Tonight’s Alberta Primetime panel

Well, the Alberta Primetime crime panel never did get the time in previous weeks to discuss a Manitoba doctor’s controversial guest column in the Winnipeg Free Press which advocated forced sterilization for women who repeatedly drink during pregnancy. Such are the vagaries of live television. With that in mind, here are the topics Grant MacEwan University criminologist Bill Pitt, Calgary defence lawyer David Andrews and I are scheduled to discuss tonight — time permitting, of course.

  • The case of Curtis Dale Hill, a violent offender who was the subject of a public warning upon his release from prison last week. Hill is now unlawfully at large, despite the efforts of a Calgary police unit dedicated to monitoring high-risk offenders in the community.
  • Public outrage in the wake of the recent revelation that serial killer Clifford Olson, now 70, collects Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement pensions. He may be the worst of the worst, but he’s hardly the only federal con getting pension payments.
  • A sexual assault charge against Calgary forensic psychiatrist Aubrey Levin, who appeared as a witness and authored psychiatric reports on convicts awaiting sentence. What affect can the allegations have on the justice system?

(Alberta Primetime airs live at 7 p.m. MDT on Access TV: Channel 13 in Calgary; Channel 351 on Bell TV; Channel 267 on Shaw Direct/Star Choice. You can visit the show’s segment archive to view past discussions about crime and other topics.)

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