Judges to rule…

Aug 24, 2021 Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Nova Scotia Court of Appeal rules to consider history of racism, marginalization in cases For some time now, Canada has had the Gladue ruling requiring judges to consider the personal and cultural … [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...]

A different Gladue

Sept 15, 2020 Lawyer’s Daily: Luis Millán   Gladue principles may apply to homeless people, rules Quebec Court of Appeal “In a decision welcomed by criminal lawyers, the Quebec Court of Appeal seems to have opened the door for the principle … [Read more...]

The dark side…

July 26, 2019  Perilous Chronicle.com Hunger Strike at Edmonton Remand Centre, Alberta  The hunger strike at the new Edmonton Remand Center may offer more than just a piece of news about discontent in prison.  The additional flavour is … [Read more...]

Lifers…

May 30, 2019 St. Leonard’s Society of Canada Life(r)’s Work: Developing a Modernized Strategy for Life-Sentenced People in Canada Known for its attention to issues around lifers (one in four inmates in Canada), this group has a strategy for … [Read more...]

Abused in jail…

Feb 28, 2019 CBC News – Samantha Craggs Half of Canada's prisoners were abused as children, McMaster study suggests This report supplements a truth etching its way in the US penology literature: namely that a considerable number of incarcerated … [Read more...]

Jail suicides…

Nov 26, 2018 CBC News Coroner's inquest begins today into suicide of mentally ill man at OCDC A lot of prison issues coalesce when a coroner’s jury begins the process of examining why an inmate died in prison.  Cleve 'Cas' Geddes hanged himself … [Read more...]

Simplifiers…

April 17, 2018 National Newswatch - Glen Pearson The “Terrible Simplifiers” This is a reflection piece on the current state of political turmoil in Canada and elsewhere.  It is a worthy thought because Pearson attempts to create a holistic … [Read more...]

RJ coming of age?

Mar 26, 2018 Department of Justice: (March 2018)   A Report on Provincial and Territorial Stakeholder Consultations What we heard - Transforming Canada's criminal justice system While not yet the policy of the federal government, this report … [Read more...]

Love is reconciliation

Oct 23, 2017 Indigenous advocate Cindy Blackstock raises the bar for Canadians and pays tribute to Gord Downie: May he forever sing and dance among the stars reminding us all that love is reconciliation.  John Howard Society of Ontario Record … [Read more...]