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The Canadian Progressive: Montreal police spying on journalist Patrick Lagacé condemned by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by recent revelations that Montreal police secretly monitored the mobile phone of La Presse columist Patrick Lagacé. A coalition of Canadian rights groups links the Lagacé case to Canadian police and security services’ growing hunger for new powers and investigative capabilities.

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The Canadian Progressive: Halloween costume ideas for Canadian digital rights activists

You’re a digital rights activists and are struggling to pick the right Halloween costume? Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, suggests facial recognition paint, stingrays, privacy badger, patent troll, and certbot. A Guy Fawkes mask would do too.

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The Canadian Progressive: How the ‘use of force’ industry drives police militarization and makes us all less safe

The growing militarization of law enforcement agencies, fueled by the “use of force” industry, has anti-police violence groups protesting and arguing that governments should prioritize human needs over militarization and violence.

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The Canadian Progressive: How storytelling can help address police violence

Storytelling can help address police violence by enabling victims to articulate their personal experiences and reveal unjust policing practices. As well, articulated personal experiences of police brutality can help policing agencies to develop better … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: How storytelling can help address police violence

The Canadian Progressive: 1000 world leaders, celebrities demand reform of global drug control policies

Over 1000 world leaders, celebrities and activists have signed an open letter to to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, demanding reform of global drug control policies. The post 1000 world leaders, celebrities demand reform of global drug co… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: 1000 world leaders, celebrities demand reform of global drug control policies

A Grumpy Hobbit: So Trudeau is a Pseudo Fascist, Just Like Harper

So Trudeau is a Pseudo Fascist, Just Like Harper

To my Liberal friends sorry, but voting and supporting Bill C51 in any way shape or form is a deal breaker for me. Welcoming Ex-Police Chief, Bill Blair into the Party and have him for an MLA in Ottawa shows even more bad judgement. Look I . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: So Trudeau is a Pseudo Fascist, Just Like Harper

A Grumpy Hobbit: Holding Police Accountable and Knowing Your Legal Rights

Holding Police Accountable and Knowing Your Legal Rights So, with all the BS happening down in the USA with Police being out of control and cracking skulls every chance they get, the questions arises “Do we need to be worried about this here in Canada? What are our rights? What can we do to protect . . . → Read More: A Grumpy Hobbit: Holding Police Accountable and Knowing Your Legal Rights

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Let’s not sacrifice freedom out of fear

Harper government can’t silence activists by labeling them “extremists”, creating police-state legislation such as Bill C-51, argues renowned scientist David Suzuki.

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Cowichan Conversations: Sharon Jackson – And Another Kick at the Cat 2014

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, . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Sharon Jackson – And Another Kick at the Cat 2014

Northern Insight: Money laundering and casinos, who knew?

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Money laundering and casinos, who knew?

Melissa Fong: Dear Translink… Rob did a good job

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 . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Dear Translink… Rob did a good job

Left Over: And the Drug War Drags On……

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, . . . → Read More: Left Over: And the Drug War Drags On……

The Canadian Progressive: How the RCMP failed Rehtaeh Parsons

(VICE Canada) – Rehtaeh Parsons, a teenage girl from Nova Scotia, was taken off life support on Sunday after a failed suicide attempt. Her mother believes Rehtaeh tried to take her life because of severe depression, brought on by months of bullying both in person and online. It all started […]

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The Canadian Progressive: Jeremy Hammond: Aaron Swartz & the Criminalization of Digital Dissent

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 . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Jeremy Hammond: Aaron Swartz & the Criminalization of Digital Dissent

The Canadian Progressive: Harper and RCMP comments ignore Aboriginal victims’ fear of reprisal: Human Rights Watch

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 . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper and RCMP comments ignore Aboriginal victims’ fear of reprisal: Human Rights Watch

The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More protests “have the ability to paralyze” Canada: Ontario Provincial Police Chief

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 . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Idle No More protests “have the ability to paralyze” Canada: Ontario Provincial Police Chief

The Canadian Progressive: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”?

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 . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: FBI “plot to identify and assassinate Occupy leaders”?

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Rolling Stone: Inside The FBI Plot Against Occupy

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 . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Rolling Stone: Inside The FBI Plot Against Occupy

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Rob Ford calls Toronto “one of the safest cities in the world” after deadly shooting

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 . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Rob Ford calls Toronto “one of the safest cities in the world” after deadly shooting

Northern Insight: Examining the status quo

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Examining the status quo

Northern Insight: 5 years in jail for masked instigators of unrest

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.

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Left Over: Let’s “Just Do It”

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, . . . → Read More: Left Over: Let’s “Just Do It”

Northern Insight: Public consultation without the public

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Public consultation without the public

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Department of nothing much changes

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Department of nothing much changes

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: People who can do no wrong, another chapter

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 . . . → Read More: Northern Insights / Perceptivity: People who can do no wrong, another chapter