The Conservative footprint…

    Oct. 20, 2015

 Canadian Press
Will Harper’s conservative footprint endure, or soon be washed away?

Harper was clear.  He wanted to change the face of Canada and for a decade many of Canada’s cherished social programs, institutions and safety nets were under attack or eliminated altogether.  CP is asking a pointed question about what will be left of that Conservative footprint, its security and tough-on-crime.  The question also includes what needs to be rebuilt.

Globe and Mail – Sean Fine
After a decade-long Conservative reign, what’s on Trudeau’s justice agenda?

Here’s enough to occupy your planning for a while.  Sean Fine has a list as long as your arm of justice issues that need the immediate attention of the new Liberal government, eleven items in all but with one- undoing the tough-on-crime business – that has a further five components.

 National Observer – Sandy Garossino
YELLOW STAIN: The bystander bigotry of newspaper endorsements

“The stain of this shameful moment in Canadian journalism will never wash completely clean from the Globe and Mail and Postmedia. Not only did they tolerate the ugliest political episode in Canada’s post-war era, they signed their names to it…The tragedy is that, by refusing to denounce and disown Canada’s most racist and misogynist election campaign in modern times, two nationally respected media institutions became its collaborators.”

Toronto Star – Ben Spurr
Faces of Toronto’s homeless youth  

At any given time of the year there are about 6,000 homeless youth between 16 and 24 on the streets of Canada.  According to Covenant House in Toronto which can claim about 2,000 of these homeless youth, about 70% of them are on the streets because the home is dysfunctional.  Some think it is time to start thinking beyond shelters to long range solutions.   Related article:  Toronto Star – Ben Spurr    Five homeless youth share their stories

Guardian (UK) – Victoria Law

There is no reliable or up-to-date information about how many women are pregnant in the US federal prisons, the state prisons or the country jails.  Likewise, there is no information, except anecdotal, about the medical care pregnant women are given.  Using the bits and pieces of records available, the estimate is that just about 9400 pregnant women a year enter one level or the other of the prison system.   Full Original article:  In These Times – Victoria Law   U.S. Prisons and Jails Are Threatening the Lives of Pregnant Women and Babies – Our 6-month investigation reveals the horrific and shameful conditions facing pregnant prisoners—and the inhumane treatment they receive.

Canadian Council for Refugees:
TEXT of the Court of Appeal Ontario decision on the application under habeas corpus for several individuals held in indeterminate detention by the CBSA.

The question is whether the provincial court has the jurisdiction to hear an application for habeas corpus.  Usually, the provincial courts have deferred to the Immigration and Refugee Board and the federal courts of matters involving immigration detention.   Released Oct. 20, 2015.  (A 46 page downloadable pdf)

The Sentencing Project (US) – Marc Maurer
Testimony of Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project before the Senate Judiciary Committee

The Sentencing Project was called to testify before US Senate Judiciary Committee looking at the Sentencing Act of 2015.  The executive director of the project, Marc Maurer, testified.  Here is the text of his remarks to the committee:  (A 6 page downloadable pdf)