Information About Achieving Justice
- Goodbye… for now.
Thank you. And goodbye. At least for now. It’s another Saturday morning as I settle down for the two-four hour process of column writing. A weekly process that has repeated itself since the beginning of January, 2007, when I started writing for a Westside edition of the Kelowna Capital News. It adds … Read more »
- Are the “Charter damages” awarded by the courts a sufficient deterrent?
Must the police be deterred from breaching our Charter rights? Are the “Charter damages” awarded by the courts a sufficient deterrent? In the recent case of Joseph v. Meier, 2020 BCSC 778, the court awarded Charter damages of $5,000.00 to a 61 year old shopper whose rights had been breached. A poli … Read more »
- Police might have reasonable grounds to arrest even if you’re “squeaky clean”
Yes, you have the right to resist an unlawful arrest. But doing so is not an advisable way to enforce your rights! One problem is that you have no way of knowing, at the time of an arrest, whether or not it is lawful. A police officer might have reasonable grounds to make an arrest even if you’re “s … Read more »
- Could it be perfectly lawful to resist an arrest?
A police officer approaches you as you leave a clothing store, wanting to talk to you. They say they think you have some things in your bag that you didn’t pay for. You decline and try to keep walking. They try to cuff you but you resist, turning away and clasping your hands together. The police off … Read more »
- Police brutality in Canada
Recent videos of what appears (to the untrained eye) to be police brutality raises questions about what our rights are and how we might enforce them. We looked down our noses at our southern neighbours after seeing the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck for … Read more »