Category Archives: Meetings

NOVEMBER MEETING

Do you wonder if there are crime television series you are missing?

Are you wondering if there are crime television series in far off lands?

Are there websites covering crime fiction that you may have missed?

Are there newer books  on writing crime novels which you are unaware of?

If you answered yes to any of the above  please join us:

WHEN:  Wednesday November 8, 2017

TIME:    7 p.m.

WHERE:  Honeywell Room  (second floor),   Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Avenue West)

Speaker Michael Murphy will discuss some lesser known crime television series you may have missed and also cover crime fiction websites and newer books on writing.  Michael was a librarian for many years with Ottawa Public Library and past president of Capital Crime Writers.

CCW DUES FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON ARE BEING COLLECTED.  FEES FOR THE YEAR ARE $40.00.  RECEIPTS ARE ISSUED AT THE MEETING.

Dues can also be paid via PayPal – see the Join Us link on the website at capitalcrimewriters.com.

OCTOBER MEETING

THE OCTOBER MEETING IS ON WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18,  7 P.M.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM BOUCHERCON 2017:

Bouchercon is the premier mystery conference for mystery fans.  Join us for reports from the conference.  Many CCW members are planning to attend.  Come and hear about workshops and other happenings at the conference.

DATE:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WHERE:   Honeywell Room (second floor),  Ottawa City Hall  (110 Laurier Avenue West).

TIME: 7 PM

CCW DUES FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON ARE BEING COLLECTED.  FEES FOR THE YEAR ARE $40.00.  RECEIPTS ARE ISSUED AT THE MEETING.

Dues can also be paid via PayPal – see the Join Us link on the website at capitalcrimewriters.com.

 

David Tremain to speak at September 13, 2017 meeting

 

CCW MEETING WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 2017

Pizza will be served.  If you are coming,  please email m.murphy345@hotmail.com so I know how much pizza is needed.  The mystery book exchange is also taking place.  Bring a mystery you have finished reading & exchange it for something else.  After the
 PLEASE MARK YOU CALENDARS AND COME TO THE MAY  MEETING IF POSSIBLE.  A STRONG INTEREST IN THE ELECTIONS IS NEEDED, OTHERWISE CCW IS AT RISK OF FOLDING.

The  CCW Executive is composed of the following positions:
PRESIDENT: oversees the Executive; builds consensus at Executive meetings; oversees the implementation of Association plans & programs; ensures Association operates in accordance with its By- Laws; calls Executive meetings; organizes agenda & chairs Executive meetings.

VICE-PRESIDENT: carries out duties & responsibilities of the President when the President is unavailable; runs the Audrey Jessup short story contest.

PAST-PRESIDENT: serves in advisory capacity to Executive to facilitate the continuity of information from one Executive to the next

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: responsible for the content of the regular monthly meetings(speakers & workshops) & the December dinner.  Reserves the meeting rooms for the monthly meetings.

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: responsible for implementing & maintaining communications, including an Internet presence.

SECRETARY/MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: maintains membership records; solicits membership renewals; drafts summary minutes of Executive meetings.

TREASURER: maintains a bank account in the name of ‘Capital Crime Writers’; receives  fees & reimburses expenses; prepares an annual financial summary

For the past year the SECRETARY-MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR & TREASURER positions have been filled by one person
The Program Director is normally assisted by  two members from the Association.  The Communications Director is normally assisted by one member from the Association.

Members who have served on the Executive have generally served for a number of terms.  This has given the Executive a degree of continuity.  However, few new members have joined in recent years.  The Organization’s  strength lies in its members.  An executive needs and benefits greatly from an infusion of new Executive members.  New members build on past strengths, bring new ideas and help the Association face new  challenges.  In short, the Executive remains relevant to its members and carries the organization forward.

Any member of CCW can put their name forward for any position on the Executive.  A number of current Executive members have agreed to stay on the Executive.  CURRENTLY THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND ONE OF HIS ASSISTANTS POSITIONS WILL BECOME VACANT.  THE PERSON WHO HAS OVERSEEN UPDATING THE WEBSITE WILL ALSO STEP DOWN.  OTHER EXECUTIVE POSITIONS MAY BECOME VACANT.

The Executive meets about four times a year.  The meetings usually take place in a library or a pub.  Having vacant  Executive positions places more work on fewer members.  Our Executive needs new blood.

If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the Executive positions outlined above, or if you have any questions, please contact the President   Michael Murphy (m.murphy345@hotmail.com).

I look forward to a good turnout for this important meeting.  It’s your CCW, please participate.

Michael Murphy

April Meeting Announcement

When:  7 pm, Wednesday April 12, 2017

Where:  Honeywell Room, second floor, Ottawa City Hall

Speaker:  Ray Tallim, Provincial Crown Prosecutor

Ray Tallim is a Provincial Crown Prosecutor who has worked for the department for 17 years.  He will share stories of his job  and answer questions.

March CCW Meeting

When: 7:00 pm, Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Where: Honeywell Room, second floor, Ottawa City Hall.
Speaker: Staff Sergeant Stephanie Burns of the Organized Fraud Section of the Ottawa Police Service.
Fraud is all around. The Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Section focuses on investigating fraud matters and trends that can be linked, tracked and documented such as:
  • Fraud Against Seniors
  • Counterfeit Fraud (currency and other documents)
  • Credit Cards and Debit Card Fraud,
  • Cheque Fraud
  • Social Assistance (welfare) Fraud
  • Computer Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Corporate Fraud
Some common scams include: email scams, advance fee scams, cheque overpayment scams, charitable organization scams, lottery scams, computer virus scams (haven’t we all heard “This is Windows Technical Department and we are receiving bad signals from your computer,” romance scams, loans/scholarship scams, tax and Revenue Canada scams (It seems the frausters don’t know it has long been called Canada Revenue Agency), seniors being targeted, blessing scams, and door to door scams.
Staff Sergeant Burns has been a police officer for 25 years. She is a full-time officer, a part-time photographer and a lover of horses at all times. When there is a jewelry box, other people may see a beautiful item, she will see a great surface for fingerprints. Staff Sergeant Burns is on Twitter and often tweets advice such as: banks don’t communicate security concerns via text message. She will talk to CCW about fraud and provide advice on how to avoid it.

Festive dinner Dec. 14

When and where

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Where: Tony Capones Italian Grill, 2369 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

The festive dinner takes place at Capone’s Italian Grill.  Come for dinner, starting at 6 p.m.  Our after dinner speaker is R.J. Harlick, author of  the Meg Harris mystery series.

Space is limited.  Please email president@capitalcrimewriters.com to reserve your place.  Please include the number of people in your party.

Forensic Identification – Crime Scene Analysis

Topic: Forensic Identification – Crime Scene Analysis
Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Colonel By Room, second floor, Ottawa City Hall

Kelly Menna of the Ottawa Police Service will be discussing the role of the Forensic Section of the police service in investigations.

Kelly joined the Ottawa Police Service in 2008 and was assigned to general patrol/911 response in the West End. In 2011, Kelly received training as a Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO), authorized to forensically process scenes, such as break and enters, mischief to properties, assaults etc on top of general calls for service.

In January 2016, Kelly transferred to the Forensic Identification Section (FIS) and so returned to the Ontario Police College for approximately three months for further training, graduating at the top of the class for fingerprint submissions and second overall.

The Forensic Identification Section (FIS) provides 24/7 service for Ottawa. It is responsible for crime scene documentation, including the identification, collection, preservation, examination and continuity of crime scene exhibits.

A Forensic Identification Officer has a demanding and complex set of duties that is supported through diverse education and training as well as practical experience. They attend crime scenes ranging from break and enters to deaths and near death (including suicides and attempted suicides, homicides, fatal and near fatal motor vehicle accidents). Popular television shows like “CSI” have brought attention to the science of forensic analysis and although these shows are very entertaining, crimes are not always solved that quickly.