In his opinion piece https://vancouversun.com/opinion/matthew-nathanson-complaint-against-vancouver-mayor-for-acknowledging-systemic-racism-exists-is-a-farce in The Sun on June 18th, Matthew Nathanson writes: "The existence of systemic racism is a fact. And if you have any doubt about its presence in policing, keep in mind that the national head of the RCMP and the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, among many others, have accepted that as truth. But Canning apparently knows better. Which means leading police officials from across the country are part of a nefarious disinformation campaign to discredit themselves?" There used to be a lot of systemic racism here. You could see it clearly. It was as obvious as it was deliberate. The Oriental Exclusion Act. Asians not being allowed to vote. The Komagata Maru incident. At one time a scheme existed in the British Properties where property owners included a clause in any sales agreement that the purchaser undertook never to sell the property to a Chinese buyer. Drive around the British Properties now and look at the demographics. The Chinese have long understood that embracing victimhood in perpetuity is a loser’s game and the best revenge is living well. All of this was a long time ago. Is there still systemic racism? Certainly, and it’s just as obvious now as it was then. Affirmative Action laws that mandate race-based hiring and promotion. Admission policies at Harvard and Yales that discriminate against Asians. The Aboriginal Sentencing Discount. All based upon skin color and no matter what liberals tell you, there’s just no such thing...
There was a double homicide in Richmond B.C. this weekend. Both were shot. The RCMP at one point had the house surrounded and it is believed the suspect was in the residence. Was this a barricaded suspect situation? We don’t know. How did it end? We don’t know. We do know the two shooting victims were “laid out and stunned onlookers” according to a CTV News report. Was it gang related? We don’t know. Was it a stranger shooting up a home in a residential area in suburbia? We don’t know. Was it a domestic dispute? We don’t know. The RCMP said there was no reason for the public to be concerned for their safety. But other than that, said precious little about what went on. We don’t even know if the suspect was in custody, although the circumstances seem to indicate that. But when asked the question by a CTV news reporter, she was referred to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Unit (IHIT). Conveniently, they didn’t respond to enquiries. Social media was abuzz after the incident and the flimsiness of the RCMP’s released info which generated much speculation. Needless to say the speculation was not based in any known facts but it sprouted and grew as the weekend went on. Some of the speculation was the homicides may have even involved RCMP Members. As I write this, nearly 48 hours after the RCMP received the call alerting them to the shooting, we still don’t have any details to stem the speculation no matter how wild...
More than a thousand Calgary Police Service members joined the family of Sgt. Andrew Harnett Saturday for a procession to honour the slain officer. A regimental funeral for Harnett was held Saturday afternoon and included the livestreamed procession following the service. (Calgary Herald)
I have spent the bulk of my working life in and around policing. Ordinarily, I would publicly defend the police — especially in cases of citizen journalism. I put context to what we are seeing and silence the baying hounds. (True North)
A Calgary Police Service officer was killed on New Year’s Eve when he was hit by the driver of a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop in the northeast community of Falconridge. (Calgary Herald)
Earlier this year, the Ontario Provincial Police conducted a criminal investigation into senior members of the RCMP on allegations of obstruction of justice – relating to the treatment of the RCMP officers involved in the arrest and death of Robert Dziekanski. (True North)
The Vancouver Police Department could soon find itself in a dispute with city council. The VPD board submitted its 2021 budget proposal to the city this week, opting against a cut of one per cent requested by city staff, which would put the budget at $318.6 million. (CBC)
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)
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 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)