Bill C-22…

Feb.19, 2021 Government of Canada Bill C-22 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act C-22 is current in Frist Reading and is expected to make significant inroads into both criminal law and drug law practice.  … [Read more...]

Guns…

Feb. 18, 2021 Here are a number of items on the current controversies around banning / buying back military assault rifles and handguns. Twitter from Justine Trudeau on … [Read more...]

Say it ain’t so…

Dec 20, 2020 Toronto Star - Alyshah Hasham Legal groups say Ontario misled public with claim it reduced inmate population by 30 per cent early in pandemic There’s a lot, to rely on an old jail joke, depends on the way you tell the story.  Two … [Read more...]

Remedy…

Dec 7, 2020  Ottawa Citizen – Gary Dimmock No system in place to inform Ottawa police officers if judge rules they've violated someone's charter rights: court - "How are officers to learn and uphold charter-protected rights without a system in … [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...]

Smart and humane…

Oct. 9, 2020  Toronto Star Editorial (Oct 8, 2020) Governments should heed this smart, humane ruling Justice David Gibson of the Ontario Court of Justice said: ‘No!’  He refused to apply the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for six … [Read more...]

New life…

Oct. 7, 2020 CBC News – Meghan Grant 'It gave me back my life': Calgary Drug Treatment Court shows low recidivism rates, cost savings - 76% of grads had no new substantive convictions after graduation Alicia Myles knows what it is like to focus … [Read more...]

Recovery…

Sept 19, 2020 Atkinson Foundation –Armine Yalnizyan, Laurell Ritchie, and Mary Gellatly with input from Colette Murphy, Garima Talwar Kapoor, Morna Ballantyne, Kerry McCuaig, and Nora  Cole Maximizing Potential Framework for Recovery in a Slow … [Read more...]

A Mother’s cry…

Aug. 11, 2020 (Ed Note: The speech below was by Farhat Rehman, a representative of Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS) in Ottawa.  Farhat’s son is incarcerated and for almost two decades she and the mothers of other incarcerated children have … [Read more...]

Cures…

June 19, 2020 Canadian Lawyer - Bernise Carolino Dalhousie law school houses the first international restorative justice lab - Lab aims to transform the justice system, safeguarding the health, safety and well-being of Canadians Dalhousie … [Read more...]