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From the National Post: Thieves steal 30 guns from lawyer’s home

Posted by cgccanada on February 25, 2010

Uzis Taken; 200 firearms were properly stored: police

Matthew Coutts, National Post Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010

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From CTV.ca: Gender equality in Canada stalled or regressing: report

Posted by cgccanada on February 23, 2010

The Canadian Press

Date: Sunday Feb. 21, 2010 6:58 PM ET

OTTAWA

— The push for women’s equality in Canada has stalled or regressed in many areas under the Harper government, women and labour groups say in a submission to the United Nations.

The submission, to be provided to a UN conference on women next month, takes issue with the federal government’s relatively upbeat assessment of the progress Canada has made toward gender equality.

“Canadian women have lost ground in many areas over the last 15 years,” said Barbara Byers, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, in a written statement accompanying the submission.

“Our government has sent a report to the United Nations that paints a rosy picture on women’s equality in Canada. We have written our own document and it is a reality check on what the government is saying.”

Next month’s meeting is aimed at measuring the progress made since the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women 15 years ago.

The submission by labour and women’s groups acknowledges that progress has been made on some fronts. For instance, it says women have made “significant gains” in access to higher education, now making up more than half of all students enrolled in undergraduate university programs.

Even so, it says men with doctorates are still twice as likely to be named full professors than women with doctorates. And women working in academia earn only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men — only slightly better than the overall 70.5 per cent wage gap.

As for women’s representation in politics, the report points out that Canada’s ranking in the world has slid to 49th from 47th, behind a significant number of developing countries.

Women currently account for 22.1 per cent of Parliament, even though they make up just over 50 per cent of the population. And while that’s the highest political participation rate for women in Canadian history, it’s inched up only marginally over the past dozen years.

The report lays the blame for much of the backsliding squarely on the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper…read more

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From the Toronto Sun: Gun seized from car in Etobicoke

Posted by cgccanada on February 18, 2010

By ROB LAMBERTI, Toronto Sun

Last Updated: 17th February 2010, 12:03pm

No tail lights and the odour of marijuana led to the recovery of a handgun in Etobicoke.

But in a disturbing snub of the law, officers discovered two of the four suspects arrested in the Monday evening stop share a total of six court-imposed bans from having a firearm.

One suspect was slapped with two bans while another suspect holds four, Toronto Police said.

Police stopped a car at 32nd St. and Lake Shore Blvd. after noticing it didn’t have any rear lights.

While talking to the people in the car, officers noticed a smell of marijuana. The four men were ordered out of the car but police said a rear passenger was told several times to get out before he did.

Moments later, police spotted the handgun under the rear seat… Read more here

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From: The Oxford Review, February 10, 2010, Man faces weapons charges , Woodstock

Posted by cgccanada on February 11, 2010

WOODSTOCK— Woodstock resident Ronald Piercy is facing a slew of weapons charges after police seized 20 firearms from his Champlain Avenue home on Feb. 8.  Weapons seized during the raid included an AK47 assault rifle and a weapon that had been reported stolen to York Regional Police Service in 1993.  The weapons were both registered and unregistered, and police said they found several stored unsafely.  Police also seized prohibited large capacity cartridge magazines, ammunition and a prohibited conducted energy weapon (Taser).  Police Chief Rod Freeman said Woodstock police were contacted by the OPP provincial weapons unit and asked it to assist in the investigation.  “The Woodstock Police Service is pleased to have taken a large number of weapons off the street so they don’t fall into the wrong hands,” Freeman said. “Any time there is a cache this size —it’s extraordinary in it’s size — and it’s prevented from falling into the wrong hands, it’s an advantage for us in terms of community safety.”  Piercy, 44, has been charged with possession of a restricted firearm, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and four counts of breach of firearms regulations.  The arrest was the result of a joint police investigation between local police, the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, provincial weapons enforcement unit and the Canadian Border Services Agency

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From: The Toronto Star, February 6, 2010, Registering gun is quick and easy

Posted by cgccanada on February 9, 2010

Re:My bird gun is gone,  but is the city really safer? Feb. 1. Joe Fiorito’s column is an exercise in double standards. He agrees that strict regulations on firearms are needed, but feels that he himself should be exempt. The procedures to renew a firearms licence are quick and easy, and it is the responsibility of all owners to ensure that they meet the requirements under the law.  If an owner does not renew an expired vehicle registration, their vehicle is towed and impounded for 30 days. It does not matter whether this is as a result of a so-called sin of omission. Registering a vehicle or firearm and maintaining the validity of their licence, is the responsibility of the owner. If he does not, the is breaking the law. Why rage against police officers for doing their job when the author is at fault? Darcy Brooks, Montreal

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From Canoe.ca: Hotel gun slaying ‘domestic related’

Posted by cgccanada on February 4, 2010

By RANDY RICHMOND, QMI Agency

ST. THOMAS, Ontario — A woman described by her family as a “total angel” with a heart of gold was killed by a gunshot wound, an autopsy has determined.

And the slaying was “domestic related,” London police said Wednesday.

Police did not say what kind of gun was used, or if it was fired more than once.

Nor would they provide further details about the relationship between Marie Roberts, 29, and the man accused of killing her, David Hatch, 30, of Calgary Alta. Police said earlier the two knew each other. more

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From CBC.ca: Man with gun arrested on transit bus

Posted by cgccanada on February 3, 2010

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 10:00 AM CT

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From Canada.com: Man convicted of vicious spousal abuse handed dangerous offender tag

Posted by cgccanada on February 2, 2010

By Lori Coolican, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

January 29, 2010

SASKATOON — James Richard Standingwater is a serial spouse batterer with psychotic tendencies, whose parents — respected members of their home community — lied for him and supported the abuse he perpetrated against the mother of his four children, a Saskatoon judge concluded Friday.

For the sake of Lorinda Antoine’s future safety, he should be locked up indefinitely, Justice Allisen Rothery ruled in declaring Standingwater a dangerous offender.

“He continues to stalk Antoine by letter, attempting to put her freedom in jeopardy for his personal gain,” Rothery noted in a 58-page written judgment.

“Standingwater’s family, to date, has done nothing more than attempt to cover for his violent behaviour against Antoine. His father told a story at trial that Antoine must have sustained her injuries from falling down the basement stairs… more

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