Grimsby dev­as­tated af­ter two peo­ple from the town die in B.C. ski ac­ci­dent

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES/ NEWS -

GRIMSBY, Ont. (CP) — A close-knit south­ern On­tario com­mu­nity mourned Satur­day in cof­fee shops and hockey are­nas as word spread that two mem­bers of the town lost their lives in a ski­ing ac­ci­dent in Bri­tish Columbia.

“They’re pretty much in shock. I think the re­al­ity of it has be­gun to sink in and now we’re just try­ing to cope with it, try­ing to un­der­stand,” said a stunned Ken Wat­son, man­ager of the Grimsby Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, as he de­scribed how the deaths of Steve Babb, 47, and Sam Vogl, 17, have rocked the small town.

Babb, his son Colin, 16, and the teen’s friend, Vogl took to the slopes Thurs­day af­ter­noon at Revelstoke Moun­tain Re­sort in B.C.’s in­te­rior when they de­cided to go off the groomed path.

They skied to the base of a steep, icy in­cline, and tried to walk up it, but in­stead fell, slid­ing 100 me­tres be­fore go­ing over a cliff.

RCMP said Colin was the only sur­vivor, but he suf­fered a bro­ken an­kle dur­ing the fall.

The fright­ened teenager man­aged to make a call from a cell­phone he had with him.

“He was calm enough to make the ap­pro­pri­ate calls and stay on the line to our com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­tre peo­ple, but he’s also a 16year-old boy that just went through a dev­as­tat­ing, scary event,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Jac­quie Olsen, as she de­scribed the teen’s com­po­sure dur­ing the har­row­ing in­ci­dent.

While fam­ily mem­bers were in B.C. Satur­day deal­ing with the dev­as­tat­ing loss and wait­ing for Colin to have surgery, Wat­son said friends back home were talk­ing, as they tried to make sense of what hap­pened.

“Peo­ple are just sort of con­gre­gat­ing,” said Wat­son. The hockey arena in this quiet town near St. Catharines, where Colin Babb and Vogl grew up play­ing the game, was full of peo­ple shar­ing sto­ries.

Wat­son said Vogl was a pop­u­lar leader in his peer group, and worked on the stu­dent coun­cil at Grimsby District Secondary School.

Face­book tributes poured out for Babb and Vogl, as thou­sands of mem­bers wrote their con­do­lences on the page and oth­ers posted pho­tos of a smil­ing Vogl dressed up in cos­tume.

“He was the kind of friend that never let you down, who was al­ways there for you, and when­ever you weren’t do­ing so good he would make you smile,” San­toy Mck­enly wrote in an email about his friend, Vogl.

Mck­enly said Vogl was one of the first to make him feel wel­come when he started at the school.

“Sam Vogl was the guy who in­stantly made friends with me, from then on we be­came best friends. When I was told about the ac­ci­dent it ab­so­lutely broke my heart,” Mck­enly said. “Just think­ing of it makes me cry.”

Alan­nah Mor­ton-Reeve, who also went to school with Vogl, said the teen had a great sense of hu­mour.

“ There was one thing that every­one new about him and that is that he was al­ways a happy guy and had the big­gest smile. He would light up the faces of every­one around him and he was al­ways so pos­i­tive,” Mor­ton-Reeve wrote in an email, as she re­mem­bered how Vogl lifted school spir­its by dress­ing up as Santa Claus one day. VAN­COU­VER — A vast net­work of se­cu­rity cam­eras set up for the Win­ter Olympics doesn’t go on line of­fi­cially un­til to­day, but it’s al­ready nabbed its first mis­cre­ant.

The ap­pre­hen­sion of the ap­par­ently hap­less drunk has po­lice crow­ing about the ef­fi­ciency of the cam­eras.

But pri­vacy watch­dogs have been ner­vous about the un­prece­dented de­ploy­ment of elec­tronic sur­veil­lance in Canada and sought as­sur­ances the cam­eras will be gone as quickly as the ath­letes af­ter the Games.

More than a thou­sand new closed-cir­cuit cam­eras will be in place mon­i­tor­ing the bound­aries of Olympic venues and spots in Van­cou­ver and Whistler where crowds will gather.

That doesn’t in­clude ex­ist­ing cam­eras in­side venues such as BC Place sta­dium and Canada Hockey Place, oth­ers al­ready mounted in down­town build­ings and a hand­ful of cam­eras con­trolled by the B.C. gov­ern­ment at their Rob­son Square cel­e­bra­tion venue.

The sheer num­ber of them pales in com­par­i­son to the thou­sands keep­ing an eye on Bri­tish TORONTO (CP) — Start­ing Mon­day driv­ers in On­tario could be pay­ing a price for tex­ting friends, pick­ing up a cell­phone to call the boss or brows­ing through song selections on mp3 play­ers.

Driv­ers can be for­given for think­ing On­tario’s so-called dis­tracted driver law was al­ready in ef­fect — cit­i­zens, but it’s by far the largest con­cen­tra­tion of state-con­trolled cam­eras in any ju­ris­dic­tion in Canada.

“I guess our con­cern has re­mained more the use of cam­eras af­ter the Olympics rather than dur­ing the Olympics,” says Jim Bur­rows, a spokesman for the B.C. In­for­ma­tion and Pri­vacy Com­mis­sion.

“There cer­tainly is this con­cern about this legacy of cam­eras and what plans for them will be.”

But the net­works’ op­er­a­tors — and it has been, since Oc­to­ber — but as of 12:01 a.m. Mon­day the grace pe­riod ends and any­one caught break­ing the law will be slapped with a $155 fine.

But if a driver chal­lenges that ticket in court the judge has the dis­cre­tion to knock it down to as low as $60 or boost it to up to $500. Sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion has been in ef­fect in Bri­tish Columbia since Jan. 1, but start­ing Mon­day driv­ers in that there are two — have tried to re­as­sure the B.C. com­mis­sion and its fed­eral coun­ter­part that this isn’t a back-door at­tempt to set up a Bri­tish-style Big Brother sys­tem.

Chantel Bernier, as­sis­tant pri­vacy com­mis­sioner of Canada, whose of­fice has ju­ris­dic­tion over the ISU cam­eras, says it’s been promised the cam­eras will come down once the Games are over.

“Cer­tainly we will en­sure that does oc­cur and we will con­tinue the di­a­logue with them to en­sure that does oc­cur,” she says.

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