Remanding the Victim

June 8, 2017

So episode 57 – 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.

This week the CBC’s Janice Johnston shed light on a horrifying courtroom injustice – the victim of a brutal sexual assault was remanded into custody because she had difficulty answering questions. The victim was a vulnerable indigenous woman. She had committed no crime. She showed up to court. But she found herself in jail – beside the man who attacked her.

The accused – Lance Blanchard – was convicted of his crimes but there can be no justice for the victim. This week we take a look at this tragic and horrible situation.

We also take a look at the justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould‘s new bill to ‘modernize’ the criminal code. Bill C-51 (not that C-51) is another half-hearted attempt to reform the justice system by grabbing the lowest of the low hanging fruit. Oh – there is also a major change to sexual assault law in the bill that is probably unconstitutional – but the Liberals were not really talking about that.

Is C-51 another missed opportunity for the justice reform we were promised – the short answer is yes.

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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