Anita Arvast


The sensational story of a vibrant, young girl's tragic death and the whirlwind racial prejudices that came in its wake.

The day after Christmas in 2005, fifteen-year-old Jane Creba was fatally shot in one of the busiest streets in Toronto, an innocent victim caught in the crossfire of a gang rivalry. And, in a city whose pride in its diversity was about to be shaken as gun violence fears stirred up racial stereotypes, there was one more fact about Jane Creba that press coverage couldn’t seem to let go: she was white.
In the days that followed Creba’s death, fifty-six men of colour were arrested in connection with the shooting. Twelve men went to preliminary hearings. One black man pleaded guilty, and another three men, also black, were convicted of her murder.
Thugz, is not only a story of a true crime, but of the sensationalism and prejudice that clouded the story from the outset. Dr. Anita Arvast directs us through a study of the incident and its aftermath, revealing that the whole truth can only be known when we set aside judgements and begin to ask questions: Who, what, when, where, how, why, and what next?
161 printed pages
Original publication



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