On finding peace…

Nov. 3, 2019 Toronto Star – Kim Zarzour How a Markham sex assault survivor found justice — and peace A victim of sexual assault has become the first case to be examined by restorative justice.  Marlee Liss of Markham was assaulted three years … [Read more...]

Renewed light for tired problems

Sept 12. 2019 (Ed note: Smart Justice Network Canada (SJNC) has been working quietly for a new vision of criminal justice in Canada and has outlined what that new vision would propose.  We offer the perspective for election reflection / … [Read more...]

Pardons, again…

Aug 13, 2019 National Newswatch - Giuseppe Valiante, Canadian Press Liberals’ cannabis possession pardon legislation now in force: justice minister Federal Justice Minister David Lametti has announced that the process for getting a pardon is a … [Read more...]

Pot pardons…

June 24, 2019 CBC News - Kathleen Harris Canadians can soon get quick, free pot pardons - but pros expect modest uptake “Bill C-93, which waives the $631 fee and the five-to-10-year waiting period for pardon applications, received royal assent … [Read more...]

28, going on 18…

June 18, 2019 CBC News – Amina Zafar 'New 18 now is 28': How screens delay teens' emotional maturity The number of teens (13-17) who visited emergency wards in Ontario with self-harming causes has doubled from 2009-2917.  There is a similar … [Read more...]

Calls for Justice…

June 4, 2019 CBC News – John Paul Tasker Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women issues final report with sweeping calls for change "Each person has a role to play in order to combat violence against Indigenous women, girls and … [Read more...]

Who will answer…

April 12, 2019 Office of the Auditor General (Report 5, Sept 15, 2017) Preparing Women Offenders for Release—Correctional Service Canada This report is somewhat dated – almost two years now, covering 2014-2017– but still very helpful in … [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...]

Two sides of honor…

Mar 7, 2019 Toronto Star - Tanya Talaga The rightful honouring of Ed Metatawabin by a two-sided Canada Here is a rather pointed contrast and equally pointed explanation why there remains obstacles to the resolution of the Indigenous residential … [Read more...]

Evidence in, but…

May 10, 2017  Globe and Mail – Sonny Dhillon and Daniel Leblanc Ottawa fails to act in time to stop lawsuit on solitary confinement The trial was scheduled for January but the Liberal government asked in November to allow time for new … [Read more...]