Canada Violence

Could Justin Trudeau Be Charged For House Of Commons Elbow?

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Andrew Feldstein

The PM's behaviour has provoked concern and anger from MPs and Canadians all over the country. What are the potential legal consequences of the PM's shoving and manhandling? Well, threatening, hitting, kicking, punching, harassing and shoving another person are all offences punishable under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Justice Is The Foundation For Everlasting Peace

Jari Qudrat | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Jari Qudrat

"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." These words of Martin Luther King Jr. accurately describe the world crisis we live in today. To avoid war and attacks as such, all nations must come together for the greater good and unite in their efforts to stop all forms of cruelty, persecution and injustice perpetrated in the name of religion or else wise.

Victims Of Violence Deserve Unconditional Access To Legal Aid

Annie Kashamura Zawadi | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Annie Kashamura Zawadi

Zahra Mahamoud Abdille and her two sons fled violence and sought refuge in a Toronto women's shelter. Zahra did the right thing. She wanted to leave the abusive life behind her for good and start a new life free of violence. And thus, she contemplated a divorce. However, such an endeavour requires resources, including legal fees that were beyond her means. Once again, Zahra, did the right thing: she applied for legal aid to proceed with her separation and divorce papers. Sadly, Zahra was denied legal aid because she was working and had a "decent" income.

Violent Extremist Infiltrators In Peaceful Protests? Not So Fast

Jillian Skeet | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Jillian Skeet

A recent intelligence report warns that peaceful anti-petroleum protests could be infiltrated by extremists to incite violence. While the report itself was just released, the actual study likely pre-dates the new Liberal government. It was probably intended as a companion to Bill C-51, which many Canadians have seen as an attempt to curtail the right to demonstrate on hot-button issues like proposed pipelines.

Extremists Are Targeting The Symbols Of Free Thought

Lauryn Oates | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Living
Lauryn Oates

These sites of free thought threaten Islamo-fascists as much as the well-armed armies of their enemies do. And the Taliban's reasons for bombing the French Institute are the same as the Islamic State's reasons for targeting a concert hall, a sports stadium and restaurants in Paris.

We Need To Keep Speaking Up And Out On Sexual Violence

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

What would I like to see the #BeenRapedNeverReported campaign become? Before any meaningful change can occur, we need to work towards pulling back the layers of stigma. If we are unable to talk openly, how can we expect survivors of sexual violence to come forward with their own experiences with trauma?

Violence in Israel Made Me Come Out of the Political Closet

Danila Botha | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living
Danila Botha

The idea behind terrorism is to evoke contagion, a feeling that no one is safe anywhere. But believing that is dangerous both because of the panic and anxiety it evokes, and because of the way it interferes with our sense of justice.

This Is My Problem With (Some) Modern Feminists

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Chanty Binx' impassioned rant outside the MRA lecture displays everything wrong with modern feminism. It's the childish temper tantrums, the causeless wildfire, the name-calling and the abusive labeling that is frequently attributed to the feminist name. Binx' rant displays the most depressing aspect to the discrediting of the feminist cause: they are no better than the patriarchy that they aim to take down.

True Democracies Protect Everyone's Freedom of Expression

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

Democracies must protect freedom of expression, which includes the right to blaspheme. Freedom of expression and the right to dissent is either for everybody or for nobody, or the principal falls apart entirely.

25 Years After the Montreal Massacre, Gender-Based Violence Still Thrives

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the gunman, a rejected engineering student, shot those young women he was enraged that they were pursuing studies in a profession he believed was meant for men. That was a quarter of a century ago. Today, more and more women are flooding into professions, including engineering, once considered male preserves, but there is still so much more progress to be made in changing those attitudes that enable gender-based violence.

I Am a Feminist Because It's Still Not Safe to Be a Woman

Anuradha Dugal | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
Anuradha Dugal

Today is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which kicks off 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This year has seen an explosion of women speaking out against abuse and public discussion about the crisis of violence against women. But in every other way, nothing much has changed.

Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

The report calls for a national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women and immigration policies that better support immigrants in precarious circumstances. It calls on the federal government to abolish the two-year conditional status for sponsored spouses, reinstate access to the Interim Federal Health program to all refugee claimants and uphold the privacy of all people who have access to social and health services.

Three Items on Any Abuser's To-Do List

Maya Roy | Posted 01.01.2015 | Canada Living
Maya Roy

After 18 years of social work with survivors of gender violence and offenders, you start to notice a few patterns -- especially with how abusers rationalize how they treat women. They have figured out the rules of the game and take comfort in the ultimate insurance policy: that society protects men who beat and violate women.

Why Does China Get To Renege on Its Promise of Democracy in Hong Kong?

Diane M. Francis | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane M. Francis

China's recent ruthlessness has shocked many including Emily Lau, a long-standing Member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council. In a recent interview, she said: "These demands are modest and reasonable and protesters are peaceful. There is no compromise. The ball is now in China's court. Promises were made."

Young People Aren't the Problem, But We Must Make Them Part of the Solution

Scott M. Weber | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Scott M. Weber

We are witnessing political, social and economic exclusion of young people in many countries around the world. Frustration and resentment are mounting. We feel the power of these young people. We fear their anger and their numbers. But we don't listen to what they are saying. We need to stop seeing young people as a threat and make them part of the solution.

Every Second Woman You See Has Been a Victim of Violence

Stephen Hampton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Stephen Hampton

The reality is that domestic abuse is far too common in society and that includes Canada. According to a Statistics Canada study 50 per cent of women in Canada have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. Think about that for a minute. Look around your office, your classroom, the street your walking on; statistically every second women you see will have suffered violence. And domestic violence is not just limited to people we don't know or people we don't see. Think about your friends and your family, your co-workers, and your classmates -- any of them could be victims of domestic violence.

Asking Abuse Victims Why They Stayed Is Still Blaming Them

Toula Drimonis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

To these women this isn't just the monster who kicked them down the stairs or told them they were worthless. He's also the man who romanced them and won their heart, the man they sleep next to, the man they make love to, the man who may be the father of their children, the man they build a life with together. To walk away from him is to walk away from the good moments, from the dream of that life. The possibility of what might have been, if only he could change and see the light. Abuse victims didn't "ask for it" or "like it" or "cause it." They are victims, and asking "why didn't they just walk away" -- whether unintentional or not -- blames those victims.

These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy Strikes

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada
Romeo Vitelli

Lone-acting offenders were far more likely to have a history of mental illness than offenders who had been part of a group. Lone-actors with mental illness were also more likely to have a spouse or partner who was part of a larger movement (making them more vulnerable to outside influences) and to have parents who were divorced. Though offenders acting alone are often characterized as being "loners" without any real sources of emotional support, that doesn't appear to be the case.

How to Stop "Illegal" Immigrants from Central America

Fred McMahon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Fred McMahon

The real solution to the flood of illegal immigrants from Central America is not higher walls or more guns to combat gangs, but to follow the path of Chile. Increased economic freedom, open to all not just the elites, would give youth an alternative to gangs and create the prosperity, opportunity, and calm that will keep people at home.

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.

Children Should Not Be Pawns for Violence

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Some of our ultimate values as a civilization have swirled around children. They have prompted our drive towards education, health, training and opportunity. What does it say about us, then, that we are willing to accept the increasing death of millions of children in conflicts in which they have had no responsibility?

It's Time to Connect the Dots on Gender-Based Violence

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the headlines fade, the daily, persistent, and pervasive violence against girls and women around the world will continue unabated and generally unreported. And it will persist until people and their governments start connecting the dots between these headline-making atrocities and the everyday, out of the headlines, violence targeted at girls and women on public streets, in the household, in the workplace, and in and around schools and why these incidents happen.

12-Year-Olds Are Stabbing 12-Year-Olds: Are We Paying Attention Yet?

Candace Plattor | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada
Candace Plattor

Two 12-year-old girls who -- with deliberate premeditation -- decided to repeatedly stab another 12-year-old girl they knew, with the intention of killing her. And truly, I don't know what to think -- or even how to express my feelings about it. Are we no longer shocked by this?

I'm Horrified By What Elliot Rodger Did, But I'm Not Shocked

Candace Plattor | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Candace Plattor

We are all shocked and outraged by Elliot Rodger's shooting spree in Isla Vista, California -- with three legally purchased handguns and over 400 rounds of ammunition. I can understand us being outraged -- but shocked? Really?

Prenatal Stress Causes More Harm to Babies Than We Think

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Last month, it was reported that an Edmonton woman was badly beaten by her spouse. Though the attack put her in the hospital, the police offered a silver lining by stating that her unborn baby, at least, wasn't harmed. Sadly, this claim underestimates the profound effect severe stress can have on children's development in their first years of life, including while they're still in the womb.