Fake news 2.0…

May 28, 2017 Globe and Mail – Eddie Greenspon and Taylor Owen ‘Fake news 2.0’: A threat to Canada’s democracy The authors draw an interesting picture on both experience of “fake news” and the studies around what has happened to date.  … [Read more...]

All victims…

May 26, 2017 Globe and Mail – Canadian Press Supreme Court to examine constitutionality of victim surcharges The Harper government introduced the mandatory victim surcharge on any conviction and sentencing.  Intended to fund victim services, … [Read more...]

New solitary rules…

May 24, 2017 Globe and Mail – Patrick White Canada’s prison agency closes in on new solitary confinement rules After repeated studies and recommendations, Corrections Canada appears ready to make some significant changes to the way solitary is … [Read more...]

Turmoil…

May 21, 2017  CBC News – Laura Lynch Agency that oversees immigration consultants appears to be in turmoil - Resignations, infighting and harsh criticism from MPs and lawyers beset the 6-year-old council The ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of … [Read more...]

Cultural Appropriation…

May 19, 2017 Globe and Mail – Denise Balkissoon Can mainstream journalism survive identity politics? The question of culture appropriation has flared up in Canada with the resignation of two prominent journalists: Desmond Cole, formerly of the … [Read more...]

RCMP choices…

May 16, 2017 CBC News – Alison Crawford Time for civilian governance at the RCMP, watchdog says in harassment report - Time for government to take over efforts to fix RCMP's dysfunctional workplace culture, says watchdog The RCMP culture is … [Read more...]

Jamie Scott, Honoris Causa

May 15, 2017:  Special  (Ed note: What follows is the text of a May 10th address by Rev. James Scott at the 2017 United Theological College convocation presenting him a Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) recognizing his long and extraordinary … [Read more...]

A meager gift…

May 14, 2017 (Ed note: Below is a moment of worried relief, perhaps also a daily companion, for many observing Mother’s Day today.  The Bath Institution in the quote is a medium security prison in the Kingston area.  The inmate son suffers … [Read more...]

PTSD in Prison…

May 12, 2017 CBC News - Angela MacIvor Number of prison workers suffering from PTSD much higher than official stats, union says - Approximately 1 in 20 employees at federal penitentiaries have been diagnosed with stress injuries Dorchester in New … [Read more...]

Evidence in, but…

May 10, 2017  Globe and Mail – Sonny Dhillon and Daniel Leblanc Ottawa fails to act in time to stop lawsuit on solitary confinement The trial was scheduled for January but the Liberal government asked in November to allow time for new … [Read more...]