Monthly Archives: January 2013

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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Court Rules TRC should be granted access to documents

I’m seeing breaking news on Twitter re: Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation has won its court case, granting the release of millions of documents. Doesn’t the very fact that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission had to go to court to … 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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Kinew James – not newsworthy?

I was a little surprised, when I watched the news last evening, not to see mention of the death of Kinew James. To me, particularly given the ongoing interest and coverage of the Ashley Smith Inquest, it seemed logical that … Continue reading

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A Tough Day at the Ashley Smith Inquest

So – today was the day of the “death video” at the Ashley Smith Inquest. It began with testimony from the corrections officer who filmed the first portion of it, a Mr. Burnett. His testimony, prior to the video showing, … Continue reading

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Ashley Smith Inquest – and so it begins

Wow…what a difference. After attending the aborted first Ashley Smith inquest attempt, the difference with this one is just amazing. At the first, nothing happened without conflict, fits & starts, and time outs while the Coroner took time to make decisions. … Continue reading

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