‘Heartbreaking’: Neighbour recalls trying to save 3-year-old Hamilton boy killed in fire

Hamilton police have taken over the investigation into Monday’s tragic house fire that claimed the life of a three-year-old boy on the west mountain.

Fire crews responded just after 10 a.m. to reports of heavy fire and smoke at a semi-detached house on Golden Orchard Drive, in the area of Garth Street and the Linc, in Hamilton.

Firefighters found the toddler after being told there was one person still inside the house. Cayden, 3, was pulled by firefighters from the basement of the home and was later pronounced dead.


Young child found dead in Hamilton mountain fire

“I went to the door and I heard the mother yelling for help. I ran over, she told me that her son was inside and I took a couple of steps in to see if I could do anything and the smoke was so thick I came out choking, coughing,” said Steve, a neighbour Global News has agreed to identify by first name alone.

“When I broke the window all the smoke and flames shot outside, there was nothing we could do —; no way to enter. It was helpless.”

“I have my own children, I can’t even think what it would be like to have a situation like that,” he added. “It’s heartbreaking for anyone.”

Steve Godden, another neighbour who watched the tragedy unfold, said he and his wife watched firefighters try to revive Cayden but then learned he had tragically passed away.

“It’s hard when you have children of your own too, you put yourself in that position and you can’t imagine how you would feel,” Godden said.

“To see it firsthand it hits home a little bit more and puts things into perspective.”

Neighbour Shelley Donovan said losing a child in such a tragic way was incomprehensible to her.

“I can’t imagine what the mom is going through,” she said. “To see her in the house and then try to run back and she couldn’t get down there.”

A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been set up to help the boy’s family with the cost of funeral expenses. As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, it had raised $1,745.

Cassandra Buckland, the organizer of the campaign and the boy’s cousin, said Cayden’s mother Susan is “an emotional wreck” after the tragic fire.

“Tragedy struck our family, Cayden (3) lost his little life on the morning of May 1 2017. Fire broke out in a basement apartment on Hamilton mountain and Cayden was not able to survive,” she said on the fundraising page.

“We are seeking help for funeral expenses and to help [the] family through. Anything is appreciated if you can help.”

Buckland said the fundraiser would cover the cost of the burial and a headstone and any remaining funds would be donated to the family.

“We thank everyone for their support it means more then words can express,” she said. “We are asking to respect us as we mourn and refrain from asking anything regarding to the case, let the police finish their investigation.”

An investigator with the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office was then called in to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Damages are to the house are estimated at $150,000.

Police said Tuesday morning they would not be releasing any further information at this time and have not provided any details yet on the suspected cause of the fire.

Hamilton Police are now leading the investigation into Monday’s fire which claimed the life of a three-year-old mountain boy.


Scouts Canada’s ‘Good Turn Week’ has Canadians paying it forward

From St. John’s to Vancouver scouts from across the country are demonstrating acts of kindness during Good Turn Week.

The Scouts Canada initiative calls on all Canadians to perform good deeds in their communities.

Kaitlyn Patterson, the Youth Council Commissioner of Quebec joined Global’s Laura Casella to encourage all Canadians to participate in the movement.



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    Patterson enrolled with Scouts Canada because of its diverse population, its inclusiveness and that its open to both males and females.

    Coincidentally, she started with Scouts Canada eight years ago, the same time that Good Turn Week launched.

    “We encourage Canadians to do a good turn daily,” said Patterson,

    “It encourages them to make a difference in their community, it fosters a sense of belonging and friendship.”

    Acts of kindness can range from opening doors for others to donating old clothes and toys to the less fortunate.

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    Patterson encourages others to perform any act of kindness that can make somebody’s day.

    “We seek to help the community and that Scouts Canada has a prominent eye,” said Patterson,

    “We want the youth in organization have a strong sense of belonging and ownership where they’re from.”

    Scouts Canada launched Good Turn week on April 29th and it will be running until May 7th.

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    While there are no official Scouts Canada event organized for Montreal, Patterson encouraged viewers to participate in Global News’ #GreaterMontrealDay happening on May 11.

May Day protesters mock Kendall Jenner Pepsi ad by throwing cans at police

May Day protesters in Portland and other American cities mocked a recent Pepsi commercial starring Kendall Jenner during marches to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration, labour and other policies on Monday.

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In Portland, police were forced to shut down a protest they said had become a riot and arrested more than two dozen people, after masked demonstrators threw smoke bombs, Molotov cocktails and cans of the popular soft drink at officers.

At least three people were arrested after anarchists smashed windows, set fires and vandalized police vehicles.

Earlier in the protest, a Portland Mercury reporter snapped a photo of a demonstrator attempting to hand riot police a can of Pepsi. Apparently the officer didn’t take it.

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May Day marchers in New York also tried to extend a figurative olive branch with a can of pop. Gothamist reported that the NYPD officer declined the can as well.

In Los Angeles, a demonstrator had a little more success passing a can to a police officer. Video shot by an alternative activist site captured the LAPD officer accepting the can before the protester began yelling and harassing him.

A May Day demonstrator in Los Angeles pokes fun at Pepsi and Kendall Jenner by handing LAPD officer a can of soda.

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The use of pop cans was a satirical response to a controversial commercial featuring model Kendall Jenner released by the soft drink giant last month, which was accused of being exploitative, appropriating Black Lives Matter and trivializing activist movements.

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The advertisement was pulled shortly after its release due to backlash on social media.

May Day demonstrations, celebrated as International Workers’ Day, were far more peaceful in other international cities, which saw protesters demanded better working conditions.

But the widespread protests in the United States were aimed directly at the new Republican president, who has followed up his aggressive anti-immigrant and anti-socialist rhetoric on the campaign trail with action in the White House.

-With files from The Associated Press.



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‘Operation ReLeaf’ set to dig in 1 year after devastating Fort McMurray wildfire

Thousands of people in Fort McMurray either have rebuilt or are rebuilding their homes after last year’s devastating wildfire, but one group is focused on restoring something more natural.

Tree Canada is spending $1 million to bring trees back to the city, as a part of Operation ReLeaf.



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    Paul Jorgenson, a spokesperson with the organization, said it’s going to be a massive undertaking.

    “This will be the single largest tree-planting initiative we’ve ever attempted in our organization’s history,” Jorgenson said. “It’s pretty ambitious.”

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    Seventy-thousand trees are planned for this year alone, in what will be a multi-year effort.

    “We’re already starting to lay the groundwork for 2018, and also, possibly, 2019 as well.”

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    The trees will not only be good for the environment, but will also help people heal, as the new trees will replace the ones that were burned.

    “Communities need parks and green space,” Jorgenson said. “They need this to help have a sense of normalcy, to return to everyday life.”

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    Jorgenson stated that while trees will grow back on their own, it’s a slow process and trees in the city often take more care to be properly rooted.

    For now, they just have to wait until the ground thaws, and then shovels can hit the ground.

Canadian celebrity chefs share their Mother’s Day brunch tips

Whether you grew up with the type of mom who made everything from scratch or one who had a more pragmatic take on cooking (who doesn’t love frozen pizza Fridays?), a Mother’s Day spread filled with all her favourite foods — and her kids — is the perfect way to say, “Thanks, Mom.”


Brunch is always a crowd-pleaser, mainly because of the opportunity it presents to serve both savoury and sweet foods, not to mention cocktails. (A Google Trends search consistently shows its rising popularity, with spikes in the springtime around Easter and Mother’s Day.) Although most urban centres are bursting with brunch spots, nothing beats the intimacy of hosting a brunch at home.

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This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a truly special brunch with tips from some of Canada’s most renowned celebrity chefs.

For a health-conscious brunch

Chef Roger Mooking, host of Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food, wants to treat his wife to a special brunch while observing her fitness goals.

“My mother lives in Alberta and won’t be visiting us for Mother’s Day, but my wife deserves the golden treatment,” he says. “She’s been on a fitness transformation for the last year and has achieved every single marker to date, and she has set a new goal that will be in very full swing for this Mother’s Day.”

As such, Mooking is planning a tasty yet health-conscious meal that includes lean proteins, cooked vegetables and whole-grain carbohydrates.

Grilled steak with grilled or fresh vegetables and complex carbohydrates makes for a delicious and health-conscious brunch.

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“I’m thinking that raw shaved Brussels sprouts and grilled broccoli rabe [rapini] with lemon and chili is in order,” he says. “For the proteins, it will be grilled flank or skirt steak rubbed with blackening spice, and cooked over open fire using natural lump-wood charcoal.”

Less-experienced cooks can simplify this meal by serving a fresh salad with a mixture of lettuces and vegetables to pair with the grilled meat. If you’re opting for a buffet-style brunch, slice the meat and put it in a serving dish so guests can easily help themselves. Add some complex carbohydrates like roasted sweet potatoes or brown rice.

While it’s not recommended to eat red meat daily, moderate consumption is fine, experts say.

For a spring-themed brunch

“Half of cooking is curating,” says chef Craig Harding, host of TLN’s The Chef’s Bar and owner of Campagnolo in Toronto.

The idea behind Mother’s Day, Harding says, is to spend time with your mom, so don’t try anything too elaborate that will require last-minute attention. He advises choosing fresh, in-season ingredients that are packed with flavour and won’t require too much fuss.

“If you’re serving eggs, opt for a frittata that can be assembled the night before and popped into the oven in the morning,” he says. “Add in springtime ingredients like green or white asparagus, fresh peas or ramps.”

Infuse simple, make-ahead dishes with fresh, in-season ingredients like asparagus, strawberries and peas.

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He also recommends a light pasta, like spaghetti tossed with lemon juice and butter, and topped off with shaved parmesan. For dessert, he says the season’s fresh fruits, like strawberries and rhubarb, are perfect as a stand-alone ending to the meal.

“Topped with lime juice, icing sugar and fresh mint, they’re the perfect Mother’s Day flavours,” he says.

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“By doing some research on the freshest ingredients and some good shopping ahead of time, it’ll make your life easier and your brunch successful.”

For a decadent brunch

Splurging on a meal can, in many ways, be the best way to spend money: it satisfies your visceral appetite, while sharing it with others feeds your soul. Or at least that’s how chef Rob Gentile, owner of the Buca restaurants in Toronto, sees it.

“I love to splurge on ingredients that I wouldn’t use every day, like truffles and caviar,” he says. “And for these occasions, I’m not too shy to open a bottle of champagne.”

Splurge on decadent ingredients like caviar, and don’t be afraid to pop open some champagne, Gentile says.

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For him, indulgence is the word of the day.

“For brunch, make a soft scramble and add some caviar or fresh-shaved truffles [which are in season now] with some burrata cheese,” he says. “If you play with wonderful, special ingredients, your dish will taste great.”

On the same note, chef Mark McEwan, host of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, says to put an indulgent spin on a classic Canadian ingredient: lobster.

“For Mother’s Day, I like to elevate classic dishes to give them a wow-factor — everything should be indulgent,” he says. “Nothing beats Canadian lobster and it’s cooked perfectly when poached in butter.”

Chef McEwan’s ‘indulgent’ lobster Florentine.

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He pairs it with runny poached eggs and shaved truffle on top of garlic brioche and sauteed spinach for an upscale Canadian take on eggs Florentine.

“Once plated, everything looks stunning, and it really is a memorable, standout meal,” he says.

Some tips on decor

When it comes to sprucing up your home for Mother’s Day, nature is in your favour.

“Seasonality means you have lots of beautiful fresh blooms to choose from, like tulips, flowering branches, lilacs and peonies — it doesn’t get much simpler,” says Becky De Oliveira, owner of Blush and Bloom Flower Studio in Toronto.

Coordinating your flowers to a label on a wine bottle is an interesting way to showcase both.

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For table arrangements, go for an unscented floral, like tulips, that won’t interfere with the aromas of your food. And if you have allergy-prone guests, go for plants or pussy willow branches, or decorate with colourful napkins and candles (also unscented).

An interesting new decor trend is matching florals to wine.

“You can pair floral wines with flowers, matching the notes in the wine to your blooms,” De Oliveira says. “Or match the label of your wine bottle to a floral arrangement. It’s an interesting way to display both together.”

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