A meager gift…

May 14, 2017 (Ed note: Below is a moment of worried relief, perhaps also a daily companion, for many observing Mother’s Day today.  The Bath Institution in the quote is a medium security prison in the Kingston area.  The inmate son suffers … [Read more...]

More fixing needed…

May 5, 2017  Ottawa Citizen – Anthony Doob Fixing the courts isn't up to the federal government Here’s a rather startling view of the all the recent fuss around the wide-ranging opinions on how to fix the court delays in response to the … [Read more...]

Poor and racialized…

Jan 4, 2017 “May our lives be filled with more justice and less corrections.”  (A New Year’s wish from one of our readers) Globe and Mail – Patrick White New senator Kim Pate gives a voice to women in Canada's prisons New senators give … [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...]

Torture and C-51…

Dec 8, 2016  Globe and Mail – Colin Freeze Trump’s torture view may change secrets sharing with Canada: spy watchdog executive Here’s a twist on the usual C-51 discussion about Five Eyes intelligence sharing, more specifically … [Read more...]

Cyberwarriors…

June 23, 2016 CBC News - Murray Brewster Former CSIS head says Canada should have its own cyberwarriors - Documents show Forces are struggling to develop even a defensive cyber capability Richard Fadden, Canada’s former spy chief, says that … [Read more...]

Cost benefit analysis…

April 22, 2016 N.Y. Times – Jason Furman and Douglas Holyz-Eakin Why Mass Incarceration Doesn’t Pay The authors do a cost benefit analysis of the “staggering” growth in the nation’s prison population.  The article examines both the … [Read more...]

A mandatory twist …

April 19, 2016 Globe and Mail – Shannon Kari Convicted of attempted murder, Forcillo fights to serve time at home Forcillo is the Toronto policeman who shot Sammy Yatim on a streetcar.  He was found not guilty of second degree murder but guilty … [Read more...]

Jail time?

March 25, 2016 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Judge suspends cocaine trafficking sentence for indigenous man Robert McGill, 40, was convicted of trafficking with a third of a kilogram of cocaine worth about $15,000.  But he is also Aboriginal and … [Read more...]

Hope…

    Dec 19, 2015 Globe and Mail – Ian Brown and Alex Crétey Systermans Jean Vanier’s comfort and joy: ‘What we have to do is find the places of hope’ A very distinguished and internationally respected Canadian, Vanier was the … [Read more...]