Bill C-10 / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / government / justice / law / legislation / prison / prison expansion / Stephen Harper / Vic Toews

Vic Toews and the League of Imaginary Crime Fighters

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/joan-ruzsa/vic-toews-crime-rate_b_1734062.html So this is rich: the Conservatives are taking credit for the falling crime rate. On July 24, after Statistics Canada reported that police-reported crime was at its lowest level in 40 years, Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews tweeted “Crime rate down 6% – shows CPC tough on crime is working. Rate is still … Continue reading

event listings / G2o / human rights / justice / law / Police

Vigil Against the Criminal Legal System – December 19th

—Please Forward Widely— Vigil Against the Criminal Legal System Come and show your support for, and solidarity with those who continue to resist the injustice and brutality of the criminal legal system, the cops, and the courts. Sunday December 19th, 6pm-8pm In front of Old City Hall, 60 Queen Street West *** Who Are We? … Continue reading

criminalization / HIV / human rights / justice / law / Uncategorized

VANCOUVER HIV CASE HIGHLIGHTS AGAIN THE NEED FOR CLEAR GUIDELINES ON CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS

Statement from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network TORONTO, May 11, 2010 — In a ruling released last Friday, May 7th, a trial judge in British Columbia found that a gay man living with HIV had had unprotected anal sex with his then-partner without disclosing his HIV status on three occasions, but acquitted him on the … 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