Growing Distrust Threatens Policing And Empowers Criminals

Mark Towhey | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

The reality is that in Toronto, as in most police services across the continent, the vast majority of serving police officers are exceptional public servants. The bad news is that reality is entirely irrelevant. People don't form judgments or base their decisions and actions on reality. They base them on their perceptions. And a fast-growing segment of society in Toronto, in Chicago, in New York City, in Ferguson, in cities and towns across North America, perceive their police services to be acting for their own benefit -- not society's.

Why Making Prisoners "Pay" Won't Work

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

Time for prisoners to start paying their own way, says the Minister for Public Safety, Vic Toews. This will invariably lead to the reduction of community corrections programs that have been shown to best promote successful rehabilitation and reintegration. What if instead of trying to break the cycle of poverty-to-prison-to-poverty, we actively embraced it?