Complaint filed against two Edmonton police commissioners calls for their removal
Robert Houle, a law student presently working as a part-time strategic advisor to city councilor Anne Stevenson, has filed a complaint against Edmonton Police Commission chair John McDougall and commissioner Jodi Calahoo-Stonehouse regarding inflammatory statements made by the two about Houle earlier this May.Read more
A quarter of Edmonton’s homicides this year have been people shot dead by police. Do the EPS really need $3.8 million worth of weapons?
Edmonton Police are relying more and more on their guns, a report filed with the police commission shows. In 2021 Edmonton police pointed a gun at a civilian 337 times, a 39 percent jump from 2020. Even incidents when an officer just pulls their gun out of its holster and holds it a “low ready” position, were up by more than a third.Read more
City council notebook: Questionable fixes on the table as Edmonton city council delays decision on police funding
Edmonton’s city council failed to make a decision on a contentious change to the city’s police budget Friday, instead spending most of the afternoon discussing dubious reforms that quickly drew criticism from both councilors and members of the public.
City manager Andre Courbould pulled together a draft version of the city’s reply to Justice Minister Tyler Shandro’s demand under the Police Act that the city "take action" on violent crime and disorder and submit a public safety plan to the province within two weeks.Read more
A word to Edmonton’s city council: Don’t waste your time trying to appease Tyler Shandro and the police lobby or you’ll never get out of this mess
Mayor Sohi, and the members of Edmonton city council: even a crank like me feels a bit of sympathy for you, stuck in a trap laid by former city councils and the provincial government. While the city struggles with growing homelessness and a horrific drug crisis, right-wing blowhards and the powerful police lobby are trying to pin every crime in the city on you for budget cuts that you haven’t even made.Read more
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce will avoid $150k in property taxes in 2022 thanks to provincial exemption for business lobby group
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce—an advocacy organization that lobbies for the interests of ‘the business community’—owns over 11 million dollars of property in the heart of downtown Edmonton, profits from renting it out, and yet is exempt from paying taxes on most of it thanks to a loophole meant to support community organizations. In 2022 alone, the lobbying group will dodge taxes totalling nearly $150,000.Read more
POD: Alberta's Invisible Institutions
Megan Linton, the creator and host of the stunning and incredibly well done podcast Invisible Institutions, joins host Duncan Kinney to discuss Alberta's past and present when it comes to when it comes to eugenics, the Michener Centre and institutionalizing and confining people labelled as having intellectual disabilities. After a short interview with Linton that puts the podcast in context for Alberta listeners the final part of the podcast is a replay of episode five of the first season of Invisible Institutions: Let’s Talk About Sex & Reproductive Justice.Read more
Stephen Magusiak of Press Progress and Shama Rangwala, assistant professor at York University, join host Duncan Kinney to discuss Jason Kenney's exit from Alberta politics (god willing).Read more
Mayor Sohi stands behind Councillor Stevenson as police commissioner demands she be removed
Edmonton city council spent all of Wednesday debating the police funding formula but the most drama came in an exchange between a police commissioner and a member of city council who also sits on the Edmonton Police Commission.Read more
Absurd ACA decision doesn't say anything good about the state of Alberta's judiciary
One very clear takeaway from the shocking leak earlier this month, which showed the American Supreme Court on the verge of tearing up Roe v. Wade, is that a lot of damage can be done if the wrong people are installed in a place’s judicial system.
It’s a thought that was front of mind for me when I read last week’s mind-boggling opinion from the Alberta Court of Appeal on a new piece of Canadian environmental law, the Impact Assessment Act.Read more
POD: Police "unions" are master fearmongers and they’re scaring us to increase police budgets
Writer James Wilt joins host Duncan Kinney to discuss how cop "unions" use fear and a permanent war posture to get what they want—increased police budgets.Read more