Mandatories, again…

Jan 17, 2021 CBC News – Canadian Press Supreme Court to examine limits on conditional sentencing The Supreme Court “has agreed to review an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that found the Criminal Code provisions violated the charter because of … [Read more...]

Crime as Political Distraction…

Jan 10, 2021 CBC News – Kathleen Harris Conservatives slam vaccine rollout plan that prioritizes some federal prisoners - Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says government has 'duty of care' to protect vulnerable inmates Who makes up a … [Read more...]

The interim…

Jan 4, 2021  (ED Note: Happy New Year to all.  Here is a collection, roughly by date, of note-worthy items during the holidays.  Regular newsletter back in next edition.) Globe and Mail – Patrick White Federal prisons flout law by keeping … [Read more...]

Say it ain’t so…

Dec 20, 2020 Toronto Star - Alyshah Hasham Legal groups say Ontario misled public with claim it reduced inmate population by 30 per cent early in pandemic There’s a lot, to rely on an old jail joke, depends on the way you tell the story.  Two … [Read more...]

Death in custody…

Dec 16, 2020  CBC News – Shanifar Nasser Jail guards violated use-of-force policies in fatal restraint of Soleiman Faqiri, court documents suggest - Fired sergeant acknowledges combination of tactics posed ‘triple threat’ in cutting off air … [Read more...]

Fixing…

Dec 10, 2020 Senate of Canada – Sponsor Senator Kim Pate S-207 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Independence of the judiciary) The bill has already passed first reading and the second reading is scheduled to start today.  The Bill aims at … [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...]

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...]

A crack for light…

Sept 28, 2020 CBC News Nova Scotia premier apologizes for systemic racism in justice system Details are scarce at this point but Premier Stephen McNeil has apologised to Nova Scotians   and acknowledged that the legal system “has … [Read more...]

A different Gladue

Sept 15, 2020 Lawyer’s Daily: Luis Millán   Gladue principles may apply to homeless people, rules Quebec Court of Appeal “In a decision welcomed by criminal lawyers, the Quebec Court of Appeal seems to have opened the door for the principle … [Read more...]