Canada Violence

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

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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 11.01.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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.

The Racist Tweets About Subban Are Only Part of a Bigger Problem

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

On Thursday night, Montreal Canadiens player P. K. Subban scored the winning goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal. Predictably, Boston fans were outraged. In this case, though, with Subban as one of the few black players in the league, their anger took a sickeningly racist turn.

More Violence -- Over 22-Cent Soda Tax

Candace Plattor | Posted 06.22.2014 | 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 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.

What's Really Going On With Canadian Stabbings?

Candace Plattor | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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.