Victims' Services

It has been a year since the federal government promised a mandatory surcharge to help fund services for the victims' of crime. The government still hasn't delivered on that. And the groups that provide those services say they can't afford to keep waiting.


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

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu is a Conservative Senator. He started the Murdered of Missing Persons' Families Association after his daughter Julie was murdered in 2002. He was in Ottawa.

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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.

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