The pistolization of Canadian street crime

James Sheptycki, a professor of criminology at York, talks about homicide statistics in the Ottawa Citizen June 13, and how they reveal a long-term downward trend in gun homicide generally, especially murders committed with so-called “long-guns” and with them the rate of domestic homicide; but from about 1991, the prevalence of handguns surpassed long-guns in Canadian homicide statistics, indicating a change in the pattern of homicide in Canada. Now there are statistically greater numbers of murders between strangers and acquaintances and fewer pertaining to “private” violence. Read full story.

Pipeline spills are not the exception in Alberta, they are an oily reality
Sean Kheraj, a York University history professor, has looked at oil pipeline spills in Alberta over the last 35 years and his conclusion is that these spills are “endemic” rather than exceptional, reports the Vancouver Sun June 14. Read full story.

Alberta pressured to include leaks in environmental monitoring plan
York history Professor Sean Kheraj weighs in on the idea of including pipeline leaks in the world-class environmental monitoring system under development, reports the Lethbridge Herald and others, June 13. Read full story.