New legislative proposal to combat global hostage-taking

OTTAWA, ON (January 21, 2021): Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have languished as hostages in China’s brutal prisons for over two years. And this is just the most high profile recent case of innocent Canadians abroad being held against their will. Yet Canada still lacks any meaningful method to hold China, as well as non-state actors… Continue reading New legislative proposal to combat global hostage-taking

COVID-19 and the Forgotten Freedoms of Assembly and Association: Nnaemeka Ezeani and Dwight Newman for Inside Policy

It is in emergencies that we see whether our deepest societal values mean anything, write Nnaemeka Ezeani and Dwight Newman. By Nnaemeka Ezeani and Dwight Newman, December 22, 2020 Government restrictions on various forms of gathering have bothered many Canadians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  While freedoms are subject to limits for appropriate policies to protect… Continue reading COVID-19 and the Forgotten Freedoms of Assembly and Association: Nnaemeka Ezeani and Dwight Newman for Inside Policy

Systemic racism in policing in Canada and approaches to fixing it: New MLI commentary by Christian Leuprecht

OTTAWA, ON (August 31, 2020): Racial turmoil in the United States has led to a sustained debate on police use of force in Canada that is long overdue. While the situation in Canada is in many ways different from the US, issues of systemic racism persist in Canada, and needed reforms have been neglected for many… Continue reading Systemic racism in policing in Canada and approaches to fixing it: New MLI commentary by Christian Leuprecht

Ottawa should appeal Federal Court’s invalidation of Safe Third Country Agreement: Michael Barutciski for Inside Policy

If Canada decides to declare the US unsafe, we need solid reasons that withstand rigorous scrutiny, writes Michael Barutciski. This judgment does not provide those reasons.  By Michael Barutciski, July 30, 2020 The Federal Court’s recent ruling that the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) between Canada and the United States is unconstitutional will make Canada’s… Continue reading Ottawa should appeal Federal Court’s invalidation of Safe Third Country Agreement: Michael Barutciski for Inside Policy

China and Iran should be accountable for their COVID-19 cover-ups: new MLI-CSRG joint publication by Sarah Teich

OTTAWA, ON (July 15, 2020): In a new MLI joint publication with the Canadian Security Research Group, titled, “Not Immune – Exploring liability of authoritarian regimes for the COVID-19 pandemic and its cover-up,”  Sarah Teich examines the full extent to which authoritarian regimes like China and Iran are legally liable for the COVID-19 disaster, and what can… Continue reading China and Iran should be accountable for their COVID-19 cover-ups: new MLI-CSRG joint publication by Sarah Teich

How Canada can start to fix its money laundering problem: New MLI study by Christian Leuprecht

OTTAWA, ON (December 19, 2019): Money laundering is finally being acknowledged as a serious and growing problem in Canada. And policy-makers are also beginning to understand that this is not victimless crime. Financial crime drives gun violence, property prices, the opioid crisis, institutional corruption, and more. So how does Canada fare when it comes to… Continue reading How Canada can start to fix its money laundering problem: New MLI study by Christian Leuprecht

MLI Explains: How Canada Can Improve Policing Services

Policing services in Canada are facing pressure both from within their ranks and from the general public. Stressed municipal budgets, increased expectations from the public, growing complexity of police services, and salary pressures are reducing their ability to conduct policing work effectively. Given these mounting pressures, what options are available to policy-makers to put the… Continue reading MLI Explains: How Canada Can Improve Policing Services

Civilians and contractors can let police focus on policing: MLI study by Christian Leuprecht

OTTAWA, ON (November 21, 2019): Policing services in Canada are facing pressure both from within their ranks and from the general public. Stressed municipal budgets, increased expectations from the public, growing complexity of police services, and salary pressures are reducing their ability to conduct policing work effectively. Given these mounting pressures, what options are available… Continue reading Civilians and contractors can let police focus on policing: MLI study by Christian Leuprecht

Mass shooters exhibit multiple social problems: Christian Leuprecht on Global News

The recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton raise questions about the motivations of mass shooters. Munk Senior Fellow Christian Leuprecht spoke to Global News about the complexity of analysing this phenomenon. Mass shooters are normally young males with a range of issues. As Leuprecht notes, they often have “trouble in school, they have trouble with… Continue reading Mass shooters exhibit multiple social problems: Christian Leuprecht on Global News

Is our justice system working? The case for recidivism data: Uswah Ahsan for Inside Policy

Recidivism data is critical for informing good policy, ensuring political accountability, and helping rehabilitated inmates pursue second chances, writes Uswah Ahsan. By Uswah Ahsan, July 29, 2019 In May 2019, the story of Christopher Watts, a convicted sex offender who was released from prison after completing his sentence but deemed too dangerous for every halfway… Continue reading Is our justice system working? The case for recidivism data: Uswah Ahsan for Inside Policy