Tragic hockey player Trudeau’s death in Kitchener, deliberate investigation: Top news of the week

Ayr Centennials “Loss the heart and soul of our team” after the death of the captain

Tributes flow to Ayr Centennials captain Eli Palfreyman. The 20-year-old player He died suddenly during a tournament on Tuesday, sending shock waves through the village of Ayr, Ont. and the hockey community.

“Eli was likable. He was likable by a lot of people,” Ayr Centennials Vice President Brian Schantz said Thursday.

The team was playing for the Boston Junior Bruins in the pre-season when Palfreeman collapsed in the locker room during the second break.

“Our coaches acted immediately. They cut off his entire shirt, his shoulder pads, and started working on it,” said Schantz. “The coaches and managers greeted his mother who was in the audience, who’s a nurse, and she came in. We had an EMT, we had two doctors, so we gave him every opportunity.”

Palfreeman was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Justin Trudeau stops at Kitchener to announce $2 billion for housing initiatives

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Housing, Diversity and Inclusion Minister Ahmed Hussain were in Kitchener Tuesday to make a housing announcement. Trudeau, along with local politicians and housing officials, announced $2 billion in new spending that he says will create 17,000 homes across the country. Much of this money will flow through the government’s Rapid Housing Initiative.

“Over the past years and past months, I’ve spoken with many people who are concerned about being able to afford a place to live,” Trudeau told reporters. “This is as true for people looking to buy a home as it is for those who live in rented accommodation. We are seeing rising prices across the country.”

Many of the new units will be affordable, but the prime minister could not say how many units would be built locally. The regional president, who participated in a roundtable on housing affordability with Trudeau early Tuesday morning, is optimistic the new money will make a difference.

“We know this is a program that works. Our partners are out there, have projects ready for shovels, and that will allow them to move forward more quickly,” said Waterloo District Chief Karen Redman.

‘It simply shouldn’t take this long to do the right thing’: Oxford County family still without a home 14 months after fire

On June 29, 2021, a fire broke out at the family home on Prospect Street in the village of Drambo, County Oxford. The fire was contained in the basement, but smoke damaged the rest of the house.

Eight people, Jason and Jennifer Park, their four children and Jennifer’s elderly parents, were left homeless.

Fast forward 14 months later and Parks is still homeless.

“It’s an emotionally painful process, it’s more than just boring, it’s very emotionally challenging,” Jennifer Park said.

In September 2021, after two months of living in limbo, the insurance provider told Parks that their home would need to be demolished and rebuilt. The demolition was not completed until December 30 of that year.

The Park family is standing in front of the property that was now their home, which is now a big pile of dirt. (Jeff Bickle/CTV Kitchener)

“I’m So Scared”: Kitchener, Ont. Pharmacist thinks he was attacked for giving him COVID-19 vaccines

Pharmacist from Kitchener, Ont. He says he was physically and verbally abused for giving him COVID-19 vaccines. Ramzy Shaker, owner of Frederick Mall Pharmacy, was nearby Tim Hortons on Wednesday morning, just before it opened, when he said he was attacked.

“Suddenly someone hit me on the head here,” Shakir said. “He shouted at me and said ‘I know you give this vaccine to everyone’ and he kept punching.”

Shakir says he was punched three times in the back of the head, stomach and legs. The alleged attack continued until a bystander and an off-duty police officer stepped in to provide assistance. The man was later arrested.

“I really owe him my life,” Shakir said. “If he wasn’t around, I’d be dead from the punches.”

Kitchener, Ont.; Pharmacist Ramzi Shaker said he was attacked for giving him COVID-19 vaccines. (Stephanie Villella/CTV Kitchener) (September 3, 2022)

Fire at historic Cambridge farm is under investigation as arson

The fire that destroyed a historic farmhouse in Cambridge on Sunday is now being investigated as arson. On Monday, Waterloo Regional Police said investigators learned that a large group of people had been in the area before the fire broke out at around 4 a.m.

Neighbors previously told CTV News A party was held with a number of young people in the lottery Near Maple Bush Drive and Wesley Boulevard at night the fire broke out. No injuries were reported, but the fire destroyed a 19th-century Gothic farmhouse on the town’s Heritage Register.

The crews were preparing to move the structure to preserve it amid the creation of a new division in the area. The Architectural Preservation Authority of Ontario described the loss as a “tragedy”.

A viewer image shows emergency crews responding to fires at a construction site in Cambridge on August 28, 2022. (Submitted)