The Riverton City Landfill or the Riverton Dump as it is affectionately called has been serving Jamaica for many years. Apart from the storage of solid waste, the Riverton City Landfill has also been responsible for filling the skies of the corporate area with smog at least once per year after fires. This doesn’t happen regularly however, it occurs often enough and results in a sufficient degree of damage to cause a slew of backlash and criticisms directed at the landfill’s managing authority, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). It therefore came as no surprise, that with the latest landfill fire occurring in March, complaints and concerns were once again raised about the landfill’s operations. In addition to the usual concerns and complaints, came renewed vigour to the debate that the Riverton City Landfill is operating without an environmental permit.
In his book, Political Culture of Democracy in Jamaica: 2006, Professor Ian Boxhill defined tolerance as “the willingness to recognize and respect the civil liberties of fellow citizens, even those with whom there is strong disagreement”. In his definition of tolerance; respect for those who have a difference in opinion is a significant component. Therefore the definition shall be a fundamental premise for this discussion. He regards a high level of tolerance as fundamental to the functioning of any political democracy, while highlighting the correlation between the democracy’s strength and the levels of tolerance therein. This therefore means that any functional and developed society would display tolerance and respect as basic features. As this researcher considers the limits on respect and tolerance in the 21st century, great consideration is given to Jamaica’s Vision 2030, the ultimate goal of which is for our nation to evolve into a developed country by that year. It is therefore arguable that, at least on the premise outlined by Boxhill, that Jamaica needs to acquire an agreeable level tolerance before it can be truly counted among the World’s developed.
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Exams are upon us once again, and as many scramble to catch up on months worth of material, others seem content with mere revision and a few practices questions.
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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has recently been the topic of many discussions from both those in support and those against the entity.
This is especially due to a recent Constitutional Court ruling, which affirmed the INDECOM powers, as well as the publication of reports that show that there have been 80 civilians killed by agents of the State between July and October 2013.
In taking a look at these discussions we shall examine the nature of INDECOM as an organisation, its birth, its role and well as how it fares when juxtaposed to similar entities worldwide.
Q:What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
A: Bill Stuntz, my criminal law professor, affected me in so many ways. Although he has now passed away, what he instilled in me is the ability to see and convey the bigger picture. It sometimes feels as though our legal system quickly degenerates into one of competing interests. Prosecutors, defence attorneys and the judiciary sometimes seem focused on their own institutional goals at the expense of true justice for the parties involved . With these competing interests there is a tendency to forget what is truly important. Professor Stuntz helped me to see the humanity in law.
Everyone knows about Manley the Politician, but how many of us know about Manley the Lawyer?