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‘It breaks my heart’: Friends rally to support family of teen brutally beaten in Beaumont

WARNING: This article contains graphic details and photos that some readers may find disturbing.

At just 14 years old, Braydon Heather is facing months of surgeries and rehabilitation after being viciously assaulted and found in Beaumont.

“He is still sedated because there is swelling in his brain they can’t quite get under control,” family friend Melanie Aube said. “They aren’t going to wake him up until they get that under control. He is in stable condition.”

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    RCMP said the teen was found at 1:35 a.m. on June 21 with serious head injuries near a construction site in the area of Rideau Crescent. Officers were initially unable to identify him and called on the public for help.

    “He is getting better,” Aube said. “They are confident that he will be in the hospital for probably a few weeks. However, it probably could be a year or more for full recovery.”

    READ MORE: Youth charged with attempted murder after teen’s assault in Beaumont 

    Family friends say Braydon was cut across the face “like The Joker,” which damaged his transverse jugular vein and left ear. They say the cuts on his hands and arms required hundreds of stitches and his right elbow, left wrist and both sides of his jaw are broken.

    Braydon Heather, 14, is in the hospital after being found with serious head injuries from an assault June 21, 2016.

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    Police have arrested and charged a youth in connection with the assault. The person – who cannot be named  – is charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.

    The youth is scheduled to appear in court in Leduc on July 8.

    “How one person can do this to another person is horrific to me,” Aube said.

    READ MORE: RCMP identify teenage boy found with serious injuries near Edmonton

    Braydon’s mother, who consented to her son’s name being released, did not feel ready to speak to Global News, but gave a friend permission to speak on their behalf.

    “Tuesday afternoon Amber called me and said, ‘I don’t know if you’ve read the paper but the boy found in Beaumont was my son’… I sat on the curb and I just started crying. I couldn’t believe it when she told me what had happened.”

    Braydon Heather, seen here playing with friends. He is seen here in a photo taken in 2015.

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    Braydon Heather, seen here playing with friends. He is seen here in a photo taken in 2015.

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    Braydon Heather, seen here playing with friends. He is seen here in a photo taken in 2015.

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    Braydon Heather, 14, was assaulted in Beaumont on June 21, 2016. He is seen here in a photo taken in 2015.

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    Braydon Heather with his mom and sister.

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    Aube and Rhonda Brimacombe-Tricker set up a gofundme page to raise money to help support the family. As of Monday afternoon, $18,000 had been raised.

    “She’s going to have to quit her job,” Brimacombe-Tricker explained. “There’s going to be a lot of recovery, rehabilitation in the future and she just has to focus on that. She can’t be worrying about if her rent’s going to be paid or if there’s going to be food on the table.

    “Amber is a wonderful person… she has a huge huge heart. She would do it for any of her friends… I think we definitely owe it to her,” Brimacombe-Tricker said.

    “She’s a single parent and she needs our help.”

    Both friends describe Braydon as energetic, athletic and always on the go.

    Seeing the Grade 8 student in the condition he’s in now has been difficult.

    “Shocking because there are tubes,” Aube said. “He’s on a breathing tube and a feeding tube… just the scars on his face and head were frightening.”

    “My heart just sunk so far,” Brimacombe-Tricker. “No words can describe that. It’s just horrible.”

    “I have a son the same age,” she said. “It breaks my heart.”

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Canadian Blood Services relocating Saskatoon blood donor clinic

Canadian Blood Services announced Monday that the Saskatoon blood donor clinic is moving. The new clinic at 1206 Emerson Ave. opens for donations this weekend.

“This new blood donor clinic will provide donors with a more modern and inviting location and an enhanced overall experience,” said Judy Jones, associate director of donor relations for Canadian Blood Services.

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The new clinic will start accepting platelet donations on Saturday and whole blood on July 5.

Hours of operation at the new clinic will be as follows:

Tuesday         8 a.m. – 12 p.m.Wednesday   9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Thursday       9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Friday            8 a.m. – 12 p.m.Saturday        8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

In the meantime, the non-profit organization is encouraging donations at the existing clinic until its final day of operation.

“We will continue to be open at our 20th Street East site until the end of June,” Jones said.

“As most blood is sent to hospitals within one week of donation, we’re asking for the ongoing support of our donor, partner and volunteer community during and after our move to ensure recipients get the blood they need when they need it.”

Anyone who wants to book an appointment can visit the Canadian Blood Services website.

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Surrey grandmother catches man filming her in shower at Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre

A Surrey woman says someone filmed her as she showered at Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre over the weekend.

“I just caught something from the corner of my eye, up top, and I stood back and I thought, ‘that was odd,’ Sharlene Ramage said. “Then I looked and there was a camera, a phone.”

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Ramage was in one of the pool’s private showers — which have walls that don’t reach from the floor to the ceiling and are used by both men and women — when she realized she was being recorded. She grabbed her towel and ran out to confront the Peeping Tom.

“I started yelling,” she said. “A gentleman came and I said, ‘This guy is videotaping me.’”

RCMP came to the centre but Ramage said the man had already left with his phone. She said police later told her that the man confessed and deleted the video from his phone.

She wants changes made so it doesn’t happen again.

“I have grandkids. I was filmed nude, showering. That could have been my granddaughter,” she said.

Ramage believes the design of the change rooms leaves people vulnerable.

“I would like to see the remodeling of the change rooms,” she said. “I’d like to see him banned from any of the public pool facilities until they can fix something like that.”

The manager who oversees the centre said they are reviewing the incident.

“Safety is the most important commitment that we have in our buildings,” Stacey Rennie, community and recreation services manager for South Surrey, said. “We will be reviewing the situation with all of the stakeholders and making sure nothing like this can happen again.”

No other incidents like this have been reported but the centre is looking at bringing in additional staff.

Ramage said she will still go to the centre but she won’t be using the universal showers anymore.

– With files from Jill Bennett

‘It’s an opportunity for me’: Moving company puts Edmonton’s most vulnerable to work

A local organization that provides support and services to homeless people in Edmonton has started up a new social enterprise in hopes of giving young adults some much-needed work experience.

Boyle Street Community Services has launched Boyle Street Moving Co., which employs its clients to help them develop job skills and gain experience in the work force.

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    “We employ them, we give them the training that they need to do the job safely, then we hope to create opportunities for them to move on to even bigger and better things with time,” Damien Lachat, the youth entrepreneurship coordinator at Boyle Street, said.

    “For many individuals, poverty and homelessness can be a cycle. If you don’t have an address, it’s hard to get anybody to hire you or receive mail or any of the basic things that we take for granted,” Lachat said.

    All of the money the company makes goes right back into Boyle Street Community Services, to continue providing services such as daily meals, mental health support and harm-reduction support for people dealing with addictions.

    While there is some stigma around employing vulnerable youth, Lachat said so far, everyone they’ve worked with has been understanding of the goal they’re trying to achieve which is empowering people through employment.

    “So far, people have been pretty receptive. The clients that we have gotten really, I think, do understand and do get it.”

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    Since the company started taking jobs in February, it’s moved about 50 households. There are currently three people working for the moving company, including 25-year-old Evan, who moved to Edmonton from Medicine Hat about five years ago to get away from family violence.

    “I come from a bit of a broken home. My mom’s an alcoholic and my stepdad, he’s a little lazy… There was quite a bit of violence when I was growing up,” said Evan, who asked his last name not be published.

    “I just got sick and tired of it. I got sick and tired of being in that position… I wanted to make a change for myself, I wanted to be around something more positive so I decided to leave and come down here to Edmonton.”

    Since moving to Edmonton, Evan has been able to focus on himself. He said he’s way better off and feels a sense of accomplishment working for Boyle Street Moving Co.

    “I’m basically here to acquire new skills, put job skills on my resume, get as many hours as I possibly can because I need hours and basically be a good, productive employee,” he said.

    “I believe that there is opportunity,” he continued. “It’s an opportunity for me and I just want to be able to move forward with the company and I see that being possible.”

    READ MORE: Downtown arena construction leads to employment opportunities for struggling Edmontonians

    Lachat said that’s exactly the mentality they hope to instil in everyone who works for Boyle Street Moving Co.

    “I think so far, it’s been a really positive reaction. Our youth have been pretty eager to get involved and be engaged. Sometimes even having ideas of their own of how we can grow the company.”

    For more information on the moving service, head to Boyle Street Community Service’s website.

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New details on Halifax’s Centre Plan released at open house

The Halifax municipal government released new details about its Centre Plan during an open house on Monday night.

The open house, which attracted more than 100 people, was held at Citadel High School.

The recommended options include building tall buildings (seven or more storeys), moderate-height buildings (four to six storeys), low-rise buildings (three storeys or fewer), and infill homes (semi-detached, townhouses, etc.).

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The regional centre is expected to grow from 97,000 to 130,000 people by 2031, according to the plan. The growth can be accommodated through five areas: established residential areas (16 per cent), primary growth areas (28 per cent), downtowns (14 per cent), future growth areas (21 per cent), and secondary corridors (21 per cent).

READ MORE: First Halifax Centre Plan meeting an opportunity to provide feedback

The primary growth areas are Agricola, Gottingen, Spring Garden, Quinpool, Young, and Wyse.

The growth potential of those areas were determined on seven factors: level of transit service, access to open space, land availability, development interest, proximity to key employment areas, community assets, and servicing constraints.

Depending on the proposed scenarios for growth, the Wyse area, for example, could see the development of four 10-storey buildings and 23 five-storey buildings, or 10 10-storey buildings and nine five-storey buildings.

READ MORE: Housing a concern for many at Halifax Centre Plan workshop

The details of the plan will be posted on the project’s website on Tuesday.

More meetings will be held throughout the summer. Before going to the Halifax Regional Council, a final draft is set to go to the Community Design Advisory Committee in December.

WATCH ABOVE: Jacob Ritchie, urban design program manager for the municipal government, talks about Halifax’s Centre Plan in an interview.

24-storey tower coming to Commercial and Broadway

It has taken years, and a wholesale re-do from the city, but the Official Community Plan for East Vancouver’s Grandview Woodlands neighbourhood is now ready for public input.

The plan is ambitious, creating more than 7,000 new housing units over 30 years.

The biggest changes came in terms of the height of some proposed buildings.

There will still be high rises built, but fewer and only in certain areas. The area around the Commercial Drive SkyTrain station will see a 24-storey tower and another that stretches to 12 storeys.

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According to assistant director of planning Kent Munro, the city was keen to protect the vibe of the neighbourhood.

“It was important to protect rental stock and affordability,” he said. “This plan protects that.”

Even though the plan was designed after considerable public input in the form of a citizen’s assembly, selling it to the community at large over the next month could prove to be a challenge.

Grandview Woodland Advisory Council director Dorothy Barkley believes what the city has come back with is reasonable, but it won’t allay everyone’s concerns.

“There are a group of residents along Broadway near Commercial Drive that are going to have issues with this,” she said.

The plan covers a much wider area than just Commercial Drive. Grandview Woodlands stretches from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street and from 12th Avenue to Burrard Inlet. While the residential towers will take much of the criticism, the majority of the planning calls for low- to mid-rise buildings scaled for walkable neighbourhoods.

Community meetings are scheduled starting Wednesday and city council is expected to vote on the issue in late July.

Dad accused in bat attack of 18-year-old Jessie Simpson makes court appearance

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A man accused of leaving an 18-year-old high school student clinging to life in hospital after a beating with a baseball bat said little during a court appearance in Kamloops, B.C.

Kristopher Teichrieb, 39, is charged with attempted murder in the assault of Jessie Simpson, who is in “grave condition,” his aunt said.

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Teichrieb was arrested a short time after an attack on June 19 and has remained in custody.

He appeared by video Monday in provincial court wearing a red jail-issue sweatshirt and had a wooden cross hanging from his neck.

Outside court, a half dozen supporters of the Simpson family rallied with signs and chanted “No bail” and “Justice for Jessie” as drivers honked their horns.

In court, defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen hinted that Teichrieb’s charge could be upgraded to murder if Simpson’s condition changes. He asked that a potential bail hearing be delayed.

Teichrieb’s only words in court were “Thank you” when a justice of the peace told him he would have another court appearance next week.

Teichrieb was arrested just after 5 a.m. on Father’s Day after police were called to a reported altercation on a street near his home.

Simpson’s friends and family have said in social media posts that he was in Kamloops for a grad party and was trying to find a pal’s house when an altercation took place.

They have also said he was beaten with a baseball bat after Teichrieb confronted him. Police initially said Teichrieb had confronted someone in his driveway.

At a candlelight vigil on Sunday, Simpson’s aunt Marie Lewis of Dawson Creek said he remains in a coma on life support.

“He is not in good condition,” she said. “Nothing has changed. We can only keep hoping and praying.”

Teichrieb has three children and is the owner of at least two construction firms. He is due back in court on July 4. (Kamloops This Week)

Regina city councillor not running in fall election

Regina Ward 3 councillor Shawn Fraser won’t be seeking the public’s votes in the upcoming election.

Fraser said the decision not to run in the upcoming election wasn’t taken lightly. He made the choice after a lengthy discussion with his family and friends.

“Ultimately it’s a job where you get to help people.”

The one-term councillor and his wife recently had a baby girl last month. He said he wants to focus more on his growing family and his full-time job at the YMCA.

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“I think whenever, wherever you get to work with people and help people, there’s no better job than that,” Fraser said.

Fraser also said he’s not endorsing any candidates for Ward 3, which encompasses the Cathedral neighbourhood, anytime soon, but will keep his eyes open.

“I’m under no illusion that I’m the only person that could do a good job of representing Ward 3,” Fraser said.

“Ward 3 will be well represented, just by someone else.”

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He said he’ll be asking candidates what their stance is on some of the issues he’s raised during council, like discussions around a city living wage or the motion of the Blue Dot movement.

The motion included a non-binding commitment to include environmental concerns in decisions and a a commitment to call on the provincial and federal governments to include an amendment to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms outlining the right to a healthy environment.

READ MORE: Regina city council supports idea behind Blue Dot Movement, but has some concerns

Fraser said there’s still issues in Regina that need to be worked on, but things have improved.

“My focus when I ran for this job was to talk about housing here in the city. We haven’t solved all the problems but the situation around rental housing has gotten a lot better,” he said.

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Lethbridge woman sentenced to 10 years in jail for manslaughter

A Lethbridge woman was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for the death of 43-year-old Katheline Buck of Coaldale.

Originally the Crown had charged the 22-year-old with second-degree murder, but instead accepted a guilty plea to manslaughter.

READ MORE: Lethbridge woman charged with second-degree murder 

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    In the agreed statement of facts submitted by defence council and the Crown prosecutor, it was stated that in the early morning hours of Feb. 23 2015, Julie-Ann Nicky Agerskov and a man arrived at friend’s home along 19 Street North.

    Court heard they were doing drugs and called a dealer for more.

    Katheline Buck showed up at the home. Agerskov thought the woman had stolen from her a few weeks earlier.

    When Buck went to leave the house, Agerskov tried to rob her and steal crack cocaine she believed Buck was hiding in her clothes.

    Buck swung a chair at Agerskov and Agerskov pulled out a knife.

    The man with Agerskov tried to intervene and was unintentionally stabbed.

    Buck was stabbed 13 times.

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    The agreed statement of facts detailed that Agerskov and the man left the home, while Buck was left in a pool of blood screaming for help.

    The person who lived at the house woke up and called 911, but it was too late.

    Agerskov was arrested a short time later and made a full confession to police.

    During sentencing, her lawyer said she takes responsibility for her actions and has deep remorse and regret, adding that while in prison, she wrote an apology letter to Buck’s family.

    “I’m truly sorry about what I’ve done and I hope to be better in the future,” Agerskov told the judge.

    The 22-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in jail, with credit given for time served. She will have eight years left to serve for the manslaughter charge.

    She also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault for stabbing a man during the same incident, and received one more additional year in jail.

Ikea to recall millions of ‘Malm’ dressers after 6 children killed in U.S.

Ikea has announced it has stopped selling the Malm dresser, one of its most-popular, and is recalling millions the items in North America after the deaths of six children in the United States.

“IKEA Canada takes its role as a responsible retailer very seriously and we want to raise the awareness of the hazard of furniture tip-over in Canadians’ homes,” IKEA Canada President  Stefan Sjöstrand said in a statement Tuesday.

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Ikea warned customers in a July 2015 statement that the dressers could tip-over and advised consumers not to use the dressers unless they were secured to the wall with anchors provided in the packaging.

READ MORE: IKEA issues warning after 2 boys killed by falling dressers in US

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) six children in the U.S. have died since 1989, and more than 40 injuries have been reported.

The CPSC said in a statement the most recent death occurred in Minnesota after a boy died in February 2016, after a Malm dresser tipped onto him.

The furniture retailer said there had been no tip-over incidents or injuries in Canada.

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In total, eight million Malm-style chest of drawers and 21 million additional children’s and adult chests and dressers are being recalled the U.S. Approximately six million Malm units were sold in Canada.

Chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016 are qualified for a full refund. Furniture made before 2002 may be eligible for a partial store credit. The company says that all chests and dressers should be attached to a wall to prevent them from toppling over.

“Ikea US and Ikea Canada will launch a local recall of chests of drawers in North America only,” the company said in a statement.

“Ikea chests of drawers are safe when anchored to the wall per the assembly instruction, using the tip over restraint provided with the product.”

IKEA Canada said the recall affects chests of drawers that are above 60cm for children’s chests of drawers and above 75cm for adult chests of drawers.

The 29 million units of recalled chests and dressers include: MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and three 6-drawer models and other children’s and adult chests and dressers.

Here’s the full list of the 19 different chests of drawers being recalled in Canada.