Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / prison / prison expansion / social justice / Stephen Harper

Liberals ask budget watchdog to estimate cost of Tory crime bill

Liberals ask budget watchdog to estimate cost of Tory crime bill from Canada.com:  Politics and the Nation – Postmedia News Written by Andrew Mayeda ___________________________________________________________________________________________ The Liberals have asked Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page to review the costs of another crime bill introduced by the Harper government. The bill, known officially as An Act to … Continue reading

criminalization / harm reduction / poverty / social justice

The Criminalization of Poverty

by Bill O’Leary _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ There are three issues that are prevalent to my understanding of homelessness and the steps required to effectively address this national crisis; poverty, short sighted economics and criminalization. A harm reduction approach would incorporate these three issues in order to address the need to look past band aid economic “solutions” that … Continue reading

Activism / drug policy / G2o / Hep C / HIV / human rights / Police / poverty / prison / prisoners' rights / Racism / sex workers' rights / social justice / women's rights

Day After Day Coalition

We are a group of activists, advocates and service providers that do in-reach into women’s jails and prisons in Ontario.  We think prisons should be abolished. We oppose the G20, and all the police super powers that went along with it.  We are appalled at how G20 detainees and prisoners have been treated at the … Continue reading

Hep C / prisoners' rights / social justice

Man with Hep C may face fourteen years for spitting at cop

by Shawn Syms / National / Wednesday, April 21, 2010/Xtra! magazine _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Man with Hep C may face fourteen years for spitting at cop Kristopher Wentworth was having a really bad day. He was in court and things didn’t look good. He’d robbed a variety store — and stolen a few pills from a girlfriend. … 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