Well finally the BC Local Government Elections are on the front burner with election day being held on November 15th.
Cowichan Conversations will be making an effort to cover the issues and candidates in as subjective a manner as possible.
Kicking it off this morning is a release from City of Duncan Councillor Sharon Jackson, who has announced that she will once again be seeking re-election to Duncan City Council.
Media Release from City of Duncan Councillor Sharon Jackson
Duncan City Hall
After giving it great thought and wondering if I can still meaningfully contribute, I have decided to pick (Read more…)
CTV Vancouver: Money laundering rampant in casinos, April 10, 2014 “Confidential documents are shedding light on a host of suspicious behaviour at B.C. casinos, where patrons routinely carry bags loaded with small bills onto the gaming floor.
“Government reports obtained by CTV News highlight dozens of instances of suspected money laundering and loan sharking, most at the River Rock Casino in Richmond. And the problem only appears to be growing…”
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Unforseen events occasionally damage property and injure people and no preventative actions were possible. Last year’s Chelyabinsk meteor in Russia was an example.
In (Read more…)
I know we don’t agree often. We have a love/hate relationship dependent on my mood and whether or not it’s cold and rainy outside. To be fair, you are consistently late and often leave me standing out in the rain.
You have just been voted 3rd best public transit in Canada, which is not saying much considering that there are only 3 big cities in Canada anybody wants to ever live in. So, in other words, you placed last- or as we like to joke about bronze medalists- you are “The Best Loser”.
However, on Tuesday, March 18th, you made (Read more…)
Underground grow-op found under fake horse paddock Fake fire pit, dog house and horse paddock all hid underground operation CBC News Posted: May 7, 2013 2:16 PM PT
Canada’s Provincial and Federal governments can be said to be implicit partners in this ‘enterprise,’ and so many others around BC and the rest of the country, since they refuse to acknowledge that legalizing marijuana would make all this infrastructure an expensive waste of time and money….unfortunately, we as taxpayers get stuck with a massive bill for the bust, the so-called clean -up and the legal fees, the incarceration (rare) of (Read more…)
It is not the “crimes” Aaron (Swartz) may have committed that made him a target of federal prosecution, but his ideas – elaborated in his “Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto” – that the government has found so dangerous. By Jeremy Hammond – #18729-424 | Metropolitan Correctional Center, Feb. 20, 2013: The tragic death of internet freedom fighter READ MORE
Ensure Accountability for Police Misconduct, Indigenous Women’s Safety By Human Rights Watch (Press Release)| Feb. 13, 2013: VANCOUVER – Comments by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP) on February 14, 2013, fail to address the core issue of a lack of security that prevents indigenous women and girls from filing complaints of police abuse, READ MORE
The Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Christ Lewis, has taken to YouTube to silence self-righteous racists who are urging the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to apply force against the Idle No More movement’s peaceful protest actions. Only last week, an extremist Ontario Superior Court judge slammed the OPP for not nuking an #IdleNoMore protest. READ MORE
The FBI hatched a “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”? It’d seem so, according to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and civil liberties activists. Information obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the FBI: a) “collaborated with other federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland READ MORE
On this one year anniversary of the Occupy Canada movement, here’s a magnificent piece of reporting by Rolling Stone‘s Sabrina Rubin Erdely, on how the United States government “turned five stoner misfits into the world’s most hapless terrorist cell.” Five Occupy Cleveland activists “who had grown disenchanted with the Occupy movement, which they considered too conservative” decided to “make [...]
Reacting to the Danzig Street shooting, which left two dead and another 24 injured, the “furious” mayor of Canada’s largest city assures us that Toronto has “the greatest police service in the world.” He invites Torontonians to “declare war on these violent gangs.” The kind that will “catch these criminals and get them off our streets.” Ford says “there is no room in Toronto for violent gangs.”
Frankly, I don’t know how my old hometown can still be “one of the safest cities in the world” after three deadly shootings in less than two months.
. . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Rob Ford calls Toronto “one of the safest cities in the world” after deadly shooting
If unlike me, you are not ancient, listen to Simi Sara at CKNW’s audio vault, May 31, 1 pm, to remember how excellent talk radio can be. This is broadcasting that explores why things are the way they are instead of simply excusing the status quo.
Simi talked to Paul Palango, a consistent and accurate RCMP critic over many years. Police leaders have arrived and departed with almost nothing changing but Palango has been consistent. Except, he has been sincere about the need for change and the ways to improve policing.
Today, RCMP honcho Paulson and Justice Minister Toews
. . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Examining the status quo
Stephen Harper’s government supports Bill C-309, a private members bill before the House of Commons. It will enable individuals to be jailed five years for wearing a mask or other disguise to conceal identity during a riot — which can be defined as an unlawful assembly that results in a breach of the peace.
This is good news because we’ve seen a growing trend of masked men on the streets for the purpose of disrupting the peace and interfering with democratic expressions of opinion.
Canada’s Justice Minister says “reckless behaviour damages communities and should not be tolerated.” Of course,
. . . → Read More: Northern Insight: 5 years in jail for masked instigators of unrest
There has been a call from several mayors of municipalities here in British Columbia, Canada to legalize marijuana…the arguments for it are essentially that they are tired of fighting against a mega-tide of grow-ops and drug dealers who are far richer in resources and weapons to push back than the cities can afford to be, and they are right…
Never mind the stupid morality arguments and the dubious health ‘risks’ that don’t even begin to be as ‘risky’ as smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol, or eating too much salt or sugar…
Looking at the economic arguments alone, even the CRAPs*
. . . → Read More: Left Over: Let’s “Just Do It”
More fine work from the at The Victoria Times Colonist. Katie Derosa explores the provincial government’s fake public consultation about police reform.
Province’s policing consultation called a ‘farce’:
BC Liberals consult on policing plan
“The Justice Ministry on Wednesday announced its “public engagement” strategy – consisting of closed-door meetings with invite-only stakeholders and a blog that is not yet set up – to support the development of a 10-year policing plan.
“…About 40 people – mostly the region’s police chiefs and politicians and B.C. police union representatives – were at the Victoria meeting.
“…Robert Gordon, a criminologist
. . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Public consultation without the public
BCCLA files complaint after RCMP Detachment Head comments
“The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is filing a complaint after the head of the Langley RCMP made comments that could interfere with the independent review of the police shooting death of Alvin Wright. Wright, who had no criminal record, and no history of violence, was alleged by the head of the Langley RCMP detachment of attempting
If you thought it was strange when West Van Chief Peter Lepine, the ‘independent’ review officer, commended RCMP after they Tasered an 11-year-old Prince George boy while arresting him last April, how about this story from Stockton CA:
Michael is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. He is said to be energetic, full of energy but a comedian and a loving child.
A decade ago, Richard Rosenthal left the Los Angeles prosecutors’ office to lead Portland’s new Office of Independent Police Review. L.A. Deputy District Attorney Jim Cosper said it was a good choice. However, attorney Stephen Yagman, remarking also on Portland’s selection of police chief Mark Kroeker, had the opposite view, “Portland’s loss is L.A’s gain. Portland has become a toxic waste dump
Victoria police assault probe not over yet, CBC News, November 23, 2011:
“A provincial court judge ruled [Victoria police sergeant] George Chong used excessive force in applying a chokehold that rendered Frank Blair unconscious in January 2010.
“The judge sentenced Chong to one year’s probation and ordered him to take anger management counselling.
“…After an an internal disciplinary hearing,
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News Item: “OTTAWA – It could soon be illegal for rioters to hide behind masks.
“A proposed law would allow cops to arrest those participating in an unlawful gathering or a riot if they cover their faces with bandannas and balaclavas.
“This is exactly the kind of thing we need to see, this kind of law will create a deterrence effect,” said Blake Richards, the Conservative backbencher who