Al Wachowich had a few things to get off his chest.
“We get this criticism all the time, that we’re not hard enough,” the recently retired Alberta chief justice told the federal justice committee during a recent hearing in Edmonton.
The committee has been hearing testimony about organized crime. Wachowich was the first member of the judiciary to testify.
He’s heard the accusation innumerable times over his lengthy career: That judges coddle criminals and are too quick to hand out alternative punishments over jail time.
Wachowich told the all-party committee that Canada has one of the highest incarceration rates in the industrialized world, at 130 prisoners per 100,000 population.Read more »
The Queen Street East ‘‘compassion club’’ raided and picked clean by police last week reopened yesterday, but it was selling only politics, not marijuana.
Neev Tapiero, owner of Cannabis As Living Medicine (CALM), said its current goal is to spread the word about a protest this Sunday outside police headquarters over the government’s medical marijuana regulations.
‘‘Health Canada’s poorly run program ... results in thousands of people’s rights being denied,’’ he said.Read more »
Tyler Archer needed help.
Around midnight Saturday, he'd turned the wrong corner and ended up in a fight with people he didn't know on Store Street. His shirt was pulled over his head. He was dealt several hard blows to the head.
"I got out of there and got onto the grass because my face was badly injured," said the 19-year-old Claremont grad, who plays defence for the Junior Shamrocks.
"My friend told the cops I'd been attacked. I wanted to get help, but once they started coming at me, I understood they weren't trying to help me."
More than 200,000 people have seen the Youtube video of Archer being kicked by an unidentified Victoria police officer.Read more »
Police, politicians and doctors are warning that a relatively new street drug called doda is becoming more common across Canada, and not enough is being done to stop its trade.
Just this week, Peel Police seized $2.5 million worth of doda during raids in Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto.
Last fall, an RCMP drug unit raided a large manufacturer in Surrey, B.C., the "first large-scale seizure" of doda in the province.
And last month, officers in Calgary seized 13 kilograms of crushed doda powder, issuing at the same time a "wake-up call" that use of the drug is likely to continue to spread.