Archive for October 9th, 2010

 

I just came across this at the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix:

And one final federal tidbit.

Conservative Garry Breitkreuz, the longtime Yorkton-Melville MP known for his implacable fight against the federal gun registry, has been replaced as chair of the House of Commons committee on public safety and security.

jwood@sp.canwest.com


Apparently this took place on Oct.4th:

MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS

Meeting No. 31

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security met at 3:34 p.m. this day, in Room 269, West Block, the [chair role], Roger Préfontaine, presiding.

The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of a Chair.

On motion of Dave MacKenzie, it was agreed, — That Kevin Sorenson be elected Chair of the Committee.
The Clerk of the Committee presided over the election of the Vice-Chairs.
On motion of Dave MacKenzie, it was agreed, — That Mark Holland be elected First Vice-Chair of the Committee.
On motion of Maria Mourani, it was agreed, — That Don Davies be elected Second Vice-Chair of the Committee.

I don’t know why this didn’t hit the “netvine” any sooner than this.  I don’t know what it means, but this can’t be good news.  I hope that Garry and his family are alright.

UPDATED

I decided to look a little further, and Garry is no longer listed as one of the full-time members of the Public Safety Committee.

 

 

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So, Chief Blair!  How’s that “Project Safe City” working out for you?  Harass any honest citizens lately?

 

Major News Reports

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=4999&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Friday, October 1, 2010

Robbery (Mugging) – 33 Division

A 21 year old male reports that on September 30, 2010 at approximately 2025 hours, he was in the area of Finch Avenue East and Cherokee Boulevard when he was approached by a male suspect armed with a handgun. The suspect grabbed the victim and made a demand for his laptop. The victim did not comply and was able to make good his escape. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 20 to 22 years, 6’0”, medium build.

4617/87728/02:06

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5000&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Robbery (Financial Institution) – 12 Division

A 26 year old female employee of Royal Bank of Canada, 901 Jane Street, reports that on October 1, 2010 at approximately 1215 hours, three male suspects wearing balaclavas entered the premises.  Two suspects approached the counter, while another suspect stood watch at the door.  One of the suspects discharged his handgun at a monitor that struck the victim about the face, then demanded money.  The victim complied and all the suspects then fled the scene in an awaiting vehicle driven by another suspect, eastbound on Dalrymple Drive.  The victim sustained minor injuries and will seek her own medical attention.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 6’0” to 6’2”.  Suspect #2:  Male, 6’0” to 6’4”.   Suspect #3:  Male, 6’0” to 6’4”.  Suspect #4:  5’9” to 6’0”.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECTS AVAILABLE.

10288/86481/00:07

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 31 Division

A 16 year old male, reports that on October 2, 2010 at approximately 0003 hours, he was in the area of Topcliff Avenue and Yellowstone Street when two male suspects approached him.  One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim’s head and demanded his wallet and watch.  The victim complied and the suspects then fled the scene towards Finch Avenue West.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspects #1 & #2:  Male, black, 6’0”, medium build.

10623/86481/01:47

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5001&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Robbery (Mugging) – 23 Division

A 56 year old male reports that on October 2, 2010 at approximately 1825 hours, he was in the area of Martin Grove Road and Steeles Avenue West when he was approached by a male suspect. The suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and made a demand for cash. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene southbound on Martin Grove Road. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence. Description of Suspect: Male, 35 years, 5’10” to 6’0”, 174 lbs, muscular build.

9633/89330/10:46

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5003&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Monday, October 4, 2010

Attempt Murder – 14 Division

A 23 year old male reports that on October 3, 2010 at approximately 2155 hours, he was in the area of Bathurst Street and Dundas Street West when a male suspect fired several gunshots, striking the victim about the body, and then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim was transported to hospital where he was treated and admitted. The victim’s condition is unknown at this time. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black. NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

9435/87728/04:57

 

Robbery (Home Invasion) – 32 Division

Two 21 year old and two 22 year old males report that on October 3, 2010 at approximately 0330 hours, they were in an apartment in the area of Northtown Way and Yonge Street when they answered a knock at the door. Three male suspects, one armed with a handgun, forced their way into the premises. The suspects then bound and gagged the victims and searched the apartment. The suspects then removed cell phones, laptops and a watch and fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victims sustained minor injuries but will seek their own medical attention. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 24 to 30 years, 6’2” to 6’4”, heavy build. Suspect #2: Male, 24 to 30 years, medium build. Suspect #3: Male, black, 24 to 30 years.

10053/87728/05:05

 

Robbery (Swarming) – 42 Division

A 31 year old male reports that on October 3, 2010 at approximately 2335 hours, he was in the area of Murrison Boulevard and Sheppard Avenue East when he was approached by four male suspects, three of which were wearing disguises.  One suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for property.  The suspects removed a cellular telephone and a metropass from the victim and fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim did not sustain any injuries. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 18 to 20 years, 5’5” to 5’7”, 141 to 150 pounds, thin build, brown eyes. Suspect #2 to #4: Male, black, 18 to 20 years, 5’5” to 5’7”, 141 to 150 pounds, thin build.

10096/82016/07:01

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 33 Division

A 27 year old female and 24 year old male reports that on October 4, 2010 at approximately 0030 hours, they were in the area of Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue East when they were approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects produced a handgun and made a demand for property. The suspects removed a set of keys, laptop, two cell phones and a quantity of cash and identification and fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victims did not sustain any injuries. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 25 to 28 years, 6’0” to 6’1”, 174 pounds, medium build. Suspect #2: Male, black, 25 to 28 years, 6’0”, 174 pounds, medium build.

9329/82016/07:28

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5005&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Robbery (Purse Snatch) – 13 Division

A 45 year old female reports that on October 5, 2010 at approximately 0800 hours, she was walking in the area of Dell Park Avenue and Fairholme Avenue, when a male suspect armed with a handgun approached from behind.   The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse and a struggle ensued.  The suspect pointed the weapon towards the victim and again made a demand for her purse.  The suspect then fled the scene with the purse in a northerly direction on a pathway towards Lawrence Avenue West.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 22-28 years, 6’0”-6’2”, 140-160 pounds, thin build.

10368/86345/13:33

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5006&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Robbery (Mugging) – 31 Division

Two males, ages 15 and 16 years, report that on October 5, 2010 at approximately 17:30 hours they were in the area of Finch Avenue West and Islington Avenue, when they were approached by a male suspect.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash and jewellery.  A passerby interrupted the robbery and the suspect fled the scene empty handed in an unknown direction.  The victims did not sustain any injuries.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 16 to 18 years, 5’7” to 5’8”, 161 to 180 pounds, chubby build, brown eyes.

10145/82161/01:51


Jack’s Firearms Plan

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“Turncoat” Charlie Angus has just tabled a Private Member’s Bill to “fix” the Firearms Act.  More on that in a moment.  I would comment on the timing of this event, on a Friday afternoon, but first, I’d like to take a look at the NDP’s statements about what their “compromise” plan would entail.

From the news reports before The Day Democracy Died, it would seem that Jack’s plan mimicks what the Lieberals came up with:

http://www.ndp.ca/press/gun-registry-building-bridges

Gun Registry: Building Bridges

Mon 30 Aug 2010

I’ll be clear: If Bill C-391 stands unamended, I will vote against it — in no small part because it pits Canadians against each other.

Everybody was blaming Harper for “divisive politics” and not being willing to “compromise” and “work together” – you know, the Canadian way.  But it was the Lieberals who forced this monstrosity on law-abiding gun owners to start with, thus creating the division.  It was the Seperatist Coalition, including the NDP, who all voted together in the Public Safety Committee to stop consideration of Bill C-391, right before it got to the clause by clause examination – that’s the stage where any amendments to the Bill would have been made.  So much for “working together”…

And that is why today I am announcing ….when Parliament returns, New Democrats will introduce legislation to address legitimate complaints about the long-gun registry and strengthen gun control:

  • Penalties for non-registration should start as non-criminal fines.
  • Aboriginal treaty rights must be protected.
  • Gun-owners’ privacy needs protection too.
  • And there should never be a charge for long-gun registration.

I am also announcing we’re proposing legislation empowering municipalities to ban handguns from their streets, if their citizens choose that. And we’re proposing a system to identify threats early — by sharing mental health information between the Firearms program, law enforcement and military agencies – legislation that addresses the system failures which may have prevented the Dawson tragedy.

Jack’s talking out of both sides of his mouth – in the same breath he talks about “gun owner’s privacy”, and then he says he wants “mental health” information to be “shared with” just about anyone.

As for “non-criminal fines”, that’s just a rip-off of Iggy’s “ticketable offence”.  I don’t know how they plan to work this; it would seem to require a “ticket book” for Federal or Criminal Code offences, which I don’t believe exist.  Can you imagine having to issue a second ticket book to all peace officers in Canada? And how would this not abrogate the Supreme Court decision that the Firearms Act was “constitutional” only because it involved making “criminal law”?  You can bet your bottom dollar that the Provinces are going to start squaking about this intrusion into their “division of powers”.

Aboriginal treaty rights” have fallen so far off the radar, I thought everybody had forgotten about it, except for the Natives.   Under the auspices of the Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Inuit are not required to register their (long) guns:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2010/07/26/north-gun-registry-inuit-exemption-questioned.html

Under a court injunction, Inuit are not required to register their guns until the resolution of the legal challenge by Nunavut Tunngavik, the Nunavut land claims organization.

The injunction was granted in July 2003 by Judge Robert Kilpatrick, who said at the time that the registry could interfere with their traditional way of life.

Other Aboriginal groups also have complaints that they were not “consulted with” regarding legislation that affects their Treaty Rights, which would make the Firearms Act null and void for them.

And there should never be a charge for long-gun registration” fits in nicely with the NDP’s “everything’s free” philosophy, doesn’t it?  Of course, people who still own those evil handguns will still be required to pay for the “privilege” of being a criminal.  Even more, Jack’s plan is to allow “municipalities to ban handguns from their streets”.  It doesn’t matter that the handguns of law-abiding responsible owners aren’t actually “on the streets”, and that no ban ever kept guns out of the hands of criminals, who are.  The cognitive dissonance of leftists never fails to amaze me.

But wait, there’s more!

http://www.ndp.ca/press/new-democrats-vote-to-fix-long-gun-registry

They include:

· merging possession and acquisition licenses;

· addressing issues with inherited firearms;

· addressing mental health issues and gun ownership;

· mandating the Auditor General to ensure the long-gun registry is cost-effective.

I don’t quite know what they mean by “merging possession and acquisition licenses”; there are “Possession and Acquisition Licenses” (PAL), and then there are “Possession Only Licenses” (POL).  Does Jack plan to merge the two?  There’s just one small problem: POL holders were never required to take a safety test to qualify for their license.  This was the “perk” that such gun owners were accorded in the Firearms Act, for not buying more guns – which is just another round-about way to destroy the shooting sports.

The RCMP says that there are some one million POL holders – are they going to force all these safe, responsible, law-abiding gun owners to take a safety test, at great expense and inconvenience?  It’s not like you can go to your local DMV office and take the test right away – there are only so many Safety Instructors to go around (by design), and they usually wait until they have enough people to fill a class before they schedule one.  This can take weeks or even months to take place.  There’s going to be one hell of a backlog to do this.  But if they don’t force POL owners to take the course, then they put the lie to the whole nonsense that the Firearms Act was ever about “public safety”…

I didn’t know there were any “issues” with “inherited firearms” that needed “addressing”.  Nobody I know has ever said there was a problem, other than that most executors are unaware of the laws regarding the disposition of estate firearms, and might either be forced into disposing of them without receiving a fair compensation for the heirs, or might get charged for illegal possession.

I’m sure that everyone would agree that the dangerously mentally ill shouldn’t have access to guns – that should go without saying.  But are gun owners more or less likely to be such a danger, to themselves or others?  Yes, statistically the probability is not “zero”, but does that mean that all gun owners must now pass some mental health evaluation to get a license?  I wouldn’t be surprised.

Finally, something I can get behind!  Gun owners have been saying for years that the Firearms Act needed a “cost effective” analysis, and Garry Breitkruez had this in his original Private Member’s Bill, C-301:

26. The Act is amended by adding the following after section 97:

Cost-benefit analysis

97.1 The Auditor General shall be directed to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on each existing firearms control measure every five years to determine its effectiveness at improving public safety, reducing violent crime and keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.

So, this is Jack’s plan. We’ll have to see how the legislation stacks up against the promises.

(Readers of “Papillion” will understand the significance of the term “plan”)