The Canadian Justice System Conundrum

One of the things about living in Canada is the constant debate over the purpose of the justice system

A constant struggle between retribution and rehabilitation.

Proponents of retribution indicate that we need to use sentencing as a deterrent, and use the US as an example. Of course the problem with that is that the US has one of the highest ratios of imprisonment in the world.

Proponents of rehabilitation  argue that the societal cost of imprisonment is too high, that as an advanced and just society we want offenders to return as contributing members of society.

Of course there is one case that throws the wrench into all of this:


For those that don’t recall, Robert Latimer killed his severely disabled daughter to end her suffering. After various trials and appeals, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 10 years.

The problem is that those champions of the rehabilitative system were completely silent over the last 10 years. The federal NDP would jump up and down and celebrate about eviscerating the Young Offenders act, yet for this man, who all would agree is no risk whatsoever to re-offend, they remained completely silent.

Those proponents of the rehabilitative system, whether MP, MLA, citizen should all hang their head in shame.

If you want a rehabilitative system, it should be rehabilitative for all. How many times have we seen lenient sentences for offenders on reduced charges of second degree murder or manslaughter. If offenders receiving those sentences ( most of which have a criminal past) are candidates for rehabilitation, why not someone with no criminal past, and no risk to reoffend?

And this is why there is a conundrum. We see absolutely brutal murders like Bernardo, Pickton and Williams and think we need to have retribution and then we look at Latimer and realize the need for rehabilitation.

So why did Latimer get such a long sentence? Some say a dysfunctional Parole Board wanted to send a message.

Well they sent a message alright. A message that our justice system is broken and needs some real fixing.




Now it’s not just sucking Balls, It’s sucking the taint too!!

First – sorry for the delay on posting new material – been kinda busy the last while.

Second – a follow up on the Microsoft story:

So I got a response back from the Customer Service agent. But it wasn’t a call, it was an e-mail. We are looking into it she said.They’ll get back to me within 48 hours, she said.

Not good enough.

So I called the number given. After AN HOUR on the phone with several Microsoft idiots, I now had the following information:

  • It was my fault for sending it to the wrong location, even though two agents told me to send it to a location in Indiana.
  • The disc was not shipped due to being out of stock ( completely contrary to the earlier statement that an investigation had to be done before the disc could be shipped)
  • I would receive a call on Jan 25th only if the matter had been resolved ( contrary to previous information.)

Not good enough.

So I went to the top. Vice President Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft Canada, Greg Barber to be precise.

The next day I got an e-mail from a product specialist with her direct contact information, asking me to call her ASAP. She apologized profusely and told me the replacement disc was on it’s way ( which really, was all I wanted to know).

It’s now the 8th of Feb., almost 2 wks since I talked to the Microsoft Rep the last time. And well beyond the 3-5 days shipping she told me it would take.

Another fax to the VP Microsoft, and an e-mail to the rep. Except this time it will be a fax every day until I get my F’n disc.

I don’t know if I am more disgusted by the delay or the refusal to make things right. Is the $15 courier charge too much to pay for a positive customer relationship ( especially considering I paid to courier the disc to them! Imagine If I had just mailed it, I would be SOL!)

I’ll keep you updated, but I think I’ll be calling the credit card company in a week to report a fraudulent charge!