Interview with Zoomeradio on Senator Don Meredith: May 3, 2017

Tweet I recorded this interview a few days before Meredith decided to resign. My portion begins around the 14 minute mark. Link

Cross-Country Checkup April 16 2017: Legalizing Marijuana

Tweet The Liberal government introduced Bill C-45 and C-46, which proposes a complex scheme for decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana, along with: new rules for tracking  and distribution, new offences for involving young persons, and a more stringent approach to impaired driving.  On Sunday, April 16, I did an interview on Cross-Country Checkup, the weekly radio ...

CTV Your Morning: How to Oust a Senator (March 23 2017)

Tweet Here’s a link to an interview I did with Ben Mulroney last week about the travails facing two senators: Don Meredith and Lynne Beyak.  Though their situations are very different, both have raised, to a greater or lesser extent, questions about how Senators can be disciplined or, even, removed when they do not meet ...

The Minister of Justice’s “Zombie Law Bill” – CBC Ottawa Morning

Tweet The Minister of Justice has introduced Bill C-39: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions).  The Bill would remove several so-called “zombie laws” that remain listed in the Criminal Code despite having been struck down, in some cases, years ago.  The targeted offences include vagrancy, unlawful object murder, constructive murder and abortion. I did ...

CTV Power Play – Court Delays in Criminal Justice Feb 15, 2017

Tweet An interview I did on CTV Power Play.  In July, 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling, R v. Jordan, that was designed to issue a jolt to what the majority called the “culture of complacency” in the criminal justice system.  The majority (5-4) decreed that henceforth, cases decided in provincial courts must be completed ...

Rethinking Sexual Assault: Big Thinking Lecture – November 29, 2016

Tweet On November 29, 2016, I had the honour of giving a “Big Thinking” lecture sponsored by the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.  The theme was “Do we need to rethink sexual assault law?”  In brief, my answer was “no” – the legislative framework is sound.  Instead, the lecture focussed on other problematic aspects ...

CBC Ontario Today – Sexual assault, consent and “no means no”

Tweet Here’s a link to an hour-long segment I did on November 3 with Rita Celli of Ontario Today.  Rita had done a show a week before, following up on a controversy about an event hosted by a student group at the University of Ottawa that might be best described as a sexual pub crawl.  She ...