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Crisis in Canada's Policing
Why change is so hard, and how we can get real reform in our police forces

By (author) John SewellWith Christopher J. Williams


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The foremost independent thinker and activist tackling policing in Canada pins down the real causes of the neverending incidents of police misconduct and unaccountability


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JOHN SEWELL is a former mayor of Toronto who was responsible for helping to establish the city's first independent police complaints commission and the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition, an organization that encourages debate about police policy issues. For more than twenty years, he was an urban affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine and Eye Weekly. He is also the author of eight previous books, including Doors Open Toronto: Illuminating the City's Great Spaces, The Shape of the City, with a foreword by Jane Jacobs, The Shape of the Suburbs and The Police in Canada. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2005. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

CHRISTOPHER J. WILLIAMS is a researcher and educator in the fields of sociology and criminology who has taught at York University, Brock University and the University of Western Ontario. His published academic work has been featured in journals such as Race & Class, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Housing Studies and the African Geographical Review. His first book, Boomerang Ethics: How Racism Affects Us All, was published in 2017 and co-authored with Professor Joseph Mensah of York University. Additionally, at the level of grassroots activism, he has worked with a variety of Toronto-based organizations dedicated to addressing issues pertaining to how police power is exercised against marginalized communities and is currently a member of the Toronto Police Accountability Coalition. He lives in Toronto.


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  • Timely book offering up-to-date information and fresh thinking on a major, ongoing issue affecting Canadians in every part of the country

  • Synthesizes the many recent reports demanding change in policing in Canada

  • Independent, informed, critical analysis of issues facing police forces

  • New book from expert activist author who has spoken and published extensively on the topic and advocated change in policing since the 1980s


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