justice / law / Uncategorized / wrongful conviction

Miscarriages of justice more likely in coming decade than last: Lockyer

By Michelle Mcquigge, THE CANADIAN PRESS, cp.org, December 28, 2009 6:54 PM TORONTO – The nearly 20 Canadian men and women whose wrongful convictions were acknowledged over the last decade run the gamut, from journeyman convicts to a man whose life comprised an epic 45-year journey to clear his name of a murder he didn’t … Continue reading

Avrum Rosensweig / homelessness / humanitarian issues / poverty

It’s Cold Out There

This article about homelessness was written by Avrum Rosensweig, and appeared in the Canadian Jewish News (cjnews.com) on December 24th. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ In recent weeks, a number of people have died while living on the streets of Toronto. Tony passed away at 44 years of age in early December. Tony was created by parents who, for … Continue reading

correctional services of canada / human rights / justice / prison / prisoners' rights

Inmate deaths from unnatural causes rise

from CBC News The number of inmates who died of unnatural causes in Canadian prisons increased 70 per cent this year, according to new figures obtained by CBC News. This increase occurred despite a concerted effort by federal officials to try to reduce the number of people who kill themselves or die violently while incarcerated. … Continue reading

Aboriginal issues / justice / women's rights

The Hierarchy of Murder

This article, entitled “With more than 500 aboriginal women missing, action is overdue” was written by Andre Picard, and appeared in the Globe and Mail on September 3rd, 2009.    This an an incredibly important and ongoing issue. Here is an excerpt: “The Native Women’s Association of Canada has catalogued 520 cases of missing or murdered … Continue reading

humanitarian issues / poverty / social justice

Use of Food Banks in Ontario Hits Record

Article from today’s Toronto Star written by Laurie Monsebraaten http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/732987–use-of-food-banks-in-ontario-hits-record?bn=1 ____________________________________________________________________________________________ More Ontarians turned to food banks in the past year than ever before, says the Ontario Association of Food Banks in a report released today. It’s a sobering counterpoint to economic indicators that suggest the recession is technically over, says the report based on … Continue reading