Judge Grants $50,000 Interim Payments To Humboldt Broncos Survivors, Families

Jeff Lee, lawyer representing the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund, speaks to media following a court hearing related to money raised following the Humboldt Broncos bus crash outside the Court of Queens Bench in Saskatoon, Wednesday, August 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

SASKATOON — Lawyers for the families of some of those who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash were in Saskatchewan court Wednesday arguing that expenses alone should not be the only factor in dividing up funds raised in a multimillion-dollar GoFundMe campaign.

A judge granted $50,000 interim payments to each of the survivors and to the families of those who died and approved a committee to guide the rest of the donations.

The hearing offered a glimpse into the potentially thorny issues that could emerge as the largest crowdfunding drive in Canadian history is split between those who were on the bus in the April crash.

While loved ones of the 16 dead deal with their grief and pay for funerals, the families of the 13 survivors face the costs of potentially lifelong treatments and expensive renovations.

“I don’t think it’s limited … to just expenses incurred,” said Kevin Mellor, the lawyer representing the family of Adam Herold, the youngest player who died.

“My clients in particular are farmers … but they’re finding it very difficult to operate the farm without their son.”

The junior hockey club was on its way to a playoff game April 6 when the team’s bus and a tractor-trailer collided at a rural intersection.

Representatives for the family of player Evan Thomas and head coach Darcy Haugan echoed the argument that expenses should not be the only deciding factor in where the money goes.

It will now be up to the committee to recommend how the money is split. Its members include retired Saskatchewan justice Dennis Ball; Mark Chipman, chairman of the company that owns the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets; Olympic gold medallist Hayley Wickenheiser; Dr. Peter Spafford, who’s in charge of head and neck surgery at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine; and Kevin Cameron, executive director of the Canadian …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada

Feeling overwhelmed by debt is like being in a bad relationship: Report

Feeling overwhelmed by debt is like being in a toxic relationship. You can feel sick to your stomach, find yourself walking on eggshells or repeating old patterns, and be unable to sleep.

That’s how a national organization is framing its new report released this week. The hope is people will be more open about how “dysfunctional” debt makes them feel if they think of it like being with a bad romantic partner.

“People can relate to the idea of being in a typical bad relationship. You are in and out of it,” says CEO of Credit Canada Laurie Campbell. “It can be an eye-opener to think of being in debt in that same way.”

Some 23 per cent of British Columbians who responded to the survey said their current debt level makes them feel depressed.

It made 22 per cent of them “unmotivated to pursue goals” and 20 per cent of them “avoid social gatherings,” some of the highest numbers recorded in a national survey. Some 29 per cent said it made them feel “like they are never moving forward.”

“Being depressed and unmotivated. That’s a huge amount of people where financial wellness is an important part of mental health,” says Campbell.

The survey asked respondents to comment on how their debt level impacts other aspects of life, including “prevents me from going out” and “loss of sleep.”

Economists and central-bank experts have raised red flags about rising household debt levels across Canada and especially noted the more pronounced situation in its more expensive housing markets such as Metro Vancouver.

As one local real estate agent quipped about the extent of spending beyond one’s means and the reluctance to openly parse its emotional impact: “Oh, God. Vancouver is all about debt. But nobody ever talks about it.”

Indeed, across Canada, more millennials or respondents in their early-20s to mid- …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Questions remain for faith-based agencies as border crisis passes

To the World Relief volunteers in a mobile welcome center parked outside the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., it was clear that the woman released from the center moments before had been separated from her children while seeking asylum at the United States border with Mexico.

The woman, called “Karla” to protect her identity, was smiling as she got into a car with Robin Jacobson, a board member with Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest, which runs the welcome center.

But as soon as the car door closed, Karla burst into tears.

In the short drive to Jacobson’s home, it all spilled out, with help from the Google Translate app: how Karla and her family had fled gang violence in El Salvador, how she’d been separated from her two daughters, how the 6-year-old hadn’t wanted to let go, how Karla hadn’t known where her 13-year-old was for 25 days, how the time spent in detention was marked by “unexpected suffering.”

Now Karla had a plane ticket to reunite with her family the next day in California, where she would stay while her case is pending.

Jacobson volunteers with a team from her church, hosting people coming out of detention through World Relief. After Karla had a night’s sleep, Jacobson drove her to the airport, something Jacobson said “was probably more transformative and meaningful for us and our family than it was for her.”

“For us to be able to share in … a joyous part of her journey allowed a moment of relief for us in what can seem like unrelenting bad news,” she said.

Providing support to families like Karla’s is one way faith-based agencies normally tasked with welcoming refugees got involved in the crisis at the border.

Six of the nine groups currently helping officially designated refugees find a home in America claim a …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Andrew Scheer Distances Himself From Maxime Bernier’s Multiculturalism Tweets

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer distanced himself Wednesday from his MP’s provocative comments on multiculturalism, saying Maxime Bernier “holds no official role” in caucus and does not speak on behalf of the party “on any issue.”

Earlier in the week, Bernier argued Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s support for “more diversity” pushes a “radical multiculturalism” agenda that endangers Canada’s identity.

All those who are surprised by my recent tweets on diversity and multiculturalism have not been paying attention. I said the same thing a year and a half ago. It was part of my leadership platform. Read it here:https://t.co/3asYe3bZGY

— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) August 14, 2018

“Personally, I disagree with politicians on the left and the right when they use identity politics to divide Canadians,” Sheer said. “I will not engage in this type of politics.”

Scheer went on to praise what “waves of immigrants” have brought to Canada, enriching the country’s values through “peace, equality, tolerance, freedom and democracy.”

“We must all work to ensure that Canada continues to be a place where people from all over the world can come to find a richer, freer more peaceful life,” he said.

Scheer’s statement came shortly after NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he was “deeply disappointed” in the Conservative leader’s slow response to Bernier’s ongoing tweets, which began Sunday.

Singh, who recently announced his much-anticipated byelection bid in Burnaby South, tweeted that he hoped the Tory leader would do the responsible thing and denounce Bernier’s divisive words.

THREAD: I’ve waited to respond to Maxime Bernier’s comments to see if @AndrewScheer would do the responsible thing & denounce these divisive words. He has not.

To everyone that belongs to a diverse community – who’s been told you don’t belong – I’ve been in your shoes, I get it.

— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) August …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada