Common good…

March 25, 2021 Toronto Star – Alex Ballingall The Supreme Court rules Canada’s carbon price is constitutional. It’s a big win for Justin Trudeau’s climate plan In a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court of Canada has determined that the carbon … [Read more...]

MAID

Mar 12, 2021  Liberals, Bloc Quebecois join forces to pass revised assisted dying bill - MPs pass bill 180 to 149 with most Bloc, Liberal MPs in support The struggle in the House over the medical assist in dying has been focused recently on … [Read more...]

Charities regs…

Feb 11, 2021 Senator Ratna Omidvar Effective and Accountable Charities Act The legislation is S-222 from the Senate and is designed to update the current CRA provisions governing how charities can pursue their objectives.  Currently limited to … [Read more...]

Safer communities…

Feb 8, 2021 Choosing Real Safety: A historic declaration to divest from policing and prisons and build safer communities for all The link provides a declaration about what constitutes a safer community and the failed role of more policing, more … [Read more...]

Mandatories, again…

Jan 17, 2021 CBC News – Canadian Press Supreme Court to examine limits on conditional sentencing The Supreme Court “has agreed to review an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that found the Criminal Code provisions violated the charter because of … [Read more...]

Not in Canada…

Jan 13, 2021 Global News – Stewart Bell Canadian Proud Boys in ‘panic’ as platforms go offline and government talks of terror listing The immediate and visceral reaction to the incitement of insurrection in the US has prompted consideration … [Read more...]

Crime as Political Distraction…

Jan 10, 2021 CBC News – Kathleen Harris Conservatives slam vaccine rollout plan that prioritizes some federal prisoners - Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says government has 'duty of care' to protect vulnerable inmates Who makes up a … [Read more...]

Trends…

Jan. 7, 2021 Policy Options – Andrew Parkin Ten Trends That Will Shape Events in 2021 - From declining confidence in business to growing concern about racism, Environics’ public opinion studies show evolving beliefs on key issues. Parkin does … [Read more...]

The interim…

Jan 4, 2021  (ED Note: Happy New Year to all.  Here is a collection, roughly by date, of note-worthy items during the holidays.  Regular newsletter back in next edition.) Globe and Mail – Patrick White Federal prisons flout law by keeping … [Read more...]

Death in custody…

Dec 16, 2020  CBC News – Shanifar Nasser Jail guards violated use-of-force policies in fatal restraint of Soleiman Faqiri, court documents suggest - Fired sergeant acknowledges combination of tactics posed ‘triple threat’ in cutting off air … [Read more...]