The truth is that the crime rate in Wood Buffalo, for almost all kinds of crime, is below Alberta averages, and often below Canadian norms as well. The rate of all forms of property crime is below national and provincial averages, and the rate of all forms of violent crime is below Alberta averages.
Professor and Associate Director, School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University
Neil Boyd is a Professor and Associate Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, educated in psychology at the University of Western Ontario and in law at Osgoode Hall Law School. <br> <br> He is a previous Director of the School of Criminology and the author of seven books and many academic articles. He is a frequent media commentator on subjects related to law and criminology. <br> <br> His most recent book, <em>A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for its Future</em>, was co-authored with Senator Larry Campbell and journalist Lori Culbert. The book was short-listed for the Donner Prize, and was the winner of the George Ryga Award for social awareness in literature.
Common political views on cannabis control have always painted as a federal responsibility, but it can be resolved at the provincial level. A moratorium on the enforcement of simple possession of cannabis would be an entirely reasonable initiative, clearly supported by a majority of the province's citizens.
05/10/2013 12:04 EDT
"I don't believe in much," my friend Bob said not long ago, "but I do believe in the rule of law." And so it is with me as
01/15/2013 05:21 EST
We are having a conversation about how we should regulate the consumption of cannabis at the same time we have a government that not only seeks to retain criminalization and the possibility of imprisonment for adults who possess the drug, but is also bringing a new strategy to the table: imprisoning thousands of cultivators.
03/01/2012 11:36 EST
Steven Pinker's <em>The Better Angels of our Nature</em> is a remarkable book, extolling science as a mechanism for understanding issues that are all too often shrouded in unstated moralities, and highly questionable empirical assumptions. Pinker is simply assessing what the evidence is telling us about violence in the world today.
01/16/2012 12:09 EST
The Conservative government is intent upon increasing inmate populations in both federal and provincial correctional centres. It is particularly tragic that, if only by neglect, they are willing to risk the health and safety of both correctional officers and inmates in order to accomplish their goals.
12/05/2011 12:25 EST
The premier is an intelligent woman; she must know that the very expensive elements of the crime bill have nothing to do with making our streets safer.
11/12/2011 08:28 EST
We all want more social safety, but these initiatives won't get us there. Instead, the Conservatives are prepared to spend billions on policies that have long been discredited, and have no hope of any tangible return on investment.
10/11/2011 08:45 EDT
Last Wednesday night a part of our culture was reeling out of control, returning to what we see among chimpanzees in the wild. At its worst this kind of group violence can turn to genocide, and we cannot be so complacent as to believe that we are immune from such possibilities.
06/21/2011 08:11 EDT
In the land of the marijuana growers -- and the land of the users -- very little will change because of Stephen Harper's mandatory minimum sentencing terms. What will convince the Harper government to change its course?
06/14/2011 07:45 EDT
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