Saturday, January 29, 2011

In other words the BC Rail Trial would be still going on DURING the BC Liberal Leadership race

[14]         The Crown submits that the joint submission on sentence is in the best interests of the administration of justice because the defendants have come forward and unequivocally accepted responsibility for their transgressions.  In so doing, they have eliminated the exigencies inherent in a lengthy jury trial that would have occupied the members of the jury, the court process and court resources for a time well beyond mid‑March 2011 as had been scheduled.

In other words, the trial of David Basi and Bobby Virk would be happening DURING a leadership race for the BC Liberals...... my, my, my but the optics would certainly be bad for the leadership hopefuls, having to fend off questions from the media, not only regarding the race, but the riot of public opinion on whether BC Rail was a steal.

From the Link above there this quote from Item 12 and the next Item:

[12]         Sections 121 and 122 of the Criminal Code create indictable offences for which the offender is liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years.  The authorities state that breach of trust by an official is indeed a serious offence but that a wide range of possible sentences may be imposed depending on all the circumstances.  The Crown relies on R. v. Berntson, 2000 SKCA 47, 145 C.C.C. (3d) 1.  In that case, Mr. Justice Tallis referred to R. v. Hinchey, [1996] 3 S.C.R. 1128 at para. 18, 111 C.C.C. (3d) 353, where the Supreme Court of Canada said:
... given the heavy trust and responsibility taken on by the holding of a public office or employ, it is appropriate that government officials are correspondingly held to codes of conduct, which for an ordinary person, would be quite severe.
[13]         The Court in Berntson emphasized the importance of this trust, adopting the observation that "public office means serving the public and nobody else."  I acknowledge that these principles are applicable in the present case.
If you don't know about the The Court in Berntson there is this link:   and another quote:

Chapter 2
[G]iven the heavy trust and responsibility taken on by the holding of
a public office or employ, it is appropriate that government officials
are correspondingly held to codes of conduct which, for an
ordinary person, would be quite severe.

— Hon. Claire L’Heureux-Dubé1

The doctrine of separation of powers has been stated to be an “essential feature” of
our constitution.2 The Supreme Court of Canada has described it thus:

There is in Canada a separation of powers among the three branches of
government - the legislative, the executive and the judiciary. In broad terms,
the role of the judiciary is, of course, to interpret and apply the law; the role
of the legislature is to decide upon and enunciate policy; the role of the
executive is to administer and implement that policy.

the role of the executive is to administer and implement that policy, or have Deputy Ministers do it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

"The Grassy Knoll" of West Vancouver

"She and her cameraman went to a spot across the road from the rear of the building, climbed on to a low wall and found that, with the blinds open, they could see right into the room.
They got a clear shot of Gillan entering the office, speaking with Heed and leaving.
"It was really brief," said Urquhart. "You could tell from our images he was crying, and I think that's really what pissed people off. They thought that was an invasion of privacy.""   North Shore News

There's one photograph included in the North Shore News article, and it speaks a thousand words.

For those of us who live on the North Shore, there are no borders, there are no boundaries, except that we are hemmed in by the waterfront, the mountains, and man-made highways and its bridges. There are two police forces.  It doesn't take long to know where the local cop shop is, or how to access them, but it appears that there's an easier way to get into the Chief of Police Office in West Vancouver, without going through the front door.

The trick is to find a Low Wall, stand on it, and with your trusty cameraman at your side, shoot your way in.

The blinds surrounding the Chief of Police Office are never opened now.   No sunlight enters the room,  not because of lack of sunny weather.  Its the prying eyes of the news media.    Did I say prying eyes?  Prying high tech digital camera lens eye to be more accurate, and of course, that special Low Wall.

I've spent the last three days trying to figure out just where this Low Wall is.   It could be said I'm too late.  Changes have been made since tears were captured on digital "film" of the brief moment when a letter of Suspension was dispensed by the Chief of Police to one of his Officers.

The chain link fence around the south side of the motor vehicle compound has been made obscured, if you want a see-through look, check out Google Street View, it goes back to 2008, that's a year before things went awry in West Vancouver.

I've taken snapshots with my little digital camera, but I've seen nothing that would even get me near to copying what the news media people accomplished from their Low Wall perch.   The Chief's office for starters, is on the third floor, south east corner, that's visible in the photo in the North Shore News file photo, because if you look closely at the photo you can see the cross bars on the hydro pole, which makes them just a tad higher than the desk that the former chief of police is sitting on.
Off in the distance (of the photo), I suppose one could call it a Grassy Knoll, for the picture has been cropped off the right side and there is a Low Wall there, keeping sand at bay from the grass.

I marched the distance off, from the Garbage Can/"Low Wall" to the corner of the Police station, as the Crow flies, and verified the distance via Google Earth....... 219 feet.     Two Hundred and Nineteen Feet.   At that distance, everyone should feel safe in their own homes, not just the Chief of Police in West Vancouver in his Office.   219 feet, I can't say it enough.   219 feet and the news media could see that a man was crying.   Did they turn away in shame.  Hell NO.   This is a scoop!  This isn't invasion of Privacy.

Here's a photo, two photos merged.   To the far left you can just make out the trash can the other side of the Low Wall.   To the far right, top corner is the public building.  There are two black lines drawn.  First line is from the Trash Can/Low Wall to the Office.  Second line is from the BC Rail Right-of-way to the Office.  The second line ends up on the ceiling of the upper office, the first line ends up inside the office.  Now click on the photo to get a better view.

If the tables were turned, could that high tech camera lens be used against us in our "castles", or is it too late.

For instance, on the day that Dave Basi and Bobby Virk pleaded guilty, the news media were swarming inside and outside.   I thought we were going to hear the last of second witness' testimony in the morning and at the very least the beginning of a former finance minister of BC in the afternoon.  Within minutes it was over, and outside waiting, south side of the building, the camera lenses were aimed at the glass wall, or were they?
Were they, like their brethren digital cameras of West Vancouver, recording what was coming down the long stairs to the outside world.

For those of the public who have never had the pleasure of being inside a glass cage, the Vancouver Supreme Court is it!   And looking back now, on hindsight, the cameras were rolling.   A piece of glass may be a sound barrier to the spoken word, but visually, TWO HUNDRED and NINETEEN FEET  is a drop in the bucket for a hand held digital camera, what I saw outside was tripod mounted equipment.

The rules of "engagement" for visitor to any Court House is this:   "No Weapons, No Recording Devices, No Cameras"      Journalists who earn a living from being a Journalist is entitled via something called "Accreditation"  are permitted to carry a recording device (tape recorder READ digital recorder) but only to ensure that what they eventually publish is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.   No errors are permitted.

I've seen photos where defendants and their lawyers are still inside the Court House, still walking down the stairs, published.  They are almost to the glass doors, and their photos have been snapped.  Oh what the hell, its only thirty feet.   But what of those other photos that have been taken at 219 feet or more, inside the Court House where NO Cameras are permitted.    Is it the physical body of the camera that isn't allowed in the Court, or Police Station, or is it the photograph that is captured on film (read Digital) that is illegal and will not be tolerated!

"You could tell from our images he was crying, and I think that's really what pissed people off. They thought that was an invasion of privacy."
Taking this two steps further, and not picking on the news media alone, what with all these high rise towers in downtown Vancouver where various BC Government employees toil away for their masters.  Do they keep their curtains closed because.............

 Often during the BC Rail trial I observed that the Defendants and their Counsel went outside during "recess", but on Court House property, to have a Cigar or cigarette.  What if the cameras were rolling from the building next door?  The only thing missing is the lip readers.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Choke points on BC Highways next to have Shadow tickets issued without a sign of the police

"March 10, 2010
NDP Wants to Resurrect Failed Photo Radar Plan"

“Only the NDP would want to resurrect a plan to use police as tax collectors rather than having them on the street fighting crime and targeting problem drivers.”  Solicitor General  Kash Heed

If you go to this map link, noted above, you can click on any of the Traffic Data points that interest you in the Province of British Columbia.

I've selected the Southern Interior Traffic Data Program above.

Traffic Data Program


 The data above includes the Posted Speed Limit and the number of vehicles that have exceeded the limit.

110.10 ---> 115       2,727    Motor vehicles
120.10 ---> 130       3,299    Motor vehicles
130.10 ---> 150          920    Motor vehicles

Posted Speed 110 kph

Red light camera ticketing will soon be here.

There's nothing to stop the BC Government from starting the mail-out for speeding on any highway of BC where these devices are embedded in the roads.  The only things that are missing, is the camera, the 35 year Concessionaire contract and Canada Post.

An informed public will know where to avoid the tickets and by that learning process hopefully their driving habits will be applied evenly throughout the Province.

Problem is, where the public saw the NDP and their Radar Camera Vans as an infringement on their rights and the BC Liberals promising to rid the Province of these devices and were elected in a landslide victory........... its taken ten years for us to come full circle, and the Cameras are back in full force.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Red light cameras are coming to British Columbia intersections, but how much will we be paying?


"PHOENIX, AZ—April 30, 2010—Redflex Traffic Systems (Canada) Ltd (“Redflex”) announced its first ever Canadian contract in British Columbia. Redflex and Redflex Traffic Systems, the largest provider of road safety cameras in the U.S., are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Redflex Holdings

Redflex has contracted with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) to supply, install and maintain 140 intersection safety camera systems and provide the Image and Infringement Processing System (IIPS).

ICBC is a Crown Corporation that provides automobile insurance and is also responsible for driver licensing, vehicle licensing and registration for over three million drivers across the Province of British Columbia. The Intersection Safety Camera program is an integral road safety initiative operated by the police in BC in partnership with ICBC to reduce the frequency of crashes associated with running a red light in various communities across the Province. The contract is for an initial term of six years with two additional two-year extension options. Redflex was selected after a rigorous assessment process that included a Proof of Performance phase that required Redflex to install and operate six intersection safety systems that were closely evaluated by ICBC.
According to the ICBC 2007 report, on average a fatality occurred every 21 hours on British Columbia’s roads. Canada’s Road Safety Vision 2010 calls for a 20% decrease in the number killed or seriously injured in speed or intersection-related crashes."
Redflex signed the contract back on April 30, 2010;

BC Liberals quietly rewrite the Motor Vehicle Act to include Redflex cameras as being legally recognized devices by the Courts by law enforcement officers, on December 6, 2010;

Attorney General Mike de Jong steps down to run for Premier offering a "dialogue with British Columbians"

Macquarie pursues purchase of ........ Redflex, after having suddenly dumped the Sea to Sky Highway Project


Division 41 — Speed Monitoring and Traffic Light Safety

Devices prescribed

41.01 (1)  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 162/2001.]
(2)  For the purpose of prescribing a traffic light safety device under section 83.1 (8) (b) of the Act, the following are prescribed:
(a) the Gatso Red Light Camera type 36mST-MC-3LG;
(b) the Gatso Red Light Camera type 36mST-MC-3LGA;
(c) the REDFLEXred-MK4-HDX-200-1100-RLC.
[en. B.C. Reg. 215/99, App. 1, s. 3; am. B.C. Regs. 238/99; 162/2001; 353/2010, Sch. s. 1 (a).]


Vancouver Sun News Alert for Wednesday January 12th, 2011:
ICBC launched a major expansion of its red-light camera program Tuesday with more locations, better equipment and a much greater chance of getting caught. The $20-million expansion will see the total number of intersection cameras in the province rise from 120 to 140.

The Concessionaire agreement can't be too far behind

For those that have read this blog before you might have skipped over a previous post called:

Are we paying too much of a Shadow Toll to drive the Sea to Sky Highway?

 Down near the bottom of the Post I had included this: 
"Macquarie isn't a small company, here's a link to show just how large they are, and what they are involved with under various subsidiaries, starting on page 3 to 22."
Since I wrote the above Post, Macquarie has now sold its interest in the Sea To Sky Highway Improvement Project complete with the hidden Shadow Tolls, which allows it to move on to other "projects" to make more money for its shareholders.  The point is, the reason why I was able to find the list on the internet was because Macquarie was considering purchasing a company called the RedFlex Group.

RedFlex Group specialty in North America is providing solutions for traffic via Red Light Cameras, capturing not only the license plates of those that run red lights, but the dramatic, sometimes deadly results of those who run red lights.

Using "BC red light camera Macquarie" to search Google, the first hit that comes up is with ICBC, the second one is, the third one is with CBC News and all the rest have to do with Macquarie and Redflex Group buying and selling.

For those astute at using their GPS, and to save yourselves from having to pay for running a red light, or for paying for not doing the posted speed limits in School and Playground zones there's always the POI (Points of Interests) for Dummies that can be created.

These Red Light Cameras will not come cheaply, the capital costs will be borne by taxpayers, but the maintenance and administration of the ticketing will in all likelihood be done via another one of those long term Concessionaire agreements with an added touch, I'd bet, of a cut of the "revenue" going to the government.