Doctor helps refugees move on with their lives

Dr. Donald Payne likes out-of-the-way places. Last November, the 75 year-old psychiatrist left the Beach for a trip to Myanmar. He went to Iceland in July. Payne got his start as one of four doctors at a hospital in Baie Verte, Newfoundland – then a fishing village that had just boomed thanks to an asbestos […]

Hamid takes freedom seriously

Leaning on a rake, Hamid Ghassemi-Shall looks over his backyard and the blanket of wet leaves that waits for him. It’s the last day of November, just nine weeks since Ghassemi-Shall was freed from Iran’s Evin Prison and allowed to rejoin his wife in Toronto. “It’s my turn,” he says, looking at the leaves with […]

Hamid still needs your help

Hamid Ghassemi-Shall, a Canadian citizen and Beach resident of Iranian descent, has been in prison in Tehran, Iran, since 2008. He was arrested, along with his brother Alborz, on charges of espionage while in Iran visiting his sick mother. Alborz later died of cancer while in jail. Ghassemi-Shall’s wife, Antonella Mega, has led an unwavering […]