Elkford victim focus of feature story: The Lookout inspired by sad frequency of crime stories

Elk Valley Miner
Thursday, August 9, 2001

Bobbie Saga

A Sparwood mother is applauding the launch of a new Vancouver-based magazine dedicated to missing people and crime prevention.

Deborah Jardine, whose daughter Angela is one of over 30 missing women from Vancouver's Eastside district, said publication of The Lookout is long overdue. "I strongly feel this is a publication that is extremely informative and insightful," Jardine said.

The recently launched magazine focuses on children, families and those whose lives have been impacted by crime. Its aim is to help families of abduction victims find healthier and happier lives, to guide and protect children and to promote the apprehension of wanted criminals.

In the September edition, Jardine's case will take the magazine's feature spot with a six-page spread. "Hardly a day passes without news of a child who has been beaten, killed, enticed into prostitution, tortured or who prefers to sleep on the streets because it's better than sleeping at home," Jardine said. "But we can fight back," she continued.

"This magazine provides answers and hope to the pain on the streets and in the homes of this country. We can offer direction, vital information, guidance and create awareness in print about the most talked [about] fears which have raised the hairs on the back of everyone's neck and caused countless groups in Canada and the United States to rise up in defense."

The magazine's publisher Stephen Kraft said although cases of women missing from Vancouver's Eastside have been high profile in the media over the past two years, he is focusing on the cases and will feature one victim each publication.

"It's not just another story," Kraft said. "We're talking about these cases on Hastings Street because people forget and these downtown Eastside girls, they grew up and went in the wrong direction, but they were somebody's children."

Kraft also said personal experience prompted the publication, explaining that in 1985 his then four-year-old son Jason was abducted by his common-law wife of two years. "There was not a magazine like this. It's about time. It's for people, the mothers, the fathers and the kids to speak out directly," he said, adding most stories will be written by family members who are missing a loved one.

He also said since the magazine's launch, he has received extensive interest from people to publish their stories. "It's incredible. I can't keep up with it," he said.

by Bobbie Saga, Elk Valley Miner
Reprinted courtesy of editor Jim Burwell, "The Free Press" Fernie, BC

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