God bless us, one and all…

    Dec 24, 2014 (Ed note:  We are approaching a time when most media is summarizing the news events rather than delivering new.  Time for holidays, back in the New Year … One correction: A recent item identified Retired Judge Marion Lane as … [Read more...]

On Judges…

    Dec 22, 2014  Blogger Marion Lane, retired judge (BC) Judicial Appointments Delayed, Justice Denied  The blog presents a short review of the recent history of appointments to the SCC and then suggests “Respect for process, transparency … [Read more...]

RJ on trial?

 Dec 19, 2014  CBC News Dalhousie president response:  Dalhousie University president Richard Florizone  The controversy at Dalhousie around response to a public facebook degradation of a number of women by a male club of dental students.  … [Read more...]

Limits…

   Dec 17, 2014  Edmonton Journal – Editorial (Dec 16, 2014) Set limits on isolating prisoners  Last week Corrections Canada said that it would not limit the amount of time an inmate could spend in solitary confinement or segregation.  The … [Read more...]

The cost of torture…

   Dec 15, 2014  iPolitics – Kristie Smith Canada’s torture inquiries cost PCO, CSIS more than $31.6M  Canada has been on the periphery of the torture scene and it has cost over $31 million, not counting commission or compensation for … [Read more...]

Cell phones…

    Dec 12, 2014   National Newswatch – Mike Blanchfield, Canadian Press Police get limited cell phone search power  The Supreme Court of Canada has made its first ruling around cell phone searches.  The court ruled 4-3 that police have … [Read more...]

Torture report…

   Dec. 11, 2014  US Senate Torture Report Executive Summary:  The summary suggests that the CIA techniques were not effective and did not save lives, that the CIA fed misleading information to policy makers and the public, and that the CIA … [Read more...]

Polar opposites…

    Dec. 9, 2014  TedX Talks – Danny Graham Those least like us have the most to teach us (About Ourselves)  Danny is a defense lawyer, politician, RJ advocate, and most of all a father of a young son – Patrick - who is a Downs Syndrome … [Read more...]

Solitary, still…

   Dec 7, 2014 Globe and Mail – Editorial (Dec. 6, 2014) Corrections Canada failed Edward Snowshoe, and it knows it  The editorial identifies solitary confinement for the problem it is: healthy people get sick in it, and sick people … [Read more...]

25 years later…

   Dec 5, 2014  CBC News – Sean Michaels Polytechnique massacre laid bare hidden oppression of women  Twenty-five years later Canadians are wondering about what has changed around violence towards women.  The lament for the 14 women killed … [Read more...]