Category Archives: Crime and Justice

The UCP Government Responds to Justice Paul Rouleau’s Report on the Emergencies Act  

On Friday Justice Paul Rouleau released his report of the inquiry into the Trudeau government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act in response to the convoy protests in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada. Rouleau determined the Feds’ decision met the … Continue reading

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The RStar Debacle (Who’s going to clean up this mess?)

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” — opening scene, Star Wars   The first thing I thought of when I heard the word RStar was the opening sequence in the first Star Wars movie: yellow letters … Continue reading

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Woke? What?

Woke (/ˈwoʊk/ WOHK): adjective: aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice)—Merriam-Webster   I don’t read publications like the Western Standard or the Dorchester Review as a rule but thanks to … Continue reading

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“Too Many Gotchas”

“Nothing to see here, move along.” – Movie trope Last week the CBC published a story saying that a staffer in Danielle Smith’s office sent a series of emails to Crown prosecutors challenging their assessment and direction on criminal cases … Continue reading

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Political Interference in the Administration of Justice (Again!) 

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”—Proverb, originated 1562 Did you catch all that? Premier Smith has been all over the airwaves saying that regardless of what it looks like she wasn’t trying to interfere with the … Continue reading

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When the UCP Government Ran Amok

“There is no room for the unilateral assumption of authority in a constitutional democracy.” – Nigel Bankes, U of C emeritus professor of law, on the government’s decision to rescind masking in schools. Last week an Alberta court ruled that … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney’s “Breaking Bad” Press Release

Last week, the feds granted BC a 3-year exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act decriminalizing the possession of up to 2.5 grams of certain illegal drugs for personal use. Judging by Jason Kenney’s response, you’d think Breaking Bad … Continue reading

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A Traffic Ticket and a Phone Call

On Feb 25, 2022, Premier Kenney issued a misleading press release setting out his rationale for a Cabinet shuffle. Two cabinet ministers, who should have been (back) benched a long time ago, will swap ministries.   Kaycee Madu will “step … Continue reading

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Jason Kenney Reacts to the Emergencies Act

“We needed to see it to believe it.”—Ottawa resident talking about police clearing out Ottawa’s downtown core after 22 days of occupation. Our trust in government was at such an all-time low that when the Federal government invoked the Emergencies … Continue reading

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Quick comment on the Illegal Occupation & Blockades

Ms Soapbox is under the weather, as such there will be no blog post today. I expect to be fully functional next week, at least physically. It will take longer than that to restore my mental equilibrium given the ongoing … Continue reading

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