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Small businesses face enough challenges without having to endure hostility – anonymous or otherwise.

In what would appear a minor incident, although nonetheless upsetting, the owners of the Scotsburn Country Store discovered one morning this week the word “liar” scrawled across a front window.

Owner Dan Vachon said he’s puzzled by the act, not surprisingly, and added that he wishes if someone has a problem they would discuss it.

Indeed, such attacks of vandalism are childish and vulgar.

It’s a disturbing incident in the community, which went through the loss of the former Co-Op store in the same location, then had the good fortune of a new owner setting up shop.

Echoing Vachon’s thoughts, someone with a gripe should present it. Another option is to simply shop elsewhere if you have a problem, rather than deface someone’s property under cover of darkness.


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Not surprisingly for most people, a coroner’s inquest jury has ruled the death of Ashley Smith in an Ontario prison in 2007 was a homicide. The New Brunswick woman, just 19, strangled herself in her cell as guards watched – having been told not to intervene as long as she was still breathing.

The jury also recommended that seriously mentally ill female offenders should not be held in prisons.

Testimony included reports of persistent troubled behaviour from Smith involving self-injury, that being at the root of the orders of non-intervention from prison authorities. She had spent most of the last three years of her life in segregation, in various institutions – all stemming from an incident that amounted to mischief.

This recommendation from the inquest jury raises the question of what psychiatric services are available to Canadians who are incarcerated. The incidence of mental illness among prison inmates is hardly rare.

Even more to the point, where was the medical and psychiatric help before this young woman ended up in the prison system?

Organizations: Scotsburn Country Store

Geographic location: Ontario, New Brunswick

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