Dispatch from the Front Line: What happens when societies can't keep up with their problems
On murdered police, who could unify us, and provincial updates from where your Line editors call home.
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In 2020, we began The Line in an era of plague, populism, economic uncertainty, rapid technological change, bitter domestic polarization, growing geopolitical intrigue and military conflict abroad. We have not lacked for things to write about.
For all that, though, one of the saddest and most worrying trends we've observed is one we've been watching with mounting unease over the last few months. The number of law-enforcement officers being killed in the line of duty in Canada is way, way up over historical baselines. And these murders seem to be targeted.
We've had to stitch together data from a few sources, including Statistics Canada and the Police and Peace Officers' Memorial Ribbon Society.
We are alarmed.