Canada Crime Bill

Victim's Bill Of Rights Ready In 'Days'

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A long-promised victim's bill of rights is about to be introduced in Parliament, The Canadian Press has learned.The arrival of the legislatio...

CRAMMED By Law

CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

New figures show the number of visible minorities in Canadian prisons has increased by 75 per cent in the past decade, while the number and proportion...

Docs Knock Crime Bill

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Mental health professionals from across Canada are banding together during Mental Health Week to ask the Harper government to rethink its lat...

New Rules Proposed For Mentally Ill Offenders

CP | Mike Blanchfield and Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada Politics

The federal government is making it more difficult for mentally ill offenders found not criminally responsible for their crimes to be released from cu...

Judge Strikes Down Part Of Tories' 2008 Crime Bill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - An Ontario judge has declared another plank of the Conservative government's 2008 omnibus crime bill unconstitutional.Superior Court Judge A...

Our Greatest Person: Michelle Coombs Of Elizabeth Fry Toronto

The Huffington Post Canada | Jacqueline Delange | Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Impact

For Michelle Coombs, executive director of Elizabeth Fry Toronto, work has always been most meaningful when it has the potential to change someone's l...

Key To Harper's Tough-On-Crime Agenda Gets Slapped Down

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An Ontario Court judge has struck down a cherished part of the Harper government's tough-on-crime agenda.Justice Paul Bellefontaine ruled Fri...

Government's Charter Violations? Let Me Count the Ways

Irwin Cotler | Posted 04.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Recently the Ontario Superior Court ruled that a mandatory minimum sentence imposed against a first time offender violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Yet this decision is but the latest in a growing list of instances where the judiciary has found the Harper government's law and policy to contravene the Charter while ignoring the rule of law.

Crime Bill Will Send More Natives To Jail: National Chief

CP | Ari Altstedter, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Assembly of First Nations accused the government of undercutting its own plans to improve conditions on reserves with the Conservatives' ...

Caped Crusaders, Stand Down; Vigilantism Still Not Okay, Says Minister

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - There's no appetite in Canada for vigilante justice but the occasional warning shot over the head of a thief or trespasser may have its time ...

Tory Senator Opposes Own Government's Crime Bill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A Conservative senator is speaking out against his own government's omnibus crime bill.Quebec Senator Pierre Claude Nolin says he can't suppo...

Tories Introduce Changes To Crime Bill They Rejected Only A Week Ago

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government faced accusations of snoozing at the legislative wheel after trying to introduce 11th hour changes to their big c...

Last Chance For Quebec To Plead Case Against Crime Bill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2012 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - Quebec has one more opportunity to make a plea for compromise in the sprawling federal crime bill.Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has ...

Pass This Crime Bill Now: Conservatives

CBC | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada Politics

The Conservatives are estimating the cost of their omnibus crime bill at $78.6 million over five years, a figure the opposition says is u...

Tough on Crime Bill Is Tough on Us All

Joseph Neuberger | Posted 10.01.2011 | Canada
Joseph Neuberger

It is simply not a socially and economically healthy policy for society to say once a person is found guilty or pleads guilty, that we must, "throw the book at them." Also, we should also not lose sight of the benefit of a simple concept: mercy.