The Glass Half Empty
In case you worried that I’d gone all warm-and-fuzzy after my love-fest in B.C.; some reasons to be afraid…
Be Very Afraid:
– Conference scuttle-butt… Toronto Peel Police may have severely compromised their investigation into the murder of Cecilia Zhang over turf wars. Police would not allow a forensic team from another jurisdiction to examine the remains, even though they didn’t have anyone on their own staff to do the job, so the body was never properly recovered.
– The trial is not set to begin until the fall, and their are already fears that Robert Pickton – suspected of murdering over 60 women in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia – may walk. The reason? Once again, law enforcement turf wars and jurisdictional pissing matches that may have compromised the case.
– Justice Canada’s Policy Centre for Victim Issues has entered their final year of funding. With an election in less than a month, there is the real possibility that the Centre may go defuncto sometime in early ’05.
– British Columbia’s Police Victim Services program – in my opinion the model and envy of the nation in victim service provision – is also under seige due to changes in the political wind.
– Ditto, Ontario’s Office for Victims of Crime.
Ok, people… we’ve got some work to do. Bang the war-drums. Start writing your MLAs.