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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - March 26, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE A8 A 8 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 JUSTICE winnipegfreepress. com HOME DELIVERY 1- 800- 542- 8900 Call 2 0 4 6 9 7 7 0 0 1 100- 100 Princess St. | 204- 925- 4162 interiorillusions. ca FLOOR MODEL sale STOREWIDE Cannot be combined with any other sales or promotions. Some exclusions may apply. Sale ends Mar. 31/ 15. OFF 7O % % % TO The Camara $ 126,755 Enjoy the convenience of having your vehicle waiting for you after a long, relaxing vacation. For more details visit waa. ca/ parkhere Flying for Spring Break? Online Reservation System Reserve your Airport Parking online Two hundred and fifty of Manitoba’s corporate and community leaders joined the Honourable Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, at the Manitoba Club to celebrate the 2015 Minister’s Dinner in support of the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. This year’s event was a financial success, with over $ 200,000 raised for the Interpretive Centre. Over the last 19 years, the Minister’s Dinner has raised a total of $ 1.95 million for educational programming at the Interpretive Centre, which is a partnership between Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Province of Manitoba. The Interpretive Centre is a world- class environmental education facility that has generated awards and received recognition from around the globe. We are proud of our past and both focused and ready to achieve new milestones. This will only be possible with the on- going generosity and support of people like you. DINNER SPONSOR Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP WINE SPONSOR Johnson Waste Management Ltd. AUCTION SPONSOR Derksen Plumbing and Heating ( 1984) Ltd. MIGRATION SPONSOR Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation LIFE SPONSOR Assiniboine Credit Union PREMIER HEALTHY LIVING SPONSORS The North West Company Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. DIAMOND LIFE SPONSOR Anonymous Kenneth Powell The Great- West Life Assurance Company GOLD SPONSOR Enterprise Holdings Ltd. Lake Winnipeg Foundation TD Friends of the Environment Foundation The Winnipeg Foundation VALUED SPONSORS Arni C. Thorsteinson, Shelter Canadian Properties Limited Assiniboine Park Conservancy Bill Mayberry, Mayberry Fine Art Chris Phillips, Elkhorn Resort Danny’s Whole Hog Don McMaster Einar Vigfusson Eleanor Wiebe, Q. C. Fillmore Riley LLP Fred Morden, Mordens’of Winnipeg Candy Manufacturing Ltd. G. J. Andrews Food & Wine Shoppe Gerry Price, Price Industries Ltd. Green Manitoba Guy Bieber, National Bank Financial ( Bieber Securities Inc.) Leech Printing Harry Williams Ida Albo, The Fort Garry Hotel Jack Pittard, Island Explorations Kevin McFadden Kris Benidickson Larry Vickar Leigh Young, To- Le- Do Foodservices Manitoba Club Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Mauri Rutherford Penny Scott- Mazur Rick Potter & Andrew Stibbard, MNP LLP Robert Laidler Ron Glowe Ryan Downey, RBC Dominion Securities Ryan Hart, MF1 Marketing Stu McKay, Cats on the Red Ted Muir The Asper Foundation Tim Elliott, Connor, Clark & Lunn Funds Inc. True North Sports and Entertainment WOW! Hospitality Concepts Inc. FRIENDS Dinner Sponsor ( L- R) – Ryan Downey, Co- Chair Blue Ribbon Committee; Leilani Kagan, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman ( TDS); Gord Mackintosh, Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship; Don Douglas, TDS; John Stefaniuk, TDS; Doug Forbes, TDS Migration Sponsor ( L- R) – Greg Siekaniec, CEO Ducks Unlimited Canada; Larry Wandowich, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries ( MBLL), Winston Hodgins MBLL, Dan Sanscartier MBLL, Wayne Perfumo, MBLL Premier Healthy Living Sponsor ( L- R) – Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre; Kirsten McConnell, The North West Company; Dan McConnell, The North West Company; Greg Siekaniec, CEO Ducks Unlimited Canada; Mac Dunfield, President Ducks Unlimited Canada; Elizabeth Wilson, Ducks Unimited Canada Wine Sponsor ( Back L- R) – George Andrews; G. J. Andrews Food & Wine Shoppe; Tammy Johnson, Johnson Waste Management Ltd.; Jeff Johnson, Johnson Waste Management, Ltd.; Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre ( L- R) – Rick Frost, The Winnipeg Foundation; Ryan Downey, Co- Chair Blue Ribbon Committee; Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre; Kevin Sitka, Assiniboine Credit Union Great- West Life Challenge ( L- R) – Pat O’Connor, Blackwood Family Enterprise Services; Hugh Moncrieff, Great- West Life; Kevin McFadden, McFadden Benefits and Pension Ltd. Auction Sponsor ( L- R) – Chris Derksen, Derksen Plumbing and Heating ( 1984) Ltd.; Alfred Schleier, Co- Chair Blue Ribbon Committee; James Derksen Derksen Plumbing and Heating ( 1984) Ltd. 0315/ AS 2015 Minister’s Dinner Warning: This column contains content that may be disturbing to some readers. D O you know who Cindy Gladue is? If you followed the disturbing trial of Bradley Barton, then it’s likely you only know Gladue’s name, and perhaps the horrific details about how she died. You might know she was indigenous, that she was 36 years old and that she worked in Edmonton’s sex trade. You might know she bled to death in a bathtub at the Yellowhead Inn in 2011. Her death was treated as a homicide. Last week, Barton, who was charged with firstdegree murder, walked away a free man after a jury found him not guilty. The defence argued the fatal 11- centimetre wound in her vagina was the accidental result of “ rough sex” and not, as the Crown prosector argued, the result of an intentional stabbing. Gladue’s blood- alcohol limit was four times the legal limit, which means she couldn’t legally consent to sex — rough or otherwise. Medical experts were divided on whether the wound could have been caused by a sharp object or tearing from sex. The Edmonton Journal reported Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Graesser told the jury last Tuesday they could convict Barton of first- degree murder or manslaughter, or acquit him. The jury chose to acquit him. There is no justice in this stunning decision for Cindy Gladue, who was so much more than what the month- long and incredibly re- victimizing trial reduced her to. She was someone with hopes and dreams and fears. She was someone with a family. She was someone. Gladue and her family have been in my thoughts since the verdict was handed down. It’s impossible to imagine what they’re going through. This story hits home because it’s too familiar. “ Sex worker found dead in bathtub” is a headline we’ve read too many times, in too many iterations. It’s not always a bathtub. Sometimes it’s a ravine. Or a river. Or sometimes, as in the case of 25- year- old Winnipegger Carolyn Marie Sinclair, it’s a trash receptacle. Too many women, indigenous women, have been tossed out like garbage. Indeed, sex workers face a disproportionate amount of violence — violence they are often blamed for by people who believe bad things happen to bad girls. The myth a sex worker “ can’t be raped” remains a persistent one. But sexual assault should not “ come with the territory.” Like anyone else, sex workers have bodily autonomy. They must consent. Cindy Gladue couldn’t have consented — and it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which she would consent to a sex act so violent. How “ rough” does sex have to be for someone to bleed out? In the courtroom, Gladue was literally reduced to her body parts when her preserved vagina was presented as evidence — a unprecedented move Alberta’s chief examiner said was necessary to understand the dispute over her “ unusual” injury. An unprecedented move that, no matter how one attempts to justify it, is a gross violation of the victim. As Canadian writer Karen Connelly powerfully wrote on her blog, “ So, here you go Canada, the vagina was on trial. An indigenous sex worker’s vagina was on trial. Not the white man who violated it. The indigenous body was judged guilty, obviously, sentenced to more abuse, more degradation, more injustice.” The not- guilty verdict shocked and sickened many people on social media who were holding out hope for a different outcome. This ruling hurts, because it sends yet another painful message about whose lives are valued in this country. A few writers, including Connelly, are urging people to put their outrage on paper and write letters to Crown prosecutor Carole Godfrey, asking for an appeal for a retrial. Because right now, as it stands, there is no justice for Cindy Gladue. And there never will be unless we raise our voices. jen. zoratti@ freepress. mb. ca JEN ZORATTI The not- guilty verdict shocked and sickened many people on social media who were holding out hope for a different outcome. This ruling hurts, because it sends yet another painful message about whose lives are valued in this country Verdict another violation of Edmonton victim FACEBOOK The decision in the first- degree murder trial for the death of Cindy Gladue shocked many. A_ 08_ Mar- 26- 15_ FP_ 01. indd A8 3/ 25/ 15 7: 27: 44 PM

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