Vancouver like Chicago in the 20s?

So the BBC does a trash piece on Vancouver and hilarity ensues.

CN BC: BBC Latest To Pick Up On Vancouver’s Gang Violence

Solicitor General Kash Heed said Thursday that we have to acknowledge the problem highlighted in the international coverage, while recognizing that a lot has been done to combat gangs.

“We’ve had [a]difficult time. In 2008, we had 29 more homicides on our streets and that is unacceptable,” Heed said in an interview. “But in February of this year, we announced the seven-point gang and organized crime strategy to deal with this violence.”

That plan, which included more cops and more designated prosecutors, resulted in dozens of gang arrests and hundreds of charges in the last few months, Heed said. “We have had recent success.” And there are many other cities in the world with a much worse organized crime problem. But the BBC reports come after a rash of gangland slayings in recent days. Homicide detectives were probing seven new homicides in four days last week alone.

Heed said the B.C. government is still pushing for legislative changes in Ottawa that would aid police in their anti-gang investigations.

“We also believe in taking a balanced approach to this problem so we can get in front of it,” Heed said. “And that includes not only being tough on these gang members and pursuing them aggressively, but being equally tough on the social conditions that breed them. ”

And he said while it is important to focus on the gang problem, it is equally important to take note that overall violent crime is down in B.C.

“My goal is to have the most effective and accountable police service in British Columbia and part of that is to review our processes and our structures to ensure that we are targeting our problems and policing smarter than we ever have before,” Heed said.

Vancouver pollster Angus Reid was in London Thursday, where his company has an office. When his taxi driver heard he was from Vancouver, “he confronted me with the story on Guns, Drugs and Crime that he heard on the BBC,” Reid said in an e-mail.

“It was quite weird really – normally when I come to London … I chat with people who, upon finding I’m from Vancouver, dish out the usual praise ‘what a great city,’” Reid said. “The cabbie told me that he thought Vancouver seemed like Chicago in the 1920s – gunfights on the street, gang wars. It was really a bit of a wake-up call that our international reputation leading up to our “Olympic” moment may not be quite as perfect as we think.”

Kash Heed wants the most effective and accountable police service in BC and will review some stuff in an effort to get smarter. In the meantime, he fails to mention (understand?) that the reason gang violence is up is because police have busted a bunch of the old-time gangsters, who until being arrested basically ran things and kept the underlings in line, and the new young bucks are fighting to be top dogs in the new order. But, hey, he wants to get ahead of things and non-gang violence is down so awesome, see you when we get there.

Angus Reid, in London, is surprised to hear that the prohibition-caused gang wars are perceived as, well, prohibition-caused gang wars. Out of the mouths of taxi drivers…



  1. Anonymous on

    deport? to where? execution is the anwser!

  2. Anonymous on

    I have a suggestion, anyone with a gang tattoo should be deported. What possible excuse could they have? There’s way too many Vietnamese people growing houses full of weed in Canada too. That ain’t right. Do we grow wheat in Nam? A bunch of them got caught growing big plots of it in the woods behind a house in New Brunswick a few years ago. Brazen buggers. Probably put some punji sticks in there to protect them too.

  3. Sheffield Jon on

    The amount of time effort and scarce reasources spent on combating the drug war should be redirected to combat the real problems in society such as Violence, theft and anti social behaviour. I keep hearing the same old tired platitudes from the prohibitionist’s, Canabis is a gate way drug, it begets violence and theft when the simple answer is it isnt the canabis but the prohibition that causes societys ill’s.

    Kash Heed wants more police, dedicated prosecuters etc…if he really wants to tackle the violence and Anti-Social behaviour he needs to wise up and take away the bigest motivator for the drug gangs and that is SIMPLE ECONOMICS. Legalize it. Now you get organizations like the DEA and other Drug task forces mouthing these same old platitudes again for the same reason SIMPLE ECONOMICS. I wonder what would happen to all these narcotics agents if they didn’t need to enforce drug laws… well like nearly 10% of the US population they’d be out of work so just like the gangs they need prohibition. Does this not make the DEA et al nothing more than yet another violent gang?

    And the nightmare cycle contiues and will continue until people get off their back sides and vote. When less than half the population decides whats best for the rest of us we all lose. I would ask that everyone in BC, Canada, and every other democratic country in the world take part in making the world a better and safer place for our selves and the next generation Vote for regular people for elected office becuase professional politicians will never look out for the people only themselves. Apologies for the slightly wondering rant. Rant over.


    Jesus said to keep church and state apart. “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s and unto God the things which be God’s.” (Luke 20:25) As we have seen, it was God, not government, who gave man the herbs to use. And it was government that put Jesus to death.

  5. frank trottier on

    God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth.…To you it will be for meat.” … And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. (Genesis 1:29-31) The Bible predicts some herb’s prohibition. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall … speak lies in hypocrisy … commanding to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (Paul: 1 Timothy 4:1-3)

    Jesus:) “If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24)

    Jesus:) He saith unto them, “Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him…. That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.” (Mark 7:18-20)

  6. Michaella on

    Will somebody please tell the old white emperor that he is wearing no clothes so we can get on with our lives peacefully and legally.

    Take the money away from these goons and put it into policing, education and healthcare.

    What do I care if Bob the postman smokes a king dong joint on saturday night!

    Legalize it now!

  7. Anonymous on

    Tougher drug laws create tougher criminals. It also creates a large profit margin for these criminals. So why put police in harms way to combat marijuana, a non-harmful medicine. Its like trying to extinguish a fire with gasoline.