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

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

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press  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

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

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)

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press  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

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press  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

Disturbing Ashley Smith Video Prompted Pep Memo To Guards

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press  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

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

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

Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press  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

The Canadian Press  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

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...
Harper Calls Treatment Of Ashley Smith 'Unacceptable'

Harper Calls Treatment Of Ashley Smith 'Unacceptable'

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press  11. 1.2012
TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper publicly criticized correctional authorities on Thursday for their handling of a disturbed teenager...

Revealed: 'Dehumanizing' Videos Of Ashley Smith In Custody

10.31.2012
Videos of teenager Ashley Smith taken in the months before she died in a prison cell show the teen was subjected to “degrading and dehumanizing”...
Lawyer Uses Constitution To Try To Limit Ashley Smith Inquest

Lawyer Uses Constitution To Try To Limit Ashley Smith Inquest

Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press  10.31.2012
TORONTO - The haunting protests of a now dead teenager filled a coroner's courtroom Wednesday as surveillance videos were screened showing...
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