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Appointed: A Canadian Senator Bringing Margins to the Centre
26 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
A Conversation with Neil Belanger: Disability Benefits, Indigenous Equality, and Guaranteed Livable Income
Podcast Links: Click here to access Income Supports and Indigenous Peoples In B.C. - An Analysis of Gaps and Barriers Click here to check outCovering All the Basics: Reforms for a More Just Society Click here to read Together BC - British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Click here to access resources available via Basic Income Coalition Canada and UBI Works here Click here to read Bill S-233 and here to check out MP Leah Gazan’s Bill C-233 Click here to check out the Parliamentary Budget Officer Report - Costing a Guaranteed Basic Income During the COVID Pandemic Click here to access Perspectives, document outlining the need and benefits of implementing a Guaranteed Livable Income in 🇨🇦.
19 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
Part Two of A Conversation with Professor Debra Parkes: Mandatory Life Sentences for Youth and Constitutionality
Resources Click here to check out Kim’s Senate Webpage Click here to access publications of Professor Debra Parkes Click here to access research by Dr. Jane Sprott Click here to read research by Professor Isabel Grant Click here to learn more about Bryan Stevenson’s work. Click here to get the reports, Injustices and Miscarriages of Justice Experienced by 12 Indigenous Women and Senators go to Jail.
48 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
A Conversation with Professor Debra Parkes: Mandatory Life Sentences, Constitutionality, and Bill C-5.
Reports and Papers Click here to access Injustices and Miscarriages of Justice Experienced by 12 Indigenous Women. Click here to read Carly Peddle, Emma Ronsley & Debra Parkes, Toward Abolishing the Mandatory Life Sentence and Parole Ineligibility Periods for Murder: Discussion Document. Click here to check out Sarah Chaster’s paper, Cruel, Unusual, and Constitutionally Infirm: Mandatory Minimum Sentences in Canada. Click here to access Marie-Eve Sylvestre’s research, Moving towards a minimalist and transformative criminal justice system: Essay on the reform of the principles and objectives of sentencing, prepared for the Department of Justice Canada. Click here to access research by the Department of Justice on MMPs Click here to read the Senators Go to Jail report. Legislation Click here to access Bill S-233 Click here to read Bill C-223 Click here to check out Bill S-230 PBO Reports Click here to read the PBO report titled The Federal Cost of Minimum Sentences. Click here to check out Demonstrative Examples of Costing Sentenced Inmates Click here to access the PBO report, The Fiscal Impact of Changes to Eligibility for Conditional Sentences Imprisonment in Canada. Click here to check out the PBO report on the Funding Requirement and Impact of the “Truth in Sentencing Act” on the Correctional System in Canada. Jurisprudence Click here to read R. v. Bissonnette, 2022 SCC 23 Click here to access Twins v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 FC 537 Click here to read R. v. Luxton,  2 S.C.R. 711 Click here to access R. v. D.B.,  2 S.C.R. 3, 2008 SCC 25 Click here to read R. v. Ipeelee, 2012 SCC 13,  1 S.C.R. 433 Other Resources Click here to check out Kim’s Senate Bio page Click here to access publications by Professor Parkes
23 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
A Conversation with Professor Vass Bednar: Competition Reform, Inequality, and the Path Towards Fairness
Click here for more information about Professor Bednar and her public policy research. Click here to access the Perspectives document on Guaranteed Livable Income by Team Pate. Click here to check out Professor Bednar on the Cross Country Checkup Podcast Other resources referred to in the episode: Click here to access Professor Bednar’s paper on competition policy in Canada, mentioned at 2:45. Click here to access a copy of the Competition Act, referred to at 2:45 Click here for resources about recent changes to Canada's child care system, as discussed at 20:20. General topics discussed in the episode: See the 4:00 minute mark for a discussion about the connection between competition policy issues, income inequality, and strategies to promote social and economic fairness. See the 6:05 minute mark for Professor Bednar’s commentary on consumer protection, competition, and opportunities to empower individuals in a digital economy. See the 7:05 minute mark for Professor’ Bednar’s commentary on rising food princes and expanding inequality. See the 8:30 minute mark for a discussion about effective policies for eliminating income inequality, as exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. See the 11:00 minute mark for a discussion about the benefits, complications, and specific qualities of an effective guaranteed livable income policy. See the 17:00 minute mark about the frustrating process of transforming good ideas into good policy, and the next steps for implementing competition reform.
33 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
A Conservation with Dr. Elizabeth Sheehy: Bill C-5, Judicial Discretion, and Mandatory Minimum Penalties
Click here to access to Bill C-5. Click here to read more on Bill C-22 Click here to check out Dr. Sheehy’s book Defending Battered Women on Trial. Click here to read Justice Arbour’s Inquiry into certain events at the Prison for Women in Kingston also known as the Arbour Report Click here to read R v Luxton Click here to read more about R v Naslund Click here to access the Injustices and Miscarriages of Justice Experienced by 12 Indigenous Women report Click here to read more about the inquest in Renfrew County Click here to access more information on the Portapique Inquiry Click here to read Bonnie Moonie’s story
27 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
A Conversation with MPP Kathleen Wynne: Guaranteed Livable Income and Lessons from the Pandemic
Click here to access more information about MPP Wynne's political career. For more information on Guaranteed Livable Income: Click here to access the Perspectives document on Guaranteed Livable Income by Team Pate. Click here for Bill C-223 and here for Bill S-233 on guaranteed livable basic income. Click here for a new year's statement and update from national guaranteed livable basic income groups Basic Income Canada Network, Basic Income Canada Youth Network, and Coalition Canada, basic income – revenue du base (Coalition Canada). Other resources mentioned in the episode: Click here to access the Wynne Government's Basic Income Pilot Project discussed at 1:48 and 14:10. Click here to access Basic Income Canada Network's Signposts to Success: Report of a BICN Survey of Ontario Basic Income Recipients. Click here to access Ontario's 2021 "Right to Disconnect" legislative initiative (Bill 27, the Working for Workers Act) discussed at 9:59. Click here to access the Ontario Liberal Party's news release related to including a four day work week in their 2022 electoral platform, as discussed at 10:40. Click here to access an article which discusses the Zorra township's four-day work week pilot program, which was afterward permanently implemented. Click here to access Hugh Segal's Bootstraps Need Boots, discussed at 22:12. General topics discussed in the episode: See the 1:40 minute mark for a discussion about the new and evolving labour laws and economic support measures being brought in, including in the context of the pandemic. See the 10:40 minute mark for MPP Wynne's commentary about the possibility of a four-day work week, and about the evolution of workplace expectations. See the 14:10 minute mark for a discussion about the social and economic benefits of a Guaranteed Livable Income, and the idea of such income as an "investment". See the 21:17 minute mark for a discussion about guaranteed livable income in PEI and relevant lessons from the pandemic.
33 minutes | Dec 12, 2021
A Conversation with Senator Colin Deacon: Open Banking & Guaranteed Livable Income
Resources and cases mentioned during the episode: Click here to access the US Federal Study Senator Deacon discussed at the 8:44 minute mark. Click here to access the report from the Advisory Committee on Open Banking discussed at the 15:10 minute mark. Click here to access more information on the Dauphin Manitoba Experience discussed at the 17:53 minute mark. Click here to access Senator Deacon's Senate speech discussed at the 18:29 minute mark.
17 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
A Conversation with Sheila Regehr: The Economic and Moral Case for a Guaranteed Livable Income
More information about this episode's guest, Sheila Regehr (as seen here, on Basic Income Canada Network): Sheila is a founding member of the Basic Income Canada Network and former Executive Director of the National Council of Welfare. Her 29 years of federal public service spanned front-line work, policy analysis and development, international relations and senior management, with a focus on improving fairness and equality, and on gender and race in particular. She has policy expertise in areas of income security and taxation, such as child tax benefits, child support, maternity/parental benefits, pensions and social assistance. Her insight also comes from experiencing poverty as a young parent. Sheila is grateful, in her retirement, to have resources, time and health to do volunteer work and help care for twin grandsons. Click here to access the website of Basic Income Now, a campaign coordinated by Canada's leading Basic Income organizations and allies (including Basic Income Canada Network). For more information on Guaranteed Livable Income: Click here to access the Perspectives document on Guaranteed Livable Income by Senator Pate. Resources and cases mentioned during the episode: Click here to access a CBC news article entitled "Nearly $2 million spent on clearing encampments should have gone to housing, advocates say" by Muriel Draaisma, related to the cost of the expulsion of "tent cities" in Toronto, discussed at the 3:00 minute mark. Click here to access the brief document summarizing policy options suggested by Basic Income Canada Network, discussed at the 11:54 minute mark.
22 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
A Conversation with Professor Martha Jackman: "Poverty is a Human Rights Violation"
Click here to access Professor Martha Jackman's biography on the University of Ottawa website. Click here to access Professor Martha Jackman's CV as of 2020. For more information on the social and economic rights, visit the following selected works by Professor Martha Jackman: Martha Jackman, "What's Wrong With Social and Economic Rights?" (2000) 11 National Journal of Constitutional Law 235-246. Martha Jackman, “One Step Forward and Two Steps Back: Poverty, the Charter and the Legacy of Gosselin” (2019) 39 National Journal of Constitutional Law 85-121. For more information on Guaranteed Livable Income: Click here to access the Perspectives document on Guaranteed Livable Income by Senator Pate. Resources and cases mentioned during the episode: Click here to access the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal's October 2021 decision, Disability Rights Coalition v. Nova Scotia (Attorney General), 2021 NSCA 70. This case is discussed as the "Emerald Hall litigation" at the 6:53 and 12:04 minute marks. Click here to access the March 2019 decision of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the precursor to the aforementioned Court of Appeal 2021 decision. Click here to access the Court of Appeal for Ontario's 2014 decision in Tanudjaja v. Canada, 2014 ONCA 852, discussed at the 8:01 and 9:52 minute marks. Click here to access Nell Toussaint's amended (as of May 25 2021) statement of claim in the Ontario Superior Court and click here to access the Attorney General's Motion to Strike Nell Toussaint's statement of claim. These are discussed at the 8:08 minute mark. Click here to access a transcript of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louise Arbour's 2005 Lafontaine-Baldwin lecture "Freedom from want", referred to at the 9:24 minute mark. Click here to access a CBC News article by Antoni Nerestant, published October 5 2021, entitled "If Joyce Echaquan were white, she would still be alive, Quebec coroner says". This articles relates to the Coroner's Report in the Joyce Echaquan case, referred to at the 14:24 minute mark. Click here to access the Coroner's Report (only available in French). Click here to access the Association of First Nations' webpage which gives more information on Jordan's Principle, referred to at the 15:04 minute mark. Click here and here to access the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decisions (2020 CHRT 20 and 2020 CHRT 36, respectively) being challenged before the Federal Court referred to at the 16:02 minute mark.
25 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
A Conversation with Professor Sylvia Rich: Corporate Crime and Deferred Prosecution Agreements
Learn more about Professor Sylvia Rich here. Additional readings & ressources Click here to access the private bill Senator Pate introduced relating to Mandatory Minimum Penalties (S-207). Click here to access the fact sheet on Mandatory Minimums introduced by Senator Pate. Sylvia Rich (2016). Corporate Criminals and Punishment Theory. Canadian Journal of Law &Jurisprudence, 29, pp 97-118 doi:10.1017/cjlj.2016.4
24 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
A Conversation with Dr. Peter Graefe: What we can learn from the McMaster University study "Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Ontario Workers, Workplaces and Families"
Additional reading & resources: Dr. Forget’s book: “Basic Income for Canadians: The key to a healthier, happier, more secure life for all Click here to access the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s “Costing a Guaranteed Basic Income During the COVID Pandemic” report. Click here to access the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s “Costing a National Guaranteed Basic Income Using the Ontario Basic Income Model” report. Read Senator Pate's Guaranteed Livable Income perspective document here The Town with No Poverty: The Health Effects of a Canadian Guaranteed Annual Income Field Experiment, Canadian Public Policy, Vol 37, No 3, 1 October 2011 by Evelyn Forget, Basic Income in a Small Town: Understanding the Elusive Effects on Work by David Calnitsky, Jonathan P. Latner
21 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
The Wish List Series: A Conversation with Professor Justin Piché
Selected Publications by Professor Piché Mussell, Linda, Kevin Walby and Justin Piché, ‘Can you make it out alive?’ Penal Imaginaries at Forts, Sanitaria, Asylums, and Segregated Schools, Qualitative Criminology, Volume Online First (April 2021) https://www.qualitativecriminology.com/pub/1bk9q4t1/release/1 Open Access Benslimane, Souheil, Sarah Speight, Justin Piché and Aaron Doyle, The Jail Accountability & Information Line: Early Reflections on Praxis, Journal of Law and Social Policy, Volume 33, 111-133 (September 2020) https://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1400&context=jlsp Open Access Carrier, Nicolas and Justin Piché, On (In)justice: Undisciplined Abolitionism in Canada, Social Justice, Volume 45, Issue 4, 35-56 (November 2019) Recent Publications by Senator Pate News Release: Bill C-31 on Criminal Record Relief Offers Too Little, Too Late News Release: Senators Move Another Step Forward on Anti-Racist Criminal Justice Bills Policy Opinions Op-Ed: Time running out to protect prisoners and prison staff from calamity
40 minutes | May 4, 2021
Justice LaForme discusses systemic discrimination and the consequent shortcomings of Bill C-22
Resources mentioned during the show and further reading: Learn more about Justice Harry S. LaForme here and here. https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/1695/index.do https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/8000/index.do https://www.criaw-icref.ca/images/userfiles/files/P4W_BN_IncarcerationRacializedWomen_Accessible.pdf https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/ http://www.trc.ca/about-us/trc-findings.html http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/mrgnlzd/index-en.aspx https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/jr/oip-cjs/p3.html https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/22/one-third-canada-prisoners-indigenous-report https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indigenous-overrepresentation-prison-oci-statement-1.5434712 http://www.firstnationsdrum.com/2020/01/number-of-incarcerated-indigenous-women-at-new-high/ https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/indigenous-incarceration-rate-a-travesty-canadas-prison-watchdog-says/ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-bill-c-22-is-inadequate-for-the-task-of-addressing-injustice-in/ https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/senator-says-new-liberal-sentencing-bill-needs-to-do-more-to-help-indigenous-women-offenders/ https://sencanada.ca/en/senators/pate-kim/interventions/545733/33 https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/10/27/senator-tries-again-to-get-ottawa-to-tackle-mandatory-minimum-sentences-and-better-serve-indigenous-and-black-people.html https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/january-2020/despite-soaring-indigenous-incarceration-minimum-sentencing-persists/ http://www.ajic.mb.ca/volumel/chapter4.html#5 https://www.mcgill.ca/humanrights/files/humanrights/ihri_wps_v5_n13_philpott.pdf
48 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Exploring New Vistas and Indigenous Legal Orders: A Conversation with Val Napoleon
Learn more about Dr. Napoleon here Joseph Arvay Legacy Fund Information: https://www.uvic.ca/law/home/news/current/joseph-arvay-legacy-fund.php Other resources mentioned during the show and further reading: https://adric.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Napoleon-Legal-Pluralism-published-version-2019-11.pdf https://www.uvic.ca/law/admissions/jidadmissions/index.php https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-bill-c-22-is-inadequate-for-the-task-of-addressing-injustice-in/ https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/senator-says-new-liberal-sentencing-bill-needs-to-do-more-to-help-indigenous-women-offenders/ https://sencanada.ca/en/senators/pate-kim/interventions/545733/33 https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/10/27/senator-tries-again-to-get-ottawa-to-tackle-mandatory-minimum-sentences-and-better-serve-indigenous-and-black-people.html
14 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
The Wish List Series: A Conversation with MP Greg Fergus
Resources mentioned during the show and further reading: Read about MP Greg Fergus here. https://www.hilltimes.com/2020/06/17/the-black-caucus-has-laid-out-yet-another-road-map-and-its-time-for-the-feds-to-drive/253093 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/gatineau-aylmer-ottawa-light-rail-1.4713843 https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/black-caucus-systemic-racism-1.5614203
35 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
The Wish List Series: A Conversation with Joshua Sealy-Harrington
On this episode of our wish list series, Kim asks Joshua Sealy-Harrington what he would like to see happen in 2021. Here is his wish list: (1) full decriminalization of personal drug possession, (2) defunding police and (3) taking systemic sentencing disparities seriously. Read Joshua Sealy-Harrington’s bio here. This episode was recorded on February 22nd, 2021. On our wish list series, we will hear from different change makers in Canada about what they would like to see for 2021. Stay tuned for the next episode of our wish list series! Resources mentioned during the show and further reading: https://www.choosingrealsafety.com/ https://thewalrus.ca/untelling-the-story-of-race/ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-bill-c-22-is-inadequate-for-the-task-of-addressing-injustice-in/ https://sencanada.ca/media/367363/senpate_news-release_bill-c-22_february-18-2021.pdf https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/10/27/senator-tries-again-to-get-ottawa-to-tackle-mandatory-minimum-sentences-and-better-serve-indigenous-and-black-people.html?rf https://ipolitics.ca/2020/02/07/sen-pate-tables-public-bill-that-would-allow-judges-to-disregard-minimum-mandatory-sentences/
10 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
The Wish List Series: A Conversation with The Honourable Louise Arbour
On this episode of Appointed, Kim kicks off the first episode of our wish list series with a conversation with The Honourable Louise Arbour. On our wish list series, we will hear from different change makers in Canada about what they would like to see for 2021. This episode was recorded on February 5th, 2021. Stay tuned for the next episode of our wish list series!
19 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Intersecting Discrimination of Racism, Ableism and Bill C-7: A Conversation with Sarah Jama
On this episode of Appointed, Kim and Sarah Jama discuss the impact Bill C-7 (“An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying)”) could have on racialized people with disabilities. They talk about Sarah’s work with the Disability Justice Network of Ontario; the connections between racism, ableism, poverty and capitalism; racism in the medical field and the ways in which this intersects and impacts racialized people with disabilities; and the lack of services and supports available to people with disabilities. Kim and Sarah also talk about the meaning of “choice”, “autonomy” and “control” for people who are exponentially marginalized in Canada. Sarah Jama is the co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), a speaker, a consultant and an activist advocating for disability justice. Learn more about Sarah Jama here: https://www.sarahjama.com/about Stay tuned for the next episode of Appointed! Resources mentioned during the show and further reading: Hill Times Article: https://www.hilltimes.com/2021/02/03/legislators-who-want-to-make-medically-assisted-dying-easier-for-persons-with-disabilities-dont-know-the-lived-realities-of-disability/281394 Disability Justice Network of Ontario: https://www.djno.ca/ Read Senator Pate’s Bill C-7 interventions and perspective on guaranteed livable income here (https://sencanada.ca/media/366455/senpate_glibi-perspective-document_08-15-2020_e.pdf) https://www.djno.ca/post/djno-co-founder-speaks-against-bill-c7-changes-to-maid-on-canada-today
29 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Abolish Racism: A Conversation with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard
On this episode of Appointed, Kim speaks with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard about the need for action to tackle anti-Black racism in Canada. They talk about the need to create equitable social, education and economic practices, policies and approaches that acknowledge Canada’s racist history and present, and that begin to remedy the harm and discrimination that has been caused to Black Canadians. Kim and Senator Bernard also talk about the need for policymakers to not merely acknowledge but disrupt their privilege and biases in order to create equitable policies. Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard is a Canadian Senator, social worker, educator, researcher, community activists and advocate. Learn more about Senator Bernard here: https://sencanada.ca/en/senators/bernard-wanda-thomas/ And here: https://www.dal.ca/about-dal/dalhousie-originals/wanda-thomas-bernard.html Stay tuned for the next episode of Appointed! Resources mentioned during the show and further reading: Parliamentary Black Caucus Recommendations: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/black-caucus-systemic-racism-1.5614203 Read Senator Pate’s perspective on guaranteed livable income here (https://sencanada.ca/media/366455/senpate_glibi-perspective-document_08-15-2020_e.pdf) https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23896&LangID=E https://colourofpoverty.ca/fact-sheets/ https://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20732&LangID=E https://humanrights.ca/story/the-story-of-africville https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/cjwl.32.2.06
43 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
More effective ways to respond to mental health crises: A Conversation with Asante Haughton and Rachel Bromberg
On this episode of Appointed, in the wake of calls to Defund the Police, Kim speaks with Asante Haughton and Rachel Bromberg, two mental health advocates and the founders of “Reach Out Response Network,” about shifting mental health responses to an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed model. Kim, Asante and Rachel discuss how current approaches to mental health crises may discourage people from getting help; the ways in which different countries have chosen to respond to mental health crises; and the roles that discrimination, poverty and racism play in how we respond to mental health in Canada. This episode was recorded on January 8th, 2021. Stay tuned for the next episode of Appointed! Reach out Response Network is dedicated to shifting mental health crisis response away from coercive, forceful, police led interventions and instead looks at a more anti-oppressive, trauma-informed model that allows people to be treated in a more caring and compassionate way. Asante Haughton is an award-winning mental health advocate, a peer worker, poet and speaker. Rachel Bromberg is a law student. Trained in social work, she is also a peer supporter and educator. You can read more about our guests here: https://reachouttoronto.ca/about Resources mentioned during the show and further reading: Learn more about the Reach out Response Network here: https://reachouttoronto.ca/ Asante’s Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/asante_houghton_an_uncommon_story_of_hope_and_redemption_jan_2018 Read Senator Pate’s perspective on guaranteed livable income: https://sencanada.ca/media/366455/senpate_glibi-perspective-document_08-15-2020_e.pdf https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7j7aa/officers-targeted-racialized-canadians-when-enforcing-covid-19-rules-report https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/07/09/calls-for-police-reform-shine-spotlight-on-oregon-model-for-crisis-intervention/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/defund-police-mental-health-crisis-intervention-1.5608627#:~:text=Through%20CAHOOTS%2C%20medical%20professional%20and,they%20can%20get%20additional%20support
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