Canada Justice

The Dirty Secret of International Forces in Afghanistan

Corey Levine | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Corey Levine

While troop-contributing countries have been fed a steady diet of the excesses committed by the Taliban, many thousands of Afghan civilians have had to endure untold suffering through error, ignorance, negligence and over-reach of the international military forces sent in to create security and stability in the country.

Former Alberta Teacher Unjustly Detained in Indonesia

Leanne Shirtliffe | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Alberta
Leanne Shirtliffe

I know the Bantlemans, and I too have taught at international schools in Asia. I met my husband--a guy from Edmonton--in the Middle East, and we had twins in Bangkok. I know the lure and the realization of what Mrs. Bantleman describes as wanting "to learn more about the culture and the people" of a far off land. I also can imagine how powerless you would be if incarcerated in a foreign country.

As a Disabled Person, Maya Angelou Taught Me To Feel 'Phenomenal'

Amber Rehman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

Those words secretly worked magic on me. As a disabled person, I had an extra swing in my waist that never bothered me. The joy in my feet was something far more powerful than anyone could understand. The flash in my teeth, were vicious to those that fed me negativity,  and the same flash was a brilliant smile that won the hearts of those that I cared about.

Norway Celebrates 200 Years of Democracy

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

In Norway, 1814 is known by many as "The Year of Miracles" because of the huge national and political changes that suddenly and rapidly took place that year. 1814 is the starting point for modern Norwegian democracy. It had both a national and a democratic element: independence for the state of Norway and liberty for Norwegian citizens

Fair Elections Are a Matter of Morality

Joe Gunn | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

Free and fair votes are the basis of any truly democratic system, something people of faith have a long history of promoting. Yet Christians in Canada have been relatively silent on some of the details. If our approach to politics is rooted in love of neighbour, we will recognize that these issues have moral implications and are worthy of periodic review and revision.

MacKay Worried About Public Faith In Justice System

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay says he's worried about public confidence in Canada's justice system.In a speech to law students at th...

Let's Stop Denying That Doctors Can Be Sexual Predators

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Living
Beverly Akerman

Tuesday's sentencing of anaesthesiologist George Doodnaught -- to a decade in jail for sexually assaulting 21 women under his care during surgery -- should have been good news. But I read this comment from the presiding judge: "There are no reported Canadian cases in which an anaesthesiologist sexually assaulted sedated patients in an operating room during surgery." This has happened before, and in my home town.

Israel-Palestine: Focus More on Talking and Less on the Politics of Talk

Avi Goldberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

The Jewish community in Canada didn't even concentrate on Israeli politics until the Six Day War in 1967. Resulting, however, from the fear that Israeli Jews were facing a second Holocaust, as well from a new confidence that was born out of decisive victory in the war, Israel was officially adopted by the Canadian Jewish mainstream.

Don't Just Talk About Diversity, Implement It

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

For those who hold the largest piece of the communal pie ― more than their fair share― making room for everyone at the decision table is intrinsically off-putting. Plurality is for bureaucratic hundred-page diversity plans, not for implementation.

Political Corruption Affects Real People

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

Every year, political corruption kills as many as 140,000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to account.

The Challenges of International Justice

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

It is easy to look at the facts, and other distressing realities, that surround the International Criminal Court and conclude that the 11-year old court is failing. And it might be. It has only handed out one verdict in its entire history, and it was a guilty vote. Many of its accused are still at large. But it serves a vital purpose in this day and age.

Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Amber Rehman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.

Access To Justice In Canada 'Abysmal,' Report Says

CP | Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada

SASKATOON - Access to justice in Canada is being described as "abysmal" in a new report from the Canadian Bar Association, which also calls for much m...

When it Comes to Speed Traps, New York Is the New Georgia

Robert Waite | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada
Robert Waite

Long Lake, NY -- Highway robbery is well and alive in rural upstate New York. And the target seems to be out-of-state drivers, particularly Canadians....

Screaming 'F--- the Police' Won't Bring Sammy Justice

Sarah Robertson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada
Sarah Robertson

Yesterday, Toronto witnessed a protest in search for answers of Sammy Yatim's death. I can understand the lack of trust and respect for the police if you yourself have been a victim of police brutality. But at what point does a sincere protest become a parade of stupidity on our streets? "We want justice for Sammy" many protesters shouted. I agree whole heartedly that the questions we all have about the events of Saturday morning need to be answered. Until we get those answers, is categorizing all police officers as killers and murderers going to bring Sammy any justice?

Florida Was Complicit in Trayvon Martin's Death

Saeed Selvam | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

The jury in the Zimmerman trial made a decision that they felt comfortable with, they didn't have to be racist, Florida law protected and provoked their decision. The point is, collective anger and protest needs to be directed against the law, not store windows.

Valedictorian Address: "The Courage to Use Our Own Understanding"

Adam Moscoe | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

Delivered in a bilingual version on June 8, 2013 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Today we are one. A class for 2013 -- and don't we l...

Justices of the Peace Deserve Better

James Morton | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada
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James Morton

The busiest judges in Ontario are the least appreciated. About 54 per cent of cases in Ontario -- around 300,000 in the last year for which figures...

Lessons From Holocaust Remembrance Day: Don't Just Remember, Take Action

Jeffrey Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Jeffrey Bernstein

If we Jews and all other citizens of humanity actually mean the words we speak when we say, "never again," then we must take a stand, today, and actively choose to care and to defend justice by celebrating the uncelebrated and by protecting and giving voice to the voiceless among us, and to say that hatred and intolerance, in any shape or form, no matter how small, has no place in this world.

Why People Charged With Crimes Deserve Bail

James Morton | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada
James Morton

A dreadful murder in Toronto where the suspect was on bail has, once again, led to media outrage. Calls to restrict or even prohibit bail have been made. What is striking about the media outrage is how ill-informed the response seems to be about bail itself.

Canada Earns Top Marks For Justice

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Canada scored well above average in 2012 when it came to the rule of law, according to an annual survey of 97 countries conducted by the Wor...

As an Immigrant, I Get More Respect than Canada's Aboriginals

Obert Madondo | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Obert Madondo

The upcoming 7th annual Ottawa Sisters in Spirit (SIS) vigil is a special event for me as a recent immigrant to Canada. It offers me the opportunity to reflect on what it means for my adopted country to embrace and heal me, while neglecting the perennial issue of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Canada restored that which Zimbabwe denied me for the first 32 years of my life: human dignity. But Canada cares for me, an immigrant, more than it cares for Aboriginal people. If there is another western country that has so many people from one racialized group missing or murdered and still has neither the political will nor strategy to find lasting a solution, please let me know.

Canada's Sex Assault Charges Are Too Fast and Loose

Reid Rusonik | Posted 11.23.2012 | Canada
Reid Rusonik

There has been a complete elimination of the discretion not to charge in sexual assault complaints followed by a complete elimination of the individual Crown's discretion not to prosecute them. There are two major types of individuals who suffer as a result: real victims of sexual assault and those who should never have been charged in the first place.

Pre-Recorded Sets Are 'Boring': Justice

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ship, Spinner Canada | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Music

Back in November 2008, French d.a.n.c.e. band Justice were accused of playing pre-recorded sets when a photo of them playing from an unplugged midi co...

Despite Iran's Oppressive Regime, These People Fight On

Farah Mawani | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Farah Mawani

I am in awe of Drs. Kamiar and Arash Alaei's strength, courage and commitment in continuing their critical global HIV/AIDS work after enduring imprisonment for their important work. Now we must also recognize the work of Masoud Shafii, the lawyer who got them -- and hikers Josh, Shane and Sarah -- their freedom from Iran's oppressive regime.