Category Archives: Inquiry

MMIW “it isn’t really high on our radar, to be honest”

Yes, Mr. Prime Minister – why don’t we be honest? The issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women is not high on your radar because the current situation is perfectly acceptable to you and your party as it is, with … Continue reading

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CSC Response to Ashley Smith Inquest Recommendations

So, the Federal cons and CSC have rejected key recommendations from the Ashley Smith inquest jury….. anyone surprised? Anyone? I thought not. It was clear throughout the Inquest that there was little motivation on their part to change anything – and, … Continue reading

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Ashley Smith death ruled a HOMICIDE

this inquest jury is awesome. SO glad they were not swayed by the arguments against. Ashley Smith’s death was indeed a homicide. No, no one actually tied the ligature around her neck. But they did kill her. They = not … Continue reading

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Keep people out of prisons

While a great many of the questions Andrew Coyle has been asked during his appearance at the Ashley Smith inquest have been about the most serious end of things, i.e. dealing with segregation (or whatever one wishes to call it), … Continue reading

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Why Wait?

Both the Toronto Star and the Globe & Mail have posted editorials arguing that, as per the Office of the Correctional Investigator report Risky Business which I wrote about in my last post, mentally ill inmates should be provided the … Continue reading

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Risky Business

I read Risky Business: An Investigation of the Treatment and Management of Chronic Self-Injury Among Federally Sentenced Women after watching Cindy Berry’s testimony at the inquest today … *sigh*  SO freaking depressing. We’ve heard from several Corrections Officers over the course of the … Continue reading

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Comment Threads show Canadians are paying attention to Ashley Smith Inquest

Was reading Ashley Smith inquest: Corrections chief tried to duck testifying at the cbc.ca site and wandered through the comment threads…. haven’t done that for awhile. What a difference!!! Honestly, when the Fifth Estate documentary first came out and I … Continue reading

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Ashley Smith Inquest Resumes

Well, the summer is over, school is back in session, and as of tomorrow, 9-Sep, the Ashley Smith Inquest will resume again. Time to clear my side table and swipe my laptop back from hubby (I work on my desktop, … Continue reading

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An Amazing Learning Experience

Did she actually say that?  Yes… in fact, she did. Today’s witness was C. Ward, who was an acting manager at GVI during the time Ashley Smith spent there. We’ve heard from a number of other managers and people involved … Continue reading

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Recommendations at the Ashley Smith Inquest

One of the key issues that most/all of those testifying at the Ashley Smith Inquest are being asked is about their recommendations … what alternatives might have saved Ashley Smith? Were there any alternatives to (not) maintaining her in segregation? … Continue reading

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