Ashley Smith Death

Edward Snowshoe's Death Proves Torture Is Alive and Well in Canada

Renu Mandhane | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

How many people have to die alone in a jail cell, with only their troubled thoughts for company, before we demand an end to grave human rights abuses happening in our prisons? Edward Snowshoe is the latest casualty in a systemic practice that killed Ashley Smith, and likely contributed to the death of Kinew James as well. Edward, Ashley and Kinew were all prisoners with serious mental health issues who were segregated for extended periods of time by the Correctional Service of Canada. Edward Snowshoe died under the very conditions that the UN found amounted to violate the Torture Convention.

Coroner Rules Ashley Smith Death A Homicide

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - The videotaped choking death of a teenager in her segregation cell six years ago was a homicide, a jury decided on Thursday, sparking calls ...

Inquest Into Prison Choking Death Coming To An End

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Jurors at an inquest into the videotaped choking death of a teenager in her segregation cell began their deliberations Monday after a delay ...

The Warden Testifies

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - The head of the prison in which a troubled teen killed herself denied on Monday knowing of the paralyzing confusion among guards about when ...

Choking Attempts Began Within Hours Of Arrival (WARNING: GRAPHIC)

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - Just hours after a drugged teen arrived at the prison in which she would die, she trashed the sprinkler head in her segregation cell, causin...

Jurors To Tour Prison Where Teen Died

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada

KITCHENER, Ont. - Inquest jurors paced the beige-painted segregation cell on Thursday where a deeply disturbed teen choked to death five years ago as ...

Inquest 'The Best Memorial' To Give To Ashley Smith

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - The inquest into the death of a teenager who choked to death while prison guards videotaped the tragedy but did not intervene will serve as ...

Disturbing Ashley Smith Video Prompted Pep Memo To Guards

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - The head of Canada's federal prisons sought to boost morale among guards in the days after the release of disturbing surveillance videos sho...

Corrections Canada Drops Inquest Challenge

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

Lawyers for Corrections Canada have told Ashley Smith's family they are dropping their challenge to the scope of an Ontario coroner's inquest into the...

Harper Calls Treatment Of Ashley Smith 'Unacceptable'

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper publicly criticized correctional authorities on Thursday for their handling of a disturbed teenager who choked...

Lawyer Uses Constitution To Try To Limit Ashley Smith Inquest

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - The haunting protests of a now dead teenager filled a coroner's courtroom Wednesday as surveillance videos were screened showing the trouble...

Battle Over 'Shocking' Cell Videos

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - A decision by federal prison authorities to ask the courts to stop release of prison videos of a disturbed teenager who died in her cell was...

'State Cover-Up' Alleged In Ashley Smith Probe

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Federal correctional authorities are trying to stop public disclosure of videos and documents during a fight over the scope of an Ontario in...