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...]

Indigenous genocide…

May 31, 2019 CBC News - Jorge Barrera National inquiry calls murders and disappearances of Indigenous women a 'Canadian genocide' The CBC has verified that the 1200 page final report with 230 recommendations on the Murdered and Missing Indigenous … [Read more...]

Boys and trauma…

May 24, 2019 National Post – Colin Perkel, Canadian Press Focus on traumatized boys critical to gender equality, new research shows The distinction between the extent of traumatization between boys and girls is one of those thoughts that is … [Read more...]

Inquests and recommendations…

Dec 22, 2018 Ottawa Citizen – Blair Crawford Jury delivers sweeping recommendations to prevent jail suicides Cleve Geddes was arrested for uttering threats and assaulting a police officer, A court ordered a psychiatric examination but since … [Read more...]

Jail suicides…

Nov 26, 2018 CBC News Coroner's inquest begins today into suicide of mentally ill man at OCDC A lot of prison issues coalesce when a coroner’s jury begins the process of examining why an inmate died in prison.  Cleve 'Cas' Geddes hanged himself … [Read more...]

E-carceration…

Nov 21, 2018  N.Y. Times – Michelle Alexander The Newest Jim Crow – Recent criminal justice reforms contain the seeds of a frightening system of “e-carceration.” Alexander, lawyer and author of the well-known New Jim Crowe, occasionally … [Read more...]

Safe migration…

Aug 31, 2018 Davos – World Economic Forum – Anne Gallagher 3 reasons all countries should embrace the Global Compact for Migration The final draft of Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration has been recommended to the UN for … [Read more...]

Punish or cure?

July 31, 2018 The Guardian (UK) - Samira Shackle Should we treat crime as something to be cured rather than punished? Shackle presents the most important question plaguing contemporary prison reform.  In the light of constant confrontation with … [Read more...]

Mental health and police deaths…

April 6, 2018 CBC News - Katie Nicholson, Jacques Marcoux Most Canadians killed in police encounters since 2000 had mental health or substance abuse issues - More than 460 people have died in encounters with police in Canada since 2000 The … [Read more...]

Public shame vs silent appeal…

Feb. 28, 2018  CBC News - Vancouver lawyer Manjot Hallen and Toronto lawyer Sean Robichaud Was it wrong for Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould to tweet about the Boushie verdict? Two experts debate The separation of the different branches of government … [Read more...]