Helena Guergis: Fire her ass

Attempted breach of security?

“I’ve been down here working my ass off for you people.”?

Not the cultural sensitivity I want displayed by my rep for the status of women. Ms. Guergis, Canada won’t be needing your services any longer.

Critics say ‘petulant’ Helena Guergis must go

They say anyone else would have been barred from plane or arrested for outburst in P.E.I.

OTTAWA–Acting like a “petulant child” at the Charlottetown airport should cost junior federal minister Helena Guergis her cabinet job, critics say.

Airport workers are said to be still reeling from the behaviour displayed on Feb. 19 by the minister of state for the status of women, even though she apologized – six days after the fact.

Despite allegedly screaming obscenities at airport staff after she was asked to remove her boots, Guergis was allowed to board her flight to Montreal along with an aide, leading to charges of a double standard.

Critics said Friday that Prime Minister Stephen Harper has no choice but to show her the door, citing the precedent set when former Progressive Conservative housing minister Alan Redway was forced to resign in 1991 after he was charged for joking about having a gun while boarding a flight.

“She acted like a petulant child. I think she should be forced to resign because she showed such contempt for ordinary Canadians and the people of that province (Prince Edward Island) that I think she has lost the moral authority to be a minister of the Crown,” said NDP MP Pat Martin (Winnipeg Centre).

Martin said if anyone else displayed that kind of behaviour they would at least have been taken aside and probably not allowed to board the airplane, and, at worst, arrested and possibly Tasered.

“(Harper) needs to ask her to step down. Ms. Guergis’s behaviour is completely unacceptable of any citizen, let alone a minister of the Crown,” said Anita Neville, the Liberal critic for the status of women.

The Prime Minister’s Office told the Toronto Star: “She has apologized for her actions. The matter is closed.”

In her apology, Guergis, the MP for Simcoe-Grey, played down the tantrum, saying she “spoke emotionally to some staff members.”

Ned Frank, a retired Queen’s University political science professor, said “nastiness” has become the hallmark of the Conservative government.

“It’s part of a pattern.”

In the Feb. 19 incident, on Guergis’s 41st birthday, she and an aide showed up at the last minute to catch the plane.

“On Feb. 19, I was rushing to catch a flight at Charlottetown airport and spoke emotionally to some staff members,” she stated. “Regardless of my workload and personal circumstances, it was not appropriate and I apologize to airport and Air Canada staff.”

An anonymous but carefully detailed account of her tirade was sent to P.E.I. Liberal MP Wayne Easter (Malpeque). According to the account, Guergis and aide Emily Goucher arrived a few minutes before the scheduled takeoff of an Air Canada flight to Montreal.

When asked to sit down and remove her footwear, Guergis “slammed her boots into the bin” provided by security personnel and then, according to the account, said to one of the airport staff: “Happy f —ing birthday to me. I guess I’m stuck on this hellhole.”

Guergis then allegedly tried to force open the locked door that separates the pre-board screening room from the area where the aircraft was waiting. When reminded that most passengers are asked to arrive at the airport two hours before boarding, Guergis allegedly shouted back: “I don’t need to be lectured about flight time by you. I’ve been down here working my ass off for you people.”

Senator Colin Kenny, who has worked extensively on airport security, said an average traveller who acted the way Guergis did would have run into trouble. “I suspect he or she wouldn’t have got on the plane,” he said.

“Banging on doors and shouting certainly isn’t going to ease your way onto a plane normally. … Someone in public life should know that that’s not how you behave.”

Easter said a number of people have asked him whether an ordinary traveller might not have been detained or even arrested for carrying on the way the junior minister did in the airport.

“That’s a very good question,” he said in an interview. “I think it’s clear that her VIP status is what got her on the flight.”

The incident is the latest setback for Guergis and husband Rahim Jaffer, a former Conservative Edmonton MP. Jaffer faces a March 9 court date in which he is expected to enter a plea bargain on drunk driving and cocaine possession charges.

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Well looky here: The NYPD’s crime data is in question:

Why am I not surprised. Bratton and Giuliani were crooks. I never believed in “broken-windows” theory, despite the fawnings it received in faux-social theory best sellers. Compstat was a pop fad, and the validity of the uniform crime index is a joke. Crime ebbs and flows, and law enforcement can do little to influence or deter it. But that never stopped Bloomberg or his predecessors from taken credit for its decline:

More than a hundred retired New York Police Department captains and higher-ranking officers said in a survey that the intense pressure to produce annual crime reductions led some supervisors and precinct commanders to manipulate crime statistics, according to two criminologists studying the department.

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The retired members of the force reported that they were aware over the years of instances of “ethically inappropriate” changes to complaints of crimes in the seven categories measured by the department’s signature CompStat program, according to a summary of the results of the survey and interviews with the researchers who conducted it.

The totals for those seven so-called major index crimes are provided to the F.B.I., whose reports on crime trends have been used by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his predecessor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to favorably compare New York to other cities and to portray it as a profoundly safer place, an assessment that the summary does not contradict.

In interviews with the criminologists, other retired senior officers cited examples of what the researchers believe was a periodic practice among some precinct commanders and supervisors: checking eBay, other Web sites, catalogs or other sources to find prices for items that had been reported stolen that were lower than the value provided by the crime victim. They would then use the lower values to reduce reported grand larcenies — felony thefts valued at more than $1,000, which are recorded as index crimes under CompStat — to misdemeanors, which are not, the researchers said.

Others also said that precinct commanders or aides they dispatched sometimes went to crime scenes to persuade victims not to file complaints or to urge them to change their accounts in ways that could result in the downgrading of offenses to lesser crimes, the researchers said.

“Those people in the CompStat era felt enormous pressure to downgrade index crime, which determines the crime rate, and at the same time they felt less pressure to maintain the integrity of the crime statistics,” said John A. Eterno, one of the researchers and a retired New York City police captain.

His colleague, Eli B. Silverman, added, “As one person said, the system provides an incentive for pushing the envelope.”

The Police Department disputed the survey’s findings, questioned its methodology and pointed to other reviews of the CompStat process that it said supported its position.

The survey, which involved an anonymous questionnaire, was done in coordination with the union representing most of the senior officers in the department. The questionnaires were sent to 1,200 retired captains and more-senior officers; 491 responded, including 323 who retired from the department after 1995, the first full year that the agency, then under William J. Bratton, used CompStat. It is based on the scrupulous tracking of crime complaints and a mix of mapping crime trends, identifying trouble spots and holding precinct commanders directly responsible for attacking those problems.

The survey has its limitations. It is unclear exactly when the retired senior officers left the department, making it impossible to say whether any alleged manipulations came early on or had developed over years and across more than one mayoral administration. The CompStat approach has been widely replicated across the country and has been credited with improving police work in many cities.

Also, the questionnaires did not set out to measure the frequency of any manipulation. None of the respondents were asked to identify specific acts of misconduct, and none admitted to having done it themselves. In addition, it was unclear whether the officials who said they were aware of unethical conduct had firsthand knowledge.

But the survey asked provocative questions and clearly elicited disturbing answers. The retired members of the force were asked whether they were aware of changes to crime reports. Of the 160 who indicated that they were, more than three-quarters said the changes were unethical.

Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, who was provided a copy of the survey’s summary Thursday, said that two other significant, independent and more comprehensive studies had been done in recent years analyzing the integrity of the city’s crime statistics — one in 2006 by a New York University professor and another by the state comptroller’s office — and that he had found them to be reliable and sound.

The report by the N.Y.U. professor, Dennis C. Smith, contained this assessment: “We conclude, as did the state comptroller five years ago, that the city and department officials, and the public can be reasonably assured that the N.Y.P.D. data are accurate, complete and reliable.”

The researchers in the new survey emphasized that the responses — the questionnaires were mailed in September 2008 and returned in early 2009 — showed that most of the senior officers believed that CompStat had been a valuable management innovation. And even few department critics would seriously dispute that the city is much safer than it was in the early 1990s, with murders cut by nearly 80 percent and with neighborhoods, from the notoriously violent to the largely affluent, transformed.

The CompStat system was put in place by Mr. Bratton, Mr. Giuliani’s first of three police commissioners. Versions of the system have been franchised to hundreds of police departments. It was adopted, and in some cases modified, by Mr. Bratton’s successors under Mr. Giuliani, Howard Safir and Bernard B. Kerik, and by Mr. Bloomberg’s commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly.

But as the city annually reported reductions in crime, skepticism emerged in certain quarters — several police unions other than the one that assisted with this survey, elected officials, residents in some neighborhoods — about whether the department’s books were being “cooked.”

Concerns over crime statistics are not unique to New York. Police departments have faced accusations of tampering in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, New Orleans and Washington.

Mr. Kelly, for his part, has said that he instituted a rigorous auditing system to maintain the integrity of the crime reporting operation. And Mr. Browne said Friday that every precinct’s books were audited twice a year, “and where errors are discovered, they are corrected and reflected in revised crime statistics.” He added, “In cases where it is determined that the errors were the result of intentional manipulation, the personnel responsible are disciplined.”

Mr. Browne said that Mr. Kelly had meted out discipline in 11 cases, 4 involving precinct commanders. One of them, he said, was demoted and three others lost their commands. Last week the department confirmed in an article in The Daily News that it was investigating whether the commanding officer in the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn downgraded crimes or refused to take complaints from complainants to artificially reduce serious-crime statistics.

Mr. Browne criticized numerous aspects of the survey, suggesting, for instance, that many of the respondents might simply have been repeating what they had heard or learned from news reports about the “relatively rare instances that gained notoriety.”

“The survey’s biggest flaw is that a hundred respondents may be recalling the same lone incident everyone was talking about when they said they knew of instances when crime reports were manipulated,” he said. “Further, anonymously supplied answers are problematic because it’s hard to assess whether they originate from retirees who felt they were unfairly denied promotion or have some other ax to grind.”

Mr. Browne said that only 37 of the 323 retired senior officers surveyed had served as precinct commanders, arguing that only they would have firsthand CompStat experience. But the researchers said the survey included responses from aides to precinct commanders and higher-ranking officers who oversaw the work of the commanders.

Professor Eterno said the suggestion that 100 former officials might be talking about the same incident was “ludicrous,” and Professor Silverman said the department’s criticism of the use of an anonymous survey indicated a limited understanding of social science methodology.

The seven-page summary of the survey certainly indicates that many of the retired officers believe the system has gone significantly wrong.

Indeed, the researchers said the responses supported longstanding concerns voiced by some critics about the potential problems inherent in CompStat. The former officers indicate that it was the intense pressure brought to bear on the commanders of the city’s 76 precincts in twice-weekly CompStat meetings — where they are grilled, and sometimes humiliated, before their peers and subordinates, and where careers and promotions can be made or lost — that drove some to make “unethical” and “highly unethical” alterations to crime reports.

Mr. Browne said that when Mr. Kelly took over the department in 2002, he barred spectators from CompStat meetings in light of complaints from some commanders that they had been ridiculed in the forum in front of outsiders. He said Mr. Kelly believed that the presence of outsiders “demeaned the process and was unprofessional.”

The two researchers are writing a book scheduled for publication this summer based in part on the survey; it is tentatively titled “Unveiling CompStat: The Naked Truth.” They provided a copy of the summary and the survey questions to The New York Times. They declined, however, to provide a full report until the head of the union with which they worked had shared it with the Police Department.

When Professor Eterno retired as a captain from the Police Department in 2004, he was working in its crime analysis and program planning section. He is now the director of graduate criminal justice studies at Molloy College on Long Island, which financed the study. Professor Silverman wrote a book about CompStat in 1999 before retiring from theJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2003.

Roy T. Richter, president of the Captains Endowment Association, which represents the retired officials, said the challenges that his retired members had faced — and his active members still face — were significant, as crime continues to decline and precinct commanders must continue to beat their previous year’s performance despite a force with thousands fewer officers.

He called the survey results “troubling,” and said that while CompStat can be an effective tool, to the extent that it is “used as a sword to subject a commander to humiliation before his peers, I don’t think it’s an effective management tool.”

More than a year before Professor Smith of N.Y.U. published his study praising CompStat in 2006, a city commission created to monitor the Police Department’s effort to fight corruption sought to examine the integrity of the department’s statistics. But while the department cooperated with the professor, it refused to comply with the commission.

And despite the efforts of its chairman, Mark F. Pomerantz, a respected former federal prosecutor, the commission could not win subpoena power, and it was not able to examine allegations that crime complaints were downgraded.

The department had argued that those allegations did not fall under the panel’s mandate because the matters did not constitute corruption.

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M. Boisvenu va à Ottawa

There appears to be some concern that Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu’s appointment to the Canadian Senate will somehow compromise his ability to effectively work for victims rights.

First, I have congratulated Pierre on his appointment because I know Pierre; if he has made this decision he has very carefully weighed the benefits and detriments of accepting, and concluded that he has made a good decision. No one has gone through the decision calculus as thoroughly as Pierre.

Of course I share concern. The threat of a compromised voice was in fact precisely why Pierre turned down an offer of the leadership of the ADQ a number of years ago; because he felt he was in a better position to influence decisions from the outside with AFPAD (well, that and other reasons… 🙂 ).

I guess I have a more “wait and see” take on all of this. It is not certain that the Senate appointment will compromise him. He will always work for Quebec’s interests for victims rights, he will certainly be sensitive now that at the Federal level he will need to be aware of other competing interests. I don’t think there is any danger that the appointment will muzzle him (if people think that, they don’t know M. Boisvenu.), though I don’t see that anyone would want that. It is precisely because of his strong opinions on victims rights that Harper has appointed him I would think.

Pierre has great gifts as a communicator; he challenges, but manages to stay very much a reconciliator with all parties. This quality I would think will make him very effective in the Canadian Senate. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

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Claude Larouche, Natasha Cournoyer and why we keep making the same stupid mistakes

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This is Part One of a series of posts about Claude Larouche / Natasha Cournoyer / Theresa Allore  in the coming weeks that you will not want to miss:

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Something wicked this way comes… and no, it’s not the boogie-man, Claude Larouche… it’s the sickening sense that we have all been here before.

A woman from Ahuntsic contacted me. She has compelling evidence that suggests Claude Larouche is responsible for one of the (many) unsolved murders in the region. The problem is (thus far) the police are not demonstrating much interest.

Sisyphus had an easier time carrying that weight than Quebec woman have convincing police that they are justified in their fear. As my new friend from Ahuntsic exclaimed after I told her I had talked to my SQ contacts and they were less than thrilled with following up,

“Why am I not surprised?   Why aren’t they working together with the SPVM!  What is up with that?…  There is something profoundly misogynistic in their attitude.  Hitchhikers, prostitutes, girls going out late, wandering children are sacrificed. If it were white heterosexual adult males disappearing and found raped and killed they would definitely be more proactive, they’d have a much different attitude that’s for sure.”

Why does this sound so familiar? Consider this and look at these names:

Leo Hamel

Roch Gaudreault

Robert Beullac

Bill Matson

Robert Theoret, Michel Tanguay, Eric Latour, Norman Kelly, Ben Patinaude

These are the decision makers we have dealt with over the last 30-plus years with Theresa’s murder. The last five are the Surete du Quebec investigators that have been personally charged to her case, and assigned as my liaison.

Now check this out:

Carolyn Rowell

Patricia Pearson

Allison Hanes

Sharon McCully

Jennifer Young

Sandi Rinaldo

These are the people who have championed Theresa’s cause in the media.

Am I painting a picture?

Recently a friend on Facebook was applauding the advances made by Public Safety in the Eastern Townships: 23% of the Sherbrooke SQ force are women, 2 or 3 local firefighters are women. When I asked how many of those were in leadership roles, or for the number of minorities the chat fell silent. No one could recall a female decision maker in law enforcement. Really? Interesting, because where I live in North Carolina I can count at least 4 local forces who have had women police chiefs in the last 5 years (and they call the South backward). Some of my favorite responses from the Quebec Facebook banter:

“I have no problems with women and minorities being in any work force whatsoever, as long as they are qualified to do the work. When inferior talent is brought in just for the sake of having a women or a minority employee, then I have a problem. And that is especially true when it comes to the people protecting our society.? I don’t know if this applies to the Sherbrooke SQ or the Cookshire-Eaton fire department because I am not familiar with those particular situations. However I did do some work for Canada Post in the sorting plant in St-Laurent. If I worked the way some people did in that place, I’d be looking for a new job every other week.”

“Well I’m not a feminist… I can tell you guys I used to do a better job when there was proper men at work”

What has happened with my new friend from Ahuntsic is not unique:

– It is the same thing that occurred when a woman with information on one of the prime suspects in Theresa’s case came forward. I worked with her for over two years. She was eventually, worn down, brow beat and humiliated by the Surete du Quebec.

– It is the same thing that happened to “Anon” who posts regularly to this site. Anon is a prime witness. A former student of Champlain college who was sexually assaulted at the King’s Hall residence site in 1977: The police will not take her statement.

– Women cried out in their statements over-and-over that Theresa was not a runaway or a drug addict; police refused to listen.

– Carolyn Rowell insisted in the student press that the town of Lennoxville had a serious problem with sexual predators in 1977-79; the police chief, Leo Hamel insisted that women were making a “mountain out of a mole hill”

Well, in response to those Quebec Facebook concerns, I tell you this: my boss is a woman and she is black, and I chose to work for her, because she is the hardest working person I have ever known, and she doesn’t need a “proper man” to do her work.

Something needs to change in Quebec. The white, male dominated homogeneity of the police forces has to transform. How do you expect people to come forward when you don’t properly reflect a representation of your population? Do you not see that the entire Freddy Villanova  debacle was partly caused by this imbalance?

Or do you maintain the white-male homogeneity to keep the status quo?

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Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu: Libéré au 1/6…

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A great editorial from Le Devoir by my brother, Pierre Boisvenu. He states what we all know, that criminals re-offend at an alarming rate (1/6, 1/3 of their sentence). And that is because the system does nothing to rehabilitate offenders, and the offenders are not held accountable for rehabilitating themselves. What does the system offer inmates to change their behavior? Cigarettes, television, body building. That’s it. No serious mental health programs to change behavior. The justice rehabilitation system is an industry that feeds lawyers and the court system (keep it churning, keep the lawyers earning more money). Is it any wonder when offenders aren’t required to change that the prisons are over-crowded and the system is bankrupt?

If you agree join Pierre’s Facebook  page: here.

« L’idée n’est pas de savoir combien de criminels récidivent au 1/6 ou 1/3 de leur sentence. Ma fille a été assassinée comme une quinzaine de femmes au Québec depuis 2000 par des criminels qui ont été libérés d’une prison du Québec au 1/6… Parce que le système ne fait rien avec ces prédateurs sexuels en prison sauf internet, le gym et la cigarette dans la cour. Et que lorsque le système investit dans ces criminels le taux de récidive est le même que lorsque ces criminels ne foutent rien en prison.

C’est de savoir combien de temps allons-nous accepter qu’un criminel fasse 5 ou 10 séjours dans une prison avant d’agir ou de le réhabiliter. Le problème de la surpopulation n’est pas la criminalité à la base mais bien que des criminels feront 5, 10 ou 15 séjours en prisons avant que nous réalisions que nos programmes de réhabilitations sont une business pour les « logues » de tout acabit. 2 milliards par année que cela nous coute pour avoir un taux de récidives de 40% dans les prisons fédérales. C’est de là que vient la surpopulation….l’incapacité du système a bien faire la PREMIÈRE fois avec un criminel pour qu’il ne revienne pas en prison.

Peut-on être plus rigoureux envers notre système carcéral qui traite ces criminels ? Peut-on en avoir pour notre argent ? Peut-on rendre les criminels plus responsable de leur devoir de se réhabiliter ? Je suis en faveur de la réhabilitation mais je suis tout à fait contre que ce soit toujours la société qui
prenne les risques de ce système incompétent à faire mieux. C’est ainsi que M a fait faillite.»

– Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

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Une escouade spécialisée pour les personnes disparue a été battu en chambre d’Assemblee Nationale dès sa première lecture.

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Parce que les médias anglophones du Québec ne se sent-il pas important de le signaler, je vais le dire en Broken-English:

Hier, la demande pour former une brigade de police spéciale pour enquêter sur les personnes disparues au Québec a été rejeté par l’Assemblée nationale sur le vote en premier. Je vous dis ceci: continuer à parler la vérité, dût votre voix mai secouer.

Nous voyons maintenant comment Mme Marois – Une fonctionnaire satisfaits et graissedu – de Parti québécois est passé à des choses plus importantes: oui, la langue française dans les centres de garderie est très importante, Baby Einstein nous le dit.

Madame Marois? Gardez à jouer avec nous. Continuer à masquer avec des apparitions radio pathétique sur le sort des Parizeau et ses rêves Séparatiste. Les victimes ne pas oublier et nous sommes très patient … nous pouvons nous permettre d’attendre.

M. Charest? Gardez en évitant de nous … c’est OK, vous avez fait ceci pendant 8 ans. Vous vous souvenez de mon appel à vous en 2002? Il y aura un reckoning de comptes. Vous pensez que nous sommes tellement stupides que nous ne voyons pas ces connexions?

Nous sommes des victimes du crime sont très patients. Michel Surprenant a attendu dix ans, j’ai attendu 31 … de rien. Bientôt, vous comprendrez la raison de notre attente est parce que nous jouons aux Chess, pas des Checkers.

Alors … de Secours du Québec:

“Nous apprenons aujourd’hui, 19 novembre, que le projet de Loi pour obtenir une escouade spécialisée pour les personnes disparue a été battu en chambre dès sa première lecture. Tout le Québec aurait espéré que, pour une fois, on puisse faire table rase de la petite politicaillerie qui ne mène nulle part. QUÉBEC SECOURS, à l’instar de 83% de la population du Québec, salue et appui inconditionnellement  la proposition du député de Chambly et porte-parole de l’opposition officielle en matière de sécurité publique, Bertrand St-Arnaud , de réclamer au ministre de la Sécurité publique, Jacques Dupuis , la mise sur pied d’une escouade spécialisée dédiée à la recherche des personnes disparues.

Le député soutient, avec raison,  qu’actuellement, le Québec est dernier de classe en cette matière au Canada.

Cette escouade a le mérite de permettre aux enquêteurs, non seulement de consacrer toutes leurs énergies à élucider les cas de disparition, mais de faire fi des limites de juridiction.

Ces dossiers sont donc traité directement de qui permet un meilleur suivi et une continuité qui n’est pas ralentie par l’apparition d’autres dossiers qui viennent retarder ceux des personnes disparues.

M.St-Arnaud rapporte qu’en Ontario, depuis 2006, une brigade mise sur pied en cette matière a permis d’élucider 41 cas de disparition suspecte et de faire passer le taux de résolution de 15 à 30 pour cent.  La demande de l’opposition rejoint celle de Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, fondateur de l’Association des familles de personnes assassinées ou disparues (AFPAD) qui, dans le passé, a essuyé des refus du gouvernement pour la formation d’une escouade du genre.  L’AFPAD était même prête à former sa propre brigade si les choses n’évoluaient pas plus rapidement.”

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Une escouade spécialisée pour les personnes disparue a été battu en chambre d’Assemblee Nationale dès sa première lecture.

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Because the Quebec English media does not feel it important to report it, I will say it in broken English:

Yesterday the demand to form a special police squad to investigate missing persons in Quebec was defeated in the National Assembly on the first vote. I say to you this: Keep speaking the truth though your voice may shake.

We see now how Madame Marois of the Parti Québécois has moved on to more important matters: yes, the French language in daycare centers is very important, Baby Einstein tells us this.

Madame Marois? Keep toying with us. Continue to obfuscate with pathetic radio appearances on the plight of Parizeau and his separatiste dreams. Victims don’t forget and we are very patient… we can afford to wait.

M. Charest?  Keep avoiding us… it’s OK, you have been doing this for 8 years. You remember my phone call to you in 2002? There will be a reckoning.  You think we are so stupid that we don’t see the connections?

We crime victims are very patient. Michel Surprenant has waited ten years, I have waited 31… that’s fine. Soon you will realize the reason we wait is because we are playing chess, not checkers.

Alors… de Quebec Secours:

” We learn today, November 19, the bill for a specialized team for missing persons was beaten in his room at first reading. While Quebec would have hoped that for once we can get away with the small politics that leads nowhere. QUEBEC RELIEF, like 83% of the population of Quebec, and welcomes the proposal unconditionally support the member for Chambly and spokesman of the official opposition in public safety, Bertrand St-Arnaud, claiming the minister of Public Security, Jacques Dupuis, the establishment of a specialized team dedicated to searching for missing persons. The member submits, rightly, that at present, Quebec is the last class in this field in Canada.

This squad has the advantage of allowing investigators to not only devote their energies to solving cases of disappearance, but to ignore jurisdictional boundaries.These files are processed directly by allowing better monitoring and continuity which is not slowed by the emergence of other issues that are delaying those of missing persons.

M.St Arnaud reported in Ontario since 2006, a brigade established in this area has helped to clarify 41 cases of disappearance and suspected to increase the resolution rate of 15 to 30 per cent. The demand of the opposition joins that of Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, founder of the Association of Families of people killed or missing (AFPAD) which in the past has rebuffed the government to train a squad of its kind . AFPAD was even ready to form his own brigade if things were not evolving as quickly.”

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Surete du Quebec – your tax dollars at work

I’ve never really understood the whole thing of collecting police patches, but this I understand even less:

Here are some of the fine items for sale at the Surete du Quebec’s online store:

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A wine opening kit

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SQ monikered wine glasses to go with the kit

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Baby’s first bath kit.

Look… I understand the whole branding thing, it’s great to have an SQ t-shirt, or cap, or Hot Wheels car – they promote a positive image of the force, but isn’t this going too far?

Think of all this crap sitting in an inventory warehouse somewhere (because no one is buying this stuff), then think again how it all equates to money, and how those resources could be better used for other purposes (for an extra investigator on a cold-case let’s say? To supplement the current part-time investigator who is too busy to dedicate his full attention to the investigation).

And if you think I’m being hard on the Surete du Quebec, take a look at the truckload of shit that Quebec’s government is peddling at the National Assembly; We’ve got golf umbrellas, monikered wine bottles, Christmas ornaments… 56 pages of crap all paid for with your tax dollars. Think of the things these resources could be going toward: a few more H1N1 flu shots, the return of Formula 1 to Montreal, a big goal-scoring center for the Habs, Parizeau’s next referendum?

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Thanks to Graham Moodie for pointing this out to me. Graham was a teacher at the time that Theresa was at Champlain college. We exchanged some harsh words for some time, but we’ve since become Facebook friends: that’s the way things should go.

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Theresa Allore et Clifford Olson Redux

Rob Tripp a fait un profil très gentil de cas de Thérèse Allore sur son blog, Can crime.

Rob est un journaliste d’investigation du l’Ontario Sud. L’une des choses qui l’intéressait, c’était mon (indirecte) l’interaction avec Clifford Olson. Rob a fait un essai photographique sur Theresa assemblés ensemble avec une piste audio composé d’une entrevue qu’il a fait avec moi il ya quelques semaines. Il a mentionné qu’il allait à transcrire l’interview, mais il pense à juste l’inclure en tant audio car il pensait que je présente les faits d’une façon éloquente.

C’est un beau compliment et je vais offrir un retour à Rob. Il est rafraîchissant d’être interrogé si librement. Lorsque l’intervieweur permet au sujet de parler comme ce le résultat sera toujours une ambiance détendue et franche conversation avec des surprises (qui sont d’or pour les médias). Mener une interview à un résultat désiré est toujours aboutir à un appartement, une conversation privée.

Ce fut le cas quelques semaines auparavant, quand j’ai parlé à un journaliste différent du Canada. Il était évident dès le départ que le journaliste faisait un article sur la souffrance des victimes et l’incapacité de trouver “Closure”.Lorsque le journaliste sait dès le départ ce qu’ils veulent, et conduit le sujet dans ce sens ils auront toujours un «canned» les résultats.

Bravo et merci Rob. Voici son video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL-zt8xqpwI
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Theresa Allore and Clifford Olson Redux

Rob Tripp has done a very nice profile of Theresa’s case over at his blog, Can Crime.

Rob is an investigative reporter from Southern Ontario. One of the things that interested him was my (indirect) interaction with Clifford Olson.  Rob has done a photo essay on Theresa put together with an audio track consisting of an interview he did with me some weeks ago. He mentioned that he was going to transcribe the interview, but thought to just include it as audio since he thought I presented the facts in an eloquent fashion.

That is a nice compliment and I will offer one back to Rob. It is refreshing to be interviewed so freely. When an interviewer allows the subject to talk like this the result will always be a relaxed and frank conversation with surprises (which are gold to the media).  Leading an interview to a desired outcome will always lead to a flat, closed conversation.

Such was the case a couple of weeks ago when I talked to a different reporter from Canada. It was quite obvious from the start that the reporter was doing an article on victims’ suffering and the inability to find closure. When the reporter knows from the start what they want, and leads the subject in this direction they will always get a “canned” outcome.

Well done and thank you Rob. Here is his piece:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL-zt8xqpwI

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