As usual, it’s a loaded agenda for Alberta Primetime’s weekly crime panel tonight. We didn’t get to second scheduled item — a Winnipeg doctor’s proposal to sterilize women who repeatedly drink during pregnancy — on an earlier show, and I think it’s provocative (in the good sense of the word) topic. This week, I’ll be joined in Calgary by defence lawyer David Andrews and retired Edmonton police officer Jack Kraus will contribute from the provincial capital. Here’s what’s in store:
- A recent survey reported a majority of Calgarians feel safe downtown during the day, but that number plummets after dark — despite an influx of new police officers walking the beat in the core.
- The societal costs of fetal alcohol syndrome. A Manitoba doctor wrote a column in the Winnipeg Free Press this week advocating forced sterilization of women who repeatedly drink to excess during pregnancy.
- A recent Supreme Court judgment that overturned a man’s conviction for possession of child pornography on the basis the search warrant was improperly obtained and violated his Charter protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
(Alberta Primetime airs live at 7 p.m. MDT on Access TV: Channel 13 in Calgary; Channel 351 on Bell TV; Channel 267 on Shaw Direct/Star Choice. You can visit the show’s segment archive to view past discussions about crime and other topics.)