Effective, just and humane responses to the causes and consequences of crime

John Howard on Alberta Primetime: First Nations Overrepresentation in Prisons

John Howard on Alberta Primetime: First Nations overrepresentation in prisons from John Howard Society of Alberta on Vimeo. Original Air Date: Monday, November 03, 2014 Reposted with permission from Alberta Primetime. Description from their website: “Alberta’s been flagged by The Fraser Institute as a place where First Nations people are severely over-represented in prison populations.” John…

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Newcomers in the Classroom

Alberta teachers know it as a fact of life: Every year, more and more of their students are newcomers. This excellent article from Illuminate Magazine points out that one in five Canadians are new to Canada. It also quotes government stats that show many immigrant families are choosing to settle in Alberta and the other…

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Teachers: How to recognize and report child abuse

Teachers want the best for their students, including a safe and nurturing learning environment. Some students are unable to take advantage of that environment, because their world outside of school is in turmoil. One source of this disturbance may be domestic violence. In many parts of the world, reporting of child abuse is mandatory. Under…

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Teachers: Do Your Students Know Their Rights?

Most of what Alberta students know about rights likely comes from American television. There is almost nothing in popular entertainment that speaks to the Canadian situation. Canadian media stories may only mention in passing that a youth has been charged with an offence, and the youth’s name has been withheld as per the “Youth Criminal…

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Family Violence: Resources for Teachers

Teachers are always concerned about the welfare of their students. They also know that disruption in their students’ personal lives affects far more than their academic performance. While there are many resources available to teachers on the subject of family violence, here are three suggestions that may prove useful. Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Teacher’s…

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John Howard on Alberta Primetime: Mental Health in Prisons

Video courtesy Alberta Primetime. Their description: “Reports of suicides and solitary confinement of the mentally ill inmates in federal prisons is raising concerns over how inmates with mental health issues are treated in our correctional centres. How prevalent are mental illnesses in Alberta jails, and what services are available to treat them? “We’re joined by…

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How Teachers Can Help Prevent Substance Abuse

Among the concerns faced by teachers and others who work with youth is substance abuse. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and abuse of other substances both legal and illegal, can have significant negative effects on the life of a youth. From a teacher’s perspective, the substance abuse may manifest itself in many ways, such as behavioural…

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Bullying Prevention Strategies for Teachers

Teachers want to create an environment in their classrooms that is as conducive to learning as possible. Outside of the classroom, however, disruptive behaviours such as bullying can make it difficult for students to learn. Bullying also wears down a student’s sense of well-being and self-esteem, which can create feelings of isolation and disconnection from…

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New JHSA Fundraiser – the Inca Trail!

NOTE: We regret to announce that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have cancelled the Inca Trail fundraising event. If you have any questions about the event or its cancellation, please contact us. Our readers may recall our last travel-themed fundraiser that involved a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Click here to read more about that successful…

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Victims’ Rights and Bill C-32

The following essay was written by the Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Canada, Catherine Latimer. We are reprinting it here with her permission. VICTIMS BILL OF RIGHTS – BILL C-32 Addressing the Needs of Victims through the Criminal Justice System We all agree that both the direct and indirect victims of crime…

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