Poor health…

      May 9, 2015  CBC News Poverty linked to future high health-care costs - Health effects of poverty far reaching, Canadian researchers find Health and poverty researchers both have long suspected a vital connection between the two.  … [Read more...]

Rights of Aboriginal kids…

    April 28, 2015  Toronto Star Editorial (April 28, 2015) First Nations kids deserve the same protection as others  Much controversy surrounded the decision of Ontario Justice Gethin Edward to allow Aboriginal tradition healing to replace … [Read more...]

Judicial activism?

    April 17, 2015  iPolitics – Michael Spratt ‘Judicial activism’ isn’t killing Harper’s crime agenda — Harper is  Ottawa lawyer Spratt walks us through the five steps process from conservative platform through bill proposal … [Read more...]

Language and politics…

    Feb. 22, 2015  National Post – Andrew Coyne The case for watching our language on Islamism  Coyne draws a contrast between the implications and meaning of the way US President Obama speaks about Islamism vs the way Prime Minister … [Read more...]

Bending, but not far…

    Feb 5, 2015  Globe and Mail – Sean Fine Ottawa to delay parole eligibility for convicted killers The federal government appears to have second thoughts about a sentence of life without parole but continues to embrace retro solutions, to … [Read more...]

Chill in speech…

    Jan 29, 2015  CBC News – Lucas Powers New anti-terror bill could put chill on freedom of speech 'It’s really more political posturing than sound counterterrorism policy,' says legal expert  The legislation has the purpose to … [Read more...]

Police privatization…

  Nov. 21, 2014  Toronto Star - Alex Boutilier Conservative government to study privatization of some police services  The federal conservatives have noticed the increasing cost of policing while crime is decreasing and have turned to a study … [Read more...]

Elephants and incomes…

   Nov. 1, 2014  Caledon Institute of Social Policy -  Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman The Elephant not in the Room   The federal government’s decision to do a revised version of income splitting for tax purposes needs to be viewed with … [Read more...]

Why…

  Sept 12, 2014   Policy Options – Michael Adam Crime and populism:  The Harper government has made a tough stance on crime one of its showcase positions. Why?    The question of why follows every new ‘tough-on-crime’ stance offered … [Read more...]

Refugee health…

  July 5, 2014  Canadian Press – Steve Rennie Refugee health-care cuts struck down  A federal court judge has ruled that cuts to health care of refugee claimants are “cruel and unusual.”  Justice Anne Mactavish said that the cuts put … [Read more...]