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A PR tip for Toronto Police and Chief Bill Blair (+ a Facebook group/page promo)

I’m no PR specialist, but trying to justify your tactics on the weekend by displaying confiscated weapons that had nothing to do with the G20 is probably not going to help you win new converts to your propaganda effort.

I’m sure part of that attempted PR ploy has come about in response to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association report on police actions over the weekend, and it slams the conduct of the police:

It is the opinion of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association that police conduct during the G20 summit was, at times, disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive. In our view, despite instances of commendable and professional conduct, the policing and […]

‘Chief Blair’s 5 metre security zone law was so secret, it didn’t exist’

That’s a bit of snark from a Harper parody on Twitter, Pmoharper, that I found amusing, which describes this bit of obfuscation from the Toronto Chief of Police Bill Blair (which is not very amusing at all);

Police admit deliberately misleading public on expanded security fence law

Toronto’s police chief is admitting there never was a five-metre rule that had people fearing arrest if they strayed too close to the G20 security perimeter. ..the Ministry of Community Safety says all the cabinet did was update the law that governs entry to such things as court houses to include specific areas inside the G20 fences — not outside. A ministry spokeswoman […]

The after-reaction to the G20 debacle in Toronto

Well, initial thoughts:

When Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun is critical of police actions on Sunday, you know the police and authorities seriously screwed up. Even the National Post in this column (update – and this column) wasn’t impressed.

Steve Paikin of TVO, who witnessed what he described as excessive force by the police on Saturday night on a peaceful protest, calls what occurred this weekend A Rough Weekend for Democracy.

Here’s another example of the police acting like tough guys against a crowd that did nothing to deserve this – unless they were offended by the crowd singing O Canada:

By the way, where was this bunch […]

Stupid

Lots of talk this AM about the Black Bloc anarchists destroying parts of Toronto. There is also a lot of talk (notably TVO’s Steve Paikin) about the police using questionable tactics against obviously peaceful demonstrators (I suspect the police decided they were going to use the Black bloc mayhem as an excuse/pretext to treat all protests/protesters the same way).

Those are good topics to talk about, but I wanted to focus on something else this day.

I was saying this yesterday on Facebook and Twitter, but I’ll repeat it here, and in line of what Warren asked in his blogpost today: whichever of the geniuses in the Prime Minister’s Office […]

A specific example of why I’m lukewarm at best with the Ontario Liberal government.

Many folks know I’m a federal Liberal supporter and have been for a few years. Many people don’t know I’m not a provincial Liberal member. I do vote for them at elections, but only because the choices/alternatives presented to me haven’t been palatable. I am no big cheerleader of Dalton Mcguinty or his style: I find him far too conservative for my liking.

My disdain for the provincial Liberal government is not helped by the news they passed a secret law giving the Toronto police extraordinary powers for the G8/G20 – perhaps even unconstitutional, as I don’t see how this is compatible with the Charter. This is the sort of […]

C.R.U.S.H new national ad to be released on Saturday in G & M!

This latest and newest ad by the C.R.U.S.H folks (Canadians Rallying To Unseat Stephen Harper) has obviously been released to coincide with the billion dollar boondoggle known as the G8/G20 summit:

This ad will appear in the Focus section of the Globe and Mail on Saturday, June 26th (and yes, the national edition, not just the Toronto edition) but C.R.U.S.H is pre-releasing it for us bloggers to publicize, so thank you to them for doing that.

A prelude blogpost

I thought I’d put up a brief blogpost this afternoon, as there will be a more significant blogpost later after 4 pm EDT – a bit of a prelude in itself, which is all I’ll say at the moment about that.

Somethings catching my attention today:

-When you’re in a minority government situation, and you’re trying to pass legislation which is not of the non-confidence variety, calling critics of the proposed bill “radical extremists”, as James Moore called those who oppose the government’s copyright bill, is an extremely unhelpful and unproductive way of advancing debate on the issue. (Trying to deny you made the remark later, only to be […]

Odd timing.

No doubt many of you have seen this today, where in an exclusive TV interview with CBC, the director of CSIS levels serious accusations that a couple of cabinet ministers in provincial governments and perhaps in BC’s municipal governments are suspected being in the control of “foreign governments”.

I find the public timing of this declaration odd: first off, why would CSIS publicly admit they were suspicious of this and be so specific about where they were looking for Manchurian candidates? Doesn’t that alert those folks CSIS is watching them/investigating them and compromise the investigation? Also, I’m pretty sure that the Prime Minister and/or the Cabinet would have to publicly […]

More of this please, Iggy.

Good move, both politically and environmentally, on Ignatieff’s part yesterday in announcing he would ban oil tankers from moving through BC’s northern coast waters, if a Liberal government is elected. A proposed ban had wide popular support in BC prior to the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster, and I’m sure that has only increased even more, despite the fact tankers and platforms are 2 separate things.

My title refers to me wanting Ignatieff and the Liberals to go even farther then this; specifically, I’d like to see a ban on drilling of said platforms in the Arctic (of any type; deep-water, shallow-water etc). That area is even more environmentally sensitive […]

The G8/G20 waste clock

Want to calculate how much money is being wasted at the G8/G20 by the Conservative government, courtesy of fake lakes, in-the-middle-of-nowhere gazebos, refurbished steamboats that wont be refurbed until after the Summit(s) are over, and “security measures” that aren’t even good enough to keep the floor plans of the hotel where the conference is being held off of the internet? Well, now you can, and help inform others as well:

This handy little tracker comes to you courtesy of the Liberal Party, who I’m pleased to see didn’t send all of their folks away on summer vacation, and who’ve helpfully provided the source code for you to put […]

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