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Dix ans sans nouvelles de David Fortin

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La mère de David, Caroline Lachance, admet que cette journée a une lourde charge émotive.

Toutes les années passées à espérer des nouvelles et des réponses ont été épuisantes. La famille Fortin-Lachance a aussi dû à apprendre à vivre avec des regrets.

C’est comme si c’était hier. Je me dis tout le temps : si j’avais gardé David à la maison, si j’avais écouté mon coeur de mère, David serait probablement encore avec nous autres. Ou est-ce que David aurait fui quand même une autre journée? Ce sont des questionnements comme ça que j’ai régulièrement des si, si, si…, raconte Caroline Lachance.

Un femme discute à une table avec une journaliste.Caroline Lachance garde toujours espoir de retrouver son fils. Photo : Radio-Canada

Le dossier de la disparition de David Fortin est toujours ouvert à la Sûreté du Québec.

L’Organisme Enfant-Retour accompagne encore la famille dans cette épreuve.

Il a d’ailleurs relayé sur les médias sociaux une lettre de Caroline Lachance qui a été envoyée à différents journaux aujourd’hui.

La lettre publiée par Caroline LachanceAgrandir l’imageCaroline Lachance a écrit cette lettre pour exprimer ses émotions dix ans après les tristes événements. Photo : Réseau Enfants-Retour

La pire crainte pour une famille c’est de ne jamais savoir ce qui s’est passé. On doit se permettre de garder espoir.

Pina Arcamone, directrice générale d’Enfant Retour.

Des liens se sont aussi tissés avec d’autres proches d’enfants disparus comme Martin Provencher et Michel Surprenant.

Mais par-dessus tout, Caroline Lachance affirme que c’est le soutien de sa propre famille qui est essentiel.

La famille c’est ce qu’il y a de plus important. Mon conjoint et notre fille, c’est ce qui me permet de continuer.

Caroline Lachance
Le portrait de David Fortin sur une remorqueLe portrait de David Fortin apparaît sur l’une des remorques de Transport Gilmyr. Photo : Radio-Canada

Au cours des 10 dernières années, l’aide du public a été précieuse pour tenter d’élucider cette disparition. Plus de 1000 indices ont été transmis à la police.

« Il y a d’autres dossiers de disparition qui ont fait les manchettes au cours des dernières années ici au Canada comme à l’extérieur. Et il y a des enfants qui ont été retrouvés après 10 ans, 20 ans, 30 ans. Évidemment, on ne voudrait jamais qu’une famille attende aussi longtemps pour avoir des nouvelles de son enfant, mais c’est la preuve pour nous qu’on ne doit jamais baisser les bras, on ne peut jamais abandonner les recherches », explique Pina Arcamone, directrice générale d’Enfant Retour.

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV

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A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence

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Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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