Gang Violence

How Fear Is Stopping Drug Legalization

Jean Kavanagh | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jean Kavanagh

"I think there is a fear of change, a fear of change that is ungrounded in any rational apprehension about what will happen. We accept at some level that the whole prohibition policy is a total failure, yet in some other part of our brain we are afraid of change because we worry that society would just turn itself into a collection of drug-addled morons."

Shaming Criminals Could Reduce Crime

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

Whatever happened to shame? It got put out away in a basket, somewhere in a very deep drawer, covered with other obsolete items, like religion. Do you think that other gang members would want to end up in the pillories, too? Would they want to emulate someone who has been shamed in public, ridiculed, too?

Pistorius Should Not Be the Face of Violence in South Africa

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada
Dariusz Dziewanski

In South Africa violence is present and disregarded across the country. The victims of this violence are black, coloured, Indian, and white, women and men, rich and poor, famous and unknown. While the stories of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp deserve attention, there are other poignant personal histories across this spectrum of experience that are ignored, and have been ignored for decades. Surely such stories deserve real attention as well. Not a matter-of-fact reporting of time, place, and cause of death, but real attention; in narratives as penetrating and rich as is necessitated by the lives they represent.

The Castration of the Black Male Body in Toronto

Brandon Hay | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada
Brandon Hay

The summer is hot and it's not just the temperature. Each summer I dread the headline news of young black males heading to the mortuary, and this summ...

B.C. Gang Violence Heats Up

CBC | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The slayings of two drug-gang associates in Burnaby, B.C., Monday is likely the latest round of systematic retribution for the killing of gangster Jon...

Anti-Gang Programs Didn't Work, Says Feds -- But Youth Workers Disagree

CBC | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Impact

The federal government has determined that the money it spent on gang-prevention youth programs in Winnipeg were not effective, but those who work wit...

The Eaton Centre Shooting Doesn't Make Toronto Dangerous

Bernie Farber | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada
Bernie Farber

The Eaton Centre shooting this past weekend is not the first time Toronto has been faced with such angst. Yet despite the latest violent outburst, our city remains a safe place. We're very lucky to live in Toronto; in comparison to many other urban centres in North America, crime and violence rarely touch us.

Guns Don't Kill People -- Bad Policing Does

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.05.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Depending on who you listen to, last weekend's shooting spree at Toronto's Eaton Centre was a sign of gun violence getting out of control, or an isolated "incident" in North America's safest large city. But the fact of the matter is there have been 134 shootings this year, and Toronto police still refuse to help the public by profiling the criminals.

Guns and Gangs in Canada and the Warm Blanket of Fear

J.S. Vijaya | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada
J.S. Vijaya

In the modern world, we are encouraged to live in a constant state of fear. There are gang members behind each display of graffiti. Politicians eager to exploit the fear embedded in our collective psyche keep demanding tougher mandatory minimum legislation and endless funding to "fight crime."