Victim needs?

Jan. 16, 2014

 St. George’s United Church Series, Toronto

 Dr Lori Triano-Antidormi Sunday Jan. 26th @12:30

Psychologist and mother of Zachary Antidormi  

Victims in the Criminal Justice System – What Do They Need?

 Lori is a psychologist who works with family members  of homicide victims. She is also the mother of 2 1/2 year old murder victim, Zachary Antidormi.   Recent attention to victim’s rights, in the face of Bill C-54, lead Dr. Triano-Antidormi to question how the government actually assists victims and, more importantly, to consider what victims actually need to be assisted in their recovery.  The government’s promises made to victims regarding Bill C-54 were actually quite misleading; and what the government(s) offer in terms of victim’s rights, may not always be in the best interest of a victim’s recovery. 

 Free Admission Donations Welcome Lunch will be provided 11:45 – 12:30   For more Information call 416-782-7478  or email to   Eglinton St. George’s United Church is at 35 Lytton Blvd, Toronto (Yonge & Eglinton area)

Students honour Brenda Morrison’s work in restorative justice 

 Well known advocate, researcher and criminologist Dr. Brenda Morrison was honoured by two of her students who are now employed by Corrections Canada.  Morrison was given a cedar box and an eagle’s feather, the feather symbolizing a journey through life in a balanced and healthy manner.   Congratulations!!!  Link to SFU RJ Certificate program:

 Yahoo News –
UK detention centre slammed after 84-year-old Canadian dies in handcuffs 

Alois Dvorzac was detained after a ruling of inadmissibility in Britain and he was taken to a privately run detention center to await deportation back to Canada.  Two weeks later, in spite of medical ruling that he was unfit for detention, he died while en route to hospital and in handcuffs.    Related article:  Globe and Mail – Tu Thanh Ha  84-year-old Canadian died in handcuffs while in U.K. immigration lockup: watchdog    Related article: London Daily Standard – Dementia patient, 84, died while handcuffed at Harmondsworth immigration centre   Related article:  The Information Daily (UK)    Harmondsworth immigration centre poor treatment revealed

 Business Day Live (South Africa) –  Ben Hirschler
Ahead of Davos, World Economic Forum warns of risk in growing inequality 

 The World Economic Forum, better known as Davos, is suggesting that economic inequality brings social unrest and may be a de-stabilizing influence in the 2010’s when young people have no jobs and no prospects.  The annual meeting takes place in Davos, Switzerland January 22-25, 2014.  Related Article: TruthOut – Mark Karlin   Robert Reich: US Leads the Developed Nations and Many Third World Nations in Income Inequality

Huffington Post – Blogger  Dr. Timothy P. Condon 
Health Issues at Root of Swollen Jails and Prisons; Solutions are in Diversion Programs 

 Substance abuse and mental health issues are pervasive in all state prisons and local lock-ups.  The Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) has documented the increase in jail population and the costs of using the prison system to treat the substance abuse and mental health issues, or not, as the case may be.  CHJ web site:

 The Economist (US) 
Organised crime: Earning with the fishes 

 The well respected Economist is drawing attention to the thriving and very profitable involvement of organized crime in the fish and wildlife importation of protected and rare species and the “knock-off” counterfeiting business.

 Wall Street Journal – Associated Press

NYPD chief talks partnerships at NYC crime forum 

NY Police Commissioner William Bratton acknowledged and promoted the effectiveness of community partnerships when he spoke at a Ford Foundation dinner about his involvement with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national community developer and funder.  LISC website: