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Following Jesuit revelations, victims stress ‘this cannot continue to happen’

DISCLAIMER: This article contains a detailed discussion of child sexual abuse.

The release of a list of Jesuit priests accused of sexually abusing minors in Canada sent shockwaves through some schools and communities – and prompted survivors to tell their own stories.

The religious order made the list public on Monday, as part of an attempt to be more transparent and accountable.

“It can’t keep happening,” said Bob Lemieux, who was a 12-year-old boarder in his preparatory year at Loyola High School in Montreal in 1957-58.

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The Jesuits of Canada publish the list of priests accused of sexual abuse

During that year, he alleges that Father George Epoch forcibly kissed him.

“What Epoch did to me ruined a lot of my life,” said Lemieux, 77, who now lives outside Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“I grew up in a man’s body and did a lot of things, but mentally there were a lot of things I never got out of.”

Epoch is one of 27 priests appointed by the Jesuits.

The list, released on Monday, is the result of an audit the religious order began in 2020 that looked at allegations of abuse by members dating back to the 1950s.

Many of the priests were repeatedly transferred to schools and communities across the country, from Alberta to Newfoundland.

CBC News has not independently verified the allegations against the priests, many of whom died. Read the full story here.

World struggles to predict financial fallout from California bank collapse

People line up outside a bank in Wellesley, Mass.

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Customers line up outside a branch of Silicon Valley Bank in Wellesley, Mass., on Monday. The Silicon Valley Bank implosion will inevitably have an impact on global finance, writes CBC’s Don Pittis. The question is whether it will be big or small. Read his analysis here.

In short

Joy Thompson dreams of reuniting her family and having her daughters finally join her in Canada. She came here in 2004 as a domestic worker to help support her children and send them to school in the Philippines. When Thompson’s boss introduced her to the owners of a Toronto-based employment agency in late 2018, Thompson felt the dream of bringing her two daughters to Canada was finally about to come true. His daughters, Aubrey and April Nuval, worked as nurses in the United Arab Emirates. Thompson jumped at the chance when Rose and Bert Smith, co-owners of Apex Connection Corp., told him they could help them get Canadian visas. But nearly five years later, her daughters remain in the United Arab Emirates, after their arrangement with the agency turned into a dispute and the family was left without recourse. Read more about this story here.

The shortage of early childhood educators that threatens Canada’s $10-a-day child care program cannot be solved simply by expanding training opportunities, according to a range of people working in the sector. Child care centers across the country are so understaffed now that they are turning away parents looking for spaces. The situation raises questions about the viability of the federal government’s plan to add 250,000 new child care spaces by 2026, when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national program is expected to be in full swing. Advocates for child care workers say improving wages and working conditions are the most crucial ingredient in tackling what some are calling a staffing crisis. Learn more here.

There’s a lot of talk these days about an increased role for private health care clinics in Canada, prompted in part by Prime Minister Doug Ford’s plans to dramatically increase the number of surgeries performed at private clinics. lucrative in Ontario. Despite promises from Ford and others that it will streamline services and fix long wait times, healthcare professionals interviewed by CBC News say there are nuances and that such happy results don’t are not confirmed by the data. In fact, data from British Columbia and other countries suggests that private, for-profit surgery clinics will likely increase the real cost to taxpayers and could worsen wait times at Ontario hospitals. Read the full story here.

Toronto singer The Weeknd now has the second-most Juno awards of all time, after winning album of the year at Monday night’s ceremony hosted by actor Simu Liu. The Canadian music awards show handed out five awards throughout the evening: TikTok Juno Fan Choice Award, Album of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Album/ Rap EP of the Year and Contemporary R&B Recording of the Year. The show also included Nickelback’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in Canada. But an early incident nearly overshadowed the rest of the event. Pop-punk star Avril Lavigne took home the final award of the night, the TikTok Juno Fans’ Choice Award, alluding in her speech to a bizarre moment earlier in the ceremony when a topless protester appeared on stage behind her. Read the full story here.

Now here is some good news to start your Tuesday: Logan Ferriss of Windsor, Ont. had a dream come true last week. He battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia for 12 of his 13 years. Last week, the avid hockey player signed a one-day contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins and skated with his idols thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “When we arrived I was really nervous,” Ferriss said in a video posted by the Penguins. “And when we sat down and talked to them, I noticed they were just normal guys. It was a lot of fun.” Learn more about his story here.

First Person: I was a reluctant hockey mom. This is how my disdain for the game turned into pride

Edmontonian Jocelyn Crocker didn’t like hockey from a young age and didn’t understand her son’s desire to play the sport. Read his column here.

Front Burner: Fallout from the Silicon Valley Bank Collapse

Today on front burnerDo the measures taken to contain the damage caused by the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank amount to a government bailout?

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Today in History: March 14

1868: Emily Murphy, the first female judge in the British Empire, was born in Cookstown, Ontario. In 1916, Murphy was appointed police judge for Edmonton, then for Alberta. She was one of the “Famous Five” women who led the battle to have women declared corporate “persons” under the British North America Act. Their 1929 victory before the British Privy Council allowed women to be appointed as senators.

1879: Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany.

1899: New Brunswick business legend KC Irving was born in Bouctouche.

1950: Albert Guay was sentenced in Quebec to be hanged for the murder of his wife, who was among 23 people killed when a bomb exploded aboard a Canadian Pacific Airlines plane in September 1949.

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