First responders…

Nov. 15, 2020 Toronto Star - Rachel Collier Health PEI ignores recommendation, adds police to mobile mental health units The decision in PEI marks a sharping of the focus for the composition of first response team when mental health is the primary … [Read more...]

Reforming police…

Oct 23, 2020   Ottawa Citizen – Jeffrey Monaghan Monaghan: After the Montsion verdict – a need for broader change - Here are three modest steps Ottawa Council and the police service could take to signal a desire for substantive … [Read more...]

A crack for light…

Sept 28, 2020 CBC News Nova Scotia premier apologizes for systemic racism in justice system Details are scarce at this point but Premier Stephen McNeil has apologised to Nova Scotians   and acknowledged that the legal system “has … [Read more...]

Caring in prisons…

Sept 25, 2020  Prince Albert Now (SK) – Nigel Maxwell Frustrated by lack of contract, federal correctional officers stage rallies across the country The federal guards are now two years without a contract and many are unable to get annual leave … [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...]

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...]