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Alberta Politics: RCMP explanation of why Nigel Wright was never charged doesn’t quite pass sniff test

PHOTOS: Sen. Mike Duffy arrives at the courthouse for the final day of his trial in April 2016 in this screenshot. A couple of hours later he would look considerably happier. Below: Nigel Wright, Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff at the time of the events for which Sen. Duffy was criminally charged; . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: RCMP explanation of why Nigel Wright was never charged doesn’t quite pass sniff test

Alberta Politics: RCMP turn a blind eye to abandoned firearms in Fort Mac – manna to the gun lobby but a worry to the rest of us

PHOTO: RCMP officers like these in High River during the flooding to 2013 were subjected to a vicious campaign of vilification by some Alberta gun enthusiasts for seizing abandoned weapons in the Southern Alberta town (CBC photo). QUEBEC CITY We know f… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: RCMP turn a blind eye to abandoned firearms in Fort Mac – manna to the gun lobby but a worry to the rest of us

Alberta Politics: Questions without answers: Why are our U.S. allies so ambivalent about ISIS, and what does it mean for Canada?

PHOTOS: U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner. (Screen grab from C-SPAN.) Below: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Conservative interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. For all we know, Syrian President Bashar a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Questions without answers: Why are our U.S. allies so ambivalent about ISIS, and what does it mean for Canada?

Alberta Politics: Big Tobacco’s doubtful claim high taxes encourage cigarette smuggling finds support on Alberta’s Wildrose benches

PHOTOS: Young cigarette smokers in 1910. The tobacco industry and its friends on the Opposition benches think high tobacco taxes are a problem. Below: Wildrose Party Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt, an advocate of this view; NDP Finance Minister Joe C… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Big Tobacco’s doubtful claim high taxes encourage cigarette smuggling finds support on Alberta’s Wildrose benches

Alberta Politics: Death threats and vile misogynist commentary about NDP politicians infest Alberta social media

PHOTOS: An organizer of a rally by the group Albertans Against the NDP, addresses a couple of dozen supporters in Calgary last Saturday. The horses are public art and were not technically part of the rally. Until recently, the group’s home page featured violent and offensive commentary about the Alberta NDP. Below: Alberta Progressive Conservative . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Death threats and vile misogynist commentary about NDP politicians infest Alberta social media

Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a group of foreign event logistics consultants while travelling abroad (Government of Canada photo). Below: Pierre Trudeau does suppressed fury the right way; Mr. Harper does it with considerably less appeal. Clearly, the continuing uproar about Stephen Harper’s “event logistics team members” tells us something fundamental about the increasingly . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

The Canadian Progressive: RCMP planning mass arrests of indigenous Unist’ot’en activists under Bill C-51: Reports

Canadian rights defenders are warning that the RCMP is planning mass arrests of members of the indigenous Unist’ot’en First Nation using the country’s new police state law, Bill C-51.

The post RCMP planning mass arrests of indigenous Unist’ot’en activists under Bill C-51: Reports appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: MP Wai Young’s lines were flubbed, but nevertheless they sound like a cynical Harper Government talking point

PHOTOS: The Cone of Silence – it just doesn’t work for anyone any more. Below: Conservative MP Wai Young, Conservative PM Stephen Harper and Jesus, whose position on Canadian politics is unknown. It seems likely Vancouver South MP Wai Young fumbled a cynical Harper Government talking point when she claimed last month that Air India . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: MP Wai Young’s lines were flubbed, but nevertheless they sound like a cynical Harper Government talking point

Bill Longstaff: Where is the outrage about the RCMP’s witch-hunt?

At one time I instinctively assumed that government agencies were apolitical, servants of the people, not the servants of any particular philosophy or party. That, it increasingly seems, was the good old days. Recently I, like many others, have the distinct impression that the Canada Revenue Agency, for example, is serving the political interests of . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Where is the outrage about the RCMP’s witch-hunt?

The Canadian Progressive: RCMP’s War On Canadian Environmentalists Escalates

A newly-released RCMP report wants Canadians to believe that “environmental extremists” pose a “clear and present criminal threat” to Canada’s tar sands-dominated energy sector.

The post RCMP’s War On Canadian Environmentalists Escalates appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Joe Fantauzzi: The Militarization of Police: But Why?

Since the beginning of the year, several stories in high-profile mainstream media publications have examined what some find to be the increasing militarization of police forces in North America. In March, The Economist wrote a feature on the phenomenon noting that the use of tactical units, which are often armed with military-style weaponry such as . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: The Militarization of Police: But Why?

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: False Passengers and Fake Promises: Could the PC Party be choosing the next opposition leader?

TweetHere’s a question that isn’t often asked in Alberta: Which of the three Progressive Conservative leadership candidates would make the best Leader of the Opposition? An insane trail of scandal continues to leak out of the 43-year-long governing PC Party as it lurches towards a leadership vote on September 6. A CBC exclusive story alleged . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: False Passengers and Fake Promises: Could the PC Party be choosing the next opposition leader?

Alberta Diary: The most important Duffy trial must be held in the court of public opinion

Mike Duffy, back in pre-Senatorial days, but already feeling the heat. Below: A more recent shot of Senator Duffy; former prime ministerial chief of staff Nigel Wright.

How could the handoff of a $90,000 cheque to Senator Mike Duffy by the prime minister’s chief of staff not be worthy of prosecution while the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The most important Duffy trial must be held in the court of public opinion

Alberta Diary: With floodwaters rising again, will Sun News Network renew its hysterical ‘gun grab’ attacks on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?

Sun News Network columnist Lorne Gunter is presented an award by National Firearms Association President Sheldon Clare for his commentary on the so-called “High River Gun Grab.” (Grabbed from the NFA’s website.) Below: Floodwaters roar through High River last year. (CBC Photo)

Rain is falling and floodwaters are rising again in Southern Alberta.

. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: With floodwaters rising again, will Sun News Network renew its hysterical ‘gun grab’ attacks on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?

Joe Fantauzzi: Supervised Injection In Toronto: The Canadian Taboo

Supervised injection is an emerging school of urban policy. At Illuminated By Street Lamps, I have posted a paper I wrote on the subject, which focuses on Toronto, and points the finger at the Conservative federal government and police for halting the discussion about this harm reduction technique. What is most concerning is that the . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Supervised Injection In Toronto: The Canadian Taboo

Joe Fantauzzi: Supervised Injection In Toronto: The Canadian Taboo

Supervised injection is an emerging school of urban policy. At Illuminated By Street Lamps, I have posted a paper I wrote on the subject, which focuses on Toronto, and points the finger at the Conservative federal government and police for halting the discussion about this harm reduction technique. What is most concerning is that the . . . → Read More: Joe Fantauzzi: Supervised Injection In Toronto: The Canadian Taboo

Musings on Canadian Politics: RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson needs to re-examine approach to sexual harassment allegations

RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson, testifying before a Senate committee investigating sexual harassment and bullying in the RCMP, has dismissed allegations of harassment and bullying.

“I can’t be continually defending against outlandish claims that have not been tested or established, but yet are being put forward as though they are gospel and representative of the . . . → Read More: Musings on Canadian Politics: RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson needs to re-examine approach to sexual harassment allegations

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Environmental Activists “Threat To National Security”: Harper Government

RCMP and CSIS treat peaceful protest actions and questioning the Harper Government as ‘forms of attack’, label activists involved “national security threats”, documents reveal. By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 22, 2013: The Harper Government is intensifying its attacks on environmental and other activist movements in Canada, according to documents released under freedom . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Environmental Activists “Threat To National Security”: Harper Government

The Ranting Canadian: Inspired by news stories of the last week or so: What do the…

Inspired by news stories of the last week or so:

What do the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Vatican, the Canadian senate, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Conservative Party of Canada have in common?

They are antiquated, dysfunctional, corrupt, racist, sexist, homophobic, elitist, perverted, deceitful, abusive, . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Inspired by news stories of the last week or so:
What do the…

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: Scathing report accuses RCMP of raping, abusing B.C. Aboriginal women

Human Rights Watch report accuses Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers of excessive force, and physical and sexual assault of Aboriginal women and girls in northern British Columbia. By Human Rights Watch | Feb. 13, 2013: OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in northern British Columbia has failed to protect indigenous women and girls from . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Scathing report accuses RCMP of raping, abusing B.C. Aboriginal women

Canadian Progressive: RCMP Grounds Aircraft Carrying Anti-Harper Labour Protest Message

If your progressive message is truthful but critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, it automatically qualifies for a “threat” and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) won’t allow it to fly over Ottawa. Let me put it another way: Ottawa is no place for legitimate political dissent. That’s the message our-scandal-ridden national police force conveyed . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: RCMP Grounds Aircraft Carrying Anti-Harper Labour Protest Message

Canadian Progressive World: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit

Earlier this week, I blogged that hundreds of current and former female Mounties from across Canada had launched a class-action lawsuit alleging harassment within the ranks of the RCMP. Yesterday, Valerie MacLean, a well-known British Columbian and former head of the Better Business Bureau, joined the lawsuit, according to the CBC News.

MacLaren’s story echoes . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: High profile ex-Mountie joins hundreds of Canadian women in RCMP lawsuit

Canadian Progressive World: Senator Kenny: “The RCMP was a white man’s club for a long time”

That was part of Ottawa Senator Colin Kenny‘s take on the ongoing harassment and reputational issues bedeviling the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In an opinion piece published by the Ottawa Citizen today, the Senator posited that: “When it comes to harassment at the RCMP, sex is only the tip of the iceberg.”

Canada’s national . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Senator Kenny: “The RCMP was a white man’s club for a long time”

Canadian Progressive World: Hundreds of Canadian women join RCMP harassment lawsuit

In March, Janet Merlo, a 19-year with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), filed a lawsuit against Canada’s national police force. In May, Corporal Catherine Galliford filed a claim of being sexually harassed by her male superiors during her 16 year career with the RCMP. Now hundreds of current and former female Mounties from . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Hundreds of Canadian women join RCMP harassment lawsuit