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...]

Big data, big brother…

Jan 3, 2018   CBC News – Brett Ruskin Canadian government to search social media using artificial intelligence to predict suicides - Feds to hire company with patented method to identify online trends and predict real-life events This latest … [Read more...]

Compassion

Dec 26, 2017 From Prison Reform Movement (US): And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Globe and Mail … [Read more...]

Transforming CJS

Dec 12, 2017  Transforming the Criminal Justice System The Government of Canada is undertaking a broad review of Canada’s Criminal Justice System to ensure that it is just, compassionate and fair, and promotes a safe, peaceful and prosperous … [Read more...]

US bail and remand…

Nov 2, 2017 (Ed Note:  This past week the communiqué has experienced a hardware glitch that ultimately required an extensive amount of revision of the lists of recipients.  We had a problem with some recipients getting more than one copy of the … [Read more...]

Prison Health…

Oct. 26, 2017 Pew Charitable Trust (US) Prison Health Care Costs and Quality - How and why states strive for high-performing systems The Pew Foundation and VERA Institute for Justice together have produced this report looking at the data derived … [Read more...]