Judge Turpel-Lafond's Advocacy
For Common People and For Common Law

Nipawin - October 22, 2000 - by: Mario deSantis


Times are changing and we have our own social activist in Judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.
After Judge John Reilly(1), we have in Judge Turpel-Lafond another courageous judge
who breaks down the conventional wisdom to close our eyes and shut our ears. Contrary
to the oligarchic perception that Canadian judges must not take interest in our social




Judge Turpel-Lafond has spoken at a national aboriginal policing conference held in Regina.
The judge has pointed out that the generation of Indians suffering from the "residential
school syndrome(3)" is socially deprived and they are lost to alcoholism and they are
raised in foster homes. And this is why she has stated that if the criminal justice system
doesn't address a profound crisis we could very easily have a society whose main industry
is a prison industry, where essentially two-thirds of the population will have as its business
locking up the other one-third(4).




At a time when Honourable Janice McKinnon(5)(6) trumpets our phony economic renewal
and says that Saskatchewan led the country in economic growth for much of the last decade
and were the only province in Canada to actually reduce our child poverty rate(7), it is
consoling to have Judge Turpel-Lafond taking side for the common people and for the
common law. Let us hope we can make some social progress and have more judges taking
an interest in the social advocacy shown by Judge John Reilly and Judge Turpel-Lafond.


Judge John Reilly is a hero: a reaffirmation of individual rights, by Mario deSantis, September 6, 2000


The National Post and Judge John Reilly, by Mario deSantis, September 7, 2000


No support by law societies in residential school crisis, lawyer says 'Walking on eggshells', Richard Foot, October 13, 2000, National Post. An excerpt: Both the federal government and four Christian churches are being sued by natives who say they suffered a range of wrongdoing, including sexual abuse, as students forced into government-owned and church-run Indian schools. Although few cases have been tested in court, the liabilities for taxpayers could run into the billions of dollars.


Judge wants help for 'profound crisis', by Barb Pacholik, October 14, 2000, The Leader-Post, Regina, Saskatchewan


Honourable Janice MacKinnon: debating the economic underdevelopment of Saskatchewan, by Mario deSantis, February 9, 2000


Honourable Janice MacKinnon and the NDP Government: Spin-doctoring the Truth, by Mario deSantis, February 21, 2000


NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY RELEASED FOR CONSULTATION, News Release, Saskatchewan Government, Economic and Co-operative Development -547, September 14, 2000
  Chatelaine Magazine gives a point form biography of the judge calling her "the Bright Stuff"
  Sentencing within a restorative Justice Paradugm Procedural Implications of R. V. Gladue this is heavy reading but indicates the direction Judge Turpel-Lafond is directing our attention in this paper she has produced.
  Free Speech fo Judges: Turpel-Lafond's comments spark controversy in leagal circles, May 5, 1999 Star Phoenix.