Wednesday, December 2, 2020

New report condemns RCMP, but what will change?

A report issued this week by former Supreme Court Justice Michel Bastarache looked at the complaints brought against the RCMP by former members Janet Merlo and Linda Gillis Davidson. (True North)

Along the five-hour escort home, public pays its last respects to fallen OPP Const. Marc Hovingh

Dozens of local police officers lined bridges and the sides of the highway in Sudbury on Monday to salute a fallen colleague as he was transported by hearse and OPP escort to Manitoulin Island. The procession for Const. Marc Hovingh, killed Thursday in an exchange of gunfire near Gore Bay, left the Toronto area around noon and made its way through Sudbury in the late afternoon. (National Post)

Surrey Hells Angels clubhouse searched by RCMP in gun investigation

Surrey RCMP executed a search warrant overnight Friday at the Hells Angels Hardside clubhouse in connection with a gun investigation. Mounties continued with the search Saturday at the rented rancher in the 18000-block of 96 Avenue. (The Province)

Paradise lost – death of OPP officer shakes small community

GORE BAY, Ont. -  As night fell, so did the town hall flag, to half-mast, as soon as word came that OPP Const. Marc Hovingh had died. “He was a big, friendly guy,” Gore Bay Mayor Dan Osborne told me Thursday in the dark on the front porch of his home above the harbour. (Toronto Sun)

Usual groups of social justice warriors complain about Vancouver Police unit anti-crime unit

A newly formed unit established to control crime in several Vancouver neighbourhoods has led to a complaint to the Vancouver police board. Three groups allege the department’s neighbourhood response unit will “intensify disproportionate and discriminatory policing” in some downtown neighbourhoods. (The Province)

Weapons seized in wake of shooting

Two young men face a slew of charges stemming an investigation into a North York shooting that led to the seizure of a rifle and a handgun. Toronto Police say gunshots rang out in the residential area of Fenelon and Graydon Hall Drs. — near the Don Valley Pkwy. and Hwy. 401 — around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 2. (Toronto Sun)
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Halloween mayhem in Vancouver

Halloween mayhem in Vancouver this weekend saw several people assaulted or stabbed, a Porsche set on fire and police swarmed by partiers on Granville Street. (The Province)

RCMP used covert search and surveillance techniques before arresting high-level intelligence official

In the RCMP's search for a leak that ultimately led to the arrest of top intelligence official Cameron Ortis last year, investigators first obtained a general warrant 15 months earlier. The Fifth Estate has learned that the RCMP obtained more than two dozen court-ordered warrants and authorizations in the months prior to and after the arrest of Ortis that gave them broad powers, including covert surveillance and the ability to intercept communications. (CBC)

30 police officers injured as racial violence erupts after Philly police shooting

PHILADELPHIA  – Protesters upset over alleged police brutality took to the streets in Philadelphia overnight. This came hours after police shot and killed a man with a knife in West Philadelphia on Monday afternoon. Officers opened fire when they say the man walked toward them near 61st and Locust Streets, refusing to drop the knife. (CBS)

Despite what we are being told, things haven’t changed in today’s RCMP

In 2006, RCMP Corporal. Catherine Galliford had finally had it with the harassment in the Old Boys club — more formally known as the RCMP. Galliford complained to her direct supervisor about a co-worker and was called to the supervisor’s office. The supervisor sat behind his desk and on the only other chair in the room sat the male coworker she had complained about. There was no other chair; the co-worker patted his lap smiling saying “sit here.” (True North)

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