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Baby travelling to see grandfather, teacher among Canadian victims in Ethiopian crash


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A high school teacher with a passion for helping the vulnerable and an infant en route to meet her grandfather in Kenya for the first time were the latest Canadians confirmed as victims of a devastating plane crash in Ethiopia.

The grieving families of the 18 Canadians who died when the Ethiopian Airlines jetliner went down on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board, were still struggling to come to terms with what happened.

Quindos Karanja said he had been looking forward to meeting his nine-month-old granddaughter Rubi Pauls — believed to be the youngest Canadian victim — when he learned of the tragedy, which also claimed the lives of his wife, daughter and two other grandchildren.

“It’s just hard to accept that this has happened,” he said in a telephone interview from Kenya on Tuesday. “I feel so much loss. And pain. I’m lonely.”

Rubi was the only Canadian citizen in the family. Her 34-year-old mother, a Kenyan who had applied to be a permanent resident of Canada, had told Karanja of a sense of fear she felt ahead of the trip.

“She didn’t know why she had that bad feeling … that was my final talk with her,” he said, adding that his daughter Carolyne Karanja was the breadwinner of the family and his wife had travelled to Canada for a visit and was returning home.

Shock was also settling in for a Hamilton-area family, who confirmed Tuesday that a special education teacher who often volunteered with underprivileged children was among those killed in the crash.

Cody French said his mother, Dawn Tanner, was on her way to visit friends in Kenya. He said Tanner, who worked as department head of special education at a school with the  Grand Erie District School Board, had previously done community work in small villages to help “homeless and vulnerable children.”

“Mom, I can’t begin to explain how much I miss you and how different life will be without your beautiful laugh and your tight hugs,” French wrote in a Facebook post also penned on behalf of his brother. “I just want you to know that both Hunter and I are so proud of you, for helping out the vulnerable and for pursuing your dreams.”

Responses to French’s Facebook post indicate Tanner volunteered with a literacy program for young inmates as well as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

The Grand Erie board said Tanner had worked at Hagersville Secondary School starting in 2005.

It said she also volunteered a couple of nights a week at a homework support centre for Indigenous students. She also taught at a school in an Indigenous community before joining the Grand Erie board, the statement said.

“She had aspirations of becoming an administrator and was currently taking her Principal Qualifications Course,” it said.

Many of the other Canadian victims came from the ranks of humanitarian and aid workers. They included a number of youth travelling to a United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

Micah Messent, Danielle Moore and Angela Rehhorn were all slated to attend the conference through various humanitarian or conservation organizations.

Former Edmonton resident Darcy Belanger — a founding member of not-for-profit conservation group and its director of strategic initiatives — was also planning to attend the same conference.

Other victims included Stephanie Lacroix, who was working with the United Nations Association in Canada, and career aid worker Jessica Hyba who was employed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Meanwhile, a Brampton, Ont., family was mourning multiple members who had been on their way to embark on a safari in Kenya.

The family included 13-year-old Anushka Dixit, her 14-year-old sister Ashka, their mother, 37-year-old Kosha Vaidya, father 45-year-old Prerit Dixit, and grandparents 71-year-old Pannagesh Vaidya and 63-year-old Hansini Vaidya. It wasn’t immediately clear if the grandparents were Canadian citizens.

Forestry advocate Peter deMarsh of New Brunswick, Carleton University literature Professor Pius Adesanmi, Calgary accountant Derick Lwugi, and Edmonton mother and daughter Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir were also killed in the crash.

The tragedy was also stoking fears among would-be travellers around the world who expressed concerns about the type of aircraft involved in the crash. The Boeing 737 Max 8, a commonly used aircraft currently forming part of the fleets of three Canadian airlines, was also involved in another deadly crash last year that killed 189 people in Indonesia.

The 737 Max 8 continues to fly in North American skies, but faces grounding orders or airspace bans from all of Europe as well as Australia, China and other countries in the wake of Sunday’s crash.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Tuesday that he had no plans to order Canada’s planes out of the skies, but that “all options are on the table”.

Hina Alam and Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

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Minority Government passes Bill C10 on internet freedom. Opponents pleading with Senate to block it.

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Bill C 10 which is expected to fundamentally affect how Canadians experience the internet, has been hammered through the House of Commons.  At 1:30 AM Ottawa time, the minority Liberal Government with help from the BQ and the NDP were able to pass the bill.  In opposition were the federal Conservatives and lone Independent MP Jody Wilson-Raybould.   The urgency to pass C 10 before an election call expected later this summer resulted in the Liberals actually shutting down debate at the committee level.  That’s only happened twice in the history of the country before now!  The Liberals also attempted to pass secret amendments which were caught by the Conservatives and ruled “out of order” by the House Speaker.

Why the rush?  Opponents are concerned the Liberals, BQ, and NDP are far more concerned with regulating social media use, than they are with boosting individual Canadians creating new content.  It appears the urgency has to do with giving themselves the ability to guide internet content, just in time for the federal election campaign., a group striving to keep the internet “open, affordable, and surveillance-free” calls the government’s bill “outrageously flawed”.  The group published an article called “What’s wrong with Bill C 10?”  which asks and answers 8 key questions surrounding C 10.  The article provides excellent background knowledge for Canadians concerned about the future of the internet.

OpenMedia says the goal of the bill is to expand “Canada’s Broadcasting Act to apply to all streaming audio or video content on the Internet, including Netflix, Spotify, Youtube, and other popular streaming services.”  Streaming services will be forced to make higher payments to the Canada Media Fund which would mean higher rates paid for Canadian users.  According to OpenMedia streaming services will charge higher Canadian specific fees, and may even avoid Canada altogether.

OpenMedia calls C 10 a “cash-grab for traditional broadcast industries” which actually does nothing to serve the new wave of content creators who could really use a boost on the international stage.  As a last ditch attempt to stop the bill, is urging Canadians to email the Senate right now to ask for a REAL democratic examination of Bill C-10.

Conservative critic Pierre Poilievre is especially concerned with the federal government giving itself the power to block unapproved ideas from popular content creators like himself, just in time for the next federal election. Surprisingly, and maybe most concerning of all, both OpenMedia and Pierre Poilievre point out the bill ‘DOESN’T ADDRESS WHAT CANADIAN CONTENT IS’.  The current definition of “Canadian Content” was last updated in 1984, more than a decade before the internet changed everything.

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Loss of Brother to Addiction and Mental Illness Inspires Sister to Raise Money by Selling Face Masks.

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Starting June 10th, until midnight Sunday, June 13th customers across Canada can help raise funds for Mental Health Organizations in their own provinces by purchasing much needed luxury cotton face masks.

Jodee Prouse, from Sylvan Lake, Alberta, co-owner of Service Mask Supply (SMS) is the provider of one of Canada’s best-selling luxury 3-layer Cotton Face Masks. She announced today that they will be donating $1.00 from every mask purchase on June 10, 11, 12 and 13th to Mental Illness Programs and Organizations in communities across Canada. “We all look forward to when we no longer need to wear face masks,” says Jodee, “and we are getting really close. I am proud that we can provide a much-needed product and at the same time allow others the opportunity to come together to raise money for Mental Health in their own communities.”

SMS is excited to announce that for 4 days this week, $1.00 from every mask will be donated to different Mental Health Organizations across Canada. Customers can place their order online, each mask is $5.00, and will ship directly to their homes or businesses. Jodee is proud of her team and orders quickly ship the next business day, leaving from their warehouse in Alberta. All monies collected will go back into each province to where the order was shipped. As an example, Alberta portion will go back to Canadian Mental Health Association Alberta Division, Manitoba to Rainbow Resource Centre and so on. This allows every Canadian the opportunity to make a difference and take part.

From the beginning, SMS had an amazingly simple business model, originally supplying schools and oilfield companies: provide comfortable and affordable masks (each is only $5.00) with patterns that make people smile. Smile. It is what Jodee and her business partner son Ryan believes we need more of right now during these unprecedented times. “My son and I, at different times in our lives, have both struggled with anxiety and depression. We lost a much-loved member of our family when our brother/uncle lost his battle with mental illness and alcoholism when he took his own life in March of 2012. He was only 39. This helped solidify our commitment to helping to eliminate the shame and stigma surrounding mental health.”

Now more than ever we want to bring communities together. And remind people they are not alone.

SMS is proud to be celebrating over 17,000 customers across Canada this week. They know that much of their success has been driven by their passionate customers, repeat business and recommendations to family, friends, and co-workers. “It fills my heart to receive not only Facebook messages and emails daily on how much they love our masks,” says Jodee, “but also the heartfelt words where strangers feel comfortable and safe enough to share some of their own mental health or addiction challenges.”

SMS has over 150 unique colors and patterns with such unique designs as sunflowers, flamingo’s, tie dye, dog lover, pretty kitties, fishing lures, butterflies, hearts, breast cancer, yoga, fine wine, pride, cupcakes and many more. Great for work, play, indoors and outdoors too with sizes for the whole family.

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