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In communities disproportionately affected by violence, targeted prevention programs and mental health supports have a more focused impact. Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada has adopted a proven gang prevention outreach program, but it requires renewed funding and support.
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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.
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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 life of prostitution in cities across Canada. The no...
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.
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.
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.
Could the "summer of the gun" be echoing through Toronto once again? That's something Toronto city councillors and community advocates feared in early June, and recent tragedies have only served to re...
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.
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.
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 shootings like the one at the Eaton Centre that left on...
VANCOUVER - A new coalition of high-profile health, academic and justice experts is mounting a campaign to legalize and regulate marijuana in British Columbia, arguing the policy change would reduce g...
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.
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.
VANCOUVER - British Columbians should brace themselves for potentially violent reprisals in the wake of a targeted shooting in Kelowna that apparently killed a high-profile alleged gangster, say exper...