I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind. John Diefenbaker
On January 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt, in his State of the Union Address; put forward four tenets of freedom that every citizen should enjoy:Freedom of SpeechFreedom of WorshipFreedom from WantFreedom from FearI watched a short Canadian newsreel recently, (Read more…)
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Anonymous has started releasing high-level documents retrieved from secure Harper government computers as retaliation for the RCMP’s recent murder of a protester in British Columbia.
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This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Christopher Majka reviews Henry Mintzberg’s Rebalancing Society as a noteworthy discussion of the need for balance between the public, private and “plural” sectors. And David Madland is pleased to see the U.S.’ Democrats finally fighting back against the view that the corporate sector is the only one worth favouring through government.
- But there’s far more to be done in putting the public back in public policy – particularly when, as Bill Tieleman points out, we’re being asked to accept more and more strict “trade” agreements designed to ensure (Read more…)
One morning in early June, Aaron Driver was walking to his bus stop in Winnipeg’s Charleswood neighbourhood when a white, unmarked van pulled up, armed men got out, forced him into the van and drove away. This is Canada, so of course the men were police officers and they were taking Mr. Driver, or Harun Abdurahman as he calls himself on twitter, to jail where he spent the next eight days.
Assorted content to start your week.
- Paul Rosenberg documents how Bernie Sanders is tapping into widespread public desire and support for more socially progressive policies: Sanders is right to think that Scandanavian socialism would be popular here in the U.S., if only people knew more about it. And he’s right to make spreading that awareness a goal of his campaign. In fact, on a wide range of issue specifics Sanders lines up with strong majorities of public opinion—and has for decades.
You can get a strong sense of this from the results of the “Big Ideas” poll (Read more…)
Well as you know, Stephen Harper has turned the RCMP into the Harper Police. And sadly the Musical Ride isn't what it once was. Is there no place now where Canadians can be spared the Conservative government’s jingoistic militaristic bleating with its conjured-up images of dangers lurking around every corner, nurturing the fear that “others” are out to rob us of our freedoms?”But every now and then the Mounties still do get their man.Read more »
Here’s an advance preview, if a similar “musical ride” comes to Regina?
Kids expecting horses and music from RCMP Musical Ride treated to para-military violence. http://t.co/MSqET5fY0G pic.twitter.com/XHipX4zt4f
— CC (@canadiancynic) June 29, 2015
Almost eight years after the death of Robert Dziekanski, Taser-toting RCMP constable Kwesi Millington was dealt a card that read, “Go Directly to Jail.” Of course, an appeal may see Millington free on bail soon and the process should ensure the RCMP pays lawyers on this case for years to come.
Millington’s 30-month sentence was not for deploying a conducted energy weapon five times nor for failure to provide medical assistance to the unconscious and breathless Polish traveller. Instead it was for perjury after he fabricated testimony given at the Braidwood Inquiry investigating Dziekanski’s death.
Former police corporal Monty (Read more…)
I'm not big on conspiracy theories, although I do believe that when living in Harperland paranoia can be a higher state of consciousness.But here's one for you: Why did the RCMP choose yesterday to release the unseen video of the crazed gunman who stormed Parliament Hill? Read more »
Sometime today Canada's Information Commissioner is expected to recommend that charges be laid against the RCMP, for withholding and destroying gun registry documents, before Parliament had finished debating whether they should be shredded.But if she does it will now be a meaningless gesture. For it too will be shredded.Because it seems that buried deeply in the Harper regime's latest foul omnibus bill, is a bill to protect the RCMP by rewriting history. Read more »
I’ve previously pointed out a few of the worrisome ways in which the Cons might try to cling to power after the next federal election even if they’d stand to lose any fairly run confidence vote.
But let’s add one more which the Cons have now publicly sanctioned: security “slippage” which has the potentially convenient effect of preventing MPs from voting in Parliament.
Ever since the trial of Mike Duffy began, I keep getting asked the same haunting question: If Duffy is being charged with accepting a bribe, why wasn't Nigel Wright charged with bribing him by cutting him that $90,000 cheque?And I have to explain that the RCMP has yet to explain that decision. But it seems that they didn't believe that Wright obtained any "personal benefit" from that blatant bribe to try to keep Ol' Duff from opening his big mouth.And then I have to explain that yes it's true, and no I'm not insane, and since I'm not (Read more…)
Question Number 1: Who has been trying to spin the story by feeding both David Cochrane and Fred Hutton with confidential information?
The standard police position is to withhold all information about officer-involved shootings as part of the investigation.
That’s the position Royal Newfoundland Constabulary chief Bill Janes took at his news conference on Monday morning about the death of Donny Dunphy.
Yet, both VOCM and CBC reported information on Sunday evening and early Monday morning about the fatal police shooting in a rural community that could have only come from either very highly placed political sources or police officers very close to the incident and the investigation.
Here’s the first line from Cochrane’s first story:
CBC News has learned that an officer of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, who was at the scene of the fatal shooting on Sunday in Mitchells Brook, NL, was there to investigate an alleged threat . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Dunphy Shooting: serious questions #nlpoli
The Harper government Bill C-51 and other recently-passed anti-terror laws are designed to target and silence anti-pipeline foes, protect Big Oil interests.
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Monday, March 16, 2015
An RCMP memo blasting Canadian environmentalists, including West Coast, as part of a harmful “anti-Canadian petroleum movement,” does not make Canadians safer. The blatant bias of the memo undermines “the principle of legitimacy” – the idea that fair, credible law enforcement agencies can increase compliance with the law.
Chief Lloyd Oronhiakhète Phillips of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke last week informed Harper that Bill C-51 would be used “to brand legitimate protests by First Nations as acts of terrorism.”
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The RCMP announced Monday that ex-Conservative Senator Pamela Wallin, a Harper appointee, “committed the offences of breach of trust and fraud.”
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Pamela Wallin’s disgrace has been taking place in slow motion, with the latest chapter hitting headlines again.
“In terms of Sen. Wallin, I have looked at the numbers,” Harper told the House of Commons two weeks ago.
“Her travel costs are comparable to any parliamentarian travelling [sic] from that particular area of the country over that period of time.”
Yet the RCMP allege she committed fraud. Similar to the Nigel Wright bribe for Senator Duffy, no charges have been laid despite the RCMP’s findings.
RCMP: "After reviewing hundreds [&] hundreds of e-mail exchanges…" But PMO said they had (Read more…)
This powerful anti-sexual violence ad, released just in time for the 2015 International Woman’s Day, is part of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s ambitious $41-million plan to combat sexual violence.
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It seems there’s plenty of room for interpretation as to where the Cons’ terror legislation falls on the spectrum from purely political red meat to help their poll position, to a political liability being pushed through for other reasons.
But most of the Cons’ major bills tends to include both. And I’d think it’s worth analyzing how the smaller pieces of C-51 can be broken down between the two in assessing exactly what the Cons are trying to accomplish.
In so doing, let’s keep in mind that if the Cons’ only goal was to be seen introducing legislation of (Read more…)
The CEO of Tides Canada issued a copy of his recent letter to RCMP Commissioner Paulson. If anyone doubted the once iconic police agency had become servant to rich industrialists and governing politicians, uncertainty was removed by its decision that a mostly foreign-owned industry needed protection from legitimate discussion of public policy by Canadians.
There is an irony involved in the RCMP suggestion that a respected organization staffed and supported by people aiming to preserve the livable space of our nation is allied with extremist criminality. In fact, there are no examples of Tides involvement in unlawful conduct. However, the (Read more…)
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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