SISTER OF SLAIN DOCTOR LAUNCHES BOOK:
A Doctor’s Calling: A matter of conscience
Hazel Magnussen, younger sister of Dr. Douglas George Snider, the physician whose life was taken by another physician in May 1999, has written a book telling her brother’s story. The book chronicles Snider’s life, career and efforts to ensure quality health and medical care for the community of Fairview in the Alberta Peace River country.
Magnussen reviews the history of disruptive behavior and events leading up to the crime by Abe Cooper, who was charged with first degree murder but convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter. She also describes the criminal justice process that allowed her brother, the victim to be put on trial while the history and due process rights of the defendant were protected.
Magnussen argues that the safety of the public and the rights of victims of crime ought to be priorities for justice reform:
Criminal justice reform is necessary in order to ensure that, according to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, all persons have”the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination.” That includes victims of crime and the public at large. Only then can confidence in the Canadian criminal justice system be restored. ( A Doctor’s Calling .p 140)