Beyond prisons…

May 9, 2018 CBC Radio – Sunday Edition Canada's prison system should be radically reduced A 21 minute interview with Paula Mallea, a criminal lawyer, who proposes a change so that prison is no longer the default for wrong doing.  "Prison is … [Read more...]

Double whammy…

Feb 26, 2018 CBC News – David Milward Justice denied for Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie: How their cases illustrate racism in Canadian courts A second not guilty verdict in the murder of an Indigenous person does little to reassure Canada’s … [Read more...]

Indigenous Wisdom for 2018…

Dec 31, 2017 Cindy Blackstone   (Twitter at  https://twitter.com/cblackst?s=03  - scroll down a bit and they are in reverse order starting with #11)  Indigenous advocate and educator Blackstone offers 11 suggestions for government to change the … [Read more...]

Punish or rehab?

Dec 28, 2017  Globe and Mail – Michelle Zilio Canadians prioritize prosecution over rehabilitation for jihadi suspects: poll A Nanos poll has found that 62% of Canadians favour criminal charges and jail over rehabilitation for returning … [Read more...]

Compassion

Dec 26, 2017 From Prison Reform Movement (US): And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Globe and Mail … [Read more...]

Police and human rights…

Dec 3, 2017 National Post - Shawn Jeffords, Canadian Press Complaints of racial profiling, discrimination by Toronto police focus of human rights inquiry Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane has announced an inquiry into racial … [Read more...]

“He shouldn’t have died like this…”

Oct 15, 2017 Toronto Star - Fatima Syed ‘My beautiful son is dead’: Family still searching for answers after Whitby man’s 2016 death in prison Barely a week after the release of a report from Howard Sapers on the state of Corrections in … [Read more...]

More jails or more community…

Sept 25, 2017 Blogger Justin Piché - University of Ottawa and co-founder of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP) Carceral expansion and organizations that serve the criminalized Justin Piché has noted a fair amount of … [Read more...]

All victims…

May 26, 2017 Globe and Mail – Canadian Press Supreme Court to examine constitutionality of victim surcharges The Harper government introduced the mandatory victim surcharge on any conviction and sentencing.  Intended to fund victim services, … [Read more...]

Cultural Appropriation…

May 19, 2017 Globe and Mail – Denise Balkissoon Can mainstream journalism survive identity politics? The question of culture appropriation has flared up in Canada with the resignation of two prominent journalists: Desmond Cole, formerly of the … [Read more...]