“This government is setting a gold standard for species protection.”
How can Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay save endangered species when he’s selling the boreal forest they depend on to logging and mining interests?
Cops bust up brutality rally
The odd tussle between protestors and cops added a touch of irony to the 10th annual International Day Against Police Brutality, organized by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty Thursday (March 15). Protestors may have good reason to sniff at the police show of force. According to the police's professional standards branch, in 2006 there were 808 incidents in which officers were required to use force, up 28 per cent from 2005. Incidents of police drawing and pointing their guns at a person were up 29 per cent from 2005. Dudley Laws of the Black Action Defence Committee says he hears stories every week of police using excessive force. "It's hard to document all of them." Bill 103, which would create a new police complaints system, is awaiting third reading. Police Services Board vice-chair Pam McConnell sounds sympathetic but unapologetic. "The current system, although there may be nothing wrong with it, doesn't give the general public a sense of fair play."
Burying the bumbling defence minister
Are we just paranoid or was Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor's apology for his BS about Canada's treatment of Afghan prisoners timed to be lost in the saturation coverage of the budget?
Banks’ backdoor interest
We shouldn't be surprised to discover that some of Canada's largest banks are guilty of predatory lending practices. The billion-dollar profit margins are evidence enough. But Royal and TD have the added embarrassment of holding shares in payday lenders like Money Mart that are famous for screwing poor folk with astronomical interest rates for small loans, according to a report released by community group ACORN. They didn't just pull their branches out of poor neighbourhoods, but actually continued to make money off the stranded people forced to deal with usurous lenders.