What Happens if Bill C-14 is Not Passed by June 6?

Monday, June 6 is a day that has been circled on many Canadians’ calendars. On June 6 it will no longer be a crime for a physician to provide medical assistance in dying to those who fit the criteria as they were set out in the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Carter v. Canada. Many […]

Bill C-14: Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act

Bill C-14, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (mental disorder), is better known as the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act.  First and most importantly, this bill makes the safety of the public the paramount consideration in the decision-making process for individuals who have been found not criminally responsible or […]

Federally Sentenced Aboriginal Women with Mental Health Needs

As many of you are aware, Kinew James, a 35-year-old federally sentenced Aboriginal woman, died at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon on January 20th, 2013. Ms. James had mental health needs, having admitted to self-harming behaviour and had threatened to hang herself while incarcerated at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario. And […]

News Release: Senator Jaffer Proposes Bill to Allow Mental Health Treatment for Offenders before Sentencing

(Une version française suit) Ottawa, April 25, 2013 —This afternoon, Senator Mobina Jaffer delivered her second reading speech on Bill S-216, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Criminal Code (mental health treatment). “Bill S-216 would create the same provisions for mental health treatment that already exist for drug treatment in the Controlled […]

Mental Health Treatment for Federally Sentenced Black Women

While Black women make up just 2.6 per cent of the female population in Canada, they comprise almost 10 per cent of the federally sentenced female population. Over the last ten years, the number of federally sentenced Black Canadians has risen by 50 per cent. In their report, “Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading? Canada’s treatment of […]