The Execution of Alexander Burns — Capital Punishment in Canada



Over  40 people, including 1 woman, were hanged in Canada from 1860 to 1866. After Confederation 1,533 death sentences were passed between 1867 and 1976, resulting in the executions of 691 men and 11 women, between 1867 and 1962.  From 1869, only murder, rape and treason were punishable by death. Only two men were executed for treason.
They were Thomas Scott, an Irish Protestant, who was hanged on the 4th of March 1870 in Red River in present day Manitoba.The other man was Louis Riel who led an uprising in what is now the province of Saskatchewan.Riel was convicted of high treason and hanged in November 1885.

Between 1892 and 1961, the mandatory penalty for any conviction for murder in Canada was death by hanging. Canada’s last fully public execution took place in 1869 when Nicholas Melady was hanged for the murder of his father and step-father.

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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