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Sexual assault law & evidence

A few weeks ago, a judgement from Alberta made the news because of some comments made by a judge in a sexual trial. In the case of R v. Wagar, Justice Camp, who later sat on the Federal Court, made remarks to the complainant asking why she "couldn't just keep her knees closed." There was, rightfully, a flurry of commentary and upset, along with a number of complaints made the judicial council. 

Lockdown on rights: why jail lockdowns matter

The Citizen recently published this article, outlining how the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre (OCDC) on Innes Rd has been affected by a rising number of lockdowns. During a lockdown, inmates are kept in their cells and visits with family or lawyers are limited. The scarce programming for things such as Alcoholics Anonymous is generally cancelled. The conditions at OCDC have been criticized for a long time, but seem to be getting worse with shrinking staff and rising tension. According to the vice-president of the union, the jail is now a 'ticking time bomb.' 

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