Critics’ Reviews

“…a fine book. It will make a major contribution to the literature on racial profiling and racism in the Canadian criminal justice system.”
Scot Wortley, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, and author of “Bias Free Policing: A report on racial profiling in the City of Kingston, Ontario”
“‘The colour of justice in Canada is White.’ With that statement begins a new book by law professor David Tanovich. Blunt first sentence aside, Professor Tanovich is not engaged in an overheated polemic. His book is a well-researched and calmly-reasoned exploration of racial profiling in Canada, which some argue is one of the most important, and controversial, issues facing the criminal justice system in Canada. Professor Tanovich explores the meaning of the phrase, it’s history, and the issue of race on how justice is meted out in this country. He knows of what he speaks. He teaches law at the University of Windsor and is an expert in the area of systemic racism and the legal system. He argued the first appellate case to address racial profiling, R v. Richards. The book is called, The Colour of Justice, Policing Race in Canada.”
Michael Enright, The Sunday Edition, CBC Radio, June 25, 2006
“…a book that should be read by every legislator, judge and concerned citizen in the country…. The book is rendered in prose that is both lucid and eloquent, and the scholarship in impeccable. Buy this book, read it carefully, and then send a your copy to your MP.”
Tom Sandborn, Board of Directors, BC Civil Liberties Association, in Columbia Journal
“…Tanovich takes us through the cases and lays bares the facts. For some readers, his book will be an affirmation of lived experience. For others, it should be the latest in a body of evidence that can no longer be denied. It should spark reform.”
Royson James, municipal affairs columnist for The Toronto Star, in Literary Review of Canada, vol. 14, No. 6
“I welcome, and highly recommend, this important contribution to the scarce published material on the meaning, measurement and management of racial profiling in Canada…. This book rightly challenges all in the criminal justice system to help police services maintain and enhance their operational integrity.”
William Closs, Kingston Chief of Police
“This is an exceptional book, beautifully written and readable. It will leave a large and important mark.”
David Paciocco, law professor and author of Getting Away with Murder
“…for those who are unfamiliar with the topic, this book is an excellent introduction to it. Professor Tanovich brings the material on racial profiling together for the first time in an accessible and easily understood way. He eschews jargon, provides precise definitions of the terminology he employs, and seamlessly weaves together the various strands of his argument. This book is therefore a valuable addition to the expanding literature on racial profiling in Canada.”
Dale E. Ives, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, in Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, Vol. 22, Dec. 2006
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