Canada Violence

More Violence -- Over 22-Cent Soda Tax

Candace Plattor | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

This horrible violence is bound to happen again, somewhere else, today or tomorrow, maybe in my neighborhood or yours -- how can any of us think it won't?

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

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.21.2014 | 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.

What's Really Going On With Canadian Stabbings?

Candace Plattor | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

Has all this violence gotten our attention yet? Has anyone you know been murdered yet, or murdered someone else? Do we have to know the people involved personally before we decide to rise up as a society and say NO! to the violence that's all around us?

Stop Pretending You Don't Know Reason Behind High School Violence

Candace Plattor | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

Deep in our heart of hearts, as a collective society, how can we be surprised by this kind of over-the-top violent behaviour from our kids when we allow them -- our leaders of tomorrow -- to be fed on this these "killing sprees" in the various forms of media day in and day out?

Where Is the Action For Mothers of Murdered Children?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Youth leaders ask tough questions: what studies of the RCMP's "Bias-Free Policing policy" have been, or are being undertaken, to ensure that no bias does exist? Do mothers feel their children's deaths were considered less important because of their background, and do they believe the investigations into their children's deaths were treated the same as other victims?

Men Can Be Allies in the Movement to End Violence Against Women

Simon Lapierre | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Simon Lapierre

Given the recent incidents involving male students from the University of Ottawa, several commentators have raised concerns regarding the rape culture on university campuses. Drawing upon a feminist perspective, female students and faculties have initiated diverse actions to end violence towards women, but we now ought to consider how men can act as allies in this movement.

A Letter To Proud Men Who Think "No" Means "Yes"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Dear proud men who have taken a woman's "No" to sexual activity, touching, or intercourse as a "Yes" instead of respecting her wishes; to men who have...

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.

For Some Children, War Is No Video Game

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

"But all my friends have them!" implored by 11-year-old son Derrick, arguing once again for the purchase of M-rated video games (for "Mature"). How do I explain that there are children all around the world who don't play games like these -- their actual lives read like an ESRB warning?

Afghanistan's Real Tragedy

Lauryn Oates | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is how little much of the world knows about the tremendous progress made in Afghanistan over the past decade, and just how much is at stake. This is not yet another chapter in an unending story of a country perpetually on the brink of self-implosion.

Zombies Aren't the Scariest Part of "The Walking Dead"

Sheetal Lodhia | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada TV
Sheetal Lodhia

If the world was like The Walking Dead then it would be a world where nearly everyone alive speaks English, nearly everyone is white, and male. The biggest failure of the show is to have the audience rooting for a society that preaches tired principles of violence, lack of community, selfishness, capitalism, patriarchy, and shoot-first mentality.

How Fist Fighting Made Me a Better Man

AskMen.com | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living
AskMen.com

There are few sensations as rewarding as that of your knee driving into the soft, fleshy testicles of the guy who just butted in front of you in the lineup at Dairy Queen, but there are also risks. Clearly, there are situations in which a man has no choice but to stand up for himself; there are many more in which standing down is unquestionably the right thing to do. The key is knowing the difference.

Know A Woman Who's Been Abused? You're Far From Alone

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Sandra Hawken Diaz

I wasn't prepared for 67 per cent. According to a new survey released today by the Canadian Women's Foundation, that's the percentage of Canadians who personally know a woman who's been physically or sexually abused. Imagine what that number would be if the silence ended.

As an Immigrant, I Get More Respect than Canada's Aboriginals

Obert Madondo | Posted 12.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Obert Madondo

The upcoming 7th annual Ottawa Sisters in Spirit (SIS) vigil is a special event for me as a recent immigrant to Canada. It offers me the opportunity to reflect on what it means for my adopted country to embrace and heal me, while neglecting the perennial issue of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Canada restored that which Zimbabwe denied me for the first 32 years of my life: human dignity. But Canada cares for me, an immigrant, more than it cares for Aboriginal people. If there is another western country that has so many people from one racialized group missing or murdered and still has neither the political will nor strategy to find lasting a solution, please let me know.

If People View Muslims As Intolerant, That's Our Fault

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

The film the Innocence of Muslims has recently been thrust into the spotlight and has played the willing role of firestarter to what can be seen as a tinderbox which harbours the sensitive feelings of my Muslim brothers and sisters. You, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, fell for it. You have played right into the hands of this hate-monger filmmaker and into the hands of his bigoted friends who view Muslims as "crazy," "intolerant," "violent" all in the same breath. And thanks to you we have handed them another high profile example. On a big fat shiny platter.

Dispatches From Damascus: Silence and Noise in the Old City

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

The sound of violence in surrounding suburbs has become a feature of life in Central Damascus. While the central parts of the capital have, for the most part, been spared the fighting that has beset some outer suburbs in recent months, residents here are frequently reminded of their precarious situation by the sound of explosions and gunfire emanating from surrounding suburbs.

We've Seen Violence Like the Massacre at Marikana Before

Tim Knight | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Sixteen years after freedom and the end of the evil that was apartheid, South African police massacred 34 striking black miners at a place called Marikana. Pictures on TV and in our newspapers show them chasing demonstrators, firing into the crowd, standing over the dead like hunters counting their kill.

A Western Safe Haven Against Religious Extremism

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Alberta
Junaid Jahangir

Alarmed by the rise in religious extremism and its consequences for stability in South Asia, Alberta's Dr. Wasim established the "Defy Enmity Encourage Peace" forum for peace. In Urdu, the acronym DEEP stands for a small clay lamp symbolizing light and hope in utter darkness. DEEP maintains a secular outlook and has managed to create a safe space where people can share ideas irrespective of religious or political affiliation, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

Real Villains of Batman Shooting are Lax Gun Laws

Josh Bowman | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada
Josh Bowman

The gas-masked gunman who opened fire at a theatre full of people, killing twelve and injuring dozens more, reportedly had a shotgun, two pistols, an assault rifle, gas canisters, and potentially explosives in his home. What I don't understand is how it can possibly be alright for a civilian to have access to these kinds of weapons.

Getachew Gets a Bite of a Rhodes Scholar's Noodle

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

In 2007, Kofi Hope was made a Rhodes Scholar. This year, he returned to Toronto with a newly minted PhD from Oxford. He reflects on the latest tragedy at the Eaton Centre as well as looks at potential solutions to help curb what is becoming an often occurrence in the GTA.

Little League Baseball Has Grown-Up Consequences

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I don't want my kids to think that violence, entitlement and disrespect are a regular part of sports. But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they are a part of the experience and will help prepare them for what's ahead. But is that really what little league baseball is all about?

The Music Diaries: "Half Angel Half Eagle"

Jane Siberry | Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada
Jane Siberry

Someone's mother falls to the sidewalk; on the next street someone looks up. In the cathedral, a burst of laughter; in another city the pigeons fly up and scatter. Someone put down in a New York subway a newspaper picked up in Australia. For each event, the inarticulate glory, the equal and opposite, will tell the story.

Ontarian Acquitted In Jamaica Slashing To Return Home

CBC | Posted 01.26.2012 | Canada

An Ontario man acquitted in Jamaica of slashing his wife's throat has told CBC News he is eager to get back to his children and his job ...

10 Things I've Learned From 9/11

Josh Bowman | Posted 11.12.2011 | Canada
Josh Bowman

1. I remember waking up and going to work on Sept. 11, 2001. At the time I was working at a call centre for a growing company with franchises througho...

No To Aboriginal Women Plan: Ambrose

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.04.2011 | Canada

OTTAWA -- Women's status ministers declared solidarity with the hundreds of protesters who took to Parliament Hill on Tuesday to raise awareness about...