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The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s inhumane mandatory minimums don’t reduce crime: rights group

A new report by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says Harper’ mandatory minimum sentencing policies are failing to reduce crime while imposing staggering personal, social and financial costs on Canadians.

The post Harper’s inhumane mandatory minimums don’t reduce crime: rights group appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Obert Madondo’s Canada crime Bill C-10 hunger strike: Response from the Minister of Justice

On June 6, I ended my 85-day hunger strike against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s New Jim Crow-style crime Bill C-10, the deceptively christened “Safe Streets and Communities Act”. Two of my demands: the immediate repeal the Safe Streets and Communities Act and a national inquiry for the 600+ missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Obert Madondo’s Canada crime Bill C-10 hunger strike: Response from the Minister of Justice

Politics and its Discontents: Propaganda From Vic Toews

There are two letters of particular note in this morning’s edition of The Toronto Star, one a propaganda piece from our much beleaguered Minister of Public Safety, Vic Toews, the other from Ron Charach, who seems to possess a certain perspicacity in his assessment of the Conservative government.

I am reproducing both . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Propaganda From Vic Toews

Canadian Progressive World: Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s “Bond Girl” Shines At The 2012 London Olympics

That’s right, our absentee head of state is the newest Bond girl. The Queen made her acting debut in the spectacular and humorous Bond sequence during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. I think the Queen should take up acting.

Here are my three reasons:

First, the 86-year old is a bundle . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s “Bond Girl” Shines At The 2012 London Olympics

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians’ Intelligence

Earlier, I gloated over the influential right-leaning British magazine’s criticism of Harper’s burgeoning elected dictatorship. I’ve a second sober take on the issue. See, I failed to read between the lines: The Economist actually ridiculed progressive Canadians’ collective intelligence.

First, the magazine tells its readers: “Polls show that voters still consider him a more impressive . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: The Economist Insulted Progressive Canadians’ Intelligence

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper’s Crime Bill C-10: Breaking Down The Cost

The Harper government’s flagship tough on crime omnibus legislation will cost Canadian taxpayers at least $15-billion to implement. Bill C-10 is a suite of crime legislation that will radically stir the Canadian justice system away from the preventive and restorative measures which have proven to be more humane, effective and cheaper for Canada, towards billion-dollar . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper’s Crime Bill C-10: Breaking Down The Cost

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: On Canada’s Independence Day, #DenounceHarper & #HappyCanadaDay

This is Canadian political dissent like never seen before. For two reasons. First and especially, the dissent is taking place on Canada’s Independence Day. Second, it’s directed against a prime minister supposedly elected with a majority just over a year ago, on May 2. Once again, Canadians are using the social media, especially Twitter, to . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: On Canada’s Independence Day, #DenounceHarper & #HappyCanadaDay

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Nuked: Robocalls Scandal Investigation And Elections Canada

Make it two surprises in one. William Corbett, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, the man who has thus handled the ongoing investigation into the robocalls scandal, resigned today. He’s been replaced by Yves Côté, a “low-key” bureaucrat.

But that’s only a partial description of the individual now assuming the behemoth responsibility of investigating a . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Nuked: Robocalls Scandal Investigation And Elections Canada

Montreal Simon: Quebec to Harper: Take Your Crime Bill…

…and shove it.

The debate isn’t over yet for the Harper’s government’s criminal justice legislation – at least not in Quebec.

The provincial government announced Tuesday that it would do everything in its power to limit the clout of the legislation that passed a day earlier.

And why wouldn’t they? When this fascist bill . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec to Harper: Take Your Crime Bill…

Canadian Progressive World: The Canadian Senate Can Kill Bill C-10

Even as the Tory’s draconian omnibus crime bill approaches the critical vote in the Conservative-dominated Senate, Canadians must still hope that sanity will prevail. The Senate, though unelected and dominated by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s …Read More

American law enforcement officials: "U.S. is becoming ‘more progressive’ than Canada"

“Hey, this is some good reefer. I just saw the future. It’s just like the 30’s in Canada only worse!”

Harper tells them to buzz off. He is determined to send Canada back a century, if not the middle ages.

But the Harper government remains unswayed.

In a statement Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Justice . . . → Read More: American law enforcement officials: "U.S. is becoming ‘more progressive’ than Canada"

Red Tory v.3.0.3: C-10 Omnibus Crime Bill Illustrated

A whiteboard re-cap of Bill C-10, the Harper Government® omnibus anti-crime legislation that is currently being reviewed by Senate…

The video urges viewers to contact the Senate to voice objections to the bill in its current form. Should you be interested in doing so, a while back the Canadian Bar Association helpfully identified ten . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: C-10 Omnibus Crime Bill Illustrated

somecanuckchick dot com: Want to know how you can stop Bill C-10?

It’s not too late!

Canadians can stop Bill C-10.

Watch this:

Then, contact your Canadian Senator and/or tell the Canadian Senate: Do not to rubber stamp the Omnibus Crime legislation.

Vic Danger – Third Eye. Toews doesn’t know ‘statistics’. But he sure knows fear.

Vic Toews doesn’t let reality get in the way of a good ideology (emphasis mine).

“I don’t know if the statistics demonstrate that crime is down,” he said.

“I’m focused on danger.” Toews said his concern is that the public is in danger as long as criminals walk the streets. The government’s . . . → Read More: Vic Danger – Third Eye. Toews doesn’t know ‘statistics’. But he sure knows fear.

Vic Danger – Toews doesn’t know ‘statistics’. But he sure knows fear.

Vic Toews doesn’t let reality get in the way of a good ideology (emphasis mine).

“I don’t know if the statistics demonstrate that crime is down,” he said.

“I’m focused on danger.” Toews said his concern is that the public is in danger as long as criminals walk the streets. The government’s crime bill, . . . → Read More: Vic Danger – Toews doesn’t know ‘statistics’. But he sure knows fear.

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper Government on the Wrong Side of the Drug War

Harper’s new omnibus crime bill will mean stiffer sentences for those growing a few marijuana plants, clearly designed to go after the user.  However, if he really wanted to do the war on drugs right, he would be targeting the pharmaceutical industry; the real drug pushers of this generation.

I often mock the ads . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Harper Government on the Wrong Side of the Drug War

Take a Valium, Tom Flanagan. Harper is not even remotely liberal.

But to a wild-eyed Conservative Albertan whose stock-in-trade is crazy statements for attention, Harper’s baby steps to turning Canada into a right-wing state show he’s not a full-on Conservative.

Flanagan doesn’t mention that Harper has been doing his ‘moderate’ PM thing in incremental phases, to lure Canadians into a false sense of ‘liberal’ security. Armed . . . → Read More: Take a Valium, Tom Flanagan. Harper is not even remotely liberal.

Paul S. Graham: Stop the CBC Smackdown – Stop Harper!

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting continues to raise the alarm over threats to our nation’s public broadcaster and well they should. While Heritage Minister James Moore promised in May to maintain and expand support for the CBC, Tory antipathy to the CBC is well known. Recent initiatives, such as the petition by Tory MP Rob . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Stop the CBC Smackdown – Stop Harper!

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Hooligans and How the Cultural Left Can Beat the Political Right

This week in the Winnipeg Sun, a column by Tom Brodbeck; Hooligan Harper haters: Crime bill protestors partisan hypocrites, irked me on many levels.

From the eye rolling “Harper haters” that’s been done to death, to the notion of opposition to Bill C-10, being a partisan issue.

I contacted Mr. Brodbeck and asked if he . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Hooligans and How the Cultural Left Can Beat the Political Right

Paul S. Graham: 10 Reasons to Oppose Bill C-10

Occupy Winnipeg took its opposition to Bill C-10, the so-called Safe Streets and Communities Act, to Winnipeg’s West End Library and then proceeded to occupy the constituency office of Manitoba’s Justice Minister, Andrew Swan for 24 hours.

Before doing so, an Occupy Winnipeg spokesperson read the November 17, 2011 statement of the Canadian Bar Association . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: 10 Reasons to Oppose Bill C-10

So how are the Conservatives doing?

Fine, thank you. Spending is up 22 percent the last five years. Pot busts were up 14 percent in 2010. Harper’s tantrum wins an expensive new shiny paint job on the VIP airbus. Closure has been used six times in 33 days to stifle debate, much to the delight of the Conservative media.

While the . . . → Read More: So how are the Conservatives doing?

Paul S. Graham: Bill C-10: Time Does Not Stop Crime

Nov. 8, 2011: 300 Winnipeggers demonstrated at the Manitoba Legislature and the Winnipeg Remand Centre to urge the Manitoba Government to join Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador in opposing the Harper government’s omnibus crime bill, misleadingly titled the Safe Streets and Communities Act (aka Bill C-10). Their key message, “time does not stop crime” […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Bill C-10: Time Does Not Stop Crime

Paul S. Graham: Kill the Tory Crime Bill

The John Howard Society of Manitoba estimates Canadians will pay $2 billion annually to cover the costs of Stephen Harper’s omnibus crime bill. Bill C-10, which calls for mandatory minimum sentences for a wide range of crimes regardless of individual circumstances, will trigger a huge increase in the number of inmates and a requirement to […] . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Kill the Tory Crime Bill

Northern Reflections: Suspicion Is The Prime Directive

Jonathan Kay is not a noted critic of the Harper government. But, in Thursday’s National Post, Kay takes aim at Bill C-10, the government’s omnibus crime bill. The Conservatives won a majority by claiming they know how to prudently manage the nation’s … . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Suspicion Is The Prime Directive

Mediabuzzard.com: You know you are a lackey …

Or incredibly naive when…

You go along with the Conservatives’ tough on crime bill’ , being a member of an oppressed people & a woman to boot – in this case Inuit.

The fact that the so called justice system locks up Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples – Inuit,First Nations & Metis – at much higher rates . . . → Read More: Mediabuzzard.com: You know you are a lackey …