Canada is lauded the world over as a law abiding, peaceful country - a shining example to all nations. Such a view, also shared by most Canadians, is typically naïve and misinformed. Throughout its history, to present day and beyond, Canada has been and will continue to be home to criminals and crime organizations that are brilliant at finding ways to make money - a lot of money - illegally.
Iced: The Story of Organized Crime in Canada is a remarkable parallel history to the one generally accepted and taught in our schools. Organized crime has had a significant impact on the shaping of this country and the lives of its people. The most violent and thuggish - outlaw motorcycle gangs like Hells Angels - have been raised to mythic proportions. The families who owned distilleries during Prohibition, such as the Bronfmans, built vast fortunes that today are vested in corporate holdings. The mafia in Montreal created and controlled the largest heroin and cocaine smuggling empire in the world, feeding the insatiable appetite of our American neighbours. Today, gangs are laying waste the streets of Vancouver, and "BC bud" flows into the U.S. as the marijuana of choice.
Organized crime is as old as this nation's founding, with pirates ravaging the east coast, even as hired guns by colonial governments. Since our nation's earliest times, government and crime groups have found that collusion can have its mutual benefits.
Comprehensive, informative and entertaining - as you will discover in the remarkable period pieces devised by the author and the illustrations commissioned specially for this book - Iced is a romp across the nation and across the centuries. In these pages you will meet crime groups that are at once sordid and inept, yet resourceful entrepreneurs and self-proclaimed champions of the underdog, who operate in full sight of their communities and the law. This is the definitive book on organized crime in Canada, and a unique contribution to our understanding of Canadian history.
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Table of Contents
Part I Antecedents (1596 - 1907) 1
Chapter 1 Shiver Me Northern Timbers: Pirates and Privateers of Atlantic Canada 3
Chapter 2 Outlaws on the Canadian Plains: Bank Robbers, Horse Thieves, Cattle Rustlers, Smugglers, Swindlers, Whiskey Traders, and other Varmints 43
Part II Genesis (1908 - 1933) 101
Chapter 3 The Black Hand of Death: Extortion and Violence in Canada's Early Italian Communities 103
Chapter 4 Canadian Vice: Dope Peddlers, White Slavers, and Fantan Operators 127
Chapter 5 Speakeasy or Die: Organized Crime in the Era of Prohibition 175
Part III Ascendance (1934 - 1984) 225
Chapter 6 La Cosa Nostra Comes to Canada: The Ascendancy of the Italian Mafia in North America 227
Chapter 7 Âllo Police: The Montreal Mafia and Other Crimes Organisés in Quebec 235
Chapter 8 The Undertaker, the Three Dons, the Enforcer, and Other Tales of the Mafiosi in Ontario 283
Part IV Proliferation (1985 - 2006) 341
Chapter 9 Challenging the Mafia Hegemony: The Expansion, Proliferation, and Internationalization of Organized Crime 343
Chapter 10 A Strange and Terrible Canadian Saga: The Hells Angels and Other Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs 379
Chapter 11 Sword of the Triad 438
It's Raining Corpses in Chinatown! Asian Organized Crime in Canada 443
Chapter 12 A Different Kind of Snow: The Colombian Cartels Come North 495
Chapter 13 Return of the Italians: The Canadian Connection, Redux 525
Photos and Illustrations 563
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was first fascinated with this book. Especially of the tales of Pirates at the start of Canada. Something I never really considered as organized crime. After reading up to the 1930s I admit that I began to skip large amounts of text. Page after page of minute mafia business just grew tiresome. It picked up later though in the more current decades. I found it to be quite Ontario specific which irked me some (though was understandable as that was the start of the beginning of Canada) but that's just because I find most modern media news to be focused on Toronto as well.