More fixing needed…

May 5, 2017  Ottawa Citizen – Anthony Doob Fixing the courts isn't up to the federal government Here’s a rather startling view of the all the recent fuss around the wide-ranging opinions on how to fix the court delays in response to the … [Read more...]

Drugged driving…

Oct 24, 2016 Globe and Mail – Peter McKnight Drugged driving: Shaky science and uncertain laws McKnight reviews some of the struggles still unfolding about the problem with marijuana use and impaired driving.  At this point tests for the … [Read more...]

Temporary vs permanent…

    Sept 3, 2015  Vancouver Sun – Tara Carman Canada favours temporary residents to permanent: report  - Former immigration minister Jason Kenney calls findings ‘complete rubbish’ Harsha Walia, a co-author of the report entitled Never … [Read more...]

LWOP in limbo…

    June 1, 2015  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Tories' life-without-parole bill in limbo Government House Leader Peter Van Loan is telling media that Bill C-53, the bill that increases the sentencing for certain types of murder, also known … [Read more...]

Poor health…

      May 9, 2015  CBC News Poverty linked to future high health-care costs - Health effects of poverty far reaching, Canadian researchers find Health and poverty researchers both have long suspected a vital connection between the two.  … [Read more...]

Softly, softly…

    May 7, 2015 (Ed note: please be aware that in the issue of May 5, communique mixed up the initials for a group who sponsor Policy Options from which we drew several stories.  The proper initials are IRPP, nor IIRP.  The initials stand for … [Read more...]

Refugees and immigrants…

     April 18, 2015  OCASI (Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants) 30 Year Anniversary of the Singh Decision In 1985, the Singh decision of the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the rights of refugees to fundamental justice.  … [Read more...]

Canada – against the stream…

    Mar 23, 2015  The Sentencing Project (US) – Marc Mauer Testimony to Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections: “A Proposal to Reduce Time Served in Federal Prison”  The Sentencing Project is a Washington based research … [Read more...]

Politics and life…

    Mar 12, 2015  Toronto Star – Tonda MacCharles Tories table life-sentence legislation in Commons - The Conservative government has formally introduced its promised Life Means Life Act in the Commons. The legislation is showing the … [Read more...]

Costly, cynical, and likely unconstitutional…

    Mar 6, 2015 Globe and Mail – Debra Parkes and Isabel Grant A life sentence without parole will not make Canadians safer Parkes is a professor of law at Allard (UBC) and Grant at the University of Manitoba.  Both are of the opinion that … [Read more...]