Publisher's Commentary

The Nails And Hammer Solution

Given its peculiar prosecutorial system, which tells cops they're not qualified to lay charges and Crown Counsels who are too busy to take the situation seriously, it's no surprise that British Columbia is illegally legalizing pot.

One of the first lessons I learned in the detective office is that there are three legal realities. Things are legal, illegal or simply "not legal." Legal and illegal are simple enough but "not legal" is a whole new realm where:

(A) No one has yet thought up a law;

(B) No one can enforce the law; or

(C) There is a law but no one wants to enforce it or they are "encouraged" to overlook violations.

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Blue Line Magazine August / September 2015 Subscribe

Getting the Job Done

Quebec City has been booming in the last few years, vaulting to the forefront as one of Canada's most attractive cities.

The economy is approaching full employment and the population grows every year. The good news gets even better, as city hall goes all out to bring in and foster activities of all kinds all over town. It's a festive city and a great place to live.

This kind of exuberance is a real plus, but for the police it calls for new approaches that provide the right response in new situations.


CASE LAW: Seeking Consent Not Always a Search

Questioning a detainee in an effort to get them to consent to a search is not necessarily a search, or the start of one.

In <R. v. Sebben, 2015 ONCA 270> a police officer stopped the accused and administered a roadside breath test following a report of an erratic driver. Sebben passed the test but, during the course of checking CPIC and related data bases, the officer received information that he had a possible connection to drugs.


Blue Line News Week August 28, 2015 Subscribe

Senior G20 officer guilty on three charges

Aug 25 2015

TORONTO - The most senior police officer charged over mass arrests made during the Toronto G20 summit five years ago was found guilty on three out of five offences at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Retired Ontario judge John Hamilton, who had been presiding over the case, found Supt. David Fenton guilty of two of three counts of unnecessary exercise of authority and one of two counts of discreditable conduct.

Hamilton said Fenton is committed to serving the public but was working with a lack of understanding of the public's right to protest when he chose to order the boxing in and mass arrest of protesters five years ago.