April 22 – Talking to the Justice Minister of Nova Scotia

It was certainly an interesting day.  Who would have thought it would include talking to the Hon Ross Landry (Justice Minister of Nova Scotia).  The discussion centred around cybercrimes and of course, the sending of photos online and exploiting children/youth, just like what happened to Amanda, Rehteah, Audrie and so many more.  I read in the paper that Leah Parsons will be meeting with Stephen Harper tomorrow.  That is such great news.  Hopefully some changes can be made and good discussions can be undertaken.  After the phone conversation, I was confident that the following would be requested by Minister Landry at his meeting with Minister Nicholson:

1) A look at the Criminal code – the part that covers images distributed without consent for malicious intent/sexual purpose for both children and adults

2) Direction to the Cyber Crime working group to expedite work – have something to report by the fall

If I must say so, it is about time that we as a nation looked at this.  Of course, this is the tip of the ice berg.  Along with this comes youth mental health, emergency crisis care for children/youth and of course more anti-bullying/cyberbullying prevention and resources.  There is also tackling social media changes.  Sexual exploitation.  On-line harassment.  Digital citizenship.  The list goes on.  My brain gets tired from thinking about it all.  I look at it and say ‘HOW’.  Others look at me and say ‘SHARE’.

Come on Village!!

Tonight I was asked to share stories about Amanda.  It is so hard to pull them out of my brain.  It is so much easier to have memories triggered by friends sitting around talking about all our kids.  Funny stories and the ones that made us cry.

Like the time she was given a time out in her room and then crawled out the window.  Not a good idea.  The roof was sloped.  Was wondering why their was yelling in the front yard.  Oh Amanda…

Like the time you took every pillow and cushion and blanket and put them on the sundeck for your girls night sleepover.  The deck was safe from raccoons and creepers because it had no steps to come up.  But the next morning, it was roasting hot from the sun being on that side of the house.  Oh no, screeching girls.   Oh Amanda ….

There is a Monster March planned in Washington DC on October 12, 2013.  That is 2 days after October 10th.  Would love to attend but …. and I often wonder how that one year date will feel as it approaches.  I think I need to talk it out with some parents I know.  I have met more wonderful parents all with the same visions.  Although they are in the U.S., it is about the same morals, values and changes.

Someone passed on this resource tonight from CCCP (Canadian Centre for Child Protection)

Zoe and Molly Online – http://www.zoeandmolly.ca/pdfs/ZM_ZoeAndMollyComic_Grade4_en.pdf

Zoe and Molly On the Net – http://www.zoeandmolly.ca/pdfs/ZM_ZoeAndMollyComic_Grade3_en.pdf

It would be nice to see more youth involved in this change.  Can we find some to start something?

Gotta go to bed… xoxo  Love you babygirl…

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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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6 Responses to April 22 – Talking to the Justice Minister of Nova Scotia

  1. merle48 says:

    Memories of your beautiful daughter will pop up everywhere all the time, because as singer Willie Nelson sang: “You Were Always On My Mind.” As for mental health issues…this is the key to the rest…many of our children/loved ones are not mentally healthy. They cannot tackle even the minute things…never mind the bigger, tougher ones! Mental health should be a priority when addressing the above issues. When people are mentally healthy, they can handle tough situations and endure much more B.S….not that they should, but they know how to deal with it. Identifying people who fall in this category can only be undertaken with the proper resources, and this is lacking in the U.S. as well as other countries. People who have mental illness are still not treated with the dignity and understanding they deserve. Mostly, they’re either shunned, taunted, because they’re not understood. Yes, UNDERSTOOD…a key word.

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  2. Paul K says:

    Nice work there Carol.From the kitchen table all the way to the government roundtable.You’re moving faster than a dogs tail in a meat market!Poor Amanda tumbling off the roof.Poor Mom,already worrying about the anniversary date.It is only still Spring………

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  3. la Punisher says:

    Been reading a bit online about Mr. Landry, Justice Minister of Nova Scotia, I am not to sure about his sincerity, I want to believe he will do the right thing, Is he sincere or just repairing political damage? I hope its sincere cause what he achieves will have a great effect across our great nation and help to protect the most precious and vulnerable. Your doing great Carol, keep up the excellent work and HAGD .. Hugz 2u 🙂

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    • Andria says:

      Boa Noite La punisher !!

      Boa Noite !!
      Carol gosto de ver e saber que você esta melhor com nossa luta …digo nossa em Geral ,pois em meu pais a luta aqui é constante não se ve falar de buling nen quando ocorre uma tragedia e é triste saber que as pessoas só estão tomando conciencia disto agora ..mas enfim a luta continua PS ..aDORO OUVIR AS HISTÓRIAS DE AMANDA .

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      • la Punisher says:

        Goodnight La punisher!

        Good Night!
        Carol like to see and know that you are better with our struggle … our say in general, because in my country the fight here is not constant ve talk buling nen when a tragedy and sad to know that people are only taking conscience it now .. but anyway the fight continues .. PS I love hearing STORIES AMANDA.

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