As convoy claims unity, some truckers experience fear and loathing on the yellow vest road


PEMBROKE, ONT.—Before Nigel Pryke joined the convoy to Ottawa, he thought he was driving for unity.

Part of a southern Saskatchewan group of truckers that fell in with the convoy on Friday, he’s a member of a cross-country cavalcade calling Canadians from east to west to demonstrate at Parliament Hill on Tuesday. Representing his employer from the driver’s seat of a company truck participating in the procession, he’s technically on the job.

Nigel Pryke of Carnduff, Sask., cleans his truck during a stop in White River, Ont., during the United We Roll Convoy to Ottawa on Sunday.
Nigel Pryke of Carnduff, Sask., cleans his truck during a stop in White River, Ont., during the United We Roll Convoy to Ottawa on Sunday.  (Codie McLachlan/Star Edmonton)

The point of the protest, organizers say, is to show support for the country’s oil and gas industry by opposing the carbon tax and legislation thought to harm the sector, among other things.

And there’s the hitch.

Rallies held in towns and cities on the route have seen supporters — along with convoy vehicles, drivers and passengers — sporting signs and slogans calling for more than just support of the energy sector.

“I like the whole idea of the unity, Canadianness,” Pryke said Sunday afternoon while travelling down a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway between White River and Wawa, Ont. “But when I see hats that say ‘Make Canada Great Again,’ … well, that’s Donald Trump. Donald Trump is not Canadian,” he added.

“They’re basically running the show,” Pryke said of the convoy’s significant yellow vest contingent. ‘There’s so much of this out-and-out hatred for Trudeau that it’s getting in the way of everything.”

Two days before, Pryke recalled, he was enjoying himself with the Saskatchewan company climbing up to Virden, Man., a rally point on the route, where the smaller group was scheduled to join forces with the main train.

“I’m chatting to these people and then the guys from the convoy arrive,” he said. “I had no idea that the yellow vests were even involved. The whole feeling changed all of a sudden.”

Glen Carritt, a town councillor from Innisfail, Alta., and a convoy co-ordinator, speaks Sunday at a rally in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa, where a demonstration is to be held Tuesday.
Glen Carritt, a town councillor from Innisfail, Alta., and a convoy co-ordinator, speaks Sunday at a rally in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa, where a demonstration is to be held Tuesday.  (Codie McLachlan/Star Edmonton)

In mid-January, Glen Carritt, a councillor for the town of Innisfail, Alta., and lead co-ordinator of the convoy, changed the name of the event from the Yellow Vest (Official) Convoy to Ottawa to the United We Roll Convoy for Canada.

The event’s values, he explained Sunday following a rally in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., haven’t changed. The mission is to protest carbon pricing, and bills C-69 and C-48, which would change approval processes for energy projects and ban oil tanker traffic on B.C.’s northern coast. Needless to say, the convoy also packs a heavy pro-pipeline punch.

But another, more controversial, complaint that sets this convoy apart is its stance against the United Nations migration compact.

Since appearing in Canada by way of France, the yellow vest movement has been accused of taking an anti-immigrant position against the compact — an intergovernmental agreement to regulate migration in light of factors that have led to its growth, such as climate change.

Despite the fact that the agreement is not legally binding, members of the movement, including those participating in the convoy, claim it weakens Canadian borders and threatens the country’s sovereignty and security, touting as much in their signs and statements.

“We’re worried about more criminals coming into the country,” Carritt said.

Shortly before he rebranded the event, a coalition of oil and gas advocates tried to organize a similar convoy — one focused specifically on the industry, while rejecting any association to the yellow vest movement. But they cancelled it, claiming it was “no longer viable” due to “unexpected challenges associated with the event.”

Citing a “lack of professionalism” in the online forum used to promote and support the convoy under the yellow vest name, Carritt said the rebrand was born from an interest to open up the event to more people.

Denis Findlay holds a sign proclaiming "Trudeau for Prison" in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa Sunday.
Denis Findlay holds a sign proclaiming « Trudeau for Prison » in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa Sunday.  (Codie McLachlan/Star Edmonton)

“It felt like the name may be holding us back,” he explained. “This allowed everybody, including yellow vests, to be involved in this movement.

The website for the convoy notes that anyone is allowed to join. But that invitation has also opened the door to anyone willing to make the trip.

At the Sault Ste. Marie rally on Sunday night, a crowd, including a small child, chanted “Trudeau sucks.” One man wore a yellow vest with the words “flush the turd 2019” written on the back. Like the varied sea of horns that announce every convoy departure, the complaints from the crowd were as varied, and almost as loud.

Carritt acknowledged that the open invite could convolute the convoy’s message, and said he doesn’t support the negativity found at rallies like the one in Sault Ste. Marie. But he said he has no control over how people choose to express themselves in the movement.

The messages from the sidelines have also been diffuse, with those standing along the highway waving everything from the sort of signs found at rallies, to Canadian flags, yellow vests, hockey jerseys and posters of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

From his vantage point, Pryke said he recognizes that the yellow vests are inextricably linked to this demonstration (both in the convoy and alongside it), but he’s trying to find the silver lining for a trip that took an unexpected turn early on.

Despite the fact that yellow vests are “very much part of the mesh of the convoy,” Pryke said he finds comfort in the support he’s seen from the sidelines, almost every step of the way.

Supporters cheer on truckers along the Trans-Canada Highway during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa on Saturday.
Supporters cheer on truckers along the Trans-Canada Highway during the United We Roll convoy to Ottawa on Saturday.  (Codie McLachlan/Star Edmonton)

“I don’t think the yellow vest message is the message of a lot of these people standing on the highway,” he said between Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie, a stretch of road that drivers on the radio repeatedly flag as treacherous.

Near Batchawana Bay, 50 kilometres out from the Sault, supporters launched a stream of fireworks for the drivers.

Tugging on the leather braided strap on his left, Pryke honked his horn in gratitude, like he does for every other show of encouragement seen along the way.

“I’m riding this wave,” he said. “All of this good feeling I’m getting from these people standing beside the roads.”

Hamdi Issawi is an Edmonton-based reporter covering the environment and energy. Follow him on Twitter: @hamdiissawi


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Dashcam video captures alleged road rage incident near Regina – Regina


A Balgonie, Sask. woman is speaking out after what appears to be a shocking case of road rage was caught on camera earlier this month.

Rheanna Dale says she was on her way home from work and had just passed a snow plow when she noticed a black Ford F150 following close behind and driving erratically.

“Being that he was swerving in and out of traffic I chose to stay in the passing lane, because I thought if I moved into the driving lane, he would swerve out and possibly hit me,” Dale said.

It happened around 4:00 p.m. on Highway 1 just east of Regina. Another driver captured the entire incident on their dashcam, which shows the truck abruptly pulling into the driving lane, swerving back into the passing lane and then ramming into Dale’s minivan.

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“He eventually pulled out around me and then when he came up beside me he swerved right into me and then took off,” Dale said. “All I know is that there were no break lights, he didn’t even make an attempt to stop.”

Luckily, Dale managed to avoid the ditch, but her vehicle sustained around $3,000 worth of damage.

“I’m really glad my children weren’t in the vehicle, they are two and six and would have been pretty traumatized by all of it,” Dale said.

During the incident, Dale wasn’t able to get a license plate so she posted the video to social media in an effort to find the driver.

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“I’m hoping that I can just find something and hopefully save someone else’s life down the road because it could have been way worse than it was,” Dale said.

At this point, no one has been able to get a license plate number, but RCMP says the incident was reported and they are aware of the video.


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Call of the Wilde: Montreal Canadiens’ road trip stalls with 4-1 loss to St. Louis – Montreal


The Montreal Canadiens had a date in St. Louis on Thursday night, stop two of a short, mid-week road trip. The Habs won the first game in Detroit when they gutted it out against a hungry Red Wings team.

With a 4-1 loss to the Blues, though, any hopes of repeating that win were dashed.

READ MORE: Call of the Wilde — Montreal Canadiens top the Detroit Red Wings 3-2

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After a game like this, it’s clearly charitable to fill this section with much.

It was difficult to find anyone who deserved praise, but if you had to name any, name the fourth line. They worked hard and created chances. Nicolas Deslauriers had a breakaway in the first period, but could not convert. Kenny Agostino and Michael Chaput also worked hard for their space and had some offensive zone pressure. It was likely Deslauriers’ best game of the season.

WATCH: Call of the Wilde: Montreal Canadiens shut out the Vancouver Canucks

Brendan Gallagher was intending to pass to Paul Byron, but took a deflection for a fluke. Every player is just happy to have one of those added to the total, and that total for Gallagher is impressive. That’s a team-leading 17 goals on the season for Gallagher.

He led the team with 31 last season, and he is on his way to the milestone mark again this year.

READ MORE: Call of the Wilde — Minnesota Wild shut out Montreal Canadiens

Victor Mete continues to play well since returning from Laval. He’s joining the rush much more and it looks good on him. He has the speed, so of course he should join the rush. The entire point of the game is to use your own advantages to be the best player that you can be.

The advantage that Mete has is that he’s probably the second-fastest player on the team behind Byron. In fact, it would be enjoyable to see how a 100-foot race between the two would go. Mete joined the rush in the third period on a two-on-one with Max Domi. The young centre did everything right, delaying his speed to change the angle on the defender to ensure that Mete got a great pass. Mete, looking for his first NHL goal, almost counted — he took the shot quickly, as he is supposed to, but he didn’t get the shot off the ice.

These are the little things that a player learns as he gets more experienced and he changes frustration into joy.

It’s a long journey to be your best in this league, and Mete will keep improving. He has so much more to contribute than he is now, and he’s doing well in his second season already.

WATCH: What to look forward to in the New Year for the Montreal Canadiens

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I’m not sure if there’s some amazing night life on a Wednesday night in Missouri, but the Habs certainly played like it.

Right from the opening moments, the Habs were horrible against a team that had won only two of their last seven games at home, giving up an embarrassing amount of odd man rushes. Not only were there many two-on-one rushes allowed, the Blues didn’t have to worry that any Habs player was going to catch them. All the Habs were doing was coasting and enjoying the view.

The first period ended with the Habs trailing 2-0, but it was the worst period for Montreal since they were crushed in Minnesota. If it were a better team they were against, it would have been a five-spot on the board against Montreal. The face-off spot was also a mess for Montreal, as led by Ryan O’Reilly being 11 for 12, the Blues won 19 of 23 faceoffs in the first period.

In the second period, the Blues scored on yet another two-on-one. The Habs love to engage their defence and they have the speed to do it, but when the legs are tired and the forwards aren’t interested in helping out, the strategy can obviously look very bad. You must have attentive players who are ready to cover for the pinching defenders.

The Habs’ forwards, though, weren’t attentive at all when the blue liners pinched.

READ MORE: Call of the Wilde  Montreal Canadiens shut out the Vancouver Canucks

The Habs have what it takes for a good power play. They have a player who has good vision in Jesperi Kotkaniemi. They have a player who doesn’t mind putting his body in front of the net to get punished in Brendan Gallagher. They have a shooter in Jonathan Drouin. They have the best slap shot in the entire NHL in Shea Weber. They have a great skater and a solid setup man in Jeff Petry.

It’s not like this team is without talent. Max Domi has some vision, too; Tomas Tatar can set up and score. So with all that in mind, why are the Habs 31st and last in the NHL on the power play?

Well, there are many reasons. They don’t work hard; they don’t set up Weber; they don’t enter the zone well. They’re static when they do finally enter the zone, and then they don’t shoot enough. When they have a draw, they don’t win. They have their best players at the power play split up on the two units.

Is there anything left? Is there anything that they do well?


READ MORE: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price to skip NHL All-Star Game due to injury

Karl Alzner was back in the lineup for the first time in a couple of months after a stint in Laval. His name wasn’t called much, which is as exactly as Alzner should like it. However, then his name was called as he and Jeff Petry let Sammy Blais skate right between them. Alzner was beaten for speed so badly, he didn’t even have time to get turnstiled. He didn’t even turn.

It’s stunning how slow he was on the play, but Petry didn’t look much better. That was the 4-1 goal — the one to guarantee there was going to be no comeback in one of the dullest games in hockey memory.

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The battle is on for the Ontario Hockey League title and a chance for the Memorial Cup, and it impacts one of the Habs’ best prospects.

Nick Suzuki was traded from the Owen Sound Attack to the Guelph Storm this week. He is now expected to make a big difference as the Storm tries to win the title, but what’s interesting is there are two teams loading up this year in hopes of winning it all.

READ MORE: Call of the Wilde — Montreal Canadiens edge the Arizona Coyotes 2-1

One team in the west and one team in the east will likely collide in the OHL finals. The Niagara Ice Dogs and the Storm have made a ton of moves that make them a powerhouse now, but likely horrible in the coming years. The Storm have traded 19 draft picks and three players to load up. The Ice Dogs have traded 17 draft picks and three players to also load up. The pattern  of loading up often repeats in junior hockey, but this season it is bordering on ridiculous. As fate would have it, the two clubs faced each other in Suzuki’s first game with his new team. It went to overtime, with the Storm tying it at 5 in the last minute.

In the three-on-three extra session, it was Suzuki who went on an end to end rush, took it around the net, still held on to it, then wired a shot upstairs for the winner. That’s a pretty good first game. It should be fun to watch Suzuki play in a lot of big games this spring, perhaps looking for a national title.

WATCH: Call of the Wilde: Wins and Losses

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Why did the chickens cross the road? Police on Vancouver Island want to know


Central Saanich police were tasked with poultry control Thursday morning as dozens of chickens ran loose in the community on southern Vancouver Island in B.C.

Bylaw and emergency services fielded multiple calls while posts on social media clucked about 150 odd chickens loose in several locations on the Saanich Peninsula — at Wallace Drive, Central Saanich Road and Wain Park.

Ryan Vantreight from Longview Farms, who posted the scene on social media, said the chickens arrived bright and early — as one might expect of the birds.

« We came to the farm around 7:30 and police were already directing traffic, trying to keep everybody safe, » he said.

Eventually, the flock was rounded up on a pickleball court. They have since been moved to a Capital Regional District facility on a private farm. If they are not claimed, the chickens may stay at that farm.

The Capital Regional District’s chief bylaw officer Don Brown told CBC that he hasn’t received any reports of missing chickens, and they have no identification to help locate the owner. Police aren’t sure whether the birds were released around the community as a prank or if someone dumped them to get rid of them.

« We don’t have anything linking it at this point, » said Const. Anne Piper with the Central Saanich Police.

Chickens ‘passed their prime,’ still laying eggs

« They’re old layers, they’re in their molting stage, » Vantreight said.  « They’re past their prime. »

That said, at least six eggs had been laid by the chickens while they were loose.

Ryan Vantreight holds one of the eggs laid by the lost chickens. (Sterling Eyford/CBC)

In Piper’s 10 years as a police officer, she’s responded to horses running on the highway, and goats and bulls on the loose, but this is the first time she’s been at a scene were eggs were being laid.

« Worst case-scenario, someone’s decided to drop them off because they didn’t want to dispatch them themselves. Best case scenario, it’s a prank that somebody’s pulled. Either way it’s not good for the community to have to deal with, » Vantreight said.

With files from Sterling Eyford and All Points West


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The Long and Winding Road to Richmond’s Most Ambitious New Restaurant—in One Dish


Out of all the dishes a chef envisions, tests, and eventually serves, how does one become a restaurant’s signature? For Longoven’s Andrew Manning, Megan Fitzroy Phelan, and Patrick Phelan, the defining menu item is the thing they’ve never been able to stop fiddling with: a savory egg custard that they’ve topped with everything from uni to summer flowers. As the team journeyed from DIY pop-up stalwarts to the owners
of a new brick-and-mortar location, a version of this dish has always anchored their constantly changing restaurant.

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November 2016: Jasmine Rice Custard

Two years into the Longoven bi-weekly pop-up, Manning wants to put a savory custard on the menu (he’s a chawanmushi fanatic). This month he finally does, mixing jasmine-rice-steeped milk with egg yolks, steaming it, then topping with crunchy cauliflower mushrooms, yuzu jelly, and Maine uni (Phelan’s a fanatic). After the chefs wrap their day jobs (butchering, catering, and teaching pastry), the three refine the dish through late-night phone calls. In the end, the uni custard scores with diners. That’s validation for the team, who are balancing their ambitious roving restaurant with regular work.

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August 2017: Corn Custard

It’s summer, and Manning sees blue crabs and corn everywhere, so he makes a corn custard covered with fat hunks of Chesapeake blue crab, a double dose of shiitake (jelly and mushrooms), seaweed-cured egg, and shiso. More late-night calls ensue as they finalize this month’s pop-up menu. It’s been a hectic ride: They’re
six months into the renovation of Longoven’s future home.

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June 2018: Asparagus Custard

More blue crab! Manning plays off the classic pairing of crab and asparagus with this summer-flower-crowned custard. This iteration earns a spot on Longoven’s debut menu in the new space, a familiar note among the chaos of opening. “Surreal” is the way the chefs describe the first night. Sometimes they forget they’re not a pop-up and don’t have to crank out 38 dishes at once. It’s not until they get back to their homes, late after service, that they realize they’re finally doing what they’ve been dreaming of the past four years.


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Teen killed in collision on Pine Grove Road north of Kingston: police – Kingston


Days before Christmas, a 16-year-old male was killed in a car crash on Pine Grove Road near Highway 15 in Kingston.

Man charged with careless driving after collision in North Bay

The collision happened shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 22nd, and the Kingston police say they responded at around mid night. The teenager involved in the collision was taken to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

“The vehicle had one sole occupant a 16 year old male who was injured at the time of the collision,” said Kingston police Sgt. Darren Keuhl.

WATCH: Kingston details safety, fire prevention concerns over the holiday season

Police told Global News that the cause of the collision is still unknown, but reconstructionists are using several methods to find an answer, such as using a drone to create an aerial map of the scene to collect more evidence.

Man dies in hospital over a week after crash in Milton, police say

However, police did not mention whether icy road conditions were a factor.

The vehicle’s data recorder still needs to be reviewed by police to determine its velocity and steering input.

1 dead, 2 injured after Yorkville collision

The name of the deceased has not been released.


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Roxham Road residents near Canada-U.S. border to be paid for asylum seeker disruption


Quebecers living by the Canada-United States border where thousands of migrants have crossed irregularly into the country since 2017 will be eligible for payments of up to $25,000, the federal government announced Wednesday.

Life along the previously sleepy Roxham Road — the main entry point for migrants entering the country on foot — has been disturbed, and residents deserve to be compensated, Border Security Minister Bill Blair said.

READ MORE: Quebec says Ottawa owes it $300 million for costs related to influx of asylum seekers

“I’ve been there. I’ve spoken to the residents. I’ve seen the level of activity of the RCMP, the Canada Border Services Agency and other officials that has impacted what is otherwise a quiet, rural road,” Blair told reporters.

Roughly 96 per cent of all migrants who have crossed illegally into Canada since 2017 have done so at Roxham Road.

WATCH BELOW: Canada spent $166 million dealing with asylum seekers

The federal Immigration Department says 16,000 people crossed the Canada-U.S. border illegally into Quebec through the end of October this year, and about 19,000 did last year.

Bureaucrats divided the Roxham Road area into three zones based on proximity to the border. People living in the closest zone are eligible to receive up to $25,000, those in the next closest $10,000, and those in the third zone $2,500.

READ MORE: More than half of Quebec asylum seekers had some kind of ‘legal status’ in U.S. before crossing to Canada

A spokesperson for Blair could not say Wednesday how much the compensation will cost Ottawa.

Conservative party Leader Andrew Scheer said in the House of Commons he worries irregular crossings will become a permanent problem.

“The prime minister needs to stop asking others to pay for his failures,” Scheer said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded by stating Ottawa is investing $173 million to improve border security as well as to decrease the time it takes to process asylum seekers claims.

READ MORE: Pamphlets circulating in Plattsburgh, NY, offer how-to instructions on border crossing


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Fiery crash in New Glasgow shuts down section of major road


A main road in New Glasgow, N.S., was forced to close for an hour Tuesday night following a fiery two-vehicle crash.

New Glasgow Regional Police say the crash along East River Road, in front of the Aberdeen Hospital, was reported around 4:45 p.m.

Police say the crash involved a Volkswagen car and a SUV travelling southbound.

Both drivers and the three passengers in the SUV were uninjured, according to police, but the Volkswagen sustained significant damage after catching fire.

The SUV sustained minor damage.

READ MORE: N.S. teen charged with public mischief for allegedly faking abduction

Police say the Volkswagen was towed from the scene, causing the section of East River Road to close for an hour.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

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Victim of triple homicide near London was in relationship with man found killed on same road last year


One of three people from Six Nations found murdered in a pickup truck abandoned in a field off a country road in Middlesex County was the common law partner of another Six Nations man found murdered on the same road last year.

On Nov. 4, shortly before 10 a.m., OPP were called to the field off Bodkin Rd. and Jones Dr., south of London, Ont., near Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation, after someone spotted an abandoned grey 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. Inside police found the bodies of 37-year-old Melissa Trudy Miller, 33-year-old Alan Grant Porter and 32-year-old Michael Shane Jamieson — all of Six Nations of the Grand River, more than 100 kilometres away, near Brantford.

OPP and Six Nations Police are calling on community members to help solve the murders of three people found dead in a pickup in Middlesex County.
OPP and Six Nations Police are calling on community members to help solve the murders of three people found dead in a pickup in Middlesex County.  (OPP)

In August 2017, the body of Douglas Hill was found several kilometres down Bodkin Rd. in Oneida Nation of the Thames territory. The 48-year-old Brantford man, also from Six Nations, had been reported missing in June.

According to their obituaries Hill was in a relationship with Miller before his death. One person who knew them described them as being “very much in love.”

So how did she end up dead in a car with three other men on the same stretch of road so far from home?

OPP has said investigators are aware of similarities in the cases, but the triple homicide is being investigated separately.

Middlesex OPP say a news conference with the case manager Det. Insp. Pete Liptrott of the OPP criminal investigation branch is being planned for later this week.

Over the weekend, OPP and Six Nations police released a poster with the images of all three recent victims and a grey 2006, Chevrolet Silverado, with a plea to help catch their killer.

In Hill’s death, Six Nations Police and OPP had been searching for a dark-coloured SUV with tinted windows and possible front-end damage that was seen on the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, also south of London, and possibly Oneida Nation of the Thames.

The families of Miller, Porter and Jamieson thanked the community for the outpouring of support and sympathy in a statement released through Six Nations Indigenous Victims Services.

“We know that our families are not alone in our sadness as the loss of Melissa, Al and Mike has left our community in shock and grief,” they said, asking for patience and privacy at this time.

They called on the public to help police investigating the murders.

According to her obituary Miller was a mother of six and a grandmother. A funeral was held at Styres Funeral Home in Ohsweken Monday, followed by cremation.

Grant was a father of two. His funeral was held Sunday at Six Nations Pentecostal Church, where he was also buried in the cemetery.

Jamieson was a father of five. His funeral was held at Soursprings Longhouse on Sunday.

Anyone with information can call Six Nations Police at 519-445-2811, a police tip line at 1-844-677-5050, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Nicole O’Reilly is a reporter with the Hamilton Spectator. Email:


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Massachusetts mayor visits sick dog’s Canadian birthplace on cross-country road trip


After learning that his 10-year-old Japanese wolf dog had just months to live, a Massachusetts mayor set out on an adventure with his furry companion that would cover 24 states — and even bring them to Canada’s West Coast.

On Nov. 2, the pair returned to the home on Vancouver Island where Mura was born.

Paul Heroux’s dog Mura on the B.C. ferry headed to Vancouver Island.

Credit: Paul Heroux

Paul Heroux told Global News he cancelled vacation plans in the Middle East after learning Mura was sick.

Instead, he decided to take his best friend to see the place where she spent her first weeks of life.

“I wanted to bring her back to where she was born,” he said. “I wanted to see it for myself.”

Heroux said he had never met the breeder because they had sent Mura to him by plane. The dog has been with him since she was eight weeks old.

90-year-old Michigan woman chooses road trip over cancer treatment

Paul Heroux’s dog Mura as a puppy.

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In September, she was diagnosed with terminal blood cancer.

They set out on their trip a month later, taking photographs and creating memories along the way.

“I didn’t set out to make a point. I just went for a ride with my dog,” Heroux said.

Paul Heroux’s dog Mura at the Grand Canyon on the duo’s 12-day cross-country trip.

Credit: Paul Heroux

The duo covered more than 13,600 kilometres in just 12 days.

Some of the stops along the way included Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Mount Rushmore.

Why a family chose to drive an 89-year-old car around the world

Heroux is mayor of Attleboro, Mass., and over the past decade, both he and Mura have become familiar figures in the city.

He said it is because of his high profile in the community that he wanted to share some of the special moments from their trip with his followers on social media.

“(We) watched the sunset in Santa Monica,” he said after returning home. “I didn’t take a picture of that because it was just too precious.”

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