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.)