When politicians interfere with prosecutions

The heart of the SNC-Lavalin case that has cost Prime Minister Justin Trudeau one of his closest advisers and a key cabinet minister is what role should politicians play when it comes to deciding criminal prosecutions. Today in The Conversation Canada, former British Columbia prosecutor Victoria Colvin looks at the history of political interference in prosecutions and the significant impact it has had on the judicial process.

That’s just one of several good reads we have for you this Wednesday.

And finally….Remember how Bob Barker used to sign off every episode of The Price is Right? Lisa Carver of Queen’s University marks the upcoming World Spay Day by reporting on international efforts to have dogs and cats neutered.


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Gerald Butts, principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is seen on April 20, 2018. Butts resigned amid allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office interfered to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

The SNC-Lavalin scandal and the politics of prosecution

Victoria Colvin, University of Wollongong

The SNC-Lavalin affair raises fundamental questions about how decisions to prosecute are made, and what role elected politicians should have in that process -- if any at all.

The historical depiction of ‘the mammy’ is a racist stereotype, with an enduring impact. Hattie McDaniel (right) won an Oscar for her role in ‘Gone with the Wind’ with Vivien Leigh (left). Selznick International Pictures

I am not your nice ‘Mammy’: How racist stereotypes still impact women

Cheryl Thompson, Ryerson University

Stereotypes of Black women continue to impact how they are treated in institutions.

For many individuals with spinal cord injury, restoring autonomic functions – such as blood pressure control, bowel, bladder and sexual function – is of a higher priority than walking again. (Shutterstock)

Electrical stimulation technique helps patients with spinal cord injury

Tom E Nightingale, University of British Columbia; Andrei Krassioukov, University of British Columbia; Matthias Walter, University of British Columbia

Researchers have successfully used 'epidural spinal cord stimulation' with patients to improve bowel function, restore blood pressure control and increase upper-body exercise capacity.

Investors are starting to demand businesses take action on climate change. (Shutterstock)

Climate action helps companies build reputations and attract investors

Rumina Dhalla, University of Guelph

Business leaders are beginning to take the global climate issue seriously by setting science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Feb. 26 is World Spay Day, and spaying or neutering pets has many benefits. Shutterstock

World Spay Day highlights the importance of fixing our pets

L.F. Carver, Queen's University, Ontario

Neutering or spaying pets has additional benefits beyond population control; these benefits include extending their lifespan, improving their health and reducing risk of certain diseases.

La Conversation Canada

Lever de soleil sur Montréal. Quand il s’agit d’urbanisme, la question n’est pas tant de savoir comment planifier physiquement nos villes différemment, mais plutôt comment convaincre le public et les politiciens de réaliser ce changement. Nicolae Rosu/Unsplash

L’existentialisme pour contrer les changements climatiques dans les villes?

Markus Moos, University of Waterloo

La question n’est pas tant de savoir comment planifier physiquement nos villes différemment, mais plutôt comment convaincre le public et les politiciens de réaliser ce changement.

Business + Economy

  • Airbus A380: from high-tech marvel to commercial flop

    Oihab Allal-Chérif, Neoma Business School

    The shifting market for air travel has forced Airbus to abandon the production of one of the most impressive aircraft of all time, the super-jumbo A380. Was it folly, bad luck or both?

Culture + Society

Health + Medicine

  • How old is too old to drive?

    Alice Pomidor, Florida State University

    Britain's Prince Philip recently announced he will stop driving, in the aftermath of a crash he caused after being blinded by sunlight. The crash raises a question: When should people stop driving?