British Columbia Civil Liberties Association

from Winnipeg CopWatch- Suggestions for Real Crime Prevention

...Solutions to Crime Prevention Rather Than a Ramping Up of the Status Quo

In boosting the number of police...politicians are following the path of the so-called “law & order” politics of the federal Conservative party, who’ve used a non-existent rise in crime to justify construction of expensive new prisons[1]. Research has consistently shown that incarceration actually increases crime...

....Consider working with the province to follow in the footsteps of Ontario’s recent decriminalization of sex work, in response to the ongoing crisis of missing women. New Zealand decriminalized sex work in 2003, and in the time since then, they’ve seen a modest decrease in the number of sex workers on the street, and a significant increase in the likelihood they’ll report crimes committed against them.

Tasers are Lethal Police Weapons, But Now They'll Be Researched in Canada

Medical study will look at Taser research gaps to better understand stun guns

Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press – Mon, 14 Feb, 2011

    A police-issued Taser gun is displayed at the Victoria police station in Victoria, B.C. May 7, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

    OTTAWA - Gaps in the research on how Taser stun guns affect people will be one focus of a federal program aimed at better understanding the powerful weapons used for years by Canadian police.