Before the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) closed out its latest conference at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s Thursday, a session was held where Canadian Sen. Roméo Dallaire addressed the delegates, encouraging them to offer their skills for international policing missions.
Dallaire spoke with reporters beforehand, explaining the focus of the talk would be the “incredibly increased demand” for policewomen for stabilizing unstable nations and supporting conflict settlement worldwide.
He said policewomen have an important role to play in removing child soldiers from conflict situations.
“There’s an absolute essential requirement of having female police engaged in the demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration of child soldiers — of which 40 per cent are girls — because in a number of countries we can’t even get close to the girls, by religious or cultural stigmas or barriers. And so only the women can do it,” he said.
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Friday’s print edition of The Telegram, on the other hand, contains much, much more, from news to opinion to our expanded A&E section.
Inside Friday’s print edition:
• Anyone who met Ken Hickey learned swiftly he was a lovely guy.
No one knew that about him more than his wife, Rolanda Ryan.
“It was a beautiful 17 years,” Ryan said Thursday.
“I could literally count on one hand or less when we actually had a disagreement. To this day I do not know what his yelling voice sounds like. I never, ever heard him yell. He was so gentle, the most laid-back, passive, gentle person I have ever met in my life.”
Hickey, whose miracle story of surviving pancreatic cancer after being given two months to live and was included in the 2004 documentary film “Pleasant Street,” finally lost that battle at age 54 Tuesday in St. John’s.
• Tree Walsh lost power at her west end home in St. John’s during tropical storm Leslie at 10 a.m. Tuesday after a tree knocked down by heavy wind tore the connection to her electrical service mast. The tree also damaged the mast.
“I just heard this moan, and I said, ‘That sounds different.’ And when I came out to look, I looked at the front door, and the front porch was full of leaves, and I thought the tree was on the house.”
Fortunately, it was not on her home. She lost three trees as a result of the storm, but it’s the lack of electricity going into her home that’s Walsh’s biggest concern. Walsh suffers from sleep apnea and uses a machine each night to help her sleep.
“Without electricity, I can’t use it,” said Walsh, who said she has no idea when someone from Newfoundland Power will come to assess the situation at her home.
• A group advocating for sustainable fisheries management practices in the Grand Banks hopes meetings next week in Russia will aid that cause.
World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) will be among those in attendance when the Northwest Alantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) meets Sept. 17-21 in St. Petersburg.
Decisions are expected to be made on the long-term sustainability of Northwest Atlantic fish stocks, including those in the Grand Banks, where eight of the 19 stocks managed by NAFO are under moratorium. Southern Grand Bank cod is among them.
“Most of the fish stocks on the Grand Banks are depleted,” said Bettina Saier, WWF-Canada’s oceans program director. “NAFO’s track record in sustainably managing stocks is pretty bad.”
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