Remedy…

Dec 7, 2020  Ottawa Citizen – Gary Dimmock No system in place to inform Ottawa police officers if judge rules they've violated someone's charter rights: court - "How are officers to learn and uphold charter-protected rights without a system in … [Read more...]

Special Report – Lauzon and Bail

Dec 5, 2020 Over the years, Smart Justice has identified many areas of problematic law and law application.  Bail has been a constant concern because often issues of law are ignored in favour of personal prejudice and fear of public opinion. This … [Read more...]

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...]