RCMP falsehoods on Dziekanski’s death (Globe and Mail)

“Canadians cannot believe a word the RCMP have to say over the taser death of Robert Dziekanski. The cruelty of the response by four Mounties to the Polish man’s plight is a shocking example of police inhumanity. The disinformation campaign waged later can only further harm the reputation and credibility of the force. How, when an RCMP spokesman stands up in the future and calmly gives a version of events involving a member, can he be trusted?” (read the full editorial)

What is certain about this sad and tragic event is that the RCMP have shamed themselves and done more harm to the reputation of their own personnel than any smear campaign could ever do.

When, in the wake of a series of shootings which have taken the lives of officers who have striven to uphold justice and to keep citizens in their communities safe, a single event tarnishes the reputation of the entire force. It cheapens the lives and deaths of those officers killed in the line of duty.

For those spokespersons for the RCMP to continue to lie and distort what is patently apparent to most Canadians… who can see with their own eyes what transpired in the Vancouver airport isn’t just ludicrous, it is criminal.

Obviously, they took a leaf from the SQ book on how to deal with public scrutiny of transgressions… Lie, lie, lie… Never admit a fault, even when faced with evidence which proves guilt. Lie, and it will all go away.

Clearly, none of them took to heart their mothers’ advice that it is always better to tell the truth and admit a fault than to lie and risk the shame of being caught in a lie.

Meanwhile, the memorial service for Mr. Dziekanski will be held tomorrow in BC and, despite being invited, not a single of the invited MLAs or local politicians has chosen to appear at the service. Are they afraid of being seen to have concern or compassion for Mr. Dziekanski’s grieving mother?

Shame on them.

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RCMP falsehoods on Dziekanski’s death (Globe and Mail)

“Canadians cannot believe a word the RCMP have to say over the taser death of Robert Dziekanski. The cruelty of the response by four Mounties to the Polish man’s plight is a shocking example of police inhumanity. The disinformation campaign waged later can only further harm the reputation and credibility of the force. How, when an RCMP spokesman stands up in the future and calmly gives a version of events involving a member, can he be trusted?” (read the full editorial)

What is certain about this sad and tragic event is that the RCMP have shamed themselves and done more harm to the reputation of their own personnel than any smear campaign could ever do.

When, in the wake of a series of shootings which have taken the lives of officers who have striven to uphold justice and to keep citizens in their communities safe, a single event tarnishes the reputation of the entire force. It cheapens the lives and deaths of those officers killed in the line of duty.

For those spokespersons for the RCMP to continue to lie and distort what is patently apparent to most Canadians… who can see with their own eyes what transpired in the Vancouver airport isn’t just ludicrous, it is criminal.

Obviously, they took a leaf from the SQ book on how to deal with public scrutiny of transgressions… Lie, lie, lie… Never admit a fault, even when faced with evidence which proves guilt. Lie, and it will all go away.

Clearly, none of them took to heart their mothers’ advice that it is always better to tell the truth and admit a fault than to lie and risk the shame of being caught in a lie.

Meanwhile, the memorial service for Mr. Dziekanski will be held tomorrow in BC and, despite being invited, not a single of the invited MLAs or local politicians has chosen to appear at the service. Are they afraid of being seen to have concern or compassion for Mr. Dziekanski’s grieving mother?

Shame on them.

Award-winning American travel writer Rolf Potts (www.rolfpotts.com) is looking for Canadians to interview regarding the War of 1812. Rolf is doing a story for National Public Radio about Canadian views on the war, and particularly Canadian patriotic attachment to it as a victory over the Americans. He’s looking for two groups of people: Canadians in their teens, 20s or 30s who may not know a whole lot about the war, but who might recall what they were taught about it in school or have a vague sense of pride about it, and Canadians of any age group who are maybe a bit more knowledgeable and opinionated. (As he puts it, “maybe a history buff or fervent Canadian nationalist.”)

These aren’t strict categories – just Canadian-ness and some sort of opinion about 1812 (preferably of the patriotic variety) are required. If interested in being interviewed (Rolf would do the interviews by phone) please let Eva Holland know as soon as possible. My home email is eva.jt.holland@gmail.com.

Award-winning American travel writer Rolf Potts (www.rolfpotts.com) is looking for Canadians to interview regarding the War of 1812. Rolf is doing a story for National Public Radio about Canadian views on the war, and particularly Canadian patriotic attachment to it as a victory over the Americans. He’s looking for two groups of people: Canadians in their teens, 20s or 30s who may not know a whole lot about the war, but who might recall what they were taught about it in school or have a vague sense of pride about it, and Canadians of any age group who are maybe a bit more knowledgeable and opinionated. (As he puts it, “maybe a history buff or fervent Canadian nationalist.”)

These aren’t strict categories – just Canadian-ness and some sort of opinion about 1812 (preferably of the patriotic variety) are required. If interested in being interviewed (Rolf would do the interviews by phone) please let Eva Holland know as soon as possible. My home email is eva.jt.holland@gmail.com.

Judge for yourself…

CAUTION: Video contains footage of a violent death.

Paul Pritchard, the bystander who vidoetaped the minutes leading up to the Tasering and eventual death of Robert Dziekanski by RCMP officers at Vancouver airport last month finally has his footage back and released it.

To my mind there is no question that the death of Robert Dziekanski would never have happened if someone had taken the time to do allow this man to speak to an interpreter or let him use their cellphone to reach his mother.

The RCMP story about the events keeps changing from “he was drunk and out of control”(according to the autopsy, he had no alcohol at all in his system. Nor were there drugs), to “he resisted the police” to “the footage doesn’t tell the entire story”. It certainly tells more than the police bothered to find out before they, within 25 seconds of arriving on the scene, Tasering him.

I think the video speaks very clearly about whether the police acted correctly and with appropriate force or went in half-cocked, Tasered an man who was agitated (twice within a few second and while the man was down), and caused him to lapse into a coma by kneeling on his neck and head (as witnesses and the video show).

Judge for yourself

Judge for yourself…

CAUTION: Video contains footage of a violent death.

Paul Pritchard, the bystander who vidoetaped the minutes leading up to the Tasering and eventual death of Robert Dziekanski by RCMP officers at Vancouver airport last month finally has his footage back and released it.

To my mind there is no question that the death of Robert Dziekanski would never have happened if someone had taken the time to do allow this man to speak to an interpreter or let him use their cellphone to reach his mother.

The RCMP story about the events keeps changing from “he was drunk and out of control”(according to the autopsy, he had no alcohol at all in his system. Nor were there drugs), to “he resisted the police” to “the footage doesn’t tell the entire story”. It certainly tells more than the police bothered to find out before they, within 25 seconds of arriving on the scene, Tasering him.

I think the video speaks very clearly about whether the police acted correctly and with appropriate force or went in half-cocked, Tasered an man who was agitated (twice within a few second and while the man was down), and caused him to lapse into a coma by kneeling on his neck and head (as witnesses and the video show).

Judge for yourself

Photos from the O-Town Hoedown and a couple of other shows, set to “Outlaw Heart” (Tiger more… Army).

To see the photos in all their glory:
O-Town
O-Town Specials
The Windy Kilts

Photos from the O-Town Hoedown and a couple of other shows, set to “Outlaw Heart” (Tiger more… Army).

To see the photos in all their glory:
O-Town
O-Town Specials
The Windy Kilts

Bail for Alleged child molester…. $5,000

A provincial court in Abbotsford, B.C., has granted bail of $5,000 to Orville Frank Mader, who’s accused of sex crimes in Thailand, but he will remain in jail until he comes up with the money.

Mader, 54, also has to stay away from children unless he’s under supervision of an adult appointed by the court — a condition of his bail.

Mader was nabbed at Vancouver International Airport on Nov. 1, after getting off a plane from Asia. He’s is originally from Kitchener, Ont., and has lived in Surrey, B.C.

He was held by authorities under a protective order after a provincial court judge ruled he could pose a threat to children under the age of 14.

Thai police issued an arrest warrant for Mader on Oct. 31 in connection with alleged sexual abuse committed in the coastal city of Pattaya, known for its brothels and other sex industry venues.

Another example of the courts not taking seriously the risk of releasing child molesters, alleged or otherwise, without proper assurances they won’t either disappear or offend. Obviously, this man poses a flight risk since he left Thailand to evade capture. The amount of bail and the fact that his family doesn’t seem to think he poses any risk is cause enough to concern for both flight and offending.

If the “supervision of an adult appointed by the court” is anything like the one appointed by the court when my former brother-in-law* was given house-arrest for molesting a child (his wife who didn’t believe that he was guilty, despite his pleading guilty), there is nothing to stop him from offending.

I wonder how soon we will be hearing about his escapades after doing a bunk or kidnapping a child. Of course, if the courts take as seriously any further offenses by him as they did those by Peter Whitmore.
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*Who was reported for breaking the conditions of his release and the police and court did nothing, despite an automatic 3 year sentence for breaking the conditions.

Sighhhh…..

A Winnipeg church prevented aboriginal dancers from performing at a Habitat for Humanity event this week, saying the performance was not an expression of Christian faith.

Habitat for Humanity invited Kim Houle and her children to perform at its annual volunteer appreciation night, which was held Tuesday in an auditorium Habitat had rented for the event inside the Church of The Rock.

But the afternoon before the performance, the church told Habitat it could not allow the dancing.

Pastor Mark Hughes said he was sorry for Houle and her family, but he agreed with his staff’s decision to prevent them from dancing in his church.

“Native spiritual dancing has its roots in a different spiritual belief system that is incongruent with traditional Christian worship,” Hughes said in an e-mail.

I’m sure there are plenty of other things worn, done, even part of the church’s ceremonies which have their roots in something other than Christian worship. I’ll bet the church has a Christmas tree or, let’s face it, celebrates the birth of Christ at Christmas which has ITS roots in a pagan celebration.

“I don’t think a Buddhist temple would allow a Christian pastor to speak about Jesus.”

Actually, unlike this particular “church”, most Buddhist temples would likely NOT have a problem with a Christian pastor speaking about Jesus if he had been invited either by the temple or someone renting space in the church.

Houle and her children, who live in a Habitat home, were allowed to attend the event, but not to perform.

Michelle Nyhof, spokeswoman for Habitat for Humanity in Winnipeg, said the church’s position put the charity in an awkward situation because it had signed a contract.

“We have to respect it’s their facility. There is a contract,” she said. “According to their contract they have the … first right of refusal of performances, so we had to abide by that.

“Our option was to cancel the event, which we didn’t feel was an option given the short notice.”

Habitat is “heartbroken” by the situation, Nyhof said.

“What we do here is, you know, totally inclusive of everybody. We work with people from all backgrounds, all walks of life — it’s part of our mission statement,” she said.

“We build homes for families from every nationality and every religion, so for this to happen, it’s quite upsetting to us.”

Habitat for Humanity will try to hold future events in public facilities, Nyhof said, so the organization won’t face such restrictions on performers.

Jesus is probably spinning in his grave over what this particular pastor and his ilk consider “unChristian”.

Pinheads…

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