Canada Crime

Bystander Intervention: Focusing On The Facts In Sexual Violence

Guila Benchimol | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living
Guila Benchimol

In their 1968 research into the bystander effect, Bibb Latané and John Darley explained that people who are alone will more likely intervene on someone's behalf over those who are with others. This is due to the "diffusion of responsibility" in which an individual's sense of responsibility is weakened or minimized by the presence of others.

Police Handling Mental Health Calls Need Medically Trained Backup

Vernon White | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Vernon White

They care enough to attend these extremely difficult calls with the hope of helping someone in dire need of medical help and, in my experience, police have become some of our community's most caring frontline mental health workers. The problem is that they are not frontline mental health workers, nor should the be.

Not Guilty Verdict In Stabbing Of 11-Year-Old Soccer Player

CP | Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada

"Get that kid."

Drive Drunk This NYE For A Free Stay At 'L'Hotel York'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada

"We strive to make your stay as awful as the crime you've committed."

Organized Crime Profits Off Ontario's Illegal Tobacco Problem

Gary Grant | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Gary Grant

Ontario's economy may be sluggish, but the black market for illegal cigarettes is thriving. The rising sale of contraband tobacco has reached a critical level -- in fact, the province has the worst illegal cigarette problem in Canada by far.

Growing Distrust Threatens Policing And Empowers Criminals

Mark Towhey | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

The reality is that in Toronto, as in most police services across the continent, the vast majority of serving police officers are exceptional public servants. The bad news is that reality is entirely irrelevant. People don't form judgments or base their decisions and actions on reality. They base them on their perceptions. And a fast-growing segment of society in Toronto, in Chicago, in New York City, in Ferguson, in cities and towns across North America, perceive their police services to be acting for their own benefit -- not society's.

What To Expect From The Liberal Justice Agenda

CBC | Kathleen Harris, CBC News | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics

Experts hope the new Liberal government will steer Canada on a criminal justice course that is less punitive and more effective than the Conservatives...

How Randeep Hooda Channelled a Vancouver Gangster for his Role in 'Beeba Boys'

Jugni Style | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

Hooda likes to create a world and context for his character beyond the script, which meant spending time apart from his Beeba Boys crew, and listening to stories from an ex-gangster in Vancouver.

We Should Use Compassion to Get Tough on Crime

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In a moment of boredom, two teens in Lanark County, Ont., smash their way into a hardware store and help themselves to the goods. Police nabbed the pair soon after. But instead of going before judge and jury, the teens faced their victims in a citizen-run "restorative justice" forum. It's an approach that's gaining popularity across Canada, showing there's more than one way to be tough on crime.

LOOK: Edmonton's Most Wanted Fugitives

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Alberta

Recognize anyone, Edmonton?

Canadian Sentenced In Florida Sex Tourism Case

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada

A Quebec man who admitted to travelling to Florida to have sex with someone he believed was an underage boy, was sentenced to just over 10 years in a U.S. prison on Thursday.

LOOK: Calgary's Most Wanted

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Alberta

Recognize any of these faces, Calgary? Calgary Crime Stoppers has released an updated list of their most wanted offenders for May 2015. "A perso...

Bill C-51 Will Make It Easier To Throw Canadians In Jail Without a Charge

Yan Roberts | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Yan Roberts

The legal threshold for police to obtain a warrant to arrest individuals who have committed no crimes would be lowered. Canadians could be held in custody for up to seven days without charges. Bill C-51's gives powers of "preventive detention," which means jail time for individuals even when there isn't any suspicion criminal activity has taken place.

LOOK: Edmonton's Most Wanted Fugitives

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Alberta

Recognize any of these faces, Edmonton?

LOOK: Calgary's Most Wanted

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Alberta

Recognize any of these faces, Calgary? Calgary Crime Stoppers has released an updated list of their most wanted offenders for December 2014. "A ...

5 Crime Stories That Shocked Us In 2014

Huffington Post Canada | Christian Cotroneo | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada

While Canada's crime rate continues to tumble — the homicide rate, for example, hasn't been this low since 1966 — this year saw no dearth of stori...

Canada's Homicide Rate At Lowest Since 1966

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada

OTTAWA - The country's homicide rate fell last year to 1.44 victims for every 100,000 people, its lowest level since 1966, Statistics Canada reported ...

The Human Elephant Conflict in Kerala Has Deadly Consequences

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The situation is dire for Asian elephants as there are approximately 30,000 left on the planet with around 23,000 of them in India, and therefore protecting every single Asian elephant is necessary for the long term survival of this endangered species.

4chan Murder Suspect Surrenders

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada

PORTLAND, Ore. - A man surrendered in Oregon after police say he killed his girlfriend, posted gruesome photos of her body and the crime scene online,...

Sexual Freedom Is No Excuse for Sexual Assault

Marina Adshade | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Marina Adshade

For many years, I have wondered what might be the limit of our tolerance for sexual freedoms. I have no doubt that that tolerance ends when those sexual freedoms infringe on the dominion, to use Ghomeshi's word, of one's own body. Given how difficult it is to determine when that is the case, or is not the case, however, I suspect we will be hearing many more stories of "poor persecuted perverts."

LOOK: Edmonton's Most Wanted

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Alberta

Recognize any of these faces, Edmonton? The Edmonton Police Service has released an updated list of their most wanted for October 2014. Some may...

Stephanie Beaudoin's "Sexy" Looks Shouldn't Mask Her Alleged Ugly Crimes

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada
Christopher Zoukis

A media biz friend of mine recently forwarded to me a news report on "the world's hottest criminal," Ms. Stephanie Beaudoin; a 21 year old nursing student in Quebec. Complete with a fetching photo of Ms. Beaudoin on a boat in a bikini, the story mentions that she's facing 114 criminal charges for breaking into more than 40 homes last summer.

These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy Strikes

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Lone-acting offenders were far more likely to have a history of mental illness than offenders who had been part of a group. Lone-actors with mental illness were also more likely to have a spouse or partner who was part of a larger movement (making them more vulnerable to outside influences) and to have parents who were divorced. Though offenders acting alone are often characterized as being "loners" without any real sources of emotional support, that doesn't appear to be the case.

Harper Lacks Compassion and Leadership When it Comes to the Safety of Indigenous Women

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Prime Minister Harper's dismissal of the growing over-representation of Indigenous women and girls as victims of violence, homicide and persons who go missing as isolated crimes to be investigated by police illustrates just how out of touch he is. Moreover, the callous tone of his remarks yesterday, and failure to show any empathy for the families and loved ones of those who have been lost, shows a lack of compassion and leadership.

Prison Guards Not Trained To Handle Mentally Ill: Union Head

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada

SASKATOON - The president of the union that represents Canadian prison guards says they are not being properly trained to deal with inmates who have m...