wait though. While I totally agree that the mental health system is fucked and really needs a complete housecleaning and overhaul... and while i ALSO agree that this case was not at all managed properly, intelligently or even sensibly or humanely... within the confines of how things are, isn't a full search and confinement standard procedure for those with a high self-harm probability?
I mean.. isn't this sort of par for the course?
It is so sad that this young woman has lost her life. Unfortunately, it is common protocol in any hospital setting that when a person is suicidal that they remove their own clothing and wear hospital gowns. This is a safety measure to prevent them from using their own clothing (belt, shoe laces, bra, etc) to end their life and also a measure to deter them from leaving the hospital without anyone noticing. A person's belongings are also usually searched to make sure they do not have any sharp objects, pills, etc that they might use to end their life. It appears, in this case, that her parents were not made aware of the hospital's procedures and why this was being done. Although this is a common practice for hospital staff, they sometimes forget that patients and parents are not aware of this, a few extra moments to explain why it is being done can make a big difference. Also, perhaps this suicide safety protocol should be reviewed and may not be the most appropriate measure to take when a person has been previously sexually traumatized, it is possible to allow a person to keep wearing their own clothing after it has been checked to make sure there are no safety issues (belt, shoe laces, bra, etc have been removed).
I think I hear Kyle Shaw calling up HIS lawyer right now: "Hi, yeah, could you do up one of those standard "We apologize for this Tim Bousquet article" letters for us? Oh, and does this qualify us for that quantity discount on those that we talked about?"
"IWK denies strip search took place".
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I use Windsor Street every day on my commute, because of where I live and the relatively wide lanes on Windsor. That said, I support the Agricola Street location for the following reasons:
1) There is no continuity of the bike lane along Bell Road travelling west. Drivers hate it when cyclists ride beside them on the section of Bell Road that has two car lanes, just before it becomes Quinpool. This needs to be addressed before putting bike lanes on Windsor. (the same problem holds for Agricola unless the city plans to extend the Bell Road bike lanes along North Park and Trollope).
2) The intersection at Chebucto and Windsor is a narrow nightmare now, and it will be more of a nightmare if they try to lead bike lanes to it. As it stands now, the safest thing for cyclists to do at that intersection is to take over whatever lane they wish to use. Drivers hate it when we do that, but it's the safest option. This is typically not a safe technique for more timid, inexperienced cyclists, however, and inexperienced cyclists are supposed to be the people served by bike lanes.
3) The Windsor Street location ignores the large population that lives in the residential blocks between Gottingten/Novalea and Robie Streets, north of Cogswell Street all the way to the end of the peninsula. Agricola would serve this population well. Windsor Street is completely out of the way for this population..they'd have to unnecessarily travel west across Robie to access it. People who live west of Robie would still be able to take advantage of an Agricola Street corridor in their commute, if they wished.
Judah will say what his employer wants him to say; as for 'ethical' - excuse me whilst I smirk. He will willingly argue that 'black' is 'white' and do so with a straight face.
Demand the Criminal Code be enforced now! Enough Cover up and stupidity!
spaustin has it exactly right, seems to me, and the conclusion drawn by Bosquet is ridiculous. The City solicitors and the police seem to be agreed on this, and this is just a caution against doing something that would make their current position even more difficult. Joshua Judah has a well-deserved A-1 reputation in Halifax for being an ethical lawyer, and Tim Bosquet owes him an apology.
Isn't Judah saying that if he actually asks Williams, she'll ask the adjudicators and their first instinct will be to say don't schedule the same cop on the same night for multiple trials because of the perception of tainting the process? If he triggers that formal response, the court could take a position and then HRM will then be fighting a scheduling change which will be really hard to reverse and that it would be much better for the city to just stay quiet. Not sure I see the "distrusting the city and doing the exact opposite" part here. It seems to me that Judah is simply reading the bureaucratic politics and being, strangely, candid about it. A candid response that he no doubt regrets now that it's in the Coast! In any event, an interesting little document on the inner political workings of HRM's legal department, the courts and the provincial department of justice.
Have been reading about the terrible suffering Children endured at the hands of some of their so-called 'carers' in that institution, and I would have thought that a name-change would acknowledge this.
I believe that the name of this place was indicative of a belief in inequality originally; it is an antiquated, and racist, way to differentiate young Children.
We are all 'coloured'! I've never ever seen a pure white person. All of us whites have different complexions ie: fair, florid, olive .............!
I, honestly, feel that the continued use of this racist, and divisive, term shows an appalling lack of decency, and sensitivity.
What a great idea. They will sell a ton of ice cream. Maybe even homemade gelato!
I can't wait to see what they will have to offer.
Am sure there are lots of people (like myself) who thought inline skates were a good idea in the 1990s & still have them sitting in the basement. Why wasn't there a call to donate? (I prefer my roller skates as well)
pigeon- yes sometimes new development is a bad idea...in an area that is the core to Dartmouth's under-privileged, mentally ill, poor, etc....you can not argue that the new development is a good thing. you can not argue that they would incorporate housing for the lower classes....this is only for those who can afford the luxury of a view of Halifax...if it is for offices or for residential condos and high end apartments....it will indeed add to traffic....segregation of the neighborhood and of course the awful WIND TUNNELS.
too add to another comment: WHY not invest in Portland Street.....there is also a lack of waterfront space for the public on the Dartmouth side...Adding space for 3 monster buildings will further take away from the space....
pigeon - take a walk over to Dartmouth and walk along what was once the core of the town/city - Portland Street.
Plenty of scope for densification, 5-7storeys but 40 years of neglect,and numerous studies, by Dartmouth council and HRM council has done nothing for the street other than new asphalt and a few planters.
If you favour a wind tunnel the possibility of 15 storey residential buildings on Alderney Drive is your wet dream. And the Canadian Hurricane Centre is right there.
Whoa, CrankyMan. Not sure about your logic: Building new housing will not deprive the poor of anything. (New development does not always equal gentrification. Sometimes it's just intensification.)
As far as views, like I said, Citadel viewplanes make sense. But protecting the view of the harbour from a private golf course (which is not, I'm sure, frequented by loads of low-income folks) is absurd. We talk a lot about densifying the urban parts of the city, but when a project comes along to do just that, without endangering any existing heritage buildings, we still balk because we won't be able to see the harbour fron blocks and blocks away? Please. You can't see the harbour from the Grand Parade either. And downtown would be pretty pitiful if you could.
15 story buildings are a big deal for the lowlife rednecks in HRM lol. Move to the country you adorable peasants.
spaustin - You write 'The current approach in Downtown Dartmouth is really stifling.'
Which empty parcels are being stifled ?
King's Wharf developer dropped plans for a 110,000 sq ft office tower because his market research showed there was no demand and he told the community council there was no demand.
What do you know that he doesn't know ? Will families be buying waterfront condos or will they head out to other parts of metro where houses suit their needs ?
Take a drive over to Dartmouth Crossing and see the nice new 5/6 storey office building under construction. The community council approved office buildings in Dartmouth Crossing over strenuous objections of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission.
The private sector jad no interest in developing the waterfront in Dartmouth and that is why Dartmouth Council cut a deal with Zatzman to build the library and office complex. Without that initiative the cabaret would still be in the downtown.
Has anyone ever considered how windy it is down there!! with Queen Square, Belmont House and with the Municipal Alderney Building it is a WIND tunnel. On the best of days it is Freezing and Windy all DUE to those buildings. NOW they want to add to it?? I VOTE NO>>>> Where do I object to this plan officially?? This disgusts me....Secondly, building 15 story buildings will only add to the pocket books of the wealthy and and deprive the poor of affordable housing, views and a simply community. Traffic will increase on an otherwise busy area, pushing out the poor, this is just all WRONG
pigeon - go over and visit. Better views than anywhere in Halifax.
I understand the viewplanes from Citadel Hill—that's a historic line of sight from a historic fortress. But in Dartmouth? Seems weird that viewplanes even exist in Dartmouth.
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