April 21, 2011
A bus driver has been charged with two traffic violations in relation to a fatal collision in Saskatoon where a 10-year-old boy died, police say.The boy, Erik Herlen, was attempting to cross the street around 8:30 a.m. CST Nov. 2, 2010, when he was hit by a yellow bus that was transporting workers.According to police, the bus was going south on Valens Drive and had turned onto 33rd Street West.Police announced Thursday that the driver, a 59-year-old man, was charged with driving without due care and attention and failing to yield to a pedestrian. They said no criminal charges were being laid. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/bus-driver-faces-traffic-charges-boys-death-223104594.html
Teen skateboarder killed by city bus on way to schoolToronto Sun - Apr 19, 2011 A Montreal high school is reeling after a student was struck and killed by a city bus while skateboarding to class on Tuesday morning. The teen boy had just exited the bus near Jeanne-Mance high school when he was struck …
Questions after death on bike path Montreal Gazette - Apr 20, 2011 A 17-year-old high school student was killed by a turning city bus Tuesday morning as he skateboarded along a Plateau Mont Royal bike path. Both the teen and the bus driver had a green light. As Montreal promotes and embraces ecologically-friendly forms of transportation, questions are being raised about how we share our roads and the safety of the city’s network of bicycle paths. …
November 23, 2009
September 10, 2009
February 10, 2009
Parallel listeriosis investigation pushed by NDP
OTTAWA — A parliamentary probe is being launched into the listeriosis outbreak that killed 20 Canadians after the opposition parties complained Tuesday the government-appointed investigator is hamstrung by a flawed process.
The New Democrat’s agriculture critic Alex Atamanenko on Tuesday won the backing of Liberal and Bloc Quebecois MPs on the House of Commons agriculture committee to move forward with a plan to conduct a Parliamentary investigation on food safety.
The three opposition parties left the committee meeting unsatisfied with the government’s investigation, and vowed to table a plan on Thursday to form a special parliamentary committee to conduct a probe in full public view.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper last month announced the appointment of Sheila Weatherill, former head of Edmonton’s regional health system, to conduct an independent investigation into the August outbreak linked to processed meat products from a Maple Leaf Foods Inc. plant in Toronto.
But the opposition say Weatherill does not have the power to subpoena witnesses or compel testimony, and her work is being carried out behind closed doors.
“We have to do this because Ms. Weatherill’s inquiry is not a real inquiry and it’s certainly not public,” said Andre Bellavance, the Bloc’s agricultural critic and a vice-chair of the agriculture committee.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on Tuesday assured MPs on the agriculture committee that Weatherill “certainly has the capacity and capability to do the job.”
Ritz also said she doesn’t need the power to subpoena because the government is “co-operating fully with her.” The minister also emphasized that he will make public her final report, expected by July 20.
Wayne Easter, agriculture critic for the Liberals, said the government probe “is nothing more than an absolute farce, and is trying to sweep under the rug serious shortcomings in our system, so we need to get to the bottom of it.”
Ontario MP Bev Shipley, a Tory member of the agriculture committee, said he and his colleagues will consider the motion when it comes up for a vote, expected as early as Thursday.
Conservative members of the committee cannot block the launch of the Parliamentary probe because opposition members outnumber them. “Clearly, the whole listeriosis issue is a serious issue and we have someone in place that will be giving an independent report on it,” said Shipley.
Atamanenko said the plan is to strike a separate parliamentary committee to investigate food safety and the listeriosis outbreak so the regular business of the agriculture and health committees does not get short shrift.
January 12, 2009
AND WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino DEFENSE, COURT ACTIONS, THE CITIZENS AGAIN?
see the other posts here about him too.. http://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/01/06/safety-and-snow-removal-services/
January 6, 2009
CP ”VANCOUVER, B.C. – Residents and officials are struggling to deal with that most Canadian of inconveniences – snow – following near-record snowfall in this West Coast city in recent weeks. And one senior who spent a week stuck in her home because she couldn’t get around the piles of snow in Vancouver says she’s disgusted that the city hasn’t done a better job clearing the streets. Florence Corbett, 68, said she was finally able to get out Monday morning after her landlord arranged for someone to give her a ride to a bus stop so she could make it to the bank to pay her rent – five days late. “I was able to take the bus but when I got off the bus I fell down because of the snow bank,” said Corbett, who uses a scooter to get around. “It’s disgusting, no other words to describe it.” Corbett said she’s been lucky because someone from the B.C. Coalition of People With Disabilities, where she volunteers, delivered groceries to her home. Others who’ve been left to fend for themselves haven’t fared so well in a city unused to dealing with snow that sticks around. While Vancouver does get some snow, it usually melts almost as quickly as it falls. “The city sure doesn’t look after us as far as cleaning the streets,” Corbett said. “You can’t walk through the snow. What if you fall down? I’m a senior and if I fall down I don’t want to be breaking anything.” Corbett, whose husband drove her around before he died 10 months ago, said she’s never experienced such isolation. “What about people who are in wheelchairs, permanently, and they can’t get out? They’d love to go to the mall and see their friends,” she said, adding even a bus ride can be dangerous. “It’s ridiculous the way they’ve cleared the streets because (bus drivers) can’t even lower the ramp so that you can get on the bus. And when you get off the bus, even when you’re an abled person, you can fall down because of the snow banks. It’s the way the snow is piled up on the curbs. “I’ve seen many people fall when they get off the bus.”
Vancouver’s snowfall for December was just .7 centimetres shy of the December 1964 record, only because yet another dump of snow didn’t arrive until a few hours into Jan. 1. The snow and cold weather caused at least three deaths in the Vancouver area and left emergency vehicles, including a fire truck and ambulance, stuck in the white stuff. City spokeswoman Jennifer Young said this year’s snow removal budget was $1.4 million, but the total cost is expected to reach double that. Mayor Gregor Robertson said crews have made an extraordinary effort to keep up, although Coun. Suzanne Anton will introduce a motion on Jan. 20 about whether the city can do a better job in the future. “There’s some people who have been stuck in their homes for three weeks with no city services. They cannot get in, they can’t get out, they can’t get a taxi to come in, they can’t get garbage pickup, they can’t get grocery delivery.” Anton said the city needs to be prepared for the next time. “We have some very significant gaps in our service delivery in this kind of snow event and I think we need to hear from the public about that.” In 1999, then Toronto mayor Mel Lastman became the butt of jokes when he called in the army to help clear the snow in that city so people could get to buses and streetcars, saying the city would otherwise have been at a standstill. But Shelley Hourston, program director at the B.C. Coalition of People with Disabilities, said she will be speaking to city officials about providing resources for people who become isolated in their homes during massive snowfalls. “It’s been horrendous for people,” she said. “Their community is when they go for their walk to go get their loaf of bread or their litre of milk. I think this has really raised some issues for Vancouver.” http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090105/national/wea_disabled_snow
and how is the snow removal services , road CLEARING services in the rest of Canada, pretentious? in Alberta and in Ontario now too?
CALGARY COPS LEAD THE COUNTRY IN GIVING OUT TRAFFIC TICKETS PER CITIZENS AND YET SPEEDING IS NOT THE MAJOR CAUSE OF DEATHS, BUT DRUNK DRIVERS ARE. AND NOT ENOUGH IS DONE BY THE POLICE IN THIS AREA OF CATCHING DRUNK DRIVERS. BUT IT IS EASIER TO COLLECT REVENUE FROM SPEEDING THAN IT IS TO CATCH A DRUNK DRIVER FOR THE POLICE. SPEEDING TICKETS ARE MORE OF A FINANCIAL GIFTS TO THE COURTS, JUDGES, LAWYERS, INSURANCE FIRMS.
November 29, 2008
September 16, 2008
“ Some cops guilty of reckless policing . So why is that so many police officers go brain dead when assigned to traffic duty? Answer me that. Case in point: Last week while testing a bunch of different motorcycles in Vancouver – read about it Thursday in Globe Auto – I was shocked to see a cop jump out into the middle of traffic. He was waving down two cars for allegedly speeding. I was riding in the opposite direction and what I saw so shocked me, I almost turned around to give the pink-vested cop a piece of my mind. What he did was reckless and endangered not only himself but other drivers. As for the people he pulled over, they might have been speeding, but if they were it wasn’t by much. We’re not talking street racing here, folks. Not possible in the middle of a busy workday morning in a crowded city like Vancouver. This was all bout revenue collection, not safety. What the cop did was, in fact, anything but safe. The next day, returning from Whistler down the Sea-to-Sky highway, I witnessed another piece of brilliant police work. At the bottom of a long, straight downhill stretch near a place called Lions Bay, the cops had set up another speed trap. The posted limit there is 80 km/hour. It’s pretty easy to slide past 90 km/hour on that bit of downhill, but it is so straight and so wide open, with two lanes in either direction, well, going a bit past the limit does not in any way pose a danger to society. No, I was not nabbed there; I know it’s a likely trap and always watch my speed. Others were nailed, though. They all looked like normal middle class folks to me. No obvious criminals, no reckless lunatics at all. Again, this speed trap was obviously about revenue collection, not public safety. My advice to anyone caught in an absurd speed trap is to fight it. I did and won my case in July. I had been pulled over more than a year ago for allegedly speeding on a Sunday afternoon. I argued with the cop that I was not speeding, that we were just two middle-aged guys going to play golf, driving along in the most modest of family sedans. And then I said I’d see him in court. Which I did. Two cops showed up, one of them a detective who had been doing traffic duty the year before. He was the witness. The other acted as prosecutor. I acted in my own defense. When the judge asked me if I had any courtroom experience, I replied: “Only what I’ve seen on Law and Order.” He laughed and so did the gallery, though the two policemen remained stone-faced. Long story short, the two cops were an embarrassment. They failed to present evidence properly and the judge was unhappy that they appeared to be discussing their testimony outside the courtroom during a break in the proceedings. In the end the judge – who was not at all sympathetic to their plight — said the policemen had made a major blunder in presenting evidence. He told me he’d dismiss the case if I made the request. I did. Case dismissed. The incompetence of the police was not rewarded. Like any sensible person, I am all for safe driving. But when the police set up speed traps only to collect revenue, then I see it as my civic duty to do what I can to discourage them. If nothing else, I hope we’ll see fewer police officers with their brains turned off, playing in traffic “http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/driving
Now I have said it for over 3 decades in wrting to all too so Call it what you want but it is not about public safety, for it is a self employment, empire building, false money grab, revenue generation, hidden taxes.. for if the cops, the mad RCMP were now really worried about public safety THEY WOULD FIRSTLY ARREST THEIR OWN KIND, THE BAD COPS WHO OFTEN DRIVE HOME DRUNK AFTER WORK, COMING HOME FROM THE POLICE TAVERN, and they would ALSO go after the people who drive reckless, fail to stop at the stop signs, traffic stop lights, and the impaired drunken drivers, the unsafe cars whose brakes are squealing cause they need to be repaired.. etc.,,
Too many COPS, persons distort the LAW. it’s meaning still too.
The specific Laws are created for a reason and given a certain set of conditions and circumstances. When the circumstances or situation are not present then the law is basically not applicable. (2 Cor 3:6 KJV) for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
WE ARE NOT TO WALK “Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 5:9
Jude 18-19 “”How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”
HEY I ONCE HAD WRITTEN A LONG TIME AGO THAT THE TOO OFTEN SELF CENTERED, PROUD PEOPLE OF ALBERTA DO REALLY NEED TO STOP BASHING THE POOR PEOPLE, AND THOSE ON SOCIAL AID, FOR A DAY WILL COME THAT THEY TOO WILL BE NEEDING SOCIAL AID AND THAT DAY HAS COME..
Highway Thanksgiving 2009 crackdown nets 2,271 chargesThe Alberta Sheriff Highway Patrol was busy over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend making arrests that resulted in 2,271 charges against unsafe drivers across the province. Between Friday and Monday, sheriffs helped remove 22 suspected impaired drivers from the road and arrested 13 people on outstanding warrants.They also gave out tickets for:
- 1,163 speeding violations.
- 406 seatbelt infractions.
- 62 child restraint infractions.
- 42 Gaming and Liquor Act violations.
- 44 failing to stop at a stop sign infractions.
OPP charge almost 8000 during weekend blitz Toronto Star -Ontario Provincial Police have tallied up the figures from a Thanksgiving long weekend safe-driving blitz. Officers checked 145071 vehicles during “Operation Impact” and charged 7155 people with speeding.
July 4, 2008
June 28, 2008
Big bad bullies have too often threathen to take me to court, bad cops now too, I often tell them next to go ahead for we all do need the publicity, public exposure and they tend to back off.
It is still up to the courts or the Human Rights commissions firstly to confirm, to define what is actually libelous, slanderous, a hate email message.. and someone’s else’s statement and opinions on the subject does not count. But to be on the safe side if you want to avoid court costs, ligation, if you are unsure if what you write is libel, slanderous, prosecutable better not post it on the net. Wrongfully accusing someone of posting a hate message or being a racists clearly can be challenged in courts as a hate message itself and prosecutable.
Canada’s Supreme Court throws out libel case against outspoken B.C. talk show host VANCOUVER — The country’s top court has absolved former Vancouver radio personality Rafe Mair of defamation for a commentary. The Supreme Court of Canada decision in the defamation suit also broadened a key defence often used by journalists to ward off libel actions. In a 9-0 judgment Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Mair was engaging in fair comment in the 1999 radio editorial that was critical of Kari Simpson, a high-profile player in a campaign opposing the use of teaching materials about gay lifestyles in local schools. In the course of the editorial, the controversial former radio commentator made references to the Klan, Hitler and skinheads, although he claimed he wasn’t saying that Simpson actually advocated violence against gays. The judge went on, however, to say that Mair wasn’t liable for damages because he held an honest belief in the views he expressed – one of the traditional elements in the legal defence long known as fair comment. The Supreme Court, in Friday’s judgment went on to rewrite the legal test for such a defence. There was no proof that Mair’s dominant motive was personal malice, and thus “his expression of opinion, however, exaggerated, was protected by the law. “We live in a free country where people have as much right to express outrageous and ridiculous opinions as moderate ones.” A key component of the fair comment defence has long been that the person making the comment must sincerely believe in it. In the course of the ruling, however, the high court modified that test. Commentary must still have a factual basis, be made without malice and be in the public interest, said Binnie. But the test of honest belief is not whether the specific person holding the opinion believed it. The yardstick is whether any person might honestly hold the view based on the facts at issue. Binnie acknowledged that is “not a high threshold” for any defendant to met. But neither is it appropriate to rule out “a piece of devil’s advocacy” in any debate on a matter of public importance. Mair, who no longer works at the station, said he’s glad they took the case to the high court. “This could be a enormous benefit to the journalism industry and therefore, to the people that read and watch it,” Mair said in Vancouver. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jdP5CRF6hm0H_fuYFL_m6d_jI7GQ
Too many people still do believe in their own sole right of free speech still but they do next try to deny these same right of others by even threatening to sue them for libel, slander.. sound Familiar Mr Stephen Harper PM of Canada? or Bell Sympatico? or the Toronto Airport Fellowship Church pastors? Benny Hynn? etc.,
[CNW, Press Release] Maclean’s magazine is pleased that the Canadian Human Rights Commission has dismissed the complaint brought against it by the Canadian Islamic Congress. The decision is in k… more »
Mind you the same radio station did not like all the bad publicity they got and the radio personality next lost his job anyway.
Anyway all Christians are governed by higher laws even that of showing love to others, meekness too, humility and purity too… not just whether they can be sued for libel, slander..
Now too often I myself also do not agree with the comments, free speech, but I merely tend to disregard it it next..
but what I do rightfully oppose still any and all free speech especially on the so called Christian Churches Internet sites, that is lying, slanderous, insulting, abusive, bullying, bashing.. such as the false bash of Pentecostals by the Brethren, Baptists, Reformed, etc., haters. Or the supposedly evangelical Baptist pastor who had said in the pulpit that he could not understand what Hitler did that was so bad, I helped to fire him , he now sells life insurance instead..
( I heard a Muslim recently say the same thing to me, and so I asked him what he thought next if I will post a cartoon with the picture of his so called prophet saying the same thing.. he next quickly got red and objected to it..)
and even here now we all do still have 2 alternatives.. we can post our rebuttal, objections on their Internet site our ours
or next even take the matter further to the news media, or before the provincial Human Right Commissions, and others too..
not all justice is handled in the courts of Law or by a lawsuit.
When most a person tries to enforce any rule upon me I immediate rightfully do next often do ask them who they think they are that they think I now have to respect the man made rules firstly? What makes them think I have to be now their false slave too? And why do they think I am their false slave and that they are any kind of boss over me in these matters?
For just cause someone, a lawyer now too even, some one made up some set of rules it still does not mean they are all valid, or legitimately enforceable now too! I still have even my right of free speech and I still can say what I want, write what I want too.. even about them now too. Not all man made rules, regulations even in writing are rightfully valid still in reality, and just ask any decent judge on the court of the Queen’s judge and he or she can tell you the same thing too.
Here’s great example of bullying Hypocrisy now too. CALGARY – An employee with the Calgary Police Service has been arrested in a drug trafficking operation and a Calgary Policeman was arrested for drunk driving that caused an accident.. I rightfully do see cops mostly as bullies.. not as professionals.
do see also