Ontario’s Probation System is a Joke say Offenders

Part I

At the beginning of April, there were about 43,000 offenders under community supervision at the provincial level in Ontario, which includes people on probation, parole and conditional sentences. This far outstrips the 7,850 inmates in custody.

Probation is a court order that allows an offender to remain in the community, subject to certain conditions. These can include things like meeting regularly with a probation officer, attending rehabilitation programs, obeying a curfew, or not possessing any weapons.

But probation officers report that they aren’t out in the community, monitoring whether offenders are abiding by those conditions.

“There is an assumption by both the judiciary and the public that… when an offender is placed on a supervision order with conditions to be in their residence, to adhere to conditions such as not to possess internet, computer, not to have drugs, alcohol, that someone in some law enforcement capacity is actually checking on them,” said Scott McIntyre, a probation and parole representative for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

“That’s the problem, no one is checking,” said Sarah – a probation officer whose identity Global News agreed to conceal to protect her job.

She wants to go out to visit offenders, but a colleague discouraged her. “I was told we don’t do home visits, flat out.”

Source: Ontario’s probation system ‘a joke,’ say offenders | Globalnews.ca

The Deep History of US, Britain’s Never-Ending Cold War On Russia by Finian Cunningham

This perspective harks to a radically different conception of the Second World War in contrast to that narrated in official Western versions. In this alternative historical account, the rise of the Nazi Third Reich was deliberately fomented by American and British rulers as a bulwark in Europe against the spread of communism.

Source: The Deep History of US, Britain’s Never-Ending Cold War On Russia by Finian Cunningham

The West Is Becoming Irrelevant, The World Is Laughing

Worthy of your attention. The military strategists of the countries that are refusing to kneel in front of the barbaric terror of the West, responsible for hundreds of millions of murders and billions of ruined lives, are planning how to defend their countries and the world.

Desultory Heroics

By Andre Vltchek

Source: TruePublica

I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: “Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time.”

Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, what came from Washington and (to a smaller extent) from London was monitored with great attentiveness and fear, all over the world.

But all of a sudden, things have begun to change, rapidly. Despite the extremely violent nature of the Western-designed-and-manufactured global regime, which has been over-imposed on so many parts of the world for decades and centuries, increasing amounts of people in Asia, Latin America and Africa stopped worrying and went leisurely to the ‘barricades’, beginning to rebel against the perverseness of the…

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Prevent Therapeutic Fraud!

Conversion therapy has damaged the physical and mental health of countless young people; this quackery should not be permitted

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Image: A demonstrator carrying a sign: “Self-Hatred is NOT Therapy.” Photo by Daniel Tobias via Wikimedia Commons.

How about some good news, and something good to support?

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Congressman Ted Lieu and 68 Members of Congress, as well as Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 to stop so-called “conversion therapy.” Conversion therapy – treatment to persuade an LGBTQ youth that they are actually straight – is both dangerous and utterly ineffective, yet frauds fleece families of thousands of dollars for these quack and often brutal “treatments.”

Read the text of the bill online.

Here is something we can SUPPORT in a call to our members of Congress!

A script, if you want one:

I’m calling to ask that Congressperson (or Senator) X vote FOR the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017.  My name is Y, I live…

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CBC the 800-pound News Media Gorilla

A part of the ongoing public discussion over what can be done as traditional news media are weakened in their ability to do public interest journalism. The answer, according to CBC executives, is: Let’s have more CBC! But the solution to the disrupted news media scene in Canada is not for taxpayers to shell out more to a public provider of news, no matter how high-quality or how high-minded.

The CBC has rapidly become the 800-pound gorilla in news media in many communities across Canada, not just because of its own increased resources but also because of reduced revenues at private media outlets. The result is a distortion of the marketplace that undermines the ability of private firms to transition and to continue to report the very same news and information that CBC executives say it should be publicly funded to provide.

Over the past year, the Winnipeg Free Press has found itself in bidding wars with the local CBC station trying to hire away reporters and editors from the newspaper. The journalists were hired not to do innovative work that was not being done by private media, but rather to report on areas like city hall, the very beats that they covered for the newspaper.

These weren’t journalists shed by indiscriminate layoffs. They were the most valuable resources the paper had in its continued comprehensive coverage of Winnipeg, and the paper had spent considerable money over the years developing their knowledge and skills. In most cases, the CBC won, offering greater security backed by taxpayer funding.

Bob Cox is publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, also responsible for the Brandon Sun and eight community newspapers in Manitoba. He is currently chair of News Media Canada, the association representing daily and community newspapers across the country.

Source: The 800-pound news media gorilla – Policy Options

(Note: The CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is funded in a large part by the government of Canada. Total funding when adding some advertising revenue and cable subscriptions is almost $1.6 billion per year. The government portion is $1.1 billion of the total.

At this point the funding gets very hazy. The CBC will broadcast a special program produced by someone in Canada. Costs related to the program are not included, except for royalties paid, in the overall CBC cost. In almost every case the extra programs receive their funding from several government fully funded sources. Government funded Canada Council for the Arts is one of the big players especially for those who know the application process. The recent Liberal government budget allocated $1.9 billion to it an various other arts funding.)

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Future Prospects of the Conquest of Space

The space travel veteran said in Berlin that the space research conducted over the past 60 years has shown that people face a larger task than the conquest of space: namely, preserving nature on earth.

His point of view was supported by German astronauts Sigmund Jähn and Thomas Reiter.

“If you look down from there on our beautiful planet, you are thrilled by its beauty, on the one hand. But on the other, you are frightened how vulnerable our planet is. And you become very thoughtful when you fly over these many regions where conflicts take place,” Reiter said.

“If we continue this way, we will destroy the ground for the future of the mankind,” Jähn said. “We must understand that any stupid things and crimes that we are doing with our small earth does not go unpunished. So, it is time to protect the earth!” the cosmonaut concluded.

Source: Russian, German Cosmonauts Reveal Future Prospects of ‘the Conquest of Space’

Timeless Kindness (From ‘What You Can Find on the Other Side of the World’)

Timeless, universal kindness coming from a strong character that nobody and nothing can take away from our control.

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mathias-sager-timeless-kindness Thanks to lauraelatimer0 (pixabay.com)

Evan Esar, a 20th-century American humorist and author aptly put that “Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.”

When you have lost everything you can lose and therefore are being left without any proof of material or social power, you can’t identify yourself other than with your mere actions and with how you treat people. Would that be a frightening expropriation and dis-empowerment or would you take it as an opportunity to show who you really are?

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Edmonton Police Bullying High School Students

What a shame knowing High School students are the target of Edmonton Police Services. They target the student who look different from those wearing name brand clothing. The police would not dare touch one of the students driving a new model vehicle. Police are trained to leave anyone alone as long as they have the look of a TV celebrity. Cookie cutter people are on the police must not touch list.

The police decide in late September and early October who they will bully all year. Perhaps there is a quota that needs filling to get a badge of courage. Great courage tossing a 16-year-old into the office in handcuffs, without a charge, for an entire day. Gather up a few more for the special operation to obtain access to cell phones without a reason.

What is on their phone is none of your damn business.

Edmonton police have been doing this in Edmonton High Schools for some time. Police with a deadly weapon snug to their side going after 16-17 year old students. When you continuously bully a young person they will eventually break. Are you proud knowing you destroyed an entire school year by having students expelled?

Why don’t you get your head out of the student’s asses and clean up the scum hanging out in the parks? There might be too many of them even though you’re the person with the gun. That gun must make you feel tough enough to take down a student in school. Not tough enough to take down the thousands of gang rats hanging around downtown Edmonton.

Great Police Work

You didn’t like the photo on a student’s cell phone and had the student expelled. Another had enough pot, in the locker, for a joint. Expelled from school for the entire month of April only weeks before final exams. Great Job! You ought to get a reward from the ego maniac mayor of Edmonton. The mayor is dumb while the police actions are dumber.

Students over 16 no longer have any rights according to Edmonton police. High School students can be strip searched, harassed into giving the police a cell phone password, put in handcuffs for hours, tossed in a room alone for hours, have their locker examined without them being there (police put what they want in the locker without a witness), no parent, no warrant or lawyer because you do not have a crime.

In other words the police make up a crime and make a criminal out of High School students. They would never touch the gangs in Edmonton selling hard-core drugs. It is so easy to target and bully a High School student trying to finish grade 12.

Fill up the court rooms with High School students and leave the drug gangs alone is your idea of justice. They sell any drug you can name in front of Edmonton City Hall.

Here we have lots of examples of younger people doing something, other than filling up park benches, having the rug pulled out from under them by bully cops. If it were my choice I would fire any police officer who acts as slippery slime to High School students.

The sad part is that you, the police, know what you are doing is unlawful and wrong.

How to think about Vladimir Putin

President Putin with the elected representatives, turned the economy of Russia around, to give Russia back to the people of Russia. The middle class appeared by 2004 and continues to increase to this day. Over 30% of the Russian population is now middle class while the west sinks into poverty. Unemployment is very low so Russia is being careful on immigration. Very little of what he and the elected Duma and Senate have done is told to the western audience. While the west continues to spend trillions on war Russia built a rapid rail system between Moscow and St. Petersburg. A nine hour trip now takes under three environmentally friendly hours.

Source: How to think about Vladimir Putin

Things that aren’t happening in Russia

A friend in Russian and blog writer gives you a look at Russia as it stands today. The Russian middle class grew from 8 million to 55 million from 2000-2006 and makes up the majority today. Watch out for his sense of humor :)

Life in Russia

1. Russia Isn’t Dying

This myth has got considerable traction, especially in the Western media. Its origin could have something to do with the decline in Russia’s population from 150 million in 1991 to around 140 million today. But chew on this – in 2012 Russia’s birth rate actually exceeded that of the United States. This is quite surprising when you consider that in 2002 the US had a birth rate 75 percent higher than Russia’s.
Mark Adomanis, an expert on Russian demographics and economics, has compared Russian and American data, and discovered that since 2008 the Russian birth rate has increased by about 10 percent while the United States has slumped by about 9 percent.
To be sure, over the really long term the Russian population will be older and smaller. But here’s the difference: by 2050 Russians will still be in control of Russia, whereas today’s dominant ethnicities in…

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