G20 gets the Primetime treatment

As fun as it is to appear on Alberta Primetime’s weekly crime panel, the gig created some white-knuckle moments for me during the Olympics and the NHL playoffs, when we’d be in the studio during some key games. How lucky I am that my latest sporting obsession, the World Cup, is being held in South Africa and the games are airing in the morning, before I go to work.

Still, there will be a little bit of World Cup with me on tonight’s show: I’ll be wearing an orange shirt in support of my team, which plays Friday morning against Brazil — a favourite of Calgary defence lawyer David Andrews, who will be on the panel with me in Calgary. No word whether consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner, who will join us from the provincial capital, is a soccer fan. Maybe we’ll ask him in between tonight’s timely topics:

  • Did authorities go too far with the police presence and special powers given to law enforcement during the G20 summit in Toronto?
  • The parliamentary budget officer has estimated that a recently-instituted measure that eliminates two-for-one credits for offenders held in pretrial custody will necessitate the building of 13 new prisons and cost more than $5 billion a year.

(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.)



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3 responses to “G20 gets the Primetime treatment

  1. Lawrence A. Oshanek

    The so-called “special police powers” touted by the police at the G-8/G-20 violate s.7, s.8, s.9 and s.10 of the Charter Of Rights and Freedoms and any police officer who did not know that should be fired – summarily.

    What happened in Toronto is a national disgrace except to those who would, without qualification, support police authority and a police state.

    I got the following from a source who does not want to be identified:

    [W]hat saddens me is that I feel that I finally lost my war. I am vetran of the cold war. Remember that old thing? I was in the army for 7 years back then and served in Germany. The whole thing was about keeping the communist hordes at bay so that we could live in a free country.

    We abhored the communist regimes for their willingness to arrest without warrent anybody any time they pleased. No freedom of movement. Forced to carry and show ID at the whim of any and all police.

    Yes we stood on guard for a free country so that these things would never happen here.

    I guess we lost …. [end of quote].

    Pretty much says it all!

  2. Lawrence A. Oshanek

    Canadian Press … picked up by Yahoo News just a few minutes ago.


  3. Lawrence A. Oshanek

    “Protesters planting fish hooks in their clothing” … appears to be a lie … not one item of clothing was produced by Toronto police except for some chain mail worn by a person on the way to a role playing game.

    “repeated warnings from officers” do not make those warning legal just because they come from police and I would love to test some of the (mis)behaviour of police officers in a court!

    “some things about G20 policing have not been widely reported” – maybe because they are not true?

    The Premier of Ontario let a lie stand when he knew better … The Chief of police for Toronto lied to the people and if the story includes the above, this, in my opinion, so-called Alberta peace officer wants to lie to us.


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