Punish or cure?

July 31, 2018 The Guardian (UK) - Samira Shackle Should we treat crime as something to be cured rather than punished? Shackle presents the most important question plaguing contemporary prison reform.  In the light of constant confrontation with … [Read more...]

New look for SCC…

June 25, 2018 National Post – John Ivison Canada's new chief justice keen to drag Supreme Court into the light - Wagner indicated Canadians can expect more dissenting opinions than was the norm when McLachlin was chief justice. 'I like dissent. … [Read more...]

Mental health and police deaths…

April 6, 2018 CBC News - Katie Nicholson, Jacques Marcoux Most Canadians killed in police encounters since 2000 had mental health or substance abuse issues - More than 460 people have died in encounters with police in Canada since 2000 The … [Read more...]

Charities and human rights…

Jan 17, 2018 Policy Options – Brian Bird With the change to Canada Summer Jobs, Trudeau is weaponizing the Charter, forgetting that it is meant to be a shield against the abuse of state power. The Trudeau government in December announced the … [Read more...]

Compassion

Dec 26, 2017 From Prison Reform Movement (US): And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Globe and Mail … [Read more...]

Love is reconciliation

Oct 23, 2017 Indigenous advocate Cindy Blackstock raises the bar for Canadians and pays tribute to Gord Downie: May he forever sing and dance among the stars reminding us all that love is reconciliation.  John Howard Society of Ontario Record … [Read more...]

NCR…

Oct 1, 2017 Toronto Star – Peter Goffin People with mental illness too often landing in prison instead of hospitals, experts say This link offers the success side of a finding of “Not Criminally Responsible” or NCR.  Brian Rose killed his … [Read more...]

Abuse causes imprisonment…

Sept 17, 2017 Common Dreams (US) – Sarah Lazare Locked Up for Surviving: The Untold Story of the Sexual-Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline - New study concludes that a history of abuse is not just a predictor of future incarceration—it is a cause This … [Read more...]

Apology: LGBT…

Sept 16, 2017 Globe and Mail – John Ibbitson Federal government to announce advisory council for apology to LGBT Canadians The federal government has begun to compose an advisory committee charged with helping government to address the issue of … [Read more...]

30,000…

Sept 6, 2017 CBC News – Christina Lopes Canada should welcome up to 30,000 DACA young people facing deportation in U.S., senator says Ontario Independent Sen. Ratna Omidvar has a bold and powerful way to be supportive of the Deferred Action … [Read more...]