Killer Premier Avoids Jail

Saskatchewan: where if you’re a white 3rd generation immigrant/settler, you get a ticket for killing someone with careless driving, but if you’re a first generation, brown immigrant, you’ll get 8 years in jail for killing people through the same crime.

This is called “white privilege”.

Additionally, after killing someone, when you’re white, you’re eligible to be elected by your political party to the highest political office in the province.
The sentence today for a careless driver who was not drunk, seems a bit harsh in comparison to our killer Premier.

Should people go to jail for killing someone (while driving)? Absolutely, even if it’s only for a week.

Now for controversial claims:
If the Humboldt Broncos who died had been on bicycles, the driver of the semi probably would have got a 2 year jail sentence.

If the hockey players had been school children on their way back from a field trip, the driver would have got a 6 year sentence.

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PCC Favours Autocratic Use of Bylaw

Dear Mx. Ross:

I was disappointed to hear that PCC doesn’t see value in having peaceful protesters in the Park on Canada Day, a day where we celebrate Canadian values protected by our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Freedom of Assembly is one of those rights, and a bylaw or even a provincial law does not overrule the fundamental right First Nations people and their allies have to peacefully petition the government in front of the provincial government building.

Police time can be better spent on our national holiday with assisting people in the crowd as they did for me 4 years ago, saving my life. If they’d instead been hauling off people to jail for the non-illegal act of pushing the government to meet reasonable demands for improvements to our justice system, I would not be here to point this out to you. I consider the overnight camping bylaw to be intended to prevent people from camping for fun, or necessity due to lack of social housing, not as an autocratic excuse for police to defend the government from citizen protest movements.

You could have moved the event to where the teepee was set up in front of the Legislature last year, and saved the time of an inappropriate press release to pressure Regina Police into doing the wrong thing.

Thank-you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
John Klein

#HousingFirst is in #Regina, but not yet Universal

With improved health and social outcomes so drastic, it’s really unethical for governments to deny Housing First to some people, while providing it to some others.

No Evidence Of Dangerous Driving

CBC: Police (RPS)  have charged a 37 year old man with “leaving the scene of an accident” [sic].

Leader Post says, “Elijah J. Beros is charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident involving bodily harm or death.”

The criminal code should be updated to include “leaving the scene of a fatal or injurious collision“, to get rid of the archaic term “accident”.

“Police spokesperson Les Parker said it was late at night when Gallon was hit and he was wearing dark clothing.
He said there is no evidence of dangerous driving at this time.”

That comment leaves me dumbfounded. Did RPS spox Parker not see the evidence of a human corpse lying in the street?

No evidence of dangerous driving? Look at the result! If you fire a gun into a crowd, the law says you’re guilty of murder when someone dies because of it. You intended to aim and shoot, it doesn’t matter you didn’t intend to hit the particular person who died. If you run over a human on a highway, you should be charged with killing them too, it’s straightforward.

A dead body isn’t evidence of safe driving. If a body is an example of normal driving, then driving is too unsafe.

It’s beyond offensive to excuse the accused because it was “late at night” when human decency and competent driving are not expected from people by RPS, apparently. And it’s offensive to blame the victim’s clothing on the collision. Maybe the victim had a flashing light that was knocked so far from his body by the truck, that police never found it? Then would RPS lay an additional appropriate manslaughter or dangerous driving causing death charge on the driver who took a life? How can you have a “leaving the scene” charge, without dangerous driving to have caused the scene that was left?

Looking into the possible sentence for the charge, I’m a bit miffed at the CBC. I’ll be asking they clarify their story’s details.

Offence involving bodily harm or death

(1.3) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life if

  • (a) the person knows that another person involved in the accident is dead; or

Without knowing the charge isn’t simply “leaving the scene of an accident” as CBC stated, left me initially with the impression that someone could one day kill me or someone I love, on a street, and their charge would be akin to that of someone who backs into a car in a parking lot and takes off! If Beros is sentenced to life or serious jail time, an additional conviction would be moot, aside from acknowledging that it takes dangerous driving to kill a person on a street.

End Of A Life

A careless, criminal driver left a man on a road to die, in Regina.

Watch Global Regina tonight for an interview with my thoughts on this tragedy, and what the City should do to prevent it from happening to anyone again.

UPDATE: Global didn’t include my comments about what the City must do to prevent deaths. A 30km/h speed limit would slash fatalities in the range of 90%. Improved, separated cycling and walking infrastructure everywhere (but first on major and recently deadly streets like Ross Ave. and Victoria Ave.) would help a lot. It’s possible to aim for 0 traffic related fatalities, and we should set that as our vision and start passing bylaws to meet it.

If streets are made safe enough that parents can comfortably let their children bike to anywhere in the city, we’ll have succeeded in improving our infrastructure.

(Side note: It’s always disappointing when I speak with the media for ~10 minutes, and 15 seconds is all they can/bother to include. I guess Luke made one of my points about infrastructure lacking, but it’s irritating that visibility of cyclists was covered as an angle in this story, when the critical factor was a law requiring the cyclist to use a street where they could be AND WERE run over by a motorist. Lighting would have played less of a role if the car had had automatic braking installed, or the driver had been required to drive at 30km/h so they might have reacted to the slower moving cyclist.)

Update: police are looking for a white damaged F-150 Ford truck.

http://leaderpost.com/news/local-news/daughter-of-man-killed-in-regina-hit-and-run-says-her-father-loved-his-family-with-all-of-his-heart

UPDATE: Police have charged a man with leaving the scene of an accident [sic]. The Act should be updated to include “scene of a fatal collision” with conviction resulting in a sentence similar to that of dangerous driving causing death.

Police spokesperson Les Parker said it was late at night when Gallon was hit and he was wearing dark clothing.

He said there is no evidence of dangerous driving at this time.

 

Transit Removes Benches At Request of Police

I open my mouth with a guess that disappointingly turned out to be completely accurate:

turning one of the busiest interections in Regina into a seat-free wasteland for customers, isn’t a smooth move.”

“What could make this decision worse is to have describe how they can’t give tickets for loitering on benches.” – Me. Why did I open my mouth? It got worse. Global learned that some anonymous officer advised Regina Transit to remove the benches there.

Walking over to the bus stop on Friday to meet with the Global News crew waiting for me there, I observed a woman standing in the mud at a stop on Victoria Avenue. This is the sort of infrastructure that defines Regina transit users’ experience in our city. One year you get the Mayor posing for a photo-op in front of a fancy new bus shelter, and the next year you get your bus stop benches taken away. You can stand while you wait in the mud and muck.

It seems the only time City Council decides to put significant money into our Transit system, it’s to stave off a Human Rights violation conviction. The all low-floor bus fleet can be attributed to such, and perhaps we’ll get improved bus stop facilities only due to the threat of more legal action. It shouldn’t be too much to ask our civil servants and elected Council to do the right and best things for us, instead of putting the screws to our most defenseless population of adults. Are we Florida or something?

Bench Removal – Sarasota, Florida

In response to complaints about gatherings of “vagrants” in public parks from downtown Sarasota FL condo residents, the city decided to remove the presumed host of these gatherings: benches. Sarasota went forward with its plan to remove the benches in Selby Five Points Park in May 2011 in order to please those who pay “the highest property tax value in the county” by discouraging the homeless (and apparently everyone else) from using the park. Combined with a panhandling ban around parking meters and a smoking ban in certain public spaces, which the City Commission originally proposed to further discourage the homeless from using parks (#8), it is all too clear that the Sarasota Commissioners are willing to go to ridiculous lengths to keep their poorest citizens out of the sight of their wealthiest.

Make enough benches for everyone to sit and gather in public. It’s time to make great public spaces with the new Federal government’s infrastructure money coming. I’m sick and tired of Regina refusing to strive to make great public spaces out of a fear that homeless people would have a comfortable place to spend time. Why is there so much pee in places we don’t want it downtown – because we don’t even offer public washrooms (outside of the Library and City Hall) downtown, yet we’ll spend $150Mil on a water treatment plant for our excessively polluted Wascana Creek.

related:

Medicine Hat Housing First makes it first city to eliminate homelessness.

#Downtown Safety Update

RDBID plans to have regular public meetings such as this one I went to last evening.

Street Culture Kidz Project

#Transit has hired two security guards for info centre & to patrol. Things have been going well. Worked with RPS to communicate problems.

Increased shelter cleaning, and heated/lighted shelters installed, by the Fall. #downtown #Transit #Yay

Regina Police have officers who can be consulted by businesses on “Crime prevention through environmental design”. I hope that doesn’t mean #homelessSpikes like in the news elsewhere…