Follow the money…

April 20, 2021 Department of Finance: Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2021/04/budget-2021-a-recovery-plan-for-jobs-growth-and-resilience.html CBC News Highlights of … [Read more...]

Public Health wins…

April 18, 2021 BC Government News B.C. moves forward on drug decriminalization, new overdose emergency response funding In a news release dated April 14, 2021, the BC Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson has announced that … [Read more...]

April Fool!

April 1, 2021 (Ed note:  For this edition your editor thought that some reflection material may be more helpful than simply news stories about crime and punishment and the utter failure of prison.  The point is to look in a focused fashion at the … [Read more...]

Parting shot…

March 20, 2021 Huffington Post – Althia Raj Canada's Whistleblower Law Ranks Dead Last in International Rankings - Canada was chastised for ignoring its own legal requirement for periodic reviews of the effectiveness of its whistleblower … [Read more...]

MAID

Mar 12, 2021  Liberals, Bloc Quebecois join forces to pass revised assisted dying bill - MPs pass bill 180 to 149 with most Bloc, Liberal MPs in support The struggle in the House over the medical assist in dying has been focused recently on … [Read more...]

Sentences…

Mar 5, 2021  The Guardian (Manchester, UK) – Kate Allen The government is hell-bent on diluting the Human Rights Act. We must protect it Allen, the director of Amnesty International (UK) is of the opinion that human rights stand between … [Read more...]

By any other name…

Feb. 28, 2021 Globe and Mail – Robyn Urback There’s only one group of Canadians the government can get away with torturing Dr Anthony Doob and Jane Sprott recently published a report on the status of solitary confinement in Canada and they, … [Read more...]

Phone calls…

Feb. 12, 2021 –  TVO.org – Marsha McLeod Broken telephone: How Ontario’s prison-phone system leaves inmates disconnected - ANALYSIS: Here’s how the phone system works, who profits — and what advocates say needs to change A year ago, … [Read more...]

The interim…

Jan 4, 2021  (ED Note: Happy New Year to all.  Here is a collection, roughly by date, of note-worthy items during the holidays.  Regular newsletter back in next edition.) Globe and Mail – Patrick White Federal prisons flout law by keeping … [Read more...]

Say it ain’t so…

Dec 20, 2020 Toronto Star - Alyshah Hasham Legal groups say Ontario misled public with claim it reduced inmate population by 30 per cent early in pandemic There’s a lot, to rely on an old jail joke, depends on the way you tell the story.  Two … [Read more...]