CBC Student Voice: Not Criminally Responsible or Dangerous Offender?

Photo taken by John Woods, Canadian Press

Photo taken by John Woods, Canadian Press

Over the past few weeks, Winnipeggers, Manitobans, and Canadians have been debating whether or not Vincent Li, the man who killed Tim McLean in 2008 but was found not criminally responsible, should be given greater independence and within the city of Winnipeg. Throughout this debate, there have been many misunderstandings of the concept of NCR, mental illness, schizophrenia.

Here is the report from CBC Manitoba describing the Criminal Code Review board’s decision to allow Li greater access and also the Federal Government’s response: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/vince-li-granted-unsupervised-outings-1.2554175

Shelly Glover, Manitoba’s most senior Member of Parliament, weighed in on February 28th: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/vince-li-s-new-freedoms-outrage-manitoba-mp-shelly-glover-1.2555600

But do our government and outraged members of the public understand the true nature of mental illness and the idea of NCR?

Here is Chris Summerville speaking about mental illness and schizophrenia at the most recent TEDxManitoba:

Here is a fascinating documentary form the CBC’s Fifth Estate on NCR: http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-man-who-hears-voices

Based on what you have read, heard, and watched, what do you think justice is in this particular case? Should Vincent Li be reintroduced into society or should he be locked up? Respond via Twitter using the hashtag #CBCStudentVoice and #VincentLi. (If you are in Mr. Henderson’s class, please also use #CCW2015 or #SJRLaw.) If you do not use Twitter, please leave a comment below. Be clear, use evidence, and be courteous.

Other Resources

CBC Manitoba: Offenders Deemed NCR Not Likely to Reoffend

Mary Agnes Welch (Winnipeg Free Press) Op-Ed

Dan Lett (Free Press) Op-Ed

Other Notable NCR Cases