After two straight days of public outcry and doubling down at least once, the Alberta Teachers’ Association has finally dropped the convicted murderer they booked as one of their keynote speakers for the upcoming Calgary City Teachers' Convention.
Nicole Parisien was strangled to death in a Vancouver area apartment building in 2007 and thrown away like trash. According to her admitted killer, Andrew Evans, and as reported in the Times Colonist at the time of his early parole:
“Evans contacted the victim on Craigslist and paid her $200 for sex. He was on an hours-long, drug-fuelled bender that included 15 drinks, several hits of marijuana and half a tablet of ecstasy.
But when Evans failed to get an erection, he reacted in embarrassment by assaulting Parisian, choking her to death, wrapping her body in linens and dragging her into the bushes outside the apartment.”
Parisien was no match for her killer who was a former University of British Columbia rugby player.
Evans had to be talked into turning himself in after he fled to Calgary the day after the murder. He was sentenced to ten years to life for second-degree murder, but was paroled after seven.
He now works with troubled youth at a Calgary drug treatment centre, and this week, the Alberta Teachers’ union hired him to be a featured speaker at the Calgary City Teachers Convention.
According to the ATA, Evans was hired to speak about adolescent addiction and his journey through addiction. They said his story demonstrates “the tragedy and loss, as well as irreversible consequences for the addict and the community. By helping share the stories we hope people can learn from others and that further tragedies can be prevented by addressing youth addictions in our community.”
They even called Evans’ self serving narrative of redemption “a story of hope” in a now-scrubbed webpage.
Thankfully, after defending hiring a killer, the union has now disinvited Evans, caving to overwhelming public outcry.
Today, I’ll show you how Evans’ story isn’t one of a man redeemed but rather, a man who didn't get the sentence he deserved, and who tried to avoid responsibility for his crimes, who got out early because our system said this woman's life was only worth seven years and who is now being treated like a hero for staying sober and not killing again.
Nicole Parisien and her family were victimized again when the union hired Evans - by her killer who's now selling his so-called story of redemption for cash and fame, and by the union that that willing to pay for it.
The ATA owes Parisien’s family an apology.
But they're probably too busy trying to book Paul Bernardo for next year’s get-together.