Tag Archives: Inquest

Final event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission this week

Seriously? How is that even possible? That this weekend could be the “final” event of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission just boggles my mind. I have watched The Apology repeatedly. I have read the text. I have followed the work … Continue reading

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Resource Issues

Commissioner Don Head testified at the Ashley Smith inquest today. He kept going back to resource issues and his budget. He actually said, at one point, “my money” …. as in, he has limited resources and he has to decide … 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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Moving up the chain

The Ashley Smith inquest is back at Grand Valley Institution and moving up through some of the chain of command….. Last week was Janice Sandeson, who I looked forward to hearing from again. She testified the first time – right … Continue reading

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More frustration

Yesterday’s inquest proceedings were extremely difficult to watch – the woman on the stand right now was a nurse at Jolliet, and involved in an incident in which Ashley was restrained – for hours – and injected against her will with … Continue reading

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Still Watching the Ashley Smith Inquest….

…but have not, obviously, been writing as much about it lately. Partly that is just because I’ve been busy – end of semester, job search, and busy time of year for hubby’s business… but partly, I think, it is because … 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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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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