This just in: "Toft prosecution halted, lawyer to review files"

In the last 15 minutes, this popped to the top of the news-heap.
“The New Brunswick government has stayed a private assault charge laid against former youth jail guard Karl Toft by an alleged victim and commissioned an independent lawyer to review the case.”
“Judge Graydon Nicholas ruled there is sufficient evidence to charge Toft with assaulting Fearon with intent to maim and wound between Jan. 1, 1965, and Dec. 31, 1968. Fearon had originally asked for four charges to go ahead, but the judge ruled there was only enough evidence to warrant one.”
and, today: “However on Wednesday, Attorney General Brad Green cancelled that process by staying proceedings against Toft.”
“Green said “in the interest of fairness and justice” the Fearon file has been handed over to Nova Scotia criminal lawyer Joel Pink, who will review evidence on behalf of the government.
“If he determines that there is enough evidence to prosecute, then the province will prosecute the matter on behalf of John Fearon,” Green said. “However, if he determines that there is not enough evidence and a conviction is unlikely, then the matter will be stayed indefinitely.””
I can’t help wondering if this hasn’t something to do with someone being worried about the implications of charges against a former provincial employee for events which happened during his employment….. Say, for instance, if it comes out that the Province was aware of his activities…. Personally, I smell “cover-up”.
I am such a cynic.
Why THAT could never happen, could it?
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In the "It’s about time" category: "Pardon expected to be sought for Canadian WWI soldiers"

“The British government is expected to announce Wednesday that it will seek a group pardon for over 300 First World War soldiers executed for offences such as cowardice and desertion, a list that includes 23 Canadian soldiers.”

It is high time these men’s names and records were cleared.

Back in the day, little understanding of what was then termed “shell shock“. Some men clearly suffering from what we now call Post-traumatic Distress Disorder where dishonourably discharged. Many were executed for “cowardice”. It is high time these men’s names were cleared.

Notorious Pedophile "Dreads" Returning to Face Trial in New Brunswick

“One of the country’s most notorious pedophiles has been served with a summons to return to New Brunswick.

Karl Toft has been ordered to appear in a New Brunswick court in two weeks to face an assault charge that’s been laid privately by John Fearon of Toronto.”

“Toft served a 13-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 1992 to 34 counts of abuse. He later confessed to abusing more than 200 young boys. In December 2005, he was released from a half-way house in Edmonton where he served the last third of his sentence.”

“Edmonton police detective Will Tonowski of the high risk offenders unit in Edmonton says Toft is dreading returning to the province where many of his victims still live.

“He doesn’t want to do that. That’s the last thing he intended to do. He never had any intention of going back there. He has no friends, no support there. If in fact he needs to go back — and that’s not for sure yet, it will be something he has to proceed with very cautiously, I would suggest.”

Gee…. Ain’t THAT too bad?!

Perhaps you might have thought about that BEFORE you sexually assaulted 200 young boys in your care.

The boys he assaulted also had “no friends, no support” when they were sent to the reform school, did they?

This just in: "Toft prosecution halted, lawyer to review files"

In the last 15 minutes, this popped to the top of the news-heap.
“The New Brunswick government has stayed a private assault charge laid against former youth jail guard Karl Toft by an alleged victim and commissioned an independent lawyer to review the case.”
“Judge Graydon Nicholas ruled there is sufficient evidence to charge Toft with assaulting Fearon with intent to maim and wound between Jan. 1, 1965, and Dec. 31, 1968. Fearon had originally asked for four charges to go ahead, but the judge ruled there was only enough evidence to warrant one.”
and, today: “However on Wednesday, Attorney General Brad Green cancelled that process by staying proceedings against Toft.”
“Green said “in the interest of fairness and justice” the Fearon file has been handed over to Nova Scotia criminal lawyer Joel Pink, who will review evidence on behalf of the government.
“If he determines that there is enough evidence to prosecute, then the province will prosecute the matter on behalf of John Fearon,” Green said. “However, if he determines that there is not enough evidence and a conviction is unlikely, then the matter will be stayed indefinitely.””
I can’t help wondering if this hasn’t something to do with someone being worried about the implications of charges against a former provincial employee for events which happened during his employment….. Say, for instance, if it comes out that the Province was aware of his activities…. Personally, I smell “cover-up”.
I am such a cynic.
Why THAT could never happen, could it?

In the "It’s about time" category: "Pardon expected to be sought for Canadian WWI soldiers"

“The British government is expected to announce Wednesday that it will seek a group pardon for over 300 First World War soldiers executed for offences such as cowardice and desertion, a list that includes 23 Canadian soldiers.”

It is high time these men’s names and records were cleared.

Back in the day, little understanding of what was then termed “shell shock“. Some men clearly suffering from what we now call Post-traumatic Distress Disorder where dishonourably discharged. Many were executed for “cowardice”. It is high time these men’s names were cleared.

Notorious Pedophile "Dreads" Returning to Face Trial in New Brunswick

“One of the country’s most notorious pedophiles has been served with a summons to return to New Brunswick.

Karl Toft has been ordered to appear in a New Brunswick court in two weeks to face an assault charge that’s been laid privately by John Fearon of Toronto.”

“Toft served a 13-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 1992 to 34 counts of abuse. He later confessed to abusing more than 200 young boys. In December 2005, he was released from a half-way house in Edmonton where he served the last third of his sentence.”

“Edmonton police detective Will Tonowski of the high risk offenders unit in Edmonton says Toft is dreading returning to the province where many of his victims still live.

“He doesn’t want to do that. That’s the last thing he intended to do. He never had any intention of going back there. He has no friends, no support there. If in fact he needs to go back — and that’s not for sure yet, it will be something he has to proceed with very cautiously, I would suggest.”

Gee…. Ain’t THAT too bad?!

Perhaps you might have thought about that BEFORE you sexually assaulted 200 young boys in your care.

The boys he assaulted also had “no friends, no support” when they were sent to the reform school, did they?

Democracy Platform

I came across something tonight which I have started exploring. Democracy Platform is an internet-based television platform for distributing videos. Like television, you can subscribe to channels (there appear to be hundreds, if not thousands). Unlike television, anyone can view, share, broadcast, create… their own video.

As I say, I am just exploring.

Our mission is to build an open and democratic television platform”.

Democracy Platform is developed by The Participatory Culture Foundation

What is the Participatory Culture Foundation?
The Participatory Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in February 2005. We’re based in Worcester, MA, but many of us are based elsewhere. There are ten full-time staff, and many volunteers. Our funding currently comes from private philanthropists and we’ll soon be asking users for their support as well. Our mission is to build software and websites to create an independent, creative, engaging, and meritocratic TV system for millions of people around the world.”

Watching is as easy as downloading the “Democracy Player” (available for Mac, Windows, Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora). There is code available for developers, downloadable broadcast machine software — everything you need to broadcast online.

What’s being said about Democracy Player?

Want to see the future of Net video? Download the open source Democracy Player from the Participatory Culture Foundation, a renegade nonprofit code shop. The app lets you subscribe to RSS channels, download in the background via BitTorrent, and view most video formats in full-screen resolution. (The companion site, Video Bomb, offers RSS feeds for tons of clips.) With Democracy, a well-stocked BitTorrent tracker, and a little RSS fu, who needs a TiVo?- Wired Magazine, May 2006

It’s a brave new world, folks!

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