Islamic State “celebrates” its second birthday

A resilient and adaptive organization continues to change as it expands into new criminal ventures

Islamic State “celebrates” its second birthdayPORTLAND, Or. June 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ − In the pundit frenzy that followed Brexit, a significant anniversary passed by relatively unnoticed. Two years ago, on June 30, 2014, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed the existence of the Islamic State (ISIS) and its worldwide caliphate. Dismissed initially by U.S. President Barack Obama as “the JV” team”,…

Taking aim at rampant gun ownership

There is no good case for increased firearm ownership in Alberta or the rest of Canada; the sooner we clamp down, the better for society

Taking aim at rampant gun ownershipRED DEER, Alta. June 14, 2017/ Troy Media/ – Guns don't kill people – in a peaceful society, idiots, thugs, the demented, the horribly afflicted, the dangerously confused and fanatics pull the triggers. But any society that allows miscreants, misfits and the disturbed easy access to guns must carry a significant portion of the blame.…

Stemming the tide of inmate deaths after release

Time in custody offers a perfect opportunity to intervene and prevent health issues from arising after release

Stemming the tide of inmate deaths after releaseBy Fiona Kouyoumdjian and Stephen Hwang EvidenceNetwork.ca HAMILTON and TORONTO, Ont. May 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The tragic stories of Ashley Smith, Edward Snowshoe and other inmates who have died in Canadian correctional facilities have rightly made headlines. Less well known are the premature deaths of hundreds of Canadians every year from preventable causes after…

Something changed for the Liberals the night of ‘elbowgate’

When the prime minister intentionally grabbed and yanked the Conservative whip, it met the Criminal Code definition of assault

Something changed for the Liberals the night of ‘elbowgate’TORONTO, Ont. May 24, 2016/ Troy Media/ - On the night in question, I was at an event in Toronto honouring Sen. Murray Sinclair. As it was getting underway, I received a text message from one of the members of Parliament who had been at the very centre of it all. “He should not have…

Let’s halt the killer fentanyl tide

Unless Canadians start to pay attention, there could be a wave of fentanyl deaths washing across the country

Let’s halt the killer fentanyl tideCALGARY, Alta.  April 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In my stepson’s circle of friends, Jordan was the gentle giant. Six feet-plus and probably 300 pounds, he was famed for his willingness to defend his friends and his ability to down beers in massive quantities. Neither his might nor his popularity, however, could protect him from…

Putting criminals in Alberta on ALERT

As criminals become more sophisticated and organized, it's essential that we commit funds and expertise to combat them

Putting criminals in Alberta on ALERTRED DEER, Alta. April 17, 2016/Troy Media/ - Alberta’s unremitting growth over the last few decades has exacerbated a variety of social ails, but few are more alarming than the rise in crime. It’s the kind of social scarring that deeply effects Albertans – and makes the provincial government’s new infusion of policing-related funding more than…

Why can’t there be a law against creepy guys?

There’s a part of me that would like to see a law against creepy guys, even though I know it’s asking too much of our legal system

Why can’t there be a law against creepy guys?CALGARY, Alta. April 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – By now, anyone who watched the trial of disgraced radio host Jian Ghomeshi with anything more than passing interest will have likely come to the conclusion that the Crown prosecutor had what appeared to be a solid case and blew it. Much as the victims and sympathizers…

Thin blue line pushing back against families’ wrongful death suit

Chicago cop files $10 million counterclaim, citing extreme emotional trauma

Thin blue line pushing back against families’ wrongful death suitNEW YORK, March 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Robert Rialmo is a Chicago police officer who, in responding to a domestic dispute in December 2015, fatally shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier after the teenager twice swung a baseball bat at the officer’s head. Also accidentally killed in the incident was a 55-year-old neighbour, Bettie Jones, who…

Individuals are in prison as punishment, not for punishment

British PM's strategy for prison reform should be emulated on this side of the pond

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Assisted suicide a deadly new form of normal

The Supreme Court's Carter decision set the floor, not the ceiling, according to one proponent

[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/assisted-suicide-a-deadly-new-form-of-normal/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on assisted [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/health-suicide/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]suicide[/popup] and [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/palliative-care/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]palliative care[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] HAMILTON, Ont. Feb 4, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Euthanasia? Assisted suicide? There’s an app for that. Or there soon might be, the executive director of…