Crime and Law

Corrupted Measure of Corruption: Why the CPI is Useless

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For over 20 years now, the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has exposed how corruption was viewed by experts in societies of each country. This index ranks countries on a scale from 0 to 100 – most to least corrupt, or least to most effective and active in their fight against it. It has often been used to call out countries on suspicious-looking public sector related affairs, and has been effective at raising awareness on certain countries’ level of corruption.

Animal Safety is in your hands

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Want to hear my story?

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Want to hear my story?

 

New Power, New Voters

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Gregory Wallace explained through CNN Politics an issue that raised my concern. His powerful title of his article apprehends the matter greatly: “Voter Turnout at 20-year low in 2016”.  Indeed, the voting participation in 2016 in the United States of America was at its lowest point in the past 20 years. Only 55% of the voting age population selected the candidate they wanted to see rule their country. 55% of the American population represents 126 million votes. Although it seems like a lot, that is the result of the decrease of 18,7 million participants in the past two years.

Issues with the Criminal Justice System from a gendered dimension.

2. Choose an issue in Canadian criminal justice that relates to gender or an issue with a gendered dimension. Discuss the issue and your analysis of the larger problems and context. For example, you could discuss the role of victimization and the construction of victims in the Jian Ghomeshi trial and what this tells us about sexual assault cases in Canada.

gender issues

3. Choose a criminal trial in Canadian jurisprudence and examine the offender through a gendered perspective. Did gender or gender issues play a role? How did the offender’s gender shape the nature of the trial and its outcome? How did understandings of gender roles and the offender’s conformity (or unconformity) to these ideals play out in the trial?

Intersectional Identities

 

Intersectional Identities

 

Intersectionality as a term is associated with Kimberle Crenshaw, a legal researcher through her work in the year 1989 (Baskin-Sommers, Baskin, Sommers, & Newman, 2013). The term was coined by Crenshen to reflect a specific challenge that immigrant women with color underwent, importantly, the reason as to why their issues were being neglected by the anti-racism movement as well as feminist movement during that time.

R v Ghomeshi - Considering Gendered Perspectives

There are a few gendered perspectives that can be considered while looking at the R v Ghomeshi case. This case originally came to mind because all charges were dropped, making me think of the difficulty for victims to come forward and not being believed versus a man being considered guilty as soon as there is an accusation. Sexual assault is a serious crime, so not being believed and being considered guilty upon accusation are both a problem.

The Role of Gender and The Perceived Credibility of Expert Witnesses in Court

Just like many other common law jurisdictions, the Canadian criminal justice system relies heavily on the testimony of expert witnesses in criminal trials when determining whether the accused is guilty or not. Although the testimony from expert witnesses alone does not guarantee either conviction or acquittal, but it is generally understood that the courts put substantial weight on the testimony of expert witnesses.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer

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The Canadian criminal trial I chose to focus on was the recent case of a female registered nurse who murdered and attempted to murder several elderly people that were under her care in a nursing home. 49-year-old Elizabeth Wettlaufer has been charged with 8 counts of murder and 6 counts of attempted murder of patients that were under her care in the nursing home she worked at.