Ricky Atkinson is 62. He has spent 32 years of his life in prison cells across Canada. His mother settled in Sudbury, Ontario, by way of Ukraine and his father’s family has roots in Nova Scotia’s community of black Métis. Mr. Atkinson grew up in Toronto’s Alexandra Park neighbourhood and for decades, he was the leader of Toronto’s Dirty Tricks gang. Today, he teaches boxing and spins pottery during sessions with children in Alexandra Park as he tries to push them away from crime. He’s just released a new book, his memoir, The Life Crimes and Hard Times of Ricky Atkinson, Leader of the Dirty Tricks Gang.