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More honours for Canadian who stood against segregation

Long before America’s Rosa Parks, there was Canada’s Viola Desmond Many people know of American Rosa Parks and cite her as the first to stand up for the civil rights of blacks in the U.S.  But Rosa Parks is the »

Health, Politics

Certain inmates excluded from solitary confinement

Following severe criticism and several deaths, the Canadian government has decided to exempt inmates with significant mental health needs from what it calls administrative segregation. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) announced that the following inmates are not admissible to »

Economy, Politics, Society

History Nov. 8, 1946 Canada’s unexpected civil rights heroine

The Canadian who preceeded Rosa Parks by almost a decade. She was Canadian, young, beautiful, a successful Halifax-based businesswoman, and black. It was because of Viola Desmond’s colour that she unexpectedly became a heroine that changed history in Canada. Thanks »


Use of solitary confinement drops in federal prisons

The number of inmates in indefinite solitary confinement in federal penitentiaries has gone down by half over the past two years, reports The Globe and Mail newspaper. Shortly after being elected in October 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for »


Ferry named after civil rights hero

Viola Desmond’s name graces the bow of a new ferry serving eastern Canada in honour of her fight against racism and segregation, reports CBC. In 1946, Desmond went to a movie theatre in New Glasgow, in the eastern province of »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Prison ombudsman calls solitary risky, damaging

In even stronger than ususal tones, Canada’s correctional investigator has again called for limits on the use of solitary confinement in penitentiaries. The investigator is charged with hearing complaints from those incarcerated for more than two years, investigating deaths in »


New historical video for Black History Month

Viola Desmond challenged segregation in the eastern province of Nova Scotia in the 1940s. And while she did not win her case, her story became a catalyst for change. And the story will now be brought to the Canadian public »

Politics, Society

New government to limit solitary confinement

After the suicide of 19-year-old Ashley Smith in prison in 2007, several recommendations were made on limiting the use of solitary confinement, and Canada’s new prime minister wants them to be implemented. Ms. Smith had spent over 1,000 days in »


Limit solitary confinement for youth: advocate

Canada’s prison investigator has already warned that, too often, inmates are put in solitary confinement, and now, a children’s advocate in the province of Ontario wants an end to the segregation of youth for more than 24 hours. The Provincial »

Politics, Society

Rights groups suing Canadian government over solitary confinement in prisons

“It’s not just drastic, it’s inhumane,” says lawyer Joseph Arvay about solitary confinement in Canadian prisons. Arvay is representing the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada in a lawsuit against the Attorney General of »