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We now return to our regularly-scheduled programming

Apologies for the extended hiatus: I dropped my laptop a couple of weeks ago, which knocked me out of a commission for a few days, until I could get to the Apple Store to have it looked at. As I had initially suspected, the hard drive was broken. Luckily, I regularly back up my system onto an external drive, so I didn’t lose any data or files. The hard drive on my MacBook is user-replaceable, so beyond paying for a new one, I figured I wouldn’t have to pay for any labour. But I made out even better than that: Apple gave me a new hard drive for free — knowing full well I dropped my laptop. The technician explained that the model that was originally installed in my MacBook was proving too fragile in the similar circumstances and they were getting a lot of them back. Customer service like that is why Mac users love Apple so much!

This blog also reached a milestone during my little break, despite the lack of new material: there have now been more than 10,000 hits since I started a little more than a year ago. Thanks to everyone who has come by and commented — good or bad — and shown an interest in the topics discussed here.

Speaking of discussions, I’ll be in my usual spot tonight for Alberta Primetime’s weekly crime panel. Consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner, and youth justice advocate Mark Cherrington will join me to talk about these topics:

  • A recent law passed in Ontario that bans drivers 21 and under from any alcohol consumption.
  • Child abandonment cases such as a recent one in Kananaskis, when a “father” left his child in a sweltering car for several hours while he gambled inside a casino.

(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. You can visit the show’s segment archive to view past discussions about crime and other topics.)

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Back on Primetime tonight

I’ll be back in my regular spot on Alberta Primetime’s weekly crime panel, appearing here in Calgary with defence lawyer David Andrews. We’ll be joined by consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner in Edmonton to talk about the following topics:

  • The court martial of Canadian army Capt. Robert Semrau, who was acquitted of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter.
  • The death of an Okotoks man who was shot by the RCMP after an extended standoff outside his home.

(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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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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Tonight’s crime panel topics

I’m back in the Calgary Herald newsroom after an extended weekend, and back on Alberta Primetime tonight for the show’s weekly crime panel. Here are the topics Calgary defence lawyer David Andrews, consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner and I are slated to discuss:

  • How to better enforce suspended driver’s licences. It’s estimated as many as 90 per cent of suspended motorists continue to get behind the wheel.
  • Alberta considering legislation that would cut off social programs to offenders wanted on warrants.
  • A Supreme Court ruling that upheld blanket publication bans on bail (or “show cause”) hearings.

(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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Tonight on Alberta Primetime

Here’s the line-up for the Wednesday night crime panel on Alberta Primetime. Defence lawyer David Andrews and I will be in Calgary, joined by consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner in the provincial capital:

  • Police overtime costs: Calgary police went nearly $3 million over the $11.7 million set aside for OT in 2009.
  • Pharmacy robberies in Calgary: is illegal demand for OxyContin driving a trend?

(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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Alberta Primetime panel: Supreme-ly absent

Readers of my blog will know I have faithfully appeared on Alberta Primetime’s Wednesday crime panel these past few weeks, even though I’ve had to miss two do-or-die games involving my beloved Canadiens during their improbable NHL playoff run. (I may not have that problem by this time next week, but I’d rather not dwell on that unpleasantness quite yet….)

Anyway, I mention this because I will be flying solo in Calgary for this week’s installment: apparently my usual cohort, defence lawyer David Andrews, thinks arguing a case in front of the Supreme Court of Canada is more important. The nerve! I suppose I could say “Good luck,” but, then again, he IS a defence lawyer…. Seriously though, it’s quite a feather in his cap and I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer my kudos. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it upon his return to the show.

On to this week’s panel, then, which will rely, then, on the astute insights of consultant and former Edmonton police chief Fred Rayner and defence lawyer Ed O’Neill on the following topics:

  • A proposal by federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to reinstate “rape” as a distinct offence in the Criminal Code. The term was struck from the books in 1983 and rape is now prosecuted under the broader offence of sexual assault.
  • Reports from Calgary police that gangs are recruiting children, and not just targeting the typical teenage demographic.

(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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Un debat bilingue à Alberta Primetime

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.)

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