Repeal sentencing laws that violate Charter rights

Last month the BC Court of Appeal delivered a decision that overturned two-year minimum sentences for drug trafficking convictions. In their unanimous decision, the justices found that these mandatory sentencing provisions were “grossly disproportionate” in light of the crime committed, and therefore amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

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In the midst of a mental health crisis, we are failing Aboriginal youth

The Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops is 387 kilometres from Stone Indian Reserve No. 1, located on the south bank of the Chilcotin River. It’s about a 4.5-hour drive between the two, considerably longer if you have to hitchhike or find a way to Williams Lake to take the bus. Two years ago, it was the distance between 18-year-old Jacob Setah and his home community at the time of this death. 

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Canada charts a new path on drug policy

Scott Bernstein is the global drug policy program officer at the New York-based Open Society Foundations. He’s also the former health and drug policy campaigner for Pivot Legal Society, where he initiated legal challenges to anti-harm reduction bylaws and restrictions to opioid substitution treatments.

Last week Scott attended the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS 2016), where Canada presented a new vision for drug policy.

 

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How bad laws lead to harmful enforcement

Five Toronto Transit Commission special constables have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and fabricating evidence for writing false tickets to homeless people, a shocking situation both in substance and because it is so rare for officers to be charged criminally in relation to their duties.

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“We need every tool in the toolkit available.” More treatment options for heroin addiction

Yesterday the results from the SALOME study were published, and the groundbreaking findings are tremendously exciting.

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Addressing Canada's overdose epidemic

The flurry of new initiatives introduced by the federal government signals a major philosophical shift on drug policy issues.

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Time for Canada to recognize the rights of homeless

Canada has long maintained that it’s a standard-bearer for human rights internationally, a dominant myth that many of us hold to be true. A report from the United Nations released this month throws cold water on that notion, however. The international body has criticized Canada for failing to meet many of its international obligations to protect vulnerable Canadians. They have also outlined how Canada can, once again, become a human rights leader.

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How the national inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women should look

Pivot Legal Society and the Coalition on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women have made submissions on the design on the national inquiry.

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Recognizing Adrienne Smith's contribution to Pivot

Adrienne Smith, who served as Pivot’s Health and Drug Policy Lawyer, has moved on to seek new opportunities beyond the Pivot family.  

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Joint letter on Canada’s response to CESCR list of issues

In response to the United Nation’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, for Canada’s Sixth Periodic Review.

 


 

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Last month the BC Court of Appeal delivered a decision that overturned two-year minimum sentences for drug trafficking convictions. In...
The Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops is 387 kilometres from Stone Indian Reserve No. 1, located on the south bank...
Scott Bernstein is the global drug policy program officer at the New York-based Open Society Foundations. He’s also the former...
Five Toronto Transit Commission special constables have been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and fabricating evidence for writing false tickets...