Fix the taxes…

Sept 23, 2020 Policy Options – Senator Kim Pate A reform of taxes would make a guaranteed liveable income feasible:  Eliminating the web of financial programs and social assistance would offset the cost of a GLI, and a five percent hike in GST … [Read more...]

A ketamine arrest…

Sept 2, 2020 CNN (US) - Sara Sidner and Julia Jones Two strangers, with the same first name, and a terrifying story about ketamine in policing Here is a cautionary tale for those crisis teams who recognize the role of medical personnel in response … [Read more...]

Weep, for us all…

Aug. 31, 2020  MacLean’s Magazine - Paul Wells Another farce on Bill Blair's watch - How badly do things have to go for a government-appointed panel to shut down because it got no usable data and no help from the minister? The link offers the … [Read more...]

Still solitary…

Aug 28, 2020 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Federal, Ontario governments under fire for handling of solitary confinement Court rulings have found the solitary practices in Canada’s prisons unconstitutional but prison and human right advocates are … [Read more...]

Gladue still…

July 27, 2020 CBC News – Colin Perkel Law barring conditional sentences for some offences is unconstitutional, court rules The conflict is between the Gladue prescription that the court must consider the Indigenous circumstances before … [Read more...]

Tensions…

April 27, 2020 CTV News – Colin Perkel Federal prison tensions rise amid COVID lockdowns; activists want releases The tensions created by the Coronavirus and the prisoners locked up without much defence is beginning to boil over in at least two … [Read more...]

Earth Day…

April 22, 2020 (Ed note:  The concurrence of the virus, the tragedy in Nova Scotia and the reminder of the needs of the environment all together may serve as a moment to pause and ask about our capacity for crisis response and our willingness to … [Read more...]

Pardon me?

Dec 6, 2019 CBC News – Kathleen Harris 'Incredibly low': Only 118 pardons granted for pot possession in first 4 months Advocates are concerned that the numbers of people eligible for pot pardons is enormous but that the applications and the … [Read more...]

Soul Search…

Oct. 30, 2019 Ottawa Citizen – Kelly Egan The Montsion trial won't give us the collective soul search we need The trial of Const. Daniel Montsion, charged with manslaughter and assault, for the death of Abdirahman Abdi in July 2016 has managed … [Read more...]

Renewed light for tired problems

Sept 12. 2019 (Ed note: Smart Justice Network Canada (SJNC) has been working quietly for a new vision of criminal justice in Canada and has outlined what that new vision would propose.  We offer the perspective for election reflection / … [Read more...]