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...]

Caring in prisons…

Sept 25, 2020  Prince Albert Now (SK) – Nigel Maxwell Frustrated by lack of contract, federal correctional officers stage rallies across the country The federal guards are now two years without a contract and many are unable to get annual leave … [Read more...]

Courage and Relief…

March 31, 2020 Toronto Star – Alex Boutilier Trudeau ‘very concerned’ that COVID-19 could spread in federal prisons Amid growing concerns about the vulnerability of Canada’s jails and prisons to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister … [Read more...]

Cleaning up…

Jan 11, 2020  Mary Campbell – Independent Corrections Expert and Justice Advocate (Jan 3 edition of Communiqué drew attention to the federal parole board announcement of the fee increase for a record suspension (Government Link:  … [Read more...]

New Crime rates…

July 25, 2019 National Newswatch – Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press Crime rate rose in 2018 but country still safer than a decade ago, StatCan says Stats Canada says the crime rate rose slightly in 2018 – up 2%, as did the severity of … [Read more...]

Political law schools?

April 3, 3018 Globe and Mail – Lisa Kelly and Lisa Kerr Yes, law schools must be political The recent court rulings on the death of Colton Boushie and Tina Fontaine have resurrected the issue of the purpose for a law school according to Kelly … [Read more...]

Civil justice…

Sept 7, 2017 Globe and Mail - Allison Speigel Why you should care that our civil-justice system is broken Speigel is a commercial litigator who thinks that the current status of civil law – an international ranking of 112 out of 190 countries … [Read more...]

Too generous?

Sept 2, 2017  Angus Reid Institute Half of Canadians say their country is ‘too generous’ toward illegal border crossers This survey was prompted by the more than 7,000 claimants crossing the land border from the US into Canada.  Fears that … [Read more...]

The law and vengeance…

    Jan 28, 2015  National Newswatch – Jim Bronskill Opposition MPs skeptical of life-in-jail plan In 2013 the federal government’s throne speech suggested they would introduce legislation to end parole for certain types of sexual assault … [Read more...]

Getting it right…

  Sept 2, 2014  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Fairness for Victims Act faces major constitutional problem  There are a number of problems with the bill but the biggest one is likely the constitutionality of making new punishment retroactively … [Read more...]