This year Stephen Harper’s government announced its intention to introduce legislation that will make a life sentence mean a sentence for life.
It remains to be seen how our courts will apply the Charter to the Conservatives’ tough on crime bill.
The boundaries of a similar discussion are being tested in Europe now.
On 1 June 2015 a panel of 5 judges of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights referred to a full hearing before a panel of 17 judges, a complaint by UK prisoner Arthur Hutchinson who has been sentenced to spent the rest of . . . [more]