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Foltz family lawsuit alleges BGSU knew about PIKE hazing events

Foltz family lawsuit alleges BGSU knew about PIKE hazing events

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) – The family of a Bowling Green State University student who died from alcohol poisoning after a fraternity hazing event last year is suing the university. The lawsuit from the parents of Stone Foltz allege BGSU is responsible for their son’s death.

Foltz died last year of alcohol poisoning after a fraternity hazing incident. One of the major points of the lawsuit is that the school was told about this very event in 2019 and did nothing to stop it from happening again in 2021.

The family of Foltz promised him while in the hospital that they would work tirelessly to end hazing. One step, they say, is holding BGSU responsible in part for his death.

“There needs to be accountability across the board. accountability for the folks that were in the room that night. accountability at the fraternal/national level. and ultimately the people at the top at the university who allow these organizations to exist on campus,” said Foltz family attorney Sean Alto.

Foltz died in March of last year after a big-little Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity event where he was given a bottle of alcohol. Investigators say he consumed in about 23 minutes.

At the criminal trial for 2 of the men facing charges, every witness testified that Foltz was never forced to drink the bottle. He was simply given it. Foltz died of alcohol poisoning and the coroner says Foltz had a blood-alcohol level of .394.

“The universities have to do more. they have to crack down on this very serious problem that they know about and only through their actions and their accountability will it put an end to the Friday and Saturday night problems,” said Alto.

The suit cites a 2019 report about this very event at this very fraternity saying the school knew about PIKE and what it did for years. The family says the school’s investigation into that was wholly inadequate and that if BGSU had adequately enforced its policy Stone would be alive today.

“They simply just haven’t done enough to address this very, very serious and deadly problem,” said Alto.

Alto says the family filed the suit to shine a light on the issue and show all schools that hazing needs to be addressed seriously so no more families have to suffer.

“Enough is enough. the leaders need to step up and so what’s right and put an end to this.” said Alto.

The full statement from BGSU on the lawsuit reads as follows:

“Stone Foltz’s death was a tragedy, and what his family has endured is unimaginable. However, this lawsuit is meritless and undermines our continued efforts to eradicate hazing. We are resolved in our legal position, and as a state-supported university, we will defend our community vigorously against this action. This will not deter our goal to continue to foster a community of care that serves our students and their families.”

You can read the lawsuit in its entirety below.

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Queer Field Trip is a new Vernon Family Resource Centre Pride Month program – Vernon News

Queer Field Trip is a new Vernon Family Resource Centre Pride Month program - Vernon News

New queer event

The Vernon Family Resource Centre is marking Pride Month with a new event.

June is Pride Month in Canada and the Queer Field Trip is the brainchild of the Vernon Family Resource Centre’s returning summer student Sara Goddu.

Queer Field Trip is a drop-in group that introduces people ages 13-18 to queer-friendly and inclusive spaces in Vernon. Those interested can follow @queerfieldtrip on Instagram and get in touch through direct messaging.

The group is free and does not require registration, just be at the right place at the right time.

“We believe that everyone should have access to places where they feel safe, seen, respected and represented. We want to introduce you to those places,” said Goddu.

The inaugural Queer Field Trip welcomed more than 15 attendees. The next event is planned for mid-July, with details posted to the Queer Field Trip Instagram page.

The VFRC is also re-launching Queer Family Game Night — an event founded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that will now return this summer.

The event welcomes adults, families and allies to enjoy an evening of games and conversation. The drop-in event takes place every third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Boarding House Cafe, 3101 B 31 Ave.

The VFRC is also sharing resources and information on the history of Pride Month, topics relating to the LGBTQ+ community and how best to be an ally.

The VFRC is a charitable, non-profit with the mission of “building a resilient community by empowering one child, one individual, one family at a time.”

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Father’s day events a success despite weather |

Father’s day events a success despite weather  |

This Sunday marks the day to thank dear old dad.

In Regina, the kite festival, various music festivals and father’s day specials at a number of restaurants were just part of the excitement.

Folks in the city of Saskatoon are spending the rainy day at the farmers market, the Prairie Lily, and at home, most importantly, with their family.

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“I remember the good points of my dad and hopefully some appreciation from my sons, and we might have a nice dinner tonight and that’s about it,” said Ian Parenteau, father.

The farmers market opened 10am to pm on Sunday, and they were offering a summer reading tent for kids.

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The Prairie Lily was booked solid for brunch and dinner.

“We’ve got a real family feel here, so there’s lots of little kids out there with their dads and on our brunch we had a lot of big kids with their dads, so really a family celebration today,” said Joan Steckhan, Prairie Lily Co-owner.

Steckhan says because of the drizzle, it was a good day to be out.

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“The rain, it’s so beautiful in the river valley just with this little drizzle, so the people that are joining us today are in for a real treat,” said Steckhan.

She says there’s been lots of families spending the day together, especially since this is the first fathers day they’ve been able to run in two years.

“It’s nice to be back for fathers day, the last two years we couldn’t sail on fathers day, so it’s nice to have all the dads back,” said Steckhan.

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Family Fishing Weekend to Kick Off Summer With Events : My Cariboo Now

Family Fishing Weekend to Kick Off Summer With Events : My Cariboo Now

For families looking to get outdoors during Father’s Day, they can now go to fishing events all weekend.

Fishing license requirements will be waived for all Canadian citizens that weekend, making it an affordable activity for all families.

“For the license, all of those are waived, unless you are fishing in classified waters or if you are fishing for species that require a surcharge, so something like sturgeon, or salmon, or Shuswap trout.” says Jessica Yarwood, Marketing Coordinator for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

“Something like that, you do still require the stamp.”

The fishing events will be taking place in Williams Lake on McLeese Lake on June 18th, starting at 7:00am, then Biffs Pond on June 19th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Each place will have different events and activities for people to participate in.

Yarwood says, if you don’t have any fishing equipment, then you can go to the Williams Lake Tourism Discovery Centre to borrow gear, but to call ahead to make sure they have stock.

For more information on fishing, you can visit the BC Family Fishing website here.

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Trudeau in London Sunday ahead of ‘Our London Family’ community events

Trudeau in London Sunday ahead of 'Our London Family' community events

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a stop in London, Ont. Sunday afternoon ahead of planned community events meant to honour the Afzaal family, ahead of the first anniversary of the deadly attack.

Early afternoon on Sunday, Trudeau participated in a roundtable discussion with students at Oakridge Secondary School. 

Later in the afternoon, London Mayor Ed Holder introduced Trudeau, who then took the stage at outside of Oakridge Secondary School to a crowd of approximately 2,000 people to talk about the memories of the Afzaal family and the dangers of Islamophobia. 

“We need to be there to clearly say this is unacceptable, this is wrong,” he said. “We also need to act.”

During the speech, Trudeau said it sent a strong message to see so many people in attendance at the rally, but there still is much more to do, but added that Canada’s diversity and openness is what makes Canada great.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped in London, Ont. on June 5, 2022 ahead of community events planned in honour of the Afzaal family, who were killed on June 6, 2021. The prime minister’s first stop was at Oakridge Secondary School where he met with youth organizers. (CTV)

“Canadians everywhere are with you because Islamophobia is not just an attack on Muslims — it’s an attack on all Canadians,” Trudeau said. 

Trudeau also spoke to the harm and divisiveness of disinformation, and said it’s up to us to speak up and call it out. He said that words matter because they lead to action, and action is what lead to thousands of people gathering at Oakridge Secondary School on Sunday for the Afzaal family.

“Words matter,” he said. “Words continue to matter.”

“We are all with you. We are all Muslims in Canada. We are all Afzaal family members in Canada,” Trudeau said near the end of his speech.

Following the conclusion of the speeches, there will be community-led march through the streets of London, beginning at Oakridge Secondary School and culminating at the London Muslim Mosque.

An estimated 2,000 people are in attendance at a rally at Oakridge Secondary School meant to honour the Afzaal family on June 5, 2022. (Nick Paparella/CTV News London)According to the City of London, there will be traffic impacts on Sunday ahead of the march.

Oxford Street between Hyde Park Road and Wonderland Road is now closed. There will also be no parking available at the school.

Four members of the Afzaal family were killed in what police call an alleged hate-motivated attack after a truck struck the family on June 6, 2021. Only a young boy survived the attack.

— With files from CTV News London’s Nick Paparella

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‘We want to honour the family’: Marking one year since the Afzaal tragedy

'We want to honour the family': Marking one year since the Afzaal tragedy

They promise to be solemn, heart-wrenching events, as London, Ont. prepares to mark the day four members of the Afzaal family were killed. A fifth member of the family, a young boy, suffered serious physical and emotional trauma.

Organizers hope the observances will help in the healing and further the discussion focused on ending hate. The accused is facing four counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder.

June 6 will mark one year since the deaths of Madiha Salman, 44, Salman Afzaal, 46, their daughter Yumna Afzaal, 15, and her grandmother, Talat Afzaal, 74. Fayaz, the son of Madiha and Salman, was 9-years-old at the time and suffered serious injuries.

The family was struck by a vehicle while on a sidewalk in what police have identified as a hate crime.

A number of events are planned, including a march Sunday afternoon from Oakridge Secondary School to the London Muslim Mosque, organized by the Youth Coalition Combating Islamophobia.

The ‘Our London Family’ memorial is being constructed at the corner of Hyde Park Road and South Carriage Road to honour the members of the Afzaal family who were killed and injured on June 6, 2021. (Gerry Dewan/CTV News London)

“I think there are really three things we want to accomplish this week,” said Nawaz Tahir from the Hikma Public Affairs Council.

“One, we want to honour the family and make sure we truly remember them. We want to provide the community another opportunity to heal and to grieve. And also take stock of where we’re at in terms of moving the needle in terms of making sure this doesn’t happen to another family or community again,” Tahir added.

There will be a series of events on Monday starting at 1 p.m. and culminating with a vigil at 6:30 p.m. at the newly constructed memorial plaza at the corner of Hyde Park Road and South Carriage Road, near where the tragedy occurred.

City of London officials say all events are being coordinated by members of the Muslim community and their allies, with support from the city.

“So a key part is having a place for these community conversations to happen, recognizing that the community is hurting and how to be part of building a safe and inclusive London for all. Responding to what they need is paramount,” said Elizabeth Peloza, Ward 12 councillor.

Tahir says the focus continues to be on remembering and honouring the Afzaal family, and told CTV News, “The reaction from Londoners — in particular, to be allies, stand up against hate — has been something that has really been heartwarming. I think there’s still a lot that can be done from a political perspective.”

“There’s a lot of change, and legislative change, that we can still accomplish,” Tahir added.

A full list of scheduled Our London Family events can be found on the City of London website

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Event: Family Fun Day: June 4 | Winkler Bible Camp

Event: Family Fun Day: June 4 | Winkler Bible Camp

Exciting Announcement! ⭐ Family Fun Day is JUNE 4! Visit Winkler Bible Camp for awesome camp activities, tasty food, and so much fun for your family and friends! Come for the whole day or just a few hours for the low price of $5.00/person. Plus, every guest receives 1 FREE hotdog! ⁠

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