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What Happens If You Don’t Provide Your Cellphone Password to Border Agents? 

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A highly anticipated case about border officials demanding passwords for electronic devices came in with a bang and went out with hardly a peep. Alain Philippon was arrested in March 2015 for refusing to provide a password to his Blackberry … Read More

Health and Human Rights in Prison: The Need for Prison-Based Needle and Syringe Programs

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During the prison law seminar I took in law school, professor and prison justice expert Michael Jackson said something I’ll never forget. People are sent to prison as punishment, he told us, not for punishment. That simple statement stuck with … Read More

Water is Life

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  110. That’s how many people died in the Lower Mainland during a one-week heat wave in 2009 – a 40% increase in mortality compared to an average week. And as new research out of UBC shows, the bulk of … Read More

Where Did the Stingray Inquiry Go? 

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The Inquiry into the Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) records on surveillance devices known as “Stingrays” has been scuttled. “Stingrays”, also known as “IMSI Catchers” are devices that mimic cell phone towers to intercept information about and from cell phones in … Read More