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...]

A different Gladue

Sept 15, 2020 Lawyer’s Daily: Luis Millán   Gladue principles may apply to homeless people, rules Quebec Court of Appeal “In a decision welcomed by criminal lawyers, the Quebec Court of Appeal seems to have opened the door for the principle … [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...]

Equal Justice…

Aug. 26, 2020 Lawyer’s Daily – Kendra Landry COVID-19 is modernizing courtrooms — but for whom? Landry points out that the technology lag in the courts is being addressed because of the backlog and associated problems but wonders who is the … [Read more...]