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...]

Perverse justice…

Sept. 17, 2019 Toronto Star - Richard D. Schneider  (Excerpted from The Death of A Butterfly) I’m a judge in mental health court. It’s perverse that criminal courts are the main providers of mental health care Who better – other than … [Read more...]

Prisoners’ rights…

Aug 15, 2019 Millhaven Lifers Liaison Group (MLLG) - Jeff Thomas (Ed note:  Many identifiable groups with common interests are beginning to develop a human rights perspective to help guide fair and legal treatment under common understanding of … [Read more...]

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...]

Recompense for solitary…

April 6, 2019 Toronto Star – Editorial (April 1, 2019) Ottawa now has even more reasons to fix solitary confinement The Star comments on the latest court ruling that limits the Correctional Services to a max of 15 days.  But the Court of Appeal … [Read more...]

Wake-up, step up…

March 25, 2019  CBC News - 'Wake up, step up': Protesters outside Hamilton prison demand change This is an entirely sensible question: If Canada does not have the death penalty, why does our jail system?  The question was part of pointed protest … [Read more...]

US Midterm results…

Nov 15, 2018 Sentencing Project:  US Election impact State Criminal Justice Reform and the 2018 Midterms The link provides a summary of changes in criminal justice consequent to the US mid-term elections.  Striking among them is the Florida … [Read more...]

Learning wisdom…

Nov 8, 2018 Toronto Star - Katie Daubs In her short life, little Abby inspired countless acts of kindness. Now even strangers are mourning her death This is a story that prompts the rest of us to pause from the ugliness and bitterness of political … [Read more...]

LGBT records…

Oct. 26, 2018 CBC News – Kathleen Harris Law permitting destruction of LGBT criminal records has seen low uptake so far - Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act came into force in June Four months ago the feds passed legislation … [Read more...]

‘Sinister’ seniors…

Aug 24, 2018 The Star Vancouver – Melanie Green Meet the self-described ‘sinister seniors’ taking a stand against Trans Mountain — and going to jail for it Tired of being retired and just old without worthy pursuits?  Here’s an … [Read more...]