April Fool!

April 1, 2021 (Ed note:  For this edition your editor thought that some reflection material may be more helpful than simply news stories about crime and punishment and the utter failure of prison.  The point is to look in a focused fashion at the … [Read more...]

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...]

‘Withering rights’…

Dec 17, 2019 CBC News - H.M. Jocelyn Canadians travelling to or through U.S. should pay close attention to their withering rights Jocelyn, a Canadian from Stratford, ON, is a PhD candidate at Rutgers and warns of what she calls “the withering … [Read more...]

Pardon me?

Dec 6, 2019 CBC News – Kathleen Harris 'Incredibly low': Only 118 pardons granted for pot possession in first 4 months Advocates are concerned that the numbers of people eligible for pot pardons is enormous but that the applications and the … [Read more...]

No jury needed…

July 30, 2019 CBC News - Salimah Shivji Military justice system doesn't breach charter rights, Supreme Court rules The Supreme Court of Canada has decided, ruling 5-2, that the Canadian military system of justice – the usual court martial – … [Read more...]

New Crime rates…

July 25, 2019 National Newswatch – Christian Paas-Lang, The Canadian Press Crime rate rose in 2018 but country still safer than a decade ago, StatCan says Stats Canada says the crime rate rose slightly in 2018 – up 2%, as did the severity of … [Read more...]

New look for SCC…

June 25, 2018 National Post – John Ivison Canada's new chief justice keen to drag Supreme Court into the light - Wagner indicated Canadians can expect more dissenting opinions than was the norm when McLachlin was chief justice. 'I like dissent. … [Read more...]

Law, sex and religion…

June 19, 2018  National Post – Chris Selley Supreme Court strikes a blow against religious freedom with Trinity Western decision - Canadian courts have long protected religious practices they believe to be sincerely held, not necessarily … [Read more...]

A beginning?

Feb 16, 2018 CBC News – John Paul Tasker Trudeau promises new legal framework for Indigenous people - 'We need to get to a place where Indigenous peoples in Canada are in control of their own destiny,' PM says Though short on detail, Trudeau is … [Read more...]

Police and human rights…

Dec 3, 2017 National Post - Shawn Jeffords, Canadian Press Complaints of racial profiling, discrimination by Toronto police focus of human rights inquiry Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane has announced an inquiry into racial … [Read more...]