Children only get one childhood: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issues a Second Compliance Order Against the Government of Canada on the First Nations child welfare case

The CHRT found that the federal government has not addressed the worst effects of its child welfare program despite knowing about solutions to fix many of the problems.

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September 16, 2016

Bold court ruling grants human faces to Alberta Legal Aid crisis

The Crown directed Alberta's Legal Aid to take on three cases despite Legal Aid's refusal to do so because the defendants' social assistance income disqualified them.

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August 19, 2014

Simons: Baumgartner multiple murder trial puts tough new law to the test

This Edmonton Journal columnist discusses the implications of the law, passed in 2011, that allows judges to apply sentences consecutively.

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September 10, 2013

Editorial: As Americans turn away from excessive tough-on-crime laws, Canada should take a lesson

This editorial says the Canadian government should take a lesson from the acknowledgment by senior U.S. justice authorities that decades of tough-on-crime laws in that country have been a failure.

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August 16, 2013

OpEd: Our values sacrificed in name of security

Areas of public policy including immigration, citizenship, and multiculturalism are being re-examined based on the logic of security, which might be altering values that many Canadians see as part of our national identity.

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March 06, 2013

Refugees need time to cope with trauma

In a newspaper article, lawyer Heather Neufeld says if it can take weeks or months for refugee clients to trust her enough to divulge the grisly details of beatings or torture. The new "fair and faster" refugee system may be too fast for some claimants.

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April 06, 2010