Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – Alex Ballingall reports on Niki Ashton’s environmental platform which identifies corporate greed as a major obstacle to environmental justice, and proposes a new Crown corporation to ensure public investment in response. Manishna Krishnan examines Jagmeet Singh’s plan to end racial profiling, while Doug King comments on ...

Politics and its Discontents: What Can You Say?

Today has been a blogging day where I seem to be writing little of my own thoughts but mainly linking to other sites. And I can’t think of a single thing to add to this travesty of police work: Recommend this Post

drive-by planet: Zimmerman travesty and the profiling of black youth in America

  The acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges of murdering Trayvon Martin may have met the requirements of law in the eyes of some Americans, but was nonetheless a travesty of justice. The not-guilty verdict saw the self-appointed watchman-on-a-mission walk away a free man – his hands forever stained with the blood of 17-year-old Trayvon ...

drive-by planet: A nation of laws

Politics and its Discontents: Barriers

In my teaching career, one of the most powerful lessons for my students emerged from Atticus Finch, Scout’s beloved father in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. A lawyer with a deep sense of fairness and compassion, Finch taught his children a lesson that all of us should carry in life: “If you can learn ...

The Canadian Progressive: Toronto Police and black educator resolve racial profiling case

By: Human Rights Legal Support Centre | Press Release: TORONTO, May 14, 2013 – The Toronto Police Service (TPS), the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB), and educator Dr. Clem Marshall have reached an agreement to settle his Human Rights Application. The terms of the settlement are confidential and neither the TPS nor the TPSB has admitted any liability. Dr. […] The post Toronto Police ...

Politics and its Discontents: Kafka, The Toronto Police, and Toronto Community Housing

“Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.” – The Trial, by Franz Kafka Last evening, I made a brief post which included a quotation from George Orwell’s 1984, linking it to a story from The Guardian that dealt with the suppression ...

Politics and its Discontents: Police Chief Bill Blair Well-Rebuked

Oh, there is much in the news today to report and comment on, but I’ll start with something close to my heart: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, whom I regard as an unindicted co-conspirator in the police violence that erupted during peaceful protests at the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. In a previous post, I ...

Politics and its Discontents: Are Police Too Sensitive Or Simply Arrogant?

For some time now I have been closely following abuses of power, with special interest in instances involving our politicians and our police. Because both groups wield so much power, I believe that they need to be held to a very high stand which, unfortunately, they often fail to achieve. I suspect that because both ...