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October 17, 2011

besides the police undeniably a new breed of killers and murderers have now emerged

It used to be that impaired driving, driving drunk, or in rage, or under the influence of drugs caused the majority of traffic deaths.. but undeniably a new breed of killers and murderers have now emerged on the highway.. the people who talk and drive..
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/canadians-want-a-full-cell-phone-while-driving-ban/

Neither the Telephone companies will discourage the use of phones, nor will the people who make beer or alcohol try realy to discourage the booze drinker so it is the role of the government, for public safety and the good of us all to deal with it effectively.  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/drink-alcohol-and-die/

and both impaired, drunk drivers, cellphone users while driving, all should be prosecuted the year around

Speeding still is not the main cause of highway deaths, or vehicular accidents https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/liberal-mp-jim-karygiannis/

http://thenonconformer.blogspot.com/2007/10/policing-facts-related-to-vehicular.html

http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/08/26/revenue-generating-traffic-tickets/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/the-continually-bad-rcmp/

the continually bad RCMP

Abused! How much abuse is acceptable? None!  We as taxpayers do even pay a significant part of the Policeman’s education, Development, Training and then they too do  falsely try to abuse it to us by their deliberate poor performances. 

I recognize that God is not the abuser; the bad people who misuse their authority are the unacceptable abusers and they all should be directly punished for it now and ASAP. I do not even accept any personal, domestic abuses quietly and rightfully as well…

The abuser too often tries to make the victim look as they are guilty ones, and that too is always unacceptable

Abused! How much abuse is acceptable? None! If you are being abused do not hesitate ASAP to call the police, human rights courts, news media.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. (1 Cor 13:3 KJV)

Matt 32:29 You shall love your neighbour as yourself.. and that means you will do him no harm now too.

And who else now are these too often and unacceptable abusers? why is is that they so readily abuse others now too? They tend to be persons who have their own value system, and clearly also a lack of love for others, and a lack of love for their jobs now as well. In case you did not notice it I do not accept any physical, verbal, mental, human rights abuses by anyone of anyone and I rightfully do instead demand their full, open exposure and public prosecution now as well and no matter who they are, Prime Minister, Premier, MP, MNA, MLA, MPP, Doctors, lawyers, cops, pastors, etc..

One does now have to fight for one’s rights to be respected , rather you have to complain loudly to all about the unacceptable abuses that you got. Unfortunately complaining once about the bad governmental or police services, courts does not seem to help for too often now it seems they are permanently corrupt, inadequate so many persons do have to even complain many times and world wide now too.. http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/no-abuse-is-acceptable-zero-tolerance/

The RCMP itself now here by their own poor actions are again guilty of racial profiling and of homicide, aiding and abetting a murderous act… and the RCMP should now be fully prosecuted by the law for it. I do not accept the abuse of even one persons rights quietly and rightfully now as well. The related RCMP managements itself should be fired, removed from their job as a direct result too.

“On Sept. 18, 2008, a 911 operator received a report of shots fired inside a rural Mission home. A transcript indicated that when the dispatcher relayed the information to the local RCMP detachment, the officer on duty, Constable Mike White, responded, “Six gunshots in a row and a crash,” and then was heard laughing.Constable White went to the home – and three minutes later left without even getting out of his car. (Another RCMP officer and an auxiliary member also attended in a separate vehicle, but did not get out of their car either).Four days later, the Mounties were called to the home again. Inside, they found one man dead and a woman alive but barely clinging to life. She died en route to hospital.The parents of the dead woman, Mark and Rosemarie Surakka, lodged a complaint with the RCMP concerning the conduct of the senior investigating officer – Constable White. They contended that their daughter, Lisa Dudley, would likely be alive today had the officer done his job properly and gone inside the house the night the shots were fired.The officer, now a corporal – he was promoted less than a month after the incident – faced a disciplinary hearing this year for his actions in 2008. The hearing came about mostly because of pressure put on the Mounties by the Surakkas. It lasted less than an hour. The officer was formally reprimanded and docked a day’s pay. And that was it.”  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/gary_mason/shoddy-policing-and-accountability-show-rcmp-in-bc-have-learned-very-little/

The death of a citizen clearly does not matter to the RCMP unacceptably, and clearly the bad police were, are afraid of gunshots, so they do not act.. but still the constable could have saved a life had he just done his job.. he did not do his job so he should be along with the others be dismissed from his job permanently

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/its-time-to-replace-the-rcmp/.

Self Masturbation are still the main approach of RCMP internal reviews.The RCMP must still go!

July 20, 2011

Another RCMP, Mountie charged with assault? too many rotten apples in the RCMP now!

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RCMP Constable Chris Emon was charged with assaulting a hospital patient and do note he has been charged with assaulting a restrained hospital patient but the same RCMP officer will still get meanwhile  his full pay etc.. ..
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Meanwhile the BC Civil Liberties Association will present findings of their Small Town Justice report in Prince George tonight.
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Three names top list for RCMP commissioner’s job Vancouver
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The RCMP are a big joke these days….

Retired RCMP blood-spatter expert pleads guilty to perjury Montreal Gazette  Jul 25, 2011‎ Spenard, who was an RCMP officer for 32 years and  testified at the trial of serial killer Robert Pickton, had initially claimed the report was written by another police officer. But under cross-examination by defence lawyer Matthew Nathanson, he admitted to misleading the court.

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Did the RCMP have grounds to spy on Northrop Frye? CBC.ca  – ‎Jul 25, 2011‎ The RCMP Security Service once spied  on famed literary scholar Northrop Frye, the Canadian Press reports. According  to newly released archival records, Canadian intelligence used a secret  informant to compile a 142-page file on the

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June 28, 2011

It’s time to replace the RCMP

 
Just when one thinks we’ve reached the final straw of frustration and upset with the RCMP, the national police force finds a way to produce another straw.

The list of Mountie misdeeds in B.C. is as notorious as it is lengthy — the botched Air India inquiry, the length of time it took to catch serial killer Robert Pickton, the airport Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski (and the upcoming perjury trials of the officers), the upcoming trial of Kelowna RCMP Const. Geoff Mantler for allegedly using excessive force in two arrests — and that’s just some of the examples.

Now, four senior RCMP officers investigating the Surrey Six murders have been charged with obstruction of justice, breach of trust and fraud, including one who allegedly had an affair with the ex-girlfriend of one of the killers.

B.C.’s policing contract with the RCMP expires next year and it is time for provincial politicians seriously to consider not renewing that contract.

Many British Columbians have lost faith in the RCMP and for good reason. B.C. should establish its own provincial police department and return some honour to policing.

Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Editorial+time+replace+RCMP/5015442/story.html

see also https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/liars-is-what-we-seem-to-know-describes-too-many-of-our-politicans-civil-and-public-servants-police-and-rcmp-included-and-not-just-the-phone-companies/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/alberta-s-rcmp-fiasco-as-well/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/when-the-police-in-canadas-major-cities-tend-not-to-be-any-better/

..hire decent cops rather and also..

Pimm resigns from BC Liberal caucus after domestic dispute

Globe and Mail – ‎Jun 27, 2011‎ St John RCMP cells. RCMP spokesman Corporal Dan
Moskaluk said no charges had been laid as of Monday. If police do recommend
charges, a special prosecutor would be assigned to handle the case because of
Mr. Pimm’s status as an elected official.
.. not again…

June 22, 2011

When the police in Canada’s major cities tend not to be any better

When for decades even the poorly managed RCMP have also lied, stolen , misappropriated taxpayer’s, governmental funds, and took false advantage of the overall system, they all next realy now cannot be trusted, and they are not even cost effective thus so why should we  all now be surprised that even  the Police in Canada’s major cities including Vancouver, Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto they also  tend not to be any better nor it seems the related justice ministers in fact..

 

Canada’s Police too often they also tend to like to arrest anyone ASAP and next even falsey claim they have done their job well.

 

see also https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/liars-is-what-we-seem-to-know-describes-too-many-of-our-politicans-civil-and-public-servants-police-and-rcmp-included-and-not-just-the-phone-companies/ 

 

At the G20 police fisco, the RCMP, OPP, and the Toronto police were involved, assisted by officers from several Canadian cities.

 

Police under fire as fresh statistics show charges dropped in 59% of G20 cases

Toronto Star- ‎Jun 20, 2011 Farrah McBride went to the G20 protests in downtown Toronto, upset by news of vandals smashing windows. But the assistant manager at a restaurant supply store was transformed from spectator to prisoner when police arrested virtually everyone in front of the Hotel Novotel on The Esplanade on the night of Saturday, June 26, 2010. She says she was held, handcuffed, at the temporary Eastern Ave. detention centre without adequate water, food or her correct anti-anxiety medicine. She suffered a severe anxiety attack before she was released without charge after 18 hours. It opened my eyes. I never imagined this would ever happen in Canada,” says McBride, 29. “I totally lost respect for police. I can’t even look at them now.”More than 1100 people were held over the Toronto G20 weekend, the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Only 317 people were charged with summit-related criminal offences.And of those, 187 have seen their charges withdrawn, stayed or dismissed, according to statistics released by the Ontario attorney general’s ministry Monday. Just 24 pleaded guilty.“It’s a classic example of police overcharging,” says lawyer Clayton Ruby,Nathalie Des Rosiers, General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, says demonstrators were targeted while simply exercising their democratic rights. Emilie Guimond-Bélanger rode on a chartered bus from Montreal to demonstrate peacefully for economic and women’s rights. Instead, she spent two cold, sleepless nights in custody, struggling to go to the bathroom out of sight of male guards, enduring two strip searches and begging for enough food to counter nausea. Peter Gill, 25, a Vancouver support care worker, says Ontario Provincial Police officers roughly arrested him as he walked away from a peaceful demonstration. He was handed to two Toronto police officers, who threatened to beat him up and drove fast in their squad car, slamming on the brakes so the handcuffed prisoner banged his head on the transparent divider, he says.They would say: “We’re going to pull over here and beat the s—t out of you and pretend you were resisting arrest.”Gill was charged with possessing explosives and weapons. But all he carried were harmless items like snacks and ear plugs, he says. Charges were withdrawn five months later.
Bad cops are never, never acceptable …

June 21, 2011

Alberta ‘s RCMP fiasco as well.

 

Anyone who has been even  to a traffic court especially in Alberta can too often visibly see that the justice system, the police, judges, prosecutors are all stacked against the accused citizens, for the justice officers are in cahoots… it is perversity and professional abuses.

On Nov. 7, 2009, Kropielniski stopped a suspected drunk driver on the main street of Bonnyville, a town of 6,000, about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.Kropielniski arrested 21-year-old Eric Oullette, an oil-field worker from Cold Lake. Oullette blew 0.14, nearly double the legal blood-alcohol limit and was charged with drunk driving.Oullette admits he was unco-operative with Kropielniski and repeatedly goaded the officer by criticizing the quality of policing in the town.There is no sound on the video, but Oullette can be seen sitting on a chair in a detachment hallway. He gestures once with his arm toward Kropielniski who is standing over him, effectively facing the wall-mounted camera.Kropielniski suddenly grabs Oullette with both arms and pushes him sideways off the chair to the floor. He then appears to hit Oullette’s head against the cinder-block wall, then picks him up by the front of his shirt and pushes him up against the wall. The two men are face to face.“He’s trying to intimidate me, trying to get me to agree with him.” Oullette said. “And I must have said something wrong. He pretty much loses it on me.”While an auxiliary constable grabs Oullette in a chokehold, Kropielniski delivers two elbow hits to Oullette’s head. Oullette is then bent double by the two officers.“Basically, I was just trying to stay on my feet, because if I hit the ground I don’t know what is going to happen,” Oullette said.once local Bonnyville prosecutor Jeff Rudiak viewed the tape, he dropped the drunk-driving charge. In the prosecution of Bonnyville RCMP Const. Shawn Kropielniski for the assault of Eric Ouellette.the RCMP continued to support Kropielniski and a criminal record would not affect his continued employment with the force.After accepting the joint submission, White sentenced Kropielniski to a one-year suspended sentence. Despite two charges of assaulting prisoners in custody, the RCMP put Kropielniski back on active duty in Bonnyville. But after CBC began its investigation, Kropielniski was assigned to desk duty, where he remains while he awaits an internal disciplinary hearing. “The police are professionals.They’re supposed to have more self-restraint and be more in control of their emotions than the average citizen.“So if they’re not, and the department of justice of the province of Alberta views this as a minor matter to be minimized instead of to be presented honestly to the judge, then I think that is a deep concern. The problems may not be just one rogue RCMP officer and one incompetent or duplicitous Crown attorney. The problems may be more systemic.” Schaefer said Alberta Justice clearly applied a double standard in this case. If a citizen had committed such an assault, “there would be very serious consequences.” University of Manitoba Prof. Arthur Schaefer, an expert in justice ethics, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2011/06/20/edmonton-rcmp-crown-prosecutor.html

… The RCMP legend again  has gone down the toilet. and so have the justice ministers..

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/justice-applies-to-the-corporations-now-as-well/

October 25, 2010

Canada’s bad police officers

 

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Yes instead of looking for real criminals and most of them are not caught the undeniable fact is that there are over 60,000 mostly useless police officers in Canada too

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/biggest-joke-of-the-year/

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Canada’s Police   sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Transport Canada.   in a police initiative designed to save lives and reduce injuries on Canada’s roadways are  focusing on   “Four Big Killers” – impaired driving, failure to wear seatbelts, distracted driving and aggressive  driving but they still neglect the Biggest Killer and why?   Hospital  deaths due to infections, uncleanliness, errors.. Traffic tickets generate more money revenue for them as well
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/one-of-the-most-read-topics-here-is-the-subject-of-bad-police-officers-in-Canada/

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The Public remains generally skeptical about police investigating other police. Still an arm’s length investigation takes a step towards correcting the perception that there is a bias in favour of police in such investigations, all such investigations will have to be overseen by a civilian body, as recommended. We pay the police to handle all matters in a professional manner firstly.   And no more  . “No paid vacations”  for the cops awaiting trials..  All it takes for the bad guys to continue to do bad things is for the others wrongfully  to do nothing about it.  

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The use of police force — against minorities and whites alike — is so poorly monitored that there is no precise accounting of how many citizens are abused, killed by officers, much less  the RELATED crucial details which tend to be  manifested only by the fact that citizens are posting unsettling cellphone Police videos and pictures of police brutality and because  of the many the records  are visible mostly from news media reports, some crucial details. Still details of  the race of officers and suspects, often are missing.  But still Canada has an ugly history of police abuses now too. The Police can do their part to repair their tarnished  images by firstly to acknowledging that  the person ‘s  rights, as an equal  the one right in front of them a person that the Police the force is supposed to be  serving and protecting. even  to protect  people under arrest.

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The RCMP itself are the tip of a big iceberg of bad cops in Canada, all having also to do with the bad managers who hired them firstly . It seems every major  city tends to have bad cops too and why? that is unacceptable  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/canadas-police-forces/

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The RCMP received almost 13,000 formal public complaints since 2010, but its complaints board rejected 90% of them, QMI Agency has learned.  A force of 28 thousand and almost 12 thousand complaints. There is something rotten BC has long been known as the dumping ground for RCMP trash. No wonder there are so many complaints there.  http://www.torontosun.com/2014/10/27/rcmp-rejects-90-of-formal-complaints

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The RCMP PR department in the past had also now lied about the number of drunk RCMP officers.    https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/old-news-rcmp-still-boozing-and-driving-too/

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We can all also too readily know that too many RCMP officers wrongfully do lie, their bad managers included.. sadly they the RCMP and many cops  are also unacceptable hypocrites as they arrest others for drunk driving while many of them do the same thing too when they drive home drunk form the police taverns too . https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/time-for-us-all-to-fight-to-lower-police-costs-canada-wide-rcmp-included/ .  

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Furthermore  the punishment for an RCMP who is caught drunk is absurd,, alcoholics tend not to change.. rather they get worse.. all cops who drive or work while they are drunk should be fired from their job period!  .   All Cops need to be judged with a higher standard cause they are also to be exemplary..    https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/one-of-the-most-read-topics-here-is-the-subject-of-bad-police-officers-in-canada/

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11/30/2010 Former Vancouver Police officer Peter Hodson has pleaded guilty to three of four criminal charges. In a   appearance in Vancouver Provincial court, Hodson entered guilty pleas to charges of trafficking in marijuana, committing a breach of trust in relation to his duties as a police officer, and also using an information data base to conduct an improper arrest. 
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A Toronto police officer has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the September death of a 26-year-old man. The province’s Special Investigations Unit announced that Constable David Cavanagh of the Toronto Police is facing one charge of manslaughter following an investigation into a September 29 altercation between police and 26-year-old Eric Osawe. According to the SIU, police executed a search warrant at an apartment on Dunbloor Road in Toronto, during which time there was an “interaction” between police and Mr. Osawe. Somehow Mr. Osawe sustained a fatal gunshot wound during the search. Const. Cavanagh will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on January 6. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2010/11/26/edmonton-rcmp-officer-pleads-guilty.html
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RCMP officer pleads guilty to prisoner assault. An Alberta RCMP officer has pleaded guilty to assaulting a prisoner in a detachment cell. Const. Desmond Sandboe admitted to beating a prisoner in a cell at the Lac La Biche detachment on Sept. 13, 2009. A videotape showing Sandboe assaulting the prisoner was shown in court Friday. In a statement, Supt. Joe Loran, acting commanding officer of K Division, said the incident is “appalling.” Loran said Sandboe, a nine-year veteran of the RCMP, has violated the public’s trust and has done a great disservice to other RCMP members. Loran has recommended Sandboe be suspended without pay. Sandboe will be sentenced on Jan. 27. An internal investigation is underway and will be completed after the criminal court process has ended.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2010/11/26/edmonton-rcmp-officer-pleads-guilty.html 
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 . VERNON — An RCMP panel has ruled a Vernon Mountie who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a drinking driving offence will forfeit nine days of pay.Constable Jody Turpin refused to provide a breath sample in December 2009.He was fined $1,000 and lost his drivers license for a year.He will not be able to drive until March 2011.Turpin is now back to active duty.   http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Vernon+Mountie+loses+drinking+driving+offence/3851636/story.html#ixzz15lrvVfpr

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CBC News Mistrial declared over Mountie’s undisclosed history A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a man charged with a drinking-and-driving offence. (CBC)A Saskatoon judge has declared a mistrial in a drunk-driving case where the arresting officer had a history that was not disclosed. The case dates back to April when Darren Usselman was charged with having a  blood-alcohol level over .08 while operating his truck. The provincial court case went to trial in June. RCMP officer Sgt. Warren Gherasim, who did the roadside test, was the Crown’s main witness. Usselman was found guilty, but then defence lawyer Ron Piche stumbled across  Gherasim’s background. “It was learned that the sole witness, the main investigating officer, was himself the subject of disciplinary proceedings, professional standards and the like, in connection with an allegation of having consumed alcohol and  driven his vehicle and being in an accident,” Piche said. Gherasim had been sanctioned in 2006 for disgraceful conduct after rolling  his vehicle while off-duty. He admitted at an internal hearing that he had been drinking, but he was never charged. He was suspended without pay for eight days. A Supreme Court ruling in 2009 said that police must tell the Crown about  any misconduct records which may have a bearing on a case. Under disclosure rules, the Crown would then be required to disclose this  information to the defence. Before Usselman could be sentenced, Judge Marilyn Gray declared a mistrial.n her written decision she said, “Here the officer had been disciplined for the very conduct of which Mr. Usselman had been accused.” Piche said it would’ve come up in cross examination, had he known.“It may have influenced the result of the case, obviously, because  credibility is always an issue, not only with civilians but police witnesses as well,” he said.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2010/11/19/sk-impaired-trial-1011.html
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CBC News A Saskatchewan RCMP officer has been charged with assault causing bodily harm following an incident in Melfort earlier this month.Charged is Const. Anthony Bear, 26, of La Loche. Bear was off-duty at the time of the incident and the victim is a man, the RCMP said.Bear was formally charged Thursday night and has been issued a promise to appear in Melfort provincial court on Dec. 14.No internal code of conduct process has been ordered, the RCMP said.Bear is currently not on active duty, the RCMP said. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/saskatchewan/story/2010/11/19/sk-rcmp-assault-charge-1011.html
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Now in reality, in principle,  the RCMP and the police do owe a duty to protect all of the people in their custody. If they fail to discharge that duty, if they ignore their duty and harm arises, the RCMP and the police they now would be very likley legally, personally liable in these circumstances.

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WHITEHORSE – No criminal charges will be laid against the Mounties involved in the case of a man who died in Whitehorse after lying on the floor of a jail cell for 13 hours vomiting repeatedly. Forty-three-year-old Raymond Silverfox had been arrested in December of 2008 for being drunk in public and after he became unresponsive in the cell, he was moved to hospital, where he later died. A coroner’s inquest ruled he died of natural causes, noting that one factor was an acute infection caused by his own vomit. RCMP Insp. Brendan Fitzpatrick says a thorough investigation by the Mounties and an independent legal assessment by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada have determined no criminal charges should be laid. However, Fitzpatrick says the five officers involved in the incident still face an internal code of conduct review of their actions, and the RCMP’s Public Complaints Commission is still investigating. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association filed a complaint with the commission, charging that an audio recording played at the inquest revealed the officers made fun of Silverfox as he lay on the cell floor and complained about having to clean up after him.
 http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/101110/national/rcmp_cell_death  and you call them professionals?
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Two  Vancouver police officers involved in a homeless man’s freezing death …  there is a a video showing Paul being dragged unconscious into and out of the drunk tank, his wet clothes leaving a streak on the floor… and there were 52 police-involved deaths in Vancouver between 1992 and 2007 and no officers have ever been charged… there’s a need for a new civilian-led system to investigate police-involved deaths 
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  Vancouver police cleared in man’s beating and one time too many now still.. Two Vancouver police officers who faced an allegation of abuse of authority have been cleared by Delta police investigating the incident. So what else is new . this is common in BC, the wrongful norm .The accusation of the police officers immoral actions  was made after the officers went to the wrong entrance of a home when investigating a domestic-violence call around 2:15 a.m. on Jan 21. A woman called 911 to report that her husband was drunk and had assaulted her. When these plainclothes officers arrived at the address provided, they believed Yao Wei Wu, 44, was their suspect and used force to arrest him, resulting in injuries to Wu’s face, legs and back. The  Delta police began to investigate what happened. The sole  Delta police investigator found that, although Wu had seen the officers’ badges and knew they were police, he resisted arrest, prompting the officers to pull him to the ground, where he hit his face. He was also punched in the shoulder a number of times. Of course the Delta police Chief Jim Cessford concluded the officers were acting in good faith and in the course of their duties at the time of the incident; that they had reasonable grounds to believe an assault had occurred; and that Wu was the suspect or an assaultive subject and that the officers used reasonable force to control him. “The police officers believed they were doing the right thing, that they were protecting a woman who was being assaulted,” Cessford said.
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Cameron Ward, a lawyer for Wu, called the investigation a “farce.”Ward said his client did nothing wrong and the findings are shocking. “This investigation was a farce,” he said.  “It provides yet another example why police should not be investigating other police. It took Delta investigators more than nine months to investigate a brief incident in which the identities of those involved were immediately known.” Ward said investigators refused to believe Wu about the series of events. “In the end, the investigators chose to disbelieve Mr. Wu’s account of what happened to him, though he had no reason to lie. The investigators accepted the story of the two VPD members at face value, even though it is patently ridiculous and incredible. “The police-complaints process in British Columbia does a disservice to law-abiding citizens like Mr. Wu.” Wu,  said he “My family and I feel extremely disappointed and angry,” he said.“I was beaten by the police for no reason at the door of my home in the morning of Jan. 21 this year. “The matter was investigated for over nine months and the investigation report says that the police had reason to beat me, that I was beaten by the police because I resisted arrest and failed to co-operate, and that I fell and injured my eye. “This is absolutely a distortion of the facts. The police version is completely false.” Vancouver police initially said Wu resisted arrest, but Chief Jim Chu subsequently apologized, saying the officers were called to a ­domestic-violence incident but had the wrong address.  http://www.theprovince.com/news/Vancouver+police+cleared+beating/3773655/story.html?cid=megadrop_story

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 David Eby, executive director for the BCCLA emphasized that even when using the new numbers released by the RCMP, B.C. still has a per capita rate of in-custody deaths two and a half times higher than Ontario. 
 
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Police Custody in BC a Death Sentence?

BC saw one jail- or police-linked death every three weeks: Report  Vancouver Sun –  Over a 15-year span, 267 people died in police custody in BC, says a new report released Wednesday, which argues the numbers appear to be higher here than in other Canadian jurisdictions.

BC has the most in-custody deaths: report National Post (registration)

BC has twice as many in-custody deaths as Ont. CTV.ca

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VANCOUVER (CBC) – A woman involved in a widely reported incident in a Kamloops, B.C., jail cell witnessed by several Mounties and jail employees says she never consented to having sex with another woman. The plaintiff, who cannot be identified because she may be a victim of sexual assault, has filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court against her alleged female attacker, the City of Kamloops, the RCMP and the federal and provincial governments, as well as the seven men who allegedly watched the encounter on surveillance video.    
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NOVA.SCOTIA (CBC) – A Halifax Regional Police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of breach of trust and was sentenced to house arrest. Jeffrey Buchanan, 30, was handed a one-year conditional sentence, followed by two years of probation. Buchanan resigned from the police force Monday, after five years as an officer. Last December, he was charged with trying to extort about $5,000 from Shawn Banfield, a convicted drug dealer. He was suspended from the force at that time. In a separate case, Buchanan also faces charges of assaulting a woman in Cape Breton last August. That case is due in Sydney provincial court on Dec. 2. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/101116/canada/canada_novascotia_ns_police_officer_resigns  

. Overall, the G20 in Toronto and the G8 in Huntsville, Ont. — held over three days — are estimated to have cost about $1.3 billion.We’re reeling, we’re staggering to understand how you can spend that amount of money,” said New Democrat MP Pat Martin.Toronto’s police chief Blair said about 60 per cent of his budget went to personnel, noting most had to be paid at a “premium” rate because officers were called in from leave or off days.  The police chief  said about 90 could face disciplinary action for removing their name badges — if they did so to avoid scrutiny.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/101104/business/g20_vandals

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 Bad policing is not  uniquely a North American fact for these too often  bad guys with badges can work anywhere in the world.
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One thing  should be very clear is that I have also said loudly the RCMP tend to be very much cost infective.. these kind of scams have been going on for decades too..  Canada’s  Police do like to milk the gravy train as much as they can..
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I too have often rightfully said and detailed as to how  that the RCMP Mounties, drive impaired, drunk, abuse others cheat lies steal, are cost ineffective as well!    Follow also not just the alcoholics but also  the money trail, one of the oldest rules of good journalism, it will tell you how effective the ministers, cops, RCMP, civil and public servants, professionals,  now really are too.
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A former RCMP murder investigator involved in the high-profile “Surrey Six” slayings has pleaded guilty to attempting to defraud the Mounties with a fake $700 overtime bill.  Steven Perreault, 39, a four-year Mountie and former member of the regional Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, has been fined $500, placed on probation for a year and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. Perreault was driven to submit the fake claim because of money troubles. His fiancee wanted him to spend more time with her and financial pressure was causing him to work many hours of overtime. The Crown had been asking for a  two-month prison sentence with one year’s probation, arguing that Perreault, as a police officer, should be held to a higher standard.  If Perreault fulfils the conditions of his sentence, he will receive a discharge, leaving him without a criminal record.  http://www.theprovince.com/RCMP+officer+pleads+guilty+fraud+attempt/3754260/story.html
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But he still faces an often useless   internal RCMP disciplinary investigation. And how many other times has this been also done by other RCMP officers
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Mon Oct 25, 3:16 PM  VANCOUVER (CBC) – Two Vancouver-area police officers are facing assault charges after a 73-year-old-man was allegedly subdued with a Taser while in police custody in hospital last April. Const. Mitchell Spears of the Surrey, B.C., RCMP detachment has been charged with assault and assault with a weapon, while Const. Ken Jansen of the Transit police has been charged with assault.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/101025/canada/canada_britishcolumbia_bc_taser_surrey_rcmp_assault
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 VANCOUVER — A Richmond RCMP officer has been fired after a disciplinary board found he shoplifted from a grocery store and then lied about it to his commanding officer.Const. Khomphet (Kam) Khamphoune was caught shoplifting $133 worth of over-the-counter drugs while off-duty on May 29, 2008, by a security guard at an Extra Foods in east Vancouver.He pleaded guilty to theft a year later and was given a conditional discharge.Following his sentencing, Khamphoune was ordered to appear before an RCMP disciplinary board. A copy of that board’s decision, recently obtained by The Vancouver Sun, concludes Khamphoune’s conduct was “disgraceful” and that he can no longer serve as a police office. The board, made up of three senior Mounties, found Khamphoune’s theft alone was a firing offence. But it noted he made the situation even worse when, in trying to justify why he shouldn’t be suspended without pay, he lied to his superior.  The decision to fire Khamphoune was made by the RCMP board in October 2009. However, a written copy of its decision was only recently released in response to a request from The Sun   http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Richmond+Mountie+fired+shoplifting+then+lying+about+superiors/3702610/story.html
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BC now also has the bad reputation of  the most custody deaths in Canada, and the worst RCMP force as well.  No wonder the Liberal premier of BC Gordon Campbell was forced to resign unexpectedly. Even the Justice in BC is often ludicrous.. What the justice ministers, government of BC, Canada cannot see how damaging such bad publicity is to BC, Canada  world wide, Citizens tend to have long and unforgiving memories too. Police need the respect of citizens nor rather their fears to do their jobs well.
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CALGARY (CBC) – A 15-year veteran of the Calgary Police Service has been charged in connection with a vehicle collision that seriously injured a motorist nearly two years ago.  Sgt. Tony Braile was charged Wednesday with dangerous driving causing bodily harm, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team announced at a news conference. “It was the manner in which he was operating the motor vehicle at the time of the incident, which was a marked patrol vehicle,”  Purvis said that in the early hours of Dec. 15, 2008, police began pursuing a vehicle believed to have been stolen. Braile is alleged to have trailed the vehicle for nearly an hour, ignoring several police policies and procedures, said Deputy Chief Trevor Daroux. “The incident concluded with a motor vehicle collision that resulted in member of the public being injured. As result, a service investigation was initiated,” Daroux said. A 46-year-old male motorist was seriously injured in the crash at Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue S.W., which didn’t directly involve any police cruisers. Braile was suspended from duty with pay four months ago, Daroux said. There are  questions about why it took so long for the investigation to be completed. Braile will make his first court appearance next month. ASIRT is the provincial agency that investigates serious cases of death or injury that may have resulted from the actions of a police officer.
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https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/inadequate-justice-ministers-and-rcmp-too/ .

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“To many police officer abuse the power given them by “we the people.”  These are  normal behavior not isolated incidents  by police officers that are nothing more than criminal wearing  badges!  This has to stop! We law-abiding citizens have to get more involved in our communities and push for laws that treat corrupt officers the same way they treat the rest of us! I’m sick and tired to always have to witness police officers dashing in front of you at high-speed, changing lanes without turn signals, only to get out of the daily bumper to bumper traffic that is the norm here in S. Florida. While talking on their cell phones, or parked at any time blocking traffic for no clear reason other than their disregard for the law! They are to carried away with the authority which law-abiding citizen respect, but that they don’t give back to us when they pull us over. Like they do on many occasions just to meet their quota for the month. This is sad to the professional police officers that do the right thing. Yet unfortunately that is what to many time the average citizen encounters when dealing with those that are supposed to ” PROTECT AND SERVE”.  I just hope that we the law-abiding citizen get more involved in our communities and not be afraid to allow our voices to be heard.” 
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NOVA.SCOTIA (CBC) – Nova Scotia’s justice minister is proposing legislation to create an independent, civilian-led team to investigate alleged wrongdoing involving police. Ross Landry said the Serious Incident Response Team, which will have a civilian director, will also include two civilian provincial investigators and seconded police officers.  “This team will investigate serious matters such as death, serious injury, sexual assaults or public interest concerns which had allegedly resulted serious incidents involving the police,” Landry told a news conference Thursday afternoon.  The creation of the new team will end the practice of police investigating police, though officers may still be seconded to help. Landry said the unit will not be in place until the end of next year,”This unit is simply part of the natural evolution of police accountability,”  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/101028/canada/canada_novascotia_ns_investigative_unit_ros
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Cops found guilty for mistreating homeless Toronto Sun -EDMONTON – Two Edmonton police officers have been found guilty under the Police Act for mistreating nine intoxicated homeless people during a 2005 arrest.
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Edmonton police guilty in ‘sweatbox’ case CBC.ca  The three officers were accused of picking up nine homeless aboriginal people — six men and three women — on Whyte Avenue in May 2005 and locking them in a police van before dumping them about 90 minutes later in a parking lot in the north end.  Sentencing submissions will be made in three weeks.  The incident was brought to light by a story in a newspaper written and sold by Edmonton street people. After a year-long investigation, the RCMP announced in June 2008 that no criminal charges would be laid against the officers involved. In February 2010, Edmonton police decided three officers would face an internal disciplinary hearing.
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Edmonton cops guilty of dumping homeless people in parking lot Vancouver Sun Constables Lael Souter and Patrick Hannas were convicted at a disciplinary hearing Friday of insubordination and discreditable conduct for driving the nine homeless people around in a hot, stuffy van and then dumping them off in a residential neighbourhood. A third officer, Const. Graham Blackburn, was cleared.

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Once again thanks to the video the whole truth was exposed and  the footage tarnished the supposed police professionalism, In the brutal police assault on 27-year-old Stacy Bonds,  an assault that was so blatant and so revolting ,  even, police lovers,  all those who reflexively defend all of the police conduct had to pause and consider the negative meaning of what happened at the Ottawa police station on Sept. 26, 2008.  How many other assault police’ charges are merely trumped up for the purpose of concealing the officials wrongdoings?  A democratic, free nation never needs to fear any oppression, perversity  intimidation even  by police or the state.  But Stacy Bonds  a Canadian had been mistreated by Ottawa police in Canada’s  nation’s capital. Stacy Bonds, a young black person  with no criminal history managed to provok  the Ottawa Police into  horrific abusive acts and a false arrest   apparently merely for asking the same police as to  why police had stopped her for questioning. Stacy Bonds  was not  drunk nor behaving inappropriately. The police stopped her and asked her name; she provided it. After checking her name and finding nothing, the police told her she could go on her way. Bonds, in her perfect right, next had asked why she had been stopped in the first place. In response, the bad police officers had arrested her for public intoxication and handcuffed her.  Bonds was taken to Ottawa Police headquarters,where the  the judge noted that she was anything but “violent or aggressive.” In spite on her part   the lack of violence or aggression, Bonds was next assaulted by many police officers by  “two extremely violent knee hits in the back … and has her hair pulled back and her face shoved forward.”Next  Bonds was forced to the ground with a riot shield — though she was “not resisting with hands flailing or feet flailing,” as the judge had said — and subjected to a strip search. The video shows four male officers and one female officer taking part in, or watching, as Bonds was forced to the ground. The Judge Lajoie severely criticized police actions at the station, saying it was “an indignity toward a human being and should be denounced.” Now in the absence of the  video recording, would Bonds have had a fair hearing? Unlikely! Visibly “There is a malaise in the Justice system. How could these five police officers have taken part in the brutalization of Stacy Bonds and then also allowed charges for “assault police” to go ahead? How could a Crown Attorney have failed to stay charges even on seeing the video? Of a more general rightful concern also is , how is it that people whose job it is to see justice done acted so unjustly? and likley more than once”  For the sake of all Canadians another case like that of Stacy Bonds must be insured to never be allowed to happen again by exemplary punishing the bad Ottawa police officers and their bad supervisors, the related justice personnel as well. Clearly also  new enforced professionalism , ethics are now required in the Canadian justice system.
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Why did it take so long to deal with a very shocking, troubling, disturbing   incident where a  Video confirms a  2008 strip search of a woman Stacy Bonds by the Ottawa police and it now clearly shakes the citizen’s  confidence rightfully in all authorities.
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The 27-year-old woman was left topless in a cell at an Ottawa police station for three hours in soiled pants.  Justice Richard Lajoie last month stayed charges of public intoxication and assault against Stacy Bonds and criticized the conduct of police.The video was released Thursday after. Lajoie said he was “appalled” that Bonds was strip searched in the presence of male officers, calling the incident an “indignity.”.The video, which shows officers at the Elgin Street detachment confining Stacy Bonds and kneeing her in the back before she is wrestled to the floor, where her shirt and bra are cut off. But he said he was disturbed by the event.The Special Investigations Unit is is only now probing the incident..”it’s very important that we get to the bottom of this and that people know exactly what happened and what we need to do to ensure that it doesn’t happen again,””From time to time things happen which shake us, and it’s very important that we get to the bottom of this and that people know exactly what happened and what we need to do to ensure that it doesn’t happen again,” , Premier Dalton McGuinty also said “Every time something untoward like this happens, it shakes our confidence.” Officers need to remember this was someone’s sister, someone’s daughter and _”for all they knew, this might have been somebody’s mother,” added McGuinty. “We’ve got to be very, very careful about how we deal with each other and it’s very important that police act in keeping with what is right and appropriate and lawful,” he said.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/canada
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Ottawa itself  is in an uproar over the way police treated the now famous Stacy Bonds, and rightly so. The “justice” system is already showing that it places protecting its own above protecting the public. The provincial attorney general is the one who should be doing something about the way the system handled the forceful strip search of the diminutive Ottawa woman, but that would mean admitting the Crown got this wrong. Judge Richard Lajoie’s ruling that the arrest of Bonds was unlawful, her detention violated Charter rights and the case was a “travesty.” Rather than create an independent review of the Crown’s actions, Bentley turned to the subordinate in charge of prosecution and asked him if he thought his people acted properly. What a surprise that he would say yes.  The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating, but the Bonds matter actually falls outside the organization’s mandate, which allows it to look at matters involving death, sexual assault or serious injury. There was no serious injury in the Bonds case and it would probably be pushing it to describe what occurred as a sexual assault. The SIU is likely to conclude that there is nothing it can do. The images of four male police officers forcing Bonds to the floor before the officer in charge cut her clothes off might seem outrageous to the public and the judge who tossed out the charge against Bonds, but the Crown has never identified a problem with what took place. The conduct of individual police officers in this case fell well below the standard that we should expect, but the Crown’s failure to perceive it is the most shocking element of this whole sorry situation.   A reasonable person, let alone an experienced Crown attorney, should have expressed concern to Chief White about the officers’ conduct. Nothing was said, even though Bonds’ defence lawyer raised concerns with the actions caught on tape. Two years after the event, the Crown was still arguing in front of a judge that the police officers were, in effect, the victims.  Despite his attorney general’s support for the Crown prosecutors, Premier Dalton McGuinty on Friday made a wishy-washy statement about maybe reviewing the Bonds affair to see if something could be learned from it. That’s not nearly good enough. The point was further amplified by the news Friday that two more cases have been thrown out because of similar police behaviour. In effect, the attorney general is saying it’s OK to arrest a woman on the flimsiest of pretexts, manhandle her, strip search her in disregard of guidelines established by the Supreme Court, toss her in a cell half-naked, then charge her with assaulting police. It’s an outrageous position. The system simply isn’t working. The Crown attorneys are the ones who are supposed to determine whether charges are in the public interest and if there is a reasonable prospect of conviction. They are meant to offer sober second thought and to prevent people being hauled into court simply on the say-so of the police. They haven’t done their job properly. Neither has the attorney general.  At this point, Dalton McGuinty is the only person who can restore some sanity to the system. The last thing the embattled premier needs is another controversy, but it’s time for an independent investigation and maybe even a new attorney general. The people give enormous powers to the police and the Crown with the trust that they will use those powers wisely. The Bonds incident has called that trust into question. Restoring the public’s faith is essential. This isn’t a situation where the people in charge can shrug and drive on. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/Randall+this+system+seems+everyone+blind+justice/3891595/story.html
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LAZY, INDIFFERENT, IMMORAL, BAD POLICE, BAD JUSTICE MINSTERS, BAD SOLICITOR GENERALS  is not a new aspect in Ottawa, Ontario and in the rest of Canada. SO NEVER  EXPECT A FULL HONEST INVESTIGATION WHEN CLEARY THE RESULTS WILL SHOW BAD COPS, BAD ATTORNEY GENERALS, BAD MINISTERS WHO HAVE NOT BEING DOING A GOOD JOB. ALL UNACCEPTABLE.
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Only by a full Public scrutiny and next rightfully  holding them all as well to the highest standards can we change the bad police, bad justice culture that abuses ordinary persons and  leads to cases like Bonds’s or that of Robert Dziekanski.
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The Police statements in Canada too often now are misdetections,   a public-relations stunt, or just another attempt to not address the real unacceptable issues. Even clearly the institutionalized and systematic racism that marginalizes black Canadian youths and, sadly, forces some of them into a life of crime. Whatever the motivation, there is definitely some ‘politicking’ going on here. In Canada, no persons ought to be above the law, including police officers.Too many Canadians are very disappointed at how members of the  Police act abusively towards the citizens too often as well
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Many even more disappointed that the officers involved in the action have not been charged. If any other Canadians did to Bonds what those officers did I cannot imagine that the state would not prosecute. And now, if Bonds pursues a civil lawsuit against the Ottawa police, it will likely be Ottawa taxpayers who foot the bill, not the individual officers. Where’s the justice?
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BELLEVILLE, Ont. – The husband, David McMullan himself a police officer, of Belleville, Ont., police Chief Cory McMullan has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to assaulting her and breaking her arm and he  was also sentenced today to 18 months probation with conditions, including that he not communicate with his wife without her permission. He must also provide a DNA sample, and has been banned from owning firearms for the rest of his life. David McMullan pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm after his wife was beaten in a Belleville parking lot and again at their house on Aug. 6.  .

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While bad doctors, bad cops, bad nurses, bad professionals tend to get of Scott free.. but not the citizens. Mostly Perverse justice ministers still make promises do deal with the issues that lack real substances..What thus is always needed is the real  the dismissal, criminal prosecution, of the guilty persons, cops by an independent citizen based board, review and not rather masturbating bodies.. . So where is it ?   . Alcohol is still more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new study.Heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine, or crystal meth, were the most lethal to individuals. When considering their wider social effects, alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the deadliest. But overall, alcohol outranked all other substances, followed by heroin and crack cocaine. Experts said alcohol scored so high because it is so widely used and has devastating consequences not only for drinkers but for those around them. When drunk in excess, alcohol damages nearly all organ systems. It is also connected to higher death rates and is involved in a greater percentage of crime than most other drugs, including heroin. All governments should consider more education programs and raising the price of alcohol so it isn’t as widely available.    “What governments decide is illegal is not always based on science,”  for monetary considerations about revenue and taxation, like those garnered from the alcohol and tobacco industries, may influence decisions about which substances to regulate or outlaw. “Drugs that are legal cause at least as much damage, if not more, than drugs that are illicit,”     http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/101031/health/health_eu_med_dangerous_alcohol

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Furthermore now, in Quebec, despite many polls showing the citizens  overwhelming desire for a public inquiry into allegations of corruption and collusion to fix prices in the construction industry,  a year long police investigation  has yet to finger any big names

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. Too many police officers are now too often guilty of their most serious neglect of public trust and their duty. The related truth is that neither an independent police investigation, a new police commissioner,  a promised provincial or federal investigation, or just more politicians promises too often still   will not bring the much needed justice. All of the governments can prohibit the initial and further employment of any known racists for any jobs, and can  punish them for their racists acts, views. Police managers continue to promise the reforming of bad cops and the bad cops keep killing, abusing  innocent persons. The possible retaining of bad  police officers is always anyway a false myth. What thus is always needed is the real  the dismissal, criminal prosecution, of the guilty cops. So where is it Tax payer’s money abuses, false expense account statements, stealing, tax evasions,   obstruction of justice, cheating, lying,  drunkenness, impaired driving, pornography,  Adultery, VERBAL, PHYSICAL ABUSES, are all ESPECIALLY unacceptable for any civil and public servants. It is a clearly established fact with good basis as to why our Canadian leaders, politicians, police, military, public and civil servants  who are always to be exemplary are even personally are to held to a higher standard, accountability in reality. Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty is one of the best approach serving everyone’s best interest too.  “In the case of police, it is in everyone’s best interest that there is full, effective, independent, transparent and objective oversight. It goes without saying that an absence of effective oversight will inevitably result in the erosion of the community’s confidence in the police.”

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Provincial Governments, cops too  do not want to reduce gambling or alcohol consumption for it is a great money maker for them, and too many Canadian politicians and cops do like to booze..
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The problem with the Police consuming alcohol, is that alcohol not only makes you a mental retard cause it does now kills your brain cell, alcohol also kills your emotions of compassion, and  reasoning ability now as well.. We all also tend to know how many cops and others do often despise others, mock the skid row persons, native alcoholic, drunks and yet hypocritically they do the same thing, even their peers.. consuming a vast amount of alcohol and they cannot see what negative effect it has on their personal life
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And I am not convinced that our too often rather incompetent, racist , cost ineffective  national police, security forces, RCMP included now are capable of dealing with the Muslims terrorists especially  since they clearly cannot speak Russian or Arabic or any other foreign languages  for the most part still.
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In the last 10 years, crime rates have fallen roughly 27 per cent but costs have risen 44 per cent in policing and 33 per cent in corrections. Our prisoner population has managed to stay constant.  Is that a paradox? Or is that because those in the system are smart enough to ensure they all keep working and our prisons remain full, even though there are far fewer crimes. Also the report notes “the most embarrassing lacunae in Canadian data” is the lack of useful information on our courts — “we have no systemic way of assessing whether the courts are getting more or less effective in dealing with the cases that they see, let alone understanding how much as a society we are paying. For a developed nation, this is disappointing to say the least … How bad is it?”  It’s appalling — even mischief cases take more than half a year on average to process.  First Nations represent about four per cent of the population but more and more of them are being imprisoned — from 13 per cent of the offenders in custody in 1998 to 20 per cent a decade later. In Saskatchewan, 80 per cent of inmates are native. In Manitoba it’s 70 per cent, in (Racists) Alberta 40 per cent.In those three provinces, aboriginal people also are least likely to be given probation or conditional sentences. That is a major scandal that demands investigation..  http://www.vancouversun.com/Mulgrew+Cost+crime+rises+crime+rate+falls/10296393/story.html
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October 5, 2010

INADEQUATE JUSTICE MINISTERS AND RCMP TOO

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Many of us have been reading the news, hearing on the TV radio the decades of the bad acts of the too many bad cops in Canada.. Garbage in still means garbage out.. the problem lies with the  bad managers, bad supervisors who had allowed bad cops and bad  RCMP personnel to be hired and next not properly supervised   as well.. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/the-rcmp-is-still-the-big-bad-wolf-in-sheep-clothing/
 
IF  YOU REGULARLY READ MY POSTS YOU DO KNOW THAT I RIGHTFULLY   HAVE LITTLE OR NOT RESPECT  FOR MOST OF FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL JUSTICE MINISTERS, THE RCMP AND COPS IN  CANADA THE LAST 4 DECADES NOW TOO. THEY ALL HAVE TO EARN MY RESPECT.. THEY SEEM TO FALL SHORT too often too . https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/canadas-bad-police-officers/
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The Nova Scotia Police Review Board is hearing allegations of gun mishaps, drug use and inappropriate sexual behaviour among some RCMP officers whose former commander is now the province’s justice minister. The allegations are contained in an anonymous letter that was made public Monday at the hearing of Ambrose Heighton, a former police chief of the Town of Stellarton. Heighton claims he was fired two years ago because he complained about RCMP in Pictou County. He is appealing his dismissal to the police review board. Two letters were presented at his hearing Monday in Stellarton. In one letter, Heighton complained about a poisoned relationship between the RCMP and municipal police departments. He claimed publicity-seeking Mounties overrode the wishes of the Canadian military at the funeral of Cpl. Kevin Megeney, a local soldier killed in Afghanistan in March 2007. He said they provided a guard of honour just to get their picture in the media. Heighton also forwarded an anonymous letter to the Department of Justice. In it, the writer alleges sexually inappropriate conduct at a private party attended by RCMP members, as well as cocaine use. There are also claims that an off-duty RCMP officer dropped a service pistol while jogging and another lent a prohibited weapon to a girlfriend. The letter also alleges that the RCMP district commander staff sergeant at the time, Ross Landry, was aware of these claims and did nothing about them.   Landry,  was named justice minister after the June 2009 election,  The justice minister usually is responsible for the police review board. But Landry has been relieved of this responsibility until a decision is made on Heighton’s case. Six complaints were filed against Heighton in November 2007. He was fired in October 2008 after the RCMP officers named in the anonymous letter complained to Stellarton’s police commission. The officers named in the letter tried to prevent it from being made public, but lost their fight. RCMP Staff Sgt. Jim Gillis carried out a code-of-conduct review of the RCMP officers. He testified Monday there was a discussion with Landry about his inaction in disciplining members. The RCMP said it would be inappropriate to comment on the results of its investigation into the anonymous allegations.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/101005/canada/canada_novascotia_ns_police_stellarton_landry
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It is a sad fact of life that even in Quebec that unless you are murdered, violently treated, that when you are abused, robbed, slandered, mistreated, or whatever do not expect the pretentious governments to come to your help or the pretentious self servicing  police for generally you are on your own..The governments and the police mostly will not solve any problems because for the most part they are the cause of the continuation of most of the problems. They and their related civil and public servants  are liars and thieves who even falsely do  take the tax payer”s pay, money for managing the health care system but next instead do almost  nothing good in reality..
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February 9, 2010

Family deserves more money for lawyer for ER death – so do we all

 

Canadian Press WINNIPEG – A judge has ruled that the Manitoba government has a moral obligation to pay for an experienced lawyer for the family of a homeless man who died after a 34-hour wait in a hospital emergency room.  Justice Ray Wyant says Brian Sinclair’s relatives deserve to have well-paid legal representation at an upcoming inquest into Sinclair’s death.  Wyant’s decision isn’t binding on the government.  The province had offered a maximum of $40,000 for a legal-aid lawyer for the inquest, which is expected to last several months. But Sinclair’s family said that put them at a disadvantage against a team of high-paid government and hospital lawyers, who are all being paid an average of about $210 an hour, with no limit.  “In this case, the legal-aid rate is not appropriate,” Wyant said in his ruling Tuesday.  “It is unfair in my opinion, and impossible to justify, how public funds pay lawyers from government or quasi-government institutions at one rate, but the Sinclair family, who are not at this inquest because they want to be but rather are here because of what happened to Brian Sinclair, are treated at a different level.  “It doesn’t make sense, nor does it pass the litmus test of fairness.”  Sinclair – a 45-year-old double amputee and frequent emergency room user – died of a preventable bladder infection more than a year ago while he was waiting in the emergency room at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre.  The inquest into his death is scheduled to start early this year. It’s expected to touch on a number of issues at the heart of Canadian health care. It must also determine why Sinclair died and what can be done to prevent similar deaths. One lawyer paid at $210 an hour should be sufficient to properly represent the family, Wyant suggested.  But he urged the government “in the strongest possible terms” to adopt the recommendations of an earlier inquest and set a policy for funding families in the future. That would establish “clear ground rules” and ensure “this situation will never be repeated.”  “Such a policy would avoid the appearance or suggestion that decisions on funding are arbitrary, unfair or discriminatory.”  Provincial lawyers declined to comment immediately following the ruling. But lawyers who argued for the Sinclairs hailed the judge’s decision as a vindication. Vilko Zbogar said the judge backed their argument that the provincial funding offer was seriously inadequate. “The proper thing is for all counsel who are funded by the public purse in this case to be paid equally,” Zbogar said. “What the family hopes is that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the government of Manitoba will do the honourable thing and abide by this judge’s ruling and recommendations. The integrity of the inquest depends on it.”  Sinclair arrived at the emergency room Sept. 19 after being referred there by another physician. Security tape footage, disclosed by the province’s medical examiner, showed he went to the triage desk and spoke to an aide before wheeling himself into the waiting room.  Some 33 hours later, someone in the waiting room approached a security guard saying they believed Sinclair was dead.  He was rushed into the treatment area where emergency staff tried unsuccessfully to revive him.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100209/national/emergency_room_death
 
The Hospital and their administrators should be fully now sued for a wrongful death, manslaughter.
 
 
(CBC) – Prince Edward Island is one of the worst places in Canada to have a heart attack, research out of the University of Calgary shows.  The study found most Canadians are within an hour’s travel of a facility where an angioplasty can be performed. The nearest centres for people on P.E.I. are in Saint John, N.B., and Halifax more than three hours away. “New Brunswick was talking about the possibility of a facility in Moncton, but there were some very good reasons that went into the current setup,” said study author Dr. William Ghali. “They wanted to concentrate the expertise and the resources in one centre so that they could have a well-oiled machine in Saint John.” An angioplasty is a complex procedure in which surgeons thread a wire through a blocked artery, a balloon is inflated within the blood vessel and a stent a small tube is installed to keep it open. This requires not only skilled doctors but specialized equipment. Ideally, patients should get to a facility where the procedure can be performed within an hour of the first symptoms. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/100209/canada/canada_pei_pei_heart_attack_angioplasty584  
 
 
 I trust the smart PEI government has already now purchased a standby emergency ambulance helicopter to take heart attack patients to the Hospitals elsewhere or they too can prepare for their lawsuits for  early deaths next too.. and why not? after all everyone pays taxes and deserves in reality equal access to medicare by law.. get ready for the much deserved lawsuits, Canada wide now too.
 
 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/great-example-of-a-two-tier-health-system-in-canada/
    

 

February 8, 2010

Competition Bureau seeks to smash ‘anti-competitive’ CREA rules on MLS

 

Real Estate and Homes for Sale   . Search for Homes.  What is my home worth? How much can I afford?   Top Property models, Types. Top home locations. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/common-sales-lies-canadian-real-estate-market-blossoms-misleading/

One day in 2002, a self-professed computer nerd named Glenn Kelman scratched his head. Why was it, he wondered, that he could get more information about a $20 book for sale at Amazon.com than he could for a $500,000 home listed on the national Multiple Listing Service? http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/the-battle-to-unlock-the-housing-market/article1450088/

The federal Competition Bureau says it will challenge the restrictive rules that govern the multiple listing service (MLS) system used by most Canadian home sellers to list their properties.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/competition-bureau-seeks-to-smash-anti-competitive-crea-rules-on-mls/article1460083/

The Competition Bureau is asking the Competition Tribunal to strike down rules imposed by the association on people wanting to use the MLS system, which require them to use additional services they might not want.  Melanie Aitken, the competition commissioner, said that if the rules were struck down, “there will be downward pressure on real estate fees in Canada.” The Competition Bureau said that, under the Canadian Real Estate Association’s rules, agents are not allowed to offer consumers the option of paying them to just list a home on the MLS system.  Instead, they must buy a pre-determined set of additional services, such as the presentation of offers and the negotiation of a final deal, the bureau said.  “The bureau is focused on striking down these anti-competitive rules, so that real estate agents wishing to offer innovative services can do so, and consumers can benefit from greater choice,” Aitken said in a statement.

 
I had worked for AE LePage Realtors and shortly had quit when I had found out about their much too common scams, false, immoral, restrictive trade practises they are involved in.
 
1: They tend to consciously encourage new persons to join the firms and systematically lay them off.. they use the new employees for new real estate sales contacts, and local managers tend to pass on all the sale inquires to established existing sales personnel and the rookies get no financial benefit from their own hard work, input..
 
2: On their weekly homes for sale open homes visits by the staff, they only visit their own listings and discourage sales at any of the competitors listings.. they try to encourage their staff to only buy and sell their own listings. Hoping to double the commissions earnings.
 
3 And they also often clearly do lie to  their customers about the actual type of sales presentations they will do for them too. Newspaper ads are the most effective approach but they are too cheap to pay for too many of them..
 
The future of real estate is mobile. So, get off your desktops and get out there. By 2013, the mobile web will be bigger than the desktop web and that’s where all the information will be streaming in? Many Realtors today fear their replacement is just one computer click away, since 30 percent of persons will use their computer first to do a likley home search,  and new players like Google, RPR and the mobile platform are about to rock the sales boat, but some people still do prefer a personal touch by a supposedly professional realtor especially from Re/Max..
 
 Now a home should be generally a good investment, and when you buy a home you should make sure that you have not overpaid for the home, or bought a poor investment, even one that will not appreciate much in value next.
 
 

 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/03/17/common-sales-lies-canadian-real-estate-market-blossoms-misleading/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/the-canadian-way-of-doing-business/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/insuring-adequate-consumer-protection/

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/why-many-businesses-fail/

Home Price Indices (Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas) http://www.data360.org/graph_group.aspx?Graph_Group_Id=1208

When you are buying a home you need to know what makes it a good value, a good buy

1 The area the home is located in: including the proximity to high schools, public schools, hospitals, churches, shopping centers, metro

2: The specific home model: some homes are more popular over others and have a higher resale values.. the most popular ones are Bungalows, two stories, split levels with at least 3 bedrooms, a two car garage and finished family room, fireplace..

When you are trying to sell a home remember most realtors do not sell, or advertise your home, they hope someone else does, they merely take a listing from you and tend not to do you much good.. it does not costs anything more but always ask a local Real estate manager such as Re/Max to give you the name of his or her  two    best selling Realtors.. and hire the send best one who will work hard now, Insure that in writing he or she guarantees to advertise regularly your home in a local newspaper for that is likely where it will attract the best buyers too.

 

Much of the money earmarked for tsunami relief even never made its way to victims

Many persons have expressed to me that they do not know who to trust or whom to give to now to help the poor and needy, etc., Major and minor Relief, non profitable  religious organizations as well, rather corporations tend to provide very little actual verifiable details to the donors  on how the donations are being spend, and actual spending are covered up, hidden, diverted  as well..

Following the Asian tsunami of 2004, many donors were surprised to learn some larger aid groups couldn’t spend all the money it had raised, while smaller ones struggled to fund their projects. Much of the money earmarked for tsunami relief never made its way to victims of the disaster and was used for other projects instead.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100207/national/cda_haiti_aid
The Danish publication Ekstrabladet puts the total amount of money raised worldwide at approximately 75 billion kroner, the equivalent of 14.5 billion dollars.How then, is it possible that hundreds of tsunami victims are still homeless 5 years later? 
 

Aid money “disappeared”  In an interview with the Ekstrabladet today, the director of the Sri Lankan arm of Transparency International, Rukshana Nanayakkara says approximately $968,000,000 has “disappeared“. 

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Anti-Olympics activists are looking for answers after they say a freelance journalist was refused entry to Canada.  The Olympic Resistance Network says Martin Macias Jr., was detained by Canadian officials at Vancouver’s airport Saturday morning and questioned for several hours.  Activist Chris Shaw says the U.S. Consulate told them Macias was eventually denied entry and put on a plane for Seattle.  Shaw says he believed Macias was deported because he is a known anti-Olympic activist in his home town of Chicago.  A spokeswoman for Canada Border Services Agency wouldn’t discuss the specific case because of privacy issues.  Pennie Libby says Canada’s admissibility requirements will not change for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games.  Macias led a group that opposed that city’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  The Olympic Resistance Network says Macias was travelling to Vancouver for political events, including a two-day conference, and was to leave Vancouver Feb. 11, before the start of the games.  It says he was travelling with Bob Quellos of No Games Chicago, who it says was allowed to enter Canada.  Libby said in an email, that admissibility to Canada is considered on a case-by-case basis on facts presented by the applicant at the time of entry.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100207/national/oly_activist_1
 
When Vancouver won the right to host the 2010 Winter Games, the Canadian government and corporate sponsors poured $110 million into “Own the Podium” (OTP), an ambitious program with the objective of putting Canada top of the Vancouver medal table.  Poverty activists say homelessness in Vancouver has increased 373 percent since 2002 when the city bid for the Games. Robert Bonner is not impressed that Vancouver is hosting the Winter Olympics and thinks the millions of dollars spent on the event would have better gone on alleviating problems like poverty and homelessness. “Spending C$178 million ($166 million) for a skating oval isn’t really impressive when you’re sleeping in a doorway,” Bonner told the “Poverty Olympics,” a colorful protest on Sunday to highlight Vancouver’s social problems. Vancouver, on Canada’s Pacific coast, has been ranked in surveys as one of the world’s most “livable” cities but it is also home to one of Canada’s poorest and most drug-infested neighborhoods — the Downtown Eastside. Sign-holding marchers chanted “Homes not Games” and other slogans as they made their way through the neighborhood to the rhythm of a small ragtag marching band and costumed mascots such as “Itchy the Bedbug” and “Chewy the Rat.” http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/100208/canada/canada_us_olympics_poverty
 
 

“Our investigations show that this amount is the difference between how much money came in after the tsunami, and what was used on emergency aid and rebuilding the affected areas”.

Nanayakkara also said he believes a lot of the aid money is unaccounted for as a direct or indirect result of corruption, fraud and bribery.

Former president of Doctors Without Borders international committee Morten Rostrup, on the other hand, in the same article, said that even the money that was used to help the tsunami’s victims was grossly misused.

“Many aid organisations sent personnel and equipment, but many projects were based on the organizations’ need to profile themselves, rather than on what the victims needed”, he told Ekstrabladet. “A lot of the money that was given with good intentions went to something the victims did not need. A lot of mobile hospitals, for example, were flown into Banda Aceh but were never used. Meanwhile, it took a month for basic needs like water and sanitary facilities to be put in place

 http://cynthiawamwayi.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/179/

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Follow the Money trail”, ONE OF THE OLDEST RULES OF NEWS JOURNALISM AS WELL

do see also http://witnessed.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/about-those-hirelings-now-fleecing-the-sheep/

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February 6, 2010

The lying Conservative spin doctors and Conservative Stephen Harper

EVANGELICAL Stephen Harper at Bohemian Grove?, ex-leader visited shadowy GOP summer camp. For those who don’t know, the Bohemian Grove is an annual event in California that the Washington Post described in a 2011 article as “two weeks of heavy-drinking, super-secret talks, druid worship and other rituals” by some of the richest and most powerful men in the world. Now, Harper is free to do what he likes. But keep this in mind: He was attending an event sponsored by a group that refuses to admit women.
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Conservatives and PM Stephen Harper falsely encourage dinking alcohol   
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/drink-alcohol-and-die/
 
DON’T BE STUPID AND BELIEVE ALL THE LYING SPINS AS TO WHY IT TAKES SO LONG TO INVESTIGATE THE BAD COPS or bad professionals, bad civil and public servants..Montreal city hall for example has been filled with corruptions, tax evasions  the last 50 years and even though the police station is acrooss the street too few croooks have been aressted and why is that.. the past Quebec and even Conservative federal governments have wrongfullybeen to soft on white collared crime as well.. much too many alocholics there too.. I too have had many experiences in laying simple complaints against bad cops, bad professionals, bad civil and public servants  that never got anywhere cause the investigators were clearly pretenders.. in Contrast the investigations of all citizens clearly would not take so long.. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/cnadian-governments-ignorance/

Now  close to 65% of the country had  voted for political parties other then Conservatives and that they now also should have some serious say in the workings of the federal government. 

Canada’s  Prime Minister Stephen Harper legitimately  cannot  exercise  his sole prerogative to tie Canada’s foreign policy because he does not have a majority, he does not have 51 percent of the MPs,  but has only a minority government still, and thus he needs approval of the opposition parties thus too here.
 
 
Canada’s federal  Conservatives are clearly  immoral, cruel, despotic, ruthless, aggressive in demonstrating their solidarity to their leader and towards all opposition members. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has also been  attempting to force a partisan agenda on governmental agencies meant to be independent and non-partisan. “It’s an attempt to pack the board with individuals who carry the same biases as the Prime Minister’s Office,” Warren Allmand,  former Liberal MP
Every prime minister since Confederation has supposedly followed a pattern  of putting like-minded party friends into influential patronage positions PM Stephen Harper now included   
The lying Conservative spin doctors and Conservative Stephen Harper do now like to portray Harper as a decent, honorable, stable, good leader or whatever now we all can know that is far from the truth, not even close to any reality. Especially firstly since Harper had promised that he and his party now would act different, more positive than all of the other parties, and yet he clearly had lied, broke his promises, appointed friends into offices  just like the others. 
 
 
PM Minister Stephen Harper had also “reneged on the 2006 campaign commitment to make merit, not connections, the decisive factor in some 3,000 federal appointments to agencies, boards and commissions.” This Prime Minister, with a clearly hidden agenda as we can all see now,  also  likes to have new members on various governmental boards who hold are obedient to him and similar  strong ideological and religious views to his own as well. 
 
Now we can often read the perverse Conservative spin doctors attempt to cover of Harper’s immoral acts , try to deny it, and simply now  just look for it..
 
 OTTAWA – The Prime Minister’s Office says political aides should not interfere with the decisions public servants make when deciding what documents to release under access to information laws.  Spokesman Dimitri Soudas would not comment directly on a case in which a top political aide to the Public Works minister overruled bureaucrats and forbid the release of a sensitive report to The Canadian Press.  But Soudas said political staff should respect the decisions made by department officials doing their jobs.  He declined to say whether there would be repercussions for the aide to Christian Paradis, who was transferred with his minister to Natural Resources last month.  A spokesman for a British Columbia-based freedom of information association called the interference “outrageous” and said the aide may be liable to prosecution under the Access to Information Act.  The report at the centre of the controversy outlined details of Public Works’ real estate portfolio. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100208/national/government_interference
 
A federal cabinet minister’s aide killed the release of a sensitive report requested under freedom-of-information in a case eerily similar to a notorious incident in the sponsorship scandal.  A bureaucrat had to make a mad dash to the department’s mailroom last July to retrieve the report at the last minute under orders from a senior aide to then-Public Works minister Christian Paradis.  The order was issued by Sebastien Togneri, Paradis’ parliamentary affairs director, in a terse email after he had been told the file was already on its way to The Canadian Press, which had requested it.  “Well unrelease it,” Togneri said in a July 27 email to a senior official in the department’s Access to Information section.  “What’s the point of asking for my opinion if you’re just going to release it!”  The document was an annual report on Public Works’ massive real-estate portfolio, which contained factual information on high vacancy rates and weak returns on investment. Such reports had never been made public before.  The department’s real-estate branch had consented to the full release, and the Access to Information office at Public Works had determined after extensive consultation that there was no legal basis to withhold any of the report.  The file, though, was deemed “sensitive” – partly because it was a media request – and was sent to the Conservative minister’s office for review. The office initially gave the green light, but had a change of heart on the very day it was being mailed out.  Togneri insisted that only one small section of the report be released, despite the uniform view among Access to Information officials that the entire 137-page document could not be withheld under the legislation.  The matter was eventually brought to the attention of the department’s director-general, Sylvia Seguin-Brant, who wrote a memorandum arguing that despite objections from the minister’s office, the entire report should indeed be released.  “The decision has been made in a fair, reasonable and impartial manner with respect to the processing of this request,” she wrote, referring to the bureaucrats’ handling of the file.  The decision to release the entire document was made after consulting with Justice Department lawyers.  In the end, though, the department released only a heavily censored version just as Togneri had insisted – 82 days later than allowed under the law. The final release included just 30 pages.  Internal documents showing how Public Works handled the file were released to The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.  The incident is reminiscent of another Public Works report, on the sponsorship scandal, requested by a Globe and Mail reporter a decade ago.  The Gomery Commission into the scandal determined in 2004 that the minister’s office tried to interfere with the release of the report. In that case, the senior public servant in charge of Access to Information, Anita Lloyd, decided the move was unethical and illegal.  After consulting her personal lawyer three times, Lloyd refused to sign off on the file.  When her resistance became widely known, she was hailed as a hero for standing up to her political masters, when the department was headed by then Liberal minister Alfonso Gagliano.  The latest incident is a rare glimpse into the murky world of so-called “amber-lighted” or “red-flagged” Access to Information requests, terms applied to files the government deems politically sensitive and which are subject to close review by a minister’s political staff. Paradis was shuffled last month to the Natural Resources portfolio, taking Togneri with him as his director of parliamentary affairs. Togneri did not respond to requests for comment.  Paradis’ current communications director said Togneri’s intervention was to suggest the Access to Information section offer fewer pages to the requester without charge rather than the entire 137 pages for a fee of $27.40, which had already been paid.  “He went through and thought that a huge section of a very big report wasn’t relevant and that you should be given the option of paying to get it or get the (smaller) chapter” without charge, Margaux Stastny said in an interview.  “No one can overrule Access officers.”  The options were never provided to the requester, however. Instead, the department simply sent the censored report and refunded the fee.  Stastny said she could not explain why Togneri’s intervention caused Public Works to miss its legislated deadline by 82 days. “There should not have been a significant delay.”  The Canadian Press complained last October about the apparent political interference at Public Works to the information commissioner of Canada. The complaint was fast-tracked last week when the office determined the file raises significant issues related to the accountability of government, said spokeswoman Sandra George.  A lawyer specializing in the Access to Information Act called the case “troubling,” saying it was unprecedented.  “This is a manifestation of political interference with the administrative processes,” Michel Drapeau said in an interview.  “I’ve never in my career seen a minister basically do or tell a bureaucrat how to do his job and how to apply the law.”  Seguin-Brant’s memo on whether to release the entire document did consider whether The Canadian Press might be persuaded to accept a partial release if fees were waived.  But there were dangers, she said.  “Since he is from the media, he would likely want to know why he cannot get the entire record and what it contains before agreeing to receive the relevant section only,” she wrote.  “Nothing can stop the requester from obtaining access to the document. He may perceive this as though the department is not being open and transparent, and is trying to withhold information that can be disclosed.”  After receiving the censored report and complaining to the information commissioner, The Canadian Press requested and received the remainder of the report.  The full report showed, among other things, that Public Works’ repair and maintenance costs for its building portfolio is much higher than in the private sector, as are vacancy rates.  The document showed that the average vacancy rate in Public Works-managed real estate was 5.1 per cent, far above its internal target of 3.5 per cent.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100207/national/government_interference_1
 
The pattern is set: someone says something critical about the policies of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government and the Conservative mud-slinging machine goes into attack mode. On the receiving end have been Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff (“unCanadian”), NDP Leader Jack Layton (“Taliban Jack”), Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty (“the small man of Confederation”), whistle-blowing diplomat Richard Colvin (“hearsay”), and any critics of Israeli policies (“anti-Semites”). Now added to the list is Ed Clark, CEO of TD Bank and one of Canada’s pre-eminent business leaders. As reported yesterday by the Star’s Susan Delacourt and Les Whittington, Clark had the temerity to suggest in a speech last week that the federal government will have to consider raising taxes in order to slay the deficit dragon. That transgression against Harper orthodoxy earned Clark an email blast from the Conservatives noting that he delivered the speech in “sunny Florida” (yes, because he was attending a conference there); that he made $11 million last year and, therefore, can afford to pay more in taxes; and that he is “Michael Ignatieff’s Bay Street buddy” and a member of the Liberal leader’s “economic braintrust.” This last volley is apparently based on a news report that Clark and other thinkers attended a private dinner with Ignatieff last year to discuss the economy. Big deal. Harper himself has held private meetings with business leaders in recent weeks to discuss the economy. That’s what political leaders are supposed to do: reach out for ideas. Clark was discussing policy – and saying something that a lot of other intelligent Canadians have said. The Conservatives’ ad hominem response to his policy critique is something that might be expected from a college newspaper, but not from the ruling party of the day. http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/article/764206–harper-s-attack-dogs
 
  OTTAWA – Opposition parties say Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office has gone too far with hyper-partisan attacks, and it’s time to apologize and play fair. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff demanded Thursday that Harper say sorry for a Conservative party email circulated by the Prime Minister’s Office that depicted one of the country’s top bankers as a shill for the Liberal party. And the NDP called on Harper to rein in his main spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, whom it accused of making “reckless and conspiratorial partisan smears.” 
 
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Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance.  The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties.
http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view/35093/layton_surpasses_harper_in_canada/

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