Canada Crime

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...

How Useful Are Public Sex Offender Registries?

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Romeo Vitelli

Though access to sex offender registries continue to be limited to police and correctional agencies here in Canada, America's attempts at creating a nationwide database have been stymied by how the state registries are operated and the wide differences in how sex offenders are treated from one state to another.

More Than 7 Billion Served: The Case for Optimism

David Gratzer | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada
David Gratzer

There are more people in the world, yet we are collectively more free and prosperous. Global cooling and the viral Armageddon never happened. Communism ended, liberating Eastern Europe, all without a shot fired. Even the average IQ is -- amazingly -- trending up. The data is good. Really good.

Embezzlers And Ponzi Schemers Beware: Canada Getting Tough On White Collar Crime

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.02.2012 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - Fraudsters found guilty of white-collar crimes in Canada now face tougher sentences and penalties.Ottawa officially introduced tougher rule...

Tough on Crime, Facts Be Damned

Martha Hall Findlay | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics
Martha Hall Findlay

Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, the Harper guys want to be 'tough,' and just throw all the 'bad guys' behind bars -- at huge expense.

Homicide Rate Hits 44-Year Low

CBC | Posted 12.26.2011 | Canada Politics

Canada's homicide rate last year fell to the lowest level since the mid-1960s, according to Statistics Canada, a decrease the agency says...

Why I Am Still a Republican

David Frum | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics
David Frum

For three years, my political party has veered in a direction I cannot follow. And if the GOP insists on framing the 2012 election as a ballot question on fiscal and monetary austerity, or if they nominate somebody manifestly incompetent to do the job of president, they're going to lose me -- and a lot more people.

Court Rejects Child Porn As Art Defence

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA - Canada's top court has ordered a new trial for a man who claimed he collected hundreds of child porn images for artistic purposes.In a unanim...

Winnipeg Kids Allegedly Robbed Stores Wielding Bear Spray

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2011 | Canada

WINNIPEG - Police in Winnipeg say they've caught two children wanted in a string of robberies where one of the suspects held up businesses while armed...

Pass This Crime Bill Now: Conservatives

CBC | Posted 12.06.2011 | Canada Politics

The Conservatives are estimating the cost of their omnibus crime bill at $78.6 million over five years, a figure the opposition says is u...

Downtown Winnipeg Stays Too Risky For Air Canada Crews

CBC | Posted 12.01.2011 | Canada

Air Canada says its pilots and flight crews will no longer stay in downtown Winnipeg after a security review of the area prompted concern...