Canada Crime

Funding Windup Amid Tough-On-Crime Agenda 'An Irony'

CP | Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The windup of a federal program that was aimed at putting more cops on the street is threatening anti-gang squads and aboriginal police and...

WATCH: Harper Gets Emotional Announcing New Crime Laws

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Politics

BURNABY, B.C. - Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced legislation Friday that places new restrictions on violent offenders deemed not criminally res...

Theatre Review: Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott

Beverly Akerman | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada
Beverly Akerman

One reason the play is shocking: It is so badly written. The playwright, Beverley Cooper, used court transcripts and apparently knocked it together in a short time. It shows. If you have a couple of hours and want to know what really happened to Steven Truscott, you would be better off reading a book about him.

Why People Charged With Crimes Deserve Bail

James Morton | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada
James Morton

A dreadful murder in Toronto where the suspect was on bail has, once again, led to media outrage. Calls to restrict or even prohibit bail have been made. What is striking about the media outrage is how ill-informed the response seems to be about bail itself.

How Nicole Doucet Got Away with Hiring a Canadian Hitman

VICE | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada
VICE

Earlier this month, Nicole Doucet was brought in front of the Supreme Court of Canada after she tried to have her allegedly abusive ex-husband, Michael Ryan, killed. She hired a hitman to do the job for $25,000, but unfortunately for Nicole and fortunately for Michael, the assassin turned out to be an undercover RCMP officer. Despite that, Nicole was ultimately absolved by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Freedom From Fear In Fort McMurray; Women Targeted In Car Robberies

Theresa Wells | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

There are topics I wish I didn't have to write about, because I wish they didn't touch our community. I don't feel it is right to ignore them when they are happening, though, because it is only through frank and open dialogue that we can resolve some issues, and educate on others. It can be troubling to write about them, but it is also honest, and I think the most important thing we can do in this community is to be honest, and not only about what is great about us. We also need to be honest about the problems we encounter, too.

Nunavut's New Jail Is No Club Fed

James Morton | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada
James Morton

Another jail opened in Nunavut last week. It is long overdue -- the existing facility in Iqaluit, Baffin Correctional Centre is, as Justice Mahar of the Nunavut Court of Justice recently said, "notoriously over crowded and under resourced." And yet a rather bland factual news story about the opening of the new prison in Rankin was met with a flood of angry comments about over pampered prisoners, club fed hotels and similar complaints.

How Is Canada's Somali Population Faring?

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

The Somali Canadian population is "undergoing the growing pains of integration into the larger Canadian mainstream" according to the head of the influential Somali Canadian Congress. Ahmed Hussen, a noted activist and newly minted Ottawa University lawyer, reflects on mentorship, influence and integration for Canada's large Somali population.

Why Are so Many Veterans in Prison?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 02.27.2013 | Canada Living
Romeo Vitelli

Increasing numbers of military veterans are entering the U.S. prison system. Why? A recent study highlights the important role that anger can play in how well veterans reintegrate into society after traumatic tours of duty -- and how likely they are to run into problems in prison, if that's where they end up.

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.