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...]

Quo vadis?

June 17, 2018  Canadian Lawyer – Michael Spratt Dear soon-to-be-premier Ontario has a new premier-elect and everyone is wondering about what policies he will embrace over a multitude of issues.  Spratt, a Criminal Defence Counsel who … [Read more...]

Zero homelessness…

June 11, 2018 New York Times (US) – David Bornstein A Growing Drive to Get Homelessness to Zero Nine US communities have reached “functional zero” around homeless veterans and chronically homeless persons.  Rockford, Illinois, is the first … [Read more...]

Beyond prisons…

May 9, 2018 CBC Radio – Sunday Edition Canada's prison system should be radically reduced A 21 minute interview with Paula Mallea, a criminal lawyer, who proposes a change so that prison is no longer the default for wrong doing.  "Prison is … [Read more...]

Guns, law and communities…

May 5, 2018 CBC News – Angela Wright Canada's government is clearly uninterested in finding innovative solutions to gun violence Largely the pre-occupation of urbanites, the question of gun control appears to be elusive, not only in terms of … [Read more...]

No illegal refugees…

April 9, 2018 Toronto Star - Jesse Beatson and Kylie Sier There’s nothing ‘illegal’ about asylum seekers - Amid a global refugee crisis, the misuse of the term ‘illegal’ carries a real cost. The editorial reminds us that asylum seekers … [Read more...]

Where to stand on guns?

Mar 18, 2018 CTV News - Don Martin Gun bill could become ammunition for the opposition Martin is anticipating a new piece of legislation next week on guns following the recent summit on guns and gangs.  The new legislation will out the purchase … [Read more...]

Guns in Canada…

Mar 14, 2018 Globe and Mail - Laura Stone  Andrew Scheer’s gun policies include firearms ombudsman, taking power from RCMP The Conservative Leader thinks that Canada needs an ombudsman for firearms and that the responsibility for classifying … [Read more...]

Confronting the mess…

March 10, 2018  Ottawa Citizen – Dylan McGinty A #MeThree movement, based on truth and reconciliation We have had a few months of very difficult dialogue about the outcomes of trials, especially around the treatment of indigenous people and … [Read more...]

When the law fails? …

Feb 13, 2018  Senator Murray Sinclair on the Boushie affair: "I grieve for the youth who now see no hope, and whose hunger for justice gives rise to anger.  I grieve for the children whose lives now have one more jeopardy.  I may grieve for some … [Read more...]