This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Cops too eager to shoot.

Happy New Year and welcome to the first column of 2015! This week’s topic: Does law enforcement rely too heavily on the use of deadly force? Peter de Groot. Du Na Phuong. Naverone Woods. These three men were killed during police interactions during the last months of 2014. In each encounter, officers drew their guns … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Cops too eager to shoot.

“Communication leads to community: that is, to mutual understanding, and mutual value.” ~ Rollo May

As  I write this, it is now 11:24 on Friday June 27th, 2014. I missed the report on Global earlier this evening of an alleged swarming attack at The Grove in Newton, and over the last few hours have talked with other community members, agencies and law enforcement. It's correct to say, we are all in shock, and … Continue reading “Communication leads to community: that is, to mutual understanding, and mutual value.” ~ Rollo May

And the total cost of the new Surrey city hall/civic plaza/ parkade is….. ( drumroll please…) $138 million plus.

Much more than the $97 million dollars borrowed by the city to build the city hall : http://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/BYL_17231.pdf What no one from the city has mentioned yet, is that the building cost of the parkade that services the City Hall and Library, was an additional cost of $32 million, as per this bylaw that authorized … Continue reading And the total cost of the new Surrey city hall/civic plaza/ parkade is….. ( drumroll please…) $138 million plus.

Things that matter.

The Newton Community Association held a public forum today to follow-up the public meeting from January. Great dialogue from the community and I'll have more observations on that soon, but tonight I have some writing to do for a deadline, hopefully before my power goes out! However, often I find the smaller moments at events like this … Continue reading Things that matter.

Third and final installment of Playing with the Dragon series coming next week.

At long last, the final installment of  the Playing with the Dragon series is nearly done, effectively creating a trilogy. It is perhaps, the most incendiary of the three posts, and for good reason-it speaks to the reach of the Chinese government in a Canadian arena where it should have no access whatsoever. As a primer to provide … Continue reading Third and final installment of Playing with the Dragon series coming next week.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

... you see this story: "   Chuck Strahl, Chairman of the federal body which oversees Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), has registered to lobby on behalf of Enbridge’s ‘Northern Gateway Pipelines Limited Partnership’. ~snip~ "Strahl replaced disgraced Chairman Dr. Arthur Porter, who is currently in a Panamanian jail facing a range of … Continue reading Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

“He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.” ~ George Orwell

The hypocrisy of Stephen Harper's recent announcement that he would be boycotting the big grand poo-bah's summit in Sri Lanka next month is stunning. The lack of comment on it thus far, even more so. According to reports from overseas: " Canada will skip the meeting because of  what Harper called “serious violations of human rights and … Continue reading “He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.” ~ George Orwell

A must read on a really, really big mistake. “Oops, we want our missile radar back: Department of National Defence.”

Courtesy of Kevin Diakiw, the Surrey Leader: http://www.surreyleader.com/news/214682171.html Someone walked into a government auction in Surrey four years ago, placed a winning bid of $37 for a piece of radar equipment, took the device and left. However, according to news reports last Friday, the government never meant to sell the highly sophisticated missile defence mechanism, … Continue reading A must read on a really, really big mistake. “Oops, we want our missile radar back: Department of National Defence.”

This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Right to privacy should stay strong in face of acts of terror

Summer is here, the days are long and after taking a break from the column due to the Canada Day weekend, Brent and I are back at it today with another look at Canada's secret surveillance program. The question this week? Does foiling an alleged terror plot in Victoria justify Canada's secret surveillance program? When … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Right to privacy should stay strong in face of acts of terror