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."
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of prostitution. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to prostitution issues.
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