Tag Archive: murder

Metamorphosis – The Yves Côté story

December 8, 2022 |

Post #206 1200 words; 5 minutes to read. Summary: Some highlights from Yves Côté’s book about his life, more than 30 years of which was spent in prison. Audio summary courtesy of volunteer Bella Kiss. Note:  In reviewing this post,...

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Crime continues to decline in Canada

April 30, 2022

Post #190 950 words; 4 minutes to read One of the main regular sources of data on criminal justice in Canada is the annual ‘Police Reported Crime’ report.  The most recent report was released in the summer of 2021, and...

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Rethinking violent crime

June 12, 2019

This post is 900 words and can be read in 5 minutes. “We must punish violence. Or so it seems until we discover that we are not always sure what counts as violence, and the criminal law doesn’t always punish...

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Sawbonna: Victim Impact Statement 41 Years Later

April 26, 2019

This post is about 700 words and can be read in 3 minutes. Margot Van Sluytman is a well known Canadian advocate for restorative justice, based on her experience following the murder of her father.  She recently posted this moving...

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Globe and Mail coverage of prison reform

November 16, 2018 |

This post is about 1150 words and can be read in 5-6 minutes. On Nov 6, the Globe and Mail newspaper ran an editorial called “Fixing solitary isn’t enough.  Canada’s prisons need to be reformed top to bottom”.  The editorial...

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Canada gives less parole despite excellent results

May 30, 2018

The National Parole Board is responsible for making decisions about parole for all Canadian federal prisoners (sentences of more than two years) and prisoners in many provinces.  The Parole Board is made up of members appointed by the federal government;...

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Forgiveness: The Margot Van Sluytman story

September 21, 2017

Victims and Forgiveness Crime often causes suffering, which is one of the factors leading to demands for harsh punishments.  Yet some of the most remarkable crime stories come from victims who have been able to take a different approach, leading...

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