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Three poems by Mark Abley published in Interlitq

Mark Abley

Three poems by Mark Abley have been published in Interlitq (Poetic Voices).

Mark Abley‘s website

Mark Abley‘s Wikipedia entry

“In 1888 Ross was accepted at King’s College, Cambridge, where he became a victim of bullying, probably because of his sexuality…”: Wikipedia

Robert Baldwin Ross

Source Wikipedia:

“In 1888 Ross was accepted at King’s College, Cambridge, where he became a victim of bullying, probably because of his sexuality, which he made no secret of, and perhaps also his outspoken journalism in the university paper. Ross caught pneumonia after a dunking in a fountain by a number of students who had, according to Ross, the full support of a professor, Arthur Augustus Tilley. After recovering, he fought for an apology from his fellow students, which he received, but he also sought the dismissal of Tilley. The college refused to punish Tilley (though he resigned as Junior Tutor) and Ross dropped out. Soon after that, he chose to “come out” to his family.”

About Robert Baldwin Ross

Canadian billionaire Sherman couple ‘murdered’

Honey and Barry Sherman

The Canadian billionaire couple found dead at their home in Toronto last month were murdered in a targeted killing, police say.

The bodies of Barry, 75, and Honey Sherman, 70, were found on 15 December.

Police said on Friday no-one had been charged, and declined to comment on any suspects.

Barry Sherman, one of Canada’s richest men, and his wife were well-known for their philanthropy, and their sudden deaths stunned many in the country.

Media reports in the days after the couple’s bodies were discovered quoted police sources saying they were investigating a murder-suicide theory.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Toronto police detective Susan Gomes told reporters, adding that it was one of several theories under consideration.

The new details of the case came on the same day that the pharmaceutical giant Apotex, which Barry Sherman founded, announced its CEO’s resignation.

Murder victim’s family releases statement following funeral–London, Ontario

Nathan Deslippe, 27, was found dead in his apartment on Sunday, August 28, 2016. (Facebook)

Nathan Deslippe, 27, was found dead in his apartment on Sunday, August 28, 2016. 

It’s been just over 24 hours since London’s third homicide victim was laid to rest. Now, the family of Nathan Deslippe has released a statement to CTV London following his funeral Thursday at St. Peter’s Cathedral.

Our hearts are broken, but the love and support that we have received from so, so many people has allowed us to begin the healing process. Although our hearts are heavy, we are able to cry with sorrow, laugh graciously and love with open arms. The multitude of visitations, stories, hugs, and messages have been overwhelming and heartwarming.

When we looked up during the service at St. Peter’s, we were struck with awe at the power of Nathan’s life. The cathedral was full. We know Nathan is humbled, but thrilled at the acknowledgement of his life and his inspiration.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for the tremendous outpouring. We have received countless stories and pictures from people Nathan touched in grade school, high school, sports teams, Amabile, college, university, community organizations, yoga, work, networking groups, leadership groups and so many, many more.

Nathan always said his goal was to leave people better than when he found them, and his spirit is so strong that there is already forward movement on initiatives that will bring forth community connections, goodwill, and growth. We are humbled. Nathan would be proud.

Nathan would remind us – “Today you are a you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” ~Dr. Seuss

Thank you,

Tim, Mona, and Jessica.

On Aug. 28, London police were called to 323 Colborne St. around 10 a.m. where they located Deslippe in an apartment unit.

A man was arrested on scene.

William Joles, 27, a known friend and roommate of Deslippe, has been charged with second degree murder and one count each of forcible confinement, assault and uttering threats to case death against a second individual.

Deslippe was considered by many to be a rising star in the local tech industry and was popular throughout the community.

Police continue to investigate.

Phyllis Grosskurth “was a prickly kind of person”

Phyllis Grosskurth

Phyllis Grosskurth

Diana Hall writes:

Bronwyn Drainie, the former editor of the Literary Review of Canada who came to know Grosskurth as a student in one of her English classes in the late 60s, described her friend as an overall “fascinating character”.

“I think it would be quite hard to find people who say they were close to Phyllis, except for her own family. She was a prickly kind of person,” Drainie said. “I think she enjoyed that. She enjoyed being prickly and controversial.”

Grosskurth, who was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, was “very charismatic,” according to her son Brian. “People were naturally drawn to her, even though she was a forceful personality — but, you know, an attractive personality,” he said about his mother, who he added always had an active academic and social life.