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...]

Policy may help…

Aug. 7, 2020 Edmonton Journal - Lauren Boothby Illicit drugs readily available at Edmonton Max, but drug treatment withheld: prison justice society John Howard Society reminds us that illicit drugs are readily available inside the prison, even … [Read more...]

Deadly force…

June 7, 2020 CBC News – Shane McGee Indigenous woman killed by Edmundston, N.B., police during wellness check A 26 year Indigenous woman, Chantel Moore was shot and killed by an Edmundston police officer shortly after moving from BC to be near … [Read more...]

Timely intervention…

July 11, 2018 CBC News - Kevin Dougherty Quebec investing in 'collaborative justice' program to resolve family conflicts - Quebec will spend $180,000 to expand a project to resolve family conflicts that reach 'crisis' level Robert Pidgeon, … [Read more...]

Quo vadis?

June 17, 2018  Canadian Lawyer – Michael Spratt Dear soon-to-be-premier Ontario has a new premier-elect and everyone is wondering about what policies he will embrace over a multitude of issues.  Spratt, a Criminal Defence Counsel who … [Read more...]

Public shame vs silent appeal…

Feb. 28, 2018  CBC News - Vancouver lawyer Manjot Hallen and Toronto lawyer Sean Robichaud Was it wrong for Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould to tweet about the Boushie verdict? Two experts debate The separation of the different branches of government … [Read more...]

Motherisk…

Feb. 27, 2018 CBC News Discredited hair-testing program harmed vulnerable families across Ontario, report says - Commissioner issues 32 recommendations as 'steps toward ensuring that no family experience similar harm' These are days when forensic … [Read more...]

Charities and human rights…

Jan 17, 2018 Policy Options – Brian Bird With the change to Canada Summer Jobs, Trudeau is weaponizing the Charter, forgetting that it is meant to be a shield against the abuse of state power. The Trudeau government in December announced the … [Read more...]

In Portugal…

Dec. 8, 2017 The Guardian (UK) - Susana Ferreira Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it? The opioid crisis is full blown throughout North America.  We are confused about what to do; we have an anti-drug … [Read more...]

Who counts the dead?

Oct. 6, 2017 Ottawa Citizen = David Reevely Ontario's jails can't even count their dead, review finds Former federal correctional investigator Howard Sapers, now an advisor to Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services, has a new version of the old … [Read more...]