Double stabbing in Canada's Wonderland parking lot results in one death

Posted Sunday, October 26, 2014 8:25 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A 21-year-old man is dead and another in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a double stabbing in the parking lot of Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ont., early Sunday. York Regional Police say the stabbings occurred in the Wonderland parking lot shortly after midnight, as the amusement park's Halloween Haunt event wrapped up.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:19 PM

This is getting ridiculous. First there was a fight in a parking lot at a SF park and now this. Too much violence these days. It's not just at amusement parks, but also at schools and other public places.

Last edited by Thabto, Sunday, October 26, 2014 11:34 PM
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Monday, October 27, 2014 12:07 AM

This is a little old, but still insightful I feel:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/150464/americans-believe-crime-worsening.aspx

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Monday, October 27, 2014 9:42 AM

Thank goodness nobody was called a whore, though.

Last edited by Raven-Phile, Monday, October 27, 2014 9:43 AM
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Monday, October 27, 2014 9:56 AM

You're trolling. Don't be a troll.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 10:48 AM

I was thinking that NAFTA has allowed us to export violence up North. I guess it's a fair trade for all the tar-sands oil.

Sucks to see so much of this happening in parks, but it does seem to be repeating annually...

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Monday, October 27, 2014 11:18 AM

Are there more incidents or do we just hear about them more now in an era of 24/7 news coverage, social media outlets, etc.? I have seen data like what was linked here indicating that violent crime is down in recent years (even though if you asked people, many would say its the opposite which I think is in large part because of the coverage it receives today which 10-20 years ago didn't and really couldn't happen). I haven't seen any data specific to amusement parks.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 3:48 PM

Seems as though it was a few groups getting into it inside the park and then spilling out. http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/toronto/kevin-ramkalawan-identified...-1.2814209

Last edited by MagnunBarrel, Monday, October 27, 2014 3:49 PM
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Monday, October 27, 2014 3:52 PM

The 24/7 fake-urgency that is the current "news" cycle I think isn't really relevant. I mean, if it happened, it happened. If you're asking if you just didn't hear about it before, I don't know that there's a good case for that, at least for the purpose of it surfacing on CoasterBuzz. The news gets here the same way it has for almost 15 years... I search for it. Note the reference for this story is a local news outlet. It wasn't picked up by the NY Times or anything.

Some things do bubble up and get carried on the wire services and picked up on a lot of different outlets, but the selection criteria is pretty weird. I saw the story about The Beast doing 50 million rides (which isn't really news, I don't think) get picked up by some California newspapers.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 3:57 PM

GoBucks89 said:

Are there more incidents or do we just hear about them more now in an era of 24/7 news coverage, social media outlets, etc.?

I read a story not long ago (and I can't find it for the life of me right now) pretty much confirming that while incidents are down, coverge of those incidents is WAY up.

I think things seem worse because the news outlets are pointing out more of the bad than ever before.

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Monday, October 27, 2014 4:23 PM

I'm not sure I would generalize that much. There's a lot of data that gets thrown around making weak correlation into causation. Violent crime in the US is significantly down in the last decade or two. The gun lobby says it's because people are packing heat, but there's no link that demonstrates guns are a deterrent. Incidents of violence seem like they're up at amusement park Halloween events, but you also have to figure that 15 years ago only a few parks had those events at all. Someone at Kings Island obviously feels pretty strongly about security, given the bag checks they only do then, or their re-entry policy.

Mostly I think the problem is that people watch too much ****ing TV.

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