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Articles, programs, and stories featuring the case of Rehtaeh Parsons. These go back to the first week following her death in April 2013 until the present. The case is still ongoing so updates will be featured here as well.

[su_divider top=”no”] [su_heading size=”18″ align=”left”]April 2014[/su_heading]

05 Apr: Rehtaeh Parsons’ supporters march for awareness

Family and friends of Rehtaeh Parsons gathered in Cole Harbour, N.S. on Saturday to commemorate the one year anniversary of the teen’s death.

05 Apr: Father reflects on impact of daughter’s death

The father of Rehtaeh Parsons says there have been positive changes in the year since his daughter’s death, but more must be done to change the treatment of sexual assault victims in the justice system.

04 Apr: Comic book company to honour memory of Rehtaeh Parsons

Almost a year has passed since the death of Rehtaeh Parsons and her story has become well-known to people around the world.

Inspired by her story, Susan Jamieson contacted Canning with an idea to make Rehtaeh a character in a comic contest for students. Jamieson says she recognized Rehtaeh’s story as one that possesses the power of positive change.

“When I read Glen’s comments about the fact that Rehtaeh had more to say, I thought ‘I wonder if we could bring a real life story in here?’” says Jamieson, whose company, O2 Aqua, is sponsoring the Zoned Comic contest.

04 Apr: One Year Later: What justice for Rehtaeh Parsons?

A year ago in Halifax, a 17-year-old child strung herself from a bathroom doorknob, having been discharged from Halifax’s IWK Children’s Mental Heath Unit after being strip searched on suicide watch. That final indignity had been Rehtaeh Parsons’ last encounter with the Maze. Before that, a rudderless education administration had negligently handled her guidance record across three schools, and 16 months earlier an over-clocked justice staff had privately set her plainly photographed sexual assault aside to address more likely convictions. Full stop.

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31 Mar: Rehtaeh Parsons: Father of cyberbully victim speaks out

A year ago this month, his 17-year-old daughter Rehtaeh Parsons killed herself.

Now he is determined to speak about the circumstances of her death.

30 Mar: Disclosure hearing in Rehtaeh Parsons case delayed until late April

A court hearing in the Rehtaeh Parsons case won’t be going ahead Monday as scheduled.

Lawyers for two 19-year-old Eastern Passage men facing child pornography charges in Halifax youth court are at loggerheads with the Crown over the disclosure of evidence.

A hearing on the issue was set for Monday but one of the defence lawyers realized he was double-booked that day.

22 Mar: Rehtaeh Parsons-inspired UnSlut Project comes to Halifax to film documentary

Nearly one year after the alleged rape and suicide of Cole Harbour teen Rehtaeh Parsons, a woman has travelled to Halifax to shoot a documentary film she hopes will spark more discussion around sexual bullying.

“The point of the film is to demonstrate how widespread the issue of slut shaming is,” said Emily Lindin, founder of the UnSlut Project.

18 Mar: Teen from Parsons case jailed 10 days for ‘flagrant’ breach

A Dartmouth Crown attorney has run out of patience with one of two young men from Eastern Passage facing child pornography charges in the Rehtaeh Parsons case.

The 19-year-old was sentenced Tuesday to 10 days in jail for breaching his release conditions on another set of charges.

RCMP arrested the 19-year-old Tuesday morning and charged him with violating the conditions of his Feb. 28 recognizance on charges of possession of stolen property and breaching a court order.

[su_heading size=”18″ align=”left”]February 2014[/su_heading]

10 Feb: Judge orders end to Facebook cyberbullying under new law

A Nova Scotia judge granted a cyberbullying prevention order today as the province’s unique law faced its first test in court.

Justice Heather Robertson granted the prevention order against Christopher George Prosper in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax.

3 Feb: Cyberbullying law faces first courtroom test in Nova Scotia

A unique law will be tested in a Nova Scotia courtroom for the first time when government lawyers argue later this month that someone accused of making online threats should be ordered to stop the alleged cyberbullying.

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10 Jan: Lawyers in Parsons case at odds over disclosure of evidence

There’s an issue over the disclosure of evidence against two Eastern Passage teenagers facing child pornography charges in the Rehtaeh Parsons case. But it’s not clear what the disagreement is after a brief proceeding in Halifax youth court Friday.

Judge Jamie Campbell scheduled a hearing on the matter for March 31.

10 Jan: New cyberbullying laws should pass this spring, justice minister says

Justice Minister Peter MacKay is dismissing concerns his government’s new anti-cyberbullying law gives police too much power to snoop into the online lives of Canadians, saying it strikes the “proper balance.”

[su_heading size=”18″ align=”left”]December 2013[/su_heading]

28 Dec: Rehtaeh Parsons case: Not a routine procedure

Second of a two-part, in-depth examination of the police investigation and Crown decisions in the Rehtaeh Parsons case.

27 Dec: Rehtaeh Parsons case prompts scrutiny of police, prosecution procedures

First of a two-part, in-depth examination of the police investigation and Crown decisions in the Rehtaeh Parsons case.

26 Dec: How Rehtaeh Parsons taught us about respect

More than eight months after Rehtaeh Parsons took her own life, I still think of a sentence her mother said to me just a couple days after her daughter’s death.

11 Dec: Rehtaeh Parsons-prompted review welcomed by father

The father of Rehtaeh Parsons is welcoming a report into mental health programs and policies in Nova Scotia and says the review should lead to changes.

10 Dec: Family of Rehtaeh Parsons hopes to open youth centre in her memory

The family of Rehtaeh Parsons is campaigning online to raise funds to build a youth centre in Cole Harbour, N.S., so local teens can have a “safe haven” to go to when seeking support.

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10 Nov: Rehtaeh Parsons’s parents talk cyberbullying at P.E.I. summit

Hundreds of people came together in Charlottetown on Saturday to talk about online harassment and how social media companies can play a role.

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21 Sept: Rehtaeh Parsons Case: Nova Scotia Tories Promise To Launch Judicial Inquiry

The father of Rehtaeh Parsons is pressuring Nova Scotia’s political parties to launch a judicial inquiry into his daughter’s death, saying a review already underway into the handling of her case will not go far enough.

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30 Aug: What if Rehtaeh Parsons Had Taken the Law into Her Own Hands?

Like most of us, I was shocked to read about the tragic death of Rehtaeh Parsons and the alleged gang rape, cyber bullying, and child pornography victimization that apparently led to her taking her own young life. The family pictures posted online of her will remain with me in my memory as they will with many other people worldwide. I admit that I cried while reading her story as penned by her own father.

12 Aug: Police role in Rehtaeh Parsons case to be reviewed

A former Ontario deputy attorney general will scrutinize the Nova Scotia police and public prosecution’s investigation into the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Cole Harbour girl who died after she was bullied online. Murray Segal will review the timing of their actions and examine whether police and the prosecution service followed procedural policy.

08 Aug: Child porn charges against 2 teens in Rehtaeh Parsons case

Two 18-year-old men face charges in the case of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Nova Scotia girl who took her own life after she was bullied online. One was charged with two counts of distributing child pornography, and the other was charged with making and distributing child pornography.

07 Aug: N.S. cyberbullying legislation allows victims to sue

[su_heading size=”18″ align=”left”]June 2013[/su_heading]

11 Jun: Rehtaeh Parsons yelled during alleged strip-search, say witnesses

Witnesses say they heard Rehtaeh Parsons yelling during an alleged strip-search while she was being treated for depression and suicidal thoughts at a Halifax hospital last year.

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13 May: Rehtaeh Parsons report won’t lay blame, says panel

A review on how the Halifax Regional School Board handled the events leading up to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons will not look into her alleged assault or the distribution of a photo linked to the allegations and will instead focus on school board policies.

[su_heading size=”18″ align=”left”]April 2013[/su_heading]

20 April: Rehtaeh Parsons remembered at anti-bullying concert

People gathered in Halifax Saturday night for an anti-cyberbullying concert to honour Rehtaeh Parsons, but her family said even in death their daughter is being attacked online.

17 April: Posters go up supporting boys in Rehtaeh Parsons case

Friends, family and supporters of the four boys allegedly involved in the Rehtaeh Parsons case have taken their voice to the streets of Halifax.

13 April: Friends, family, dignitaries attend Rehtaeh Parsons funeral

Rehtaeh Parsons’ family and friends gathered Saturday in Halifax for her funeral. The 17-year-old took her own life after months of bullying.

10 April: Dad shattered over death of Rehtaeh Parsons

The father of Rehtaeh Parsons says he tried his best to save his daughter’s life in an emotional blog posted on his website. Glen Canning posted the entry Wednesday morning, a day after his daughter’s death made headlines around the world.

09 April 2013: Rape, bullying led to N.S. teen’s death, says mom

The mother of a teenage girl from Nova Scotia who killed herself after allegedly being raped and photographed by four boys is speaking out, to tell the story behind her daughter’s tragic death. Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, died on Sunday in hospital after attempting suicide a few days earlier.

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