Canada Murder

Canada Should Reconsider the Death Penalty After Bourque and Bibeau

David Martin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Politics
David Martin

The 75-year sentence handed down to convicted cop killer Justin Bourque has reignited the debate over the death penalty in Canada. Some are satisfied with what effectively will be a life sentence without parole for Mr. Bourque. Others think it's not enough and would like to see him executed. But is bringing back the death penalty the answer? The issue then becomes, how do we distinguish between murderers who can be rehabilitated and those who won't or can't?

Three People Were Murdered Four Blocks From Where I Was Standing

Wes Marskell | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

On Wednesday night I was standing four blocks from where three people were murdered. During SXSW, a drunk driver crashed his car into a crowd of people. He killed three and injured dozens more. Definitely a good time for self-reflection. Serenity vs. chaos. In a world where airplanes are stolen out of the sky, I struggle to decipher my feelings about the SX crash.

Why Canadians Should Reject The Russell Williams Crime Movie

Obert Madondo | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada
Obert Madondo

This week, the American made-for-TV movie about the Russell Williams murders will make it Canadian television debut. An Officer and a Murderer is a movie only someone steeped in profit-motivated amnesia could make. It's sensationalistic. A pervasive kind of entertainment. It glorifies violence against Canadian women. It stains the good honour of Canadian women and men in uniform.

How Trayvon Martin Won in The Court of Public Opinion

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

Trayvon Martin's parents were savvy enough to understand and then challenge their murdered son's standing in the "court of public opinion." The carefully-chosen photos of a fresh-faced Trayvon Martin told an alternate narrative. The pictures of Trayvon on horseback, on a ski hill, and with his doting father humanized the "hoodlum."

Six Degrees From Steven Truscott

Donald D'Haene | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

As a child, I scanned the shelves of the library until I finally found The Trial of Steven Truscott, by Isobel LeBourdais. I was fascinated with this young boy's tragic life and prepared my class report. "I think Steven is innocent," I declared in front of the class.

Post-Sandy Hook, Don't Fear Those With Mental Illnesses

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.24.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

The Sandy Hook tragedy has got people talking worldwide. We may never know for certain if the suspect had a mental illness, but a lot of people are now wondering if mental illness could lead somebody to kill dozens of people. As a mental health advocate, I have an opinion.

Could Your Child's School Survive a Threatening Attack?

Jenna Em | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada
Jenna Em

Shock, disbelief and tears have flooded us, after the Newtown, Connecticut slaying of 20 primary school children aged 5-10 years old. Although it's easy to be blindsided by the heinous crime that took place, let's ask ourselves if the same could happen at our child's school -- and what steps can be taken to prevent a similar tragedy?

Leonard Peltier's Sole Crime Was His Heritage

Peter Worthington | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Leonard Peltier, now 68, has been in prison for 35 years. Since 1977, petitions and pleas on his behalf have been ignored; appeals by the Arhbshiop of Canterbury, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, 55 U.S. Congressmen, and Canadian Parliamentarians, and members of the European Parliament Union. But the FBI is adamant that he killed two of their agents.

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.

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.

Killer Quebec Cardiologist Wants His Freedom

CP | Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - Three years after stabbing his two young children nearly four dozen times, a former Quebec doctor says he's ready to return to society.Guy ...

Toronto Records First Murder Of 2012

CBC | Posted 03.02.2012 | Canada

Toronto has recorded its first murder of the year after a man was shot and killed in Scarborough. The shooting occurred on H...

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...

More Murder Charges For Man Accused Of Killing B.C. Teen

CP | Posted 12.17.2011 | Canada

A 21-year-old man who was already charged in the slaying of a 15-year-old girl has now been charged in the deaths of three women, say RCM...

Indonesian "Psychopath" Seeks Stay of Execution

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

A 31-year-old Indonesian man facing execution for committing 11 murders is now seeking a stay of execution on the grounds that he is a psychopath and ...

Charges Dropped In Murder Of Three Prostitutes

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - The Crown has dropped first-degree murder charges against a convicted killer in the deaths of three Toronto prostitute...

More Jail For Sask. Dad Who Killed Boyfriend

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- YORKTON, Sask. - A Saskatchewan man who argued he shot his daughter's boyfriend to save her from a life of drugs has been senten...

Canadian Declared Insane In Scottish 'Zombie' Murder

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.05.2011 | Canada

A Canadian man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity in the murder of a Scottish man who he thought was a zombie. Tianhui Zhan, 19, stabb...

HIV-Infected Murderer No 'Psychopath': Lawyers

The Canadian Press | Posted 08.29.2011 | Canada

HAMILTON - Lawyers for a man convicted of murder through HIV transmission say he shouldn't be classed as a dangerous offender because he's no longer a...

DNA Test Leads To Arrest For '95 Murder Case

Posted 08.23.2011 | Canada

CBC -- 37-year-old Montreal man, Eric Daudelin, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, sexual assault, and unlawful confinement in the death o...