Two weeks, three events about the proposed new and bigger jail in Ottawa

In May 2017, the Ontario government suddenly, and without consultation, announced plans to replace the crowded, much-criticized, and scandal-ridden Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre with a new jail that, if built, could hold 140 more prisoners - a 24% increase.  Justin Piché (Associate Professor) has estimated the new and bigger jail will cost at least half a billion dollars to build.

In the coming weeks, two events will be held on-campus involving the presentation of public education materials by undergraduate students from the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, along with another event being held off-campus put on by volunteers from the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project.  Consult the details and links below for more information about the events.

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A Bigger Jail for Ottawa or Community Alternatives?
Monday, November 27, 2017
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ottawa Public Library - Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street - Auditorium

Lesson Learned from Past Campaigns Against Carceral Expansion:
A Teach-in on Key Lessons and Tactics from the United States
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
8:45am to 11:15am
uOttawa Faculty of Social Sciences, Room 14001
120 University Private
* Organized as part of CRM 4306: Socio-politics of Incarceration

Perspectives on Carceral Expansion and Alternatives to Imprisonment:
An Exhibition of Memes and Handouts About the Proposed New and Bigger Jail in Ottawa

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
2:30pm to 5:00pm
uOttawa Faculty of Social Sciences, Rooms 4004 and 4006
120 University Private
* Organized as part of CRM 4302: Abolitionism and the Criminal Justice System

Carolyn Côté-Lussier is interviewed by Carleton's School of Journalism and Communication's radio show

Wapikoni Film Screening Showcasing Indigenous and Social Issues, and Traditions


Click here (interview begins at the 19:42 minute mark) to listen to Carolyn Côté-Lussier (Assistant Professor) talk about the screening of short films by Wapikoni during Criminology Week 2017. Wapikoni is a non-profit organization equipped with mobile studios that "travel to Indigenous communities and act as a place of assembly, intervention, and audiovisual and musical creation for Indigenous youth".

Professor Christine Gervais co-authors a book chapter

Christine Gervais (Associate Professor) co-authored a chapter in Global Currents in Gender and Feminisms: Canadian and International Perspectives

The chapter is in part 1 of the book Movements, Spaces and Right and is entitled
"Countering Renewed Patriarchal Commitments in the Institutional Catholic Church: Feminist Perspectives among Women Religious in Canada".

This collection examines the ongoing shared struggles of diverse groups of women in Canada and beyond focusing on a diverse range of themes including movements, spaces and rights; inclusion, equity and policies; reproductive labour, work and economy; health, culture and violence; and sports and bodies. Situating Canada as a western society with avowed egalitarian ideals, and based on a ‘shared but different’ approach, this book highlights the intersectional dimensions of gendered lives and feminist actions for change in both western and non-western contexts. 


Mélanie Jubinville-Stafford donne une conférence interactive sur les sites d'injections supervisés et les différents défis qui y sont liés

Ce matin, dans le cadre de la semaine de criminologie du département, Mélanie Jubinville-Stafford, intervenante de développement communautaire au Centre de Prévention des Surdoses d'Ottawa (OPO), a donné une conférence interactive sur la réduction des méfaits. Le cercle de discussion portait sur la toxicomanie, spécifiquement sur les sites d'injections supervisés et les différents défis rencontrés par les intervenants sur le terrain. Différents vidéos sur les sites d'injections supervisés et les expériences des bénévoles ont été présentés et ont suscités beaucoup d'émotions lourdes. 

Mme. Jubinville-Stafford met beaucoup d'emphase sur les défis politiques, ainsi que sur les différentes émotions que ces expériences sur le terrain amènent aux intervenants, aux bénévoles et aux usagers. 

Upcoming eQuality Project event: The Ghomeshi Effect, meet the Artists


The eQuality Project, led by Valerie SteevesThe Shirley Greenberg Chair in Women and the Legal Profession, & The Human Rights Research and Education Centre are proud to sponsor an upcoming performance of The Ghomeshi Effect: Meet the Artists.

The Ghomeshi Effect is a verbatim dance-theatre piece that tackles sexual violence in Canada, particularly how it is handled in the legal system, through an edited series of documented interviews, and uses dance to inform and interrogate the language used in the discussion of sexual violence.

Members of the company will perform selections from the show, as well as discuss the history of the production, what they learned from listening to and interpreting real stories of sexual violence, and how they intend to continue this important conversation with future audiences. 

The event will take place at Academic Hall (uOttawa) on Thursday, December 7 2017 from 7:30-9:30pm. The performance will be followed by a reception.

To obtain your ticket to this free event, please register here.

This event is in collaboration with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.

Author Robyn Maynard gives lecture at the Ottawa Public Library to a capacity crowd

Last night, the Carceral Studies Research Collective held its first community discussion series event entitled "Policing Black Lives in Ottawa, Canada and Beyond" featuring a lecture by author Robyn Maynard. Drawing on her 2017 book published by Fernwood Press, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to Present, Maynard's presentation explored the different ways that anti-Black racism has manifested itself throughout Canadian history pre- and post-Confederation. Her lecture was followed by a Q&A facilitated by Justice for Abdirahman spokesperson Dahabo Amed Omer.  Click here to read an Ottawa Citizen article about Maynard's lecture to a capacity crowd at the Ottawa Public Library held as part of uOttawa Criminology Week 2017: 150 Years of (De)criminalization.  


A master student just handed her thesis / Une étudiante à la maitrise vient de déposer sa thèse

Farah Zaman just handed her thesis entitled Analyzing the Multiscalar Production of Borders through the Various Degrees of State Membership in Canada

The summary can be found here

Congratulations Farah!

Farah Zaman vient de déposer sa thèse de maitrise intitulée Analyzing the Multiscalar Production of Borders through the Various Degrees of State Membership in Canada.

Le résumé, en anglais, se trouve ici

Félicitations Farah! 

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Louise Fines publie un nouveau livre

En raison des cycles spécifiques qui marquent leurs existences, les femmes sont plus susceptibles de subir des complications graves sur leur santé. Moyens de contraception, médicaments pris durant la grossesse, et autres prothèses mammaires sont autant de dangers auxquels s'exposent les femmes et leurs enfants. À travers les préjudices causés par les crimes en col blanc, cet ouvrage retrace les tactiques des organisations qui tentent de maintenir à tout prix leurs produits nocifs sur le marché.

Louise Fines enseigne à l'Université d'Ottawa au Département de criminologie, tout en poursuivant ses travaux sur les crimes en col blanc.


Professor Piché asks why the Ontario Government is building a bigger jail when it says it wants more bail

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In a new op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen, Justin Piché (Associate Professor) questions the logic of a plan to build a new and bigger jail in Ottawa to replace the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre while the Government of Ontario introduces new measures to expand bail in the province.  Click here to read the column.

Eduardo González Castillo publie un article dans la revue Nouvelles pratiques sociales


Eduardo González Castillo (professeur adjoint) vient de publier un article dans la revue Nouvelles pratiques socialesIntitulé « Le travail de rue et l’environnement social des jeunes », l'article discute de la manière dont la pratique du travail de rue s’insère dans l’environnement social des jeunes. Il parle notamment de l’importance de nuancer la notion de rupture sociale, qui est souvent utilisée pour décrire la situation des jeunes ayant accès à des intervenants de ce domaine. Une contribution de cet article est de montrer que le travail de rue prend de l’importance aux yeux des jeunes grâce à son insertion dans l’environnent social immédiat de ces derniers. Cette insertion concerne le genre, la famille, la socialité. L’article est élaboré à partir d’une recherche réalisée à Montréal de 2012 à 2013.

Martin Dufresne et Dominique Robert publient un article dans la revue Déviance et société

Félicitations à Martin Dufresne (professeur agrégé) et Dominique Robert (professeur agrégé) qui viennent de publier un article dans la revue Déviance et société intitulé : « La biographie d’un gène ». 

L’existence du « gène guerrier » est embrassée par certains, mais contestée, avec force parfois, par d’autres. Pour aborder cette controverse, nous voulons documenter la naissance de la proposition suivant laquelle le gène MAOA est associé à l’agression et la façon dont elle a gagné en facticité. Il sera par la suite brièvement question des carrières qu’il connait depuis : le gène de l’agression, le gène protecteur du cycle de la violence, le gène à la base du peuplement de la Nouvelle-Zélande par les Maoris ainsi que le syndrome de Brunner dans le champ de la déficience intellectuelle. En traçant la biographie d’un gène, nous souhaitons alimenter le projet d’une criminologie critique en l’amenant à s’intéresser davantage à la pratique scientifique, notamment à celle de la biocriminologie.


Professor Erin McCuaig-Lambrinakos successfully defends her doctoral thesis at Queen's University Belfast


Last week, uOttawa Criminology graduate and professor Erin McCuaig-Lambrinakos defended her doctoral thesis entitled "Children with fathers in prison: Visitation practices and experiences in Canada and Northern Ireland". Her doctoral work in the School of Law at Queens University Belfast was supervised by Phil Scraton, along with Claire Dwyer.  

Congratulations Dr. McCuaig-Lambrinakos!

Harry Glasbeek to present on “Law’s Responsibility for Corporate Irresponsibility” as part of Criminology Week

November 15, 2017
11:30am to 1pm
Fauteux Hall - Room 3519
University of Ottawa

There is much public criticism of recurrent failures to hold major corporations, their owners and senior executives to account for the many wrongfully inflicted harms their conduct inflicts. It offends both our political and legal value systems. Outside the corporate sphere, law is intent on holding those who benefit from activities they control responsible for the outcomes of those activities for example, liquor licensees’ liability for their patrons’ wrongdoing; churches for their misbehaving clergy. How has it come about that a different set of rules apply in the corporate sphere? A non-technical exposition as to the way in which law has constituted our most important economic vehicle, the for-profit corporation, to make it (i), difficult for us to use our normal rules and (ii), invite those in control of corporations to act heedlessly toward others, will be offered. This cannot be justified, neither conceptually, nor morally. Frequently a counter-argument is used to justify this different legal treatment of corporate actors. It is that, in the end, corporate exceptionalism benefits us all. That argument is an empirical one. Evidence will be offered to show that the extent and quality of welfare created by allowing entrepreneurs to use the corporation are vastly exaggerated and that the harms done by the use of this vehicle are seriously underestimated. A recommendation as to what can be done to bring the treatment of corporate actors into line with the way in which all other citizens are expected to behave will be proffered. Essentially it calls for controlling shareholders to abide by the Canadian values and norms they are often heard to urge the rest of us to respect and honour.

Harry Glasbeek, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) University of Melbourne, JD (Chicago), Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, has taught at the universities of Melbourne and Monash in Australia, and the University of Western Ontario in Canada. From 1974 to 1996 he was a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. After retirement, until 2013, he spent 6 months of the year as a visitor and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University. He has written books on Australian labour law and Australian evidence law, on Canadian labour law and Canadian evidence law, as well as more than 130 articles on tort law, labour law, Bills of Rights, legal education, corporate law, corporate criminality, corporate social responsibility and occupational health and safety. His last book, the eleventh, is Class Privilege: how law shelters shareholders and coddles capitalism, Toronto: Between the Lines, 2017. His forthcoming book is Capitalism: A Crime Story (2018, Between the Lines).


Sponsored by: Department of Criminology, Faculty of Law (Common Law and Civil Law sections), Canada Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, and the Social Justice Speaker Series.

All are welcome. This lecture will be in English only.

La semaine de criminologie: 150 ans de (dé)criminalisation au Canada / Criminology Week: 150 Years of (De)criminalization in Canada

Doctoral student Matthew Ferguson co-authors article published in Policing & Society

Doctoral student and Carceral Cultures research initiative team member Matthew Ferguson has co-authored a paper with Justin Piché (Associate Professor) and Kevin Walby (Associate Professor - uWinnipeg Criminal Justice) published in Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy. The article, "Representations of Detention and Other Pains of Law Enforcement in Police Museums in Ontario, Canada", explores police museums as a form of penal tourism.  The piece is the first publication based on Ferguson's master's thesis, "Penal Spectatorship at Three Police Museums in Ontario", and the SSHRC-funded project led by professors Piché and Walby entitled "A Culture of Justice? Meanings of Penality in Canadian Police, Courthouse and Prison Museums".   


Film screening and panel on the "State of Control: Canadian Prisons and Immigration" being held at uOttawa on November 7


Tuesday, November 7, 2017
7pm - 10pm
Tabaret Hall - Rooom 325
University of Ottawa

Event Description:
This film screening and Q&A panel discussion will explore the ways in which immigration and prison systems target racialized bodies as a perpetuation of white supremacy within state institutions. We'll hear about the ways in which the state attacks the minds, bodies, and freedom of people trapped in these systems as well as how we can be a part of support and solidarity efforts.

Moderator: Monia Mazigh

Panel speakers:
- Alex Neve
- Deepan Budlakoti
- Amar Wala, director of the documentary short film "Stateless"
- Yavar Hameed, a member of Deepan's legal team and Justice for Deepan
(Speaker bios are at the bottom)

The event will begin at 7 PM with introductions from local organizers, followed by the screening of the documentary and a Q&A. Donations will be collected during the event, however, we are also accepting larger donations from organizations. If your organization would like to help support, please contact us at or at for more information.

Organized by OPIRG GRIPO UOttawa. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

Co-sponsored by: SCFP CUPE 2626, the Human Rights Research & Education Center (HRREC), the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, the Carceral Studies Research Collective, the UOttawa Criminology Graduate Students Association/ AÉDC- CGSA and more.