Human rights and compensation…

July 14, 2017 Toronto Star – Azeezah Kanji The ‘odious’ logic behind opposition to Khadr’s compensation The apology and the recompense to Omar Khadr has clearly riled many Canadians.  Kanji tries to present the minority side of the … [Read more...]

Criminalizing mental illness…

May 1, 2017 Toronto Star – Michael Bryant and Graham Brown Judge exposes how we criminalize mental illness The authors, Bryant, a former Ontario Attorney General, and Brown a policy analyst from John Howard, are insistent that the justice system … [Read more...]

End carding…

April 18, 2017 Toronto Star – Peter Rosenthal Compelling report must end harmful carding practice by police Two of Canada’s premier criminologists, from U of T, Rosemary Gartner and Anthony Doob, have issued a report on the practice of … [Read more...]

Social control…

July 14, 2016 Toronto Star – Reid Rusonik Police, blacks both victims of an attempt at social control Rusonik offers a perspective on the history of confrontation between police and Black persons in both the US and Canada, suggesting that the … [Read more...]

TRC response…

May 29, 2016 Toronto Star – Robert Benzie Kathleen Wynne offers indigenous people ‘a formal apology for the abuses of the past’ This morning Wynne delivered an apology to Indigenous people and offered a response from the government of … [Read more...]

Punishing mental illness…

    Aug. 17, 2015 Toronto Star – Amy Dempsey Ontario justice system ‘punishes’ mental illness The John Howard Society of Ontario is about to release a new report on the interface of mental health and criminal justice.  The report is … [Read more...]

Time for no crime?

    July 18, 2015 Globe and Mail – Editorial (July 18, 2015) Most of Canada’s prisoners have never been convicted of anything. Why are they in jail? Would you believe that an average 55% of those currently in jails across the country have … [Read more...]

One mattress…

     May 27, 2015 CBC News Edmonton inmate stomped to death owed $287 LRT fine - Video of eight-minute attack entered as evidence Monday at fatality inquiry Rather than pay his fine, Barry Stewart choose to spend three days in the Edmonton … [Read more...]

How long?

    May 15, 2015  CBC News Death of B.C. aboriginal teen Paige blamed on 'brutal and cruel' support services BC’s Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, has issued a scathing report on the death of a blind … [Read more...]

Watchdogs…

     May 3, 2015  National Newswatch – Jim Bronskill Retired judge and former national security adviser named to spy watchdog  As Deborah Grey leaves the chair, the Prime Minister’s Office has announced the appointment of Pierre … [Read more...]