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‘Big little brother:’ Broncos head coach remembered for kindness, faith

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  • HUMBOLDT, Sask. — Darcy Haugan was four years younger than his sister, but Deborah Carpenter says she always looked up to him as they were growing up.

    “He was my big little brother. He was my hero,” she said from Humboldt, Sask., where his funeral service is to take place this afternoon at the Elgar Petersen Arena.

    “He was just so gracious to me and kind to me and encouraging.”

    Another funeral is being held in Humboldt today at the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church for team statistician Brody Hinz. In Lethbridge, defenceman Logan Boulet will be remembered at a service at the Nicholas Sheran Ice Centre.

    Haugan was head coach of the Humboldt Broncos. The junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-truck collided at a rural crossroads April 6 as the team was heading to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game..

    Haugan, 42, was among the 16 who died. Thirteen were injured.

    Carpenter said she and her brother grew up in a sports-loving household in Peace River, Alta. When it wasn’t hockey, it was baseball.

    She wanted to take part, but she lacked the athletic prowess of her brother and father. She would sometimes tell her brother that she wished she could play like him.

    “And he would say to me: ‘Deb, you have all the talent. You just haven’t had the opportunity to develop it.’

    “How kind is that?”

    By the time Haugan started playing junior hockey for the Fort Saskatchewan Traders, Carpenter was away at school, but she would travel to watch his games.

    Once he started coaching, Haugan always made time to see his sister, even if it was just squeezing in a coffee at a Tim Hortons in Red Deer, Alta., where she lives.

    The lessons he imparted to the young players on his team went beyond the ice, said Carpenter.

    “At the end of the day, he obviously wanted them to succeed at hockey, but he also knew what it was going to take to succeed in life.”

    Haugan was a devout Christian who would pray before work in his office and before bed with his sons Carson, 12, and Jackson, 9.

    Carpenter said Haugan would tell his boys: “I don’t care if you play hockey. I don’t care what job you do. I don’t care about those things. I just care that you follow Jesus.”

    “He never left things unsaid to his children, things that he felt were important that they know. And he would repeat them so that they knew it was important.”

    When Haugan went out of town for a few days for a tournament, he would tell his eldest: “All right, you’re the man of the house. Take care of your mom until I’m back.”

    “So Carson is looking at this and saying, ‘My dad is gone and I want to take care of my mom,'” Carpenter said.

    She said Haugan’s wife, Christina, is suffering, but she’s handling the tragedy with courage and grace. She is the office manager for the Broncos.

    Carpenter said her brother lived as though every moment were his last, even though he couldn’t have known how little time he had.

    “We think that things like this can’t happen, (that) we’re safe. And we live as though we have forever and we live recklessly and without thought. 

    “But Darcy lived intentionally and gave a thought to everything and everyone.”

    — By Lauren Krugel in Calgary

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Canadian was killed in Peru, Global Affairs says

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  • The death of a Canadian who was killed in Peru is linked to the reported murder of an Indigenous human rights defender, Canadian authorities said Sunday.

    Global Affairs Canada confirmed in an email that the killing of the unnamed Canadian is related to the alleged assassination of Indigenous elder Olivia Arevalo Lomas.

    Arevalo Lomas was a human rights activist of the Shipibo-Konibo people in the Ucayali region.

    The federal government said it is providing consular assistance to the family of the Canadian.

    The government extended its condolences following Arevalo Lomas’s death. 

    Peru’s police ombudsman condemned the death of the Indigenous elder in series of Twitter messages, describing Arevalo Lomas as a promoter of her people’s cultural rights.

    The ombudsman said increased illegal activity was putting Indigenous people’s lives at risk.

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    Liberal MP Drouin says allegation made against him at party’s Halifax convention

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  • OTTAWA — Liberal MP Francis Drouin says an allegation has been made against him following an incident at the party’s convention in Halifax this weekend.

    Drouin, a 34-year-old MP from eastern Ontario, was described earlier this year as a rising star in the Liberal Party with a firm grip on the agriculture file and standing as the most-lobbied backbench MP on Parliament Hill.

    In a statement emailed to Liberal MPs and staff Sunday, Drouin says he can confirm an allegation has been made but doesn’t say what it is about.

    He says he is co-operating fully with the investigation, that no charges have been laid against him and he believes it is important for all individuals to feel safe coming forward with their stories and to receive support.

    The news comes a day after the Liberal Party held an hour-long seminar at the convention named “From #MeToo to never again: creating safe work environments.”

    A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says all questions should be directed to the party’s whip, Pablo Rodriguez, who hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment.

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