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A 16-year-old male faces 104 charges after being arrested in connection with a break-and-enter on Wednesday afternoon.
The teen, whose identity cannot be revealed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is alleged to have acted with a companion...
The accused faces 47 counts of mischief, 46 counts of theft under $5,000 and eight counts of possession of property obtained by crime, among other charges.Canada's criminal youth laws are tilted towards offenders getting off with a light sentence and no criminal record. This is why older criminals solicit youths for their criminal enterprises -- the law of unintended consequences is alive and well in Canada. Thank you, Liberal Party of Canada for Aiding and Abetting! (No wonder immigrants, coming from tough-on-crime cultures, are voting Conservative. Liberals have the criminal vote locked up, but that's about it.)
Contrast Canada with Singapore.
The crime rate in Singapore is one of the lowest in the world. In Singapore, a person who steals is not considered a victim or a troubled person; he is considered, what's the word, a thief. In Singapore, this guy would face a caning. Caning, or lashing, acts as both a strong deterrent and an unforgettable brush with the law that makes a person think twice about reoffending. It is also a way of indelibly impressing upon the offender society's stern disapproval of criminal behaviour. "Spare the rod, spoil the child."
We need to be both tough and compassionate -- it's not either/or.
And that's the way the Ball bounces.
So, what kind of sentence should a guy convicted of 104 charges get?