VICTORIA – A coroner’s inquest will be held into the suicide of an RCMP officer who was in charge of media relations in British Columbia when Robert Dziekanski was fatally stunned with a Taser at Vancouver’s airport.Pierre Lemaitre was 55 years old and a sergeant with the Mounties when he died by suicide at his home in Abbotsford in July 2013.At the time, Lemaitre was posted to the RCMP’s traffic services division but he had been the officer in charge of RCMP media relations when Dziekanski was shocked with a Taser in October 2007.Lemaitre’s initial accounts described Dziekanski as being distraught and behaving irrationally, adding that RCMP officers used two bursts of the Taser to immobilize him.Video later surfaced that appeared to contradict those accounts and an inquiry into Dziekanski’s death was told that Lemaitre had watched portions of the video before issuing the first news release about the incident.The B.C. Coroners Service said the inquest into Lemaitre’s death will begin Nov. 19 in Burnaby.Coroners Service spokesman Andy Watson said the issues of post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health in the workplace have been the subject of public discussion lately.“I think in this case after reviewing the information from the coroner’s investigation, the chief coroner directed this inquest so there is an opportunity to review the circumstances of Mr. Lemaitre’s death and to explore whether there are opportunities for a fact finding jury to make recommendations that might prevent deaths in similar circumstances,” he said.
APTN National NewsThe family of a Yukon prisoner who appeared naked and shackled during a court hearing by video conference has filed a human rights complaint.During a video hearing in January, three guards in riot gear held Michael Nehass to the floor of a cell in Whitehorse. He was naked.APTN’s Shirley McLean has this story.
Kobe Bryant is so concerned about the state of affairs with his struggling Los Angeles Lakers that he reached out to another champion, Magic Johnson, for guidance on how to handle the drama.After seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall with his family, Bryant called Johnson and said the conversation was “very helpful. . .“We just talked about some of the experiences he went through and some of the systematic changes that he had to go through after Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) retired and how he kind of managed through that and how he dealt with that,” Bryant said to the media after the Lakers shootaround in preparation for their game against the New York Knicks on Thursday.Bryant was guarded about the specifics of the conversation, saying, “The advice I get from Magic, Michael (Jordan) and those guys, that’s always sacred. That’s going to the mountain top and talking to Buddha, know what I mean? That’s privileged information.”Johnson expressed his displeasure with the way coach Mike D’Antoni has used all-star big man Pau Gasol, said it “doesn’t make sesnes.” A 7-footer with immense talent in the low post, D’Antoni has him playing on the perimeter mostly, which means the team has not been maximizing his skill set.Bryant remained relatively calm after the Lakers lost their fifth in six games at lowly Cleveland Tuesday night. But the fact that he called on Johnson speaks to his concern at his team’s 9-15 record going into Madison Square Garden.It would help Bryant and the Lakers if point guard Steve Nash could get healthy. He has missed all but one game with a leg injury that still will require another two weeks to heal, he said.“He’s getting closer,” D’Antoni said of Nash. “He worked out pretty well today. We see some flickers at the end of the tunnel.”Then he added: “He hasn’t progressed that far. But we’re getting closer. I just don’t want to build up expectations and he has a little setback and then everybody goes crazy. It’s going to be a whille. But a while, I don’t know what that is.”
Red 7 Media publishes Event Marketer, EXPO, Best Events and Event Design magazines; as well as the Event Marketing Institute, several industry conferences, and numerous websites. The company also publishes FOLIO: and Audience Development magazines, and the new consulting practice will extend to those brands, as well.”We’ve been providing consulting services to leading companies in our markets for several years on an ad hoc basis,” says Red 7 Media CEO Kerry Smith. “With the addition of Mike to the team, we’ll now be able to build this capability into a core offering at a time when many companies are transforming themselves and are hungry for benchmarking and the perspective of industry experts to support their decisions. More of our customers and readers need custom information and answers to their unique business questions. Red 7’s research and consulting practice will help provide these answers with data, insight and market knowledge.” Red 7 Media, a business media and information company (and publisher of FOLIO: Magazine), has launched a research and consulting practice to help leaders in the global event, trade show and media industries analyze data and information to make more informed business decisions. Red 7’s custom and syndicated research services include benchmark and best practices studies, industry growth and outlook reports, market surveys, marketing consulting and strategic advisory.Heading this new group is Michael Hughes, former VP of Research and Consulting at Tradeshow Week, where for that past 15 years he has managed over 2,500 studies and assignments for organizations in every segment of the industry as well as leaders in the investment and consulting community. “Red 7 Media’s brands and media properties are the content and market access leaders in their markets. Providing custom and syndicated research and consulting is an additional way to help Red 7’s clients and users gain competitive advantage,” said Hughes.
Dr. Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham calls for the removal of a monument to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson located in Wyman Park at a press conference on June 30.A coalition of citizens is calling on the city to remove a monument honoring two Confederate generals located in Wyman Park, saying the two fought to preserve racism and slavery and that the statue sends the wrong message in a city that has long struggled with race relations.Led by Dr. Marvin ‘Doc’ Cheatham, president of the Matthew A. Henson Development Corporation (f.k.a. Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association), supporters of the monument’s removal held a press conference in front of the statue, whose base lauds Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson as two “great generals and Christian soldiers” who “waged war like gentleman,” on June 30.“We are asking today, the mayor of the city of Baltimore, and the Baltimore City Council, to follow the same [direction] they purportedly are moving in as it relates to Robert E. Lee Park, that’s in Baltimore County, that the city owns,” said Cheatham, referring to the Baltimore County park the council has moved to rename in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church and at the behest of county executive Kevin Kamenetz.Doni Glover, founder and CEO of DMGlobal Communications, also spoke at the press conference, addressing the inscription on the base of the statue referring to the generals’ Christianity.“I don’t know what God they praised, and I don’t know what Jesus they looked at, but our God does not endorse slavery of anybody,” said Glover, who also called for a monument to Harriet Tubman as an alternative to those honoring Confederate icons.Prior to the holding of the press conference, and perhaps in response to Cheatham’s announcement of it, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the appointment of a commission to review all Confederate statues in the city and make recommendations as to what should be done with them.Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke attended and spoke at the press conference, saying she believed the mayor’s actions were in response to Cheatham’s efforts and calling those efforts a conversation starter.“Ever since [Cheatham] began this idea of coming here today, I have been supportive because now it will lead to the conversation [about race relations] we all keep telling each other we need to have in this city,” said Clarke.Debates about the appropriateness of Confederate symbols and monuments in public spaces have been occurring throughout the country in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting, and some in support of retaining the symbols have argued that they are historical, not ideological (i.e. racist), in nature. Local activist Mark Hughes addressed this argument in his comments during the press conference.“This statue has to go,” said Hughes. “It represents history, but it is not a history that we’re proud of. We need to be recognizing those people who were voiceless at many times, and who don’t have any memorials to them. That’s who needs to be recognized in this park.”