Haiti / human rights / prisoners' rights

Canada and Haitian Prisons

An article entitled Canada and the empty prison in the heart of Port-au-Prince, appeared in the Toronto Star on Monday, January 25th.  It discusses the deplorable conditions that existed in Haitian prisons before the earthquake, and that  Ottawa, as the primary partner in the Haitian correctional system, has a responsibility to ensure that those conditions … Continue reading

Criminal Justice Policy / government / legislation / proroguing parliament

Ottawa Public Forum on Prorogation

PUBLIC FORUM Prorogation as Opportunity: Proposing New Directions for Criminal Justice Policy in Canada Wednesday, February 17, 2010 4:00pm – 5:30pm Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch 120 Metcalfe Street Ottawa, ON Since their election in 2006, the minority Conservative Government of Canada has made ‘tackling crime’ one of its priorities.  In the years since, … Continue reading

justice / law / Mohamed Harkat / security certificates

Towards the Abolition of Security Certificates, Part I of II

Mike Larsen is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at York University, and a Researcher at the York Centre for International and Security Studies . He is Co-managing Editor of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons . His work deals with the politics of secrecy and suspicion, with a focus on Canada’s security certificate regime and … Continue reading

government / justice / law / proroguing parliament / Stephen Harper

Proroguing less trouble than sitting

In today’s Toronto Star, Linda McQuaig talks about how the Harper government’s decision to prorogue parliament was a transparent attempt to stop a parliamentary investigation into Canada’s role in the torture of Afghan detainees. This is an affront to democracy. http://www.thestar.com/opinion/article/749392–mcquaig-proroguing-less-trouble-than-sitting ________________________________________________________________________ Stephen Harper has created a hornet’s nest for himself with his decision to … Continue reading

justice / law / legal aid

Lawyers set to expand boycott of Ontario legal aid cases

Article in today’s Toronto Star, from the Canadian Press http://www.thestar.com/news/ontario/article/748904–lawyers-set-to-expand-boycott-of-ontario-legal-aid-cases I understand that legal aid lawyers make substantially less than those in private practice.  But who will truly suffer as a result of this boycott?  Poor people at the mercy of the legal aid system will suffer, as they will end up rotting in pre-trial … Continue reading

human rights / justice / prisoners' rights

Paraplegic describes Don hell

This article was written by Betsey Powell and appeared in the Toronto Star today. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/747286–paraplegic-describes-don-hell This is appalling.   How can we justify treating human beings this way? _________________________________________________________ Venkat Milligan describes his stay in the Toronto (Don) Jail two years ago as “crazy.” The paralyzed man, who was stuck in a cell without his wheelchair, … Continue reading