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Doctors say scrapping long-gun registry a health risk

Posted by cgccanada on April 30, 2010

OTTAWA – A group of emergency doctors, nurses and suicide prevention workers asked members of Parliament to vote against a federal bill that seeks to quash the long-gun registry. The group says a significant drop in gun-related suicide since 1995 is evidence the registry works and scrapping it would set them back years in suicide prevention. “Suicide, contrary to public opinion, is often an impulsive gesture,” Dr. Alan Drummond of the Canadian Association for Emergency Physicians said Wednesday. “Keeping guns away from depressed people is essential.” Drummond has never seen a handgun injury in his 27 years as an emergency physician in rural Ontario, but he’s seen more than a few injuries and deaths inflicted by rifles and shot guns – most of them suicides. “As a coroner I go to lots of gun-related suicides. I’m telling you it’s difficult, it’s gut-wrenching.” The majority of firearm deaths in Canada are suicides and the guns most often used are rifles and shotguns, the group wrote in an open letter to MPs Wednesday.
That’s why the 61 organizations and medical professionals who signed the letter see gun registration as a public health issue rather than a crime control issue. (…)  A Canadian Press/Harris Decima poll released in November found 46 per cent of Canadians believe abolishing the long gun registry is a good idea, while 41 per cent think it’s a bad idea. The registry has been criticized for being inefficient, ineffective in reducing crime and massively overrun in cost. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, who supports a reduction or elimination in penalties for long-gun owners but wants to keep the registry, has said he will force his MPs to vote against the bill when it comes up for its third and final reading. “The Liberal leader is not fooling anyone with his proposals for unconstitutional amendments to Bill C-391,” Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews said in the House of Commons Wednesday. “It is time to end the criminalization of our hunters and outdoor enthusiasts once and for all.” There may be more guns and stronger opposition to the registry in rural areas. But health experts point out that there are also higher rates of gun deaths in rural communities and western provinces. “Firearm related injury is not an urban crime problem in downtown Toronto. These things happen in idyllic little communities like Perth,” said Drummond, who is a physician at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Since the gun registry was implemented there has been a 23 per reduction in gun-related suicide and a 36 per cent reduction in the use of firearms in intimate partner violence, Drummond said. He said people who are suicidal are often brought to the hospital by police who can alert doctors if the person has a gun in his or her home. “Knowing that a patient owns a gun is extremely important and valuable information for us as we determine the future risk of suicide.” “We commonly ask the police to remove guns from the home of those identified at risk.” Gun-related suicide attempts are far more lethal than other methods. Gun users stand a 96 per cent chance of dying, while the lethality rate of drug overdose is six per cent. Drummond said he is a gun owner himself and is not against gun ownership but he is an advocate for responsible use. “Suicide usually affects young people with big lives ahead of them,” he said. “And we know that with effective treatment for depression and mental illness that they can go on to lead productive lives.” “Every potential suicide victim counts.”
Full article at: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/doctors-nurses-tell-mps-scrapping-long-gun-registry-a-health-risk-92340189.html

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Repealing long-gun registry could get officers killed: Chief

Posted by cgccanada on April 30, 2010

By Laura Stone, Canwest News ServiceApril 28, 2010 8:02 PM

OTTAWA – The head of Canada’s association of police chiefs says
repealing the long-gun registry would harm police officers’ work and
“could get them killed.”

William Blair, chief of police in Toronto and president of the
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, made the strongly worded
comments this week as the fight over a private member’s bill that
would scrap the registry raged on inside and outside of Parliament.

Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner’s Bill C-391 bill takes aim at what
the her party has long called a costly and ineffective registry, but
police chiefs, including Blair, have repeatedly defended the program.

“Police officers rely on information,” Blair said in comments posted
on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police website.

“Accurate and complete information is the best protection I can give
them. Knowing (not assuming) who has firearms is valuable,” he said.

“The registry gives officers information that keeps them safe. If the
registry is taken from us, police officers may guess, but they cannot
know. It could get them killed. We are going to fight to make sure the
information they need to be safe is available to them.”

The difference between licensing and registration, according to the
RCMP, is that a firearms licence shows the licence holder has met
certain public-safety criteria and is allowed to possess and use
firearms. A registration certificate identifies a firearm and links
the firearm to its owner.

Ontario’s chiefs of police have also expressed their dismay
surrounding the bill, calling the registration “a vital public-safety
tool.”

“A licence tells us a person can have a gun. The registry tells us
what guns that person has. There is a huge difference – a difference
that could put the lives of citizens and our officers in great
danger,” said Chief Robert Herman of Thunder Bay, Ont., who is also
the vice-president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

The association said Canadian law-enforcement organizations use the
federal firearms registry 11,500 times a day on average, and more than
4.1 million times a year.

At least one police chief, however, recently announced his opposition
to the registry.

Rick Hanson, Calgary’s police chief, told CTV on Monday that “the gun
registry has done little to make the streets safer.”

He said officers use the registry as an investigative tool, and it
doesn’t work when dealing with gangs and drug dealers.

“It’s not helping. The guns these people have, they don’t register,
they don’t care, they’re probably stolen, they’re probably obtained
illegally, in many cases they’re prohibited,” Hanson told CTV.

Blair chalked up such comments to “a police chief or two who may not
be well informed about the real value of the registry. They are very
rare exceptions.”

Health-care experts also said Wednesday the controversial registry is
essential to Canadians as a “public health-and-safety” law – one that
can help prevent domestic murders, accidents and, most significantly,
suicides.

Most firearm deaths in Canada are suicides and the guns most often
used are rifles and shotguns, said a coalition of experts. They said
that in the nine years between 1995 and 2005 – the first year that the
long-gun registration was introduced as part of a wider gun-control
plan by a then-Liberal government – firearm suicides involving 15 to
35 year olds in the home decreased by 64 per cent.

Hoeppner responded by saying these doctors, while meaning well, are
“really confusing the issue.”

“I think we definitely have a problem with suicide in Canada, but the
long-gun registry does nothing to stop, to curb, to do anything to
actually address suicide. Licensing might help so that those people
don’t get guns, unfortunately if someone is going to commit suicide,
many times they’re still finding other ways,” said Hoeppner.

The bill passed in a preliminary vote in the Commons last November
with support of the eight Liberals and 12 New Democrats, and is
expected to return to the House of Commons late this spring or next
fall for another vote. Five Liberals have reversed their positions
since Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said his party would modify the
registry.

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Doctors group wants gun registry to stay

Posted by cgccanada on April 28, 2010

By CHRISTINA SPENCER, PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU
Last Updated: April 28, 2010 11:28am
Toronto Sun

OTTAWA — Repealing Canada’s long-gun registry would set back the significant gains in suicide prevention since the registry was introduced, emergency doctors and public health organizations said Wednesday.

In an open letter to MPs, 28 medical and health organizations said most firearms deaths in Canada are suicides, and the guns most frequently used are rifles and shotguns. They argued gun-related deaths and suicides in particular have diminished since the advent of the long-gun registry in 1995.

“The vast majority of firearm deaths in Canada are not gang-related but occur when an ordinary citizen becomes suicidal or violent, often under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or during a personal crisis such as marital breakdown or job loss,” their letter says.

“While it is true that there are more guns in rural areas, and therefore more opposition to gun control, it is equally true that there are higher rates of gun deaths in rural communities and western provinces.”

A private member’s bill to scrap the registry, put forward by Tory Candice Hoeppner, is before the House of Commons.

Dr. Alan Drummond of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians said, “Suicide is not a premeditated act usually; it’s usually impulsive, somebody feels overwhelmed, the gun is available, they pull the trigger.”

For that reason, emergency doctors want the registry to remain intact.

He said it is particularly helpful when police or a family member bring someone to an emergency department who is depressed or suicidal. Knowing if there is a gun in the home can make a huge difference, as physicians can then recommend police temporarily remove the firearm.

Drummond, a rural doctor who owns registered guns himself, said, “This, for us, is not really an issue of crime control but rather an issue of public health and safety.”

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2010/04/28/13747341-qmi.html

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April 25, 2010, Open Letter To Jack Layton

Posted by cgccanada on April 27, 2010

Reposted from mrsinistergreg.blogspot.com

Dear Jack, Long time, no speak. There is a rumour going around that you are thinking of whipping the vote on the long gun registry. Is this true? Don’t get an old guy’s hopes up, if you are just teasing. I hope you are serious and are ready to stand up for what you know is right.  I know this isn’t easy, what with the Conservatives playing American style pressure ads in rural ridings, but this alone should be enough for you to crack the whip. The idea that this is somehow a free vote is just absurd. The Conservative Party is playing games, as it always does, with the truth. The truth is, this is a government bill in all but name. It has the support of the government and the governing party is spending vast amounts of advertising dollars, bullying opposition members. My rule of thumb is, if the governing party has to spend millions on advertising, to pressure opposition votes, it is not a free vote. Call bullshit on this free vote and make your members stand and say no.  Finally, the NDP stands for gun control. Like it or not, this gun registry is part of the regime of gun control in this country and the police seem to agree it is necessary… read more

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Politicians are forgetting rural women – Outcry and national poll suggests Canadians and women in particular support gun registry –

Posted by cgccanada on April 26, 2010

TORONTO, April 26, 2010 –

Citing letters from rural women’s groups across the country and just released polling results, the Coalition for Gun Control is calling on federal politicians to remember that the vocal opponents to gun control do not speak for Canadians, for rural women nor even for all gun owners.

“We hear repeatedly that gun control is an urban issue that “punishes” rural gun owners,” said Wendy Cukier, Coalition for Gun Control president. “The terrible irony is that where there are more guns, there are also higher rates of gun death and injury. Most police officers killed with guns are murdered with rifles and shotguns but suicides with firearms and domestic violence in rural communities seldom make the front page. Rural women’s groups, psychiatrists and health care professionals along with police have all documented these problems and why the registry is important to help keep guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others. Rifles and shotguns are the guns most often used in violence against women because those are the firearms most readily available.”

Citing a just released Leger and Leger poll, Cukier added:  “Twice as many Canadians (59 per cent) say the registration of rifles and shotguns should be maintained compared to those who say it should be scrapped (27 per cent).  In every province but Manitoba and Saskatchewan more people support the registry than oppose it. The poll also shows that women support the gun registry (66 per cent) compared to men (51 per cent). More people living with gun owners (47 per cent) support the registry than oppose it (36 per cent) and a substantial proportion of gun owners (36 per cent) actually support the registry (versus 59 per cent opposed). The opponents may be louder and better financed, but among households with guns in Canada, votes are almost evenly split. Many politicians from rural areas seem to forget that women vote too.”

Poll Highlights
1.       Overall, supporters of the registry outnumber opponents by 2:1
– 59 per cent said registration is useful and should be maintained compared to 27 per cent who thought it was useless and should be scrapped and 14 per cent who said undecided or preferred not to say.

2.        In every province across Canada, except Manitoba/Saskatchewan more people support the registry than oppose it.
Quebec 74 per cent to 12 per cent, Ontario 58 per cent versus 27 per cent, MB/SK 39 per cent versus 45 per cent, ALB 48 per cent versus 37 per cent, BC 57 per cent versus 31per cent

3.       Women are more likely to support the registry (66 per cent) than men (51 per cent)

4.       Parents also support the registration of firearms with 61 per cent for and 26 per cent against.

The omnibus poll conducted by Leger and Leger for the Coalition for Gun Control had 1506
respondents (margin of error ± 2,53%, 19 times out of 20) n December 21 to 23, 2009 and asked:
Recently, new legislation was introduced to eliminate the need to register rifles and shotguns.  While licenses to own are renewed periodically, registration is a one time only procedure that occurs when a gun is purchased. A lot of money was spent setting up the system, but the current cost of registering rifles and shotguns is three million dollars a year. Some people say that registration ensures gun owners are accountable for their firearms and that the registry is an important tool used daily by police to prevent and investigate crime. Others say that registering guns unduly burdens gun owners, is of no use and should be eliminated.  Which represents your position?
Response:
The concept of registering guns is useful and should be maintained; or
The concept of registering guns is useless and should be eliminated

For more information, please visit http://www.guncontrol.ca

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Another clear example that C-391 is Private Members Bill (PMB) in name only. It is a government bill disguised as a PMB.

Posted by cgccanada on April 22, 2010

Globe and mail, Thursday, April 22, 2010 8:25 AM, Jane Taber (Blog) “Tory bagmen come out with long guns blazing”

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have launched a new fundraising campaign aimed at filling their war chest on the back of Michael Ignatieff’s vow to whip his caucus into voting to preserve the long-gun registry.
A fundraising letter from Irving Gerstein, the chair of Conservative Fund Canada, pleading for donations of between $100 and $200, was sent late yesterday. It follows the party’s radio ad campaign targeting the ridings of the eight Liberal MPs who voted with the government to scrap the controversial program.
Mr. Gerstein, who was appointed to the Senate by the Prime Minister last year, names the eight Grit rebels in his letter, urging supporters to donate now to help “hold these Liberal MPs to their previous commitment.”
“They need to understand the political consequences of going back on their word. Of voting against their constituents. Of choosing Michael Ignatieff over their friends and neighbours back home.”
Mr. Ignatieff, the Liberal Leader, reignited the debate over scrapping the long-gun registry this week in a speech to police. He said his caucus would not support a Conservative private member’s bill to abolish the registry.
The bill, by Manitoba MP Candice Hoeppner, is expected to return to the House for third reading in either May or June. Last November, eight of Mr. Ignatieff’s MPs, mainly from rural ridings, voted for the Tory legislation despite the fact the long-gun registry was created by the Jean Chrétien’s Liberals – at great political cost.
“These MPs have now been told that they MUST support Michael Ignatieff,” Mr. Gerstein writes. “They must vote to protect and preserve the failed long-gun registry. They must choose their leader over their constituents. They must do what they have been told.”
The Harper Tories are successful at raising money, knowing which buttons to push (anti-CBC fundraising works well, apparently) to bring in cash to help pay for their anti-Liberal ad campaigns and other pre-writ strategy spending.
But the Conservative zeal to scrap the registry has also created headaches and embarrassment for the Prime Minister. An aggressively-worded press release, saying police chiefs are part of a cult for supporting the registry and suggesting Liberal MPs should beat their leader “black and blue” for his registry support, was sent out this week from the office of anti-long gun registry MP Garry Breitkreuz.
The Saskatchewan MP apologized, saying he didn’t write the letter. And yesterday, in Question Period, Mr. Harper said the staffer who wrote the release had resigned.
Mr. Gerstein, meanwhile, says donations will “ensure that every long-gun owner, every citizen and every voter in these eight Liberal ridings will be fully aware of the choice they must make.”
“Working together we can scrap the failed Liberal long-gun registry,” he writes. “If Michael Ignatieff succeeds, the failed long-gun registry will continue to threaten law-abiding farmers, hunters and sport-shooting competitors – while doing nothing to reduce gun crime in our major cities.”
The full text of the Conservative fundraising letter follows:
(Urgent) Stop Michael Ignatieff from preserving the failed long-gun registry
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Earlier this week, Michael Ignatieff turned his back on rural Canadians by renewing his vow to protect and preserve the failed long-gun registry. And this time around, he’s promised to whip his rural MPs into protecting and preserving this costly Liberal legacy.
If Michael Ignatieff succeeds, the failed long-gun registry will continue to threaten law-abiding farmers, hunters and sport-shooting competitors – while doing nothing to reduce gun crime in our major cities.
We need your support now to prevent that from happening. Please make a contribution of $200 or $100 by following this link right now.
During the last session of Parliament, eight Liberal MPs stood with their constituents and voted with the Conservative Government to scrap the long-gun registry.
Liberal MP Todd Russell was clear:
“I’ve been clear about my position and I will be consistent with that particular position, and I will vote subsequently to scrap the long-gun registry,” (The Labradorian, Dec. 29, 2009).
So was Liberal MP Anthony Rota. He went so far as to call the long-gun registry “disgusting” (North Bay Nugget, June 18, 2004).
Russell and Rota were joined by six other Liberal MPs in voting against the long-gun registry: Scott Andrews, Larry Bagnell, Jean-Claude D’Amours, Wayne Easter, Keith Martin and Scott Simms.
These MPs have now been told that they MUST support Michael Ignatieff. They must vote to protect and preserve the failed long-gun registry. They must choose their leader over their constituents. They must do what they have been told.
We need your help today to hold these Liberal MPs to their previous commitment. They need to understand the political consequences of going back on their word. Of voting against their constituents. Of choosing Michael Ignatieff over their friends and neighbours back home.
The Conservative Party is launching a campaign to do just that. Please make a contribution of $200 or $100 right now by following this link in support of this campaign. We will ensure that every long-gun owner, every citizen and every voter in these eight Liberal ridings will be fully aware of the choice they must make.
Their choice will be clear: SCRAP the failed long-gun registry or KEEP it. It’s as simple as that. No shifting, no sliding.
We need your help today to keep these Liberal MPs to their word. Make a contribution of $200 or $100 right now by following this link.
Working together we can scrap the failed Liberal long-gun registry. Support our campaign today.
Sincerely,
Irving R. Gerstein, C.M., O.Ont.
Chair, Conservative Fund Canada
PS – Remember that you’ll receive a tax receipt for any contribution you make. This can make the actual cost of your contribution as low as 25% of your overall giving this year. Please, follow this link right now and make a contribution of $200 or $100.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-notebook/tory-bagmen-come-out-with-long-guns-blazing/article1542951/

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Urgent: C-391, A Private Members Bill in name only

Posted by cgccanada on April 21, 2010

Since the beginning of the discussions of Private Members Bill C-391, the Coalition has maintained that it is a Private Members Bill (PMB) in name only, citing ample evidence that in fact it is a government bill dressed up as a private members bill. This has been an important issue with opposition leaders claiming they cannot “whip” the vote in their caucuses because it is a PMB. We noted that the Prime Minister has been promoting it, that the Conservative Party of Canada has been supporting it with aggressive campaigns and, more recently, that it was referenced in the speech from the Throne. Yesterday we received proof positive: Public Safety minister Vic Toews answered a question about the legislation from a Conservative backbencher.  As a PMB and not a government bill, the question should have been ruled out of order by the speaker and the Minister had no business answering a question about it. Minister Toews spoke glowingly about the importance of this bill.

“ Mr. Speaker, the Liberal leader has again chosen to turn his back on rural Canadians by clearly stating he still supports a wasteful and ineffective long gun registry. Our government believes that gun control should target criminals, not law-abiding citizens. It should promote safe streets, not penalize the lawful activities of hunters and rural Canadians. The Liberal leader is bending over backward to secure guilty pleas from law-abiding farmers and duck hunters. The choice is clear for all MPs, especially those who voted for the bill at second reading. We either vote to scrap the bill, or we keep it.” http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=3&DocId=4446673

Throughout this process, BQ leader Gilles Duceppe has whipped his party’s vote. Indeed on November 4, 2009 one Bloc MP recovering from open heart surgery and another with a suspected case of swine flu, in a surgical mask, showed up to vote against the Conservatives. On Monday, April 19, 2010 Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff announced he would whip the Liberal vote to defeat Bill C-391. To date NDP leader Jack Layton has continued to insist that his hands are tied because it is a PMB. Please make sure he understands that this is not the case.

Another example of this bill being clearly a government bill is that the Conservative Party has released another series of radio advertisings targeting eight rural Liberal MPs. A Conservative official reported “These MPs voted to end the long-gun registry in the past, they’ve been continuously promising their constituents that they would vote to end it, but now Ignatieff is forcing them to vote to keep the registry.” “The ads encourage people to call their MPs and tell them they should vote for what their constituents want — to end the long-gun registry — not what their Liberal boss wants, which is to keep the registry.” (Canoe News, April 21, 2010 Kathleen Harris “Ads target rogue Grits over gun registry” http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2010/04/21/13660536-qmi.html)

Please call Jack Layton and the NDP MPs today and tell them loud and clear that Canadians want the gun registry, Bill C-391 is a government bill and should not get the NDP’s support. Phone numbers are below.

The COALITION for Gun Control
http://www.guncontrol.ca
Twitter: CGCguncontrol • Blog: https://guncontrolcanada.wordpress.com/
E-mail us at: cgc.montreal@gmail.com

NDP MPs – Note the first telephone number listed is on Parliament Hill, the second in the riding

The Honourable Jack Layton, Party leader (Toronto — Danforth, ON) (613) 995-7224, (416) 405-8914
Mr. Joe Comartin in charge of the gun control file (Windsor — Tecumseh, ON) (613) 947-3445 ,(519) 988-1826
Mr. Don Davies, Critic Public Safety, Co-Chair of SECU committee (Vancouver Kingsway, BC) (613) 943-0267, (604) 775-6263
Ms. Irene Mathyssen, Critic Status of Women, Deputy Critic Public Safety (London — Fanshawe, ON) (613) 995-2901, (519) 685-4745

NDP MPs that voted with the Conservatives in favour of C-391 last November
Mr. Malcolm Allen (Welland, ON) (613) 995-0988
Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins — James Bay, ON) (613) 992-2919, (705) 567-2747
Ms. Niki Ashton (Churchill, MB) (613) 992-3018, (866) 785-0522
Mr. Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic, NT) (613) 992-4587, (867) 873-6995
Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena — Bulkley Valley, BC) (613) 993-6654, (250) 877-4140
Mr. Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt, ON) (613) 995-9107, (705) 897-2222
Ms. Carol Hughes (Algoma — Manitoulin — Kapuskasing, ON) (613) 996-5376, (705) 848- 8080
Mr. Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay — Superior-North, ON) (613) 996-4792, (807) 345-1818
Mr. Jim Maloway (Elmwood — Transcona, MB) (613) 995-6339, (204) 984-2499
Mr. John Rafferty (Thunder Bay — Rainy River, ON) (613) 992-3061, (807) 623-6000
Mr. Peter Stoffer (Sackville — Eastern Shore, NS) (613) 995-5822, (902) 861-2311
Mr. Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury, ON) (613) 996-8962, (705) 673-7107

Other NDP MPs
Mr. Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia — Southern Interior, BC) (613) 996-8036, (250) 365-2792
Ms. Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain, ON) (613) 995-9389, (905) 574-3331
Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity — Spadina, ON) (613) 992-2352, (416) 533-2710
Mr. David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre, ON) (613) 995-1757, (905) 526-0770
Ms. Jean Crowder (Nanaimo — Cowichan, BC) (613) 943-2180, (250) 746-4896
Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, BC) (613) 992-6030, (604) 775-5800
Mr. Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, ON) (613) 996-5322, (613) 946-8682
Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster – Coquitlam, BC) (613) 947-4455, (604) 664-9229
Ms. Linda Duncan (Edmonton–Strathcona, AB) (613) 995-7325, (780) 495-8404
Mr. Yvon Godin (Acadie — Bathurst, NB) (613) 992-2165, (506) 548-7511
Mr. Jack Harris (St-John’s East, NF) (613) 996-7269, (709) 772-7171
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby — New Westminster, BC) (613) 992-4214, (604) 775-5707
Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NS) (613) 995-7614, (902) 426-8691
Mr. Wayne Marston (Hamilton-East — Stoney Creek, ON) (613) 992-6535, (905) 662-4763
Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg-Centre, MB) (613) 992-5308, (204) 984-1675
Mr. Tony Martin (Sault-Ste. Marie, ON) (613) 992-9723, (705) 941-2900
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, ON) (613) 996-1541, (519) 255-1631
Mr. Thomas J. Mulcair (Outremont, QC) (613) 995-7691, (514) 736-2727
Ms. Denise Savoie (Victoria, BC) (613) 996-2358, (250) 363-3600
Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby — Douglas, BC) (613) 996-5597, (604) 291-8863
Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, MB) (613) 996-6417, (204) 984-1767

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From Inews880, 4/16/2010, Ed Mason, “Gun violence charges”

Posted by cgccanada on April 16, 2010

Charges have been laid after some gun violence in a quiet central Edmonton neighbourhood early Thursday evening. It was an all too familiar scenario — a woman, a man stirred up with jealousy, and a gun. (…) We’ve learned a 22-year old man has been charged with numerous gun crimes including dangerous use and possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm. (…) For Full Story http://www.inews880.com/Channels/Reg/LocalNews/story.aspx?ID=1219225)

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From: Chronicle Herald, April 15, “Man arrested after traffic stop nets sawed-off shotgun”

Posted by cgccanada on April 15, 2010

A 20-year-old man faces a variety of charges after police found a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition during a traffic stop in Dartmouth. Police say they stopped a vehicle at Highfield Park at about 11:20 p.m. and searched the three people inside. During the search of one of the occupants, they found the gun and ammunition. He was taken into custody without incident and expected to appear in Dartmouth provincial court today to face a number of weapons-related charges.

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Toronto Lecture Guns and Global Security: From Neighbourhoods to the United Nations

Posted by cgccanada on April 14, 2010

Coalition for Gun Control President Wendy Cukier will speak at Guns and Global Security: From Neighbourhoods to the United Nations, part of the Contemporary Dilemmas in Canadian Security Lecture Series of the York University Centre for International and Security Studies Thursday 22 April 2010, 7-9pm, Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre 525 Bay Street, Toronto (Free Admission).

The Contemporary Dilemmas in Canadian

Security Lecture Series:

Guns and Global Security: From

Neighbourhoods to the United Nations

Thursday 22 April 2010
7-9pm
Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre
525 Bay Street
Toronto
(Free Admission)

The problem of ‘civilian possession’ of firearms has undermined global and national efforts at controlling small  arms and light weapons. Canada is a producer and exporter of arms, as well as a recipient of both legal and less  than legal transfers of weapons, mainly from the United States. For Canadians this has translated into greater numbers of guns on our city streets, and a more dangerous environment for our military forces when they are deployed abroad. The problem of ‘civilian possession’ of firearms is to be addressed at multilateral arms control negotiations under the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms & Light Weapons (SLAW) and the Arms Trade
Treaty (ATT). This forum seeks to explore the relationship of civilian possession of arms and problems of control, both domestic and international for creating conditions of security and insecurity. The questions that we raise are the following:

  1. How to interpret the concept of ‘civilian possession’ under the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons?
  2. What are the problems with ‘civilian possession’ of small arms and light weapons that the Canadian Forces face?
  3. What are the problems and prospects of regulating small arms proliferation within Canada and the United States?
  4. How the problem of ‘civilian possession’ of weapons in Canada and the US needs to be addressed by state and non-state actors ?
  5. What effect will this have on arms trade as practiced by Canada and the United States?

Speakers:   Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University
Ken Epps, Project Ploughshares
James Sheptycki, York University
Gregory Getty, Toronto Police Service
Moderator:   Barbara Falk, Canadian Forces College

If you would like to attend please pre-register via this link:
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For further details on this event please see:
http://www.yorku.ca/yciss/news/upcoming.html

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