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.
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.”
I loved Anton Yelchin so much. He was a true artist – curious, beautiful, courageous. He was a great pal and a great son. I’m in ruins.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) June 19, 2016
our dear friend. our comrade. our anton. one of the most open and intellectually curious people… https://t.co/zgTxXmyrbD
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) June 19, 2016
I can’t believe it , I m fckn hurting bad !
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 19, 2016
Actors Kat Dennings, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde grieved over the loss of a friend.
Anton Yelchin was one of my best friends. Can’t say anything that conveys what this feels like
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) June 19, 2016
This is unreal. Anton Yelchin is such a talent. Such a huge loss.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a bright, brilliant talent, and a truly kind person. I was so taken by him, and won’t ever forget his sweet smile. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) June 19, 2016
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.
Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016
Terrible news about Anton Yelchin, crazily talented actor gone too soon.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 19, 2016
So sad to hear about Anton Yelchin, always been one of my favorite actors… Condolences to his family and friends… RIP
— Abigail Breslin (@yoabbaabba) June 19, 2016
Any young actor who wants to see someone doing it for real watch anything Anton Yelchin ever did….. Fabulous actor who will be missed.
— Charlie Weber (@TheCharlieWeber) June 19, 2016
Anton Yelchin was a great performer with a bright future. Sincere condolences to his family.
— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) June 19, 2016
Devastated about Anton Yelchin. He was a very sweet kid. My heart goes out to his family
— Hank Azaria (@HankAzaria) June 19, 2016
In absolute shock over the loss of #AntonYelchin. Absolutely horrible
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) June 19, 2016
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”.
Anton was a sweetheart. Absolutely a great creative partner and artist.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 19, 2016
Still in shock. Rest in peace, Anton. Your passion and enthusiasm will live on with everyone that had the pleasure of knowing you.
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 19, 2016
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.”