Publisher's Commentary

This dowager needs to pay attention

The RCMP has talked a lot about "change," "confidence" and "trust" over the past seven years or so but little has changed. When top management feels comfortable with itself, it begins to forget the big picture. Not only does it neglect the customer base, it also neglects its only conduit with that customer base – its employees.

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Blue Line Magazine June / July 2014 Subscribe


"The members of the Ottawa Police Service have a unique job to do in keeping this community safe," said OPS Chief Charles Bordeleau. "We have all the policing issues of a large urban city but we also have a very large rural area in our jurisdiction. On top of that, this is the national capital, which brings its own challenges."

With 943,260 people, Ottawa is the fourth most populous city in the country and among the largest geographically. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary combined could all fit within its borders.


Crown need not account for every minute of delay

When determining whether a breath sample was taken "as soon as practicable," the Crown is not required to call evidence detailing every moment that an accused is in custody.

In R. v. Singh a police officer patrolling various licensed establishments stopped the accused at 1:52 am, formed a suspicion Singh was operating a vehicle with alcohol in his body and made an ASD demand at 1:58 am. A suitable sample was provided at 2:00 am, a "fail" was registered and Singh was arrested at 2:01 am for operating a motor vehicle while over 80 mg%.


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Telecomms to demand warrant for basic info

Jul 16 2014

OTTAWA - Two major telecommunications firms - Rogers and Telus - say they will no longer routinely give basic customer information to police and security agencies without first seeing a warrant.

The moves follow a recent landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision affirming the right to online privacy.

In the case of Rogers Communications Inc., concerns voiced by subscribers also played a role in tightening the disclosure policy, the company said Wednesday.