Canada Justice

Quebec's Justice System Is Broken

David Easey | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Politics
David Easey

The justice system is clearly flawed, and it proves that police officers can get away with virtually anything. Instead of serving justice to the survivors, the system is openly protecting the perpetrators. It's also troublesome to see officers from the provincial police force launch a large lawsuit against Radio-Canada. Since when is it acceptable to go after journalists for uncovering the truths that plague our society?

Trudeau Must Call For The Release Of Hassan Diab

Tyler Levitan | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Tyler Levitan

If this government is truly committed to justice, then it must take swift action. At a minimum, the Liberals must demand that Diab be released on bail, particularly given the French judge's finding that Diab was in Lebanon during the bombing.

Canada Has The Power To Seek Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Freedom

Irwin Cotler | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

Badawi has been languishing in a Saudi prison since his first arrest in 2012, and his subsequent sentencing in 2014 to 10 years imprisonment and 1000 lashes, itself constitutive of torture and a standing violation of international human rights law. Raif Badawi's "crime"? Establishing an online forum and exercising his right to freedom of expression.

My Animal Cruelty Bill Was Defeated -- Here's What's Next

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

When I introduced Bill C-246, I said it would help to bring our animal protection laws into the 21st century, but it was really a basket of modest measures to improve our laws. While Bill C-246 was defeated, citizens across our country spoke loudly in support of improving our animal protection laws. And here is the silver lining: an issue that was not on our government's agenda is now there, thanks to the incredible outreach efforts of compassionate Canadians of all political stripes.

An Activist Is In Court, But It's Factory Farming On Trial

Miriam Porter | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Miriam Porter

Factory farming has been linked to huge environmental issues for years and now it's being played out issue by issue in an Ontario courtroom, all because a woman showed compassion towards pigs. So, think about it. Who is really on trial here?

Criminal Offenders Under 12 Should Not Walk Free In Canada

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah E. Leamon

There is a violent offender on the loose in Winnipeg -- and police are powerless to do anything about it. This individual has plagued the police and the community for years. He has not faced any consequences for his behaviour. Why? Because he is a 10-year-old boy, and under the law, he is too young to be charged.

We Cannot Compromise Justice In Canada's Fight Against Terror

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

I have full confidence in the ability of our authorities to protect us from those who intend to harm us and hold them to account. But one thing worries me about the way today's authorities locate, arrest or even kill terror suspects, and it was recently highlighted in a B.C. judge's argument against the RCMP.

Turkish President Erdogan Wrong To Blame Man Of Prayer For Coup

Gregory Baum | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Gregory Baum

I am appalled by the accusation of Turkey's president, Mr. Erdogan, singling out Rev. Fethullah Gülen as instigator of the recent military putsch. I am appalled because I am familiar with the work of this Turkish sage, have studied his thought and learned how he understands his mission in society.

Who Judges The Judge?

Jordana Goldlist | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jordana Goldlist

The reality is that crime fuels a multi-billion dollar industry; I am not talking about the money generated from those who commit crimes, but the system designed to stop them: The Justice System. Not only does it contribute to our economic system but it actually gives the majority of its participants a purpose and an identity. How many lawyers do you meet and don't learn of their occupation within minutes? Officers and Judges are no different: They define themselves by their roles in the system.

Lawyer Dennis Edney Receives The Max Gala/KSM Law Friend Of The Muslim Community Award

Faisal Kutty | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada
Faisal Kutty

On March 24th, Canada's Muslim community held its first ever awards gala to recognize the professional, educational and charitable achievements of Mus...

The Jian Ghomeshi Verdict Proves The Flawed Law Works

Nicholas Mizera | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Living
Nicholas Mizera

Many legal definitions of sexual assault, including Canada's, try to balance two things: the rights of the accused to remain innocent until proven guilty, and the rights of the complainants to seek justice in a fair and balanced court of law. However, our laws are strongly biased in favour of the accused because of one little clause.

Access to Justice: A Social Justice Issue

Nikki Gershbain | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Nikki Gershbain

According to a recent study, fully one-third of Canadians will experience a legal problem within any given three-year period. This includes divorcing parents needing child support, small business owners trying to make a living, homeowners facing unscrupulous contractors, hard-working Canadians in conflict with their employers.

Why We're All Taking The Wrong Message From "Making A Murderer"

Michael Stewart | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Stewart

If the takeaway from this latest rash of binge watching afflicting North America is that our jails are full of wrongfully convicted people, that would be a massive waste of our collective will. The hurt the law exerts upon its victims is delivered long before someone is imprisoned for a crime they did not commit. The law is far more insidious.

Upstream Justice: A Look At The Social Causes Of Crime

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Dr Ryan Meili

An interview with Clive Weighill - Saskatoon Police Chief and President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police: Some politicians talk about getting tough on crime. I'm saying you don't just want to get tough on crime, you have to get tough on the issues of poverty, poor housing, disadvantage. People are products of their environment, and if we can't solve those social issues, we're not going to solve the big picture in the end. I firmly believe that we have to work on poverty.

When Will Police Stop Killing Our Youth?

Samir Shaheen-Hussain | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Samir Shaheen-Hussain

Brandon was shot and killed not far from his hometown of Maniwaki, which has a population of about 4,000 people and is adjacent to the Anishinabeg (Algonquin) community of Kitigan Zibi, about 300 kilometres northwest of Montreal. His death went almost completely unnoticed in the media. Yet, a 17-year-old adolescent killed by the police in the context of a banal driving violation is newsworthy, particularly in light of the the fact that more than 50 people, most of whom were marginalized, have been killed in police operations in Quebec (and over 150 in Canada) since 2005.

Poverty Feels Like Living In A Cycle Of 'Not Enough'

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Small things feel like huge, looming crises because you are so weary emotionally. Every day you are treading water to stay afloat. It's easy to feel hopeless. This is why a partnership with a food bank becomes a lifeline. A beacon of hope in your own personal storm.

Why Trudeau Should Commit To Passing This Victims' Rights Bill

Victor Choi | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

Just as the Conservative government committed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should commit to passing the Victims Rights in the Military Justice System Act as soon as Parliament resumes. There is no reason not to do so. Equality before the law is good, common-sense policy, and supporting our troops is always the right thing to do morally and politically.

Oskar Groening's Trial Reveals the Complexity of Morality

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Recently, a court in Germany found Oskar Groening, nicknamed the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz, guilty of being an accessory to murder. He was convicted for his activities at this notorious concentration and death camp during the Second World War.

Body Cameras Will Not Save Black Lives

ByBlacks.com | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Impact
ByBlacks.com

Mandatory body cameras sound like a terrific answer to holding police accountable for their actions, but the reality is that these cameras will not save Black lives, nor will they even give victims of state-sanctioned violence the justice they and their families deserve.

Inaction on Climate Change is Mutually Assured Destruction

John Cartwright | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
John Cartwright

Extreme weather conditions, storms, flooding, droughts and ice melting are the new reality in too many parts of the world. People are losing their livelihood, their homes, their jobs -- and even their lives. While scientists and faith leaders call for urgent action, our political leaders have failed to take necessary actions.

Gandhi Warned of Seven Sins. It Seems We Ignored Him

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Shortly before he was tragically assassinated, Mahatma Gandhi spoke of current troublesome trends that he eventually titled The Seven Sins. Over 60 years later, these seven blunders have been so institutionalized that they have been structured into modern society in ways that are endemic.

Kayla Mueller Is Free

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada
Glen Pearson

"We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it," said Ernesto Guevara. If indeed true, then Kayla Mueller would have spent her final hours in deep assurance and firmness of conviction.

Why Is Stephen Harper Sending Us Back to 1973?

Syed Hussan | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Syed Hussan

The creation of the "temporary" migrant worker programs were at their very core a policy rooted in racist exclusion. And that's exactly where the clock is being turned to today. The shutting out of thousands of racialized women from permanent immigration status is being strangely spun as a step forward. Immigration Minister Chris Alexander insisted, "We are saying to the whole Canadian population, to caregivers above all, the time of abuse and vulnerability is over".

The Movement To Ban Religious Law is Racist and Bigoted

Faisal Kutty | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The movement to ban foreign and/or religious law, according to the New York Times, is the brainchild of an Islamophobic lawyer, David Yerushalmi, who has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as having a record of "anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry.

Expropriation par Hydro-Québec: des Gaspésiens gagnent leur combat

RCQC | Radio-Canada.ca | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Politics

Oléoducs, gazoducs, pylônes, routes. Les projets qui nécessitent des expropriations sont nombreux. Deux propriétaires de New Richmond, expropriés...