Canadian Police and Suicide Hotlines Violating Privacy

It’s mind boggling that Canadian police would think it’s justified in sharing mental health information with Homeland Insecurity in order to help the USA discriminate against people with mental illness.

What in the heck made them think it’s okay? Are they crazy?

People need to trust that they can reach out to a Suicide Hotline without fear of future reprisals. Canadian police have seriously damaged this expectation, and therefore are likely to have harmed people who’d have otherwise sought help. It would be hard to learn definitively if this abuse of authority has killed people, because the people we’d learn that from will have silenced themselves permanently.

No word yet from the Regina and Saskatoon police forces if they violate privacy in this manner.

Aggressive Cop Loses to Skateboarder

There might be a better way to entertain kids who want to skateboard in a city, other than yell at them, push them, and make their desired outdoor fun illegal. Baltimore wasn’t doing a good job 6 years ago. Regina’s not far behind.

“Dude” cop loses his temper. Doesn’t file report. Gets famous on YouTube. Gets fired.

Sousveillance wins the day.

Build a Roof-Ready skate park for Regina? Maybe one with a dome would be wiser.

Freaking Saskatoon Police #YXE #SKpoli

I’m sure the Saskatoon Police do a lot of good work. They’ve really cleaned up their image since the 1990s, and it’s been decades since they’ve reportedly given anyone a [deadly] Starlight Tour. Unfortunately, a new frontier of ignorant neglect has popped up. Saskatoon Police are not taking the solicitation of lone women in cabs very seriously.

“Take the cab with another person, with a friend,” said [Saskatoon police spokeswoman Alyson] Edwards.

Absurd! Victim blaming much? Also, have you ever managed to share a cab with a friend so you both end up at home while neither is alone in the cab?

Edwards didn’t even state, or the story didn’t mention, that a cabbie kidnapping a passenger for sex, then stranding them shoeless, is a serious crime.

- It’s not always immediately clear whether an incident crosses the line into the Po-Po being dirty…

“Edwards said it’s not always immediately clear whether an incident crosses the line into criminal activity. She said police work closely with taxi companies.

“In the past we have looked at removing those licences if we have had problems,” she said.”

“Work closely with taxi companies”? Horseshit. Try working closely with citizens sexually harassed by gross cabbies who should be in jail! {Never trust public figures saying they are “working closely”.}

Danger Cat writes: pardon my language, but that is some fucking bullshit. Where are we living that a woman needs to travel with another person to prevent her from being sexually harassed in a cab? Yeah – that’s criminal activity. It’s called SOLICITING. It’s called HARASSMENT.

Saskatoon Police, you work for the women of Saskatoon, not a taxi company or its gross sexual violators. Having your spokesperson blame women for creating a dangerous situation, and saying it’s not clear if crime has taken place given the serious, specific, and repeated accusations, is irresponsible. It sends the wrong message to women, and the wrong message to taxi companies and their unsafe drivers.

delee83 writes:
This is a poor headline choice that incorrectly places blame on the victim. It should read “Taxi drivers accused of sexual harassment.” Despicable, completely unjustifiable behaviour.

Photography Is Not a Crime

The title was the shocking headline of this op-ed by PEN. “Uh, no kidding,” is the correct response. What’s disappointing is your image is taken everywhere by the state and businesses, but citizens are freaking out if other citizens or journalists have their images too? Free societies cannot allow their police to forcefully prevent people from filming, where they are filming citizens already (and feeding it into Trapwire too).

I’m someone who avoided an unjust (and later non-convicted for those charged) ticket, in part thanks to filming unconstitutional police action in Regina.

Watch this cop on a stretcher apparently swearing at a journalist, before his buddies put the photographer into a headlock and arrested him before fining him $65.

Know your rights:

Subject to certain very limited constraints, it is not a crime in Canada for anyone to do any of the following things, and it is a violation of their Charter rights to prevent anyone from doing so:
•photographing or filming in any public place, or in any private place to which the public is admitted, and publishing those pictures and films,
•taking pictures of or filming in any government site other than “restricted access areas”*
•photographing or filming police officers in public, as long as the photographer/filmmaker does not obstruct or interfere with the execution of police duties. While everyone has a reasonable expectation of privacy in certain circumstances, police officers have no reasonable expectation of privacy as they go about their duties.

A police officer does not have the right to confiscate cameras or recording equipment (including phones), unless the person in possession of such equipment is under arrest and such equipment is necessarily relevant to the alleged offence. A police officer cannot force anyone to show, unlock or decrypt cameras or recording equipment, or to delete images, even when that person is under arrest, unless the police officer has a warrant or a court order permitting him to do so.

Chemical Agents Of The State

Canadians first somewhat accepted RCMP officers dousing peaceful protesters (and the media) with pepper spray, back in the 90s, during the OPEC summit in B.C. It’s regressed to the point where Officer Bubble cries about the possibility of getting soap in his eyes, while his even less scrupulous brothers in arms will charge into a crowd while swinging clubs. Officer Pike at UC Davis strolls along a line of seated protesters, and blasts them in the face with orange, burning spray. NYPD kettle women in Summer dresses, and blast them in the face with chemical agents. Oakland PD fire a canister into the head of a protester and attempt to prevent medical assistance. Brazilian armed thugs attack a woman with chemicals, as she stands alone on a public street. Turkish thugs blast a woman in a red dress with chemicals from an assault spray-gun.

Why are we letting our police forces around the world act as corporate military squads, and thugs?

ConCalls: Proxy Investigation #RoboCon

No new information in this post, just something I found ironic and amusing.

On Feb 21, 2011[sic; 2012] I queried and accessed “” from my home computer. I did this from my home computer as my Elections Canada computer firewall blocked access under “Category: Proxy Avoidance”.

I just noticed the obvious date error, after chuckling at the content filter (not “firewall”) problem posed to the investigator.

The EC investigator used his home computer because his work computer wouldn’t let him investigate the proxy service he uncovered both Prescott and Poutine used. It’s still unexplained why Prescott’s account would have used a proxy service to access RackNine for legitimate robocalls which as you can see he was paid to do by the Burke Conservative campaign. It appears to be damning evidence that has not been acted on by prosecutors.

The EC investigator concluded for the courts:

that IP address was used by Andrew Prescott as client #45 in communications with RackNine on behalf of the Marty Burke [Guelph Conservative] campaign, but was also involved in a session which originated from IP address, “”;

…the Burke campaign return noted above at paragraph 111. I found a single entry for an expense of $1,100 for Andrew Prescott under the column for “salaries and wages”.

Hat tip to Alison
More on RoboCon, in court right now.

ConCalls: Israeli Ambassador Told Canadian MP to Stay Home

A little strange news linked to the election fraud of last year: The Liberal MP Borys W., who led the case to have Etobicoke Centre’s results overturned successfully, was once told by Israel to not go to Lebanon. It’s presumably not usual for a country’s ambassador to demand an elected official of Canada not travel to a third country. An added circumstantial twist is that Dean Del Mastro (implicated in election spending allegations by a large unexplained cheque written to his 2008 campaign) was set to go on the trip to Lebanon, but did not go. Other MPs set to go, still went with Borys.

In another trip, CSIS provided security for Borys, as there’d been a credible threat made against his life. He was to be thrown from a train.

Canadians still anxiously await the Supreme Court decision to uphold or overturn the lower court’s rebuke of Elections Canada’s administration of the nullified vote in Etobicoke Centre last year. Conservative Ted Opitz of that riding continues to act as if he has legitimacy as an elected MP.

We’re also waiting for charges against whomever Pierre Poutine and the others are, who organized thousands to hundreds of thousands of fraudulent calls pretending to be from Elections Canada. The calls were made. The records are there. Why are authorities delaying in tracing them and pressing charges more than a year later?
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Bruce Carson Charged

Designed as expiring news on a Friday in the middle of Summer, instead of last Winter when the report on his alleged guilt was complete, these charges come a year too late. Bruce Carson was accepted into the Prime Minister’s Office and his personal influence circle despite previous fraud convictions. Why? Because the PMO wants to learn from people with experience in the realm of conning and oil huckstering.

If you want to catch up on who Bruce Carson is, and why he’s so important to exposing the rot in the Prime Minister’s Office, you simply must read some work by The Sixth Estate.

In March, it looked to me as if this day wouldn’t come. So, what changed? I’m not sure, but I’d like to know. And I’d like to see the RCMP start laying Elections Act charges when Elections Canada fails to act in a timely manner.

RCMP – Really Carefully Monitoring People

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How can I write this without sounding, well, paranoid? I believe the RCMP is watching too many people, and abusing its resources. There are plenty of signs this is taking place, and it worries me. The police should not be monitoring Canadians without having a reasonable suspicion that criminal acts are imminent or are taking place. It is not a valid reason to pay police to watch all activists, especially ones who peacefully oppose prevailing political governance. Are we not a society free to disagree with our government?

Here’s an incomplete, but startling, list of reports that suggest the Mounties are getting their man by putting everyone, innocent people too, under a microscope.

Since there are no laws clearly governing the use of your personal information collected by the ruling political party into their CIMS database, they could be sharing this intelligence with the Mounties. Would it change your answer to any survey or political phone call if you knew your response could end up on an RCMP surveillance watchlist?

As a political blogger, I’m pretty much screwed if the government takes an active interest in me. Even though I’ve previously worked in a job for the government where people, with less oversight and more authority than the RCMP, confirmed I’m loyal to Canada (and the Queen even) and am the opposite of a threat to national security, I have little doubt that now I’m an unhappy smiley face in CIMS, and who knows what other police-state Stasi-style databases. With social networking, it’s easy to track most of my contacts. When Toews’ Bill C-30 passes, the police will be able to do legally what they’ve probably been doing since September 11th, 2001. I also carry a cell phone, so my movements could be mapped, or conversations bugged using the phone mic. Ubiquitous technology is stacked against a free, democratic Canada.

Will the RCMP maintain the peace in Canada, or bring an end to it? Will they resist the pull of pervasive electronic monitoring of every person? I know what I hope for, but the signs are pointing in the wrong direction.