Winnipeg couple finds body believed to be Cooper Nemeth’s in backyard

February 22 2016 8:13pm

The Winnipeg couple who found the body believed to be Cooper Nemeth’s in their backyard said they haven’t been able to eat or sleep since making the grisly discovery. Global’s Sean Leslie reports.


Marc Wabafiyebazu charged with first-degree murder in double killing in Miami

Canadian diplomat picking up pieces of shattered life as son sentenced in killings



Marc Wabafiyebazu

Marc Wabafiyebazu charged with first-degree murder in double killing in Miami

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, appears in adult criminal court for his arraignment, Monday, April 20, 2015, in Miami. Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat charged with first-degree murder in a double killing in Miami, is expected to plead guilty to reduced charges Friday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Walter Michot/The Miami Herald via AP, Pool)
The unease Canada’s top diplomat in Miami was feeling as her car threaded its way to work that bright, warm early morning was becoming more insistent.

Her phone rang.

“Are your kids OK?” a senior official at Canada’s Embassy in Washington was asking.

“And then,” Roxanne Dube says in her French-accented lilt, “I knew something was not correct.”

As she would later discover, local authorities had contacted the U.S. State Department, which had in turn contacted the Canadian Embassy. Her unease turned to alarm as, at the urging of her embassy contact, she directed her driver to a hospital, where she was ushered into a VIP room. Someone handed her a piece of paper with a phone number to call for information. She did.

“I’m afraid I have bad news, I think we should meet,” Det. Rolando Garcia was saying. “And he said: ‘Jean is dead.’ I knew it was true because of the way he pronounced Jean’s name.”

Dube dropped the phone. Her world had imploded that sunny day on March 31, 2015. Dube could barely stagger outside.

Now 53, Dube had arrived from Ottawa with her two teen sons exactly two months earlier to take up her post as Canada’s consul general in Miami. It had been a whirlwind of wrapping up her old job — she had been director general for North America, helping oversee Canada’s consular network in the U.S. and Mexico — finding housing, moving, unpacking, getting the boys settled in school.

Child of mixed Afghan-Vietnamese descent struggling to find a genetic match for stem cell transplant

Boy, 10, in desperate need of life-saving stem cell transplant

As a child of mixed Afghan-Vietnamese descent, Aaryan is struggling to find a genetic match

CBC News Posted: Dec 29, 2015 7:53 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 30, 2015 9:17 AM ET

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Aaryan Dinh-Ali — a 10-year-old boy who loves video games and the Toronto Blue Jays — has been diagnosed with a blood condition so rare it strikes as few as two out of one million people every year worldwide.

Aaryan has aplastic anemia. There is no cure, but a stem cell transplant could save his life. He just needs to find the right donor.

“He’s a beautiful and intelligent boy and he doesn’t deserve this,” his mother Jenny Dinh told CBC News.

Aaryan’s body isn’t producing blood cells, leaving him vulnerable to infection and uncontrolled bleeding. On Dec. 20, he suffered from internal hemorrhaging that sent him to The Hospital for Sick Children. He’s been there since.

“They were able to stabilize him within 36 hours,” Dinh said. “So 36 hours of constant blood transfusions, constant steroids, constant care.”

Jenny Dinh

(…)His best chance is a stem cell transplant. But his rare genetic heritage — he has an Afghan father and Vietnamese mother — makes finding a donor difficult.

Each ancestral group has different genetic markers so, of course, when you have two parents who are from a different ancestry it makes it much more of a challenge,” Dena Mercer, a spokeswoman for OneMatch stem cell and marrow network at Canadian Blood Services, told CBC News.

Seeking Middle Eastern, Asian donors

The Caledon boy has huge support network of doctors, nurses, friends, family who have launched a campaign to find a stem cell match to save his life.

They are targeting people with Middle Eastern and Asian ethnicities, especially Vietnamese, Afghan and Central Asian.

Montreal remembers 14 lives lost during École Polytechnique massacre

Polytechnique massacre 26th anniversary memorialized in Montreal

City remembers 14 lives lost during École Polytechnique shooting on Dec. 6, 1989

CBC News Posted: Dec 06, 2015 7:58 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 06, 2015 6:42 PM ET

Beams of light were projected onto Montreal's night sky during a ceremony on Mount Royal to mark last year's anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre. A similar ceremony took place this year on Sunday night.

Beams of light were projected onto Montreal’s night sky during a ceremony on Mount Royal to mark last year’s anniversary of the Polytechnique massacre. A similar ceremony took place this year on Sunday night. (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

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Plaque at École Polytechnique commemorating victims of the massacre

Ceremonies took place today to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal.

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were killed at the engineering school by a gunman professing to hate feminists and women’s place in society. Another 14 people were injured before the gunman took his own life.

Two rallies in Montreal honoured the memory of the 14 women killed.

The first rally began at 11:45 a.m. ET at Place-du-6-décembre, a memorial park close to École Polytechnique.

People gathered to remember the victims and highlight ongoing issues of gender inequality and violence against women.


A second gathering started at 5 p.m. on Montreal’s Mount Royal. Fourteen beams of light were projected onto the night sky over the city, representing each of the victims. Attendants observed a minute of silence and the names of the victims were read.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended, and had only a few words to say to the cameras.

“It’s a moment to remember and to make promises, and that’s what I’m doing,” Trudeau said in French.


Marc Lépine, born Gamil Gharbi/Gamil Rodrigue Liass Gharbi

His mother, Monique Lépine (Quebec)

His father, Rachid Liass Gharbi (Algeria)

Couple with cerebral palsy allowed to care for their three-week son

Disabled parents allowed to keep newborn son

Disabled parents from Mississauga, Ont., will be allowed to keep their newborn son.

At a meeting Friday between the parents and the Peel Children’s Aid Society, the CAS relented, saying it would allow the couple to continue to care for their three-week old son.

The parents were fighting to keep their child after social workers threatened to take the boy away unless he receives round-the-clock care from an “able-bodied attendant.”

Child welfare authorities were concerned about the ability of the baby’s parents, Maricyl Palisoc and her partner, Charles Wilton to take care of him.

Both parents have cerebral palsy, a disorder that limits their motor skills and slurs their speech, but has no effect on their cognitive abilities.

After several hours of discussions — including input from advocacy groups for the disabled — the CAS said it would not pursue removing the child from his parents

CBC News Posted: May 04, 2012 12:56 PM ET Last Updated: May 04, 2012 10:21 PM ET

Canadian woman living in the UK with African partner wants travel ban on West African countries lifted

Canadian woman wants travel ban on West African countries lifted

By Video Journalist  Global News

WATCH ABOVE: A New Brunswick woman says Canada must revisit its travel restrictions on visitors from western Africa after her and her partner from Sierra Leone were denied entry into Canada. Global’s Alex Abdelwahab reports.

MONCTON – A Canadian woman, originally from New Brunswick, is upset her partner was not able to join her and their daughter this summer in Canada.

Rachael Borlase, who now lives in the UK, said her partner, Amara Bangura, was told his visitor visa to Canada would not be processed because he had recently been to Sierra Leone.

Borlase, who is visiting her parents in Pointe-du-Chene, NB, said the plan had been for Bangura to join them Thursday evening for her brother’s “typically East Coast” wedding this weekend.

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“We’re going on a lobster boat, and then out for dinner,” Borlase said. “Then having a massive, about 100-person, pig roast tomorrow, as part of the whole wedding weekend.”

Borlase and Bangura live together with their daughter, six-month-old Ruby Borlase Bangura, in Norwich, England, where Bangura is completing his Master’s at the University of East Anglia.

But Bangura has a Sierra Leone passport, which means he requires a visa to visit Canada.