Alternatives work…

July 18, 2019 – CBC News – Emma Davie Atlantic Canada has an enviable problem: its youth jails are emptying out All eyes should be on Nova Scotia’s remarkable achievement:  the province has fewer than 30 inmates in its four long term youth … [Read more...]

Cuts…

June 12, 2019 Canada’s National Observer - Fatima Syed Here's everything the Doug Ford government cut in its first year in office Here’s a sobering list of government and agency cuts since the Ford Government of Ontario took office one year … [Read more...]

Reparations…

Mar 14, 2019 Manchester Guardian (US Desk, UK) – Peter C. Baker In Chicago, reparations aren’t just an idea. They’re the law This is another striking long read from the Guardian; perhaps the story is too bold to be told by the US media.  … [Read more...]

Getting old in jail…

July 20, 2018 Globe and Mail – Sandra Martin Even behind bars, aging prisoners deserve proper health care Martin says that 25% of federal inmates are aged 50 or more and most of them serving lengthy sentences.   She also suggests that health … [Read more...]

Reconciliation is harder…

Nov 9, 2017 Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives – Senator Murray Sinclair The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder. The link is a 50 minute and powerful speech by Sinclair celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the CCPA BC office.  The … [Read more...]

Childhood trauma and prison…

Oct 18, 2017 PBS / N.Y. Times (US) – Audra D.S. Burch A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult. Increasingly researchers are insisting that childhood trauma is not only concomitant with adult imprisonment but is more pointedly the … [Read more...]

Right at home…

Sept 21, 2017 Homelesshub.ca – A Way Home Canada and Canadian Observatory on Homelessness - Stephen Gaetz; Erin Dej; Tim Richter; Melanie Redman A Policy Brief – The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 Many in advocacy for social justice are … [Read more...]

6 years…

Sept 20, 2017 Toronto Star – Wendy Gillis Police tribunal puts spotlight on Black teen’s interaction with officer in cruiser Justice, even inquiry, seems to come slowly for some.  This case dates from November 2011 in which a group of four … [Read more...]

Four years max…

Mar 30, 2017 CBC News – Alison Crawford Federal Court orders public safety minister to make decision in immigration case - Chief justice rejects argument minister is too busy to make decisions on sensitive cases Chief Justice Paul Crampton of … [Read more...]

RJ is smarter…

Nov 24, 2016 Toronto Star – Editorial (Nov. 23, 2016) Smarter approach to justice could help with crisis of court delays In Nova Scotia now both adults and minors can pursue a restorative justice approach to resolving conflicts with the law or … [Read more...]