Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Categories: Episodes
Who qualifies for victim assistance from the government? - Victim's Mother
April 2nd, 2008 was an explosively violent night in Gatineau, Quebec. A fatal confrontation not far from the national capital was news that changed the life of our next guest. The victim, was her son. He'd spent time in custody as a juvenile but she believed he was turning his life around as an adult.
As she discovered, whatever his future intentions, and despite a clear record as an adult, his family was deemed ineligible for any victim support from the provincial government. Some advocates believe that's a regulation that must be changed.
We'll hear about that in a moment... but first we were joined by the mother of that man killed back in 2008. We've agreed not to use her name to protect her identity and that of her granddaughter. She joined me from our studio in Ottawa.
Who qualifies for victim assistance from the government? - Panel
Should victim support broaden to include family members of victims with any criminal connection? Steve Sullivan thinks so. He's the former Victims Ombudsman of Canada and currently is the Executive Director at Ottawa Victim Services. And Gregory Thomas is the Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation - he disagrees. They were both in our Ottawa studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal and Ottawa Network Producer, Elizabeth Hay.
Naming Rights Letters
What's my name ... that might be what one young woman in Iceland is thinking. Her given name is not on the list of approved names in Iceland, so in her official documents she's referred to simply as -- "girl"
Girl power is important of course, but it doesn't have the power of a proper name. Yesterday, we discussed whether naming is a power the state should have.
There are lots of cultural practices that we heard about from listeners.
Thaodra Workneh of Toronto shared this:
Ethiopian names do not have "family names". Everybody carries the first name of their father as their last name. So in Ethiopian culture, when you are asked to give your name, you are also asked for your father's name. In official documents, everybody adds their paternal grandfather's name as a "third name'. In fact, Ethiopians learn up to 7 generations of names on their paternal lineage, to avoid marriages within their family.
So my husband, my two daughters and I - we all have different "last names". But at my daughter's school, teachers address me by my daughters' last name, which actually is my husband's first name, assuming that we all share the same last name.
And from Facebook, here's a post from Phyllis Carter who writes:
I can't think of a good reason for politicians to decide what we are named. Because the government likes to keep track of taxpayers, women in Quebec are called by their maiden names. That means that when I am in hospital, people call me by my mother's name, "Mrs. Rubin".
My mother was a good woman, but I am NOT Mrs. Rubin, and I make my feelings known.
We'll hear more of your naming stories tomorrow ... so in the meantime, email us from our website. Or find us on Facebook and Twitter at @thecurrentcbc. Call us toll-free at 1 877 287 7366 or write to us via Canada Post - Box 500, Station A, Toronto, M5W 1E6.
Last Word - Name Song
Well, as we've heard, people take their names very seriously. But there's an argument to keep a light grip on your handle as well. Otherwise, Shirley Ellis would never have had a big 1964 hit with this; The Name Game gets Last word.
Other segments from today's show: