Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Eby, Nathalie Des Rosiers, Janine Bandcroft July 26, 2010

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This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook
This Week: The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is heading on the road next month, going north to visit communities served by the RCMP to host workshops on police accountability. It's an effort BCCLA president, Robert Holmes says is meant as both a means to educate and to learn what concerns residents of the north and famed "heartland" of the province have about the way policing is conducted in their neighbourhoods.
 
Listen. Hear.

David Eby is Executive Director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia. He is also the president of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. David Eby in the first half.

And; Nathalie Des Rosiers is General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Executive Director of its Education Trust. She is the previous Acting Vice President - Governance of the University of Ottawa, and served as Dean of the Civil Law Section of the U. of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. Nathalie also served as president of the Law Commission of Canada from 2000-2004. Nathalie Des Rosiers and Canadian law after the G20.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from Victoria's streetz and beyond. But first, David Eby and weighing the future of the RCMP in B.C.
 
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, 104.3 cable, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca.  He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, www.pacificfreepress.com.
 
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The abuse of British Columbians by Canada's state police are myriad. Too many of these instances have resulted in the deaths of people who were either innocent, or at the very least deserving a fair trial and appropriate sentence, but died while being arrested or while in custody. Those are the cases that usually make the papers; but every day in this province's rural communities, an uneasy truce exists between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the citizens they are charged with serving and protecting. It's a situation B.C. shares with other jurisdictions in Canada, where small communities and townships unable to foot the bill for policing services contract that service out to the federal RCMP. But, those services are not contracted in perpetuity; the RCMP's contract with the province is coming up for renewal, and at least one law and order organization is taking that opportunity to explore the Mounties record in the province.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association is heading on the road next month, going north to visit communities served by the RCMP to host workshops on police accountability. It's an effort BCCLA president, Robert Holmes says is meant as both a means to educate and to learn what concerns residents of the north and famed "heartland" of the province have about the way policing is conducted in their neighbourhoods.

David Eby is Executive Director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia. He is also the president of the Canadian HIV?AIDS Legal Network, and a research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

David Eby in the first half.

And; Canadians were shocked to see the abuse of police powers and the militarization of the nation's largest city during the recently held G8/G20 meetings in Toronto and environs last month. More than one thousand arrests were made, the vast majority of these resulting in no charges. Of the roughly 250 charges laid, most were blanket charges of obstruction and the sort. Many of those arrested faced conditions better suiting the gruesome police states enlightened democracies like Canada are determined to end by force of arms where they occur in other quarters of the world. But they didn't happen in the distant hell hole prisonsof Uzbekistan or Israel, but right here in our home and native land. Currently, there are dozens of complaints against police abuses before the courts, and many more questions that demand answers.

Nathalie Des Rosiers is General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Executive Director of its Education Trust. She is the previous Acting Vice President - Governance of the University of Ottawa, and served as Dean of the Civil Law Section of the U. of Ottawa's Faculty of Law. Natalie also served as president of the Law Commission of Canada from 2000-2004.

Nathalie Des Rosiers and Canadian law after the G20.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us news from Victoria's streetz and beyond. But first, David Eby and weighing the future of the RCMP in B.C.
 
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