Inside ‘a tap on the back’ that ruined a 40-year policing career

B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner is a watchdog that barks public interest but whose bite is about self-interest

Inside ‘a tap on the back’ that ruined a 40-year policing careerThe Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) was created to provide independent civilian oversight over municipal police forces in British Columbia. But a string of recent cases shows the OPCC is more about overreach than oversight. I know. I was one of the cases. This summer, after 40 years of unblemished service with the…

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s lives

Michael Murray talks about how his app sends real-time messages from where you live, work and play

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s livesMichael Murray is founder of Block Talk. Calgary’s Business: What’s Block Talk? Murray: Block Talk is an app for your phone. You should download it to send and receive urgent safety alerts specific to the communities you choose to follow. It has five other categories of communication, including a platform to communicate non-urgent crime such…

We need breathalyzer testing on demand

Bill C-46 would contribute to public safety, help address the serious court backlog problem and save taxpayers a lot of money

We need breathalyzer testing on demandMarjory LeBreton, a former leader of the Conservatives in the Senate, has a family tragedy in her past: her daughter and grandson were killed by a drunk driver. LeBreton is unhappy that her former Senate colleagues have voted to gut Bill C-46, which gives police the right to stop a vehicle and demand that the…

Adrift and perilously close to abandoning ship

After more than a little high-seas misadventure, the Frankie finally proves seaworthy – and sanitary

Adrift and perilously close to abandoning shipBack in 2012, we had a dreamboat, an 18-foot Hourston Glascraft. It was brand-new, had a magnificent 150-horsepower Yamaha four-stroke outboard, and quickly became the envy of the Skelhp government wharf. We paid monthly wharfage dues all summer and used it to fish and cruise. We christened her the Francine, after my then 90-year-old Mom.…

Your home is your castle? Maybe not in Canada

People have a right to defend themselves, their family and their property. The Crown may not understand that but two juries have shown they did

Your home is your castle? Maybe not in CanadaTwo recent cases have shone a spotlight on the very limited right that Canadians now have to defend themselves and their property. They are the Gerald Stanley case from Saskatchewan and the recent Peter Khill case in Ontario. In both cases, property owners shot men who invaded their property to commit crimes. In both cases,…

Slow down, we’re moving too fast on marijuana legalization

Performance studies, brain imaging and electrical activity studies show marijuana use causes lasting damage

Slow down, we’re moving too fast on marijuana legalizationWhile writing this week’s column, I found myself randomly recalling the lines to an old song. The lyrics go like this, “Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last. Just kicking down the cobblestones. Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy.” The word groovy simply has to be a byproduct of…

Let me up, I’ve had enough … of rampant rudeness

Beside being tired of people playing the race card and gender inequality protests, I’m sick of people taking sides in an argument where they lack the basic facts

Let me up, I’ve had enough … of rampant rudenessI’ve had it! It is not like me to rant and rave, but honestly, our ability to behave in civil ways is on the decline. It may even be so far down the priority list that it may never truly return. I’m sick of people taking sides in an argument when they lack the basic…

Stanley trial has ignited some much-needed, tough conversations

Working our way through rural fears without resorting to another incident that leaves someone dead

Stanley trial has ignited some much-needed, tough conversationsPremier Scott Moe is right: Saskatchewan is in need of some tough conversations in the wake of the Gerald Stanley not guilty verdict. He is also being rather politically courageous for showing a willingness to take the lead on these very tough conversations. The fallout from the trial into killing of Red Pheasant First Nation…

Hijab hoax story could have unfortunate long-term consequences

The fact that a child lied is not the story. The fact that those in authority accepted, and publicized, an 11-year-old girl's story without checking the facts is

Hijab hoax story could have unfortunate long-term consequencesThere have been stories of adults and children lying to the public about everything from getting robbed to being raped. The ruse Canadians just experienced could leave a bad taste in our mouths for some time. On Jan. 12, the Toronto Police Service’s Twitter feed reported an attack at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School by…

Emails destroyed, justice denied?

What part of ‘Don’t delete government emails’ did these Ontario cops not understand?

Emails destroyed, justice denied?Deleted government emails have been hot news in Ontario since former premier Dalton McGuinty’s aides David Livingston and Laura Miller were charged with deliberately destroying records relating to cancelled gas-fired power plants. Now an unrelated Ontario trial has revealed another alleged incident of deliberately deleted government emails. In late 2015, government employees and police raided…