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2006 12 26
What Have We Learned From The Sad Death Of Jane Creba?
imageA year ago today Jane Creba was shot on Toronto's busiest street. That act was to this decade what the "Just Desserts" shooting was to the proceeding one: It shocked so-called average Canadians with a glimpse into a Toronto subculture that most prefer to ignore. That horrific act punctuated a year of gun-related deaths that changed the city's landscape.

imageWhat's changed? Metro Toronto Police have installed closed circuit video cameras on Yonge Street near the scene of Creba's shooting. According to CBC reports, a decline in shopping since the shooting prompted local business owners to ask for the service.
"Events over the past year have concerned members of the business community," Toronto police acting chief Kim Derry said in a news release. "We are working closely with them on an ongoing, comprehensive strategy to fight crime."

The idea that video surveillance is a solution for the societal ills behind shootings like this is one I find short-sighted and, judging by statistical evidence, mostly ineffective. Fortunately, Mayor Miller is quoted today saying we also need social programs and jobs for youth if we want to prevent these types of violent crimes.

Miller's words probably will anger those law and order groups who feel more police, harsher penalties, and pervasive surveillance technologies are the answer to society's ills. For a better understanding of the trends in our society including the drift towards authoritarianism, take a look at Evironics founder and president, Michael Adams' book, "American Backlash: The Untold Story Of Social Change In the Untied States."

[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 12/26 at 02:11 PM

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