A New Judge, Racist Police, and Solitary Confinement

November 3, 2016

So episode 49 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Canada has a new Supreme Court judge – his name is Malcolm Rowe and he seems pretty adorable. He is also an old white guy and his appointment was not without some controversy. The Liberal government has talked about a new era of transparency in the appointment process but all seemed more like a dog and pony show. Emilie was there to watch it all go down.

In less awesome – but totally not surprising news – the Ottawa police are racist.  Well they might just be systemically racist – but that is still pretty bad. Worse was the official response to a new study showing that visible minorities are pulled over more than their white counterparts – usually for no reason. We check out the study and throw some shade.

In even less awesome news it turns out that Canadian jails are torturing inmates. They call it ‘segregation’ – 1,500 days alone, in a small jail cell, with the lights on a 24 hours a day – so ya – its torture.  We check in on the troubling and heartbreaking case of Adam Capay. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Oh and as promised – happy Halloween!!

We also have some new art – it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week – from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle – serious he is crazy good – go check out his work.

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