This next story is filed under our police investigation file entitled "we don't have the resources
to come out for that".
17.5 million dollar CREST radio system draws ire of police, mayor
Rob Shaw, Times Colonist - Thursday, November 09, 2006
Victoria's police chief was left alone to secure a man bleeding heavily from an overdose in a Bay Centre washroom yesterday because the region's costly emergency communication system flunked out again.
It is the latest example of how the $17.5-million CREST radio system is failing police, and has left the City of Victoria demanding the CREST committee foot a $45,000 bill to run a working backup system.
Chief Paul Battershill saw Const. Derek Tolmie run in to the Bay Centre on a call at 4:30 p.m., and followed to help. They found a man bleeding from an apparent overdose, and needles on the floor.
But when Tolmie tried to radio for an ambulance and backup, his radio had no signal, said Battershill. So Tolmie left the police chief to cover the scene while he ran outside to call for help.
"You had me standing there by myself with a suspect with no communication, while Derek went [outside] to radio," said Battershill, who continues to complain about "enormous problems" and blind spots in the system.
At about the same time, in a meeting room across town, Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe stood in front of the CREST board of directors and said the failed service wasn't what the city signed on for.
CREST, which stands for Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications Inc., was supposed to be a new digital link between Greater Victoria's 13 municipalities and their police, fire, ambulance, transit and military officials. It cost $17.5 million in 2003.
But it doesn't work in parts of Victoria police headquarters, underground parkades, shopping malls and other areas of downtown.
Concerned about safety, the city spent more than $100,000 getting a backup police cell system operating. Lowe demanded CREST pay the $45,000 annual operating cost until the radios are fixed. "Give me a system that works within CREST, and we will not require a backup," Lowe told the board.
[Funny that a working "backup" system costs a mere $100,000 while a useless system allegedly costs a whopping 17.5. Who do you have to know to get in on a contract like that?]
Victoria pays 17 per cent of CREST's operating cost. Until it gets an answer, the city has stalled signing on to the system's new cost-sharing proposal, which throws into doubt how CREST will address a $1.2 million deficit in its 2007 budget. The proposed budget is $2.3 million, including the deficit.
[Who do they want us to think pays for the other 83 per cent? Is CREST making money from the use of these police radios? Fill in the blanks yourselves folks.]
Victoria and Highlands are the only municipalities not fully supporting the new cost-sharing agreement. Without their support, CREST would have to draft a break-even budget and not address the deficit.
CREST board chairman Hy Freedman has previously said paying for Victoria's backup system might open the door to other municipalities demanding money. At yesterday's meeting, Southern Gulf Islands director Susan DeGryp made such a request. "If we're going to be looking at supplementing Victoria, then I guess I'd like you to look at the islands as well," she said.
The CREST system reportedly failed numerous times during a major fire on Galiano Island in July, at a time when part of the island was being evacuated.
The CREST finance committee will consider Victoria's demands later this month. Victoria council will then have to decide if it will support the system's budget.
The results of a $200,000 study into how to fix CREST are expected in December or early January.
[So after wasting a staggering 17.5 million on a system that can be beaten by a $100,000 "backup" system, they spend another $200,000 trying (allegedly) to find out "why it no worky". Can you smell something fishy here at all folks? Hey, its your country....]
CREST fiasco officially gets absurd. Now they want an even more expensive system in 2015Emergency radio system can be fixed - Friday, March 09, 2007 Rob Shaw Times Colonist
Stronger signals could salvage faulty service, which will be obsolete by 2015, study finds
The capital region's troubled emergency radio system has severe flaws -- and sometimes works only by accident -- but it can be fixed before it becomes obsolete, a technical study says.
Dead zones, spotty reception and almost nonexistent indoor coverage are some of the system's major problems, said Tom Gray of California-based RCC Consultants, which conducted the study released yesterday.
However, he said service could be dramatically improved if the region follows some key recommendations. "You don't have a broken system, you have a poorly implemented system."
CREST, which stands for Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications, has had many, well-documented woes since it was created in 2003 at a cost of $17.5 million. It was supposed to be a digital radio link for the region's emergency responders, such as military, fire, police and ambulance services. But during training exercises, the system became overloaded. Users then complained that reception was uneven.
Emergency crews warn it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.
So, RCC was hired to find technical solutions. Among its findings and recommendations:
- There are pockets of no coverage primarily in the western region, spotty coverage downtown because of tall buildings, and poor reception on the eastern Gulf Islands. To fix this, CREST should increase the number of transmission towers or intensify signals.
- The radios that have been installed inside emergency vehicles perform well, but the hand-held systems are weak. To fix this, CREST should purchase in-vehicle repeaters to boost the hand-helds.
- Radios cut out completely in numerous buildings, particularly downtown. This isn't a surprise, Gray said, because "the original system was not designed to provide in-building coverage. It should have been, but it was not." To fix this, CREST could add satellite receivers near urban areas to boost coverage. Gray highlighted this as a top priority.
AMONG THE REPORT'S OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Fix interference at transmission towers that relay signals. These towers are located on hilltops, but sometimes have problems reaching all areas.
- Consider an open radio system in the future. This would likely be new radio technology known as the P25 standard, where multiple companies compete to provide the best service. The CREST system will be obsolete in 2015.
- Pass bylaws requiring buildings not to block emergency radio signals.
The RCC report, which is considered preliminary, provided no cost estimates or timelines to fix the problems. Better cost estimates are expected in April when the full technical report is released.
CREST has set aside $1 million in cash and has a $4-million loan.
CREST general manager Gord Horth said short-term fixes, such as improving in-building coverage, could be in place by the end of this year.
But the board will have to decide how far to go with repairs. "Just how much money we sink into a system that is going to be obsolete?" asked Victoria councillor and CREST board member Dean Fortin.
CREST was designed by Motorola. Many existing problems can be traced back to the contract with Motorola, which for some reason did not contain all the specific requirements the company had been asked to meet in the initial proposal phase, said Gray. The agreement was obviously designed to save money, he concluded.
"You basically got what you paid for."
Actually they have a money laundering scheme that is so absurd, sooo over the top, it is hard to believe the public is falling for it. While they 'all of a sudden' need to replace a system that has worked for the police, fire department and security industry for the last four decades, they can't solve the issue of getting a signal into a building - apparently they never saw that problem coming. So now an even more expensive system, that nobody really knows where the money is coming from, is due in just a few more years, after they spend more millions to fix this one.
How's your sense of humour folks?
You actually pay taxes for this kind of "protection"?
Well they must think you like to pay... because we can now update the above as of April 26, 2007
Shameless theft from taxpayers for un-needed useless radio system reaches yet another strata.
[Just to review, this system will have cost the tax payers of Victoria some 27 million dollars, just a few million shy of the money spent to create the new sports arena. And while the sports arena is expected to last over 40 years, this useless radio system is expected to be "obsolete" in less than EIGHT (8) years.
But if you don't demand a different company from which to receive police SERVICES, you will have to pay what they demand, or go without - oh, and they know this only too well! They know that the public will simply cover their eyes and plug their ears... thinking they have no authority to fix the problem. Well, actually, the police and government and Crown ALL need our authority... that is what Magna Carta did to create the Crown, and SET LIMITS on that authority as it is delegated on down the chain of command.]
[Not a problem for them, no.... YOU, the taxpayers will have to pay off the loan (with interest), so for YOU it is a huge problem.]
[Like this is a surprise... The RCMP was recently exposed by the media for stealing money, by skimming from government funded projects. that involve private company investment and supervision.]
[Because the higher the cost of a project, the easier it is to hide pilfering of the coffers, and the more money they can steal.]
[Ah, no.... there IS a choice... You could go back to the system that worked for almost 50 years beforehand, and is itself MUCH improved, secure and more than sufficient, and about 1 percent of the cost of this white elephant.]
[P25?? Perhaps best decoded as "Police/Politicians get 25 percent of the cut"]
Police radios go from bad to terrible - June 6/07
The region's already-spotty emergency radio system is being rocked with a new wave of troubles, after upgrades to Internet lines left Victoria city police unable to use their radios for more than a week in parts of the city that were previously fine.
"I don't know if it's sunspots or UFOs or whatever, but it has been pretty frigging terrible the past few days," said Det.-Sgt. Bill Trudeau, police union vice-president. "The whole thing is dangerous. [Full Report]
You have to know things are bad when the newspaper cartoonist takes a shot at the Victoria Police radio fiasco.
June7/07 Raeside cartoon lampoons VPD.
Fed up police want new radios - June 14/2007
Victoria police are so unhappy and frustrated with their problem-prone radios that they've started looking for replacements.
However, Battershill also said it's only fair to let CREST management outline any proposed fixes at a July 4 meeting before police make final decisions on whether to abandon the system.
'Bizarre' methods get cop radios working - July 03, 2007
More static for cop radio system - September 1, 2007
Coroner's report on above incident.
Police radio upgrade hits lengthy delay - Times Colonist, March 31, 2008
"We're not going to make March, mainly because we've had some delays from Industry Canada," said Hy Freedman, chairman of Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications, or CREST, the $17-million digital-radio system used by police, fire, ambulance, military and transit crews from Sooke to Saltspring Island. "We're still aiming for May."
The evidence suggests that these big budget boondoggles we're seeing repeatedly are part of the various means by which money is "laundered" and then filtered from the top down, to those officers showing loyalty to the established syndicate. Clearly we're barely scratching the surface - they are very adept at hiding their activities behind a blue shield and masonic handshake.
The facts are, several employees who the Chief "had difficulty in getting along with" are paid to stay home. And now, ironically, Battershill himself is in the same position, being paid to stay home.
Can you smell a rat yet? Please keep reading.. because this below story should be enough to wake up even the most blind among us. The same police department that says it needs a 30 million dollar radio system, now says it can't afford the luxcury of arresting real criminals... apparently that sort of work is too costly.
We are honestly not making this stuff up folks.... read below, and notice where the money is going. We don't need to draw you a map, because they have drawn one for you.. Not only does this move filter yet more money into a massive money laundering fund, it keeps the worst criminals on the street, so you "overlook" their schemes, as you become more and more dependant on their monopoly.
Graham said he wants the money to be used to fund an improved radio system, in lieu of the current problem-plagued CREST radio system. [full article]
Crime-fighting cut shows skewed priorities <[this letter to editor was only complaint shown by public we found]
Esquimalt gasps as police costs rocket
[Since when can a province forcibly impose ANYTHING on a duly elected body, except where such a body is violating the rights and liberty of its citizens? Surely, one of the duties of a city council is to delegate and oversee the services they choose to provide those they serve.]
[Be careful what you ask for. Police Departments in Seattle (See 'Battle in Seattle') , and elsewhere across the US and Canada have already been caught fomenting violence to suit their purposes. If a City is not comfortable with the price (or quality) of the service, should they not be looking for an alternate? Do not the free people of Esquimalt, or ANY city, have the right to form and establish their own police service, like a locally elected sheriff department for example?]
Esquimalt approves police budget - March 12/08
[Victoria] Police chief says allegations are 'wrong or spun'
But in an e-mail to the Times Colonist last night, the chief said he suspects most of the allegations are "wrong or spun."
Lowe said Battershill is not under investigation; rather, the police board put him on leave until the chief can review the information and defend himself. "It's the fairest option due to the fact he was out of town and did not see the information that was put in front of us," he said.
The bombshell dropped Wednesday about 4:30 p.m. when Lowe convened an emergency meeting of the police board, which continued past midnight. Deputy police chief Bill Naughton, who is now acting as chief, and police inspectors were called to answer questions.
One of the issues at Wednesday's meeting was an Oct. 9 letter from Victoria lawyer David Mulroney to Heenan-Blaikie, one of two law firms that have a contract with the City of Victoria. The letter concerns three Freedom of Information requests filed with the police department in September.
Yesterday, Mulroney said he filed the requests on behalf of a client who is concerned about the quality of policing downtown and wanted to see if officers, administrative staff and finances were being managed well by Battershill. He would not identify his client. "I was aiming at dismissals without cause - that's obviously a very expensive way of managing staff," said Mulroney. "I was looking for information or documents about any employees suspended with pay ... the chief's expense accounts ... employment contracts of senior personnel."
Mulroney said his requests were initially processed in an appropriate manner by a Freedom of Information officer, but then he received a call from Murray Rankin of Heenan-Blaikie who pointed out problems with his requests, including "getting access to any legal bills."
In his subsequent letter, Mulroney outlined potential conflicts of interest with the law firm's challenge to the FOI requests.
Suddenly the office of one of the lawyers at the heart of this "undisclosed allegation" has his office broken into....
Embattled police chief to miss emergency board session - Oct 17/2007
Police board, Ryneveld to discuss Battershill allegations - Oct 18/2007
Police chief's credit card bill tops $91,000 since '04 - October 30/2007
What the chief charged to his credit card - Oct 30/07
Victoria Paper report supports idea that Victoria Police chiefs involved in payoff scheme by way of musical chairs rotation scheme.
I don't have conflict in police chief case: mayor - Feb 28/08
Under B.C.'s Police Act, which governs internal police investigations, the chairman of the police board is the discipline authority when a police chief is under investigation. However, the legislation does not appear to allow a mayor to recuse himself from the role even when concerns are raised, said Brown. [full report]
Taxpayers hit for $600,000 in police severance deals - Nov 3/2007
A turnover in senior officers and staff at the Victoria Police Department has cost Victoria taxpayers more than $600,000 in severance packages since December 2002, the Times Colonist has learned.
Former deputy police chief Geoff Varley and three high-ranking inspectors negotiated severance packages with the Victoria police board, along with the police chief's executive secretary and the head of information technology...
....Details of the severance deals will be released officially as part of a response to a Freedom of Information request, probably next month.
The high-level departures are unusual for local police forces. For instance, Saanich police Sgt. John Price said Friday his department has not negotiated severance pay for senior officers or staff in many years. [full report]
Photos of suspects in alleged payoff scheme... What other money, if any, did they steal from the taxpayers of Victoria? From left to right: former deputy police chief Geoff Varley and inspectors Grant Smith, John Hartley and Phyllis Senay .
Victoria police chief suspended with pay - Nov 6/2007
Victoria Police Chief Paul Battershill has been suspended with pay while he is under investigation by the RCMP for allegations of misconduct.
Below video showing how 'one hand washes the other' when it comes to police corruption and cover-ups. This activity has a direct affect on YOUR safety and security!!!
Press stories about credit cards just smoke screen to real issue, which City refuses to disclose.
[People wishing to remain anonymous, and who claim to work at the Victoria Police Department, have alleged that the issue is money laundering. Hopefully the public will have full discloser of the facts before the RCMP is given the opportunity to bury them. see bottom of insert for latest]
Code of silence was required in dismissal of key police personnel.
Agreement forbids either side from making disparaging comments, FOI request reveals
Louise Dickson Times Colonist November 28, 2007
The executive secretary to three successive Victoria police chiefs was dismissed without cause by the Victoria Police Board in June 2007 with an agreement that she would never criticize or make allegations against the board, the department, or the people who worked there.
Jo-Anne Zimmerman's settlement agreement also stipulates that the police board not make any critical comments or allegations about the woman who was their secretary for 16 years.
[They only do this when there are serious reasons for doing so.... and you'll probably never know the reason, because the police are set up very much in the same manner as secret occult societies, where brotherhoods are established with oaths of secrecy, and threats of intimidation. In fact, nearly ALL police departments have heavy freemasonic links, whereby a member is pledged to murder any member who reveals secrets they are forbidden to tell. The Victoria Police department is very much connected with freemasonry. So much so, in fact, that they place easily recognizable masonic symbols in their crest. Please see bottom of this article for example...]
Details of the agreement were released to the Times Colonist Monday, following a Freedom of Information request by lawyer David Mulroney, acting for an unnamed client. In the FOI requests, Mulroney asked for information on severance packages of employees dismissed without cause since 2004.
Zimmerman's agreement does not show any link to allegations of misconduct against suspended Victoria police Chief Paul Battershill, now being investigated by the RCMP at the request of Police Complaint Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld.It does show Zimmerman was on sick leave until Aug. 1, 2007, when she received a cash pay-out of her vacation and discretionary leave. It also shows she was to receive full salary with full pension benefits for 18 months starting Aug. 1, 2007. The agreement stipulates that Mayor Alan Lowe write her a positive letter of reference.
Zimmerman, who is now working for the RCMP, declined to comment on her situation. "It was an unfortunate set of circumstances," Chris Clement, Esquimalt mayor and acting chairman of the police board, said yesterday.Clement said he didn't know why Zimmerman's settlement agreement contains a non-disparagement clause.
"What she believed, and what she maintained all the way through, was that the terms of her employment were changed and she didn't agree to them. There was basically a disagreement on what her role should be. That was the crux of the whole case."The decision to dismiss Zimmerman was made with very little discussion, said Clement: "It was a settlement with legal involvement on both sides. I just remember at the end of the day, the police chief (Battershill) basically recommended that we support his recommendation.
Reached by phone in Phoenix, Ariz., former Victoria police chief Doug Richardson said if that's the case, he would be disappointed.
"I would hope the board were very much involved in a decision of that magnitude. And I would really hope that they would find out exactly what was behind it and either support it or reject it," said Richardson.Zimmerman was hired at the end of Bill Snowdon's term as chief. She worked for Richardson from 1991 until he retired in 1999 and was replaced by Battershill.
Zimmerman was "absolutely not" the type who made critical comments about the department, said her former boss."I had the greatest respect for Jo-Anne and I couldn't have hoped for a more efficient secretary," Richardson recalled. "She had a very, very heavy workload because she was secretary to the police board, secretary to the chief and secretary to the B.C. Police Chief's Association when I was president, but she never ever complained. She was a very steadying influence in the administrative office.
I've never ever heard a person say a bad word about Jo-Anne --quite the opposite."Richardson said he was shocked when he learned of her dismissal and phoned to see how she was doing.
"At first, it was very unsettling," said Richardson. "Jo-Anne was very shocked. But I think she's getting over it."The former chief said he still has a soft spot in his heart for the Victoria Police Department and knows how unsettling the past few months have been.
"On the other hand, I know all the supervisors and managers and I have the sense, they will get over all this. It is unsettling, but I just know things will settle down. There's a lot of strength there."Battershill could not be reached for comment.
Ready for the next scandal? Seems that a constable from the Victoria Police has been collecting his paycheque AT HOME for over two years. This officer also just happens to be under investigation for a shooting, and the police claim you have no right to know anything about this case.
Why? Well because, as usual, the police have managed to get themselves exempt from the rule of law that would normally make ALL judicial processes open to the public (who the police work for by the way)
Are you starting to perceive a problem here yet? Or are you perhaps waiting for a confession?
Police officer on paid leave for 2 1/2 years after shooting; resigns on day of hearing
Man shot when gun was pulled instead of Taser - Rob Shaw, Times Colonist, February 19, 2008
Under pressure from watchdog, police department reveals how officer ended up firing a pistol instead of a Taser
A Victoria police officer who shot and injured a man in 2005 was reaching for his stun gun but grabbed his handgun by accident, the police force confirmed Monday.
It has long been speculated that Const. Mike Miller confused his Taser and pistol while struggling with a violent man outside the McDonald's restaurant in Esquimalt on Sept. 10, 2005. But the department has never publicly acknowledged the mistake, refusing to discuss it last month when Miller resigned - on the day of his disciplinary hearing - because it was a "personnel matter."
Amid mounting pressure for answers, Victoria's police chief released details Monday.
Miller had been trying to subdue Daniel Hammond, 25, who was reportedly banging on windows at the restaurant and causing a disturbance in the parking lot.
An internal investigation concluded Miller drew his Taser from the holster on his left hip. He put it in the right pocket of his cargo pants so he could handcuff Hammond. But Hammond resisted and ended up wrestling on the ground with Miller and Const. Clarke Dumont, police say.
A struggling Miller pulled his firearm from his right holster - thinking it was the Taser in his right pocket - and fired into Hammond's stomach, police say. Hammond survived and is suing the police department.
Victoria police are aware of "several cases" in North America where officers have confused their firearms and Tasers, interim chief Bill Naughton said Monday.
Although worn on opposite sides of the body, the version of the Taser Miller used was designed to mimic the feel and weight of a Glock pistol, so an officer who trained with a gun would be comfortable with a Taser as well.
"It has happened before, but it is a very rare event," said Joel Johnson, B.C.'s use of force co-ordinator at the Justice Institute police academy. "I can't think of more than four cases North American-wide since the implementation of the device."
Overtime bill balloons to keep cops on streets - Rob Shaw, Times Colonist, February 14, 2008
Police friendly media finally puts out police cover story that Battershill's "crime" was illicit affair with crown lawyer.... However they fail to adequately explain how this could have been uncovered by a Freedom of Information Request, or why this information triggered a CRIMINAL investigation by internal affairs that included "six RCMP investigators" which took "six months and 1,900 hours interviewing 37 people and examining 900 documents"... Pull the other one, guys...
Can you say "cover up" ? And why not. As nutty an explanation as this is to any rational thinking person, the public at large seems to be buying it - and the rest don't seem to want to change anything.
If you really want to read how they managed to spin this whole thing, click HERE
We'd also like to especially point out how the above linked article states that Battershill "wore a gun to City Hall because of an alleged death threat". Seems that while these people think you or I don't deserve the RIGHT to lawfully defend ourselves, they do seemingly understand the logic of carrying a gun to do so - at least when THEY are the potential target. It's just further evidence of their 'holier than thou' attitude toward their employer - YOU! As well as their utter contempt for our Supreme Law.
Meanwhile, this same department, that still maintains it is "grossly underfunded", is increasing the size of its force some 45 percent over the next three years.
So where is all this money coming from, given they still need an earth shattering 27 MILLION for a radio system that not only doesn't work all that well, but which they admit (see above stories) will need to be replaced in five years..... Guess you really CAN fool someone twice!
(above) May 2012 screen cap of Vancouver police salaries, which are fairly consistent for other cities...
Victoria Mayors last act of business was to hire another corrupt Chief to keep a lid on corrupt practices.... Like we didn't all see this coming. We already had a section up on Vancouver Police Graham's dirty dealings, including his relationship to Hong Kong drug dealers, and his open policy of protecting dirty cops. Mayor Lowe thus thinks he's the best qualified to take over operations in Victoria. One police board member is still operating with a hint of integrity and has now quit over this fiasco.
Victoria police board member resigns - Judith Lavoie, Victoria Times Colonist, November 19, 2008
Holt said her motion to delay the process was defeated."I don't think it's the right way to go," she said. "I am not commenting on the candidate, but there is public concern about both the process, this board and the candidate."
The board has made an offer to one candidate, but lawyers are still working on the contract and Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe, police board chairman, will not reveal the name.The board's first choice is believed to be former Vancouver police chief Jamie Graham, who retired last year after the B.C. police complaint commissioner found him guilty of "discreditable conduct" for failing to make his officers comply in a timely manner with investigations into misconduct allegations.
The new chief will replace Paul Battershill who was suspended, investigated by RCMP and then resigned after the police board said it had lost confidence in him.
Holt, a management consultant who has held senior positions in the B.C. and Yukon governments, excused herself from the final selection because of potential bias against two of the candidates, as she is a witness in an investigation.Fortin and Desjardins should have the chance to express their views and "decide whether to stand with the new chief or not," she said.
"It doesn't seem the right foundation for the mayor having confidence in the police chief, which is a critical relationship," Holt said.Lowe said Holt's resignation was a surprise.
"To not have a motion passed and resign on the spot doesn't do that position much justice," said Lowe, who added Holt was removed from the selection committee because of "conflict of interest."The process has taken six months and cannot start again as it would take another three months before someone could be hired and some candidates would not be willing to go through it again, Lowe said.
"The men and women of this department need a police chief. They need stability," he said.The person selected will do an excellent job, despite the innuendo and rumours, Lowe said.
"I think the board is willing to take the fall on this one just to ensure we have the best person at the helm," he said.Fortin and Desjardins were at the board meeting as observers to be briefed on the hiring process.
After the meeting, Desjardins said she was satisfied and Fortin, who, before he was elected, asked for the choice to be delayed, said he was ready to live with the decision.
"The board makes the decision and it's our responsibility to move forward when the contracts are finalized. This is about building for the future," said Fortin, who will be asking for an external review of the police department.
New police chief has a long list of challenges - Rob Shaw, Times Colonist, November 26, 2008
Graham wouldn't be specific, but said "people in and around Victoria" called him to say the city needed his experience and he should apply. [Read full story here]
60 B.C. cops guilty of misconduct since Jan. 2005 [at least the ones they found out about]
Busted! Victoria Police Department caught fabricating evidence to promote fake gun fear.
WE CAUGHT THEM AGAIN FOLKS! And this time some readers picked up on the scam, and the Times Colonist was forced to make a rather provocative switch. This suggests the Times Colonist is a willing participant in the brain washing, rather than a dupe.
Let us set the stage for you.... Greater Vancouver suddenly, and out of the blue, gets a rash of some 19 "gang related shootings" in the space of three weeks. While coincidentally, the Province of BC and Federal government just happen to already have some brand new "anti-drug, anti-gang" legislation they'd like to pass - AND (in case you didn't notice) float the idea of a "regional police force" to deal with this sudden (out of the blue) unprecedented gang violence - oh, and hire hundreds more police. Of course this violence is caused by trade in that evil herb, Marijuana, which is worth some 300 per ounce exactly BECAUSE its been declared "illegal" for adults to buy or sell.
Right, but what is the connection to guns? How do they spin that one? After all, didn't we just spend 2.3 BILLION on a gun registry that was supposed to stop gang shootings, and banned a whole list of weapons, so that only (ahem) "perfect police officers" would have access to such weapons? The fact that law abiding citizens were unlawfully disarmed is just 'the cost of doing business', right?
Now have a look at how they are manipulating the public... Below is a story that came out in the wake of the "new gang and drug crimes" violence. Note the constant references to the "public outcry" and "fear" they claim prompted this government action, and their attempt to relate this activity to "terrorist bombings", and how these new laws are intended to (NOTE) protect POLICE, Crown prosecutors and judges.
Tories table crime bill to tackle gang and drug crimes - February 26, 2009
OTTAWA — With Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Vancouver to participate in a roundtable talk on gang violence, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson on Thursday provided details on new legislation aimed at cracking down on gang and drug crimes.
Nicholson tabled a bill in the House of Commons that proposes to change the Criminal Code and would add several new offences.
The bill includes an automatic charge of first-degree murder for any gang-related killing and a first-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
The legislation would also create a new offence to target drive-by shootings and other intentional shootings that involve “the reckless disregard for the life or safety of others.” That crime would come with a minimum sentence of four years and a maximum of 14 years in jail.
“We have all heard about the numerous shootings on the streets in and around the Vancouver area lately. Similar activity in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg is gripping those cities, and we all remember the Boxing Day shooting in Toronto in 2005 and the recent bombings by gangs in Quebec,” Nicholson said at a press conference at Ottawa police headquarters.
“We know all too well how these events have made residents fearful in neighbourhoods they used to consider safe.”
The minister said the legislation will also create new offences “to put criminals on notice that we will not tolerate attacks on police and peace officers.”
If someone assaults a police officer with a weapon or causes bodily harm the maximum jail term would be 10 years and in an aggravated assault case the maximum jail term would be 14 years. Prosecutors and judges will also be protected by the new law, the justice minister said.
“This legislation proposes tough sentences that strongly denounce and deter intimidation of these participants in the justice system,” said Nicholson.
Gang and gun violence is a growing source of concern in urban centres, particularly in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland areas where there have been more than a dozen shootings so far this year, some in broad daylight.
The spate of recent crimes in B.C. has prompted a strong outcry from the public and politicians in that province and in Ottawa.
The Conservatives say they have taken numerous actions to crack down on crime but opposition MPs argue they haven’t done enough.
Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan flew to British Columbia last week to meet with police, politicians, and the families of victims killed by gang violence. He described the region as the country’s gang capital.
The Victoria Times Colonist
With the above story you'll notice that a series of three pictures was attached. One of which shows a Surrey RCMP spokesperson holding up a rather menacing looking military assault rifle. Just one problem with this picture... The rifle he is holding belongs to the RCMP's swat team, and no such rifle has once been seen used in ANY of the recent shootings - nor has anyone been arrested and charged (see below for update of charges now filed).
Oh, but it gets better... As mentioned, when the above story FIRST appeared on the Victoria Times Colonist website, it included a picture from the Victoria Police, showing three menacing firearms laid out on a table. The below picture is the one originally displayed with the story... See if you can spot the problem. As you will note from the sample comments taken from below the story, some people noticed - but most didn't.
Above picture captured from Times Colonist approx 12:30pm Feb 26/09. Note Victoria Police ID in background. Now note how people noticed a change later than afternoon...
Here (below) is the picture that was switched with the above... The guy holding the weapon is a Surrey RCMP officer, and he is holding a police swat team weapon he just pulled from storage. Can you see you are being PLAYED?! Please read the rest of this page and see if you can see a pattern.
Arrests a breakthrough in fight against gang violence - March 4/09 Vancouver Sun
More arrests are expected in a series of gangland shootings and targeted hits after a lengthy multi-agency investigation led to charges this week against five people linked to the notorious United Nations gang.
Why would a criminal gang, involved in drug sales, bother to call themselves the 'United Nations' ?
Here's a nice shot of one of the heads of the "notorious United Nations gang" hanging out with a few friends... Does it look to you like the police are eager to arrest and detain this known gang leader?
Clayton Roueche, co-leader of the "United Nations" gang, seen hamming it up with Abbotsford Police.
Did you know that two RCMP officers were fired from their jobs, for investigating whether the RCMP, and various government ministries, were giving passports to known drug dealers in Hong Kong, in exchange for cash and other favours? Click here to watch that W5 report....
Are you piecing this all together yet? Here's another clue....
Abbotsford school introduces 'lockdown drill' - February 26/09
A school in Abbotsford has introduced a new "lockdown drill" for young students in light of recent gang violence in the city.
In the drill, teachers are instructed to lock doors, windows and any shutters, and then have students gather away from those areas and stay quiet.
Stephen is unclear just how many schools have adopted the lockdown drill, but said he hopes to roll out the drills to as many schools as possible.
Dave Stephen is also quoted in the above story as saying: "it's time to teach students how to protect themselves in the case of a violent attack" We wonder if that includes teaching them how to lawfully defend themselves against armed attackers?
This below shot illustrates the fact this "fake gun" scare will be turned into
an instrument of increasing police aggression and tyranny. The below story
shows that the police are claiming the need to use heavily armed military
police SWAT teams to rescue people threatening themselves with FAKE
guns. We couldn't make this stuff if we tried folks......
Wheeled out on a gurney for minor injuries??? Yeah, ok.
Still more 'fake gun' propaganda. Rest assured more pro-police-state legislation is coming soon. The police in Victoria are working overtime to disarm those they took an oath to serve, and this always leads to increasing police aggression and lawlessness. Meanwhile, their guns get more and more powerful and are used more and more often.... Have another look at the "peace officer" in the above newspaper graphic - isn't that gun "illegal" in Canada? Doesn't this look like what is essentially a use of military force against its own citizens, or are you fooled by the different colour uniform?
Oak Bay High locked down as precaution - Rob Shaw - Times Colonist, Friday, June 01, 2007
Reports of youth with gun spark fruitless search; police question student but make no arrest.
[Neighbourhood resident? What no name? Maybe the whole thing was staged by the police.... ]
[How would they know what "type" of gun it was, when the witness could not even be sure it was a gun in the first place....? Read this unnamed witnesses statement again: "neighbourhood resident saw two students, one of whom removed something that looked like a handgun". Probably it was a cell phone. Or probably the whole thing is a big fat lie. Also read the first sentence of this article.... the report itself was not even confirmed, yet now they suddenly have enough knowledge, after finding NOTHING, to say it was "probably a replica or BB gun" ? Pull the other one! These are drills designed to condition people to being "locked down" under martial law type settings, and train the sheep into thinking they must obey "their master", who is really their servant by oath.]
[What the heck is this? They admit they have no suspects or evidence, and now they're telling us about some "person of interest"? Talk about muddying the waters. Do you know what BBB is?]
[Don't you mean "brandishing the cell phone"? In fact, No evidence exists to say what it was. So maybe that is why they were not "brandishing" it???]
[Does this sound like evidence of someone buying a gun, either fake or otherwise?]
[A "different world" alright!!! A world where the police duty "to protect" somehow perverts itself to warden-like authority of the "prisoners", and where hysteria over "unconfirmed" reports can result in police terrorizing our youth. None of this manufactured "helplessness" would exist in the first place if the police knew the law, and respected our INALIENABLE RIGHT to self defence with the same tools we allow them to carry, as our employee.]
[Or an "emergency situation" regarding someone, who evidently never gave their name, thinking they might possibly have seen something that may have been a weapon or replica.]
In trying to process what is happening, we need to step back and examine the big picture. Clearly the government and police are up to something. Their recent flood of over-reactions to a series of totally non life-threatening events is established by the samples we have provided. They are clearly engaged in the standard problem-reaction-solution scenario used routinely by corrupted states and their pavlovian puppet police forces to gain absolute control. The stages of control are done incrementally.... so eventually these fabricated and/or exaggerated events will have to be stepped up. One of the ways they may go about this is to flood the Victoria area with low cost street guns, sold by various informants and under cover cops, in the same manner that drugs are routinely bought and sold. Sooner or later a real and tragic event may occur.... or they may stage a shooting with a payoff to a suspect already facing an extended prison sentence. There are a number of ways they can accomplish such a goal, and when they do, you will see a national call for a total ban on private gun ownership - with them keeping theirs, naturally.... From that point on it is over.... Read some history books for examples.
Just a few months have gone by... and they are at it again. This time at a major university.... Are they priming the public for another staged school shooting? Check out the language used by police in the latest fake school threat. [Our comments in orange, naturally... Or simply click the below headliner to read the original story.]
Threat triggers UBC campus alert - Thursday, January 31, 2008
The helicopter ads a nice dramatic "Hollywood" climax to the whole staged event.. don't you agree?
Still more Hollywood style drama.... Now its a James Bond, or "24" episode!
Note how the police always lock the students in the building.... If its a bomb threat, that is going to mean many more deaths... and as we saw in Virginia, it leads to more deaths if its a shooting as well. They become helpless cattle in pens, and that makes it easier for a single shooter to wipe out dozens of trapped and DISARMED victims.
In other words, *WE* are the threat, this is all staged to get you sheeple used to martial law, and its not important for me to tell you [even though you are my employer] any real facts.
Well that should have made it possible to give us details then, hmmmmm?
Wow.. Did you decipher all that? They got the "threat" in the previous morning about a threat at a "certain time" .... and says in effect "contrary to those exposing all our previous BS, this was not a kid prank.... not a hoax... but an extension of the shootings happening in North America".... You think he was reading a carefully prepared and crafted statement maybe?
Is the reason for the specific time so everyone could finish their coffee and donuts before loading their fully automatic weapons, with which to frighten UBC students? Students who clearly didn't even need to show up.. given the police had the warning long before school was scheduled?
Twenty-eight members of the RCMP Emergency Response Team responded, along with the police major crimes unit, the bomb-disposal unit and police dogs.
Well sure! If you are going to stage one of these things... you want everyone (and his dog) to participate. It increases the necessary 'made for TV' drama, and gives everyone a good dry run practice.
Wow.... all that "specific knowledge" yet not a clue about who actually said it. Could it be that it was all just a staged drill, and that is why nobody was arrested?
That was the goal of the drill.... so the police will be very pleased to here this... So count on more of these in the coming months... Or perhaps a real shooting, if they can find someone they can manipulate into doing it. Fortunately they often fail at doing so, like when they sold fertilizer to a bunch of young men in Toronto in hopes they would try to blow up the CN tower. [See this link for proof of how they helped blow up Air India]
and thanking yourself that you brought your conceal carry handgun to lawfully protect yourself... Oh wait... that's only in free countries... As you were, then.
So the police are running around with dogs... flying about in helicopters.... nobody seems to be telling the students anything... and most of the students are still in the building.... even though the police stated they had this info the morning prior. Nice job at scaring the students, and their parents!
"A police incident"....?? How remarkably intuitive... or was it Freudian??
Watch CTV coverage of above fake threat.
Police still keeping lid on fake university scare...
RCMP mum on threat, The Province; News Services, February 01, 2008
UBC cancels classes again at facility - Canwest News Service, February 06, 2008
Paintball gun sparks evacuation - Times Colonist, April 2008
Several apartments were evacuated, but police discovered the weapon was a paintball gun, said Saanich police Acting Sgt. Dean Jantzen.
"Maybe people should carry paintball guns in a sports bag or something," he said.
Or maybe the cops need to chill out, and we all need to stop being so paranoid?
Here is some more paranoia for the new school year.... Notice (yet again) the vague nature of the threat, and the massive police response for something that one unit could have easily handled.
Spectrum school released after lockdown - Times Colonist, November 25, 2008
Saanich police officers arrived in force and searched the school and grounds for the weapon, Price said.
"We're doing a search as well as covering off the area outside the school. There's no imminent threat to anyone in the school especially with the heavy police presence." [full story]
(There is also no threat because, as they admit, there "never was any weapon in the school"... let alone any evidence of intention on the part of the invisible gunman to do anyone any harm. So the "heavy police presence" is just more of the usual theatre we are seeing from these fear mongering clowns, who feel the need to make every little incident "with a weapon" a major "terrorist event" - thus keeping pressure on the idea that we are ALL too irresponsible to have weapons, and must rely on these (fully automatic 'assault weapon' carrying) tyrants, to protect us.)
.... and on and on. Frankly there are too many of these fake gun/bomb/bullet/knife threats for us to catalogue. The goal here is to keep everyone scared, so they can offer you their "police state service" and gain ever increasing control. Unfortunately, at this point, the sheep seem perfectly willing to follow along. Will the frog leap from the water before it boils?
Threat scrawled on wall at Mount Douglas school in Saanich; police will watch over students on Friday - Sandra McCulloch, Victoria Times Colonist, May 7, 2009
Saanich police will be watching over 1,100 students at Mount Douglas Secondary School on Friday after a threat scrawled on a wall indicated a student would to bring a 9-mm handgun to school and shoot other students.
The threat was discovered last Friday on the wall of a second-floor boys washroom located near the computer lab, said Chris Harvey, associate superintendent of the Greater Victoria School District.
None of the 1,100 students at the school, at 3970 Gordon Head Rd., in Grades 9 to 12 have come forward with relevant information, said Const. Paul Lamoureux of Saanich police.
Most parents only heard of the threat Thursday afternoon, on the eve of the target date, when principal John Fawcett sent a letter home indicating the school was taking the situation seriously.
Fawcett decided to write the letter after parents who’d heard about it from their children contacted him demanding to know about the threat, Harvey said. [read full story here]
Mounties to gather blueprints of Cdn. schools - April 18/2007
Still more weirdness from the so-called "peace officers" we hired to keep the peace. Now they have taken to using explosives in routine traffic arrests of non-violent suspects.
Police use 'noise flash device' in city chase - Times Colonist, April 23, 2008
[The suspects were wanted for questioning in a debit card scam]
Police pledged to release more details today about the investigation, including whatever charges are laid against the three individuals.
and just a few days later, they used explosives again to arrest a man with a half of a gram of cocaine...
Police use stun grenade in arrest - Times Colonist, April 29, 2008
Police arrested Jefferson Delalcazar in a vehicle near Douglas and Bay streets around 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Officers from the Emergency Response Team detonated what they call a "noise flash diversionary device" to make the arrest, Sgt. Grant Hamilton said.
Delalcazar faces a charge of possession of an undisclosed amount of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, and two charges of breaching conditions in relation to previous arrests, Hamilton said.
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Fake gun scares not enough... now they're using fake bullets scare... can fake knives be far behind?
Pantomime gun must be registered - Jan 18/2008 BBC
Carnon Downs drama group in Cornwall have also had to keep their plastic cutlasses and wooden swords locked up for the pantomime, Robinson Crusoe.
Producers of the show called the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) rules "farcical".
3 arrested, stun guns seized - May 30/2007
Three Greater Victoria residents were shocked when their parcels containing two stun guns arrived in the mail from the U.S. -- accompanied by police officers, handcuffs and multiple criminal charges.
Vancouver shootings a gang hit, police say - September 10/2007
Just after 11 p.m., two masked men fired several shots from handguns through the plate glass windows of Quattro restaurant, Vancouver police Const. Tim Fanning told a news conference yesterday.
Fanning said that earlier Saturday night, there was another apparent targeted shooting. He said that at about 9 p.m., half a dozen shots were fired at the residence of someone well known to police.No one was injured, Fanning said, adding that it's too early to say if the two incidents were related.
Fanning said there is no reason to suspect the restaurant shooting was related to last month's unsolved gang slaying at Fortune Happiness restaurant, in which two gunmen opened fire on a table of nine people, killing two, and injuring six.However, he said the police's gang squad is very concerned about such targeted hits. and the number of firearms being seized on Vancouver's streets. [full report]
More fake gun scare propaganda and fear mongering from BC police forces, targeting students. [See below link for related "<"]
Keystone cops disarm firework by calling for backup from Vancouver.
Too bad they didn't call one of our BC Revolution friendly neighbourhood sheriff members, because we'd simply have poured a bucket of water on the "device", thus rendering it as harmless as a handful of dirt. (But hey, if you'd rather spend tens of millions for sub-standard service, that is your right - as long as you chose that option freely.)
Instead, these government puppets blocked off residential streets for "several hours", created
unnecessary panic and worry, started a costly investigation, and bilked the taxpayers out of
thousands of hard earned dollars.
Dumb cops held neighbourhood under martial law lockdown for two hours, because they couldn't recognise a fake grenade... A grenade used for military training that has a massive unmistakable HOLE in the centre to clearly indicate (for obvious reasons) they are inactive. (Not to mention the fact that everyone over 13 knows that even a live grenade is totally harmless if the pin is secure.)
These people are not about keeping you safe... they are about spreading a climate of fear. Whether that be "exploding pumpkins" or lost luggage.. they are all supposed to scare you. [Go here for more]
Check out the media scrum over a few dud bullets and a mock grenade....
Grenade found on Mount Tolmie - Times Colonist, April 23, 2008
Mount Tolmie was shut down for two hours yesterday after Saanich police received a 911 call from a person who discovered a grenade and ammunition in a parking lot at the top of the mountain.
Ordnance disposal experts with the navy's fleet diving unit quickly realized the Second World War training grenade, with its bottom drilled out, was no threat to the public. [full story]
Misused fireworks mistaken for gunfire - June 3/08
Mysterious "unseen" pipe bomb declared 'dangerous to over half mile radius' by police... June 24/08
Nobody in the above report showed the alleged device, nor any clips from the time it would have taken the 'bomb squad' to remove it. However, if such a device was capable of the damage laughingly reported by the police, it must have been close to the size of a large trailer. This story has to be one of the more farcical propaganda stories put out by the police and media, yet the public is so dumbed down, most will accept their version of events without critical analysis. A pipe bomb (regardless of size) is an unsophisticated device that requires someone light the fuse, and is otherwise completely harmless... so one has to ask why it would simply be laying "in the middle of a walking path", and why such a story (minus the over-the-top hyperbole) is newsworthy?
Or how about this new one below? The RCMP, with the help of the lapdog media, managed to combine yet another pipe bomb threat into a justification for massive military and police presence surrounding the 2010 Olympics, and even managed to shut down critical skytrain traffic during rush hour. All this over a device that was, once again, in no danger of exploding, unless someone in the bomb squad deliberately lit the fuse, and furthermore could have been immediately rendered 'safe' by simply dropping it in a bucket of water.
Pipe bomb hysteria becomes part of Norad/Northcom drill & Olympic security hype by media
Lets play 'spot the bomb' in the following snapshots from local TV coverage... We even wrote a letter to CTV asking them for ANY shots they may have captured of this mysterious unseen "bomb" and even got a reply back from someone calling themselves "Johnny", however they never claimed they had any pictures. Odd, eh?
See if you can find it in these photos....
This is the closest shot (above) provided by 'Global' of the robot allegedly moving this "pipe bomb" so presumably its somewhere in the robots pincers... but we can't make it out. Can you?
Some lovely publicity type shots of the robot carrying a black case, and some nice shots of a VERY paranoid member of the bomb squad, who apparently doesn't understand what we've told you here already: That a pipe bomb HAS TO HAVE ITS FUSE LIT in order for it to explode. Oh, and the putting it in a bucket of water stuff... but it really does spoil a good story, doesn't it?
Can you figure out you are being PLAYED yet?! Please keep reading....
Your tax dollars at work.... During 2010 Vancouver Olympics, RCMP brass will be lounging on massive cruise ships, while you get treated like a terrorist.
Victoria Police/RCMP may have exposed people of Victoria to radioactive material in farcical publicity stunt/false flag. They explode materials that are completely safe in solid form, and dangerous if inhaled in particulate.
Families flee volatile chemicals - August 29/08
Police ordered 50 homes evacuated and closed a section of Craigflower Road in Esquimalt yesterday when dangerous chemicals were reported at a residential property in the area.
Gasoline, sawdust, nail polish remover, ball point pens, and sweet&low packets are likewise "potentially explosive".. but you need to deliberately take steps for these substances to explode - and one would expect professionals not to be mixing these chemicals, and exposing them to open flame. However we bet even the "pros" knew that uranyl acetate is completely harmless in its solid form, and about the only way you could make it dangerous would be to explode it, so it atomizes into the air, where it can be inhaled.... a primitive 'dirty bomb' in effect. Read about uranyl acetate HERE. Note fifth paragraph.
In other words, there was absolutely no danger, and we hyped this event to scare the public, and get them used to having a bunch of thugs running around bossing them, and preventing them from living in peace on their own property.
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