Broken promise…

July 6, 2019 

 CBC News – Paola Loriggio
Quebec man’s broken promise to wear a condom was sexual assault, justice rules

Superior Court Justice Nathalie Champagne has ruled that a man who promised to wear a condom for sex but did not and resisted her refusal when he failed was guilty of sexual assault.  “Champagne said not wearing a condom against another person’s wishes usurps that other individual’s sexual autonomy and the right to make decisions about engaging in sexual activity.” The couple met on a web dating site and agreed prior to meeting on the use of the condom.  Related article: Globe and Mail – Paola Loriggio  Man’s refusal to wear condom during sex, after agreeing to do so, is sexual assault, Ontario judge rules    Related article: Toronto Star Editorial Board (July 2, 2019) Judges need better training in law dealing with sex assault – Blogger Mike Moffatt
One Dad’s experience raising two wonderful children on the spectrum

While Doug Ford squabbles about waiting lists and programs available for autistic children, Blogger Mike Moffatt offers a personal experience from raising two autistic children.  This is a powerfully provocative piece that eliminates any possible response except one of compassionate support for a family doing well the near impossible and offering equally powerful understanding to the rest of us.

Canadian Politics and Public Policy Magazine – Wanda Thomas Bernard
Racism in Canada: Planting the Seeds of Inclusion

This reflection, appropriate to Canada Day space, comes from a member of the Canadian Senate and a long time social worker and public advocate from Atlantic Canada.  Senator Bernard speaks about belonging and exclusion, and further marginalization in intersecting status and planting seeds for hope after discriminatory incidents.   Related article: Toronto Star:  Brennan Doherty   Referees refuse to supervise Kainai Nation youth basketball teams, tournament organizer says

CBC News – Andrea Bellemare
The real ‘fake news’: how to spot misinformation and disinformation online

As Election Day approaches there is increasing concern about fraud and subterfuge filling social media with disinformation and misinformation.  The article looks to what kind of false news is out there and how to recognize it.  An individual item may be false or the entire website may be propagating false information.    Related article: Toronto Star – Alex Boutilier, Craig Silverman, Jane Lytvynenko    Good luck finding justice for foreign election interference, experts say

CBC News –
Charges dropped against U.S. woman who lost fetus when shot in stomach

In what was bizarre at best, as we reported previously, a pregnant woman was charged with manslaughter in the death of her baby when a man with whom she was fighting shot her in the stomach.  Since the male in the fight was determined to be acting in self-defence – the woman started the fight – he walked and she was charged.  Now the District Attorney has dropped the manslaughter charge.  “Alabama is one of dozens of states that have fetal homicide laws allowing criminal charges when fetuses are killed in violent acts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”  No one is talking about what is next.

CBC (Saskatoon) – Guy Quenneville
Discussions on police investigating police ‘very much alive’: Saskatoon police chief

Joshua Megeney was a 28-year-old who died after a standoff with Saskatoon police in 2016.  Following the death, Saskatoon police major crimes squad investigated the death as part of a coroner’s inquest.  Police Chief Troy Cooper is now confronting the question of appropriate police oversight in the case of interactions involving deaths or serious injuries.  Cooper says he is open to an independent body provide the police chiefs have a say in how it happens.  Related article: CBC – New Brunswick –  Karissa Donkin   Prosecutors won’t pursue further legal action in prisoner Matthew Hines’s death – 2 guards who pepper sprayed Hines before he died were charged with manslaughter but later discharged  Related article: Edmonton Journal – Jonny Wakefield   Court sides with inmate accused of smuggling drugs in habeas corpus case

Colorado Public Radio – Andrea Dukakis
Once Sentenced To Life, Curtis Brooks Walks Out Of Prison a Free Man

The link offers a personal story on a man who was sentenced to life imprisonment for a felony murder or for participating in the crime in which a murder occurred.  It is all the more of interest since Curtis Brooks was 15 years old at the time and subjected to the Life without Parole (LWOP) legal practice, even though he did not fire the gun that killed 29 year old robbery victim   Christopher Ramos.  Now, at age 39, Brooks’ sentence has been determined to have been cruel and unusual punishment and rather then re-sentenced, Brooks has been given clemency by Governor John Hickenlooper.

Freedom for Immigrants (US)
Detention by the numbers – Where are people detained in the United States?

The link provides an excellent resource for those inquiring about the detention of immigrants in the US – particularly as a backgrounder to the current disputes around the treatment of children and the involvement of private prison as well as state and local jails.  The graphics address the frequency of various abuses, who is in jail, for how long, at what costs, and a world-wide perspective on immigration detention.  Freedom for Immigrants is a non-profit.