Quo vadis…

Oct 19, 2019 Global TV News – Rachel Brown Conservative platform gets a failing grade, Liberal’s barely passes on poverty and health: report The link provides a comparison between all four national political parties and their stated positions … [Read more...]

Not so subtle racism…

Oct 7, 2019  Policy Options – Pamela Palmeter Justin Trudeau’s use of blackface shows racism isn’t just institutional, but also individual. Human beings have perpetuated anti-Indigenous racism. Here is a worthy reflection on the problem of … [Read more...]

Our better angels…

Aug 31, 2019  ABC News (US) - Meghan Keneally Man who spent 36 years in prison for stealing $50 from a bakery is now set to be freed  History is not a kind teacher nor do lessons from history prompt us strongly enough to recognize and fix … [Read more...]

Voter Vision…

July 9, 2019 Canada’s National Observer - Fatima Syed EXCLUSIVE: Doug Ford didn’t tell you Ontario cancelled 227 clean energy projects This article is the first of series intended to expose cutbacks to environmental projects already underway … [Read more...]

Jail suicides…

Nov 26, 2018 CBC News Coroner's inquest begins today into suicide of mentally ill man at OCDC A lot of prison issues coalesce when a coroner’s jury begins the process of examining why an inmate died in prison.  Cleve 'Cas' Geddes hanged himself … [Read more...]

US Midterm results…

Nov 15, 2018 Sentencing Project:  US Election impact State Criminal Justice Reform and the 2018 Midterms The link provides a summary of changes in criminal justice consequent to the US mid-term elections.  Striking among them is the Florida … [Read more...]

Learning wisdom…

Nov 8, 2018 Toronto Star - Katie Daubs In her short life, little Abby inspired countless acts of kindness. Now even strangers are mourning her death This is a story that prompts the rest of us to pause from the ugliness and bitterness of political … [Read more...]

Getting old in jail…

July 20, 2018 Globe and Mail – Sandra Martin Even behind bars, aging prisoners deserve proper health care Martin says that 25% of federal inmates are aged 50 or more and most of them serving lengthy sentences.   She also suggests that health … [Read more...]

More women in jail…

May 23, 2018  (Ed note: The last edition of communiqué contained a reference and commentary on the Mothers Offering Mutual Support (MOMS) of Ottawa.  Some of the MOMS involved in the discussions around the plan to rebuild the Ottawa Carleton … [Read more...]

More than prisons…

April 23, 2018 Political Options - Yafet Tewelde A youth justice system that’s more than courts and prisons Tewelde acknowledges a limited support for a broad based community support agenda for confronting youth crime but he is also complaining … [Read more...]