Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Victims' Services - Steve Sullivan & Laura Mainella
We started this segment with a promise made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government in last year's Speech from The Throne. Many groups that work with the victims of crime say the last part of the promise -- a mandatory victims' surcharge -- was the most important. But more than a year later, that promise is still unfulfilled. Now with an election in the offing... it's unclear what - if anything - might be gained for groups who have been counting on that surcharge.
Steve Sullivan was the Federal Government's first Ombudsman for the Victims of Crime. Last year, his contact was not renewed. Now he runs Ottawa's Victims' Services. He was in Ottawa. And Laura Mainella is someone who has been a recipient of Ottawa Victims' Services and is now a volunteer for them.
Victims' Services - Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu
Last Word - Simon Winchester
We ended the program this morning with a preview of tomorrow's program. Simon Winchester has written about some of the worst disasters the world has ever seen. His books include Krakatoa and A Crack in the Edge of The World, which is about the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. He'll be on the program tomorrow morning to talk about the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the lessons he has learned from studying natural disasters. Simon Winchester got the last word this morning.
Other segments from today's show: