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September 20, 2018

 
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What Chicago teaches us about gun violence
What Chicago teaches us about gun violence
 

Gary Mason

The murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke got under way this week, riveting a city’s attention while putting its systemic issues of racial inequality and economic divide under a harsh national spotlight.

Four years ago, the police officer, who is white, shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times after he was reportedly seen slashing car tires in a neighbourhood on the city’s South Side. The police and the city suppressed the release of dash-cam video of the incident for 13 months before a judge ruled the footage must be released to the public. When it was, the grainy image of the 17-year-old being riddled with bullets ignited protests among the city’s African-American community.

Like many big U.S. cities, Chicago’s glistening façade obscures the ugly realities lurking behind it. On the surface, the city would seem to have it all: stunning architecture, a vibrant cultural scene, immense corporate wealth and a relatively strong economy. But then there is the Chicago you don’t see mentioned in the Chamber of Commerce brochures, or in the write-ups on Trip Advisor. There are some stats that just don’t sell a city.

 
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The Koreas are getting along – but denuclearization questions remain
The Koreas are getting along – but denuclearization questions remain
 

Marius Grinius

 
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A bad NAFTA deal? Canada should take it and run
A bad NAFTA deal? Canada should take it and run
 

John Ibbitson

 
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The latest hiring taboo: class
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Linda Nazareth

 
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Despite the stay, there’s still no proof a smaller Toronto council will improve efficiency
  Despite the stay, there’s still no proof a smaller Toronto council will improve efficiency
 

Marcus Gee

 
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Online comments

From the comments: Handgun bans, Toronto casinos and Ian Buruma’s exit: Globe readers debate the news of the day -

Today’s comments were selected from three widely read and discussed news stories about the federal government consulting the public on banning handguns, Ian Buruma leaving the New York Review of Books and the gambling industry’s interest in Toronto’s waterfront.

From Federal government to consult public on banning handguns by Daniel LeBlanc

It’s quite simple: A total ban. Let people find a hobby that doesn’t involve a device whose only function is to send a projectile out at such force as to rip violent holes with maximum impact. All for fun. - kpare

In response to kpare:

We banned illegal drugs that has not worked. Better to work on the causes of violence such as poverty and mental illness. - Muaja

 
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Globe editorial: Leona Alleslev and the unseemly politics of crossing the floor
Globe editorial: Leona Alleslev and the unseemly politics of crossing the floor
 
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letters to the editor

Sept. 20: Ontario’s Premier and the courts. Plus other letters to the editor - Today’s topics include getting to a NAFTA deal, rising sea levels, floored by Leona Alleslev ...
 
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Editorial Cartoons for September, 2018
Editorial Cartoons for September, 2018
 
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