On the weekend of Jan. 19, 2019 in Winnipeg, the 11th Annual National Symposium on Re-inventing Criminal Justice took place. The topic this year focused on Indigenous people and the criminal justice system and an examination of “decolonization.”
I suspect there is no more often misused word in the English language than “truth.”
My journey to South Africa has ended, but the memories invite further dispatches, this time from home.
More than 500 years later, as I write from Cape Town, South Africa, a positive attitude, perhaps vision, seems very much a part of the fabric of this beautiful land some refer to as paradise.
Too many young people are committing suicide. It destroys families as children, friends or friends of friends suddenly, without warning, end their own lives at preciously young ages.
If we got these questions on the minds of the mothers and fathers, family members and friends who are quietly aware of who has a gun, perhaps they would speak up and help to silence the indiscriminate violence in our communities.
The cancellation of the Iran nuclear agreement could become a catastrophic catalyst for the future of the United States and the world. This self-proclaimed great deal maker has shown himself to be an unreliable deal breaker.
As I thought about this edition of Sidebars, I became worried about all of the disturbing topics to choose from. The world seems so precarious, the future so worrying.
Media, from Twitter to television and Facebook to the front page has replaced our courtrooms. Allegations, once out there, become gospel. Reputations are carpet bombed. New catchy campaigns from #MeToo to #TimesUp have become dangerously fad-like.
We in this profession, indeed in this country, owe Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin enormous respect and gratitude.