Quo vadis?

June 17, 2018  Canadian Lawyer – Michael Spratt Dear soon-to-be-premier Ontario has a new premier-elect and everyone is wondering about what policies he will embrace over a multitude of issues.  Spratt, a Criminal Defence Counsel who … [Read more...]

Guns, law and communities…

May 5, 2018 CBC News – Angela Wright Canada's government is clearly uninterested in finding innovative solutions to gun violence Largely the pre-occupation of urbanites, the question of gun control appears to be elusive, not only in terms of … [Read more...]

Mental health and police deaths…

April 6, 2018 CBC News - Katie Nicholson, Jacques Marcoux Most Canadians killed in police encounters since 2000 had mental health or substance abuse issues - More than 460 people have died in encounters with police in Canada since 2000 The … [Read more...]

Side-by-side…

Feb. 5, 2018 MacLean’s – Anthony M. Davis Where criminology students study side-by-side with prisoners Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) (BC) has been engaged in a novel approach to corrections since 2011 called Inside-Out Prisoner … [Read more...]

Big data, big brother…

Jan 3, 2018   CBC News – Brett Ruskin Canadian government to search social media using artificial intelligence to predict suicides - Feds to hire company with patented method to identify online trends and predict real-life events This latest … [Read more...]

Punish or rehab?

Dec 28, 2017  Globe and Mail – Michelle Zilio Canadians prioritize prosecution over rehabilitation for jihadi suspects: poll A Nanos poll has found that 62% of Canadians favour criminal charges and jail over rehabilitation for returning … [Read more...]

Compassion

Dec 26, 2017 From Prison Reform Movement (US): And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Globe and Mail … [Read more...]

Deportation failures…

Nov. 21, 2017 CBC News – Kathleen Harris 15,000 on Canada's deportation list, but some 'un-co-operative' countries won't take their citizens back - Canada Border Services Agency won't name countries, but says 'engagement strategies' are … [Read more...]

Reconciliation is harder…

Nov 9, 2017 Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives – Senator Murray Sinclair The truth is hard. Reconciliation is harder. The link is a 50 minute and powerful speech by Sinclair celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the CCPA BC office.  The … [Read more...]

Indigenous Law…

Nov 7, 2017 Dalhousie University Schulich Law School (NS) – Janet Doucet New Aboriginal and Indigenous law course fosters ‘eye‑opening’ experiential learning In response to Article 28 of the Recommendations from the Truth and … [Read more...]