Almost three years ago, the protest movement in response to the murder of George Floyd brought the idea of defunding the police into the mainstream, and made the concept palatable to many Canadians. And yet, with police budgets increasing in pretty much every city across Canada, it seems that momentum has yet to translate into tangible social change.
So what happened to the defund movement? What are some common misconceptions about its actual aims? And although police unions and politicians seem to have won the current PR battle, is the defund ideology too entrenched at this point to really be defeated?
GUEST: Ted Rutland, Associate professor of geography, planning and environment at Concordia University