The provinces of British Columbia and Alberta are, in my opinion, the #1 and #2 taser hot-spots in Canada.
CBC Taser-death database [LINK] lists BC with eight taser associated deaths, and Alberta with five. Ontario has had six taser-associated deaths, but it has almost twice the population of BC and Alberta combined.
If you need more evidence, the rate of taser use in Victoria, the capital city of BC, has been 3.8 times higher than Toronto. [LINK] This is amazing when you realize that Victoria is probably the lawn bowling capital of Canada (many elderly ladies enjoying their afternoon tea, etc.) It is less surprising when you realize that the Canadian distributor for Taser International is located in Victoria. See also [LINK][LINK][LINK].
Keep this in mind as you read the following.
Canadians' confidence in the RCMP's "...internal operations and leadership has dropped by 61 per cent among B.C. respondents over the past two years. Albertans recorded the second-largest decline in confidence at 36 per cent, while, nationally, 32 per cent of respondents said their opinion of police had worsened since 2007." [LINK]
British Columbia (#1 taser hot spot): -61%
Alberta (#2 taser hot spot): -36%
More tasers and naïve trust in Taser International, more bad outcomes, and thus less public confidence. And that makes police work more difficult.
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