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Car crash kills three teenagers and injures another in Quebec’s Montérégie region



MONTREAL — Three teenagers are dead after a single-vehicle crash in Quebec’s Montérégie region Sunday evening.

Provincial police say the 19-year-old driver of the vehicle and two 18-year-old passengers were killed.

Police say a fourth 16-year-old passenger was taken to hospital, and that her life is no longer in danger.

The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. in Saint-Robert, around 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

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Police say the driver lost control on a curve and that the car rolled several times before leaving the roadway.

Police say high speed may have played a role in the crash, but that the investigation is ongoing.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 10, 2022.


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Mother of Cree teen who died in B.C. group home testifies at coroner’s inquest



BURNABY, B.C. — In the days after her son disappeared, Samantha Chalifoux said she knocked on doors and windows of the British Columbia group home where he was living, only to learn later that his body had been found hanging in closet of the same house.

Chalifoux was the first witness to testify Monday at the BC Coroners Service inquest into the death of 17-year-old Traevon Desjarlais, whose body was found in the Abbotsford, B.C., home on Sept. 18, 2020.

Her son had been reported missing four days earlier, and Chalifoux told the inquest a staff member called to ask if she had seen him, telling her that his room had been checked.

The Cree teen had been living in the home operated by the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society under contract to the provincial government.

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Throughout her testimony, Chalifoux asked where those who were supposed to care for her son were, including social workers and staff at the group home.

“How is it that my son goes missing for four days in their care, when they’re supposed to be there to support him and care for him?” she said, crying.

“Even though I banged on the door, called, nobody was there,” she said. “During these four days, my son was hanging in his own closet in the bedroom.”

The five-member coroner’s jury will hear evidence from witnesses under oath, but the inquest is not a fault-finding inquiry. A statement from the coroner said the jury will make recommendations on ways to prevent deaths in similar circumstances.

In a voice filled with emotion,Chalifoux described Desjarlais as “outgoing,” saying he was happy spending time with his younger brother and he wanted to secure a good job.

She said her son had been apprehended from her at birth, and he had grown up living with aunts and an uncle before coming to stay with her in his early teens.

Chalifoux testified her son would call her in the weeks after he arrived at the group home, saying he was hungry, but was told he would have to wait for food.

She said he also told her he was denied clean bedding and wanted a new mattress but never received one. She was later shown text messages suggesting a social worker had shared those requests with staff at the home.

Coroner Margaret Janzen asked Chalifoux whether her son was “fussy” about food when he lived with her. She said he was not.

Desjarlais’s physician, Dr. Andrew Johnson, later testified that he saw the teen around 2018 when his caregiver at the time, his uncle, said he was a “picky” eater.

“I noticed he was of small stature,” said Johnson, adding subsequent blood tests did not show any abnormal results.

The second witness called Monday was Rubina Dhaliwal, a crisis counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority. She appeared at the inquest via video conference.

Dhaliwal testified she first met Desjarlais in September 2017, when he was in Grade 9. She said staff at his school had requested a risk assessment after he attempted suicide.

During the assessment, Dhaliwal said Desjarlais denied making an attempt to end his life but told her he “wanted to feel better” and he was open to counselling.

Dhaliwal said she worked with the teen on a safety plan, outlining steps to recognize “warning signs” and coping mechanisms that he could employ to help him regulate distress. They also listed people he could trust and talk to, as well as “reasons worth living for,” she told the inquest.

The counsellor said she followed up with the teen’s social worker and recommended that he be supervised at school and at home.

Dhaliwal testified that she went on to have half a dozen sessions with Desjarlais between that fall and January 2018. She said he appeared “low” at many of their meetings. He told her he was remembering negative experiences from childhood, and he’d had thoughts of hurting others, but she said he denied having any intent or plan to do so. Rather, he was “venting,” she said.

Desjarlais also told Dhaliwal he had been hearing different and unfamiliar voices, but he had a hard time going into detail about it, she said.

The teen expressed that he had a hard time trusting people, Dhaliwal said.

Questioned by Sarah Rauch, a lawyer for Chalifoux, Dhaliwal agreed that Desjarlais had disclosed to her that he had experienced sexual abuse as a child, although she said he had not wanted to talk about it.

She said she told one of Desjarlais’s social workers at the Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society about his disclosure of childhood sexual abuse.

Dhaliwal testified she stopped seeing him in January 2018 when Desjarlais moved to longer-term counselling with an Aboriginal youth mental health outreach worker.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 28, 2022.


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What are Canada’s most popular baby names in 2022? – CTV News



If you are expecting a baby and are still trying to choose a name, these new top 100 lists might help you to find one.

BabyCenter, an online parenting website, recently published its annual analysis of popular names for newborn babies in Canada.

According to BabyCenter’s top 100 lists, Noah, which has Hebrew origins and means “comfort” and “rest,” was the most popular boy name this year.

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Liam and Jackson have switched places this year. Liam came at Number 2 regaining last year’s loss while Jackson dropped down to third.

Lucas, which was the fourth most popular name in Canada last year, it dropped two places to sixth in 2022. Benjamin slipped three places, moving from seventh to tenth.

Luca jumped nine places to seventh and James gained eight places to ninth position. Both names are new in the top 10 boys’ names for this year.

Samuel climbed the highest, moving 45 places to position 34. Parker also had a remarkable jump – up 33 places to position 52 – and Weston gained 27 places to position 63.

According to BabyCenter, Zayn, losing 78 places, and Nicholas, dropping 56 places, fell the most in 2022, positioning them in 97th and 98th places in the list.

The full list of 100 most popular boys’ names is available on BabyCenter’s website

When it comes to girls’ names, Olivia conquered the list and ranked as the most popular name in Canada. Olivia is taken from the Latin word “olivam,” which means “olive tree.”

Comparing with last’s year, the names have replaced their places in the new list. For example, Amelia which was on the top last year slipped to third place and let Olivia conquers the place for 2022. But Sophia has saved the second place since 2021.

Emma, Lily and Charlotte are from last year’s top 10 names remained popular scoring fourth, sixth and seventh places, respectively, in new list.

Completing the top 10 baby girls name in 2022, Ava climbed eight places to fifth, Hannah moved from 12 to eight, Nora jumped from 15 to ninth and Isabella shifted from 17 to 10th.

Aurora with 33 numbers climbing to 21 and Eva with 30 shifting upwards were the most popular names soared the most. But 35 names including Eleanor, Eliana, Grace and Hailey dipped in popularity this year.

The full list of 100 most popular girls’ names is available on BabyCenter’s website


According to BabyCenter, Luca, and its near-twin Lucas, were ranked as the most popular boys’ names in the world. The names are among the top 10 most popular names in the U.K., the U.S., Australia and Canada.

Although Noah is the most popular baby boys’ name in Canada, Elijah and Levi are among the top names in Australia and in the U.S.

Olivia, Amelia and Sophia are the most popular baby girls’ names across the globe, per the BabyCenter analysis.

Helena is first in Brazil and Inaya is a popular name in India.

One of the themes that emerged in this year’s list is names with meanings related to light, sunshine or brightness. When it comes this theme, Kiara and Jiya are in the top 10 popular names in India, Ravi is a good example in Brazil and Nora is popular in Canada.

While some names made several lists around the world, some were only liked in specific countries, like Hannah, which is only in top 10 only in Canada. Zoe only appears in the top 10 in Australia and George is only in the U.K. top 10.

The full list of 10 most popular baby names around the world is available on BabyCenter’s website


Reporting for this story was paid for through The Afghan Journalists in Residence Project funded by Meta.

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Hate Symbol Hoisted On Parliament Hill: Sixteen South Asian Diaspora and Civil Society Organizations Demand Immediate Action From Prime Minister Trudeau



Hate Symbol Hoisted On Parliament Hill: Sixteen South Asian Diaspora and Civil Society Organizations Demand Immediate Action From Prime Minister TrudeauMontreal, November 28, 2022 – In Ottawa, there is silence about a symbol of hate hoisted on Parliament Hill early this month, ostensibly in the context of Hindu Heritage Month.  As the letter [1] by Canadian civil society and community organizations to Prime Minister Trudeau explains, this is an insidious manipulation of multiculturalism to promote an agenda of hate. The silence is even more poignant because, at this moment, civil liberties defenders are raising questions about rights (in the context of the hearings about the Emergency measures enacted this spring).As Justice for All, one of the signatories to this letter to the PM states, the flag in question is that of a “a Hindu nationalist group, the RSS, banned thrice in Independent India, including for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by one of its members Nathuram Godse. The founder of the group took inspiration from Nazi ideology to maintain ’purity of race’. Theirs  is a supremacist ideology that aims to make India an exclusively Hindu nation.”  The academic South Asia center at Montreal’s UQAM, CERIAS, also sheds light in their open letter [2] why raising a saffron flag is a problem.The government of Canada needs to immediately disassociate itself from the flag and take action against MP Chandra Arya, the architect of this vile act. This flag represents death and genocide for minorities in India, as evidenced most recently by Amit Shah, the Indian politician with the second most powerful portfolio, Ministry of Home Affairs. Shah bragged that the killings in Gujarat, India  in 2002, in which over 2000 Muslims were killed with impunity, brought “permanent peace to Gujarat” [3].  The saffron flag on Parliament Hill is directly linked to what human rights defenders identify as the Gujarat genocide of 2002.  If PM Trudeau remains silent and does not act we are left to think that he condones this.The joint letter signed by sixteen (16) South Asian diaspora and civil society organizations demands that PM Trudeau denounce the saffron flag hoisting at Parliament Hill and to assure us that any such incidents do not take place under the watchful eyes of the Canadian government.Signatories of the open letter:Alternatives InternationalCanadian Council of Muslim Women – Montreal ChapterCERAS (Centre sur l’asie du sud)Critical Diasporic South Asian FeminismsDr. Ambedkar International Mission, CanadaHindus for Human RightsIndependent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV)India Civil Watch InternationalJustice For All CanadaPalestine Youth Movement, MontrealPalestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)People’s Health Movement CanadaPunjabi Literary and Cultural Association WinnipegSouth Asian Dalit Adivasi Network, Canada (SADAN)South Asian Diaspora Action Collective (SADAC)South Asian Network for Secularism & Democracy (SANSAD)Teesri Duniya Theatre[1]:[2]:[3]: 514-502-9948French: 514-569-8234cerasmontreal@gmail.comsadac_info@riseup.net Asian Diaspora Action Collective (SADAC)CERAS (South Asia Forum)

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