L’eshop de la semaine : Léo le pirate


Qui ? Christine Mignot, maman de Léo (16 ans) mumpreneur aguerrie anciennement dans la finance. Depuis toujours, cette dernière aime dénicher du mobilier unique. Alors elle quitte les marchés boursiers et ouvre une vraie boutique dédiée à l’univers de l’enfant à Fontainebleau, couplé d’un e-shop. Le succès est de taille, tellement qu’elle prend le risque de fermer sa boutique pour se consacrer à leolepirate.com à temps complet.  

Quoi ? Des trésors design et déco, du mobilier, des jouets et accessoires pour les familles et plus particulièrement les enfants de 0 à 12 ans. Christine déniche avec (très) bon goût des marques et petits créateurs aux quatre coins du monde, des labels avant-gardistes et singuliers, tout pourvu qu’ils soient peu vus sur le marché français, voire distribués en exclusivité sur son e-shop. 

Depuis quand ? Il y 6 ans, en 2013.

Pourquoi ? Pour l’amour des belles choses, loin des cours de récréations habituelles. Avec Léo le Pirate, Christine cherche à rendre l’enfance encore plus heureuse en l’emmaillotant dans un monde charmant, original et unique ! Ici, les petits créateurs côtoient les grands de la déco. D’ailleurs, où Christine aime-t-elle dénicher ses pépites ? C’est un secret qu’elle compte bien garder… 

Avec ? Les papiers peints atypiques Fox & Roses, les coussins imprimés Fabliek, les lits Kutikai, les berceaux en rotin Bermbach Handcrafted, les cabanes en bois eco-friendly Wool & Woodies ou encore la marque scandinave Muubs (en exclusivité)…

Le + : Christine a lancé sa propre marque déco « Léone » qui réunit tout ce qui l’anime : déco, accessoires, mobilier, rotin… Plus gros succès en date ? Le tabouret en velours bleu canard.

Où ? Online sur leolepirate.com et sur Instagram @leo_le_pirate.


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Leo the dog reunited with family after nearly 2-week search – Kingston


The owners of a dog that has become a Kingston celebrity are elated to have their family pet back at home.

Leo the dog had been missing since New Year’s Eve after escaping from the Thousand Islands Dog Resort. The pup’s owners, Alex Choiniere and his girlfriend, Alicia Fleet, were reunited with Leo on Saturday.

“We’re relieved, really, that he’s home safe and healthy, which is a good thing,” said Choiniere.

The couple had been searching for days around the area where Leo went missing nearly two weeks ago, with several people spotting the dog over that time.

“It was tough, especially over the last two days there,” said Choiniere. “Without spottings recently, we were just anxious to get him back.”

Couple holds out hope for dog that escaped from Kingston kennel

The couple launched a massive search for their family pet, even getting help from a few pet detective services. But it was when Lost Paws Inc., a non-profit organization out of Kitchener, came up to help that they were finally reunited with the wayward pooch.

“They came at like 4:30 in the morning Saturday,” said Fleet. “It was unbelievable, seeing him and walking around the corner and seeing his face for the first time … It’s just a completely unbelievable feeling.”

Susan Oldford with Lost Paws Inc. says the group had been tracking Leo throughout the day and found him in an abandoned barn, just down the way from the kennel where he escaped. Oldford said the dog had been staying there for the last several days.

WATCH: Owners distraught over missing dog who escaped from boarding kennel

“They spent hours out there just walking around,” said Fleet. “It’s just, he wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for Lost Paws.”

The dog has led his owners on quite the chase over the past two weeks. Leo was spotted a number of times while out on the lam, but experts say the family pooch most likely went into survival mode after being away from his owners, making it hard for people to catch him.

When Choiniere and Fleet walked into the barn where Leo was found, they say it took a second, but the pup remembered exactly who they were.

Pet detective called in to help find missing Kingston dog

“When we got to him, he just loved us and kissed us and opened up right away,” said Choiniere.

Leo garnered quite the following over his time out in the wilderness. His story was shared far and wide, with hundreds of volunteers coming to the aid of Fleet and Choiniere. At one point, even local businesses like Food Basics and a local Tim Hortons stepped up to help those who came out.

“Just the support we got, I couldn’t believe it. Everyone likes him, everyone loves him. I’m so grateful everyone came to help out,” said Choiniere.

His owners say Leo has lost more than 20 pounds since he escaped and has a number of scratches, along with a frostbitten nose. Choiniere says now that Leo has gotten a taste of the wilderness, they will have to keep a close eye on him.

“I hope he will go back to his good old self. He’s pretty much there, but confidence may take a bit to get back,” Choiniere said.

The couple says they will remember all the help they have gotten to find their family pet, especially the next time someone else needs help.

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Suspect in fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Joshua Leo turns himself in: police


Police have identified 17-year-old Joshua Leo as the victim of a fatal stabbing near Lime Ridge Mall and say an 18-year-old has been charged with manslaughter after turning himself in.

The Hamilton teen was pronounced dead Friday after being rushed to hospital with a serious chest wound.

Investigators got a search warrant for a home on the Hamilton Mountain Saturday and seized a vehicle officials believe to be the get-away car for forensic processing.

Police say the driver of the car was identified and interviewed, but will not face any charges.

Dawson Farr turned himself in around 11 p.m. Saturday, say police. The 18-year-old from Hamilton has been charged with manslaughter and assault with a weapon.

He appeared in court Sunday and is scheduled to return to court Monday morning.

Friend tried to take teens to hospital

Leo’s death marks the city’s ninth homicide of 2018.

Two people, including Leo, were transported from the scene at the plaza at Upper Wentworth and Kingfisher Drive around 4:30 p.m. Friday. The second victim, an 18-year-old, suffered minor stab wounds but was in stable condition.

The stabbing happened on Pinewarbler Drive, inside a white hatchback that belongs to one victim’s mother, according to police.

The two teens met up with two other people near Bruleville Park when investigators say an « altercation » occurred and they were stabbed. A friend of the victims reportedly showed up at the scene as the two assailants ran away.

That friend set out to drive the injured teens to hospital before realizing how serious their injuries were and calling 911, police say.

Leo was pulled from the car with the help of an off-duty firefighter and ex-military paramedic who tried to save this life.

Investigators are continuing to search for one male suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Geoff Burbidge at 905-546-2288.


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