Sunday, May 01, 2005

Carolyn Gardner

This morning, I had the pleasure of being on CFRA radio with Shirley Roy on The Broad Perspective. She had an interesting panel of men and women including Carolyn Gardner, whose sister Sheryl was brutally murdered in 1981 at the tender age of 15. Ralph Power, the man who committed this unspeakable act is currently eligible for day parole. He has never shown any remorse for his crime, and his DNA will not be automatically submitted into a national bank because this was not a legal requirement at the time that he committed the act.

Sometimes the law is so damn picky! Retroactivity is a ridiculous technicality in this case. A potentially dangerous man may be released from prison. The least that the law can do to protect future victims is to take a sample of this man's DNA.

Carolyn has started a petition opposing parole for Ralph Power. Please visit her web site at to read about the details of her case and to support her efforts.

Many thanks.

Sigrid Macdonald

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

It was a pleasure meeting you today too! There are problems with existing legislation and I hope people take a minute to make their voices count. Please write your MP and let him or her know you have a problem with the current DNA Databank legislation! Not sure why you have a problem? Think about the fact that Karla Homolka is going to get out of prison without submitting DNA in the Databank. She's just one of many offenders who are not required to submit DNA. Not sure what to say to your MP, visit the web site and go to What You Can Do. Tips are there! Thanks so much!