Monthly Archives: April 2018

Van hits pedestrians on sidewalk in Toronto – time to reinstate capital punishment?

Only Child thinking about Torontos’s van murder.

Yesterday in north Toronto at Yonge St. and Finch area a van drove into pedestrians on the sidewalk, killing 1o and seriously injuring 15. Police arrested the man very shortly after.

“I hope he burns in hell, whoever did this; I hope this sick person gets dealt with accordingly,” said Ali Shaker, who was driving behind the van and said it was a horror show with the vehicle running down person after person. (from The Toronto Sun. See rest of story at http://torontosun.com/news/local-news/multiple-pedestrians-struck-by-van-on-yonge-st).

So do I hope this person gets dealt with accordingly. To me “dealt with accordingly” means capital punishment, something Canada abolished in 1976.

And before you think I’m being blood-thirsty, I base this on Canada’s laws regarding sentences for murder. The police do their job; the suspect gets arrested and charged; there is a court trial…and then it all goes haywire. Even judges are hampered with sentencing. Sure, we have life sentences in Canada (usually 25 years), but… if life imprisonment meant until the convicted person dropped dead in prison, fine. No  credit for time spent in prison awaiting trial, no parole, no parole requests, no day passes – if it meant all this I would change my wishes for reinstating the death penalty. Taking another person’s life (or in this case, 10 – so far) – unless  in self-defense or as part of proper police procedure  – should  mean the guilty party forfeits either his or her life or at the very least, any life outside prison. Even if the person is found insane.

About ten years after Canada’s death penalty was abolished I took a law course. My instructor said that the law should not be “not guilty by reason of insanity” but “guilty by reason of insanity.” I agree with her.

Many states in the US have a charge called Vehicular Manslaughter – which works for me for drunk drivers killing people. But this crime on April 23, is murder, intentionally done – whatever the killer’s motivation. It is vehicular murder in my books. Some states also still have the death penalty. Most also have stiffer life imprisonment sentences, including to be served consecutively, which could mean until death sends the guilty to another hell. That works for me.

What do you think?

Here are a few more websites to check out.

Capital Punishment history in Canada here

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_punishments_for_murder_in_the_United_States

Globe and Mail article on why Canada’s life sentence for murder rarely is that

 

 

Cheers.

Sharon

Only Child Writes

 

 

 

 

 

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Only Child asks: Spring flowers bring heavy showers?

Snow flower in my outside garden Apr 9

Still too cold outside but at least the sun is shining  for now. I’ve been doing indoor gardening and took some shots of that as well as outside.

Yes, I saw the first flowers outside – a lone crocus and some snow flowers and a few clumps of irises and tulip plants trying their best. Took some photos yesterday and Sunday. I’m going to need this hope for good spring weather because of what’s coming in a few days. I’m worried and on basement watch and warning.

Because it is coming again – more rain  – too much rain – too many mm of it over five or so days. With wind mostly from the East there is a big risk of water getting in my basement and others’ basements too.  See The Weather Network for Toronto. This is my big nightmare mostly caused by that contractor Nigel Applewaite who messed  up a few years ago supposedly waterproofing my basement. He didn’t dig deep enough and then had the nerve to blame it on the drains. Well, I had the city check the drains twice and they showed fine. After a half-ass attempt by contractor Nigel Applewaite to find out where the cracks were he had missed or new cracks in the part not waterproofed – he bailed out, washed his hands of it. He isn’t a member of the BBB so I  make a point of blacklisting him through word of mouth and word of blog.

Meantime, here are a few more garden photos – inside and outside that I took. Enjoy.

Tulips and Irises trying

And inside the house

Poinsettia still in April

Flowering begonia on bedroom windowsill

 

Cheers.

Sharon

Only Child Writes

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