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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

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 03.28.2016 | 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 02.29.2016 | 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 02.04.2016 | 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 | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Impact

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?"