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The implications of denying prisoners pensions

Fear, anger and distraction are great tools for getting your way, particularly in government.

If the opposition asks about detainee torture, accuse them of supporting terrorists. If they want information from your staff, bully your way into a meeting and shout them down ...and if you want to pass law without interference, attack a monster no one will dare to defend.

It hardly matters that with the recent proposed amendment to the Old Age Security Act the pitchforks came out before the bill itself. Prime Minister Stephen Harper learned in March that serial child murderer Clifford Olson was collecting OAS and Guaranteed Income Supplement payments. He was outraged, and ordered that they be stopped.


Mercedes Allen

On the Detention of Trans People

| March 7, 2014

Why is Omar Khadr still in jail?

Photo: flickr/4WardEver UK

Do tortured child soldiers belong in Canadian prisons? The fact that Omar Khadr has spent 4254 days in prison, 537 of those days in Canadian detention, should make every Canadian question the essence of our humanity and respect for the rule of law.

Omar's recent transfer from a maximum to a medium-security prison is a hopeful indication that Correctional Service Canada (C.S.C.) is making decisions independent of prejudicial government pressure, but we have to ask ourselves why Omar is still in jail? Unfortunately for Omar, political interference in the judicial process has a disturbing history, and since his repatriation the intervention of right-wing, Islamophobic government officials, foreshadowed an unjust delay or even a complete denial of his freedom.


Talking Radical Radio

Supporting queer and trans prisoners: The Prisoner Correspondence Project

November 13, 2013
| Melannie Gayle talks about the work of the Toronto chapter of the Prisoner Correspondence Project to support queer and trans inmates from a prison abolitionist perspective.
Length: 28:06 minutes (25.73 MB)

Bored but not broken: So this is it folks...

| December 3, 2012

Bored but not broken: Things that shouldn't happen

| November 29, 2012

Mandy Hiscocks files a human rights application against Vanier

| November 22, 2012

Bored but not broken: random musings - October continued.

| November 21, 2012

Bored but not broken: random musings - October

| November 16, 2012
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