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ALPER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-30 published
LAYWINE, Helen Caroline (ne MUSICAR)
Peacefully at home, after a short but courageous battle with cancer, on Saturday, June 28, 2008. Helen will be truly missed by her husband of 57 years, Carl LAYWINE. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Peter LAYWINE and Anne LEWISON, and Wendy and Bruce GITELMAN. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Bea and the late Barney ALPER, Edythe and the late Harvey SALSBURG, and Harry and Selma MUSICAR. Devoted grandmother of Julian, and Elizabeth (Lizzie) LAYWINE. Helen was a long-time member of the McGill Club and Spadina JCC. She will be missed by nieces, nephews, cousins and Friends. For more than 50 years, Helen travelled the world with Carl, and she was usually happiest stretched out on a deck chair with a good book, for a day at sea. The family gratefully acknowledges the exceptional care and attention of Doctor David GREENBERG. At Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue W., (three lights west of Dufferin) for service on Monday, June 30th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment, Pride of Israel Synagogue section of Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva 11C Tranby Avenue, from 2: 00 p.m. Donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders 1-800-982-7903 or at www.msf.ca.

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ALPHONSE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2008-09-03 published
ALPHONSE JOSEPH MANITOWABI
In loving memory of Alphonse Joseph Manitowabi, 73 years, who passed away
at Saint Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Friday, August 15th, 2008.
Beloved son of Michael and Sophie Manitowabi (both predeceased). Dear
brother of Margaret Mary Jackson of Manitowaning, Betty Crack (Merv) of
Little Current and the late Michael Junior and Joyce Renaud, both
predeceased. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Rested at St.
Ignatius Church in Buzwah (Manitoulin Island). Funeral mass was at St.
Ignatius Church on Tuesday, August 19th, 2008 at 11: 00 am. Interment at
the Buzwah Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the Lougheed Funeral Home,
Sudbury.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-18 published
Fallen Canadian was a dedicated family man
By Caroline ALPHONSO and Oliver MOORE, Page A15
Toronto and Kandahar, Afghanistan -- A Canadian soldier killed Sunday night on foot patrol in Afghanistan's volatile Panjwai district was described yesterday as a man whose world consisted of his two-year-old daughter, his wife, family and dogs.
Sergeant Jason BOYES, 32, of Napanee, Ontario, was identified by the Canadian Forces yesterday. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based out of Shilo, Manitoba
Sgt. BOYES was killed by an explosive device around the village of Zangabad, southwest of Kandahar City, while participating in a joint Afghan-Canadian foot patrol.
In a statement, the BOYES family said they were devastated by the news. It was Sgt. BOYES's third Afghan tour.
"Jason loved his job, he loved the military, and his fellow soldiers loved him back. His world was his daughter, Mackenzie, his wife, Alison, his dogs and his family," the statement read.
"We have always, and still do, support this mission."
Sgt. BOYES's nickname through high school was "Boysie." Craig ALDERSON, principal at Napanee District Secondary School, said yesterday that the young man played on the volleyball team and basketball team, and was well liked by classmates. Mr. ALDERSON taught geography in the early 1990s, when Sgt. BOYES attended high school.
"He was a decent young man at that time, and obviously he led a fairly distinguished life," Mr. ALDERSON said.
Lieutenant-Colonel Dave Corbould, commander of the Patricias battle group, said the fallen soldier had a "warrior spirit."
"He was a committed warrior, a leader through and through. He was someone we can all emulate," he said.
Yesterday, all federal parties sent their condolences to the family of Sgt. BOYES.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised Sgt. BOYES for being an "exceptionally brave soldier" who deserved Canada's support and gratitude.
"The mission is a difficult one, but we are committed to bringing security and stability to this war-torn country so that future generations may enjoy the benefits of a peaceful and democratic society," Mr. Harper said in a statement.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-24 published
Man arrested in Hamilton stabbing death
By James BRADSHAW and Caroline ALPHONSO with files from The Canadian Press, Page A9
Hamilton police have charged a 22-year-old man with the stabbing death of Chris MILLER, also 22, at a stag and doe after-party in the city's east end early Saturday.
Police arrested Robert BALDWIN at his home at 9: 30 p.m. Saturday and charged him with second-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault. Mr. BALDWIN is expected to appear in court this morning.
Police say more arrests are expected.
Mr. MILLER reportedly suffered stab wounds to his neck at approximately 4: 20 a.m. Two other men were stabbed and are listed in stable condition after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
The three victims were among 35 to 40 people who left a stag and doe party at a nearby Royal Canadian Legion banquet hall and went to 239 Weir St. North, where the attacks allegedly occurred.
Neighbour Kevin PELLETIER, 45, said he heard people return to the house around 2 a.m. Saturday. He saw people getting out of three cars. And then around 4: 30, he heard a woman screaming, "Someone's cut in the neck, call an ambulance."
Mr. PELLETIER, who has lived on the street for 17 years, said a couple in their 30s live in the home with their three children. There have been a few incidents on other streets around him, but not on his, he said.
"I think the neighbours are pretty shocked that it happened," he said.
Another neighbour, Ted MARTIN, said he came out at 5: 30 Saturday morning to find police cruisers on the street. "It's just one of those parties that got out of hand, I guess," he said.
A man who answered the phone at 239 Weir St. declined comment.
Mr. MILLER aspired to be a high school teacher but had to interrupt his studies in English literature at Brock University because he could no longer pay the tuition, according to friend Justin BRIDGEMAN. Instead, he had moved back in with his father in Hamilton and taken a factory job to earn money. Mr. MILLER's mother died while he was a child, and Friends say his father and younger sister are in shock.
"Chris was a quiet and really intelligent guy who loved camping in Algonquin Park with us," Mr. BRIDGEMAN said.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-24 published
Body identified as student missing from Carleton
By Caroline ALPHONSO, Page A8
Ottawa -- Police yesterday confirmed that the body found by a boater along the Rideau River on Sunday was that of 18-year-old Carleton University student Nadia KAJOUJI.
An autopsy indicated that there was no foul play involved, police said.
Ms. KAJOUJI's family and Carleton's president had already made statements indicating that the body was hers.
Ms. KAJOUJI was last seen leaving her dorm room late on March 9. She told a friend that she was going ice skating, her family said. Police declared her missing a few days later. Since her disappearance, her family learned that she was depressed and receiving counselling.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-04 published
Capt. LEARY dreamt of making a difference
By Caroline ALPHONSO with reports from Katherine O'NEILL in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and from The Canadian Press, Page A10
Soon after graduating from university, Captain Richard (Steve) LEARY joined the army.
He always dreamt about making a difference.
"This is something he always wanted to do," Capt. LEARY's mother, Gail, said yesterday. "He was a very good man."
"He always knew he wanted to go fight for his country," his aunt, Terry CARESWELL, said yesterday. "He just wanted to make people feel safe."
Yesterday, Capt. LEARY died trying to do just that. Only a few months into his first tour in Afghanistan, he was shot and killed as he led a foot patrol in the Panjwai district. The 32-year-old was a platoon commander with Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Shilo, Manitoba
In his hometown of Brantford, Ontario, Capt. LEARY was remembered as a caring man who loved fixing cars and keeping fit. "He was very protective of his family and his wife. He was very funny. Everybody always had fun when he was there," Ms. Careswell said.
Capt. LEARY and his wife, Rachel, met in high school. They started dating when he was 16 and she was 14. They were married in Brantford almost six years ago, and were planning on having children soon, his aunt said yesterday.
Capt. LEARY led an active life. He took karate lessons for six years, and he was on the football team at Brantford Collegiate Institute. He also loved to learn. He completed a bachelor's degree in history at McMaster University, and enjoyed reading books on psychology and religion.
Ms. CARESWELL said her nephew was looking forward to going to Afghanistan (both his grandfather and great-grandfather were in the army). But he was reluctant to share with his family what he saw there.
"He just told his parents they did not want to know what goes on over there," Ms. CARESWELL said. "He was very upset about what goes on over there."
After his tour, Capt. LEARY planned to continue to work in the army, but probably doing an administrative job, his aunt said. "He was a very good leader. He just really believed in us having our freedom and people having a better life," she said.
Major Jay Janzen, a Canadian military spokesman in Afghanistan, said Capt. LEARY was personable. He said "it's a very difficult time" for his platoon.

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ALPHONSO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-25 published
Ontario man wonders why his son was tasered
'We're killing too many of them… I don't want other parents to go through what I'm going through right now,' he says
By Caroline ALPHONSO, Page A5
The father of an Ontario man who died in police custody after being hit by a stun gun says he is angry that a taser was used on his son.
"I'm mad… Did they have to use that taser thing?" Nol MARREEL asked yesterday. His 36-year-old son, Jeffrey, died following a confrontation with police near Simcoe, Ontario, on Monday.
"I heard that 21 other Canadians died by a taser. What's going on? Somebody has to look into this. We're killing too many of them and we're going to kill some more. I don't want other parents to go through what I'm going through right now."
Jeffrey MARREEL died in hospital two hours after the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a call from a resident that an unwanted man was causing a disturbance at a beach hamlet in Norfolk County in southwestern Ontario.
Mr. MARREEL said his son was likely on drugs when police approached him on Monday morning. Jeffrey MARREEL had a history of drug use and was especially downtrodden after he broke up with his girlfriend last month and then lost his job at a flower nursery two weeks ago, his father said.
On Monday morning, Jeffrey was about 26 kilometres from his family home, which is in Delhi, Ontario He was seen loitering in the small, quiet hamlet of Fishers Glen. A resident who didn't want his name used said a neighbour saw Mr. MARREEL carrying a piece of metal down the road. When asked what he wanted, Mr. MARREEL looked like he was threatening with the piece of metal, so the neighbour called police, the resident said.
Police said they found a "combative male" on the street and used the taser to subdue him. Mr. MARREEL collapsed on arrival at the Simcoe police detachment. He died in hospital.
An autopsy performed yesterday was unable to determine the cause of death, and further forensic tests are being done.
But Mr. MARREEL blames the taser for leading to his son's death.
The use of the stun gun has come under scrutiny since Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski, 40, was seen last fall on amateur video screaming and writhing on the floor at Vancouver airport after he was tasered by Mounties. His death and the public outrage that quickly followed prompted a national debate on the use of the stun guns and sparked several probes. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said last week that it would curb the use of tasers in the face of mounting public pressure. Arizona-based manufacturer Taser International has maintained that the weapon itself is not lethal.
It is unclear how many times Mr. MARREEL was hit by the stun gun. Because he died in police custody, Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is looking into his death. Spokesman John YOANNOU said details of Jeffrey's death, including his state of mind at the time of the incident, would likely come out during the investigation.
All that has remained of Monday morning's incident is a blood stain on the pavement, circled with red spray paint.
Residents of the hamlet, meanwhile, are wondering why people high on drugs are often finding their way into their community. One resident said there have been other incidents. "I want something done because of past problems we've had," the resident said. "People we don't even know are coming at all hours of the night."
Nol MARREEL, too, is looking for answers. He last saw his son on Sunday when he stopped by the family home. The younger Mr. MARREEL didn't stay long. He drifted between his home and staying with Friends.
The father said his son had been in trouble with the law before. "He was not an easy child. He's been on drugs off and on since he was 16. You name it, I think he's tried them," he said. "He'd be good for a while and the downward spiral would start. Then he'd be going to jail and I would be bailing him out."
Mr. MARREEL said his son saw a psychiatrist once and checked himself into a drug rehabilitation centre a couple of times. "It never took. Every time something would happen, something negative, he would be on a downward spiral. He couldn't take negativity at all. If something went wrong, he would do drugs."

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