Wife of Humboldt Broncos coach forgives truck driver who caused crash

first_imgOn Monday, Scott Thomas told court that he struggled to write a victim impact statement and chose instead to write a letter to his dead son.“Hi son. It’s Dad. God we miss you,” Thomas said in front of about 100 people in a makeshift courtroom in a gymnasium in Melfort, Sask.“Every day your mom waits for you to come through the door looking for her to make you a pot of Kraft Dinner.”He described how his son’s friends visited last year and cried while going over old photos, and how the family went to Florida for Christmas instead of Grandma’s cabin because they couldn’t stand to be there without him.He also broke the news that they have bought a new home and sold the one his son grew up in.“I don’t think we can stay there anymore. You are everywhere,” said Thomas.“Your room, your couch, your gaming TV downstairs, the fridge that you used to walk up to every morning and run your finger from the top of your head to the top of the fridge to see if you had grown taller than the fridge yet.”RELATED: Government report lists multiple trucking violations by Humboldt semi driverHe told his son not to worry. They would be taking all of his stuff with them and that their new house has big walls to hang his photos and hockey jerseys and sticks.He ended the letter by saying that when a parent loses a child in an instant, they are no longer afraid to die themselves. “I have to believe that I will meet you somewhere on the other side.”Other parents, sisters and girlfriends sobbed and struggled through their statements Monday.Some thanked Sidhu for pleading guilty and said they believe he’s remorseful. Others said they can never forgive him and don’t understand why he didn’t obey the stop sign.Thomas later told reporters that he cried more listening to other people’s statements than he did reading his own.“Because you know what you’re dealing with. And you have an idea what everybody else is dealing with, but to hear them articulate it and put it into their words, it’s powerful stuff.”More victim impact statements read in court can be found below:Adam Herold Victim Impact S… by on ScribdFamily of Logan Hunter Vict… by on ScribdHumboldt Broncos Billet Par… by on ScribdFamily of Logan Schatz Vict… by on Scribd The wife of the Humboldt Broncos head coach says she forgives the truck driver who caused a crash that killed her husband and 15 others.Darcy Haugan’s wife Christina told court that while she’s angry the crash claimed the life of the father of her two young children, she doesn’t have ill will toward Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.“I want to tell you I forgive you,” she said in court Tuesday.Family of Darcy Haughan Vic… by on ScribdHaugan told Sidhu she hopes he learns more about what an incredible man her husband was.This is the second day of the sentencing hearing for Sidhu. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured last April when he blew a stop sign and drove into the path of the Humboldt Broncos team bus.Sidhu has admitted to causing the high-speed crash and has pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving.The victims and their families are getting a chance to address court this week before Sidhu is sentenced.As of Tuesday morning, about half of 75 victim impact statements were still to be submitted.CityNews reporter Courtney Theriault is covering the hearing. Read the updates below:LiveInfoLast to firstLast Update: 02/01/2019 8:04 AMLiveInfoFeb 18:04 AMAn IRL look at what Sidhu would have likely seen heading towards the intersection. #humboldtbroncos https://t.co/pZ0XfjUx2b— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) February 1, 201900SHAREFeb 15:16 AMHealey reiterates that there is no precedence for this type of case. Says that the court must weigh severity of crime with mitigating factors such as remorse and guilty plea.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 15:14 AMCrown prosecutor Tom Healey saying it has been an emotional, difficult week. Thanks those who presented victim impact statements. Adds that Sidhu’s crime impacted so many. pic.twitter.com/d1T2w1Vtgu— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201900SHAREFeb 13:58 AMCrown and Defence will speak to media at 3 o’clock SK time— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201920SHAREFeb 13:52 AMCrown and defence shake hands after sentencing adjourned until March 22nd, when it’s expected Sidhu will learn how long he will be behind bars.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201903SHAREFeb 13:50 AMSidhu was hunched over the table, speaking towards families as he delivered his statement. Slow, emotional delivery.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:50 AMJudge Cardinal says this is a matter that will take some time. Looking at March 22nd.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:50 AMSidhu says he saw it was a bus. He takes responsibility for what has happened due to his lack of experience. He’s “so, so, so, so, so sorry.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201900SHAREFeb 13:48 AMSidhu says he got out of the truck, heard crying and then knew what had happened.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:48 AMSidhu says “I have taken the most valuable thing in your life”, talking to the families.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201910SHAREFeb 13:46 AMSidhu speaks: “ I can’t even imagine what you are going through.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 13:44 AMDefence seemed to suggest somewhere in the 1.5 to 4.5 year range. Crown rebuts, saying 10 years is fair, as a deterrent and denunciation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:42 AMTo recap: Crown calls for 10 year sentence and 10 year driving prohibition for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.The defence makes NO official recommendation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201902SHAREFeb 13:41 AMSidhu’s lawyer says any sentence over six months would jeopardize Sidhu’s ability to stay on Canada, but offers NO direct sentencing recommendation.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201911SHAREFeb 13:38 AMSays this is indicative of many messages that Sidhu and his lawyer have received from Canadians.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201921SHAREFeb 13:36 AMDefence now reading a hand drawn card from a grade 3 student sent to Sidhu- “I feel bad for you… it’s not your fault, everyone makes mistakes.”— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:10 AMDefence says on the matter of culpability, Sidhu is less culpable than this other case. But- how much do consequences impact Sidhu’s sentence?— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201912SHAREFeb 13:08 AMDefence says that sentences for driving causing death are often below what the public believes them to be. Citing another dangerous driving case with several aggravating factors (alleged impaired, no guilty plea, etc) was given 40 months.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:04 AMAt this point, the defence seems to suggest 2 years less a day is the starting point for sentencing, the question becomes how much of a factor should the consequences (deaths and injuries) be in adjusting that figure.— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREFeb 13:00 AMDefence refers back to a case cited by Crown, where professional semi driver with clean record missed road cues and killed 3 people. Sentence was 2 years less a day with 5 year driving prohibition— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) January 31, 201901SHAREShow More PostsAdd Arena.im to your sitelast_img read more

Vacations can lead to weight gain

first_imgPlanning for a vacation? Be prepared for weight gain with a heavier midsection — extra weight that can hang around even six weeks post-vacation.According to a latest study, researchers found that adults going on a one-to-three-week vacation gained an average weight of nearly one pound during their trip.“If you’re only gaining a pound or two a year and you gained three-quarters of that on a one-to-three-week vacation, that’s a pretty substantial weight gain during a short period of time,” said Jamie Cooper, University of Georgia’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences in US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study supports the notion of “creeping obesity” — the common pattern of adults gaining small amounts of weight over long periods of time, leading to increased health problems later in life.For the research, the study involved 122 adults between the ages of 18 and 65, who went on vacations ranging from one to three weeks in length between the months of March and August.The participants agreed to three lab visits for height, weight and body mass index recordings, in addition to blood pressure and waist-to-hip ratio measurements.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe first measurements were taken one week prior to vacation, then again one week and six weeks post-vacation.The study found that 61 per cent of the participants gained weight while on vacation, with an average gain of 0.7 pounds, and that the weight gained throughout the entire study averaged 0.9 pounds.There was a large variation, however, with some participants losing weight and some gaining as much as seven pounds.One of the factors, that likely contributed to weight gain for study participants, was increased caloric intake, especially from alcohol consumption. “Whether or not those positive changes in blood pressure and stress can overcome the negative health implications of gaining weight on vacation are yet to be determined,” Cooper noted.last_img read more

Health dept holds meet with senior cops on security in hospitals

first_imgKolkata: State Health department officials held a meeting with senior police officers at Swasthya Bhawan on Tuesday, discussing security aspects at various state-run medical colleges in the city. The main purpose of the meeting was to address the instances of security lapse.Senior police officers have already visited various medical colleges in the city to take a stock of the security measures in place. On the basis of their observation, they met the health officials to discuss how to enhance the security infrastructure in the medical colleges and hospitals. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, some junior doctors on Tuesday threatened to organise another movement, in response to the five accused persons arrested in connection with the NRS incident being granted bail. All five persons who were arrested in connection with the assault on the junior doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital a few days ago, were granted bail by a city court on Monday. The accused were given bail as there was not enough evidence to establish their involvement in the incident. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe five persons had been remanded to police custody on two occasions since their arrest. On Monday, a city court granted them bail on personal bond. The release of the accused did not go down well with the junior doctors as they are considering it ‘a failure’ of the police. A team of junior doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital met the Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Pradip Mitra on Tuesday in this regard. They also sought a clarification from the DME on how the accused, who had allegedly attacked the doctors, were granted bail. The junior doctors said that the Health department officials had provided them assurance that the accused persons had been booked under non-bailable sections. The DME reportedly told the junior doctors that it was the court’s decision and the Health department had nothing to do with it.last_img read more

At SXSW Barack Obamas Call to Action for the Tech Industry

first_imgMarch 12, 2016 Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 4 min read Those looking for drama as the first-ever sitting President came to keynote Austin’s SXSW festival were in for a disappointment.The 2,000 attendees were decided via a random ticket lottery, calming the sometimes chaotic SXSW hordes into one simple (yet still enormous) line. The Austin police department, working in tandem with members of the Secret Service and TSA Agents, kept the crowds moving and the security process painless. The sense of excitement was palpable at the Long Center as the Austinite-heavy crowd, a blue speck of citizens in a very red state, prepared themselves to give the commander-in-chief a very warm welcome.After an opening speech by Casey Gerald, President Obama took the stage with Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, for a chat on “civic engagement in the 21st century.” It was a wide-ranging talk — one that included a shout-out to local taco favorite Torchy’s as well as discussion of the legal battle between Apple and the FBI. But the main call to action went out to to the tech industry, as the commander-in-chief challenged the group to consider how their skills could upgrade any number of legacy systems.“The reason I’m here is to recruit all of you,” he said. “We can start up coming up with new platforms, new ideas across disciplines and across skill sets to solve some of the big problems we’re facing today.”In the talk, the president noted the infamous launch of the initial Affordable Care Act website — and the massive overhaul it required almost immediately. (“This was embarrassing because I was the cool, early adopter president!” Obama joked). The debacle, he said, exposed the gaps between the digital technology being implemented by private industry and that being implemented by the government. “We had to bring in a SWAT team of all our friends from Silicon Valley and Austin and some of the best software engineers in the world to come in and fix it.”Related: Beyond Comfy Shoes and Extra Chargers: The Advanced Guide to Surviving SXSWThe end result, in part, was the creation of the U.S. Digital Services, a technology office that would assist all government agencies, as well as the push to seek solutions from private industries for legacy problems — especially those created by outdated government software.Outdated systems, said the president, slow nearly every government process including voting. “It is much easier to order a pizza [online] than it is for you to exercise your single most important task in a Democracy.” President Obama asked the audience to think about ways modern technology can redesign a range of systems, admitting that the IRS and DMV have for some become the face of government inefficiency.For everyday citizens, fixing these systems could have an far-reaching impact. “If we make it easier, if it’s being done online, you have the capacity to interact with government in a way that gives you feedback about how your tax dollars are being spent and how this is important,” he said, “It’s a two-way exchange, instead of something that feels distant that you have no control over.”Related: At SXSW: Doubt More and Be Vulnerable – Watch the Inspirational Opening KeynoteOf course, where technology is concerned, there’s not yet a level playing field. As Smith reminded the President, not every American has access to Wi-Fi and most students don’t have Internet outside the classroom. The President acknowledged these gaps and plans to bring high-speed Internet to rural communities and to 99 percent of American classrooms by 2018.Making these changes, possible, however, requires the help of private industry. “One of the tricks to all of this is making sure that whatever government is doing is supplemented with and enhanced by private sectors that are ready to step up.” Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.last_img read more

Higher fuel labour costs push airfare skyward boosting rise in inflation

first_img MONTREAL — Rising fuel costs drove a 28% year-over-year rise in the price of airfare and helped push inflation to its highest level since 2011.The leap in airfares – which moved in rough alignment with a 25-per-cent increase in the price of gasoline – tacked on 0.3 percentage points to overall price growth of 3% over the past year, said TD Economics senior economist James Marple.“It’s not surprising to see that eventually being passed on to consumers.”The heads of Air Canada and WestJet Airlines Ltd. recently warned that costlier jet fuel would be offset with higher fares.Air Canada shelled out 32% more on fuel in the first half of 2018 – $1.79 billion – compared with the same period last year. Its Calgary-based competitor spent $583 million on jet fuel in the first six months of 2018, 27% more than its fuel costs in the first two quarters of 2017.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyHowever, gas isn’t the only reason passengers may feel gouged at the gate.Statistics Canada analyst Taylor Mitchell pointed to a jump in demand for flights to Europe and Asia last month, which may have pushed airfares higher.“We noticed that that coincides with the World Cup,” Mitchell said. The soccer competition was held in Russia and ran through mid-July.Mitchell also noted that a StatsCan methodology change last March skews year-over-year comparisons, with the agency now using more data to capture the extent of peak travel.James Marple called the inflation ramp-up a “one-off” that reflects the impact of higher fuel and labour costs on the airline industry.“The size of the gain in July can’t have been just a fuel cost thing,” the economist said.The updraft in fares occurred in spite of the recent rise of ultra-low-price upstarts such as Edmonton-based Flair Airlines and WestJet offshoot Swoop, as well as Air Canada’s Rouge unit.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“If it wasn’t for all this competition in a lot of these big marketplaces, the impact of rising fuel prices or general upward pressure on labour rates in a highly unionized sector might make the price go up more than they did,” said Robert Kokonis, president of Toronto-based consulting firm AirTrav Inc. Higher fuel, labour costs push airfare skyward, boosting rise in inflation Tags: Air Canada, Statistics, WestJet Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, August 20, 2018 By: The Canadian Presslast_img read more