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A Calgary hairstylist remembers feeling like he was in a dream — or nightmare — when he slipped on moss-covered rocks close to the highest of a B.C. waterfall, then fell screaming 45 metres to a small pool beneath.

“It is unbelievable,” Bilal El Ajami stated of his luck surviving comparatively unscathed. “Like, nobody believes me. It is unbelievable.”

He plummeted down a waterfall after slipping on a hike in Fintry Provincial Park close to Vernon on Sunday. The sudden tumble shocked different hikers, who screamed as El Ajami dragged himself out of the shallow, slim pool the place he landed.

“I advised them I am tremendous,” El Ajami advised CBC’s Calgary Eyeopener. “I needed to calm myself down as a result of, you already know, I am nonetheless alive and God gave me one other probability.”

Even the rescuers stated it is miraculous he survived the lengthy, vertical drop.

El Ajami could be very a lot alive. On Thursday morning, he woke in a resort in Las Vegas, the place he is on a visit together with his pals.

He would not drink or gamble however thought he would possibly carry good luck to his pals. The journey was deliberate earlier than his accident.

“I am telling you, it was a miracle,” he stated.

Crossed barrier 

The 25-year-old had taken a trip from his job on the Marda Loop Barber Store to discover Kelowna, B.C., and the encircling space with pals. The group had deliberate an hour hike in Fintry Provincial Park.

They adopted a path to a lifeless finish. A barrier allowed solely a peek on the waterfall.

I began screaming, ‘No, no, no.’— Bilal El Ajami 

“Similar to everyone, I used to be taking footage. It was a wonderful view from the highest,” El Ajami stated. 

He crossed the barrier and dropped his telephone a couple of metre away. He walked down and grabbed it, however noticed an attractive small pool on the backside of the falls.

“So I hike down. It was actually a two-minute hike,” El Ajami stated.

Hugging a rock

As he was ready for his pal to hitch him roughly six metres down the slope, he noticed extra of the waterfall. However then El Ajami stepped on moss-covered rocks.

​”And I slipped. I attempted to carry on a tree. I could not. I attempted to seize onto rocks left and proper. I began screaming, ‘No, no, no,'” he stated.

Belief me, dying can are available in lower than a second.— Bilal  El Ajami

“I used to be like, ‘I am dreaming, I am truly dreaming I am falling over a waterfall,’ so I simply closed my eyes and waited to crash.”

El Ajami got here to on the backside of the slim pool and swam out.

“I believe I handed out at the moment for a minute or two as a result of then I awakened hugging a rock,” he stated.

He could not transfer his left arm or his again. After realizing what occurred, he noticed a dry space alongside the sting. He dragged his physique there together with his proper arm and sat on high of the rock.

He heard folks screaming at him, terrified by what they’d witnessed.

‘We have been simply amazed’

El Ajami believes he survived as a result of he landed in a shallow, slim pool the place the waterfall hits earlier than flowing additional down the slope.

“One millimetre unsuitable, I may’ve been gone. However I used to be tremendous fortunate,” he stated.

El Ajami was properly ready for climbing, in response to Vernon Search and Rescue director Trevor Honigman, however was good to attend for rescuers, reasonably than trying the climb out alone.

“We have been simply amazed he made it,” Honigman stated earlier this week.

El Ajami stated he is too sore to work at his job in the meanwhile, so the present trip in Regulation Vegas brings relaxation and distraction.

His left arm has regained motion however his shoulder remains to be sore, he stated. He has scratches on his palm, left shoulder and again. He is capable of stroll however is stiff and in ache when sleeping and sitting. 

“I really feel nice, to be sincere,” he stated, including he is making an attempt to watch out.

Co-workers shocked

On the barber store, stylists are speaking about tips on how to help their colleague, nicknamed Billy, till he can return to work.

“I simply thought to myself, ‘Oh, my God, we nearly misplaced Billy.’ I am simply glad he is OK,” Newf Souraya stated.

“He is household to us, so something he wants, we’re all the time there for him,” he added.

Bilal El Ajami, from left, and his coworkers Newf Souraya and Tony Sleiman sported inexperienced beards on St. Patrick’s Day. (Newf Souraya/Marda Loop Barber Store)

El Ajami stated he might be extra cautious on future hikes — not that he is planning any quickly.

“I am not even going to cross any limits. That is why they made them, proper? But it surely was, you already know, simply because I really like the views, I really like the swimming pools, I really like being within the water,” he stated.

“I hope it is a lesson for everyone, particularly who love mountaineering, [to] watch out and to be nervous about every little thing.

“As a result of, belief me, dying can are available in lower than a second, as a result of the entire thing took me two, three seconds, and really, it was just a little scary.”


With recordsdata from Lisa Robinson and the Calgary Eyeopener.

As authorities take care of one other inflow of asylum seekers, a distinguished Quebec lawyer is renewing requires the federal authorities to droop the Secure Third Nation Settlement, a pact between Canada and the U.S. which governs the place folks could make asylum claims on both aspect of the border.

“The federal authorities must intervene. I believe it is clear now that they should,” Stéphane Handfield, an immigration and refugee lawyer in Montreal, stated in an interview.

Handfield penned an open letter on the weekend calling for the settlement to be placed on maintain for 3 months whereas officers determine subsequent steps.

Doing so would ease the strain on Quebec, which has seen the overwhelming majority of asylum claims up to now two years, he stated.

It will additionally permit asylum seekers to current themselves at an official publish anyplace throughout the Canadian border, slightly than at Roxham Highway, which has develop into the most typical level of crossing because of its ease of entry.

New arrivals largely from Nigeria

The Secure Third Nation Settlement, which has been in impact since 2004, forces asylum seekers to make refugee claims within the first secure nation wherein they discover themselves.

Refugees who first arrive within the U.S., due to this fact, cannot then apply for asylum in Canada at official border crossings.

That encourages unlawful crossings from the U.S., immigration legal professionals say. Such crossings have elevated dramatically in latest months, particularly in Manitoba and Quebec.

Greater than 200 regulation professors signed an open letter final yr calling on Ottawa to withdraw from the pact.

Stéphane Handfield, a widely known immigration and refugee lawyer in Montreal, needs the federal authorities to droop the Secure Third Nation Settlement. (Radio-Canada)

Final summer time, a lot of the asylum seekers had been from Haiti and had been crossing into Canada out of concern President Donald Trump would finish a brief residency program.

This yr, the majority of recent arrivals are from Nigeria. Typically, they solely spend a couple of hours within the U.S. earlier than making their method to the Canadian border, Handfield stated. 

Handfield stated he is heard tales of Nigerians being supplied a U.S. vacationer visa, an airline ticket, a bus ticket and particulars on learn how to get to Roxham Highway for $ 10,000.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, who has beforehand defended the Secure Third Nation Settlement, just lately hinted it might be time to vary the pact.

“The settlement is ripe to be modernized, however after all it could take an settlement with america to do this, and naturally it isn’t one thing we will unilaterally do,” he advised CBC Montreal’s Dawn.

He additionally stated he has dispatched senior officers to work with the U.S. diplomatic mission in Nigeria.

“The vast majority of Nigerians coming by Quebec really possess legitimate U.S. visas, then come to Canada,” he stated.

“We have been working with U.S. to tighten the speed of acceptance. It is down 10 per cent.”

Settlement between Quebec, feds in works

Hussen’s division has promised to give you a plan to alleviate Quebec’s strained assets, however the particulars by no means materialized final week.

The plan is anticipated to include measures aimed toward encouraging asylum seekers to settle outdoors of Montreal in the event that they need to keep in Quebec, in addition to in different provinces, together with neighbouring Ontario.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the federal government has dispatched senior officers to work with the American diplomatic mission in Nigeria after Canada sees a rising variety of Nigerian asylum seekers utilizing American journey visas on their journey to this nation. 11:05

On Monday, Beatrice Fenelon, a spokesperson for Immigration Canada, stated the federal government remains to be “working intently with Quebec and we’re contemplating a latest request from their provincial authorities for extra assist.”

“We’re conscious that a disproportionate variety of irregular border crossers are going to Quebec, which places a disproportionate quantity of strain on Quebec versus different provinces,” she stated in an electronic mail.

Janet Dench of the Canadian Council for Refugees stated the inflow of asylum seekers must be seen as a chance for Quebec, the place a robust financial system has led to a labour scarcity in some sectors.

“There is a chance right here as a result of Quebec is on the lookout for staff,” she stated.

“We solely have to shift the best way we have a look at it to say, look, listed here are folks coming to contribute to this society.”

The dying of Tina Fontaine and the acquittal of the person charged with killing her has sparked calls for for widespread modifications to stop extra younger Indigenous folks falling by way of society’s cracks.

“It is time to take motion … All of us have to return collectively and deal with options and cease permitting essentially the most marginalized folks on this nation to be discriminated towards,” Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North stated on the steps of courtroom Thursday, after a jury discovered Raymond Cormier, 56, not responsible of second-degree homicide within the dying of from Sagkeeng First Nation.

Tina, 15, was discovered useless within the Pink River on Aug. 17, 2014, her 72-pound physique wrapped in a cover cowl and encumbered with rocks. The reason for dying stays undetermined.

Amid the outpouring of sympathy for Tina’s household, many individuals have criticized the assorted programs concerned within the teen’s life — together with Little one and Household Companies, police, well being care and the courtroom system — and provided potential options.

Reform little one welfare providers

A lot of the criticism has taken goal on the province’s little one welfare system, which took over look after Tina after she got here to Winnipeg from her dwelling close to Sagkeeng First Nation in the summertime of 2014.

Tina Fontaine

Tina Fontaine’s physique was pulled from the Pink River in Winnipeg on Aug. 17, 2014. It was wrapped in a cover cowl and weighed down with rocks. Her dying stays unsolved. (Tina Fontaine/Fb)

Manitoba Household Companies Minister Scott Fielding stated the province is working to cut back the variety of Indigenous youngsters in CFS care. There are at present 11,000 youngsters in CFS care, and 90 per cent of these are Indigenous.

“I believe, No. 1, that we have to cut back the quantity of youngsters in care. We have to cut back the quantity of days in care and we have to reunite households. That’s a very powerful factor,” Fielding stated.

Fielding says the legislative overview committee is trying on the guidelines governing CFS and what would possibly want to alter.

Daphne Penrose, Manitoba’s youngsters’s advocate, says extra providers should be made out there for youth scuffling with addictions and trauma.

“I can not converse particularly about Tina, however what I’ll let you know is we now have a inhabitants of youngsters who’re at excessive threat of being exploited, and who’re being exploited day-after-day proper now,” she stated.

Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Meeting of Manitoba Chiefs, desires First Nations to take larger management of kid welfare providers.

“Basically, we want jurisdiction over our kids and we will take it and we will transfer ahead,” he stated.

Justice system failing

The decision in Cormier’s case introduced renewed accusations that the justice system fails to correctly serve Indigenous folks.

North factors out that almost three a long time after the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, a Manitoba examination of the remedy of Indigenous folks within the justice system, lots of the suggestions have not been carried out.

First Nations chiefs outside courthouse

Southern Chiefs Group Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, left, Meeting of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, and MKO Grand Chief Sheila North converse to the media outdoors the courthouse after a jury discovered Raymond Cormier not responsible of second-degree homicide within the dying of Fontaine. (Brett Purdy/CBC)

Chickadee Richard, the normal justice employee on the Meeting of First Nations’s household advocate workplace, says the justice system is failing Indigenous folks and desires extra Indigenous practices integrated. 

“I am hoping that we are able to do justice by way of our conventional methods — return to the place we have been as a folks and the way we labored collectively to convey justice into our communities,” she stated whereas talking at a rally in help of Tina’s household on the Oodena Celebration Circle in Winnipeg on Friday.

Scott Newman, a spokesman for the Felony Defence Legal professionals Affiliation, known as for “Aboriginal-focused justice reforms,” together with elevated use of sentencing circles, justice committees, and extra courtroom sittings in rural and distant Indigenous communities.

He additionally known as for extra Indigenous folks to work within the justice system as legal professionals, judges and clerks and take part as jurors, “not simply make it a justice system Aboriginal individuals are topic to, the place they’re solely there as witnesses, victims, or accused.” 

Handle root causes

Different reform concepts centered on addressing the financial and well being disparities in Indigenous communities that lead youth to change into susceptible within the first place.

“We’re frequently marginalized. We reside in Third World circumstances. You set us up for failure proper from the beginning and take our kids away,” stated Jerry Daniels, grand chief of the Southern Chiefs Group.

Defence lawyer Scott Newman believes extra money must be invested to finish boil-water advisories on reserves, to make sure all-weather entry to distant communities and enhance training and health-care providers.

“The true tragedy can be, if we do not study from this and we do not make the modifications to guard different younger women, we will have one other 100 Tina Fontaines,” he stated.

CBC Manitoba’s reside protection of Justice For Tina Fontaine march1:34:38