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will launch the English version of her lat- est book, Le génie de Jessie, or A Genie for Jessie, as part of the conference’s program- ming. “A Genie for Jessie is an excellent tool for open discussions on bullying at the el- ementary level,” Villeneuve-Sinclair said. “I did three presentations of the French ver- sion at Orléans Des Voyageurs during last fall’s Salon du livre at École Garneau. The children loved it and I have collected some of the comments, which can be found on my website.” The keynote speaker at this year’s confer- ence is Dr. Larry Epstein of Boston, Massa- chusetts, whose scheduled presentation is “Beyond the Bullying Prevention Basics: Re- sponding to the Non-Responders”. This year’s conference follows in the wake

of the recent death of Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Nova Scotia girl who attempt- ed suicide as a result of bullying at school and through the Internet. She ended up on life support in hospital after her suicide at- tempt failed but after showing no signs of reviving she was taken off life support earli- er this month. She was buried over the April 13 weekend. Nova Scotia’s justice ministry is investi- gating the situation to determine if charges may be possible against Parsons’ tormen- tors. RCMP and Halifax Regional Police have announced they are reopening the original investigation of the alleged rape of Parsons in 2011 during an afterschool party which featured alcohol. The bullying of Parsons stemmed from the incident and included online harass-

ment through Facebook and other social networking systems. Federal and provincial politicians have condemned the incident with Prime Minis- ter Stephen Harper stating that the actions that led to the death of Parsons go beyond bullying to outright criminal behaviour. Baby found in speeder’s car WENDOVER | A Wendover man made a simple traffic check worse when he tried to flee from police. Const. Pascal Boudreau was on patrol in Wendover March 30 when he spotted a grey Pontiac westbound on Principal Street. A computer check showed the car’s licence plate was expired. The officer tried to flag the car over but instead it sped up as the driver headed out onto the Old Highway 17 route. Const. Boudreau lost sight of the car and broke off pursuit for safety reasons but radioed in the situation. A few minutes later police over in neigh- bouring Russell County found the car in a parking lot ditch at the MacEwen gas sta- tion on County Road 17 in Rockland. They also found a small child sitting in an unse- cured car seat in the back of the car. The child showed no signs of injury. A 26-year-old Wendover man was arrest- ed and now faces seven charges under the Criminal Code, the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, and the federal Compulsory Automo- bile Insurance Act. He is charged with attempting to flee from police, dangerous driving, criminal negligence involving a motor vehicle with the chance of causing bodily harm, street racing, driving without a valid vehicle li- cence, failure to ensure a child in the vehicle was properly secured, and driving without insurance. VISION@EAP.ON.CA PRESCOTT-RUSSELL PLANTAGENET | A police patrol scored a driving charge hat trick. Const. Luc Lécuyer was on patrol along County Road 9 in Alfred-Plantagenet Town- ship April 5 when he spotted a green Honda Civic on the road. A computer check showed the car was driving with an expired licence plate. When the officer pulled the car over, he also dis- covered the driver’s licence was also sus- pended and the car had no valid insurance. A 34-year-old Rockland man now has a May 2 traffic court appointment in L’Orignal. He is charged under the Highway Traffic Act with driving while his licence was suspend- ed, driving a vehicle which did not have a valid permit, and use validation was not furnished for the vehicle. He is also charged under the Compulsory Insurance Act with driving without insurance. Three times tagged


OTTAWA | In the wake of the tragic suicide of a Nova Scotia teen victim of bullying, a forum in Ottawa this week will once again take up the fight against bullies. The Centurion Conference Centre in the Nepean suburb of the National Capital Region is the site April 18 for the Seventh Annual Caring Across Communities Forum. The day-long event features a variety of guest speakers and other program items all focused on dealing with the growing problem of bullying, both in schools and through the Internet. Local writer, Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair,


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