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...]

Better or worse…

Sept 13, 2020 National Post (Canada) - Marni Soupcoff A popular anti-racism tool isn't working, and might be making things worse As the crisis with police / community relations looks to solutions, Soupcoff says that the usual antiracist tool for … [Read more...]

Protecting…

Sept 7, 2020 Toronto Star – Douglas Quan ‘We’re all Canadians here’: Jail culture is keeping extremism at bay, suggests an unprecedented Canadian study What’s the possibility that someone may find Canada’s prisons as ripe place for … [Read more...]

Weep, for us all…

Aug. 31, 2020  MacLean’s Magazine - Paul Wells Another farce on Bill Blair's watch - How badly do things have to go for a government-appointed panel to shut down because it got no usable data and no help from the minister? The link offers the … [Read more...]

Equal Justice…

Aug. 26, 2020 Lawyer’s Daily – Kendra Landry COVID-19 is modernizing courtrooms — but for whom? Landry points out that the technology lag in the courts is being addressed because of the backlog and associated problems but wonders who is the … [Read more...]

Think big!

Aug 21, 2020 N.Y. Times – John Roman Why Criminal Justice Reform Needs to Think Big - There are too many police officers in the US. We need patient, tolerant, unbiased, hard-headed, soft-hearted cops. But we only need a few. This article may be … [Read more...]

Policing costs…

Aug 19, 2020 Toronto Star - Moya Teklu The high cost of anti-Black racism and policing The side of the defunding the police argument not heard yet from advocates or defenders is the question whether there is a cost involved in a specific racist … [Read more...]

Childhood trauma…

Aug 16, 2020 Royal Gazette (Bermuda) – Victoria Greening Kindness in court: a novel approach The concern comes from the realization that childhood trauma is a major factor in children winding up in prison.  An approach called adverse childhood … [Read more...]

Cover-up?

Aug. 4, 2020  Toronto Now – Enzo DiMatteo Op-ed: Nova Scotia mass shooting smells like a cover-up - The feds have finally called a public inquiry but the RCMP's handling of the investigation looks more like a whitewash with each new revelation … [Read more...]