Canada Crime

The Leonardo da Vinci of Mental Manipulation

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

A trial still unfolding in Bordeaux, France is already attracting lurid headlines as a man is facing prosecution over his nine-year domination of an aristocratic French family. Thierry Tilly of Oxford, England has been described by prosecutors as the "Leonardo da Vinci of mental manipulation."

Toronto Councillor Mammoliti: A Bully in Our Chambers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Earlier today, Toronto City Councillor Georgio Mammoliti caused a stir when he discounted an independent report by Toronto's esteemed Ombudsman, Fiona Crean. In her report, she found that the appointments to city agencies and boards had been "compromised" by political influence. As a public servant, Mammoliti has advocated ideas that are disturbing at best. In a heated exchange, Councillor Perks spoke for all of us when he told Coun. Mammoliti, "Shame on you -- get out of this chamber" and called him a "bully."

Aboriginal People Need Solutions, Not More Jail Time

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

The unusually forceful language in the recent government report titled "Marginalized" underscores the abject failure of this government's simplistic and outdated "tough on crime" approach, particularly for Canada's Aboriginal population. Aboriginal peoples are 4 per cent of the Canadian population, but 20 per cent of the prison population. All Canadians must realize that it is in all of our interests -- in terms of public safety, cost and untapped human potential -- to heed the call of this report and take "aggressive action" to deal with this national disgrace.

How A "Weasel" Turned a Libyan Arms Dealer Into a CIA Mole

Bernie Farber | Posted 11.22.2012 | Canada
Bernie Farber

A book has been written about him. He has cavorted with mafia bosses, terrorists, smugglers, murderers and thieves. It is even believed that he knows the final resting place of Teamsters' boss Jimmy Hoffa. Marvin "the Weasel" Elkind, a petty thief, little-known pro boxer, born in Jewish Toronto, shunted through foster homes ending up in reform school has a story that reads like a Hollywood gangster movie.

Watching the Watchdog: 50 Years of Journalism & It's all the Same

Tim Knight | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Once upon a time I wrote a book about being a journalist in the 21st century. I was leafing through its pages last evening, when I stopped at the chapter The Less Things Change... It's about my time, 50 years ago, working as reporter/anchor at a startup TV station in Zambia. The chapter starts by describing how we got our foreign news film back there in the 60s. Even after all these years, much is still the same.

Ronald Smith May Get His Wish To Live..For A While, Anyway

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - A Canadian who is fighting for his life on Montana's death row scored a minor legal victory Thursday after a judge declared the state's meth...

Young Criminals Need TLC, Not Tough-On-Crime

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Canada has always been recognized as being one of the safest countries in the world, boasting exceptionally low murder and violent crime rates, particularly in comparison to our American counterparts. However, a recent rise in gun violence on the streets of Canada's largest city has left many Canadians concerned about how safe our communities truly are. This violence has left many Canadians wondering whether we should advance tough-on-crime agendas. But having worked with many vulnerable populations I firmly believe that our time and resources would be better spent in addressing the issue of youth violence by investing in long-term preventative solutions and programs.

Vic Toews and the League of Imaginary Crime Fighters

Joan Ruzsa | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada Politics
Joan Ruzsa

After Statistics Canada reported that police-reported crime was at its lowest level in 40 years, Vic Toews tweeted "Crime rate down 6% -- shows CPC tough on crime is working." I couldn't really understand how Bill C-10, which doesn't even begin to come into force until August 9 of this year, could somehow be responsible for a drop in crime in previous years. But then I realized...Toews must be the MP version of The Terminator: "A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg (or in this case, Public Safety Minister) is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor (or in this case, crime)."

Ford's Tea Party-Like Solutions to Toronto Violence

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Earlier today, an identified man was discovered in a school playground and pronounced dead from gunshot wounds. The latest killing was Toronto's 30th homicide of the year. In a desperate city that is looking for answers, its mayor, Rob Ford, and member of the mayor's executive committee, Councillor Michael Thompson, offer unusual Tea Party-like simple solutions to a complex made in Canada problem.

Murder They Wrote: Stats About Canada's "Crime Wave"

Christopher Sands | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Canada is showing up in U.S. news media reports more than usual these days, and the stories suggest that a crime wave is underway. The lurid reports of feet and limbs being mailed to political party offices in Ottawa, and the recent food court shooting at Toronto's Eaton Centre, have fueled that perception.

Rob Ford is Shooting Crooked on Gun Control

Anthony Morgan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

As tough as it is to face, the truth is that too many of the Toronto's policies targeting guns and gang violence have been of little more than symbolic value, and of minimal effect in the communities most closely affected by this urban scourge. Rob Ford is running a Toronto where shootings for 2012 are now reported to be up more than 54.7 per cent over since the same period in 2011.

Why Making Prisoners "Pay" Won't Work

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

Time for prisoners to start paying their own way, says the Minister for Public Safety, Vic Toews. This will invariably lead to the reduction of community corrections programs that have been shown to best promote successful rehabilitation and reintegration. What if instead of trying to break the cycle of poverty-to-prison-to-poverty, we actively embraced it?

Watching the Watchdog: Decline and Fall of Eyewitness News

Tim Knight | Posted 06.18.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Back in the 70s, I was a reporter for WABC-TV, New York when we started an early evening news program called Eyewitness News. It was a time of ponderous, pompous, patronizing, local news fronted by distant, ultra-serious "voice of God" anchors. Eyewitness News changed all that.

Canada's Military May Work With U.S. And Mexico In War On Drugs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.26.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Defence Minister Peter MacKay and his U.S. and Mexican counterparts wrap up a two-day meeting in Ottawa today that has focused on shared Nort...

Why We Want Trayvon Martin's Death to "Mean Something"

Josh Bowman | Posted 05.22.2012 | Canada
Josh Bowman

George Zimmerman has already been tried in the court of public opinion. On one side, he is forever guilty, a representation of societal bias and profiling. On another side, he is a citizen standing up against criminals, doing what the law is afraid or unable to do.

Quebec Senators United Against C-10

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 04.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

Here in Quebec, we have an original approach to youth crime that works. In 2010, the severity of youth crime in Quebec was the lowest in Canada, proof that we are not "soft" on crime but rather that we are smart and "tough" on its root causes. But now the Harper government wants to ignore the evidence and change that approach.

Tackle, Don't Shackle, the Crime Problem

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 04.30.2012 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

The Conservative government's new crime bill, Bill C-10, is likely to be voted on in the Senate this week. The legislation is misguided, ill- advised, will cost billions, and goes against what other jurisdictions have learned. The goal of the government should be to help, not shackle, its citizens

Crime Statistics Matter -- If You're in a Gang

Steve Lafleur | Posted 04.16.2012 | Canada
Steve Lafleur

Western Canadian cities once again dominated the Maclean's "Most Dangerous Cities" list. Prince George, BC, is number one, but while the rankings are useful for policy makers, they need to be taken with a grain of salt. Despite media hype, Canada's cities are safe.

'Cruel And Unusual': Ontario Court Strikes Down Mandatory Minimum Sentence

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Sending a first-time offender to prison for three years for possessing a loaded gun is "cruel and unusual punishment," an Ontario judge rule...

Ottawa Opens Pockets For N.B. Crime Victims

CBC | Posted 03.29.2012 | Canada Politics

The federal government is providing $1.6 million in funding to help victims of crime in New Brunswick. The funding, announced...

Justice Ministers Meet On Crime Bill

CBC | Posted 03.26.2012 | Canada Politics

The federal government's new crime bill was on everyone's mind for the second day of the justice ministers' meeting Wednesday in Charlotte...

Kevin O'Leary: Everything That's Wrong With the One Per Cent

Julie Devaney | Posted 03.12.2012 | Canada Business
Julie Devaney

In Kevin O'Leary's new show, "Redemption Inc.," he promotes himself as a hero to the poor, criminalized, disenfranchised. He unquestioningly relies on market-driven clichés -- as he tells the woman who he sends home in the first episode: "You have to ask yourself, 'What can I do to make myself better and help the people I work for?'"

Poker Champ Describes Home Invasion

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.29.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - A bloodied former world poker champ thought he was going to die when two robbers posing as couriers barged into his home and hand-delivered...

RCMP Investigating Alberta Highway Murders

CP | Posted 12.15.2011 | Canada

CLARESHOLM, Alta. - Three people were killed in southern Alberta and a fourth person was in hospital clinging to life in what RCMP are calling a murde...

VAST Majority Of Canadians Feel Safe From Crime

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - On the eve of dramatic Conservative efforts to toughen up the justice system, a new Statistics Canada survey suggests a vast majority of Can...