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

Renu Mandhane | Posted 02.04.2016 | 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 01.25.2016 | 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.”

Militarizing Police Does Not Serve Or Protect Canadian Citizens

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Hijal De Sarkar

This week, we learned that the Toronto Police Service will be ordering C8 carbine semi-automatic assault rifles for front-line police officers. The assault rifles, produced by arms manufacturer Colt Canada for the Canadian Forces, will cost $2,500 each, and will be in patrol cars on the streets of Canada's largest city by May. Toronto becomes only the latest municipality to acquire a weapon described on its website as "battle proven in harsh combat environments."

Upstream Justice: A Look At The Social Causes Of Crime

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Dr Ryan Meili

An interview with Clive Weighill - Saskatoon Police Chief and President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police: Some politicians talk about getting tough on crime. I'm saying you don't just want to get tough on crime, you have to get tough on the issues of poverty, poor housing, disadvantage. People are products of their environment, and if we can't solve those social issues, we're not going to solve the big picture in the end. I firmly believe that we have to work on poverty.

When Will Police Stop Killing Our Youth?

Samir Shaheen-Hussain | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Samir Shaheen-Hussain

Brandon was shot and killed not far from his hometown of Maniwaki, which has a population of about 4,000 people and is adjacent to the Anishinabeg (Algonquin) community of Kitigan Zibi, about 300 kilometres northwest of Montreal. His death went almost completely unnoticed in the media. Yet, a 17-year-old adolescent killed by the police in the context of a banal driving violation is newsworthy, particularly in light of the the fact that more than 50 people, most of whom were marginalized, have been killed in police operations in Quebec (and over 150 in Canada) since 2005.

This Is How Police Services Can Do More With Less

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Despite a falling crime rate, policing costs have nearly doubled in Canada over the past 25 years. In this context, it makes absolutely no sense to soak up police officers' time with tasks that should not logically be included in their job descriptions. Why not refocus the work of police officers on their essential duties, and employ other categories of personnel for auxiliary or administrative tasks?

Growing Distrust Threatens Policing And Empowers Criminals

Mark Towhey | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

The reality is that in Toronto, as in most police services across the continent, the vast majority of serving police officers are exceptional public servants. The bad news is that reality is entirely irrelevant. People don't form judgments or base their decisions and actions on reality. They base them on their perceptions. And a fast-growing segment of society in Toronto, in Chicago, in New York City, in Ferguson, in cities and towns across North America, perceive their police services to be acting for their own benefit -- not society's.

Toronto Cops Still Hate Being Recorded

Karen Selick | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

Which do you think is worse: police officers who don't know the law, or officers who know the law but deliberately ignore it or even mock it? That question has been on my mind since I saw the video made by Mike Miller, who observed two police officers making an arrest in broad daylight in a Toronto parking lot on September 14, 2015.

Society Is Silent When The Victims Are Black And Female

ByBlacks.com | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Impact
ByBlacks.com

With the current trial of fired Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, there is a marked difference in how this particular case of police brutality has been regarded, leading some to ask, "Does the world care about the victim when the victim is a black woman?"

TV's Complicated Relationship With Cops and Robbers

Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada

Television cop shows used to portray cops and robbers in very black and white terms, but not any more argues Ed the Sock. The sock puppet curmudgeo...

We Should Use Compassion to Get Tough on Crime

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In a moment of boredom, two teens in Lanark County, Ont., smash their way into a hardware store and help themselves to the goods. Police nabbed the pair soon after. But instead of going before judge and jury, the teens faced their victims in a citizen-run "restorative justice" forum. It's an approach that's gaining popularity across Canada, showing there's more than one way to be tough on crime.

The 'Angry Black Woman' Stereotype Is Justifying Police Brutality

Eternity E Martis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Recent police attacks on black women have been vicious, brutal and savage, often justified by police departments and arresting officers through the excuse that these black women were "angry" -- argumentative and sarcastic smart asses, talking back and full of attitude.

Cops Posing As Journalists Breach Charter Rights: Media Groups

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Undercover police officers who pose as journalists for investigative purposes are violating the Constitution by having a chilling effect on ...

The Toronto Police Have Failed to Tackle Racial Profiling

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

Toronto's police board has gone from refusal, to resistance, to resignation, to recognition of the problem, to partial resolution (the PACER report) and now, to retraction, recalcitrance and regression. What happened to the commitment to a fair and equitable society, to bias-free policing? The TPSB is set to vote this Thursday on a policy that is offensive and insidious. This new policy not only eliminates the requirement to issue receipts, but it takes us back even further than we were a few months ago. Is this the direction of an oversight body and a civilian boss that was once committed to diversity and fair treatment?

Don't Be Surprised that the Police Use Steroids

Derek James From | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Alberta
Derek James From

Generally speaking, steroid users are not impressionable youth--they are young adults fully capable of making informed decisions about their own health. Steroid users are not devious cheaters--they are not involved with organized sport and are not bound by the rules of any sporting body. Steroid users are not less intelligent--they are professionals with more than average education. And steroid users bear little resemblance to addicts--they are seeking to improve their health, not feeding an addiction.

The Financial Move That Will Keep the Police Focused on Policing

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Crime rates in Canada have been falling for 25 years, but the costs of policing just keep on rising. Admittedly, crime rates have likely been falling in part because we're spending more -- especially when that extra spending means more officers on the streets. But part of the cost increases can be attributed to the fact that those officers are performing a growing number of tasks that have little to do with actual policing.

Don't Be a Slave to Technology, Unplug and Get Happy

Mary Donohue | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

Rather than free us from the drudgery of work, technology has made us slaves to our phones and laptops. It has taken the entry of the most technologically savvy generation in history to realize that fact and, hopefully, to change it.

Death in the Devil: Sound and Fury

Robert Osborne | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada
Robert Osborne

(Photos by Jill Heinerth courtesy of Dam Builder Productions) Last August I wrote an article about the death of Carlos Fonseca. He was a dynamic div...

How Canadian Police Training Missions Improve Peace and Fight Corruption

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Since 1989, thousands of Canadian officers have volunteered in the world's most dangerous countries to train police. It's one of Canada's least recognized international development initiatives and, as Terry Gould puts it, "the last vestige of Canada's blue-helmet heritage."

The Story Behind the Picture ISIS Never Tweeted

William Reymond | Posted 01.01.2015 | Canada
William Reymond

But before I explain how the so-called ISIS-did-it theory was born, let me tell you the story behind this picture, How it landed on my computer screen and how I was able to identify it before sharing it with the world.

Kevin Vickers Brought More Honour to Parliament Than Any Politician

Glen Pearson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When I became the newest Member of Parliament from London North Centre, Kevin Vickers congratulated me. At the end of that day I walked up to Vickers and thanked him for his attention to detail and for his warm welcome. "I'm pretty new here myself, but you get used to it," he responded in that comfortable manner of his. Well, there are some things you just can't get used to, and nobody can testify to that reality better than Mr. Vickers himself. Just a few hours ago, he went from being a ceremonial Sergeant-at-Arms to a modern-day hero taking the lead in eliminating a gunman who, in that moment, brought the entire Parliamentary operation to a standstill.

Police Brutality is a Global Phenomenon

Murtaza Haider | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Months have passed since the attack in Lahore, and the police have not yet laid charges. The lack of social justice is a recipe for disaster, chaos, and mob rule. The scenes from Islamabad and Ferguson, Missouri, are indeed two manifestations of the same problem. Toronto has escaped riots because its citizens hold dear the principles of social justice and equality.

Oh, You Think the Ferguson Incident Could Never Happen in Canada? Think Again

Mary Donohue | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

Many Canadians are sitting back smugly stating how horrible and thank goodness that would never happen here, but if you believe this, you live in a bubble. Just look at what happened at York University last week. A hate filled piece was distributed by an anonymous group arguing the school would be better without people of different cultures. Hate isn't geographical, it is universal and based in fear of differences. Every city, state, province, business and government in North American needs to face facts, the issue isn't diversity. Look at the demographics. We are diverse, the issue is inclusion.

White People Who Do Nothing Only Add To The Racism Problem

Simon Lapierre | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada
Simon Lapierre

If we, as white people, cannot completely understand the experience of racism on a daily basis, we can try to position ourselves as allies in the combat against racism. As Darrell Cannon reminded us that, if we close our eyes and do not denunciate racism, we are also being part of the problem.