By Candice Vallantin, Toronto Star
MORELIA, MEXICO—The sun has just set on Plaza de Armas when Maria Trujillo, a woman with close cropped hair in her mid-50s, steps on the stage. Shaking, she holds a poster with photos of four men, aged 20 to 35.
“The pain and the impotence make me want to scream,” she says, her voice breaking. “I am the mother of four sons who disappeared. Today they were mine, but tomorrow, they could be yours.”
Trujillo’s brief, powerful speech in Morelia, capital of the state of Michoacan, marked the end of the first day of the Caravan for Peace, Justice and Dignity. Read more »
Globe and Mail Editorial
On July 1, Connecticut will become the 14th American state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, without going so far as to legalize the drug. It is in no way fitting that the new rules take effect on Canada Day. Canada continues to treat possession of marijuana for personal use as a crime, and to waste government resources on doing something about it.
It may surprise Canadians that so many states have moved to decriminalize marijuana – handing out fines akin to speeding tickets. At the state level, it has now become possible for legislators of both parties in the United States to admit that the war on drugs has been a costly failure. Read more »
National Post editorial board
Canada received two urgent wake-up calls about its criminal justice system this week — one from Quebec, and the other from the international community. On Tuesday, Quebec Superior Court Justice James Brunton stayed proceedings against 31 people arrested two years ago on drug and gangsterism charges as part of Operation SharQc — a sweeping crackdown on the Hells Angels. He saw no way the accused could be tried before 2015. Canadians are, after all, entitled to a reasonably swift trial, and in the judge’s view, the system could not deliver. Read more »
By: Conrad Black, National Post
As I have written here before, I think the Harper minority government has done a generally competent job in quite difficult times. It is the contemporary, unflamboyant, no-frills or panache style, the type of regime exemplified by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Nothing about Stephen Harper reminds us, for better or worse, of Barack Obama, Silvio Berlusconi, or even Nicolas Sarkozy, and most Canadians would not wish it otherwise. The government moved deftly through the financial crisis, has handled competing regional demands well, has a sensible foreign policy, has shown courage in its support of Israel and in the commitment to Afghanistan, and is generally a solid regime, if not a barrel of laughs. Read more »
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