Funeral home fusillade; Sharon McGarry fires back

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by Tyler Dawson on December 17, 2014

Sharon McGarry is currently in the midst of a legal battle with her ex-husband Brian McGarry. File photo

Sharon McGarry is currently in the midst of a legal battle with her ex-husband Brian McGarry.
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In the ongoing legal feud among members of the McGarry family, Sharon McGarry has said in court documents that Brian McGarry’s allegations are part of an “abusive, ill-founded and highly prejudicial attempt to regain control of the companies…”

“His motion is brought forth in bad faith and is unfortunately in keeping with Brian’s behaviour in the last few years, which has been extremely erratic, confrontational and detrimental to the McGarry Group,” the affidavit states. “The granting of the conclusions sought by Brian would be devastating for the continuous operation and financial stability of the Wakefield Crematorium.”

Brian McGarry is embroiled in lawsuits filed in both Ontario and Quebec involving his ex-wife, Sharon McGarry, and their son, Brett McGarry. At stake is the future of Wakefield Crematorium, whose sole shareholder, according to Sharon McGarry’s affidavit, is the Brian McGarry Family Trust, the beneficiaries of which are Brett McGarry and Erin McGarry, Brian and Sharon’s children. The dispute also deals with Brian McGarry’s dismissal from Hulse, Playfair & McGarry last January, a company he helped build over several decades. Sharon McGarry is the president of the company, and Brett McGarry is a director, while Brian McGarry remains president of McGarry Family Ltd., the parent company.

These details are the latest gleaned from an affidavit filed by Sharon McGarry in Quebec Superior Court in November.

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Cantley loses 80 daycare spots

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by Anastasia Philopoulos on December 17, 2014

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CPE Vallée Sourire in Kazabazua celebrates Halloween in March during a week of celebrations during March Break this past year. File photo

They giveth and they can taketh away.

Before she could even approach municipal council with her plans of building a brand new daycare in Cantley, Sylvie Grenier, Executive Director of CPE Zamizou in Gatineau, had to abandon her dream of a second location because of changes to a provincial pledge.

“We were suppose to open the new building around September 2015,” Grenier told the Low Down. “But we had to let go of the project.”

In early 2013, former Quebec Premier Pauline Marois announced 15,000 new daycare spaces. According to Grenier, her government-subsidized non-profit daycare (CPE) was promised 80 spots. The Liberal government delayed the project after the elections, and Grenier’s expansion plans were pushed back until 2018-19.=

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2% tax bump in La Pêche

December 17, 2014

Residents of La Pêche will see a two per cent tax increase in 2015, thanks to a drop in revenues for the municipality, according to the budget, which was adopted at municipal council on Dec. 15. “I would have much preferred not having to increase the taxes, definitely, but I think that we’ve done very […]

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Stranded loon causes flap, inspires daring rescue; goose deserts feathered friend

December 10, 2014

The plan may have sounded crazy – walk out on early-winter ice to rescue a stranded bird – and in the end, it was loon-acy that inspired the rescue. “I’m ecstatic, this, for me, is the ultimate exhilaration,” said Celine Perrier, who helped out with the rescue. “This is a complete natural high for me, […]

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Up the line not online

December 10, 2014

John Urban has stopped checking Facebook, not because he wants to disconnect from the virtual world, but rather because he’s trying to stay connected to it. “My friends in the city with cheap internet, they post videos that [stream] automatically while I’m browsing through Facebook,” Urban explained. “I can’t handle all these videos that cost […]

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Edelweisser in Ebola Africa

December 10, 2014

On the ground in West Africa, fighting against the deadly Ebola outbreak, the minute you stop being scared of the virus, it’s time to head home, says Luc Alary, a Canadian Red Cross emergency response officer. Alary, who lives in Edelweiss, is on the other side of the globe, helping co-ordinate the response to fighting […]

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Bad timing in McGarry feud’s newest twist

December 3, 2014

  In the midst of a bitter legal feud with his son and ex-wife, Brian McGarry is facing a health scare – and his company health insurance will be revoked. “Yeah, it’s pretty sad,” Brian McGarry, 71, said. “They just decided I don’t need the extra health insurance like every other employee has. It’s a […]

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Move over Metrosexuals … the Lumbersexuals are here

December 3, 2014

Hey you sitting in that beat up Chevy, with your flannel shirt covered in dirt, steel-toe work boots, and scruffy beard. Did you know that you’re in high fashion these days? I know, right? Back in the day, metrosexuals ruled urban centres with their clean shaven faces, skinny ties, and even skinnier jeans. These days, […]

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Steam Train plan chugs along

December 3, 2014

Tourists and Wakefielders alike could see a smaller and locally operated version of the steam train up and running by 2016. “We’re the only project so far that has an operator interested in their proposal,” said Marc Fournier to the sound of applause. One of three projects currently being considered by la Compagnie de chemin de […]

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Poutines and pints

November 26, 2014

When Yann Jodoin was born in the tiny Quebec town of Howick, he was brought home to the pub – which is to say, the apartment above the bar that his parents owned. When he was 16, Jodoin started bartending for his father, and when he was 18 he opened up a pub in Saint […]

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