Category Archives: Violence against women

How many more…?

And if they don’t wind up dead, does that mean we don’t have to care about their suffering? I was home watching the Ashley Smith inquest today.. hubby, though, was out killing bedbugs…and on his way back, happened to catch … Continue reading

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Inquest is not enough

While the inquest into Ashley Smith’s death while in the custody of CSC is important, it is, I believe, not enough. As Coralee Smith, Ashley’s mom, testified this week at the inquest, a broader inquiry is needed. The report by … Continue reading

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The Ashley Smith inquest

Finally made it to the inquest in person today …. have been trying to get there since it started, pretty much, but between bad weather, lots of marking & other work-work to do and illness, haven’t managed it. So was … Continue reading

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RCMP throwing away remaining shreds of credibility

Just followed a link on Twitter to this article: RCMP questions claim of 600 missing Aboriginal women …. stuff like this makes me hopping mad. The Human Rights Watch has drawn attention to the broken relationship between Aboriginal women and … Continue reading

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A Deadly Game

So… we’ve heard from 3 Corrections Officers so far – and all three have characterized Ashley Smith’s ligature tying as a ~game~ of sorts…. attention-seeking, presumably. And yes, having watched Ashley on video – and also having spent almost a … Continue reading

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Ashley Smith: Youth jail file…

The Toronto Star has obtained records from Ashley Smith’s time in the youth system …. Ashley Smith: Youth jail file lists punishments, her appeals for help (26-Jan-13). Aside from the fact that I am jealous – those are the files … Continue reading

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Kinew James update

Glad to see the media finally picking up on this story – kudos to the Elizabeth Fry Society, and specifically, Kim Pate, for asking the necessary questions, and speaking for these young women. Kinew reportedly asked for help several times … Continue reading

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Learning from mistakes – or not

Today at the Ashley Smith inquest, we have been shown a number of videos taken on June 7, 2007 after an incident, described yesterday by CO Phibbs, where Ashley was accidentally freed from her cell, and was therefore able to … Continue reading

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Why Ashley Smith? And an update re: Kinew James

I mentioned yesterday that I used to be a Rights Advisor … pre-Harris. Loved that job, and had it continued, would probably still be doing it. Anyway… it didn’t, and neither did I. In fact, soon after Mr. Harris and … Continue reading

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One of my questions answered…

Well, today’s inquest into the death of Ashley Smith answered one of my questions: how the hell did she keep getting access to materials with which to make ligatures to tie around her neck? I missed much of today – … Continue reading

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