RCMP commissioner breached duty with slow response to report
January 12, 2022
RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki flouted the law by failing to respond promptly to a watchdog report about alleged spying on anti-oil protesters, a federal judge has ruled.
In a newly released decision, Federal Court Associate Chief Justice Jocelyne Gagne said Lucki breached her duty under the RCMP Act by not submitting a response to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission’s interim report on the spying accusations “as soon as feasible”.
The ruling is a victory for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, which argued there was a culture of complacency in the RCMP that had caused inexcusable foot-dragging on complaint files.
Man seeking RCMP files goes to court after national archives takes 80 year extension
January 6, 2022
An Ottawa researcher is asking a judge to order Canada’s national archives to speed up work on his request for old RCMP records after he was told to wait at least 80 years for a response. In a notice of application to the Federal Court, Michael Dagg says Library and Archives Canada “has failed to establish any valid basis for the extraordinary extension of time” to process his application under the Access to Information Act.
The case is just the latest example of the frustrations and lengthy delays many users of the access law experience, particularly when trying to obtain historical records.
In March 2018, Dagg filed an access request with Library and Archives for records on Project Anecdote, a fraud and corruption investigation by the RCMP in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The archives identified 780,000 pages of paper and microfilm records, including investigation reports, witness statements, briefing notes, exhibits, search warrants and communications with foreign governments.
Library and Archives said it would need an extension of 29,200 days to process the request, making the due date March 25, 2098.
Dagg, a long-time user of the access law, said in an interview he asked for the RCMP records out of curiosity about the police probe. He called the delay “outrageous”, saying the archives should have a more constructive plan.
Dagg’s lawyer, Paul Champ, said that asking for an extension “measured in decades is a bad joke on Canadians.”
“It is sad that government departments view access to information legislation as an inconvenience that they can ignore. Library and Archives Canada should facilitate access to Canadians, not help to bury government secrets.”
GUNTER: Why I’m cheering for Trudeau’s gun buy back to fail
Jan 01, 2022
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet outlawed “assault-style” weapons with the wave of a pen on May 1, 2020 – no House of Commons debate, no Parliamentary committee review – the RCMP estimated there were between 90,000 and 105,000 such firearms in the country.
This is a ridiculously low estimate. In just the last 12 months before Trudeau’s infamous order-in-council, legitimate Canadian gun owners legally purchased nearly 30,000 AR-15s – the most popular of the guns the Liberals would ban.
The 2020 order compelled them to turn in their banned guns for destruction by April 30, 2022. Yet 99.9 % of them have yet to do so.
No doubt this is largely because the buyback program is not yet in place. Anyone who turns in his or her guns now risks not receiving any cash from Ottawa when the buyback begins.
But the fact the buyback hasn’t even been set up 20 months after the ban was proclaimed and just four months before the deadline for surrendering guns shows just how unprepared and incompetent the Liberals are at putting their virtue signals into action.
I hope the Trudeau government never gets around to confiscating the guns of legal firearms owners. I am cheering for the buyback’s failure.
It is unrealistic, to the point of asininity, to imagine that with 120 days to go until 100,000 (or more) guns have to be turned in that the Trudeau Libs can create a buyback that will work.
OPP charge 17 with weapon-related offences after shots heard in Melancthon Township
Police say the charges were laid after officers were called Saturday to a rural property in Melancthon Township, where gunshots were heard around 5:49 p.m.
When officers arrived at the scene in the community north of Orangeville, Ont., they heard the sound of gunshots coming from a large field on County Road 17.
The officers later entered a property and charged 17 people with 28 firearm and weapons-related offences.
The officers also seized eight firearms that they found on the scene. Police say there still looking for one person related to the case.
Silvercore Podcast #66: Is Personal Safety Tantamount To Public Safety? Travis Bader and Nicolas Johnson, TheGunBlog.ca
Nicolas Johnson and I talk about how firearms owners can work together, portray themselves in the media, start firearms businesses and how to best communicate.
Nicolas’s background as a journalist for Bloomberg and The Globe and Mail have provided him with some really good insight on that which he shares.
Link to listen as a Podcast: https://link.chtbl.com/gunblog
Trudeau calls the unvaccinated racist and misogynistic extremists
December 29, 2021
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a Quebec television station people who do not get vaccinated against COVID-19 are often racist and misogynistic extremists.
But he said the people of Quebec are not the problem and questioned whether the rest of Canada needs to “tolerate” the unvaccinated.
His comments prompted People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier to call Trudeau a “fascist psychopath.” He also called unvaccinated Canadians science deniers.
“We are going to end this pandemic by proceeding with the vaccination,” said Trudeau.
“We all know people who are deciding whether or not they are willing to get vaccinated, and we will do our very best to try to convince them. However, there is still a part of the population (that) is fiercely against it.
“They don’t believe in science/progress and are very often misogynistic and racist. It’s a very small group of people, but that doesn’t shy away from the fact that they take up some space.
“This leads us, as a leader and as a country, to make a choice: Do we tolerate these people? Over 80% of the population of Quebec have done their duty by getting the shot. They are obviously not the issue in this situation.”
In Quebec, 84.5% of residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination. A total of 14,900,242 jabs have been given out.
Across Canada, 90% of people aged 12 and over have received one dose. A total of 87% have received two jabs.
In Alberta, it’s 90% of the people with one jab and 85% of people with two.
Federal COVID-19 stats show BC has vaccinated 84% of residents with one dose, 79% with two. Saskatchewan has 80% with one dose, 72% with two and Manitoba has 81.4% with one dose, 75% with two.
BERNARDO: CERB funding illegal guns while legal firearm owners are targeted
December 18, 2021
“It’s frightening that the Trudeau government seems completely unconcerned that they paid for over $100,000 of illegal guns for drug dealers and gang members in Toronto and Montreal.”
Guest columnist Tony Bernardo is the executive director of the Canadian Shooting Sports Association
Do you have a Firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence? Do you obey the laws of our country? Are you safe and responsible?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, I am afraid you don’t qualify for Justin Trudeau’s free “Guns for Gangs Giveaway” CERB funding.
Those taxpayer dollars are reserved for Toronto and Montreal gang members.
I know it sounds absurd, but as reported in the Toronto Sun and La Presse, gang members are cashing taxpayer-funded CERB cheques to buy illegal handguns to protect their turf, property, and drugs in the ongoing wars waged on our city streets.
Will Handgun Bans Prevent Violent Crime in Canada?
December 21, 2021
Chris D. Lewis, Special to CP24.com
My short answer is NO. Not in the slightest.
The Trudeau government recently committed $1 billion to help the provinces and municipalities ban handguns. How on earth they believe that this tremendous chunk of taxpayer money is going to take handguns out of the hands of criminals who would do others harm, is completely mind-boggling to me.
I’ll admit that at one point several years ago, I whimsically supported banning handguns. I was tired of seeing innocent lives taken and reacted in the macro sense, thinking ridding society of handguns that are really only good for shooting “paper (targets) or people” would have an impact.
But sober reflection combined with research, analysis, discussions with true law enforcement experts and many friends who are handgun aficionados, told me two things: 1. Banning handguns is an unreasonable expectation. There’s about a million lawfully owned handguns in Canada; and 2. Legal handgun owners are not the threat.
Police Services Board Chair Has Received Over 130 Calls From Concerned Residents Over The Shooting Death Of Rodger Kotanko
Dec 16, 2021
Norfolk’s Police Services Board taking a moment at the end of their meeting yesterday to acknowledge the passing of Rodger Kotanko.
On November 3rd, the 70-year-old Norfolk resident was shot and killed as the Toronto Police executed a search warrant in the Port Dover area.
Acting Chair George Santos commented on the passing, noting that they opinion as a board has been sought after but with an SIU investigation – their hands are tied.
[NOTE: Rodger Kotanko didn’t “pass.” He was killed by police. There is a difference.]
‘Words are not enough’: Public safety minister defends assault rifle buyback plan at committee
Dec 16, 2021
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino has defended his government’s plan to buy back assault rifles even while removing some mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes.
Mendicino took criticism from Conservative MP Raquel Dancho over the government’s crime legislation C-5, a bill which among other things removes mandatory minimum prison sentences on a variety of crimes including ones involving firearms.
“We’re quite concerned that on one hand, we’re seeing criminals using often illegally smuggled guns to harm our communities and on the other hand, your government is taking away the ability to ensure they have mandatory prison time,” Dancho said.
“If you would invest $1 billion to $3 billion at our borders, I think we would see a lot less illegal guns from the United States smuggled in by gangs, used in drug trafficking and used to kill innocent Canadians,” Dancho said.
She said illegal gun owners are not going to turn their weapons over during a buy-back program.
“Criminals will not be handing their guns back to you and they are the ones that are hurting people in our cities,” she said.
Excerpts From Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino’s Mandate Letter
December 16, 2021
As Minister of Public Safety, you will prioritize efforts to keep cities and communities safe, notably by investing in crime prevention programming and implementing our firearms commitments.
Continue to work to keep our cities and communities safe from gun violence by:
- Continuing implementation of C-71 regulations for firearms licence verification and business record-keeping;
- Making it mandatory for owners to sell banned assault weapons back to the government for destruction or have them rendered inoperable at the government’s expense;
- Requiring the permanent alteration of long-gun magazines so that they can never hold more than five rounds;
- Banning the sale or transfer of magazines capable of holding more than the legal number of bullets;
- Providing financial support to provinces and territories that implement a ban on handguns across their jurisdiction;
- Implementing the gang prevention and intervention program to provide direct funding to municipalities and Indigenous communities; and
- Working with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to introduce “Red flag” laws to allow the immediate removal of firearms if that person is a threat to themselves or others, particularly to their spouse or partner, and increasing maximum penalties for firearms trafficking and smuggling.
Pam Damoff Attacks Licensed Firearm Owners, Ignores Violet Repeat Offenders
December 1st, 2021
Mr. Speaker, gun control is a woman’s issue. During the 16 days of activism to end violence against women, we must recognize that access to firearms by an intimate partner increases the likelihood of femicide by 500%.
Darian Hailey Henderson-Bellman, a young woman from Halton region, was shot and killed in an act of gender-based violence. Alison Irons’ daughter Lindsay Wilson was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, who used his firearms licence to purchase the weapon he used to kill Lindsay. On December 6, we will remember the women who were shot at Polytechnique simply because they were women.
All of these young women would have changed their communities and our country for the better, but their lives and the lives of so many others were cut short by violent men and violent weapons. Let us remember them and commit to taking action on gun control in a world without gender-based violence.
[NOTE Damoff’s blatant attempt to conflate Darnell Reid, Darian Hailey Henderson-Bellman’s alleged murderer, with PAL holders instead of identifying him as a 3-time Firearm Prohibition Violator who used an illegal gun to kill Ms. Henderson-Bellman.]
See Also: CSSA’s Commentary “Liberal Failure: Ideology Ahead of Evidence-Based Solutions on Illegal Guns”
LILLEY: Gangsters, guns and CERB a real headache for Trudeau Liberals
December 08, 2021
Gangs collecting CERB money and using it to fund their illegal activities — from drugs to prostitution to guns — isn’t a matter of speculation any longer. It’s public record, and it needs to be investigated.
We first reported such activity in the Toronto Sun in October 2020, and now, news out of Montreal has Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives calling for an investigation by the federal government.
A ruling issued at the end of November by Justice Yvan Poulin rejected attempts by several Montreal residents, some with alleged ties to a street gang, to recoup more than $118,000 seized by police in June 2020. Poulin rejected the attempt based on testimony and evidence, including from the mobile device of Mouad Rasmi.
In his ruling, Poulin found that the device “contains many of the elements supporting his participation in a fraudulent scheme related to the CERB, including personal data and profiles of several third parties.”
The claim was that the personal data pointed to a plot where gang members would coordinate false applications to obtain weekly payments of $500 per week from the federal program.
Toronto police officer who shot renowned gunsmith won’t talk to SIU
Dec 01, 2021
The Toronto police officer who shot gunsmith Rodger Kotanko nearly a month ago won’t talk to Ontario’s police watchdog.
Special Investigations Unit (SIU) spokesperson Kristy Denette told CBC Hamilton on Tuesday morning, the subject officer also “declined to release his notes, as is his legal right.”
Kotanko’s family and their lawyer say they’re not surprised but are disappointed.
“Jessie, his wife, she just cries all the time,” Jeff Kotanko, Rodger’s brother, said in an afternoon phone call.
“She gave up her life in China to come here and spend her life with him and … now he’s just gone and she’s alone. Her whole life has been destroyed.”
Michael Smitiuch, the family’s lawyer, said while he had a chance to speak with the lead investigator Monday evening, there are still numerous unanswered questions about Rodger’s death on Nov. 3 at his Norfolk County property.
“The family, obviously, is anxious to find out more information and the longer this goes, the more difficult it is for the family when they don’t have the answers they’re looking for,” he said.
Citizen entitled to reasonably resist unlawful arrest
November 29, 2021
In R. v. Gibbons, 2021 NUCA 17, the accused’s family members phoned police for help in removing her from her father’s home. She was intoxicated on both occasions and was peacefully on the front step outside the home when police arrived.
The woman, twice unlawfully arrested by police, could not be convicted of resisting arrest nor of assaulting the officers effecting it because she was not legally required to submit.
“While these type of nuisance complaints are undoubtedly burdensome for the police, their response must nevertheless remain lawful.” – Justice Schulz
FIRST READING: Another gun ban (that also probably won’t do anything)
Nov 26, 2021
One of the few surprises in Tuesday’s Throne Speech was that the Liberal government intends to empower provinces to ban handguns if they want to . Under a proposed law , the federal government would refuse to issue restricted (ie: handgun) licences in any province or municipality that votes to become a “no handgun” jurisdiction.
This is the Liberals’ second major swipe at gun control, after a controversial order in council last year that banned more than 1,500 firearms based largely on their “assault-style” appearance, rather than any inherent functionality.
The good news: While “assault-style” firearms always represented a tiny fraction of the guns used in crimes, the opposite is true for handguns.
Last year, half of all Canadian gun homicides were committed with a handgun. So, the feds are finally addressing a category of firearm that actually has some relation to the problem they’re purporting to solve.
The bad news: A wildly disproportionate number of handguns used in Canadian crimes are smuggled in from the United States, and are thus unaffected by any ban.
Earlier this month, Toronto Police Chief James Ramer identified illegal U.S. guns as the single largest factor affecting the city’s rising rates of gun crime – with nearly four in five Toronto crime guns originating in the United States.
Ottawa looks to provinces to impose bans on handguns
Nov. 24, 2021
The federal government says it will introduce a mandatory assault weapons buyback, an expanded list of banned “assault-style” firearms, and give provinces the power to ban handguns after failed efforts to hand that power off to cities.
And it’s calling on provinces like Ontario to come to the table.
Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino acknowledged Wednesday that Premier Doug Ford has resisted calls by cities like Toronto to ban handguns.
“My message is, let’s work together. Let’s find ways to get handguns and other guns off the streets,” Mendicino said.
“This is a government that is prepared to take the steps that are necessary. We’ve already put into place some additional restrictions and prohibitions on assault-style guns. We banned 1,500 of them and we’re prepared to do more. We need to do more.”
But the Liberal government will not propose a national handgun ban, instead promising to “move forward with any province or territory that wants to ban handguns.”
But Stephen Warner made clear that Ontario province is not looking at a handgun ban, and said the Progressive Conservative government’s focus is “on action that makes a real difference” in reducing gun and gang violence.
“The statistics are clear, 80 per cent of guns being used in crime are obtained using illegal means — including from across the border — and half of the gun-related deaths in Ontario were gang-related,” Warner said.
Homicide rate in Canada surges — driven by gun violence in Alberta and N.S. mass shooting
Nov 25, 2021
New data from Statistics Canada shows the national homicide rate has surged to levels not seen in more than a decade — an increase driven largely by violence in Alberta and the deaths of 22 people in Nova Scotia last year in Canada’s worst-ever mass murder.
Across the country, police reported 743 homicides in 2020, which is the highest number of homicides recorded in Canada since 1991.
It was also 56 more homicides than in 2019, a hike that pushed Canada’s “rate” up seven per cent to 1.95 homicides per 100,000 population in 2020, compared to 1.83 in 2019.
Statistics Canada tracks the number of homicides using two different measurements. It looks at the number of actual homicides in each region, then also accounts for the rate of the crime within a given population.
While the number of homicide victims last year was the highest it had been since 1991, the national homicide rate was the highest since 2005.
An Open Letter to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino
NOVEMBER 15, 2021
Dear Minister Mendicino:
Congratulations on your appointment as Minister of Public Safety. As a family man with a lovely wife and two daughters, you understand the value of keeping your loved ones safe from criminal violence.
Your background as a federal prosecutor with ten years experience bringing drug dealers, gang members and terrorism suspects to justice will – we trust – inform your decisions on how best to handle dangerous offenders and the illegal weapons they smuggle into our country.
We also are confident you will address an area of law abandoned by your predecessor – our broken Firearm Prohibition Order system.
Statistics Canada data shows the number of offenders who are arrested and charged for violating existing Firearm Prohibition Orders continues to rise every year.
Since 2015, the number of offenders charged with violating these court orders has almost doubled – from 943 in 2015 to 1,759 in 2020, the latest year for which statistics are available.
Family of 70-year-old man shot by Toronto police near Port Dover: ‘We want answers’
November 18, 2021
Family and friends of 70-year-old Rodger Kotanko described him as a “calm and gentle” man who was a “well-respected” gunsmith.
That’s why his death earlier this month left many of them shocked and confused.
Kotanko was shot by Toronto police on Nov. 3 near his home in the area of Highway 6 and Highway 24. At the time of the shooting, police said they were executing a search warrant.
CBSA arrests woman in one of the largest firearm seizures in Southern Ontario Region
November 19, 2021
The Canada Border Services Agency announced one of the largest single firearm seizures in the Southern Ontario Region in recent history, with the seizure of 56 prohibited firearms and the arrest of a Florida woman.
The 48-year-old woman of Oakland Park, Fla. was arrested and charged by the CBSA with Unauthorized possession of a firearm, Possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, Importing or exporting knowing it is unauthorized and six other gun smuggling-related offences.
PRESTON MANNING: Reflecting on freedom this Remembrance Day
November 5, 2021
If John McCrae was to return to the Canada of 2020-21 and witness the state of the country during the COVID pandemic, as a physician he would be concerned.
But as a soldier and a champion of those who lived and died for freedom in the Great War he would likely be even more disturbed by the state of fear that grips the country and the drastic curtailment of the rights and freedoms that he and his companions gave their lives to protect.
How, he might ask, could Canadians permit the rights and freedoms defended to the death by his generation to be infringed, violated, and denied for “safety at all costs,” without serious reservations and demands for a better balance between the protection of health and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms?
How could members of the Trudeau government wear the poppy and profess to honour those who sacrificed safety for freedom, when the entire thrust of their response to the COVID crisis has been to demand that Canadians unconditionally sacrifice their freedoms for safety?
In the face of such hypocrisy – this breaking of faith with those who sacrificed their lives for freedom in past wars and Canada’s peacekeeping operations – how can McRae and those like him “sleep peacefully” in their final resting places?
Such questions and concerns suggest the regrettable need to add the following verses to McCrae’s original poem and to retitle it “Sleepless in Flanders Fields”.
Legal challenge over Ottawa’s gun ban cleared for trial after taking a few bullets in court
Nov 09, 2021
The lawsuit by Alberta Tactical Rifle Supply is headed for trial with accusations Ottawa and four federal employees are guilty of misfeasance in public office over the rollout of firearms restrictions.
It challenges how RCMP and government firearm officials process and classify firearms — deciding which guns that are not specifically banned by name in the law will also be prohibited in Canada.
The Calgary-based gun maker, owned by Richard Timmins, claims those decisions are smothering his business and wrongly based on politicized opinions, not legislation.