Canada should remember its part in slavery on this Emancipation Day

Canada should remember its part in slavery on this Emancipation Day

  We love our tales about how Canada offered sanctuary to U.S. slaves for decades, but the unabridged version is it sustained African bondage for much longer. For over 200 years, New France and the British North America colonies held Africans in bondage. The first recorded slave sale in New France took place in 1628. […]

Judge says Black man’s rights were violated multiple times

Judge says Black man’s rights were violated multiple times

Man was zapped with a taser twice The Ontario Provincial Police has launched an internal investigation into the actions of four Norfolk County officers after a judge ruled the charter rights of a Black man were violated multiple times during his July 2021 arrest in Delhi. Ontario Justice Aubrey Danielle Hilliard called the officers’ actions […]

Trudeau speaks on gun violence at roundtable in Toronto

Trudeau speaks on gun violence at roundtable in Toronto

  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a roundtable at the Rexdale community Hub in West Toronto on Tuesday last week that the Canadian government is enacting stronger gun control measures to keep Canadians safe. Trudeau was joined at the roundtable by Etobicoke North MP Kirsty Duncan and Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri to hear how […]

Removing criminal records for simple drug possession is long overdue

Removing criminal records for simple drug possession is long overdue

Four years ago Murray Rankin, who was MP for Victoria, BC at the time, tabled a private member’s bill to completely expunge criminal records for anyone convicted of simple drug possession. Finally, this past week, the Federal Liberals agreed with NDP justice critic Randall Garrison’s proposal to amend Bill C-5 to incorporate Rankin’s original proposal. […]

25 years in the slammer could be a punishment worse than death

25 years in the slammer could be a punishment worse than death

On April 23, 2018 Alek Minassian drove a van down a Yonge Street sidewalk packed with pedestrians. When his three kilometre rampage ended, 11 persons died while 15 others suffered life shattering injuries. It was one of Canada’s worst crimes ever committed. Even as Justice Anne Malloy acknowledged the defence argument that Minassian suffered from […]

Tackling racism in the Toronto Police Service

Tackling racism in the Toronto Police Service

Interim Toronto Police Chief James Ramer made his statements and answered questions yesterday on their race-based data and the next steps forward. The police chief confessed to the over-policing of Blacks and Indigenous peoples of Toronto. At news conference, he said: “I am sorry and I apologize unreservedly.” The data served to prove the allegations […]

Interim Toronto police chief says sorry to the Black community

Interim Toronto police chief says sorry to the Black community

  Toronto’s Black residents received an apology yesterday from James Ramer, the city’s interim police chief, at a news conference as the force released race-based data showing disproportionate use of force on them. “As an organization, we have not done enough to ensure that every person in our city receives fair and unbiased policing,” Ramer […]

Montreal police racial profiling expert quits amid union resistance

Montreal police racial profiling expert quits amid union resistance

A year after he was hired to tackle racial profiling in the Montreal police force, Alain Babineau has resigned, saying he was “never well received,” and citing “a lot of resistance” from the force’s management, and the police union. “Police culture is extremely resistant to change, it doesn’t matter what the changes are,” said Babineau, […]

Governor General, Mary Simon speaking one year since the discovery of unmarked graves at Kamloops

Governor General, Mary Simon speaking one year since the discovery of unmarked graves at Kamloops

I’m honoured to join you here today, and I acknowledge that we are gathered on the territory of the Secwépemc Nation, specifically the territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. I also open my heart to the survivors who are with us today, and to the families and communities that suffered generational trauma from the many […]

RCMP must eliminate the use of neck restraints

RCMP must eliminate the use of neck restraints

Twо уеаrѕ аftеr the murder of Gеоrgе Flоуd, the Canadian government says it wіll soon order thе RCMP tо bаn the uѕе оf tear gаѕ, rubber bullеtѕ and nесk rеѕtrаіntѕ. Public Safety Minister Mаrсо Mеndісіnо said hіѕ оffісе will in thе соmіng dауѕ іnѕtruсt RCMP Cоmmіѕѕіоnеr Brenda Luсkі to еnd thе роlісе force’s uѕе оf […]

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