New wine…

July 11, 2022 The Conversation (Queen’s) - Chief Mi’sel Joe, Dorothy Vaandering, Rosemary Ricciardelli,  Sulaimon Giwa, Sylvia Moore Two-eared listening is essential for understanding restorative justice in Canada This is a timely reminder … [Read more...]

Basic income…

Nov. 9, 2021  UBI Works – Former Governor of the Bank of Canada on Guaranteed Basic Income: Stephen Poloz calls the CERB “an amazing feat” and views the CERB method as one that would save all the inefficiencies of the present system of … [Read more...]

People like me don’t belong…

June 16, 2021 National Newswatch - Joan Bryden, Canadian Press Canada excoriated as racist failure during farewell speeches by departing MPs Those departing public office and the House of Commons have a rare opportunity to speak perhaps without as … [Read more...]

All about guns…

April 10, 2021 Guns in Canada Firearms Legislation For Safer Communities - BILL C-21: An Act to amend certain Acts and to make certain consequential amendments (firearms) Canada is still struggling with gun control and the most recent proposed … [Read more...]

April Fool!

April 1, 2021 (Ed note:  For this edition your editor thought that some reflection material may be more helpful than simply news stories about crime and punishment and the utter failure of prison.  The point is to look in a focused fashion at the … [Read more...]

Parting shot…

March 20, 2021 Huffington Post – Althia Raj Canada's Whistleblower Law Ranks Dead Last in International Rankings - Canada was chastised for ignoring its own legal requirement for periodic reviews of the effectiveness of its whistleblower … [Read more...]

Dry cell…

Nov 10, 2020 – CBC News - Federal prison investigators press for changes in use of 'dry cells' - Current correctional investigator calls dry cell conditions 'by far the most restrictive imaginable' The controversy over the use of segregation in … [Read more...]

Women in solitary…

Nov 9, 2020 Refinery29.com - Sabrina Maddeaux The Ugly Truth about Solitary Confinement in Canada’s Women’s Prisons Maddeaux starts with Ashley Smith and her crime of throwing apples at the postman for which she got 14 days that turned into … [Read more...]

What now…

Nov 7, 2020 (Ed note: here are a medley of articles about what is next in politics in the US.  The populist undertow is likely not ending but growing and will look for new breathe.) American Civil Liberties Union - Taylor Pendergrass Criminal … [Read more...]

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...]