Public Inquiry…

July 31, 2020  Statement from Minister Bill Blair A perhaps subtle change but significant nonetheless.  People have been clamoring for a full public inquiry with subpoena and sworn testimony instead of the first presented review.  Players or now … [Read more...]

Legal side…

May 23, 2020 Global News – Stewart Bell and Andrew Russell The terrorism confronting Canada: Unsophisticated and frustratingly effective Bell and Russell are suggesting, an illustrating with examples, that while we have paid almost exclusive … [Read more...]

Hospitality…

Nov. 6, 2019 Guardian (UK – Long Read) – Priya Basil Make yourselves at home: the meaning of hospitality in a divided world This is soup and dinner for souls weary with tensions from violent events and political divide, perhaps even a … [Read more...]

Perverse justice…

Sept. 17, 2019 Toronto Star - Richard D. Schneider  (Excerpted from The Death of A Butterfly) I’m a judge in mental health court. It’s perverse that criminal courts are the main providers of mental health care Who better – other than … [Read more...]

New Crime rates…

July 25, 2019 National Newswatch – Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press Crime rate rose in 2018 but country still safer than a decade ago, StatCan says Stats Canada says the crime rate rose slightly in 2018 – up 2%, as did the severity of … [Read more...]

Alternatives work…

July 18, 2019 – CBC News – Emma Davie Atlantic Canada has an enviable problem: its youth jails are emptying out All eyes should be on Nova Scotia’s remarkable achievement:  the province has fewer than 30 inmates in its four long term youth … [Read more...]

Calls for Justice…

June 4, 2019 CBC News – John Paul Tasker Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women issues final report with sweeping calls for change "Each person has a role to play in order to combat violence against Indigenous women, girls and … [Read more...]

Boys and trauma…

May 24, 2019 National Post – Colin Perkel, Canadian Press Focus on traumatized boys critical to gender equality, new research shows The distinction between the extent of traumatization between boys and girls is one of those thoughts that is … [Read more...]

Who will answer…

April 12, 2019 Office of the Auditor General (Report 5, Sept 15, 2017) Preparing Women Offenders for Release—Correctional Service Canada This report is somewhat dated – almost two years now, covering 2014-2017– but still very helpful in … [Read more...]

Recompense for solitary…

April 6, 2019 Toronto Star – Editorial (April 1, 2019) Ottawa now has even more reasons to fix solitary confinement The Star comments on the latest court ruling that limits the Correctional Services to a max of 15 days.  But the Court of Appeal … [Read more...]