Wednesday, October 21, 2020

IIO ignores truth to get prosecutions of cops

When statements made by the female hostage in the November, 2012 hostage taking / standoff at the Starlight Casino first appeared in this space on Sunday, much attention followed.  What Tetiana Piltsina said in support of Delta Police Constable Jordan MacWilliams is important. And fair enough. He deserves support from the woman whose life he and two other officers saved. But lost within the media coverage is a stunning admission by Kellie Kirkpatrick, spokesperson for the Independent Investigations Office (IIO). When asked by Province reporter Dan Fumano whether the IIO had interviewed the female hostage at the centre of things on that fateful day, she provided this: “Our focus is on the actions of the police officers, not of the affected people, who in this case is Mr. Bayrami,” Kilpatrick said. She added that while the matter was before the court she was “not able to provide a comment specifically on what investigative steps were taken.” Without saying so, she admitted that it doesn’t matter what happened before police took lethal action, it only matters what police did. So, according to Richard Rosenthal, the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO, context doesn’t matter. Events that lead up to an officer-involved shooting don’t matter? Whatever contributed to the taking of a life is incidental? What is this, Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour? Bob Cooper, a former Sergeant in Vancouver Police Department’s Homicide Squad and who retired as an acting Inspector in Internal Affairs, was exceptionally critical of the IIO’s lack of competence in this matter. (Read his...

The IIO is struggling to be relevant

I know the Independent Investigations Office is struggling to demonstrate any relevance in their existence. I also know that they have demonstrated a significant level of incompetence since their error-laden launch in September of 2012 with the demonstrable lack of leadership displayed by the crusading Richard Rosenthal who seems to believe that virtually everything police do may somehow bear some criminal responsibility. But, to demonstrate how absolutely redundant the IIO is, and, how utterly wrong-headed their construction and their raison d’être is, one only need to look at two cases in the past two weeks. In strikingly similar circumstances, one on Saltspring Island and the latter in Abbotsford, BC last night, police responded to calls of a fight. When they arrive on scene they find unresponsive males. In the first, on Saltspring, RCMP officers arrived to find an injured, unresponsive male being administered CPR by two civilians, one of whom had non-life threatening injuries himself. Hmmm. The RCMP officers took over the administering of CPR until paramedics arrived. The man later died in hospital. Last night in Abbotsford, police arrive to find an unresponsive male at the scene of a reported brawl. They begin life-saving CPR until paramedics and fire responders arrive who take over the ministrations. Again, the man is pronounced dead in hospital. The IIO will try and say they have asserted jurisdiction because technically, both were deaths in police custody. The obvious question is: in custody for what? Both men were engaged in an altercation of some sort. The police were called...

Police name two Russian suspects in Novichok poisonings

SALISBURY - Two Russian nationals have been named and charged over the novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, Wiltshire. British police and prosecutors made the announcement on Wednesday. (The Guardian)

Political subsidies drive electoral zeal

While sitting on a plane to the Centre of the Universe, I found myself reading The Reagan Diaries, meticulously kept by Ronald Reagan throughout his presidency.  As I was reading words written nearly 30 years ago by the 40th President of the United States and reflecting on this federal election campaign, I was struck by how little had changed in the politics of the liberal left in the intervening years. On February 27, 1982 Reagan wrote: “A half dozen Dem. Gov’s. Kept sounding off on how our programs we unfair and favoured the rich - paralyzed the poor.  Their answer?  Cut defense spending.” He continued, “Food stamps are budgeted at $4 billion than 1980 and 3 million more people are getting them.  As for taxes favouring the rich - they are already 25% across the board and indexing the tax brackets does nothing for the rich - they are already in the top tax bracket.” Sound familiar?  Change the dollar values and percentages around a little and this could be the Canadian federal election campaign of 2011.  (Wouldn’t you like to have only to pay 25% income tax?) Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff is still banging on the tax the banks and oil companies nonsense and NDP leader Jack Layton is still harping on his tax the rich refrain.  The rhetoric is as predictable as an early start to golf season for the Leafs. They both want to kill the F-35 contract without offering even a suggestion of what else they would do.  And we...

The President is missing

In my lifetime, I have never been embarrassed by a sitting US President. Until now. I remember watching the resignation speech of Richard Nixon and shaking my head at the apparent ineptitude of Jimmy Carter as he fumbled the Iran hostage file. I ground my teeth as I listened to the testimony of Oliver North and tried to stifle my gag reflex as the impeachment of Bill Clinton wound on following the ill-advised spilling of his DNA on Monica Lewinsky's blue dress. But for all that, they occupied the office of the President of the United States. POTUS. The leader of the free world. And, as events in the Middle East have demonstrated, no matter what we may think or want, the eyes of the world turn to the US to provide help when things are bad. It is not, as the political left might have you believe, that America is imperialist or a colonial power or any of that leftist nonsense. As we have seen in Libya in the past week, the freedom fighters have been calling for American help in, at minimum, establishing a 'no fly' zone. And POTUS? He's been golfing and generally amusing himself by doing anything but appearing as the leader of the free world. Even the imminent meltdown of four nuclear reactors in Japan could not rouse the Speechifier in Chief from his vacation. After all, he needs a good rest with all the speeches he gives. It's tiring spouting all that rhetorical BS. Today, the UN Security...

A second term?

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As always, there’s more to the story

It is getting a little tiring watching all the mainstream media drinking each other’s bathwater on the story of the poor teen 19 yr. old “student,” Awish Aslam, turfed from a Tory election rally in Guelph. A google search of her name reveals more than 30 pages of stories written about her and the incident in the past five days. Dish up the pablum and a pliant media lap it up. But clicking a couple of more pages reveal this link. It might look like a bunch of gobbledy-gook but it is actually HTML script of an email written on Dec. 2, 2008. When you look at the script in an HTML viewer, you can see the entire email. Here it is. I enlisted the support of Pierre Bourque of fame to help me identify the people the email was sent to and as I thought, they are mostly all NDP MPs, party staff or other insiders. You will notice the supposed “victim” of Harper’s “goons” as some media and Michael Ignatieff have taken to calling the RCMP who were doing security for the Prime Minister, is one of the recipients. The email refers the reader to Bourque’s website and a poll he was running. Well, on that date, Bourque tells me he ran two polls. This one and this one. You will notice the polls were all about what was going on in Ottawa on that day which, of course all about the coalition the opposition were trying to form to...

More mystery in another IIO cop prosecution

After the first week of testimony in the charge of careless use of a firearm against Cranbrook Cst. Rick Drought, a 15 year veteran of the RCMP at the time, I am still left wondering why this charge has been laid in the first place. A week into it and I have no inkling what it is the Crown thinks it can prove that adds up to criminal behaviour. What’s even more puzzling is that when the charge against Drought was first announced on August 8, 2013, the charge was ‘intentionally discharging a firearm into a motor vehicle knowing a person was in the vehicle and intentionally discharging a firearm while being reckless as to the life and safety of another person.’ Those charges were new to the Criminal Code in 2009 and were designed to prosecute gang shootings not police officers in the execution of their duty. It carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison for each count. In the government background announcing the amendments it specifically said, “One of the main purposes of the bill is to facilitate the battle against organized crime, and to that end, it amends the Criminal Code.” So, with that in mind, let’s have a look at the facts in the case. In the early morning hours of Oct. 2nd, 2012, 25-yr-old career criminal Nicholas John Bullock, accompanied by his 17-yr-old girlfriend, violently carjacked two folks driving a white Chevy Malibu in the parking lot of the Coquitlam Superstore. They drove the car until...

What an embarrassing week for Trudeau and Canada

If you actually think overpaid bureaucrats do anything of value, you need to take a look at True North Fellow Andrew Lawton’s piece at It was a remarkable tale about a poem about Jack and Jill and how bureaucrats exchanged a vast amount of emails discussing whether it was “inclusive” enough. (True North)

Wilful blindness situation normal for RCMP Leadership

Former RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has denied allegations made that he protected Cameron Ortis, the civilian Director General of the RCMP’s National Intelligence Coordination Centre (NICC), their special intelligence unit.  (True North)