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Five Years Ago Today We Said Goodbye #RehtaehParsons

Five years ago today I said goodbye to Rehtaeh for the last time. I picked her up from an appointment with a counsellor and drove her home to her mom's house in Cole Harbour. The trip took about twenty minutes and I replay it in my head always. I'm so grateful her last words to me were "I love you dad." As am I grateful my last words to her we [...]

2018-04-04T11:59:01+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Mental Health, Rehtaeh Parsons|Tags: , |7 Comments

Goodbye Ozzy #RehtaehParsons

Early this morning we said goodbye to our little guy, Ozzy. He was 13 years old. I first met Ozzy at the SPCA after I received a frantic call from Rehtaeh. She was 10 years old at the time and did volunteer work there. Someone abandoned a six month old pug and that was it. Rehtaeh was holding me to my word that some day I'd get a small dog. Ra [...]

2017-07-09T12:56:01+00:00July 9th, 2017|Categories: Rehtaeh Parsons|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Life is Tough; Get a Dog

Dispatches from Cyberspace are random writings about recent events, my life, and my much loved and missed daughter ~ Rehtaeh  Meet Alice This little girl is Alice. She's a three month old pug we've had now for two weeks. It's been a long time since I felt the smile muscles on my face hurt, but she gave me little choice. Ozzy (our other pug) [...]

2017-01-24T22:37:45+00:00January 24th, 2017|Categories: Dispatches|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Life is Tough; Get a Dog

Advance Harmony by Rehtaeh Parsons

Yesterday I went through Rehtaeh's artwork and collectibles. It was one of those rare times I was able to manage a smile when I looked back over her life. Usually it's just too hard and I hold off for a long time. Every piece has her voice, the sound of her steps as she runs to show me what she made. Every little crayon mark reminds me of a ti [...]

2016-12-18T11:59:23+00:00November 24th, 2016|Categories: Rehtaeh Parsons|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Advance Harmony by Rehtaeh Parsons

Jordon Veira’s Medical Fund

Jordan is one of the first people I met after we moved to Toronto. He's an amazing young man with an incredibly important future ahead of him. He's the kind of man you want next door, at work, in school, on the bus, and as a friend. You would love him as your son, your brother, and your friend. Right now, Jordan needs our help to get over a rough [...]

2016-11-20T10:12:39+00:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: Random Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Jordon Veira’s Medical Fund

My #Depression #mentalhealth

I admit this has been harder than I thought it would be. I know time heals and perhaps I'm too impatient, but so far healing has been a mirage. I'm glad we moved, but leaving my home since 1981 was sad in many ways. My wife was born in Halifax, so for her it's a whole life. Lately I've been on Google Street Views just to look around and think t [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:41+00:00October 8th, 2016|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

She Loved Life

When Katie Shoener lost her battle with mental health, her father Ed Shoener sat down and wrote her obituary. He eloquently penned that we "need to support and be compassionate to those with mental illness, every bit as much as we support those who suffer from cancer, heart disease or any other illness. Please know that Katie was a sweet, wonderf [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:41+00:00August 19th, 2016|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: , |1 Comment

‘Break the Silence’ by the Ngukkur #WhiteRibbon

With the help of White Ribbon Australia, the Ngukkur community in Arnhem Land is a finalist in this year's NT Song of the Year. The children in the video wrote 'Break the Silence' together. This is both an inspiring video to watch and share as well as a powerful message against violence. You can cast your vote here. They definitely deserve it! BR [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:43+00:00June 16th, 2016|Categories: Violence Against Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on ‘Break the Silence’ by the Ngukkur #WhiteRibbon


This is Ozzy. He's a pug who came into my life after a dozen frantic phone calls from Rehtaeh in March, 2006. Ozzy was brought into a local animal shelter after he was found wandering around outside alone. Rae held me to a promise I would get a small dog someday and  I was thrilled. Ozzy was only about 6 months old and we loved each other from tha [...]

2016-10-21T21:42:43+00:00June 11th, 2016|Categories: Rehtaeh Parsons|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ozzy
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