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Mandatory minimum sentences increase costs, fail to reduce crime | Oct 13 2014 | Redeye Collective | The number of crimes in Canada that are subject to mandatory minimum sentencing is growing exponentially. Civil liberties lawyers argue that mandatory minimums are both ineffective and unjust.
GroundWire | October 13, 2014: Bill C-36, Oppenheimer injunction, B.C. education cuts | Oct 13 2014 | GroundWire | Updates on Bill C-36 and Oppenheimer injunction, B.C. education funding cuts, and more!
New research suggests sex workers don't feel exploited, most buyers aren't oppressors | Oct 10 2014 | John Bonnar | Sex workers and sex buyers aren't who we thought they were, the first national report on the Canadian sex industry has found.
Photo: flickr/Stephen Harper
Harper's Iraq war plan: Save people by killing them? | Oct 7 2014 | Gregory Shupak | The Harper government announced its Iraq war plan, basically, saving people by killing people. But what other options are available? Consider these.
Ten key facts about the Lucia Vega Jimenez inquest | Oct 6 2014 | Harsha Walia | This past week an all-white jury listened to testimony at the inquest into the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez while in Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) custody. What it found should be shocking.
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Canadian Museum of Human Rights: Not that concerned about human rights | Oct 6 2014 | Gerry Caplan | The CMHR and its mysterious "Friends of the Museum" seem quite well connected with Stephen Harper and not well connected with his human rights abuses.
Canada's political parties struggle with Iraq war plan | Oct 2 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | Prime Minister Harper will announce an expanded military role for Canada in Iraq on Friday. Even some Conservatives have doubts about that, and it is politically tricky for both the NDP and Liberals.
Oh Peter, again with the spying? #forserious | Oct 1 2014 | Eva Prkachin | Canadians spoke out in huge numbers against Bill C-13. Then the Supreme Court ruled parts of the Bill unconstitutional. But don't expect a little thing like that to stop MacKay and his government.
Photo: flickr/Nic Redhead
Conservatives kill measure to cut money for violent militias in Africa | Sep 30 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | NDP MP Paul Dewar's private member's bill would have forced Canadian companies to exercise 'due diligence' when dealing with 'conflict minerals' that end up in our cell phones and on store shelves.
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Death and despair in Canada's migrant dungeons | Sep 29 2014 | Harsha Walia | The coroner's inquest into Lucia Vega Jimenez's death that begins today may expose some horrifying details about migrant detention, but it will not restore Lucia's humanity and her right to be free.
Paul Manly: El Salvador's struggle for democratic authority | Sep 29 2014 | Paul Manly | Paul Manly discusses his recent trip to El Salvador, on behalf of Council of Canadians, and that nation's struggles with Canadian mining companies, environmental degradation and remaining independent.
Illustration: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t
Revoking citizenship is not the answer for disillusioned youth | Sep 26 2014 | Rick Salutin | Mo3, as friends knew him -- Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud -- from Hamilton and long before that Somalia, died this week in Syria, possibly fighting for ISIS. He was 20.

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