Fighting giants…

Nov. 30, 2020  On fighting giants and other evils… Churchill was once attributed with the remark that one can judge the quality of the civilization you have by the way you treat the country’s prisoners.  The present struggle between the … [Read more...]

Freedom and justice…

Nov 27, 2020 N.Y. Times – Ben Hubbard Saudi Activist Who Fought for Women’s Right to Drive Is Sent to Terrorism Court - Loujain al-Hathloul, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent prisoners, has been accused of harming the kingdom’s security. … [Read more...]

Mental health in housing…

Nov 25, 2020 Wellesley Institute (Canada) - Vinusha Gunaseelan, Alissa Klingbaum, Thrmiga Sathiyamoorthy Jurisdictional Scan of COVID-19 Provincial and Territorial Income Transfer Programs in Canada The link offers a summary of the latest … [Read more...]

Back to Parliament…

Nov 23, 2020   Policy Options – Adeline Iftene Abusive uses of Structured Intervention Units and the Correctional Service’s conduct mean Parliament must get rid of SIUs or adopt Senate amendments. The link provides a summary of the … [Read more...]

Bail and covid…

Nov 19, 2020  Lawyer’s Daily – John Schofield Ontario Court of Appeal rules pandemic should not trigger automatic bail reviews While the advocates are trying to reduce risk to prisoners from Covid-19, the Ontario Court of Appeal has rejected … [Read more...]

First responders…

Nov. 15, 2020 Toronto Star - Rachel Collier Health PEI ignores recommendation, adds police to mobile mental health units The decision in PEI marks a sharping of the focus for the composition of first response team when mental health is the primary … [Read more...]

Dry cell…

Nov 10, 2020 – CBC News - Federal prison investigators press for changes in use of 'dry cells' - Current correctional investigator calls dry cell conditions 'by far the most restrictive imaginable' The controversy over the use of segregation in … [Read more...]

Women in solitary…

Nov 9, 2020 Refinery29.com - Sabrina Maddeaux The Ugly Truth about Solitary Confinement in Canada’s Women’s Prisons Maddeaux starts with Ashley Smith and her crime of throwing apples at the postman for which she got 14 days that turned into … [Read more...]

What now…

Nov 7, 2020 (Ed note: here are a medley of articles about what is next in politics in the US.  The populist undertow is likely not ending but growing and will look for new breathe.) American Civil Liberties Union - Taylor Pendergrass Criminal … [Read more...]

Pervasive poverty…

Nov 2, 2020 Citizens for Public Justice – Natalie Appleyard Poverty Trends 2020: Rights & Realities in Canada Remember when we as a people vowed to end poverty in Canada by 2000?  The link is to a 14 page downloadable pdf that identifies … [Read more...]