Health deficiencies in jails…

April 20, 2016

John Howard Society of Ontario
Fractured Care: Public Health Opportunities in Ontario’s Correctional Institutes   

JHS has a new report insisting that the health care crisis currently flooding through Ontario’s provincial jails extends well beyond the walls of the institution and reach deeply into the community to which inmates are returning.  The Society is calling for an integrated approach to health care.  The report offers an overview of the current system, the challenges before the system and the way JHS thinks improvement can come.   The report has generated an excellent one page infographic as well found at:   Related article: Ottawa Citizen – Blair Crawford   Put Ministry of Health in charge of inmates’ health care, John Howard Society says

TED Talk – Hilary Cottam
Social services are broken. How we can fix them

This 17 minute video by one of the UK’s leading advocates for reforming social support systems is pre-occupied with traditional social services but may well have far-reaching implications for the Canadian prison and jail systems and in particular, the effectiveness of parole and re-integration.  The bottom line:  “How can we build supportive, enthusiastic relationships between those in need and those that provide help?”

CBC News – Lucas Powers
UN meeting could be 1st step to ending global war on drugs – General Assembly meets this week to debate future of global drug policy

After 18 years and $100 billion per year spent on the war on drugs, the UN seems moving pointedly to the failure, and likely the impossibility in the present focus, of winning that war.  Bill Bogart, a law professor at the University of Windsor and author, says: “Clearly, it’s been a colossal failure. There’s countries who have had enough and are saying it loudly. That’s something that would’ve been unheard of even five or ten years ago,”   The elephant in the room when the UN re-visits its original 10 year goal is going to be the marijuana issue, and its legalization within countries.

Globe and Mail – Daniel Leblanc
Marijuana laws should vary by province, report says

The C.D. Howe Institute says in a new report that the provinces and the federal government should jointly regulate the growing and sale of marijuana once it is legalized.  The provinces should regulate the sale, each according to its own best interests, while the feds can certify the quality of the marijuana.  The report’s author, Anindya Sen, is a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo.    Related article:  Angus Reid Institute    4/20 Friendly? Canadian support for pot legalization grows, but most don’t view it as a national priority   Related article: Ottawa Citizen –  Alison Sandstrom    ‘Pot doesn’t need any more regulation than tomatoes’: Large crowds rallying on Hill expected for 420

 Globe and Mail – Ingrid Peritz
Parents in Montreal suburb upset after reports of Karla Homolka’s return

An elementary school principal in the South Shore suburb of Châteauguay has sent a letter to parents trying to calm some excitement among them over a report that Karla Homolka’s three children are attending the school.  Homolka served 12 years for the murders of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy.   Related article: Ottawa Citizen – Paul Delean, Montreal Gazette   Châteauguay parents on edge after hearing Karla Homolka is among them

iPolitics – Kyle Duggan
Philpott touts benefits of ‘Good Samaritan’ private member’s bill

Ron McKinnon, the B.C. Liberal MP representing Coquitlam–Port Coquitlam is sponsoring the bill, with support from Minister of Health Jane Philpott, aimed at making it easier for witnesses and by-standers to summon emergency health care when in the presence of someone who is suffering overdose.  Research has shown a reluctance on the part of such people to call police and emergency workers where there is a potential for arrest and prosecution for possession or use of the drug involved.  “McKinnon’s bill lands amid a drug overdose crisis in his home province of British Columbia.”