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The CCPA-BC sent this submission to the BC Government’s How We Vote consultation, which requests feedback on key elements of the upcoming referendum on electoral reform. Written submissions are being accepted until February 28, 2018.  
Understanding unique access to justice chal­lenges faced by specific groups highlights the importance of a more holistic or integrated and consumer-driven approach. This means moving away from a “one-way street” approach where the legal community views itself as the catalyst for solutions. Instead, access to justice work must be situated in understanding all facets of peo­ples’ lives, including the economic, political, and social spheres.  Read full report.
In the report Justice Starts Here: A one-stop shop approach for achieving greater justice in Manitoba, authors Allison Fenske and Beverly Froese from the Public Interest Law Centre spoke with community groups who provide programming, opportunities, and services to people who have been or are at risk of being involved with the justice system about what they see as the way forward to fixing a broken system.
  Photo by Carolyn Cuskey (Flickr Creative Commons) The spate of recent border crossings, particularly in the small town of Emerson in southern Manitoba, as well as in Quebec over the Summer of 2017, have brought to attention a rather forgotten piece of paper that prevents refugees from seeking safe haven in Canada if entering from the United States.
Illustration by Amy Thompson
VANCOUVER – A subsidiary of Malaysian state-owned Petronas, the company behind a massive Liquefied Natural Gas plant proposal near Prince Rupert, has built at least 16 large unauthorized dams in northeast BC to trap water used for fracking operations, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has learned. 
This article was first published in the Winnipeg Free Press, March 8, 2017 Manitoba has a higher proportion of adults in custody than any other province. We lock up people more frequently than Saskatchewan by 17 per cent and three-and-a-half times more frequently than B.C., according to a Statistics Canada report from last week. Overcrowding in prisons — and especially remand centres — is a growing and serious problem.
Diab (right) in 2013 with his wife Rania Tfaily and their daughter Jena.
Crime rates in Canada have been steadily declining for more than a decade, yet prison populations have been increasing in recent years. Commentators have attributed this disconnection between dropping crime rates and rising incarceration numbers to the Harper government’s tough on crime strategy. Since 2006 the Harper Conservatives have implemented legislative and policy changes designed to “tackle crime” and “make communities safer.”
Crime rates in Canada have been steadily drop­ping for over a decade, while prison populations have been increasing in recent years. Commenta­tors have attributed this disconnection between falling crime rates and increasing incarceration numbers to the Harper government’s “tough on crime” strategy.