The cost of public service…

    Oct. 15, 2015  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Canada’s senior public officials targeted by little-known corruption law A law buried in an omnibus budget bill (Bill C-31) but not yet proclaimed seeks to discover and monitor the financial … [Read more...]

Due process & Terrorism…

     July 2, 2015 Globe and Mail – Bob Rae Charleston should teach us that terror laws need to be drafted with care Rae argues for care around anti-terrorist bills and thinks the pendulum and the confusion about terrorism and crime has now … [Read more...]

Seniors in debt…

     June 29, 2015 CBC News – Sophie Harris Seniors going bankrupt in soaring numbers - More Canadians are outliving their savings and spending their golden years in debt  The rate of bankruptcy for seniors has more than doubled.  Stats … [Read more...]

Basic income…

    May 22, 2015  Atlantic (US) – David R. Wheeler What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid? Income disparity is beginning to prompt a new look at the notion of guaranteed annual income.  Wheeler is offering the notion of a basic … [Read more...]

Two Canada’s, too?…

    Mar 29, 2015  Ted Talks - Anand Giridharadas: A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided A Ted talk (almost 20 minute video) that is an inspiring story about one of the myriads of consequences to the 9/11 incidents.  … [Read more...]

Politics and life…

    Mar 12, 2015  Toronto Star – Tonda MacCharles Tories table life-sentence legislation in Commons - The Conservative government has formally introduced its promised Life Means Life Act in the Commons. The legislation is showing the … [Read more...]

Political Pandering…

     Mar 7, 2015  Toronto Star – Editorial (Mar 6, 2015) Cynical political pandering, not public safety, is driving the Tories’ tough-on-crime agenda This, says the Star, is cynical political pandering at its rawest…the Tories are … [Read more...]

Life means life, anyway…

    Mar 4, 2015  CBC News – Laura Peyton Stephen Harper proposes bill to deny parole for some murderers The article includes a one minute video of the Prime Minister answering a question from a reporter about ending the possibility of parole … [Read more...]

In this together…

    Mar 2, 2015 Toronto Star - Editorial (Mar 1, 2015) Canadian Muslim families are in the front lines “More often than not these families are appalled at the radicalization of their children. They struggle to comprehend it. They see it as a … [Read more...]

From the bench…

  Feb 1, 2015 Review from the Bench – Blogger Marion Lane Sexual Assault and the Criminal Courts: A Response to the Globe and Mail Editorial Lane is a retired criminal court judge who raises the alarm bell on the approach of an editorial in … [Read more...]