It would really be something if Wednesday night’s Alberta Primetime crime panel held its discussion in both English and French, but alas, the heading is just a tease: part of the scheduled agenda is a debate about bilingualism, though. Defence lawyer David Andrews and I will be in Calgary, joined in the provincial capital by consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner. Here’s what’s in store:
- The recent deportation of a career criminal from Calgary had Canada Border Services agency touting its successes. But considering it took six years to deport reputed gangster Jackie Tran, is the system really working all that well? Which case is more representative of the day-to-day reality?
- A Calgary Police Service policy where the force will not immediately release the names of officers charged with a Criminal Code offence while in executing their duties. The department says it will release the name of anyone ultimately convicted but wants to protect officers and their families from undue harassment if the allegations are unfounded. Is it justified protection, or needless secrecy?
- An NDP MP’s private member’s bill (Bill C-232) mandating that all Supreme Court justices be bilingual has passed the House of Commons. Is it necessary? Is it fair?
(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.)