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November 25, 2009

The unemployed Haligonians are “no-good XXXXXXX” and what about bad RCMP, cops?

 

Now the rich Federal Conservative Tory MP Gerald  Keddy, who represents the riding of South Shore-St.Margaret’s, had been asked by a reporter whether he was employing migrant workers on the Christmas tree farm he runs with his family . Keddy said he didn’t, but that he wouldn’t criticize others for doing so because local people won’t do the work.  “Nova Scotians won’t do it — all those no-good bastards sitting on the sidewalk in Halifax that can’t get work,” The Federal Conservative Tory MP Gerald Keddy has apologized for saying unemployed Haligonians are “no-good bastards” because they won’t work on Christmas tree farms.  “These comments were insensitive”. `I would like to offer a sincere apology for remarks I made regarding the unemployed in Halifax,” “In no way did I mean to offend those who have lost their job due to the global recession, nor did I mean to suggest that anyone who is unemployed is not actively looking for employment.”

 But what did he now mean?

 

We are all sorry he got elected in the first place too//

Special unit will investigate possible police misconduct The Cape Breton Post SYDNEY — Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry says the province will set up an independent unit to investigate serious incidents of possible police misconduct. Landry said up to seven investigators will be employed by the unit, which will bring greater accountability and transparency to investigations involving police. Nova Scotia is consulting police agencies, interested groups and the other Atlantic provinces to develop a model for the unit, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice said Tuesday. Bob Purcell, a department official, said the unit which could be in place by spring 2010 will investigate incidents in which a person has been killed or injured by police. The investigative unit may also be responsible for probing similar incidents involving sheriffs or corrections officers in custody situations, although that has not yet been decided, said Purcell, executive director of the Department of Justice’s public safety and security division. The justice minister’s announcement received a guarded welcome Tuesday from a spokesman for the Wagmatcook First Nation band council, which has been demanding the long-awaited release of a report into the RCMP shooting death of a resident almost a year ago. Brian Arbuthnot, band director of operations, said he has not seen any details about how the investigative unit will operate but said it sounds like a positive step. John Simon died in a Baddeck hospital about three hours after being shot by an RCMP officer at a home on the reserve on Dec. 2. Last month, officials from the band council held a press conference in Halifax to air their concerns about delays in the release of a Halifax Regional Police investigative report on the death. Arbuthnot said an independent unit could possibly complete investigations and issue reports more quickly, but he noted on the other hand, there are many factors to consider in any shooting death.  The public prosecutor’s office also plays a role, he noted. “I don’t want to sound too pessimistic about it. I think it makes sense to do it but I guess they say the proof is in the pudding and let’s see where it goes from here.” Chief Myles Burke of the Cape Breton Regional Police Service said right now, police departments in Nova Scotia dealing with a serious incident involving one of their own typically call on other departments to do an investigation. “While I will say it worked, some of the challenges it has for the chiefs are you still have that question for the public dealing with accountability and independence,” said Burke, who has conducted such investigations. “And there is a very significant cost to the municipal units in relation to these investigations. They are very expensive and they are time-consuming.” The Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association supports the path the province is taking and Burke said personally supports it. Burke said the issue of whether investigations would proceed more quickly is questionable considering that investigators must sometimes wait for lab reports   http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=305804&sc=145

and does that inlude the bad RCMP?

AND WHAT NEXT CAN WE EXPECT?   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, 
http://jonathanturley.org/2009/12/09/canadian-police-department-builds-new-firing-range-that-helps-train-officers-how-to-shoot-fleeing-suspects/  

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.”  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/torsun/091209/canada/doc_faces_probe_over_dietary_payouts     Quebec and other provinces have no such adequate help program and why?

November 23, 2009

Inevitable reality POLICE STATE

 
 
Undeniably now  firstly the bad Security Minister Con Vic Toews who tended to sleep with the bad cops resigned next because of his false attempts to pass this bad bill
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The bill,  which was expected to be passed unanimously, would require ISPs to report tips on websites providing child pornography, as well as informing police if they believe a child-porn offence has been committed using their Internet service.
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Similar legislation already exists in the United States, and Canadian child-protection advocates have been calling for similar action in Canada. In June, Canada’s federal ombudsman for victims of crime called for rules requiring ISPs to reveal to police the names and addresses of customers suspected of posting child pornography, and to keep long-term records of where customers have been surfing.
Under the guise of pornography keeping  permanent  long-term records of where all  customers have been surfing is a start of a police state. The ISPs are already also keeping copies  of all of the customers email sent too. And we know that our digital phone calls are also monitored and recorded.. and no court approval used ehh..
Ironic if I wanted to be sure the government acted on a matter I used to like to phone the local news editors and leave my message on his answering machine, knowing the government likely had it bugged.. and often I got quicker results  next too..
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Remember the Conservative US president Robert Nixon and Watergate, and how History often repeats itself. If PM Stephen Harper believes in  and enforces our free speech he certainly now never shows it, he already had used the RCMP to try to shut up the news reporters as we know..
 
 
Now about this child porn Bill..
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I’m a little confused about the point of this law. Child pornography is already illegal. Not reporting a crime is also illegal. So if an ISP knowingly harbors child pornography, then can’t they already be charged? 
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You cannot force private companies to do work for you because you’re lazy and don’t want to jump through your own hoops, that pretty much says it all if you think about it, and besides , all these idiots are doing is trying to sneak in the backdoor and see what you’re doing in the privacy of your own home , including your bedroom ….   sure child porn is bad, but putting the jackboots to the internet is nothing more than a disingenuous attempt at information muzzling/censorship.
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Next thing you know, any site that questions the actions of the government will be censored under threat of putting the ISP out of business. BTW there are so many ways to circumvent the monitoring it boggles the mind……the criminals will use encryption…..how do you propose to monitor that..??. Are you going to crack the encryption…..or outlaw it?? What about the use of proxies….what are you going to do there? Do you even know what fricken proxy is?? Shows the intelligence level of our current government… pfft…. morons  In a country as hungry for fascism as today’s Canada, before long we will all be deputized as little block watch captains and required to police the behaviour of our neighbours — or face punishment as criminals ourselves. Quick, citizen, report your neighbour before he reports you!  And see that you behave yourself, because your neighbours are all peeping through their net curtains at you, their fingers poised on the speed dial buttons on their phones, ready to report you for the the slightest exhibition of what they regard as unusual behavior – because if they don’t report you, you will report them!  The problem with this recommendation is that you can’t oppose it without appearing to be somehow in favour of child pornography. Let’s assume for the moment we all agree that it’s a revolting practice that should be stamped out. The problem is that the role of the ISPs is simply to provide a link from a computer to the world wide web. That’s it. As soon as you turn them into monitors, suddenly they can be seen as responsible for the content of literally millions and millions of sites.  However it’s a rather slippery slope to start putting private companies in charge of monitoring the entire web, and I while I completely support the current move, I can see this step advancing well beyond the “pass on complaints” and would strongly opppose that increase in responsibility . Further more what business do ISP’s have policing the internet, should car dealers hand out speeding tickets now too?   With this, the ISPs will simply report every innocuous thing that they can. They will react to the governments foolish law What I am saying is that imposing a duty on businesses to snoop on their customers, and threatening jail time for failure, is obscene in the context of what people face for crimes of commission. And why is this any different than expecting a car manufacturer to do jail time if their products are used in a child abduction, and they don’t alert police? ( I dislike this federal juetice Minister Nicholson more and more each time he opens his stupid mouth) by overwhelming them with every piece of information possible, of which around 99.999% will be useless. The police will be overburdened, and we will be two steps back, not forward. I know don’t know how much it will help authorities to find the suspects but one thing for sure .. there will a new charge on my internet bill CPMC(Child pornography monitoring charge) and they will tell me that it’s a government fee. Is it worth the violation of our rights and freedoms… to privacy, to associate, to communicate in private. 1984 under the guise of a child protection law. This is a bad law and should not be accepted by anyone. The police already have all they need at their disposal with the issuance of court ordered warrants. This law is much more nefarious than people are being led to believe and it is no surprise that it is coming from Harper and his neo-clowns. what were the alternatives to this (probably useless) scheme. I’m not against strong laws against child pornography, I’m against pointless laws that are passed simply so a party or Parliament in general can be seen being tough on crime without actually doing much of anything at all. Either this government is unbelievably ignorant or their sick enough to exploit children to pass their hidden agenda. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2009/11/24/isp-mandatory-child-pornography.html
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In no way do I wish to support those who deal in child pornography and exploitation, but this bill ALSO represents a serious change in the relationship between ISPs and privacy laws. I’m concerned that the Conservatives are using a non-debatable issue like child pornography to pave the way for stricter anti-piracy laws like those we’ve seen proposed in England. http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/11/23/internet-child-pornography-isp-bill.html
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Child porn law a small help  The Cape Breton Post.,  Critics of the federal Conservative government tend to take a skeptical view of its war on crime, interpreting much it as a political play for easy applause, claiming exorbitant credit for measures that will have modest effect. A new bill aimed at tightening the rules on Internet traffic in child pornography is susceptible to the same criticism but Canadians are likely to overlook this and approve any useful step to impede of a heinous trade.
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Recent findings on child porn activity are shocking. Steve Sullivan, Canada’s federal ombudsman for victims of crime, reports that child sexual abuse is growing an “alarming” rate, along with criminal charges for the production and distribution of child porn (up 800 per cent between 1998 and 2003). There are more and more images available featuring younger and younger children and increasing violence. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which operates the tipster site Cybertip.ca, found in its analysis of Internet child porn images that more than three-quarters of them featured at least one image of a child younger than eight years and many showed infants or toddlers. In a survey of 800 websites in 60 countries, the centre placed Canada in the top three (after the U.S. and Russia) in hosting websites with child abuse images, and second behind the United States in hosting sites that sell images of children being sexually abused. Experts hasten to point out that in most cases the operators of these sites are nowhere near Canada but they choose to operate through Internet facilities in this country in part because of our comparatively lax laws on electronic traffic in child porn. Canada figured in a disproportionately large nine per cent of the worldwide traffic. The new law, introduced in Parliament on Tuesday, will require Internet companies – Internet service and email providers, as well as content hosting and social networking sites – to report to a designated agency tips they receive about child porn activities through their facilities and to notify police when they believe criminal traffic in child porn is occurring. They will be required to preserve evidence as well. There’s already a voluntary system like this in place among major Internet service providers in Canada but this makes the practices mandatory for all. Internet service providers don’t monitor the content of traffic so the system will continue to rely on tips and complaints. This in itself won’t make a big dent in the torrent of child porn swill available worldwide but it will give police and anti-child porn agencies such as Cybertip.ca some more chances to pick up the threads of networks and rings, and possibly even to rescue a few more children from horrific situations. The Internet has transformed modern life in many positive ways. The explosion of electronic child porn is the outstanding example of the cost of this. If some principles of privacy and freedom have to be qualified to reduce that cost to the children of the world, so be it. http://www.capebretonpost.com/index.cfm?sid=305781&sc=151

Federal government introduces mandatory child porn reporting legislation  By Michael Geist

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson today tabled the Child Protection Act (Online Sexual Exploitation). As widely reported, Bill C-58 creates a mandatory disclosure requirement on Internet providers where they become aware of child pornography websites or have reason to believe a subscriber is using their service to violate child pornography laws. Where an Internet provider submits a report on a user, they must preserve the relevant computer data for 21 days and they are prohibited from disclosing the disclosure to the customer. Failure to report may result in fines or imprisonment and providers are granted immunity from liability for reporting the activity. The definition of Internet provider is broad, extending beyond just ISPs to include those providing Internet access, hosting, or email services. In other words, services like Google, Hotmail, and Facebook are all covered.
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The bill shares similarities with provincial laws (ie. Ontario) and those that report under the provincial law are exempt from the federal version. While few will criticize a bill targeting child pornography – everyone agrees that child pornography is abhorrent and we need to ensure that we have laws to deal with the problem – it is hard to see what this bill actually accomplishes. Canada already has:

• an online child pornography tip service that receives thousands of tips

• ISPs that block access to child pornography images

• some of the toughest child pornography laws in the world

numerousexamples of childpornographyarrests

• law enforcement focused on child pornography virtually to the exclusion of all other online issues

Further, while there are reports that Canada is a source of child pornography websites, a major European-based study concluded that focusing on the World Wide Web and blocking content makes little sense in trying to combat child pornography (the same report found that image blocking initiatives like the Canadian Project Cleanfeed are ineffective). Instead, the real problems lies in dissemination of child pornography in newsgroups, private groups, and other private spaces that fall largely outside the potential for tips envisioned by Bill C-58 or Canada’s Project Cleanfeed.

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Michael Geist is a law professor and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa.  http://www.straight.com/article-271907/vancouver/federal-government-introduces-mandatory-child-porn-reporting-legislation

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Giving more money to the police does not increase justice rather it tends to make a police state instead.. putting more bad cops in Jail and firing them is the start of real Justice now rather too.

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In response to sex harassment allegations, RCMP drafts a unenforced new code of conduct  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/in-wake-of-sex-harassment-allegations-rcmp-drafts-new-code-of-conduct/article14283191/

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Crown files appeal in RCMP officer’s acquittal in Dziekanski perjury case
http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/crown-files-appeal-in-rcmp-officer-s-acquittal-in-dziekanski-perjury-case-1.1451975#ixzz2emRCQf2m

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Toronto police officer guilty of assaulting G20 protester Adam Nobody  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-police-officer-found-guilty-of-assaulting-g20-protester-with-weapon/article14272231/

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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,
http://jonathanturley.org/2009/12/09/canadian-police-department-builds-new-firing-range-that-helps-train-officers-how-to-shoot-fleeing-suspects/
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Hypocritical Police and Conservatives want more policing over the Canadian citizens, the same persons who wrongfully firstly do not want to give us a detailed list, copy of all of their own expense accounts  and do note that too. Let the police rightfully start with the rightful better policing of themselves  and next deal  first with  our too often stealing, crooked, lying politicians, civil and public servants who also do steal  and now first also go after all the alcoholics who abuse their spouses, drive impaired … the cops included..  deal first with all  of  the  the persons who abuse any seniors.. and we now do need more cops rather in the hospitals arresting also all of  the bad Health Ministers, bad  doctors and bad nurses who fail to provide adequate medical aid to seniors, others etc
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People in leadership office do have to face higher penalties as an example now too. It is clearly established, accepted fact by most people that those in leadership civil and public servants cops, teachers, ministers, politicians included  are always to be exemplary in behavior,  conduct and they do need to maintain their high standards even out of their working hours, thus to do so they are also to be exemplary  judged, prosecuted  for their own wrong doings with a higher standard over those of us ordinary folks.
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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.”  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/torsun/091209/canada/doc_faces_probe_over_dietary_payouts

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Quebec and other provinces have no such adequate help program and why?

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What I think about our too often bad cops???

 

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November 22, 2009

The latest PM Stephen Harper scandal

 
 
  
OTTAWA – Canada’s top military commander  Gen. Walt Natynczyk called a news conference today to correct information he gave Tuesday about a detainee who was beaten by Afghan police. Natynczyk told the Commons defence committee Tuesday that Canadian troops had questioned the man in June 2006, but never detained him.  But Natynczyk now says the man was indeed captured by Canadian troops and handed over to Afghan police.  That flies in the face of the Harper government’s claim that there is no credible evidence that Canadian-captured prisoners were abused prior to 2007.  The military chief says he was provided with the correct information today after staff reviewed the record and found the section commander’s report. He has ordered an investigation to determine why the information took so long to come to light.  Opposition parties raised the incident Tuesday as proof that the Harper government knew of credible incidents of torture and of the dangers of transferring prisoners. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091209/national/afghan_cda_abuse
 
 A whistleblower, Richard Colvin, spilled  the beans to a parliamentary committee. about events that went   back to the 18 months between April 2006 and October 2007 soon after the Harper government came to power.  Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan handed over Taliban suspects they had captured to the Afghan police and Sarpoza jail guards  tortured them. Under international law, handing over prisoners for torture is a war crime. So who in Ottawa gave the orders to the soldiers? Who set the hand-over policies in Ottawa? Only a full public inquiry will find out?

The Canadians  soldiers, collected  many prisoners and  the Canadians would wait several days or even weeks before supplying names of prisoners to the Red Cross as required by international law. Meanwhile the  Afghan jail guards had plenty of time to do what they wanted to make prisoners fully talk, including – electric shocks, electric cable beatings, sleep deprivation and sexual abuse. “The career diplomat Richard Colvin. He kept writing reports to higher ups in Ottawa but nobody would listen. They wouldn’t answer his reports, wouldn’t take his telephone calls. When he persisted they told him to write nothing on paper. If he had complaints, phone them in. And when he persisted still more, they transferred him to the  embassy in Washington, and still never acknowledged his reports on the torture. Colvin had flooded Ottawa with 16 documented reports in 18 months. They went to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s national advisor on security Margaret Bloodworth, to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Rick Hillier, to Canadian commander in Afghanistan, Lieut.-General Michel Gauthier; to David Mulroney, our No. 1 man in Afghanistan at the time, today Canadian ambassador in China – in all 76 reports e-mailed to the most powerful people in the Canadian government.  Today none of them can remember seeing or reading any of the e-mails. Memory loss is such a sad thing. Colvin came back to Ottawa recently to testify before a Military Police Public Complaints Commission inquiry into the torture, but the Harper government put a stop to that by threatening to jail Colvin for five years if he testified. They said it might endanger national security. “More likely it would rightfully  endanger Harper government reputation . 

Defence Minister Peter MacKay tried  to discredit Colvin and  said that since Colvin had not seen any torture with his own eyes there thus had been no torture. This is not a definite fact, truth. The tortures still could have occurred and that was why an investigation of the matter was needed that Harper’s government instead wrongfully tried to suppress. Harper and his ministers insist no public inquiry is needed. No, none at all. MacKay labeled Colvin “a dupe” of the Taliban. He said Colvin had “hearsay” torture stories.

But if Mr. Colvin is telling the truth, which seems very likely, then the government was waiting for evidence that could not be ignored, not just credible evidence, before it acted to stop the torture. If that is true, then Mr. MacKay, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other senior soldiers and officials could face legal and political consequences. It is no wonder that they are attacking Mr. Colvin’s credibility. http://thechronicleherald.ca/Opinion/1154143.html

But our Peter MacKay still also has no answer as to why, if Colvin was such a “dupe” the foreign affairs appointed him our chief of intelligence in Washington. Who is being duped or who is the dupe? Harper, and Mackay rather. And another Great Mike Duffy appointment by Stephen  Harper.   
 
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission,    at one time entrusted to monitor Canadian-captured insurgents in Kandahar, says it has documented nearly 400 cases of torture across the war-ravaged country.  Afghan commission said it uncovered 47 cases of abuse in Kandahar, which was ranked third in terms of the number of abuse claims in the country. The vast majority of the abuse was carried out by Afghan police officers, according to the report NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar said there is a mountain of evidence in reports from other agencies, including the U.S. government. “It’s Minister MacKay’s word against the facts reported by the AIHRC, Amnesty International and even the U.S. State Department,” he said.
 
Clearly we cannot believe now the Conservatives,  Harper or MacKay to tell us all the truth. and so what happened to Harper’s now past promises of a new better government, transparency, and accountability? It only applies to all others but not to any Conservatives and their appointments.. 
 
“Taking a stand against torture is fundamental to what Canada is doing there and certainly we in the European Union are doing,” said Michael Semple, a Harvard Carr Center expert who spent years in Afghanistan.

Protest grows against Tory attack on Colvin Globe and Mail –   Intelligence officer and ex-diplomat Richard Colvin, right, arrives at a commons special committee on Afghanistan hears witnesses on transfer of Afghan detainees on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Meanwhile  hypocritical PM Stephen Harper goes to China in two weeks to lecture the Chinese on their abhorrent human rights record.  Will the Conservative government also try to discredit all others now  as well? Beware. So who is next?
 

http://picasaweb.google.com/anonconformer/Thenonconformer# OR http://www.mininova.org/tor/3176107

I often do see our PM Stephen Harper as a Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who takes one step forward and two steps backwards.  Nothing to do with patronage this time.  No big blue cardboard cheques in sight.

THIS TIME THE OFFENSE IS WORSE, ALLOWING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES OF OTHERS BY TORTURE, AND COVER-UPS, LYING TO THE CANADIAN CITIZENS, AND THE WORLD NOW TOO. TARNISHING OUR CANADIAN REPUTATION, CREDIBILITY, IMAGE ON THE WORLD STAGE AS WELL.  

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, 
http://jonathanturley.org/2009/12/09/canadian-police-department-builds-new-firing-range-that-helps-train-officers-how-to-shoot-fleeing-suspects/  
 

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.”  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/torsun/091209/canada/doc_faces_probe_over_dietary_payouts     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?

 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/most-canadians-get-uneven-inadequate-diabetes-test-care/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/even-many-doctors-are-mainly-selfish-self-centered-want-to-get-rich-fast-too/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/a-serious-warning-for-quebecs-premier-jean-charest-too/

 

November 20, 2009

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS

SO HERE ARE SOME MORE PICTURES OF CANADA TODAY…  the betrayl of the citizens by our civil and public servants

http://picasaweb.google.com/anonconformer/Thenonconformer# OR http://www.mininova.org/tor/3176107

The Harper party loved whistleblowers when in opposition. They even ran a high-profile one as a Conservative candidate. But when the whistle is blown against the Conservatives, no one actually contradicts the whistleblower’s sworn evidence, they just attack and spin.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/and-the-conservative-spin-machine-spins-on/article1372201/

On Thursday morning, to the apparent surprise of some observers, I argued on this blog that Canadians needed a public inquiry to get to the bottom of the allegations of torture and cover-up that Richard Colvin had made the day before in front of a parliamentary committee. After watching the Conservatives’ performance for the past two days, I’d say that Prime Minister Stephen Harper also needs a public inquiry–only more so.  Legitimate questions can be asked as to why Mr. Colvin did not blow the whistle earlier, which would have saved anywhere from 220 to 600 Afghans from allegedly being tortured. However, to attack his credibility, as Conservative ministers have been doing, is both pathetic and reprehensible. And to demand first-hand evidence, as they’ve also been doing, is precisely the same dodge that bureaucrats used to cover their asses in the Maher Arar affair. The Conservatives can’t allow light to be shed on the despicable lengths to which they have gone to hide previous coverups.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/spector-vision/advice-for-the-pm/article1372686/   

Cons is a great description of what the Conservatives really are like and many can see that anyway

PS: OTTAWA – Gilles-Andre Gosselin, a key player in the federal sponsorship scandal,  related to fraud totaling $655,276.  was   sentenced by an Ottawa judge to two years, plus a day.  charged last December with 19 counts of fraud for offences allegedly committed between 1997 and 2000.  The scandal undermined the Liberal government of the time, and paved the way for a Conservative government promising accountability and openness.  Now it is the Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government turn to be arrested as well for their clear  failure to keep these related promises.  

 Flaherty says government will undertake no new spending in next year’s budget Fri Nov 20, 6:28 PM TORONTO – Emphasizing that government stimulus spending is a temporary measure, federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says the Conservative government doesn’t plan to undertake major new spending initiatives in next year’s budget.

THEY SPENT VAST AMOUNT OF MONEY WITH NOT MUCH GOOD RESULTS  TO SHOW FOR IT, NOW THEY SAY THEY WILL DO NOT MORE. MAYBE IT IS BETTER THAT WAY. WE ALL DO  HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR LAST WASTAGES ALREADY TOO.
 

November 17, 2009

Both Liberal and Conservatives are facing unpopular issues

 

 Not just in Churches, amongst the police, politicians, civil and public servants, I have never seem so many lying, mental people in one place like I have amongst the medical workers I have dealt with this year in  in Hospitals, convalescent, old age homes who really do delude themselves too often about their self importance and the positive role they are functioning in.    When a   professional cannot see what they are doing now is simply  so wrong they themselves do now need real professional help too. The People who lie often, the  professionals now included, they   tend to have severe personal,  mental disorders next cause one tends to eventually believe next ones lies as being the truth, and they can no no longer differentiate their own lies from reality, the truth.  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/professionals-what-a-joke/
 

Taxpayer group slams Harper government spending CBC.ca –  The Canadian Taxpayers Federation isn’t impressed with the federal government’s fiscal management – even if federation alumni hold senior roles in the government.

Canada’s national debt to hit $500 billion on Sunday DigitalJournal.com

Federal debt to climb back over half-trillion-dollar line on Sunday: taxpayers The Canadian Press

580 CFRA Radio – iNews880.com – SooToday.com

 

TORONTO, Canada  – Successive scandals, a historic deficit and an unpopular new tax have now also taken a heavy toll on Ontario’s Liberal government, according to a poll McGuinty Liberals also are on downhill slide: poll . The Conservatives fail to realize that these same issues affect the federal Conservative Government now as well. The Conservatives in Alberta are also facing new increased discontent and opposition.  

Liberals in British Columbia are also facing new unexpected Citizen heat.

The  new poll puts Dalton McGuinty Ontario Liberals in a virtual tie with the Conservatives, led by Tim Hudak. Support for the Liberals is at 36.6 per cent, while the Tories garner 35 per cent support.   And the last poll, in May, had the Liberals at 47 per cent support, 16 points ahead of the Tories. Premier Dalton McGuinty’s leadership numbers in free fall, sliding to 26.9 per cent popularity from 42.1 per cent in May.  Undecided voters rose to 28.1 per cent from 20.4 over the same period.

Harper welcomes Canadians back to the half-trillion-dollar debt club created by deficits he promised would never happen.

Leaked report says gov’t overstating the need for new power lines in Alberta Thu Nov 19, 11:30 PM  EDMONTON – A political battle is reaching a peak in Alberta over whether the province needs billions of dollars worth of new power lines that will be paid for by consumers. Wildrose Alliance Leader Danielle Smith  says the conclusions in the EDC report strongly suggest that the Tory government is not doing enough to protect consumers.  There’ve been projections that it’s going to be $200 per year for the average residential bill for the next 15 years,” said Smith.Major power utilities will end up benefiting greatly from Bill 50, but consumers and landowners whose property will be affected by the new power corridors will end up as the big losers, said Smith. “My read of this debate so far is that the government is simply and blindly serving the interests of its corporate sponsors, not the interests of consumers,” she said.

A pretentious government is never enough no matter what the excuse.

 

 
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November 16, 2009

ANOTHER TYPICAL UNACCEPTABLE CANADIAN PERVERSITY

 

AND WHAT ABOUT THE RCMP NOW TOO? AND ALL OTHERS?

OTTAWA — Dozens of top-ranking military officers are still on the public payroll after retiring from their jobs with hefty pensions.

Documents released under Access to Information show senior brass in the army, navy and air force can collect both a pension and a salary by switching over to the reserves after retirement — a practice dubbed “double-dipping” by some critics.

Records released by the Department of National Defence list 207 senior officers ranked lieutenant-colonel or above presently serving as Class B service members of the Reserve Force. That group includes several brigadiers-general, navy captains and colonels retired from regular duty and now serving in the reserves.

Brig-Gen. Christian Barabe, whose pending retirement from the regular forces was announced in a news release in January 2009, is among the top-ranked officers on the list.

 OUR   PUBLIC AND CIVIL SERVANTS, THE Stephen Harper’s CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT CLEARLY NOW AS WELL DO NOT MIND SHAFTING, ABUSING THE TAXPAYERS ANYTIME THEY CAN AND NONE, NONE OF THIS IS ACCEPTABLE

(Isa 1:23 KJV)  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

 
 
Aboriginal leaders demand RCMP to release video footage of dead man’s arrest Mon Nov 16, 11:05 PM VANCOUVER, B.C. – Aiming for greater police oversight and to keep a spotlight on Taser use by officers, aboriginal leaders are demanding RCMP release a video showing the arrest of a man who was shocked with a Taser and died in their custody more than six years ago. A 2004 coroner’s inquest into the man’s death found he died of a cocaine overdose, and noted that his autopsy revealed previous cardiac damage.But after the president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs recently viewed what he alleges to be “deeply disturbing” and “heavily-edited” footage, he and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association are calling for the raw version’s release.In the video, Willey is pulled from an RCMP vehicle, dragged through the station and shocked with a Taser several times while lying on the floor, cuffed and bound, said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. He and several others were recently given access to the tape by RCMP owing to their status as “concerned stakeholders.””The only way we’re going to bring about change is to pressure all levels of government – and the RCMP, and policing agencies in general – to change their methods, to change their techniques and to ensure there is civilian oversight, so they’re not investigating themselves because, in pretty much every case, they simply circle the wagons and defend their own,” Phillip said in an interview Monday.He believes the treatment of Willey was more egregious than Dziekanski’s because the aboriginal man posed a low threat when he was stunned because he was tied up and on the floor.” … given the public reaction to the Dziekanski videos, I think that would have some influence on what we’re allowed to see,” he said.
 
 
 It was a first for Canada: Desiré Munyaneza, scion of a wealthy family in the former Belgian colony of Rwanda, was sentenced in Montreal last month after a lengthy trial for crimes against humanity during the genocide of 1994. He was not the first alleged war criminal to enter Canada, but was the first to be convicted under Canada’s War Crimes Act, which allows Canadian residents to be prosecuted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. In his landmark judgment, Justice André Denis of Quebec Superior Court sentenced Munyaneza 42, was sentenced to life in prison in Canada , after being convicted of seven counts of genocide in Rwanda in 1994 , with no chance of parole for 25 years. Munyaneza not only incited genocide, he led a team of Hutu murderers as part of the systematic killing of at least 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. He was arrested in Toronto in 2005 under the new Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act. The evidence showed that Munyaneza’s family had stockpiled machetes just before the attacks began. The evidence showed he killed dozens himself in a deliberate and premeditated way, justifying the toughest sentence under Canadian law. In his trenchant ruling, the judge wrote that Munyaneza “chose to kill, rape and pillage in the name of the supremacy of his ethnic group,” reminding us that “every time a man claims to belong to a superior race, a chosen people, humanity is in danger.” As for the accused denying guilt, Denis wrote, “Denying genocide is to kill the victims a second time.” “There is no greater crime than genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes,” he continued. “History has shown that what happened there could happen anywhere in the world, that nobody is safe from such a tragedy.” He Desiré Munyaneza, will be 67 when he gets out of prison just in time for a Canada pension .. Now did this very rich person from a wealthy family  even made to pay for the court costs, police costs involved, and his cost of imprisonment as well?
 
Canadian prosecutors investigated  for  years before arresting him?   And as usual  “The investigation in Rwanda was very difficult, time-consuming and dangerous for the RCMP police officers ,  it was difficult to locate witnesses and then convince them to talk about suspected war crimes.” Especially difficult when you cannot speak their language to start of with.  But firstly by now we all do tend to know the RCMP lies, and cannot be trusted.
 
One of the main reasons that we cannot get adequate justice still now served in Canada is because the RCMP itself is cost ineffective, extravagant, wasteful and and poorly managed.  Now excluding the lawyers and court costs themselves specially to the above cause do tell us all “How much did it cost in total for the RCMP to investigate the Desiré Munyaneza matter”. How many RCMP officer were actually now involved, supervisors inluded,  and the length of time, the actual number of trips traveled aboard included. All costs included. This is certainly not too much to ask now is it…
 
 
Out Conservative law and order Stephen Harper justice department does nothing about the bad cops and I do often wonder why again..
  
 

 

Men and women are equal in the law

 

This isn’t News article, it’s a false brain washing press release, or a commercial propaganda, which seems to apply to too many of of the daily news stories I encounter.. and the governmental handouts too now.

“In Canada, men and women are equal under the law,” the document says. “Canada’s openness and generosity do not extend to barbaric cultural practices that tolerate spousal abuse, ‘honour killings,’ female genital mutilation or other gender-based violence. Those guilty of these crimes are severely punished under Canada’s criminal laws.”

The guide, released on Thursday and called Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Canadian Citizenship, (read the full guide) is the first of its kind to explicitly denounce violence in the name of family honour — a crime in the headlines just this week after an Ottawa man was sentenced to a year in jail for threatening violence against his daughter. People who come to Canada must be law-abiding citizens, SO MUST ALL CANADIANS, SADLY THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE STILL TOO.  When in Canada follow Canadian law–if you don’t like it, we don’t need you here OR PAY THE PRICE AND GO TO JAIL.   Discover Canada is also available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/discover.pdf 

 

 
Men and women are equal in the law In Canada  except when it comes to a pay check, for the women still too often do get paid less for doing the same work a man does.  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/canadian-womens-rights/
 
 
Jason Kenney, The Minister of Immigration came out with the Conservative government’s new handbook for immigrants last week and this new guide almost completely removes the notion that women made any contributions to our great country. In this new handbook it focuses more on our military and sports professionals and only gives examples of men, not women.
 

OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says equal pay for work of equal value is a basic human right that should never be put up for grabs at the collective bargaining table.  To that end, he has introduced a private member’s bill aimed at reversing a controversial measure in the 2009 federal budget.  The budget essentially reclassified pay equity as a labour issue to be negotiated in collective agreements, stripping the Canadian Human Rights Commission of its authority to adjudicate pay equity complaints.  Ignatieff’s proposal – his first private member’s bill since becoming an MP in 2006 – would return pay equity to the human rights realm.  It would also create a federal pay-equity commission charged with implementing an equal-pay regime in the federal public service, federally regulated companies and Crown corporations by 2012.  Ignatieff acknowledges his bill would result in some additional, unspecified costs for the government but he thinks the principle is “definitely worth it.”  Ignatieff says pay equity is really about gender equality, noting that women, on average, still earn only 72 cents for every dollar earned by men for the same work.  He says he chose the issue for his first bill because it’s emblematic of the Liberal party’s core belief in equal opportunity for all. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/091209/national/ignatieff_pay_equity

 

Man charged in Rwandan genocideGlobe and Mail –   – ‎Nov 9, 2009‎  The charge, announced Saturday, comes 5½ months after Canada convicted another Rwandan of genocide, its first ever successful prosecution of someone for crimes against humanity. In the latest case, Jacques Mungwarere, who has been living in Windsor, is the second person to be charged under Canada’s eight-year-old Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

Jacques Mungwarere was arrested two weeks ago by Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the tail-end of an investigation that led authorities from Rwanda – site of the brutal 1994 genocide – to the US and Canada. ‘Mungwarere is suspected of having committed acts of genocide in the region of Kibuye in western Rwanda,’ said Sergeant Marc Menard. The report notes that Mungwarere is the second person to be accused of war crimes in Canada under the ‘universal jurisdiction’ mandate of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act, which came into law in 2000..

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By the way men and women are equal sinners, Professionals now too, and our jails should reflect their incarcerations equally too

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November 15, 2009

THE CONS ARE AT IT AGAIN

 
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Free water bottles too political: I wouldn’t want a Shelly Glover water bottle either Political partisanship has no place in our schools. A Manitoba school division is turning down an offer of free water bottles for students because the items display a politician’s name and party logo.  Shelly Glover, Conservative member of Parliament for St. Boniface, wanted to donate an unspecified number of bottles to the Louis Riel School Division.  “What we discovered was that there was some personal information on the bottles,” Marilyn Sequire, chairwoman of the school division, told CBC News on Friday. “Because we have a policy that doesn’t allow that, we had to regrettably decline.” Sequire said distributing the bottles would have violated division policy.  “It’s very simple,” Sequire said. “It’s just related to our policy that we have that does not allow us to distribute anything in the schools that is overtly, even slightly, political.”    This is the type of behaviour that the Conservatives have campaigned against in the past. Why do they pull these tricks now?  Also, don’t forget… the money to buy these water bottles likely came out of taxpayers pockets. Why should my tax money go towards promoting a political party to school kids?  Ms. Glover – I suggest if you actually want to help, you would donate bottles without political info on them. How low will the Cons stoop? These cons have no shame. Next thing you know they will want to put their party logo on your kids forehead. Canada has been headed down a shameful road ever since these cons came to power,(minority) I might add!  If she was so worried about these kids and wanting to donate bottles she should have just did it with no advertising. Everyone is only looking for the benefits of giving by advertising themselves, not because they actually care. If the MP really cared about giving the water bottles to the kids first and foremost, then there wouldn’t be a logo. I’m sure she thought this might help the school to a degree, but clearly, the thought of free advertising for the cons was there.  Their defence will be “we were trying to help the kids! why is everyone stopping us from helping children?”   What’s their next defence “why are people stopping us from helping clothe the homeless? All we did was give them a bunch of conservative party shirts.” .ttp://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2009/11/13/mb-political-ads-bottles-school-division.html
 
 
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DOES THE WATER TASTE THE SAME WITH THE CON LABEL? cause so far the Con water leaves a very bad taste in many people’s mouths
 
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is using taxpayers’ money to reward Tory cronies with plum posts, Liberal MPs charged yesterday. The Tories unleashed “unparalleled patronage” by appointing 233 former Conservative MPs, campaign workers, failed candidates and donors in the past year, said Liberal MP Wayne Easter. Liberals say the recent Harper-appointees contributed more than $272,000 to Conservative coffers.  NDP and Tory officials pointed out members of Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s office also benefited from appointments, including diplomatic posts. yes but the hypocritical  Con kettle calling the pot black does not change the fact the kettle is immoral, liar, for it was elected on the basis that it would be a lot different over the Lieberals and not rather it’s twin..
 
 Canada’s Defence Minister denies knowledge of torture, of Canadian complicity in the torture of Afghan detainees who had been turned over to Afghan authorities, makes him NOW EITHER A LIAR OR CLEARLY A VERY POOR MINISTER.   Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismissed the demand for a torture inquiry Thursday while opposition parties hammered Canada’s Minister of Defence.
 
   
 
Mr. Tilson, you owe us an apology
Tuesday November 24 2009
 Open Letter to David Tilson, M.P.
Mr Tilson,
I received your recent “Keeping You Informed” Fall Newsletter and have what I think is an important issue you need to address. When reading it I couldn’t help but notice the grand cheque you were holding for $7 million. A large sum that will surely do some good in our community. It is welcome money! The issue I have when looking closely at the cheque is that it is signed by Stephen Harper and also has your name on it. Now call me crazy, but are we to suppose that Stephen Harper is somehow taking personal credit for this cheque? I don’t see the Government of Canada logo anwhere on it, which would lead a person with the intelligence of a post to see what is going on here. This money is not from Stephen Harper, or you, for that matter. You should be embarrassed by something like this, not smiling with this cheque in hand. It is “our” money and it is being paid for by the Government of Canada. Not you, not Mr. Harper or any political party. This did not come from your bank account or Mr. Harper’s. Now my letter is not about an anti-Conservative slant because lord knows the Liberal party was as guilty of this type of branding at every opportunity as any party in history. The problem here is that you were elected on a platform to clean things up and bring some responsibility/accoutability to government. We expect that from all of our representatives no matter their political stripe. As a tax paying citizen I think an apology is in order. This was not an oversight. The people in this riding expect and deserve a higher standard of conduct from the person that represents them. Your esteemed collegue, Gerald Keddy of South Shore Nova Scotia, at least stood up and apologized in a similar cheque fiasco recenty and noted it will never happen again. His excuse that he didn’t notice his giant signature on it was scary enough on its own, considering he is helping run the country (what else has he not noticed?). But aside from his pathetic attempt at an excuse, he at least apologized. Will you?

Carlos Cascallar,
Bolton
http://www.caledonenterprise.com/caledon/article/81188

  
 

 
 
 
Anyone who knows PM Stephen Harper knows that this power control freak does not share publicity with others..  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/n-s-premier-surprised-by-harpers-bad-behavior/
 

 

 

Provincial Police Commissioner, police personnel also known to play dirty politics,

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/time-for-us-all-to-fight-to-lower-police-costs-canada-wide-rcmp-included/

Canada’s too often bad cops, for  real actions speak louder to me than any words.  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/ex-toronto-police-chief-julian-fantino-is-one-of-those-bad-apples/

 When even the  police chiefs, police personnel  even are also known to play dirty politics, who can you trust then?

A criminal probe of perverse OPP  Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner  Fantino’s abuse of tax payer’s money is in order. If things do not go the way he wants in court, he merely appeals and appeals and appeals cause it costs him nothing, and he knows the taxpayers will pay for it.

OPP chief ordered to retake witness stand Globe and Mail – ‎Nov 13, 2009‎  Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino has been ordered to go back to the witness stand and pay $20,000 in costs to two officers in whose disciplinary hearing the commissioner had been subpoenaed to testify.  Commissioner Fantino had been in the unusual position of being cross-examined about allegations that he used the internal OPP disciplinary process to wage a vendetta against a high-ranking officer. The allegations were made in the disciplinary hearing of two OPP internal affairs officers, Superintendent Ken MacDonald and Inspector Alison Jevons. Already, the legal saga has cost nearly $500,000 in public money, according to documents that Supt. MacDonald and Insp. Jevons obtained through Freedom of Information requests, said their lawyer, Julian Falconer. The bill is assumed by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, an OPP spokesman said. Commissioner Fantino’s cross-examination had been halted after he alleged that the adjudicator in the disciplinary case, retired judge Leonard Montgomery, was biased. But in a unanimous ruling today, three judges of the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed the commissioner’s claim. “The events in this case fall far short of the type of conduct that would give rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias,” the judgment said. The court ordered the commissioner awarded $20,000 in legal costs for the two officers. According to testimony at the disciplinary case, Commissioner Fantino wrongly suspected Supt. MacDonald of leaking information to local municipal politicians. Mr. Falconer alleged in court filings that, as a result , the commissioner pursued a vendetta against Supt. MacDonald by charging him and Insp. Jevons in an unrelated disciplinary matter relating to their investigation of another officer’s acts in a domestic dispute. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/no-such-thing-as-a-little-bit-pregnant/

” CP TORONTO – Accusations of high-level political interference, petty vindictiveness and tarnished reputations will be on public display this week as Ontario’s top cop heads to court to force an adjudicator he accuses of bias to step down from a police disciplinary hearing.  The Divisional Court case Thursday that has entangled Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino comes years after an act of domestic violence that, at most, would have been a media footnote.  Instead, a years-long process was set in motion that has raised troubling questions about the politics of justice in Ontario.  A dust storm of allegations – witness tampering, personal reprisals, professional wrongdoing, legal chess games and judicial intimidation and judicial bias – still swirls.  Court files and hearing documents show it all began when a frightened Susan Cole called 911 one evening in April 2004.  She said her estranged husband, provincial police Const. Robert Alaire, had taken a baseball bat to her car at their home in Gananoque, Ont.  Det.-Sgt. Mark Zulinski and other officers responded. They asked her to leave her home. They did not arrest Alaire.  Cole complained. Her husband, she said, should have been arrested.  “It should have been a slam dunk,” Cole said in an interview. “(Instead) it’s a nightmare. It’s just not right.”  Cole’s complaint reached the civilian agency that oversees the province’s police. It asked for an investigation.  Two senior officers in the Ontario Provincial Police’s professional standards bureau – Supt. Ken MacDonald and Insp. Alison Jevons – eventually concluded proper procedure had not been followed.  They recommended “education” rather than sanctions.  The union that represents provincial police officers was outraged.  “We may have the ammo to take down MacDonald,” the union’s lawyer, Gavin May, wrote in an email to Karl Walsh, the president of the Ontario Provincial Police Association, in August 2006.  “We may get two for the price of one.”  The association formally complained about the two officers two weeks later. The complaint landed on the desk of Ontario’s top cop – freshly appointed Commissioner Julian Fantino.  Fantino was also dealing with fallout from his plans to restructure the 6,000-member police force he now headed. Someone was leaking the plans to town council in Caledon, northwest of Toronto, and some local politicians didn’t like what they were hearing.  Fantino concluded the leak must have come from MacDonald, witnesses testified.  In a parking lot on March 1, 2007, Fantino said to another senior officer: “Will you execute the disloyal one, or should I?”  Fantino later explained the comment as humour, or “appropriate” police speak, a way of saying he wanted the leak stopped and an end to the distractions it was causing.  What he didn’t know was that Chief Supt. Bill Grodzinski made notes of the conversation.  Fantino charged MacDonald and Jevons, both of whom he transferred out of the professional standards unit without speaking to them or their supervisors, under the Police Services Act.  The two officers stood accused of misconduct and deceit related to their investigation of the response to Cole’s 911 call.  Any suggestion he laid the charges to appease the police union or to get back at MacDonald for the leak were “hysterical nonsense,” Fantino has said.  The first two associates Fantino appointed to preside over the hearing against MacDonald and Jevons both stepped down over issues of potential bias.  Months passed before Leonard Montgomery, a retired Superior Court justice with 33 years on the bench, would step into the increasingly mucky swamp as adjudicator.  Called to testify, Grodzinski produced his notes, including those of Fantino asking about executing the “disloyal one.”  The next morning, the officer found out he was being transferred.  Fantino later said he thought he was doing Grodzinski a favour, although he expressed disdain about the “cheat notes.”  “People who know me do not hold onto these notes for later retribution,” he said.  Grodzinski was blunt.  “I viewed the transfer . . . as an immediate punishment, sanction, reprisal – use what word you wish,” Grodzinski said.  Intervention from Deb Newman, deputy minister with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, undid the forced transfer.  Julian Falconer, acting for Jevons and MacDonald, denounces the transfer threat as nothing short of witness tampering.  The hearings against MacDonald and Jevons proceeded amid increasing acrimony between the prosecution led by Brian Gover, a well regarded, experienced former Crown lawyer acting for Fantino, and the defence.  The defence argued to have the case thrown out as an abuse of process.  During hearings in October in which Fantino insulted Falconer and tensions ran high, Fantino changed some of his testimony. The notion that someone had tipped him off during a lunch break led Montgomery to remark that he was “upset.”  Gover filed a motion – Fantino was in the middle of being cross-examined – asking Montgomery to step down as biased.  He would take the matter to court if Montgomery refused, Gover said, adding the attorney general backed his position.  Within a few hours, the ministry disavowed any such backing and said Attorney General Chris Bentley had not been involved.  A stunned Montgomery branded Gover’s comments as attempted judicial intimidation and refused to step down.  If the ministry had indeed said it wanted him off the case, the political interference was astounding and the conflicts of interest “endless,” Montgomery wrote.  Gover remained adamant the attorney general wanted Montgomery gone and had pledged its support.  Falconer, in the interim, demanded his interrupted cross-examination of Fantino go ahead. Fantino’s new lawyer, Tom Curry, asked Divisional Court to stay the proceedings until the recusal motion was decided.   The court refused to interfere. Montgomery was perhaps just “calling a spade a spade,” the judge said.  Fantino appealed.  A three-judge panel split in his favour, staying his cross-examination until after the recusal motion is dealt with on Thursday.  In the interim, MacDonald and Jevons sit quietly through hours of hearings, seemingly no closer to having their case decided.  Cole, who said the two officers were the only ones who ever helped her, said she was dumbfounded at what her complaint unleashed almost five years ago.  All she ever wanted, she said, was for provincial police to implement a sensible policy when officers are involved in domestic violence.  “It’s gone on to actually hurt some really good people. Like it’s just endless.”” Nasty Fantino battle started with baseball bat, winds through courts 
  

OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino has lost an attempt to remove a retired judge presiding over a high-profile disciplinary hearing. The Ontario Divisional Court ruled yesterday that Justice Leonard Montgomery did not show bias against Commissioner Fantino in comments made as the adjudicator of a sometimes fractious hearing. “The matters complained of do not give rise to a reasonable apprehension of bias,” said the Divisional Court panel in a 3-0 decision. The court ordered the disciplinary hearing to resume in front of Judge Montgomery and indicated that it would be “conjecture” to suggest he would not act properly in the future, given the removal attempt by Commissioner Fantino. Otherwise, any side unhappy with a judge “could attempt to remove an unwanted judicial officer simply by bringing a complaint of bias against the officer,” the court said. “That would be inimical to the proper working of the justice system.” Julian Falconer, who represents Supt. MacDonald and Insp. Jevons, said his clients want to resume the hearing and the cross-examination of Commissioner Fantino as soon as possible. “This has been hanging over their heads for years. Apparently limitless (taxpayer’s)  resources have been poured into delaying this matter,” Mr. Falconer said, noting that there have been three separate court hearings related to the attempt to remove Judge Montgomery.http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/story.html?id=1375420

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November 14, 2009

N.S. premier surprised by Harper’s bad behavior

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Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter says he was surprised by the federal government’s recent decision to put its own sign on infrastructure projects without provincial or municipal logos attached. One of the conditions for receiving federal funding is to provide photographic proof that the signs have been erected. Gerald Keddy, Conservative MP for the riding of South Shore-St. Margaret’s, said people will associate the projects with all levels of government, even without their logos.  “Any Canadian or any constituent who sees the Economic Action Plan sign automatically understand that all three levels of government are involved,” he said.  If this is true why do we need any logo from any level of government on the signs ?????? Putting party interest before the public interest is no way to govern in a modern Canada. The US sign company probably couldn’t handle three governmental logos on the same sign. Another prime example of abuse tactics employed by the Conservative Dictatorship Party of Canada. We must rid ourselves of these self-serving goofs. Time for Harper and his puppets to go away for good  it’s not conservative money–it’s funding from municipal, provincial, and federal.like the “big checks’ this is unadulterated spin to help the CONS convince people they are spending their own money effectively???No matter what level of government it’s OUR money!!
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/nova-scotia/story/2009/11/13/ns-infrastructure-signs.html
 
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November 5, 2009

Cartoons Canada Political scene

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