U.S. soft on inappropriate sexual student/teacher relationships

School boards, teacher’s unions reluctant to act against teacher predators

U.S. soft on inappropriate sexual student/teacher relationshipsThink you know what a sexual predator looks like? You might want to think again. With alarming frequency, the new face of predation is the person standing at the front of your child’s classroom. Hard numbers are not easy to come by but there seems to be a troubling trend. The Center for Sex Offender…

O.J. Simpson’s legacy of perverse justice

With his imminent release in October, one wonders if O.J. Simpson will resume his search for the “real killers” of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman

O.J. Simpson’s legacy of perverse justiceWhat a bizarre spectacle it is when events come full circle in the legal arena. Under the full glare of national – and one presumes international – media attention, O.J. Simpson has been unanimously granted parole in Nevada. Held since 2008 at the Lovelock Correctional Center in a rural part of that state, one of…

Missing women, evil men: inquiry must examine both

Far too many aboriginal men insist on locking themselves and their families in a deadly prison of dependence, alcohol, abuse and violence

Missing women, evil men: inquiry must examine bothThere’s turmoil within the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It could all be about the breadth of the inquiry. Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, from northern Manitoba, has called for the resignation of the inquiry’s chief commissioner, British Columbia Judge Marion Buller. At least four staff members have left, and…

Protect yourself from financial phishing

Welcome to the predatory online scamming world. Fraudulent emails, often containing links or attachments, are dangerous. If it seems too good to be true, it is

Protect yourself from financial phishingBeware the phishing hook. Phishing describes an attempt to get you to unknowingly disclose personal information such as credit card details, banking information, usernames and passwords. The party trying to gather your information will try to hook you by sending you an email and asking you to click on a link. The email will look…

Khadr settlement defies due process, insults Canadians

None of Khadr's conspiracy allegations were proven in court, of course, because the Trudeau government sidestepped the public process and defied the rule of law

Khadr settlement defies due process, insults CanadiansThe federal government has shown a gross lack of common sense in settling with Omar Khadr. According to a recent poll, a whopping 71 per cent of Canadians believe the Liberal government did “the wrong thing” in skipping the court process and awarding Khadr a $10.5-million settlement and an apology for violating his human rights…

The dilemma of Omar Khadr

The child soldier argument may support Khadr's repatriation, but whether the Liberal’s decision to pay him $10.5 million is politically wise remains to be seen

The dilemma of Omar KhadrIt seems nobody is very happy about the multi-million-dollar payout to Omar Khadr. In a sharp rebuke to the government of Canada, the Sun newspaper chain claimed, "… the $10.5 million payout to Canadian-born al-Qaeda combatant Omar Khadr will be a millstone around the Liberal's neck ..." The editorial went on to say, "rewarding and…

Khadr apology and settlement shameful

As many Canadians struggle on public assistance,. imagine how they feel as confessed terrorist Omar Khadr gets $10.5 million from the Trudeau government

Khadr apology and settlement shamefulOmar Khadr didn’t deserve the apology and $10.5-million settlement he received from the federal Liberal government last week. I could almost end the column right now. Khadr’s supporters will be furious and stop reading it. His detractors will assume my thesis fits their worldview and gloss over it. But if you’ll divulge me for several…

The dangerous domino effect of urban violence

From seemingly harmless events, a cascade of riots and mayhem can follow. Just look at the examples in Detroit, Watts and the 1992 violence in Los Angeles

The dangerous domino effect of urban violenceEverything is related to everything else, according to ecologist Barry Commoner. This is proven to be true in cities every day. If a driver slows on an expressway, a chain reaction back a few kilometres slows everybody down. When this causes 1,000 people to be late for work, there’s a loss of economic activity. There…

A simple PR lesson for community police

If police report that all is quiet in a community, does it mean they're overstaffed or does it mean a reporter is asking the wrong questions?

A simple PR lesson for community policeAs a young reporter in a radio and TV newsroom in Saint John, N.B., I had to do police checks every night. I’d call the duty sergeant of the city police and the local detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. I’d ask if there were any events I should know about and report on.…

Man gets 10-year driving prohibition

Chad Henderson pleaded guilty to three charges, including disqualified operation of a motor vehicle, breach of probation and theft under $5,000

Man gets 10-year driving prohibitionA history of disqualified driving violations from 20 years ago, along with another charge, resulted in a decade-long driving prohibition for Chad Henderson. The man was sentenced in Kindersley court on June 6. Henderson pleaded guilty to three charges, including disqualified operation of a motor vehicle, breach of probation and theft under $5,000. He received…