The Sou'Wester

Cutting Prison Chaplains won’t Save Money

A decision to cut 49 part-time minority-faith chaplains serving federal inmates across Canada was met with widespread criticism, both inside and outside the House of Commons.

Oppositions MPs accused the government of attacking religious freedom in direct contravention of the Charter of Rights while Jewish, Muslim and Sikh…

10 Jan 3:20 AM 0 Read More...

Jail Overcrowding needs discussion

Despite the fact that crime rates are falling, including rates of most violent crimes, jails in Quebec and penitentiaries across Canada are becom- ing more overcrowded. Overcrowding isn’t conducive to rehabilitation. A more enlightened approach is needed.

In August, Quebec opened up holding cells at the Palais de justice…

10 Jan 4:12 AM 0 Read More...

Crime Bill could hurt Prisoners

Canada’s omnibus crime bill will lead to more physical and mental ‘degradation’ among prisoners and risks their reintegration back into society, warns an article in Canada’s leading medical journal.

Bill C-10—which increases mandatory minimum sentences and changes eligibility for conditional sentences—will inevitably produce more prisoners…

10 Jan 4:17 AM 0 Read More...

Part-Time Chaplains to lose Prison Contracts

Part-time chaplains serving at prisons across Canada—including all but one of the non-Christian chaplains currently employed—are reportedly about to lose their jobs.

Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, said Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and other non-Christian inmates would have to turn to Christian chaplains for counselling.

The…

10 Jan 3:14 AM 0 Read More...

Quebec centres Vow to Stay the Course

Despite losing a battle with Ottawa over its plan to get tough on young offenders, Quebec’s youth centres are vowing to maintain the province’s policy of rehabilitation and reintegration, which has led to some of the lowest recidivism rates in Canada.

“Research has shown that just being punitive…

10 Jan 3:31 AM 0 Read More...