Youth Criminal Justice Act

Looks Like 'Serve and Protect' Doesn't Extend To Toronto's Black Community

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

All I could see was my dad attempting to move past the first officer and that officer not moving, continuing to block the door way and then preceding to hold back my father. I screamed, "Daddy, just wait! Just wait! Don't move any further." I was reminded me of the rash, fatal shooting and tasering of Sammy Yatim and feared that my father could too have suffered a similar fate

The Importance of Minority Women Role-Models for Young Women and Girls

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Systemic discrimination expands beyond our general scope of understanding. Behind every young man that is criminalized there is a community that is affected, and half of that community is female. These women are all affected by the higher likelihood of their community's men being criminalized. It is fundamental to our Canadian values to make all members of society feel at home, and that requires addressing the systemic discrimination that exists in our nation.

Visible Minority Youth Aren't Getting Adequate Access to Legal Aid

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

When an at risk visible minority youth comes into contact with the law they often cannot afford the high cost of legal counsel and are forced to apply for legal aid. But what happens when they are unable to access the essential legal aid program? The fact of the matter is that many at risk visible minority youth come from backgrounds of poverty where they are unable to afford their own legal counsel which means they must rely on the government legal aid program. Federal government funding to provinces and territories to provide legal aid services has not changed in 10 years.

Ontario Should Commit Sociology to Combat Harper's Crime Agenda

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

The Ontario government should not be afraid to resist Harper's misguided crime agenda. Instead of selling out another generation for political expediency, Ontario should commit the crime that Harper fears the most: sociology.

'This Is A Farce. It's Ridiculous': Murdered Teen's Dad

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

SAANICH, B.C. - The family of a Victoria-area teenager lured to her death by two teen killers described by a judge as beyond rehabilitation is calling...

Young Criminals Need TLC, Not Tough-On-Crime

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Canada has always been recognized as being one of the safest countries in the world, boasting exceptionally low murder and violent crime rates, particularly in comparison to our American counterparts. However, a recent rise in gun violence on the streets of Canada's largest city has left many Canadians concerned about how safe our communities truly are. This violence has left many Canadians wondering whether we should advance tough-on-crime agendas. But having worked with many vulnerable populations I firmly believe that our time and resources would be better spent in addressing the issue of youth violence by investing in long-term preventative solutions and programs.

The Truth About Bill C-10, Part I: Children Won't Be Jailed as Adults

Claude Carignan | Posted 04.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Claude Carignan

The most vocal criticism of Bill C-10 has been that the proposed legislation will incarcerate minors with hardened criminals. Nothing could be further from the truth. First, let's make it clear that no adolescent under 18 years can be held in a detention centre for adults.

14-Year-Old Took 8 Kids On Stolen Truck Joyride: Police

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Alberta

SASKATOON - A stolen truck with a 14-year-old driver and eight other children inside failed to evade police after it got stuck on a slippery road.Poli...

Protesters Rally Against Harper's Omnibus Crime Bill

CBC | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada Politics

About 300 people rallied at the Manitoba Legislature Tuesday to protest the provincial government's support for the federal government's omnibus crime...