Newtown Shooting

I Was in Newtown One Year Ago Today

Jared Brock | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada
Jared Brock

Exactly one year ago today, we were driving from Boston to Washington, happily listening to a random program when a news alert interrupted. Unconfirmed reports told us that dozens of students had been killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Sam Stein

The Newtown Moment That Came And Went

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON -- There have been many instances of mass gun violence during the presidency of Barack Obama. Some faded away without much public recogniti...

Harry Connick Jr.'s Touching Tribute To Canadian Newtown Victim

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Music

Harry Connick Jr. hasn't forgotten about the young victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting last December and in particular a former Winnipeg family who...

Are We Too Comfortable With Gun Violence?

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

In February alone Toronto lost two more 15 year olds -- one, just this last Sunday. The apathetic, believe that acts of violence are so far removed that they're irrelevant, only the concern of certain ethnic communities or completely unsolvable all together. Time to start caring again.

Youth Mental Illness: "I Might Blow My Head Off"

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Annette was an avid recreational target-shooter with her own rifle. One day Alexander, her 15-year-old son, begged her to get the gun out of the house. When she asked him why, his reply was chilling: "Because I might blow my head off." Canadians between 12 and 19 are at risk of developing depression. We lose 4,000 young people every year to suicide and the suicide rate among our Inuit youth is one of the highest in the world. Although some provinces like Alberta have made strides in increasing mental health resources in their communities, Lowe says the resources available across Canada are "woefully insufficient."

When It Comes to School Shootings, Drugs Aren't the Problem

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada
Marvin Ross

A January 8 letter to the Toronto Star headlined "Preventing Another Newtown" pointed out that "The perpetrators of almost every mass shooting were on psychotropic drugs." As absurd as it may seem, there is a myth that continues to grow after mass shootings and that is that the cause of these shootings are psychiatric medications themselves. But studies demonstrate that most acts of violence are committed by people who are not being treated.

Will We Learn From Last Year's Tragedies in 2013?

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

So overall 2012 has indeed been a significant year in relation to our natural and social systems, but the irony is, none of these events seem to have made a dent in the minds of climate skeptics or gun lobbyists, as they continue to cling on to the same archaic paradigms. So what is the deeper problem? What is the systemic issue?

What the Media Should Be Saying About Mental Illness

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Hopefully, the horrors of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting will lead to a more sensible attitude to violence and mental illness and to improved treatment for the hardest to treat. Whenever a tragedy like this occurs, mental health bureaucrats repeat their mantra that violence is not typical for the mentally ill who are more often the victims rather than the perpetrators.

Teen Charged With Threatening Alberta School Online

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada Alberta

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - An 18-year-old man from southern Alberta has been charged with making an online threat that allegedly touched on this month's de...

Behind the Headlines: Can Good Come of Newtown's Grief?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

What will come of the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the coming weeks and months remains to be seen. But in the wake of this and other tragedies, young people have proven that strength, resilience and compassion can prevail. We can bring meaning to these atrocities that seem to negate all that is right in the world.

'From A Grieving Mother On Christmas Day'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2013 | Canada

WINNIPEG - The mother of a former Winnipeg girl who was killed in the elementary school shooting in Connecticut is commenting publicly about the death...

This Christmas, Give up Greed

Leslie Botchar | Posted 02.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Leslie Botchar

Our need to continue seeking fulfillment via Almighty Stuff is an all-consuming pursuit. Will it ever be enough to satisfy us? To fill up all those empty spaces? It doesn't really matter: there will always be another version that just might do the trick. We can never bring peace to this world under our current coma of contentedness.

How We Should Talk When We Talk About Guns

Farzana Hassan | Posted 02.23.2013 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

Despite the inescapable emotion involved in such a tragedy involving the loss of innocent lives, both pro and anti-gun lobbyists need to approach the argument in an unbiased and dispassionate manner. The debate needs to be depoliticized and examined at a strictly human level, where gun-related crimes have caused unspeakable horror and heartache.

A Special Sandy Hook News Bulletin for Children

Nataliya Schafer | Posted 02.21.2013 | Canada
Nataliya Schafer

It's one thing to be a parent talking to your kids about the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting -- it's quite another to be a journalist writing a news story about it for them. My audience is five- to 12-year-olds and somehow I had to write a story that wouldn't be too scary or grown-up. While I don't get to choose the news, I still get to choose how I report on it.

Blaming Violence on Guns and Mental Illness? Too Easy

Ike Awgu | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Ike Awgu

The tragic shooting in Connecticut, like the tragic one before it in Colorado, once again has the public seeking answers and pundits seeking the easiest answers to give. Guns and mental illness -- these are the issues on the tip of the average tongue. Like a number notions entrenched in the public consciousness, they are somewhat untrue.

Toronto Police Help Thwart Arizona School Shooting Plot

CBC | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada

Authorities in Arizona, with the help of Toronto police, have arrested a 16-year-old high school girl who they say was plotting to gun down her classm...

There's No Murder Gene in Mental Illness

Julie Mannell | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada
Julie Mannell

The term "mental illness" has been thrown around as a quick and easy solution for gun enthusiasts and media alike. Mental illness, in turn, is conflated with violence through a process of loaded renaming. Mentally ill people are "disturbed," "threatening," "bad people," and ultimately counter-cultural figments of fear induced imaginations. Essentially what this means is that there are those who need psychiatric treatment and then there is the rest of the world that needs to protect themselves from those people. The truth of mental illness is it is not a static concept, an ailment reducible to genetic rhetoric, there is no "murderer gene." Tragedies are not questions, hence there are never any answers.

Americans' Views On Gun Control May Surprise You

CBC | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Politics

Nik Nanos digs beneath the numbers with CBC News Network's Power & Politics host Evan Solomon to get to the political, economic and social forces ...

Gun Control: Should Firearms Represent Freedom?

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada
Dariusz Dziewanski

For all the talk of the effects of guns and the nature of gun crime, very little is said about the role that guns play as social symbols. The gun debate is still articulated by simplistic slogans such as: "guns don't kill people, people do." But in addition to their functional value -- as instruments of security and insecurity -- guns are also infused with a powerful symbolic value. A gun is more than an object. A gun is a means towards, and a symbol of, an ideal society. It serves as a functional and figurative instrument of who does, and who does not, have power and citizenship.

Media Bites: The Missing Women Report Finds Canada's Dark Side

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Monday morning marked the long-awaited release of Wally T. Oppal's Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report. To say commissioning this report was a bit controversial is like saying Pickton himself was a bit murdery. Oppal's investigation basically entailed a jaunty stroll across a packed minefield of modern Canada's touchiest subjects including racism, sexism, classism, aboriginal politics, the sex trade, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, bureaucratic cruelty and police incompetence, all headed by a party hack from an embattled provincial government that might very well poll worse than all the others put together.

Should Teachers Carry Guns?

CBC | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada

In the small rural Harrold Independent School District in northwest Texas, some teachers are allowed to be armed with guns — a controversial policy ...

Harper Gets Emotional In Interview On School Shooting

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he couldn't bear to keep watching the news coverage over the weekend of the tragic school shooting in Conn...

Canadian Family Of Sandy Hook Victim Calls Gun Laws 'Revolting'

CP | Lise Millette, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada

MONTREAL - The Newtown school massacre has left a grieving Canadian family, with relatives of one murdered teacher denouncing American gun laws as "re...

Garneau Floats Assault Weapons Ban

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - There's no reason assault rifles like the one used to slaughter 20 young schoolchildren in Connecticut should be available in Canada, says Li...

Victoria Soto: A Real Life Batman Protecting Us From Evil

Steve Lafleur | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada
Steve Lafleur

We live in a world much like the world that Christopher Nolan built. Only without Batman. There are Bruce Waynes all around us. And anyone can be that symbol. While we don't have a silent guardian watching over us, we do have heroes like Victoria Soto. While nothing can right this horrible wrong that has been done to our collective humanity, we should be comforted by the fact that a 27-year-old teacher was willing to lay down her life to save the lives of her students.