Sackville dog saves cat from storm drain

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

The mil­i­tary says five men in­volved in a filmed con­fronta­tion at an In­dige­nous cer­e­mony in Halifax are mem­bers of the Cana­dian Armed Forces, and any mis­con­duct will be ad­dressed.

The men ap­proached a spir­i­tual event hon­our­ing the suf­fer­ing of In­dige­nous Peo­ples on Canada Day, at a statue of Halifax’s con­tro­ver­sial founder, Ed­ward Corn­wal­lis.

The group of men were clad in black polo shirts with yellow pip­ing — one of them car­ry­ing a Red En­sign Flag — as they ap­proached singing “God Save the Queen,” ac­cord­ing to one Mi’kmaq or­ga­nizer.

The Cana­dian Red En­sign, which bears the Union Jack in the cor­ner, was the na­tional flag un­til it was re­placed by the Maple Leaf de­sign in 1965.

Na­tional De­fence spokesman Daniel Le­Bouthillier con­firmed Tues­day that five Forces mem­bers were in­volved in the in­ci­dent, at least two of whom be­long to the Navy.

Com­man­ders of the Cana­dian Army and Navy re­leased a joint state­ment Tues­day say­ing that the chain of com­mand “takes ac­tion” when a mem­ber’s con­duct is not in keep­ing with mil­i­tary code.

“The ac­tions of a few do not re­flect the Royal Cana­dian Navy and Cana­dian Army com­mit­ment to be­ing in­clu­sive and di­verse or­ga­ni­za­tions,” Vice-Ad­mi­ral Ron Lloyd and Lt.-Gen. Paul Wyn­nyk said in a Face­book post.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some of our sailors and sol­diers have not ... made the nec­es­sary mind shift that leads to deep in­sti­tu­tional change.”

Lloyd and Wyn­nyk said they are con­fi­dent that com­mand teams in the Navy and Army Rear Ad­mi­ral John New­ton, Com­man­der of MARLANT and JTF At­lantic, ar­rives to speak with re­porters at HMC Dock­yard in Halifax on Tues­day. The mil­i­tary says five men in­volved in a filmed con­fronta­tion at an In­dige­nous cer­e­mony in Halifax are mem­bers of the Cana­dian Armed Forces, and any mis­con­duct will be ad­dressed.

know “what right looks like,” and said their ac­tions will not be shared on so­cial me­dia un­less re­quired.

Corn­wal­lis, as gov­er­nor of Nova Sco­tia, founded Halifax in 1749, and soon af­ter is­sued a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps in re­sponse to an at­tack on colonists.

A video of the Canada Day in­ci­dent at the Corn­wal­lis statue shows five men in­ter­act­ing with spec­ta­tors at the cer­e­mony.

“This is a one of the Bri­tish men colony,” says in

the video. “You’re rec­og­niz­ing the her­itage and so are we.”

In the video, one of the spec­ta­tors ap­pears to hold an up­side-down Cana­dian flag, which some­one im­plies has been marked with the word “de­col­o­nize.”

Asked if the group is as­so­ci­ated with an or­ga­ni­za­tion, one of the men in the video says, “The Proud Boys, Mar­itime chap­ter.”

The Proud Boys Cana­dian Chap­ters Face­book page says they are “a fra­ter­nal

or­ga­ni­za­tion of West­ern Chau­vin­ists who will no longer apol­o­gize for cre­at­ing the mod­ern world” and do not dis­crim­i­nate on the ba­sis of race or sex­u­al­ity.

A wit­ness to the in­ter­ac­tion says the men kept their voices down as the cer­e­mony con­tin­ued and left af­ter about 10 min­utes with lit­tle in­ci­dent.

A spokesper­son for De­fence Min­is­ter Har­jit Sa­j­jan said he has been made aware of the claim and his of­fice is fol­low­ing it closely.

A Sackville dog is be­ing hailed as a lo­cal hero by some area res­i­dents af­ter dis­cov­er­ing a miss­ing cat in a storm drain.

Ghost the cat eluded cap­ture for six weeks, un­til Cashew the dog spot­ted him in­side a man­hole on the cor­ner of Char­lotte and Lans­downe streets.

“We were on a walk,” said dog owner, Shelly Co­lette, “and Cash sud­denly stopped and wouldn’t move. I looked down, and thought, holy crow! That’s that miss­ing cat!”

Co­lette con­tacted Ghost’s owner, Sackville res­i­dent Izzy Fran­col­ini, while the dog stood guard.

“I ran over as fast as I could,” said Fran­col­ini, “Ghost has got­ten out be­fore. He had orig­i­nally been liv­ing in the walls and vents of a friend’s house. It took them a month to catch him. His name sadly suits him. I hon­estly wasn’t sure he’d ever come home.”

While Fran­col­ini waited for the town works crew to ar­rive, lo­cal res­i­dents re­sponded with sup­port, bring­ing sun­screen, bug re­pel­lent, food, and a rain­coat. A neigh­bour even charged her cell­phone.

The town works crew broke open the man­hole cover, but with no sight of Ghost in sev­eral hours, Fran­col­ini de­cided to try again the fol­low­ing day.

Walk­ing by later that night, Mea­gan Cha­put heard Ghost me­ow­ing. Fran­col­ini and a friend, Ali Louwagie, rushed right over.

“We were there an­other hour, then we heard me­ow­ing. We man­aged to tempt his head out of the pipe just enough for me to grab him by the scruff and pull him out,” said Fran­col­ini.

“I’m so happy to have my soft son cozy at home again. Bless ev­ery­one for help­ing. Bless Cashew, the sweet­est res­cue pup.”

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