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Police-reported hate crimes in Canada rose three per cent from 2015 to 2016, according to a new report released by Statistics Canada at the end of November 2017. Police reported 1,409 hate crimes in Canada in 2016, 47 more than in 2015. This represented less than 0.1 per cent of the 1,895,546 crimes (excluding traffic violations) that were reported by police services. StatsCan says the increase in hate crimes was a result of more incidents targeting South Asians and Arabs or West Asians, the Jewish population, and people based on their sexual orientation. In contrast, hate crimes against Muslims and Catholics declined in 2016.
Canadian Crime Stoppers programs have launched a new venture in Ontario, with plans to expand across the country.
MONCTON, N.B. — A prosecutor is asking for the maximum fine against the RCMP for Labour Code convictions stemming from gunman Justin Bourque’s 2014 Moncton, N.B., rampage that left three officers dead and two injured.
TORONTO — Ontario’s antiquated court system will inch toward the modern age, as the attorney general announced Wi-Fi for courthouses, jury summons via email or text and some online divorce filings.
VICTORIA — Street racers and stunt drivers in British Columbia could lose their vehicles for up to 36 months as part of new penalties the province is imposing on bad drivers.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A woman shot by police three times in an armed standoff in eastern British Columbia has been given a conditional sentence because the Crown says she was also a victim.
Winnipeg’s police chief says he will investigate whether more must be done to fight impaired driving in the city’s police force following the arrests of two more officers.
VANCOUVER — There won’t be any uniformed police officers marching alongside the colourful floats in Vancouver’s Pride parade next August.
Calgary’s city council has approved a budget increase for the police service that will mean more boots on the street to fight crime.
SASKATOON — A former Saskatoon police chief has been named to lead a review of Saskatchewan's Office of the Chief Coroner.
MONTREAL — McGill University law professor Daniel Weinstock says he heartily recommends his students take up criminal law in order to take advantage of the country’s new, strict cannabis laws.
MONTREAL — The union representing Montreal police officers criticized Mayor Valerie Plante on Tuesday for saying she is open to the idea of creating a memorial for a young man shot dead by police in 2008.
MONTREAL — Amid swift and widespread outrage, a pro-gun lobby group backtracked Tuesday on a plan to hold a rally at a memorial site for the 14 women who were killed at Ecole polytechnique in 1989.
Toronto Crime Stoppers’ Youth Program Initiatives has been selected as the recipient for the 3rd Annual Hockey Classic for Canada’s security industry, hosted by Mission 500’s Canada Committee.
REGINA — The Prairies occupy two of the top three spots in a category no one wants to lead in — homicide rates.
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