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Morality, marijuana and boots on the ground

Before we look at legalizing pot, we must consider that advocates do not speak of how to control people who drive and smoke weed. Studies show the drug distorts time and distance so now we are back to police controlling drivers who partake in a recreational drug. So much for the promised reduction in enforcement costs.

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The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Strategy on Counter-Terrorism is closely aligned with Public Safety Canada's Strategy, which has four mutually reinforcing elements – Prevent - Detect - Deny - Respond. The functions of these elements are aligned to the EPS Counter-Terrorism key components of Prevention - Intervention - Suppression.

The EPS strategy fits within the organization's Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS), based on the premise that if we work to impact root causes of violence, we will be successful in decreasing violence overall within our community


Untimely report to justice breached charter

Failing to file a report to a justice after police seize an item can amount to a s. 8 Charter breach.

In R. v. Garcia-Machado, 2015 ONCA 569 the accused crashed his vehicle into two trees, seriously injuring himself and his front-seat passenger. Hospital staff drew Garcia-Machado's blood for medical purposes. Believing he was intoxicated, police subsequently obtained a search warrant authorizing the seizure of his blood and hospital records relating to medical treatment after the crash. The warrant required police to bring the seized items before the justice who issued the warrant or another justice "to be dealt with according to law."


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No jail time for teen who murdered Const. Garrett Styles

Nov 16 2015

TORONTO - The teenager convicted of killing Const. Garrett Styles was sentenced to no jail time, but was given nine years of "conditional supervision," in a ruling handed down at a Toronto-area courthouse today.

The 19-year-old, who was only 15 and considered a young offender at the time of the incident, was found guilty of first-degree murder in June. He has been referred to as S.K. throughout the proceedings.

Styles, who worked for the York Regional Police force, died in the early morning hours of June 28, 2011, after pulling over a minivan full of teenagers that S.K. was driving. Styles was then dragged and crushed when S.K. fled the roadside stop and the van rolled over.

"Imposing a custodial sentence will not make S.K. more accountable," Justice Alex Sosna told a packed Newmarket, Ont., courtroom on Monday.

S.K., he said, is "already serving a life sentence, imprisoned in his wheelchair."