When the law fails? …

Feb 13, 2018  Senator Murray Sinclair on the Boushie affair: "I grieve for the youth who now see no hope, and whose hunger for justice gives rise to anger.  I grieve for the children whose lives now have one more jeopardy.  I may grieve for some … [Read more...]

Charities and human rights…

Jan 17, 2018 Policy Options – Brian Bird With the change to Canada Summer Jobs, Trudeau is weaponizing the Charter, forgetting that it is meant to be a shield against the abuse of state power. The Trudeau government in December announced the … [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...]

Deportation failures…

Nov. 21, 2017 CBC News – Kathleen Harris 15,000 on Canada's deportation list, but some 'un-co-operative' countries won't take their citizens back - Canada Border Services Agency won't name countries, but says 'engagement strategies' are … [Read more...]

The Rainbow pot…

Nov. 19, 2017 CTV News – Don Martin Retired cops chasing pot of gold at the end of legalization rainbow The provinces are beginning to roll out their individual approach to the new marketplace created by the coming legalization of marijuana.  … [Read more...]

Childhood trauma and prison…

Oct 18, 2017 PBS / N.Y. Times (US) – Audra D.S. Burch A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult. Increasingly researchers are insisting that childhood trauma is not only concomitant with adult imprisonment but is more pointedly the … [Read more...]

A stretch?

Oct 11, 2017 Globe and Mail – Liam Casey / The Canadian Press Manslaughter charges against alleged fentanyl dealers piling up across Canada Police forces across the country have begun, in an effort to stem deaths from overdoses of fentanyl, to … [Read more...]

Right at home…

Sept 21, 2017 Homelesshub.ca – A Way Home Canada and Canadian Observatory on Homelessness - Stephen Gaetz; Erin Dej; Tim Richter; Melanie Redman A Policy Brief – The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 Many in advocacy for social justice are … [Read more...]

Three strikes?

Aug 8, 2017 Toronto Star – Jacques Gallant Ontario’s top court orders third trial in teardrop tattoo murder case In a most unusual move, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a third trial for murder in the “Tear-drop” case for Warren … [Read more...]

Special: Bailing…

June 6, 2017 (Ed note:  This edition is an attempt to gather some insight around the practice of bail in the criminal justice system, currently immersed in controversy and identified as a cause of both over-crowded jails and court delays.  Much of … [Read more...]