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  1. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) I guess that is a step in the right direction
  2. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) I am just surprised no one tried this before. I know someone tried stealing one with their pick up truck a while back.
  3. I just saw this story online, of all places it was on Global Toronto and Fox News Radio. No one is covering the story in Montreal. Police investigate death threats, racist Tweets of McGill student (Courtesy of Global Toronto) I do hope the student gets expelled and is never allowed to study at any university again. Plus what does he expect going to a conservative club meeting? It would be like me going to Nazi rally and dealing with all the anti-semitism, but I wouldn't be an idiot tweeting what he tweeted online.
  4. Read more: Wow, this is not good.
  5. Many cities bum rush towards bankruptcy, raising taxes instead of cutting spending, but one city – Colorado Springs – has drawn the line. When sales tax revenues dropped, voters were asked to make up the shortfall by tripling their property taxes. Voters emphatically said no, despite the threat of reduced services. Those cuts have now arrived. More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled. The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter. Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks… City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. I bet they do find private funding. That and community involvement is a better solution than throwing more money to government bureaucrats. A private enterprise task force is focusing on the real problem; the city’s soaring pension and health care costs for city employees. Broadmoor luxury resort chief executive Steve Bartolin wrote an open letter asking why the city spends $89,000 per employee, when his enterprise has a similar number of workers and spends only $24,000 on each. Good question, and also the subject of my Fox Business Network show tonight. Government employee unions are a big reason cities spend themselves into bankruptcy. Some union workers in Colorado Springs make it clear that they are not volunteering to help solve the budget problems. (A) small fraction of city employees have made perfectly clear they won’t stand for pay cuts, no matter what happens to the people who pay their wages. The attitude of a loud minority of employees, toward local taxpayers, sometimes sounds like “(expletive) them.” Maybe those workers should sense change in the air. Colorado Springs residents understand that if you can’t pay for it, you can’t have it. And if a rec center has to be closed, or the cops lose their helicopters, or government workers get a pay cut, so be it. Read more:
  6. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) WOW I am happy I don`t live on St Pierre anymore. This city has gone to the dogs. I guess its time to really go out and buy a bulletproof vest and armour up my car.
  7. Voici quelques articles que j'ai trouvé bon sur toute la merde qui se passe avec la FTQ. JE n'en reviens pas que le gouvernement charest ne fait rien dans ce dossier. Je commence vraiment à croire que les Libéraux de Charest commencent à ce croire invincible et qu'ils commencent à croire qu,ils seront au pouvoir éternellement! Ça fait 7 ans qu,ils sont au serait temps d'un petit changement! Pour revenir au sujet original, comme j,ai souvent dis, les syndicats s'en viennent de plus en plus puissant et corrompus. Vous n,avez qu'à lire ces article sur toute la crosse qu'il se passe dans le monde de la construction au Québec pour réaliser qu,on se fait avoir. On se demande pourquoi tout coûte 30% de plus au Qué bien vous avez votre réponse. Les osties de syndicats croches et remplis de criminels! Si Charest avait des couilles, il ferait quelque chose pôur nettoyer cette merde qu'est les syndicats! Vraiment dégoutant!! «La FTQ est intouchable» Denis Lessard La Presse (Québec) Paul Sauvé, l'entrepreneur qui avait alerté la police sur les dérapages du monde de la construction, l'intimidation, le blanchiment d'argent et les liens avec le crime organisé, est furieux. Après avoir craint pour sa vie et pour celle de sa fille et failli perdre son entreprise, celui qui avait mis le feu aux poudres est outré «de l'hypocrisie du gouvernement Charest, qui refuse de faire le ménage dans une industrie corrompue». «La FTQ est carrément intouchable», lance celui qui était allé voir la SQ il y a trois ans pour dénoncer le motard Marvin Ouimet ainsi que le patron des Grues Guay, Louis-Pierre Lafortune, et un de leurs amis, Jocelyn Dupuis, directeur général de la FTQ-Construction pendant 11 ans. Avec les accusations portées mercredi contre Jocelyn Dupuis pour fraude et fabrication de fausses factures, les trois individus visés à l'époque font finalement l'objet d'un mandat d'arrêt. Seul Lafortune a été épinglé jusqu'ici, à l'aéroport Montréal-Trudeau, en décembre 2009. On reproche à Dupuis, essentiellement, d'avoir demandé le remboursement de dépenses indues à l'époque où il était à la direction de la FTQ-Construction. «On a un gars qui va payer pour des dépenses injustifiées, mais le problème est bien plus profond», déplore Sauvé. M. Sauvé est amer. Le gouvernement aurait dû aller beaucoup plus loin. «Quand je regarde avec un peu de recul tout ce qui ne s'est pas fait et qui aurait pu être fait pour mettre en lumière une industrie qui trébuche depuis si longtemps, je suis fâché! Le gouvernement Charest avait la chance de faire le ménage important qu'il avait promis. On promettait de casser le cartel... Or, ce qu'on voit, c'est que la FTQ et le gouvernement Charest parlent d'une seule voix. On prouve qu'il y a des Hells Angels dans la cabane, qu'il y en a qui font de l'extorsion, des menaces, du blanchiment... on devrait faire plus qu'arrêter un gars pour des remboursements de dépenses!» dit M. Sauvé, dont l'entreprise de maçonnerie, LM Sauvé, avait été infiltrée par le crime organisé. À la suite de sa dénonciation à la police et d'accrochages avec la FTQ-Construction et le Fonds de solidarité, Paul Sauvé avait vu son entreprise péricliter. Il a toutefois évité la faillite et travaille désormais dans des chantiers plus modestes. «Les choses se replacent, mais la pilule a été dure à avaler», résume Paul Sauvé.
  8. Sharing the streets JULIA KILPATRICK, The Gazette Published: 6 hours ago Skateboard users risk fines as well as injury when they travel on public arteries like sidewalks or bike paths. But while aficionados complain about the regulations, police say their goal is safety Turning his back to the traffic screaming past a small skateboard park east of the Gay Village, Kyle Naylor pulled his board out of his backpack. The skateboard was split in two jagged pieces. A car had run over it earlier, when Naylor was skating to the park for an afternoon session with friends. "My friends all put in some cash so I could buy a new board," Naylor, 18, said. Email to a friendEmail to a friendPrinter friendlyPrinter friendly Font: "We didn't want to miss out on our skate day." Skateboard commuters like Naylor risk more than a broken board when they choose to ride on the street. Bylaws prohibit skateboarding on Montreal's roads and sidewalks. Fines for ignoring the rules range from $30 to $300. Commander Daniel Touchette, of the Montreal police traffic division, says the fines are justified because skateboarders are not equipped to share the roads with other vehicles. "The regulations exist for the safety of skateboarders," he said. "If they are on the street and they fall, there's no saying where they might go." Naylor's broken board appears to support that argument, but the statistics don't. Montreal police issued 116 tickets for offences related to skateboarding or inline skating in the street in 2006, Touchette said. Police records don't specify when a motor vehicle accident involves a skateboarder, yet Touchette said that, to his knowledge, there have been no serious or fatal accidents involving skateboarders in the past year. Last year, the city added 25 kilometres of bicycle lanes on the island in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the use of alternative transportation. But while those lanes are open to cyclists and inline skaters, they are closed to skateboarders, leaving many frustrated by the city's refusal to see skateboarding as a legitimate means of transportation. "It's ecological, and you can take public transit with it, which you can't with your bike," said Alex Jarry, 31, manager of the Underworld skateboard shop on Ste. Catherine St. E., near Sanguinet St. He travels to and from work daily on his skateboard, and says concerns about the safety of boarding in the street are overblown. "People who skate in the street, they control their board," he said. "If you don't feel confident to ride in the traffic, you don't do it." Naylor said he would rather try his luck in the street than compete for space on the sidewalk, as some less experienced skateboarders do. The issue made national headlines recently after Fredericton resident Lee Breen, 25, spent a night in jail for refusing to pay a $100 fine for skateboarding on city roads. Naylor and his friends Alex Potter, 19, and Ryan Baird, 18, ride their boards everywhere - and pay the price. All three have been fined for skateboarding on public property, including streets, sidewalks and parks. "Everybody I know, they've got fined for skateboarding," Jarry said. "It's legal to sell skateboards and illegal to practise it." That's not the case, Touchette said: "It's not illegal. You have parks and other places where you can use them for sport." Skateboarders can hone their skills legally at more than 30 outdoor parks across the city. But commuters who would rather skateboard than drive a car do so at their own risk - physically and financially. "For transportation, you cannot use a skateboard to move from place to place in the streets of Montreal," Touchette said. [email protected]
  9. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette) So sad. Why can't they target people from Ontario?!
  10. Du jamais vu depuis 45 ans Mise à jour le vendredi 21 décembre 2007, 11 h 49 . À la veille de recevoir des milliers de visiteurs pour son 400e anniversaire, Québec s'affiche comme l'une des villes les plus sécuritaires en Amérique du Nord. La police de Québec n'a répertorié aucun meurtre sur son territoire au cours de l'année 2007. Le responsable des communications au Service de police de Québec, le capitaine Lucien Gravel, indique qu'une année sans meurtre sur le territoire de la ville de Québec ne s'est pas produite depuis 1962. Le dernier meurtre sur lequel les enquêteurs se sont penchés a été perpétré le 31 octobre 2006. Une jeune femme, Catherine Bourbonnière, avait été retrouvée sans vie dans son appartement du quartier Saint-Roch. En 2006, sept meurtres avaient été commis à Québec, permettant tout de même à la capitale nationale d'afficher l'un des plus bas taux d'homicides au Canada. À titre de comparaison, la ville d'Ottawa a été le théâtre de 14 meurtres depuis le début de l'année 2007. « Ça devient un peu une fierté, puis une joie de dire qu'on n'a pas eu de drame, soit dans le milieu familial ou même dans d'autres milieux, que ce soit le milieu criminel par exemple. Quand on est capables de passer une année sans meurtre, on peut être satisfaits du travail accompli », souligne le capitaine Gravel. Le nombre de tentatives de meurtre a aussi diminué, passant de 12 en 2006, à 8, cette année. La police explique ce bilan par son virage vers une police de proximité, pour se rapprocher des citoyens. L'absence de groupes criminels organisés et le fait que les groupes de motards n'ont pas sévi à Québec depuis plusieurs années justifient aussi ce bilan. Les enquêteurs ont ainsi plus de temps pour travailler sur d'autres types de crimes, comme les agressions sexuelles, les voies de fait ou les meurtres non encore résolus.
  11. La crise entraîne une vague de violence aux USA WASHINGTON - Dans le Massachusetts, une femme au foyer se suicide avant que la maison ne soit saisie. A Los Angeles, un gestionnaire de portefeuille sans emploi massacre sa famille puis se tue. A travers tous les Etats-Unis, les autorités redoutent qu'une vague de violence accompagne la crise économique et financière, et elles exhortent les désespérés à demander de l'aide. Dans certains endroits, les numéros de téléphone d'aide psychologique sont débordés, les services de conseil aux personnes sont très demandés, et les refuges pour victimes de violences domestiques sont pleins. "Un grand nombre de personnes me disent qu'il s'agit de l'événement qui évoque le plus le 11-Septembre", affirme le révérend Canon Ann Malonee, de l'Eglise de la Trinité, située dans le coeur du quartier d'affaires de New York. Sans personne vers qui se tourner, beaucoup de gens appellent les numéros d'urgence de prévention du suicide. L'association des Samaritains de New York a ainsi reçu 16% d'appels en plus l'an passé, la plupart d'entre eux ayant trait à des problèmes d'argent. "Beaucoup de gens nous affirment qu'ils sont en train de tout perdre. Ils perdent leur maison, font faillite, et sont au chômage", explique Virginia Cervasio, qui dirige un centre anti-suicide dans le sud-ouest de la Floride. Et les drames liées à la crise s'enchaînent: à Los Angeles, la semaine dernière, un ancien conseiller financier a abattu sa femme, ses trois fils et sa belle-mère avant de retourner l'arme contre lui. Karthik Rajaram, âgé de 45 ans, a laissé une lettre expliquant qu'il connaissait des difficultés financières et avait envisagé de se suicider. Mais il a finalement décidé de tuer toute sa famille car il trouvait cela plus honorable, selon la police. Cet immigré indien a travaillé pour une grande banque de dépôt et pour Sony Pictures, et a un temps possédé des parts dans une holding financière. Il n'avait plus de travail depuis plusieurs mois, a déclaré la police. Cette affaire a amené la police et les autorités sanitaires de Los Angeles à exhorter les gens qui se sentent dépassés par la crise à chercher de l'aide. Une intervention plutôt inhabituelle qu'ils ont justifiée par la crainte d'un "phénomène d'imitation". Dans le Tennessee, une femme de 57 ans s'est suicidée par balle la semaine dernière quand les adjoints du shérif sont venus l'expulser. L'histoire est d'autant plus tragique que Pamela Ross et son mari, qui se battaient pour conserver leur logement, venaient d'obtenir un sursis de dix jours pour faire appel. En mars à Ocala, en Floride, Roland Gore a tué sa femme et son chien, mis le feu au logement sous le coup d'un ordre de saisie, et s'est suicidé. Les autorités font état de plusieurs cas d'individus ayant tué leur conjoint ou leurs animaux de compagnie, incendié leur propriété ou bien attaqué des policiers avant de se donner la mort. Le docteur Edward Charlesworth, psychologue clinicien à Houston, souligne que la crise actuelle entretient un sentiment d'anxiété chronique chez des personnes qui se sentent impuissantes et sont prises de peur panique, et qui sont en colère parce que le gouvernement les a laissé tomber. "Ils ont le sentiment que dans notre grande société, on devrait davantage protéger les personnes, et pas seulement les entreprises", analyse-t-il. Le lien direct entre ces suicides et le marasme actuel n'est pas établi car il faut généralement deux ans pour que les statistiques nationales soient publiées. Mais l'histoire montre que le nombre de personnes qui mettent fin à leurs jours augmente en période de crise économique. Et certains considèrent déjà la récession actuelle comme la pire depuis la Grande Dépression des années 1930. A Taunton dans le Massachusetts, Carlene Balderrama, une femme au foyer de 52 ans, a caché à son époux l'état de plus en plus grave de leurs finances. Elle interceptait les lettres envoyées par la compagnie de crédit et les déchirait. Sa demande de rééchelonnement de la dette a finalement été rejetée. En juillet, le jour où la maison devait être vendue aux enchères, elle a faxé à ses créanciers la note suivante: "Quand vous saisirez ma maison, je serai morte". Elle a tué ses trois chats adorés et s'est suicidée avec le fusil de son mari. Des documents que Carlene Balderrama a laissés en évidence sur une table montrent qu'elle préparait son départ depuis des mois. Elle a précisé son choix de sépulture, sorti son assurance-vie et écrit à son mari qu'elle ne pouvait plus supporter la situation, ajoutant: "Finis de payer la maison avec l'argent de l'assurance". "Apparemment elle n'avait personne à qui parler. Elle ne s'est pas tournée vers moi. J'ignore pourquoi", confie son époux, John Balderrama. "Il faut faire quelque chose pour aider les gens qui souffrent, plutôt que de laisser quelqu'un perdre la vie pour une stupide maison". Par Kelli Kennedy, ASSOCIATED PRESS
  12. L'entente de principe, dont les détails n'ont pas été dévoilés, sera soumise au vote des membres de l'Association des policiers des Chemins de fer nationaux du Canada. Pour en lire plus...
  13. (Courtesy of CTV Montreal) How about they change the damn laws about drunk driving! You kill someone you spend the rest of your life in prison. If you injure someone while you driving drunk you lose your car and license for life. If you are caught again (seeing you loss your license), you go to prison for life, but NO Quebec has to be a forgiving province, bloody BS!
  14. Cleaned up? Not so much One-Quarter of Montrealers see problem behaviour in their neighbourhoods The view on St. Antoine St. W. Almost a quarter of Montrealers said social incivility in one form or another is a problem in their neighbourhoods. Fifteen per cent mentioned drug use and five per cent specified prostitution. CHRISTOPHER MAUGHAN, The Gazette Published: 20 hours ago Montreal has been known as "sin city" for the better part of a century, ever since Americans started coming here to drink freely during the Prohibition era. A new survey suggests little has changed since. Researchers at Statistics Canada asked people living in big cities how often they witnessed incidences of social and physical incivility - that is, drunkenness, drug use, prostitution, vandalism, littering and the like. Montreal ranked second in almost every category. Twenty-four per cent of Mont-realers said social incivility in one form or another is a problem in their neighbourhoods. Fifteen per cent specifically mentioned drug use and five per cent mentioned prostitution. The view on St. Antoine St. W. Almost a quarter of Montrealers said social incivility in one form or another is a problem in their neighbourhoods. Fifteen per cent mentioned drug use and five per cent specified prostitution.View Halifax and Vancouver were the only cities to report higher rates of social incivility, at 25 and 26 per cent respectively. They were also the only cities to report higher rates of drug use at 19 and 17 per cent respectively. As for prostitution, only Vancouver had a higher rate, with eight per cent of residents describing it as a problem. People in 12 cities participated in the survey, the results of which came as no surprise to people downtown yesterday. Guillaume Fontaine, 27, works at a club near the corner of Ste. Catherine St. and St. Laurent Blvd. He said he sees drug users hanging around all the time. "Right in front of us across the street, in this area outside the doors there, they sit down and smoke their crack." It's a routine they seem to have been allowed to slip into. Fontaine said he sees drug users "on an everyday basis" ever since he took a job in the area two years ago. Others who work near the city's most notorious corner had similar complaints. "You can see the prostitutes and drug dealers working all the time, even early in the morning," said Hélène Dumont, 49. Montreal executive committee member Marcel Tremblay said police have behaviour like drug use, prostitution and vandalism under control and residents need not worry about the survey's results. Tremblay said Montreal's rates of drug use, public drunkenness, vandalism or prostitution may be high for Canada, but aren't through the roof by any means. "If you go all over North America, or all over the world, you'll have exactly the same thing." And Tremblay was quick to point out that Montreal does quite well in preventing violent crimes. "Have you seen the figures on security? We're (among the cities) with the least killings in Canada. We're able to go out 24 hours a day," he said. But implementing community policing initiatives is just a part of what needs to be done to keep pushers, pimps and vandals off the streets, said Irvin Waller, director of the University of Ottawa's Institute for the Prevention of Crime. "The solution ... is some combination of law enforcement and social services that tackle the roots of the problems," he said. "These social problems have been made a lot worse because of the large cutbacks in housing and mental hospitals in Canada in the 1990s. Montreal had a particularly bad time of that." Most people on the street yesterday agreed with Waller, saying Montreal needs better social outreach programs rather than more police officers. "It's obvious some of the people hanging around here are high, just look at them. But I think that's just the way it is in a big city," said Karima Lachal, 32, gesturing toward the UQÀM-Berri métro station. Just then, a short, thin man with greasy, matted hair and a few days' stubble staggered over to ask if she had any change. Lachal politely brushed him off. "There's a living example of what I'm talking about," she said. "Anyway, I think the police are doing their job, it's just that these people need more help on a social level." [email protected] © The Gazette (Montreal) 2008
  15. Bienvenue à Montréal! Ils ont été arreté 3 fois dans la meme journée et ils ont recu 2 contraventions Ontario licence plates targeted by police, couple claims A Quebec couple got pulled over three times in one day while driving in a car with an Ontario licence plate CBC News Posted: Mar 07, 2014 9:15 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014 9:15 PM ET Caroline Guy and Joey Menscik say they will contest the two traffic tickets they got in the same day. (CBC) A Quebec couple is crying foul after being ticketed twice, and pulled over a third time — all in the same day. Caroline Guy and Joey Menscik say they feel they were targeted for having an Ontario licence plate. The two were driving east on Hochelaga Street Thursday when they suddenly saw the flashing lights of an unmarked police car. “He gives me this ticket for $162. So I say ‘Why is that?’ and he says in Quebec we're not allowed tinted windows,” said Menscik, adding that he told the officer he was from Ontario. The couple has homes in both Ontario and Quebec. The couple got two fines of $162 each in the same day. (CBC) Guy was pulled over a few years ago for the same reason — with a Quebec plate on her car — and said the officer was more understanding. “I was given a warning to have the tint removed, that I'd have to go back to the station to prove that I'd had it removed, which I did and I had no issues with that,” Guy said. They wonder why they weren’t given a warning this time. Montreal police officials say an officer may use discretionary power, but the highway code is clear. “Seventy per cent of the light must pass through the windows that are both to the left and to the right of the driver. That is applicable to all vehicles that pass through the province,” said Sgt. Laurent Gingras of the Montreal police department. Gingras says when drivers take their vehicle into another jurisdiction, they should be aware of the rules and regulations and are expected to conform to them. Stopped twice in 10 minutes After Menscik’s $162-fine for the tinted windows, the couple was stopped again a few blocks away, near the Olympic Stadium, by another officer in another cruiser. “He says to me, 'You coasted through a stop sign,'” Menscik said. They were slapped with a second $162-ticket. Then, as they were about to enter the stadium's parking garage, the same officer intercepted them again for allegedly going through another stop sign. Menscik and Guy insist they respected the traffic signs and they don't think the tickets are coincidences. “I think it went [further] than that, at that point, because of the Ontario plates,” said Menscik, adding that they will contest the fines.
  16. Article du devoir en 2002 au moment de la démolition Démolition controversée de l'ancien poste de police du Port de Montréal La Société du Vieux-Port a annoncé hier qu'elle démolira l'ancien poste de police du Port de Montréal et que les travaux commenceront... dès aujourd'hui. Abandonné depuis 1981, le bâtiment est dans un si piètre état que la direction du Vieux-Port estime qu'on ne peut retarder les travaux. Ce n'est pas l'avis du conseiller municipal de Ville-Marie, Robert Laramée, qui considère cette décision aussi discutable que précipitée. Construit en 1923, l'édifice de trois étages situé tout près du quai de l'Horloge était inutilisé depuis deux décennies. Dès 1982, la Société du Vieux-Port avait décelé des faiblesses dans sa structure et avait procédé, au cours des années suivantes, à diverses interventions, dont l'installation de poutrelles d'acier, pour tenter de le consolider, mais en vain. Sa stabilité précaire et la progression des fissures ont convaincu la direction du Vieux-Port qu'une démolition s'imposait. En mai dernier, le Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal avait même jugé l'édifice non sécuritaire et, depuis octobre dernier, celui-ci est recouvert d'une toile pour protéger les passants des chutes de mortier. Alerté, le conseiller municipal de Ville-Marie, Robert Laramée, a songé à obtenir une injonction pour empêcher la Société du Vieux-Port d'aller de l'avant avec ses travaux, mais le contentieux l'en a vite dissuadé, jugeant la démarche inutile. C'est donc par lettre hier qu'il a demandé à Claude Benoît, présidente du Vieux-Port, de surseoir à sa décision car il attribue au bâtiment une valeur patrimoniale certaine. «Il vaut la peine, selon moi, qu'on prenne deux minutes de respiration. Peut-être pourra-t-on trouver le financement nécessaire pour le mettre en valeur», fait-il valoir. Mais selon Jean-Claude Marsan, professeur à l'École d'architecture de l'Université de Montréal, l'ancien poste de police a une valeur patrimoniale plutôt mineure, tant sur le plan historique que sur le plan architectural, et, connaissant le délabrement de l'édifice, il reconnaît que dans «des circonstances comme celle-là, où un édifice est en train de tomber, il faut prendre de telles décisions».
  17. Let's organize a protest against hooligans! Am I the only person in this city who cares enough to propose something like that?
  18. (Courtesy of The Montreal Gazette via. The National Post When will people learn, never leave stuff in your car?!
  19. The Canadian Press Date: Monday Jun. 14, 2010 9:29 AM ET OTTAWA — Police services are reporting a big jump in hate crimes, and they say gay men are being targeted more often and in the most violent incidents. Statistics Canada says police logged 1,036 hate crimes in 2008, up 35 per cent from 2007. Just over half (55 per cent) were motivated by race or ethnicity, 26 per cent by religion and 16 per cent by sexual orientation. The agency says all three major categories of hate crime increased in 2008, but the largest increase was among crimes motivated by sexual orientation, which more than doubled from 2007 to 2008. Hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation were also the most violent in nature: 75 per cent of them were violent compared with 38 per cent of racially-motivated incidents and 25 per cent of religiously motivated incidents. Among violent incidents motivated by sexual orientation, 85 per cent of the victims were male. StatsCan reports hate crimes motivated by religion increased 53 per cent, while those motivated by race or ethnicity were up 15. Mischief offences such as vandalism to property accounted for 47 per cent of hate crimes, while other non-violent offences comprised 11 per cent. Violence was a factor in 42 per cent of hate crimes. Among the hate crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, almost four in 10 were committed against blacks. Police reported 205 hate crimes against blacks in 2008, up 30 per cent over 2007, but still lower than the 2006 total of 238. South Asians, which includes East Indians and Pakistanis, were the next most commonly targeted group, accounting for 12 per cent of hate-crime incidents motivated by race or ethnicity. Incidents targeting South Asians increased by 21 per cent in 2008. As in previous years, about two-thirds of religiously-motivated hate crimes were committed against the Jewish faith. The agency reports 165 hate crimes targeting the Jewish faith in 2008, up 42 per cent. Police reported 30 hate crimes against the Catholic faith, double the total in 2007. The 26 incidents against the Muslim faith represented a slight drop from 2007. Vancouver and Hamilton reported the highest rates (6.3 hate crimes per 100,000 population) among Canada's 10 largest census cities. Police reported 143 hate crimes in Vancouver in 2008, nearly double the total from the previous year. There were 271 hate crimes reported in Toronto, a rate of 5.4 hate crimes per 100,000 population. Montreal, where police reported 38 hate crimes in 2008, had the lowest rate, at one per 100,000. The agency says the number of hate crimes reported by police in any given area may be influenced by the presence or absence of specialized hate-crime units or initiatives.
  20. en cherchant divers articles sur internet a propos du match de hockey d'hier soir, je suis tombe sur le site du chicago tribute. puis, banalement inseree entre deux nouvelles, j'ai trouve cet article: At least 22 shot in separate shootings, 1 dead May 30, 2010 2:09 PM At least 22 people were wounded in separate shootings around the city roughly between noon Saturday and noon Sunday, including a man who died this morning after he was shot in the head, Chicago police said. At a news conference this morning, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said that nearly half of the shootings appear to be gang-related, including the fatal incident. Weis added that at least two of the other victims have refused to cooperate with police, "which makes the job of our detectives ... far more difficult." One of the shootings was particularly disturbing because one of the female victims was eight months pregnant, the superintendent said. No one in custody for any of the incidents. The most recent incident happened in the 8000 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue just after noon today, Chicago Police Officer Laura Kubiak said. A man at the location was shot in the hand. Four people were shot about 3:15 a.m. today in the 9100 block of South Marshfield Avenue, police said. The victims -- two women, ages 32 and 30, and two men, ages 40 and 41 -- were sitting in a vehicle when a dark four-door sedan approached, a man got out and opened fire. The older woman and the younger man were taken to local hospitals in serious conditions, police said. The other victims suffered only minor injuries. About 2 a.m. in the 10800 block of South Racine Avenue, two people were shot while they sat in a parked vehicle, police said. One victim, a 43-year-old man, was shot in the chest and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. The other victim, 22, was shot in the shoulder and was listed in "stable" condition at Roseland Community Hospital. Police said the 22-year-old is gang-affiliated. The men were shot by a passenger of a gold four-door car, police said. About 12:45 a.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot in the 1500 block of East 67th Street. He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm. About 12:30 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the Roseland neighborhood in the 10500 block of South Corliss Avenue, police said. He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right calf and was described as in "stable" condition. At the same time on the Southeast Side, three more people were shot as they sat on a porch in the 9200 block of South Blackstone Avenue, Kubiak said. One victim, a 25-year-old man, was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. An 18-year-old man was taken in "stable" condition to Advocate Trinity Hospital. Another victim, 27, was treated and released from Trinity with a graze wound to his arm, police said. The 18-year-old and 27-year-old have gang affiliations, Kubiak said. About 12:28 a.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the head in the 5100 block of South Laflin Street, police said. A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office identifed the man as Darius Murphy of the 5300 block of South Bishop Street. On the West Side about 12:15 a.m., two people were shot in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue, police said. A 24-year-old man was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in "stable" condition with a graze wound to his head. A 19-year-old woman also was taken to the same hospital. She was listed in "stable" condition with a gunshot wound to her neck. About 8:10 p.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood, a 47-year-old man was shot in one arm in what police believe was a drive-by shooting. The victim was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital and was listed in good condition. Roughly 20 minutes earlier in the Ashburn neighborhood, a man, 19, was wounded in the leg in the 3900 block of West 79th Street outside Bogan Computer Technical High School. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and was listed in critical condition. The victim has gang affiliations and was not being cooperative in the police investigation, Kubiak said. About 7:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk on the 7400 block of South Evans Avenue when he heard shots and felt pain. He was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the upper right side. Two people were shot about 6:45 p.m. in the 8400 block of South Muskegon Avenue but both told conflicting stories, said Kubiak. An 18-year-old gang-affiliated man suffered a graze wound but refused treatment. He said he was walking in the 8400 block of South Escanaba Avenue when a suspect walked up and shot him, police said. The other victim, 19, told a different story. He said he was driving when someone pulled up and began shouting gang slogans and shot into his car, police said. He drove himself to Advocate Trinity Hospital where he was treated and released. Police could not locate either victims for interviews after the shootings, Kubiak said. One of the shootings happened about 3 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood. A 56-year-old man was standing on the corner when a passing car fired in his direction, police said. He fell to the ground in pain and discovered he was shot in his calf. He was taken to an area hospital and listed in good condition. Earlier Saturday about 11 a.m., a 25-year-old man was shot on the 5300 block of South Laflin Street. He was wounded in the arm and hospitalized. Police said the Laflin shooting appeared to be gang-related, but witnesses were giving conflicting accounts of the event. No one is in custody for any of the shootings. Calumet Area, Harrison Area and Wentworth Area detectives are investigating. -- Deanese Williams-Harris c'est surtout le ton de l'article qui me laisse bouche-bee ... meme si chicago est une plus grande ville que montreal, si l'on ramenais l'evenement a nos proportions on parlerais quand meme d'un bon douze a quinze victimes par arme a feu - en 24 heures. ca va toujours me surprendre le niveau de criminalite a certain endroits aux etat-unis ... c'est vraiment a se demander ce qu'ils mangent avec leurs cereales, le matin. puis il y a d'enormes villes comme new york ou la criminalite est si reduite qu'on s'y sent maintenant aussi en securite dans le metro a 4h du matin que sur la rue principale a repentigny un dimanche apres midi ... c'est vraiment un phenomene etrange, pour moi .....
  21. It is very unfortunate that events that happen in less than a minute can have such a profoundly negative impact on peoples' lives. In this case, I most definitely believe that Michael Bryant is innocent of what is essentially a manslaughter charge. This is one of the rare times I side with a Liberal. By the sounds of things Darcy Allan Sheppard was drunk and riding his bicycle down a major throughfare (Bloor Street). Drinking and riding a bicycle can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving a car. There needs to be laws put in place to regulate cycling just like driving. If it had been the other way around, and Bryant had been drinking and driving, got into an altercation with a cyclist before crashing and killing himself, it would have been completely his fault. But since Sheppard was a cyclist, he couldn't possibly be in the wrong.