Welcome

My name is Bretton Myles McCann. With my wife, Mary-Ann, we have created this site to record our memories. For us, for our family, and for future generations.

McCanns’ Law

On March 1, 2019,
MP Dane Lloyd introduced McCanns’ Law to Canada’s House of Commons.
An e-petition was launched on March 5 to demonstrate support for the Bill.
The e-petition closed on June 3 with 1671 signatures.
And is pending the Canadian Government’s response.

After my parents passed, I found a lot of photographs, documents and other items from my heritage in their home. Mary-Ann’s mother had also compiled genealogical records from her Zetsen and Hurkens family roots. I became quite interested in curating all of this, and started with the Family Albums, included in the Genealogy section.

Collaborating with Mary-Ann’s aunt Toni and sister Annie, there are currently over 6000 individuals documented in our family tree.

For several years, I recorded these genealogy records on the MyHeritage Family Tree site. In early 2019, I migrated all of the family tree information to this website. For privacy purposes, you will need to login to the site to see information about living individuals.

Of late, I have been organizing photographs into albums of people, families, and other categories.

I encourage you to explore this site. Feel free to click icons like those above to share the information, as you like. If you have suggestions or information that I should include, please message me with the envelope icon above.

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What’s New

Location History

Maps based on my Google Location History.
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Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, BC

QE Park is a 130 acre municipal park that includes the Bloedel Conservatory.
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Blakeburn Lagoons, Port Coquitlam, BC

Blakeburn Lagoons Park is Port Coquitlam’s newest city park which opened to the public on April 28, 2018.
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Tainan, Taiwan

Tainan is a special municipality of Taiwan, facing the Formosan Strait or Taiwan Strait in the west and south.
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2018-06-10 Sweetwater Creek

Photographs of Nicole & Casey's family in the Sweetwater Creek Reserve.
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/ Family, Gallery

2017-09 Piccolos

Photographs of Juliette and Chantelle taken in Frankston South.
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Genealogy



Collections of documents, photographs and stories related to my (McCann & Waltz) and Mary-Ann’s (Zetsen & Hurkens) families.

McCann

Individuals start with John & Margaret [Tait] Porter, born in the 1820's. To Juliette Walshe, born in 2013.
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Genealogy

Recently (Spring, 2019), I have migrated our family tree to this website based on ‘The Next Generation’ genealogical site.
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Waltz

Bretton's mother's maiden name is Waltz. The oldest item is a photograph of Johann (1840-1938) Schuh.
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Hurkens

Mary-Ann's mother's maiden name is Hurkens. The earliest item is a photograph of Gerardus Goossens (1827-1901).
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Zetsen

Mary-Ann's maiden name is Zetsen. The oldest item is a photograph of the family of Hendrik (1866-1940) & Christina (1861-1921) Zetsen.
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Photography

Various categories of photographs.

Favourites

A gallery of Bret's favourite pictures.
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Places

We've been everywhere. (Not yet.)
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Flowers

Flowers from our travels.
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Garden

Yards, gardens & homes.
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Genealogy

Heritage items.
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/ Photography

Miscellaneous

My best pictures that don't really fit another category.
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Toys

Small toys.
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Baby Items

Small baby items - clothing, shoes, etc.
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Machines

Planes, trains, automobiles.
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Some of my photographs are online at Flickr. Click the button below to go the site. You will need to login to see the albums I’ve shared with family & friends.

Missing

Zombie Law

On September 15, 2016, Justice Denny Thomas convicted Travis Vader of 2nd degree murder for causing the death of my parents, Lyle & Marie McCann.
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Candlelight Vigil

On July 24 2010, a Candlelight Vigil was held on the plaza in front of St. Albert Place.
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The Courts

A compilation of court documents & transcripts.
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Darling

We repurposed the $60k Crime Stoppers reward, which was never claimed, into public art located in Grandin Park in St. Albert.
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Video & Audio Links

Links to video and audio related to the case. From a variety of sources: news outlets, podcasts, radio stations, and messages of support on social media.
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The Odyssey

A compilation of all news media links following the tragic odyssey. From the initial disappearance on July 3, 2010 through the search, the Vader man-hunt, arrest, prosecution & conviction. And the sentencing, post-sentencing, incarceration, appeal and parole phases.
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McCanns’ Law

On March 1, 2019, Dane Lloyd, the MP for Sturgeon River - Parkland, introduced McCanns' Law in the House of Commons.
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