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...]

The precariat…

Dec 29, 2016 World Economic Forum – Guy Standing The precariat, populism and robots: is basic income a political imperative? Standing, a University of London researcher, offers a question about the need to re-frame the current assumptions around … [Read more...]

Charity chill…

Dec 8, 2016 Toronto Star – Editorial (Dec. 6, 2016) Liberals should put an end to Harper’s charity chill The Star is calling for an end to the political audits of charities that oppose government policy by Canada Revenue Agency.  The audits, … [Read more...]

Rights of Indigenous People…

May 9, 2016  CBC News Canada to shift position on UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples - Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to make announcement in New York City on Monday The UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous … [Read more...]

Fixing disaster…

April 28, 2016 Toronto Star – Daniel Brown Time to tear down last of the Tory crime agenda - Justin Trudeau should move quickly to do away with what’s left of the Harper government’s disastrous tough-on-crime policies In the face of repeated … [Read more...]

Indigenous women in jail…

April 24, 2016 Vice.com – Kelly Geraldine Malone  Why Indigenous Women Are Canada’s Fastest Growing Prison Population Though first published in Feb 2016, this article may prove very helpful in understanding the enormous increase and … [Read more...]

Metis, Non-Status…

April 15, 2016  National Newswatch – Bruce Cheadle, Canadian Press Supreme Court rules that Metis, non-status Indians are federal responsibility Canada’s Metis and non-status Indians – 665,000 in total - have long fallen into the cracks … [Read more...]

Broken…

March 11, 2016 Hill Times – Ally Foster Tories’ ‘tough-on-crime’ approach has broken Canada’s justice system, say experts The Hill Times, in the light of the recent Report to Parliament by the Correctional Investigator, assembled a … [Read more...]

Doctor assisted suicide…

    Nov. 5, 2015 Toronto Star – Canadian Press Palliative care centre in Quebec to offer doctor-assisted suicide February past the Supreme Court gave the then Harper government one year to propose an alternative to the present ban on doctor … [Read more...]

PMO vs delivery units…

    Oct. 30, 2015 National Newswatch – Don Lenihan Will Trudeau’s “Delivery Units” further centralize the PMO? A British brain child of Michael Barber, the delivery unit recognizes the gap between the legislative and the … [Read more...]