The non conformer's Canadian Weblog

December 3, 2009

Now there are good and bad laws too, good and bad judges..


 Sat Dec 12, 12:11 AM  VANCOUVER (CBC) – The 19-year-old man guilty of the hit-and-run deaths of a Vancouver couple has been sentenced to five years in prison.  Kurtis Rock was driving impaired on a Saturday night last February when he hit two people who were crossing Fourth Avenue West near Granville Island on a green light. Rock ran from the scene after he hit the couple, leaving behind the victims and two girls, 14 and 16, who had been with him in the vehicle. Rock was apprehended by officers a short time later with the help of a police dog. Rock was sentenced to four years in prison minus time served on the conviction for dangerous driving causing death. He was given an additional year for the hit-and-run conviction, as well as a 10-year driving ban.

Health Minister pushing for consumer protection  Toronto Sun –  OTTAWA – Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is turning up the heat in her battle to reform Canada’s consumer protection law, accusing senators of siding with industry over consumers.


The new federal consumer government being concerned about Consumer protection, only when it suits them undeniably certainly has not done anything about the  undeniable false misleading advertisements by Rogers, TELUS and Bell  or the bad RCMP for that matter or the two tier health care system with have in Canada.. Nor have the Liberals.. The pot calling the Kettle Black.


Senators alter crime bill to go easier on pot growers  The Gazette (Montreal) –  A committee of the Liberal-dominated Senate has amended a Conservative law-and-order bill, eliminating an element that would automatically send marijuana growers to jail for at least six months makes you wonder how many senators are growing pot now as well. 

Health minister says Liberal amendments gut product safety bill Vancouver Sun   and Senate amends bill to take out mandatory minimum sentences for growing pot CKFR

Former Liberal official Bênoit Corbeil was sentenced today to 15 months in jail and a $20,000 fine. He will also be asked to reimburse $117,000 to the Liberal Party of Canada. The ruling was handed down by Madam Justice Suzanne Coupal of the Quebec Court . Mr. Corbeil’s   crimes were related to other matters, which he handled as director-general of the Quebec wing of the Liberal Party of Canada in the late 1990s.  Mr. Corbeil admitted that he signed off on six fake invoices worth $117,000 and organized a $50,000 kickback from a businessman who wanted to buy federal land to expand a quarry south of Montreal. Mr. Corbeil said the Liberal Party’s Quebec wing was always short of money, and he said the fake invoices were used to obtain cash to pay for Liberal “volunteers” at party events and to organize matters like transportation. 

and now do tell us all why was the business man, the related guilty corporation ( Cement Company?) now also not charged? Cause it is normal business practise in Canada to give bribes

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Former Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal cabinet minister Jim Walsh has been found guilty of two of three charges for his role in the province’s constituency allowance spending scandal.  Provincial court Judge David Orr convicted Walsh on Monday of fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust by a public officer. He was acquitted on a charge of frauds on government, also known as influence peddling.  The charges stemmed from claims totalling just over $159,000 from Walsh’s constituency allowance. Walsh is the fourth provincial politician to be convicted in the spending scandal, which erupted in 2006.  After conducting an exhaustive investigation, the province’s auditor general alleged that several politicians were paid more than they were entitled to through tax-free constituency allowances.  Two former cabinet ministers from the Liberals and Conservatives and a former NDP member have pleaded guilty. A former civil servant also faces charges. Walsh went on administrative leave from the federal Transportation Safety Board in June 2006. He remained eligible for his salary – this year ranging from between $114,100 to $134,200 – while his case went through court.

EDMONTON – A Court of Queen’s Bench judge has ruled an anti-gay letter written by a former Alberta pastor in 2002 was not a hate crime and is allowed under freedom of speech.  Justice E.C. Wilson overturned a 2008 ruling by the Alberta Human Rights Commission that the letter by Stephen Boissoin that was published in the Red Deer Advocate broke provincial law.  At the time, the commission said it may even have played a role in the beating of a gay teenager two weeks after it was published.  The commission had ordered Boissoin to refrain from making disparaging remarks about homosexuals and to pay the complainant, former Red Deer high school teacher Darren Lund, $5,000 in damages.  Neither order can now be enforced, as Wilson declared them “unlawful or unconstitutional.”  The letter carried the headline “Homosexual agenda wicked” and suggested gays were as immoral as pedophiles, drug dealers and pimps. Boissoin had argued he was simply commenting on government policy by criticizing homosexuality being portrayed positively in the public school curriculum.  On Thursday, Boissoin said he was thrilled with the judge’s ruling, calling it a victory for “freedom of speech and religious expression in Canada.”  At the time he wrote the letter, Boissoin was a pastor with the Concerned Christian Coalition.  The Canadian Constitution Foundation, a free-speech advocacy group, issued a news release saying it was pleased with Thursday’s ruling.  “Unfortunately, the law that was used against Reverend Boissoin to subject him to a expensive and stressful legal proceedings for more than seven years is still on the books,” said executive director John Carpay.  That law, the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act, says no one shall publish a statement that is likely “to expose a person or a class of persons to hatred or contempt” because of their sexual orientation.  “In spite of today’s court ruling, Albertans need to continue to exercise extreme caution when speaking about public policy issues, lest they offend someone who then files a human rights complaint,” said Carpay.  “No citizen is safe from being subjected to a taxpayer-funded prosecution for having spoken or written something that a fellow citizen finds offensive


Police break up sex slave rings in Calgary  Calgary Herald –  The Alternative Hair and Skin Care operation on 4th Street NW at 40th Avenue in Calgary which has been implicated in a human trafficking ring as seen on December 2. CALGARY – A pair of female sex slaves purchased for $8000 by undercover police..    

It is billed by the London Police Department Chief as “the best (shooting) range in Ontario.” At $22 million, it is certainly modern but one of the features might sit poorly with judges and civil libertarians.  While police can shoot a fleeing suspect that presents an imminent threat to the public, it is relatively rare in most crimes and raises obvious questions under Tennessee v. Garner. The entire project will ultimately cost $32 million and the facility’s gun range is billed as training officers to do a range of shooting,  

Meanwhile  a Toronto doctor is facing a disciplinary hearing over allegations he approved special meal allowances for people on welfare and disability programs according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.  Dr. Roland Wong,  said he continues to approve applications for the special diet but only if he believes patients have an underlying medical condition that qualifies them for the financial supplement.  “Today, I signed maybe five, four,” he said. “Sometimes more, depends.”  He accused the auditor general of having a very “slanted view” of the program, and suggested he should be looking instead at the woefully inadequate support payments paid to people in need.  Wong said he wasn’t overly concerned about the disciplinary hearing because it was based on a complaint laid against him by a municipal councillor.  “This is a case of politicians against a physician, not the patient against the physician,” he said.  The Special Diet Allowance provides up to $250 per month to a person on social assistance who requires special foods for such conditions as diabetes.  Councillor Doug Holyday said  . “This can’t go on.”     Quebec and other provinces have no such adequate help program and why?

  Next we will shoot any person on social welfare as well? the sick too?


New trial ordered for man acquitted of Internet luring  Toronto Star –  OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has given a broad interpretation to a law against on Internet luring, potentially making it easier to prosecute offenders. In the first test of a 2001 law brought in by the Liberals .In the first test of a 2001 law brought in by the Liberals, the high court said the “preparatory” steps taken to “groom” children under 14 are a criminal offence, even before an actual sexual crime is committed or even attempted. “This is in keeping with Parliament’s objective to close the cyberspace door before the predator gets in to prey,” wrote Justice Morris Fish. Writing for a unanimous seven-judge panel, Fish said the trial judge who originally acquitted Craig Bartholomew Legare had taken too narrow a view of the law. The court ordered a new trial for the Alberta man who was 32 when he struck up a sexually explicit Internet “chat” with a 12-year-old Ontario girl. 

The criminal code makes it a crime to communicate by computer with underage children or teens for the purpose of facilitating an offence. Fish said offenders are known to try to lure or “groom” young persons by “reducing their inhibitions; or by prurient discourse that exploits a young person’s curiosity, immaturity or precocious sexuality” It isn’t necessary to use “sexually explicit language” to run afoul of the law, said the court. The high court, in a swift ruling, has ordered a new trial so the facts may be judged anew

Saskatchewan introduces law to stop drivers from smoking in cars with children The Canadian Press – Wed Dec 2, 11:49 PM  REGINA – Saskatchewan wants to ban people from smoking in cars carrying children, but the province won’t try to stop patio puffers.

A former city bylaw officer who fatally struck a 77-year-old man riding his bicycle in a crosswalk was fined $2,000 yesterday and banned from driving for three months. Francis Grosvenor, 33, was convicted of making an unsafe left turn under the Traffic Safety Act relating to the deadly collision at the intersection of 111 Avenue and Groat Road about 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2008.  “Death always complicates sentencing in any case,” said provincial court Judge Peter Ayotte, who ruled a jail term was not called for.  But Ayotte added a hefty fine must be imposed to “send the message home” that drivers must be sure it is safe to turn at intersections before proceeding. The judge also pointed out that the deceased cyclist had been illegally riding in a crosswalk.  Court heard Sandor Baracskay had been riding his bicycle south in the crosswalk across 111 Avenue when he was hit by a left-turning city bylaw car driven by Grosvenor.  Ayotte also noted Grosvenor had testified it was a turning light, while others said it was a solid green, and he was wrong about who was driving directly behind him.  Grosvenor had been employed as a city bylaw officer at the time through a contract with Paladin Security.

 Federal employee caught filing claims for pet  OTTAWA — A federal public works employee is in the doghouse after they successfully filed claims to the civil service’s health insurance plan for their pet, Sun Media has learned. The employee, who made two claims — one in 2008 and another this year — was only caught after another civil servant alerted authorities. After an internal investigation found they had made the false claims, they paid back the money, less than $100.  He really should have been fired instead



Toronto. After almost six years, Superior Court Justice Bonnie Croll stayed the Police Corruption charges against Det.-Const. William McCormack – son of a former Toronto police chief – and Const. Rick McIntosh, once the popular president of the Toronto police union, ruling that delays had breached their right to a fair trial.McCormack and McIntosh were accused of shaking down bar owners in the Entertainment District. EITHER THE PROSECUTORS DID NOT HAVE THE GUTS TO PROSECUTE THE COPS OR THEY HAD DELIBERATELY LET THE MATTER LAPSE.. neither is acceptable


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