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After the Jesuits’ revelations, the victims emphasize: “This must not continue to happen”
WARNING: This article contains an extensive discussion of child sexual abuse.
The release of a list of Jesuit priests accused of child sex abuse in Canada has shaken some schools and communities – and prompted survivors to come up with their own stories.
The Congregation released the list on Monday in a bid to be more transparent and accountable.
“This can’t go on like this,” said Bob Lemieux, who was a 12-year-old boarder in his prep year at Loyola High School in Montreal in 1957-58.
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That year he claims that Father George Epoch forcefully kissed him.
“What Epoch did to me ruined a lot of my life,” said Lemieux, 77, who now lives outside of Kalamazoo, Mich.
“I grew into a man’s body and did a lot of things, but mentally there were a lot of things I never outgrew.”
Epoch is one of 27 priests appointed by the Jesuits.
The list released on Monday is the result of an audit the congregation began in 2020 examining allegations of abuse by members dating back to the 1950s.
Many of the priests have been posted several times to schools and parishes across the country, from Alberta to Newfoundland.
CBC News has not independently verified the allegations against the priests, many of whom have died. Read the whole story here.
The world struggles to predict the financial consequences of the California bank collapse
Customers wait outside a branch of Silicon Valley Bank in Wellesley, Massachusetts on Monday. The Silicon Valley bank implosion will inevitably have repercussions on global finance, writes CBC’s Don Pittis. The question is whether it will be big or small. Read his analysis here.
Joy Thompson dreams of reuniting her family and finally moving her daughters to Canada. She came here as a domestic worker in 2004 to support her children and put them through school in the Philippines. When Thompson’s boss introduced her to the owners of a Toronto-based employment agency in late 2018, Thompson felt the dream of bringing her two daughters to Canada was finally about to come true. Her daughters Aubrey and April Nuval worked as nurses in the United Arab Emirates. Thompson jumped at the opportunity when Rose and Bert Smith, co-owners of Apex Connection Corp., told her they could help them get a Canadian visa. But nearly five years later, her daughters remain in the United Arab Emirates after their agreement with the agency turned into a dispute and the family was unable to find any redress. Read more about this story here.
The shortage of early childhood educators threatening Canada’s $10-a-day child care program cannot be solved simply by expanding educational opportunities, according to a number of people working in the sector. Day care centers across the country are now so understaffed that they are turning away parents looking for places. The situation raises questions about the viability of the federal government’s plan to add 250,000 new childcare places by 2026 when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national program is expected to be in full swing. Childcare advocates say improving pay and working conditions is the most important ingredient in tackling what some are calling a staffing crisis. Read more here.
There is much talk these days of an increasing role for private health clinics in Canada, prompted in part by Premier Doug Ford’s plans to significantly increase the number of surgeries in Ontario performed at for-profit clinics. Despite promises by Ford and others to streamline services and solve the problem of long waits, healthcare professionals polled by CBC News say there are nuances and such encouraging results are not supported by the data. In fact, data from BC and elsewhere suggests that private, for-profit surgery clinics are likely to increase actual costs to taxpayers and worsen hospital wait times in Ontario. Read the whole story here.
Toronto singer The Weeknd now has the second-highest Juno Awards of all time after winning Album of the Year at Monday night’s ceremony hosted by actor Simu Liu. The Canadian Music Awards show presented five awards throughout the evening: the TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award, Album of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Rap Album/EP of the Year and Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year. The show also featured Nickelback’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and a 50th anniversary tribute to hip hop in Canada. But an early incident almost overshadowed the rest of the event. Pop-punk star Avril Lavigne won the final award of the night, the TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award, and in her speech alluded to a bizarre moment earlier in the ceremony when a topless protester appeared on stage behind her. Read the whole story here.
Now there is good news to start Tuesday: Logan Ferriss from Windsor, Ontario made a dream come true last week. He has battled Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for 12 of his 13 years. Last week, the avid hockey player signed a one-day contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins and walked around with his idols thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “When we came I was really nervous,” Ferriss said in a video the penguins posted. “And as we sat down and talked to them, I realized they were just regular guys. It was a lot of fun.” Read more about his story here.
I Personality: I was a reluctant hockey mom. So my disdain for the game turned to pride
Jocelyn Crocker of Edmonton disliked hockey from a young age and did not understand her son’s desire to play the sport. Read her column here.
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Today in History: March 14th
1868: Emily Murphy, the British Empire’s first female judge, is born in Cookstown, Ontario. In 1916 Murphy was appointed police judge for Edmonton and later for Alberta. She was among the ‘Famous Five’ women who led the fight to have women legal ‘persons’ under the British North America Act. Her 1929 victory before the British Privy Council allowed women to become senators.
1879: Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany.
1899: New Brunswick business legend KC Irving is born in Buctouche.
1950: Albert Guay was sentenced to death by hanging in Quebec City for the murder of his wife, who died in a bomb explosion on board a Canadian Pacific Airlines plane in September 1949.