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Good deeds rock
There was a story here in Ottawa this week that made everybody cringe. A young couple had their apartment broken into while they were visiting their critically-ill newborn daughter at the hospital. The thieves took everything of value and even trashed the baby’s room. The room the baby had never yet slept in.
I had to believe the thieves did not know where the parents were because being a robber is bad enough. If they also knew the parents were visiting their baby in the hospital, well there are just no words for it.
But just as one begins to question the very nature of our humanity, just as one wonders how anyone could sink so low as to trash a baby’s nursery even if they didn’t know the baby was fighting for her life in the hospital, comes the kind of community spirit and kindness that restores the faith that most people are good and kind.
Ottawa residents rallied for the couple, donated money and tried to help them replace what had been lost. But even a Winnipeg musician heard the plight and stepped up.
According to this story in the Ottawa Citizen a friend of the couple contacted The Weakerthans because the band is the mother’s favourite. One of the items stolen was a custom-made Fender Mustang bass guitar which the mother, Melannie Eldridge, had cherished. Lead singer John K. Samson offered to give Melannie his first bass guitar, a Fender he saved up to buy when he was a teenager.
It was a generous and totally wonderful offer and one that brought some happiness to the couple in the midst of some very difficult days.
-- Mia Rabson / The Capital Chronicles
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About Mia Rabson
Mia Rabson is a born and bred Winnipegger whose interest in politics seemed clear when she dressed up as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for Halloween in the 7th grade.
Her interest in writing was no surprise to her parents, who learned early in Mia’s life that no piece of blank paper — or wall, for that matter — was safe in her hands.
She holds an honours BA in English from Queen’s University, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed a political journalism fellowship in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Centre for Politics and Journalism.
Prior to working for the Winnipeg Free Press, Mia briefly worked for the Detroit News in the paper’s Washington bureau.
Mia joined the Free Press team in February 2001, and in April 2001 was appointed to the Manitoba legislature bureau. In December 2004, she was appointed bureau chief at the legislature. She became the newspaper’s parliamentary bureau chief/national reporter in Ottawa in January 2008.
In 2008 she was nominated for a Michener Award with a team of reporters from the Free Press for its coverage of the province’s child welfare system.
She counts reliving the invasion at Dieppe, France, with veterans of the failed Second World War expedition and overcoming her fear of heights to touch the Golden Boy statue atop the Legislative Building among her favourite experiences as a reporter.
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