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November 5, 2016

Police unacceptable surveillance of journalists in Canada

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The mayor pf Montreal , embarrassed by police leaks to the media, calls the police chief. A police investigation ensues, during which a journalist has his phone tracked. There are few citizens in this city who have the police chief on speed dial; fewer still who sit on the municipal bodies that oversee the force.  Not one but nine journalists were spied upon — a consensus broadened among politicians that police may have overstepped their boundaries.   The bad city hall managers hire bad cops starting with the bad police chief now too.. as simple as that. Police surveillance scandal:   Montreal’s public safety commission will study the issue of police spying on journalists.The future of the city’s police chief will also be determined by the commission. Montreal’s police brotherhood called on Philippe Pichet to resign as head of the city’s police force after it was revealed that the cellphones of at least four journalists including La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé were being monitored by police, who were listening in to calls and tracking their location.  Néron, a justice reporter at 98.5 FM since 2013, told the Montreal Gazette she had been tipped off months ago that her phone might be tapped by police. After she produced a column in June criticizing SPVM management for “muzzling” longtime police communications director Ian Lafrenière by transferring him to a new job, sources contacted her to warn her her phone might be tapped.Coderre’s “political meddling in the operational affairs of a police force” was an affront to press freedom and the police response was excessive

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Nearly three-quarters of Quebecers, or 72 per cent, believed it was unacceptable to monitor the cellphone of a journalist to obtain information about their sources. The poll also found 74 per cent of Quebecers believed there should be an independent inquiry into police methods with respect to journalists.  The leaders of the city’s major newsrooms called the spying an attack on the freedom of the press. The head of the Montreal police union said police Chief Philippe Pichet should be fired for allowing his officers to spy on journalists, calling the decision to track the cellphones of La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé and at least three other reporters “unforgivable.” He has lost all credibility and legitimacy.” They published an open letter calling on Pichet to reveal which other journalists have been or are being spied on by police. ”  The police surveillance of Lagacé “constitutes a serious infringement of constitutional guarantees.”

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The SPVM is the second largest police service in Quebec and the fifth largest municipal force in North America, so we need a strong leader.” The courts have already established the principle that surveillance operations on journalists should be as rare as those on lawyers and judges, and can only be justified in cases involving serious crimes, when all other methods have been exhausted. With the Quebec premier saying journalistic freedom is a fundamental right, the provincial government is tightening the rules that allow police to obtain warrants to conduct surveillance of reporters. Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux has ordered inspections of Quebec’s main police forces including Montreal’s and the Sûreté du Québec to verify their investigation practices. Pichet’s future is also chiefly the responsibility of Montreal and its executive committee. Mayor Denis Coderre’s reaction to Monday’s revelation that Montreal police, with the approval of Quebec court judges, electronically monitored a journalist was unacceptable.  Government responses to police spying on Montreal journalist fall short If Quebec is serious about preserving democracy and freedom of press, it will set up an impartial investigative body to shed light on the Lagacé and Nguyen affairs, independent of the province’s police forces and the government. It will also hold decision-makers in these cases accountable. Any public official — politician, prosecutor, judge or cop — who authorized or carried out the surveillance of journalists, or even remained silent as it was happening, is not deserving of the public’s confidence. We’re spied on more often than you think, journalists groups say. “This is just one case, but I guarantee there are dozens of others,” The bad city hall managers hire bad cops Canada wide still too  

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Many continue to question the tactics used by Montreal police after it was revealed they obtained warrants to spy on a Montreal journalist. The fact that Montreal police chose to spy on Lagacé in the first place   points to “the cultures that have been built up within policing or security services,” Montreal police Chief Philippe Pichet resists calls to step down.  “Public confidence has been shaken in the SPVM [Montreal police service] as the result of this espionage. We find it … hard to understand how such espionage could help the SPVM solve allegations that a police officer fabricated evidence – which is the underlying criminal allegation in this case.” We’re spied on more often than you think, journalists groups say , the revelation that Montreal police had been spying on La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé for six months is just the latest in a worrisome pattern.  The Sûreté du Québec seized Journal de Montréal reporter Michael Nguyen’s computer in September after he reported on a Quebec judge’s questionable behaviour after a Christmas party.

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Police in Quebec may be battling perceptions that their surveillance campaigns have run amok.  Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau says police surveillance of journalists on Quebec ‘troubling’ in any  free democracy. Trudeau’s remarks came as the Quebec government called an inquiry into a growing scandal over police spying  on  journalists.  Montreal’s Mayor Denis Coderre as also troubled by news police were tracking journalist

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UNPROSECUTED BAD CRIMMINALS ABOUND IN QUEBEC  CAUSE CLEARLY OUR BAD LEADERS, ADMINSTRATORS THEY DO NOT WANT TO PROSECUTE THEIR BAD ASSOCIATES. Ongoing Montreal Corruptions while the Police , RCMP and the Federal, Quebec Governments all still did nothing about it.. Exemplary Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty serves very ones best interest… too often still missing in the PROFESSIONAL BODIES, EVEN IN THE RCMP, police   forces, churches, ALL GOVERNMENTS  as well it seems too. HOUSE CLEANING IS STILL VERY MUCH IN ORDER. 

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Two police forces in the provinces have admitted to telephone surveillance of reporters.  Police with the backing of a Canadian judge tracked a prominent Montreal journalist’s movements and communications over several months, hoping to identify his sources . Montreal police spying on journalists through their phone in an intense way for the particular reason, a specified reason of uncovering sources behind their journalism, is a radical attack on journalism of the free press,” Revelations this week that two Quebec police forces spied on journalists by secretly monitoring their smartphones was widely condemned in Canada and abroad as an outrageous attack on press freedom.

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Montreal police department’s spying on a La Presse journalist through his cellphone is  a violation of freedom of the press and is  an “extraordinary example of overreach” by the authorities.  The Montreal police department’s ill-fated spying on journalist Patrick Lagacé came to light after La Presse stumbled upon warrants allowing investigators to track Lagacé’s iPhone calls, texts and location.

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Regardless of the laws the police used to justify requesting the warrants, a justice of the peace falsely approved them. Usually police know which justice to go see .  We are all being watched, regardless of whether we are doing anything right or wrong. Unlawful use of authority, obstruction of justice, home visits, bullying, false intimidation   by the politician’s watch dogs the police is nothing new. But what is more troublesome,  is that judges responsible for protecting Quebecers’ charter rights to privacy and freedom of expression have approved the related  warrants — in Lagacé’s case, 24 times. “As the Supreme Court has said over and over again: a free press is a fundamental characteristic of a democratic society. Once we start infringing on freedom of the press, we’re infringing on democracy.”

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One thing you learn in Canada is there is no right of free speech here, especially if you exposes the sins of the  cops. The police do too often lie, abuse their positions, authority, misrepresent themselves and try to stop you from posting the truth, the bad things about them..  they get especially upset when they find out you have been sending letters to the elected representatives about how bad the cops really  are and they falsely try to intimidate you. But the Police are not the only one who hate public exposures of their wrong doings, so do some bad mayors, bad politicians, bad judges, bad guys, crooks, bad corporations.

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The same police can’t catch all of the social welfare frauds, drug pushers, drug users, real bad guys, tax evaders, child molesters, citizen abusers, crooked cops, drunk drivers, crooked civil and public servants, bad politicians but they found time to harass , to unlawfully use their authorities, those writing openly about the crooked too often cops too  and the need of  their rightful prosecutions..

 

The Quebec government has given the body looking into the police surveillance of journalists the power of a commission of inquiry, including the ability to call witnesses and hold public audiences. The announcement was followed Thursday by new revelations in the ever-widening scandal, when Quebec provincial police confirmed to Radio-Canada journalist Alain Gravel, former host of the network’s investigative program Enquête, that his cell phone call logs had been monitored for five years straight, from Nov. 1, 2008 to Oct. 1, 2013.

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Two members of the Montreal police department’s anti-gang squad are  already facing criminal charges after an internal investigation alleged they lied to get search warrants and one of them traded for sexual favours.

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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. “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.” “To many police officer abuse the power given them by “we the people.”

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Needless to say police resources are often misused where even the mayors do instruct the police to find out all they can about their opposition members too.  ” and it all is still unacceptable! Free speech is a right for bullies, crooks, abusers only it still seems in Canada now. 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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I was told years ago by a lawyer reporting directly to a municipal mayor that  ot is was  a normal practise  of a mayor to use the police to investigate all potential opposition  members.
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For decades the police have had a file on me and likely you as well  especially if you write letters of complaint about city hall, police..  . All it takes for the bad guys to continue to do bad things is for the others wrongfully  to do nothing about it.
 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/for-decades-the-police-have-had-a-file-on-me-and-likley-you-as-well/
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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. The police themselves now rather too often are  the bad guys where too many persons now  they have more to fear from the police than from criminals! Why?  Too many  cops hired these days it seems are now still the bad  guys, and  not   rather the citizens themselves.  http://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/supressed-right-of-free-speech-in-canada/
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Police  Managers, Politicians,  Police  Unions, the Police themselves are  Facing  Nation Wide Outrage , Public Anger, as  Canada wide there is an UNDENIABLE  problem in how the police do their jobshttps://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/time-for-us-all-to-fight-to-lower-police-costs-canada-wide-rcmp-included/

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Montreal bagpiper Jeff McCarthy ticketed  by police for wearing a knife, an accessory for men in traditional Scottish garb. The 48-year-old bagpiper was slapped with a $221 ticket and his knife was confiscated. Members of the local Scottish cultural groups were outraged by the ticketing of McCarthy.“There is no religious significance to the knife, but there is a cultural significance. I think that needs to be respected,” “Seriously, with all the crime and corruption rampant in Montreal, is this the best that our police can do?” “Next, will they be closing the Black Watch Armory, cancelling the Scottish games, stopping the Burns Suppers, etc. that require men to wear traditional Scottish highland dress?” Are they going to set up a paddy wagon in front of the Highland Games? “Are they going to be bring in the task force when they hold the annual St. Andrew’s Ball in a couple of weeks? Let me tell you, there are lot of people there wearing a sgian-dubh.”McCarthy, whose grandmother was Scottish, said he felt his ancestry was being targeted by police. “It’s sort of like crushing a culture, and it’s disrespecting a culture,”

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The police forces are horribly corrupt and tainted with  lies, criminality and scandals. The related Judges should be removed from the bench for signing the warrants  , The Montreal police Chief, the other decision makers within the police,  the judges who authorized the surveillance , plus   the related police involved need to be dismissed and criminal charges need to be brought against them all. Canadians simply cannot be confident that security intelligence agencies are safeguarding and respecting our rights and freedoms.Canadians simply cannot be confident that security intelligence agencies are safeguarding and respecting our rights and freedoms. We need Elections and term limits for Police Chiefs, Crown Prosecutors and Judges too.

 

September 25, 2010

Accountablity?

Dream on..

The Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP will appoint an independent civilian to investigate the Aug. 18 incident, involving four Mounties, two civilian jail guards and another civilian employee. The four Mounties have been suspended without pay and face an internal code-of-conduct investigation likley 10 days with pay if anything at all.. The three civilian employees are also the subject of an investigation by the City of Kamloops. All face possible criminal charges. http://www.theprovince.com/life/Jail+complaint+sparks+inquiry/3595125/story.html

Foolish, perverse cops who cannot do thier job. How about having now some real professionalism. Fire all of them B.C. jail cell sex video amongst 2 prisoners triggers inquiry, more costs. The officers, four Mounties, who include a corporal with 20 years experience on the force, are alleged to have watched the encounter through a video monitor for as long as seven minutes without intervening. Clearly the prison regulations refrains any prisoners of having any type of relationship with another prisoner or anyone else in jail whether or not they are male or female A whole ineffective, often pretentions too commission, and more wasted tax payers money for the obvious, to deal with bad RCMP bad supervisors who had failed to do their supervisory jobs and immoral cops, bad employees, and they all firstly should be fired immediately.. And we pay these fools. Who is the idiot not firing them. Will the all the paid “investigators”, reviewers now have to look at the video tape? What will we do after they watch it? Have another inquiry to determine if them watching the tape was a justifiable breach also of someone’s “constitutional rights to privacy”? Then what?? A lawsuit? And/or another multi-million dollar public inquiry, that can last months or years and cost taxpayers millions? Only in Canada! Not surprised, this is our new RCMP’s, and their bad managers, bad solicitor generals too…welcome to the new Conservative world.. and who can we trust now to be decent. professional and do the job…. https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/09/15/they-are-covering-up-for-their-own-again/

DON’T BE STUPID AND BELIEVE ALL THE LYING SPINS AS TO WHY IT TAKES SO LONG TO INVESTIGATE THE BAD COPS.. I have had many experiences in laying simple complaints against bad cops that never got anywhere cause the investigators were clearly pretenders.. in Contrast the investigations of all citizens clearly would not take so long..
 
Decades and decades later the police are still  covering up for their own again and again but the police are not the only bad professionals who do this these days as well, so do the Hospitals, doctors, nurses, civil and public servants, governments…
When it comes to dealing with the rightful needs, complaints of the ordinary citizens our Canadian civil and public servants, politicians and their representatives too, and most church pastors now too, they are still mostly unacceptable liars and  PRETENDERS, LAZY, GOOD FOR NOTHING PERSONS,  and that has been mostly my undeniable experiences the last 4 decades now too..  How about having now some real professionalism.
 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/cnadian-governments-ignorance/
 
You know I get a kick out of those lying spin  doctors,  police officers, bad cops, union representatives, police lovers, bad PERSONS   who STILL DO say that ALL OF  bad people, INCLUDING the ALCOHOLICS, the bad cops and their bad supervisors too they  can always be rehabilitated, retrained.. and how many millions of them now has this happened to them.. almost none.. a bad apple tends to get worse.. The RCMP maximum 10 days punishment is always absurd, permanent dismissal is what is always needed with the bad cops and their clearly bad superiors who had managed and hired them too.. Bad solicitor generals as well should be fired ASAP. NOW WHY IS IT BAD PEOPLE DO NOT CHANGE NEXT BESIDE THE FACT THEY LIKE TO DO BAD THINGS, IT IS ALSO CAUSE THEY FALSELY  REFUSE TO ADMIT THE THINGS THEY DO ARE BAD.

High costs of RCMP contracts irk civic politicians. RCMP costs are up. The RCMP are certainly cost ineffective, over priced for the too little they do too often as well, and the governments cannot or dare not manage directly, review their actual expenses, related efficiencies too. Putting money into a leaky pail full of holes is still really bad management.
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/High+costs+RCMP+contracts+civic+politicians/3595389/story.html
http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/lakesdistrictnews/news/103893184.html

The mostly still for decades too white English speaking RCMP who have yet to implement the federal mandatory bilingual policies, meaning French and English, is pretending it cares about the minorities.. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner William Elliott announced sweeping reforms in the country’s police force. The changes range from a reshuffle of officers to new uniform and recruitment of non-white and non-male Mounties, a revision of its recruitment policies. Instead of hiring mostly male, white applicants, the RCMP would use a new quota system that would result to 30 percent women cadets, 20 percent visible minorities and 10 percent aboriginals. They next likley will not get the reserved raises or promotions.

Ex-B.C. solicitor general Kash Heed disturbed by RCMP contract renewal talk Former West Vancouver police chief Vancouver-Fraserview Liberal MLA revealed “disturbing” developments in the talks. Heed recalled that as solicitor general, he had worked to include “critical clauses” in a new contract in order to make the RCMP accountable to citizens of B.C. “I’m hearing that…critical clauses that I argued for are no longer on the table during the negotiations,” Heed said. “And so I’m the first one to come out and say that we need to re-look this contract if those critical clauses are not in the contract.” http://www.straight.com/article-349697/vancouver/exbc-solicitor-general-kash-heed-disturbed-rcmp-contract-renewal-talks

So 60 percent of BC citizens want another police force in place..

Meanwhile in the East Quebec premier Charest defends his screening of judges. http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/Charest+defends+screening+judges/3577546/story.html

QUEBEC – A senior aide to Jean Charest, in testimony , told a public inquiry that the premier demanded to be kept in the loop during the selection process for judges. She also said she took it upon herself to make a note of which candidates for the bench were known supporters of Charest’s Quebec Liberal party. Chantal Landry, the longtime director of appointments in the premier’s office, said she would place a post-it note on the file of prospective judges who were known to support the Liberals. The premier — in testimony last week that observers had deemed solid — said candidates’ political leanings had no bearing on their likelihood of being named to the bench. But Landry raised some eyebrows Monday by explaining that the premier asked to see the files of potential judges before the justice minister could name them. She said she didn’t know whether that policy represented a switch from what previous governments had done. “It was probably around that time (that we took office in 2003) that he told me, ‘I want to be consulted on the recommendation of judges, the recommendation of the justice minister,'” Landry said. “So we then established a way of proceeding.” Landry admitted that a candidate’s political affiliation was one of several criteria in the selection process, along with their age and years of experience. And she said she kept Charest informed. “If they were a Liberal sympathizer, if I thought they were one, then yes, I mentioned it,” Landry testified. .
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100928/national/que_judges_probe

Now I have seen the same corruption before with the clearly the crooked Pastor of a south Calgary Church, who used his influence and supposed right to remove all of his unwanted candidates nominated by the congregation by the pastors first prescreening their spiritual qualifications and next to put into place his own preference, favorites for head elder and head deacon. He the pastor next suddenly resigned from the church he founded when his corruptions was exposed by me. I have also seen crooked political nomination in a provincial election too in Canmore Alberta.. Anyone foolish to believe all leaders have honest acts and motives? http://anyonecare.wordpress.com/2008/07/12/bad-pastors-bad-deacons-bad-elders-bad-church/

Where would Maclean’s have Quebecers turn? I had interpreted that as to what other province now was better even.. Certainly not Ontario, BC, Alberta, any of the eastern or western provinces.. having said that I do not deny the corruptions within Quebec that has been going on for decades, including  now  do note  the type of  typical useless Liberal Quebec justice minister replies I get to my letters to him and all year now  but I also do get no real actions still and why is that? do I have to give a bribe to premier Jean Charest or the Liberal party? If the Justice Minister is visibly unacceptably useless and what do you think the rest of them there are now like like the health and social welfare minister now too, or my MLA ? None of them are any better as you know per my last year dealings with many of them now too. Unacceptable!

 
By the way those federal Conservatives  are no better I still get calls on my phone from sales companies even though I had asked for them to stop .

 

https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/thenonconformer/

Federal Tories plan to push for tougher penalty laws is a bust since the Police, RCMP included DO NOT EVEN ENFORCE EXISTING LAWS TOO OFTEN FOR DECADES NOW TOO..
what the Tories need to do first is to improve the existing management of all police personnel, supervisions and related resources.

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