Body Cameras…

Sept 29, 2016

Blue Line News Week
Police body camera study released

Toronto police have made a request for funding to the Police Board to equip all front line officers with a body camera despite some reservations.  The cost is estimated at $85 million over ten years and one of major pre-occupations is the time it will take those same officers to identify and sort the material recorded for storage – some say from 39 minutes to 2 hours per shift.  A five hour battery life is another technical problem for officers often on 10 hour shifts.   (Cf p. 6 of the same link for a report on the decision by Ottawa police to adopt cameras after rejecting the idea.)

Toronto Star – Bob Hepburn
Beware: Kellie Leitch is on a winning roll – Tory leadership candidate looks to Europe for anti-immigrant strategy

Early in the Conservative Party leadership contest, Kelly Leitch, the MP for Simcoe (ON) opened her bid by announcing a plan for verifying that refugees and immigrants to Canada professed Canadian values, and for a while, we discussed what were, and even if there were, Canadian values.  Hepburn’s article offers a warning around the disposition of the Canadian voter for exactly some sort of determination on Canadian values as part of the admissions process.  Hepburn also offers a tour of the policies in various European countries on the status of refugees and the reaction of the population to them.   Related article: National Newswatch – Glen Pearson    When Accepting Refugees Is No Longer Enough

CBC Documentary Event – The Torture Files

Oct. 4, 2016 at 6 – 8PM   C-180, 1 Wellington Avenue, Ottawa

Please pre-register at ASAP

The event will be hosted by Cheryl Hardcastle, M.P., Vice Chair of the Subcommittee for International Human Rights; Gary Anandasangaree, M.P (Scarborough—Rouge Park), as well as Scott Reid, M.P. (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston) will serve as co-sponsors for the forum.  The event will feature three panelists:  Kerry Pither, author of Dark Days: The Story of Four Canadians Tortured in the Name of Fighting Terror; Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada (English Branch);
Craig Scott, Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and expert in international human rights law.

Ottawa event:  Forum on justice for Abdirahman Abdi

Oct 2nd, 10 am- 5.30 pm (Hintonburg Community Center, 1064 Wellington Street West  or 5.30 pm- 8 pm Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road

CBC Radio Documentary:  To air Oct 12, 2016
Healing with the man, Glen Flett, who murdered her dad  (An 11 minute interview with Sawbonna founder Margot Van Sluytman at the recent RJ Conference in Halifax.)
VERA Institute (US)
Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative

VERA has been awarded a Department of Justice grant to expand its alternative to segregation to a number of other districts.  The VERA group has a resource page at the link and the second link is a video of a recent panel on the topic.  Resource page:    Reforming the Use of Solitary Confinement: A Conversation (A one hour video with several expert panelists)