I was a judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta for 33 years. My anxiety proved justified when on May 26, 1998, my chief judge ordered me to move from my home in Canmore to be assigned to courts in Calgary. I'm embarrassed to say how little I knew about a community that's only 30 minutes away. Don suggested the title Bad Medicine, and in doing so, also gave me the inspiration for the title of the present book. What do we hope to achieve with the way our justice system is currently configured?. He also was a regular local host of the telethon. Because the judiciary has this unique function, any attempt to control it is a threat to the rights and freedoms of every person who appears in court.
Bob initiated the discussion, but I have also appreciated the support and encouragement of the other members of the institute: Joost Aalsberg, Paul Carrick, Sally Guerin, Rick Hester, Peter Nichol, Lawrence Nyman, Brent Pickard and Peter Rollason. I suspected it was politically motivated. Conditions on the Stoney reserve - indeed on many reserves throughout Canada - are catastrophically dysfunctional. I will split the difference and give it a 3. He also chaired the United Nations International Year of Fresh Water and Wonder of Water Initiative in Canada in 2003—04.
My judgments and the resulting media attention made me something of a hero to many aboriginal people across Canada. His remarks had me remove some unnecessarily inflammatory material, which may allow the book to be published without litigation. Whalen gained worldwide fame for being the ringside announcer of the wildly popular from 1958 to 1983 plus its later revival from 1985 to 1989. My initial interest in obtaining a judicial appointment had been sparked by Judge Gary Cioni. It is clear that the Federal government is more concerned about conditions in third world countries and oblivious to horrific conditions in Canada.
Secondly, it's basically a gossipy kind of self-aggrandizing I know I use this word a lot re: lawyers, but honestly, lawyers. The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the Judgment The Myths Of First Nations Equality And Judicial Independence In Canada Pdf gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. During his career he became interested in aboriginal justice. With such a broad analysis of systematic discrimination attributed to colonialism, I believe it would have been helpful for the reader to learn of similar stories happening in other Canadian locations. There are little to no outside avenues to address corruption or mismanagement and any aboriginals who have tried to improve their lives and the lives of those around them have been at best ignored and at worst punished by the dictators controlling every aspect of reserve life.
In the mid-seventies, the Provincial Court, Criminal Division, in Calgary consisted of five judges: Verne Reade, Fred Thurgood, John Harvie, Gary Cioni and Leo Collins. Judge John Reilly, now retired, was the youngest judge ever appointed to the Provincial Court of Alberta. Unfortunately he left private practice shortly after, and our association was brief. During his career he became interested in aboriginal justice. Generations of children were taken from their families and institutionalized, often in abusive circumstances.
He followed the precedents set out before him by earlier justices without quibble or question, sending repeat offenders back and back in an endless cycle of crime and incarceration until he has a come-to-Jesus moment in the cemetery of the reserve his circuit services. The natives were ordered to give up their children, and those that did not were prosecuted as criminals. Based on value and importance of the content which in my opinion is not degraded by the writing style , I would give it a 5 out of 5. The genuine brand of tribal custom has been passed down to us by our elders and carriers the gentle wisdom of centuries of life together in communities. It has grown to be a manual for corruption and the destruction of human dignity.
I found it almost impossible to work at home because there were so many distractions and easy excuses to do something else. I experienced considerable anxiety over the publicity. The report made a number of recommendations, one being that non-lawyers not be appointed to the court. In the case of aboriginal offenders we can unweight the heavy side by acknowledging the inherent bias in the system, or we can weight the light side by acknowledging the right of these offenders to be treated differently. A must-read for anyone who wants to know more about Canada's legal system, and the challenges facing the First Nations communities it serves. I often feel like John the Baptist - a voice crying in the wilderness. His reason for the transfer was that I had lost my objectivity with aboriginal offenders.
So, I document my own difficulties in order to demonstrate three main issues: the hardships of aboriginal people in the criminal justice system; the importance of judicial independence; and the threat to the rights and freedoms of every person in Canada that is posed by politicians who seek to control judges. Based strictly on writing style, I would give it a 2 out of 5. In that time, I of course dealt with many aboriginal offenders but knew nothing about them. The dockets were usually light and the judge got to live in the beautiful town of Banff, amid the majestic Canadian Rockies, in Banff National Park. He is currently the Epcor Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations Water for Life Decade.
I speculated that Judge Lou Justason might take it. The Calgary judges were covering Drumheller and the circuit courts in that jurisdiction, and it was a burden for them. Reilly used his position of power to speak again systemic discrimination. This why I have written this book and why I wrote my previous one, Bad Medicine. He makes a compelling case for good medicine to replace the bad.