CCLA JOINS COALITION OF COMMUNITY AND ADVOCACY GROUPS CALLING FOR ACTION ON POLICE OVERSIGHT

The police force can occupy two states at one time, one they can be beneficial in fostering stability in a society, yet at the same time be detrimental to democracy, freedoms and rights.  There has to always check and balances to ensure that they do serve and protect.

As the Canadian Civil Liberties points out there has to be over sites over the conduct of our police forces.

TORONTO – Today, a coalition of community and advocacy groups, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission, issued a joint statement calling on the Government of Ontario and police oversight bodies to immediately implement recommendations of the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch from his Report of the Independent Police Oversight Review. This statement was prompted by recent events that highlight several police accountability issues that require immediate action.

The coalition calls on the Government to introduce legislative changes to:

  • Clarify the process for Special Investigations Unit (SIU) notification, and the duty of police to cooperate with the SIU
  • Permit the SIU to refer conduct matters to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD)
  • Allow the OIPRD to initiate investigations in the public interest even if no complaint
    is filed.

The coalition also calls on the SIU, OIPRD and Ontario Civilian Police Commission to immediately and transparently implement recommendations that do not need legislative change or significant extra resources, including:

  • Mandatory social and cultural competency training, in partnership with Indigenous and other community organizations
  • Collecting race-based and other demographic data
  • Forming meaningful and equitable partnerships with Indigenous organizations

Coalition members include:

  • Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Acting Executive Director, Canadian Civil Liberties Association
  • Jennifer Chambers, Executive Director, Empowerment Council
  • Julian Falconer, Principal, Falconers LLP
  • Sharmaine Hall, Executive Director, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
  • Emily Hill, Interim Legal Advocacy Director, Aboriginal Legal Services
  • Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Howard F. Morton, Q.C., Law Union of Ontario
  • Alok Mukherjee, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Criminology, Ryerson University
  • Aseefa Sarang, Executive Director, Across Boundaries: An Ethnoracial Mental
    Health Centre
  • Knia Singh, Osgoode Society Against Institutional Injustice
  • Anita Szigeti, President, Law and Mental Disorder Association

Quotes:

“The calculated, callous and unconscionable actions of both Toronto and Durham police in their deliberate avoidance of an SIU investigation of Dafonte Miller’s catastrophic injuries at the hands of Constable Mike Theriault and his brother, Christian Theriault represent the most compelling example of what is wrong with independent investigations of police in Ontario.

The failure to interview credible and independent eye witnesses who presented themselves at the scene to Durham Police, the blind acceptance of absurd accounts by the attackers of Dafonte Miller, the wrongful and illegal arrest of the victim Dafonte Miller and the deliberate exclusion of the Special Investigations Unit are all undeniable realities of the Dafonte Miller case.

Dafonte Miller and his family have, as of late yesterday, filed conduct and systemic review complaints with the Ontario Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) against both the Durham and Toronto Police Service seeking a full investigation of what the complainants
say was an orchestrated cover-up motivated by corrupt purposes and enabled by weak
police oversight legislation.”

– Julian Falconer, Principal, Falconers LLP

“The historical relationship between Indigenous people and law enforcement within Canada is one of mistrust and racial bias that stems from discriminatory legislation created to eliminate our culture and our society. The time for reconciliation is now.”

– Caitlyn Kasper, Staff Lawyer, Aboriginal Legal Services

“The failure of two police services to notify the SIU about Dafonte Miller raises concerns of systemic discrimination and ineffective mechanisms to hold police accountable for it. All of Justice Tulloch’s recommendations must be implemented.”

– Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

“A simple trip to the store can capture police interest based simply on skin colour. We assist and represent people every day who have experienced discrimination at the hands of police officers.”

– Sharmaine Hall, Executive Director, Human Rights Legal Support Centre


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Irvings Have Both The People And Government Of New Brunswick In A Vice Grip

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By John Bosnitch

 

 

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If so much of the public wealth was not being streamed into the offshore pockets of our invisible absentee landlord/plantation-owner Irving oligarchs, there’d be a *LOT* more to go around for the rest of the population of our poor province.

Allowing the Irvings to dominate the thoughts of the public with their media monopoly and allowing them not only to be the main private employer but also the top private provider of services to the government, means that they have both the people and government of New Brunswick in a vice grip that they can tighten at will, till they get whatever they want.



To date, the only prospect of turning this around appears to be coming from the Green Party in terms of the preservation and proper stewardship of our public resources as well as the termination of the wanton poisoning of the province with Monsanto RoundUp, which will likely be rearing its head as a leading cause of cancer among children in the next generation.



I think there might be a chance for change if the Greens and the New Democratic Party worked together after the NDP ever recovers from its pro-Irving stealth takeover by OIL-igarch sleeper agent Dominic Cardy, who showed his true colors by defecting to the Irving’s long-time preferred Conservative Party after capturing the NDP leadership(!)… which defection constituted a jump from the left of the political spectrum to the opposite extreme, that he executed as if he were merely changing an ice cream order from chocolate to vanilla… (in fact, even such a change would have been harder to make for my kids!)

A bit of background research reveals a long personal friendship between Cardy and one of the Irving oligarch clan’s sons. It is not a reach beyond the imagination that they might have sat down together one night on an IRVING OIL-igarch family yacht off the Bahamas over a couple of glasses of Moosehead beer and said to each other, “Hey, why don’t we eliminate one of the two potential threats to the Irving empire by taking over the weak and unprotected New Democratic Party (the traditional party of organized labor) in order to divide and conquer a potential LABOR-GREEN alliance that could eventually have the capacity to dethrone the Irvings.

The fact is that Cardy was a Washington-trained agent of empire, who worked for NDI the Democratic Party’s branch of the US global control mechanism that is headed by hate-monger Madeleine Albright (remember her? the woman who screamed “Disgusting Serbs, get out!” in Prague). The step down in salary and status by Cardy from being an international imperial agent to rural eastern Canada suggests to me that his return to Canadian politics after working against Russia means Washington was intent on extending its tentacles by taking direct control over political affairs in Canada after already providing the political campaign foot-soldiers to parachute former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper into national office from Alberta’s alt-right, and after training the current prime minister, a son of former anti-American Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (Justin), and then locking up the entire political spectrum by injecting Albright’s stars-and-stripes “bot” Cardy in to take over the NDP in New Brunswick and then have him go federal… which would have given Washington a three-strikes “You’re out, Canadians!” takeover of the country’s entire political system.

Thank God for the Green Party of Canada, a group the US has surely infiltrated with a few FAKE-DREADLOCK imposters, but which they cannot yet co-opt!


The Council of the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi ( RCUM), has agreed to hear a presentation on behalf of SSNB

STOP SPRAYING OUR FORESTS

The Council of the Rural Community of Upper Miramichi ( RCUM), has agreed to hear a presentation on behalf of SSNB, Inc, member group of the Coalition to Stop Spraying NB on August 28 @ 7pm.

The Glyphosate Season is upon us – raining poison, that the World Health Organization (WHO) has called a “probable human carcinogen”  on our forests, streams, rivers, wildlife and people.  

This is done to kill hardwoods  and create the forest of softwood trees that the market wants.   Instead of poisoning our forests, we could, as Quebec has done create hundreds of jobs in thinning operations

Under Brian Gallant, our taxpayer dollars pay for this travesty.   $10 million between 2013 and 2016 was spent on forest spraying on Public Land – dollars that result in the death of deer, moose birds and other wildlife that depend on the vegetation that glyphosate kills for food and shelter.

RCUM OFFICE

6094 Rte 8 Boiestown

AUGUST 28 , 7pm.


 

Eradication of Chronic Homelessness in Fredericton

 

By André Faust

The stereotypical view of poverty and homelessness is those individuals are in that position because they choose to be in that position and therefore deserve to be in that position and pay the consequences of their choice. The reality is, that is not the case poverty and chronic homelessness is not entirely due to the individual character type but more so to do with external factors that the individual has absolutely no control over.

The root cause of this ever-increasing homelessness and poverty is that our current local and global economic system has become antiquated and no longer can meet the social needs of both our local communities and global communities. The longer that this obsolete economy is allowed to continue the greater the number of people will fall into a state of poverty and homelessness and the closer that we will come to the tipping point that even those who a enjoying the great wealth and power will eventually also start to lose.

There can only be two possible outcomes either the economic system evolves and adapts to meet the needs of modern society or the system will eventually collapse in which no one will be spared.

While all the stakeholders in Canada are recognising the symptoms of a dying economy, steps are being made to buy time by developing strategies to address both poverty and homelessness. Hopefully, these strategies will buy enough time to allow the economy to evolve to accommodate the needs of the upcoming generation.

Fredericton the capital city of New Brunswick has put forth a workable strategic plan to eliminate Chronic Homelessness in the city of Fredericton. The mandate of the Mayor’s task force on homelessness was to study the problem and come back to council with a plan of action.

The task force consulted with all the stakeholders, the provincial/federal government, the business community, various churches and non-profits to arrive at a workable solution.

On June 12, 2017, the findings and the solutions were presented to council.
The task force reported that in the long term it would be cheaper to develop stable living accommodations to house the homeless than to have these people living on the streets.

Here are some of the recommendation that was outlined in the executive summary of the task force report.

• Reduce parking requirements for Housing First construction where appropriate as this:
· Decreases development costs
· Increases land available for other purposes that better meets community needs

• Donate or lease surplus city-owned remnant properties where appropriate for Housing First developments:
· Many such areas currently under-used
· Transportation and servicing infrastructure already in place

• Amend the definition of “assisted living” to include “permanent supportive/supported housing” as this will avoid the necessity of rezoning that can be expensive and time-consuming
· Will allow churches to more easily build housing on their own land that can be used for Housing First placements

• Provide Housing First participants with subsidised bus passes
· Helps people access much-needed health and social supports
· Helps access education and employment opportunities
· Incentive to remain actively involved in Housing First program

• Conduct an analysis of best practices and regulatory structures for rooming houses
· Least expensive housing option
· Other benefits could be realised

• Raise awareness about the broad community benefits of affordable housing and Housing First through ‘Yes in My Backyard’ education campaign

• Explore the viability of creating an Affordable Housing Land Trust under our municipal structure

• Conduct a process improvement strategy to make it easier for non-profits to participate in affordable housing development

Jeff Richardson reported that the intent is to build 40 units at cost of 1.4 million dollars. The Housing First Fund has been created and as of date has received $500,000.

The down side is that if the economy keeps degrading it is possible that once these 40 units are completed there still may not be enough units to meet the demand at the time of completion.