Child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic transferred from healing lodge to Edmonton prison | CBC News
Child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic has been transferred from an Indigenous healing lodge to an Edmonton prison for women.
McClintic, who is serving a life sentence for the brutal rape and murder of Tori Stafford, 8, of Woodstock, Ont., was transferred from the Grand Valley Institution for Women near Kitchener, Ont., to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge for Aboriginal Women on Nekaneet First Nation in southern Saskatchewan.
McClintic’s transfer back to a conventional prison was confirmed for CBC News by Tori’s father, Rodney Stafford.
“It’s been a long time waiting. It’s very good news,” he said in an interview.
“It’s about time. It shouldn’t take two months to correct a mistake.”
He posted a message on Facebook praising the development.
The transfer to the lodge sparked public outrage, protests and divisive political debate.
Alberta Conservative MP Glen Motz said the victim’s family and all Canadians could have been spared the drawn-out, painful debate had the government acted immediately to overturn the transfer decision.
“What’s disappointing is instead of taking decisive action when she was transferred, or when they became aware of the transfer, they deflected, they dodged, they hid behind their officials in process, until they were humiliated into doing the right thing,” he said.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has insisted he has no legal power to intervene in individual cases, and has argued that those decisions must be left to the professional bureaucrats who make decisions about correctional and security classifications based on what is best for the offender’s rehabilitation and for public safety.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the decision to transfer child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic to an Edmonton prison from a healing lodge would not have happened without his party pushing for the move. 0:59 A memo from the assistant deputy attorney general for three federal departments — Public Safety, Defence and Immigration — provided to CBC News says the minister can give directives on strategy objectives, priorities and goals, but his delegates have statutory authority over specific directives on particular cases.
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer credited opposition and public pressure for the transfer.
“Justice has finally been served because of you, the thousands of Canadians who let their voices be heard,” he said during an event in Brampton, Ont. “Because of the opposition pressure, the Liberals have finally backed down and taken action.”
On Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale ordered Correctional Service Canada to improve policies related to transfers of “medium-security women offenders to facilities that do not have a directly controlled perimeter.”
‘Not a get-out-of-jail-free pass’: Indigenous healing lodges defended in wake of McClintic transfer Goodale orders tougher rules on prisoner transfers to Indigenous lodges following McClintic uproar Review of child killer’s transfer to healing lodge expected ‘within the next couple of days’ Under that new policy, transfers must be authorized by CSC’s deputy commissioner for women, who will be required to ensure that Indigenous communities are engaged in transfer recommendations.
Factors in evaluating transfers to facilities without a controlled perimeter include:
Length of an offender’s sentence. Time remaining before an offender is eligible for an Unescorted Temporary Absence. A requirement that long term offenders be at least into the “preparation for release” phase of their correctional plan. Institutional behaviour, for those serving long sentences. Edmonton Institution for Women is a multi-level facility with minimum, medium and maximum security wings.
Terri-Lynne McClinitic, the convicted child killer who became the subject of national outrage when it was learned she’d been transferred to an Indigenous healing lodge, is back in prison, the father of her young victim said Thursday. (Mapbox, OpenStreet Map/Canadian Press) According to the Correctional Service Canada website, it has “a minimum security residential-style apartment unit and residential-style small group accommodation houses for minimum and medium-security inmates in an open campus design model.”
Intense political debate News of McClintic’s transfer comes after fraught political debate. The Conservatives tabled a motion demanding the Liberal government condemn the decision to transfer her to a healing lodge, and to overturn it.
During the emotional Oct. 3 debate on the motion, Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making “excuses” to avoid sending McClintic back to a conventional prison.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in response, called the Conservatives “ambulance-chasing politicians” who show a contempt for the principles of law.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s question prompted Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to say he deserves a ‘hyprocrite of the year award.’ 3:07 On Thursday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer demanded Trudeau apologize for politicizing the issue. Trudeau did not, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May suggested Scheer would qualify for a “hypocrite of the year award for parliamentarians.”
McClintic is not eligible for parole until 2031.
With files from the CBC’s Kate Dubinski
Terri-Lynne McClintic transferred out of healing lodge: Rodney Stafford | CTV News
Terri-Lynne McClintic transferred out of healing lodge: Rodney Stafford
Rachel Aiello , Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer 11:01AM EST Last Updated Thursday, November 8, 2018 2:47PM EST
OTTAWA – Killer Terri-Lynne McClintic has been transferred out of an Indigenous healing lodge in Saskatchewan and into a prison in Edmonton, according to Tori Stafford’s father.
Rodney Stafford told CTV News that he was informed Thursday morning that McClintic was transferred late Wednesday from the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan to the Edmonton Institution for Women.
Stafford says McClintic will maintain her classification as a medium-security inmate in the Edmonton prison, which has minimum, medium, and maximum security facilities.
According to Correctional Service Canada , “there is a minimum security residential-style apartment unit. There are residential-style small group accommodation houses for minimum and medium-security inmates in an open campus design model.”
Prior to her transfer to the lodge, McClintic had been behind bars at the Grand Valley Institution for Women near Kitchener, Ont.
In an interview on CTV News Channel, Stafford said he had been waiting for this call from Correctional Services Canada “for almost two months now.”
“She took the life of an innocent child who spent the last three hours of her life scared to death. She deserves to be behind bars,” Stafford said.
McClintic is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the kidnapping, rape and killing of eight-year-old Tori Stafford.
The eight-year-old was lured away from her Woodstock, Ont., school in April, 2009, before she was raped and beaten to death with a hammer. McClintic’s then-boyfriend, Michael Rafferty, was found guilty of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in Tori’s death.
“To the family, I acknowledge and recognize their relief… I can understand the incredibly difficult time they went through,” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said, speaking with MPs Thursday afternoon.
“In the criminal justice system we need to insure that we recognize and keep top of our mind public safety, respect for victims and their families… Hopefully there won’t be situations like this in the future,” she said.
Her transfer to the healing lodge sparked political controversy and led to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale implementing changes to Canada’s policy surrounding female inmates. The Conservatives were highly critical of her transfer and called on Goodale to reverse the decision. “Justice is finally being served as Tori Stafford’s killer is being put back in a prison,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Thursday. He said this result is due to the pressure his party put on the federal government. “They only made this decision after being forced to,” he said.
Stafford’s family, outraged by the initial transfer, came to Parliament Hill to protest the move, saying the issue is about morals, and not politics.
On Wednesday, Goodale issued the revised policy, tightening the qualifications for federal prisoners in medium-security prisons looking to be moved into lower security facilities such as Indigenous healing lodges.
The changes were effective immediately on existing and future cases, putting the decision on whether to transfer certain federal inmates out of prisons and into lodges that are run by Correctional Services Canada into the hands of the Deputy Commissioner for Women.
Asked about McClintic before her transfer was reported Thursday, Goodale cited privacy but said the Commissioner of the Correctional Service was in the process of applying the policy change.
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Police in the Montreal-area are warning parents about online predators using the popular video game Fortnite to lure minors into a sextortion scheme.
Four cases have been reported in the past few weeks, according to police.
In three of those cases, minors were threatened, and in one, the victim sent personal photos to the cyber-predator.
Sgt. Jean-Luc Tremblay with the Richelieu Saint-Laurent police said the predator, or predators, tried to infiltrate groups of friends by offering them a chance to advance their game in exchange for providing revealing photos.
Those messages happen over the social media platform Instagram.
Then the predator threatened to share the images unless the teen sent even more intimate material.
Fortnite has become the most popular game of 2018, thanks to its surreal mix of first-person shooter action and dance moves.
Levelling up in the popular video game Fortnite has become the basis of a scheme to get teenage boys to send personal photos to predators online. (Fortnite/Screengrab) Police are working with school boards in the area to disseminate information about the sextortion.
“[Police] communicated with us asking us to transmit a communiqué to inform parents and help them,” said Lynne Arcand, an administrator with the Commission Scolaire des Patriotes, a French-language school board representing more than 30,000 students on Montreal’s South Shore.
Arcand added that the school board regularly works to build awareness about social media safety.
“Our role is education for the kids. Adopting good behaviours on social media. Not to give up their passwords. To be vigilant with whom they are chatting,” she said.
Student Guillaume Lelièvre said he doesn’t play Fortnite but believes “a lot of people would be taken in by this.” Quebec City teen charmed his classmate into sending nude photos, prosecutor says A national problem The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a national organization based in Winnipeg, works to prevent the online exploitation of children and says it receives about half a dozen reports to its national tipline about similar cases to what is being reported in Quebec.
“[Kids] are in absolute crisis because they’ve either shared a sexual image and they’re being extorted for more or they’ve paid money, so they’re desperate for solutions,” said Signy Arnason, the associated executive director of the centre.
Signy Arnason with The Canadian Centre for Child Protection said the organization receives calls from minors in crisis over similar situations each week. (CBC) She said the minors think they’re connecting with a friend or peer, and end up sending something because they don’t realize they are messaging with an adult.
“And then they find out that it’s more nefarious and then the blackmailing starts,” she said.
Arnason and police are encouraging parents to have conversations with their kids about the scam.
“They’re all vulnerable as soon as they’re online,” she said. CBC Investigates Woman kept in freezer, deprived of food, forced to work in sex trade: court documents With files from CBC’s Jaela Bernstien, Jay Turnbull, Justin Hayward and Radio-Canada’s Karine Bastien
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