More ‘big brother’…

June 22, 2018 The Guardian (UK) – Justin Ling Revealed: Canada uses massive US anti-terrorist database at borders Tuscan is the latest electronic device used to monitor travellers across the US-Canada border, provided by the US.  Tuscan is a … [Read more...]

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2018 From UNHCR: “They have faced the unimaginable. They have witnessed the unspeakable. Yet even in their darkest hour, millions of refugees all over the world continue to see the light, demonstrating strength, courage and a will to … [Read more...]

Law, sex and religion…

June 19, 2018  National Post – Chris Selley Supreme Court strikes a blow against religious freedom with Trinity Western decision - Canadian courts have long protected religious practices they believe to be sincerely held, not necessarily … [Read more...]

Quo vadis?

June 17, 2018  Canadian Lawyer – Michael Spratt Dear soon-to-be-premier Ontario has a new premier-elect and everyone is wondering about what policies he will embrace over a multitude of issues.  Spratt, a Criminal Defence Counsel who … [Read more...]

Zero homelessness…

June 11, 2018 New York Times (US) – David Bornstein A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero Nine US communities have reached “functional zero” around homeless veterans and chronically homeless persons.  Rockford, Illinois, is the first … [Read more...]

Prison deaths…

June 6, 2018  CBC News - Hala Ghonaim Families of inmates who died at London, Ont. jail say 'enough is enough' - Thirteen inmates at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre have died in the last decade Families and lawyers in London are upset with … [Read more...]

Mama Rita…

June 2, 2018 National Catholic Reporter – Dan Morris-Young Restorative justice has a name, face and heart in East LA - Mama Rita: Inmates 'are not the crimes they did' Long-time Dolores Mission parishioner Rita Chairez works in restorative … [Read more...]

‘Irregular’ migration…

May 28, 2018 Global TV News – Monique Scotti ‘We do not appreciate or welcome irregular migration’: Hussen Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen has delivered his strongest words yet on the border crossings prompted by the loss of permits in … [Read more...]

More women in jail…

May 23, 2018  (Ed note: The last edition of communiqué contained a reference and commentary on the Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS) of Ottawa.  Some of the MOMS involved in the discussions around the plan to rebuild the Ottawa Carleton … [Read more...]

But to do it…

May 14, 2018 Policy Options - Anthony Doob, Jane Sprott, Cheryl Webster Learning from our success in reducing youth imprisonment:  Canada’s success in reducing youth imprisonment in the last two decades is evidence that reform of the justice … [Read more...]