Some Nova Scotia deaths that have led to calls for public inquests

first_imgHALIFAX – Some Nova Scotia deaths that have led to calls for public inquests:Lionel Desmond, 33; Shanna Desmond, 31; Aaliyah, 10; Brenda Desmond, 52.Jan. 3, Upper Big Tracadie, N.S.Afghan veteran Lionel Desmond fatally shot his mother, wife, daughter and himself in a horrific murder-suicide that renewed debate over how Canada treats former military members with post-traumatic stress disorder. Desmond was diagnosed with PTSD and post-concussion disorder after a 2007 Afghanistan deployment. Last week, Desmond’s twin sisters, Chantel and Cassandra, joined a growing list of advocacy groups calling for an independent inquiry that would determine the facts of the case and provide a list of recommendations on how to avoid similar deaths. The medical examiner says he’s waiting to see the review before taking any further decisions.—Dorothy Stultz, 87.March 1, 2012, Bridgetown, N.S.Stultz died after a shove by a male resident at Mountain Lea Lodge, which led to a serious fall and later a blood clot. It was among a series of nine deaths over the past decade classified as “homicides” by the medical examiner. Stultz’s daughter, Debbie Stultz-Giffin, says the province’s internal study has failed to examine key elements of the case. Dr. Matthew Bowes, the medical examiner, says a judicial inquiry isn’t needed. “If a public system is reasonably diligent, I don’t think hard about a judicial inquiry. I only think hard about it if they (government) are completely ignorant or in denial about an issue,” he said. “Our health care system does have an awareness of falls of the elderly as an issue, whether accidental or homicidal I suppose.”—Jason (Libby) LeBlanc, 42.Cape Breton Correctional Facility, Jan. 31, 2016, Sydney, N.S.LeBlanc died from an opiate overdose 13 hours after being placed in a cell. An internal review concluded correctional officers failed to follow proper procedures in the strip search process and didn’t complete their rounds at standard intervals. LeBlanc’s father told The Canadian Press he had asked the medical examiner’s office for a fatality inquiry into their son’s death after the 42-year-old labourer became the sixth, non-natural prison cell death in the province since 2010 without a public inquiry.—Camille Strickland-Murphy, 22.July 28, 2015, Nova Institution for Women, Truro, N.S.Veronica Park, 38.April 24, 2015, in hospital while in custody at Nova Institution for Women.Strickland-Murphy committed suicide by suffocating herself with a plastic bag while serving a three-year sentence for attempted robbery of a pharmacy, according to a lawsuit. Park died of pneumonia, and also tested positive for an antibiotic-resistant strain of MRSA. She had sought medical help but wasn’t taken to hospital until she was found gasping in her cell, according to a lawsuit. The families of the women, both from Newfoundland, requested a fatality inquiry but didn’t get one, their lawyer says. The families say in a lawsuit the women didn’t receive appropriate or adequate medical care, but the federal prison service says such care was provided.—Clayton Cromwell, 23.Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, April 7, 2015, Halifax.Cromwell died of a methadone overdose, even though he wasn’t part of the prison’s methadone program. Devin Maxwell, his family’s lawyer, said he has been seeking full disclosure for almost two years on what precisely happened to the 23-year-old. He said he favours a public inquest because “the goal from the family’s point of view is to get an answer as to what happened … The mother wants to make sure this never happens again and a mandatory inquest would go a long way in both these areas.” In a lawsuit, the family asserts there was a lack of control over the potentially deadly drug. The province denies the assertion.—(The Canadian Press)last_img read more

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Why The Cavaliers Blew It All Up At The Trade Deadline

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 8, 2018), FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver joins Neil, Chris and Kyle to help break down what happened at this year’s NBA trade deadline. The Cleveland Cavaliers shook up their roster Thursday by acquiring Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. and saying goodbye to Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, among others. The group also brings you a significant digit on the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, another victim of this year’s seemingly never-ending stream of injuries.Here are links to what was discussed this week:ESPN’s Kevin Pelton assessed the winners and losers of the trade deadline.Kyle wrote about how the Cavaliers fixed some of their big problems — but will it be enough?FiveThirtyEight debated some hypothetical LeBron trades earlier in the week. Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

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Guardiola reveals how Laporte gives Man City an edge over their

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes that a left-footed defender in Aymeric Laporte gives them an attacking edge over their rivalsLaporte, who arrived at the Etihad Stadium in January from Athletic Bilbao for a club-record transfer fee, has established himself as a key member of the City squad.Expect for the Carabao Cup fixtures, Laporte has started in all of City’s games this season with some solid displays at the back as the Citizens chase even more glory.And Guardiola feels that, as a naturally left-sided player, Laporte can distribute the ball much quicker from the back of the pitch.“First of all his level. In today’s training session, for example, he was so focused, but I would say the same with Vincent [Kompany], John [Stones] and Nico [Otamendi],” Guardiola told reporters on the club website.“But especially because he is left-footed playing on the left side. He gives us an alternative for the build-up, quicker and faster than the other ones with the right [foot].“When you receive the ball to the right you have to go inside because you go to the right foot.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“On the left, you go to that side. So that helps us to create this build-up and [another] build-up. With the right, it’s always [the same build-up]. It’s a little bit more complicated.“That would be one of the reasons why.”The Catalan coach also feels that Laporte’s lack of action for France will only benefit City as it means he will have more chances for rest over the course of the campaign.“[Laporte] is not going to play all season all the minutes, but he doesn’t go to the national team, he has a break for two weeks,” Guardiola added. “This period he’s fitter and can play regularly.“When the international break is finishing come December, January, February, of course, everyone is going to play.”City will face Tottenham at Wembley tonight at 21:00 (CEST), where they will hope to collect all three points and reclaim top spot in the Premier League from Liverpool.last_img read more

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