Violent Crime Expert Witness Speaks Out On Proposed Wal-Mart

The Sun Times reports: An Ontario Municipal Board hearing into a proposed Wal-Mart in Port Elgin was suspended as lawyers and OMB officials went behind closed doors for most of the day Thursday. One of those witnesses was Laura Robinson, who was introduced as an violent crime expert witness speaking on violence against women. Robinson supports FOSS’s stand that any large development on the land in question will compromise the safety of recreational trail users. “It’s a story that needs to be told,” she said. “As an athlete I understand that you’re already taking a risk due to the inherent danger of sport . . . there is a responsibility to reduce other risks. Not knowing who is around the corner is a danger. Wal-Mart’s own expert witness called the trail curve an ambush site. That’s frightening.”