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Politics and its Discontents: A Reasonable Doubt?

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Politics and its Discontents: “This was an attack on the rule of the law.”

So said Crown attorney Elizabeth Jackson, who is seeking a sentence of 18 months in jail and three years’ probation at the sentencing hearing of George Horton, 24, whose crime during the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit was kicking the scout car of Staff. Sgt. Graham Queen as well as another cruiser and a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: “This was an attack on the rule of the law.”

Politics and its Discontents: Two ‘Politicians’ Speak

Now frequently the new last refuge of the scoundrel, the passive voice is very popular with politicians far and wide, even if they don’t hold elected office.

In response to a comprehensive report by retired judge John Morden on the police brutality and abuses of Charter Rights committed during the June 2010 . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Two ‘Politicians’ Speak

Politics and its Discontents: To Be Fair To G20 Cop Sgt. Mark Charlebois

When I was young, our local radio station used to carry the syndication of Paul Harvey’s nightly news program. Every so often, the esteemed newsman would read an item attesting either to the extreme folly or the extreme idiocy of humanity, after which he would let out a sound that was somewhere between . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: To Be Fair To G20 Cop Sgt. Mark Charlebois

Politics and its Discontents: Apparently, Talk Of Charter Rights Is Just Nonsense

“Guys are talking nonsense and he got nonsense back.” – Sgt. Mark Charlebois in defense of his denial of Paul Figueiras’s Charter Rights during Toronto 2010 G20 Summit.

Unfortunately, Sgt. Charlebois is not the only one who feels that our Charter Rights are a risible matter. As reported in today’s Star, the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Apparently, Talk Of Charter Rights Is Just Nonsense

Politics and its Discontents: Chief Bill Blair Dodges Another Bullet

The Toronto Star reports the following:

The province’s police complaints watchdog has recommended 31 officers be charged with misconduct during the G20 summit, two of them in senior positions, Toronto police said Wednesday.

The good chief must be wearing his kevlar vest 24/7, judging by his apparent immunity from any consequences . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chief Bill Blair Dodges Another Bullet

Politics and its Discontents: A Star Reader’s Thoughts On G20 Justice

As a reader of various progressive bloggers, I know that the thirst for justice and accountability burns strongly in Canada. The only problem, of course, is that this passion seems singularly absent in those who occupy positions of authority, be they our elected ‘representatives’, heads of various organizations, and, of course, certain police . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Star Reader’s Thoughts On G20 Justice

Politics and its Discontents: Christopher Hume on the G20

With a broad range of targets in his column today, including Dalton McGuinty, Harper, Tony Clement and Julian Fantino as additional architects of the 20120 G20 debacle in Toronto, the Star’s Christopher joins in the chorus of those calling for the resignation of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair. Of course, he is under no illusion . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Christopher Hume on the G20

Politics and its Discontents: Accentuating The Positive

Perhaps he is a student of Norman Vincent Peale. Perhaps he believes that when you are handed lemons, you make lemonade. Perhaps he prefers to see the glass as half-full, not half-empty. Or perhaps he is just a politician intent on covering his professional rear end.

Whatever he is, Toronto Police . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Accentuating The Positive

Politics and its Discontents: Police Chief Bill Blair Well-Rebuked

Oh, there is much in the news today to report and comment on, but I’ll start with something close to my heart: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, whom I regard as an unindicted co-conspirator in the police violence that erupted during peaceful protests at the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto.

In a previous post, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Police Chief Bill Blair Well-Rebuked

Politics and its Discontents: More G20 Police Brutality Justice Pending

One of the Toronto police officers identified in the G20 beating of Adam Nobody has now been identified in another incident occurring the same weekend.

Const. Oliver Simpson’s employer, the Toronto Police Services Board, is being sued by Nikos Kapetaneas and Caitlin Morgan for the injuries they sustained at the hands (or rather, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More G20 Police Brutality Justice Pending

Politics and its Discontents: A Little More G20 Justice

In one of the more despicable acts of police brutality during the G20 Summit in Toronto in June of 2010, a paraplegic man, Gabriel Jacobs, was “dragged” from his motorized wheelchair, thrown into the back of a police cruiser and left on the floor of a temporary G20 detention centre where he defecated on . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Little More G20 Justice