Human rights and compensation…

July 14, 2017 Toronto Star – Azeezah Kanji The ‘odious’ logic behind opposition to Khadr’s compensation The apology and the recompense to Omar Khadr has clearly riled many Canadians.  Kanji tries to present the minority side of the … [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...]

More fixing needed…

May 5, 2017  Ottawa Citizen – Anthony Doob Fixing the courts isn't up to the federal government Here’s a rather startling view of the all the recent fuss around the wide-ranging opinions on how to fix the court delays in response to the … [Read more...]

A tale of 3 cities…

April 25, 2017 CBC News – Ontario basic income pilot project to launch in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay - Premier Wynne made the announcement at Liuna Station in Hamilton on Monday just after 9 a.m. You have to apply but there are no strings … [Read more...]

Health care for inmates…

Mar 13, 2017 Globe and Mail – Patrick White B.C. Health Ministry to take responsibility for inmate health care There has been much frustration and considerable conclusion of the inadequacy of health care delivered to inmates by the correctional … [Read more...]

A hateful Canada?

Mar 6, 2017 Toronto Star – Alex Boutilier After introducing a motion condemning Islamophobia, she received thousands of disturbing messages Motion 103 is not a piece of legislation.  It is simply a motion supporting a stance against all sorts … [Read more...]

Red zones and bail…

Mar 3, 2017 The Megaphone / Tyee (BC) – Stefanie Seccia ‘Red Zones’ Set the Marginalized Up for More Trouble, Study Finds The link offers a connection to a couple of sources where the questions around bail conditions include “red zones,” … [Read more...]

Humanizing Canada’s penal system

Feb 11, 2017 From CBC Ideas: The Enright Files In this radio piece, Michael Enright speaks with some remarkable people who serve prisoners and society, and takes a hard look at Canada's penal system, exploring ideas about how prisons can keep … [Read more...]

Something we used to do…

Jan 8, 2016 Toronto Star – Desmond Cole Abolish solitary confinement for Ontario’s children and youth Solving problems by name changes seems a major part of the struggle to confront the harmful effects of solitary confinement in Ontario.  For … [Read more...]

Bad laws, over-litigation…

Dec 14, 2016 National Newswatch – Jim Bronskill, Canadian Press Justice tracking more than 100 constitutional challenges to mandatory penalties The federal Justice Department is tracking more than 100 constitutional challenges to items arising … [Read more...]