MONTREAL – The death of a 12-year-old girl after she was struck by a hockey puck has prompted a Quebec coroner to ask the province to study the possibility of installing protective nets in all arenas.The accident occurred April 1, 2017, while Annie Alaku-Papigatuk was watching a hockey game in Salluit, a community in northern Nunavik.She was sitting in the second row around the middle of the rink where there was no protective net when a puck struck her in the head near her right eyebrow.A report by coroner Steeve Poisson says the young girl started crying, but did not lose consciousness. The girl said she was OK and able to walk and an adult who was with her applied a snow-filled bag to her head.Alaku-Papigatuk was accompanied home where she later complained of a headache and started to vomit.The following morning, her father noticed she wasn’t breathing and took her to the local health centre where medical personnel tried unsuccessfully to revive her.An autopsy later revealed Alaku-Papigatuk died as a result of the head injury caused by the puck.Poisson says a protective net around the perimeter of the arena would probably have saved the girl’s life.He has recommended that Quebec’s department of education, leisure and sport study the effectiveness of installing netting in all hockey arenas in Quebec.
Toronto police say they believe they’ve found the body of a 45-year-old woman who went missing in a wooded area.Det. Anthony Paeletta says they found the body today around 9 a.m. in Crothers Woods Trail in the city’s midtown.Const. Allyson Douglas Cook says Stella Wong was last seen on the trail while on a hike with a male companion around 7 p.m. on Sunday.She says the man reported her disappearance to police, but Cooks says she’s not sure how the two became separated.Cooks says the force’s mounted unit, along with search dogs, drones and officers were part of the search.Paeletta says they won’t know the cause of death until an autopsy is conducted.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — A film about the killing of a young Indigenous man in Saskatchewan has won a top prize at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.Tasha Hubbard’s “nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up” has won the best Canadian feature documentary award, which comes with a $10,000 cash prize.The film, which opened the festival, is about the case of Colten Boushie.The 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation was shot to death after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm property near Biggar, Sask., in 2016.Last year, a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally as he was trying to scare off young people on his property.The Hot Docs jury said the film “has created a lasting document that brings together past and future to illuminate oppression and resilience.”Other Hot Docs award winners announced Friday night include Matt Gallagher’s “Prey,” which won a $5,000 special jury prize for its look at a sexual abuse survivor who takes on the Catholic church in an Ontario court.The emerging Canadian filmmaker award, which comes with a $3,000 cash prize, went to Emily Gan for “Cavebirds.”Pailin Wedel’s “Hope Frozen” won the $10,000 best international feature documentary award.The $50,000 Rogers Audience Award for best Canadian documentary will be announced as the festival wraps on Sunday.The Canadian Press