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Wristbands For Accused Ottawa Cop Erode Canadians' Trust In Justice

Jeff Paterson | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

Police officers have begun wearing bracelets in support of Const. Daniel Montsion, an officer charged with manslaughter after an SUI investigation. We need to believe in everyone involved from the police, all the way up to the judges, are unbiased and out to do their jobs. This band, this in-your-face alliance around Montsion, doesn't do that.

Judge Calls Ottawa Officer 'Ridiculous' For Punching Handcuffed Teen

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada

She suggested there's a "systemic problem" within the force.

It's Time For Us To Be Honest About Our Own Mental Health

Ingrid Bergman | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Living
Ingrid Bergman

In teachers' college, I had an excellent professor who talked about removing oneself from a situation before it became critically difficult to deal with. I'll call it the 60 per cent rule, although he may have given a different number. Don't wait until you are at 99 per cent of what you can handle, when you are dealing with other people.

Halifax Police Misplace 3,000 Drug Exhibits And $100,000

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada

Cocaine and other drugs are missing.

Why Canadian Police Services Are Not Adopting Body Cameras

Erick Laming | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Erick Laming

Among the larger police services, only Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Montreal have tested or are currently studying body-worn camera (BWC) technology. The only police service in the country to standardize BWCs for its officers is the Amherstburg Police Service -- a small agency in southwestern Ontario.

Quebec's Justice System Is Broken

David Easey | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Politics
David Easey

The justice system is clearly flawed, and it proves that police officers can get away with virtually anything. Instead of serving justice to the survivors, the system is openly protecting the perpetrators. It's also troublesome to see officers from the provincial police force launch a large lawsuit against Radio-Canada. Since when is it acceptable to go after journalists for uncovering the truths that plague our society?

Cracking Down On Public Sex Only Fuels Stereotypes

Will Goldbloom | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Living
Will Goldbloom

Over the last few weeks, while dressed in plainclothes -- though they promise it was work-related -- police officers approached certain individuals in Etobicoke's Marie Curtis Park and signalled that they were interested in getting it on. Project Marie represents the historical clash between so-called family values and gay fun that has been an endless source of discrimination and homophobia.

Canada Has Its Own Demons When It Comes To Police Brutality

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah E. Leamon

As Canadians, it is fairly easy to separate ourselves from the problem. It is easy to chalk it up as "their problem, not ours" -- and it is tempting, because the problem is complex, disturbing and uncomfortable. But not so fast. We have our own problems when it comes to the systematic discrimination of minorities

1 In 2 Calgarians Disapprove Of The Police: Poll

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Alberta

"Calgarians have a negative view about the Calgary Police Service."

To Police Unions: Stop Protecting Rotten Cops

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

People like to excuse police violence by claiming that it's just a few bad apples. Perhaps that's true, but then who is electing the police union leaders who make it their job to defend these bad apples? See, here's the thing about bad apples -- if you don't root them out, then the whole barrel will rot.If the police union was really protecting the police force, then they'd be the most outspoken critics of police brutality and unnecessary police-involved shootings. But they're not.

How Will It Look When It's Time For Me To Die On Camera?

Mike Sholars | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

I watch him go down from the one-two punch of a Taser and several gunshots to the body. I don't know why they followed up a successful non-lethal takedown with lethal force, but I'm not a police officer. If you were to take every single piece of shaky cam and mobile phone footage showing police officers killing unarmed or complying Black people and splice them together, you'd have a horror movie. Or a snuff film. When it's time for me to die on camera, how will it look? Who will film me? What small physical imperfection, what inadvertent stumble will be the reason I'm murdered on a jittery impulse?

The Time Is Now For Toronto Police To Expand Taser Use

Erick Laming | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Erick Laming

The Toronto Police Service must develop a strong policy around Taser use that goes far beyond the requirements outlined in the Ontario guidelines. The policy must also ensure meaningful accountability and strict disciplinary measures for when officers use Tasers carelessly and without sufficient justification.

Lack Of Funding For Basic Tools Undermines First Nations Policing

Liam Massaubi | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

A First Nations police force, the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS), who serves and protects 35 northern Ontario communities is voting to strike because they do not have access to the basics that law enforcement should have and it is putting officers in high-risk "nightmarish" situations.

Silence On Abdirahman Abdi's Death Shows Lack Of Accountability

Monia Mazigh | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Police accountability has never been a strength on the federal, provincial and local levels. We are still lacking independent civil and independent bodies that would investigate the actions of law enforcement when such tragic incidents happen.

We Have To Talk About How Police Target Native Americans

Liam Massaubi | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living
Liam Massaubi

There is a clear problem: hundreds of people of specific populations are killed every year in police interactions. Black Lives Matter is not saying that only their lives matter; they are saying that, historically, their lives have not mattered. They haven't mattered much, nor have Native American lives.

Toronto Landlords May Pay Price For Illegal Pot Shops

YPNextHome | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Pot dispensaries, cannabis cafes, medical marijuana clinics, smoke shops, vapour lounges -- cannabis culture has gained a foothold in Toronto. Some neighbourhoods have had little to no infiltration, but many have had a staggering number of pot dispensaries open along the main street, out in the open.

An End To The War On Drugs May Finally Be In Sight

Bill Bogart | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Bill Bogart

The War may suffer a slow and prolonged demise, but the end will surely come. Canada can be a leader on these issues. It can steadfastly promote the winding down of the War. Our country should reclaim its position on the international stage, not as a nation of power, but one of humanity.

Who Watches The Watchmen And Teaches The Teachers?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

This may come as a shock to some readers: Teachers are human beings -- nearly all of them. This means that, like the rest of us, they make mistakes, behave badly, and sometimes just lose it. It also means that, like the rest of us, most teachers are basically good and honest people who work hard to do a very difficult job. But some are not. And the ones who are not should not be teaching.

Police Forces Strapped For Cash, But Getting Body Cameras Anyway

CP | Liam Casey, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada

Body camera programs aren't cheap.

Police Costs Continue To Soar Despite Falling Crime Rates

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada

Are Canadians getting a solid bang for their 13 billion bucks?

The Solution To Mental Health Reform Is Easy, Getting There Isn't

Marvin Ross | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada
Marvin Ross

When governments don't want to do something but want to give the appearance of doing something, they set up a task force or committee to investigate and bring back a report. It looks good to some but does nothing and that is what so many jurisdictions do. Maybe it is because I live in Ontario, but this province is the master when it comes to this.

Mounties Working To Ease Fears On Both Sides Of The Refugee Story

CP Politics | Stephanie Levitz and Terry Pedwell | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada Politics

Four Mounties took part in an experimental community integration project in Jordan designed to help Syrian refugees and the police force itself.

Don't Blame The End Of Carding For An Increase In Gun Violence

Renu Mandhane | Posted 02.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

Like most people that call this city home, I am deeply troubled by Sunday's shooting deaths in Toronto's Chinatown and the eight other gun-related deaths the city saw in January. This is obviously unacceptable, and police must be supported in their efforts to investigate and prosecute those responsible for these horrific crimes. That being said, most people would be hesitant to draw any clear conclusions about why we have seen a high number of gun crimes over the past month. Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, the union that represents police officers, feels differently.

Police Handling Mental Health Calls Need Medically Trained Backup

Vernon White | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Vernon White

They care enough to attend these extremely difficult calls with the hope of helping someone in dire need of medical help and, in my experience, police have become some of our community's most caring frontline mental health workers. The problem is that they are not frontline mental health workers, nor should the be.

Drug Smugglers Got So Stoned They Called 911 On Themselves

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada

We don’t have weapons or anything, “just a bunch of snacks.”