News from The Guardian

Dazed and confused: Canada cannabis legalization brings complex new laws

New rules governing cannabis use are different in each of the country’s 10 provinces and three territories, and experimentation could still result in hefty fines – or even arrest.

October 23, 2018

Should we treat crime as something to be cured rather than punished?

This article from The Guardian reports on how Scotland's police force has adopted a public health model to tackle violence.

July 24, 2018

Canada detains hundreds of children for immigration violations, report finds

The report notes a decline in recent months but highlights one incident in which a 16-year-old Syrian refugee was left in solitary confinement for three weeks.

October 03, 2016

Royal rejection: naturalised Canadians recant oath of allegiance to Queen

Taking their lead from a 2014 court decision, an increasing number of people are disavowing their pledge to the monarch, a subject on which Canadians are split.

March 31, 2016

Canada's controversial terrorism law criticised by UN human rights group

The United Nations committee has expressed concern that a lack of oversight and safeguarding measures could lead to rights abuses and unlawful deportations.

July 24, 2015

Canadian activists turn to UN with challenge to controversial anti-terror bill

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Amnesty International Canada (AIC) are among the groups that will plead their case before the UN human rights committee.

July 07, 2015

Pay low-income families more to boost economic growth, says IMF

An International Monetary Fund study indicates that the stagnating incomes of the poor and middle classes could have been instrumental in the financial crisis.

June 16, 2015

Canada poised to pass anti-terror legislation despite widespread outrage

Criticism of anti-terror bill C-51 has united a diverse array of prominent opponents, as many fear the legislation creates the potential for a police state.

May 06, 2015

Atheism as a ground for religious persecution

This week a 23-year-old Afghan man became the first person to be granted asylum in England on the basis of his atheism.

January 16, 2014

UK legal aid proposal: bonuses for lawyers whose clients plead guilty

UK Lawyers will be given financial incentives to encourage clients to plead guilty early under government reforms to legal aid but will lose money if cases go to trial, according to solicitors in England.

November 04, 2013

Comment: The dubious benefits of welfare payment cards

This writer, on the UK's possible adoption of "cashless" debit cards for social assistance, says they should be adopted only if the card user, not the state, is to decide how the money is spent.

February 01, 2013

So we can't afford legal aid? Look at the costs without it

An article in Britain's The Guardian asks, what if cutting legal aid is actually going to cost more than it saves?

June 23, 2011