Mounties say opposition to Keystone XL pipeline are terrorists

We knew that the Canadian government wasn’t fond of environmentalists…However now apparently they have got the beloved Mounties to carry their luggage. According to a report obtained by Greenpeace and published in the Globe and Mail, the RCMP wrote last year:

There is a growing, highly organized and well-financed anti-Canada petroleum movement that consists of peaceful activists, militants and violent extremists who are opposed to society’s reliance on fossil fuels…If violent environmental extremists engage in unlawful activity, it jeopardizes the health and safety of its participants, the general public and the natural environment.

Evidently opposition to the development of the tar sands ” runs counter to Canada’s national interest and links groups such as Greenpeace, Tides Canada and the Sierra Club to growing militancy in the “anti-petroleum movement…”

The report extolls the value of the oil and gas sector to the Canadian economy, and adds that many environmentalists “claim” that climate change is the most serious global environmental threat, and “claim” it is a direct consequence of human activity and is “reportedly” linked to the use of fossil fuels.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police used to have such a positive image. It’s remarkable how they have so totally managed to ruin it over the last few years. Now they are protectors of the oil sands and criminalize environmentalists. What a shame.

The RCMP hasn’t matched the movies image for decades. If the government needs strikebreakers, someone to assault activists over any reasonable issue – the Mounties are ready. It doesn’t matter if you’re fighting for First Nation Rights, civil liberties, opposition to the whole bucket of conservative hogwash – you’re a threat to peace and security. And as a national police force it takes some serious politicking to even question their activities.

Mounties commandeer snowmobile – catch the bad guy on the tractor

Canadian Mounties were able to commandeer a snowmobile in order to track down a suspect who allegedly stole firearms and other items and then took off on a John Deere 6400 tractor.

“Blackfalds RCMP began following the movements of the tractor along the fields and secondary roads,” the RCMP said in a release. “The tractor was crashing through farmers’ fences and stands of trees on their properties.”

According to RCMP officers, Jesse Cecka was not “an experienced tractor driver, by any stretch of the imagination.”

“It was just tractor speed across the fields and secondary roads,” Cpl. Barry Ledoux told the Edmonton Journal.

The 25-year-old was captured after he rolled the tractor after it stalled while going up a hill.

…Ledoux said. “It was unique, but at the end of the day, the citizens of the area were happy we got the guy.”

Cecka was charged with break and entry, theft, theft over $5,000 for the tractor, breach of existing court documents and multiple counts of mischief.

My kind of police chase.

Mounties apologize – and fork it over for stun gun death


The memorial held for Robert in B.C. right after his death

The mother of Robert Dziekanski admitted she was exhausted after trying for 2 ½ years to hold the RCMP accountable for their role in the taser-related death of her son at the Vancouver airport.

“My health is getting worse and I cannot sleep at night. I am very tired,” Mr. Dziekanski’s mother, Zofia Cisowski, told reporters after announcing that she had accepted an apology from the Mounties and an out-of-court settlement with the RCMP, the Canadian Border Services Agency and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

“I have to close this chapter,” she said. “I think I will sleep better, from today.”

Ms. Cisowski said she was not upset with authorities for prolonging the process and not apologizing earlier. “I am not angry, but now it is over and I feel much better, from today,” Ms. Cisowski said.

In a horrifying incident caught on video by another traveler, Mr. Dziekanski died on Oct. 14, 2007, after police tasered him five times. The Mounties were responding to a 911 call. Mr. Dziekanski was agitated after being in the airport for 11 hours after spending 20 hours in transit from Poland. He did not know his mother was waiting for him outside the airport arrivals area and did not figure out how to leave the area he was in. He was 40 years old. Ms. Cisowski filed a lawsuit last fall against the RCMP, the border services and airport authority…

Deputy Commissioner Bass said he hoped that public confidence in the RCMP would be restored following the settlement of Ms. Cisowski’s civil lawsuit and changes in RCMP policies, practices, training and reporting requirements related to the use of tasers…

I’ll bet he does.

The RCMP could have done things better, he said, but he refused to acknowledge mistakes were made. He declined to comment on the actions of police officers involved in the incident before the release of the report of retired B.C. judge Thomas Braidwood, who held a public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the tasering of Mr. Dziekanski. The report is expected to be completed in June.

Ms. Cisowski said she accepted the apology, which she felt was more personal than the first one issued by the RCMP in May, 2009, in Ottawa. She was not looking for an apology from the officers who used the taser on her son, although she would like them to face consequences at their workplace. “That’s all. I do not want them charged criminally. That’s no help to me at all,” she said…

The report is coming out in June. What? Are they writing in big block letters with a soft pencil? They’ve had 2½ years to roll this out.

Judge rules that Mounties have right to unionize

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s 22,000 members have the right to unionize, an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled in Toronto.

In a 25-page ruling, Justice Ian McDonnell struck down the more than century-old policy of disallowing union activity among the Mounties, The Globe and Mail reported.

The suit against the force was filed by the Mounted Police Association of Ontario, one of the RCMP’s various associations that straddle the country, with officers who serve as municipal, provincial and federal police.

“Why does the wider jurisdiction of the RCMP or its status as a unique Canadian institution make the labor relations modes in place for other police forces inappropriate?” MacDonnell said in his ruling, referring to the RCMP’s status as the only non-unionized force in Canada.

The right to strike isn’t part of the suit’s goal, as all Canadian police associations give up the right to do so, the Globe said.

The ruling gave the federal government 18 months to have a unionization mechanism established for the force.

Overdue.

Toronto airport responds to lax security charges – by blaming Mounties who accompanied investigators!


Introducing one of the dinosaurs in charge of the airport
Daylife/Reuters Pictures

Toronto’s airport authority has responded to an alleged security breach at Pearson Airport by pulling escort privileges from four airport Mounties and has urged Transport Canada to investigate the activities involving its own Minister.

The Globe and Mail reported Tuesday that Transportation Minister John Baird and Senator Colin Kenny visited the Toronto airport this past weekend to check on security measures. While doing so, they entered the airport tarmac from a public roadway outside the perimeter without having their credentials checked…

At the time the politicians were accompanied by four plainclothes RCMP minders.

Baird said, “What I saw simply is unacceptable. And if the Toronto Airport Authority doesn’t share that view, that causes me even more concern. I’ll be meeting with them next week but their reaction today is unacceptable…”

“I’m astonished that their first reaction is to want to shoot the messenger.”

He’s astonished. I’m not.

Nothing uncommon about petty, incompetent bureaucrats attacking anyone who points out their inability to perform.

The most laughable example was the delegation finding an X-Ray machine, still unpacked, that was purchased three years ago to check for contraband. Maybe not laughable. Just stupid and lazy.