Announcement coming shortly on charges recommended against off-duty mountie in death of Orion Hutchinson

 A decision whether to approve  or decline the charges recommended against  RCMP Corporal Benjamin "Monty" Robinson,( in the death of  21-year-old Orion Hutchinson,) is expected shortly.   " Certainly, we are not talking about a matter of months, nor are we even talking about a matter of weeks at this point," said Robin Baird, A/Communications Counsel for the …

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Bits and Bites, Wednesday November 4th, 2009

You know what? There is so much to talk about that is making my blood boil that I did not even need to turn the furnace on this morning. So, without the usual chatty preamble, I'm going to start with  the closure of 5 legal aid offices in B.C.  That's right, offices in Prince George, Surrey, Victoria, …

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Just when you think you have heard it all…

You see something like this, courtesy of Neal Hall, the Vancouver Sun: The Mountie who repeatedly Tasered Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver's airport two years ago has filed a libel lawsuit against the CBC. The legal action by Constable Kwesi Millington claims that CBC's coverage of the incident since Nov. 4, 2007 has caused him to …

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Bits and Bites – Thursday July 23nd, 2009

*** updated 11 am, July 23rd- Colin Hansen just announced that on July 1st, 2010, the BC government will "harmonize" the PST we pay with the Federal GST- in other words, they are going to combine the two taxes into one charge on your purchases. Read the press release HERE.  What does this mean for …

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Bits and Bites – Wednesday,June 10th 2009

Good morning people! I'm still not used to being back- something about all this noise is really hitting me hard! Damn, even the suburbs are ridiculously noisy all the time, which is why my 5 am run this morning was such a pleasure. Simply put, it was quiet. Which reminded me again why I must …

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How far have we come since November 2007?

November 16th, 2007. https://lailayuile.wordpress.com/2007/11/16/taser-use-worldwide-controversial-at-best/ That is the day I blogged about my feelings regarding the  RCMP's response to Robert Dziekanski's tasering death at Vancouver airport.  Here we are, a year and a half  after this post and we are only now getting some understanding into what happened that day. How interesting to note the events since …

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Bits and Bites – Wednesday February 4th, 2009

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that the man who was killed in the most recent Surrey targeted hit was 21 year old Ralph Baldini - the same person who rented the north Surrey Penthouse where 6 people were brutally murdered in October 2007. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Three+slayings+hours+Metro+Vancouver/1249778/story.html Shot while sitting in his vehicle outside of the London Drugs …

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Mountie involved in Dziekanski taser incident to make first appearance January 15th in Surrey provincial court.

A local RCMP officer will make his first appearance in Surrey Provincial Court on January 15th, where it is expected formal charges will be laid in relation to his involvement in a collision dating back to October 2008 where a young man dies at the scene - and the officer  in question was allegedly impaired. Corporal …

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Time for the RCMP to do the right thing: Pull tasers out of service pending further independent testing.

Forgive me, but I'm opening the door to 'taser talk' again. ( The last time I did this it initiated an ongoing debate in the comments section that lasted for several months.) Last night I watched an excellent documentary on The National, regarding tasers. More specifically, the older x26 model manufactured prior to 2005, of which …

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Commentary- former Judge Wallace Gilby Craig sounds off on Shoestring Policing and Mousy Leadership

I've been an admirer of Wallace Craig and his writings for some time, and am very pleased to bring you a reprint of his latest column, with his permission. He tells it like it is. HOLD YOUR POLITICIANS TO PUBLIC ACCOUNT August 6, 2008 IN his 1970 novel Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Saul Bellow foretold New …

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