Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

The Only Shame in Mental Illness Is the Shameful Lack of Understanding

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

The mentally ill are too often feared and disparaged. There is an inability to believe that medication, proper supervision and some love can keep mentally ill people stable -- able to not only make it in this world, but contribute. I have read on Facebook that people want nothing but revenge against the Vince Li's of the world. Yes, I understand it's scary. But that's emotion speaking. Not facts on the ground.

I Was in Newtown One Year Ago Today

Jared Brock | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada
Jared Brock

Exactly one year ago today, we were driving from Boston to Washington, happily listening to a random program when a news alert interrupted. Unconfirmed reports told us that dozens of students had been killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

Sam Stein

The Newtown Moment That Came And Went

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON -- There have been many instances of mass gun violence during the presidency of Barack Obama. Some faded away without much public recogniti...

Ashley Smith: The Need to Bear Witness

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I have tried to avoid looking at pictures of the treatment of Ashley Smith from still photos to videos. But, it is wrong to look away for my own sake. It is wrong for any of us to look away for our own sake. . We need to see it so that we never let our government treat the mentally ill as "lesser than."

Canada OKs Gun Exports To One Of World's Most Dangerous Countries

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Just one day before last month's elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Canada offered its gun merchants "new market opportunities" to...

Post-Sandy Hook, Don't Fear Those With Mental Illnesses

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.24.2013 | Canada
Arthur Gallant

The Sandy Hook tragedy has got people talking worldwide. We may never know for certain if the suspect had a mental illness, but a lot of people are now wondering if mental illness could lead somebody to kill dozens of people. As a mental health advocate, I have an opinion.

SavvyMom Roundup: Remembering Sandy Hook

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada
Minnow Hamilton

I planned to write about Christmas today. Specifically, what I want for Christmas. But it doesn't seem right when that's not at all what caught my attention this week. What's in my head and my heart, on my Facebook feed and Twitter stream, in my inbox and in so many conversations I have had is the horrors and devastation from the Newtown, Connecticut shootings of last Friday.

What About Gun Control in Your Home?

Jill Amery | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada
Jill Amery

I have two boys. They like to turn their fingers into guns, their toast into bayonets and the household firewood into rifles. For a while I was worried that banning guns in the home made them more desirable, like our North American drinking restrictions. But now I think it's simply part of that Y chromosome. So it's up to me as a parent to teach responsibility and empathy.

From Aurora to Newtown, There Is No Antidote for Evil

Andrew Lawton | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Andrew Lawton

We've seen the same debates take place after the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, Virginia Tech, and every time, pundits miss the point. Simply put, there is no antidote for evil. The notion that simply changing the laws will take away the pain and suffering of this tragedy or even prevent future ones from occurring is simply not true.

Sorrows Of This Planet Totally Overwhelming

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

I am troubled that we are more horrified by deaths of children here rather than afar. They all have parents who are left numb and alone. We should be weeping for the world. One that doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's the 21st century and we are still killing each other and ourselves.

Watching the Nightmare Unfold in Newtown

Paul Mott | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Paul Mott

Just now we are getting to know the people behind the numbers. Twenty-six dead, but who are they? The stories of immense courage are coming out, teachers running toward the sound of gunshots, some shielding children with their bodies. I don't know if anything can make this worse, but that this happened at a time of year that fills that age of innocence with such excitement and wonder just adds another level of heartbreak.

What Canada's Government Can Learn from the Connecticut Shooting

Marvin Ross | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Marvin Ross

Events like this would never happen if accessing mental health services was as easy as getting guns. Canadians should not feel sanctimonious about this tragedy. The problem is not only guns. What we do share with our grieving cousins south of the border is a lack of access to appropriate mental health services.

Teachers: The Real Heroes of Sandy Hook

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

No one goes to teacher's college because he or she wants to hide with children in a dark closet, or step into the path of an armed madman. But we don't choose the society we live in, and sadly, this comes with the job. So teachers do so rightly (I feel obliged to say) armed not with guns, but with the kindness, compassion, and sense of duty that can only be found in one's heart.

I'm Choosing Hope Over Fear: Views On The Newtown Tragedy From A Canadian Mom

Erin Chrusch | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

It's been one of those days when the words are many, yet not enough. Because what can you possibly say about such horror? Nothing really. I've wept for the parents, siblings, children, spouses, friends and families of those who were so violently taken from this earth at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

WATCH: SNL's Newtown Tribute

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada TV

Saturday Night Live took a different approach to its cold open on the night after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. ...

Could Your Child's School Survive a Threatening Attack?

Jenna Em | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada
Jenna Em

Shock, disbelief and tears have flooded us, after the Newtown, Connecticut slaying of 20 primary school children aged 5-10 years old. Although it's easy to be blindsided by the heinous crime that took place, let's ask ourselves if the same could happen at our child's school -- and what steps can be taken to prevent a similar tragedy?

Former Winnipeg Resident Killed In Newtown Shooting

CBC | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada

Relatives of a 6-year-old girl who was among the 20 children killed in a shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday say her family...

Are Canada's Gun Laws Sufficient?

CBC | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Politics

A firearms expert says Canada's tougher gun laws likely help insulate this country from U.S-style massacres like the one in Connecticut Friday that sh...

Redford, Albertans React To Connecticut School Shooting

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada Alberta

"Together with all Albertans, I am deeply saddened by the terrible shooting in Connecticut. My heart and prayers are with all of the families," said P...

Alberta Reacts To Connecticut School Shooting

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada Alberta

"Together with all Albertans, I am deeply saddened by the terrible shooting in Connecticut. My heart and prayers are with all of the families," said P...

A Deadly Reminder to Be Skeptical of Toy Guns

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada
Joshua Ostroff

Just shortly after the news that 20 small children were killed in Connecticut, the White House Press Secretary said "today is not the day" to engage in a policy debate over gun control. But it hardly matters if we all agree that shooting schoolchildren is terrible if we don't do anything to prevent it in the future -- and that is difficult to do in a society that promotes gun culture to even its youngest members.