The Grim History of the Death Penalty in Canada
Monday, March 4, 10 am
In-Class or Zoom
Until the abolition of capital punishment in 1976, death by hanging was a grim reality within the Canadian criminal justice system. But what did capital punishment look like in Canada? In this session, we will discuss the history of the death penalty in Canada, with a focus on topics such as the inconsistent application of the death sentence, the treatment of women, wrongful conviction, the difficult journey toward abolition.
Explore the people and the events behind Canada's 109-year experiment with capital punishment. It's the story of alcoholic executioners, nervous sheriffs, hanging judges, wrongful convictions, unruly mobs, and even a botched execution (or two). Look at the science behind Canada's preferred method of execution. Hanging was long considered a safe and humane practice, with precise mathematical formulae and physics at its foundation. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out...
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