Canada, for the most part, has a remarkably progressive criminal justice system.
Yes, it has its problems, including police brutality and racial profiling. Canadians shouldn't forget that.
TL;DR This is a list of fourteen decisions made by the Parole Board of Canada regarding the release of convicted murders that sparked outcry.
But the Canadian justice system performs far better than its American counterpart, which is infamous for its human rights abuses and institutionalized white supremacy.
In Canada, officials give inmates the opportunity to make amends and reintigrate themselves into society. That is admirable.
Over the years, however, the Parole Board of Canada has made controversial decisions regarding the release of convicted murderers.
Below we've compiled a list of fourteen individuals whose parole releases have sparked outcry.
Not included in this list are inmates who have been moved to indigenous healing lodges, hospitals, or other treatment facilities. Such transfers rightly offer those individuals the help they need to heal in a culturally sensitive context.
That is how justice should work, despite what the Conservative opposition in Ottawa may be saying.
In 2009, Boudreau was convicted of killing her 12-year-old daughter. This year, the Parole Board granted her four escorted leaves from prison.
Dick supposedly murdered her husband, tore off his limbs, and discarded what was left of his body outside Beamsville, Ontario. She was acquitted of that crime. But after the mummified body of her son was discovered in her attic, she was sentenced to life in prison.
Eleven years into her sentence, however, she was released on parole. She then completely disappeared. No one knows if she is dead or still somewhere in Canada.
Kelly Ellard and Warren Glowatski
When she was fifteen, Ellard killed fourteen-year-old Reena Virk in Victoria, BC by torturing her and carrying her unconscious body into a body of water where she drowned. Last year, she was granted day parole, by which an inmate can operate in the public during the day and return to their institution at night.
Ellard's accomplice, Warren Glowatski, help transport an unconscious Virk into the water. He was granted full parole in 2010.
With her husband, Homolka raped and murdered four people, including her own sister.
She was granted full parole in 2005 and now lives in Quebec.
Kelly was an RCMP officer who threw his own wife to her death from a balcony in 1984. He was granted full parole in 2010 only to be arrested again after authorities discovered he was pursuing multiple women.
Kummerfield was convicted in 1997 for killing a sex worker in Regina. In 2000, he was released on full parole.
According to this source, the judge asked jurors to remember that Paula George, the victim, was "indeed a prostitute" when they considered a punishment. Maybe that mysogyny is the reason why he served only three years of his sentence.
Latimer killed his daughter, who had mental disabilities, in 1993 by locking her in his truck and filling it with exhaust. He was arrested that year but given full parole in 2010.
Many will remember Li as the man who beheaded and then ate his seatmate on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba. In 2015, he was moved to a group home where he has more public freedom.
Lovie killed Arnold and Donna Edwards in 1991. He also attempted to murder their daughter, his ex-girlfriend. He was granted day parole in 2017.
Molitor was a nationally famous boxer before he stabbed his ex girlfriend to death in 2002. He was granted day parole in 2015.
In 1980, Munro killed a police officer while attempting to rob a Toronto restaurant. The Parole Board granted him leave in 2010.
Richardson was only 12 years old in 2006 when she and her boyfriend ten years her senior murdered her entire family. She was likely manipulated by the 22-year-old man. In light of that fact, she was released ten years later.
Warren worked as a miner in the Northwest Territories who in 1994 bombed his workplace, killing nine colleagues. He was granted full parole in 2014.