Community Reeling From Tragic Loss of Local Couple in Helicopter Accident

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Kapuskasing – The search for the helicopter carrying Jody and Nicole Blais ended in tragedy yesterday when the crash site was located in a wooded area west of Timmins. The tragedy has united Kapuskasing and area residents in grief according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes and Mushkegowuk-James Bay MPP, Guy Bourgouin.

“We share in the grief and sorrow which is being felt over the tragic deaths of Jody and Nicole Blais,” said Hughes.  “Like so many others, we want to extend our deepest sympathy to the Blais family, friends, colleagues, and their community during this difficult time of mourning.”

The elected representatives say the week that passed since Nicole and Jody went missing was an extremely trying time for the family and those who were involved in the search for their missing helicopter.

“We express our utmost appreciation and thank everyone who was involved in the search and rescue operation,” said Bourgouin. “We truly appreciate all the support and resources provided by the provincial, federal and municipal governments, as well as the unwavering efforts and determination of all those involved in the community volunteer group and people who supported these efforts.”

“Jody and Nicole were pillars of their community and will be deeply missed.  We offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and all those who were touched by this tragedy,” said both Members.

 

COMMUNAUTÉ ÉBRANLÉE PAR LE DÉCÈS TRAGIQUE D’UN COUPLE LOCAL DANS UN ACCIDENT D’HÉLICOPTÈRE

Kapuskasing – Les recherches de l’hélicoptère transportant Jody et Nicole Blais ont eu un dénouement tragique hier, le lieu de l’écrasement ayant été localisé dans un secteur boisé à l’ouest de Timmins. Selon la députée d’Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, Carol Hughes, et le député provincial de Mushkegowuk—Baie James, Guy Bourgouin, la tragédie a réuni dans le deuil les résidents de Kapuskasing et des environs.

« Nous partageons la peine et la douleur de la collectivité devant le décès tragique de Jody et Nicole Blais », a déclaré Mme Hughes. « Comme tant d’autres, nous voulons offrir nos plus sincères condoléances à la famille Blais, aux amis, aux collègues et à la collectivité en ces moments difficiles. »

Les représentants élus ont indiqué que la semaine qui a suivi la disparition du couple fut des plus éprouvantes pour la famille et les personnes qui ont pris part aux recherches de l’appareil disparu.

« Nous remercions de tout cœur tous ceux qui ont participé à l’opération de recherche et sauvetage », a dit M. Bourgouin. « Nous sommes grandement reconnaissants de toute l’aide et des ressources déployées par le gouvernement fédéral, la province et la municipalité, ainsi que du travail colossal et de la détermination inébranlable des bénévoles locaux et des gens qui ont soutenu leurs efforts. »

«Jody et Nicole étaient des piliers de leur collectivité. Ils nous manqueront énormément.  Nous offrons nos sincères condoléances à la famille, aux amis et à tous ceux qui ont été touchés par cette tragédie. » ont exprimé les deux représentants.

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Carol Hughes MP
Carol is a three-term MP who has worked hard for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing since being elected in 2008. In addition to her role as MP, Carol serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole in Canada’s 42nd Parliament. A tireless advocate for the communities she serves, Carol was a leading figure in the fight to preserve ten federal constituencies for Northern Ontario. She has been a prominent spokesperson for passenger rail service, preserving postal service outlets, and good jobs in the region. Carol has worked with First Nations on local and national issues and served as the New Democrat critic for First Nations Health prior to assuming the responsibilities of Assistant Deputy Speaker. With decades of labour experience, Carol understands the priorities of hardworking families. She has introduced legislation to expand access to Employment Insurance benefits and to require mandatory reporting of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. She has also worked with veterans on legislation that will create a Defence of Canada Medal to honour those who served domestically to protect Canada during the Cold War. Committed to serving all her constituents, Carol maintains full constituency offices in both Kapuskasing and Elliot Lake. She also holds regular clinics in communities throughout the riding. Before entering politics, Carol was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. Earlier, she worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and Youth Justice Services in Sudbury. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Carol lived in Elliot Lake for nearly three decades with her husband Kieth. And as a proud mother and grandmother, Carol is committed to building a better Canada for future generations.

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