Snow complaints in Sochi and Vancouver might just be the tip of the melting iceberg.
Couldn’t make it out last night? You missed Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan at Electric Owl.
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BobbyLee Worm was only 19 years old when in 2006 she entered Edmonton Institution for Women. Shortly after, she was transferred to Fraser Valley Institution, and between the two facilities, was kept in solitary confinement for more than three and a half years.
“She was a teenage runaway living on the street, she was addicted to drugs, she was a survivor of serious childhood abuse and trauma and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and from depression,” said Worms former lawyer, Grace Pastine. “She had never had the opportunity to have any sort of trauma or abuse counselling, which she desperately needed. And the response of corrections was to subject BobbyLee to one of the harshest and most psychologically damaging punitive measures that they have available to them. And I think BobbyLee’s story is, sadly, not atypical. This happens to hundreds of prisoners across the country every day.”
Roughly 850 people at any given time, according to a March 2013 report by the Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI). That document states that during the review period 2011-12, nearly a quarter of Canada’s federal prison population spent some time in solitary—also known as administrative segregation. Nearly 40 percent of those offenders were held in segregation for longer than 30 days, and 16.5 percent for more than 120 days.
A disproportionate number of inmates kept in isolation struggle with mental health conditions.
Get hiking, folks!
Looking to hit the great outdoors this spring? Let us be your guide to some of the best activities in and around Vancouver, including hiking at Stawamus, longboarding, skateboarding, skiing, and cycling. Plus, we check out what’s new in Portland for those people looking for a weekend getaway.