Privacy commissioner investigating Canada Border Services Agency over electronic media searches

This relates to concerns about whether U.S. border guards are not just searching devices, but also downloading their contents for later examination and even cloning and mirroring the devices.

March 16, 2017

More than half of Canadian adults in jail awaiting trial rather than serving sentences in 2014 and 2015: StatsCan

The John Howard Society has been raising awareness about the "remand crisis" for years: in 2005 they warned that the average daily pre-trial prison population in Ontario had more than doubled since 1991.

January 11, 2017

More talks, instead of action, from the federal government 'is beyond sickening, it's neglectful,' critic says

"They are not doing enough": Pam Palmater, chair of the indigenous governance program at Ryerson University and a critic of not only the federal government but also of the Assembly of First Nations.

December 16, 2016

Fighting for the 'right to try': Terminally ill Canadians want legal right to access unproven treatments

While competent people facing a forseeable death have the legal "right to die" in Canada, they don't have the "right to try" something that might prolong their lives.

December 05, 2016

'Slow, inefficient, and costly': Canada's criminal justice system needs urgent reform, report finds

Ontario has the worst record for the proportion of criminal charges stayed or withdrawn, and of the cases that do make it to trial, the percentage of accused persons found guilty is just 55.3%.

September 21, 2016

Federal spies suddenly intercepting 26 times more Canadian phone calls and communications

Interception of Canadians' private communications by the federal electronic spy agency increased 26-fold last year, for reasons authorities won't fully explain.

August 25, 2016

No more studies: Ombudsman urges Ontario to improve 'inadequate' de-escalation training for cops

19 people have been killed in police shootings in Ontario since the ombudsman's office opened a special investigation following the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, 18, in July 2013.

July 05, 2016

Twenty years after federal government changed sentencing, aboriginals still disproportionately fill our prisons

"Changing sentencing provisions was one part of the solution, but providing alternatives to court is the other, and I think we haven't done as good a job on that as we might have:" Allen Rock.

June 23, 2016

Can inmates ask to die? Canada still needs to decide how assisted death bill will impact prison population

The matter is likely to raise some tough issues for corrections officials, said Catherine Latimer, of the John Howard Society of Canada, which advocates for a "effective, just and humane" corrections system.

June 17, 2016

In a Canadian first, survivors of sexual violence will get free legal advice in Ontario pilot program

Anyone who has experienced a sexual assault in Toronto, Ottawa, and Thunder Bay — the host cities for the pilot project — will be offered access to four hours of free legal advice.

March 14, 2016

Survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Ontario can now break leases more easily

The change is aimed at making it easier and less costly for survivors to flee their current situation without penalizing landlords.

March 10, 2016

Finland to pay every citizen $1,100 per month and scrap all other benefits in effort to reduce unemployment rate

A survey commissioned by the Finnish Social Insurance Institution found that close to 70 per cent of the population favours the idea of a national basic income.

December 07, 2015

Why the Liberals should institute a basic income guarantee

Basic income is on the radar of many of Canada's leaders, who see the effects of poverty in their communities and are asking for new tools to create real change. 

December 03, 2015

Liberals ask for suspension of cases where Canadian citizenship was stripped over terror charges

The prime minister has said he doesn't support the revocation provisions that have a different impact on dual citizens than other Canadians.

November 17, 2015

Tests to predict if inmates will reoffend unreliable for aboriginal offenders, judge rules

The Federal Court ruled the CSC's risk-assessment tools failed to consider the "special needs" of aboriginals, lacked scientific rigour, and were susceptible to "cultural bias."

September 25, 2015

Canada accepting more Roma asylum-seekers amid growing evidence of persecution in Hungary

Canada's acceptance of Hungarian Roma asylum-seekers is on an upswing after plummeting to record lows just a few years ago.

August 24, 2015

CMHC announces new rules to make it easier for homeowners to rent out property

The CMHC said secondary suites are recognized as a source of affordable housing that is often lower cost than apartments in rental buildings.

July 28, 2015

Long-term Canadian expats can't vote in federal elections, Appeal Court rules

Allowing Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years to vote in federal elections would be unfair to those who live in Canada, Ontario's top court ruled Monday.

July 20, 2015

Fight religious extremism with liberty, not repression

Recognizing that government interference with religious freedom will create disaffection among those targeted is not appeasement, it's common sense, says Marni Soupcoff, Canadian Constitution Foundation.

July 14, 2015

'Hanging on by a thread': Fire department of Canada's most populated First Nation struggles to stay afloat

First Nations across Canada have the same problems because there is no legislative framework to mandate fire prevention and protection like there is for most off-reserve communities.

July 13, 2015