All victims…

May 26, 2017 Globe and Mail – Canadian Press Supreme Court to examine constitutionality of victim surcharges The Harper government introduced the mandatory victim surcharge on any conviction and sentencing.  Intended to fund victim services, … [Read more...]

Jamie Scott, Honoris Causa

May 15, 2017:  Special  (Ed note: What follows is the text of a May 10th address by Rev. James Scott at the 2017 United Theological College convocation presenting him a Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) recognizing his long and extraordinary … [Read more...]

Fixing systems…

May 3, 2017 Huffington Post (Canada) Blogger Dyanoosh Youssefi Canada Doesn't Need To Fix Its Justice System. It Needs a New One Lawyer and professor Youssefi comments in the context of both provincial and federal government justice officials … [Read more...]

Criminalizing mental illness…

May 1, 2017 Toronto Star – Michael Bryant and Graham Brown Judge exposes how we criminalize mental illness The authors, Bryant, a former Ontario Attorney General, and Brown a policy analyst from John Howard, are insistent that the justice system … [Read more...]

A tale of 3 cities…

April 25, 2017 CBC News – Ontario basic income pilot project to launch in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay - Premier Wynne made the announcement at Liuna Station in Hamilton on Monday just after 9 a.m. You have to apply but there are no strings … [Read more...]

End carding…

April 18, 2017 Toronto Star – Peter Rosenthal Compelling report must end harmful carding practice by police Two of Canada’s premier criminologists, from U of T, Rosemary Gartner and Anthony Doob, have issued a report on the practice of … [Read more...]

25 cent call?

April 7, 2017 Chronicle Herald (Halifax) Nova Scotia prisoners start online petition against ‘excessive’ prison call charges Prisoners of North East Nova is the name of a group of provincial inmates in Nova Scotia trying the do something about … [Read more...]

Prison spending…

Mar 7, 2017 Blogger Justin Piché - Associate Professor, Criminology, University of Ottawa Government of Canada promises alternatives to confinement, while funding carceral expansion Piché reminds us that shortly after the last election, … [Read more...]

Way more than 1,200…

Mar 1, 2017 National Post – Kristy Kirkup Number of missing, murdered indigenous women ‘way bigger than 1,200,’ minister says In mid-February, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett reflected on the experiences of the initial work of … [Read more...]

Prison violence…

Dec 12, 2016 Toronto Star – Michael Tutton Sudden surge in prison violence ‘a problem right across’ Canada, experts warn Experts are warning that there has been a noticeable surge in prison violence in prisons, both provincial and federal, … [Read more...]