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Infant remains stuffed in cardboard box funeral company loses licence

first_imgTORONTO — A company in southwestern Ontario has lost its bid to keep its licence to transfer corpses after a contractor stuffed an infant’s remains into a cardboard box.In its decision, a Divisional Court panel found a tribunal had made no errors in ordering the licence revocation of Niagara Funeral Alternatives based in Ridgeway, Ont., which was operated by an unlicensed Patrick O’Charchin ostensibly under his geriatric father, Jerome O’Charchin, who was an authorized funeral director.“There was ample evidence before the tribunal to make the findings it made,” the court said in its ruling this week. “Regardless of how the hospital presented the human remains, Niagara Funeral chose the disgraceful manner of transporting them.”Court and tribunal documents show the case arose two years ago when Patrick O’Charchin retained a licensed funeral director, Paul Scrannage, to transport an infant’s remains from a Hamilton-area hospital morgue to a nearby crematorium. O’Charchin gave Scrannage a cardboard box with various funeral-related supplies and told him to use the box to pick up the remains.At a hearing that revoked Scrannage’s licence last year, witnesses testified the remains were in an adult-sized body bag along with autopsied brain tissue in a plastic pail on a hallway gurney. Video evidence showed Scrannage stuffed the body bag into the cardboard box, which was too small, using black tape to keep the lid closed. He placed the box in his vehicle, retrieved the pail, and delivered them to horrified crematorium staff.“They testified that they had never encountered human remains delivered for cremation in a repurposed cardboard box or in two separate containers,” according to records from the Licence Appeal Tribunal. “They were shocked at the manner in which the remains were delivered — which they characterized as undignified and disrespectful.”Scrannage’s tribunal hearing also heard from witnesses that he had handled other remains roughly, apparently brushing off one complaint by saying, “They don’t feel it.” He denied the accusation and the tribunal concluded it had not been proven.Witnesses also testified that he removed pacemakers or defibrillators without wearing protective equipment and in inappropriate settings. Instead of using a single-use scalpel for the incision, carefully removing the device and stitching up the gash, witnesses said he used a utility knife he carried in his pocket.Scrannage testified it was Patrick O’Charchin who supplied him with a kit that included a utility knife.Ultimately, the tribunal endorsed a proposal from the Registrar, Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act to revoke Scrannage’s licence.“Scrannage transferred the remains of an infant in a manner that was disrespectful, undignified and fell below the standards expected in the industry,” the tribunal concluded.Complaints about Scrannage’s handling of the infant remains led to the investigation of Niagara Funeral Alternatives that also turned up other problems related to contracts and pricing, as well as allegations that it was the unlicensed Patrick O’Charchin who actually ran the business, not his father.The tribunal concluded the allegations were valid. It found the younger O’Charchin had instructed Scrannage to use the cardboard box to pick up the infant remains as a cost-saving measure. Revoking Niagara Funeral Alternatives’ transport licence was appropriate, the tribunal found. On appeal to Divisional Court, the company tried to blame the hospital for the infant transfer problem, and denied it was the son who managed the business. It also argued the licence revocation penalty was too severe. The appellate court dismissed the appeal. Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alleged Ottawa killer claims to be First Nation knew one of the

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe man accused of killing two Ottawa women and under investigation for the murders of two First Nation women claims to be First Nation himself.Marc Leduc, 56, has been asking for special services while in custody that First Nations receive while behind bars.He is particularly interested in smudging.Leduc was arrested Feb. 6 for the murders of two non-Aboriginal women Pamela Kosmack, 39, and Leanne Lawson, 23. Kosmack was found dead in June 2008 and Lawson September 2011.Leduc was already in custody facing sexual assault charges after it is alleged he broke in the home of a 19-year-old woman and assaulted her at knifepoint in November. The woman was able to wrestle the knife away and run for help.DNA collected from that crime scene matched samples retrieved from the crime scenes of Kosmack and Lawson.Leduc was put in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre awaiting trial on the November incident. It was then that he requested to be given Aboriginal status inside the detention jail.He was never able to get it due to a backlog of requests as there are some 75 Aboriginals looked after by one person.Leduc has since been transferred to the Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee, Ont. because he can’t have any contact with Darrin Murch, the brother-in-law of Kosmack, who works as a guard at OCDC. Leduc was ordered by a judge Thursday to have no direct or in direct contact with Murch or his wife Cindy Murch, Kosmack’s younger sister.Due to hearing difficulties, Leduc has to attend every court hearing. That means he’ll have to be transported from Napanee to Ottawa for each appearance. It’s about 200 kilometres.New information has come to light that Kosmack knew Leduc. Kosmack’s family said they have learned Leduc grew up in the same Ritchie Street housing complex in Ottawa and he is said to have frequented the Britannia Pub in Ottawa’s west end where they both lived. Kosmack was also known to go to the same pub.He apparently had the nickname “Toonie” for Kosmack but so far the family has no idea why. They believe it may have something to do with her favourite meal being Kentucky Fried Chicken and their meal deal “Toonie Tuesday”.It’s one of the questions her family wanted answered.They gathered Saturday to remember Kosmack and celebrate the arrest of her alleged killer.Kosmack’s mother Gail Brown believes God finally answered her prayers.Police told the family they had “found their guy” two days before the arrest at Brown’s home. When she heard the words come out of a detective’s mouth she squeezed her daughter Cindy’s leg and leapt up and said “thank you, God!”Police told the family they expect Leduc in other unsolved murders too.Kelly Morrisseau was murdered in December 2006, while Jennifer Stewart was killed in August 2010. Both lived in Ottawa’s Vanier suburb and were First Nation. Their murderes remain unsolved.Leduc’s next court date is in [email protected]: @afixedaddress (Pam Kosmack’s family gathered Saturday to celebrate her life and the arrest of her alleged killer Marc Leduc last week. APTN photo)last_img read more

PM Christie says FNM an incredibly unreliable choice for governmemt

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Photo credit: Nassau Guardian Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetingcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 3, 2017 – Nassau – Fresh off of the now infamous hand gesture, PLP Party Leader and Prime Minister Perry Christie at a political event last night labelled the FNM as an incredibly unreliable choice for government.  Christie said he has lost track of how many leaders they have been through and he asked the crowd gathered at the meeting for Carmichael, Southern Shores and Golden Isles, ‘if the FNM was Government of the Bahamas today; who would be running the country, which one?”  Mr Christie commended his own team and said, “politics is about working together to accommodate a democracy.”#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Get ready for spring shopping

first_imgThe event is being organised by The Great Indian Bazar and will be hosted by Kuwait embassy and NGO Gunjan Foundation. Some of the labels that are exhibiting at the embassy includes Rashi’s Creations, Deb & SHO home Accents, La Femme, Pashm collections, Vani, Zarya, Chic – Tae – Toe, Sonu Nahar, and shimmer jewels by Navneet.For the jewellery lovers A dazzling array of exquisite statement jewellery will be presented by Rashi’s Creations also Shimmer Jewels by Navneet brings silver jewellery for the modern yet traditional look.  Chic-Tac-Toe will be a one stop shop for all the budding fashionistas. For ones who love traditional dressing Vani will present ready to wear kurtas, fabric sets, exclusively handcrafted, handwoven and block printed sarees. Label Zarya will present semi western women wear in silk wool and cotton, silk quilted jackets in jewel tones. If you are not looking for clothes but some good home décor DEB & SHO, Pashm Collections and Mairaah are your places to be.When: 18 JanuaryWhere: Embassy of Kuwaitlast_img read more