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A woman places a pinwheel in front of a mural dedicated to slain RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, a victim of a shooting rampage carried out by a man with unlicensed weapons, in Cole Harbour, N.S., on April 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Krochak

Nova Scotia mass shooting shows how deadly unlicensed gun owners can be

Far from just committing 'paper crimes,' the mass shooting in Nova Scotia shows the deadly threats posed by unlicensed gun owners.
Les libéraux ont fait la promesse d’interdire les armes de type fusil d’assaut militaire s’il sont réélus. Shutterstock

Voici comment l'arme préférée des tueurs de masse est arrivée au Canada

La disponibilité de l’AR-15 - et armes similaires - semble dépendre du résultat de la prochaine élection fédérale. C’est aux Canadiens de décider si ces armes doivent rester en vente.
Many genealogy forums recently claimed their distant ancestor, the French-born Catherine Pillard was Indigenous. Pillard arrived with other women in Quebec in the 17th century as depicted in this painting. Charles William Jefferys / Library and Archives Canada

How some North Americans claim a false Indigenous identity

Recently in Canada and the United States, a small, but vocal minority of white French-descendants have used an ancestor born between 300 and 400 years ago to claim an "Indigenous" identity.
The Liberals have made a major election promise: If re-elected, they'lll ban military-style assault rifles in Canada. (Shutterstock)

A short history of the AR-15 in Canada

Some Canadian gun advocates claim military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 have never been used to commit crimes in Canada. That's inaccurate.
The relationship between guns and masculinity was once sanctioned by governments and businesses, making it entrenched and difficult to challenge. Kyle Johnson/Unsplash

Canada once sold the idea that guns turned boys into men

The relationship between guns and masculinity was once sanctioned by governments and businesses, making it entrenched and difficult to challenge.
Meaghan Hennegan, who was shot twice during the Dawson College shooting in 2006 in Montreal holds up a board showing assault weapons as she joins other gun control advocates at a news conference on Bill C-71 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in December 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Should Canada ban assault-style firearms?

Canada must decide if modern semi-automatic rifles should be widely available to its citizens. Our current classification system for such guns is irrational.
Far from a knee-jerk reaction to Toronto’s recent mass shooting, fresh calls for tougher gun control laws have a long history in Canada. A man places his hand on his handgun in B.C. in 2014 during the International Practical Shooting Confederation Canada national championships. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Calls for stronger handgun laws in Canada have deep roots

Calls to outlaw handguns in Canada are hardly knee-jerk proposals in response to violent incidents. Instead, they're in line with the historic Canadian trend to limit the presence of modern pistols.
A 2015 study from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse describes youth perceiving marijuana as “relatively harmless” and “not as dangerous as drinking and driving.” (Unsplash/Conor Limkbocker)

Marijuana at school: Loss of concentration, risk of psychosis

Provincial policies to implement the legal consumption of marijuana are unlikely to protect children and youth. High school teachers and parents will be on the front line.
Métis Family and a Red River Cart, 1883. (State Historical Society of North Dakota, A4365)

Becoming Indigenous: The rise of Eastern Métis in Canada

New census data sheds light on the country's Indigenous population. In Eastern Canada, the rise in people claiming to be “Métis” is a controversial case of "settler self-indigenization."

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