RCMP resources…

     Aug 31, 2015  CBC News - Dean Beeby RCMP database on missing persons is overdue, over budget - Harper government promise of national database for unidentified remains stalled 5 years later There has been a long standing debate about … [Read more...]

Life’s ploy…

     Aug 28, 2015  Hill Times-on-line – Tim Naumetz Canadians believe 'Life Means Life' Act an election ploy: poll  More than half those polled say that Harper’s ‘life-means-life’ announcement last week is an election ploy based on … [Read more...]

Spot checks?

     Aug 26, 2015  Toronto Star – San Grewal Peel police conducted 159,303 street checks in six years Known as ‘carding’ in Toronto, and just as controversial, Peel Regional Police records show that one out of 46 residents had been … [Read more...]

Inside the PMO…

    Aug. 25, 2015  Globe and Mail – Editorial (Aug. 24, 2015) Ottawa’s accountability problems start at the top, in the PMO The editorial says that the Duffy affair has given a penetrating look inside the operations of the PMO whose … [Read more...]

Drawbacks in C-14…

    Aug. 24, 2015  CBC News (BC) – Jason Proctor Law that gives locations of mentally ill offenders questioned after B.C. man threatened The revelation of the location of a man convicted for murder and released under the … [Read more...]

Looking good, doing poorly…

    Aug 21, 2015 Ottawa Citizen - Lisa Kerr and Anthony N. Doob How the Conservatives have changed crime policy The article by these two fine experts – Kerr a Queen’s law professor and Doob an Emeritus criminologist at U of T - on … [Read more...]

“Life means life”

    Aug 19, 2015 Canadian Press Harper says he’ll resurrect ‘life means life’ legislation One of the bills already promised but allowed to die on the order paper, Stephen Harper has resurrected the “life means life” bill in the … [Read more...]

Punishing mental illness…

    Aug. 17, 2015 Toronto Star – Amy Dempsey Ontario justice system ‘punishes’ mental illness The John Howard Society of Ontario is about to release a new report on the interface of mental health and criminal justice.  The report is … [Read more...]

Aboriginal justice…

    Aug. 16, 2015 The Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy – David Daubney Truth, Reconciliation and Prisons Citing a long standing over-representation of Aboriginals in Canada’s prisons, Daubney recalls the development of criminal justice … [Read more...]

Waiting…

    Aug. 15, 2015 (Ed note:  We have eleven weeks of political announcements and attention seeking stunts for proposed new policies, all meant to shout down the other.  Few of these announcements will ever reach to the authentically human … [Read more...]