Prisons Boss Defends ‘Absences’ for Inmates

Program Sets Stage for Eventual Release

Allowing federal inmates temporary, escorted release is often a critical ‘first step’ in their gradual integration into the community. Canada’s prison boss says— his first public defence of the process for Conservative government has chided as “parole through the back door.”

“By continuing…

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Gardening and Colonialism

Margaret’s grandson James has attended Open Door regularly since he arrived from Vancouver this spring. He’s a typical environmentally-friendly, socially conscious British Columbian that the rest of Canada would be wise to emulate. He’s been planting a large garden on his grandparents’ acreage and just by…

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Canadian author Mark Lavorato joins Open Door

On June 17 Open Door had the good fortune of welcoming Mark Lavorato, a Canadian writer, poet, photographer and musician. Early in life he realized that he was such a good storyteller, he should be writing down his stories, and thus began his career in literature. His goal is to…

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Ottawa Will Reinstate Some Sex-Offender Program Funding

The federal government has partly reversed a spending cut after being told the cut could expose Canadians, especially children, to greater risk from dangerous sexual offenders.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney asked Correctional Service Canada (CSC) to reconsider cutting off a program called Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA). Circles…

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Kripalu Yoga with Francois

Everybody get up from your chairs! On June 10 Open Door was introduced to Kripalu Yoga and the basic tenets of Buddhism by Francois, who has been practicing yoga since he was a teenager and who is certified in Prison Yoga Training. Describing his own childhood difficulties, he led us…

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