Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Freedom's Just Another Word

We are a sleepy self-satisfied nation.

Democracy without vigilance is soon a memory.

Today we have three separate stories that remind us of these themes:

1. The National Post is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that demanded that the paper reveal its sources in a story. The rights of newspapers are enshrined in the famous and often annoying Charter. In this case, the Charter is bang on. We can only hope that the Supreme Court will hear this appeal and then reverse the previous dangerous conclusion.

2. The RCMP's information provided about its use of tasers is heavily edited. Why? To protect whom? I am first protected by knowledge and information. I don't want to learn that the police have secrets they need to hide. Transparency is everything in this case.

3. The Victoria police chief has been on payed suspension of duties for almost 6 months now. Why? No one will tell us.

When the Top Cop is under a cloud of suspicion, shouldn't I know what this is about? Where is the great Wally Opaque on this matter? Cutting more ribbons?

When these three stories are strung together, an unhappy scenario begins to emerge.

I ask my usual question:

What gulag are we living in exactly?


Steve said...

In the same vein, check out and his (and Maclean's and Mark Steyn's) battle with the so-called Human Rights Commissions in Canada.

Anonymous said...

I recently had a look at the Charter of Rights and noticed there is nothing pertaining to taxation.
I had wrongfully assumed we had could not have taxation without representation.
I am sure Canada's original constitution, the British North America Act contained such a clause.
Ever since the Charter of Rights came into being, we have seen new taxes and levies, such as those imposed by Translink, without the electorate having a direct vote.

PelaLusa said...

Isn't it odd how we live in a modern world of Blogs & YouTube and information instantly available and yet our governments sometimes seem stuck in a spy-like era of 1942.

Anonymous said...

An item that keeps popping up intrigues me. We have an Egyptian family comes to Canada, obtains our countries passports and immediately move to Afganistan/Pakistan and runs with a world's worst terrorist group. Now one boy is in a US prison. Why is this OUR problem and not Egypts? Are we the world's suckers or what? Cripes Canada can't even protect/look after its OWN born and raised citizens in foreign jails and we spend a huge amount of time, money and effort on a terrorist family's loser? ( And how about the Air India fiasco?)

Anonymous said...

About the previous comment..Canada is at war in Afghanistan.This fellow was taken prisoner during a war that is still going on.Seems to me he must wait till the war is over,and peace is declared.Would be nice,Peace that is.