Two provincially funded sections of the RCMP are being told they are in a budget deficit and have to cut $4.2 million from their operating budgets to get things back in line.
Leo Knight, Law and Order, 24 hours Vancouver
The media has been abuzz lately with stories about young folks dying at various music festivals across Canada. Parents were shocked their kids would be taking drugs. They were good kids, did well at school, and all that.
Following the deaths of a woman at the Boonstock Music Festival in Penticton and a man at the Pemberton Music Festival — with police warnings about alcohol and drugs after dozens of Boonstock attendees were sent to hospital — I got the inevitable media calls asking for comment on what organizers could do to prevent such things from occurring.
Following the tragic and controversial police shooting death of Sammy Yatim on a street car last summer, Toronto Police Services Chief Bill Blair commissioned retired Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci to study the problem of police interaction with “people in crisis,” or mental health issues.
A B.C. Coroners Service inquest convened Monday into the shooting death of Ryan Jacob by Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Bill Wark. While I would not presume to pre-judge the outcome, according to Wark’s own testimony, things seem fairly clear.
Watching the hearings on the proposed prostitution law before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights has been strange indeed. The new law was made necessary after the Supreme Court of Canada threw out several provisions of the pre- existing law last December, and gave the federal government a year to come up with new legislation.
Largely because the wounds were still bleeding — literally and metaphorically — I have refrained from commenting on the shootings in Moncton, New Brunswick last month which left three RCMP members dead and two more recovering after a confrontation with a cop hunter. And make no mistake — that is exactly what the killer was on that fateful night.
The hand-wringing continues unabated in the Downtown Eastside. The weekend’s Vancouver Sun detailed a laundry list of 260 agencies that provide some form of “service” to the roughly 6,500 residents in need in what we used to call the “Skids.”
A recent spate of shootings in the Lower Mainland has some media members trying to get the Vancouver Police Department to say there is a new gang war in the works. VPD media liaison officer Const. Brian Montague did his best on Monday to say it's too early to say that despite recent events.
In this space after the active launch of the provincial Independent Investigation Office (IIO) I said they would face an uphill battle.
It is entirely possible the theological place of eternal punishment has reached a temperature slightly below zero degrees Celsius. I actually find myself agreeing with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the NDP on the same subject.
Following the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to strike down federal laws against prostitution, the justice department undertook a national survey on the issue. Those survey results were released this week.
The arrest of Yosef Jomo Gopaul in the murder of Julie Paskall was certainly welcome news and a testament to the hard work done by the members of IHIT, who put their case together patiently and deliberately.
The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has been told — yet again — by the courts that it is overstepping its legal bounds.
On Aug. 3, 1997, Vancouver police received a call from RCMP after they had arrested a man in a Spuzzum cafe. That man, James Shortreed, had told a waitress in the cafe to call police because he was a wanted man.
Two stories broke in the past few days that underline the failure of the media and what reporting has become in Metro Vancouver.
Ever since the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the prostitution provisions of the Criminal Code last December, the federal government has laboured to cobble together a solution to the gigantic headache the judges gave the justice minister.
A video of an incident between West Vancouver police and longboarders went viral last week. The longboarders were rocketing down a steep road when a police officer coming in the other direction turned on his lights and pulled partly in the path of them, apparently causing one to crash as he took evasive action.
The 2012/13 report of the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner was released last week and, after reading it, one is left with, well, not much of anything.
There’s a great story I wanted to let you know about some dedicated Vancouver Police Department officers who went above and beyond to build a case against a significant criminal and give some measure of justice to the exploited victims.