Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flip Flop Flip Flop!

Daddy Dalton is doing himself in, great job Daddy, do Ontario a favour and hurry up!

Ontario may delay 2010 minimum wage hike: McGuinty
Friday, March 27, 2009 | 12:45 PM ET

The Ontario government may have to delay next year's planned minimum wage hike, Premier Dalton McGuinty said Friday.

Speaking in Ottawa, the premier said this year's 75-cent increase to $9.50 an hour from $8.75 will go ahead as planned next Wednesday.

But he said next year's rise to $10.25 an hour may have to be put off, depending on the state of the economy.

McGuinty said he will look at business conditions next year and make a decision.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan revealed on Thursday that Ontario will rack up a projected record $14.1-billion deficit in 2009 as it commits billions to infrastructure projects and job retraining aimed at pulling the province out of the recession.

Duncan's budget anticipates Ontario will run a total deficit of $56.8 billion over the next seven years, and projects a return to balanced books no later than the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Opposition parties have accused the Liberals of piling more taxes and debt on struggling families at the worst possible time.

And then today Dalton did his famous Flip Flop!

McGuinty: I was wrong
Mar 31, 2009 04:30 AM

Premier Dalton McGuinty has backed off his threat to cancel next year's increase of the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour after an outcry from the opposition and anti-poverty activists.

A visibly contrite McGuinty scrambled to undo the damage in the Legislature yesterday after musing to business leaders behind closed doors in Ottawa last week that he might scrap the raise due to the recession.

"The fact is, it does call for some clarification on my part and I take responsibility for muddying the waters," the premier said in response to a question from NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

"When we talk about the minimum wage, we have to ask ourselves what it is that we owe both our workers and employers. I think clearly we owe them fairness," he said. "Our commitment was to get the $10.25 an hour one year from now and we will honour that commitment."

His mea culpa comes as the minimum wage jumps today to $9.50 an hour from $8.75, with the next scheduled increase of 75 cents an hour set for March 31, 2010.

On Friday – less than 24 hours after the scheduled wage hike had been highlighted in the provincial budget – McGuinty said the government would "have to take into account ... what's happening to the economy as a whole ... before we move ahead" with the raise.

That ignited a firestorm of controversy among anti-poverty crusaders who felt they had been betrayed.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan, whose attempts to sell the budget were derailed by McGuinty's apparent breaking of a key Liberal pledge, originally made in 2007, told the Star editorial board that all's well that ends well.

"Well, I think the premier simply indicated on Friday that in next year's budget we would look at it. And he thought about it over the weekend, reflected on it and realized the policy that we had laid out in the '07 budget was the appropriate policy and we're going to continue," said Duncan.

An ebullient Horwath could not resist gloating a bit at McGuinty's "flip-flopping." "I'm sure the premier saw the error of his ways and acquiesced to my pressure today. It is irresponsible. People were really concerned about it, worried about it," the NDP leader said. "It shows that the premier's musings are ones that people ... can't trust."

Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Bob Runciman said the episode "certainly calls into question his competence and his understanding of this very significant budget."

"He's all over the map on so many things. It's not too many months ago he said it would be `crazy' to bring in new taxes in the midst of a recession," said Runciman, referring to the blending of the 8 per cent provincial sales tax and the 5 per cent GST into a new 13 per cent levy that will raise the cost of hundreds of products and services when it takes effect July 1, 2010.

"I don't think he misspoke. I'm not even sure if he was sincere in his comments on Friday," Runciman said, complaining the government is "not consulting" on anything from the tax change to the wage hike. Duncan was visibly flummoxed Friday as he struggled to explain why the possible cancellation of the minimum wage hike was not noted anywhere in the budget documents.

On Friday, aides to McGuinty insisted he had not misstepped, saying he was being "pragmatic" by acknowledging the economic slowdown would have an effect on the planned rise in the minimum wage.

The comments were not the first time in recent weeks McGuinty has caught members of his own caucus off-guard. Two weeks before the budget, some Liberal MPPs left a caucus meeting alarmed at the prospect of forging ahead with the harmonized sales tax.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which has been expressing concern about the impact of today's hike to $9.50 an hour, was not amused by McGuinty's latest U-turn.

"This is no way to run a province – to keep changing your mind," said Satinder Chera, the federation's director of Ontario affairs.

Chera suggested the premier may have been trying to change the channel after criticism on tax harmonization.

"This government is sending mixed messages. It makes you wonder if they're playing politics with this issue," he said.

Jacquie Maund, the co-ordinator of Ontario Campaign 2000, said postponing the raise would have undermined the Liberals' pledge to reduce child poverty by 25 per cent within five years.

"Almost half of all poor children in Ontario live in families where at least one parent works full time all year," said Maund. "So, action to address the challenges of working poor families is key," she said.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Daddy Dalton wants to merge sales tax with GST=HST

More TAXES fron the Ban Man.
Why not start stealing citizens houses and sell it back at a fraction of the market value, with the false pretense that your saving lives, you done it with HTA 172.
"The Dalton Gang" strikes again!

The Ontario Liberal government is expected to introduce harmonization of the province's sales tax with the GST in its budget on Thursday to ease costs for struggling businesses and stimulate the province's sagging economy during the global recession.

Opposition and business leaders have long pushed for the measure, arguing the province's corporate taxes are too high, hinder investment and make the province less competitive.

Premier Dalton McGuinty hinted the move was in the works after admitting he had heard from numerous business groups advocating a merger of the taxes.

Provincial Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has already revealed the coming budget will bring Ontario into a deficit of $18 billion over the next two years, along with a $27.5-billion infrastructure program to create jobs in the wake of hundreds of thousands of jobs lost in the province's manufacturing sector.

But after a series of good-news pre-budget announcements on infrastructure and education funding, the premier cited the need for budget secrecy for his inability to answer opposition MPPs' questions Tuesday on tax harmonization.

New tax would 'nickel-and-dime families': NDP leader
During question period at the legislature, the NDP pointed out the single sales tax would also mean consumers would be left paying higher taxes on basic goods such as diapers, shoes and children's vitamins.

New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath expressed concern the merged tax would "nickel-and-dime families."

"These are all the kinds of items, the kinds of things people buy every single week," Horwath told the legislature. "Especially in times of difficulty, families do not need this extra tax."

McGuinty acknowledged the move could increase the price of some consumer goods currently exempt from the PST. But he said Ontarians would eventually understand the government's need to make hard and unpopular decisions.

"What Ontarians want us to do is to do what's right," McGuinty said. "I don't think that we've been put in a position of government to choose what's easy."

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has estimated merging the taxes would save companies about $100 million a year, but acknowledges the price of some household goods would increase in the short-term.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

Two OPP officers charged, Daddy Dalton where does it all end!

The two ever so helpful OPP constables will be able to exercise the Rights as a Canadian Citizen, and receive their day in court, with no up front penalties!

March 21, 2009
Emma Reilly
The Hamilton Spectator

Two OPP officers face mischief charges after allegedly helping native protesters block construction on a Hagersville development site.

Jeff Parkinson, the author of the blog Caledonia Wake up Call, alleges that in May 2007, two officers helped build a fence to keep a developer from getting access to his property.

Parkinson, who says he caught the interaction between the officers and protesters on video, filed the private charges against the officers.

"It's been my view that there's been a lack of accountability since the beginning, and that's something that needs to change," Parkinson said of his decision to pursue the charges.

OPP Sergeant Dave Rektor confirmed the two constables have been served and will face mischief charges in Cayuga court March 25.

He also confirmed they were laid by a private citizen and concern an incident at a development site in Hagersville some time ago.

"I really can't say too much about the case at this time as it is before the courts," he added.

Parkinson said he's been fighting to have the officers charged for nearly two years.

He filed a complaint about the officers' behaviour to the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services in the summer of 2007, which rejected it. A subsequent appeal was also rejected.

In March 2008, Parkinson decided to file criminal charges privately. The battle ultimately went to Superior Court.

Parkinson, an associate of Caledonia activist Gary McHale, said he's likely spent "100 hours, very likely a lot more" on the case.

"I'm proud of having stuck with this and a little bit frustrated with all the effort that it took."

Charged are Constables Christopher Galeazza and Rick Fraracci.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More Hysterical Non-Sense

Yet another appeal from the Fantino circus, where does it all end, how many judges, adjudicators and how many tax dollars are being wasted on this garbage.

Two Biased adjudicators and SEVEN judges don't see anything wrong, but Julian Fantino is getting the short end of the stick AGAIN, just ask him!

Fantino seeks to appeal ruling over adjudicator at charged discipline case
6 days ago

TORONTO — Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino isn't giving up his quest to have an adjudicator tossed from hearing a troubled disciplinary case that features accusations of witness tampering, petty malice and political interference.

Fantino's lawyer said Wednesday his client is hoping the province's top court will hear his contention that the adjudicator has shown bias against him, even though two courts have already rejected the complaint.

"The issue is a very important one," lawyer Tom Curry said.

"The need for impartiality in a police discipline case of this sort raises an important issue of the public interest."

On Tuesday, a three-judge Divisional Court panel rejected Fantino's complaints against retired justice Leonard Montgomery in the fractious case.

Montgomery has been presiding over a hearing involving two senior members of Ontario Provincial Police whom Fantino has charged with misconduct under the Police Services Act.

The hearings have increasingly focused on Fantino's motivations for charging Supt. Ken MacDonald and Insp. Alison Jevons.

Their lawyer Julian Falconer has argued Fantino laid the charges to appease the police union and because he suspected MacDonald of leaking information.

The commissioner has strenuously denied those allegations.

During the hearings, Montgomery clashed with Fantino and prosecutor Brian Gover, who requested last fall that Montgomery step down. Gover said the provincial attorney general backed the request.

Montgomery complained Gover was trying to intimidate him and decried any government involvement in the quasi-judicial process.

Curry said he would try to force a stay of the hearings while the Appeal Court decides if it will review the lower court decision.

Falconer maintains Fantino is using legal machinations to avoid having to testify further.

"My clients' instructions are to resume the cross-examination of the commissioner at the earliest possible juncture," Falconer said Wednesday.

"There is no merit to the allegations of bias against Justice Montgomery, and it is high time that the commissioner return to the witness stand."

Curry rejected suggestions that Fantino is wasting public money by pressing the bias issue.

"There isn't any squandering of resources to have a decision like this made where the underlying case in the discipline proceedings is important," Curry said.

The labyrinthine affair began in April 2004, when Susan Cole of Gananoque, Ont., called 911 to say her estranged husband, provincial police Sgt. Paul Alaire, had taken a baseball bat to her car.

Cole complained the responding officers asked her to leave her home rather than arrest Alaire. The civilian agency that oversees police ordered a probe.

MacDonald and Jevons investigated Cole's complaint, and concluded the responding officers had not followed proper procedure.

Fantino charged the pair two years ago with misconduct in relation to their investigation.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Habitual Heidi?

Lots of questions need to be answered, but never will, this 6 month limitation is a cats ass if your a police officer, just ask Sergeant Kevin Dhinsa!

Juicy Stuff originally posted, 12 Feb 2009 http://www.gorskiconsulting.com/news.php

By pure coincidence I happened to flip through the National Post newspaper yesterday and came across the following article "Police car impounded after officer allegedly clocked at 165 km/h". The article indicated:

"The OPP intelligence officer, driving an unmarked OPP car, was stopped by a fellow officer on Highway 403 near Brantford Ontario for travelling 65 km/h above the posted of 100 km/h limit, according to the OPP. The subsequent investigation found the officer was not within the lawful execution of her duties at the time. In accordance with so-called street racing rules under the Highway Traffic Act - defined as driving 50 km/h over the limit - Detective Constable Heidi Fischer had her driver's license suspended and the police car was impounded, both for seven days."

This would simply have been another news eye-catcher except for one important fact - I had just recently reconstructed a collision involving a Constable Heidi Fischer where it was determined that her unmarked OPP police cruiser was travelling 168 km/h as she crested a hill and collided with a left-turning Caravan operated by an elderly female driver. Her speed was derived from the vehicle's event data recorder ("black box") whose data was not downloaded by police investigators until forced to by the defense. Despite the elderly woman's injuries the investigating officer, who happened to be Constable Fischer's supervising sergeant, claimed he received erred information and this was the reason why he did not transfer the investigation over to Ontario's Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

Still further, statements taken from officers involved were not taken until months after the event yet those statements contained remarkably, and exactly, the same erred information as the error contained in a witness statement which seemed to support the officer's story. Meanwhile, a second witness, who was within point-blank contact with officers at the site and who saw the complete incident, and who had the best view of the events, was not interviewed nor was he identified in any police documents. The only reason why he was eventually identified was that he lived at the site and approached me with curiosity as I conducted my examinations.

My eventual analysis would have demonstrated that, at such a high approach speed, the short viewing distance over the hillcrest, the fact that the elderly driver had to search for the unmarked cruiser from behind her in her mirrors (including a darkly tinted rear window) would have made it extremely unlikely that a normal, law-abiding, elderly citizen could be expected to react to the situation any better. Despite informing the OPP reconstructionist and the prosecutor of these facts the prosecutor pursued a charge of "fail to yield the right of way" against the female driver. In a remarkable set of circumstances, even her own defense paralegal would not put questions to me on the witness stand that would allow my evidence to be heard and the Justice of the Peace also refused to listen to my objection citing the fact that I was "speaking out of turn" when I stated that not allowing this evidence to be heard was improper.

Despite all scientific reason, the elderly driver was convicted on the fail-to-yield charge. While my advice to her was that she should appeal and file a complaint with the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services (OCCPS), she was so traumatized by what she termed the "corruption" of the police that she did not want to have any further part of it. My own filing of complaints to the Ontario Attorney Generals office was met with resistance in that I was not the primary party involved in the matter and therefore the Attorney Generals office did not have to reply to my complaint. Similarly, a complaint to the OCCPS was met with similar bureaucracy as they stated the collision date of October 22, 2005 was well beyond the limitation of 6 months to which they will respond to complaints. This despite that the trial events were concluded only a couple of months prior to the filing of my complaint.

In all, it shows how improperly the justice system can function. Constable Heidi Fischer made an honest and understandable mistake to travel at extreme speed to an emergency without taking proper care that she not create a further emergency by causing an accident . The accident that occurred was narrowly short of being fatal as Constable Fischer was able to brake and steer sufficiently to direct the impact away from the the elderly driver's door. But a fraction of a second would have resulted in a fatality. Despite this, her supervising sergeant failed to conduct a proper investigation, and either failed to understand the dangerous actions of Fischer, or simply knew the facts but determined he was going to change them. By failing to report the incident to the SIU and by conducting the investigation on his own, despite the conflict of interest as he was responsible for the actions of the officers under his shift, he created the perception that the OPP attempt to hide their misbehavior's and look after themselves. The elderly driver involved was a respectable person who will undoubtedly spend the remainder of her few years talking to others in her community and to her family and the result will be a damaging of the police reputation in the local area. I have spent a number of years interacting with good police officers who have conducted themselves fairly and properly and they do not deserve the fallen reputation as a result of the OPP's failure to review and respond properly.

Apparently there are honest OPP officers in the vicinity as evidenced by the charge laid against Constable Fischer in the noted newspaper article. And this is not to place blame solely on Constable Fischer. By not addressing her problem driving the OPP are creating dangerous situations where constables are unaware of the dangers they are creating. Citizens cannot move out of the way of any vehicle travelling 168 km/h over a hillcrest from behind them. Add the difficulties that an elderly driver has in making such perceptions and the apparent lack of analysis and understanding by the OPP this is a disaster just waiting to re-occur.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another officer on criminal charges!

Another shocker, one of Julian's crew is up on criminal charges, I'm sure she is a great cop, outstanding community member and will no doubt be collecting full pay while all this hysterical nonsense goes through the courts while she exercises her Guaranteed Rights as Canadian citizen!

Mar 15, 2009 04:30 AM

ORILLIA – An Ontario Provincial Police officer faces several charges, including attempted murder, in connection with a fire at a home in Timmins.

Detective Constable Cecile Fournel, 52, is also charged with arson, disregard for human life and administering a noxious thing, according to an OPP press release.

She is being held in custody until she appears in a Timmins court tomorrow.

The Timmins Fire Department responded to a house fire on Feb. 25, according to the release.

The lone female occupant managed to escape unharmed, but the fire caused extensive damage to the house.

The statement says Detective Constable Cecile Fournel and the female occupant are known to each other outside of the officer's professional duties.

Detective Constable Cecile Fournel is a 10-year member of the OPP and is stationed at the South Porcupine detachment.

She has been suspended from duty.

The investigation into the fire was conducted jointly by the Timmins Police Service and the OPP, who describe the case as an isolated incident.(lets hope so)


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Fantino loses bid to have adjudicator tossed from discipline case

This second adjudicator was picked by Fantino himself, I for one am happy that Fatino was successful in getting the first adjudicator tossed off the internal hearing!
It's not such hysterical nonsense now is it Julian!

TORONTO — Ontario's top police officer, Julian Fantino, lost a second legal bid Tuesday to have an adjudicator he accused of bias thrown off an increasingly messy disciplinary hearing.

A three-member Divisional Court panel unanimously found retired judge Leonard Montgomery had behaved reasonably, and the judges rejected accusations of impartiality from Fantino, the commissioner of Ontario Provincial Police.

"The adjudicator and counsel are professionals with well understood responsibilities that are informed by the duties that apply to officers of the court," the court said in its 30-page decision.

"The reasonable expectation should be that the work of the tribunal will go forward in a proper manner."

The court also dismissed the argument that Montgomery could not stay on the case given Fantino's complaints against him.

"If, in such circumstances, a suggestion of this kind could succeed, it would imply, at least potentially, that a party to proceedings could attempt to remove an unwanted judicial officer by bringing a complaint of bias ... regardless of whether the complaint succeeded or not," the court ruled.

"That would be inimical to the proper working of the justice system."

It was Fantino's second failed attempt to get the courts to force Montgomery to recuse himself in the long-running case involving two senior police officers charged under the Police Services Act with misconduct.

Their lawyer Julian Falconer maintains Fantino was being petty and vindictive in laying the charges.

He argued the recusal motion and subsequent court battles were simply Fantino's attempt to derail his cross-examination.

"This is a sad example of where endless legal resources can take a proceeding," Falconer said after the court ruling.

"It's my hope that cooler heads prevail and that we simply resume the hearing."

Fantino's current lawyer Tom Curry was not immediately available to comment.

In November, Fantino's prosecutor at the disciplinary hearing asked Montgomery to step down.

In doing so, Brian Gover also said he would take the matter to court if the retired justice did not do so, and insisted the province's attorney general supported him.

An angry Montgomery refused to step aside, calling Gover's comments a "highly improper" attempt to intimidate a judicial officer.

The Divisional Court said Montgomery's reaction was "reasonable."

The panel also rejected Curry's assertions the adjudicator had shown hostility to the prosecution on several occasions, including once when Montgomery said he was "upset" after Fantino changed an answer he had given earlier.

The court called Fantino's response "gratuitous."

The labyrinthine disciplinary hearing involves two former members of the provincial police internal standards bureau.

They are charged in relation to an investigation they conducted into how officers responded to a domestic violence complaint involving an officer and his estranged wife almost five years ago.

But the case has instead ensnared Fantino, with the defence accusing him of witness tampering.

Falconer was delighted with the Divisional Court ruling.

"My clients deserve this," he said. "They simply want to get back to the hearing and have this matter put behind them.

Another Great Cop who can STEAL you're vehicle!

Amazing how this guy was charged and for over 3 years collected his pay cheque.

Hamilton police Sergeant Kevin Dhinsa was suspended in December of 2005, yes 2005!
ELEVEN female officers and a female civilian employee accused Dhinsa of sexual harassment, which brought a total of 24 charges under The Police Service's Act against Dhinsa!

All 24 charges we're tossed after a tribunal ruled that the charges we're laid after a 6 month deadline!
Thankfully the poor guy still has his job and one would imagine is just itching to get back in his cruiser and do some real crime fighting!
Poor Sergeant Kevin Dhinsa will need some retraining to get back into the groove of serving and protecting the citizens of Hamilton Ontario so says Chief Brian Mullan!

"We are compelled to bring Kevin back, and steps are now under way to ensure he receives the appropriate levels of training for his return"

What about the female officers and the civilian employee, how the hell are they supposed work along side with this guy?

And this POLICE OFFICER has been given the power by "The Dalton Gang" to STEAL my wife's car, without a trial all on his word on the side of the road, lets hope it's not on a dark highway somewhere in the middle of the night!

Another Stellar Job Dalton

I don't use profanity on my blog, and this is a first but, HOLY FUCK

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Police officers make mistakes too!

I'm NOT a Cop hater and to be truthful I would not have started this blog if it had not been for Daddy Dalton and his BS about HTA 172

I just don't believe that law enforcement in Ontario should have the power of legalized theft, stealing the vehicle you bought with the money you've earned!
All upfront, before any court date, on the officers word alone you're screwed for not only 7 days, but for years to come with already criminal insurance premiunm before your charged!

Within the last week alone, 3 Toronto Police Officers have been charged with various offences.
If a Staff Inspector as no respect for law does this mean other officers follow his lead?
Staff Insp. Steve Izzett faces nine charges under the Police Act, including oppressive and tyrannical behaviour, deceit, abuse of authority and misconduct related to an investigation.

On Friday Feburary 27 2009 Const. Donald Graham, 61, of 42 Division another vetran of TPS was charged with impaired with blood alcohol level over 80mg!

And the best for last and it's true this guy still has his weekly pay cheque coming in!
Const. Douglas Schouten, 42, who has been an officer for 21 years, is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday on a charge of theft under $5,000.
The accused idiot stole a bottle booze from a liquor store on Avenue Rd.
This is NOT the first time this Vetran officer has been hot water, back in November of 2007 Const. Douglas Schouten was charged with assualt, oddly enough no more was ever published and the results of the assault and fail to comply with a court order charges were never made public!

And Daddy Dalton gives these officers powers to legally STEAL MY PROPERTY with a roadside trial, great job Dalton!

And again a BIG thank you to Laurie Scott!