What makes us safe?

March 17, 2020 – (Ed Note: No one can make light of the real suffering from the Coronavirus problem but the spreading Cofid-19 virus may also invite us to rethink what makes us safe. Perhaps because there is now self-interest for us all, … [Read more...]

Consistency

Jan 16, 2020 (Ed note:  The recent controversy about the increased and often prohibitive cost of the record suspension for applicants has highlighted the issue behind the issue: Why has the Liberal government not addressed the specific issue of a … [Read more...]

Cleaning up…

Jan 11, 2020  Mary Campbell – Independent Corrections Expert and Justice Advocate (Jan 3 edition of Communiqué drew attention to the federal parole board announcement of the fee increase for a record suspension (Government Link:  … [Read more...]

Temp workers…

May 17, 2019 CBC News – Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani Number of temp workers jumped by 50% in last 20 years, StatsCan says This report may be insightful for understanding the issues around income inequality and growing inadequacy in income generally … [Read more...]

Victim surcharge struck down…

Dec 15, 2018 Lawyer’s Daily (Canada) - LexisNexis Top court strikes down mandatory victim surcharge for imposing cruel and unusual punishment on poor “The Supreme Court has 7-2 struck down the mandatory victim surcharge enacted by the … [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 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...]

Guns and violence…

March 4, 2018 Global News – Natasha Pace Domestic violence court opens in Halifax, officials anticipate 1,000 cases annually A court that deals specifically with cases of domestic violence has opened in Halifax.  The court will sit one day a … [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...]

Ask an expert…

Dec. 6, 2017 CBC News – Kelly Malone 'They have a lot to teach us': Inmates call for Canadian justice reform in journal - Journal of Prisoners on Prisons gives more than 50 inmates a voice on justice reform Want the real scoop?  Ask those who … [Read more...]