Ashley Smith Inquest

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 ...

Disturbing Finding On Prison Guards Reported

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Canada's prison guards are essentially being left to their own devices when it comes to treating inmates with basic human respect, according...

'Ashley Died On The Floor. There Was No Help For Her'

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The mother of a teenager who killed herself in her prison cell choked back tears as she recalled how years of segregation appeared to dimini...

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...

Inquest Hears From Man Who Filmed Ashley Smith's Death

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - The sound of gasping breaths followed by frantic chest compressions filled an inquest courtroom Monday as video of the last-ditch efforts to...

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...

Forget Magnotta: Three Canadian Newsmakers Worth Remembering

John Laforet | Posted 02.23.2013 | Canada
John Laforet

No one can control what events will shape our world in any given time period. But collectively we can choose what stories we allow to shape our memory. That's why murderer Luka Magnotta was the wrong person for the Canadian Press to choose as Canada's 2012 Newsmaker of the Year.

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...

Feds Don't Want 'Shocking' Video On Inquest Agenda

CBC | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada

The Ashley Smith prison death inquest resumes Wednesday in Toronto with arguments over what the probe should examine. Smith's family and ...

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...

Abrupt Change In Coroners Could Imperil Ashley Smith Inquest

CP | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - The abrupt replacement of a coroner presiding over a high-profile inquest into the death of a troubled young woman in ...

New Coroner Looking Into Woman's Death In Prison

CP | Posted 08.29.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - A new coroner has been appointed to preside over the inquest into the death of a young woman in an Ontario prison. ...