How crime pays for police: Possibility of expanding Manitoba’s civil forfeitures raises concerns | CBC News

With forfeiture, there’s no disconnect between enforcement and the benefit of enforcement, lawyer says

Ian Froese · CBC News · Posted: Nov 30, 2019 6:00 AM CT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago

Numerous police forces across Canada — including Ontario Provincial Police, as pictured above — have adopted drone technology. The Winnipeg Police Service is buying a drone using part of the half-million dollars it is receiving through criminal forfeiture this year. (OPP)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/civil-forfeiture-criminal-property-manitoba-1.5377575

Comments

Shouldn’t victims of the crimes be the primary recipient of the civil forfeitures not police. At least with the RCMP 90% of their share has been going to support community initiatives.

In a 2016 study of civil forfeiture laws, the Canadian Constitution Foundation gave Manitoba a failing grade, in part, for giving a “much lower amount” of the proceeds to victims than law enforcement and other agencies.

In MB after legislation allowed seizing property under $75,000 without the courts the criminal property forfeiture fund went from doling out $193,000 in 2011-12 to more than $2 million annually the last few years.

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Winnipeg Police Closing Regional Stations

Nov 29 2019 – Concerned Citizens

The WPS budget is now over $300,000,000 or 27% of entire City budget with ovet 85% of that going to salaries, pension and other benefits. So due to their incompetence, fiscal mismanagement and worse the city went from many small community police offices to report crime or assist police in investigating it to just the four regional stations and all but HQ had limited hrs.

Now there just have the one station downtown with difficulty finding parking, extended paid parking hours and for profit parking enforcement hunting on every corner. This is their logic instead of cutting where it really needed like the senior officers and supertenants making up $150,000 to $200,000 plus 18.3% public paid pension contributions (being reduced now to 11% over next four years).

Once the WPS, Police Board and the City cleanup inefficiencies and help reduce serious crime so Winnipeg not the most inefficient and overstaffed service plus highest and increasing serious crime rate in Canada they could due with 300 less officers to be among the average per capita in Canada instead of the highest.

The recent announcement of redirection of more officers from traffic and other units back to serious crime and community support, removal of OT being pensionable and sharing the low investment return risk with members instead of mostly on the City / Taxpayers and other efficiency and sustainability changes were long overdue.

Much more is needed to improve efficiency, effectiveness, reign in spending and using funds and resources where they needed most.

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Supporting information and news sources with trend of being least biased with high accuracy

Image from https://www.wikipedia.org/

Nov 28 2019 – Concerned Citizen

I care a lot about information and news sources that have a trend of being least biased with high accuracy.
This even more important in modern times with social misleadia and with once trusted democracies and "free" press’s relying on false and misleading information and other propaganda, click bait and other tactics to influence voters, readers or viewers to increase likes, shares, votes, ratings, circulation and ad revenue or spread malware.

Wikipedia is a nonprofit that has been rated independently and has a trend of being least biased with high accuracy.
I regularly use them to compare with other information sources I trust or want to check. It often gives information about allegations and if they substantiated and controversies rather than assuming they are proven facts which is what many other posters or news sources will do to benefit themselves or special interests that are influencing them.

I started to donate annually a few years ago to help support them.
Currently they are only registered as a non profit in the USA but are working to obtain this in Canada and elsewhere. If you have any US income you can use your donation to reduce your tax on that income.

To learn more about Wikipedia’s independent ratings and reliability:
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/wikipedia/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia

To donate visit:
https://donate.wikimedia.org

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Recordings reveal details of campaign to attack Maxime Bernier, PPC as racists before election | CBC News

Strategist Warren Kinsella told his Daisy Group employees ‘Hamish and Walsh’ would be asking about results

Andrea Bellemare, Kaleigh Rogers · CBC News · Posted: Nov 26, 2019 2:00 PM ET | Last Updated: November 26

New details have emerged about the campaign by Warren Kinsella’s Daisy Group to attack Maxime Bernier and the People’s Party of Canada in the lead-up to the federal election campaign. Kinsella, pictured here with his then-wife, Lisa Kirbie Kinsella, wanted to target Bernier as ‘racist’ and ‘a white supremacist.’ (Spencer Gallichan-Lowe / CBC News)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/project-cactus-kinsella-daisy-ppc-bernier-1.5372715

Commentary

This is not surprising but still concerning regardless of ones support or not of the PPC. What else has been going on that hasn’t been exposed.

The past and present Liberals, Conservatives, appointed bureaucrats and likely others at the federal plus some provincial and municipal levels have been caught misleading or lying to party members, the general public, elected and appointed officials and sometimes to auditors, ethics commissioners other watchdogs and even police investigating serious allegations.

The lengths some parties, candidates and politicians are willing to go to, to win leadership races, get elected, re-elected or cover up wrong doing is more than just concerning.

We need a complete overhaul of how our political, government, judiciary and other public institutions are operated and their oversight to make sure public interests are the priority over self and special interests.

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The CRTC is holding public consultations about the CBC’s content and news coverage

(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

We often hear from people about the quality of the journalism and reporting produced by the CBC. Many have expressed disappointment or frustrations with how the CBC covers political issues and the presence of bias in some of their reporting.

Mediabias check rates CBC Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that leans slightly left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 18/180

Before the CRTC regulator renews the CBC’s broadcasting license, they are conducting public consultations on the type of content and news coverage that Canadians want to see from the CBC going forward. The information gathered during this public consultation will help shape the new requirements that the public broadcaster must meet.

You can submit your comments and feedback on the renewal and content of the CBC:

At least one deadline of Dec 9 2019
https://www.facebook.com/crtceng

Deadlines in Jan and Feb 2020
https://bit.ly/2qKgGD5

Other public consultations including more for CBC here. Warning like typical government or SOA public consultation they don’t make it easy or user friendly but it important and worth the effort:

https://crtc.gc.ca/eng/consultation/

Related
CBC/Radio-Canada seeking to broadcast more mandated programming on digital services

The CRTC will be hosting a Facebook consultation until Dec. 9 as part of its review and will hold a public hearing in Gatineau, Que., beginning on May 25, 2020
https://www.facebook.com/crtceng

https://www.cbc.ca/news/cbc-radio-canada-broadcast-digital-services-crtc-1.5372125

More on the independent rating of CBC from this nonprofit:
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cbc-news-canadian-broadcasting/

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Does this historic quote sum up what is happening in the US today?

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty

When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits—despotic in his ordinary demeanour—known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty—when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity—to join in the cry of danger to liberty—to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government & bringing it under suspicion—to flatter and fall in with all the non sense of the zealots of the day—It may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may “ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.”

Alexander Hamilton – 1792 – one of the founding fathers of the USA

“His words go beyond prescient. They make us think that he is a time traveler who had actually just seen the world in 2017 and was writing about it.”

Misuse of historic quotes by using them out of context, changing them or only using part of them is not a new issue but still concerning.

This article talks about about this and the above quote.

Not to Be THAT Guy, but This Alexander Hamilton Quote is Basically About Trump

By Paste Staff | March 13, 2017

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/03/not-to-be-that-guy-but-this-alexander-hamilton-quo.html

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Are streaming services really saving people money and are Canadian producers and culture protected?

Posted: Nov 18, 2019

VIDEO

https://www.cbc.ca/news/thenational/are-streaming-services-really-saving-people-money-1.5364376

With the launch of new streaming services, the cost of being subscribed to them all rivalling the cost of top-tier cable packages. Cutting the cord was supposed to save consumers money — so is it? 2:06

Comments

The large movie and tv content providers plus TV and telecom companies allowed prices to become unaffordable for more and more. This and emergence of Netflix started the cord cutting era. Crave, Amazon, Apple, Disney, CBS and many others joined the rush to streaming. They have all started funding exclusive content creation.

Disney has purchased the Marvel franchise, Lucas Arts with Star Wars and …, Twenty Centry Fox and others. Now is is pulling back content from Netflix and other services. Now they making more and more content exclusive to Disney Plus subscribers.

Some streaming services in the US are not available in Canada due to smaller market, French language and other requirments.

A few years ago CRTC took action against pricey TV provider packages that only offered large theme packs and contracts with too many restrictions. They were forced to offer more pick and choose channels which helped consumers but made it harder for smaller content providers to survive.

Streaming services like Netflix were selling to millions of Canadians but without the minimum Canadian content requirments that non streaming providers faced. The CRTC worked out a deal with Netflix so they required to purchase $500 Million from Canadian content providers in an attempt to level the playing field but what about Disney and the other providers selling to Canadians?

Netflix to commit $500M over 5 years on new Canadian productions: sources

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4309381

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