongside the home, a swing set was in the yard and patio chairs and a barbecue were perched on a new deck.
Morris CHANCE, whose backyard adjoins the property, voiced dismay that tragedy had struck the peaceful neighbourhood where he has lived for more than 30 years.
"They're just normal, quiet people," he said. "It's shocking news. He was a really nice guy, always smiling, saying 'hi.'"

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RAFUSE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-18 published
Death of elderly Scarborough couple suspected murder-suicide
By Jessica RAFUSE, Page A12
The death of an elderly couple marks the city's second suspected murder-suicide in less than a month, sparking concerns about the issues geriatric caregivers face when they are ill themselves.
A woman visiting her parents' Scarborough home late Tuesday evening discovered the body of her 81-year-old mother in a bedroom. She had a gunshot wound to the head. Police later found her 83-year-old father in a car in the garage, also shot in the head.
Neighbours say the elderly woman had cancer, while her husband, who had been her primary support and caregiver, was recently hospitalized for heart complications.
"I guess he just couldn't cope any more," said neighbour Ramon SMITH, who is 75 and takes care of his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.
The scene in Scarborough was eerily familiar for Toronto police, who just last month found the bodies of Percy STEIN, 66, and his mother Sarah GRUPSTEIN, 84, in a condominium downtown, in what is also believed to be a "mercy killing."
Rather than succumb to the stomach cancer Mr. STEIN was battling and leave his wheelchair-bound mother to be sent to a nursing home, he decided to end their lives himself. He shot her before killing himself on the bed beside her. He left a note.
Benoit MULSANT, clinical director of geriatric mental health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said these cases highlight an important type of murder-suicide in which an individual who is taking care of an older person, usually debilitated and dependent, comes to the "distorted conclusion" that they are both better off dead.
"When looked at, it first appears to be humane," said Doctor MULSANT. "But the person who is killed is not consulted and not able to express his or her opinion."
While murder-suicides are rare, depression and feelings of hopelessness are not a natural part of aging and need to be treated, Doctor MULSANT said.
"People expect older people to be miserable, so this makes it acceptable. But, wrongly so."
The uncertainty of what lies ahead, loss of companionship and the shifts in roles and responsibilities are some of the major challenges elder caregivers deal with, said Arlene CONSKY, a social worker for Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
The difficulties with coping and adjusting to these changes can be a source of depression, especially when caregivers are battling illnesses of their own, and have negative consequences on their behaviour and frame of mind if left untreated.
Dr. MULSANT advises people to pay serious attention when individuals make negative comments about their life, have sleeping problems, are experiencing weight loss or lose passion and interest in their usual activities.
It's important to watch for these symptoms because many elderly patients who suffer from them won't necessarily bring them up, often due to the stigma surrounding mental illness and old age.
Dr. MULSANT also reminds people that if they're concerned about someone, they shouldn't be afraid to ask them if they are thinking about death or want to die for fear they're planting ideas in their head.
"Many people are relieved that someone cares," Doctor MULSANT said. "Many people who are suicidal will tell you the truth and are happy that you want to help."
Accessing support and services that assist caregivers is one of the most important steps to reducing rates of depression, said Ms. CONSKY.
"Knowing they're not alone and not the only ones has a way of transforming the way they're coping from a victim to an empowered person," she said.

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