What information in this document is of such primary importance that it must remain a state secret after five and a half years? Is it really more important than rebuilding trust in the RCMP among High River residents? Yet another Freedom of Information Request to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General – December 26, 2018
CTV – NO ‘MAGIC LEVER’ TO SOLVE GUN CRIME: EXPERT – How to get handguns off the streets promises to be a divisive issue in the upcoming election year. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government plans to limit access to handguns and assault weapons and has not ruled out an all-out ban. But independent firearms researcher Dennis Young says no statistics bear out the idea that lawful gun owners or their guns are the reason for increased shootings or guns on the streets. In fact, Young says he has yet to find anyone who tracks how many gun crimes are committed by licensed gun owners or how many handguns have been stolen from licensed owners. “If politicians want a handgun ban, they have to fabricate the stats to justify that,” Young told CTVNews.ca in a telephone interview from his home in Airdrie, Alta. According to Statistics Canada, violent crime accounted for 20 per cent of all police-reported crime in Canada in 2016. And of all violent crimes, just 3 per cent involved a firearm. By Meredith MacLeod, CTVNews.ca – Published Friday, December 21, 2018 https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/no-magic-lever-to-solve-gun-crime-expert-1.4222841
Here is a simple question for Canada to answer: has a single place, anywhere in the world, ever seen its murder rate decline after banning all handguns or all guns? We can’t find such a place. Every single time that guns have been banned, murder rates have gone up — often several-fold. By John R. Lott and Gary Mauser, National Post – December 17, 2018. John R. Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author most recently of “The War on Guns.” Gary Mauser is professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/opinion-the-evidence-simply-doesnt-support-calls-for-gun-bans-in-canada
OFFICE OF THE ALBERTA INFORMATION COMMISSIONER RULES HIGH RIVER ‘LEGAL AUTHORITIES PAPER’ TO REMAIN SECRET
EXCERPT: “I find the Public Body properly applied section 27(1)(a) of the Act to the records at issue. The Public Body has met the test in this case for solicitor client privilege.” FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS – Office of the Alberta Information and Privacy Commissioner dated December 5, 2018 – Received December 10, 2018. Results of Request for Review dated August 29, 2017 by Dennis R. Young of a Decision to Withhold High River Records by the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General FOIP File: 2017-G-0570
PRIVY COUNCIL OFFICE RELEASES BILL C-68 CABINET DOCUMENTS FROM 1994/95 (SORT OF) 272 pages out of 415 withheld citing Solicitor-Client Privilege – 65% of Bill C-68 Cabinet documents to remain ‘SECRET’ – Privy Council Office ATIP response dated November 22, 2018 – Requested April 3, 2017 Received by Dennis R. Young December 7, 2018
RCMP Response to Access to Information Act request dated Nov 27, 2018 – Received by Dennis R. Young – December 4, 2018
INFORMATION COMMISSIONER DEFENDS RCMP DECISION TO KEEP HIGH RIVER ‘RIGHTS VIOLATION PAPER’ A SECRET
EXCERPT FROM ATTACHED REPORT: “Our investigation determined that the information now withheld under paragraph 13(1)(c) was received from the government of Alberta, and was intended to be confidential. Our investigation also determined that neither of the exceptions described in subsection 13(2) are applicable: the provincial government that provided this information does not consent to its disclosure, nor has it made that information public.”
Letter with results of investigation of my complaints dated November 23, 2018 – Received on November 27, 2018. NOTE: Section 41 Review by the Federal Court is the only remaining option.
“We, the undersigned, Residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to scrap Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms, and to instead devote greater resources to policing in Canada.” MP Rachael Harder, Lethbridge
Letter to Conservative Party Leader Andrew Sheer, November 2, 2018. Waiting for more than a year for response from Official Opposition Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Pierre Paul-Hus.