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Unpardonable Policy
Editorial Publication by National Pardon Centre

Unpardonable Policy

By Michael Ashby, Director, National Pardon Centre

You haven\’t struggled to find work until you\’ve struggled to find work with a criminal record tied to your back. Perhaps this is the reason Canada\’s pardon program is such an astonishing success. And yet the Conservative government is happy to ignore this fact. But with less than 4 per cent of offenders granted a pardon ever committing another crime, common sense tells us there is not much room for improvement. cont. reading

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Ottawa\’s anti-crime agenda hurts Canadians looking for a new start
Editorial Publication by National Pardon Centre

Ottawa\’s anti-crime agenda hurts Canadians looking for a new start

By Michael Ashby, Director, National Pardon Centre

It\’s hard to understand how keeping Canadians from finding a decent job adds up to being tough on crime. But that is what the Conservative government has done with a section of its omnibus crime legislation, Bill C-10. Perhaps there is hope in knowing that several measures from the bill have already been shot down by the courts. cont. reading

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Canadians don\’t need to be protected from marijuana
Editorial Publication by National Pardon Centre

Canadians don\’t need to be protected from marijuana

By Michael Ashby, Director, National Pardon Centre

Canadians need to stop framing the marijuana issue in the timeless tradition of good vs. bad. We have to get past the medical argument, the gateway argument, the economic argument, the addiction argument, the failure of the war on drugs argument and many others. It\’s not a question of right or wrong. cont. reading

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Ottawa\’s reefer madness
Editorial Publication by National Pardon Centre

Ottawa\’s reefer madness

By Michael Ashby, Director, National Pardon Centre

If ever there was an example of beating a dead horse, it is the continuing prohibition of marijuana in the 21st century. The propaganda campaign failed so completely that most Canadians no longer believe marijuana is worth worrying about. Since the federal Conservatives are escalating the war on drugs, we have to wonder who they think they\’re kidding. cont. reading