Coroner Rules Ashley Smith Death A Homicide

Coroner Rules Ashley Smith Death A Homicide

CP  12.19.2013
TORONTO - The videotaped choking death of a teenager in her segregation cell six years ago was a homicide, a jury decided on Thursday,...
Inquest Into Prison Choking Death Coming To An End

Inquest Into Prison Choking Death Coming To An End

CP  12. 2.2013
TORONTO - Jurors at an inquest into the videotaped choking death of a teenager in her segregation cell began their deliberations Monday...
Disturbing Finding On Prison Guards Reported

Disturbing Finding On Prison Guards Reported

CP  03.31.2013
TORONTO - Canada's prison guards are essentially being left to their own devices when it comes to treating inmates with basic human respect,...
'Ashley Died On The Floor. There Was No Help For Her'

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

CP  02.21.2013
TORONTO - The mother of a teenager who killed herself in her prison cell choked back tears as she recalled how years of segregation appeared...
Time to Remove

Time to Remove "Mental" from Mental Illness

Diane Weber Bederman  02.11.2013
It is the stigma, the shame and prejudice attached to the phrase "mental illness" that keeps people from accessing care. Mental illness...

Ashley Smith: The Need to Bear Witness

Diane Weber Bederman  01.28.2013
I have tried to avoid looking at pictures of the treatment of Ashley Smith from still photos to videos. But, it is wrong to look away for...
Choking Attempts Began Within Hours Of Arrival (WARNING: GRAPHIC)

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

CP  01.22.2013
TORONTO - Just hours after a drugged teen arrived at the prison in which she would die, she trashed the sprinkler head in her segregation...
Inquest 'The Best Memorial' To Give To Ashley Smith

Inquest 'The Best Memorial' To Give To Ashley Smith

CP  01.14.2013
TORONTO - The inquest into the death of a teenager who choked to death while prison guards videotaped the tragedy but did not intervene...

Disturbing Ashley Smith Video Prompted Pep Memo To Guards

CP  01.13.2013
TORONTO - The head of Canada's federal prisons sought to boost morale among guards in the days after the release of disturbing surveillance...
Watching the Watchdog: Think Newspapers Are Over? Read This

Watching the Watchdog: Think Newspapers Are Over? Read This

Tim Knight  12.28.2012
Just before our recent over-sentimental overindulgence in gifts, food, drink and religion, the Star came out with a massive two-page spread...
Forget Magnotta: Three Canadian Newsmakers Worth Remembering

Forget Magnotta: Three Canadian Newsmakers Worth Remembering

John Laforet  12.24.2012
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...
Tories Won't Reveal What They Know, Rae Says

Tories Won't Reveal What They Know, Rae Says

CP  11. 8.2012
OTTAWA - Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae is calling for a public inquiry to get to the root of the tragedy that befell Ashley Smith, the...
Toews Suggests Ashley Smith Was Not A Victim

Toews Suggests Ashley Smith Was Not A Victim

CP  11. 6.2012
OTTAWA - Opposition critics denounced Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as cold-hearted and contemptible Tuesday after he appeared to suggest...
Corrections Canada Drops Inquest Challenge

Corrections Canada Drops Inquest Challenge

CBC  11. 2.2012
Lawyers for Corrections Canada have told Ashley Smith's family they are dropping their challenge to the scope of an Ontario coroner's inquest...
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