Stephanie Levitz OTTAWA – Toronto police called the shooter who opened fire in a downtown mall Saturday “one idiot with a gun.” But some gang experts argue public shootings like the one at the Eaton Centre that left one man dead and several other people wounded are part of an effort by gang leaders to make themselves look like anything but idiots. Gangs are increasingly taking their fights public to gain fame and notoriety, said Const. Doug Spencer, a Vancouver transit police officer who works with the city’s Odd Squad Productions Society on crime prevention. Public shootings are designed to send a message, Spencer said. “They say if they’ll do it there, they’ll do it anywhere, you don’t want to mess with those guys, they’re crazy, and that’s the reputation they want.” Spencer said Vancouver-area police began noticing a change in gang activity about three or four years ago when fights that used to be waged in back alleys suddenly burst onto public streets. In 2007, six people were killed at a Surrey, B.C., apartment. Four had criminal connections, but two were innocents in the wrong place at the wrong time. Since then, B.C. police have been called to shootings […]
Posted by Speed Skating Canada CALGARY – Canadian team national team and Olympic athletes Jan Hudec, Canada’s leading downhill skier, and speed skaters Jamie Gregg, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt and Brittany Schussler will team-up with Vancouver’s Odd Squad Productions Society on Wednesday, June 6 for a presentation and learning experience, and attend the 2012 Odd Squad Gala Fundraiser on Thursday, June 7. The five athletes will join 10 Calgary-area business executives at the Odd Squad’s Vancouver office for a presentation on Wednesday. They will then be divided into groups of five for a two-hour experience of Vancouver’s downtown east district. On Thursday, the athletes will attend the 15th annual Odd Squad Gala Fundraiser at the Vancouver Convention Centre (see event news release). Since 1997, the Odd Squad has been dedicated to educating the public of the devastating effects that high-risk behavior has on members of our community. Their peer-to-peer workshops have included a Hockey Mentor Program with several Western Hockey League teams. Visit their website for additional information on their programs – click here.