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September 09, 2015 edition of the Red Deer Advocate


  • Red Deer AdvocateWEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2015

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    A delicate dance between art, science

    Julius Csotonyis portraits of dinosaurs are so compelling, you can almost hear his subjects tramp through the forest.

    Story on PAGE A3FORECAST ON A2

    WEATHER Mainly cloudy. High 14. Low 6.


    Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

    Alberta Art and Drafting employee Zach Lesyk works to apply a fresh coat of varnish to the mural on the south side of the Alberta Art and Drafting building in downtown Red Deer Tuesday.

    Wheres the money coming from to pay for refugees?


    VANCOUVER As British Colum-bia joins other provinces pledging sup-port for displaced Syrians, an immigra-tion expert says that calls for Canada to accept more refugees fail to address the crucial question of who would foot the bill.

    University of Toronto sociology pro-fessor Monica Boyd said such requests amount to asking the federal govern-ment to pay the tab about $35,000 per refugee family in the first year.

    But the topic of funding is absent from the discussion taking place pub-licly between a growing list of prov-inces and Ottawa, she noted.

    Theyre having a conversation in the middle of a marshmallow, said Boyd, who is also the Canada Research

    Chair in Immigration, Inequality and Public Policy. What that means is

    there are certain things that arent be-ing said, namely: Wheres the money

    coming from?Under current regulations, provinc-

    es are legally not allowed to sponsor refugees only the federal govern-ment and private citizens have that power. But that hasnt stopped prov-inces from chiming in with announce-ments ranging from demands to boost immigration numbers to provincial funding for refugee support programs.

    On Tuesday, Premier Christy Clark announced a $1-million readiness fund to help refugees from war-torn Syria settle in B.C.

    The one-time investment will pro-vide trauma counselling, assist profes-sional associations to recognize for-eign credentials, support job place-ment programs and help private spon-sors navigate the refugee-sponsorship process.

    On Monday, Quebec announced it was prepared to take in 3,650 Syrian refugees by the end of the year 2,450 more than initially planned.

    Abrupt end to murder



    A murder trial for a man accused of killing a woman and then putting her body into a recycling dumpster has been cancelled.

    Nathan Mi-chael Deshar-nais, 26, of Red D e e r f a c e s charges of sec-o n d d e g r e e murder and in-terference with human remains. The trial was scheduled for this week.

    The body of Talia Meguinis, 27, was dumped in a recycling bin in Riverside Meadows on Feb. 22, 2012. A recycling truck picked the bin up and transported the body to a Red Deer recycling plant in Riverside Industrial Park. It was there that the body was discovered.

    Desharnais Red Deer Court of Queens Bench trial before a judge and jury was to start on Tuesday, but the trial was cancelled abruptly. The trial was to run until Oct. 2.

    Some potential jurors only found out the trial had been cancelled on Tuesday morning when they came to the court house and were notified at the front door by signs or by Alberta Sheriffs.

    It is unclear why the trial was can-celled, but Desharnais will appear in Red Deer Court of Queens Bench in arraignment court on Sept. 14 to speak to the charges.

    A three-day preliminary hearing to test the strength of the Crowns case, determining if it the matter could pro-ceed to trial, was held on Dec. 16, 18 and 19, 2013. After that, a trial was or-dered.

    Talia Meguinis

    Please see MEGUINIS on Page A2

    Wildlife centre

    prepping for winter


    Medicine River Wildlife Centre will have heat to continue running this fall and winter while construction of its new animal hospital continues.

    It wont be pretty, and it wont be the most efficient, but it will be better than freezing here or having to shut down, said executive director Carol Kelly on Tuesday.

    She said a plumber will be putting together a coil heating system to oper-ate in the three rooms that were once public spaces but have since been turned into the hospital during con-struction.

    Kelly was worried the hospital would have to shut down while the centre fundraises to build its replace-ment hospital.

    She said thankfully word spread and $70,000 was raised this year, and about $15,000 in gifts and in-kind dona-tions.

    Were getting up to the $100,000 mark. Were hearing from people all over the province, Kelly said.

    A few community fundraising proj-ects are also underway.

    Were optimistic well continue to move forward, and continue to build over the winter and have it set up in the spring.

    The $900,000 project includes a re-placement building and new septic system. So far about $400,000 has been raised, with $250,000 to $300,000 in grants pending.

    She said enough money has come in so that concrete and septic system work continues.

    Weve got the concrete foundation in for the new wing and part of the old wing. The septic system is going in next week.

    Im desperate to make sure (the walls) are up before the snow flies.

    Throughout construction, injured and sick animals in Central Alberta have still been treated at the centre.

    So far this year, staff have seen about 1,500 patients.

    Please see WILDLIFE on Page A2





    British Columbia Premier Christy Clark becomes emotional while announcing a $1-million fund to help Syrian refugees settle in the province on Tuesday.

    Please see REFUGEES on Page A2

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    MEGUINIS: Mother ofthree sons

    Desharnais was charged with Meguiniss murder in September 2012, seven months after her body was found.

    Meguinis, of Calgary, was the mother of three sons. Police said she arrived in Red Deer on Feb. 17, 2012.

    The charges were laid after an extensive inves-tigation that involved the Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section, Major Crimes Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Victims Services an the Police Dog Service. The Calgary Major Crimes Unit, K Divi-sion Special Tactical Operations, Polygraph Sections in both Calgary and Edmonton, Calgary Police Ser-vice and the Tsuu Tina Police also assisted.

    Police believe Meguinis and Desharnais were ca-sual acquaintances who met over a weekend.

    Desharnais is serving jail time for a June 2012 sex-ual assault. He was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and choking with intent to aid the commis-sion of an indictable offence on June 27, 2014, in Red Deer Court of Queens Bench. Justice Adam Germain sentenced him to six years in custody, with four left to serve because of his pre-sentence custody.

    WILDLIFE: Baby squirrels saved

    Among them was a family of four-week-old baby squirrels found in logs that a man had purchased in Sundre this the summer.

    He was stacking them and he thought he heard a squeaking. He went investigating in the logs and he found one that had a hole in it. He very carefully cut it open to find a nest of baby squirrels.

    There were seven of them tucked down into the nest. They were quite dehydrated. We have three of the seven that have done well and theyre thriving.

    Right now, a lot of young hawks are coming in, she said.

    Its the season where the hawks are leaving home and starting to get out into the world. They are teen-age hawks and not real bright about the world, so theyre getting hit by vehicles and getting electro-cuted.

    When staff are not treating or rescuing wildlife, they are advising people who call with wildlife is-sues.

    Were having lots of calls about skunks moving into peoples yards and digging in for the winter. Were dealing with all those calls.

    To find out more about Medicine River Wildlife Centre, visit

    REFUGEES: Our job is to make sure were ready

    The province promised $29 million to assist in that effort, with most of the money going towards lan-guage training, job aid, education and health care.

    Late last week, Ontario called on the federal gov-ernment to accept 5,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015, while Manitoba committed $40,000 to help settlement service providers accommodate hundreds additional refugees in the coming months.

    The provinces are saying, Listen, we can support a lot more than what youre currently bringing in. We can absorb these people. We have the transportation infrastructure; we have the schooling infrastructure; we have assisted housing infrastructure. Boyd said.

    (The provinces) are not saying, We will pay