Tina Fontaine, Arresting Journalists, and Fishy Crime Stats
So episode 73 – a new record. But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.
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So, after some technical difficulties we have a new episode – sorry about that. Maybe it is time to start one of those Patreon deals so we can buy some fancy equipment!
We start off with another hard topic – another verdict in a case involving a young indigenous victim. We look at the tragic case of Tina Fontaine. The system failed her at every step of her life and last month a jury acquitted the man accused of murdering her. But did the criminal justice process fail her? We take a look at the trial and the jury’s verdict.
And finally we take on the federal government’s cherry picking of crime stats. Fear is a very good motivator and this is what our police and politicians depend on. Fear of guns. Fear of gangs. Fear of drugs. Fear of violence. Fear to justify seemingly ever-increasing police budgets.
The reality is that fear of increasing violent crime is completely irrational. Canadians have never been safer. The most recent crime statistics continue a two-decade trend of decreasing violent crime. Violent crime rates were 24 per cent lower in 2016 than they were a decade earlier and are lower today than they has ever been in the last half-century.
But the federal government chose to manipulate statistics about gun violence to sell the budget and new firearm restrictions.
We also have some new art – it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week – from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle – serious he is crazy good – go check out his work.
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