Policy may help…

Aug. 7, 2020 Edmonton Journal - Lauren Boothby Illicit drugs readily available at Edmonton Max, but drug treatment withheld: prison justice society John Howard Society reminds us that illicit drugs are readily available inside the prison, even … [Read more...]

Cover-up?

Aug. 4, 2020  Toronto Now – Enzo DiMatteo Op-ed: Nova Scotia mass shooting smells like a cover-up - The feds have finally called a public inquiry but the RCMP's handling of the investigation looks more like a whitewash with each new revelation … [Read more...]

Public Inquiry…

July 31, 2020  Statement from Minister Bill Blair A perhaps subtle change but significant nonetheless.  People have been clamoring for a full public inquiry with subpoena and sworn testimony instead of the first presented review.  Players or now … [Read more...]

Gladue still…

July 27, 2020 CBC News – Colin Perkel Law barring conditional sentences for some offences is unconstitutional, court rules The conflict is between the Gladue prescription that the court must consider the Indigenous circumstances before … [Read more...]

Safe third country…

July 24, 2020 National Newswatch – The Canadian Press Federal Court declares Canada-U.S. refugee pact unconstitutional While refugee advocates have long fought the agreement with the US known as the safe third country (set up in 2004) and are … [Read more...]

What ails us all…

July 22, 2020 Vox.com (US) - Ezra Klein Bryan Stevenson on how America can heal - A conversation about truth and reconciliation in the US. Stevenson is the author of the book and now movie of the same title – Just Mercy.  He carries on an … [Read more...]

The Digital trail…

July 20, 2020 Toronto Star – Betsy Powell and Alyshaw Hasham Inside Ontario’s first major criminal trial by Zoom The Zoom effort saw informal exchanges and departure from the usual dress as well as a pleasing reaction from defense lawyer Reid … [Read more...]

First sting…

July 17, 2020 Toronto Star - Alyshah Hasham A criminal charge, even minor, can trap Ontarians in a ‘vicious cycle’ of unrelated problems, report finds Much of the prison reform thinking has brought with it a need to examine the initial … [Read more...]

The RJ way…

July 15, 2020 Court of Queen’s Bench (Alberta) Restorative Justice Committee The link contains the full communiqué from the Court, establishing a committee to study the notion of establishing a process for the referral of appropriate criminal … [Read more...]

No killing…

July 13, 2020  Globe and Mail – Canadian Press Canada’s largest Indigenous police force has never shot anyone dead The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service is 26 years old with currently 203 officers (60% Indigenous) and policing 34,000 people over … [Read more...]