Mandatory minimums…

May 8, 2017 National Newswatch – Joanna Smith, Canadian Press Mandatory minimum changes one part of planned overhaul of justice system Critics have been wondering about the delays involved in setting aside the mandatory minimum sentences held … [Read more...]

Parting shots…

     June 22, 2015 Globe and Mail – Marcus Gee With a stirring show of unity and faith, Charleston leaves the world in awe What response to the 21 year old Dylan Roof who shot six women and three men at a prayer service in Charleston, … [Read more...]

Right and wrong…

    April 22, 2015  National Post – Peter MacKay Peter MacKay: What the Court got right — and wrong — on mandatory sentences for gun crimes Minister of Justice Peter MacKay writes a guest column for the National Post to remind us that … [Read more...]

Disconnected…

    Mar 31, 2015  CBC News – Kady O’Malley Bill C-51 amendments seem unconnected to committee process - Not one Conservative MP publicly voiced concerns during last week's marathon hearings  The changes to C-51 from the clause-by-clause … [Read more...]

Niqab and hijab…

    Mar 11, 2015  National Newswatch:  Joan Bryden Harper calls Muslim face-covering veil ‘anti-women,’ unacceptable The rhetoric around the niqab and the hijab has been notched a little higher with an exchange between Stephen Harper and … [Read more...]

Costly, cynical, and likely unconstitutional…

    Mar 6, 2015 Globe and Mail – Debra Parkes and Isabel Grant A life sentence without parole will not make Canadians safer Parkes is a professor of law at Allard (UBC) and Grant at the University of Manitoba.  Both are of the opinion that … [Read more...]

The Doers and Watchers…

    Feb 5, 2015 Church Council on Justice and Corrections and Circles of Support and Accountability Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA): An Effective Approach to Community Safety  The government funding of the CoSA programs stops … [Read more...]

How far without CoSA?

   April 26, 2014  Prairie Messenger – John Penner I was in prison: unconditional support is Easter hope   This article is about the involvement of prison visitor in the work of post-prison care for the most vulnerable of inmates: the … [Read more...]

Solitary, again!

   Mar 21, 2014  StraightTalk.com (BC) – Travis Lupick Prisoner advocates say coroner’s inquest on solitary deaths missed an opportunity for reform   Mountain Institution (BC) has had three inmate deaths while in solitary in eight … [Read more...]

Update from CoSA…

  Mar 18, 2014  From our friends at CoSA – Susan Love Circles of Support & Accountability Update  As many of you have heard, on February 21st CoSA sites across Canada were informed by Correctional Services Canada (CSC) that contracts … [Read more...]