Month: November 2013

The Victim Surcharge does not Rehabilitate

Does Canada’s Minister of Justice Peter MacKay know the difference between a restitution order and the victim surcharge? Peter MacKay was asked for his thoughts on an Ottawa judge who ruled that the new mandatory victim surcharge was unconstitutional.  MacKay

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It’s the Punishment Stupid

Yesterday Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino admonished Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for not supporting mandatory minimum sentences. “Shameful” MacKay thundered. A recipe for decreasing community safety chimed in Fantino. All in a day’s work for

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The Unbearable Lightness of Rob Ford

When fire breathing tough-on-crimers like Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford start speaking the language of compassion, understanding and “the past is in the past” and hoping that “nobody has to go through what I have gone through” we continue to see

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