BC Tasers, CCTV, Marc Emery, and funding the Tyee

April 7, 2009 at 8:52 am | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Man pleads guilty in infamous “Surrey Six Slayings”:

Arrests may mean more shootings as BC gangs fight for turf:

“Police say recent arrests and murder charges against alleged B.C. gang members are a major step forward for public safety, but one gang expert believes the violence may get worse as other gangs fight to grab the criminal market share left behind.”

10 per cent of police Tasers fail tests in B.C.:

Closed circuit cameras coming to Vancouver, Surrey, Kelowna and Williams Lake:

“Vancouver’s share, $400,000, is expected to go towards what’s being called “a re-deployable CCTV unit for special events and emergencies.” The move comes amidst ongoing privacy concerns from civil liberties critics, who say the value of CCTV in actually reducing crime has yet to be proven.”

City goes after Marc Emery business licences:

“Oh, here we go again. There’s a show-cause hearing scheduled next week to look at where the following businesses should be allowed to retain their city business licence. As you all know, the city doesn’t schedule these hearings unless the answer is pretty well: No f’ing way.”

The Tyee‘s Founding Editor asks readers to help fund BC Election reporting:

“Help us double our budget for reporting this election, so we can lead B.C.’s media in covering vital issues at this moment when other news companies are pulling back.”

What’s your biggest issue?

  • The environment.
  • The economy.
  • Homelessness and affordable housing.
  • Corruption.
  • The Olympics.
  • Crime.
  • Voting reform.

Which of these matters most to you?

Make a donation to The Tyee Election Reporting Fund. About three screens deep into the Paypal process, just before you complete the transaction, you’ll see “Which election issue matters most?” That’s where you can tell us which issue is highest on your list for us to report. (Pay close attention! It’s easy to miss!). If you’re writing a cheque, please write it on the cheque.

We’ll note your choice, and make sure your money goes straight to reporting on your issue.

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