Singing…

Sept 23, 2017  Toronto Star – Michael Cook and Badylon Kawanda Why the birds stopped singing Much of our discussions about refugees is focused on the settlement issues once the greater part of the ordeal of flight is over and the refugees are … [Read more...]

Why? Said the Judge…

Aug 15, 2017 Toronto Star – Brendan Kennedy ‘Why is this man in prison?’, judge asks government lawyer in immigration detention case This is an odd question but one which flows from the ability of the Immigration Department / CBSA to hold in … [Read more...]

“Free, prior and informed consent…”

April 26, 2917 Globe and Mail – Gloria Galloway Ottawa drops objections to UN resolution on Indigenous consent The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People has a clause that requires governments to obtain consent for any decision that … [Read more...]

Conservatives and Islamophobia…

Oct 6, 2016 Huffington Post – Althia Raj Tory MPs Oppose NDP Motion Condemning All Forms of Islamophobia The NDP’s Tom Mulcair proposed a motion in the House rejecting all sorts of Islamophobia, expecting unanimous consent but a handful of … [Read more...]

UN Guidelines for solitary…

May 11, 2016 Globe and Mail – Patrick White Ontario ombudsman calls for end to long-term solitary confinement in jails Ombudsman Paul Dubé wants Ontario to endorse the UN guidelines on solitary confinement or segregation in its 27 prisons.  … [Read more...]

Full Body scanners…

May 2, 2016 Ontario Government Ministry of Social and Correctional Services - Minister Yasir Naqvi Full-body Scanners to be installed in all Adult Correctional Facilities In the middle of some terrible conditions and continual disruptions, … [Read more...]

Health deficiencies in jails…

April 20, 2016 John Howard Society of Ontario Fractured Care: Public Health Opportunities in Ontario’s Correctional Institutes    JHS has a new report insisting that the health care crisis currently flooding through Ontario’s provincial … [Read more...]

Jail time?

March 25, 2016 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Judge suspends cocaine trafficking sentence for indigenous man Robert McGill, 40, was convicted of trafficking with a third of a kilogram of cocaine worth about $15,000.  But he is also Aboriginal and … [Read more...]

Celebrate women, work for justice…

March 8, 2016 Toronto Star – Olivia Ward Women’s voices speak loudly from behind bars - Today there are increasing reports of females detained as political prisoners, as repressive regimes expand their sweep of suspected enemies. The … [Read more...]

US Update…

     Dec 17, 2015  The Sentencing Project (US) Are Judges or Prosecutors Driving Racial Disparity in Post-Booker Sentencing? Though the length of federal sentences have in fact decreased, the article wonders about the role of judges and … [Read more...]