When Tori Stafford's family received an official notice last year that the woman who killed her child had been taken from prison to a healing battalion, they thought there was nothing they could do.
"We really did not take into account that it was something we could address. The lyrics felt like this:" So sad, very bad. This happened There's nothing you can do, "said the girl's abbe, Doreen Graichen, on Wednesday.
When his son, Rodney Stafford, discovered this fall about the transfer, he was angry. The London Free Press broke the story about transferring, demonstrations and protests and increased public indignation.
To the surprise of the family, and to the surprise perhaps of thousands of ordinary Canadians who think their voices do not matter, the federal government changed the rules on Wednesday to prevent it from happening again and send to the killer Terri-Lynne McClintic, back to prison
International prisoners will have a hard time being transferred to "indigenous healing accommodation" if they are serving long sentences, said Security Minister Ralph Goodale.
According to the new rules announced on Wednesday, prisoners will not be able to opt for transfers to healing hospitals without guaranteed perimeters until they are in the "preparation for release" phase of their sentences.
The Canada Correction Service will also have to consider the behavior of inmates and how close they are being eligible for temporary absences without escort from the prison before transferring them.
In addition, the deputy commissioner of women will be involved in the decisions to ensure that national standards are applied consistently and are considered relevant factors.
The changes will apply to past and future cases.
Rodney Stafford learned about the new rules of journalists on Wednesday and said he was waiting for the word that McClintic had sent or what he was about to be.
"I'm just sitting here in limbo. It's brutal."
But Stafford said he was pleased with the public protests provoked new rules.
"It is helping to maintain public safety," he said.
He did not seem impressed by the notion of helping to force the federal government to make changes.
"It's all in my baby's name," he said.
Tori, 8, was walking home from school in Woodstock on April 8, 2009, when McClintic approached her, promised to show him a dog and drew a car directed by Michael Rafferty.
They both took the girl to a remote location north of Guelph, where Tori was raped, beaten to death, and hiding in trash cans in a tree forest.
McClintic pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder in 2010 and testified at Rafferty's trial in 2012, where he was convicted of a first-degree murder.
In that trial, McClintic's past and violent past became even more evident. She pleaded guilty that same year to assault a prisoner at the Grand Valley Institute of Kitchener, whom he drew to a meeting under the pretext of seeking help from a mentor.
At some point at the end of last year, McClintic, 28, was transferred from Grand Valley to Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan.
Rodney Stafford did not receive the necessary notification from the Canadian Correctional Service on the transfer.
Once it was done, the followers began planning a demonstration in the Parliament Hill and once the news broke, the provincial and federal politicians began to push the liberal federal government to reverse the transfer.
The police chief of Woodstock, Bill Renton, who led the investigation into the disappearance of Tori and the hunt of his assassins, denounced the transfer.
Goodale ordered Canada's Correctional Service to review its decision and its policies, but after an emotional and heated debate in the House of Commons, the Liberals rejected a conservative motion to condemn and defeat the decision.
The concentration in Parliament Hill on November 2 attracted most of the Stafford family together, said Graichen.
"My children were watching cousins who had not seen in 40 years, there to support us," he said.
As they did nine years ago, thousands of Canadians supported the family because of who Tori had and what happened to him, said Graichen.
"It was such a brutal act. It could be the girl of anybody."
Goodale told reporters on Wednesday that there is a need for correctional service "increase the level of public awareness" about how to make decisions.
"These are decisions that are not taken agile or whimsical. They are based on evidence and sound principles, and we must have a greater level of understanding of it."
In addition, there must be a more meaningful and useful communication with the victims, bearing in mind the anguish they have suffered, he said.
"They need to know that their perspective is being respected."
That statement resonated with Graichen.
"I think the family of the victims should have a loudest voice in what happens and will not be notified after the fact:" Oh, by the way, this has happened. "
His son fought since Tori's death, but promised to make a difference in the Canadian judicial system, said Graichen.
"I am very proud of him. He is making a difference that he said he would do."
With Canadian Press files