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Under Stephen Harper, Canada is turning into the incredible shrinking democracy.

That’s bad enough. But if this process of purposeful transformation isn’t reversed, the country could end up more fascist than free.

All the great freedoms have been diminished under this prime minister’s rogue adventure. Despite his blue-chip media enablers, the sultans of sophistry who like to say he’s an ‘incrementalist’, this guy is a rollicking anti-democrat ploughing through the traditions of this country like a runaway bulldozer.

Take freedom of association. Remember the case of Awish Aslam, a second-year political science student who was trolled on Facebook and then thrown out of a Tory political meeting because she had been seen at another party’s event? Internet screening to verify whether you qualify to attend a public political event? Really? This is Canada?

That’s not the worst of it. Over the last year, more than 160 protests and public events have been monitored by the police. There are reports on file with the Government of Canada of the activities of environmentalists, advocates for the disabled — even an interfaith peace vigil. (You have to watch those peaceniks — they can be as subversive as yoga instructors.)

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and okay. Canadian police. I mean….

With the government’s controversial proposed anti-terror law set to be passed into law within weeks, some of Bill C-51’s most outspoken critics are supporting a “pro-privacy action plan” that calls for an end to warrantless and mass surveillance and more independent oversight.

READ: Canada’s Privacy Plan – full report

According to OpenMedia communications manager David Christopher, what he describes as “Canada’s growing privacy deficit” has “alarming consequences for democracy.”

“We’re at a tipping point where we need to decide whether to continue evolving into a surveillance society, or whether to rein in the government’s spying apparatus,” he notes in the release accompanying the report.

“This report outlines common sense steps to strengthen privacy safeguards for all of us.”

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With all the stories across Canada of police brutality (including killings), harassment, rights violations, discrimination, perjury, political bias, corruption (e.g. bribes, smuggling, extortion, drug-dealing) – and seeing almost no consequences for the crimes committed by police officers – it’s extremely difficult to resist the A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards) attitude.

How are we supposed to keep falling for the line that “there are just a few bad apples” when the supposed good apples consistently rally around the bad apples and even promote them to higher positions? It’s very hard to tell the difference between the cops and the criminals.

It is clear, however, that the police are not here to serve and protect the average civilians who pay their salaries, especially if those civilians don’t have the “proper” image. It has become obvious that the main priorities of the police are to maintain the hierarchical status quo, defend those in power, and make lots of money for themselves. Breaking laws and getting away with it is the icing on the cake.

The best advice regarding police is to avoid them as much as possible, and when you do encounter them, to say as little as possible. If they act friendly, it could be a trick. People with mental illnesses are particularly vulnerable to the police, and often mysteriously end up not breathing after being approached by police.

If any police officers are reading this: you need to clean up your act and stop allowing crooked cops to damage your reputation and put you at risk. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. When even the right-wing Toronto Sun (which is normally the “Our Cops Are Tops” newsletter) starts pointing out your flaws, you know you have lost the public's  trust.


The music video is “Police Brutality” by the Vancouver punk band D.O.A.

Bill C-51 Needs to be Scrapped, Not Amended

Bill C-51 Needs to be Scrapped, Not Amended

No Canadian Police Force asked for the expanded powers in Bill C-51.

Not local police.  Not Provincial Police.


Not even CSIS.

In fact, Canadian Law enforcement has been shown to “already has many powers to target terrorism and terrorist activities in Canada.”

So why did the federal government put forth Bill C-51?

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Canadian Police Foil Mass Valentine’s Day Shooting


Canadian police say they uncovered a plot to commit a mass shooting in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, The Guardian reports. The plot involved four people, three of whom have been arrested and one of whom reportedly shot himself when police surrounded his house. In a statement, the Royal…

Suspect in Canadian Cop Killing Found Dead

Suspect in Canadian Cop Killing Found Dead

Police search for a suspect in the shooting of two Canadian officers near Edmonton, Alberta.

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A man who allegedly shot two Canadian police officers has been found dead in a private residence near the scene of the crime just north of Edmonton, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said. Although they have not confirmed whether the man took his own life, police did not fire…

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these cops must be Canadian

According to CBC News:

A 20-year-old woman has been accused of criminal harassment and intimidation against a high-ranking Montreal police officer after she posted a photo of anti-police graffiti online.

Pawluck insists that she’s done nothing wrong and the actions of the Montreal police amount to harassment.

Montreal criminal defence attorney Eric Sutton says the Crown will have to prove that Lafrenière reasonably feared for his safety because of the photo posted by Pawluck.

“I think this may be somewhat of a political statement by the police that they have zero tolerance for anything that’s seen as threatening to their image,” he said.

Note that she is not accused of making the graffitti, just of posting a photo of it on Instagram. Here is the photo which, interestingly enough, is currently posted on the CBC website. If you see a grey box, click on it to see the photo.

Are the Montreal police going to arrest a bunch of people at the CBC for posting the photo? Are they going to arrest me for doing the same? Are they going to arrest everyone who criticizes or embarrasses them?