Patterns of Police, Fire, and Ambulance Calls-for-Service: scanning the Spatio-Temporal Intersection of Emergency Service Problems

Independent analysis of police, fire, and ambulance calls for service demonstrates common patterns in emergency service activity. Targeted, place-focused interventions have been demonstrated to prevent future problems for emergency services. This research builds on these findings to examine the spatial and temporal intersection of police, fire, and ambulance incidents to explore the potential utility of enhanced collaboration between emergency-first responders.

On the Job – Practicum Winter 2017

One of our new practicum positions that began this winter was set up as a collaboration with the City of Mission, Fire Department, and Victim Services/RCMP. It went great and we look forward to more students participating in this opportunity. Pictured below are Blaine Odenbach (Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Prevention/Emergency Program Coordinator, Mission Fire Rescue Service), Jaspreet Doulla, Amrit Dosanjh, and Anika Malmsten.

A Formidable Task: Reflections on obtaining legal empirical evidence on human trafficking in Canada

This article explores the experiences, challenges and findings of two empirical research studies examining Canada’s legal efforts to combat human trafficking. The authors outline the methodologies of their respective studies and reflect on some of the difficulties they faced in obtaining empirical data on human trafficking court cases and legal proceedings. Ultimately, the authors found that Canadian trafficking case law developments are in their early stages with very few convictions, despite a growing number of police-reported charges. The authors assert it is difficult to assess the efficacy and effects of Canadian anti-trafficking laws and policies due to the institutional and political limitations to collecting legal data in this highly politicised subject area. They conclude with five recommendations to increase the transparency of Canada’s public claims about its anti-trafficking enforcement efforts and call for more empirically-based law reform.
The article can be read here.

Strengthening the Protective Environment for Children of Parents in Conflict with the Law

Two of our students Stephanie Konefall (MA program) and Lauren Dallow (third year BA) were part of the team that went to Terrace and Hazelton from April 1st to 5th , 2017 as part of our project on Strengthening the Protective Environment for Children of Parents in Conflict with the Law. They participated in community mobilization, consultation and training meetings.

Canada is not doing enough for children’s rights

Dec. 13 marks the 25th anniversary of Canada’s ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most universally accepted human rights instrument in history.

Countries around the world, with Canada in the lead, recognized then that children under 18 have the same rights as adults to be safe, secure, protected, healthy and happy. But achieving these rights is much harder for children. Their best interests can easily be overlooked and conflict with adult interests.

The article can be found here.