Canada Gangs

Why Do Schools Implement These Ridiculous Rules?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

A rule that has an unclear or ridiculous purpose is, on its face, unfair. A rule that cannot possibly achieve its purpose is pointless. A rule that has more negative than positive effects is unfair and undemocratic. Discipline or punishment that does not address the behaviour it purports to correct is tyrannical.

Ontario Gang Forces Teens Into Prostitution: Police

CBC | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada

Police in Ontario say the gang known as North Preston's Finest is actively recruiting girls and women from the Maritimes, forcing them into a lif...

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.

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.

Marijuana Decriminalization: The Time Has Come

Sandy Garossino | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

This week, the Union of B.C. Municipalities voted to support the decriminalization of marijuana in Canada. This step may seem small, but it signifies that public leadership in British Columbia has reached an historic tipping point on the war on drugs. It won't tip back.

Violence And Vulnerability: Building A Sense Of Belonging For Youth At Risk

The Huffington Post Canada | Maya Hamovitch | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Impact

Could the "summer of the gun" be echoing through Toronto once again? That's something Toronto city councillors and community advocates feared in early...

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.

Why Gangs Are Taking Their Conflicts Public

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.03.2012 | Canada

OTTAWA - Toronto police called the shooter who opened fire in a downtown mall Saturday "one idiot with a gun."But some gang experts argue public shoot...

Legalizing Pot Would Cut Gang Violence: Expert Panel

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada

VANCOUVER - A new coalition of high-profile health, academic and justice experts is mounting a campaign to legalize and regulate marijuana in British ...

Safe Streets and Community Act Will End Real Justice

J.S. Vijaya | Posted 12.22.2011 | Canada Politics
J.S. Vijaya

If we keep focusing on cosmetic solutions involving super-jails and more police with bigger guns, we will be guilty of marching along to the popular and populist banal rhythms of the fear-mongering politicians.

An Education Takes Kids From Slums to Schools

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As a teen, Jaime was sucked into a world of gangs, drugs and violence that threatened to lure him away from school, which in El Salvador is only offered in half days. Jaime tells us he'd have wound up selling drugs, or possibly even dead, if an after-school program called Superate hadn't saved him.

Rattled Vancouver Hospital Eases Visitor Restrictions

CP | Posted 10.15.2011 | Canada

VANCOUVER - British Columbians should brace themselves for potentially violent reprisals in the wake of a targeted shooting in Kelowna that apparently...