Justice Department

Changes to the Criminal Code: Now Easy as 1, 2, 3

Irwin Cotler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

This coming week, Parliament will vote on my amendments to Bill C-299, Conservative legislation that would impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years on people who kidnap children. It would seem as though this would be just the kind of issue on which members of all parties could collaborate in good faith. Instead, however, this bill has become a prime example of how excessive haste -- and an uncooperative attitude toward parliamentary opposition -- can make for bad law and bad policy. It should be deeply troubling to Canadians that the laws governing our criminal justice system are being altered quite so nonchalantly. Surely, despite our differences on principle and policy we can at least agree that any proposed changes to the Criminal Code should be the object of serious scrutiny and debate.

The USADA Must be High if They Think Armstrong is on Drugs

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.18.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is seeking to strip Lance Armstrong of his cycling awards, and ban him from triathlon competitions on the grounds that the world's greatest cyclist has been taking performance-enhancing drugs. Only problem is they don't have a single shred of proof, and Armstrong has been tested 500 times. So on what basis can they possibly accuse him of cheating?

Domestic Violence Offenders Likely To Offend Again Once Out On Bail

CP | Dean Beeby, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A new Justice Department study suggests a significant number of men released on bail after allegedly beating up their partners return home to...

Other Americans Italy Should Send Home

Abraham Anhang | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada
Abraham Anhang

This week, Americans cheered as Amanda Knox was acquitted and her family closed the book on years of grueling uncertainty. Miss Knox's acquittal has been lauded as the achievement of justice in a fraught Italian legal system. But my family still struggles with the injustice of that system.

U.S. Justice Department Probes S&P Over Mortgage Ratings

CBC | CBC | Posted 10.18.2011 | Canada Business

Officials are investigating the ratings that Standard & Poor’s gave to dozens of mortgage-backed securities in the lead-up to the f...