Youth in Solitary in BC…

June 24, 2021 Campaign for the Abolition of Solitary Confinement Letter to B.C. Premier and Ministers on Solitary in “Youth Jails” “The BC Ombudsperson, Jay Chalke, on June 15th issued a report, three years in the making, documenting the use … [Read more...]

House of Hate…

Mar 3, 2021 MacLean’s – Justin Ling Houses of hate: How Canada's prison system is broken - Dangerous, racist and falling apart. By nearly every metric, the nation's penal system is not just failing, it's making things worse. “In fact, by … [Read more...]

Death from mental illness…

Feb 22, 2021 National Newswatch – Margaret Eaton Mental illness should never be a death sentence Eaton, National CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, is objecting to the possibility of MAID leading to terminating mentally ill patients … [Read more...]

A better way…

Feb 5, 2021 Mountain West News Bureau (US) - Nate Hegyi and Jordan Wirfs-Brock 'Talking People into Handcuffs': One Western Town Offers Lessons in Good Policing Moses Lake is a town of 20,000 in eastern Washington state where the local industry is … [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...]

Back to Parliament…

Nov 23, 2020   Policy Options – Adeline Iftene Abusive uses of Structured Intervention Units and the Correctional Service’s conduct mean Parliament must get rid of SIUs or adopt Senate amendments. The link provides a summary of the … [Read more...]

Youth in focus…

Oct 21, 2020 Campaign for Youth Justice (US) WINNING THE CAMPAIGN: State Trends in Fighting the Treatment of Children as Adults in the Criminal Justice System 2005 – 2020 The link gives both the current status and the trending in the way the … [Read more...]

Smart and humane…

Oct. 9, 2020  Toronto Star Editorial (Oct 8, 2020) Governments should heed this smart, humane ruling Justice David Gibson of the Ontario Court of Justice said: ‘No!’  He refused to apply the mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines for six … [Read more...]

A crack for light…

Sept 28, 2020 CBC News Nova Scotia premier apologizes for systemic racism in justice system Details are scarce at this point but Premier Stephen McNeil has apologised to Nova Scotians   and acknowledged that the legal system “has … [Read more...]

Fix the taxes…

Sept 23, 2020 Policy Options – Senator Kim Pate A reform of taxes would make a guaranteed liveable income feasible:  Eliminating the web of financial programs and social assistance would offset the cost of a GLI, and a five percent hike in GST … [Read more...]