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What happens when you scrap crimefighting for social work

Former Winnipeg police chief Devon Clunis weathered a lot of ridicule when he talked about the role of  prayer in fighting crime.
Well, look who's laughing now?
Winnipeggers have taken his words to heart, and they're praying up a storm.
People are praying they don't get shot. Or murdered. Or robbed at work. Or mugged on the street. Or have their cars stolen.
A perusal of the police department's Crimestat page shows the dismal legacy of Clunis' hug-a-thug social work policing, which has been embraced whole-heartedly by the Winnipeg police commission and new police chief Danny Smythe.  The stats compare this year to last, New Year's Day to April 15:
Homicides, 9 this year, 6 last.
Shootings, up 82 percent.  A whopping 31 this year, 17 last.
Commercial robberies, up 53 percent to 150 this year, 98 last.
Muggings, 336 this year, 261 last, an increase of 29 percent.
Commercial break-ins, 355 compared to 245 in '16.  (A 45% increase.)
Residential break-ins,  only up 8 per…

Fake News is so yesterday

By now you've heard about Fake News. But the Winnipeg Free Press has taken the concept a step further and has introduced Fake Views.
What's that, you ask?  Read on.
The MSM is well aware that the news consuming public knows the tricks of Fake News and has no hesitation in outing biased opinion that's presented as "news".  The WFP gets called out every day on their comments pages.
So the Free Press has decided to re-package fake news as opinion or viewpoints, or even 'analysis' to give themselves deniability when the public points out that the story spins like a top.  'It's not us, it's the writer's opinion,' they can safely bleat, they think.
This weekend the FP ran a piece of "analysis" on their editorial pages headlined "Manitobans favour putting price on carbon."
The title was so absurd, we had to read further.
It turns out the piece was written by Curtis Brown, a familiar name to Winnipeggers.  He used to provide his …