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Dan Gardner, LLB, MA Biography

Columnist and Senior Writer for The Ottawa Citizen
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“Unfortunately, simple images invite simple solutions that don’t fit complex realities and can do real harm as a result. Forbid-and-arrest is the simplest and most wrong-headed simplistic solution. But so too is the idea that repealing the criminal law is enough.

What’s needed is legalization — and regulation. It is in the details of regulation that the contours of the complex reality can be mapped and the most effective solutions developed. This may be unsatisfying for ideologues, and it doesn’t make for good cut-and-thrust of a newspaper debate, but if Mr. Toews and other parliamentarians are genuinely concerned for the safety and well-being of prostitutes, they might at least consider it.”

The Ottawa Citizen, Mar. 13, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist and Senior Writer, The Ottawa Citizen, 2000-present
  • Public Education Award, Canadian Criminal Justice Association, 2005
  • Canada Media Award honourable mention, Amnesty International, 2004
  • Justicia Award, Department of Justice, the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Commission of Canada, 2004
  • Jim MacLatchie Award, John Howard Society, 2003
  • Long Features National Newspaper Award, 2002
  • Joan Gullen Award, Ontario Association of Social Workers Eastern Branch, 2002
  • Michener Award Citation of Merit, 2001
  • Edward M. Brecher Award, Drug Policy Foundation, 2001
  • Editorial Writer, The Ottawa Citizen, 1997-2000
  • Canada Media Award, Amnesty International, 1999
  • Senior Policy Adviser, Minister of Education, Ontario, 1996-1997
  • Social Policy Adviser, Premier of Ontario, 1995-1996
  • MA, Modern History, York University, 1995
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1992
  • BA, History, York University, 1989
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  1. Should Prostitution Tolerance Zones like Red-Light Districts Be Created?