Smart and humane…

Oct. 9, 2020  Toronto Star Editorial (Oct 8, 2020) Governments should heed this smart, humane ruling Justice David Gibson of the Ontario Court of Justice said: ‘No!’  He refused to apply the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for six … [Read more...]

Fix the taxes…

Sept 23, 2020 Policy Options – Senator Kim Pate A reform of taxes would make a guaranteed liveable income feasible:  Eliminating the web of financial programs and social assistance would offset the cost of a GLI, and a five percent hike in GST … [Read more...]

Recovery…

Sept 19, 2020 Atkinson Foundation –Armine Yalnizyan, Laurell Ritchie, and Mary Gellatly with input from Colette Murphy, Garima Talwar Kapoor, Morna Ballantyne, Kerry McCuaig, and Nora  Cole Maximizing Potential Framework for Recovery in a Slow … [Read more...]

Lawsuit…

May 14, 2020 HuffPost (Canada) – Samantha Beattie Government Taken to Court Over ‘Cruel’ Treatment of Prisoners during COVID-19 Pandemic - Human rights groups demand Correctional Service Canada release prisoners amid the COVID-19 crisis. A … [Read more...]

Consistency

Jan 16, 2020 (Ed note:  The recent controversy about the increased and often prohibitive cost of the record suspension for applicants has highlighted the issue behind the issue: Why has the Liberal government not addressed the specific issue of a … [Read more...]

Cleaning up…

Jan 11, 2020  Mary Campbell – Independent Corrections Expert and Justice Advocate (Jan 3 edition of Communiqué drew attention to the federal parole board announcement of the fee increase for a record suspension (Government Link:  … [Read more...]

Pardon me?

Dec 6, 2019 CBC News – Kathleen Harris 'Incredibly low': Only 118 pardons granted for pot possession in first 4 months Advocates are concerned that the numbers of people eligible for pot pardons is enormous but that the applications and the … [Read more...]

Another death…

Nov. 22, 2019 CBC News - Ariana Kelland Inmate's death shines light on fetal alcohol disorders in justice system The problem is not only the difficulty of diagnosing fetal alcohol disorder syndrome but the fact that one must leave Newfoundland to … [Read more...]

Pardons, again…

Aug 13, 2019 National Newswatch - Giuseppe Valiante, Canadian Press Liberals’ cannabis possession pardon legislation now in force: justice minister Federal Justice Minister David Lametti has announced that the process for getting a pardon is a … [Read more...]

Pot pardons…

June 24, 2019 CBC News - Kathleen Harris Canadians can soon get quick, free pot pardons - but pros expect modest uptake “Bill C-93, which waives the $631 fee and the five-to-10-year waiting period for pardon applications, received royal assent … [Read more...]