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Public Safety committee  Yes. As I said at the outset, I'm happy to provide a written brief, translated and with the data that I'm citing.

October 23rd, 2018Committee meeting

Prof. Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  I'm happy to send that through as well. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police reported on that. Statistics Canada has reported on that. While, as I said at the outset, firearm violence in Toronto has received a lot of attention lately because of the feeling that it was r

October 23rd, 2018Committee meeting

Prof. Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  If arming for self-protection worked, the United States would be the safest country in the world. Last year they had more than 10,000 firearm murders, which was substantially more than we had. I'll reiterate what the data show. The data show that property crime in urban and rur

October 23rd, 2018Committee meeting

Prof. Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  Yes. The United States has 10 times as many people as we do. They had 11,004 murders with guns in 2016. We had 223. If the proportions were the same, they would have had around 2,000. They have substantially higher rates of gun homicide. If you look at murders without guns, th

October 23rd, 2018Committee meeting

Prof. Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  I think that's an interesting explanation, but I don't think it aligns with the evidence. If that were the explanation, then what you would see is lots of police officers shot in urban centres but not dying, in contrast to police officers being shot in rural areas and dying. I do

October 23rd, 2018Committee meeting

Prof. Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  Again, I think that's a good question. I'm not sure if the committee called Dr. Barbara Kane, who works in Prince George. She's a psychiatrist. Certainly she's somebody who does routinely notify the police when she thinks someone has a mental health problem. You can look inci

October 23rd, 2018Committee meeting

Prof. Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  I think you will know from the research that it's complex. You have to look at the root causes first of all, what leads people to criminal behaviour. We heard from Mr. Priestley-Wright, for example, that the people who stole his vehicle appear to have been involved with drugs. Th

October 23rd, 2018Committee meeting

Prof. Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  Thanks very much for including me. I apologize for not submitting a written brief, but time did not allow us to pull it together and get it translated, so we're happy to provide a written backup to arguments that I'm going to be presenting today. I want to quickly touch on th

October 23rd, 2018Committee meeting

Professor Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  Yes, absolutely. I mean, I don't know how you define “needs”, but I grew up in a community where lots of people were hunters and target shooters. I don't have a principled objection to gun ownership any more than suggesting that having controls over drivers in vehicles is part of

May 24th, 2018Committee meeting

Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  Again, we see that this is not the principal source of guns. I'll just get a correction on the record. The registration of rifles and shotguns did not cost $2 billion, just to be clear.

May 24th, 2018Committee meeting

Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  It's no longer the principal source of crime guns in Canada. The principal source of crime guns in Canada, according to the Toronto police and the B.C. police, is the diversion of legal guns to illegal markets.

May 24th, 2018Committee meeting

Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  We're recommending broadening the criteria. As I said, we've also recommended that the government look at mechanisms to work with the provinces to require mandatory reporting by health care professionals of people who ought not to have access to firearms.

May 24th, 2018Committee meeting

Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  To be perfectly honest, I haven't looked at that in detail, so I would hesitate to answer.

May 24th, 2018Committee meeting

Wendy Cukier

Public Safety committee  In general it makes sense. To be fair, General Dallaire was not prohibited from using a firearm. He voluntarily surrendered his. There are instances, though, where you might want to encourage someone to surrender their firearm. It might be that somebody could be a recipient and w

May 24th, 2018Committee meeting

Wendy Cukier

May 24th, 2018Committee meeting

Wendy Cukier