Media Release - Will Increasing the Number of Police Officers Yield Less Crime? – March 11, 2013
This backgrounder calls into question the common assumption that an increased police presence would reduce crime levels in Canadian cities
More Police Does Not Equal Less Crime – March 11, 2013
Canadian cities are very safe relative to American cities. Some cities could reduce crime with a targeted police presence in relatively dangerous neighbourhoods. However, simply increasing police levels does not appear to be an effective anti-crime strategy, and police services could free up resources by adopting more efficient staffing policies.
Failing to Make the Roads Safer – July 13, 2012
This backgrounder argues that distracted driving laws do more harm than good.
Media Release - Distracted Driving Legislation Failing to Make the Roads Safer – July 13, 2012
Consistent with the evidence from US states, the new Manitoba distracted driving laws appear to have made the roads slightly more dangerous, rather than less. The unintended consequence of these laws is that people find dangerous ways to hide their activities, rather than complying with the law.
Turf War Between Cops, BIZ Patrol – June 2, 2011
Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz’s decision to increase the number of police officers in Winnipeg may be misguided given our already high number of police and a declining crime rate.
Will More Police Officers Solve Winnipeg’s Crime Issues? – May 25, 2011
Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz is fulfilling his pledge to hire more police officers, but recent data shows more police may not necessarily be the answer to Winnipeg’s crime problems.
Dr. Douglas Bland, Queen's University School of Policy Studies and Author of 'Uprising' – March 18, 2010
Frontier's Conversation with the author of Uprising about the state of Aboriginal affairs in Canada and the likelihood of insurgency.
Where Are Aboriginal Affairs in Canada Headed? – March 8, 2010
PowerPoint slides which accompanied the Lunch on the Frontier speech by Doug Bland in Winnipeg March 5, 2010. Watch while listening to related audio below.
The Myths of Photo Radar Exposed – March 3, 2010
PowerPoint slides which accompanied the Breakfast on the Frontier speech by Nancy Thomas in Winnipeg January 27, 2010. Watch while listening to related audio (see below).
Free Market Parking From Canada – October 7, 2009
"In Canada, at least, there is such a thing as a free market think tank with a free market perspective on parking policy."
Police In The Real World – October 30, 2008
So why do we need more policemen? To enforce laws, of course. But this raises the question, "which laws?" And this is the main issue in the real world. Most of the laws that "policemen on our streets" enforce are, like in 17th-century Paris, designed more to protect the state apparatus than the subjects' liberties.
Ontario's Nanny State – March 30, 2008
Ontario wants to use the law to stop parents from smoking in front of kids in their cars.
A Reserve in Turmoil – June 25, 2007
A visit to a remote First Nation presents a microcosm of Canada’s severely dysfunctional aboriginal policy, which revolves around subsidizing people to languish on isolated reserves where there is no economy.
Timid, Distant and Bland – May 24, 2007
Offered a choice between a confident incumbent who promised to keep a dysfunctional system, and a largely unknown challenger who offered minuscule changes, Manitoba opted for the status quo.
Tony's Policy Map for Gordon – January 29, 2007
Tony Blair is seeking to force Gordon Brown to sign up to a far-reaching agenda of new Labour reforms before he leaves office, according to a leaked letter to the prime minister.
Will “Sweep” Tactics Reverse Winnipeg’s Declining Police Effectiveness? – May 28, 2006
The City of Winnipeg's Police Service, strong on resources and manpower but short on results.
Writing's on the Wall for Graffiti – March 2, 2006
Top of the Flops – January 5, 2005
THE best police forces in Britain are up to four times more likely to catch criminals than the worst. New “performance indicators” for area divisions show an alarming variation in detection rates.
Winnipeg, satellites well policed: report – December 20, 2004
Statistics Canada's report on Police Resources in Canada 2004 said among census metropolitan areas over 500,000 population, Winnipeg had the most police per 100,000 population, with 179 officers. Winnipeg was followed by Toronto at 173 officers.
Murderous London is like old New York – December 2, 2004
It was James Q Wilson's now legendary "broken windows" hypothesis which stated that when a neighbourhood, or a city, had become rundown and uncared-for - when its buildings and trains were covered in graffiti, its streets strewn with rubbish, and its youth allowed to indulge in flagrant displays of delinquent bravado - a climate was created in which serious crimes such as murder and robbery could run amok.