“Life means life”

    Aug 19, 2015 Canadian Press Harper says he’ll resurrect ‘life means life’ legislation One of the bills already promised but allowed to die on the order paper, Stephen Harper has resurrected the “life means life” bill in the … [Read more...]

Time for no crime?

    July 18, 2015 Globe and Mail – Editorial (July 18, 2015) Most of Canada’s prisoners have never been convicted of anything. Why are they in jail? Would you believe that an average 55% of those currently in jails across the country have … [Read more...]


    April 16, 2015 (Ed note: A group of mothers who gather for mutual support and whose children are locked up in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre were invited to speak at the recent public forum sponsored by Dr. Aaron Doyle of Carleton … [Read more...]

Special: Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre

    A special from the Smart Justice Network of Canada… April 13, 2015 – Ottawa Carlton Detention Centre in Chronic Crisis Criminalization and Punishment Education Project Tracking the Politics of Criminalization and Punishment in Canada:  … [Read more...]

Withdraw C-51…

    Feb 13, 2015  Globe and Mail – Ed Broadbent and Roy Romanov Parliament must reject the anti-terror bill    “The Harper government has been effective in piling up our security anxieties. But actual material and strategic support for … [Read more...]

More jail?

    Feb 12, 2015 Law Times (Canada) – Matthew Gourlay A Criminal Mind: Time for a constructive look at bail controversies This article looks first at the legal rational sometimes used to refuse bail and then more specifically at the case of … [Read more...]


    Feb 3, 2015 (Ed note: Marion Lane’s blog in the last communiqué made reference to an editorial in the Globe and Mail without specifying the date of the editorial.  It was, in fact published Dec. 29, 2014, in the context of the Bill Cosby … [Read more...]

Courtly cautions…

  Oct. 30, 2014    Huffington Post – Althia Raj John Major, Retired Supreme Court Justice, Warns Over 'Knee-Jerk' Reaction to Ottawa Attack    The former leader of the Air India inquiry thinks that the government needs to make a case for … [Read more...]


  Sept 7, 2014  Toronto Star – Carol Goar Presumption of innocence whittled away  Goar lines up the various authorities who have support a clean-up of the remand system as an instant cash saver, including government panels, economists, the … [Read more...]

Use of force…

 July 29, 2014  Toronto Star – Patty Winsa Iacobucci use of force report recommends Taser study  Almost a year after the killing of Sammy Yatim by Toronto police, Judge Iacobucci has tabled 17 recommendations for changes in how police … [Read more...]