To be free…

April 15, 2019 Globe and Mail – Patrick White Supreme Court grants federal prisons reprieve on 15-day solitary-confinement cap Just a few days ago, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered recompense for inmates in solitary and ordered a limit of 15 … [Read more...]

End of solitary…

July 7, 2017 CBC News – Matt Meuse B.C. Supreme Court to test legality of Canada's solitary confinement rules - Landmark trial begins today, follows Liberal move to limit confinement to maximum of 15 days Efforts by the federal government to … [Read more...]

Reversals beginning…

    Nov. 17, 2015 National Newswatch – Canadian Press Liberals drop controversial Supreme Court of Canada niqab appeal The most recognized wedge issue in the last federal election has sounded its death knell from the legal precincts.  The … [Read more...]

The Doers and Watchers…

    Feb 5, 2015 Church Council on Justice and Corrections and Circles of Support and Accountability Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA): An Effective Approach to Community Safety  The government funding of the CoSA programs stops … [Read more...]

SCC and policy…

    Nov 28, 2014 Canada.com – Ian MacLeod, Ottawa Citizen Supreme Court named 'policymaker of the year'  The MacDonald Institute, a conservative think tank, has named the Supreme Court of Canada the policy maker of the year for its ten … [Read more...]

Policing…

   Nov. 22, 2014  Globe and Mail – John Lornic New era of policing: Will the benefits of body-worn cameras outweigh the privacy issues?  Calgary is the first Canadian city to introduce body-worn cameras but Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and … [Read more...]

SCC nominees…

   May 27, 2014 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Harper under pressure to review Supreme Court appointment process   Recent documents have revealed that four of six nominees on a short list for the Supreme Court of Canada are ineligible for … [Read more...]

Truth in Sentencing and the SCC

April 18  Retired Judge Marion Lane Don’t Believe the Headlines: SCOC and the Truth in Sentencing Act   Judge Marion Lane served in the Ontario criminal courts and offers through her blog (mostly on legal matters) an analysis of the … [Read more...]

Remand credit…

  April 11  Supreme Court of Canada  The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of judicial discretion in the issues of the pre-trial credit to be given for days spent in remand.  The court was responding to federal government changes … [Read more...]

Treatment, not prison…

 Dec. 21, 2013  Canada.com – Douglas Quan Understanding the Ashley Smith inquest: Before and after the homicide verdict  This report interprets the jury’s ruling of homicide by tracking the development of the story and the inquest.  (Some … [Read more...]