The non conformer's Canadian Weblog

October 29, 2011

NO MORE police surveillance powers

The Harper government intends to make it easier for police to monitor Canadians’ Internet and smartphone activity – but Canada’s privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart says she has “deep concerns” about potential legislation that would boost police surveillance powers and access to private information. Stoddart expressed particular concerns about a proposal in the previous legislation that would have required internet service providers to give subscriber data to police and national security agencies without a warrant, including names, unlisted phone numbers and IP addresses. “Canadian authorities have yet to provide the public with evidence to suggest that CSIS or Canadian police cannot perform their duties under the current regime,” she wrote.

In addition to the provision allowing police to obtain internet subscriber information without a warrant, the previous lawful access bills also would have:

-Forced internet providers and other makers of technology to provide a “back door” to make communications accessible to police.

-Allowed police to get warrants to obtain information transmitted over the internet and data related to its transmission, including locations of individuals and transactions.

-Allowed courts to compel other parties to preserve electronic evidence.

Don’t get the wrong idea we can trust the police in Canada, or trust the police too often masturbating reviews of wrong doings by the police which mostly still tends to find the cops innocent of any wrong doings.

SQ wraps probe into bystander police shooting – Quebec provincial police have completed their probe of a Montreal police shooting that left two people dead last June, including an innocent bystander. In a case that made national headlines and prompted an angry anti-police march in Montreal, local officers shot a homeless man during a public disturbance and their gunfire also struck a man who was arriving for work at a nearby hospital. Provincial police said in a statement released Wednesday that the file has been handed over to Quebec’s director of criminal prosecutions. It will be up to that office to determine whether charges are laid against the police officers.

The June 7 shooting was one of a number of serious incidents involving police last summer, and reignited the debate surrounding how those incidents are investigated in Quebec. Currently, when members of a police force kill or injure citizens, another force takes over the investigation. In the days and weeks following the deaths opponents of that system renewed their calls for the creation of a civilian review board to handle such cases, saying it’s the only way to eliminate bias and ensure the credibility of the final reports.

Support full gun control

October 26, 2011


Quebec. The Quebec and federal governments are facing off over the federal long-gun registry’s Quebec data, which are to be trashed along with the rest of the long-gun registry under a bill proposed this week by the Conservative government in Ottawa.In Quebec, the information is largely collected by the Sûreté du Québec.But Ottawa’s control of the electronic database could mean sudden death for Quebec’s goal of keeping the information collected for more than a decade on nearly half-a-million Quebec gun owners, many of them hunters and farmers.“We will oppose, with all of Quebec society, that this data be destroyed and which would prevent us from re-creating our own registry,” Public Security Minister Robert Dutil vowed Wednesday in the National Assembly.Yves Francoeur, head of the 4,600-member Montreal Police Brotherhood, acknowledged that unregistered guns are a big part of gun violence, but said the long-gun registry is a crucial tool.Long-guns are more easily accessible to those who commit acts of conjugal violence and suicide, he noted. Police use the registry to help determine how many guns a suspect may have access to.Francoeur was one of the first officers on the scene at the mass shooting at the École Polytechnique in 1989, when 14 women were killed. The shooter used a Ruger Mini 14, one of the non-restricted weapons that would no longer need to be registered under the newly proposed law.Francoeur said Montreal police officers have many reasons to want as much control as possible over hunting rifles. “Fourteen of the last 16 murders of police officers were with rifles,” he said

Don’t scrap gun registry, Quebec MNAs urge Montreal Gazette –  With the pending demise of the federal long-gun registry, many question where to go from here. QUEBEC — All members of the Quebec National Assembly joined Thursday in voting unanimously for a motion calling on Ottawa to rethink its plans to end long-gun registration and destroy the database.




Former Lethbridge police officer charged in connection with alleged gun … Calgary Herald – ‎ CALGARY – A retired Lethbridge police officer was arrested by Calgary police Wednesday and is facing charges in connection with an alleged gun-trafficking ring. Daniel Francis Bennett, 63, has been charged with nine counts of weapons trafficking.Police said the charges are in connection with 16 guns seized by Calgary police in June 2010 — including a machine gun and eight handguns, which are restricted weapons.Investigators said the serial numbers on some of the weapons had been tampered with in an attempt to conceal their origin.


DO NOT SUPPORT MURDER OR NO GUN CONTROLS. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s law-and-order Conservatives have no valid reason to kill off Canada’s rifle and shotgun registry, machine gun and submachine gun (both classified as “long guns”), beyond pandering to their rural constituencies.



January 14, 2010

Ontario Premier McGuinty supports the bad establishement



McGuinty is too loyal to Fantino, NDP says Toronto Star –  Premier Dalton McGuinty is rejecting NDP pressure to ask Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino to step down over allegations the veteran cop tried to influence municipal officials regarding the aboriginal occupation of Caledonia.

Activist outmatched in fight with top cop Globe and Mail   I don’t doubt that the Ontario government is embarrassed by the private criminal charge against OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, and just want it to go away. It is, shall we say, a tad awkward when your top law-enforcement official is facing a charge

McGuinty rejects calls for Fantino to step aside –   TORONTO — Premier Dalton McGuinty is rejecting suggestions he was trying to play down the significance of the criminal allegations against Ontario’s top police officer. Provincial police Commissioner Julian Fantino is facing one count of influencing or

Ontario to appoint Crown to prosecute OPP chief National Post – ‎Jan 12, 2010‎ OPP Chief Julian Fantino is facing a criminal charge of attempting to influence municipal officials as a result of an email he sent in 2007 to a councillor in Haldimand County in Southern Ontario, … The Ontario government is going ahead with plans to

No need for OPP’s Fantino to step aside amid legal tangle, McGuinty says The Canadian Press – ‎Jan 12, 2010‎ CHATHAM, Ont. — There’s no reason why Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino should step aside while the courts probe allegations that he threatened municipal officials, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Tuesday.

• Proceed with Fantino chargeHamilton Spectator – It would be a huge and potentially dangerous mistake if a privately laid charge against OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino does not proceed past a court date tomorrow in Cayuga. That’s not based on any assumption that Fantino is guilty of influencing or

Fantino case before Cayuga court on Friday Hamilton Spectator – ‎Jan 13, 2010‎ A criminal charge laid against Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino will be before a Cayuga court on Friday, but the province’s top cop is not expected to make an appearance. Activist Gary McHale brought the privately laid charge,

Ontario appointing Crown in Fantino prosecution Hamilton Spectator – ‎Jan 12, 2010‎ Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino had not yet received formal notice by end of business yesterday after a summons was issued alleging he illegally influenced elected officials in Haldimand County over the ongoing native dispute in

Ontario’s top cop Fantino facing charges Global Toronto – ‎Jan 11, 2010‎ Ontario Provincial Police commissioner Julian Fantino is facing a charge of attempting to influence municipal officials, an indictable offence, after a justice of the peace yesterday signed a summons requiring the former Toronto police chief to appear

Fantino allegations put over until Feb. 3 – activist says province unwilling to act  The Canadian Press –   A criminal allegation against Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino was put over Friday until next month, a move the activist behind the charge said shows the provincial government is unwilling to act on the accusations.


This also offers a Canadian window into the state’s overwrought preoccupation with making money at all costs, disregarding the citizens concerns too. Sadly Like too many political parties it seems the citizens mainly do not count, their views or needs, desires. they only count on election days. I was once talking to deputy Minister Ken Kowalski of Alberta about this as to why and he replied cause in Alberta they do not pay the taxes. But rather the real reason is the too often lack of respect for the all of citizens still by our leaders, civil and public servants most political parties Canada wide.. Police, RCMP’s unacceptable, poor attitudes towards most of the citizens now as well

OPP’s false, bad, Unacceptable two tier Justice System is ongoing

Cambridge Mayor interest is Collecting more taxes


Mayor is interesting in Collecting more taxes and not does not care about the  seniors..

City of Cambridge’s Attack upon Seniors The Mayor, and the City of Cambridge, do not want the poor and the elderly living in secondary housing units, such as basement apartments and granny suites.  He fails to recognize the dire need for such accommodations, especially during this recession, when many families are losing their homes due to job losses, and seniors are on low fixed incomes.     As a senior citizen couple who reside in our own home “in a granny suite”, my wife and I have been told that the stove in our kitchen must be removed.  I visited this mayor face to face in a meeting on April 2/09, and that is what he told me.  Our home is occupied only by blood relatives, my wife and I, and my adult son and his young family.  The fact we are blood relatives means nothing to this mayor, he classifies my wife and I as “illegal tenants”.     We will be forced to cook our meals on the back yard barbecue for the summer, and god help us during next winter.   A Supreme Court ruling on the acceptance of secondary housing units was presented to this mayor, but it means nothing to him.  Many older people from our church, that live in basement or granny suites, in the homes of their adult children, are living in fear that they might be forced to leave their families, if they are caught by the City of Cambridge Enforcement Gestapo.     Aging parents find great comfort and feel secure living in the homes of their adult children.  Their children can provide them with day to day guidance, and it removes the fear of having to enter a nursing home in the future.  Even the daily involvement with the grandchildren results in better mental and physical health for aging grandparents that live with their families, independently, and in a granny suite type of living quarters.  Anyone who objects to this mistreatment of low income earners and elderly people, who desperately need this type of housing accommodation, is encouraged to contact the mayor, and let him know how you feel. 

This also offers a Canadian window into the state’s overwrought preoccupation with making money at all costs, disregarding the citizens concerns too. Sadly Like too many political parties it seems the citizens mainly do not count, their views or needs, desires. they only count on election days. I was once talking to deputy Minister Ken Kowalski of Alberta about this as to why and he replied cause in Alberta they do not pay the taxes. But rather the real reason is the too often lack of respect for the all of citizens still by our leaders, civil and public servants most political parties Canada wide.. Police, RCMP’s unacceptable, poor attitudes towards most of the citizens now as well

OTTAWA – Ottawa-area hospitals are seeing a growing number of sick people   linked to the Norovirus, a highly contagious stomach bug, mostly related to food poisonings, which causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps, and people can carry the virus before they develop symptoms and it can be passed easily to vulnerable Hospital patients. Closing a ward that is affected by the related diarrhea and vomiting is essential to limit the spread of the infection. The hospital-based patients with the symptoms are placed  in isolation, as are  the affected staff, as there is no specific treatment for the infection, so isolation is the only way to prevent it spreading. “Staff affected by diarrhea and vomiting will only return to work once they have been symptom-free for 48 hours. ” The basic only way to prevent it spreading is also to limit the number of people who come into contact with those who have been effected. Additional people who are sick are advised to stay home and avoid visiting crowded places such as schools, hospitals, daycare centres and nursing homes until at least 48 hours after their nausea or vomiting has passed. Hospital visitors are to make sure they wash their hands before and after visiting to prevent it from further spreading .  People have also been advised to avoid bringing young children to the hospital. My personal inspection of a local Montreal hospital  was that too many of the hand wash dispensers available  are empty and are not being refilled ASAP.

Doctors, Nurses, medical support staff  are human, they too sometimes try sometimes to get by with a minimal amount of personal effort, and so as result patients do not always get their proper medical care. A very good rule is never to go to a hospital alone, doctors are  afraid of loud mouthed witnesses who can cause them to be sued for mal  practice and cause their mal practice insurance rates to go up significantly.. so sick people with close family members who talk to the doctor tend to get better care.

The pretentious hospital chaplains.. While visiting my father in the hospital In one week I next  saw three fly by church Priests come to visits the sick patients in the hospitals, and they  spend a minute or two with them,  and they really, basically did not much good to any of the patients they had visited. One of these clearly visibly useless  priests visiting a sick patient did not even recognize another member of his own congregation in the same room, and of course he did not even know his name. How the church has become an impersonalized show, merely a financial business it seems today.    Now the Doctors are still often asked to cure sick person  patients symptoms  whose original cause they are basically unaware off. A decent, good, chaplain can maybe help in this matter by first even  taking the time to know, listen, hear the patient’s original concerns. 

A very elderly patient  arrived in the Hospital emergency, his first visit to a hospital as well, he now could not walk on one leg cause of the extremely severe pain and so he was hospitalized. While in the hospital he next was visited by 5 different doctors and he now was even given separately 5 different diagnostics as to  what he may have. This is common I have experienced  the same thing myself before too. Doctors tend to relate mainly to heir own experience,  expertise it seems mostly still and  so basically no doctor had told him what they would do next, they decided safely  they would let time and more reviews take it’s course. This all had seemed to have escalated the patient’s pains and concerns.  Next the same patient now developed severe constipation, headaches, even more pain ,dehydration, severe leg cramps  from now lying in a bed all of the week.  I next had listened and talked to the patient for a few days,  and I told him I could see he was also in  stress, personal anxiety.  The patient  next  had admitted that he was in stress when he had been first unable to walk, because at Christmas time unexpectedly his wife was sent to an convalescent home as she had developed the irreversible Alzheimer disease, and now he had next never been alone and  he never had cooked for himself before this. Now he also as a RESULT OF HIS LEG  PAIN he faced himself an uncertain future, possible operation, and transfer to an old age home or convalescent home. After much listening I told him he had now firstly had likely hurt, strained  his back, due to his wife’s unbeneficial stress, which in turn now now affected his leg.  I FIRST HAD SUGGESTED HE TALK WITH HIS DOCTOR AND GET A BACK PAIN MUSCLE RELAXANT TOO  but NEXT  naturally he refused to believe me. I ALSO NEXT HAD suggested he try out a chiropractor  but  he never had gone to one before. I told him the medical doctors approach would achieve the same results but IT would likely take much longer time using pills. But now even none of the hospital pain killers were now even  helping him at all including morphine because the root causes are not being addressed. Few doctors or nurses will tell a patient directly that t  his sickness is in his own  head, or his own doing now too.  The patient  next called his son  by phone, and his son next had agreed to take him in, after he was released from the hospital. His son next also had agreed with me,  that  the father should next go to a chiropractor doctor, that his problem was likely escalated by the unexpected stress he found himself in.


January 9, 2010

Tories didn’t like CCL’s message or its independence, Free speech and accountability demands


For the Tories in Canada are known to be  self centered dictators..

Here’s the truth: Ottawa didn’t like the CCL leading the call for national standards for our postsecondary system. Didn’t appreciate, either, hearing the council plead for more accountability around how billions of dollars being poured into our universities are being spent. For more information about our universities in general.

Meanwhile the RCMP itself sends confusing messages as well.. HYTHE, Alta. – Religious Anti-oilpatch activist Wiebo Ludwig has been released from jail after being arrested in connection with pipeline bombings in British Columbia.  Ludwig’s lawyer, Paul Moreau, says the RCMP have not given any reasons for why they released Ludwig after arresting him Friday. Moreau indicated at the time of the arrest that his client would be charged with extorting pipeline company, Encana, the target of the bombings. Now he says no charges are pending and he wonders what changed in the last 24 hours for the RCMP to change their minds.  Moreau said from Edmonton that Ludwig is glad to be out of jail and is on his way home to his Trickle Creek farm near Hythe, Alta. The RCMP also  is known to hate religious people especially and loves alcohol..

” I strongly doubt whether Ludwig had anything to do with the latest attacks. He’s old and has learned his lesson. The fact that he still speaks out against the oil & gas industry is no reason to harass him. There have to be hundreds of people out there that are fed up with the continued expansion by Encana and other companies. Eventually some of these people will take the law into their own hands. Until you’ve lived in their shoes you can’t understand how mistreated they’ve been.And, just wait until the Olympics begin. The RCMP are going to enact a police state. I believe that is half the reason Harper shut down parliament. While the police state is in effect, the establishment does not want to answer any embarassing questions. This just shows how desperate and inept the RCMP have become.  The only thing that they seem to be good at lately is making fools of themselves. Another black eye for the RCMP. What this story fails to mention is that the oil companies in Alberta have the legal right to run dangerous gas pipes across your property , dig up your land looking for minerals , and generally make a right royal mess of your property. 
And they don’t have to clean it up.
And they don’t have to pay you a dime.
And you don’t get to say no.
And if you protest they give you the middle finger and tell you to go play with yourself.   What are these oil companies doing ???? LIke …wow… how can they get away with that ?  But they can. And in alberta it’s all nice and legal. “

“THANK GOD FOR OUR CHARTER OF RIGHTS, YOU CAN’T JUST ARREST SOMEONE ON SUSPICION. ANOTHER KNOCK AGAINST THE MUCH MALIGNED RCMP. ” The RCMP had a reason to take Him in for questions! Clearly they the RCMP are incompetent, grasping at straws,  and the RCMP have no real leads and so they the RCMP now to all look foolish, stupid, fools.. and they the RCMP arrest the first persons who might fit the Bill and Canada is an ongoing    RCMP Police state as a result.. and you might be next!!! Simple. “The gestapo has arrived in Alberta compliments of the Alberta government /Industry/Judiciary? What is wrong with this picture ? The judiciary allowing this unprecedented invasion of property and person rights based on Lies and Inuendo from a corrupt police force. Figure it out. Maybe bring in security scanners and ensure all have passed the I am naked test. The judiciary have failed in this example and need to be accountable to the highest level for rights discrimination.” “The Gastapo type raid on the Ludwig farm is just another photo op for the RCMP who are in public trouble with the killing of the Polish immigrant which shows how the’ve gone to a brutal ninja force. They are desperatly trying to perceive that they are still on the oil patch case and have nothing to show except more brutal force with fot no reason. The whole organization needs a overhaul starting at the very top. Front line officers are muzzled and threatened to go with the flow. If the force is so corrupted that it’s beyond change then we need to scrape them all together and start building a new police force in Canada.  Alberta is already doing it by stealth with the hwy constables taking over RCMP duties with more officers added monthly.”  ” Why does the press continue to call Ludwig an eco-terrorist and eco-vandal? He made it clear in a CBC interview that he is not an environmentalist; his concerns were for his livestock and the health of his family, not for the wider ” environment””.   Once again anyone questioning the actions of big oil is subjected police harassment. It would really be nice if the police spent as much time investigating big oil’s pollution of our lands, forests and air quality. ”

Alberta is a police, dictatorial state..

Public Mobile files suit against Globalive decision supported by Bell, Rogers, Telus too..

Public Mobile files suit against Globalive decision supported by Bell, Rogers, Telus. etc., too.. Public Mobile, a low-cost wireless carrier with plans to launch in early 2010, said it asked the Federal Court to overturn the cabinet decision that permitted Globalive Wireless Management Corp. to launch last month with significant foreign backing.

Are any of you still also one of those stupid fools who does not realize that the big, bad crooks seem always to demand that you firstly respect the laws, play fair, pay by their rules too so you can always lose? When these big giant crooks start to play instead  honestly, fair, decently, stop lying, abusing the customers too, then and only then would I start to listen to any of their complaints even in the Queen’s courts now too..
YES THE BAD  TYPE OF ACTS, BEHAVIOR ON THEIR PARTS   is just more unacceptable manure, crap only.. this is just another form of the deadly Hospital shit diseases we hear about so  often these days still too..
TELL THEM ALL TO CLEAN THEIR OWN  WASHROOMS FIRST NOW.. starting with all of the justice ministers

January 7, 2010

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “naked self interest.”

Prorogation?or rather more likley provocation! It is widely felt that Stephen Harper is shirking his responsibilities to avoid difficult questions regarding the Afghan detainees. In what a pollster called a “stunning turnaround,” Canada’s ruling Conservatives are now barely ahead of the opposition Liberals three months after having enjoyed a 15-point lead. “The movements in public opinion seem to be driven more by repulsion to Conservative tactics than attraction to Mr. Ignatieff and the Liberal Party,”
“Canadians clearly see the anti-democratic nature of this crass political move to dodge accountability on several fronts: worsening economic news and torture inquiries. They clearly see Harper’s pattern of contempt for parliament and its committees; when the going gets tough [last year, this year], Harper prorogues parliament. This much we can count on. He has reneged on EVERY political principle and promise he promoted as a Reform / Alliance leader. His only goal is power and he is willing to sacrifice everything to get it, including fundamental respect for our democracy”.” “I certainly have no love for the Liberals but the thought of Dictator Harper getting a majority terrifies me.:: I’m no big fan of the Liberals but, I’ll be glad to see the Conservatives gone.”
The CANADIAN conservative federal government itself rarely it seems takes the proper lead, leadership now too. Prime Minister Stephen  Harper has never formed a majority government yet Canada’s prime Minister himself Stephen  Harper,  Harper has been drooling for his majority now for many  years, the leader claims to have a majority government and he now disregards the majority of the Members of Parliament, and the citizens of Canada’s wishes, desires too,  he is still  running his minority Parliament as if he were the leader of a majority, tends to bury religious beliefs to win a hopeful real majority government not surprisingly thus  failed again in an attempt to  win a majority government.  As we are well aware, mo one is are not going to form a majority federal government with the majority support of the citizens of both Quebec and Ontario also now. You next cannot hope to have a majority government as Harper keeps on finding by failing to look after the good welfare of all the citizens of Canada. Beating on minorities really doesn’t make a majority government more   possible. Harper fools only his own supporters as to what he is realy like, a bad Prime Minister who discrimnates, shows false partiality, gives jobs to his friends.

Dictatorial Recalibration Prorogation reduces  PM Stephen Haper’s  support in Canada. Taxpayers are really upset that they pay good money for the expenses of the rather pretentious, useless, unemployed members of parliament.. “Why should the MPs get a holiday for the Olympics while the rest of us Canadians continue to work our butts off? Shame on you, Harper!” “I’m not an Ignatieff fan, but Harper has got to go. We have to stand up for democracy if nothing else. ” I don’t understand the tit for tat come back “O but chretien did this” Yes he did, but he also had something that Harper will never have, a Majority!
Majority condemn Harper move, poll finds Toronto Star Prime Minister Stephen Harper has put the brakes on Parliament for the second time in 12 months. OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper was wrong to suspend Parliament for what many Canadians believe were selfish reasons, according to poll done for the …  
“ Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton calls Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s move to have Parliament suspended “a real disrespect for democracy”,” simply wrong” and said it stops the “good work” Ottawa was doing.
Voter anger over Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to have Parliament prorogued is costing the government heavily in public support. The Conservatives, who were flirting with majority-government popularity in the fall, are suddenly tied with the Liberals, or headed in that direction, according to two polls released .  A poll by The Strategic Counsel shows the Conservatives with 31-per-cent support, a full 10 points down from October, when the firm last polled voters
“Let Prime Minister Stephen Harper reflect on this protest, and on the fate of Charles I, who also tried to do without Parliament”. Robert Tittler Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus Concordia University Montreal
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper  has clearly stepped into the manure with his latest fiasco too..  OTTAWA – The Economist, the influential British magazine that once deemed Canada “rather cool” and later dubbed former prime minister Paul Martin as Mister Dithers, is not amused by Stephen Harper’s recent parliamentary tactics.  The magazine’s print edition has published both a critical story about the suspension of Parliament and a scathing editorial denouncing what it calls Harper’s “naked self interest.”  The editorial likens Canadian ministers to hapless former U.S. president Gerald Ford “who could not walk and chew gum at the same time.”  Harper’s government, says the magazine, “cannot apparently cope with Parliament’s deliberations while dealing with the country’s economic troubles and the challenge of hosting the Winter Olympic games.”  It suggests, tongue in cheek, that Harper should simply shut down Parliament altogether until the economy is running at full throttle.  The editorial opines that Harper may in fact be correct that “Canadians care more about the luge than the legislature, but that is surely true only while their decent system of government is in good hands” – and Canadians “may soon conclude that it isn’t.”
Harper government draws fire for suspending Parliament  and how many times have I rightfully said that the Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s managerial skills are one step forward and two steps backwards, and I can always count on him to shoot himself and his party in the foot.
Canadians Against the Proroguing of Parliament:  

The” Eh! Oh! Canada Go!” chant is a national embarrassmentDon’t listen to any of the detractors, participating in protest through social media can and does make a difference. Each of these groups are dedicated to expressing resentment for an elitist oligarchy thinking they can subvert the will of Canadians. Prime Minister Harper and the Pepsi Corporation are both banking on your apathy. Social Media can help the truth cut through the Conservative spin. The anti-prorogation facebook groups, twitter and blogs are helping keep the story of Prime Minister Harper’s erosion of Canadian Democracy front and centre in the mainstream media.

PM Harper was hoping that people wouldn’t care because of the holidays, hockey and the Vancouver Olympics. Stephen Harper has now been criticized in the Economist and the Guardian. The Prime Minister doesn’t want people to realize that he is cowering behind obscure parliamentary procedure, thankfully social media has drawn national and international attention to his scurrilous actions.

If you have facebook I strongly recommend joining both of these groups and reading as many articles as possible on the Harper Holiday. Kady O’Malley has a great article where she catalogues which bills will be killed by Prime Minister Harper’s suspension of parliament. This is a very important fact that all Canadians should be made aware of. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly accused Liberal Senators of “stalling” his regressive and harmful “crime” billa (or “Doing their job by providing oversight” as a truthful person would say.) The PM still has gall to make this assertion even though his unilateral decision to suspend parliament killed 57% of the legislation passed during the last parliamentary session. The Liberals will be going back to work in Ottawa on January 25th. My hope is that this wont be a stunt but a sincere attempt by Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party to lay out their plan for Canada to the Canadian people.

Send the “Do Nothing Conservative Government” and Prime Minister Harper a message by joining the Anti-Prorogation Facebook Group!

Empty House makes for angry Canadians Interlake Spectator – Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to prorogue Parliament until March has been met with about as much hostility as it can take, and about as much as
Why 2010 might not be a lucky year for Tories Globe and Mail (blog)

Using courts to enforce ideology Toronto Star Greens see red over prorogued Parliament Northumberland Today


Montreal Gazette – Sault Star
We now  know all can tell that Parliament is closed for a holiday because the New federal Conservative Canadian  Government even their local constituent offices do not bother to acknowledge emails, letters send to them including ; ; ; ; all while they all still do even get paid for it too.. or what they too do need PM Stephen Harper’s permission to do so as well?

How the Olympic flame could burn Stephen Harper  Globe and Mail (blog)   ‎Jan 15, 2010‎Three leading national opinion polls – EKOS yesterday, Strategic Counsel a day before and now Harris-Decima – show Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and Mr.

Prorogation tightens gap between Tories, Liberals Adam Dodek: A tale of two prorogations National Post (blog)

Sudbury Star – PEJ News

Shhhh! Stephen Harper is ‘recalibrating’ Globe and Mail – ‎Jan 8, 2010‎Twice during his interview with Peter Mansbridge, Stephen Harper used the word “recalibrate” to describe what the Prime Minister planned to do now that he’s



Travers: Why quiet is good for Stephen Harper Toronto Star


Harper has one thing going for him: Ignatieff Montreal Gazette


Globe and Mail – Globe and Mail



Sent: Thursday, January 07, 2010 4:31 PM
 Subject: Stephen Harper shuts down Parliament

On behalf of Michael Ignatieff, I would like to acknowledge receipt of your recent email regarding Stephen Harper’s decision to shut down Parliament.

The Conservatives have forced the shutdown of Parliament to avoid accountability for their handling and cover-up of the Afghan detainee torture controversy.  This is just the latest example in a consistent pattern of cynical behaviour by Mr. Harper – whenever he gets into political trouble, his first impulse is to steamroll over democratic institutions that get in the way.

Now, the Conservatives are trying to hide behind the Vancouver Olympics as an excuse for stifling dissent, even though other democratic host nations continued to have functioning Parliaments right up to or during their Games – including Canada in 1988.

The fact is Canadians care about the health of their democracy, their Parliament and how they are governed.

The sooner the House comes back, the better.  In the meantime, while the Conservatives are taking an extended vacation, Liberals are working. 

Next week, Michael Ignatieff will go on a cross-Canada tour to college and university campuses in order to engage our next generation of leaders in an exchange of ideas for building a more prosperous and fair Canada.

On January 25, when Parliament should have resumed, Liberal MPs will be back at work in Ottawa – hosting working sessions on the issues Canadians care about.

Please find a link to a copy of an op-ed that Michael has written regarding the shut down of Parliament:

Thank you for taking the time to write to the Leader of the Opposition.


The Office of Michael Ignatieff, MP
Leader of the Official Opposition

Websites of Interest:

QUEBEC, ONTARIO AND Nova Scotia premier says provinces must be consulted on Senate reformThe Canadian Press –  The NDP premier says he’s worried that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s renewed focus on revamping the upper chamber will be unilateral.

A bad Liberal is the same as a bad Conservative now still too,,

 OTTAWA — Parliament’s ethics commissioner has dropped an investigation into allegations by a Liberal MP that the federal government used taxpayer dollars for advertising programs that were thinly disguised attempts to promote the Conservative party.  Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson concluded in a “discontinuance report” released Wednesday that federal conflict-of-interest legislation did not apply in the context of a complaint made by Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay.  “This decision flies in the face of the very purpose of the Conflict of Interest Act,” Hall Findlay responded Wednesday.  “We are concerned that the ethics commissioner is constrained by the current atmosphere of intimidation by the Prime Minister’s Office. The commissioner declined to pursue this matter based entirely on a technicality. She has not addressed any of the substance of the allegation.”
The biggest hoax and cruelty of the last decade in Canada was played upon us all by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the new Conservatives themselves who had initially promised to be fiscal responsible, open, transparent and who rather quickly degenerated to lieberal themselves .and almost all of us know can, see. It sill becomes too apparently clear with anyone who encounters, deals with the governments, civil and public servants, functionaries, at the federal, provincial, municipal levels, Medicare included now, that the related wastes, losses unnecessary are amounting up to 60 percent of the tax payers money too often. Better management can easily recover most of this waste and allow a much needed 30 percent increase of support to the poor and needy persons, seniors  who wrongfully are being robbed, deprived of their much needed aid, assistance,  help because of the pretentious, incompetent governments. This unnecessary cruel, despotic waste can be recovered by better management of all the resources, since “management” is clearly a mostly non existent  act in the governments of Canada today, the only thing  mostly our wasteful, incompetent, immoral politicians seem able to do is to raise more taxes falsely now too. Unacceptable as well.

January 6, 2010

Amen to that! A Politician jailed


Ex-N.L. cabinet minister Jim Walsh gets 22 months in jail in spending scandal The Canadian Press –  ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Bankrupt and with his reputation in ruins, a once prominent Newfoundland and Labrador politician was led from court in handcuffs to start a 22-month jail term for fraud. Former Liberal cabinet minister Jim Walsh was sentenced Wednesday and ordered to repay $144,000 for his role in the province’s constituency allowance spending scandal.  The sentence of 22 months for fraud over $5,000 and one year for breach of trust, to be served concurrently, didn’t play the middle ground. The prosecution had requested at least 18 months in jail, while the defence argued for six to nine months.  Walsh “abused his position” as a privileged politician and used it for his own benefit rather than the public good, provincial court Judge David Orr said.  “He has never taken responsibility for his actions.”  Walsh was convicted last month of overspending his constituency allowance by $159,317 between 1999 and 2004. He was acquitted on a charge of influence peddling after Orr cited a lack of credible evidence.  Defrauding the government, the judge said, is equivalent to stealing from citizens.  Walsh is among four former politicians from all parties to be ensnared in a scheme that shook political foundations in the province.  In 2006, the provincial auditor general raised alarms about spending by the four men from their taxpayer-funded constituency allowances. The claims in question totalled about $1 million. Such funds are meant for expenses such as office rentals, supplies and miscellaneous costs

It took Newfoundland And Labrador to set forth an accountability standard even over the FEDERAL Conservative PM Stephen Harper now too

Now there are many other Canadian politicians at the federal, provincial municipal levels who should also join him ASAP, and quite a few crooked corporate executives, even bad Hospital administrators, bad cops, bad RCMP  and bad civil and bad public servants now too

January 4, 2010

Drunk drivers in Ontario for a start

 Drink Alcohol and Die « The non conformer’s Canadian Weblog   Drink Alcohol and Die or Kill is fast becoming Canada’s preoccupation, main goal, slogan.. Alcohol and alcoholics the unacceptable main cause of vehicular  accidents, domestic violence, and so many other ills… DRUNK DRIVING  KILLS AT LEAST 5 TIMES MORE PERSONS OVER SPEEDING FIRSTLY
 In February, SGI’s annual report on traffic accidents in Saskatchewan showed the total number of collisions involving alcohol in 2014 was the lowest it had been in five years. However, the number of fatal accidents involving alcohol didn’t follow that trend, with 17 more people killed in crashes involving alcohol in 2014 than in 2013.


 In Ontario there is a  Jump in Alcohol Related Deaths on Eastern Ontario Roads Monday, January 4, 2010
WHEN YOU COMPARE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE KIILED IN ALL CANADIAN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IT IS VERY VERY INSIGNFICANT NOW  in direct comparison  as to how many persons,  about 225,000 Canadian patients a year suffer from hospital-acquired infections that substantially extend their stays, and note this  between 8,000 and 12,000 people in Canada die annually as a result of  infection with common but dangerous infections – C. difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) – The infections   C. difficile, MRSA and VRE – are not airborne, but spread by contact. But still yet the police make a lot of noise about number of   deaths caused by vehicular speeding..why?  It seems the Police would be better used in Hospitals instead.  Yes likely the main reason that Hospital roommates increase the risk of infection is that patients share a washroom. (The mantra in infection control is: One bum per toilet.) Another likely explanation involves inadequate handwashing by patients and health professionals alike; doctors and nurses  sometimes don’t wash their hands between patient visits in a single room. in the meantime, there are things we can do: We should be cleaning our hands, and we should really scrutinize how we clean our hospitals.

Ex Toronto police chief Julian Fantino is one of those bad apples and we know we do  have too many bad cops  in Canada too.. HE HAD LIED AS TO THE REASONS MANY PEOPLE HAVE CAR ACCIDENTS, HE SAID FALSELY IT WAS SPEEDING AND  HE LEFT OUT ALCOHOL AND WHY? TOO MANY COPS ARE ALCOHOLICS?


Speeding is not the major cause of car accidents  road rage, impaired driving is, but speeding is a hidden tax, a good, easy money generator



Ontario Provincial Police report a 50 per cent increase in alcohol related deaths on eastern Ontario roads in 2009. Because more people drink alcohol these days too.. 12  people were killed in alcohol related collisions last year, up from eight in 2008.


OPP Sgt. Kristine Rae says there is no reason for the increase. Rae tells CFRA News residents are aware that drinking and driving is “not acceptable.” and yet alcoholics still like to drive their cars…. so the  laws have to be enforced all year too..


The OPP does report the number of fatal collisions on eastern Ontario roads have dropped by 28 per cent since 2007  and have all these fatal collisions been caused by drunk drivers too? or by bad drivers, road rage, speeding, cell phone users, icy roads..



Now let the police give us real, valid figures..

– The total number of accidents caused by alcohol had led to how many deaths in Ontario last year?

 – OPP  had  laid   how many impaired driving charges last year.
– and how many drivers received a three-day licence suspension and how many drivers were handed administrative licence suspensions for drinking and driving.
– The spot checks also resulted in   how many other charges that fell under one of three categories — Liquor Licence Act, Highway Traffic Act and Criminal Code violation.
and how many police officers were also now charged fo drunk driving?
and the main reason the police cannot give us all the real statistics figures on the total number  of the accidents and causes is the lazy, pretentious OPP police have not done detailed accident reports in each accident, but they still took the pay for it?
Here also   is what I also cannot understand, real alcoholics are alcoholics all year and drive all year too impaired.. so why does the OPP police not target drunk drivers all year like they target speeding drivers all year ? 
Ontario Provincial Police officers checked more than 1.1 million vehicles in Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) spotchecks across the province during the Christmas season only.
 A total of 5,329 charges were laid from Nov. 27 to Jan. 4, 298 being for impaired driving, blowing over, or refusing to provide a breath sample. The balance were for other Criminal Code, Highway Traffic Act or Liquor Licence Act offences.

A total of 709 driving-licence suspensions were issued to motorists who had a blood alcohol concentration in the .05-.08 range.

 During the same period in 2008, 884,729 vehicles were checked. A total of 319 arrests were made for Criminal Code alcohol-related offences.

and the figures for the rest of the year??? are where?

It has been a great disappointment to many to find out THAT the provincial Liberals are not any better over the Conservatives

January 2, 2010


It is stupidly amazing how many crooks, clearly bad persons  are still so unrepentant that they do think that all they have to do is just lie some more, bully some more of their accusers and they will next get away with it.. well they can dream on but there is eventually a limit to the amount of lying, abuse many will take.. The provincial  Liberal government iself does not much good here too. Why? Scared of the cops?  and what do they have to hide? 

An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino can be charged with trying to influence municipal officials by means of threats. Justice David Crane’s decision overturns a ruling a few months ago by a justice of the peace who argued Caledonia activist Gary McHale’s attempt to lay a private charge against Ontario’s top cop did not meet all the required qualifying elements. McHale, who received the court ruling  said the ruling would set a standard for others laying private prosecutions.

In September 2008, McHale filed an order of mandamus stating Fantino should be charged under Section 123 (2) of the Criminal Code of Canada, which constitutes “influencing or attempting to influence a municipal official … by means of threats” as an offence. This was in response to an email Fantino sent in April 2007 to Haldimand County Council telling the mayor and councillors not to attend McHale’s rallies.
TORONTO – A summons was issued Friday against Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino on allegations that he illegally influenced elected officials in Caledonia, Ont., the site of a long-running aboriginal occupation.  Activist Gary McHale has been pressing to have Fantino charged after the commissioner sent an email allegedly telling the mayor and councillors in Caledonia not to attend McHale’s rallies. McHale led a number of rallies to protest what he called two-tier justice in the policing of the land occupation in the town south of Hamilton.  The Ministry of the Attorney General confirmed a justice of the peace “issued process” against Fantino on one count of influencing or attempting to influence municipal officials. Issuing process was a legal step required before the charges could be officially laid and court dates set.  “I’ve been advised by the Ministry of the Attorney General that a process was issued late this afternoon by a justice of the peace,” Insp. Dave Ross, a provincial police spokesman, said Friday evening. “At this particular time we haven’t seen the process nor has the commissioner been served with any process.”  The ministry said it had sent a letter to McHale, but refused to release the contents.  However, McHale sent the media copies of the letter, signed by lawyer Ken Campbell on behalf of Attorney General Chris Bentley, which said the Crown will move immediately and assume prosecution of the case.  It also assures McHale a special prosecutor will be assigned from the Justice Prosecutions Unit, which was set up to handle cases involving police or other justice officials and is made up of senior Crown counsels with extensive experience in criminal cases.  Ministry spokesman Brendan Crawley said when a private prosecution involves an indictable offence the Crown must intervene and assume the prosecution.  McHale said Friday he was informed by the court in Cayuga, Ont., that a judge signed a summons on the criminal charge of influencing or attempting to influence municipal officials.  Influencing or attempting to influence a municipal official in municipal activities is an offence under the Criminal Code and carries up to a five-year prison term if convicted.  In an email to The Canadian Press, McHale said Fantino is summoned to appear before criminal court in Cayuga on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m.  An Ontario Superior Court justice ruled last week that Fantino must face allegations brought forward by McHale.  A justice of the peace who heard McHale’s complaint refused to issue a summons or warrant for Fantino but Superior Court Justice David Crane ordered the justice to issue the order.  The case is not the first time Fantino and McHale have squared off in court.  McHale faces charges of counselling mischief not committed and Fantino testified during a preliminary hearing earlier this year that he told subordinates he would have gladly arrested McHale himself for inciting civil unrest in Caledonia.  McHale is representing himself in that case as well and questioned Fantino on the witness stand.  During one exchange Fantino told McHale that his repeated visits to Caledonia, already tense over the lengthy aboriginal occupation, dangerously inflamed the situation.  The commissioner called McHale a “lightning rod to the conflict” during his testimony and added police saved McHale from “grievous bodily harm numerous times.”
Fantino says he’ll defend himself against illegal influence allegation The Canadian Press –  TORONTO – Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino says he intends to strongly defend himself against an allegation that he illegally influenced elected officials in Caledonia, Ont., the site of a long-running aboriginal occupation. “I intend to vigorously defend myself and the OPP against this allegation and have the utmost confidence in the judicial system,” Fantino said in a statement Saturday.
AND IS HE GOING  TO WASTE MORE TAXPAYER’S MONEY FOR THIS NOW TOO? fire  him now, it is cheaper and better
Now about 225,000 Canadian patients a year suffer from hospital-acquired infections that substantially extend their stays, and between 8,000 and 12,000 people die annually as a result of  infection with common but dangerous infections – C. difficile, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) – The infections   C. difficile, MRSA and VRE – are not airborne, but spread by contact. yet the police make a lot of noise about number of   deaths caused by vehicular speeding.. It seems the Police would be better used in Hospitals instead.  
Yes likely the main reason that Hospital roommates increase the risk of infection is that patients share a washroom. (The mantra in infection control is: One bum per toilet.) Another likely explanation involves inadequate handwashing by patients and health professionals alike; doctors and nurses sometimes don’t wash their hands between patient visits in a single room. in the meantime, there are things we can do: We should be cleaning our hands, and we should really scrutinize how we clean our hospitals.
In 1982 I drove to Edmonton Alberta and sat directly in the Albertan Minister of Economic Development, and the Albertan Minister of Manpower, Career development, and I had asked them face to face what they were doing specially to diversify Alberta’s economy and to help to create more  jobs for Albertans.. but these useless twits still did did nothing, and they both lost their reelections, and their workers too had  let the party caucus decide what to do and so today  Alberta is in a real big big mess today.. with home prices a dropping,  home sales are going doing, many many people getting laid off, and their Alberta  government revenue is going down fast too. Alberta is in a big mess these days still too.. The Albertan politicians, leaders now  were another bunch of know it all who did not want to listen to any one else.. and such History repeats itself.  
Now what are we all now really doing about many people dying in all Hospitals unnecessarily these days too? Actions speak louder over mere words

I too am open, straightforward and readily give an explanations here often on behalf of all Canadians as to why I too often find our lying, no good, self serving, pretentious, immoral justice Ministers, civil and public servants, even too many politicians   so despicable. They and their bad friends now too should be rightfully, readily fired, dismissed, lose their jobs, pensions and not be given any bonuses, raises, or severances now  too.
Some naive news editor wrote back to me last week and he lied and he said no one reads my blog cause of the spelling mistakes and the grammar errors in it, well people care more about the subject content in reality.. I have a hundred thousand readers so far.. cause I write honestly and I do not write to please a crowd, to be politically correct..


Meanwhile a Bus driver talks on the phone while driving the Bus


Meanwhile a Bus driver talks on the phone while driving the Bus in Montreal Quebec.. I saw firsthand a bus driver nearly rear end a car because he was busy on the cellphone and the car driver had slowed down to make an upcoming turn.

In Montreal unlike in Toronto the Bus drivers tend not to be held accountable for any personal wrong doings.. this approach  WRONGFULLY TENDS ALSO  to be applied to all of Quebec’s civil and public servants, at the federal, provincial, municipal levels, even the  police, doctors and nurses included.
Cell phone junkies in British Columbia and Saskatchewan will now have to think twice before picking up the phone while at the wheel of a vehicle. Both provinces have approved laws that come into effect today, banning the use of cellphones while driving.
The goal of both laws is to hopefully reduce driver distraction and thereby reduce accidents.
According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), people who talk on cell phones and drive are six times more likely to be involved in an accident than the average driver. That rate goes up to 23 times more likely for those who text and drive.
 “There is no question that this legislation will make our province’s roads safer,” said Lindsay Olson, the IBC Vice-President for BC, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
The two provinces join a lengthening list of Canadian provinces that have enacted similar bans, and the trend appears to be growing globally. Alberta and New Brunswick lack any related legislation, but Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island all have similar rules, and Manitoba is planning to pass a law later this year.

January 1, 2010

Dumb, really stupid Police too now on New Year’s Day

Free speech is everyone’s right now even if the bad  cops do not like it too.
Montreal pedestrians hit by drunk driver on New Year’s Day   Man in critical condition after SUV veers onto sidewalk   The Gazette January  1, 2010 MONTREAL – Two pedestrians were seriously injured downtown this morning by a drunk driver. The man who was hit, 25, is reportedly in critical condition while the woman, 50, is considered stable, police said. The SUV was headed east on Ste. Catherine St. W. around 4 a.m. when the driver swerved, possibly to avoid to another vehicle. He hit another car and rolled onto the sidewalk between Crescent St. and de la Montagne St., striking the victims. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were uninjured. Police arrested the driver and brought him back to the police station for an alcohol test, which he failed. Police suspect it was the combination of alcohol, speed and weather that caused the accident. If the law was in favourofthe victims this guy would lose his license permanently and would get min 15 yrs in jail. He knew he drank, he can afford an suv but to cheap and arrogant to take a taxi. I feel sorry for the victims and I feel sorry for the JA because a simple 20 cab ride and he would never have to go through this, or use the operation neige rouge…its a free service you are a moron ”  the Gazette
 Police suspect it was the combination of alcohol, speed and weather that caused the accident. .. It was not the driving speed , try rather it was a really dumb, stupid driver who should not have  been driving at any speed and/or in any kind of weather Mr. police officier..
 Don’t drink and walk, doctor urges  Metro Canada – Toronto –  Alcohol impairs many of the faculties that normally keep you safe, says trauma surgeon Dr. Thomas Esposito at Loyola University in Chicago. So do the bad drugs now too..
The Canadian Press  WASHINGTON – Canada has a reputation for producing a wide variety of excellent beers, but tipplers visiting the Canadian Embassy had just three choices of brews recently – Molson Canadian, Alexander Keith’s Ale or Blue Light,   the gleaming embassy on iconic Pennsylvania Avenue offers up a long list of Canadian wines to visitors, among them pinot noirs, merlots, Gewurztraminers and rieslings from an array of vineyards across the country.

Kind of foolish encouraging people to become alcoholics at taxpayers expense, for wile a few corporations will get richer in the process, the Canadian government will not, cause the costs due to job dismissals and related tax losses, Medicare cost increase, car accidents, policing, domestic violence, all associated with alcoholism is extremely costly.. No taxpayers money should ever  be used to buy alcoholics at any federal, provincial, municipal government functions. Really!  And what according to the bad RCMP spin doctors, there are only 3 alcoholic RCMP officers in all of Canada? for the rest they do not drink alcohol   or beer  but only milk, even when off duty? 


Only “Tiny number of police officers part of large drinking and driving problem   Sun Nov 9, 12:03 PM   VANCOUVER, B.C. – The numbers are staggering.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving says 75,000 people are arrested annually in Canada for drinking and driving.  There are an additional 100,000 to 150,000 24-hour suspensions handed out each year by police, said MADD chief executive officer Andy Murie.  Sometimes the people who make those arrests, the front-line police officers who try to get the drunks off the road become – albeit rarely – part of the statistics.  “You might find 10 to 15 incidents a year involving police officers,” said Murie in a recent interview from his Oakville, Ont., office.  “The thing is that with the 10 to 15, because they are police officers and they get charged with a crime, it’s news.”  Often front-page news, most recently in British Columbia.  In recent weeks, the public learned that three B.C. police officers are facing drunk-driving charges – two members of the RCMP and a third from the New Westminster police department.  One of the off-duty RCMP members was arrested for drunk driving after a Jeep collided with a motorcycle, killing a 21-year-old man in Delta, B.C.  Other high-profile cases this year across the country include an Edmonton police officer facing one count of driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and five counts each of impaired driving causing bodily harm and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.  In Saskatoon, a judge will decide the fate later this month of a senior member of the Saskatoon police service charged with impaired driving.  At his trial, two arresting officers testified that Insp. Al Stickney got behind the wheel after they observed him drunkenly staggering across the street.  “This year there’s been about 10 (arrests),” said Murie. “That’s pretty normal for a year.”  ..  the number of police officers caught drinking and driving is a tiny percentage of the total  ..   Benedikt Fischer, a criminologist at the faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, said police officers are recruited “from the human race and despite the fact we expect so, human behaviour doesn’t stop on-or off-duty.”  Fischer also believes the number of police officers who drive drunk is probably higher than the arrest statistics indicate.  Being a cop is part of a “professional or police culture” dominated by machismo and camaraderie where police officers spend a lot of time socializing with each other, said Fischer, and often it involves alcohol.  “Drinking among police officers is often quite extensive and excessive, probably more so than in other professions,” he said.  When an RCMP member in B.C. is identified as having a drinking problem, he or she gets to know Dr. Ian MacDonald, the regional health services officer for RCMP in B.C.  After an assessment, they might be referred outside the force to an independent addiction specialist.  Whether it’s determined they have a drinking problem or not, all RCMP members arrested for drinking and driving come to MacDonald’s attention and must have an assessment.  MacDonald also thinks that MADD’s numbers are low and that the number of police officers arrested for drunk driving is higher than 10 to 15.  “That strikes me as low. If you look at B.C., we might have two or three charges a year. And if B.C. is 10 per cent of the population, that would be 20 to 30 across Canada.”  Mark Berber, a lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and an assistant professor at Queen’s University, is also skeptical of the MADD figures.  “It’s surprisingly low considering the stress these guys and gals are under.”  Studies, he said, have suggested that police officers have one of the most stressful jobs and “unfortunately a small number may seek to reduce their anxiety and stress by having a drink.”  He has counselled police officers in his private practice.  “They have spoken about seeking relief from stress and through medication and also drinking,” Berber said.  RCMP members who get caught drinking and driving, in addition to the court process, must endure an internal code of conduct investigation, said RCMP spokeswoman Const. Annie Linteau.  Members appear before an adjudication board and the result could be dismissal, she said. ”


“  We only read/see about the few due to the police buddy system which will leave all but the most blatant of the cops drunk (ie involved in an accident) either being escorted home, or not even bothering to perform the breathe analysis. Do you really think the public is so stupid to believe that the police are held accountable by  their partners? I have seen this first hand and know it for truth. So MADD get off your horse and see the facts for what they really are, police covering up for police”  “  If anything, I would have expected MADD to have taken a highly reproachful attitude toward anyone in this profession (as they do to anyone in any other profession) who CHOOSE to drink and drive.  “” There is absolutely no excuse for anyone driving drunk, be they officers or not. We are all aware of the fact that it is illegal and should all be held to the same standard. As to lighter sentencing, police generally do get booted off the force after conviction? “  All alcoholics should be fired anywhere.. especially in the civil and public services.. and  no taxpayer’s money should be used to buy alcohol anywhere now still too..
Meanwhile after another drunken orgy the Edmonton Oilers hockey team  fight with restaurant over New Year’s Eve bill  Fri Jan 1, 6:47 PM  The management of a high-end Calgary restaurant got into a bitter dispute over New Year’s Eve bash bill racked up by members of the Edmonton Oilers team, says the fine dining owner. Maurizio Terrigno of Osteria de Medici,  said the team and staff owed $16,796.39 but paid only $12,385.45. About half of the bill is for alcohol which totalled to $8,248.  Oilers spokesman Allan Watt said the restaurant was recommended by some Calgary friends of the players and they had a prearranged meal and menu. “They received the bill which they felt was outrageous,” said Watt. “They inquired about it and they were unhappy about it and were unhappy with some of the charges. The restaurant adjusted it by $7,000,” he said. Watt said the players paid the adjusted bill and added a $1,900 tip and left the restaurant. The restaurant tried to charge for a bottle of an imported expensive brandy after one of the players took a swig straight from it. “They refused to pay for the whole bottle because they didn’t consume the whole bottle,” said Terrigno. He said there’s no way the restaurant will serve other clients from the same bottle of brandy. Terrigno said at one point he threatened to call cops, but the players eventually paid $12,385.45
The too common sad  Canadian way of life.. drink hard.. not really a great example for all the others too..
Drink Alcohol and Die « The non conformer’s Canadian Weblog 2 Sep 2009 Drink Alcohol and Die or Kill is fast becoming Canada’s preoccupation, main goal, slogan.. Alkcohol and alcoholics the unacceptable main cause of vehcular  accidents, domestic violence, and so many other ills…

Price of Russian vodka rises The price hike took effect today as Russia seeks to curb heavy alcohol consumption by increasing the cost of the country’s preferred drink. The establishment of minimum prices for vodka is in effect as a part of President Dmitry Medvedev’s campaign to combat alcoholism.


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