Canada Riots

Police Brutality is a Global Phenomenon

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

Watching the Watchdog: Jimmy Breslin, I Salute You

Tim Knight | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

A man I taught to write for TV wins a Pulitzer Prize a while back. This man wins the Pulitzer because be writes about ordinary women and men -- people like you and me -- as if we are the most important people in all the world. The man's name is Jimmy Breslin. He writes a column for the New York Daily News and is all of 82 years old this week.

How to Avoid G20 Violence Again? Let the Police do Their Jobs

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Even those who are sick of the subject have difficulty escaping the regurgitations of last year's G20 demonstrations that went horribly wrong. Mistakes were made, force was over-used and misdirected, blah, blah, blah. Get over it. Everyone in authority has acknowledged error, and (one hopes) lessons have been learned; the same mistakes will not be repeated next time.

Quebecois Student Protesters Will Grow Out of It. They Always Do

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Yoni Goldstein

Going to university is like hitting the snooze button on life: You do whatever you want whenever you want, and there are no consequences. Same thing goes for these protests: Most of the kids on strike in Quebec demonstrating in the streets, are going to turn out just fine, and become hard-working citizens like you and me.

You Might Be a Small-Minded Canadian If...

Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D | Posted 10.10.2011 | Canada
Johannes Wheeldon, Ph.D

If you favour superstition over science, ideology over evidence, and ego over empathy, you might be a small-minded Canadian. Are we witnessing the closing of the Canadian mind? What about the Alberta tar sands, G20 protests, and prison instead of prevention?

Black July: Remembering the 1983 Riots in Sri Lanka

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 09.22.2011 | Canada
Amarnath Amarasingam

"Shoot! I am telling you, shoot! Shoot and run!" Seelan was demanding that his childhood friend Aruna kill him and escape. Aruna saw tears in Seelan's eyes as Aruna pointed the gun and fired. This would be the catalyst for one of the most damaging periods in Sri Lankan history.

Scholarship Athlete IDed As Vancouver Riot Vandal

CBC | Posted 08.18.2011 | Canada

CBC -- A young rioter caught on film appearing to try to light a police car on fire in Vancouver on Wednesday night has been identified as an elite at...

The Search For A Vancouver Riot Hero

The Huffington Post Canada | Scaachi Koul | Posted 08.17.2011 | Canada

UPDATE: The Toronto Star has identified the heroic bystander as Robert MacKay. Read his story here. As rioters smashed windows, set cars on fire, a...

How to Survive Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots: Drinking Beer with Calm Canucks

Kim Mance | Posted 08.17.2011 | Canada
Kim Mance

I wish I could've gone around to the many places filled with calm and peaceful Canadians and tweeted photos and video footage of them. It would've definitely overwhelmed the groups of young nutjobs trashing a few square blocks of lovely Vancouver.

Vancouver's Shame

Georgialee Lang | Posted 08.16.2011 | Canada
Georgialee Lang

There is a palpable sense of embarrassment as downtown workers return to the scene of the crime, where the aftermath of last night's riot is evident. The question on everyone's lips is "How could this happen?" The Canucks deserved better than this.