Canada Crime

How Trayvon Martin Won in The Court of Public Opinion

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Trayvon Martin's parents were savvy enough to understand and then challenge their murdered son's standing in the "court of public opinion." The carefully-chosen photos of a fresh-faced Trayvon Martin told an alternate narrative. The pictures of Trayvon on horseback, on a ski hill, and with his doting father humanized the "hoodlum."

Could An Online Classified Service Be Liable for the Wrongful Death of Tim Bosma?

James Morton | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Business
James Morton

Could a site like Kijiji be found liable for the wrongful death of Tim Bosma? The question is not trivial as enormous numbers of people, previously unknown to each other, now meet online to trade goods, services or find a new boyfriend or girlfriend.

If the Stories Are True, Can Rob Ford Be Removed From Office?

James Morton | Posted 07.19.2013 | Canada Politics
James Morton

The obvious question is, if Mayor Ford is charged with possession of crack cocaine does he then lose his post? The short answer is "no." Absent imprisonment, there is really no way to remove a mayor who is charged with an offence.

Docs Knock Crime Bill

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Mental health professionals from across Canada are banding together during Mental Health Week to ask the Harper government to rethink its lat...

Disturbing Finding On Prison Guards Reported

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Canada's prison guards are essentially being left to their own devices when it comes to treating inmates with basic human respect, according...

Why Canadians Shouldn't Travel to India

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

My friend has written on her blog that the media is guilty of sensationalism in the coverage of rapes in India. I disagree with her assessment, however. The attention the media is giving to the rape epidemic in India is long, long overdue. Should you be scared? Not really. But ask, is India as safe to travel as anywhere else? The answer is no, it's not.

Youhan Oraha Appeal: Police Should Not Be Allowed To Impersonate Religious Figures

Kamari Clarke | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada
Kamari Clarke

Should police be permitted to impersonate religious figures to elicit confessions from suspects and their relatives? In a social democracy like ours, one that protects the right to a relationship with a religious advisor free from police interference, the answer should be obvious: No. The appeal in question concerns the conviction of Jamaican-Canadians Evol Robinson, Jahmar Welsh and Ruben Pinnock in a Brampton court for the 2004 murder of Youhan Oraha. In pursuing the investigation for this case, a Brampton Ontario police officer of Caribbean origin impersonated a religious priest of the Caribbean Obeah faith in order to solicit confessions from the men's family members.

Criminal Justice Had A Hefty Price Tag

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Per capita spending on criminal justice — including federal and provincial jails, court costs and policing — has climbed 23 per cent over...

Did B.C. Transit Police Sweeten Their Stats?

Jordan Bateman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

What if a public company gave one set of sales numbers to its board of directors, another to its shareholders, and a third to its auditors? Would you feel comfortable entrusting the executive of this company with a $29.6 million investment? Incredibly, that's precisely what has happened with the Transit Police.

Canada Murders, Greek Arrest In Complex Organized Crime

Jerry Langton | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jerry Langton

It was an arrest this week in Greece this week that put Canada's gang violence into perspective. To understand how it all fits together, it pays to revisit two murders in Toronto and Kelowna, B.C. -- 10 months and more than 4,000 kilometres apart -- to understand how organized crime is fomenting violence in Canada.

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...