3 generations of dads share how fatherhood has changed

EDMONTON – When Dave Smith first became a dad there were no car seats. The 92-year-old jokes that a lot has changed since he raised his five children in the 1950s and 60s.

Back then fathers did not go into the delivery room and they didn’t change diapers either.

“Goodness no,” Smith laughed. “Number one was to get up in the morning, have breakfast and go to work and stay at work until your work was complete.”

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    Smith, along with his son Mark and grandson Ryan, share a combined 100 years of fatherhood experience.

    By the time Smith’s son Mark became a parent in the early 1980s, times had changed. Dads were more hands on.

    “I was in the delivery room,” the younger Smith said, adding he changed diapers too.

    As the father of a two-year-old and a six-week-old, the youngest of the Smith fathers says dads now play an equal part in parenting.

    “I think we have more pressure, maybe not more pressure, but an obligation to try and be more involved,” Ryan Smith said. “Especially after a mat leave when your wife goes back to work, you’re definitely even.”

    The Smith trio agrees – what hasn’t changed is that it’s the little things that matter.

    “Watching them grow up and succeed at little things and learning all the way through,” Mark Smith said.

    “It’s just when they stand up for the first time or take the first step. Or you go to the park and he learns how to climb something,” Ryan Smith said. “You can see the joy in their face and to me it brings everything back to reality.”

    The dads agree, it’s a joy that transcends generations.

    With files from Laurel Gregory, Global News

Hollywood reacts to the death of Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin, a young, up-and-coming actor best known for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek franchise reboot, was killed in a car accident Sunday.

Though Yelchin, 27, was just beginning to make his mark in the industry, Hollywood’s reaction shows the impact he had in his short-but-respected career. News of the accident sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, with friends and co-stars sharing their grief on social media.

John Cho and other co-stars of the Star Trek franchise expressed shock over the news, calling the actor “curious, beautiful, courageous.”

Actors Kat Dennings, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde grieved over the loss of a friend.

Others in the entertainment industry who admired Yelchin’s work also took to 桑拿会所 to express sadness over the loss of a talented colleague.

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who was set to direct Yelchin in the upcoming Trollhunters called Yelchin “a great creative partner” while Justin Li, who directed Yelchin on Star Trek Into Darkness, praised the actor’s “passion and enthusiasm”.

Yelchin died after his car rolled backward down his driveway pinning the actor against a brick mailbox.

The actor’s publicist confirmed his death and said his family is requesting privacy.

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Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: June 2016

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June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Suzy Pilat after Friday’s hail storm at Turtle Lake.

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June 2: Stephanie Styles took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Govan.

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June 3: Aicha Bitam took this Your Saskatchewan photo of their newly filled dogout at Moreland.

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June 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Anton Lariviere at Patuanak.

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June 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped in Lillestrom by Juan Cardama.

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June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken taken by Kirsten Morin at Île-à-la-Crosse.

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June 7: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Maidstone.

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June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a robin’s nest full of eggs was taken in Saskatoon by Lucas Winiewski.

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June 9: Helen Waller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Montmartre of the “Paris of the Prairies.”

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June 10: Doug Sarnes took this Your Saskatchewan photo from a hot air balloon over the Delta Bessborough.

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June 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jeanette Thoms at Wakaw Lake.

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June 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo of an eagle nest was snapped near Aberdeen by Diane Kacher.

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June 13: Steve and Tina Leeks took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Regina of cedar waxwings.

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June 14: Jenny Hagan took this Your Saskatchewan photo 2500 feet above Eatonia where a group of hang gliders were trying to break a Canadian distance record.

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June 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Harvey Carberry at Jackfish Lake.

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June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dawn Williams of her pea fields starting to flower southwest of Kyle.

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June 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Charlie Lemaigre at Clearwater River Provincial Park north of La Loche.

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June 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Phillips at Long Lake.

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June 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracey Cholin near Kerrobert.

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June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Mat Williams.

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June 21: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Maidstone.

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June 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the strawberry moon was taken just north of Regina by Darcy Conn.

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June 23: Kirsten Morin took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Meadow Lake of a moose having a soak.

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June 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dianne Mursell near Regina Beach.

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June 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cary Fischer at Wascana Lake in Regina.

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June 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Pablo Benitez near Outlook.

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June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by April Moosomin.

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June 28: Duran Bruno snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Fond-du-Lac.

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June 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a Saskatoon sunrise was taken by Lisa Dutton.

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June 30: Logan Bereti took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a loon having a snack at Fishing Lake.

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Memorial in Montreal marks one week since Orlando attack

MONTREAL —;  A week after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, which killed 49 people, Montrealers are showing that the Orlando victims are very much in their thoughts and prayers.

Sunday afternoon, dozens of people attended a special mass at St. James United Church in downtown Montreal.

The message was clear: in the face of terror, love will always prevail.

“It’s not something that has only affected the people of Orlando, or just the LGBT community,” said Reverend Arlen John Bonnar, who presided the service.

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“It has touched a lot of people. So there needs to be a time of quietness, a time of healing, a time of looking forward to hope.”

People of all faiths and backgrounds were invited to take part in Sunday’s collective mourning.

Through song, prayer and words, those in attendance paid their respects to the victims of the attack.

Forty-nine candles burned during the service, one for each of the 49 victims whose names were read out loud throughout the ceremony.

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“Having such a service to reemphasize again that there is no place for homophobia, racism, for Islamophobia, it is always necessary to redo it again once in a while when such an event comes,” said Jean-Luc Safari, who was in attendance.

As people walked out of the church Sunday afternoon, they sang a song of support for the LGBTQ community, and prayed that this sort of gathering is never needed again.

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“We shouldn’t have to do this kind of terrible mourning together for these kinds of things,” said Reverend Bonnar.

“So we are trying to take one more step to healing and moving us forward.”

Although a week has passed since the heinous massacre, Montrealers proved once more that the Orlando victims may be gone, but they will never be forgotten.

‘It’s like losing a brother’: Friends grapple with death of man in SW Edmonton

Family and friends are coming to grips with the homicide of Armando Cosmea-Aspillaga, who left his family behind in Cuba to start a new life in Edmonton.

“I don’t accept it at this moment yet,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, who had known the 38-year-old since they were kids growing up in Havana and considered him his best friend.

“It’s like losing a brother. I don’t have words to say what I’m feeling [at] this moment.”

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Police said Cosmea-Aspillaga was killed Friday night in his house near Whitemud Road and 53 Avenue. They had been responding to a report of a domestic dispute.

His father-in-law, Roberto Robles, 73, is charged with second-degree murder and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

An autopsy determined Cosmea-Aspillaga “sustained stab wounds during a life-ending assault.” However, police said the medical examiner needs to conduct “further analysis” before formally confirming the cause of death.

Friends said Cosmea-Aspillaga lived with his estranged wife, Flavia Robles, and their two-year-old daughter. The couple was in the process of divorcing.

Police spokesperson Scott Pattison said there are no other suspects at this time. He wouldn’t say whether anyone else was inside the house at the time.

Rodriguez said Cosmea-Aspillaga had no relatives in Edmonton besides his wife, the executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Northern Alberta and former executive director of CrimeStoppers.

Cosmea-Aspillaga worked in a warehouse when he first moved to Edmonton in 2011, then took a position in shipping and receiving.

“He was happy [after moving to Edmonton],” said Rodriguez, who now lives in Miami, and would speak on the phone with Cosmea-Aspillaga for an hour or two several times a week.

“The first [little while] he concentrated on work. He worked hard all the time to try [to] provide everything [for the family].”

Jensy Menendez met Cosmea-Aspillaga through his little sister when she was seven years old.

Jensy Menendez met Cosmea-Aspillaga through his little sister when she was seven years old.


The pair stayed in touch growing up in Cuba and especially after both moved to Edmonton. She said Cosmea-Aspillaga met Robles at her wedding.

Menendez said she saw Cosmea-Aspillaga almost every day and they spoke several times a day on the phone.

Friday was her birthday and Cosmea-Aspillaga was expected to attend the party she had planned. At noon, he called and the two spoke briefly. It would be the last time she ever heard his voice.

“I rushed it, that conversation. Because I was at work I said, ‘I’m sorry, I have to go.’ ”

She said she started to worry after friends had trouble reaching Cosmea-Aspillaga by phone around 5 p.m. that day.

“We were very upset. Then, by the time the hour passed, it was no longer [about being upset], it was worrying. We were worried about him. We kept on calling and calling until [a friend] got a call from police saying he was dead.

“I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Menendez said it has been tough trying to process his death.

“[Cosmea-Aspillaga] didn’t have a mean bone in his body. He was a peacemaker, not a fighter. He was a very friendly person. Everybody that met him got to love him because he had a great personality, very friendly, very trustworthy personality.

“He was my family here. I think he’s going to call me again or he’s going to text me. This is not real. I ask, ‘Why him?’ He was a good person. We lost a good person.”