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Let’s save some outrage for treatment of Indigenous people

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

… Indigenous children under 15 make up 4 per cent of the provincial population but 30 per cent of children in foster care. There’s a straight line from those figures to family poverty, inadequate housing, untreated addictions and a woefully underfunded child welfare system… why is the response so muted when it comes to the racism faced by Indigenous peoples?

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Moving from Evidence to Action: Tackling the Sector’s Thorniest Issues By Rethinking our Relationships with Data

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Here, we offer four ideas for how to relate to evidence in healthy ways that lead to action. 1. Make learning and action the focus… 2. Work together… 3. Ask bold questions… 4. Build your organizational learning muscles… data alone is not transformative. You can have the best data in the world, but if you don’t have people committed to using it, it will sit on a shelf.

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To fight crime, Canada has to fight poverty, inequality and despair

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Liberal politicians want to talk about locking up guns and Conservatives want to talk about locking up people… both approaches are reasonable. But they are narrow in focus. They’re designed to appeal to each party’s base, and as such do not come close to addressing the complex issues behind gun and gang violence… How hard is it for politicians to understand that the most effective policies for reducing youth violence are ones that cut poverty

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Ottawa must tackle the tragic overrepresentation of Indigenous people in prisons

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Every conceivable measure we have to judge how a population is doing shows Canada is failing Indigenous peoples: child welfare, poverty, addictions and mental health, housing and clean water, education and employment, and incarceration… Indigenous inmates are disproportionately placed in maximum security and have been held longer in solitary confinement. They serve a higher proportion of their sentence behind bars before being granted parole, and are poorly prepared for their release back into the community.

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Why does the Indigenous rate of incarceration only grow?

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Conservative policies stripped sentencing judges and parole boards of discretion, adding mandatory minimums and other limits on their ability to consider specific facts and risks of individual cases. While the Liberals opposed many of these reforms during campaign season, they have done little to address the harmful legacy… we have not learned enough from community-based and Indigenous legal traditions that offer more promising methods of responding to wrongdoing.

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A shocking report details how Ontario’s most vulnerable youths are shuttled from child protection to the justice system

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

The researchers developed protocols and best practices for key players in the child protection and justice system, all designed to break the child-welfare-to-prison pipeline… [including] more reasonable bail conditions, trauma-informed training for group home caregivers, “anti-oppressive” practices, the use of restorative justice, and encouraging police to simply caution youths in care when called for an incident or send them to “diversion” programs… rather than lay charges

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How can prisoners be rehabilitated without proper access to education?

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

CSC policy makes clear that prison staff are expected to facilitate access to postsecondary schooling. But that policy conflicts with another: the total ban on inmate access to the internet… As the federal Office of the Correctional Investigator put it in a 2016 report: “It’s hard to understand how an environment deprived of computers and Internet, and thereby deprived of information, can be rehabilitative.”

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Let’s fix broken system for suspending criminal records

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

After a certain period of crime-free years, individuals with a prior conviction, regardless of what that conviction was, are no more likely to be convicted of another offence than the rest of the population. Continuing to allow criminal records to bar their access to employment, education, housing and other community involvement extends their punishment beyond the end of their sentence.

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Restorative justice lets sexual-assault survivors take back their power

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Within Canada’s legal system, restorative justice has existed since 1974. It has been used primarily in cases involving young offenders and, within the past decade, has been increasingly used for sexual crimes. Prof. Wemmers says restorative justice allows victims to control their healing and take back their lives. Victims can question and get direct answers from their offenders… Victims also reported significantly higher rates of satisfaction and less post-traumatic stress.

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Why healthy neighbourhoods are the antidote to gun crime

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

… the way to address those “roots” of violence is to invest directly in communities where those determinants — poverty, marginalization, a lack of economic opportunities and others — have contributed to making the problem of gun violence so persistent… Researchers today say that commitment to communities is still lacking.

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