What Canadian law says about self-defence

Stand your ground laws in the United States generate a lot of negative press, possibly because the phrase implies that people should become vigilantes rather than flee the scene and call the police. In Canada, though, the laws around self-defence are surprisingly similar to stand your ground legislation. “Generally, when it comes to your own […] Read more

Goodale said the problems won't go away with one or two meetings but being candid is important. | Twitter/@RalphGoodale photo

RCMP to hold meetings on rural policing, public safety

Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale says the public meetings Saskatchewan’s 87 RCMP detachments are holding will help open lines of communication. Speaking to reporters in Regina March 9, the minister said the fact that people at some of the first meetings have said they would defend their property any way they can is concerning. […] Read more

Justice minister Kathleen Ganley stands next to Todd Shean, deputy commissioner with the Alberta RCMP. Ganley announced new funds to help fight rural crime. | Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta’s $10M rural crime strategy includes more officers, better co-ordination

Tracking technology for farm equipment and vehicles will also be utilized

Rural Albertans can expect more RCMP officers on the ground, more civilian staff and more crown prosecutors to fight crime in their communities. The strategy, outlined by the province Friday, will cost $10 million. It includes 39 new officers, 40 civilian staff and anywhere from eight to 10 crown prosecutors. As well, the plan includes […] Read more


An increase in rural crime rates in Alberta and long distances from police services can put landowners in a precarious situation.  |  Getty Image

Rural shooting in Alberta sparks calls for action

Ranchers vow to support landowner charged in shooting, but rural crime watch group warns against using guns

Sympathies and concerns are both being expressed in rural Alberta following charges laid against a rural Okotoks-area man alleged to have shot and injured a person whom he believed to be stealing his property. Edouard Maurice, who lives just outside Okotoks, is scheduled to appear in court March 9 on charges of aggravated assault, pointing […] Read more

Premier Rachel Notley said March 8 that the government and the RCMP have partnered to come up with plans on combating rural crime in the province. | Jeremy SImes photo

Alta. and RCMP partner to increase efforts on fighting rural crime

The Alberta government is planning to increase efforts on combating rural crime in the province. During the throne speech at the legislature Thursday, Alberta lieutenant governor Lois Mitchell announced new initiatives that both the province and the RCMP will undertake to address rural crime. She said the initiatives include investing in new tracking technology and […] Read more


‘The system is broken’

If you walk out of your house and see the window of the garage is smashed, do you report it to the police? The answer may depend on where you live. If you live in a big city — probably. If you live on a farm in Western Canada — probably not. In the Rural […] Read more

Ralph Goodale, Canada's federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, told reporters on Feb. 15 that Ottawa is looking at all aspects of rural policing in the province. | File photo

Ottawa reviews police services in Sask. following trial

UPDATED – March 7, 2018 – 1545 CST – The federal government is “carefully examining the availability of police services and resources” in rural Saskatchewan following the controversial acquittal of Biggar-area farmer Gerald Stanley. Stanley was holding a gun that shot and killed Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old aboriginal man, in August 2016. He was acquitted […] Read more

Producers are told to show restraint when confronting thieves, but that didn’t go over very well at a recent farm show.  |  Getty images

Frustrations over rural crime in the spotlight

Legal experts describe the laws following controversial murder case in Sask. but answers don’t sit well with farmers

LLOYDMINSTER — As their frustrations simmer, many farmers and ranchers continue to feel largely defenceless when confronted by crime on their properties. The issue reached a boiling point in Lloydminster earlier this month during the Agri-Visions conference. Fresh in people’s minds was the trial involving Gerald Stanley, a farmer near Biggar, Sask., over the death […] Read more


Ralph Goodale, Canada's federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, told reporters on Feb. 15 that Ottawa is looking at all aspects of rural policing in the province. | File photo

Saskatchewan police services under review: Goodale

The federal government is “carefully examining the availability of police services and resources” in rural Saskatchewan following the controversial acquittal of Biggar-area farmer Gerald Stanley. Stanley was holding a gun that shot and killed Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old aboriginal man, in August 2016. He was acquitted on charges of second degree murder earlier this month. […] Read more

The new property alert system, part of Saskatchewan’s rural crime reduction strategy, is in the fine-tuning stage and is expected to be available next spring.  |  REUTERS/Chris Wattie photo

Alert device designed to tackle rural crime

A device slightly bigger than a deck of cards could soon be helping to protect rural property. Two Saskatchewan technology startups have been selected to develop a prototype system of hardware and software as part of the provincial government’s rural crime reduction strategy. Jeff Shirley, owner of Rivercity Technology Services Ltd. in Saskatoon, and William […] Read more