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...]

Better or worse…

Sept 13, 2020 National Post (Canada) - Marni Soupcoff A popular anti-racism tool isn't working, and might be making things worse As the crisis with police / community relations looks to solutions, Soupcoff says that the usual antiracist tool for … [Read more...]

A ketamine arrest…

Sept 2, 2020 CNN (US) - Sara Sidner and Julia Jones Two strangers, with the same first name, and a terrifying story about ketamine in policing Here is a cautionary tale for those crisis teams who recognize the role of medical personnel in response … [Read more...]

Weep, for us all…

Aug. 31, 2020  MacLean’s Magazine - Paul Wells Another farce on Bill Blair's watch - How badly do things have to go for a government-appointed panel to shut down because it got no usable data and no help from the minister? The link offers the … [Read more...]

Still solitary…

Aug 28, 2020 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Federal, Ontario governments under fire for handling of solitary confinement Court rulings have found the solitary practices in Canada’s prisons unconstitutional but prison and human right advocates are … [Read more...]

Equal Justice…

Aug. 26, 2020 Lawyer’s Daily – Kendra Landry COVID-19 is modernizing courtrooms — but for whom? Landry points out that the technology lag in the courts is being addressed because of the backlog and associated problems but wonders who is the … [Read more...]

Think big!

Aug 21, 2020 N.Y. Times – John Roman Why Criminal Justice Reform Needs to Think Big - There are too many police officers in the US. We need patient, tolerant, unbiased, hard-headed, soft-hearted cops. But we only need a few. This article may be … [Read more...]

Policing costs…

Aug 19, 2020 Toronto Star - Moya Teklu The high cost of anti-Black racism and policing The side of the defunding the police argument not heard yet from advocates or defenders is the question whether there is a cost involved in a specific racist … [Read more...]

Childhood trauma…

Aug 16, 2020 Royal Gazette (Bermuda) – Victoria Greening Kindness in court: a novel approach The concern comes from the realization that childhood trauma is a major factor in children winding up in prison.  An approach called adverse childhood … [Read more...]

Public Inquiry…

July 31, 2020  Statement from Minister Bill Blair A perhaps subtle change but significant nonetheless.  People have been clamoring for a full public inquiry with subpoena and sworn testimony instead of the first presented review.  Players or now … [Read more...]