Newtown

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...

Mental Illness Is Not a First World Problem

Davide Mastracci | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada
Davide Mastracci

Those without mental health issues equate their feelings of sadness to those of someone with depression, when in reality this is like comparing a small paper cut to a broken arm. This characterization is entirely misguided however, as mental health issues are not a "First World Problem" but instead a problem which has the potential to affect all humans regardless of class, race, gender, or ethnicity.

Watching the Watchdog: Obama Has a Dream

Tim Knight | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada. Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago the people of the Unit...

SavvyMom Roundup: Moms in the Media and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It was a fun week. I noticed some celebrity news with Amy and Tina, the Olsen twins looking for more attention, solutions for cold and flu season, help with staying active and more on gun control in the U.S.

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.

SavvyMom Roundup: Remembering Sandy Hook

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada
Minnow Hamilton

I planned to write about Christmas today. Specifically, what I want for Christmas. But it doesn't seem right when that's not at all what caught my attention this week. What's in my head and my heart, on my Facebook feed and Twitter stream, in my inbox and in so many conversations I have had is the horrors and devastation from the Newtown, Connecticut shootings of last Friday.

Don't Blame Adam Lanza's Mother

Jane Tolmie | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada
Jane Tolmie

Nancy Lanza -- mother of Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza -- is dead. And it's not the time and place to criticize her as an anomaly, some sort of freakish survivalist, when in fact she was a participant in a broader gun culture that should be getting our serious attention. When such shootings happen, however, it is far easier to blame one individual woman for being a "bad mother" who created a "monster" than to acknowledge that some aspects of society in general might be bad and in need of changing. Where does the real instability lie?

Why Has Sandy Hook Touched More Than Syria?

Karen Wensley | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada
Karen Wensley

Being a US citizen, I can't help feeling smug about choosing to live in Canada where the gun culture is not so alive and well, along with a sense of despair about how deeply entrenched it is in the US. But then, being an observer of brands and myths and icons, I wonder why this event had such a powerful impact on me, and on the rest of the world. Of course, it's a lot of people, and mainly children. But why is the killing of "innocent" children so much worse than the killing of thousands of people caught in the violence in Syria? Or young urban males shooting each other every day all over the US? It can only be that we feel those other victims are somehow partly to blame for getting killed.

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 ...

Talking to Your Kids About a Tragedy

Alyson Schafer | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Living
Alyson Schafer

Parents need to decide how much their children should know about this event. But what are parents to tell them? That is the questions on everyone's mind. Parents know best what their own child can handle. There is a range of sensitivities in children and only a parent knows their child well enough to know what they can handle. The rules you need to apply are as follows...

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.

Don't Let 26 Deaths Be in Vain -- Demand Change

Joan Sutton | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

We cannot anticipate such senseless slaughter. But we can make the next one more difficult. America does not have any more mentally handicapped, disturbed, or mad people than any other country. What it does have is more guns. We cannot make sense of what happened in Newtown. We can only try to give this senseless massacre some purpose other than a cathartic outpouring of grief.

What About Gun Control in Your Home?

Jill Amery | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada
Jill Amery

I have two boys. They like to turn their fingers into guns, their toast into bayonets and the household firewood into rifles. For a while I was worried that banning guns in the home made them more desirable, like our North American drinking restrictions. But now I think it's simply part of that Y chromosome. So it's up to me as a parent to teach responsibility and empathy.

Sorrows Of This Planet Totally Overwhelming

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

I am troubled that we are more horrified by deaths of children here rather than afar. They all have parents who are left numb and alone. We should be weeping for the world. One that doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's the 21st century and we are still killing each other and ourselves.

Watching the Nightmare Unfold in Newtown

Paul Mott | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Paul Mott

Just now we are getting to know the people behind the numbers. Twenty-six dead, but who are they? The stories of immense courage are coming out, teachers running toward the sound of gunshots, some shielding children with their bodies. I don't know if anything can make this worse, but that this happened at a time of year that fills that age of innocence with such excitement and wonder just adds another level of heartbreak.

Let's Talk About Mental Health, Not "Evil"

Lauren Goodman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Lauren Goodman

The events in Newtown sparked a lot of discussion on gun control and the media's representation of children following violent events. However, as is the case with most well-covered human tragedies, mental health discourse was decidedly missing from the reporting. "Evil visited this community today," the Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said following the shooting. Such words are not uncommon following acts of violence, but their prominence still made me cringe. I have to ask, whose "evil" are we talking about when we classify this tragedy as such?

No Place For Ambiguity In Aftermath Of School Shooting

Kash Heed | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kash Heed

The politician in me understands that in crafting policy, factors such as social conditions, supports available for mental illness, and the protection in place at children's schools, must all be considered. I am well aware of how important comprehensive consideration, investment, and ultimately prevention can be in avoiding incidents like Friday's shooting. The cop in me, however, is an unyielding proponent of strict gun control after witnessing firsthand the devastation gun violence causes society. It also makes me intolerant of playing the politics of re-election and courting public support on issues of this magnitude.

I'm Choosing Hope Over Fear: Views On The Newtown Tragedy From A Canadian Mom

Erin Chrusch | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

It's been one of those days when the words are many, yet not enough. Because what can you possibly say about such horror? Nothing really. I've wept for the parents, siblings, children, spouses, friends and families of those who were so violently taken from this earth at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Marois Comments On Long-Gun Registry After Newtown Massacre

CBC | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Politics

The shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn. may have sparked talks about gun control in the U.S., but the discussion has crosse...

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?

Former Winnipeg Resident Killed In Newtown Shooting

CBC | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada

Relatives of a 6-year-old girl who was among the 20 children killed in a shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday say her family...