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    ... From: RUSSELL DIABO To: Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 8:28 AM Subject: Fw:
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      From: "RUSSELL DIABO" <rdiabo@...>
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      From: "Krista Brookes" <Krista.Brookes@...>
      To: "Krista Brookes" <Krista.Brookes@...>
      Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 9:37 AM
      Subject: Man arrested in Bernard death


      Grandson charged in Bernard death

      By CATHY von KINTZEL Truro Bureau
      Mon. Dec 31 - 2:33 PM

      Mi'kmaq activist Nora Bernard's body was found in her home early
      Thursday morning. (PETER DUFFY/Staff/File)

      James Douglas Gloade, the grandson of Nora Bernard, is charged in her
      murder. (Contributed)

      The 24-year-old grandson of Mi'kmaq activist Nora Bernard has been charged
      with first-degree murder in her death.

      "There was obvious blunt-force trauma to her face, and she had been stabbed
      in the upper body," Truro Police Chief David MacNeil told a Monday morning
      news conference.
      James Douglas Gloade has been charged in her death. He was crying as
      sheriff's deputies led him into Truro provincial court Monday morning.

      He hung his head and rubbed his face and eyes with his hands as Crown and
      defence attorneys agreed to adjourn his case to Jan. 7.

      He is being held in custody until then on an allegation that he breached
      conditions of a six-month conditional sentence handed to him in August for
      uttering a death threat against a man in Millbrook in February, 2006.

      Chief MacNeil said that Ms. Bernard's 32-year-old son, who lived with her,
      discovered her body shortly before 3 a.m. after returning home from visiting
      a friend.

      "He discovered his mother lying on the kitchen floor in her home," Chief
      MacNeil said. The son then called 911. Paramedics and police went to the

      "Unfortunately, Nora succumbed to her injuries and died at the scene."

      The chief called Ms. Bernard's death tragic and senseless.

      The family has asked that they not be contacted by the media, police said.

      Ms. Bernard's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart
      Roman Catholic Church in Millbrook.

      From the beginning, police called the death suspicious, although the family
      thought Ms. Bernard, 72, may have died from natural causes.

      Police announced Friday that foul play was suspected, but would not release
      any details of how Ms. Bernard died.

      The identity of the man in custody has not been released. More details are
      expected to be released today.

      Ms. Bernard was well known locally, provincially and federally for her fight
      for compensation for an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 surviving natives who
      endured widespread abuse and loss of culture at native residential schools
      across Canada.

      The church-run schools operated from the 1870s to the 1970s. A settlement
      reached within the past two years could result in payouts totalling $5


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