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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s inhumane mandatory minimums don’t reduce crime: rights group

A new report by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says Harper’ mandatory minimum sentencing policies are failing to reduce crime while imposing staggering personal, social and financial costs on Canadians.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Public Education: School to Prison Pipeline (VIDEO)

To end the violence in Baltimore there must be radical reform of public education and the criminal justice system – a panel moderated by radio talk show host Marc Steiner

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The Canadian Progressive: Ontario Court Rules Harper’s Mandatory Minimum Sentences Unconstitutional

Harper Conservatives’ draconian law-and-order agenda is challenged as Ontario court declares mandatory minimum sentences “cruel and unusual punishment”.

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THE FIFTH COLUMN: The George Zimmerman Verdict: How Does an Aggressor Successfully Argue Self Defence

After my initial shock at hearing the verdict and my attempt to rationalize it I have further reflected on the verdict.

Perhaps it all comes down to the difference between Canadian and Floridian/American attitudes to vigilantism.

I consider myself to be a reasonable man and my interpretation of self defence does not allow for an aggressor to claim self defence. For example, you cannot start a

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The George Zimmerman Verdict and The British Justice System

The not guilty verdicts in the George Zimmerman trial for the murder of Travyon Martin may be a result of the British criminal justice system (that is shared by both Canada and the United States) and it’s most important principle that it is better that the guilty go free than the innocent be convicted.

One of the earliest expressionless of this principle was Blackstone’s formulation: “It is

The Canadian Progressive: Jeremy Hammond: Aaron Swartz & the Criminalization of Digital Dissent

It is not the “crimes” Aaron (Swartz) may have committed that made him a target of federal prosecution, but his ideas – elaborated in his “Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto” – that the government has found so dangerous. By Jeremy Hammond – #18729-424 | Metropolitan Correctional Center, Feb. 20, 2013: The tragic death of internet freedom fighter READ MORE

350 or bust: TED Talk Tuesday

In this TED talk, Bryan Stevenson starts a conversation about injustice that we all need to hear. The youtube description says this: In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a [...]

The Canadian Progressive: Official statement from Aaron Swartz’s family and partner

The official statement from the family and partner of Aaron Swartz, the Reddit co-founder, Internet activist , programmer and extraordinary hacker, who committed suicide Friday night: Our beloved brother, son, friend, and partner Aaron Swartz hanged himself on Friday in his Brooklyn apartment. We are in shock, and have not yet come to terms with his passing. Aaron’s READ MORE

knitnut.net: Justice vs. Verdict

I’ve been following the sex assault trial of Steve Desjourdy, the Ottawa police officer who cut off the t-shirt and bra of a young woman while she was pinned to the cell block floor by several other officers. This case made headlines a few years ago, and I blogged about it more than once.

The young woman was charged with assaulting a police officer, but the original judge dismissed the charges because of the conduct of the officers, calling their behaviour malicious and the charges a travesty. He made the cell block video publicly available, and we all saw what

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Canadian Progressive World: Statistics Canada: Crime rate reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011

The evidence on the crime rate in Canada is out! Statistics Canada reported yesterday that rate of crimes reported to Canadian police forces across the country reached its lowest level last year. The incidents of serious crimes also dropped. By six per cent. That’s for most offences, including attempted murders, sexual assaults, major assaults, robberies, motor vehicle thefts and break-ins.

In a grotesque twist to this important revelation, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews tried to claim credit for the decline. The stats suggests that the Harper Conservatives’ Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10) is working, according the National Post.

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CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Obert Madondo: Today I End My Canada Crime Bill C-10 Hunger Strike

After 85 days on a hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new “Safe Streets and Communities Act” (crime Bill C10), it’s with great pleasure, gratitude and emotion that I announce the end of the protest. I’ll end the protest at 11.59pm today. I made the decision to end the peaceful protest after my final push for a response from Harper in the last two weeks, and my meeting with NDP MP and justice critic, Francoise Boivin (with me in the pic), on Parliament Hill this afternoon.

I just got back from the doctor’s office and was told that

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knitnut.net: Safe injection sites: Treating people with addictions like they matter

Last October, the Supreme Court ruled that Insite, Vancouver’s safe injection site, could stay open despite the Harper Government’s objections. The arguments hinged on whether addiction was primarily a health issue or a crime issue. If it were a health matter it would fall under provincial jurisdiction; if it were a criminal code issue, it would fall under federal jurisdiction.

When the Supreme Court ruled (unanimously) that Insite could remain open because of the rights of addicts to accessible health care, it opened the door to the possibility of safe injection sites opening in other Canadian cities.

For those of

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Canadian Progressive World: Obert Madondo’s Bill C-10 Hunger Strike: Day 11 Update

This journal entry covers days 10 and 11 (March 23 and 24) my indefinite hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives’ draconian Safe Streets and Communities Act (Bill C-10). I think I’m approaching a crucial turning point … Continue reading →

Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa to protest Crime Bill C-10 on Parliament Hill

Hundreds of activists are expected on Parliament Hill at noon on Tuesday, January 31, to protest the Harper Conservative government’s widely condemned omnibus crime Bill C-10. The protest is being organized by the Political Action …Read More

knitnut.net: Standard operating procedure vs police brutality

I’ve been thinking more about the Roxanne Carr videos. About the way she was handled by the police in the cell block. The officers seemed so calm and methodical, as if they were just following proper procedure. They didn’t seem to be angry or out of control. Add to this the fact that the Acting [...] . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: Standard operating procedure vs police brutality

knitnut.net: Roxanne Carr cell block footage released

The videos of Roxanne Carr being checked into the Ottawa Police cell block are now public. You can see them here.

Roxanne Carr left the following comment on my blog, on the Bank Street Bully post, in December, 2008. I haven’t edited it at all, other than to add paragraph breaks for ease of reading.

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: “Justice Sheds” Fill Gap in System

While waiting for their new multi-billion dollar prisons to be constructed, “Conservatives” are protecting their neighbourhoods with homemade “Justice Sheds” to detain suspicious-looking characters the police are too lazy to arrest… Be sure to check out the assortment of ONN … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: “Justice Sheds” Fill Gap in System

knitnut.net: And yet another one

Cellphone snatched by police, man claims. Digg this! Share this on Facebook Email this to a friend? Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon Tweet This! . . . → Read More: knitnut.net: And yet another one