CoSA loses federal funding

 Feb. 27, 2014  CoSA federal government funding ends the end of March  Advocates and volunteers alike in the most widely respected and effective program for working with sex offenders, Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA), are … [Read more...]

Anguish for a casualty of corrections…

  Feb. 26, 2014 Ed Note:  Today communiqué passes on a most moving story of the pain and worry behind imprisonment, especially of the mentally ill.  In the letter below Farhat Rehman, the mother of Rehan, describes her concerns to Howard … [Read more...]

Alternate funding models…

  Feb. 26, 2014 Ed Note:  Please be aware that I gave an incorrect link for the first article from Professor Anthony Doob’s trilogy in the last communiqué.  For the article entitled Issues related to Harsh Sentences and Mandatory … [Read more...]

Effectiveness of harshness…

   Feb. 25, 2014 University of Toronto – Anthony Doob, Rosemary Gartner;  University of Ottawa - Cheryl Marie Webster  Three research summary documents… Here, to compliment our focus on evidence based guidance, are three articles from … [Read more...]

Beginning another way…

 Feb. 23, 2014  Smart Justice Network of Canada Police and community Partnerships National Symposium March 26, 27, 2014 – National Arts Center, Ottawa   Pacific Business and Law Institute, in partnership with Smart Justice Network … [Read more...]

Tough-on-crime vs soft-on-crime?

  Feb. 21, 2014  Huffington Post (Canada) – Altheia Raj Could Liberal Convention Proposals Make Trudeau Look Soft On Crime?   The reversal of the Conservative ‘tough-on-crime’ measures and the proposal to buy-back long guns have … [Read more...]

Confidence in justice?

Feb 19, 2014  CTV News - Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press Study finds Canadians have little confidence in justice system  An internal federal Justice Department study prepared for a policing conference last month has outlined a problem with … [Read more...]


  Feb. 16, 2014 Senate Bill 208 – Senator James S. Cowan An Act to establish the Canadian Commission on Mental Health and Justice  The bill, introduced in November 2013 is currently going through second reading debate in the senate.  … [Read more...]

Three deaths…

   Feb. 13, 2014  Toronto Star – Laura Kane Toronto police shootings inquest rules deaths as homicides; recommends training changes   Three months and dozens of witnesses later, the police inquest into the deaths of three mentally ill … [Read more...]

Access to justice…

  Feb. 10, 2014   Toronto Star –  Alyshah Hasham Access to justice: Help coming for people headed to Canada’s civil and family courts   Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell who chaired a comprehensive report on how to … [Read more...]