The B.C. media: Courtiers to the corrupt
It takes a wide-ranging support network to prop up an organization as
obviously corrupt as B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.
Among the collaborators, if only through incompetence or gutlessness,
are B.C. journalists. More…
Who’s behind the campaign against
B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office?
Cops, ex-cops and cop-friendly IIO insiders actively oppose
police accountability. And they have the media’s ear. More…
The Straight sides with the establishment
Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith still treats OPCC liar Rollie Woods as a
credible source. Meanwhile, his paper has barred me from commenting. More…
Has the Georgia Straight gone
lamestream on police accountability?
The paper let B.C.’s deputy police complaint commissioner get away
with lying and passed up opportunities to ask questions about the
Taylor Robinson cover-up. More…
Hey media: Ask Stan Lowe and
Rollie Woods some obvious questions
I tried to get reporters to do so. The Vancouver Sun calls my effort a hoax.
Woods called the cops. But is anyone in the media actually
scrutinizing this agency? More…
This BCCLA lie has legs
Media proliferate the B.C. Civil Liberties Associations
disinformation about police accountability. More...
B.C.’s auditor general praises the OPCC.
But how was the audit conducted?
The auditor general and a committee of MLAs seem to have evaded public input
into the audit of B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner. More...
An unprecedented blow
to B.C.s police status quo
The CBC investigation into a consistently pro-police witness-for-hire
is the first real scrutiny the OPCC has ever had. More...
An appeal to B.C.s media:
Okay, you told us about
IIO chief Richard Rosenthal.
Now what about OPCC boss Stan Lowe?
In just five days, B.C.s media gave the new guy much more
scrutiny than ever devoted to Stan Lowe and his crew of ex-cops.
But they have a lot to answer for, starting with their cover-up
of a VPD assault on a disabled woman. More...
So much for our official activists,
the B.C. Civil Liberties Association
The BCCLA co-operate with corrupt bigshots and support
the BC Liberal con job on police accountability. More...
B.C.s mainstream media
just cant get it right
Once again the BC government fools
our fourth estate about police accountability. More...
For the second time in four days,
dozens of B.C. papers misrepresent the OPCC. More...
A few final (and marginal) notes
Political involvement is for designated victims, special interest groups
and powerful individuals. The rest of us get marginalized. More...
Comparing B.C. with Ontario (VI)
You wont read this in B.C.s mainstream media.
And thats part of the reason well never have
effective police oversight. More...
Refuting the fallacies
Heres some clarification to counter
misinformation about police accountability. More...
Comparing B.C. with Ontario (V):
Ontarios SIU faces public criticism and a
second investigation by the provincial Ombudsman.
B.C.s OPCC continues to escape scrutiny. More...
Not fit to print?
B.C.s media neglect some important problems
concerning police accountability. More...
An RCMP PR coup
Canadas top Mountie gets lots of media for a misleading message
that avoids some embarrassing questions
like why hes keeping a rapist on the payroll. More...
Much ado about the RCMP
Media buzz notwithstanding,
proposals to make the Mounties more accountable
amount to almost nothing. Meanwhile B.C.s biased
complaint system for municipal cops escapes media scrutiny.
Andre Marin was here
but the media werent
Possibly Canadas strongest advocate of police accountability,
Ontarios ombudsman addressed a Vancouver forum.
His talk rated less than a minute of news time
on just one radio station. More...
Last April, referring to Manitobas proposed
Independent Investigations Unit, Marin stated the case
for civilian investigations of police. More...
More on civilian investigations here.
Alls well here, claims B.C.s
Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner
Were doing a great job trust us,
their 2009 report implies. More...
Keeping a Lowe profile
Stan Lowe finally made his public debut
as police complaint commissioner.
But he neednt have put if off
if this is the kind of media coverage he gets.