Archive for September 26, 2014




26 September 2014

“Good morning Chuck. How was yesterday?”

“Fantastic, My lady friend and I went to Cornwall. We rented a boat and rode around the St. Lawrence River for an hour an a half. I haven’t had so much fun in a long time. My lady friend was surprised that I even knew how to drive a boat, but I’ve done that for years. My brother had a houseboat on the river. I was always driving that.

“I spent too much time on my feet. I woke up at 2:00 last night and couldn’t get back to sleep. My leg was throbbing something fierce.”

I asked, “Don’t you have Advil, or something like that for pain.”

“No, I’ve been in pain since I was fifteen years old. I’ve never taken anything for it, except alcohol. If I drank enough it would put me to sleep. When I lived at home, if I complained about pain, my father would bat me across the room.”

I said, “I guess you’ve heard about the fifteen year old aboriginal girl who was murdered, then thrown in the river.

(By:  Steve Lambert The Canadian Press, Published on Thursday September 25 2014.)

Winnipeg police confirmed that two officers came across Tina Fontaine when they pulled over a vehicle on Aug. 8 — the day before she disappeared and more than a week before her body was pulled from the Red River. Fontaine had already been reported missing more than a week earlier, but was not taken into custody at the traffic stop…

Fontaine had spent much of her life with her great-aunt, Thelma Favel, on the Sagkeeng First Nation, 75 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. She had a history of running away and went to Winnipeg about a month before her death to visit her biological mother.

Favel had asked a child welfare agency for help with Fontaine and said Thursday social workers failed her. The girl was supposed to be in a group home or foster home, but had run away and had not been seen for more than a week.

Favel said social workers have told her that on the night of Aug. 8 — which would be a few hours after police came across Fontaine — the girl had passed out in an alley downtown and paramedics took her to a nearby hospital.

“They kept her there for about three or four hours until she sobered up a little bit and then (social workers) picked her up from the hospital.”

That appears to have been the last time she was seen alive. Fontaine managed to run away again shortly after leaving the hospital, Favel said.

“Yeah, I’ve heard quite a bit about that. Young girls, especially those in foster care, are so vulnerable. I remember a couple of kids who played with my kids. Their mother was a drunk and her boyfriend was even worse. One time the boy came over with both hands wrapped in bandages. He said that he had fallen and scraped his hands. Later we learned that the boyfriend, as a means of punishment, would force the boy’s hands onto a hot stove burner.

“One time when I was at the laundromat I saw a pretty little girl, about nine years old, with some old puke. That’s what I thought of him at the time. I figured something wasn’t right. I stepped out for a few minutes and I heard him say, ‘Don’t worry, that old fart doesn’t know what we’re doing.’ I phoned social services anonymously and told them what I suspected. They kept asking my name, but I said, “There’s no way I’m giving my name. If it goes to court, I could be sued for everything I own, not that I owned very much. I expected that they’d send a case worker down, but nobody came.”