April Fool!

April 1, 2021 (Ed note:  For this edition your editor thought that some reflection material may be more helpful than simply news stories about crime and punishment and the utter failure of prison.  The point is to look in a focused fashion at the … [Read more...]

Common good…

March 25, 2021 Toronto Star – Alex Ballingall The Supreme Court rules Canada’s carbon price is constitutional. It’s a big win for Justin Trudeau’s climate plan In a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court of Canada has determined that the carbon … [Read more...]

Indigenous health…

Jan 28, 2021 Globe and Mail – Willow Fiddler and Kristy Kirkup Saskatchewan woman left shaken after arrest by RCMP Lac La Ronge Indian Band member Emily Kammermayer, 20, was arrested by RCMP and charged with assaulting an officer at the La Ronge … [Read more...]

First responders…

Nov. 15, 2020 Toronto Star - Rachel Collier Health PEI ignores recommendation, adds police to mobile mental health units The decision in PEI marks a sharping of the focus for the composition of first response team when mental health is the primary … [Read more...]

Inside…

Oct. 26 2020  Globe and Mail – Justin Piché and Sarah Speight Build communities, not cages: Jails are death traps, no matter how new Both authors are outspoken in opposition to prisons in general but the thought of a new prison in Thunder Bay … [Read more...]

Reforming police…

Oct 23, 2020   Ottawa Citizen – Jeffrey Monaghan Monaghan: After the Montsion verdict – a need for broader change - Here are three modest steps Ottawa Council and the police service could take to signal a desire for substantive … [Read more...]

Change…

Oct. 12, 2020 Foundations for Social Change (Vancouver, BC) – The New Leaf Project The Foundation, tied to UBC, has acted on a question on all our minds about homelessness:  how does one best help the homeless find housing and food security.  … [Read more...]

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...]