Fix the taxes…

Sept 23, 2020 Policy Options – Senator Kim Pate A reform of taxes would make a guaranteed liveable income feasible:  Eliminating the web of financial programs and social assistance would offset the cost of a GLI, and a five percent hike in GST … [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...]

A ketamine arrest…

Sept 2, 2020 CNN (US) - Sara Sidner and Julia Jones Two strangers, with the same first name, and a terrifying story about ketamine in policing Here is a cautionary tale for those crisis teams who recognize the role of medical personnel in response … [Read more...]

Still solitary…

Aug 28, 2020 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Federal, Ontario governments under fire for handling of solitary confinement Court rulings have found the solitary practices in Canada’s prisons unconstitutional but prison and human right advocates are … [Read more...]

Drug laws?

Aug 23, 2020 CBC News – Catherine Tunney Federal prosecutors told to avoid drug possession charges when possible in new directive - Charges should be sought only in 'most serious cases,' says director of public prosecutions The federal … [Read more...]

Changing moments…

Aug. 12, 2020 Ottawa Citizen – Randall Denley Carleton criminology profs want to end student internships with police, citing racial bias - This move must be quite pleasing to the faculty, but what about the students who would normally benefit … [Read more...]

Gladue still…

July 27, 2020 CBC News – Colin Perkel Law barring conditional sentences for some offences is unconstitutional, court rules The conflict is between the Gladue prescription that the court must consider the Indigenous circumstances before … [Read more...]

Safe third country…

July 24, 2020 National Newswatch – The Canadian Press Federal Court declares Canada-U.S. refugee pact unconstitutional While refugee advocates have long fought the agreement with the US known as the safe third country (set up in 2004) and are … [Read more...]

First sting…

July 17, 2020 Toronto Star - Alyshah Hasham A criminal charge, even minor, can trap Ontarians in a ‘vicious cycle’ of unrelated problems, report finds Much of the prison reform thinking has brought with it a need to examine the initial … [Read more...]

RCMP in distress…

July 12, 2020 MacLean’s – Stephen Maher The RCMP is broken - The iconic force is fraying under the strain of its rural policing model, tragic mistakes, an ugly past and a controversial present In the light of the events of the recent killings … [Read more...]