Jan 9, 2019 CBC News – Sidney Cohen New jail for women in Fort Smith to have higher security rating, segregation The decision to change from two minimum security houses without locks to a new wing with locks and fences at the Ft. Smith … [Read more...]

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2018 From UNHCR: “They have faced the unimaginable. They have witnessed the unspeakable. Yet even in their darkest hour, millions of refugees all over the world continue to see the light, demonstrating strength, courage and a will to … [Read more...]

Transforming CJS

Dec 12, 2017  Transforming the Criminal Justice System The Government of Canada is undertaking a broad review of Canada’s Criminal Justice System to ensure that it is just, compassionate and fair, and promotes a safe, peaceful and prosperous … [Read more...]

US bail and remand…

Nov 2, 2017 (Ed Note:  This past week the communiqué has experienced a hardware glitch that ultimately required an extensive amount of revision of the lists of recipients.  We had a problem with some recipients getting more than one copy of the … [Read more...]

Trauma training…

Oct. 28, 2017 Policy Options – Elizabeth Sheehy and Simon Lapierre The Jordan decision’s impact on cases of violence against women The Jordan decision was a clarification by the Supreme Court of Canada about what constitutes unreasonable delay … [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...]


Oct 1, 2017 Toronto Star – Peter Goffin People with mental illness too often landing in prison instead of hospitals, experts say This link offers the success side of a finding of “Not Criminally Responsible” or NCR.  Brian Rose killed his … [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...]

A family looks at opioids…

Sept 8, 2017  HuffPost – Althia Raj Helen Jennens Lost Both Her Sons To Overdoses. Here's What She Wanted To Ask Trudeau. "We live it, we sleep it, we breathe it, we walk it." This is a disturbing look at one case of two deaths in the same … [Read more...]

Prisoner Justice Day – Aug. 10

Aug 10, 2017 T.O.D.D Support & Advocacy Foundation (Alberta) "Somewhere in the human organism there is an ear that will listen, a mind that will open, a heartbeat that will quicken, and a voice that will clamour for the conversation of the … [Read more...]