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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.

We're Talking Sex at the Dinner Table, and I Couldn't Be Happier

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Well, we've been having some interesting family discussions over dinner recently. Topics have included: marijuana, driver reaction time after consuming alcohol, how nicotine stains your fingers; the intense pain caused by Tasering; bras and body hair. One night, we even examined diagrams of male and female reproductive organs.

Why, When My Friend Got Attacked, Did No One Stop to Help Him?

Anne Theriault | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

I woke up Wednesday morning to a message from my friend Nathan. He had been attacked on his way home from another friend's house. In spite of how fortunate he is to be alive, this story didn't have to end this way. One of the most troubling parts of what happened is the fact that no one stopped to help him while he was lying there unconscious. We can't let it be this way. If you see someone being assaulted or attacked, please do something. I'm not saying that you should intervene or put yourself in danger, but there are so many ways to help.

Body Worn Cameras Could Stop Toronto Police From Being Racist

Abdi Hersi | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Abdi Hersi

This past fall I was carded by a Toronto police officer near my own neighbourhood. It wasn't my first time. After returning home that day I did some research on the topic of police surveillance and came across Body Worn Cameras (BWC). They would prove that Toronto police disproportionately target minorities and community outrage in the city is justified. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all measure that restores public trust in police. But in Toronto, where there is a clear crisis of distrust between minority communities and police, it becomes clear that police officers might have to wear these Body Worn Cameras to regain some of that trust.

Canada Should Keep Training Military in Afghanistan

Lauryn Oates | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

At the end of March, Canadian military personnel will leave Afghanistan. That is too soon. As the second largest contributing nation to the training mission after the U.S., Canada's contributions to this capacity development are too valuable to withdraw this close to the finish line. Canada should renew its training mission for another term, and continue contributing to the Afghan mission in an area in which it clearly excels. Canada should stay, and continue to add value to the effort of training and educating Afghan soldiers and police. We have given too much and come too far to walk out this close to the finish line, and with so much progress at stake.

Leaders Mourn Mandela But Miss His Message

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Rolihlahla "Nelson" Mandela is a global icon. His legendary ascension from prisoner to President is the stuff of fairytales. In this time of international mourning, our leaders should wipe their crocodile tears and reflect upon their actions, or lack thereof, in fulfilling the promise of racial equality which Nelson Mandela stood for. Mandela may no longer be with us, but his legacy, his message and his estimable struggle live on. They reside inside all of us who acknowledge that the pursuit of integration and equity belongs not in the apartheid past in a foreign land but in the bosom of our beloved nation.

Why no Wiretap for Rob Ford?

Sandy Garossino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

It's pretty shocking that after months of an expensive police surveillance, the most compelling evidence produced in the Ford investigation are photos of people acting suspiciously. Criminal investigations of serious crimes are always about obtaining direct rather than circumstantial evidence wherever possible. They're about tapes, paper trails and drug tests, not semi-useless photos of people with envelopes and plastic bags.

Why Weren't The Police Called?

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Grade 12 student in Abbotsford wants to know why school officials didn't call the police after he was beaten up in a school locker room on Frid...

Save These Numbers No Matter Where You Go

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.12.2013 | Canada Travel

Call it a number travellers hope they'll never have to dial. Canadian and American travellers might reactively dial "911" when there's an emergenc...

The Day My Friend's Baby Was Shot

Andrea Traynor | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

They were at a cottage. Just two days ago on a crisp September morning. My friend sat on a raft with her 19-month-old little boy. They were cuddling and soaking up the sunshine when she heard a strange noise; her toddler started to shake and wail uncontrollably. When her husband rushed over to them, another shot hit the boat beside them.

How Well Do Police Deal With Mentally Ill People?

Arthur Gallant | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

Police are not social workers, they are not psychiatrists, they are not therapists. The police are tasked with keeping the community at large safe. This is a complicated subject that has society divided and the law enforcement and mental health communities are struggling to find common ground.